Playlist for Beach Blanket Bridesmaid by Margo Bond Collins from Feel the Heat: Summer Anthology

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One of my favorite things about writing is finding exactly the right mood music to go with the story I’m working on!

In my new novella, Beach Blanket Bridesmaid, part of the Feel the Heat anthology, waitress Ava Jordan is stuck at her brother’s beach wedding with her childhood crush, Grant—the man who walked away from her eighteen months ago after a one-night stand.  She decides she wants an island fling, but doesn’t want anything serious. Unfortunately for her, Grant has decided that he can’t let her go again!  Ultimately, all of the songs in this playlist represent Ava or Jake and their experiences—and they’re also the songs I listened to when I was writing the book.

I couldn’t write a book set in Antigua without listening to a lot of typical island music—Bob Marley, Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Buffet. But I also wanted to play with the fact that Ava and Grant are from a small town in Texas—this island trip is very much a departure from their usual lives. So this song is a mix of some of my favorite island songs and some of my favorite Texas country songs.

Enjoy the Beach Blanket Bridesmaid playlist, and be sure to check out the excerpt below! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the anthology—Feel the Heat has 14 great stories!

 

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Beach Blanket Bridesmaid

by Margo Bond Collins

 

Excerpt:

I would feel a lot better about this if I had any idea at all how to conduct a seduction.

Finding this particular secluded spot was a good start. Now all she had to do was … the actual seducing.

The shallow cave was perfect for her plan.

If only I actually had a plan.

She considered simply turning to him and saying, “Okay. Do me now.” The thought nearly made her laugh out loud.

I’m no good at this. Maybe I should just give up.

How had they ended up together last time?

Oh. Right. New Year’s Eve.

The clock had struck midnight, and what started as a chaste peck on the lips had spun out of control, turning into a passionate embrace. They had slipped away from the party without a word.

And then had the best sex of my life.

Maybe if she reminded him of that night, she could prompt him to kiss her again. Glancing up from under her lashes, she found Grant staring out at the ocean, his lips flat and hard.

Was he upset? “Are you okay?”

He jumped a little at the sound of her voice. “Yeah. Just trying to figure something out.”

What if he was trying to decide how to let her down easy? “Want to talk about it?”

“No.” He turned and pulled her into his arms. “Talking isn’t what I have in mind.”

 

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Cover Reveal ~ Cursed: The Beasts of Summer

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Nine tales of monsters lurking in the dark.

Nine creatures stalking the hot summer nights.

Nine beasts sliding through the shadows unseen.

 

Nine new ways to be cursed. 

 

Available August 1, 2016

 

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Shade

T.K. Bradley

All James has left in life is a small group of survivors, and his little sliver of shade. But there are worse things to fear than the scorching sunlight. In order to survive in this cruel world, James will have to live by two rules….

Hide from the light. Fear the night.

Wings Over New York

B. Brumley

Fallen angel Woe is settling into her wing-free life, and her biggest worry is meeting her new in-laws. When an old enemy resurfaces, Father Jason and Prince Arún join forces to hunt the hunter, vowing to keep Woe safe. As she is once again drawn into the midst of a supernatural tug-of-war, a new player emerges, risking the warrior Woe loves.

A Generation of Vipers

Margo Bond Collins

Capturing the killer who was stalking the shapeshifter community should have earned weresnake Lindi Parker and her new boyfriend, mongoose-shifter Kade Nevala, a vacation. Instead it earned them a basket of baby lamias and a whole heap of trouble. Someone in the shifter community doesn’t want those infants—or Lindi—to survive. Not knowing who or what they can trust, Kade and Lindi must use every skill they have to stop a killer—again.

Carolina Crypto: Case of the Lizard Man

Blaire Edens

Anthropologist Lucy Whittemore is on a quest to track down a killer. Spencer Watson’s dad has disappeared and the mythical Lizard Man might be the culprit. Tracking the beast through a steamy South Carolina swamp, the two find themselves up close and personal with a reality far scarier than they ever imagined.

Heart of Stone

S. K. Gregory

Cassidy Regan returns home after her father dies. She just wants to attend the funeral and put it behind her, but fate has other plans. Cassidy is next in line to protect a mysterious vault, and as she comes face to face with strange creatures and a world she never knew existed, Cassidy realizes she must accept her destiny or die.

I’m Not Afraid of Wolves

Erin Hayes

After escaping an abusive marriage and leading a new mermaid troupe, Christine goes on a much-needed vacation with her sister Sara. Except she wasn’t told the real reason for the trip: Sara’s running away from werewolves. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into Christine’s sister.

