Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Guest Blog + Giveaway: Haunted by Shari Nichols

UFI welcomes Author Shari Nichols. Thanks for Joining us!!

FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT HAUNTED:

Hello, my name is Shari Nichols and I write paranormal romance. I’m here to talk a little about my new release HAUNTED... So sit back and relax. I hope this is fun! I’d love to give you some fun facts that served as inspiration for the story. 

  1. The novel is based on three real live ghost stories all rolled into one. HAUNTED was initially inspired by the true account of my friend Steven’s experience of a haunting that took place for two years of his life. When he was a teen, his mother remarried a very wealthy, man and the family moved into a custom built mansion in southern NJ. Every night when he went to bed, an icy chill would creep up his spine. This was immediately followed by an eerie mist of an older woman who floated through the walls of his bedroom and into the closet, forcing him to burrow under the covers. At the time, he thought he was crazy and never breathed a word of this chilling tale to anyone. It wasn’t until years later when the family had gathered for the holidays; that each member finally came forward to share their own encounter with the ghost. They all cried, having gleaned some validation for their experience. 
  2. The ghost in HAUNTED, an ethereal beauty by the name of Emily was inspired by the ghost that still roams the halls of the Logan Inn in New Hope, PA. This landmark restaurant is featured in chapter one of the book. 
  3. Room number six, where many of the staff of the Logan claims to have spotted Emily, is also featured in the first chapter of the novel as well. (See if you can spot it.)
  4. Ghosts have certain smells that permeate the air when they enter a room. Apparently, the fragment scent of lavender leaves a trail whenever anyone has encountered Emily’s ghostly presence. The manager at the Logan explained to me, after I took a tour of the place, that Emily used to wear a sprig of it in her hair when she was alive. (They keep a picture of her displayed at the front desk)
  5. There are three other ghosts besides Emily, that still haunt the Logan, a man who dove into the Delaware to save a drowning woman and her child. Sadly, all three of them ended up dying inside the doors of the inn. Patrons rushed to save them, but were unsuccessful.
 
Pretty creepy, right? Have you ever experienced a spirit in your presence or taken a ghost tour? Do you believe in the supernatural? What’s your experience?  Here’s a picture of the bar area where the three people died.



I was thrilled to be here and share my experiences. I’d love to hear some of yours.
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Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-five years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two teenagers, and her adoring golden retriever. She’s thrilled to spend her days in sweats, eating chocolate while pounding on her keyboard to create her next novel. Shari’s a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers.

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Haunted
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 When medium Karly Matthews agrees to move into a haunted inn, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the ghost or the sexy innkeeper she tries to resist. She’s can’t deny the intense rush of desire she feels every time he’s near. When she agrees to embark on a no-strings-attached relationship, she finds herself thrust into a world of mind blowing pleasures. Now she must face the aching truths of her past.

Hotel heir Thayne Harper has a laser-like focus on success that doesn’t include the help of his family. He’s always been the black sheep, living in the shadow of his dead brother. His dreams are put to the test when a supernatural entity threatens to ruin everything. The one bright spot is the woman who intrigues his mind and heats his blood.

