Release Day & Giveaway: To Love a Libertine by Liana LeFey

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9781633756526Title: To Love a Libertine
Author: Liana LeFey
Genre: Historical Romance

Both have secrets. Both have reputations. Both fear falling in love.

London, 1727. When Miss Eden Lowther catches the eye of Lord Percival Falloure, Marquess of Tavistoke, she’s delighted, for his wicked lordship is anything but boring. The canny coquette who declined five suitors the season prior sets out to capture the infamous “Terror of the Ton” for keeps, but the man she finds behind the fa├žade isn’t at all what she expects.

Having suffered heartbreak and humiliation two years ago, Lord Tavistoke is wary of love. But once on the market, always on the market until wed or dead. Desperate to throw London’s single ladies off the scent, Percy looks to reestablish his rotten reputation with a rousing scandal. His mark: Miss Eden Lowther, a tearing beauty reported to have left devastation in her wake last Season. If anyone has asked for ruination, it is the heartless “Hellion of Holker Hall”…

Eden and Percy soon find themselves falling dangerously in love, despite their fears and her family’s objections. But love alone save them when a ruthless rival forces her hand.

Author Bio

Liana LeFey Profile Picture 1Liana loves to weave incendiary tales that capture the heart and the imagination, taking the reader out of the now and into another world. The glory and splendor of the 18th Century provides a lush, glittering backdrop for her fairy tale romances. It’s a time of sensuous lovers, passionate music, lavish royal courts and deadly intrigues.

Liana lives in Texas with her own dashing hero of nearly twenty years, their delightful progeny, one spoiled-rotten feline overlord, and several tanks of tropical fish. She’s been devouring historical romances since her early teens and is now delighted to be writing them for fellow enthusiasts.

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Release Day Giveaway: Accidentally Compromising the Duke by Stacy Reid

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AccidentallyCompromisingtheDuke_500X750Title: Accidentally Compromising the Duke
Author: Stacy Reid
Genre: Historical Romance

England, 1817. Miss Adeline Hays is out of options. Determined to escape marriage to a repugnant earl, Adeline plans to deliberately allow herself to be caught in a compromising position at a house party with the much kinder man she’d hoped to marry. Instead, Adeline accidentally enters the wrong chamber and tumbles into the bed of the mad duke.

Edmond Rochester, the duke of Wolverton, is seeking a wife to care for his two daughters. A young lady of sensibilities, accomplishment, and most importantly, one who he is not attracted to—a complete opposite of the bewitching beauty who traps him into marriage. But despite the lust he feels for his new duchess, Edmond is resolved to never allow them intimacy, refusing to ever again suffer the tormenting loss of a loved one.

Author Bio

Stacy Reid Profile PictureI am an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. From an early age, I started writing short stories for pleasure. I knew the dozens of romance novels I devoured were onto something when I met my husband at fifteen and fell in love after a week!

Life got in the way and I stopped writing for years. Then at the age of twenty-six with a degree in Human Resource Management I decided to focus on my passion—writing. I especially love romance and adore writing sensually hot paranormal fantasy, historical and contemporary stories.

I live a lot in the worlds I create and I actively speak to my characters (out loud). I have a warrior way “never give up on my dream.” When I am not writing, I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese Anime and playing video games with my love—Dusean Nelson.

Some Random Things About Me
  1. I cannot swim, but I can float thanks to Melissa “Misa” Bourbon Ramirezand Gwen Hayes
  2. As a child I was so skinny my nickname was “Bag of bones”
  3. I love ice cream and I adore chocolate, but I hate chocolate ice cream
  4. I skipped many classes during high school to devour novels at the local library
  5. I love dogs and don’t trust cats . I’m told I was mauled by a cat when I was one year old, go figure
  6. I hate washing the dishes. If you were to torture me nail pulling would not work, but washing dishes will
  7. I have worn my hair boy-cut short seven times in my life
  8. I love when it rains
  9. I lived in a house for six years without doors and windows
  10. My absolute favourite TV series is AMC’s The Walking Dead

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Release Day Giveaway: Regular Sex by Kitty French

Author: Kitty French

Release Date: May 27 2016

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01FY2BBY2


Length: 212 Pages

Price: £2.99/$4.31/Kindle Unlimited

Available exclusively to Amazon.

