Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lovin' Danger by Jo-Ann Carson Excerpt & Giveaway

Lovin' Danger
by Jo-Ann Carson
Series: Mata Hari, #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Nina French
Release Date: September 1, 2015

A single woman – A double life

Sadie Stewart, international model by day, CIA operative by night, wants it all: the danger and intrigue of being a spy, the glamour of modeling on the international stage and the love of a good man. But after she survives a second assassination attempt on her life, her world spins out of control.

Art dealer, Sebastian Wilde, a Viking with cool, blue eyes and body of a Norse God wants Sadie safe and by his side. And Sadie’s boss, the infamous master-spy, Jeremiah Cole, demands she follow his orders.

When she faces the assassin alone, she defies both men and risks everything.

A cross between Covert Danger and Indiana Jones
Smart, Sexy Suspense

... a male operative wearing jeans low enough on his hips to make her eyes linger down there, where no woman likes to be caught looking in public, delivered her mother’s chest. Pulling her eyes up his body, she tried hard not to stall on his killer smile. It should be banned by the Global Warming initiative. She could fault herself at noticing his good looks, but as her best friend Mitch liked to say, “No harm in window shopping.” The man was a gorgeous hunk of humanity.

Looking at him, perhaps too closely, Sadie stood in her doorway, with her right hand on her gun in the pocket of her robe. No makeup, no shoes—a bit of a disaster. She felt drabber than drab. Why did Cole send this Greek God guy?

The answer clicked into her mind: because he wanted to distract her. Get her away from Sebastian. Her mouth broke into a big smile. Nice try Jeremiah.

The man’s green eyes looked her over without apology. Undoubtedly, he knew her code name, Mata Hari, and he had heard stories, possibly many stories about her escapades. The unmistakable, carnal heat in his gaze put the question in the air.

Was she interested in a morning romp with a handsome stranger?

Running a hand through her mane of hair, she gave him a pleasant smile, the kind you give your kid brother when he’s washed your car for you. “Let’s get on with it,” she said.

Book 1 :Covert Danger

Book 2: Born of Magic

Book 3: Ancient Danger

Jo-Ann Carson has lived most of her life on islands off the west coast of Canada, surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush rain forests and pristine beaches.

Growing up, she dreamed of traveling the world like James Bond, finding archeological treasures like Indiana Jones, and finding true love. In her Mata Hari Series she combines elements of adventure, danger and steamy romance.

AWAKENING BY Catrina Burgess Giveaway & Interview

Praise for Awakening, Book 1 in the Dark Rituals series:
"A paranormal story unlike any other. If you are looking for an original plot look no further. … I couldn't put it down! Every single time I thought I was getting to a lull where I might be able to stop reading, the hooks dug in deeper." —Goodreads reviewer
"The plot twists and turns on this wild horror ride. … A must read by an exceptional upcoming author." —Goodreads reviewer

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In Awakening, the first installment in the Dark Rituals series, a former healer turns to the Death Arts to seek revenge.
Seventeen-year-old Colina was born a healer. But after a horrific event forces her to leave her clan, she becomes desperate to learn the dark magic of the death dealers, mages who draw their power from the spirits of the dead. Colina was taught to fear and hate death dealers, but becoming one of them is the only way for her to get the revenge she seeks—and the only way for her to survive.
Colina asks a young death dealer named Luke to help her, but he’s reluctant to train her in the Death Arts. Little does she know convincing him to teach her will be the easiest part of her journey. To become a death dealer, Colina will need to undergo three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. At the same time, she’ll have to deal with her growing feelings for her mentor. Too bad the first ritual involves him strangling her to death.
As Colina undergoes the trials, she discovers an untapped darkness within herself. If she survives the horrific rituals and gains dark power, what will she become?
Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads. Awakening is the first book of four and was named Wattpad’s Best Suspense Story of 2014.

About the Author:
I write because it helps keeps the darkness away and reminds me that there is magic in the world. I live with one husband, two dogs, and a cat named Shitty Kitty in a small mining town in Arizona. At night this place is definitely spooky. I swear I’ve heard the wind giggle, and sometimes there’s a very odd breeze. Luckily, I love all things that go bump in the night. I adore old movies. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan.
I’ve been known to eat pizza and cold Chinese food for breakfast, and I’m the queen of the board game Stratego. I’ve never been beaten. NEVER!
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Follower me on twitter: @catrinaburgess1


1.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was eleven years old. I’ve always had a love of books and I realized early on I wanted to not only read books, but I wanted to be the one telling the stories.
2.  How long does it take you to write a book?
Six months. I write a very fast rough draft of the book that usually takes 3 months. And then I have to spend about the same amount of time editing and polishing it up.
3.  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I try to write pages every day, but that doesn’t always happen. I have a page goal I set for myself of 20-30 pages for the week. If I can’t get any writing done on Monday then I better get my butt in the chair and start writing on Tuesday if I want to make my weekly page goal.
4.  What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I liked to write my scary scenes between midnight and 3 am.

