Friday, August 31, 2012

Sin and Sacrifice by Danielle Bourdon - FREEBIE

Sin and Sacrifice by Danielle Bourdon
FREE - 8/31/2012

Five sisters.

One secret.

An ancient order of Knights determined to acquire them at any cost.

And one man hell bent on saving both.

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Evelyn Grant, along with her four sisters, have a secret. A secret the Knights Templar want for themselves. It all went back to the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Knowledge and Life. The Knights will do anything to exploit the girls and their access to that sacred place, but one man, government agent Rhett Nichols, is set to the task of saving the women from torture and even death.

He succeeds—and he fails.

After centuries of being hunted, would Evelyn ever be able to trust the one person who might be able to help her? On the run, Evelyn and Rhett face off against their adversary and she's left with no choice but to put her life in his hands.

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Thriller, suspense, urban fantasy and supernatural with a little romance thrown in.

Love Regifted by Stephanie Haddad - FREEBIE

Love Regifted by Stephanie Haddad
FREE - 8/31/2012

What if everything you knew about your life turned out to be a lie?

Ava Sullivan thought her biggest problems were a cheating boyfriend, a devious step-sister, and a weakness for designer handbags. But when a mysterious caller leaves her a message for her birthday, Ava’s curiosity leads her to uncover her parents’ best kept secret. Feeling betrayed, Ava begins to question every relationship in her life, especially that of the hot new guy she can’t seem to stop thinking about.

Jay Matthews, on the other hand, knows all about regrets, especially when it comes to families. He also knows what he wants, and Ava sits at the top of that list. Getting her attention is easy. Getting her to learn how to trust again? That will take a miracle.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Killer Twist (A Ghostwriter Mystery) by C.A. Larmer - FREEBIE!

Killer Twist (A Ghostwriter Mystery) by C.A. Larmer
FREE - 8/30/2012

No one bats an eyelid when a bag lady washes up on the shores of Sydney, minus five fingers and decked out in designer couture; nor is anyone too perturbed when socialite Beatrice Musgrave plunges to her death soon after. No one, that is, except ghostwriter and Merlot-lover Roxy Parker. She’s been writing Beattie’s 'autobiography' and has just stumbled on a secret that’s worth killing for.

With slick black hair, tortoise-shell glasses and a penchant for cheap plonk, Roxy Parker is a sassy new female detective … except she’s not strictly a detective. Rather, she’s a writer with a taste for the morbid and mysterious—and this time her little sideline may get her in way over her head …

In the first book of the Ghostwriter Mystery series, Roxy is hired to ghostwrite the life story of department store heiress Beatrice Musgrave. Beatrice has promised Roxy a secret worth writing about, but before she gets the chance to tell all, the socialite is found ripped to shreds at the bottom of a cliff. The police say it's suicide but Roxy knows better—there are too many people looking way too relieved.

And so she embarks on an investigation of her own. From the posh suburbs of inner-city Sydney to remote outback Australia, Roxy finds herself lured into a web of deceit where time has healed no wounds and no one is who they appear to be. One thing, however, is crystal clear: chasing headlines can be a deadly occupation. Roxy must also act fast—there's a menacing stranger threatening her life, a handsome best friend growing increasingly impatient, and her mother is really starting to get on her nerves.

Killer Twist is a fun, fast-paced adventure for anyone who loves a good cozy mystery with a little wine swilling and fashionable accessories on the side.

Glazed Murder: A Donut Shop Mystery by Jessica Beck

Glazed Murder: A Donut Shop Mystery by Jessica Beck
$4.99 - 8/30/2012

WELCOME TO DONUT HEARTS—where the coffee is hot, the donuts are fresh, and the local police aren’t the only ones solving crimes…

MEET SUZANNE HART, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she’s dubbed “The Great Impersonator,” Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.

“The perfect comfort read.”—award-winning author Rhys Bowen

But when a dead body is dumped on her doorstep like a sack of flour, Suzanne’s cozy little shop becomes an all-out crime scene. Now, everyone in town is dropping by for glazed donuts and gruesome details. The retired sheriff warns her to be careful—and they’re all suspects. Soon Suzanne—who finds snooping as irresistible as donuts—is poking holes in everyone’s alibis…

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Taming the Vampire by Chloe Hart - FREEBIE

Taming the Vampire by Chloe Hart
FREE - 8/28/2012

An unlikely partnership...

Demon hunter Liz Marlowe and vampire Jack Morgan have hated each other from the moment they met. But when a powerful enemy threatens their beloved city of Boston, they form a reluctant alliance. It's supposed to be temporary--just one night, in fact. But as the tension between them builds to the breaking point, neither is prepared for what happens next.

