Check Out Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez

NEW RELEASE from Crimson Tree Publishing:

SWEET CONTRADICTION by Peggy Martinez
AVAILABLE TODAY!
Genre: New Adult Sweet Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Content Rating: Mature 

 

When Beth Michaels hightailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral. 

There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating.
#1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type.
#2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal.
#3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem.
Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.
Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior.
His own … Sweet Contradiction.

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Peggy Martinez is the author of The Sweet Contradiction Series, which was picked up by Crimson Tree Publishing in early 2014 and is scheduled to release under this new imprint in the Summer of 2014. Martinez’s New Adult Contemporary Romance series will include Sweet Contradiction, Perfect Contradiction and Beautiful Contradiction.
When not writing, Peggy can be found spending time at home with her husband, her teen son and four little girls. She loves reading, writing, soap making, aromatherapy, gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse and downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles.
As if being a wife and homeschooling mom of five doesn’t keep her busy enough, Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has six published books, including The Time Warper Series and State of Decay. Peggy’s dream is to own a small homestead where she can raise some chickens along with her five kids, tend to a large garden and one day take her dream vacation’s to Ireland, Greece and Scotland.

 

 

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PREORDER Just As You Are for 99 cents!

Just As You Are (Oak Hollow #3 and Oak Hollow College #1) is now available for pre-order on Amazon.  Get it for just $0.99 for a limited time!  It will be $2.99 after release.

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JUST AS YOU ARE

A Standalone novel in the Oak Hollow Series and Oak Hollow College Series.

When you’ve gone through your whole life being told you aren’t good enough, you learn to accept love with conditions…and never expect anything better…

The not-so-shy fat girl…

Layla Harper has no problem with who she is. She’ll never be a beauty queen, but she doesn’t care. She does have a problem with guys who think she is easy because she’s fat. And drop-your-panties-sexy Alden Cortland just became her #1 problem.

All Layla wants to do is keep her head down, get her computer science degree, and get as far away from Tennessee and her past as she can. She certainly has no intentions of getting mixed up with another smooth talking rich boy, no matter how much he tells her she is sexy.

The rich boy with a secret…

Alden is the disgrace of his family. Which is why he has been sent to a small college in the backwoods of Tennessee, out of the media spotlight, out of mind. He is completely focused on getting his degree and taking off to start his career on the other side of the camera. Until he lays eyes on Layla Harper.

She has no clue how beautiful she is, but he is determined to help her find out. Unfortunately she won’t give him the time of day. He wants to prove to her he isn’t the kind of guy she thinks he is…or does he? Getting close to Layla means letting her in on his darkest secret. And that would mean losing her.

Win A PRINT ARC of Voodoo Moon

Crimson Tree Publishing is offering a free ARC copy of Voodoo Moon, A Moon Sisters Novel (Paranorm World #1) on Goodreads.

 

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Voodoo Moon

by June Stevens

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Zombies aren’t supposed to exist, yet they are turning up all over Nash City. As a member of the elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona Moon is tasked with hunting down the most dangerous Paranorm criminals. Now she must find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies. To make matters worse, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises.

Ian Barroes is the rich founder and head of the Necromancers Guild and a professor of Necromantic Studies at the Academy of Science and Magic. There is one thing he wants more than anything else in the world… Fiona.

They each hold secrets that could destroy them but could also be the key to destroying the evil Voodoo priest, Bokor. They must learn to trust each other track down Bokor before more innocents are taken, and murdered. To make matters worse, when Fiona becomes a target of the evil madman she is lured into his trap. Now she and Ian have to fight for survival and their very souls.

New Cover for Romancing Lorelei

I’m so excited to present the new Romancing Lorelei cover!  Why a new cover?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  When the original cover was created it was meant to be an ebook cover only.  I hadn’t anticipated doing a print cover or audiobook cover.  However, I needed both of those, and the low resoloution cover I had just wasn’t going to work.  So I went about creating a new one.

