2020 Releases

The Rock Star's Familiar
The Vampire's Familiar
The Witch's Familiar
Gluttony
Phantasia: Bad Day On Olympus
Ice Cave
Destiny, Desire & Murder
Close to the Truth

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Magic Thursday: Website Basics for Authors with Eleni Konstantine

As a former librarian, I tend to look at websites for content and ease of use. As a designer, I look at the functionality and aesthetics of a website. As an author and a reader, it's a combination of both.  


Here's some website basics for authors to consider.


So does an author need a website?

Some authors don't have a website. But think about it. A website is your calling card for you as an author & it’s also a spring board to your other online presences. 

This is where readers, media, authors, and the general public can find out about you and your books and the best bit is that the author has control over look and content, unlike social media platforms (which can change user agreements and the way content is displayed at any time).

A website can as simple as you like but needs to focus on you as an author.



Design Features to think about


Reflect the author brand

  • A brand is a "Name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller's good or service as distinct from those of other sellers." 
  • At the core, branding is the audience expectation of you as an author.
  • Difference ways you can brand by – genre, your writing voice, theme, or name. 
  • Your branding will determine your online look.
  • For a comprehensive look at branding, there are many articles online including this good one by Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn website. 
For example, a couple of years ago, I changed my branding from:


to

and also have a symbol that I used within the pages of my last release. 


This was then reflected on my website.



Layout

For ease of use and to attract the user's eye to the most important information, a simple layout is best. That means not too many columns or information scattered everywhere. 


For a great looking and user friendly website, check out Keri Arthur.




Navigation bar

The navigation bar is handy to have for quick access to other pages on the site. It can be horizontal or vertical. 

Or it can be a 'hamburger' menu, which is the three horizontal lines to represent a collapsed menu, i.e. once clicked it gives you the actual menu. 

I find this adds another step to the process, though this kind of menu is automatic with responsive templates when they are viewed by devices. 


I prefer a horizontal navigation menu. The one on my website is static at the top of the page as you scroll.



You can have sub-menus under the main menu. 


Easy to update?

Are you going to update your website? Or are you going to pay someone to pay it?

I use Weebly which is a drag and drop, user-friendly platform. 


Many use Wordpress for the amount of templates available and widgets that can be added to the site. 


Responsive template

Automatically changes the way the way the website looks depending on device page it is viewed on.


Notice the hamburger menu.



Number of pages needed 

Some hosting sites may have a limit depending on level of service/payment, so keep that in mind when choosing your platform.



Basic content on websites


Home page 

The home page is the spring board to your website and can have a lot of different types of information. 

This includes latest release, upcoming release, newsletter signups, news, social media widgets. This is to grab the interest of different aspects of the author. 

Some people have blogs on the home of their website. 

Many authors also use pop-ups to sign for their newsletter. Personally these pop-ups annoy me because they happen every time I go to that website. I may have even signed up to the newsletter. If I want to subscribe to a newsletter, seeing a sign-up form or area on the website is more likely to get my attention. 


Books (/Releases)

Initially having one page for your releases can be sufficient. (I call it Releases because mine are shorter works. When I think of books, I think of novella and novel length stories). 


The above page has images of each of my releases. Clicking the image takes you to an individual release page. I don't include the blurbs on the Releases page as the more releases are added, the more a user has to scroll down to view them all. Keeping it as covers only makes it simpler to use and have a cleaner look.

Under the Releases tab in the menu, there is a sub-menu with more options including 'other short stories' and a 'bibliography'.






If you have many releases, you can then divide it by series as Keri Arthur does. If you don't, there would be way too much scrolling to list every individual book on one page. 




Each series then has a landing page with the covers of each book in the series.


On the right hand side are links to 'Keri Arthur' as an author on all the different retailers.


Another way to get to the Series landing page is via the navigation menu. This gives a user different options of finding the same page (we do this on the DarkSider website but instead of books we have  DarkSiders listed on a landing page or via the sub-menu or by going through the pages).





By clicking the chosen book in the series landing page, we get an individual book page. In this case, I chose book 2 of the series. 


This page holds a blurb, publishing information such as ISBN and date published, and a really cool thing is having The Series down the bottom. 

