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Historical Romance Feature: Odin’s Shadow by Erin S. Riley @erinsriley1


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Series: Odin’s Shadow #1

Genres: Historical Romance, Viking Era

 

Book Synopsis: Obsession. Treachery. Revenge. Redemption. Certain themes resonate across the centuries. Odin’s Shadow is the first book in a series of three about an Irish woman and the two Viking brothers who love her. The novel is set against the harsh backdrop of the Viking era in the 9th century, a time when the sight of a Viking longship sailing up the coast of Ireland would chill the blood of any man, woman or child. One young Irish woman, however, is not afraid of these Northmen, and a fateful encounter with one of them changes the course of her life forever.
Selia is a girl on the verge of womanhood, frustrated by the confines of her gender and resentful of the freedom her brother boasts of. She is intelligent and resourceful in a time when neither is valued in a female, and longs for an escape from her sheltered existence. Selia is fascinated by the tales of Viking raids told by her maidservant, and her hunger for independence is fed through the stories of heathen ferocity she hears at the woman’s knee.
A decision to sneak to the city’s harbor to view the Viking longships leads to an encounter with Alrik Ragnarson, a charismatic Viking warlord. With the knowledge that her father is about to announce her betrothal to a man she doesn’t love, Selia marries Alrik and within a day is on the longship bound for Norway and a new life.
As Selia’s relationship with her new husband grows, her friendship with his brother Ulfrik grows as well. The tension mounts between the two men, and as Alrik’s character flaws come to light Selia begins to have misgivings about her hasty marriage. Ulfrik’s desperate love for Selia causes him to reveal a secret from the past that threatens to destroy them all, and Selia is left to make a heart rending choice between the two Viking brothers.

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Author Bio:

Erin S. Riley has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in clinical counseling. She is also a board certified lactation consultant. Since Erin was a child, she has been fascinated with human nature and what motivates behavior. She enjoys writing stories that reflect real life: Erin’s books feature complicated, imperfect characters who love deeply, make impulsive decisions, and try again until they get it right.

Erin has a bit of an obsession with all things Viking, and owns an embarrassing number of reference books on Vikings that she reads for fun. While reading about berserkers, she had an epiphany and realized that the crazed, shield-biting men of sagas were actually suffering from a mental illness. On that day the character of Alrik Ragnarson was born.

Erin is drawn to any creative pursuit, from making hand-stitched quilts to producing mini-movies for family and friends from home videos. But writing has always been her passion. When Erin isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her two children, reading anything she can get her hands on, watching football, and renovating her house with her husband of 16 years.

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Prehistoric Fiction: Daughter of the Goddess Lands by Sandra Saidak


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Genres:  Prehistoric Fiction

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Daughter of the Goddess Lands is the unforgettable saga of Kalie, a courageous young heroine born into the untamed beauty of prehistoric Europe.
Kalie’s peaceful life is shattered when a brutal attack by horsemen from the east leave her scarred in body and soul. As the sole survivor of the assault, Kalie makes her way home, and warns her people to prepare for the invasion that she knows is coming. But the goddess-worshiping farmers of her home have no concept of battle, and dismiss Kalie’s warning.
When the marauders strike again, they cut a swath of destruction and death that prove too late the truth of Kalie’s words. Then Haraak, the leader of the invaders, demands a tribute of gold, grain and women in exchange for sparing her village. Yet it is in Harak’s cruel show of power that Kalie sees a chance to save her people–and gain revenge for herself.
Kalie leads a group of volunteers to infiltrate the horseman’s society, and then destroy them from within. Once she is among them, Kalie uses her skill as a storyteller, and her knowledge of healing to penetrate the horsemen’s inner circle and to discover the secrets that could lead to their destruction.
But Kalie discovers that price of revenge is high, and that a quest for vengeance can become a journey of healing and redemption.

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But what does he mean?” asked a young woman, whose plaintive tone reminded Kalie of a sheep. “People cannot be owned! Women or men, it makes no difference. Can’t you just explain that to him?”

Kalie sighed, tired of answering the same question, no matter how many different ways it was phrased.

“Well?” demanded the man seated next to the speaker, his arm around her. The meeting was being held in the largest shrine in Riverford, much larger than the one Kalie had met them in the night before. Perhaps eight hands of people were crowded inside, with several times that number waiting anxiously in the courtyard outside.