Blurb:

Get your hands on all of the Regular Sex stories from USA Today bestselling author Kitty French, available here for the first time in one binge read box set! 
Nine individual super sexy reads, a lucky dip of adult bedtime stories and blush inducing commuter reads, perfect for those times you just want a fabulous one night stand with no strings or cliff hangers. Very naughty, but oh so GOOD! 

1) The Commute ~ Jude & Stacy meet on the morning train. 
2) Never have Sex with you Ex ~ Reuben & Lizzie, method acting at its best! 
3) Do it like Magic Mike ~ Finn & Laurel, the escort & the mild mannered bank clerk. 
4) Meet Me by the Kama Sutra ~ Huey & Sylvie, quiet please in the library! 
5) Maid For You ~ Don & Cheryl, a birthday gift with a difference... 
6) #NSFW ~ Anderton & Jenna, a business meeting with a twist! 
7) Old Friends, New Lovers ~ Fox & Mabel. They know each other so well. 
8) A Lesson in Human Anatomy ~ Mr East & Jessica. A practical demonstration. 
9) The One Night Stand ~ Adam & Holly. Don't tell me your name... 
10) BONUS treat! Knight & Sleigh - The previously released Lucien Knight Christmas Novella, available for the first time in print only. Find out how the might viking spends his Christmas times with Sophie in a snowy cabin beneath the glittering aurora borealis. 

*Titles previously released individually and now available together here as one box set for the very first time. Also available in paperback - if you wanted to read Knight & Sleigh in paperback, this is the only way to get it.*

Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Kitty French is a self-confessed romance junkie. She loves to read it, watch it, but most of all, to write it. The Lucien Knight series topped the erotic charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and she’s gone on to also write romantic comedy under the pseudonym Kat French. Summer 2016 is set to be a busy one in the French household with a new release in May, June, and July! In addition to Regular Sex, look out for One Hot Summer in June and Melody Bittersweet and the Girls Ghostbusting Agency in July.
Kitty lives in the UK with her husband and their young sons.

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Twitter: @kittysbooks
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Author Interview & Giveaway: Waiting for You by Melissa Kate




About the Author:

Melissa Kate is a new author who lives in a small town along the coast in sunny South Africa. She writes for the pleasure of living in a new story and all the quirks and crazies that go with each character. A true romantic at heart, she loves the moment of falling in love. Her pet Beagle and maniacal lovebird keep her company while writing and often inspire senseless moments in her stories.

When she’s not furiously typing away on her laptop, Melissa can be found cooking or baking up a storm. Even she has to admit, she’s a pretty awesome chef. She has a small addiction with shoes which she attributes to her petite stature or as she likes to call it “Short girl problems”.

She balances her day job and conjuring up new romantic tales with a local personal blog with arb ramblings about her life in Durban. She’s been writing for years now, any bits that she can and she can't wait to share that with you!

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Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I always start out with a basic plot idea so I can see the bigger picture. Individual scenes flow in the direction the characters take them, with a little corralling from myself of course. If I get an idea for a scene then I tend to jot it down on a post it and stick it in my plot book. It works like a charm because you often forget “grand” ideas that you get while driving or in the shower.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story? 

All the time! Particularly the hero when he wants the heroine but there’s a pace that needs to be set. The build up is what makes a good read.

What is your favourite food?

I love most spicy food but Portuguese is my favourite!

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely morning person.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

I love going to places with rich culture. My idea of a holiday is not sitting on a beach and roasting. I much prefer adventure and learning about other ideologies. I have wanted to see Dubai, Thailand, Bali… all of which I have visited in the last year. Greece and Italy are other destinations that are on my Bucket List

Do distant places feature in your books?

Technically yes because I am from South Africa and the home base in my books are in America. But nothing completely set in an exotic destination just yet – it’s still early days.

Do you listen to music while writing?

I listen to music before I start writing – it helps to put me in the mood or give me inspiration but I can’t work with ANY sort of background noises. I need the dead silence to hear my characters voices.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

This story is about Adam and Audrey who shared the latter part of their adolescence as neighbors. Adam is the quintessential playboy and Audrey is very much the girl next door. She’s liked him from afar and so gives herself up to him one night before she goes off to college. A misunderstanding between them leads Audrey out of Crystal Valley for years and when she returns, divorced and alone, the years apart force them together. Just as they start to find common ground again, Audrey’s past comes back to haunt her in a deadly way.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

Wow so much! Getting published and seeing my name in print was just a pipe dream for so long. When you get rejected as much as I did, you can’t help but feel that you’re just not cut out for it. Misty from Fiery Seas Publishing gave me a chance and she changed my life. There is so much that goes into the process: Line edits, copy edits, marketing. I need an assistant just to keep me straight!