It also has links to this individual book on the right hand side. This is so handy! I can't express how important this is. I don't know how many times I've gone to an author's website and there are no buy links. Do not assume all readers will do a search on their preferred platform to find you. And some authors split their work between having exclusivity with Amazon and going wide. 


Another way to split your work is by sub-genre as Anna Hackett has done.




It may take a little bit of work to do all this but if you update regularly, it really is a well thought out, and easy-to-use way to navigate. 




Bio information 

Biographical information about the author can be found on a Bio page or About page. As it suggests, this is where you find information about the author.

At a minimum it needs a blurb about the author and an author photograph.  Now some don't like their photo out there. I've seen avatars used but the majority do as readers do like to see what an author looks like. 

Sometimes this bio information is found on the home page. That's fine if your home page isn't cluttered. Just as long as it's easy to find, it doesn't matter. 

Some authors have a seperate media page have the additional information of photographs in different resolutions, press releases, details of agent or PR person etc.  

I have a short bio for official use, and a long story that goes a little more in depth. I also have two different bio pics and social media links on the page. At the bottom of the page, are some more photos (not seen here).




Check out some of the bio pages of some of our DarkSiders.











Contact 

You need a way for people to contact you even if it's via a contact form. The good thing about contact forms is that you don't have to have your email address on the site and it helps avoid bots spamming you. I have my email address also listed but have added spaces in it, so it can't be used by bots.

In recent years, authors have been placing privacy notices and/or privacy policies to this page. This lets the person know how their information will be handled. 

On my page, I also have a link to my newsletter sign up page. 





Social Media links

Links to your social media is very important. Everyone has their own preference to which platform they want to follow an author and by finding it on the website, it gives them the flexibility to choose. 

The social media links can be added to every page to maximise exposure. 


The above are the Weebly social media platforms I chose from their widget. 

I also added social media links to my footer. As you can see there are more on the footer.  
 




Footer


A footer can provide information that can go across all pages. As above, it can be simple and have only social media links, Privacy Notice & Policy, copyright notice, website designer. But you can add newsletter sign ups, and also things like feeds from social media.


Images

Remember images you use are subject to copyright. Do the right thing and purchase images you use if you don't own the copyright. There are many stock image sites and they have special deals every so often so you can find one to suit your budget.

Size of the images can slow down your website being viewed. It's best to use low resolution images (web quality) of 72 or 96 dpi. 300 dpi is used for print and are large files, so best only to keep to media page (as media can be online or print or both).


Blogs

This is optional of course, but can be connected to a website. I  had my blog before my website, so I kept my blog to another platform.  Though I've tried to keep the branding the same across both.


Some have a news page instead of a blog and put the latest news on that page. 


Further more

  • There are many other items you can have on your website - FAQ, Events, Bonus Features, Articles (if you don't have a blog), Links to other authors, artwork based on your books, news archives.
  • Many sites now have notification about cookies when you enter a site. Changes to EU regulations requires EU viewers, but it can be set so everyone sees it.
  • Remember to try and update it every so often so it doesn’t remain static. 
  • A change in look is expected every few years or so.
  • Be professional

  • SEO 

Search Engine Optimisation makes it easier for search engines to find your site. 

E.g. romance, author, writer, speculative fiction, specfic, fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi romance,  romantic elements, books, short stories, novellas, dragons, etc etc.





So remember, keep it simple and easy to navigate.


Eleni


~~

Eleni Konstantine writes speculative fiction and has had a number of short stories published.

Her love of reading comes from her avid reader mum. As a child, illustrated fairy tales and Greek mythology opened up a world of wonder for Eleni. She was bitten by the story bug which soon turned into the writing bug. She finds something enchanting about escaping the world she knows and entering another one. Magic, dragons, wizards, fairies, witches, unicorns, vampires and other mythical creatures have always fascinated her. What's not to like when anything can happen? Sprinkle in a romance and a happy ending and she’s on cloud nine.

Eleni has a love of chocolate (of course!), fizzy drinks, coffee and relishes her afternoon naps. She lives in South Australia with her family and is human to a sassy Rottweiler.

