Spotlight: Navarre Falls by Jessie Colter #PNR #YoungAdult #Ghosts #Witches #FantasyRomance

In the town of Navarre Falls, anything is possible. Witches, ghosts, werewolves… the unusual is quite ordinary in this small southern town.

 

Navarre Falls by [Colter, Jessie]

Publisher: JCS Books
Genres: Young Adult Romance, Paranormal
Themes: Ghosts, Witches
Length: 180 pages

Holiday Haunting – When Annabel meets Cal, it’s love at first sight. But after a strange dream, she starts to wonder if perhaps there’s something more than destiny bringing them together. She knows in her heart that she loves Cal, but will that be enough for her to get the one Christmas wish she wants more than anything?

Love Storm – Having called on Cupid for some Valentine’s Day loving, Adara is more than a little surprised when Thor is thrown into her path. The prickly Senior rescues her after she runs her car off the road, and what she’d always thought was an intense dislike of her, turns out to be something more. Is it possible that Thor more than likes her? What’s a girl to do when the guy of her dreams suddenly takes notice?

Litha Celebration – When Abbi discovers that she’s to be handfasted to her best friend Carter during the Litha Celebration, she does the first thing that comes to mind – run! As she’s hiding from her best bud, and her family, she ends up spilling the entire tale to her long-time crush, Finn. But when Finn offers to help her out, she wonders if maybe he thinks of her as something more than his cousin’s pesky friend. Is it possible that on this Litha Celebration all her dreams will come true?

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Thank you !

I am blown away by the support of my readers! Thanks to you, Rising from the Ashes was not only nominated for Best Mainstream Romance at the Evernight Reader’s Choice Awards, but it won !!! You guys are amazing and I can’t thank you enough.

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and will have an even better New Year!

 

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Rising from the Ashes was nominated!

Evernight Publishing is hosting their 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards, and Rising from the Ashes has been nominated for Best in Mainstream! I’m not sure how long voting is open, but you can vote HERE. At the end of the form, you will be asked for your name and email for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

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Kaycee Witherspoon barely escaped her last relationship with her life. Now that she has a fresh start in a new town, she feels like she can finally breathe. But is she relaxing her guard too soon? When she finds her tires slashed and her apartment broken into, she has to wonder if her past isn’t quite so far behind her.

Zarek O’Donnell doesn’t know much about the new assistant at his fire station except that her mesmerizing curves and bewitching smile have him under her spell. Even though she laughs easily and seems to light up around him, he can tell that there’s something darker haunting her. His protective side rises to the surface whenever she’s near, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.

When the lines of past and present begin to blur, there’s only one thing Kaycee knows. This time she might not escape. If she wants the new life she’s forged for herself, she’ll have to fight to keep it.

 

Excerpt:

“You have to be exhausted after working until this morning and then dealing with my apartment this afternoon.” I nibbled my bottom lip. “What if I made dinner? I haven’t eaten yet, and I’m sure you haven’t either.”

 

“I have a better idea. Why don’t we order some pizzas and watch TV for a while? We can sit on the couch and just relax for the rest of the night. Put on PJs and kick back.”

 

I arched a brow. “You own pajamas?”

 

“Well, I own pajama pants. Does that count?”

 

Holy Jesus, was he seriously going to run around without a shirt? Because I wasn’t sure my hormones could handle it. The hint of muscle I could see through his t-shirts was enough to make me drool. I didn’t think I could handle bare skin. Although, it would be a nice distraction from my problems, as long as I could keep my hands to myself. I wasn’t going to make any promises, though. A shirtless Zarek might be too much temptation.

 

He smirked, and I realized I was staring like an idiot.

 

“You just pictured me shirtless, didn’t you?” he asked with laughter flashing in his eyes.

 

My cheeks flushed. “No. Of course not.”

 

His grin widened a little, and he shook his head, clearly not believing me.

 

“If you tell me what you want on your pizza, I’ll place the order while you get comfortable.”

 

“I knew you were anxious to get me out of my clothes.”

 

My whole face felt like it was on fire. Before I could embarrass myself further, I bolted from the room and went to get a drink from the kitchen. I’d made a fresh pitcher of sweet tea last night and hadn’t touched it yet. By the time I’d poured myself a glass and returned to the living room, I could hear the shower going. I set my glass down and went to change into a tank and sleep shorts. They were old and comfortable, but they showed enough skin to be considered sexy. Do I want Zarek to see me as sexy?

