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I write suspense and light fantasy/paranormal set in the beautiful country of New Zealand. A land of myths and magic, Aotearoa (Maori for Long White Cloud) has always been a storytelling nation and it is my pleasure to share mine with you.

Make yourself your drink of choice, stay a while and feel free to leave comments. I love to meet new friends.

Heartpounding suspense and fantasy Downunder

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hard As It Gets - Cover Reveal!

I'm thrilled to be taking part in Laura Kaye's big cover reveal taking place all over the internet for her new Hard Ink series. Get a gander at THIS would you??

Wowzers, right?! 
And here is the blurb for Hard As It Gets.

Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome-pure catnip to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...

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I don't know about you, but I'm going straight to Amazon and pre-ordering this baby. I can't wait!

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Russian Dolls - Super Book Blast Tour

How wonderful does this thriller, Russian Dolls, sound! Have a read of the blurb and excerpt to find out what I mean. I'm looking forward to downloading this one!

Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?

Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say.

Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.

As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.

Life, death. Two concepts, two words.

You don’t think about them unless you’re forced to. You take the first for granted and try to forget the second.

You get on with your life, worry about meaningless things and you simply stop thinking about death, even though you see it every day on the telly, in the papers you read.

So long as it’s happening to others, you continue to go on with this comforting lie that says it’s never going to happen to you. The Reaper won’t come anywhere near you — until the day he does.
It could be a car crash, it could be a stroke. Or it could be your best friend jumping from the rooftop of the university you both attend. And suddenly you remember that death is very real and there’s no way of knowing who is going to be called next. You’re forced to face the frailty of life and accept your own mortality.

My best friend recently passed away and I almost died twice myself in the past couple of weeks. My name is Alexandra Neve. I’m a student who used to live in a reassuring bubble. It burst, and now I finally see the world for what it truly is.


Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, somewhere between Geneva and Lausanne, where she still resides.

Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

Russian Dolls is her first new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the series.

Find out more at

Cristelle will be awarding an autographed PRINT copy to one randomly drawn commenter during her tour - so make sure you leave a comment below!
If you'd like to give yourself an even better chance to win this fabulous prize, follow the other stops on this tour - see the link below. The more you comment, the more chances you have. Good luck!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Risk Factors Book Tour and a Lovely Rhose

I am super excited to introduce to you one of my very favourite people and authors, Calisa Rhose. I met this lovely lady (and extremely talented lady!) online through one of my publisher's author loops. Calisa is one of those women it is impossible NOT to bond with and I'm so excited to be a part of the tour for the release of her second book, Risk Factors. Check out the great giveaways she's got going on, leave a comment and don't forget to check out her other stops to increase your chances of winning!

Now, enough of my prattling, you want to hear from Calisa. Here she is...Hi, Calisa! Its wonderful having you come to visit us at the bottom of the world.J Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Calisa Rhose is an Okie, born and bred, through and through, and proud of it. While growing up, when she wasn’t on the back of a horse, she could be found with pen and paper in hand. Her writing career began with poetry in her younger days. Then she discovered Rock-n-Roll and cute musicians. Poetry turned into stories of romance and dreams. These days she lives with the same man who convinced her to take a romantic journey with him almost 30 years ago. After raising three strong daughters she spends her days loving their granddaughters, hoping for a boy someday, and writing. When she’s not writing, you can find Calisa putting on her editor hat and working to help other published and aspiring writers.
She is working on more projects with her favored contemporary cowboys, first responders  and firemen, as well as, the occasional ‘other’ heroes- and their sexy female counterparts, those sassy, stubborn heroines.
Find Calisa at her website/blog

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when Home released with WRP! Lol But in my heart I knew when I finished my first serious ms in ’05. Up til that moment it was all practice. J

Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was actually hand written and illustrated by yours truly when I was in 5th grade. It was titled something like “Bubblegum” and I ‘donated’ it to my school library. I’m still trying to track that little book down! What inspired it? Probably my love of writing, even back then, and my love of bubblegum! LOL
As for my first published book- Home is part of a series written by Oklahoma authors that I got involved in with my local OKRWA chapter mates. You can find the whole series at the website here and they are ALL on sale right now for .99 on Amazon and B&N! Home was inspired by my interest in the Vietnam era in general, but particularly the latter part, so is set in 1967.

I ADORED Home, and highly recommend to anyone that hasn't had the pleasure to read it yet. (I've even added the Amazon link on the picture for your convenience!)J 
I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
For Risk Factors I pitched to my editor at a blog pitch and she asked for the partial. I polished it but it was two or three weeks later before I finally got the nerve to send it to her. It took me another two months before I got the nerve (again) to follow up with her and then she read it on the spot and asked for the full. It was only a week later I believe that she offered the contract. And to think it might have all gone a lot faster if I’d sent the partial right away and followed up a week later! J I learned my lesson. Does that mean I’ll do that next time?> Prolly not. LOL

Oh, my gosh! A pitch! You were sooo brave! What drew you to write your chosen genre?
I live in a contemporary world with firemen, EMTs who fly around in helicopters and where women can be anything they want, including a veterinarian. What’s not to love about it? But I also write contemporary paranormal because I’m a firm believer that almost anything is possible in this world…even shape shifters. My Cherokee ancestors taught me that. J

What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
Writing. LOL Rather making myself write. I find so many shiny baubles that pull my attention from it that I can easily spend a whole day wrapped up in emails, surfing blogs and playing on my website and blog. Horrible. Once I tame that beast the hardest part is probably-as a pantser- keeping facts straight as I write. Viv in this book is 28, but off and on she was 27. Lol I got that all fixed though. I think, hope! :lol:

LOL - I'm with you, Calisa! I've just come across during edits, that my WIP hero gazes at my heroine with green eyes, when in fact, they're hazel! The curse of the pantser...J
Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
Not so far, no. I don’t know if I’d recognize if it had, either. I tend to live in the now a lot and miss cool connections like that.