Visit Eleni at elenikonstantine.com



Tuesday, 4 May 2021

DarkSider News for May 2021!

  

Time to put the kettle on...




FINALISTS




Harbour by Claire Boston is a finalist in the Romantic Suspense - Mid category of the 2021 Vivian  Award by the Romance Writers of America.



Buy link






NEW RELEASES




Taken by Mary Brock Jones (Book 2, Arcadia) was released 10 April.



Ethan Winter wants nothing more from life than to run his family’s solar energy business. But that business has been attacked, he’s been imprisoned and brutalised, his planet threatened, and to protect his company he must work with a woman set on fighting him every step of the way. The planet Arcadia’s environment is dangerously unbalanced and the Alliance is demanding they fix it or lose their home world. The Alliance of Human Worlds doesn’t make empty threats.

Union organiser, daughter of a workshop supervisor and a fiery politician, Sarwenna Beren is prepared for a fight from the moment Ethan Winter arrives at her remote desert town surrounded by rumours of change. He’s rich, powerful and heir to the family that owns the town’s main business, a massive solar field stretching deep into the desert. His arrival threatens the jobs of all those who have put their trust in her. Sar isn’t about to let him shut down the one place keeping her town alive.

Then a boy goes missing in the desert and they are thrown together in the search for him—only to come under attack from a strange beam and an unknown flyer that nearly kills them both. Ethan and Sarwenna must find out who is behind the mysterious attacks and why. It doesn’t help that both have their own suspicions about who is helping their attackers. Suspicions that must be kept secret, especially from each other.

You don’t betray family.


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The Spell Thieves 
by Lilliana Rose (Book 3, Lost Souls Academy) was released 8 April.


Something happened to Zarya’s magical ability. Her spells aren’t working, leaving her vulnerable to an attack from the evil ghost, Abaddon.

Can she convince her new friends at the Lost Souls Academy to help her work out how to get her magic back and protect her against a ghost who could easily destroy them all?

Or will they turn on her to save their own lives







Storm of Eon by Anna Hackett  (Book 7, Eon Warriors) is now in audio format.



When a Terran weapons scientist finds herself the target of deadly alien assassins, only one fierce alien warrior can keep her safe.

Weapons scientist Dr. Finley Delgado wants to get her new laser defense weapon operational to protect Earth from the insectoid Kantos invasion. She has to make this work. She’s failed in the past and people paid with their lives, and she won’t fail again. What she doesn’t need is a big, brawny warrior that Space Corps orders her to work with getting in her way. Finley wants her solitude, not a massive distraction in the shape of a tall, hard Eon warrior.

Security Commander Sabin Solann-Ath is a warrior through and through, like his entire family before him. He’s disciplined, dedicated, and hiding a dark secret he’d prefer to keep buried. He won’t allow anyone or anything to disrupt his control. When he’s ordered to Earth to help with a secret weapon, he vows to do everything he can to help their allies, even work with a statuesque, prickly scientist. He and Finley get off to a rocky start…but when the Kantos send a team of assassins after Finley, Sabin will do anything to protect her.

Sent to a secret facility deep in the Australian desert, Finely and Sabin are drawn closer and closer. She sees beyond the warrior to the man, and he uncovers a passionate woman. But Finley threatens everything Sabin has fought hard to control, and as they fight off the devious Kantos, they both will face the demons of their pasts.







Soul of Eon by Anna Hackett  (Book 8, Eon Warriors) is now in audio format.



The last thing she expects is an instant mating with a handsome alien warrior…just before they are abducted by the deadly Kantos.

Commander Kaira Chand of the Australian Air Force knows the meaning of loss. She lost both her beloved husband and her father over recent years, and she vows never to let a man close again. As head of security for a secret weapons facility in the Australian desert, she’s fighting to protect the scientists working to defend Earth from invasion. That includes working with their allies, the Eon Warriors. What she never expected in her wildest dreams was to find herself instantly mated to a handsome, silver fox alien warrior.

