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Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. 

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together? 

The RYDERS are the newest addition to the Love in Bloom series. Each book may be read as a standalone novel, or as part of the series. 

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Show it off Saturday

Join us in celebration of our new event, Show it Off Saturday. It's going to be fun. Get a look into new books, blurbs, and other goodies on Facebook! So grab a friend, grab a drink, and get ready...

February 13

  • J.C. McKenzie - she has a whole list of giveaways, which are below:
         - One (1) signed copy of Shift Happens
         - One (1) signed copy of Beast Coast
         - One (1) signed copy of Carpe Demon
         - One (1) signed copy of The Shucker's Booktique
         - One (1) Shift Happens notebook
         - One (1) Shift Work puzzle
         - One (1) The Shucker's Booktique Bath Salts
         - One (1) Shift Happens stress ball
         - One (1) Carpe Demon mouse pad
         - One (1) Carus Series deck of cards
         - Three (3) J.C. McKenzie pens
         - Four (4) mint beeswax lip balm
         - One (1) blue raspberry beeswax lip balm
         - One (1) cherry beeswax lip balm
         - One (1) impractical, but fun, gift bag
          - postcards
         - book marks (not shown)
         - door hanger (not shown)
  • Rebecca Heflin - giveaway 2 free eBooks of Dreams of Her Own to two lucky winners
  • Kimbra Kasch - giveaway 1 ecopy of The Cats of Cullaby Creek

February 27

  • Kathleen Rowland - giveaway Amy's Swiss Army Knife (from Deadly Alliance)

  • Ruth A. Casie - giveaway free eBook copy of The Guardian’s

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If you would like to get a gander at some of the best romance all in one place, come on by Coffee Time Romance for Author Excerpt Day. Here, you can peruse snippets from shifters to sweet romance. This month, we’re showcasing these great stories Saturday, Feb 20th.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! If you like winter romance, snuggling with a sexy man in front of roaring fire while it snows outside, or heroes who rescue their gals from an avalanche, then you have to stop by Coffee Time Romance, Monday, February 29 for our February Author Spotlight. We’ve got rugged heroes who brave the cold, and warm their women during long winter nights.

 

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  • Hollie - 8 years
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Book marketing in 2016 is changing. Now it's about the relationships you build with your readers. The bigger your reader base, the better chance you have to sell books. In 2016. We suggest authors focus on building the best relationships they can with readers. This can be done a number of ways, but one of the best is to build a mailing list. In the past, some authors have poo poo'd the idea of the mailing list, forgetting that when you have a mailing list, you have a group of people who automatically want what you are selling! For 2016, focus on your reader's experiences as they come into contact with your newsletters, social media posts and blog posts. Work towards making those experiences positive, and providing new experiences regularly. The better your relationships with your readers, the better their experiences are when they come into contact with you and your content, the better you will do with your book sales!

 

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Ground Hog day is coming sooner than we think, and thankfully that could mean an end to this LONG winter. Either way, these contests sure would make March so much more fun. What better way to get over winter than winning prizes!

February List of Contests - Total: 4

  • Ruth Casie

Prizes: 2 Winners
The grand prize is ebooks of my Druid Knight Stories (2 novels Knight of Runes and Knight of Rapture and a short story The Druid Knight Tales). 

The first prize is ebook copies of the full set (5) of the Timeless Tales Anthologies (Timeless Keepsakes, Timeless Escapes, Timeless Treasures, Timeless Vows, and Timeless Moments)

  • J.C. McKenzie

Prizes: 3 Winners
Grand Prize: Audio book of Shift Happens
Two First Prize Winners: E-books of Shift Work

  • Mary Alford

Prizes: Three Winners - Autographed Paperback Rocky Mountain Pursuit

  • Kathleen Rowland

Prizes: Three Winners
Purse jewelry key finder, pen light, chocolates, and eBook of
Deadly Alliance

Congratulations to last month's winners -

  • Joy, Mary, and Bobbie

 

GoSip with Staff

What is your favorite literary love affair, and what has it taught you about love in real life?

