Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Deadly Alchemy by Julie Morgan cover reveal!!

Deadly Alchemy, cover reveal for Julie Morgan




How do you choose who lives and who dies? 

Alchemist Amelia Rimos has just discovered the cure for the Undead. Being naïve and vulnerable, she does not realize the Undead have their targets set on her.
Happening upon a tall, dark, exotic man named Michel Gauthier, he saves her from becoming a victim, thrusting her into a game of cat and mouse. Amelia realizes being an Alchemist is not in her best interest when she befriends him. Is Michel as sincere as he seems or does he have an ulterior motive? 
When her life cannot be more complicated, John Hawthorne interjects himself into Amelia's life and shifts it completely upside down. He informs Amelia she has the key to their survival. Soon, she will realize the Undead are not the only monsters in the world…
Amelia will find herself in a stalemate: She will be forced to choose between destroying her evidence and saving the man she’s grown to love or destroying over half the population of the world, including the love of her life with it.


Deadly Alchemy is historical fiction with an emphasis on steampunk. It is also paranormal featuring vampires, werewolves and alchemy.

Julie is pretty excited to bring this story to life! Deadly Alchemy lived in her head for about four years before she finally put it on paper. She had a GREAT time writing it and hopes you enjoy entering into Amelia's world as much as she had creating it.

Author note: The story does cross slightly into horror.


About Julie Morgan





Originally from Burleson, Texas Julie always had a love of books, especially paranormal stories. Julie finally took the leap and began writing with encouragement from her family.
Having worked in IT her entire career, Julie now spends her free time writing. Living in Central Florida with her husband and daughter, her favorite pastime is reading children's stories to her daughter, especially those around animals.

Julie Morgan is the best selling author of these other stories.
Chronicles of the Fallen: Fallen, Redemption, Atonement and Culmination. The ebook box set is now available, featuring short story Rapture.
Southern Roots series: Southern Roots and City Lights. Watch for the other three stories in the series coming soon!

Follow Julie on social media outlets!
Amazon www.amazon.com/author/juliemorgan

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Readers are OUT THERE... you just need to realize where they go.



So much is going on in the publishing industry these days, it’s a wonder we still exist. With Shitty deals with publishers, cliques that are bullying other authors, authors that don’t know how to act, and events that are fraudulent and or extorting exorbitant prices out of the authors and readers… Is it any wonder things are going down the toilet?

I have been talking a lot recently with readers, authors and industry, especially after the recent event bru haha. They don’t feel they can trust events and their promoters. They are scared about the amount of money going out for them, especially when they aren’t guaranteed a return, or the “application” which really only boils down to “who is the most popular” and worse, they are getting really frustrated with event planners that are playing favorites with individual authors, ensuring that those authors get top billing and the best options. Then recently I had authors tell me how fucking pissed they were that promoters have been taking a % of their sales through the bookseller--- and I gotta agree there how shittastic that is. And this all happens without a reader attendance guarantee. Its not wonder Authors are pulling out of events left and right.

Well I had a weekend away from the internet, and the industry, (mostly) and after talking with a few choice people, people that respect and support events, and try to make this industry both lucrative and fair for all, and I have decided on a few things.

Everyone knows Romance Ink, my company, is non profit. All monies collected from the events we put on go right to the hotel, in order to pay for the F/B the hotel agrees upon to get the event put on. This allows for cheaper rooms and larger event space. For tnee 2015, Our F/B is 80k. Which is why registration is 200 a person for the authors. It seems like a lot… but it’s not. Actually For what TNEE gives you (Food, a FULL table, your ASSISSTANT to eat as well and attend, full promotional and next year acceptance) the price is amazing. Most other events are 150-200 a table, PLUS your assistant, PLUS their ticket for the “after” parties, AND any extras…. And that isn’t even a guarantee for readers attending. That’s CRAZY to me.

So with that background out there, let’s proceed. TNEE in Vegas can hold between 350-500 authors EACH YEAR. TNEE ATL can hold the same. At 200$ an author registration (which includes all that above that other charge you extra for) is more than fair. Actually it’s the best deal in the industry today---- especially when we guarantee career readers, the ones that are constantly looking for authors --- no, not online, but in person, ones they can connect with personally, to become part of the authors career, to becoming a fan and a friend.  And we guarantee you can sign, and NOT have to pay any % of your book income to the bookseller OR a % of your book sales to the promoter THROUGH book sales.

This year TNEE is boasting 450 readers already signed on, and more signing on every day, because it’s FREE for the readers to attend... With the promotional aspect, we are expecting 1200-2000 for the event this year, even though its Easter weekend. What’s crazy is 450 readers are signed on, yet we don’t even have 150 authors signed on yet.