Medical Commander Thane Kann-Eon lives to heal. He’s dedicated to keeping his crew aboard the warship, the Rengard, whole and healthy. Unlike his fellow warriors, he knows he’ll never mate. There hasn’t been a mating in his family for generations. Then a petite Terran commander changes everything. He’s instantly drawn to Kaira, and as soon as their hands touch, he’s stunned by the deluge of emotion that crashes over him. An unheard-of instant mating.

In the midst of their shocking connection, Kaira and Thane find themselves abducted by a Kantos strike team. Taken aboard a battlecruiser, they soon realize the insectoid aliens nabbed the wrong couple, and they are marked for execution. Now they face a wild race for survival that will take them to a distant, deadly world. They’ll both struggle with their raw, intense mating bond, against the backdrop of a Kantos proving ground where everything is out to kill them.








Savage Sector, Book One by Mila Young (Book 1, Savage Sector) was released 8 April. 



Being rejected by my fated mate is the least of my problems...

I’m a half-breed, a Cursed. The wolf half gets me an alpha for a fated mate...the witch half gets me killed.

Or so they think.

Now four Viking Alphas are all that stand between me and certain death. They need my powers to take over the Savage Sector, and they’ll hold my sisters’ as leverage until they get what they want from me.

My wild magic, my heart.

My wolf calls to them, but I can't trust them to keep me alive once this is over.

I'm just an Omega to them, but that mistake may cost us all our lives

What the Viking Alphas want, the Viking Alphas get…
...and right now that’s me and my wild magic.

Savage Sector is set in the same world as Shadowlands Sector, with some cross over of characters. It can be read without having read Shadowlands first.

This is a three book series.


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Courting the Witch by M.J Scott (Book 0.5, Four Arts) was released 13 April. 



Desire or duty…which will woo a witch?

Imogene Carvelle has always wanted a glittering career as an Imperial Mage. She wants to travel the empire and has no thought of marriage. But after returning home from a long mission away, she is in the mood for some fun. But sometimes the best plans go awry, and when Imogene meets the oh-so-delicious but oh-so-wrong Jean-Paul at a ball, her plan for just one night gets complicated…

Jean-Paul du Laq knows he has to marry. As the heir to a duq, he has to carry on the family line with the right kind of wife. And a career minded commoner like Imogene is absolutely not the woman he should be considering for anything more than a dalliance. But to him, Imogene shines brighter than the sun and he’s determined to win her heart…

Courting The Witch is a prequel novella to The Four Arts series. Previously published in Warlords, Witches and Wolves, it now features a new bonus epilogue.





The Heart of a Shadow by Samantha Marshall (Book 1, Merged Worlds) was released on 22 April.



Prince of Storms. Lady of Shadows. God of Chaos.

Bound in eternal servitude by forbidden magics, dark fairy Liria Atlannon has no choice but to follow her mistress across the seas to Egypt, where Princess Ione of Atlantis will marry the great Pharoah Taos and become Queen. All seems well until Set the Anarchist, god of war and chaos, tries to steal the Princess Ione from her own welcome banquet, forcing Liria to reveal that she’s not just a handmaiden; she’s a weapon.

As Commander of the Pharoah’s honour guard, it is Prince Raiden Horushood’s duty to defend his brother at all costs – even if that means facing down a god he has no hope of defeating. Nobody is more surprised than he when Liria, the softly spoken handmaiden who spends most of her time staring at floor, not only turns Set away but injures him in the process.

With the threat of an unpredictable god hanging overhead, Raiden begs Liria to join the Pharoah’s honour guard. Whilst he’s fascinated by glimpses of a woman who is as intelligent as she is powerful, there isn’t time for charm – if they are to have any hope of protecting the Pharoah and his Princess, then he and Liria must learn to work together.

Though Liria aches to become part of something greater, self preservation dictates she stay far, far away from the vital, strong, and irritatingly handsome Prince Raiden. For if the warrior angel gets too close, he’ll discover that the biggest threat to Merged Egypt is not Set at all – it is Liria Atlannon, damned by the magic which shackles her soul, steals her free will and shapes her actions… until all that remains is a shadow.




You can also see the release day post over at ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association).





Fortunes, Friends & Murder by Janni Nell was released on 27 March. 


Reunions can be deadly.