5.  How do books get published?
Now a days there are many ways to get your book noticed so it can get published:
I’m doing a series with my publisher that talks about what happens once you sign with a publisher. You can check it out here - http://fullfathomfive.com/beyond-the-page/
Other tips:
1.  You can go the old fashion route and try for an agent.
2.  Enter a contest and hope to win or final so an editor scopes out your stuff.
3.  Head off to a writing conference and sign up to pitch to an editor directly.
4.  Submit to some of the NY print houses that allow submissions without agents.
5.  Go the digital first publishing house route.
6.  Self publish.
7.  Post your book up on crowd sourcing site like wattpad or swoon reads.

6.  Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I often have to research information on the internet or at the library for certain aspects of my book. But the ideas come from everywhere. I get ideas while watching the news, sitting in a crowded restaurant, driving around doing errands, etc…

7.  When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I started working on my first book the day after my thirty-six birthday. My husband dared me to get working on this big dream I’ve always had of being a writer. The next day I started working on my first book.

8.  What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I run a romance review site. RomanceJunkies.com has been up and running since 2002.
9.  What does your family think of your writing?
They are very encouraging. I wrote the Dark Rituals originally to entertain my teenage nieces.

10.             What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That it’s a lot of crazy hard work. I always thought I would only write when I felt inspired. I quickly realized that you have to write quite often when you don’t feel like it. It takes a lot of determination, long hours and hard work to get a book written.
11.             How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve written 9 books. The last book in the Dark Rituals series, Legion, is my favorite.

12.             Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Grow a very thick skin when it comes to your writing. It helps to get a lot of feedback on your writing and stories to become a better writer. But it’s hard for many writers to hear anything that is at all critical about their writing.

13.             Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do hear from my readers quite a lot. There is nothing better than having a reader tell you they really were up all night reading your book. I often get readers telling me they were reading the book late at night and some chapter spooked them out.
14.             Do you like to create books for adults?
I’ve written romance books in the past. But the Dark Rituals books are young adult’s books. Though many adults have read them and enjoyed them.
15.             What do you think makes a good story?
That’s a hard one. I know a good story when I read it. It’s a combo of terrific writing, characters I really can root for, and a setting that sucks me in. There is nothing better than finding a book that keeps you up until 3 am reading.

16.             As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Three things: Writer, Librarian, and coffee shop owner.

17.             What would you like my readers to know?

That if they are looking for a bit of a spooky read this Halloween they should check out my Dark Rituals series. A story about magic, mixed with a ghost story vibe. And if they read the books, make sure to read them late at night during the witching hour. ;-) 

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Raven Two people. That's how it usually starts right? I grew up believing one thing, only for one day to completely mess up everything I've ever been taught. Was I a good girl? No, not by any means. But, the world I'm about to be thrown into is unlike anything I've ever known.
Mace Multiple people. I live for club life. As the President of the Hell's Storm MC I protect my brothers at all costs, and they do the same for me. After a rival club killed what was mine, I vowed to live in as many chicks as possible. Never tasting the same one twice. But, all it takes is that one look to completely bring a man, even me, to my knees. Two people. Brought up on different sides of the tracks. Two different paths in life. Both will be tested, taken to the very edge of darkness that threatens to consume them both. Will they be able to withstand the heat of hell? Or will they fight to death and lose themselves?
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S.L. Schiefer
So, as some of you may know, my first jump into the Indie World was with a light and fluffy romance. But, I think I’ve finally found my niche, the dark! *insert evil laugh* I love reading anything and everything, will read even when I’m supposed to be working. I’m really not that cool of a person, I love hiding behind my electronic devices. But, if you can grab my attention I will talk your dang ear off. I was born and raised in Ohio, O-H-I-O! I’ve been with my high school sweetheart for 10 years now. I’m surprised one of us hasn’t killed each other by now. lol. I have two beautiful little boys, that can give Satan a run for his money. I would love to hear from any of you.
Jen Cousineau
Romance Author. ItWorks distributor. Mother. Wife. Adventurist wannabe. Fitness enthusiast. Coffee and chapstick addict.
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