To End the Rapture 

Lori Parker

My name is Tyler. Yes, I’m a girl. And if you have a demon problem don’t call me, I’m retired.

Tyler is done with demons. Until Kade walks into her life and tempts her back into her old ways. It’s like he’s a sin.

Crossfire

Emma Stark

Rapacious: A Darquepunk Novella

Elizabeth Watasin

In a space station’s lawless sector, Kyn’s ex-love, Anja, finds trouble: flesh tech users creating crazed sexbots duplicate her. As a fallen synthetic servant of the gods, Anja’s bio-dats can’t be toyed with. The were hellhound Kyn must fix that despite her worst fear: watching Anja die again.

Spotlight On: Quintina by Meghan Riley

 

 

Quintina (The Starseed Series #2)

by Meghan Riley

Genre: YA Sci-fi

Release Date: 2016


Summary from Goodreads:

No longer on Earth, Anna must now piece together her memories on the strange, new world of Enki. Guided by Julianus, the mysterious man who brought her back, she soon realizes this isn’t the same world she was starting to remember, making it even more difficult to figure out why she was sent to Earth. Will she be able to solve the mystery before the people who sent her away realize she’s back? Or will her memories forever remain lost?


  
 
 
 
Book One (click on image for Goodreads link):
Below
is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Quintina (Book 2 of the Starseed Series),
available in paperback and ebook on
Amazon.
Chapter 1
Awakening
A steady, low pitched hum radiated from above
and pulled me out of the darkness. I rolled over to my side, buried one ear in
the soft pillow I laid on, covered the other with my hand, and prayed for it to
go away. Whatever it was – my brother, a neighbor – I didn’t care. All I wanted
was sleep. Lots of sleep.
But the sound didn’t go away. My attempts to
block it only seemed to make it louder, like voices echoing down a tunnel. I
tucked my hands under my head and told myself to ignore the sound, to focus on the
blissful feeling that came from being on the edge of slumber.
But I couldn’t. My senses were uncontrollable.
I tried to reign them back in, but it was too late. I became increasingly aware
of my surroundings.
An annoying chill stretched up my legs from my
feet. I promptly drew them toward me banging my knees against something cold
and hard. I gasped and squinted firmly against the pain, letting out a groan.
The room…it didn’t smell right. It smelled like a…shower curtain.
I rolled over and opened my eyes. Something
clear like glass
hung low
and distorted the dark ceiling above me
. Confused, I reached out and touched the
barrier,
sliding my hand
across it from where it met the white padded bed I laid on to the slick curve
it made over me like the lid of a coffin
. This wasn’t the thin, flat glass of a window
pane, but thick and molded. I followed it with my eyes to the foot of the bed
where it continued to surround me.
What
the –?
I twisted my body and looked behind me, toward
the source of the humming. It was coming from a large white case attached to
the head of the bed. When the doctor was trying to figure out the source of my
hallucinations,
he put
me in an MRI machine about this size,
but it wasn’t as large. I stared at it trying
to process what I was seeing, but the longer I lay there, the more it felt like
the glass was closing in around me.
As I reached up with both hands and gently
pushed on the glass
, the
long sleeves of my plain white shirt slid down my forearms toward my shoulders
.
It held firmly in place.
I ran my hands along the seam between the
barrier and bed trying to feel for a latch or button, but there was nothing. I
once again reached up with both hands and pushed, harder this time. The glass
refused to budge. My heartbeat quickened.
I’m trapped!
I looked down at my white pants and bare feet.
What am I doing here? I thought back
over the last 24 hours. It was fuzzy, but it was starting to come back to me –
stargazing, Jared, Doctor McCormick, Steve, the shadow man…some hazy images of
space. Is it true? Did I really travel to
another planet?
The sound of a voice broke my train of
thought. The glass acted like a conductor, making it resonate around me. I
couldn’t understand exactly what was being said, because the language was none
I had ever heard before, but I could tell it belonged to a man and he was
angry.
Through the distortion of the glass at my
feet, I noticed something moving. Focusing on that end of the room, I could
just make out a gray door with a window. It was closed, but someone was
standing in front of it. Their body blocked part of the white light that was
passing through the window. I was sure they were the source of the voice. Their
shoulders rose at the climax of each angry sentence and it occurred to me,
whoever they were, there was a chance they were hostile.
With both hands, I hit the glass full force.
It lifted off the bed a little, which was just the encouragement I needed. I
hit it again. It gave a little bit more and fell back into place.
I hit it again and again and again. All my
emotions from the memories of Jared, Dr. McCormick, Steve, and my family came
flooding out of me.
I pounded the glass until my knuckles split
open and tears streamed down my face. Then, surprisingly, the glass slid back
behind me. When I blinked away the tears, someone was standing in front of me.

