Monday, July 31, 2006

4 Plugs for BEYOND THE MAZE

OMG! They haven't even had time to post this to their website! I just got it in my email!!! WOOT!

From The Romance Reader's Connection...

BEYOND THE MAZE
Canice Brown-Porter
Freya's Bower
ISBN: 1-934069-10-8
June 2006
Paranormal Romance (time-travel)

Aubrianna Sheffield has come to the maze - her place of solace - on the grounds of her home, Chadwich Manor Estates after a long day of tours. The weather changes abruptly and she finds that she is no longer where she thought she was.

Lord Keane Hamilton Chadwick IV is walking through his maze when he stumbles across the woman of his recent dreams. How can this be? How could this woman step from the desires of his heart and his dreams, into his arms? He may not know how she got here but he certainly knows he won't be letting her go.

This is a very short story - but a good story indeed. The short format doesn't allow the reader to become emotionally invested in the characters but the storyline is compelling and draws the reader in. It is a delightful tale and it's interesting to see how the characters deal with how Aubrianna traveled back in time.

The author throws in a health scare and how the characters deal with this new twist in enjoyable. The sex scene is well written and descriptive. The characters are enjoyable and believable. Overall a good short story that I would recommend to people who enjoy this format.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Harden
Rating: 4 (4 Plugs Denotes a Book is Excellent)

Last chance to win a beach bag of free books!

You've only got a few more hours left to blog about SHE'S GOT LEGS before I choose the winner of the beach bag full of free books! So act quickly!

But don't worry...I think I'll be running a similar contest again in August. Everyone who entered in July will automatically be entered in August...of course, if you blog a second time, I'll give you more entries (a bonus--I'll give you double the entries for your second blogging).

I'm having issues with uploading images...sorry!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Let the Games Begin!

Okay, everyone! My "Win a Free Copy of Beyond the Maze" contest has begun! Be sure to post a comment on either today's or yesterday's blog posts. I'll draw the winner's name at 2:30pm Sunday, July 30th! I'll announce the winner's name in the Freya's Bower chat over on Novelspotters. One entry per person, please. My blog addy has changed to:
http://canicebrown-porter.blogspot.com

Be sure to update your records!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

5 Stars for "Sorcha's Heart"


M.E. Ellis gives Sorcha's Heart 5 stars and says:

"What can I say but a fabulous, and I mean FABULOUS novella. Right from the beginning I was gripped by this tale. I wanted it to be longer; it ended too soon! Thank goodness it is part of a serial! I eagerly await the next book."

And:

"The descriptions are lush and vivid. A very original plot that had me marvelling at the turns it took."

Read the whole review here.


Buy Sorcha's Heart at Freya's Bower starting tomorrow (July 30th)!

An ancient relic of dragon magic; its price? Nothing less than Sorcha’s heart.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of BEYOND THE MAZE!

Hello Everyone! I'm Canice Brown-Porter, author of BEYOND THE MAZE, released by Freya's Bower about 5 weeks ago. I'll be holding a blog contest on Sunday, July 30th and giving away a copy of my Freya's Bower Bites ebook, Beyond the Maze! All you have to do is leave a comment on my post that day promoting my ebook! (The "K.I.S.S." theory at work here!) I'll put everyone's name - who leaves me a comment on Sunday - into a drawing and pull the winner's name at 2:30PM (ET). I'll announce the winner in the Freya's Bower Novelspotter chat which is being held from 10AM - 3PM (EST) that day. You must be a member to enter the chat.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/novelspotter/

Looking forward to seeing everyone there! My blog addy is
http://canicebrown-porter.blogspot.com/
Bites are 6,000 to 8,000 words and consists of two short stories that share a common theme.

BLURB

Beyond the Maze
Aubrianna Sheffield strolled through the magnificient centuries-old maze of Chadwick Manor Estates at the end of every day just to unwind. Little did she expect to bump headlong into a gorgeous, masculine bulk on her way back to the manor. Too bad his disposition matched the sudden dark, angry thunder clouds overhead. And, when he demanded an answer as to why she was wandering around his private grounds, she questioned his sanity. Of all the nerve!

The Lord of Chadwick
Lord Keane Hamilton Chadwick IV struggled with the dream-come-to-life, beautiful blonde he held steady in his grasp. Even soaked to the skin in the downpour, she was breathtaking. But that sharp tongue and uncultured speech of hers drove him to the brink of madness. His family had owned Chadwick Manor Estates for over one-hundred-fifty years, and this mere slip of a woman had the audacity to order him to leave. She should be locked away in an asylum!

Rating: Tangy
Warning: Contains graphic language
To read an excerpt or purchase BEYOND THE MAZE, visit:
Freya's Bower

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Win a Copy of "Sorcha's Heart"


To celebrate the release of Sorcha's Heart I'm giving a copy away!

It's easy to win - just blog about the release (info below) and then leave me a comment to let me know about it!

If you don't have a blog, go to mine and leave me a comment mentioning this contest!

One of my unbiased family members will pick the winner on Saturday, August 5!