Kalie looked at the young couple, afraid that if she tried to explain yet again, she would say something that she would regret.

She was spared having to answer by Maris. “Whether we like it or not,” the ancient healer said in a voice that belied her age, “we have been called to deal with people who are entirely different from any we have ever encountered. Or imagined. Kalie has explained this notion of ‘slavery’ to us. Refusing to believe it will not change the fact that it is.”

“I will gladly hand over the gold and cloth,” said Yelene. “Even weapons of copper, though I shudder to think of those tools in the hands of such creatures. And as for food, I say give them our honey and wine and every bit of seed grain we have. All of that can be replaced! But I cannot give them human beings! I cannot ask any one of us to even consider such a sacrifice.”

A heavy silence settled over the room. Kalie knew it was now or never.

“There may be a way,” she began. “Yelene is right when she said that material wealth can be replaced. But now that these beastmen know of us—of great wealth in the west, held by people who know nothing of war—they will return, and in greater numbers. If the lands of the Goddess are to survive, I believe that the answer lies within Haraak’s demand for slaves.”

There was a roar of protest, but Yelene silenced it with a glance. “How?”

“What I am going to suggest will sound like madness—and it may very well be.” She faltered, suddenly unsure of how to continue.

“It’s all right, child,” said Maris. “The words are in you. Just let them out.” She whispered to the apprentice beside her, and the young woman brought Kalie a cup of something steaming. Kalie thanked her and sipped carefully. A rich, flowery tea greeted her tongue, and while she was trying to guess the ingredients, inspiration struck.

“There is a story I learned while I lived with the healers at Hot Springs.” Kalie’s voice took on the cadence of a storyteller. “Far in the north, where the snow never melts, there lives a bear that is pure white. When it stands on two legs, it is the height of three men, and no spear or arrow made by the hand of man can kill it. But the people who share this bear’s domain have developed an unusual weapon, for such times as when a bear ravages a village, or when hunger makes the people desperate.

“They take a ball of fat, softened by fire, and into it they slide a double bladed knife, folded together, and held in place by the fat as it hardens. They then leave the ball by whatever water source the bear drinks from. The bear usually swallows the ball whole, and goes on his way.”

“And when the fat melts inside his stomach…” Maris took up the story. “The knife springs open and kills the bear—from the inside.”

“A rather cruel way to hunt,” said Yelene.

“Killing is often cruel,” said a man across the room. “As much as we might seek to make it otherwise. But when threatened, all creatures will use whatever means are available to be the one who survives, even if another must die.”

Yelene fixed Kalie with a piercing gaze. “What do you have in mind, child?”

“Haraak has demanded slaves. I say we should give him slaves. Women, willing to sacrifice their lives to save our world from his. We will be the knife swallowed by the bear. We will destroy their world—from within.”

 


About the Author:

Sandra Saidak is a high school English teacher by day, author by night. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, attending science fiction conventions, researching prehistory, and maintaining an active fantasy life (but she warns that this last one could lead to dangerous habits such as writing). Sandra lives in San Jose with her husband Tom, daughters Heather and Melissa, and two cats.

Sandra’s prehistoric fiction series, Kalie’s Journey began with the novel, Daughter of theGoddess Lands, an epic set in the late Neolithic Age, and published in November 2011 by Uffington Horse Press. Book 2 of the series, Shadow of the Horsemen, was released in July of 2012. Book 3, Keepers of theAncient Wisdom will be released later this year. Stories set in the Kalie universe can be found in Sandra’s short story collection, In the Balance and inthe stand alone novella, Oathbreaker’s Daughter.

Sandra loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to post a comment on her Author’s Page, or her website at http://www.sandrasaidak.com/.

 

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The Best Time Travel Romances! A List of 13+ Books TTR Fans Need To Read Now!


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Updated 2/6/17

Time travel romances are books where the heroine or hero travel through time and eventually fall in love with someone from a different time period. Most involve traveling back in time, but every now and then you’ll come across a book where the main character travels to the future. Regardless, time travel romances can be quite exciting books to read.

Below see our picks for some of the best in time travel romance! Read on if you love strong, bold men and modern day heroines. Readers, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments section and share your favorite TTR books.