When small-town witch Maddie Goodcharm organizes a school reunion, the last thing she expects is that one of her friends will die during a magical experiment. Even Maddie believes the death is accidental until another person dies and this time there’s no doubt it’s murder.

Meanwhile the sheriff is in the hospital with food poisoning, and his least competent deputy is convinced the murder was committed by a fifteen-year-old boy, who just happens to be the grandson of the nicest woman in town. Maddie is determined to prove the kid is innocent, but that means delving into the secrets of the past. And who knows what she will find.





Janni Nell 
has released a Boxed Set of Books 1 to 4 of Little Shop of Spells. 




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Wild Heart by Mila Young and C.R Jane (Book 2, Kingdom of Wolves) was released on 15 April. 



I drove to the middle of nowhere, where I thought I’d be safe.

And somehow, I ended up here.

Amarok has secrets. And it’s a town filled with shifters.

The very thing I’ve been trying to get away from.

My arrival has shattered the fragile peace this town's had for the last century.

War is coming between the two packs, and only I seem to have the ability to stop it.

The two alphas in the town are determined to have me.

But a killer wants the very same thing.

Me? I just want whatever’s inside of me to be released.

Like Wilder and Daxon, I carry my own secrets, ones that make it impossible for my fated mate to let me go.

They call me wild…

But I just want to be free.


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Non spec-fic


The Specialist  by Anna Hackett (Book 3, Norcross Security) was released on 31 March.


She’s in danger and now her personal protector is her too handsome, totally aggravating billionaire boss.

Executive assistant Harlow Carlson is having a very bad week. Firstly, she’s been temporarily reassigned to work for bossy, workaholic tyrant, Easton Norcross. He might be sex in a suit, but mostly she just wants to stab him with her stylus. Secondly, her father’s in trouble and has gone missing. Lastly, when a strange man attacks her on the street, Harlow knows she’s in over her head.

That’s when Easton steps in. Now her boss is her own personal protector and he isn’t taking no for an answer.

After he left the Army Rangers, Easton Norcross found a purpose in building his company, Norcross Inc. He works hard, likes control, takes care of his family and employees, and thrives on making money. But his new assistant pushes buttons he never knew he had. Harlow’s smart, efficient, and not afraid to speak her mind. And her curvy body makes it very hard to remember that he’s her boss.

But when he sees she’s in danger, Easton is willing to break all the rules to keep her safe.

As danger swirls around Harlow and she’s sucked into her father’s dangerous dealings, Easton knows he’ll need all the specialist skills the Army gave him to protect her, as well as pulling in his brothers at Norcross Security. But the toughest job he’ll have is convincing his beautiful assistant to take the biggest risk of all—falling in love.






The Bodyguard  by Anna Hackett (Book 4, Norcross Security) was released on 27 April.


For a princess with a deadly stalker, the only place she feels safe is in the arms of her big, tough, and very off-limits bodyguard.

Princess Sofia of Caldova is in San Francisco to spearhead a fabulous royal jewelry exhibition and raise money for her charity…but danger has followed her. With an unhinged stalker hunting her, a dangerous international ring of jewel thieves targeting her exhibition, and her own secret task no one can know about, she’s in need of security.

Enter big, grumpy, ex-military bodyguard Rome Nash. A man who’s guarded her once before, and who she embarrassed herself by kissing…a kiss he didn’t return.

After years on a covert special forces team, Rome Nash thrives on working for Norcross Security as its chief bodyguard. Driven by the losses of his past, he needs to help keep people safe. But guarding a beautiful, elegant princess who surprises him at every turn, and who he knows is hiding secrets, is testing his legendary self-control.

For months, all he’s thought about is Sofia, and now that she’s in danger, Rome’s willing to cross all the lines to keep her safe.

As the exhibition draws closer, jewel thieves attack, Sofia’s stalker strikes, and infamous thief Robin Hood enters the picture. Rome and the men of Norcross Security step in, and Rome will risk everything to protect his princess, no matter the risk, no matter the cost.



Tess by Annie Seaton (Book 9, Pentecost Island) was released 24 April.



Spend a month on Pentecost Island and experience an amazing adventure between nine friends, the challenges they face, the past threatening to come between them, and their enduring friendship as they start up a new resort.