The Blood and Absinthe series:

Book 1 - Taming the Vampire (a novella)
Book 2 - Bound by the Vampire (a novella)
Book 3 - Claiming the Vampire (a novel)

Available as a bundle in Blood and Absinthe: Books 1 - 3.


EXCERPT

"I'll stay on one condition," he said.

Her heart thumped against her ribs. "What?"

"We'll do the ritual, but on my terms."

She wished he wasn't so tall. It gave him an unfair advantage, being able to tower over her like this. It was hard to breathe, hard to--

"What do you mean, your terms?"

"Do you want to know a secret?"

Her blood was rushing in her ears. She couldn't speak.

He slid an arm around her waist and pulled her hard against him. She gasped, as shocked as if she'd stepped into icy water. She felt his strength, his power, and for a second her own power seemed to desert her. He bent his head close to hers. "I want you," he whispered.

Her face flamed, like a teenager's.

"I've wanted you from the first moment I saw you," he said, and now his lips were on her throat, at her pulse point, against her collar bone.

She opened her mouth but no words came out. Her eyes closed and her head went back, and he kissed his way up her throat, to her ear, and then he was whispering to her again.

"I can make you feel good, Liz. Better than anyone's ever made you feel."

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
$7.99 - 8/28/2012

“The thing to remember about a ‘stray’ vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution.”

Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.

Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he’s imperious, unfriendly, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson - FREEBIE

Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson
FREE - 8/27/2012

When witch for hire, Megan Stephens, is assigned to help the local werewolf pack leader find a mate, she thinks the job will be easy. Get in, get him up and get gone. But when she meets Zack Connor, she realizes her future might have a lot more dog jokes in it than she ever imagined.

This is a short story-- approximately 40 pages in length-- and includes an excerpt from Love is Darkness, the first book in the Valerie Dearborn series.

**Please be aware that this book contains sex. And not in a fade-to-black-sort-of-way but an-OMG-that's-in-public-sort-of-way**

Sunday, August 26, 2012

So Into You (The Jane Austen Academy Series Book 2) by Cecilia Gray

So Into You (The Jane Austen Academy Series Book 2) by Cecilia Gray
$3.99 - (8/26/2012)

I have to admit that this book really caught my eye. While I adore Jane Austen, I also like to see how classic stories would play out in today's world. So Into You takes a fresh look at Sense and Sensibility and is perfect for young adults and adults who want to re-experience the classics.

The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is guys. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And they're about to turn the Academy--and the lives of its students--totally upside down...

Meet sweet and sensible Ellie who hasn't met a problem her mom's yoga mantras can't fix. But when her parents threaten to pull her from the Academy just as her flirtation with the cutest boy in school heats up, will Ellie be able to keep her cool?

Be sure to check out book 1 as well: Fall For You

Friday, August 24, 2012

3 Free Romantic Comedy Kindle Books

Getting Even by Morgan St. James and Meredith Holland

VP of Finance, Jennifer Hayes, returns to Seattle from a five day conference, ready to enter her office like a triumphant empress returning to her kingdom. Instead the day turns into one of the worst in her life---ever.

Jennifer has gone from a well-paid female executive one minute to a desperate woman the next. Thinking her day can't possibly get any worse, she finds out how wrong she is when she goes home.

The only way to set things straight is to get even, and she uses everything in her power to do just that.



10 Dating Lessons from Sex and the City by Pamela Diane King

10 Dating Lessons from Sex and the City is the essential guide to dating, based on the cult hit Sex and the City. By studying the dating drama and disasters in Sex and the City, women can discover what to do, and what not to do when it comes to dating and relationships. The book provides humorous and practical dating advice for women of all ages written by an author with a degree in Psychology. 






Death by Cake by Melanie Ray

Warning! Foul language can be used. This book is a dark piece of comedy fiction, but the series is romantic as a whole. If you take it seriously, you will fry your brain. Not for children. Also, reading story may make you actually crave sweets.

Hippie hero, death by sweets, never ending childhood for young and old, and an interesting hit on the newest resident? Welcome to Lost Secret girls and boys!

Shari Kari is in trouble. She just broke up with her boyfriend, but now he's got a hit on her. Her supportive sister tells her to get out of Calibri City and into a small safe town: Lost Secret. Famous for being the one-stop drop town for the rich and famous' children. No crime. Where even adults act like children. She finds a friend in Timothy Varmen, and a semi-happy life, until her special condition gets out of control.

Ezekiel is the town's hero. While acting like a big child himself, he's taken on the extra duty of trying to 'save' the new local resident, whether she likes it or not.

In this town, a man must learn to grow up, and a woman must learn to grow down. Scandals, inhibitions, temptations...