Personally I think this new cover fits the story (especially now that Lorelei’s Dance is included in the novel) much better.  At least, it is much hotter!  So, without further ado….

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OAK HOLLOW SERIES #2

Romancing Lorelei is a STAND ALONE novella in the Oak Hollow Series.  Now including the short prequel, Lorelei’s Dance

PART ONE: LORELEI’S DANCE

Rules are made to be broken…

Lorelei Graham hates camping and has a specific set of rules she likes to live by, which includes no sex until at least the third date. But when she meets Kaden McAllister, all of her rules fly out the window. Costumes, wine, and a candlelit tent bring to life fantasies she never knew she had … at least until morning dawns…

PART TWO: ROMANCING LORELEI

She doesn’t believe in love…He fell in love at first sight.

The moment he laid eyes on her, Kaden McAllister knew there was something special about Lorelei. After spending one incredible night with her, he knew he wanted her in his life. But the next morning she was gone, without even giving him her last name. When he finally finds her can he convince her there can be much more between them than sex?

Lorelei isn’t interested in falling in love with anyone, ever. Yet, she can’t deny that something deeper lurks beneath the intense sexual attraction that sizzles between her and Kaden, She agrees to get to know him, but can she put her past behind her and open herself up to the possibilities of love?

Book Trailer: Queen of Someday by Sherry Ficklin

I am super excited to be a part of the reveal the book trailer for

Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire Novel

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

 

 


What people are saying about Queen of Someday:

 

“Love, betrayal, adventure and hard decisions that have no “right answer”… Russian Court is an exercise in “survival of the fittest” and Queen of Someday is a beautiful start to the journey of an innocent young girl growing into one of the greatest leaders of all time.” ~June Stevens, author
“I was caught hook, line and sinker with this novel about a young girl’s battle in a world that seems perfect on the surface, but is sinister and twisted underneath. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no fantasy or paranormal element the book. I would have loved it just as much if there had been, but to see that somewhere seemingly so safe could be so deadly, without a hint of magic or witchcraft, was haunting.” ~Bonfire Book Reviews
“Queen of Someday” is a guilty pleasure read. Just like CW shows and Lifetime movies, it’s full of drama, scandal and betrayal. And I just couldn’t look away. I found myself gasping and grinning maniacally at every turn. Sophie’s schemes delighted me in a way that made me question my own sanity. I enjoyed “Queen of Someday” in the same way that one enjoys CW shows; the melodrama is strangely addictive, but I’m embarrassed to admit exactly how much I enjoyed it.” ~The Nerdy Journalist reviews

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Can’t wait to see more? Queen of Someday is available for pre-order here, and will be available everywhere October 7th 2014.

*The footage is courtesy of KK Studios, and the layout and transitions are by Courtney Knuckles and Clean Teen Publishing.

New Cover Reveal: Voodoo Moon

I am so excited to announce the new cover reveal of Voodoo Moon: A Moon Sisters Novel (Paranorm World #1).   I recently signed on with Crimson Tree Publishing for the entire Paranorm World series.  Voodoo Moon (previously independently published) will be re-released on January 16, 2015 with Immortal Moon: A Moon Sisters Novel (Paranorm World #2) to follow in early summer.

COVER REVEAL: 
 
VOODOO MOON by DJ Westerfield writing as June Stevens
 
Presented by Crimson Tree Publishing. (Adult Paranormal Romance—Mature)
 
 
 
GENRE: Paranormal Romance 
PUBLISHER: Crimson Tree Publishing
SERIES: Paranorm World
 
VOODOO MOON, a Moon Sisters Novel
 
Zombies aren’t supposed to exist, yet they are turning up all over Nash City. As a member of the Elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona Moon is tasked with hunting down the most dangerous Paranorm criminals. Now she must find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies. To make matters worse, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises. Ian Barroes is the rich founder and head of the Necromancers Guild and a professor of Necromantic Studies at the Academy of Science and Magic. There is one thing he wants more than anything else in the world… Fiona.
 