743599He would sell his warrior soul to possess her…

An alluring laird…

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm’s length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time…

She had a perfect “no” on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne’s reservations were no match for Hawk’s determination to keep her by his side…

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25783577A modern Manhattan woman finds herself in the arms of a medieval knight in this charming time travel romance novella featuring the de Piaget family—from the New York Times bestselling author of Stars In Your Eyes.

Julianna Nelson often wishes a knight in shining armor could rescue her from her hectic New York life. But when she finds herself mysteriously transported from modern-day Gramercy Park to medieval Scotland, she may get more than she bargained for.

Sir William de Piaget has vowed to reclaim his castle, but he’s also vowed to aid any damsel in distress. And when he comes across a lost and strangely clothed woman he is bound by honor to save her. As his grandsire used to say: chivalry is never convenient…but then, neither is true love!
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2051160The Cat’s Meow

Lord Byron thought he was captivating, the fashionable matrons blushed behind their fans at a glimpse of his hard form, and nobody knew where he came from. His startling eyes-one gold, one blue-promised a wicked passion, and his voice almost seemed to purr. There was only one thing a woman thought of when looking at a man like that: Sex. And there was only one woman he seemed to want: Lilac. In her wildest dreams she never guessed that bringing a stray cat into her home would soon have her stroking the most wanted man in 1811 London…

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24805439Second in a new Scottish time travel romance series perfect for readers of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander

Serabeth’s no-good fiancé is dead, and she needs a husband fast, or she’ll be ruined. Her indignant and handsome captive will do just fine, if she can keep her mind focused on the business at hand…

Gerard is a love-‘em-and-leave-‘em ad exec who opens the door to a wild party in 21st century New York and wakes up in 18th century Edinburgh with a hangover and a beautiful, disinterested new “wife” who says he has “served his purpose.”

What the kilt?

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8546815An eleventh-century lass with a stubborn streak unleashes the red-hot hero inside her modern lover in bestselling author Janet Chapman’s irresistible new Midnight Bay adventure.

Trace Huntsman’s peaceful life has headed to hell in a hand-basket ever since stunningly beautiful Fiona Gregor moved into the vacant apartment above his house. Kidnapped centuries earlier and transformed into a red-tail hawk, Fiona is human once more and must learn how to be a modern woman. But damned if Trace is going to be the one to teach her. Not when her mere presence ignites a fiery passion deep within his cautious heart.

Fiona longs to overcome the painful memories of her tragic past—to let down her guard and become a mother again. But so far her handsome landlord is not exactly thrilled with the stray animals—and suitors—that keep following her home. When the wizard Maximilian Oceanus shows up, Trace reaches the end of his rope. Weird things happen when Mac is around—raging storms, snarling demons—but this time, Midnight Bay is at the center of a fierce battle, and Fiona is the primary target. Only Trace can save her, but first, the lovers must set aside their fears . . . and open up their hearts.

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232470882015 GOLD MEDAL International Book Awards Readers Favorite

WARNING: This book contains a proper English earl, whose frozen heart hides a tortured soul, and a feisty modern-day heroine determined to make the man see things her way. With a lovable cast of characters this book will earn a place on the keeper shelf.

Thrown back to the year 1897, Victoria Ashton is mistaken for, and forced to impersonate, the spiteful, unfaithful Countess of Guildford, who’s been missing for three weeks. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her double’s infidelity and lies make it difficult, especially when Victoria falls in love with a man who loathes her.

Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, is plagued with rumors he murdered his missing wife. When she unexpectedly reappears, he scoffs at her latest in a long string of lies. But the changes in Victoria make him to alter his opinion as he forges a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.

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rnc_taca0013a_TheVampire'sHouseOfPleasure_RoseWyntersA woman with nothing left to lose…
Violet was fascinated with the legends and lore of New Orleans. She was so fascinated she left everything behind to run a B&B in the French Quarter. But she never imagined that vampires were really real… not until the night she finds herself swept back in time to 1797.

