Witch of the Cards Tour & Mega Giveaway Commences! March 28 – April 11


Witch of the Cards is on tour, hosted by Bewitching Books (How perfect for a witchy book). Also, a bunch of my fellow authors and bloggers are joining in the fun. A giant thanks to all! As always, tour stops go live on the day of, so make sure to pop back in to read new posts. There are guest posts about the Tarot, about why I love to set my novels in dilapidated, eerie locations, about my inspirations behind the story, and a really fun playlist, mashing up contemporary music (about witches and magic) with songs of the 1930s. A tour would not be complete without a great giveaway. So, make sure to enter the Rafflecopter below. Want to know what the prizes are? Here you go:

An earlier box – bewitching ones to come!

 One $40 gift card, two hand-painted heart-boxes (by me) with secret treasure inside, one signed paperback of Dorianna, one signed paperback of Witch of the Cards, one brand new collector Tarot deck along with an envelope full of special greeting cards (with envelopes) designed by me!

TOUR March 28 – April 11

March 28 – Guest Post – The Allure of Creepy Beach Towns as Settings
Addicted 2 Heroines

March 28 – Feature & Guest Post
In Pursuit of Publishness

March 30 – Playlist!
Dawn Brazil’s Brilliant Babbles About Books

March 29 – Feature & Excerpt
Leigh Anderson Romance

March 30 – Spotlight & Excerpt
Kristy Centeno

March 31 – Spotlight, Teasers
Ramblings of a Book Nerd

March 31 – Spotlight, Teasers
fuonlyknew

April 1 – What’s in a Penname?
Mythical Books


April 1 – Spotlight
Extreme Bookaholic’s Blog

April 1 – Inspirations Behind the Story!
Fresh Pot of Tea

April 4 – Guest Post – Magical Taffy & Other Weirdness
Hart’s Romance

April 4Feature & Why I Love Creepy Beach Towns
Christine Rains, Writer

April 4 – Feature
Ellie Garratt


April 5Interview
Fang-tastic Books
www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

April 5 – Feature
Julie Flanders
julieflanders.blogspot.com

April 6 – Guest Blog – TAROT!
Juli D Revezzo
http://julidrevezzo.com/blog/
something about tarot

April 6 – Feature
Cherie Reich
http://cheriereich.blogspot.com

April 6 – Feature
Write Stuff
meradethhouston.blogspot.com

April 6 – Guest Post
Mary Pax
http://mpaxauthor.com/blog/

April 7 – Spotlight
Roxanne’s Realm
www.roxannerhoads.com

April 7 – Feature
Liz Long
http://lizclong.com/blog

April 8 – Guest Blog
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/

April 8 – Review
Queen of All She Reads
http:queenofallshereads.blogspot.com

April 11 – Guest Blog
Books Direct
https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/
Researching Historical Fiction OR author’s choice

April 11 – Review
I Smell Sheep
http://www.ismellsheep.com/

April 11 – Feature
https://bibliogalblog.com (Rebecca Milhoan)

Get it at: Amazon USAmazon UKiBooksKoboB&N/NookInkteraAmazon CAAmazon AUAmazon INAmazon DE

Witch of the Cards is OUT! Plus blitz week prizes

I am thrilled to say that my historical fantasy Witch of the Cards is live! To celebrate its launch I am running a blitz week Rafflecopter with lots of fun prizes. A special thanks to all of you who are helping to spread word. I am more than happy to return the favor on your next launch!

The idea for this book came years ago when I had a strange dream the night before we went to Asbury Park, then a dilapidated, spooky beach town. Of course, being a writer who loves odd settings, this place attracted my curiosity! In the dream (nightmare?) I was wandering down an abandoned boardwalk when I came to the only open shop – a saltwater taffy store.
In it, was an ancient witch, selling magical taffy. Boom!

Get it at: Amazon US, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, B&N/Nook, Inktera, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon IN, Amazon DE

Witch of the Cards blurb:



Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.
Writers and most book-lovers know that the best present an author can get on her book’s birthday are people buying the book! For us indies, it helps get the book higher on the lists so more people know about it. If you like witch tales, suspense, historical fiction, Tarot, epic supernatural battles, and ocean settings, please consider reading Witch of the Cards.
Available at: Amazon USAmazon UKiBooksKoboB&N/NookInkteraAmazon CAAmazon AUAmazon INAmazon DE

More intriguing reads & cover reveals!

Galactic Empires is a FREE boxed set of exciting deep space exploration! Get it at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AUiTunes, Kobo, B&N.

Eight full-length novels of adventure, war, intrigue and survival in the far reaches of space.

The Backworlds by M. Pax
A man struggles to survive in the harsh world of humanity’s outer settlements and prove his father wrong.
Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen
To look an alien superior in the eye is a deadly offense. To accuse him of a political murder…
Alien Hunters by Daniel Arenson
A scruffy alien pest controller faces an alien threat the likes of which the universe has never seen.
Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper
Hostile aliens nearly eradicated humanity. Will the next encounter finish the job?
Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo
A disgraced racer pilot gets mixed up with a mega-corporation. Now he has to stop them.
Sky Hunter by Chris Reher
Sent to a human outpost to investigate sabotage, a pilot finds more trouble than she bargained for.
The Galapagos Incident by Felix Savage
A genocidal AI attacks the solar system, and a Space Corps agent has one chance of saving a bunch of asteroid squatters she was sent to evict.
First Conquest by David VanDyke
To find a home and keep humanity safe from hostile aliens, Task Force Conquest must fight to seize a new star system.

