Friday, December 19, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Eban (The Heckmasters)

Drum roll...

Here it is, the cover you've all been waiting for...


Our dark and handsome hero is steaming up the cover of this book, coming from Samhain on April 7, 2015!

About The Book:
Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2)
Author: Allison Merritt
ISBN13: 978-1-61922-634-0
Length: 70k

If love can’t save them, there will be hell to pay.

Grateful for his mother’s human blood that cools the dark fire of his demon father, Eban Heckmaster has set up a medical practice in New Mexico territory. But there’s no hope of living a normal life until he rids himself of a seductive demon that’s been pursuing him.

Vanquishing it won’t be as simple as sharpening his demon-hunting sword. The clever creature is hiding inside his best friend’s head, and she has no idea of the havoc she’s been wreaking, especially with his body.

Beryl suspects Eban knows why she’s been waking up with no memory of where she’s been or what she’s done, but he’s not talking. But when she inevitably learns what he’s hiding—or rather, what’s hiding inside her—she wonders if her love for him is real, or an illusion created by the demon’s lust.

Eban is losing the battle to hold his rising desire in check. There may be only one way to extricate Beryl from the beast entangling her mind. Call upon his demon blood...and offer it as a sacrifice.

Warning: Contains a half-human, half-demon doctor who can heal anyone except himself, and a woman who’d blush if she could remember the sensuous torture she’s been inflicting on him. Could make you wonder if you should start listening to the voices in your head...

Read the first book in the series:

Wystan (The Heckmasters)
Samhain || Amazon || B&N

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Saturday night was a big one. One of my favorite events of the year. The Luminary Ceremony at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. It was a great night for it, not cold like it's been in the past and not snowing and being all nasty like it was last year--they canceled because of it and broke my young heart.

So I have photos of the inside of the Ray House for you!

Lanterns at the foot of the front bedroom.

The candlelit vanity. You have a better chance
of seeing Bloody Mary than yourself in that mirror.

Wanna write a letter or read the newspaper by candlelight?

Festive decorations on the chest of drawers.

At least we can see to cook. *clears throat* By electric lights.

The family dining table with pretty place settings.
I feel bad for the person who had to sit alone at this table.

Union soldiers sitting around the campfire.
Dark as it was inside the front rooms, it had a homey feel. With all those people living inside the house (remember, the Rays had 11 children between them), it might have been more than a little cozy. You can read more about the Ray Homestead here.

It makes me want to write a Christmas story really bad.

The luminaries aren't there just to celebrate Christmas though. There are 2,539 of them placed on the 5 mile road around the battlefield in remembrance of the men wounded and killed at Wilson's Creek (otherwise called the Battle of Oak Hill) on August 10, 1861. It's both eerie and beautiful to follow a road lit only by candles in white paper bags and your driving lights. We've come a long way from traveling on horseback or wagon with only a couple of lanterns to guide us. You can see my previous tour (from 2012) here.

Happy Wednesday. It's only 8 days until Christmas. You ready?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Feature - Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Marie

I have the pleasure today of introducing you to a book I got to read by my fabulous editor, Amanda.

Blurb:
Lady Amelia’s willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?

Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-nineteenth century English aristocracy. But when first her mother and then her father die, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and….. not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her travel to his plantation where she must remain for at least two years when she will come of age.

With the help of Lady Grace and Lady Sarah, Lady Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry so she can remain in her beloved England. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.

Lord Goldstone, Lady Grace’s nephew is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish Duke and so entirely unacceptable as a possible husband. After all Scotland is not her beloved London and environs. He also has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion? Is it strong enough to make Lady Amelia give up her English home after all? Or will Lady Amelia find a suitable English lord and avoid social exile in America? Time is running out.

Excerpt:
Lord Roseington wrapped his arms around her and stood up, setting her on her feet. “Yes, Amelia, everything is okay now.” He reached up and removed her arms from around him, then took a step back. “We must stop winding up in these situations before we cause a scandal.”