They each hold secrets that could destroy them, but could also be the key to destroying the evil Voodoo priest, Bokor. They must learn to trust each other and track down Bokor before more innocents are taken, and murdered. To make matters worse, when Fiona becomes a target of the evil madman, she finds herself lured into his trap. Now she and Ian have to fight for survival and their very souls.

WIN A PRINT ARC OF VOODOO MOON! 

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Voodoo Moon

by June Stevens

Giveaway ends October 12, 2014.See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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ABOUT THE PARANORM WORLD SERIES:
 
Two hundred years ago the world was very different. It was an age of technology and prosperity. There were more than 7 billion people on earth. Magic and paranormal beings were relegated to fiction and myth. In the Technological Age Year 2012 the Earth experienced a natural phenomena which we now call the Cataclysm. There was a polar shift in which the earths natural magnetic poles shifted. The polar shift caused a series of natural disasters that changed the landscape of the world.
 
In the years that followed 2012—Earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and tsunamis pounded the world leaving devastation and death. Whole cities and even states were leveled by earthquakes and swallowed by the sea. The melting of the polar ice caps caused flooding.
 
Society collapsed. With major cities being leveled by disasters governments crumbled. Power plants and refineries were destroyed. The basic infrastructure of the country disintegrated. There was no longer any electricity, public water systems no longer worked. Food supplies dwindled as there was no longer enough gasoline for shipping. At first the government tried to keep order with police and military. But as more and more disasters destroyed major cities and even the capital of the United States, the government crumbled. With no government to pay or command them there was no longer an army or even police forces. Riots abounded, destroying as much property as the disasters.
 
Disasters killed more than half the population in less than a year. Over the next five decades famine, disease, and war killed millions more.
 
Humanities only chance for survival was reliant on those who had long ago become outcasts and myths. Humans who through natural evolution, genetics, or viruses had preternatural abilities.
 
In the ruins of the old civilization, a new one rose up. One that blends technology and magic. One where paranormal beings like mages, vampires and werebeasts live side by side with normal humans.


 
 
MAKING THE COVER: 
 
We know our readers love to see how our covers are made. Above you can see the design elements our cover designing genius—Marya Heiman— used to create the cover for Voodoo Moon. She brought together some real pictures from Nashville, TN and created the post-apocalyptic scene you see in the cover. 
 
DJ Westerfield writing as JUNE STEVENS:
www.JuneStevens.com
 

June Stevens is the pen name of DJ Westerfield.
 
DJ uses the pseudonym June Stevens to write ROMANTIC fiction in a variety of genres including contemporary, suspense, fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy.
 
DJ is a wife, step-mom, sister, auntie, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, and Mommy to four adorable and mischievous four-legged babies. She writes non-fiction, blogs, and co-hosts an internet radio show as DJ Westerfield. 
 
Voodoo Moon by June Stevens, is scheduled to be released by Crimson Tree Publishing in early 2015.
 
 
 

Giveaway by Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing

Our team at Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing has a big reason to celebrate! We just signed our 65th Title! That’s big news for our company after just celebrating our one-year anniversary a few months back. To celebrate, we are giving away not one, but two $65 Amazon Gift Cards (or Paypal Cash)! We decided one wasn’t enough so Clean Teen Publishing will be giving away one and Crimson Tree Publishing is giving away the other.