A story of childhood...that's not for children.

Book 1 of 3

Freebie Friday: Destine by Katherine Polillo

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I am anxiously waiting for book two so I can see what happens next. S. Ford  |  8 reviewers made a similar statement
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You will fall in love with Michelle, her determination to do what she needs to do. Cynthia Shepp  |  4 reviewers made a similar statement
Michelle Cross is an average, seventeen year old girl growing up in a small town in New Jersey. Up until her senior year, her life has consisted of a rather unglamorous existence. Her closet friend Cami has been by her side since kindergarten, she has a loving if somewhat absente father, and a mother who is unique to say the least. Michelle’s mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was twelve years old, and ever since then she has had delusions of angels and demons battling over her only child. Michelle accepts her mother’s delusions as schizophrenic ramblings, until a handsome new boy finds her at school. Little by little Michelle’s world is turned upside down. The new boy claims to be the Archangel Gabriel cast from heaven, her best friend falls for the Antichrist, and come to find out Michelle’s mother has seen it coming all along. So instead of being consumed with prom and graduation, Michelle finds herself battling the evils of Hell in her small town. The four horsemen of the apocalypses have descended on her high school and with the help of Gabriel, her very own angel; she must stop the events leading to the apocalypse. What surprises Michelle even more than her role in saving humanity is the love that develops between Gabriel and herself. Can their love bridge the world between heaven and earth? Can Michelle stop the powers of Hell in time? Michelle and Gabriel find themselves the pawns in a very dangerous game between an ancient power with a mysterious message and Satan himself. Download your copy HERE! Katherine Polillo can be followed on Facebook.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dying to Get Published by Judy Fitzwater - FREEBIE

Dying to Get Published by Judy Fitzwater
FREEBIE - (8/21/2012)

Judy Fitzwater's comic mystery tour de force, originally published by Ballantine Books, is finally available in electronic format.

Jennifer Marsh is a mystery writer with a stack of eight unpublished manuscripts and rejection letters to match filling her closet. She's sure that if she can just get famous for something, someone will have to publish her books. Why not murder?

She'll find a target so mean that she'd actually be doing the world a favor by bumping him or her off. And she knows just the person:

Penney Richmond, a high-powered literary agent who's made it her job to ruin people's lives. All Jennifer has to do is frame herself, do the deed, and come out with an iron-clad alibi, and she'll be well on her way to getting a three book deal. So what if she chickens out at the last minute? A vegetarian good girl who rescued a greyhound could never actually kill someone. But when Penney is found murdered and the police think Jennifer did it, she’d better find the real murderer before she goes away... for life.

Along with her eccentric writer's group, spunky old ladies with a nose for sleuthing, her neurotic greyhound, and a sexy, sarcastic reporter named Sam, Jennifer embarks on a journey filled with danger, deception, and disguises that could leave her Dying to Get Published...

Our Husband by Stephanie Bond

Our Husband by Stephanie Bond
$0.99 or FREE for Prime Members (8/21/2012)

Hell hath no fury like three women scorned...   Three women from different walks of life--a doctor, a socialite, and a stripper--find out they have one thing in common:  a husband! When the magnanimous hubby winds up dead, the unlikely trio band together to track down a killer, and along the way, discover a lot more than they bargained for.

The Lust Garden by Billy Jolie Excerpt



Inside the mind of killer with his first victim…

He closed his eyes for a moment, pausing the metaphorical reel of film he’d just created. Her gargling, desperate gasps for air sang between his eardrums, pleasuring him like the sweet moisture of intimacy. Shockwaves spread and his body wanted to orgasm, but shivered instead, feeling the pressure like a feather in arctic rain.

This youthful lamb would never be enough to quench his thirst, but he allowed her flaccid escape attempts to linger. Her eyes, luring and wide, had hooked him from the beginning. Such innocence in those almond shapes that were so similar to what he ultimately craved. But still, she was nothing compared to what waited for him on the dark horizon.

She was frantic now, her darting irises rolling from side to side in pure terror. The smoky blue shade was all but erased by her nickel-sized pupils and her yellow mane of hair that matted against her cheeks. Through those small clouds, did she see him eclipsing the light?

It was time.

His euphoria started to evaporate. He knew from the moment he’d gripped her tiny neck that it was fleeting. Even now, he was still parched, with flames scorching his throat. But he could hold the moment. He was in control and could savor the conquest to taste the sweetness beyond.

Grabbing a fistful of the lamb’s hair, he brought her mouth to the surface for a short reprieve. Her pink, full lips opened and she ravaged the air like a starved dog, sucking harshly and finishing with a deafening cry that echoed against the tiles. Instinctively, he cupped her mouth and silenced her wails, submerging her yet again.