Is there anything you would do differently?

I believe everything happens for a reason and life events brought me right to this moment. I wouldn’t change anything.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

I grew up reading Sweet Valley High and since then I feel in love with books. My writing journey I could say was influenced by Rachel Gibson who was my very first favorite romance writer. She writes with humor and heat and everything in between.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

Don’t give up. It’s not an easy road but it’s worth it. Put in the effort. Nothing in life is given to you for free. Work for it and your labors will come to fruition.

What are three words that describe you?

Loyal, drama-queen (that’s one word right?), Fierce

What's your favorite book or who is your favorite writer?

Way too many favorite books but my favorite authors are Jill Shalvis, Lauren Layne and Marina Adair.

List of previous books if any

None yet but there are a few upcoming books.

Any websites/places readers can find you on the web?

You can also catch me at:
Website: www.melisskatebooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/melissakatebooks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/melissakate_1
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/melissakate_1
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/melissakate1

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Waiting For You 
Melissa Kate
Contemporary Romance
Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
May 24, 2016

Book Description:

Audrey Kelly finds her way back home to Crystal Valley with her bruised pride and a shattered dangerous past mocking her rear view mirror. What she didn’t expect was to be face-to-face with Adam Parker, resident bad boy, sexy Navy SEAL and one of the reasons that Audrey ran all those years ago.

Audrey was the last person Adam had ever expected to see back in Crystal Valley. Over a decade ago, they shared a sizzling night together before he received the worst news of his life and he hasn’t seen her since…until she’d moved back unexpectedly. She was no longer the sweet innocent girl he once remembered, but Adam has his own problems without having to deal with Audrey’s ice princess recital, no matter how tempting the auburn haired seductress may be.

Sparks begin to ignite between them but can they accept Audrey’s past when it threatens to engage them in a dangerous twist? Can they save each other from themselves and stop running once and for all?

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Otherworld Renegade by Jane Goodman




Otherworld Renegade
Otherworld Series Book Two
Jane Godman
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Date of Publication: May 1st 2016
ISBN: 9780373009695 
ASIN: B015CJXYMO
Number of pages: 304
Word Count: 80 000
Cover Artist: Harlequin

Book Description: 

Claiming her felt like his destiny…but could prove to be his ultimate undoing.

Desperate to flee a horrific arranged marriage, Princess Tanzi turned to the only man who could help. Lorcan Malone, infamous necromancer, had vowed to come to her aid whenever she needed him. And even as they traveled from the mortal world into the fantastical Otherworld, Tanzi knew her true need ran deeper than just a rescue.

She was his enemy's daughter. A renegade like Lorcan had no business craving a Fae princess, one intended for a greater calling. Yet he was powerless to resist the pull to do more than protect Tanzi…

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“Trust me, Tanzi. If you need me, I will know.”

Those words, spoken by Lorcan Malone in the heat of battle, must have been a bit of Irish blarney. He probably didn’t even remember who she was, let alone recall their strange encounter on that fateful day. So why, in this moment—when she was in more trouble than she could ever have imagined possible—was she suddenly experiencing a fierce longing for the bad-boy necromancer with the twinkling blue eyes?

It’s called clutching at straws, she told herself. It’s what you’re doing right now instead of facing reality and finding your own way out of this madness.

“What are you thinking, my daughter?” Moncoya, exiled King of the Faeries, watched her face.

“I’m thinking that defeat has unhinged you. That you have finally done what others have whispered of for years and taken leave of your senses.” Never before had Tanzi spoken so boldly to him. Defiance was the trait her twin sister, Vashti, proudly exhibited. Tanzi had always been the acquiescent one. Until now. There were some things she could not bow down and agree to. This was one of them.

Moncoya’s perfect features hardened with fury. His blue eyes, so like her own with their sidhe ring of fire encircling the iris, lit with a brighter inner blaze. His fingers tightened on the arm of his chair so that his knuckles gleamed white in stark contrast to the black polish that decorated his perfectly manicured nails. Tanzi braced herself. His retribution would be swift and merciless. She couldn’t hope to match him in strength, but she might be able to outrun him.