 

I’d thought we would be roommates, co-workers, and nothing more. But the more I got to know Zarek, the harder it was to resist him. I’d felt that instant spark when we’d met at work on Monday, and I had to wonder what that spark would feel like if our lips touched. Would I feel the zing all the way to my toes? Just being near him was enough to make me tingle with awareness. I thought about him in the shower and wondered if he was as sexy dripping wet as I imagined him to be. I gave myself a mental slap, changed into my pajamas, and then returned to the living room. I couldn’t order the pizza yet since Zarek hadn’t told me what he wanted on his. I hadn’t paid close attention at work when the crew had ordered enough pizza to feed a small army.

 

I heard the shower shut off, and a few minute later, he wandered into the room.

 

My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth, and I nearly choked on my own spit as he sank onto the sofa next to me. Holy hell, he was hot as fuck! His broad chest was well-muscled and his abs … I nearly fanned myself. As I whipped around to face the TV, before I got caught staring, I absently wiped at my chin to make sure I hadn’t been drooling.

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#NaNoWriMo is almost over

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So, I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. I skipped it last year, but I had a story I really wanted to write before the end of 2017 and my time was running out. I’ve written 36,800 words of 50,000 so far, assuming my book stops at 50,000. It’s called The Boyfriend Mistake and touches on a serious subject, but there’s definitely a happy-ever-after.

I’ve been revising it as I go along, so once it’s finished, I’ll have it proofread and then submit it to Evernight Teen. I’m not sure if it will interest them or not, but the worst that can happen is they say no. Wouldn’t be my first rejection letter 🙂

Anyone else doing NaNo this year? What project are you working on?

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#NewRelease – On the Run #NewAdult #Suspense #Romance

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Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Suspense
Heat Level: 2 (Mainstream)
Release Date: July 4, 2017

With blood-stained hands and a guilty conscience, Raylyn Beechum sets off for parts unknown, on the run from a crime she had to commit in order to save herself. When her car breaks down in the parking lot of a fire station in a small town, her plan is simple: get the car fixed and hit the road as fast as possible. Then Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Yummy saunters over with his bare chest and uniform pants, water dripping off his pecs, and all Raylyn can think is hot damn!

Oliver Gonzalez has always had a hero complex, and a damsel in distress is right up his alley. All of his protective instincts come out when he sees the blood on Raylyn’s hands and the scared look in her eyes. He might not know her story, but he knows he wants to take care of her. Getting her to trust him is easier than he’d thought possible, but he wants more than trust for him to keep her safe. He wants her to trust him with her heart.

Excerpt

The hands gripping the steering wheel didn’t look like mine. The skin on the knuckles was bruised and broken. Dried blood was embedded in my cuticles. I’d washed my hands, but apparently not well enough. I’d burned the clothes I’d been wearing, along with the knife I’d used. Some might say that made me guilty, and maybe it did, but I’d learned long ago that the police were of no help. Not where I came from. No matter how many times the scene replayed in my mind, I couldn’t stifle the sobs welling in my throat. I’d taken a life, killed a man. No, not a man. A monster.

My heart crashed against my ribs, and my fingers curled tighter around the steering wheel. For years I’d suffered, but I’d had no idea just how far the madness went. If I’d had a clue as to what the man was capable of, I’d have acted sooner. Maybe so many lives wouldn’t have been lost, if I’d found my courage before now. The world should thank me, but I was certain if anyone knew what I’d done, the police would arrest me, and I’d spend the rest of my life in jail. Life wasn’t fair sometimes.

I blew out a breath and tried to redirect my thoughts. Puppies. Bunnies. Fields of flowers. Anything pleasant that could wash away the bad memories. I was starting over, creating a new life. Thanks to Miguel back home, I had everything I needed. I’d planned my escape weeks ago, but it just hadn’t happened quite the way I’d pictured. My new life was going to be fantastic and full of all the things I never had before. I was going to get a job, have a nice place to live, and I was going to get a boyfriend. Not necessarily in that order. I’d covered my tracks pretty well and felt I was safe, as long as I didn’t use my real name.

My car was almost out of gas as I entered a small North Carolina town a little after six in the morning. I’d been on the road for a few hours, and my best bet would be to keep driving until I couldn’t stay awake anymore. I crept through the quiet streets of a town that reminded me of Mayberry, and as I neared a fire station on the corner, my car began to shimmy and sputter. I’d barely pulled into the parking lot before my car coasted to a stop, the engine completely silent. I banged my hands on the steering wheel and uttered a slew of curses. The gas gage mocked me as the needle rested on E.

My gaze lifted and my jaw dropped a little. The fire truck was pulled part of the way out of the bay, and shirtless, sexy hunks were washing it. That was one sure way to make me forget my problems for a little while. One of them stopped to stare, removing his sunglasses and propping them on top of his head. His dusky skin glistened with sweat in the summer heat and I felt my cheeks flush.