Info to blog by:

Sorcha's Heart by Debbie Mumford

A legendary relic, a dragon-wrought amulet, the Heart of Fire may be the salvation of her people, and Sorcha is willing to pay any price to obtain it, but when she discovers the price is the loss of her humanity, she learns caution too late. Only a hero can save her, and he isn't human.

Available July 30th from Freya's Bower!

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Have fun! And may the best participant win!

---Debbie

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Charly's Fire by Bella Tyler


Charly's Fire

Charly's Fire

All Charly Hanson wants is a night of uninterrupted relaxing. But when her lavender aromatherapy candle catches her house on fire, she ends up with a yard full of fireman. Could one of these men be the one to stir up feelings she thought were long dormant?

Wrong Number

For months, firefighter Charlie Farnsworth has been getting late night phone calls from a charming woman. A woman who gets his blood pumping with the mere sound of her voice. The only problem is... the calls aren't intended for him, but they could be just the thing he needs to refuel his own fire.

Rating: Sweet

Book Length: Bites

Genre: Contemporary

Read excerpt

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

An Interview With Samantha Byrne on My Blog

Today I'm profiling Samantha Byrne, author of SPIRIT OF DAWN. So stop by www.amandabrice.blogspot.com and read all about her!

Next Tuesday I'll be featuring an interview with Debbie Mumford, author of GLASS MAGIC and the soon-to-be-released SORCHA'S HEART.

Monday, July 24, 2006

"Sorcha's Heart" by Debbie Mumford

It's official! "Sorcha's Heart" is listed as coming soon on Freya's Bower! (Take a look here.)

My fabulous editor pushed me mercilessly (yeah, right!) and the 10,000 word manuscript FB agreed to publish grew to be 21,000 words. And Karen made sure I chose those words carefully! *LOL*

Seriously, I'm very pleased with the finished product, and hope that all of you will read it when it goes live. (More on the release date as soon as I hear it ...)

In the meantime, "Glass Magic" is still available for a quick read on a hot summer night! (Buy it here.)

---Debbie Mumford (who's "an author to watch for" according to Coffee Time Romance. Woo Hoo!)




P.S. - If you're interested in keeping track of my upcoming releases, please join my mailing list.

Special call for Submissions

SPECIAL call for submissions: “Three Voices, One Book”

Length: Three linked novellas (15,000-30,000 words each).

Freya’s Bower is seeking novels composed of three linked novellas, written by a team of three authors.

Writing is such a solitary process, so Freya’s Bower wants to help you work more closely with your fellow writers. “Three Voices, One Book” is a new and exciting line of novels composed of three linked novellas. Each writing team of three authors should choose a concept around which to base three stories (for example, three people at the same job, three brothers/sisters, three generations of the same family, etc.). Each author will write one novella, but should work closely with his/her fellow authors for brainstorming, timeline, and narrative. Each novella should focus on a specific character, but should include the characters from the other novellas.

Each novella should be able to stand on its own, but should also work together to form a longer novel.

We will accept all themes, genres, heat levels (sweet, tangy, spicy, sizzling), and time periods. All three novellas should be in the same heat level, however. We will also accept stories focusing on holidays, with special consideration given to those stories that incorporate pagan holidays as well as mainstream holidays. If querying for a particular holiday, please take into consideration editorial lead-time.

NOTE: this is not for novice writers. Picking up from where another author has left off and continuing on with the idea/series, yet keeping it in a consistent tone is tough to do.

Send queries to submit @ freyasbower . com -- without the spaces -- and include THREE VOICES (TITLE) in your subject line.

To Be Released This Week!

Wayne Thomas hides a secret, locking it in the depths of his mind. Has kidnapping a young woman proved to him that all females are conniving, treacherous creatures? His childhood has him convinced that women are evil. Can he rid himself of the traumatic events that plagued his younger years or will they continue to haunt him?

Befriended by the woman he abducted, Wayne becomes a different person. He embraces happiness, hoping that for once, things won’t go wrong—until a memory triggers the horrors he has locked away and it all comes tumbling out, forcing him to face up to his demons—those inside him and those that still live and breathe.

Coming this week to Wild Child Publishing.com!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Chatting at CataNetwork-Readers

Hey everyone!

We are chatting at CataNetwork-Readers Yahoo group right now. We will be here until 3 pm EST today. Come by and visit with us.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/catanetwork-readers/

Marci

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Romance News Raves about Aurora's Passion & Freya's Bower

Ellie McBride from RomanceNews.org says: Aurora's Passion is a quick, sexy, and satisfying read packed with charm and rich description. It will leave you hungry for more of Thomas' work and... Norweigan pastry! "Second Chances" is just a bite, as the promotion promises, but a satisfying one... Like the perfect meal, the pairing of "Aurora's Passion" and "Second Chances" leaves us feeling well-sated. Freya's Bower is on to something!

Read the complete review HERE.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Waking the Shadows receives 4.5 Kisses from Romance Divas!

"Freya's Bower has created an interesting concept for storytelling with their Bites series, Two separate stories but still connected. Ms. Drake has written a story that is fast, sexy, packed with action, and suspenseful. Arielle is a gutsy, kickass, brash heroine witch, while Jackson is a hot, sexy vampire. What a combo. I thoroughly enjoyed this novella."