The outcome hung in the balance for seconds that stretched into minutes. Then Moncoya laughed. It was a brittle, mirthless sound that set Tanzi’s teeth buzzing. She knew that laugh well. It had never boded well in her childhood. She didn’t imagine things had changed. Unexpectedly, he relaxed back into his seat.

“My child, you are overwhelmed by the honor I have arranged for you. I should have foreseen this.” He rose, draping a deceptively casual arm about her shoulders. “Walk with me a while.”

They stepped through a set of double doors straight onto a sand-and-shingle beach. The entire island, known locally as the Silver Isle, seemed to be made up of sand. Even the ocher-hued cliffs looked ready to crumble into grit at the touch of a fingertip. Ferns, wild fennel and coarse bamboo grasses clung determinedly to soil that was a combination of granule and dust. Tanzi thought of her father’s palace, of the precisely laid-out gardens leading down to the elegant lake. She glanced back over her shoulder at the beachside villa they had just left. Sea breezes and salt water had taken their toll on its elegance so that it had a faded charm she doubted her father would acknowledge. In comparison with the soaring, white marble palace she had called “home” for all her life, it was a shack. Moncoya was as out of place here as a diamond in a dung heap.

“You made sure no one followed you?” Moncoya withdrew his arm from about her shoulders as they walked along the water’s edge. Secrecy surrounded this hiding place. If he was discovered, he faced trial and inevitable execution.

“Of course.” Tanzi was offended at the question. Would he have asked Vashti the same thing? She doubted it. Yet we both trained with the Valkyrie. We are equally astute when it comes to warfare and subterfuge. It came back to the same weary argument. The same reason Tanzi had been summoned to be the recipient of his latest piece of “good news” instead of her twin. Moncoya viewed Vashti as the son he had never had. Tanzi’s only value to her father was as a pawn in the marriage stakes. Not this marriage, father. The sacrifice you are asking of me is too great.

“Tell me what has been happening at the palace in my absence.” Three months had passed since the cataclysmic battle that had forced Moncoya into hiding. It felt like three years.

“There is a peacekeeping council known as the Alliance in place. Each of the Otherworld dynasties has representation on it. The Alliance itself is led by Merlin Caledonius.”

Moncoya’s expression hardened further at the name. “That half-blood cur will pay dearly for his part in this.”

Merlin, the greatest sorcerer the world had ever known, was Moncoya’s half brother and the man who had brought about his exile. Cal, as he preferred to be called these days, had widened the existing gulf of hatred between the two men further by falling in love with and marrying the woman Moncoya had hoped to make his queen.

Tanzi paused, looking out across the turquoise waters toward the horizon. She drew a deep breath. “My father, you wrong him. He is man of conscience who is doing a fine job of uniting the dynasties…” Moncoya’s growl of rage told her she had gone too far.

“Am I, the greatest leader Otherworld has ever known, to be forced into hiding while he lives in luxury in my royal palace? Am I to endure the knowledge that he has stolen the necromancer star, the woman I chose as my own, from under my nose? Must I kick my heels in this backwater while you, my own daughter, take the seat that should be mine at this pathetic council table—” He broke off, his voice ragged. When he spoke again, his tone was softer, the words a caress. “But you know nothing of these things, my child. It is wrong of these men to ask you to involve yourself in their political machinations. They seek to trick you.”

Tanzi bit her lip. How could she explain it to him when he insisted on viewing her as a helpless dupe? Being part of the Alliance had brought her new life. Oh, she had been regarded with suspicion initially by many of the council members. She was Moncoya’s daughter, after all. They saw her as the spoiled brat sidhe princess who had been his consort—his puppet—in the past. Together with Vashti, she had blindly carried out his wishes. But things had changed three months ago on that battlefield. She had changed.

A pair of laughing Irish eyes came into her mind once more and she determinedly dismissed them. Cal and his wife, Stella, treated her as their equal, and with their help she was learning how to be the voice and conscience of her people. She was developing an understanding of compassion and democracy. Tanzi cast a sidelong glance at her father. She was learning that there was a way to rule other than Moncoya’s iron-fisted style.

