A Void of Magic
Kennedy Rain, Book 1
by Sandy Williams
General Fiction (Adult) | New Adult | Sci Fi & Fantasy
They trusted her to keep the peace between the paranorms. They made a mistake.
Kennedy escaped the family business when she turned eighteen. Now, an ill-timed vacation pulls her back to The Rain Hotel, the only known null zone on the planet. It’s a place where vampires can see the sun rise and werewolves can avoid the lure of the full moon. And it would be the perfect place for a paranormal wedding…if the bride wasn’t the local alpha’s daughter and the groom the scion of a vicious master vampire.
With a sexy werewolf determined to sabotage the wedding and dark forces threatening The Rain, Kennedy’s life is thrown out of balance when she’s forced to confront a past she swore to avoid. Ultimately she must choose: will she maintain the stability of the supernatural world…or will she destroy it.
This is another is the genre of providing an hotel for paranormals. With the difference that in this hotel there was a magical void – that is the magic that made the wolves or vampires into their paranormal selves was missing and thus during their stay they were just ‘normal’ human beings.
This meant that if for instance you had a werewolf that had ‘moon madness’ – a state where they forgot their human side completely, a stay st the hotel restored it. And that vampires could eat ‘human’ food rather than blood.
It was set up by a treaty many hundreds of years past with one family and their descendants eoing the inn-keepers by trade and the wolves and the vampires trading places every week. Other paranormals came to stay also but were not as constrained as these two branches.
Our heroine is trying not to be an inn-keeper – at least not yet. So she was studying at university, but got called back when trouble arose and her parents had gone on holiday. A wolf and a vampire decide to marry and have their wedding at the hotel. This breaks all the treaties as the 2 races were not meant to mingle.
And so the mystery begins and the trouble escalates.
I enjoyed this story as it was nicely written and the characters were well enough drawn. It is of course, the first in a series but book 2 is not out for another year (July 2022).
Sing For Me
(Balefire Series, #2)
Tam DeRudder Jackson
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: August 26th
Blu My entire life is my music—and all the trappings that come with it. Sex, booze, and rock ’n’ roll is all I ever wanted. Touring the world as the lead singer of Balefire, I have it all. Until on hiatus, I meet the girl next door. Ashleigh Baker is nothing like the groupies and celebrities who usually have all my attention. In her cute floppy hat with her knees stained with dirt, she spends her days creating a flowering show piece from her rented yard. She’s the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever met, and she acts like she doesn’t want a damn thing to do with me. But from the moment I laid eyes on her, she’s all I can think about. Ashleigh Growing up the only child of an Air Force Colonel, all I wanted was to stay in one place for more than a minute. When I score a pretty little house with a long-term lease, I just want to grow my flowers and my freelancing gig as a music reviewer. Then a loud Harley wakes me from a sound sleep and I discover my neighbor is Blu Connolly. Yeah, that Blu Connolly, lead singer for my favorite band Balefire. With his killer good looks and panty-melting voice, he’s a walking temptation to sin. Though I do my best to avoid him, it seems Blu has other ideas. He’s on a mission to wear me down, let him in, but what happens when he stops wanting to sing for me? Sequel to:
Our Author answers some questions about herself and the book.
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
Writing about a rock band chose me. I was listening to “Second Chance” by Shinedown, and the idea for Play For Me, Book One in the Balefire Series, popped into my head. Once I wrote the drummer’s story, I knew I’d write the stories of the other members of the band. Because the first book was inspired by a song, I decided to listen to rock songs with the intention of finding the next book. When I heard “What Was I Thinking” by Theory of a Deadman, the idea for Sing For Me came together.
My “research” for this series was mainly listening to music and attending rock concerts, which is a hobby of mine, so the research was a blast. One of my other hobbies is playing the piano. The combination of my hobbies shows in the musicality of the book, which is something early readers have pointed out is a strength and what makes this series unique.
How easy is it to write a good sex scene? And do you have to have experienced these things do you think, to write about them successfully?
Writing sex scenes is one of the easiest parts of writing romance for me, which is probably why my readers tell me they look forward to them. I don’t think it’s at all necessary to have experienced the same sex as the characters in my books. Some of the scenes I’ve written I would never want to experience personally, but they’re exactly right for the characters. By the time my characters are ready for intimacy, I know them very well. What works for them is what goes on the page. For me, those scenes are as specific to the characters as intimacy is to real people, which is what makes those scenes strong elements of my stories.
Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its? If not how do you remember important items about your characters like height, weight, colouring, likes and dislikes etc?
I’ve used post-it notes, but they tend to stick themselves in places where I can’t find them when I need them. A trick I learned from Alyssa Day during a workshop a while ago is if you’re writing a series, keep a series bible. Readers remember the traits writers give to our characters, so it’s important that we do too, which can be difficult when writing a series. Having everything in one notebook with tabs for each character makes it much easier to keep traits consistent.
Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why?
Several schools of thought suggest imitating another author’s style when you’re in the process of finding your own voice. That wasn’t my path. I discovered my style in revisions. However, somewhere along the way, I read in a craft book about keeping a journal of lines you like in other people’s writing and why you like them. After I started this journal, I found that my style improved, probably more from determining why I liked the writing I wrote in it than from the other writers’ lines themselves.
Do you write at home or away from home? If at home, what does your space look like? Are you a tidy person? If away from home – where and why?
I’m so not a public writer. If I can’t have my writing space utterly silent, I can’t write. Coffee shops, libraries, cafés, parks, or any public places have too many distractions. At home, I have an office that I don’t write in very often. Usually, I carry my laptop and stack of resources to the couch in the living room if the weather is nasty or out to my patio when the weather is awesome.
Which of your books are you most proud of?
So far, the published book I’m most proud of is Druid, Book Five in my paranormal Talisman Series. My experience with writing the previous books in the series coupled with the craft books I’d read along the way and workshops that I took around the time I started the book meant that I came to it with stronger skills. Readers of the entire series tell me this one is their favorite, which reiterates my feelings about it. The book I’m most proud of writing, though, will come out in January 2022 (it’s currently with my editor). Hot For Me, Book Four in the Balefire Series, is my most socially conscious book. It tackles a topic that is important to me while still maintaining the good-time vibe of a rock star romance. I’m proud of that.
If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?
I’m not a city girl, but if I had to choose a city to live in, it would be London. I love the how cosmopolitan it is while maintaining a village ambience depending on which part of the city you’re in. The way history and modernity blend seamlessly together makes this city both enduring and relevant. I’ve visited London often, but only for short times. I would love to spend half a year there at some point. Weirdly, as much as I love it, I’ve never set a book there, or even included it as part of a book. Something to consider for a future project…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tam DeRudder Jackson is the author of the paranormal romance Talisman Series and the contemporary romance Balefire Series. Her favorite “room” in her house is her back patio where she dreams up stories of romance and risk. When she’s not writing her latest paranormal or contemporary romance, you can usually find her driving around with the top down in her convertible or carving turns on the slopes of the local ski hill. The mom of two grown sons, Tam likes to travel, attend rock concerts, watch football and soccer, and visit old car shows with her husband. She lives in the mountains of northwest Wyoming where she spends most of her free time trying to read all the books. Her TBR piles are threatening to take over her office, and she’s fine with that.
Objects of Attraction
The Objects of Attraction
Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Humour
This 6-book collection includes: Book 1: His Banana - My new boss likes rules, but there's one nobody dares to break... No touching his banana. Seriously. The guy is like a potassium addict. Of course, I touched it. If you want to get technical, I actually put it in my mouth. I chewed it up, too... I even swallowed. I know. Bad, bad, girl. Then I saw him, and believe it or not, choking on a guy's banana does not make the best first impression. *His Banana now includes a never-before-published bonus scene to conclude the book.
Book 2: Her Cherry (Top 10 Amazon Bestseller) - How’d I meet her? Well, a gentleman never brags. Thankfully, I’m no gentleman. First, I paid for her cherry (pie, but that’s not the point), Next, I deflowered her. After that? I left my business card and walked out like I owned the place. Yeah, you could say we hit it off. *Her Cherry now includes a never-before-published bonus scene to conclude the book.
Book 3: His Treat (top 10 Amazon Bestseller) - Having a hot boss isn’t complicated or confusing at all, Said no one ever… But all I have to do is resist for a few months. Come January, I’m flying to Paris to chase my dream of being an artist, Too bad I can’t have my treat and eat it, too.
Book 4: His Package (top 10 Amazon Bestseller) - His package ended up inside my box. Calm down, perv. My mailbox. As soon as I saw what was inside, I knew two things: It belonged to my hot neighbor, and he had a dirty secret.
Book 5: Her Secret (top 40 Amazon Bestseller) - I’ll admit it. I messed up. Mistake #1: Asking Peter Barnidge for a job. Mistake #2: Accepting his offer instead of throwing it in his face like I planned. Mistake #3: In the interest of stopping before #99, I’ll pretend the only other mistake was withholding one, tiny little nugget of truth during my interview.
Book 6: Her Bush (top 40 Amazon Bestseller) - Everything went wrong when I trimmed his bush. And no, it’s not what you’re thinking. I’m a professional. The client hired me to trim a bush in his garden for a party. I accidentally turned it into something that rhymes with “a big rock and walls”. Imagine my surprise when the art world decides it’s a masterpiece.