Click here to read the full review.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Interview with Elisabeth Drake on my blog

Learn all about WAKING THE SHADOWS author, Elisabeth Drake, in her interview on my blog: www.amandabrice.blogspot.com.

Next week, I'll feature an interview with Samantha Byrne, author of SPIRIT OF DAWN. On August 1, it's Debbie Mumford's turn (GLASS MAGIC), and on August 8, Canice Brown-Porter (BEYOND THE MAZE).

Hey FB authors...I've got plenty of space. I'm only scheduled until August 8, so contact me for your chance to be profiled. I'd love to run this through the fall or beyond! Who will be 8/15???

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Bebe's Super Fantabulous Newsletter Contest

This month, I'm giving away pamper-me gift sets. Two lucky winners will receive full-size goodies from Bath & Body Works plus a copy of Aurora's Passion. All you have to do to enter is sign up for my newsletter. And even that couldn't be easier, there are three easy ways to sign up!


Click here to join bebethomasromance
Click to join bebethomasromance



If you are more of a Google Group person, you can sign up at http://groups.google.com/group/Bebe-Thomas-Romance

Don't want to join a group? Send me an email with Newsletter as the topic, and I'll send the newsletter to your email every month.

The best part of signing up for my newsletter? You are automatically entered into my monthly newsletter contests FOREVER! That's it. Nothing else to do, but sit back and win free stuff.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Romance Divas Chat July 16th

Hey everyone!

It's that crazy editor again. I can't seem to accomplish anything before 1 am, so here I am posting at 1:25 am again. (sigh)

For those of you who missed our chats last weekend, you can come see us this one at Romance Divas... live.

Date: Sunday, July 16, 2006
Location: Romance Divas' chat room
Time: 2 pm - 5 pm
Type: Live chat

Oh, and you must be a member of Romance Divas to participate.

Marci

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"Glass Magic" Earns 3 Cups from Coffee Time Romance


I'm so excited!!!

Glass Magic received a wonderful review from Susan White at CoffeeTime Romance! Ms. White says:

"This delightful book really struck my fancy. Red is a wonderfully mischievous faery. I had such fun reading about him. Both stories give readers an idea of Red's personality and charm. Ms. Mumford is an author to watch for in the future. If you enjoy tales of faeries and magic then give this enchanting book a try."
Read the complete review here.

Woo Hoo!!! I'm an author to watch for!!

---Debbie
Buy Glass Magic here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

3 cups

Kayla Finds Her Way received a review from Coffee Time Romance. Jen says: Both of these shorts have interesting plots capable of quickly sweeping readers away. What surprised me most, however, was the depth of some of the issues presented in these tales. Ms. Lee does quite an amazing job of portraying some serious dilemmas that her characters must work through.

Honestly, a part of me wishes I had received more cups. (I'm greedy like that.) I know...it's not about the actual rating. I should be more concerned with what the reviewer had to say. Overall it's a good review. I wanted to achieve a level of realism with my stories, and the review shows that I did. You can read the entire review HERE.

Monday, July 10, 2006

FB author profiles on my blog!

Beginning this week, I will be interviewing a different Freya's Bower author every Tuesday. So check my blog (www.amandabrice.blogspot.com) for an interview with Bebe Thomas tomorrow! Next Tuesday, July 18, will be Elisabeth Drake.

Speaking of blogs, I'm running a July blog contest to promote my Bites SHE'S GOT LEGS. You can help me out by posting a blurb or review on your blog or website. Once you do, email me at amandabrice@myway.com and you'll be entered to win a beach bag full of books! It's that simple!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Chat and more

Are you at the Pink Posse chat? Why not? It's loads of fun. :)

I received another positive review for KAYLA FINDS HER WAY. From the e-zine Estella's Revenge, Andi says:
Kis Lee's erotic material naturally works into the flow of her writing and never comes off as choppy or disjointed. The erotic moments are natural progressions of the larger story and fit the mood of the piece thanks to well-chosen language and atmospheric touches that draw the reader effortlessly into the work.

Read the entire review HERE. Scroll down 3/4 of the way down the page.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Pink Posse Chat

Hello everyone!

Come chat with us. We are having great contests and some scintillating (read into the gutter ;)) conversation.

Where: The Pink Posse Yahoo Chat Group -- you must be a member
When: July 7, 2006 All day
Type: Loop Chat

And

Where: The Pink Posse Chat Room
When: July 9, 2006 from 8 pm to 9 pm EST
Type: Live Chat

We look forward to seeing your bright, friendly faces.

Marci Baun
Editor-in-Chief
Freya's Bower

Monday, July 03, 2006

SHE'S GOT LEGS on sale now!

Thanks to everyone who entered my contest. Congratulations to Kelley Vitollo for winning the free copy of SHE'S GOT LEGS.

Stay tuned--I'll be running another contest on my blog soon!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

New "Bellissima" Contest


I've updated an important page on my website: the contest page! :-)

As of July, I'm giving away a free copy of "Bellissima" each month. If you leave a comment at my blog you are entered automatically. Also, you can send me an email.

Good luck!