Halloween Blog Hop – I Love Masks

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015

I Love Masks. They give me a feeling of being mysterious. As I kid I would wear them year round or until my mother took them away from me. As an adult I couldn’t wait until Halloween so I could buy a new mask. Then I went to New Orleans and fell in love. There were masks in every store, some with feathers, some with beads and some with both.

The mask I’m wearing in my publicity picture is a Venetian Pirate Mask. I love it. kayden picture

Masks have been worn by different societies for centuries. Some groups wear them for rituals, some for celebrations, and still others for storytelling. Mardi Gras masks in particular originated in ritual celebrations. New Orleans has been celebrating Mardi Gras for hundreds of years, and is the largest masked party in North America.

In the beginning, masks worn during Mardi Gras allowed wearers to escape society and class constraints. When wearing a mask, carnival goers were free to be whomever they wanted to be, and mingle with whomever they want to be with.

So is that why I love masks? They give me a freedom to be a different person? Do you love masks and why?

Come and see why other authors love this time of the year .Follow the hop for more fun, great books, and awesome prizes. Just click on the link below.

Snarkology Blog Hop

Enter for a chance to win:
(1) $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card or
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(1) $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

And if that isn’t enough chances to win a prizes, if you sign up for my newsletter  you will be entered to win a $ 25 Amazon gift card from me. Here’s the link http://kaydenclaremont.com/

My new release Timeless Passion will be available November 13, Here’s the blurb and picture.

Museum director Tasha Banner needs a miracle. Without a great deal of luck and even more money, the pioneer museum will close. But when they demonstrate a Scottish New Year’s tradition, a tall, dark, and yummy stranger walks through the door. Have the faeries sent her a miracle wrapped around the man of her dreams or will altering time bring disaster to them all?  TimelessPassion_w9565_750

Blacksmith Dougal MacBride walks into his home after a long day and finds strangers celebrating Hogmanay when it’s just days before Christmas. Confused beyond belief and incredibly aroused by the curvaceous bundle in front of his hearth, he is torn between the need to return to his time or remain in the present with the woman who may be his soul mat

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New Release– End of Lonely Street by Alicia Dean – Plus an Awesome Giveaway

Hi Alicia. Glad you could be here today. Would you like to tell us something about your new release End of Lonely Street.

end of lonely streetI’m excited to share my latest release from The Wild Rose Press on what would have been Elvis’ eightieth birthday. ‘End of Lonely Street’ is a Vintage Romance Short Story set in 1957, in the era when Elvis first burst on the scene. Like my heroine in the story, I am a diehard Elvis fan. (As you probably figured out, I took the title from a line in Heartbreak Hotel, which was Elvis’ first million selling record).

Check out End of Lonely Street and enter to win GREAT prizes…

GIVEAWAY: – Entries accepted from January 8, 2015 through noon on January 22, 2015

Three prizes –

Elvis Gift Basket including DVD, CD, plus more

$25 Amazon Gift Card

$10 Amazon Gift Card

First place winner has first choice, second place winner has second choice, third place winner receives remaining prize.

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Amazon Buy Link: http://amzn.com/B00QQO3BK0

Blurb:

Can she let go of the past, before it destroys her future?

All Toby Lawson wanted was to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and the painful memories of finding her and the guy Toby loved kissing. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away, helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, and even though she knows her mother initiated the kiss, and that he didn’t kiss her back, she can‘t seem to get past what happened. He soon realizes that the true problem lies in Toby’s belief that she’s not good enough for him and in her fear that she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

 

Excerpt:

 Chapter One

Mapleton, Tennessee, November, 1957

Toby Lawson closed her eyes and shut out all sounds of the diner, except for Elvis Presley’s voice. He was crooning about how she was the only one for him…no matter where he went or what he did… he’d spend his whole life loving her…

Rough hands landed on her waist and shattered the fantasy. She caught a whiff of hair tonic and too much cologne, and she snapped her eyes open. Wes Markham’s hateful face replaced the image of Elvis’ beautiful, crooked smile and smoldering blue eyes.

“Let me go.” She gritted her teeth, keeping her voice low. If her boss, Mr. Winstead, knew there was trouble on account of her, he’d explode. He’d barely let her have the job in the first place. Everyone in Mapleton knew the Lawson women were trouble.

Toby gripped his right wrist with one hand, tightening her hold on the utensils she held in the other. “I said let me go. Now!”

She shoved against him, but he didn’t budge.

He pulled her tighter. “Your momma’s a whole lot friendlier than you are. They say the apple don’t fall far from the tree, so how’s about you cut the pretense and we go someplace quiet? Winstead won’t miss you for a few minutes.”

Her cheeks heated. She didn’t dare look around. No doubt the customers were watching, listening. Elvis had stopped singing and everyone in the place could hear what he’d said about her mother. It wasn’t like they didn’t all know, though. Constance Lawson hadn’t exactly kept her escapades a secret.

Toby clenched her teeth and brandished the utensils. She spoke loud enough for everyone to hear. “Release me this instant, or I swear, you’ll be pulling this steak knife out of your eyeball.”

He held her gaze for a split second, then gave a laugh that was somewhere between nervous and furious. “Sure, sure. Okay.” He released her and stepped back. “I was just foolin’ around anyway. I got better things to do with my time than waste it on a used up chick like you.”