From Llaph:
One thing that I love about reading romances is that I’ve read about so many different types of guys. Some who are good, some bad, some that are altruistic, some that are annoyingly self-absorbed ... and well I could go on, but you get the point right? I started reading romances around nine years ago when I had my stroke that took my vision. Before then my personal experience with humans of the male variety had been ... let’s just say poor ... and I believed all men were the same etc. etc. Reading romances has opened my eyes, so to speak, and reminded me that there is hope in one way or another and not all men are the same and that it is possible for the right one to be out there. After all, characters are mostly based on an author’s personal experience, right?

From Veronica:
My favourite love affair is R and Julie from "Warm Bodies." Based on Romeo and Juliet, R is a zombie in the midst of an apocalypse, and Julie is a soldier stranded outside the militarized walls of the last human outpost. In an unprecedented turn of events, R falls in love with Julie, and instead of eating her, their love causes him to come back to life. R and Julie must now convince her people that zombies can be cured by kindness. What has this love affair taught me? That the right love can change a person for the better.

From Matilda:
I never really read any great literary romances.. But I would say the relationship and romance or even lack thereof between Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind. It makes you think that sometimes we get in our own way of happiness. That many times love and joy are right in front of our eyes if we would only take the time to step back and enjoy what we do have instead of pining for things out of reach.  

From Nicole:
My favorite romantic couple is Brodrick Buchannon and Gillian from Julie Garwood's "Ransom". I don't know if it taught me anything about relationships other than..."WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD MEN GONE?" but I remember it was one of my first romances I ever read in my entire life and it just happen to fall into my lap during a really hard time in my marriage. So I guess I could say that perseverance and a warped sense of humor of the keys to happiness. We just celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary Dec. 31. 

From Delane:
My favorite literary love affair is any of the relationships in Lani Lynn Vale’s Dixie Warden MC or really any of the characters she creates.  The men are men and the women are strong enough to stand up to and for their men.  I love the fact they have the bad boy vibe but all still have respectable jobs serving their communities.  So if you like the boys in blue, men of SWAT, are the sizzling hot firemen mixed in with a spicy MC take care of business man then the writing of Lani Lynn Vale is the best.  All of her men have been my book boyfriends and I visit them often because their stories are worth reading more than once.

If I were to select an alternate literary love affair it would any of the New Species series by Laurann Dohner who creates the most unique characters.  I fell in love with Fury and my affair with New Species became an obsession.  I would never be able to pick one.  Justice, Shadow, Tiger, and all the sexy men are worth of more than one visit and believe me I have made visits regularly.

From Gwynn:
I have been "in love" with love stories all my life so it is really hardly possible to pick a favorite. I might say Scarlet and Rhett and from them I learned that even good intentions, powerful lust and even love can sometimes not be enough so that things go wrong.  But you have to keep hoping and working on it. My real life love stories include two that ended when neither of us wanted it to and one that lasted for thirty two wonderful years,  really 'til death do us part',  so I know you can be happy almost forever after.  That's why I still love to read love stories and everything I write has one in it!

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February 3rd - 9th

What Happens When Your Imaginary Friends Stop Talking to You? Fixing Your Block presented by K.A. Mitchell

Short Description:
Workshop will assist participants in determining the causes of their particular writing silences and provide strategies for moving past them.

Long Description:
Many writing advice books and gurus will tell you that there is no such thing as writer’s block, that to even consider it, you invite it in or that suffering a block is just an excuse for not writing. Yet we all know that paralyzing fear. That moment when we sit down and put our hands to the keyboard and nothing comes. Pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t help. This workshop will address how to determine the cause of the silence as well as strategies to get those voices sounding loud and clear in your head again.

Notes:
After building a career with three releases a year, K.A. Mitchell left her day job to pursue writing full time, only to find herself paralyzed by silence in her head. It took half of one very scary year to find the rhythm again. Now that she’s been through that hell and come out on the other side, she plans to share what she learned with her peers, hoping to curtail the vacation time of muses everywhere.

February 15th

Writing SciFi Romance Heroes presented by Cynthia Sax

Short Description:
Cyborgs, Bounty Hunters, Aliens, Clones, Androids – The variety of heroes in SciFi Romance is deliciously varied. Why do readers pick up a story with one type of hero and not another? What do they expect from these heroes? Cynthia Sax will explore how to craft a SciFi romance hero using reader expectations.

