Halloween Blog Hop – Fall Favorites #Snarkology $100 Grand Prize!

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Welcome to the Snarkology Halloween blog hop! Sixty participating author blogs mean you have tons of chances to win the Grand Prize of one $100 Amazon or B&N gift certificate, or one of two $15 Amazon or B&N gift certs! Plus, many authors are also offering additional prizes. Follow along at the Linked list below Oct. 27 – Oct 31, increase your chances of winning a prize, find some great new authors and stories, and join the fun!

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Roasterie pumpkinsFall on an island in the Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite times and places. Colors and flavors of fall abound, with the wild blackberries giving way to apple orchards, cider presses, hard cider, mulled cider… You get the picture!

Besides harvesting apples (we have baby trees that gave us our first basketfull this year!), fall also brings squid season. Get those rubbery over-fried rings out of your mind. Fresh and properly prepared calamari is amazingly tender and eye-rolling good, and catching them is surprisingly fun – especially with good friends and hot mulled cider with an added dash of Fireball whiskey! And clamming on the beautiful west coast of Washington. I went on my first razor clam expedition last year, and we had such a good time despite almost getting swept out into the Pacific by the huge tide! So much fun to learn new things, like the proper way to plant and pull a clam gun without breaking the clam shell and finding the “dimple” that indicates a clam buried in the sand. My repeated cries of “Oh! There’s one!” were inevitably answered with “No, that’s a rock.” Best clam chowder I ever made – and a great hint to use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream to lower fat and calories without losing even a pinch of taste.

Halloween itself will mean the main street in town being shut down and all the local businesses offering tastes and treats to the little ghouls and goblins roaming the street with friends and parents with most everyone dressing up. It’s a small town celebration of fall that’s not to be missed!

What are your favorite activities and flavors of fall?

The paranormal romance Wraith Series books One and Two from the Wild Rose Press

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Book One, WRAITH REDEEMED, is on sale through October 31 for 99¢ on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in all ebook formats on The Wild Rose Press website!

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J to tha M Review: Ever After (Transplanted Tales #4) by Kate SeRine

 

 

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J:  hey!

So, did you love Ever After?

M:  I don’t think Kate could write anything I don’t like

I think I’m still starry-eyed over Grimm Consequences, though, and have a so-in-love-with-that-story hangover. I really liked Ever After, but it just didn’t grab hold of me like Grimm did.

I felt a lot more of being told what Gideon felt than experiencing the emotions with him

J:  well, I think I was resigned to love Nate most of all from the beginning

M:  yes, but even loving Nate, I really got into Nicky and Seth’s stories, still got that connection. I just didn’t feel the same intensity with this as with the others

I had no idea why Gideon loved Arabella as much as he did

J:  well, that is a difference I noticed with this one

but the problem, I think, is that with Nicky and Seth, we watched the beginning

with Gideon, he was already in love when the story began

so we didn’t get to experience the falling

even with Red, where Nate already loved her, we got her first feelings

M:  yes, but maybe that could have been made up with experiencing Gideon’s anguish of seeing her again? He told us how he felt, he told us he loved her, but I never felt his emotion, and Arabella never showed us why he loved her, you know? Not like the characters did in the other tales

Arabella never showed anything really loveable, or her pain in leaving him, staying away

I wanted all that heart-tugging struggle of impossible decisions. The set up was perfect for it, but…

J:  I still loved every second. I suppose I did write all that off as entering their love story in the middle

M:  Oh, I really did enjoy, too – so, so worth the read. One of my all-time favorite series.

But Kate did such a great job in Grimm to show the struggle, the anguish, the impossible situations and choices, and this is another great set up and storyline to do that

and it just didn’t grab me by the throat like Grimm, for sure. Man, I loved that story

J:  also, I’m pretty sure I was totally dazzled by the Arthurian legend

you know how I love me some King Arthur

M:  Heh. Yes

that was a great twist – classic Kate and the world she’s created

J:  there was so much there, so much fun, and action, and twisty-ness. So, what would you rate it? I think I went four stars for this one.