So… Because of all of this, and TNEE being the most affordable game in town for the next 5 years that will boast actual READERS… to fill in this year, we have decided that all authors that sign on for the 2015 year, that wish to go forward to 2016 and beyond, will be paying HALF PRICE for their tickets… that’s 100$, as a thank you for filling the event and giving the readers a reason to keep attending the event. Those authors will have first choice of panels, event parties and opportunities going forward as well. With so many readers coming for 2015, we are seriously hoping for more authors.

So heres where I get real.
If you have issue with ME, Stella Price, and THAT is what’s holding you back from attending--- Please don’t let it. At this event you deal with STAFF, not me. Several people think I’m a bitch, and a snot. While they can believe that, most just don’t like that I’m direct, I pull no punches and I believe in a FAIR industry where (just like in all other careers) people follow rules of courtesy, morality and business.

Missing an event you are all but guaranteed to sell books at, something that the majority of the events cannot even fathom because you don’t like the promoter is insane. A 200$ ticket including everything above means that selling 20 books at 10$ each (which is more than doable as at TNEE 2014 the average amount sold was 35 per author) you make back your registration price AND you reach readers that you probably won’t ONLINE.  With the amount of authors getting hit hard from the KU and KDP bullshit, sales plummeting, doesn’t it make sense to hit the readers LOOKING to find new authors, ones that are buying books ALL THE TIME? The more of a connection you make with them, the more books you sell… because a writing career isn’t about YOU, it’s about THEM.

TNEE is going to be around till 2019. TNEE is the only large event that treats both indie and traditionally published authors the same, is the cheapest, and provides opportunities most others do not. As we grow, the event grows, and we would love for you to grow with us. Help us make a level playing field, one that you don’t have to worry about your money getting stolen at, and one that you don’t have to worry about the amount of readers attending. The readers are OUT THERE… but its up to you to attend the events where the readers are flocking to.

To sign up for TNEE 2015… guaranteeing a cheaper price…  go HERE.

Friday, October 31, 2014

In My Veins (Albion's Circle) Review


Today I'm happy we're apart of the 2 Americans and a Canadian, Eh Blog Tour with a Review of Jessica Jarman's latest release: In My Veins (Albion's Circle, Book Two).


Blurb: 
Anna is his. Merlin has failed. The Circle is broken. After being defeated in every lifetime, Mordred believes he’s finally won.

Even though Anna has little hope of gaining Merlin’s forgiveness for believing Mordred over him and the rest of the Circle, she isn’t giving up and vows to set things right. When an offer of help comes from an unlikely ally, Anna must trust her instincts—the very thing that got her into this mess in the first place.

Because more than just her survival hangs in the balance. Mordred took her for a reason. Anna is the key. The key to completing the Circle. The key to preventing unthinkable death and destruction at Mordred’s hand. They key to destroying the heart of a wizard whose love has followed her through the ages.

But Mordred has forgotten exactly what’s he’s up against—Arthur and his Knights. The most powerful Magical to ever walk the Earth. And a love a thousand years in the making. 

In My Veins is the second book in the Albion's Circle series, so you'll be lost if you don't read Deepest Cut, the first book located in the Anthology: If Ever I'd Leave You (Amazon Buy Link) that being said...

I enjoyed the story immensely, the characters are captivating. Anna has been a pleasure to read as she struggles to get a hold of her magic, keeps getting visions, and just tries to cope with Arthur, Merlin, the circle and everyday friends. Additionally, I felt as though this book was a great stepping stone for Anna and Merlin relationship wise, clearing up a lot of their communication issues and getting on the same page.  I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next between those two and what they pull off with their magics.

What stole the book for me however was Will and Galahad (Galahad is one of Arthur's knights and Will is Anna's brother). I absolutely adored the chemistry between those two. Now I know that I've got no shot to get between them because they are gay... and that small detail of them being fictional... but they have the HOTTEST sex scene I've read I'd say all year. I'd pay to be a fly on the wall to see their parts acted out. My fingers are crossed we get to see a lot more of them in the next book.

I can't really think of anything that I wasn't a fan of while reading this book. Ms. Jarman leaves it off at another great cliff hanger but, I think it just pikes my curiosity of what is going to happen next and how they are all going to deal with this last revelation of Anna's.

Over all I think if you liked King Arthur as a kid you'll enjoy & should check out Ms. Jarman's mystical fairy-tale in the 21st century setting.