He was ready now.

Kindle / Paperback

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rules of Lying by Stephie Smith - FREEBIE

Rules of Lying by Stephie Smith
FREE! (8/20/2012)

Lies, lies, too many lies … Jane Dough washes her hands of her wacky family’s deceptive ways. But when a disastrous situation with her homeowners’ association threatens Jane’s newfound security, and her family pumps up the pressure for her to sell her home, Jane reverts to family misbehavior. She blurts out a lie that she’s advertising for a husband to help her out of her jam. It’s just one little lie to get everyone off her back, so no harm done, right?

Wrong! Someone runs a Husband Wanted ad in Jane’s name, and now she’s stuck with the consequences of her lie, even though she has no intention of getting married. Meanwhile, there’s that little business of losing her property if she doesn’t bring it into conformance before the deadline, and with every step forward, she takes two back. And one is a misstep that leads her smack into the middle of a murder.

Either Jane is the unluckiest girl in the world or bad luck is getting good help. Surely not from Mark and Sue, her two best friends, or from the drop-dead gorgeous doctor who comes bearing gifts. And that sexy new neighbor, a hunk of a Texan cowboy, must be on her side. It’s a shame she can’t tell the truth about what’s really going on, but that doesn’t give everyone else the right to lie, does it?

Well, maybe it does. Or maybe not. Or maybe Jane just doesn’t know the rules … of lying.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
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Reunite with witty heroine, Bridget Jones, as she discovers the ups and downs of relationships in this romantic comedy starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister

In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister
$1.99 (8/20/2012)

Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can't stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.

When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she's left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Freebies From H.P. Mallory

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, HP Mallory, Comes: Fire Burn And Cauldron Bubble:

A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead.

A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover.

A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches.

The Underworld in a state of chaos.

Let the games begin.

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.


To Kill a Warlock

The murder of a dark arts warlock.
A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose.
A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate.
Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world.

When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.

Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie.

Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full.

As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Freebie Friday: The Brown House by Christy Sloat

Jump aboard Anchor Group Publishing's Friday Freebie. Check out Christy Sloat's book The Brown House. It is a fabulous read for Freebie Friday. Freebie Friday's are sponsored by Anchor Group. And remember, while you're downloading, click the:
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Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn’t miserable enough, they’ve moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can’t be explained…

Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?
Download the book HERE!Christy Sloat can be found on Facebook, Goodreads, or at her Blogspot.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Merzetti Effect by Norah Wilson Review

The Merzetti Effect by Norah Wilson

Is it possible to reverse vampirism? Is it possible that it's just a virus or disease that causes vampirism? Delano Bowen thinks so. In fact, he's invested almost 200 years trying to find the cure. When he has the chance to obtain blood from a line of vampires that were thought to have died out long ago - a blood line that could be the cure - he's willing to do whatever it takes, even if it means manipulating a young woman. The only problem is that the young woman has sparked a desire, one that could be the end of him.

Norah Wilson is such an amazing author. Whether she's writing mysteries or sexy vampire suspense novels, you can bet that it's going to be something you'll remember long after you've finished the last page. The Merzetti Effect was such a fresh take on the vampire genre. It's hard to believe that there's a spin on the vampire genre that hasn't been explored, but Wilson proves that we've only just begun to scratch the surface of what can be read.

I highly recommend The Merzetti Effect to those that love paranormal romance, suspense, and, of course, vampires. You will not be disappointed in the book. Best of all, you can continue the series with Nightfall.

The Summoning by Wilson Doherty AKA Norah Wilson

The Summoning by Wilson Doherty AKA Norah Wilson
$3.99 (8/15/2012)

All is not well in Chthonic City, Maine. People are anxious, sleepless. Road rage is on the rise, and the ERs overflow with domestic and workplace violence. Why? Because the citizens of Chthonic City are having recurring, terrifying nightmares about demons rising to walk among them, and they’re snapping.

In fact, demons ARE rising. Slowly. One at a time, to dwell unnoticed among us as they multiply our misery. And they’re rising in Chthonic City where the veil between the Chthonic (the Underworld for which the City was named, though the meaning of the word has been long forgotten) and earthly reality is very thin.

Demons cannot rise until a human soul is driven mad. Over the millennia, demons have crossed as they could, but never before has humanity been so stressed as it is now in the Western world. Never before have we been so starved for time, touch, meaning, purpose. Never have our circuits been so overloaded with gloom and doom, economically, environmentally, spiritually. Never before have the demons had such a vulnerable population. Scenting a chance to break free in numbers, they hurl themselves into our dreams, battering at our sanity.

