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Cover Reveal - Uncovering Peace by Steffy Rogers

Uncovering Peace – Military Love Vol. 2 by Steffy Rogers Author
Release Date: October 30th 2015

Cover Models:
Jason JC Kurtis

Photograph by Kruse Images & Photography: Models & Boudoir
Cover design by Kari Ayasha Cover to Cover Designs
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Just one more cut. Just one more drop.

Faith Livingston has only ever known pain. With a past that she tries to keep hidden, she has a hard time trusting or loving anybody. That is until she meets Seth Jacobs. After sharing one night together, he walks away from her. She tucks her feelings for him away but soon realizes he is all she ever wanted.

There’s just one tiny. He's married.

Seth Jacobs has been unhappily married for five years but guilt forces him to stay with Krystal. When Faith steps into his life, his world is turned upside down and though he knows he can’t have her, thoughts of her consume him.

Will true love find its way to them? Will they withstand the trials thrown at them? Or will the…

Cover Reveal - Tell (The Heckmasters, Book 3)

Drum roll, please. I'm super-excited to show you, at last, the final cover for The Heckmasters series. Here it is in all it's glory, Tell (The Heckmasters, Book 3). I have to give a shout out to my awesome cover artist Kanaxa. I always get tons of compliments on these covers. She does a great job!

And here he is with his beautiful brothers. There you have it. A whole set ready for completion March 8, 2016.

Here's the lowdown:

Tell (The Heckmasters, Book 3) Author: Allison Merritt ISBN13: 9781619233010 Length: 70k Release date: March 8, 2016
Half demon, all woman strong enough to love him.
Knowing the day will come when his demon blood will overcome his humanity, Tell Heckmaster has been searching for a miracle. Something, anything, to counteract the spell. So far, he's come up empty.
Just as the town of Berner has finally found peace, Tell's worst fears manifest. Strange, new powers are tearing at his finely honed control. Putting everyone-including the …

Thoughts on Contest Feedback


They're everywhere.

This is one of those things you realize you're taking on when you get into a creative field. Some people love you. Some people hate you. Some people don't care. A lot of people don't care.

When you enter a contest, you are specifically asking for feedback. The judges basically get to say whatever they want. I've been critiquing and judging for years. Doesn't always make me right, doesn't always make me wrong.

I'm thrilled when I get good feedback. I want to be told I'm a total genius. Of course I do. Because, obvs, I am a genius. *Ahem* Sense of modesty, you can step in any time now. The point I'm trying to make here is, I entered the Weta Nichols writing contest. With full intentions of blowing everyone away. And happily, I made it to the final round because what I wrote was brilliant. Actually, it was a little horrifying and gruesome and the hero is a total @$$hat. He's definitely anti-hero material. Dark, dang…

Book Feature - Deady Benevolence by Dawn Brower

Jaesin Grean has one priority. He wants to keep his best friend, Dr. Luciana Doll, safe from her father and a bunch of zombies wandering around outside their door. Lucy is a genius and is close to developing a cure. When her ex-fiancé, Nathanial Tyger, shows up infected she is forced to move her timetable up, hoping to save him from a future as a zombie. They race against the clock to save Nat and fight off a possible attack from her father. Will they survive in a world already torn apart? Jaesin is given the herculean task of guiding them through it all. Will he live up to Lucy's expectations and can he keep her safe long enough to find a cure.

“Don’t do anything stupid, and I won’t have to harm you.”

Fuck, one of them managed to wake up. He’d deal with it. Sin turned around and peeked over at the man standing to his left. He held a compact handgun pointed at his head. How to deal with the situation? The man held his weapon with experience. He probably had training…

ORAcon 2015

This year, I was super-excited to return to ORAcon. I haven't been this excited to do anything in quite a while. I had my clothes all picked out way in advance, a hat ready to go, and the nail-biting thrill of waiting to find out how my paranormal entry for the Weta Nichols writing contest, Lawless, would do. Here are the highlights:
I got to room with my partner-in-crime Lisa Medley again. We visited at the Author Signing at the Library Center in Springfield, Mo. I didn't sign, but I did cut out early for dinner, which was a total riot with my girls, including Lisa, Jillian Slack, Ellen Harger, and many others. Dinner was too fun. We hit the trail and met back at the hotel for the Meet and Greet cocktail party, which was also a riot. I met a writer who's super willing to help me out with my Regency novella. I love meeting people who are so enthusiastic about working with others. Yay! Jill, Lisa, and I were the last ones standing at almost midnight. We reluctantly parted …

Sometimes You Laugh, Sometimes You Cry

This is a really terrible picture of me. I'm trying to smile, because I have every reason (see previous post). It may not look like it, but there are some pretty serious tears in this photo. That's because yesterday Holly emailed me the final copies of Tell (The Heckmasters, Book 3).

Two years and roughly 210,000 words later (more if you count the blog posts, Tweets, FB updates, words cut, lost off my SD card, and general chitchat about them) The Heckmasters series is finished.

Tell won't show up on your ereader or in your mailbox until March 8, 2016. There are reviews to look forward to, promo to plan, and incessant talking about the Heckmaster boys in the coming months. It's over, but it's not over, you know?

I don't think I've ever cried so hard over finishing a book as I have with this one. Number 13 rolled around at the beginning of summer, but I sure didn't cry when I finished it. I did when I finished Tell (who was number 12), and I cried again …

Some News I Could Use

It's been almost a year since Wystan (The Heckmasters, Book 1) came out. It's been about two years since I wrote and entered it in the Weta Nichols Writing Contest. Much to my surprise, it won. Remember? It was glorious. I got a 100 on one score sheet.
Last year, I had no entry for the Weta, because I was having a rough writing time. So I skipped it. But a lot of my favorite author friends entered and did well. Yay for them!
This year, I had a submission. An idea that's totally wacky and out there. So I prettied it up with the help of my friend Author Brenda Dyer and sent it in to the Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy category.
I recently found out that my submission finaled in the contest. My face might have looked something like this after I read the email:
I poured my heart into that entry, so don't mind my runny mascara/overjoyed shouting.

The competition is stiff, but I'm in good company. I'm really pleased to have finaled because that alone is a big deal. Now if…