“Let us leave this talk of the mongrel sorcerer for another day. I look forward to dealing with him when the time comes. This marriage I have arranged for you is the highest distinction ever to be bestowed upon a woman. Through this union, I will not only be able to come out of this undignified hiding and return to my palace, I will be the undisputed ruler of all Otherworld.” Moncoya’s lips thinned into a smile. “There will be no need for their puny Alliance when that day dawns.”

“And what of me, Father? While you become all powerful, what will I become?”

He paused then, perhaps considering for the first time the true implications of what he was asking of her. Such was his arrogance, she might have known he would not allow her feelings to influence him for long. “You will be revered above all others.”

She shook her head. “I will not do it.”

His face was set. The silken note in his voice made the threat even more menacing. “You have no choice.”

“By all the angels, Father, you cannot intend to force me into this!”

Moncoya’s lips smiled but Tanzi’s heart quailed at the look in his eyes. “Given the bridegroom I have chosen for you, might I suggest you refrain from speaking of angels in the future?”

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About the Author:

Jane Godman writes in a variety of romance genres including paranormal, gothic and romantic suspense. Her Otherworld series is published by Harlequin Nocturne and she has a new series coming out soon with Harlequin Romantic Suspense. 2017 will see the publication of a new paranormal series for SMP Swerve.

Jane lives in England and loves to travel to European cities, which are steeped in history and romance—Venice, Dubrovnik and Vienna are among her favorites. Jane is married to a lovely man and is mom to two grown-up children.

Website: http://www.janegodmanauthor.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaneGodman

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Ambushing Malachi by Electra Gadjos




Ambushing Malachi
Wolvens, Eastern Province
Book One
Electra Gajdos
Genre: Paranormal Sci-Fi Romance
Publisher: Electra Gajdos
Date of Publication: December 29, 2015
ASIN: B019YRTR94
Number of pages: 118 pages
Word Count: 35,640 words
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Book Description:

An unexpected kiss starts a chain of events that will change his life…

Malachi Keen’s frustration grows as he hunts for his sister, Kiara. The search leads him to more trouble than just an irritating sibling when he finds himself in the embrace of a tantalizing stranger. What turns out to be a chance encounter will change his life forever.

Jez Baldovino owes a life debt to an influential Wolven. To pay up, she must complete what she thought would be a simple task – retrieve some stolen data. The situation quickly becomes complicated and she is forced to use a handsome, unsuspecting stranger.

Malachi realizes that not everything is what it seems; unknown enemies and a beautiful female determined to escape him was not in his plans for the day. His plans change when danger surrounds Jez. There is only one male that is allowed to hunt the woman who ambushed him with a kiss – him!

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Excerpt:

Using the empty service hallways, he took a direct path to his sister. He was almost to the latte shop when he was caught off guard by a pair of dainty hands wrapping around his forearm and pulling him through the back door of a busy restaurant kitchen.

He only caught a glimpse of the stunning woman with long blonde curly hair before she yanked his head down. When she licked the seam of his mouth, he naturally opened for her.

Then he closed his eyes in ecstasy, tasting the sugary sweet glaze of red berries coating her lips. He didn’t care what part of her he griped, as he pulled her body to his.

She placed a hand on his hip to steady herself, and her scent of wild apple blossoms sent possessive desires through him. A new sense of joy rushed inside his soul as his inner voice chanted, Mine! Mine! Mine!

He growled with displeasure when she took her candy-flavored lips away.

Her dazzling blue gaze met his. “Thanks, Lumberjack. I so needed that.” She used the nickname of the Grizzly Mountain Wolvens, who chose to live in the woods to be closer to their ancestors, the wolves.

She needed that? He needed her…forever. Malachi was sure he’d just found his mate.

She gave him a wink and took a couple of steps back from him.

He frowned, not wanting her to leave his side.

When he reached for her to bring her back into his embrace—where she belonged—he stumbled. His legs suddenly felt like lead.

He grabbed for the nearest dish rack for support. Each time he blinked, the lids of his eyes got heavier. Then he dropped to the floor.

His clouded mind tried to commit all the details of his mate to memory. Her almond-shaped blue eyes were so expressive, and her upper lip was thinner than the bottom.

His gaze traveled down the length of her body, noting the indent in her waistline that fanned out to the kind of hips a male could latch onto while mating.

She knelt at his side. “Sorry, Lumberjack.”