Contact Jessica Jarman at 
Buy In My Veins Amazon, ARe, Smashwords

Before You Go... If you are free Nov 17, 2014 swing by facebook to participate in an end of Blog Tour. Try for a chance to win some prizes & chat with the authors:  https://www.facebook.com/events/513909265379107/

Blog Tour Line Up:
10/20- Ebooks Galore- promo
10/21-Undercover Book Reviews- promo
10/22- A Book Addicts Delight- promo
10/23-Shelly's Books- promo
10/24-Spreading the Word- promo
10/25-Dreamer Talks books- promo
10/26-A Bit Bookish- Review (3)
10/26- Sassy Mom Says Read Romance- promo
10/27-Midnight Angel Book Heaven- promo
10/28-To Snog or To Blog- promo
10/29-Jen's Reading Obsession- promo
10/30-Bronwyn Green's Random Thoughts- Interview (3)
10/31-Authors After Dark- review (IMV)
11/1-101 Ways to Make Love to a Spoon- promo
11/2-Sapphyria's Steamy Books- promo
11/3-2 Bibliophiles- promo
11/4-My Bookshelf Book Review- review (Mated)
11/5-Barbara Book Reviews- review (3)
11/6-Trout Nation- promo
11/7-Be My Book Boyfriend- promo
11/8-Author Sandra Love- Interview (3)
11/9-The Color of Ink
11/10-Butterflies Books Dreams- promo
11/11-Spitfire Reviews- review (mated)
11/11-Indie Book Fairy- promo
11/12-Literature Litehouse- promo
11/13-Shannan's World of Books- review (3)
11/13- Sweet Treat Reading Reviews- promo
11/13- Panty Dropping Book Blog- promo
11/14-LSK Sweetheart Reviews- promo
11/15-Amanda Hlgelmire- promo
11/16-LBM Book Blog- promo
11/17-Wicked Reads- review (3)
11/18-Carpe_Diem- review (R, M)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

City Lights by Julie Morgan

Author Julie Morgan has published the next installment in her Southern Roots series! Come check out City Lights!


Music brought them together. A gamble with love could break them apart. 
Blaine has reached rock and roll stardom. After surviving an overdose, Blaine was forced into a decision; change and be a better person, or continue down the dangerous path and lose everything he has worked for. Making the decision to change, he turns his focus and attention to writing and producing music in an effort to keep the bright lights of live performances and potential drugs at an arms distance.
Bassist to the band Blaine is producing, Penelope knows all too well who he is. He’s the sexy as hell, but also drug addicted singer of the mega band, Deep Ember. As excited as she is to get her band signed, she’s none too thrilled to find out her producer is Blaine. Leaving her boyfriend back home to follow her dreams, Penelope will find herself in uncomfortable situations with Blaine. He’s expressed a genuine interest in her and she feels drawn toward him in return. Unfortunately, knowing who he is and what he’s done puts up an invisible wall between them.
Emotions will be on the line and chords will be played… but can Blaine win over the heart of a woman who’s made it clear she wants nothing to do with him? Will Penelope be able to trust her emotions and will Blaine be able to prove he is not what his reputation says he is?

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Eternal Neverland: Steps Before the Fall Review

This weeks awesome read was Eternal Neverland: Steps Before the Fall by Natasha Rogue. It was a quick paced, drama filled tale; a bit of a modern vampire West Side Story if you will.

Here's the blurb:
Helena K. Sharpe was raised by a man who had sympathy for supernatural creatures, for the vampires his bloodline hunted for centuries. She was too young to understand how he tried to help them, but she knew it was important. Her father made her promise never to hunt them and she would do anything to keep that promise.

Until he is murdered by the very things he dedicated so much of his life to.

Orphaned and alone, Helena takes to the street, afraid for whatever's left of her life. Without her family, she doesn't know how--or even if--she can go on. Until a vagrant takes her under his wing and gives her a purpose. Revenge.

For six years she learns about the monsters, studies their habits, until, at 15 years old, she feels she's ready to find the ones responsible for her parent's death. All she has to do is become one of them. She's cute, young, innocent...

They'll never see her coming.
I enjoy when authors use pop culture and literary references. When used well, to me, it is a personal endorsement that the person has got great style and taste. Ms Rogue nailed it numerous times cause seriously any Buffy reference in a vampire tale just plain rocks, not to mention all the other references she pulled off.

Despite not being a fan of Helena/Kitt (the main character) the book still worked for me.  Half the time I wanted to punch Kitt in the face. I am hoping that in future books she grows up and matures a lot more. That being said I was really intrigued by her powers, I'm hoping those will come up more in future books. I was a huge fan of the guys (all of them & there were a lot),  Raven, and the triplets. I adored the Triplets and Raven for all their spunk and potential to the overall story line. I hope there is more of them in future installments.

If I had to sum up Eternal Neverland I'd use the final fight scene of the last Twilight (the movie, not book) as a starting point but caveat it with: more plot twists, edgier characters, more drama, and a more complex back-story.