Here is the big list of our 65 titles in alphabetical order:

A Place Halfway, Aftermath, Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, Burden of Sisyphus, Concealed in the Shadows, Current Impressions, Descending, Double Star, Ending ELE, Exposing ELE, Fall of Icarus, Finding ELE, Flame, Flame Caller, Haunting Zoe, Hidden Monster, Kindling Flames (Flying Sparks), Kindling Flames (Gathering Tinder), Last Orphans, Leighton’s Summer, Lingering Echoes, Losing Logan, Moonflower, Never Forgotten, Night Marchers, Project ELE, Purge of Prometheus, Queen of Someday, Red, Redemption, Released from the Darkness, Reluctant Guardian, Rising, River of Bones, Rumors, Secrets, Smoke Rising, Spark, Surviving ELE, Sweet Contradiction, The Awakener, The Bionics, The Eye of Tanub, The Hunted, The Key, The Mind’s Eye, The Power to See, The Wall, The Wanted, The Woodlands, The Wounded, Titanium, Unspeakable, Voodoo Moon, War, Water Shaper, Wicked Glory, Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wind Warrior, Wolves of the Northern Rift, Wonderstruck, Worlds Between, Worlds Entwined, Worlds Undone

Here is the big list of our 65 titles in Mr. Squirrel’s order:

Now it’s time to enter the giveaway! This giveaway runs through September 30 2014. Good Luck!

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New Cover Reveal: River of Bones by Angela J. Townsend

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RIVER OF BONES By Angela J. Townsend

Coming soon as a motion picture! Read the book today!

 

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Young Adult Horror – Romance
When seventeen-year-old Dharma Moore moves to Bayou country so her scam artist mother can work as a Paranormal Investigator, she discovers that more than ghosts haunt the abandoned plantation they now call home.
Centuries ago, a voodoo curse was placed on the swamp waters surrounding the old plantation by a murdered slave. This terrible curse ensnares Dharma with its deadly effects. To save herself, she must face the terror of the haunted waters, find the dead woman’s skull, and convince the slave’s soul to release her from its torments. When Dharma discovers an ancient secret that links her to the property—a secret kept from her by her own family—she realizes that the curse is more personal to her than she ever imagined.
To survive, Dharma must accept the help of the locals, and put her trust in the handsome gardener, Wolf Bodine—who is the only one crazy enough to come near the plantation. With his help, Dharma must learn to embrace the truth and accept that magic is not only real… but that it can be very, very deadly!
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We know that our readers love to see how a cover was made. Above you can find the elements that our fabulous cover designer— Marya Heiman— used to create the new cover. Her inspiration was also taken from the movie poster for River of Bones, which can be seen below:

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About Angela J. Townsend


Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.

 

Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. Her newest novel, Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings, was signed for publication with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013.
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.

More books by Angela J. Townsend:

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Oak Hollow Books Available on Kindle Unlimited!!!

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The book world is buzzing about Kindle Unlimited.  What is it?  Well, basically it is like Netflix for books.  I’m not going to go into all of the details here, because I am not sure I entirely get how it works.  But, it IS a thing and it IS available for Indie Authors to enroll their books in.

The chat around the water cooler about it is both good and bad, but mostly it is all speculation.  Many authors are afraid to take the plunge and try it out because it means pulling your enrolled EBOOK down from every other sales site and making it exclusive to Kindle (Amazon).  That could drastically reduce sales that may or may not be made up by the lending/Kindle Unlimited program.

You know me, I’m DARING!  So, I have enrolled three of my books in the program for the next 3 months (at least) to see how it goes.

What does that mean for you?  WELL, basically, that you can read the Oak Hollow books for FREE this month!  Free?  Well, yes.  You see, because it is new, Amazon is offering a Kindle Unlimited 30 day FREE TRIAL to readers to test out the program.  (After that I think it is $9.99 a month.)

So, go sign up for Kindle Unlimited and check out:

A REASON TO STAY

LORELEI’S DANCE & ROMANCING LORELEI (NOW COMBINED IN ONE BOOK)

 

 

Updated Release Dates for Just As You Are and Unmasked

As you may know, I signed on with Crimson Tree Publishing last week to republish Voodoo Moon and continue on with the Paranorm World series.  I do not yet have a release date for the new edition of Voodoo Moon, though I know it will likely be sometime in late 2014.  I will let everyone know as soon as I know.