“Quintina?” It was the man with the blue eyes
I had seen when I first arrived. Now, fully awake, I saw I was wrong: he wasn’t
the man I had seen in my visions on Earth. He had the same blue eyes, thick
angular brow, and close-cut brown hair, even the same chiseled jaw, but the
mouth was wrong. It was smaller and carried a permanent hint of disapproval at
its corners, not the teasing of a playful grin. And the nose didn’t match. The
ridge was bowed, like it had been broken and never healed correctly, but it
seemed fitting for the 5 o’clock shadow and general ruggedness that he seemed
to encompass, a contrast to the man in my visions, who was more refined and
polished, like the gentleman you’d find in a Jane Austen book.
 
The Starseed Series on Amazon:
Anna (Book 1) – Paperback | eBook
Quintina (Book 2) – Paperback | eBook
 
About the Author
Meghan Riley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and immediately pursued her lifelong passion for the written word. Her debut novel, Anna, presented itself as a way for Riley to inspire teenage girls to expand their interests beyond the typical teenage quandaries, ultimately encouraging females toward an interest in science. She is currently hard at work on the next book in The Starseed Series. 
 
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Spotlight On: Building Victoria by M. D. Cooper, #bookblast #giveaway

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Building Victoria by M.D Cooper

The Intrepid is drifting slowly between the stars.

After near calamity at LHS 1565, the ship is headed for Kapteyn’s Star to make repairs. There, the crew will need to spend decades building a temporary industrial base.

Across the void, the Noctus prepare to leave Sirius for the same destination. Their plan is to colonize the system and forge a new lives for themselves … if they aren’t destroyed by their government first.

In an epic tale spanning over a century, General Tanis Richards finds herself in another fight for her life as the new colony of Victoria is built under the threat of interstellar war.

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About M.D Cooper:

After years of attempting to write fantasy stories I decided to try my hand at science fiction. I’ve always been a fan of sci-fi and really took to it. Like many authors, the first book you try to get out doesn’t always see the light of day and that original manuscript is still waiting for its time to shine.

However, that didn’t slow me down, and I have three books released: Outsystem, A Path in the Darkness, and Building Victoria. These books begin the Intrepid Saga, a series of books which follow the crew of a colony ship as they make their way between the stars. The fourth book in the series will be out on November 1, 2016, and the fifth book is already in the works.

During the day I am a software engineer at a company which builds sites and services around the open-source CMS named Drupal. I find that starting with a blank canvas and writing code is not that different than writing stories.

When not writing stories or code I’m usually my wife and daughter, or doing carpentry–a hobby which I’ve been growing over the years.

My other interests include astronomy, cars and racing, blacksmithing, movies, and just about any creative work one can do.

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The Enigmatologist by Ben Adams ~ $.99 Sale

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00008]Twenty-something, John Abernathy is disillusioned. His job as a private investigator is unfulfilling, and he can’t find work in his chosen field, Enigmatology, the study and design of puzzles. He is about to quit when the National Enquirer calls. A woman in Las Vegas, New Mexico sent them a photo of someone who’s supposed to have died 35 years ago—Elvis Aaron Presley. And they need John to investigate it.

When the Elvis impersonator, Al Leadbelly, is murdered, John investigates, finding Air Force colonel, Alvin Hollister—convinced Leadbelly has information regarding Elvis’s death—at the crime scene conducting his own investigation. John discovers great-great-great grandfather’s journal—unearthing a conspiracy entwining Elvis, shape-shifting aliens, and Mary Todd Lincoln. When John finds Leadbelly, alive and wearing a sequined jumpsuit, John must help him escape before Colonel Hollister finds him, and discover if Leadbelly is really Elvis, an obsessed fan, or something more.

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Spotlight On: Nine30 by Melissa Lummis

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They say home is where the heart is, but if that’s true, then I’m lost because I have no clue where my heart is, anymore. I thought I knew—until I met Maximillian.

I was on my way out of the Capital City before the local vampires could catch on to me and let’s just say if that happened then this club dancer would be facing her expiration date. And that’s when the famous DJ blew into town—and into my head and heart. He turned all my plans upside down with his sick friend and his electric blue eyes, damn it.

I should have cut bait and run for my life, but I couldn’t abandon someone I could heal—even if it meant the vampires might catch up with me. Besides, Maximillian smelled familiar, like deep forest and pine needles baked in the sun mixed with that chilly snap of running water and the coolness of twilight. Those things have a smell that adds up to a dream.