He’s known as the Duke of Pleasure…
Gabriel Marchand has been a vampire for hundreds of years, and he’s quite content with his life as a creature of the night. Until her. When the red-haired beauty shows up in his elegant courtyard, dirty and disheveled, Gabriel can hardly believe it. Violet has tormented him for weeks in his dreams with her lush curves and lilting voice. Gabriel is convinced she has used Voodoo to curse him to want her, and he’s determined to find out why. Violet might have incited his dark passion, but he won’t be controlled by black magic.

Because nobody knows the darkness better than a vampire.

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112754A laird trapped between centuries…

Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side….

A woman changed forever in his arms…

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them … and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves….

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73385Once upon a time… as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress…

Jude Deveraux’s dazzling bestseller greets a new generation–with this special edition featuring new material. The thrillingly romantic tale of thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery, left alone and brokenhearted in an English church, and the sixteenth-century hero who carries her heart away, A Knight in Shining Armor is a story for all time, and for anyone who believes in the power of love…

Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there… until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a sixteenth-century knight, appeared.

Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past — or the grand adventure that lay before them.

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350682From the bestselling author of Breath of Magic and Shadows and Lace comes a beguiling new time-travel love story in the hilarious, magical voice that has made Teresa Medeiros one of the nation’s most beloved romance writers.

Heiress Tabitha Lennox considered her paranormal talents more a curse than a gift. So she dedicated her life to the cold, rational world of science. Until the day she examined the mysterious amulet her mother had left her and found herself catapulted seven centuries into the past directly into the path of a rearing black charger ridden by a chain-mailed warrior.

Sir Colin of Ravenshaw had returned from the Crusades to find his castle in ruins, his enemy poised to overrun the land where generations of Ravenshaws had ruled. The last thing he expected was to half trample a damsel with odd garb and even odder manners. But it is her strange talent that will create trouble beyond Colin’s wildest imaginings. For everyone knows that a witch must be burned…but it is Colin’s heart that is aflame, over an enchanting woman he must not love, yet cannot live without.

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13325976Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I’d have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I’d seen on my last journey back in time.

Or more precisely, the one who’d kissed my doppelganger while I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief.

Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.

She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century…

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3130618Aidan, the Wolf of Awe, has abandoned the Brotherhood and forsaken his vows. Feared by all and trusted by none, he hunts alone, seeking vengeance against the evil that destroyed his son. He has not saved an Innocent in sixty-six years–until he hears Brianna Rose’s scream of terror across centuries, and leaps to modern-day Manhattan to rescue her.…

Brie is a gifted empath who spends her time fighting evil from the safety of her laptop-zand fantasizing about the medieval Highlander she met just once. Still, her life is pretty ordinary–until she awakens one night consumed with Aidan’s pain and rage. When Aidan suddenly appears and takes her hostage, Brie cannot believe how dark and dangerous he has become. She knows she should be afraid, but instead, she will fight across time for his redemption…and his love.

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22664678She’s finally met the man of her dreams. Only one problem: he lives in a different century.

HOW FAR WOULD YOU TRAVEL FOR LOVE?

A mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle Rochon to pre-Victorian England, and suddenly her love of historical authenticity collides with the reality that she’s a modern-day girl. But when a thief steals her card case, she determines to retrieve the time-traveling artifact. Now she must hunt down the case, navigate the pitfalls of stiff society London, conceal her origins, and resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, a viscount so hot, he curls her shower-loving toes.

Lord Montagu is resolved to avenge his sister and has no time for dalliances, despite the appeal of the strange but lovely Colonial. However, when his scheme for revenge requires a respectable match, he convinces Isabelle to masquerade as his fiancée. But he did not bargain for Ms. Rochon being his intellectual match or her irresistible allure.
Isabelle thought all she wanted was to return home, but as passion flares between them, she must decide when her true home, and her heart, lies.

Set in 1834 London, this time travel historical romance features a small cast of historical characters, including Ada Byron, Lord Byron’s daughter, and Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine. It explores the often overlooked scientific developments of pre-Victorian London.

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On a windswept cliff above San Francisco Bay in 2013, 27 year-old Andra Cameron, the last member of her family, prepares to scatter her family’s ashes to the wind. An earthquake catapults her to the Scottish Highlands in 1705. She wakes, aching and bloody, to the sound of horses thundering through the trees. Terrified and with no other options, Andra accompanies these rugged warriors. She can’t deny the undeniable attraction that ignites between herself and the handsome but gruff Kendrick. Will she trust him to provide protection in the harsh reality of 18th century Scotland and with her secret, or will she find a way to return home to the 21st century?