But these demons are not unopposed. In a crumbling church on the edge of town, an ancient Guardian has been watching and waiting. When the threat from the Underworld surges, the Guardian's job is to send out a call to a fresh crop – a cell – of Gatekeepers, and train them to descend into the Chthonic through the dream state and do battle with the demons, slaying them there before they can cross the threshold.

In Chthonic City, a new cell of Gatekeepers – teenagers all – has just been summoned....

Author Spotlight for August Featuring Norah Wilson

I first discovered Norah Wilson when I read her book, The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen. Since then I've gotten to know Norah and, despite her fame, she's a wonderfully down-to-earth indie author who truly loves connecting with her fans. I recently had a chance to interview Norah and felt that she would make the perfect choice for the first ever Author Spotlight feature here on A Girl and Her Kindle. Enjoy!


When did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing for almost 20 years, but I stumbled around in the dark by myself for those first few. In the early 90s, I found some local aspiring romance authors and we all joined Romance Writers of America. There was no looking back after that.

What genres do you write?

Here’s where I perhaps don’t help myself out. I write in way too many genres! With my solo writing, I focus on romantic suspense (RS) and paranormal romance (PNR). But I also write with a partner, Heather Doherty, who is published in literary. Together we write the hilarious Dix Dodd mysteries, kick-ass YA paranormal and even some dystopian romance. Some readers have actually followed me across all those genres, and I love them for it!

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?

That depends on the genre, of course. My solo RS and PNR books are very sensual, and are directed at an adult audience. (Particularly, I’m writing to smart women for whom time is a precious commodity. I try to hook them right away and deliver a fast-paced story that puts them through an emotional wringer right along with the characters as they earn their happily-ever-after. And I never write down to my audience. As a reader, I don’t appreciate being beaten over the head with various plot point, thus being robbed of the chance to decode the subtext and join some of the dots myself. I always strive to leave room for that kind of collaboration with the reader.

The YA paranormal is aimed at older teens. We want our stories to resonate with every kid who ever felt like an outsider. Of course, that could be a high percentage of teens! I don’t remember too many teenagers who felt completely secure in themselves, even those who seemed to be at the top of the social food chain.

And with the Dix Dodd cozy mysteries, our aim is to make women everywhere laugh out loud whilst reading our books on public transit, causing the people around them to inch further away. 

What's your latest book about?

My next book is a romantic suspense with paranormal elements. Every Breath She Takes will be released in about three weeks’ time (Sept. 4, 2012) by Montlake Romance, and I cannot wait! I should mention that this is a reissue of a book previously published as Lauren’s Eyes. This is the same book that finaled in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest and which won Dorchester Publishing’s New Voice in Romance contest. It’s the book that just won’t die! Here’s the back cover blurb:
Veterinarian Lauren Townsend has good reason for hiding her psychic ability. Not only did her “freakishness” earn her pariah status in the small town where she grew up, it cost her a fiancé and her faith in love. When Lauren foresees a murder—through the killer’s eyes—she traces the victim to a sprawling ranch, never guessing what waits for her…

Cal Taggart’s rugged ranch life doesn’t need any more complications. His stubborn determination cost him his marriage, and now may cost him his livelihood. But then beautiful Lauren enters his corral…with danger close behind. And Cal wants nothing more than to protect her. They can’t deny their intense attraction. Nor do they want to. What begins as a fling with no strings becomes a fight for survival—and for true love.

And the Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B007REBMKY

Which authors inspire you?

That’s a long list! Anne Stuart probably tops it. I adore everything she writes, contemporary or historical. I think I was also influenced by the likes of Linda Howard and Tami Hoag. Barbara Samuel/Ruth Wind can always provide a comfort read. Susan Elizabeth Phillips rocks. These days, I can’t get enough of Pamela Clare’s I-Team series and love her historicals too. She can actually make me cry, which is not an easy thing to do. Oh, and I love JR Ward! Her BDB books are like crack cocaine to me! I love, love, love Joss Ware’s dystopian romances. But the self-publishing explosion has brought so many terrific authors to my attention – Bella Andre, Marie Force, Cynthia Eden, Trish McCallan and so many more. Many of them have big traditionally-pubbed backlists for me to explore, if I ever find the time! And just looking around the Montlake Romance stable is humbling. They have some serious talent! I could probably read for the next year just from that pool.

What's your favorite book?

I’m an ebook girl these days. You just can’t beat being able to carry 3,000 books around in your purse, not to mention never losing your page.   That said, I think my favorite book was a Random House first edition of Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara which I read as a teen. It had a color fold out and maybe a half dozen monochrome illustrations by the Brothers Hildebrandt. I loved it not just for the fantastical story, but also for the physical book itself. It was simply gorgeous. I wish I knew what happened to it. It was passed from reader to reader until it was lost.