Tess Andersen is well and truly over her family telling her what to do, criticising her career choices, and her boyfriends, but now she has found a happy niche on Pentecost Island. When her past catches up with her with the arrival of millionaire, Zac Montgomery, Tess has some choices to make.

Zac has a reputation that precedes him wherever he goes—thanks to a former partner and social media. He knows he will have to work hard to overcome it now that he has found Tess, his first love, again.

Can he convince Tess, he is not the bad boy of his reputation?




Return to Retribution Bay 
by Claire Boston 
(Book 1, Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay) was released 1 May.



They’ve both had their fair share of tragedy. Now the only way to heal could be to catch a killer.

Sergeant Brandon Stokes hasn’t been able to face his family for over a decade. But when his parents are killed in an accident on their remote sheep station, the guilt-ridden soldier must face his demons and return home. He’s unprepared for the gutsy female drifter who seems determined to help him reunite with his estranged family.

Amy Hammond has been running since she was fifteen. Now she’s finally found the stability she’s craved with employers who treated her like a daughter. But with her bosses’ sudden death and the arrival of their handsome military hero son, her head and heart are thrown into chaos.

Distrusting Amy’s real agenda, Brandon is forced to team up with her when they uncover evidence that his parents’ demise was no accident. And though Amy knows she needs to win the hunky sergeant’s trust, the sinister turn of events makes her fear any chance of love could be cut fatally short.

Will the troubled couple expose a murderer in their midst before they become the next victims?

Return to Retribution Bay is the thrilling first book in the Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay romantic suspense series. If you like military hunks, plucky women, and striking Australian settings, then you’ll adore Claire Boston’s page-turning adventure.










PRE-ORDERS



To Hell and Back 
by Mila Young 
and Haper A. Brooks (Book 4, Sin Demons) is expected to be released 27 May.



They were trying to get back to Hell... But Hell showed up at our door.

None of us expected a visit from the devil himself, but after Lucifer comes a-knocking, we know things are about to heat up fast.

According to the demons, the only way to protect me is to bind us all together. Forever. Something I’m not sure I’m even willing to do. But with Greed’s ring still on my finger and Lucifer’s sights set on making me his next play thing, what other choice do I have?

When I’m dragged to Hell against my will, I’m determined to find a way topside again. But the darkness within me is enjoying this deadly vacation a little too much, and my powers only seem to grow the longer I stay.

My demons will risk it all to save me from eternal damnation.

But after going to Hell and back, will I still be the same in the end?


Pre order links






The Mind Eaters by Lilliana Rose (Book 4, Lost Souls Academy) is expected to be released 6 May.


Secrets are being kept between the students at the Lost Souls Academy, causing conflicts between them. When they face a physical threat from the Mind Eaters, will individuals come together to help each other? Or will the deeper truth stop them and cause them to lose what has become their home?

What will Abaddon have in mind for Zarya this time? Will she have the know-how to stop him once and for all? Can so many lost souls manage to come together and help each other against this evil?








Wild Girl by Mila Young and C.R Jane (Book 3, Kingdom of Wolves) is expected to be released on 15 July. 



Blurb coming


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Bring on the Night by M.J. Scott (Book 3, The Wild Side) is expected to be released on 6 July. 



How far would you go to stop a monster hell bent on destroying humanity?

 Before Ashley Keenan became a werewolf, she thought she understood the line between good and evil. It was the vamps and shifters playing by their own lethal rules who were to be feared.

 Now she must stop an ordinary man and his plague of vampires. That same man’s terrifying games led to her family being murdered and caused her own unwilling transformation into a supernatural. Worse, he might not be the only one hunting the memories buried in Ash’s head. As tensions escalate between humans and supernaturals, and new threats emerge from the shadows, black and white turns to gray.

 To protect the people she loves, and save the world, Ash will have to confront her darkest fears. But time is running out….


Blackbird Crowned by Keri Arthur (Book 3, Witch Crown) is expected to be released 22 June. 


On the darkest day, in the darkest hour, when all hope has been extinguished, the Blackbirds will rise, a hand will draw the true sword, and a lost throne shall be reclaimed...