Which one of your books is your ‘baby’ and why?
I think Risk Factors is right now. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the latest one, or because of the journey these characters and I have been through to get to this day. But it feels different somehow.

What are you working on right now?
Right now- a lot. LOL A fireman won’t leave me alone so I spend a good amount of time thinking about that one, but I’m researching facts about heart diseases for a new one. That hero has been whispering at me for some time and on Saturday he’d had enough of my ignoring him, so I’ve started that one. I also have a couple of paranormal things on the back burner simmering and steeping. I’m hoping to submit one of those this year.

That is exciting news to hear for your fans!! Latest news?
Oh! The long-awaited release of RISK FACTORS! It came out on March 4th and I’m still dancing.

Where can we find you and your books?
You can always pop into my website bookshelf and on Amazon, B&N and most other ebook outlets.


Book tour competition details:
At the end of this tour I’ll be picking one winner to gift either a signature rose rock for a USA winner or a $10 GC of choice (Kindle or Nook) for one overseas or in Canada. Either winner will also get a PDF copy of Risk Factors!
The more you stalk me and comment, the greater your chance to win on April 8th. I’ll announce the winner on the 10th. Thank you for joining me on this fun journey’s end and good luck to all!
As a special bonus, I’ll be pooling all my blog hosts and the one with the most comments on their blog for my post will also win one of the same prizes as the winners! They need your help to win! Please note, this also includes my two hosts before today, so I’d appreciate if you check my official blog tour schedule and give them a chance to win by going to their blogs too.

Thank you so much for stopping off in this part of the world, Calisa! It was an absolute pleasure having you visit. 
Folks - don't forget to leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes! 

Good luck with Risk Factors, Calisa and all your current and future WIP's.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Super Book Blast - Memories of Murder

I love taking part in Book Blasts. I find some incredible stories I may not have heard of otherwise and get to share them with you! Check out the blurb and excerpt of Memories of Murder below. Author, Lara Nance, is making it available on Amazon Kindle for only .99c from 4-8th March. Thanks, Lara!

Lara is also giving away some very generous prizes during her tour. At each stop, Lara will award a signed cover flat; and a $50 Amazon gift card will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Check out her other stops to increase your chances of winning! Good luck!



When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job.
As the town's sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father's friend, Maeve can't help but get involved--with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community's memory unit--and Maeve's Alzheimer's patients.
Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she's denied herself.


She imagined the thoughts that must be running through his head. She had to tell him everything now. If she didn’t, he would be dead in the next few days. He needed protection.

She stood up. “Want a glass of wine? This is going to be a long conversation.”

“Since I was just nearly killed, how about some whisky?” He fell back against the sofa. Liadan put her paws on his chest and licked his face.

Maeve went into the kitchen, trying to figure out how she’d gotten her powers back. It dawned on her that the morning after the Gems had arrived, her tea was not in its regular spot on the counter. She’d assumed her mother had only been cleaning, but apparently she’d also switched the contents of the jar to non-spelled tea.

She reached into the cabinet for the tea container and looked at it, shaking her head, then laughed. Never had she been so glad for the Gems meddling in her life. She threw it in the trash and returned to the living room with glasses, red wine, and a small bottle of George Dickel missing a few sips. “Here you go.”

He took the whiskey and tossed back a shot, then poured another glass, which he held between his hands. “So, what is it that tried to kill me and my father today?”

“You’re not going to believe me at first, but if you’ll hear me out, I think I have a pretty good case.”

He gestured with one hand for her to begin.

“Everything I’ve seen and heard, all the information in the journal, points to the presence of an evil spirit. I believe it’s the spirit of Dr. Colton Carterage.”

Paul stared at her for several moments. “You’re serious.”

“Completely.” She poured herself a glass of red wine from the freshly opened bottle, and sat in the chair across from him. A tingle of energy floated in the air. She recognized a witch cat at work. She tried desperately not to laugh at Liadan working her little cat magic on him, licking his face, nuzzling his chest, pushing her paws against his arm. He didn’t know what was happening, but darling LiLi was removing the mists of doubt from Paul’s eyes. 

Maeve explained about patients in the dementia unit seeing ghosts of people described in the book. She told him about the white deer and why the limb had fallen. When she came to the part she dreaded most, she looked at LiLi and the cat complied. She curled up in his lap, purring, increasing the intensity of her witchy magic to ease his believing.

“There’s one more thing you need to know. My mother, my aunts…and me…we’re witches.”


 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres within the scope of women’s fiction. But the basis of all her stories is a tale that will entertain and intrigue.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, Lara’s willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.


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