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About the Author:

Electra Gajdos is from Winnemucca, Nevada and currently lives in West Michigan. She is a wife and the mother of two beautiful genius children. (Maybe not true geniuses, but a mother is always partial to her kids.) She won’t bore you with her childhood love of all things sci-fi and the game of chess. But she will let you know she once called the police to save a man from jumping off a three-story building. What she didn’t know was the man was a mannequin and part of an advertisement. No lie! Thankfully, it gave the police officer a good laugh for the night. This is just one her many good deeds gone wonky, and she looks forward to sharing more of them with you.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Queen's Dance by Jamie K. Schmidt




Getting in The Mood: How to Write Every Day
By Jamie K. Schmidt

If you’ve got stories in your head just dying to be let out, the hard part of writing is finding time to write.  But at the end of the day, sometimes all I want to do is kick back with a glass of wine and watch Game of Thrones on HBO, read a book, or knit something soft and fuzzy.  And during the weekend, I’ve got my house to clean, chores to do, and time to spend with my family.  That’s not a lot of time left to write.  The best way I’ve found to clear out time to write is to schedule it in just like a doctor’s appointment and stick to it.  Finding that sweet spot, however, is the tough part.

Some writer’s set the clock an hour or so early to get their writing time in.  That’s just not me.  I’m not a morning person and I don’t wake up fresh as a daisy.  But it might work for you.  John Grisham used to write on a legal pad during the down time of his day job, on lunch and during train or bus rides.  I tend to take a long time to get going and then when I’m on a roll, I don’t want to hit the brakes just for a silly thing like my boss wanting a report on his desk by three p.m. However, if you’ve got some holes in your day, make sure you always have a notebook or an app on your tablet or phone to help jot down ideas and plot points.

Then, there’s what I do.  When I’m not on deadline, I write from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every night.  This time slot works for me because dinner is done, my son is in bed and I don’t have anything else weighing on me.  If I didn’t get a chance to do it before eight, I can do it after ten – or put it off until tomorrow.

When I am on deadline those times get stretched:  eight to midnight and if that’s not cutting it, six to midnight (My family has to fend for themselves for supper that week and I do a lot of freezer meals and crock pot dishes.) and all day Sunday.

I’m also crazy.  Not everyone is going to have two hours a day.  But everyone does have some wiggle room in their schedule.  The key is finding it.  In some cases, you might have to give something up that you really enjoy – at least until the book is done.  For example, if I didn’t have my nights free – like if I had to work two jobs?  I would give up a portion of my sleep time and set that alarm clock earlier.  I’d do it in stages, though, so my body didn’t rebel.  A half hour for a few weeks and then build up to my two hour block.  The thought of having to do that is so unpleasant to me, though!  But you know what would be more unpleasant?  Not being able to write.

So if the getting up early didn’t work, I’d try something different.  Maybe I’d write during my day job’s lunch hour and my night job’s break and finish up with an hour before bed?  If I was a stay at home Mom and had to care for my children and domestic engineer there are no lunch breaks.  So maybe I’d look into play dates where, I’d trade off  with another Mom.  When the kids are at the play date, that’s my block of writing time for the week.  Or I’d take a five hour energy drink and put in an hour after everyone was in bed.  Or I’d talk into a microphone while we were going for walks and transcribe it later.  And I have to admit, I’ve also used the television for a ½ hour writing sprint.  I don’t know what it is about that purple dinosaur, but if it wasn’t for Barney, I wouldn’t have been able to take a shower for the first three years of my son’s life.

When I get my butt into the chair, utilizing the time so I’m not daydreaming  plotting in my head or dilly-dallying around on the internet researching is almost as important as finding time to write.  During the day, long before I sit in my writing chair, I decide what I’m going to work on that night.  I try to hit two thousand words, so it’s going to be either a scene or a group of scenes.  Then I let the back brain percolate on it for the rest of the day.  If I come up empty or have written myself into a corner, I write another section of the book.  One of my favorite things to do when I’ve got writer’s block is to write the final chapter – complete with THE END.  I find that motivates me to fill in the middle so I can have a finished product.

Finding time to write is a lot like finding time for yourself, in that a lot of writers put it low on their things to do list.  Some days are like that.  There are days when I’m going to bed with my son at eight p.m.  There are days when I’m writing past midnight when my fingers are still going strong, but my eyelids are closing.  Making an ironclad appointment will eventually make daily writing a habit and you’ll find yourself scheduling things around your writing time.