Muffled laughter rose around her. Oh God, she could crawl into a hole.

“How about you apologize to the lady, then beat it?”

Toby whirled at the male voice. Noah Rivers stood behind her, looking handsome and sharp in his police uniform—even with his dark hair in the military buzz cut. Her knees weakened, and tingles swept over her skin. She swallowed against the sudden dryness in her throat. She’d heard he was back, but hadn’t seen him until now. And what a time to have a reunion.

 

*** 10% of all of Alicia Dean’s net royalties for End of Lonely Street will go to

The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation (http://www.elvis.com/about-epe/giving.aspx) alixia

 

 

Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

Find Alicia here:

Website: http://aliciadean.com/

Blog: http://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008364070487

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alicia_Dean_

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/aliciamdean/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/468339.Alicia_Dean

Edge of Never Box Set By Caridad Pineiro, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Rosemary Edghill, Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, Pauline Baird Jones, Julia Mills, Susan Scott, Melissa Snark

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Edge of Never

A Unique Paranormal Romance Boxed Set   Edge of Never Box New WEB 09092015 (2)

By Caridad Pineiro, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Rosemary Edghill, Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, Pauline Baird Jones, Julia Mills, Susan Scott, Melissa Snark

360K words

Release Date: 10/12/15

Limited Run – Be sure to get yours right away!!

Tags: #Edgeof Never, #Fantasy, #PNR, #UF, #Romanc

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Join us at the Edge of Never.

Oblterate the lines between fantasy and reality with nine spine-tingling tales from your favorite bestselling and award winning authors. Dragons, gods—fallen and otherwise—ghosts, vampires. A touch of steampunk. More than a splash of romance. From magical lands to a chilling glance into post World War II Europe, Edge of Never has something to tempt everyone.

Caridad Pineiro: Undead Uprising: A Wolf Alone — Will she lead her pack in a war against the vampires or will she sacrifice everything for the human she loves?

Rosemary Edghill: Lizzie Fair and the Dragon of Heart’s Desire – Visiting the World of Iron is never a good idea. Ask any Morning Lord.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Show Trial—A beautiful woman, a terrible time, and faerie justice…served cold.

Brenda Carre: Finnraziel – She raised a god to life and thwarted the Queen of Demons, can she prevent a war without destroying the man she loves and the last two dragons she’s sworn to guard?

Ann Gimpel: Highland Secrets – Tumble off reality’s edge into myth, magic, Scottish dragon shifters, and forbidden romance.

Pauline Baird Jones: Specters in the Storm — If only the professor can believe six impossible things, and trust the lady time traveler, they might have a chance to defeat evil lurking in the dark of the storm.

Julia Mills: Her Dragon’s Soul – Exorcise the demon possessing your mate. Capture the maniacal wizard. Save dragon kin…again. Even the strength of the Universe may not be enough. Only time will tell. Fate Will Not Be Denied!

Susan Scott: Dragons Will Fall — To defeat a dragon is impossible. To love a dragon—deadly!

Melissa Snark: Hunger Moon –Wolf shifters, hunters, and a Norse winter witch–How will Valkyrie Victoria Storm ever find her true love…before someone kills her?

Editorial Reviews:

“Paranormal romance at its best.” Fresh Fiction “Pineiro is breaking the mold.”
“Rusch excels at the novella length and this is no exception.” (Tangent Online)
“I adore the descriptive language Carre employs to depict whore houses, study halls and the exactitudes of rulers’ clothing.” Hannah Greenberg, Tangent Online.
“The world of magic and mythology comes to life, the prophecies so fascinating it’s easy to lose oneself in Ann’s stories and forget everything in the real world. Definitely a hit right out of the park.” In’D Tale Magazine Reviews about Ann Gimpel.
“When it comes to creating stories with offbeat humor and outrageous situations, Pauline Baird Jones is in a class by herself.” RTBook Reviews
“It’s amazing to experience the extent of an author’s imagination, and Scott really soars.” Kirkus Review
“I could not put the book down.” ~Night Owl Reviews Top Pick about Melissa Snar

Brief Author Bios:

Caridad Pineiro – NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who writes romantic suspense, military romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and vampire suspense.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch – USA Today bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes science fiction, fantasy, and whatever else she desires. Author of more than 100 novels in various genres, she also spends way too much time with her cats. Find out more about her work at kriswrites.com.

Brenda Carre conjures spicy romance, steampunk, science fiction, and dark epic fantasy. Her stories have materialized in the Magazine of F&Sf, Fiction River Anthologies, Ragnarok Publishing and online.

Ann Gimpel used to nurture clients, now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera.

Pauline Baird Jones – Pauline never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.

Julia Lake Mills – Julia Mills is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Dragon Guard series. She admits to being a sarcastic southern woman would would rather spend all day laughing than a moment crying. She loves life, writing and hearing from other dragon lovers!

Mrs. Scott is an Award of Excellence finalist and Angie Award winner for her dragon-filled romance stories. She lives with her family in Southern Missouri and loves connecting with readers through social media.

Melissa Snark lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children, and a glaring of mischievous felines. She reads and writes fantasy and romance, and is published with The Wild Rose Press & Nordic Lights Press.