The new contract means Immortal Moon (Paranorm World #2) must take #1 priority over everything else and finally get completed and in to the publisher.  This means the two indie books I had planned for a late summer release have been pushed back to fall.

Just As You Are (Oak Hollow #3/Oak Hollow College #1), originally scheduled for a September 30 release has been pushed back to October 28.  Unmasked (Godmother Security #1) was originally set for an August launch, but is now set to release November 25.

These dates are as set in stone as I can make them.  Hopefully I won’t have to push them back again.  As long as I can get Immortal Moon to the publisher by September 1, I should have plenty of time for revisions and edits on the other two in order to get them out on time.

No clue yet on what my 2015 Release schedule will look like.  I do have some Oak Hollow, Oak Hollow College and Godmother Security Books in the line up, but I have a couple of stories that don’t fit into any of the series I currently have going that I want to spend some time on and shop to publishers, so I may only do one or two indie novella’s next year.

As always… THANK YOU for reading!  Because of YOU I have a job!

And now, a completely unrelated meme that has no relevance to this post but just makes me smile.

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Announcement of Awesome: New Publishing Contract

whos-awesomeThat’s right!  If you are reading this you are AWESOME!  And since you are so awesome, I want to share MY awesome news with YOU!

I have just signed a contract with Crimson Tree Publishing for the Paranorm World Series.  I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful team!

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This means Voodoo Moon has been taken down and will be republished at the end of this year (no exact target date).  THEN, Immortal Moon will be next.  Of course I don’t have any dates yet, but I will definitely keep you posted.

But for NOW… I I just want to celebrate!  Let’s PARTY!

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Guest Post: Make Your Sex Life Sound Like Fiction

adameve.com606ClosenessThere’s nothing quite like some hot erotica to turn you on and give you a spark of spontaneity with your partner. However, if you’ve been in a relationship for awhile, your sex stories might read as exciting as last week’s newspaper.

It’s all too common: You get comfortable, slip into a routine, and sooner or later you find yourself in a sexual rut. The same moves, the same setting, the same everything.

Not to worry, there’s hope yet! The good news is that you’re completely capable of changing things for the better. By taking charge, you can make sure you and your partner get everything you want out of your time together, and that your mattress springs start getting one hell of a regular workout.

You might think that rejuvenating your sex life starts in the bedroom, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, the first step to improving things involves no touching at all.

It might be a little awkward at the beginning, but discussing your sexual needs with your partner is crucial for a healthy sex life. Professionals such as relationship expert Dr. Kat agree that open communication about intimacy with your partner more often than not leads to better, more frequent sex. And Dr. Kat certainly knows her stuff! According to her bio on Adam & Eve (where she also writes articles), she’s a certified Clinical Sexologist and a Marriage & Family Therapist, among other things. If you’re confident enough to be open about what you want, your partner might feel more comfortable expressing their desires as well. As Kat said herself:

“[We] all know sex isn’t just about sex, it’s about communication, self-esteem, general health and wellbeing; it’s connected to everything in our lives.”

It wouldn’t be uncommon for the first step to lead you to a spontaneous session between the sheets, but there’s more you can do before the bedroom that will make your time together even better.

Doing the “prep work” yourself is a great way to ensure that you both get what you need. While masturbating or touching yourself might seem like the go-to, the brain is far more involved in helping or hindering a woman from achieving orgasm than physical touch. For a female to reach orgasm, our minds have to be ready far before our bodies are. Some women even get so good at mentally putting themselves in the mood, they can make themselves orgasm without any physical contact.

If you can’t seem to telepathically turn yourself on, try watching some pornography, or use that erotica to your advantage. Not only can you get some new ideas, but you’ll also be in a sexier state of mind when the time is right.

When you do make it to the bedroom, (I know — finally) just as you did with the prep work, it’s perfectly okay to take control of your own orgasms during the act. Putting the pressure entirely on your partner can cause anxiety, and will often leave you disappointed.