Here’s an excerpt from my newest release, The Queen’s Dance.  It’s a paranormal romance with shape-shifting dragons.

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Margery was lying out in the sun again. She felt the heat press into her bones from the hard deck under her and the rays beating into her skin.

Bliss.

Listening, she could hear the creak of the deck chair and the splash of the waves. Where was Remy?

She wanted to open her eyes and sit up, but she didn’t know where they were. Would she be flashing all of Lake Champlain? Her hands inched around on the deck hoping to find her bikini. No luck. But she did feel a sheet balled up at the very edge of her reach. Snatching it, she wrapped it around herself and sat up and wobbled—she’d had tequila hangovers that didn’t feel like this. When her eyes adjusted to the sunlight, she realized she was alone.

“Remy?” she called. She didn’t feel up to standing, so she sat there on deck and wondered why she’d passed out. It had just been starting to get good, too. Margery touched her lips where Remy’s kisses had left their brand then smiled and hoped he didn’t think he’d frightened her.

While she’d gotten really cold, and the dark did remind her briefly of being a prisoner below deck with the pirates, that’s where the similarities ended. Margery knew Remy would never hurt her. She wasn’t sure why she’d passed out, but it had nothing to do with him. Concentrating, she tried to emerge into a dragon so she could fly around the lake, but pain jackhammered into her skull until she was retching bile over the side of the deck.

“Shit,” she gurgled.

She thumped back to the deck and closed her eyes until the pain went away, which took longer than she expected. Luckily, the sun’s warmth bored into her every pore, and the headache eased to a mild throb. Margery stretched and rolled over so she wouldn’t get sunburned.

Too bad she’d passed out. She didn’t quite get the politics of the consort thing, but if it was a choice between Remy, Casimiro, and a total stranger, her best bet was Remy. It didn’t have to be love, after all. Not yet, anyway. It would have been nice to have a night of mind-blowing sex and fall asleep cuddled up in a man’s arms. Ever since Casimiro did a number on her heart, Margery wasn’t too keen on letting that organ decide her bed partners. Her libido had good taste, and right now Remy would fit the bill. If she could stay conscious for it.

A big wave lifted the boat, and she clutched at the deck as the vessel swayed nearly to tipping. Then Remy launched onto the deck. He was fully dressed and not even dripping.

She squinted up at him. “How do you do that?”

“Did you have a nice night?” he asked, turning his back on her to go to the helm and raise the anchor.

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About the Book:

The Queen’s Dance
The Emerging Queens Series, 
Book Three
Jamie K. Schmidt
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entangled
Date of Publication: 5/23/16
Number of pages: 267
Word Count: 63,000
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Description:

After newly shifted dragon Queen, Margery Cooper, is rescued from smugglers she has a choice to continue to hunt down the story that nearly killed her when she was an investigative reporter or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs.  Remy “Champ” Champlain is first on the scene and assigned her protector while she sorts out her affairs.  He wants nothing more to get back to his solitude and his small town, but as an unclaimed dragon he doesn’t get a choice.

The Queen is his responsibility until her court is formalized.  He wants to settle her down right away, but she has this wild hair up her Queenly butt to find out who is smuggling dangerous drugs into the country.

Sparks fly between them, but as she's a sky dragon and he's a water dragon, well she can't swim and he can't fly and those aren't the only differences they're facing.

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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt, writes erotic contemporary love stories and paranormal romances.  Her Club Inferno series from Random House’s Loveswept line has hit both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top one hundred lists.   She has two other series with Loveswept: Hawaii Heat, in which the first book Life’s A Beach is the perfect staycation to Maui, and The Sentinels of Babylon, about members of vigilante Motorcycle Club and their old ladies. Her dragon paranormal romance series from Entangled Publishing, has been called “fun and quirky” and “endearing.” Partnered with New York Times bestselling author and former porn actress, Jenna Jameson, Jamie’s hardcover debut, SPICE, continues Jenna’s FATE trilogy.

An avid knitter and jewelry maker, Jamie is never bored.  She can often be found with a mug of tea on the computer flanked by her little dogs & fluffy white cat.  You can follow her on twitter at @Jamiekswriter or on her author page on Facebook. When she's not writing or crafting, Jamie loves playing games, everything from board games to strategy card games, console and online MMORPGs.

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