Here’s a YA great, new sci-fi from Jennifer Macaire

New releases & reveals by the bunch!

Big Yearning by Christine Rains
Adult romance from Ellora’s Cave
***for the 18+ crowd only
Get it at Amazon & Kobo, See ALL of Christine Rain’s sizzling romance from Ellora’s Cave right here!

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Here’s a new YA romance by Wende Dikec. Pre-orders open!

Starr Valentine by Wende Dikec
from Inkspell Publishing

Pre-order it from Amazon

And here’s a fun adventure for your nine to twelve year-old. Hey, they need books too!

Fable Rangers: Summons by A.L. Brown

Heart in a Box on Tour, plus the story behind the story



Heart in a Box is on Tour with Chapter by Chapter! Below are all of the stops. There are guest posts, playlists, interviews and other fun things, including a giant Rafflecopter full of prizes! As always, the links will go live as the blogs post. I’m proud and grateful to say that Heart in a Box has been on the Amazon top 100 in Teen and Alternative Family for four + weeks and is also an Amazon “Hot New Release.” FYI, buy links are on the right side of this blog.


A bit about Heart in a Box’s journey…

Enter the Rafflecopter below. The prizes include: 
A $40 gift card, 2 hand-painted heart-boxes with secret treasure inside, a signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, a signed paperback of Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine, a great YA ebook pack of novels: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec, When Sorrows Come by Katie M John, and Time Runs Away with Her by Christine Potter.

Week One

January 18            Cover2CoverInterview
January 18            Review books – Review
January 18            Illuminite CaliginosusDream cast for Heart in a Box
January 18         Susan Heim on WritingSpotlight/Promo
January 19           Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff – Review
January 19            The Avid Book Collector – Spotlight/Promo
January 19            Painted Words Reviews – Review
January 20            Driftless – Spotlight/Promo
January 20            Chapter by Chapter – Interview
January 20            Hidden Worlds Books – Spotlight/Promo
January 20            M Pax Dimensions in Fiction- Spotlight/Promo
January 21            Diana’s Book Reviews – Guest Post
January 21            Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions – Spotlight/Promo
January 21            Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog – Spotlight/Promo
January 21            Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight/Promo
January 21            5 Girls Book Reviews – Review
January 21            Reader Girls – Spotlight/Promo
January 22            WS Momma Readers Nook – Guest Post
January 22            Go Read A Book – Review

Week Two

January 25            Don’t Judge, Read – Guest Post
January 25            A Dream Within A Dream – Spotlight/Promo
January 25           Books and Ladders – Guest Post
January 26            Book-Keeping – Review
January 26            The Page Unbound – Guest Post
January 27            Wishful Endings – Spotlight/Promo
January 27            Ellie Garratt – Guest Post
January 27            BooksChatter – Interview
January 28            Booklovercircumspect4 – Guest Post
January 29            Star Crossed Reviews – Spotlight/Promo
January 29            Lisa T. Cresswell – Guest Post
January 29            Becca’s Book Affair – Review
January 29            Books Direct – Review

RAFFLECOPTER:

New Winter Reads!

Today Idea City is featuring a bunch of great new reads to upload and read under your warm, winter quilt. We have a fun variety of sci-fi, paranormal romance, and thrillers.

The Mystery House by Eva Pohler
Thriller/Suspense
 
Ellen and her two best friends share a mid-life crisis by hatching a plan to renovate an 1860’s Greek revival in the nearby historic district of San Antonio. Although Ellen isn’t one to believe in ghosts, she comes face to face with something inexplicable in the attic. Her ghost-enthusiast friends convince her that they must help the spirit find closure, and as they dig deeper into the past, they uncover a shocking history that someone in the neighborhood doesn’t want exposed. But Ellen and her friends don’t give up easily. They realize they’ve been called to give voice to the invisible women who suffered behind the walls of the house for decades.
 
Check out The Mystery House at Amazon & Smashwords

Eva Pohler teaches writing and literature at a university in San Antonio, where she lives with her husband and three kids. She’s the author of several novels for teens based on Greek mythology, including her bestselling six-book Gatekeeper’s Saga and three-book Vampires of Athens Series. Learn more at Eva’s website, her thriller Facebook page and her Teen Fantasy Facebook page.

The Reader by M. Pax
science fiction (Book Three of the Rifter series)

With the rift closed for the season and no more monsters to fight, Daelin Long gets bored as librarian in the podunk town of Settler, Oregon. A job interview and her brother’s arrival present a tempting opportunity to escape, until her brother and her best friend, a ghost, disappear.
While Daelin searches for them, more mysteries pile up: dead people coming back to life, portraits of the town founders replaced with strange white trees, and people on the other side of the rift returning. It’s impossible. The portal that allows monsters from other universes to come to Earth is sealed until next summer.
The Rifters, a secret group protecting our world, believe the troubles are nothing more than the tantrums of an offended ghost. Daelin disagrees. If she’s right, the evil hell-bent on destroying Earth has new technology making the rift more deadly.
Before the monster summons the next apocalypse, Daelin must find it and destroy it.