Why did you choose independent publishing?

That’s an easy one! At the time (2010), I had been agented for several years, but my quest to make that second sale to a traditional publisher was still unrealized. I’d gotten rights back to Lauren’s Eyes, so it was a no-brainer to self-publish that one. But then it occurred to me that I had a handful of category-length romantic suspense books that had already been shopped to the market and therefore were of no interest to my agent. I was thinking about pitching them to Carina, an epress owned by Harlequin, but my experience with Lauren’s Eyes showed me that it wasn’t that onerous a job to self-publish. I think my decision came down to not being prepared to wait yet again for months and months only to possibly face rejection. I wanted those books out there yesterday, and I wanted control. That turned out to be the best decision of my career. Those little books earned me more in a few months than my one traditionally published mass market paperback had earned during its lifetime. I went on to self-publish almost everything in my catalogue of manuscripts.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

Just one? I’m torn! I think covers are critical. If yours isn’t professional, if it doesn’t look great in thumbnail size, or if it doesn’t immediately communicate the book’s genre, you are going to labor under a huge handicap right out of the gates. But presuming the cover does its job and a reader picks you up, you’d better make sure that the quality is there (solid editing, quality formatting, etc.) or you’ll lose that customer, probably for life.


BIO:

Norah Wilson lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with her husband and two adult children, a Rotti-Lab mix dog and one rat (the pet kind). She has been writing romance a long while, and has finaled multiple times in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® contest. She also won Dorchester Publishing's New Voice in Romance contest in 2003. In addition to the romance, Norah writes paranormal YA stories with writing partner Heather Doherty, under the name Wilson Doherty. She and Heather also write the laugh-out-loud Dix Dodd mysteries under the name N.L. Wilson.

Website/Blog: http://www.norahwilsonwrites.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/norah_wilson
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/norah.wilson1

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Birds of Lore - Help Fund the Project

Birds of Lore is a project that is underway, but is sure to be a masterpiece when it's done. The authors/illustrators of the book are asking for help to finish the project and you could make that happen. You can donate as little as $5 or $750 (or more). In return, the authors will give you something to say thanks. Depending on how much you donate to the project, you could receive emailed images of some of the first completed illustrations or you might receive a t-shirt and copy of the book. Here's a bit more about the project:


Birds of Lore

My wife and I met in art school, and have been drawing and finishing illustration professionally, side by side, ever since...but we've never really worked together on a book.







While we love and appreciate our long list of clients, we have always pined to finish an illustrated book that entwined our ideas and set our imagination completely free. The years passed, and there was little time to work on the notion without a possible way to pay the bills in the meantime, as we knew our dream collaboration would take months of hard work. The hard reality is, ideas do not pay, even with some or most of the art work squeezed in here and there. What we need is a way to concentrate and muscle-through the entire production, and finish our little masterpiece once and for all.







The funding will go toward around 100 pages, at least (if not many more), of highly finished, highly polished, original illustration and interesting and informative (myth-wise) short stories about each bird creature. One third is planned for the design, printing and editing, plus, fair compensation for the 4 guest illustrators we plan to bring in, and another 1/4 for marketing the release and preparing digital versions, etc.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fairy Metal Thunder by JL Bryan - FREEBIE

Fairy Metal Thunder by JL Bryan
FREEBIE - (8/13/2012)

A rock & roll fairy tale.

Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans, no gigs, and they're going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on their lead singer, but she doesn't seem interested in him at all.

Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world. Soon the band is enchanting crowds, and Jason is a step closer to the girl of his dreams, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic they can't control.

Their shortcut to success has cost a troupe of innocent fairies their livelihood.  It also turns Jason and his band into enemies of the powerful Queen Mab, who sends magical hunters to track them down, including one of the most dangerous horned creatures in Faerie...

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
$1.99 (8/13/2012)

If you lived in a world where everyone had a personal fairy, what kind would you want?


  • A clothes-shopping fairy (The perfect outfit will always be on sale!)

  • A loose-change fairy (Pretty self-explanatory.)

  • A never-getting-caught fairy (You can get away with anything. . . .)


Unfortunately for Charlie, she’s stuck with a parking fairy-if she’s in the car, the driver will find the perfect parking spot. Tired of being treated like a personal parking pass, Charlie devises a plan to ditch her fairy for a more useful model. At first, teaming up with her archenemy (who has an all-the-boys-like-you fairy) seems like a good idea. But Charlie soon learns there are consequences for messing with fairies-and she will have to resort to extraordinary measures to set things right again.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kindle DX on Sale for $269!