Soul Surrender by Daniel de Lorne (Book 3, Immortals of the Apocalypse) is expected to be released 11 May. 





Humanity’s last chance for survival. His last hope for redemption. Can this immortal overcome the violent wrongs of his past to gift the world a better future?

For five hundred years, Emrys Stone believed that his hunger for human souls kills everyone he touches. But when he leads a group of exiles to safety, he discovers another being like himself living in harmony with humans—despite the threat they know he poses.

The exiles finally have a second chance at what passes for a future in their post-apocalyptic world. But Emrys shares a history with the resident soul-eater that puts everything and everyone in danger. If he can atone for his past, he’ll unlock more than one secret to survival. But will jealousy, prejudice, and revenge destroy any chance of a happy ending?

Soul Surrender is the final compelling novel in the Immortals of the Apocalypse gay paranormal sci-fi trilogy. If you like nuclear blasts from the past and closed hearts torn open, you’ll love Daniel de Lorne’s climactic conclusion.


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Non spec-fic


Trapped in Retribution Bay by Claire Boston (Book 2, Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay) is expected to be released in July.


He’s struggling to keep afloat. She’d rather be in the city. When they work together to save his land, will it bring them happily ever after? 

The North Australian outback. Darcy Stokes shoulders a mountain of guilt. With his family’s 150-year-old sheep station on the verge of bankruptcy due to a bad investment, the single dad’s stress is running at an all-time high. And his only glimmer of hope is a pretty, big-city lawyer who’s offered to take a look at the contract he bungled.

Faith Arnold is suffering from small-town claustrophobia. After helping her mother rehab from a stroke, she’s desperate to return to her corporate legal career. But she can’t help but think the handsome cowboy she agreed to aid might make for a compelling reason to stay. 

As Darcy finds himself falling for the sexy attorney, he fears a sinister consortium will stop at nothing to force him to sell. And as Faith is pulled in deeper to the troubled rancher’s woes, she may find her heart isn’t the only part of her in danger… 

Will Darcy and Faith grab love’s reins and outrun a terrible threat? 

Trapped in Retribution Bay is the gorgeous second book in the Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay romantic suspense series. If you like rugged men, intelligent heroines, and the wide Australian expanse, then you’ll adore Claire Boston’s captivating tale.




Her Baseborn Scott by Christina Phillips  (Book 4, The Highland Warrior Chronicles)  is expected to be released October 2021.


A warrior with cursed royal blood. A princess who will never submit to the enemy. A forbidden love that could cost them everything…

Tough Scots warrior Finn Braeson dreams of finding a gentle lass to love and share his life with. But when he is commanded by his king to marry the princess of Pictland he has no choice. It’s the only way to protect his mother and younger stepsisters from the king’s wrath. But before he can wed the elusive princess, he must first go undercover and find her.

Bound by a deathbed promise to her husband to never reveal her true identity as the princess of Pictland, Mairi is a fugitive in her own land. Determined to avenge her people against the upstart king, she has no intention of falling for the silken charm of any Scots warrior. Except Finn is like no other man she has ever known, and despite the danger of discovery, and the secrets she must keep, she cannot resist his allure.

Captivated by the wit of the beautiful Pictish lady who has ensnared his heart, Finn craves for a future with her. But when betrayal rocks their fragile alliance, they must fight the political intrigues that surround them and put their trust in each other – or risk being torn apart forever.








ANTHOLOGIES


Star Crossed: an anthology of romantic science fiction contains the story O, swear not by the moon by JL Peridot and will be released 26 April. 



Far From Home by B.K. Bass
Descendants of humanity with a forgotten history orbit a distant star. When their first astronaut travels to a cloud- and mystery-shrouded moon, will he unlock a bright future or unveil secrets of their past?

Slow Recovery by Ian Martínez Cassmeyer
When Dr. Juan Ramos awakes in the starship medical bay, unable to recall how he ended up there, he becomes determined to regain his memories, but as he does, what other dark details will those memories reveal?

Branded by Renée Gendron
Sergeant Major Emerlynne Turner uncovers a plot to blow up Archimedes Station. Can she trust deep cover Station Constable Dallin Iliev with her heart?