Instead, try to pleasure yourself while you and your partner are intimate. No one knows your body better than you. If you’re partner isn’t quite hitting the mark, try rubbing your clit or using a toy on yourself while they penetrate you, or change to a position that hits your G-spot more.

You might feel a little overbearing at first, but just remember that men find a lot more positions satisfying than women do. The vast disparity between the ease of which each sex reaches climax is known by researchers as the “orgasm gap.” In fact, men are able to get off about 50% more of the time than women. So chances are if a certain position feels amazing for you, it feels pretty great for him too.

Most importantly, if your partner is doing something you like, or you’ve found a position that feels good, say so! You’ll get the satisfaction of great sex, and your partner will gain confidence knowing that they’re driving you wild, not to mention that hearing so will probably turn them on even more.

To make things a little more exciting for you both, use some of those ideas from your book! Opt for some morning shower sex to really wake yourselves up. If you live alone, any surface of your house can provide a sexy setup—kitchen counters, dining table, staircase, or just up against a wall. Your options are endless.

The worse thing you can do when you’re feeling things fade is stay silent. With open communication, little changes can go a long way. You don’t need cheap tricks from magazines to put the spark back into your intimacy. Just don’t be afraid to speak up about what you want, in and out of the bedroom. Your sex life, and your partner, will thank you for it!

The Official Just As You Are Cover Reveal

JAYA_COVERREVEAL_MEDWe are excited to share the cover for June Stevens’ upcoming New Adult Novel, Just As You Are. Just As You Are is the #3 book in the Oak Hollow series and the first in the new adult series Oak Hollow College. The two series’ will overlap with common characters and settings, but the Oak Hollow College series will consist exclusively of New Adult novels.

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JUST AS YOU ARE BY JUNE STEVENS

OAK HOLLOW #3 and OAK HOLLOW COLLEGE #1

When you’ve gone through your whole life being told you aren’t good enough, you learn to accept love with conditions…and never expect anything better…

The not-so-shy fat girl…

Layla Harper has no problem with who she is. She’ll never be a beauty queen, but she doesn’t care. She does have a problem with guys who think she is easy because she’s fat. And drop-your-panties-sexy Alden Cortland just became her #1 problem.

All Layla wants to do is keep her head down, get her computer science degree, and get as far away from Tennessee and her past as she can. She certainly has no intentions of getting mixed up with another smooth talking rich boy, no matter how much he tells her she is sexy.

The rich boy with a secret…

Alden is the disgrace of his family. Which is why he has been sent to a small college in the backwoods of Tennessee, out of the media spotlight, out of mind. He is completely focused on getting his degree and taking off to start his career on the other side of the camera. Until he lays eyes on Layla Harper.

She has no clue how beautiful she is, but he is determined to help her find out. Unfortunately she won’t give him the time of day. He wants to prove to her he isn’t the kind of guy she thinks he is…or does he? Getting close to Layla means letting her in on his darkest secret. And that would mean losing her.

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DJ Westerfield Writing As June Stevens

DJ Westerfield is a wife, step-mom, sister, auntie, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, and Mommy to three adorable and mischievous four-legged babies.

She writes non-fiction, blogs, and co-hosts an internet radio show as DJ Westerfield and uses the pseudonym June Stevens to write fiction in a variety of genres including contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy. You can find out more about her and WHY she uses both of her names on her website.

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Flash Photo Writing Prompt: Red

A great way to get writing is to use photos for inspiration. Use the photo below as an inspiration to start a new story or write a bit of flash fiction (up to 1k words).

Things to think about to help you get started:

  • What is happening in the photo?
  • What just happened?
  • What is about to happen?
  • What emotions does the photo invoke?
  • If this were the cover image for a story/novel, what would the story be?
  • Could this be a setting or scene in your current story?

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Cover Reveal: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

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We are so pleased to finally share this gorgeous and much awaited cover for Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin.