Get the Reader at Amazon, UK, iBook, Kobo, Nook, Smashie
Check out the entire Rifter series!

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M. Pax is author of the space
adventure series The Backworlds, plus
other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird
beckons  to her, and she blames Oregon, a
source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the
summers as a star guide and has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock. Learn more at mpaxauthor.com.

Angela Brown has a fabulous new release, Degrees of Being Boss out with her pen name Rayven Godchild. I can’t show the cover here because this blog doesn’t feature erotica. BUT… since she’s a fellow Untethered Realms author and a very talented writer, I am posting the link to all of Rayven’s books! Click here if you are adventurous, over 18 and seeking new reads.

Annnnnnd, Beyond Secret Worlds, an amazing short story collection is still FREE! My story in it, Blue House Magic, is the sequel set-up to Ruby’s Fire.

Get it at Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Kobo


Reading is a great way to relax during the holidays! I’ve got my own kindle loaded up with a colorful array. You?

Heart in a Box blitz, Giveaway prize pack & FREE story collection download!


This week is the book blitz for Heart in a Box and the big Facebook party is tomorrow. There’s still time to join the party. I will be giving away my handmade heart boxes with messages in them like my character Joss writes, and there’s a lineup of great guest authors. Thanks SOOO much to everyone who is posting about Heart this week!!! I am very humbled by the response. I want to invite you all to enter the blitz Rafflecopter below. Prizes include a $40 gift card, signed paperback of Heart in a Box, signed paperback of Dorianna, ebooks of my Amazon bestselling YA futuristic thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire, and a super-pack of very cool YA eBooks: The Danaan Trilogy by Howard, Changeling by Herbert and Drawn by Ledbetter.

Heart took a long while to brew and polish and it contains elements very close to my own heart: addicted family members, identity issues, a close, yet complicated mom – daughter relationship, creativity, healing through art, and of course, a sweet romance. Here is a mini-excerpt to get a taste of what I’m talking about.

Thoughts on school veer off when I spot the box on my mother’s night table. The box. I know its black, lacquered form by heart. It’s the size of a large jewelry box. My father painted it with Bengali pink roses and a tangle of red cardinal vines. He must’ve used the tiniest brush, as if the objects inside were treasures—emeralds from Mumbai or silk doll clothes from Kancheepuram.
      The box sits next to Mom’s organic remedies: tea-tree oil, Saint John’s Wort, aromatherapy ampules, zinc, monster-dose wheat grass capsules. She thinks these keep her functional. But I see how one accelerates her and the next slows her down, adding up to zero. The box is close enough she doesn’t even have to get out of bed in the morning. She can reach, with trembling fingers, light up and space out even before her first cup of black tea.
      I crack open the box. Pre-rolled blunts sit like tainted royalty on a plush, purple pillow. Their sharp floral resin makes me sneeze.
      Once when I was twelve, Mom offered me a doob after closing the store for the night. She claimed to be worried about how uptight I was getting. It was around the time when I was sprouting zits, boobs, hips and my period. Who wouldn’t be down in the dumps? Mom claimed that if I got stoned I might relax. “Cave women probably used it for cramps, before all these greedy pharmacists crawled on the earth, trying to sell Midol and Tylenol and—”
      “Gee, thanks,” I snapped. “Are you serious? You want me to be a stoner too?”
      “Darling, I want you to be less anxious, that’s all. I want you to be whoever you want to be,” Mom answered cryptically. “Look, weed is superior to all those anti-depressants shrinks prescribe to kids these days. It won’t poison your liver like Prozac. It’s organic.”
      “Arsenic’s organic too,” I argued. Plus, some kids at my school would bounce off the walls without their so-called evil-shrink pills. But maybe I was too stiff.
      Soon after, I opened the box, took one and lit up. After only two inhales, I felt trapped inside a thick glass room. Then, when I ventured down to the street for a soda, people seemed in a galaxy eons away. It scared me. I vowed not to try it again. How could my mother stand to feel so cut off? Or was it different for her?
Here are the buy links. Books make great Christmas presents! LOL.
Amazon, iTunes, Amazon UK, B&N, Kobo, All Romance eBooks

As a token of my appreciation for the indie book community, nab a FREE download of Beyond Secret Worlds, a fun, fantasy-filled short story collection that includes my brand new story Blue House Magic! Blue House Magic is the lead-in to the forthcoming book three of my Fireseed series! Find out what Ruby and Blane are up to in Vegas-by-the-Sea.
Get it FREE at: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo
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Stop by these fabulous bloggers, spreading word about Heart in a Box and other great book deals (more added as I get them): MS Kaye, Alyse Miller, River Fairchild, Elodie’s blog, Heather Gardner, Lucy Leroux, Christine Rains