She looked at him through hooded eyes. “‘Tis a wonder we haven’t already.”

A man cleared his voice behind her.

Amelia turned her head, already knowing who had caught them. “Lord Goldstone, you mustn’t trouble yourself with keeping our secret.”

“What she means to say is that there is no secret to be kept. Amelia carelessly got close enough to the hearth to catch her skirts ablaze. I could not very well let her burn up.”

“No, Roseington, you were obliged to help. I am glad to know that you were not taking advantage of our dear Amelia.” He glanced at her and flashed a rakish smirk. “Indeed, you are a hero. Let us go share the story while Amelia changes her charred gown.”

She tried her hardest to shoot daggers at him from her narrowed glare. His grin only deepened at the attempt, which increased her ire. “Don’t you dare tell a soul. I would most definitely perish from the embarrassment!” Amelia spat the words out with anger and annoyance. How dare he ruin everything for a second time, and then jest about sharing her humiliation. If he were not Scottish, she would trap him instead. That would teach him a lesson.

“Do not worry your head over it, Lady Amelia. We will not breathe a word of this little mishap,” Lord Roseington said. “Right, Goldstone?”

“Of course not. All of your secrets are safe with me.” He winked.

Amelia blushed at what he had implied. “Thank you. Now that it is settled I am going to retire for the evening. Enjoy the rest of the party. Lord Roseington, Lord Goldstone.” She inclined her head to them before spinning on her heels and speeding from the room.

About the Author:
Amanda Marie dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Marie's favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper's Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits them every chance she gets.

Amanda Marie lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.

Join Amanda Marie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAmandaMarie1

Visit her blog at http://musingsbymandy.wordpress.com/

Write to Amanda Marie at amandamarieauthor@gmail.com

Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMarieAuth

Where to purchase Scandalous Endeavors:
Amazon || B&N || Kobo

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bask In the Glory of My Splendid Tree

Whew! Done with the final proof for Eban and I now have the final books in my hands. Well, on my flash drive. This is the first time since I started getting covers that I haven't immediately revealed a cover. It's coming to some blog near you on December 19th. Are you excited to see the cover for Eban (The Heckmasters)? Of course you are.

I'm currently hard at work (almost 4k) into my second contemporary western novella. I'm feeling pretty good about it. It should round out about 20k or so, maybe a little over. Writing novellas is challenging, because it's important to make the world feel realistic, but not overload the senses with detail because you're limited on the word count.

I also joined tsÅ« this week. You can come friend or follow me over there if you like. I'm liking it a little better than Google Plus, at least for right now. It's a nice change of pace from the FB scene, although the majority of my content is still going there for a while.

In the spirit of giving, I'm sharing my Christmas tree with you. It's a classy tree. You can tell because it's wearing a dapper hat. Bask in it. Bask. It took me about an hour to cut the non-functioning lights out of the branches. It was awful. The end result: pretty tree with a quirkily tilted hat.

It's Friday. Go, be, do.

And read! Yes, read! Do lots of that.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jingle, Jingle

But not quite the way you think.

Saturday was the Ozarks Romance Authors Annual Christmas Party. We had a pot luck, a Dirty Santa gift exchange and a super cool new way to celebrate our achievements from this year.

Introducing, my fabulous, extremely jingly new charm bracelet.


I'm not even 1000% sure what all these little jingly things are. Some are for finishing books, some are for publishing books, obvs the letters are for ORA, and the heart is for service because I was the newsletter editor last year. The colored beads are for contest placings. I should have bought another one, because I have four of those, but if I add any more, I might have to add another bracelet. That thing is super noisy and heavy as it is.

Right before January, I'll do a recap of all the things I have accomplished this year, so stayed tuned for that.

We also took a lovely picture (Thanks, Quillen, for taking the pic) with our other accomplished authors. 

We didn't plan that red corner, it just sort of worked out.
It was so much fun, getting together and celebrating the holidays. There was a lot of food, some really good stuff, and lots of laughter, which was really the best part.