Book 7: Grammy's Story (brand new novella only available in this bundle) - She's kept quiet about the story of her first love for years. But when the opportunity to recount every hilarious, graphic detail of their love to William, Hailey, Bruce, and Natasha comes up, she can't resist. Grammy's story is a quick but sweet and funny story about how she met her first love when she was eighteen and had just moved to Manhattan.
If you love hilariously heartfelt stories with just the right amount of swoon and a little dose of ridiculous for good measure, then clear your calendar. Once you dive in, it's going to be days before you come up for air from this bundle. Scroll up and one-click now!
All books revolve around a set of characters that, end up at least, knowing each other and becoming friends.
We start with non-identical identical twins. They are identical in height and immediate appearance, but their characters are quite different as is their clothes and hair styling. But they work together in the media organisation they have built from scratch and have become multi-millionaires. And basically have more money than they know what to do with, as a result, the chaos twin spends it on weird and wonderful projects – but that is his secret skill set – wild and wacky ideas that become money makers.
Book 2 is the OCD twin with a banana fixation and who marries a clumsy journalist; book 2 is the chaos twin with a small case of kleptomania and who marries a baker. Book 3 is the baker’s assistant who takes over her firm and so on.
These are all straight forward rom-com trope stories with lots of humour, light-hearted and easy reading. And there seems to be a fixation with butts…
And I have just read the next book in the series about the OCD twin’s son – and yes there is a banana here too. Same fun style.
Ps the next series also on KU is about the children of these first pairings
A Beauty So Cruel by
(Beauty & The Beast #1)
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: February 14th 2021
I was a beauty, a stray orphan until the beast took me as his hostage.
Once upon a time… A Don by the name of Vlad Vitalli ruled New York. He’s a mafia man. The leader of one of the ruling families, La Cosa Nostra. He’s a monster. A trained killer and a cold-blooded murderer. Tall, mysterious, with icy gray eyes, and he rarely smiles. His smile was made to fool any girl. He’s ruthless, cold, dangerous, and wants to kill me.
I was the wrong person at the wrong time. Just an innocent at the masquerade ball. The mafia has rules: no witnesses left behind. To save my life, I made a deal with the beast. I handed myself to the cruelest man in the kingdom.
For him, It was supposed to be an easy kill. I’m an orphan raised in poverty. No one would have missed me. Just as the Don Vlad was about to order the hit, I threw off my masquerade mask, revealing my face, and offered myself to him. One look and I was doomed. He took me as his hostage. His captive. He didn’t know by taking me, Dahlia Hadid, he sealed his own fate.
Welcome to New York’s Underworld. Loosely based on the fairytale.
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
A Beauty So Cruel is the first book in the Beauty and The Beast series. This is a work of adult fiction, mafia romance, and billionaire romance. The tropes entail: enemies to lovers, forbidden love, captivity, and an age gap.
I’ve always been a fan of the fairytale that is a tale old and classic as time. I’ve always considered Belle my favorite Disney princess. I loved the Disney movie and the Disney beast. I’ve also read the original German and French Fairytales. Belle’s original name was Beauty.
I had planned on writing a mafia dark romance, but I wasn’t sure where to began because there are so many fantastic mafia books out there already. I wasn’t sure what I could contribute new to the genre. Then, I had the idea of Beauty & the Beast.
I’ve read many retellings based on this concept although many tend to be in the fantasy area. I hadn’t read many in contemporary romance, and there are hardly any in mafia romance. I’ve read about two similar mafia romance books that are based on Beauty and the Beast, but there’s not many in the genre. I’ve tried searching as well, but it was limited.
This was my take on it. It has similar concepts to the original fairytale such as people do call her Beauty even though that’s not her real name. Of course, she is beautiful, and she calls her captor Beast. She likes gardening and reading. It’s based in a large estate, a modern glass-type mansion with a rose garden. There are roses and snow similarities. It’s a winter tale. It doesn’t follow the original tale of the debt and it is more of a hostage situation. I wanted to make it more different and deviant from having too many similarities so it could be standalone uniquely. The two characters have intimate conversations about reading and literature as well.
There will be a sequel following the book, and two standalones of different characters in the book. The standalones will also be Beauty & the Beast retellings. Since it’s the first of the book, it’s only $0.99 release sale price and it will also be on kindle unlimited.
Beena Khan writes literary fiction and edgy, contemporary romance. She 27 years old and lives in New York. She’s from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, an immigrant who moved to New York when she was five years old. She currently holds a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology. She enjoys reading, writing, and netflixing. The Name of Red is her debut novel published at the age of 26. All of her books are on Kindle Unlimited + Free Novella!
My Sweet Enemy
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: February 8th 2021
The only thing tempering their insta-hate is delicious attraction.