 

Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire Book 1)

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Release Day: October 7, 2014

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Genre- YA Historical Fiction

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Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophia will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

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Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry's-an-Author-030Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2014 with a second book in that series to follow. Her YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is now available from Clean Teen Publishing.

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A Note From The Author:

The true story of Catherine the Great is one fraught with betrayal, intrigue, and romance. While a good deal of my story is drawn from actual people and events, I have been very liberal in the rearrangement of dates, events, and places. Whenever possible I took my cues from her own words, intermixing my own thoughts and ideas. My thought upon the creation of the book was simple. I looked at the woman she was when she claimed the crown and then wondered, how did an innocent girl from Germany become such a force of nature? Most people aren’t born cold or ambitious, but have circumstances that forge them into those people. And that was the story I wanted to tell in this book. I wanted to see the events in her early life that would have changed her into the person she became, and not knowing the truth of that story, I simply made something up. That is what we, as writers, do best.

If you are curious about the real history behind Catherine, I suggest heading to your local library and doing a bit of research. This is not meant to be a historically accurate representation, but a flight of fancy, one that I hope you, dear reader, will enjoy as much as I have.

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Flash Photo Writing Prompt: Holding Hands

A great way to get writing is to use photos for inspiration. Use the photo below as an inspiration to start a new story or write a bit of flash fiction (up to 1k words).

Things to think about to help you get started:

  • What is happening in the photo?
  • What just happened?
  • What is about to happen?
  • What emotions does the photo invoke?
  • If this were the cover image for a story/novel, what would the story be?
  • Could this be a setting or scene in your current story?

Photo from Morgefile.com

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Win Ebook Copies of A Reason to Stay and Romancing Lorelei

I am being hosted over on ARe Cafe this week to celebrate the release of Romancing Lorelei.  Go check out the post about Love in a Small Town and enter to win ebook copies of A Reason to Stay and Romancing Lorelei.

June Stevens: Love in a Small Town + Giveaway

As a reader I have always enjoyed book series that followed a group of people, either a family or town.  My favorite are those where each book has its own set of main characters, yet you see glimpses of the continuing life of previous main characters, as well as quirky secondary characters that appear continuously throughout the series…CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING AND ENTER TO WIN

A Reason to Stay is on Audiobook!

AReason_AUDIOBOOK_COVER2IT’S OFFICIAL!  A Reason to Stay is an AUDIOBOOK!  I’m so excited.  It officially went up for sale on Audible and Amazon today.

A special thanks goes out to the ultra talented Meghan Kelly for the exquisite production quality and spot on performance!

This is truly a momentous day for me.  Thank you to EVERYONE that has read A Reason to Stay over the past 9 years! (Yes…it was that long ago when it was first published, and it is still going strong!)

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You can get it for FREE on Audible with their 30day trial offer!  Or, if you are an Audible member, purchase it with this month’s credit! Or get it on Amazon!  If you prefer Itunes, just keep checking.  It should be available SOON!

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Flash Photo Writing Prompt: Stone Ruins

A great way to get writing is to use photos for inspiration. Use the photo below as an inspiration to start a new story or write a bit of flash fiction (up to 1k words).

Things to think about to help you get started:

  • What is happening in the photo?
  • What just happened?
  • What is about to happen?
  • What emotions does the photo invoke?
  • If this were the cover image for a story/novel, what would the story be?
  • Could this be a setting or scene in your current story?

Photo from Morgefile.com

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Flash Photo Writing Prompt: Mushroom in the Woods

A great way to get writing is to use photos for inspiration. Use the photo below as an inspiration to start a new story or write a bit of flash fiction (up to 1k words).

Things to think about to help you get started:

  • What is happening in the photo?
  • What just happened?
  • What is about to happen?
  • What emotions does the photo invoke?
  • If this were the cover image for a story/novel, what would the story be?
  • Could this be a setting or scene in your current story?

Photo from Morgefile.com

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