M:  Absolutely. Strong 4 stars. Her Transplanted Tales world is just as fun and compelling as the first time I got sucked in. I can’t wait for her new project. So excited to see what she can do with a romantic suspense.

J: Yeah, what’s the story with that?

M:  She’s got two new series coming in 2015, the Templar Legacy series and Protect and Serve. I love me some good romantic suspense. I love Kate’s writing. Something definitely to look forward to

J: Sounds perfect for settling in to read for hours with ice cream. Or coffee. Or beer…

M: Ooh, or an appletini! Mmmm. brb…

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Kate is offering a $50 gift card to Amazon, B&N, or BAM (winner’s choice), a signed paperback copy of Ever After, Transplanted tales swag, and 2 winners will receive an ebook copy of the transplanted tales book of their choice!

About the Author

Kate SerineKate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it’s no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. She’s the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES series and will be releasing the TEMPLAR LEGACY series with Kensington and the PROTECT AND SERVE series with Sourcebooks in 2015/2016.

Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of The Emily (2012) and the National Readers Choice Award (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

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Exclusive Excerpts! ASH RISING blog tour and Giveaway!

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Starting a two week (with a 4th of July week break) tour of ASH RISING featuring exclusive excerpts, a new one at each site, and a $25 Amazon or Starbucks ecert giveaway. Some sites have a review, but all will have additional entires to win. Be sure to enter via Rafflecopter at each stop! Thanks so much and see you all there :)

June 23: The Reading Addict
June 23: Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
June 24: It’s Raining Books
June 24: DRB1stChp Blog
June 25: Room With Books
June 25: Book ‘Em North Carolina
June 26: Queentutt’s World of Escapism
June 27: The Purple Fantasy Den
July 7: TBQ’s Book Palace
July 7: Rachel Brimble Romance
July 8: Musings and Ramblings
July 9: Harlie’s Books
July 10: Queen of All She Reads
July 11: Susana’s Morning Room

Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop

Summer Lovin' blog hop

I’m excited to be part of the Summer Lovin’ blog hop this weekend! Visit www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com for more info and a list of bloggers. This Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, some great authors are participating and offering not only great reads but also fun prizes offered at each blog, so be sure to follow along and also enter the Grand Prize Rafflecopter giveaway!

GRAND PRIZES

1 $75 AMAZON GIFT CARD

1 $25 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD (DONATED BY SUE LYNDON)

1 $25 AMAZON (OR B&N) GIFT CARD (DONATED BY DENISEA KAMPE)

Enter the Rafflecopter Grand Prize Giveaway!

 

In addition, I’m offering a $5 Amazon gift ecert as a prize. Leave your email in the comments, and I’ll chose a winner on Tuesday, June 24.

What are you lovin’ this summer? I’m enjoying the sun out here in the Pacific Northwest, getting ready to host a super fun 4th of July party to watch fireworks over the harbor. Also, moving my writing den out onto the deck to take advantage of the breeze, the view, and the quiet to make some progress on a new project starring a hunky hockey hero – yum! –  as well as the next book in both my Wraith and DEAd series.

Here’s my newest release, a romantic suspense and standalone first book in the DEAd series.

Ash Rising coverInfiltrating an international drug cartel is the dangerous chance of a lifetime for Asher Beaulieu of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Falling in love while running the op isn’t part of the plan, but he never had much use for plans anyway. Shrouded in deception and surrounded by temptation, his charmed life explodes in betrayal and tragedy.

DEA Special Agent Emmaline Justice is determined to be recognized for her work, not her sex. She doesn’t have time for an intriguing, wounded RCMP inspector. When the contacts she cultivated over long months of an international undercover investigation keep showing up dead, Emma must use her instincts as both an agent and a woman to determine Beaulieu’s role in the case and in her life.

One woman tore him apart. Another is brave enough to put him back together—if his past doesn’t kill him first.

Visit the other blogs in the hop and a chance to win fun prizes at each stop! www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com