Long Description:
There are reasons why romance readers pick up stories with one type of hero and not another. They have expectations for this hero. Satisfy these expectations and readers are more likely to enjoy your story.

But we have to do more than simply give readers a ‘type’ of hero. Heroes should be individuals. They have goals, motivations, flaws and other traits. We’ll talk about how to make your hero one of a kind, a hero readers will remember and love.

Note: We’ll be talking specifically about SciFi Romance heroes in this workshop but I’ve used the same process for my contemporary and paranormal heroes.

Day One - Morning
We’ll talk about why readers choose stories with one type of hero and not another.
We’ll discuss the reader expectations for cyborgs, bounty hunters, aliens, clones, androids and other SciFi romance hero ‘types’.

Day One - Afternoon
Now that we know the reader expectations, we’ll discuss how to take a character ‘type’ and craft him into a character, giving him goals, motivation, flaws and other traits.

February 7-28

Writing M/M Romance presented by A. Cathering Noon

When "what he said" isn't enough

Writing M/M romance, or "male/male" romance, came about in the late 1960's (probably much earlier, but that's when folks admit to it), written largely by and for women. It has its roots in the fan communities and stories were mimeographed (anybody remember those?) to be passed around at conventions or mailed (yes, snail mail) back and forth.

And then came the internet.

Now, with the explosion of ebooks and the ease of sharing stories via forums and archives, the genre has come into its own. There are now more and more original stories with two male characters who meet, have conflicts, and fall in love. And yes, there's the sex.

We'll talk about how to write convincing male characters and how to handle pronoun confusion. We'll touch on some elements of erotic writing and how to make scenes as hot, or as sweet, as one wishes.

Most of all, we'll have fun. Join me for some discussion and, most of all, some writing.

 

 

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Not every member of our Coffee Crew will have a 'special' book they recommend, so when one of the books is selected, you know it is special! Stop by our blog to see which books were nominated and won this month...or in the past!

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Publisher & Author News

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JMS Books

SUBMISSION CALL
The Love of an Omega (M/M Alpha/Omega Erotic Romance Stories)

Publisher:
 JMS Books LLC
Deadline: March 31, 2016

The Love of an Omega is open to all authors. Those new to JMS Books are encouraged to submit. Reprints will not be accepted unless they are not currently in print and the author holds exclusive rights to republish.

We’re looking for stories featuring the passionate alpha/omega dynamic between gay men. The stories may involve shifters (werewolves, cats, bears, etc.), or the characters may remain in human form, but they must express the hierarchical elements of an alpha/omega relationship. Betas and gammas may also appear, but the focus must be on the alpha/omega bond. MPreg is acceptable.

If you are unfamiliar this trope, please refer to the Wiki article located at Fanlore.org. NOTE: All submitted stories must be original fiction with original characters and cannot be fan fiction or derivative fiction of any fandom of any kind.

Stories must contain a gay or M/M erotic romance. Stories may contain multiple partners, but M/F or M/M/F stories will not be considered. We’re looking for unique stories in the alpha/omega genre by authors with strong voices and vivid imagery.

  • Stories must be between 12,000 to 20,000 words
  • Stories must contain a romance -- any heat level, from sweet to erotic
  • Romantic pairing must be MM or MMM ONLY
  • Stories must involve men in an alpha/omega relationship (doesn't have to be shifters)
  • Stories may be any subgenre (contemporary, historical, western, paranormal, etc)
  • Stories must have a HEA or HFN ending
  • Adult stories only (no YA)

All stories submitted must adhere to the general guidelines found on our website. We do not consider multiple or simultaneous submissions.

DISTRIBUTION AND PAYMENT:

One-time payment for inclusion in the anthology will be $40 USD. Authors will receive one copy of the published book in paperback and e-book format.

The e-book anthology will be released exclusively on Amazon for the first three months of publication. The paperback will be available at the same time.

After this initial period, the e-book will be widely released through other distribution channels, including on our website. Also, the stories within the collection will be released individually as single e-book titles, each with its own unique cover. Authors will receive 50% net royalties on all sales of their own title per our standard contract.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Send a blurb and the full manuscript to submissions@jms-books.com with "The Love of an Omega" and the title of your story in the subject line. Include any author credentials you may have.

We will respond to your email within 2 business days.

 

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