Kindle DX Save $110!

With a large, easy-to-read 9.7-inch E-Ink display that reads like real paper, adjustable font sizes, and space for up to 3,500 books, Kindle DX is a great e-reader. Kindle DX is easy to use, with free 3G wireless (with no monthly payments or annual contracts), so you can shop, download, and read right out of the box. No need to worry about Wi-Fi connections, passwords or internet charges. This offer is valid today only, August 10, 2012, on orders shipped and sold by Amazon Digital Services. Offer good while supplies last.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais

A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais
$2.99 (8/8/2012)

An incorrigible demon meets his match when Lucifer pairs him with a witch.

Remy's not ready to settle down, it wouldn't be fair to  the ladies who love him so much. A giving demon, why would he deny them the pleasure of his excellent technique? But his view on monogamy changes when he meets a saucy witch with a firm grasp of the word 'No!' Who could resist the challenge? However, before he can put his demonizing days behind him, he needs to catch the bad guys, save the witch, and find a way to convince her to love him, not kill him.

Welcome to Hell where you're screwed if you do and damned if don't. And just so you know, Lucifer has a special spot reserved for you...

Warning:This story contains a sexy demon with corny pickup lines and a sassy witch who works for Satan. There is coarse language, hot scenes, a twisted version of Hell and a whole lot of giggles. If you possess an open mind, a good sense of humor and a tainted soul, then read at your own peril.

Dagger Heart by Ronnell D. Porter - FREEBIE

Dagger Heart by Ronnell D. Porter
FREE (8/8/2012)

“Erica was a good girl – most of the time – and didn’t step on anyone’s toes – for the most part. But sometimes a girl like her just couldn’t help getting into trouble.”

Norway, 704 A.D.

The valiant King Ulfur defeated the evil that swept the seaside village of Nornör into despair; Morgan, the demon witch, has been dead for nearly twenty years. The truce between King Úlfur and the Queen of the Fae has remained intact since the day that Morgan’s dark curses vanished. It seemed that peace had finally come to the wounded souls of the village.

But this peace is shaken when three curses that Morgan promised with her dying breath are placed upon the Norwegian village: who among them has cast the spell?

Seventeen-year-old Erica finds herself trapped in the middle of a witch’s deadly revenge scheme with no way out but to fight for survival. On top of trying to end the curses devouring her village like a savage beast she finds herself at the center of attention when it comes to Viking King Úlfur’s three sons: Kriger, Paul, and Finn.

Three of them will fight alongside her.
Two of them want to marry her.
One of them could be the son of King Úlfur… and Morgan.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wolfsbane (Howl #3) by Jody Morse and Jayme Morse Review

Wolfsbane (Howl #3) by Jody Morse and Jayme Morse

Samara's parents now know that she's a werewolf, but that's the least of her problems. As Samara finds out more about her grandfather, she begins to question the type of person he really was. Throw in the fact that love seems to be blooming all around her and it's a lot for a werewolf, even an Alpha, to handle. Of course, she also can't forget that there's another pack that wants her dead and even that is fixing to get more complicated. 

I absolutely loved Wolfsbane. The entire Howl series has been absolutely amazing. The development of the characters over the course of the three books is so well done. I wish books like these had been available when I was a young adult. Of course, the Howl series isn't just for young adults - this is a series that anyone who loves paranormal romance can enjoy.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves werewolves, paranormal romance, and young adult novels. This is honestly a series I can see myself reading over and over again. I can't wait for the next one!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Opal Fire by Barbra Annino - FREEBIE

Opal Fire by Barbra Annino
FREE (8/6/2012)

An unexplained fire.
A secret buried behind a wall.
And murder.

Stacy Justice did not expect to be set on fire that night, but being raised by witches prepares one for life's little surprises. When her cousin is accused of arson, Stacy is determined to clear her family name--until something cryptic is discovered in the rubble that changes everything. Now, someone wants her dead and she finds herself dodging angry motorists, exploding chickens and a very creepy man lurking in the shadows. As she begins to dig up the past, Stacy learns that even those closest to her have something to hide--and she's about to discover a destiny she never imagined. Suddenly, she finds herself running from a killer that will stop at nothing to keep a secret.
  1. OPAL FIRE, Stacy Justice Book One.   How far would you go to keep a secret?
  2. BLOODSTONE, Stacy Justice Book Two.   What if your whole life was a lie?
  3. TIGER'S EYE, Stacy Justice Book Three.   This time, it's personal. December 2012

Sherlock Holmes in 2012: Timeless Duel Book Trailer

Sherlock Holmes in 2012: Timeless Duel by Mohammad Bahareth

Sherlock Holmes in 2012: Timeless Duel by Mohammad Bahareth

Sherlock Holmes in 2012: Timeless Duel by Mohammad Bahareth
$1.24 (8/6/2012)

Could the mastermind detective of times gone by really solve cases in today's modern world? In Sherlock Holmes in 2012, we see how Holmes puts his timeless skills to use to solve today's mysteries.