Laird Kendrick MacLean and his men, escaping a recent skirmish with their worst nemeses, clan Cameron and their Sassenach allies, are shocked to find an injured, unprotected female in their path. How could she not know her kin and how had she landed in the middle of the wilderness alone? His men suspect she’s a spy or a witch. Still, Kendrick will not abandon an injured woman, even if she speaks unusually accented English, and her name is Cameron. Will he ransom her to others or will their closed hearts open to each other? Although he questions her every utterance, this feisty outspoken woman inflames his desire like no other.

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Lies. Debauchery. Betrayal.

Trapped in 1797, Violet is desperate to return to her own time. She believes the beautiful mansion in the French Quarter holds the key, so she pretends to be an indentured servant in order to search. But when Violet discovers its master is a vampire–a gorgeous, decadent vampire with an appetite for blood–she runs.

However, the New Orleans of the past is not the one Violet knows. She’s taken by a brutal slaver and hauled to a primitive cabin. As Violet struggles to stay alive, she believes all hope is lost. But the sensual brooding vampire she ran from isn’t about to let her go…

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Bestselling author, Lexy Timms, brings you a new romance series that is classic in it’s own way

Remember enough of the past… You may be able to control the future.

She shouldn’t be here… She doesn’t even know how she got here.

There is always the dream. Mya can’t recall all the details, but it wakes her up at night in a cold sweat with fear sending her heart racing.

Mya wakes in a bed she doesn’t recognize, in a house she doesn’t know. A woman tells her that they found her in their fields and have been taking care of her. As she gazes out the window, she sees a stag. A brilliant beast, white fur and strong, large antlers.

She also finds a scar on her shoulder that she doesn’t remember getting.

A grown woman with no memory, no family, no money.

Kayden McGregor, a Scotsman who seems more a Highlander, owns an estate near where she is staying. When they meet, there is a fire between the two of them—one that is impossible to tell if it’s furry or passion.

She resents him. He can’t bare to look at her. Or stop himself from staring when Mya pretends not to notice. Trapped, and yet somehow destined to be together.

“You were made to be with me, as I was made to love you. No moment in time can take that away from us.”

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Gretchen Matthews is a woman on a mission.

Haunted by the disappearance of her friend, Gretchen is determined to discover the truth. So when a strange old woman gives her a cryptic clue to her friend’s whereabouts, Gretchen packs her bags and heads to Scotland.

But things aren’t as simple as she’d hoped. When she steps through a stone archway on a wind-swept hillside she realizes that to find her friend she must travel not only thousands of miles but hundreds of years into the past – and avert a clan war in the process.

Lost in a world of passion and peril, Gretchen is rescued by Ewan Murray, a brave Scottish warrior. He just might hold the key to everything: finding her friend, averting a war – and unlocking Gretchen’s heart.

But Ewan Murray has demons of his own. Returning to his clan after years of exile, he is eager to build a new life for himself. But with enemies all around, Ewan isn’t sure who to trust – including Gretchen. Does the dark-haired beauty hold the key to his future? Or the destruction of his clan?

And can they figure it out in time to avert a war that will destroy all they hold dear?

Touch of a Highlander is the second book in the Arch Through Time series. Each book can be read as a standalone novel.
Dreams of a Highlander, Book 1, is available now!

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When a new vampire arrives, Violet soon finds herself desired by two powerful immortals. Both are rich, titled, and preternaturally beautiful, and each one is hellbent on seduction. But little do the vampires know, Violet has an agenda of her own. She’s desperate to return to her own time, and she will do whatever it takes to make it happen—even if it means allowing herself to be seduced.

Left with little choice, Violet agrees to a temporary arrangement with Gabriel. She hopes to be gone before it’s time to fulfill her end of the deal. But when a dead body turns up in the courtyard, Violet wonders if an escape from 1797 is even possible. Even worse, in the torrid heat of Gabriel’s black eyes and the seductive fantasies stemming from Rylan’s dark gifts, she starts to question if she really wants to…

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When You Decide to Go Wide With Your Book: Online Bookstores to List & Sell Your E-books


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Updated 2/9/16

Amazon and Barnes and Noble are two of the most well known online book retailers, but did you know there are other places to list and sell your books?