You can get lost in that kind of dream. It can fill your mind with ideas and notions you have no business thinking or feeling. Dreams like that make it easy to forget the danger you’re in.

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melissa lummisMelissa Lummis

Melissa Lummis considers herself a truth seeker and a peaceful warrior, in addition to a paranormal and fantasy author. With too many interests for her own good, she has rarely been content with one vocation. Her first professional life was as a high school English teacher, which led to another incarnation as a wife and an instructional designer /technical writer. After starting a family, she found herself reincarnated as a mother, yoga instructor, and personal trainer.

While all her past lives have contributed to who she is today, yoga has become a part of how she gives back, maintaining her Registered Yoga Teacher status with Yoga Alliance so she can help people one-on-one to overcome physical limitations and heal themselves. But she has always been and always will be a writer. She’s authored dozens of wellness articles for various publications, as well as maintains a blog focusing on wellness, healing, and living a life on purpose.

She is an author of new age suspense in a fantasy setting, but her stories are also straight up, steamy adult romance. The Love and Light Series is currently available at exclusively on Amazon, as well as the Little Flame Series, a spin-off focusing on the character Fiamette from the Love and Light world.

A Yankee by birth and a Penn State graduate, she lives in rural Virginia with her husband, two children, an Alaskan Malamute, and a myriad of forest creatures. Melissa believes the universe conspires to help an adventurer, and if we live our lives as if it is a daring escapade (and it is!), then everything we need will find its way to us.

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Guest Post: Top Ten Fast Recipes for Writers (or busy Moms) by Jill Cooper, author of Blood Debt

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Top Ten Fast Recipes for Writers (or busy Moms)

We’re all busy, right? And we all still need to eat, even those of us that like to snack on twizzlers while trying to make our daily word count goal. When I’m hitting the word goal hard, I have a few go to recipes that satisfy the dinner need, and some even get to go in a crockpot!

Hopefully I won’t have to break from writing this post to make anyone dinner because just writing about dinner, is enough for me.

  • Dump Thanksgiving Turkey: Turkey breast in a crockpot with cranberry sauce and French onion soup mix dumped on top. In 6 hours you have a yummy warm dinner that will please the most picky family.
  • Chili Dinner: Into the crockpot mix a chili pack mix, ground beef and our favorite beans. At dinner time serve with shredded cheese, lettuce, and call it a meal!
  • Seriously? These people want to eat again? For the love! Call it breakfast at dinner and break out the toaster because we’re having Frozen Section Waffles! For bonus points, give them sprinkles and make bacon.
  • Everyone loves bacon. Case in point, make some barbeque beans. Take two cans of Pork and beans, mix in a bottle of BBQ sauce, ¼ cup brown sugar, and throw in a pan. On top, add slices of as much bacon as you can stomach (read: the whole package) Bake and then broil until thick, and bacon is crisp and yummy yummy looking.
  • If your beans make it to the table without you eating half the bacon pieces off, then you are a better person than me.
  • Another dinner. Seriously? What are these people growing, or something? Coffee counts if you add cream to it. That’s a dairy, right?
  • McDonald’s. To get in extra writing time, refuse to open their toys for them and watch them struggle with it, while trying not to cackle. You’re welcome.
  • I’ve lost count and patience to keep feeding these people, who I consider must have a tape worm. So we’re doing pasta and lots of it. Ground beef, dump sauce. Boil pasta. Everyone gobbles it up and I only have four million dishes to wash. Score.
  • Ice Cream.
  • There’s no number 10 because I’m shipping everyone to grandma’s. Break out the wine!

About Blood Debt

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]The queen of the underworld has a new play toy and her name is Jessica Blood.

Bad boy Duncan Jasper and passive healer Amanda Blood are on the run for their lives with a horde of demons on their tale. The queen of the underworld, Lourdes, wants Amanda to free Lourdes from her prison and it’s all on Duncan to keep this from happening.

But Amanda’s soul is fractured and bleeding thanks to the torture she suffered at the hands of the high-level demon, Vaughn. Now a painful ritual is her soul’s only chance at survival. If Duncan fails, Jessica Blood may never be free from the chains that bind her to Lourdes.

Demons swarm to their location and Jessica walks right into a trap they’ve set for her. But to cure her sister, Amanda will have to embrace the pain and welcome the beauty of death.

All before they get ready to stand off against Lourdes and the demons of hell, coming to claim their souls.

Hold onto your seats! Long-held family secrets and heartache are about to be revealed.

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About the Author:

jillcooperI could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I’ll say I don’t want to write like everyone else. I don’t want to craft stories you’ve read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you’ve ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I’ll have succeeded. If not, I’ll keep trying.

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