Mr. Sexy made his way over to me and my heart raced for a new reason. It wasn’t like I hadn’t been around hot guys before. Just not this hot. He tapped on my window and I rolled it down. He bent and placed his folded arms on the windowsill. His blue gaze was warm as it scanned me. It was several minutes before he said anything.

“Want to pop your hood?” he asked.

“I ran out of gas. If you can tell me where the closest gas station is, I can go fill up a can and I’ll get out of your way.”

His lips twitched with amusement. “Sweetheart, this car isn’t going anywhere, even if you put gas in it. That wasn’t just an ‘I’m out of gas’ rattle. It was a death rattle.”

“Death rattle?”

His gaze focused on my hands and I wanted to hide them. I swallowed hard, wondering what kind of questions he would ask, or if he’d only call the police. My hands tightened on the wheel again and I wished I could throw the car into reverse and get the hell out of town. I didn’t need trouble, and this guy could turn my world upside down, and not in a good way.

“Why don’t you come inside and we’ll get those hands cleaned up a bit?”

“I don’t want any trouble.” I couldn’t hide the tremor in my voice. Had I made my escape only to be turned in by a good Samaritan now?

He stood and opened the car door, reaching in to gently take my hand. I slid out of the car and tipped my head back to look up at him. He towered over me, making me feel small and helpless, which I hated. I was anything but helpless. He studied my hands before leading me into the fire station. One of the guys looked our way and Mr. Sexy motioned for him to follow us. Inside, I shivered at the air conditioning as he led me down a long hall to a large, open room with sofas and a kitchen area.

“Have a seat,” he said, pulling out a barstool.

I eased onto the stool, my feet dangling above the floor.

“My name’s Oliver Gonzalez, and this,” he said, motioning to the other guy, “is Jared Waylon. I’m a fireman and he’s a paramedic. Will you let him check out your hands?”

I nodded hesitantly.

Jared grasped my hands and studied them a moment before looking into my eyes. I could see the questions there, but I wasn’t saying a damn word. After a moment, he began cleaning my hands, which stung like a bitch. He even scrubbed around my nails until my hands were blood-free. He doctored my knuckles and bandaged the worst of it.

“I’m not going to ask how you got these, but if you’re in trouble, I wish you’d tell one of us.”

I trembled.

Mr. Sexy—no, Oliver—placed his hand on my shoulder. “Easy. No one here is going to hurt you. We want to help.”

“We’re going to call a tow for your car,” Jared said. “One of the firemen here has family who own a garage. They’ll give you a good deal. Then we can discuss your options for a place to stay.”

“I don’t have much money.” I hated admitting my lack of funds. “Maybe they’d let me do some work for the repairs and a place to stay?”

Oliver squeezed my shoulder. “Let’s get your car taken care of first. Anything you need out of it?”

“My purse and the bag in the backseat.”

“I’ll get them,” Jared offered. “I’ll have Kaycee call the garage and get a tow truck sent.”

“Kaycee?” I asked.

“Our admin,” Oliver said. “She’s also married to one of the guys on my team.”

“Why are you helping me?”

Kindness shone in Oliver’s eyes as he gazed into mine. “Because I think you need a friend right now. Maybe, when you feel like you can trust me, you’ll tell me about the blood on your hands and what the hell happened to you. Until then, just tell me one thing. Do we need to hide you from the police?”

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#Museum #Dinosaurs

I took my family to the local natural history museum this week and we had a nice time. My kids especially liked the dinosaurs. I remember that being my favorite part when I was a kid too, and honestly, it’s still one of my favorite parts. We don’t have big plans for the summer, but I hope to have some more fun trips with the kids before school starts back in August. Maybe the lake and there’s a nature center nearby too.Here are a few pictures I took while we were out.

Here are a few pictures I took while we were at the museum.

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This next one was my son’s favorites. A mosasaur. He’s been in love with them ever since he watched Jurassic World and saw that dinosaur leap out of the water. Even a million times later, he still gets excited when he sees that part. It’s probably one of my favorite parts of the movie too.

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So that’s the extent of my fun summer so far. Mostly I’ve been writing, reading, and watching movies. I may do another post some other day on the books I’ve enjoyed so far this summer.

Do you have any big plans this summer? Fun family vacation or a special outing? I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

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#CoverReveal – On the Run #NewAdult #Romance

Title: On the Run
Series: Flame Kissed #2
Author: Charity West
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Release Date: July 4th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Suspense, New Adult
Heat Level: 2

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