If only he can convince her that, despite his bad boy ways, he can change for the good. Her love becomes his only salvation. Passion burns white-hot as a dark threat looms. The ghost doesn’t want them to be together and sets her sights on Thayne, luring him to a place that goes beyond death. Will Karly be able to save him before it’s too late?
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Karly made sure to keep her head down, wanting to avoid another run-in. Her gaze skittered over fallen leaves and flagstone tiles. Through the corner of her eye, she spotted a man in a suit and a few servers. Her fingers tightened around her key chain with every step, wanting to be far from the chaos of the evening.
She was almost to the main street, when she bumped into a solid wall of muscle that threatened to knock her on her ass. Her keys flew from her hands as she began to fall backward. Before she hit the ground, two strong hands reached out and caught her around the waist. She glanced up and into the gorgeous face of the god she’d seen earlier.
Up close, he was even more stunning and taller than she’d calculated. He exuded strength and masculinity, and when he focused that intense magnetism on her, all the air left her lungs, along with her ability to speak.
Genuine concern flashed in his whiskey colored eyes. “I’m sorry. Are you okay?” His voice was like warm chocolate, melting her insides. When he dropped his hands, Karly could still feel the imprints on her skin.
“Y-yes, I’m fine. I’m the one who should be apologizing. I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.” Her heart pounded wildly in her chest. The man smelled incredible, like sandalwood and clean laundry.
“No need for apologies. Maybe you should sit down for a minute and have a drink with me.” There was elegance in the way he spoke that made her think of old money and private school.
For a moment Karly thought about taking him up on his offer, but she wasn’t in the frame of mind to pull off light conversation or flirty banter at this point. “Thanks, but I have to pass. This night, well, it didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped so I think it’s my cue to go.” She did her best to school her features, but inside she was feeling raw and vulnerable. The only thing she wanted to do was go home, soak in a hot bath, and lick her wounds.
His searing gaze swept over her and made butterflies flutter in her stomach “Perhaps I can make it better. Stay and have a drink with me.”
Karly glanced at his jacket for his nametag, but like her, he wasn’t wearing one. “I’m guessing you’re in either sales or politics, and if this is all for a campaign donation, I’m sorry, I already gave at the office.” Immediately she got a vibe telling her he was his own boss, which wasn’t hard to figure out. The man exuded confidence and power.
The throaty sound of his laughter raised goose bumps on her flesh. “So you’re funny and beautiful that’s quite a rare combo, Miss….?”
His words slid over her like a warm caress. A flush spread across her cheeks. She shook her head, a little dazed by the compliment. It would be hard not to succumb to his charms. If she was honest, his scent alone was driving her crazy. No, the man spelled danger. “I’m sorry. I should go. Good night and uh, nice running into you.” She sucked in a breath, turned and took a step toward the street.    
“I don’t think you’ll get far without these,” he said in a bone-melting voice that forced her to turn around. He held up her keys in his hand.    
“Right. Thanks.” She’d become so dazzled by his looks, she’d completely forgotten about them flying out of her hands
“My pleasure.” The way he said the word pleasure conjured images of their bodies tangled together, rolling around in satin sheets. The air sizzled with sexual tension. Slowly, he closed the distance between them and placed the keys in her hands. She purposely avoided touching him, but his fingers grazed hers, sending a spark of awareness up and down her arm.
“Don’t go,” he whispered.
“Why?” Karly was curious to hear what he’d say next.
“I can’t let you disappear into the night without telling me your name.” The words were spoken in a commanding tone that normally would've irritated her, but for some reason when he said them they hit every one of her buttons. “You can give me that much can’t you? It’s not every day I meet someone that captivates me and you have, quite thoroughly I might add.”
The scorching heat in his gaze made her shiver. She swallowed and tried to regain her equilibrium. It’d been a long time since a man had looked at her with such blatant desire. “I’m impressed— that’s quite a pick-up line. I’m curious, does it usually work?”
His smile was pure sin. “I’m not using a line on you. I just want the chance to talk to you. Give me five minutes, that’s all I ask.”
What happens after that?” His charisma began to melt her resolve. Karly stole a glance at his clothing. His sweater looked like cashmere and his suit jacket was perfectly tailored and cut to fit his body, only adding to his commanding presence.  
“You decide. If you want to continue the conversation, I get your number, if not, then we part ways. No harm done.”
How could she say no when his approach was so refreshing “Nothing like cutting to the chase.” A guy that looked like him probably had women falling all over themselves to get his attention. It didn’t take a psychic to glean the man was a player. He was too smooth to be anything else. “Five minutes is all you get.”
“Five minutes is all I need.” He was persuasive, not to mention cocky as hell and yet for some reason she couldn’t seem to say no where he was concerned. Besides, his vibe was positive and cool with no warning signs.  
“You’re pretty sure of yourself. Do you always get what you want?”




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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Promo + Giveaway: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Brave
Wicked Saga #3
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Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…
 

 
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Talent: Justin Edwards (the cover model)

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.



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 Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Interview + Giveaway: A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance by Tena Stetler

UFI welcomes Author Tena Stetler. Thanks for Joining us!!


What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview? 

I was a radio DJ for a couple of years.  It was a fun experience, but unless you are on the east or west coast of the United States, the pay sucks. I did get great seats to rock concerts and met a lot of the band members.


What do you enjoy doing on your down time? 

Hiking, kayaking, dabbling in graphic arts, and reading a good book.


What is your Favorite part of writing? 

Living in a fantasy world of my own creation.


Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 

Not really, I have a set schedule that I write for 2-4 hours in the morning, depending on the promo schedule, then another 3 hours or so in the afternoon.


What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres? 

Molly Harper, Deborah Harkness, J.K Rowling


How would you pitch A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance to someone who has not heard of it before?
 
A Demon’s Witch Series is a spicy paranormal romance series that has it all, Intrigue, humor, thrills, danger and a splash of magic to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance, third book in the series is an exciting romantic fantasy beginning in Glacier National Park, winds through Australia. If Irish myths and legends control their destiny, will they make it to Ireland for Christmas? Their travels may be the key to unravelling secrets and returning the magic.


Can you tell us a little bit about the world that A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance  is set in? 

It’s set in the real world but the magic is hidden from mortals.


Do you have a favorite scene in A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance? 

Yes, when Stefan comes back from talking with the King of the Warrior Faeries. He tells Brandy that he’s just had a conversation with one of the Irish myths that she talks about in her storytelling. Brandy is an Irish Seanachi (Storyteller) in addition to being a park ranger.


Which one character out of all your books was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about?
 
Stefan (A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance) was my favorite. He appears in all of the Demon’s Witch Series, so far. Tristian (A Warlock’s Secrets) was my most difficult. I didn’t expect that assassin in my stories to have a book of his own, yet the readers and reviewers clamored for his story. I guess I didn’t know him well enough at the beginning of the book, but I sure knew him by the end. LOL


What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you?