"What’s in the Book:
It’s Sherlock Holmes like you’ve never seen him before. Between the classic Sherlock sleuth skills and the twist of time travel, Sherlock Holmes 2012 is a mystery that will have you turning the pages for more.
Delve into the pages that find a woman even smarter than Sherlock. He has solved the crimes of Britain but you will be amazed as he outwits terrorist and murderous foes on two continents and around the globe. Watch as the mind of Sherlock outsmarts the enemies of the 20th and 21st centuries and find out how he beats the greatest enemies of all time and how the bloodline of good old Watson has an intellect and brilliance that when matched with Sherlock is a force to be reckoned with. "

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blood Melt by Max W. Miller Review

Blood Melt by Max W. Miller

Can a sixteen year old girl really be the help that a warrior prince needs to return to earth? Don't worry readers, even Avani has a hard time believing that she's the one that can save him. With her life in an upturned mess, Avani must make the decision to risk her life in order to save Seth Cometh's life.

What I found truly unique about Blood Melt by Max W. Miller was that it was a romance that even men could enjoy. That's not something you see in most romance novels, especially those written with young adults in mind. However, this novel has enough science fiction flare to be a fun read for both men and women.


I found Blood Melt to be an intriguing read and something that was genuinely unique. I enjoyed the blend of sci-fi and fantasy elements and felt that I was reading something that hadn't been rehashed over and over again.

If you love romance or sci-fi, chances are you will enjoy Blood Melt by Max W. Miller.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Girl and Her Kindle Gets a Makeover

A Girl and Her Kindle is nearing its 500th post and I felt that it was a good time to make some massive changes. If you haven't noticed, I have already started cleaning up the clutter and making things easier to sort. The following are just some of the changes that have been made and a few of the things you can expect to see over the next month.

Books and Movies

First of all, the book and movie pages have been cleaned up so that they are easier to sort. Instead of being sorted by the date that the book or movie was featured, they are now sorted according to genre. This should make it much easier to find books and movies you're interested it.

Genres

Speaking of genres, I have made the decision to only feature books, movies, and freebies that will appeal to women and young adult women from this point on. This means you can expect to see more posts devoted to paranormal romance, romantic comedies, chick lit, Twilight-style books, etc. If you'd like to see children's books and movies, please visit Kindle Kiddies.

Freebies

You may have noticed that the free books page has been removed. The reason for this is that free books change on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. This makes it almost pointless to sort through older posts in hopes of finding a free book. With that said, A Girl and Her Kindle will definitely continue to feature free Kindle books. It is my goal to eventually post free Kindle books at least 5 days per week.

Author Spotlight

Something new that will hit the website on August 15th is the author spotlight. The author spotlight will showcase a different author each month. This will include an interview with the author (or blog post from the author), a review of one of their books (or a list of their available books), and the book of the day will also be from that author.

I hope you like the changes I've made, but I also hope that you'll suggest any changes that you would like to see in the comments below. Thank you for sticking with me in this marvelous journey to bring books, movies, and more to fellow Kindle lovers.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield (2008)
24-Hour Rental $2.99
Purchase for $9.99
Rated PG-13
Prices Subject to Change

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives

Zombies Take Manhattan! by Marina Bridges

Zombies Take Manhattan! by Marina Bridges
$3.99 or FREE for Prime Members (8/1/2012)

I 'HEART' New York!

Five stories, one great city, and millions and millions of zombies.

New York City is the greatest city in the world—and then the zombies come.

The apocalypse begins at the sideshow on Coney Island. A disgraced ex-cop takes the ride of his life in “Wheel of Wonder.”

“Times Square Is For Tourists,” thinks a timid stage manager. The heart of Manhattan seems like the ultimate hell—until the tourists start eating each other and she learns the true meaning of terror.

Off-Broadway stagehands prepare for a "Siege" on a theatre roof. With zombies milling below and the sun beating down from above, the question becomes can they survive each other?

Residents of a high-rise apartment building are running low on supplies. In “A Trip To The Drugstore,” a gentle man has to leave his erstwhile sanctuary in order to obtain life-saving drugs.

Back on Coney Island, “The Child of Child’s” survives by ravaged wits and dwindling supplies. An approaching helicopter could signal rescue, or maybe just the assurance she won’t die alone.

Zombies 'HEART' New York!
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