Sunny chocolatier Charlotte Beecher is unemployed, in student debt, and on the verge of hawking her beloved copper pots just to make ends meet. So when a gourmet chocolate factory chooses her as one of five candidates to help re-launch the company in their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired competition, Charlotte begins to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Fellow contestant Luke Wells complicates her plans to win by a landslide with his flow charts and marketing projections. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Haughty is all about the bottom line and is as bitter as she is sweet. And when he snubs Charlotte in the first challenge, misunderstanding or not, she transforms from cream puff to jawbreaker. Bring. It. On.
But when these two rivals find themselves distracted by delicious attraction, will they let their passion get in the way of winning the competition?
“Oh!” She started at the sight of another person inside the fridge, and her foot rammed into something on the floor. “What are you—” she began to ask.
The other person turned. “The door!” Luke shouted. Charlotte gasped and pivoted, pushing out with her empty hand to stop the door from closing, but she was too late. It closed with a heavy clank.
She glanced down, and in the dim light inside the cooler, she saw a brick near the door. It must have been propping it open while he was in here, and she’d accidentally kicked it out of the way.
She set her chocolate molds on a shelf and pushed on the door handle. It didn’t budge.
“Damn it,” Luke growled, striding across the small space. He rattled the handle, but the door didn’t open for him either.
Crap. “We’re locked in,” she said.
“Inside an industrial refrigerator.”
He nodded again.
“The two of us.”
Luke slowly pivoted to face her. “Did you do this on purpose?” he asked, his voice hard.
“What?” Charlotte stared at him. “Are you freaking kidding me?” She shivered. It was damn cold in here, and about to get colder.
“No, are you freaking kidding me?” he retorted, leaning toward her. In the dim light, his eyes glittered with barely suppressed fury.
Charlotte shivered again. “Of course I didn’t do it on purpose,” she shouted. “If I wanted to trap you in an icebox of death, don’t you think I’d make sure I was on the other side of the door?”
She glared, and their eyes dueled for what seemed like an eternity. Charlotte’s neck began to protest her sustained glare with someone a foot taller, so she dropped her eyes and stepped back. Shivering, she wrapped her arms around herself. She’d left her light jacket in the interns’ office and didn’t even have the extra protection of her apron, since that was sitting at her workstation in the main part of the kitchen.
Damn, it was wickedly cold in there.
Luke banged on the door with his fist and hollered. They both waited in silence to see if anyone would come. Aside from the whir of the fridge’s motor, there was no sound.
“They’re all downstairs, eating lunch,” Charlotte murmured. It was unlikely anyone would be back in the kitchen for an hour since Simone had told them to take their time after working so hard during the morning session.
“Damn,” Luke said, still facing the door. His breath puffed out in a cloud. It had grown even colder once the temperature stabilized with the door shut.
Charlotte’s teeth began to chatter. “I’m s-sorry.”
He turned around.
“I d-didn’t realize about the b-brick,” she added. Damn, it was painfully cold. Her fingertips were growing numb.
His eyes scanned her body. “We could freeze to death.” He sounded almost clinical, but she shivered in response to the heated look in his eyes anyway. A shiver on top of a shiver. God, she was pathetic.
“W-what do we do?” she asked. “Jog in p-place?”
They both trotted where they stood. Luke rubbed his hands together. Charlotte tucked hers under her arms. Their breaths came out in white puffs.
“It’s not enough,” he said grimly after a moment. “I think there’s only one option.”
“You’ll s-sacrifice yourself so I c-can pull a Luke Skywalker and climb inside your steaming abdominal cavity?”
He narrowed his eyes.
She shrugged with a whatcha-gonna-do expression. If you couldn’t make Star Wars jokes as you were literally freezing to death, when could you?
He took a step closer, his arms opening.
Charlotte’s eyes widened, and she took a step back. “W-what are you d-doing?”
“We h-have to share body heat.” Now Luke’s teeth were chattering too.
Charlotte swallowed. Could she do it? Could she wrap herself in the embrace of her sworn nemesis, the evilest man on the planet? Well, there were convicted murderers locked away for life, so the evilest man in the building perhaps?
She shuddered with cold. A sharp ache worked its way through her skin and muscle into her sinew, her veins, her very bones.
Even her brain began to feel frozen.
It seemed her options were to either allow this sexy man to wrap her up in his strong arms or to perish from turning into a human icicle. So…she supposed she would take the sexy, evil man.
Jenny Hartwell has a confession-she loves People magazine as much as Pride and Prejudice. Her fun, pop culture adoring side shines in her contemporary rom-com novels set in a gourmet chocolate factory while Jenny’s Regency romances feature strong damsels and swoony lords. Her writing has won or finaled in numerous contests including the Golden Heart, The Emily, Four Seasons, Fool for Love, and The Catherine. Jenny lives with her family in the verdant Pacific Northwest. She loves movies, travel, and staying up late with a good book. And, of course, chocolate. Jenny is represented by Lesley Sabga of The Seymour Agency.