I recently turned in the fourth book in the Demon’s Witch Series, An Angels Unintentional Entanglement, should be released by mid 2018. I’m also working on the fifth book, which will be a surprise for my readers. It’s another one that will be a bit different. There’s also a sequel to Charm Me, a third book in the Witch’s Journey Series and a really cool romantic suspense set in a little town in the Rocky Mountains involving, Special Forces, CIA operative, small town sheriff and lots of twists and turns.  
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Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination.  She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends.

With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, Tena sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures telling her their tales. Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle.

Any evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn. Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them.

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A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance  
Demon's Witch #3
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Stefan is a Native American vampire, former assassin for the Vampire Council. In a twist of fate, he now DJ’s the midnight shift for a small radio station in Whitefish, Montana, on the edge of Glacier National Park where his secret is safe until...

Born in Ireland, Brandy now works as a park ranger and trail guide in the park. During a full moon, Stefan and Brandy’s paths cross in a near physical collision on a trail. Their attraction is immediate and undeniable, almost as if fate demanded it.

Their union was foretold long ago in Irish folk tales where vampires and gryphons, warlocks and demons, witches and faeries must work together for the good of man and magic kind. Is a trip to Ireland the key to unravelling secrets and returning the magic? And even more importantly, will their love survive the trip?

Excerpt:

The sun slid behind the mountains, setting the azure sky ablaze in hues of red, orange, yellow, and pink. Then red shifted to purple and dusk faded to darkness as he jogged toward the trails. She stood leaning against the rock where he had started his run last night. He’d tried to convince himself to stay away, but in the end, the urge was too strong.
In a whisper of movement, he was at her side with his hand on the rock just above her shoulder. “Waiting for someone? Brandy, is it?” The scent of warm, perfumed female skin wafted over him as he leaned into her.
“It took you long enough, Mr. Talltree.” Her full lips formed a slight pout as she lifted her chin and tilted her face up to meet his. “Nice to see you again.”
There was no hesitation or apprehension in her lovely features as he moved closer, placing his other hand next to her left shoulder, effectively pinning her against the rock. He wanted to wrap his arms around her lithe, warm body and brush his lips over her sexy pout. But he thought better of it, not wanting to scare her off…not yet.
“Yes, it is.” He let his gaze wander leisurely up and down her luscious body. “Didn’t your mother warn you about the dangers of stalking a stranger at night in the park alone?”




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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week in Review: 12/3-12/9



Books Received for Review

Drakon's Past by N.J. Walters
Shadow Hunt by Melissa F. Olson

Books I've Read

The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons
The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons
Dragon Shadow by Alicia Wolfe

Reviews Posted

Spartan Heart by Jennifer Estep
Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter
Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Promo + Giveaway: Beyond the Shadows by Amber Lynn Natusch



Beyond the Shadows
Force of Nature #3
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Another day, another problem for Piper Jones and her eclectic mix of allies.

And so far, her pack of vampire enforcers, werewolves, and her warlock mentor have come through it all unscathed. But when a rogue assassin starts killing off Knox’s crew, she’s got more to worry about than the faint blue scar on her chest and her failing powers.

Now she must race against time to heal her broken magic, if she wants to save the wolves she’s grown to love.


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Amber Lynn Natusch is the author of the bestselling Caged, as well as the Light and Shadow series with Shannon Morton. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and speaks sarcasm fluently because of her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and sing in her kitchen—much to the detriment of those near her—but spends most of her time running a practice with her husband, raising two small children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace and quiet. She has many hidden talents, most of which should not be mentioned but include putting her foot in her mouth, acting inappropriately when nervous, swearing like a sailor when provoked, and not listening when she should. She’s obsessed with home renovation shows, should never be caffeinated, and loves snow. Amber has a deep seeded fear of clowns and deep water…especially clowns swimming in deep water.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Ever the Brave
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN:   0544664469
ISBN13: 9780544664463
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

EVER THE BRAVE surprised me in many ways.

There are a bunch of great characters in this series. They all have great growth and bring something to the storyline. I liked getting into their minds via their different POVs. The villain of the story totally took me by surprise. I didn't see it coming, and it definitely brought another element to the story.

Time to talk romance. I liked Cohen from the start. I enjoyed the progression of his and Britta's romance and thought they fit together and worked together very well. I was extremely worried about the hint of a love triangle when I read the blurb for EVER THE BRAVE—I even put off reading it for a while because I didn't want there to be one. While reading I really wanted to hate King Aodren, but he slowly won his way into my heart. I am very happy with the way everything played out and the final decision Britta made in the end. That is all you will get about that from me.

I really enjoyed the world of Clash of Kingdoms. It's complex yet easy to understand. The pace is slow, but not too slow that I got bored. I'm glad I read this series and look forward to seeing what the author does in the future.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.