I was really surprised by the ending, without giving away too much, I'll definitely read the next book to find out what happens next since it was left on such a cliff hanger.


Contact Natasha at: FacebookTwitterWeb
PreOrder at Amazon (Releases 10/28/14)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eventide Review

This past weekend I had the immense pleasure to read a new Young Adult book entitled Eventide by Chris Allen-Riley and it was amazing!

Blurb:
The driver in a tragic car accident that killed her best friend, Devon Greer is consumed by guilt. When powerful hallucinations convince her that she’s seeing Rachael everywhere, Devon thinks she’s going crazy. But her friend isn’t truly gone. To save Rachael from the faeries who stole her, Devon must pit herself against the Court of the Sidhe. Once she witnesses the true form of the fey, Devon’s life is in danger—and so are the lives of everyone she loves. Now, Devon must not only protect herself, but also Jonah Seafort, Rachael’s cousin and the only person Devon can trust to help her. While the Sidhe walk among them, no one is safe…
OR you can watch a kick-ass book trailer on youtube.

What I enjoyed most about Ms. Allen-Riley's work was her characters.  To me all her characters were relate-able and enjoyable with the exception of the traditional villain and high school bitch that everyone hates, but even those were well written. My favorites besides the main H/h was the little sister, I really enjoyed the sibling dynamics and antics throughout the story.

Another thing I enjoyed was her ability to be descriptive without the story dragging on or having lulls.  There were no lulls at any point that I noticed. I literally read it through in one sitting only taking moments to jot notes down.  Now this was partially because I had to find out what was going down in Iron Falls, as I couldn't even begin to guess, and also because I was slightly spooked.  Look with all legends there's a grain of truth so I get a pass for being creeped out by the evil fae!  I adored that Ms. Allen-Riley took the evil fae route, even though I was sure I wasn't going to be able to sleep and questioned my ability ever to go camping again! I enjoyed every moment of suspense she put me through.

I was utterly enamored with the whole story. After completing it I was very pleased to hear she plans to write at least two more in the series. I think it is a wonderful read for anyone who enjoys suspense, the fae, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or series in general ~Eventide is a fantastic start and I look forward to reading about what happens next in Iron Falls!

I will be buying this in paperback to add to my keeper shelf, not to mention I will be using it as a stocking stuff-er this holiday season!

Contact Chris Allen-Riley at: 
Buy for Kindle (Releases 10/20/14)
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Five Santinis for less than a BUCK!


So, hi, everyone! I know I have been absent the last few months and I really apologize for that. I have been fighting some health issues and they are continuing, but we know what the problem is now. But, it doesn't mean I haven't been hard at work! We have Santinis coming and to celebrate, I have The Ultimate Santini Novella Collection! It is already up for preorder at AMAZON and will be available through Barnes & Noble and Kobo. And the best news: Until Oct 31st, it will be only .99! Get it now if you missed out on any of the books to be caught up before A Santini in Love releases on November 4th!


All FIVE novellas available for a limited time in one book! Special pricing during preorder and through the first week. Sale ends Oct 31!!! 
Get everyone's favorite military family for one low price just in time before the release of the highly anticipated A SANTINI IN LOVE! 

LEONARDO 
Joint Base San Antonio Army Medic Leo Santini doesn’t know what hit him when he runs into prickly physical therapist Maryanne Johnson. 

MARCO 
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Quiet and thoughtful Navy SEAL Marco Santini doesn’t realize love is right under his nose, but once he does, nothing will stop him from capturing Alana Kailikea’s heart. 

GIANNI 
Moody AFB PJ Gianni Santini finds the woman of his dreams the day before a deployment. When he returns, he has one mission on his mind, conquering professor Kianna Jones. 

VICENTE 
Quantico MCB Vicente sees himself at the last Santini standing when he comes up close and personal with the one woman he has always loved, Jules Andrews. Now all he cares about is being that last man standing—as long as he’s her man. 

A SANTINI CHRISTMAS 
Join the Santinis as they gather together not for the joy of the season, but in crisis. One major event throws everything they hold dear into jeopardy, rallying the Santini brothers to support them mother and thrusting Joey back to the memories of when she and Papa first fell in love. 


Melissa Schroeder doesn’t disappoint as she continues to unleash her sexy Santini brothers on us. –Ms Romantic Reads 

Includes the first chapter from A Santini in Love! 

COMING SOON 
Book Six: A Santini in Love (NOV 4TH) 
Book Seven: Falling for a Santini (early 2015) 

And, don't miss out on the Johnson Brothers: 
Semper Fi Marines 
Book One: Tease Me 
Book Two: Tempt Me 
Book Three: Touch Me