Exiled by D.W. Hitz
After crash-landing on an alien planet, Keven must search for his missing love. The journey may bring him closer to her in ways neither of them expects.

The Arrangement by Pamela James
A young woman is at a crossroads. Does she choose a life good for her family, or good for her?

Ascension by Nikki Mitchell
Mysterious black objects hurtle into the planet, Terra, two decades after its inhabitants freed themselves from enslavement by another planet’s race. As the world around them falls to rock and fire, an ace lesbian couple must rely on their love for one another to stoke their determination to survive.

O, swear not by the moon by J.L. Peridot
A tale of a neurally entangled love that crosses the boundary between worlds.

Honor, Duty, Love by L. A. Stinnett
“Honor, Duty, Love” is the story of two lovers on the last day on his homeworld before they’re banished for good. They face an uncertain future but know their love will carry them through.

 
Edited by and Renée Gendron
Cover design by J.L. Peridot








COVERS 

Playing With Fire by Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks (Book 1, Sin Demons) now has a new cover. 


The devils aren't in the details.
They're in my bed...

When my warlock foster father trades me to demons for his outstanding debts, I find myself in Hell on Earth. I’m thrust into a supernatural underground crime ring I can’t get out of, eternally bound in a contract I never made.

Three hot-as-hell demons stand in between me and my freedom.

A tattooed, brutish Hellhound shifter. An incubus with the power to bend wills on command. And the heir to Lucifer’s throne—the original sin demon, Pride, himself. I have to find a way out of the deal But 

I’m no angel. There’s something inside me, something that craves the chaotic darkness these demons possess.

Escaping may mean giving in to Hell’s more sinful temptations. But playing with fire only hurts if you get burned...


Buy links




Non spec-fic


Escape to Retribution Bay and Secrets in Retribution Bay by Claire Boston (Book 3 and 4, Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay) have covers. 


 






FREE READ



Non spec- fic


Pippa by Annie Seaton (Book 1, Pentecost Island) is currently FREE.


Spend a month on Pentecost Island and experience an amazing adventure between three best friends, the challenges they face, the past threatening to come between them, and their friendship as they start up a new resort.

When Pippa Carmichael inherits a house on a deserted tropical island, it couldn’t have come at a better time for her. Life’s been tough lately; she’s lost her job, given her boyfriend the flick, and now it’s time for her to make a new start. With her two best friends, Pippa heads off to Pentecost Island to investigate her inheritance and is surprised to find there is another resident on the island.

Reclusive author, Rafe Rendell, is not impressed when a boatload of women turns up on his island, interrupting his peaceful existence. He is less impressed when he meets Pippa, the sassy new owner of Ma Carmichael’s sprawling house.

Can these two live in harmony on the same small island or is Pippa's dream destined to fail?
From best selling author, Annie Seaton, an emotional story of new love, friendships and the unbreakable bond that sees friends stay together through the ups and downs of life.

When Pippa Carmichael inherits a house on a deserted tropical island, it couldn’t have come at a better time for her. Life’s been tough lately; she’s lost her job, given her boyfriend  the flick, and now it’s time for her to make a new start. With her two best friends, Pippa heads off to Pentecost Island to investigate her inheritance and is surprised to find there is another resident on the island. 

Reclusive author, Rafe Rendell, is not impressed when a boatload of women turns up on his island, interrupting his peaceful  existence. He is less impressed when he meets Pippa, the sassy new owner of Ma Carmichael’s sprawling house.










GOING WIDE

Mila Young now has her two series - Beautiful Beasts and Winter's Thorn - available wide. You can get the buy links from her website by clicking the individual book covers. 









FACEBOOK GROUPS

M.J. Scott now has a reader's group on Facebook called M.J. Scott's Wicked Worlds.









EVENTS



Claire Boston will be giving a talk about Writing and Publishing Romance to the Society of Women Writers of Western Australia. It's open to non-members as well as members. $5 (members) $6.00 (non-members).  Tuesday 18th May, 12.15-2pm



Mila Young will be attending RARE 2022 (Romance Author & Reader Events), 2 April 2022.







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