When Amazon started Kindle Unlimited, many self publishers and Indie authors made the decision to go exclusive. These numbers increased when Amazon changed their pay system to pay royalties by the page read rather than by the book.

But what happens when you’re ready to leave?

If your books are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, you will need to wait until the 90-day period is over before going wide. You will also need to make sure your book isn’t automatically continued in the program. You can change this in your KDP dashboard by simply unchecking the enrollment box for the books you wish to take out. You should immediately see a date listed for your last day in Kindle Unlimited. You won’t want to list your books with other retailers until after this date.

While you’re waiting for your enrollment to end, it’s a good time to research and select the retailers you’ll offer your books through. A lot of online bookstores are Indie-friendly, and they have even went so far as to offer simple and easy ways for self published authors to offer their books in their online stores.

Bookstores to List Your Self Published Books at:

Draft 2 Digital:

A lot of authors enjoy the features that Draft 2 Digital offer to their enrolled authors.  Simply register for your account (registration is free) and upload your books.  Within minutes, you will have a .mobi, pdf, and epub of your book. You can then choose to list it at every bookstore D2D is affiliated with, or you can choose to just list with some of them. The royalties for Barnes and Noble are reported to be higher by listing through D2D, but remember they keep 10% of the retail price as commission.

The bookstores they are affiliated with are:

  • iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Inktera (formally Page Foundry)
  • Scribd
  • Oyster
  • Tolino
  • and CreateSpace!

Many authors find D2D an easy and painless way to get their books into all of these retailers. There are no contracts. Enroll or delist as often or as little as you want. Royalties are paid every month after the initial hold, though some bookstores might have an additional hold time.

Smashwords:

Smashwords is another well known retailer of e-books. They, too, list to several retailers, but the highest royalties you will earn will be through purchases made directly on Smashwords. They share some of the same bookstores as D2D, but they also have some that aren’t on D2D.  The ease of uploading books here is not as simple as Draft 2 Digital. Unless you are familiar with Smashwords’ formatting requirements, you will likely have to hire someone to format your book for you. A cheap way to locate someone to do this is through Fiverr. Most sellers charge by the word count of your book.

If you decide to list your book with Smashwords, you will find that there is a lot of information to read through. Some authors have reported delays with getting books removed through the program, with some stores in International countries taking weeks to delete the listings. You might want to keep this in mind if you plan on enrolling into Kindle Unlimited at some point in the future. You will want to make sure that your book isn’t available anywhere besides Amazon at the time of enrollment.  I believe royalties are paid quarterly through Smashwords, though with all the information on the site, I had a difficult time locating the page to confirm this.

Barnes and Noble:

I’m going to mention Barnes and Noble too, although I mentioned it above. Barnes and Noble allows authors to register directly, similar to Amazon. They pay once a month, too, like Amazon.

There has been a lot of talk over the last few years concerning the Nook Press system. If you decide to sell through them, you will want to keep a few things in mind. First, your book might not display correctly if you upload it from a .doc. If it doesn’t, you might need to upload it with an epub.

Second, there has been a lot of talk about B&N and visibility when it comes to self-published authors. Some say there have been issues with their keywords being rejected, making it time consuming and difficult to get their books live.

Third, it’s been said they are a lot slower about uploading books than Amazon. It can take days to have your book added and days to have it removed.

But even with these issues, many authors are finding themselves surprised by the sales they are receiving through Nook Press. If you decide to publish on Barnes and Noble, you will want to give your books time to season, meaning time to hit the search engines and time for readers to find them.  There are benefits to selling through this store directly. You will receive your pay faster, and you won’t have to share what you earn, like you would if you publish through a third party.

All Romance and Omnilit:

A lot of authors like All Romance E-books and/or Omnilit. They have a pretty simple system, and the royalties are higher than what you’d earn at Amazon or Barnes and Noble (not including KindleUnlimited). They pay quarterly. When you upload your books, they are available immediately to readers, which is a bonus. You can upload your books in different formats, from mobi to pdfs to epubs.

Google Play:

Google Play is another place for a self-published author to sell their books, however they haven’t been accepting new sign ups for a while now. You might want to check them periodically, though, for when they do allow new registrations.

Payhip:

Payhip is a place where you can upload your e-books and offer them for sale directly to your customers. From what I see, they don’t offer a storefront. However, if you want to market directly to your readers and fans from your website or blog, this actually might be an option. It looks like they take 5% as a transaction fee and that’s it. No other fees are listed.

Final Thoughts:

If you decide to publish with an e-publisher, many of them have online stores as well. If I’ve missed a bookstore that accepts self published books, please mention it in the comments. And don’t forget to share your thoughts and experiences in regards to self publishing, as other authors will likely find your information helpful.

 

 

 

Time Travel Romance Feature: The Vampire’s House of Pleasure #1 by Rose Wynters


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Time Travel Romance, Historical Paranormal Romance


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Violet was fascinated with the legends and lore of New Orleans. She was so fascinated she left everything behind to run a B&B in the French Quarter. But she never imagined that vampires were really real… not until the night she finds herself swept back in time to 1797.

He’s known as the Duke of Pleasure…
Gabriel Marchand has been a vampire for hundreds of years, and he’s quite content with his life as a creature of the night. Until her. When the red-haired beauty shows up in his elegant courtyard, dirty and disheveled, Gabriel can hardly believe it. Violet has tormented him for weeks in his dreams with her lush curves and lilting voice. Gabriel is convinced she has used Voodoo to curse him to want her, and he’s determined to find out why. Violet might have incited his dark passion, but he won’t be controlled by black magic.

Because nobody knows the darkness better than a vampire.

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About the Author:

Sign up for my mailing list at http://www.rosewynters.com for a notification of new releases or use the links on my website to connect with me on FB, Twitter, and more!

I’m the author of several paranormal romance series including:
The Endurers (Dystopian Paranormal Romances)
Wolf Town Guardians (Werewolf Romances)
The Vampire’s House of Pleasure (Time Travel/Historical Romances)
Territory of the Dead (Young Adult Zombie/Science Fiction Romances)
Invitation From a Fairy (Paranormal Romances Varying from Sweet to Spicy)

When not writing, I like to travel and meet new people. I adore anything romance, be it movies, books, or places.

The Vampire’s House of Pleasure 3 is now live on Amazon!
When a new vampire arrives, Violet soon finds herself desired by two powerful immortals. Both are rich, titled, and preternaturally beautiful, and each one is hellbent on seduction. But little do the vampires know, Violet has an agenda of her own. She’s desperate to return to her own time, and she will do whatever it takes to make it happen–even if it means allowing herself to be seduced.

Left with little choice, Violet agrees to a temporary arrangement with Gabriel. She hopes to be gone before it’s time to fulfill her end of the deal. But when a dead body turns up in the courtyard, Violet wonders if an escape from 1797 is even possible. Even worse, in the torrid heat of Gabriel’s black eyes and the seductive fantasies stemming from Rylan’s dark gifts, she starts to question if she really wants to…


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Lies. Debauchery. Betrayal.

Trapped in 1797, Violet is desperate to return to her own time. She believes the beautiful mansion in the French Quarter holds the key, so she pretends to be an indentured servant in order to search. But when Violet discovers its master is a vampire–a gorgeous, decadent vampire with an appetite for blood–she runs.

However, the New Orleans of the past is not the one Violet knows. She’s taken by a brutal slaver and hauled to a primitive cabin. As Violet struggles to stay alive, she believes all hope is lost. But the sensual brooding vampire she ran from isn’t about to let her go…

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When a new vampire arrives, Violet soon finds herself desired by two powerful immortals. Both are rich, titled, and preternaturally beautiful, and each one is hellbent on seduction. But little do the vampires know, Violet has an agenda of her own. She’s desperate to return to her own time, and she will do whatever it takes to make it happen—even if it means allowing herself to be seduced.

Left with little choice, Violet agrees to a temporary arrangement with Gabriel. She hopes to be gone before it’s time to fulfill her end of the deal. But when a dead body turns up in the courtyard, Violet wonders if an escape from 1797 is even possible. Even worse, in the torrid heat of Gabriel’s black eyes and the seductive fantasies stemming from Rylan’s dark gifts, she starts to question if she really wants to…

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