Romance Is…

A few weeks ago, I was out with a non-writer friend when the topic of my writing came up. She congratulated me on my upcoming releases, then admitted with a giggle that she’d overheard a mutual acquaintance joke about the “smutty books” I write.

Smutty? Wow, that was a new one.

Of course, the commentor was a guy, and someone who clearly wasn’t into romance novels. Still, the remark ate at me a bit, especially when there are FAR grittier books out there than mine. I mean, on the 50 Shades scale most of my titles rank about a 2. LOL

(Except the dragons, of course. But we’ll leave them out of this conversation…)

Anyway, this little remark got me to thinking – what IS romance, and how do people perceive it? A quick search on Google resulted in these definitions:

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Interesting. For me, I approach my novels more in the sense of a noun that leads to a verb. The feeling of excitement and mystery drive the stories forward. The guy calling my novels “smutty”, however, likely associates them with the verb form (and many variations thereof).

So I starting thinking of non-smutty romance examples. You know, stuff non-smutty folks could relate to. (Bothered by the label? Who, smutty me? Nah…) Surprisingly, I had plenty stored up in the not-so-deep-recesses of my writer’s mind.

Thus, in honor of my upcoming next release, HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT (an Entangled BLISS novel, October 2016), I am going to start a picture blog series to offer a few clean examples of what “Romance Is”. Because romance in and of itself isn’t all about sex. It’s a noun and a verb, and can be as sweet (or not) as we choose to make it. Sadly, the sweet side often gets swept under the rug, when in fact these simple acts can mean so very much to the recipients. What do I mean? Here’s image number one, take a look:

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Thoughts? Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments of each. Of course, keep it clean people–you wouldn’t want to get the “S” label, too.😉

 

 

Book Birthday for Me!

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I’m so excited to share that DRAGONS AGAINST THEM, sequel to DRAGONS AMONG THEM, is now available!

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Follow along as Zayne and Addie fight their way toward a happily ever after. Twists and turns abound as more irons are thrown into the fire…and more attempts made at the crown.

*Note: This book is a continuation of the series. There are no cliffhangers, but the series was written to be read in order.

To celebrate the book release and get the word out, I’ll be making blog appearance all week on another blog tour put together by the amazing Roxanne at Bewitching Book Tours. For links to all the tour stops, and for your chances to win some great prize, click the image below and follow along!

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Title:  Dragons Against Them
Series:
  The Kingdoms of Fire and Ice #2
Published:  August 29, 2016
Genre:   Fantasy Romance
Page Count:  228

Blood is thicker than water…but can it melt a heart of ice?

Adelaide Miller gave up everything she knows to remain in Prince Zayne Godfrey’s alternate reality and assume her rightful place as eldest princess in the rival kingdom of Forath.

For an independent, free-spirited woman, however, royal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s downright smothering. Especially since the vengeful Rosalind has gone AWOL.

Zayne is eager to wed Princess Addie—but their fathers seem more intent on keeping them apart. The longer Rosalind goes missing, the more suspicious each monarch becomes that the other is guilty of foul play.
Both kingdoms may soon face a strong, new rival intent on gaining power foretold by an ancient prophecy. To protect their chance at happily ever after, Zayne and Addie must partner with unlikely allies to save the one person intent on destroying them both.

But victory will not come without a price, and in the end, someone may have to pay—in blood.

Dragons Against Them

Available now at:  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

Cover Reveal for my DRAGONS AGAINST THEM

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Ooo, I’ve been waiting MONTHS for this day to come! It’s cover reveal day for DRAGONS AGAINST THEM, book 2 in my Kingdoms of Fire and Ice fantasy romance series.

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I thought cover artist Kelly Martin did an amazing job with book 1, but this? This cover knocked my socks off! Any guess as to who that is on the cover and stirring up trouble for Zayne and Addie in book 2?  I’ll give you a hint, she might be mentioned in the blurb:

Blood is thicker than water…but can it melt a heart of ice?
(Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, Book 2)

Adelaide Miller gave up everything she knows to remain in Prince Zayne Godfrey’s alternate reality and assume her rightful place as eldest princess in the rival kingdom of Forath.

For an independent, free-spirited woman, however, royal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s downright smothering. Especially since the vengeful Rosalind has gone AWOL.

Zayne is eager to wed Princess Addie—but their fathers seem more intent on keeping them apart. The longer Rosalind goes missing, the more suspicious each monarch becomes that the other is guilty of foul play.

Both kingdoms may soon face a strong, new rival intent on gaining power foretold by an ancient prophecy. To protect their chance at happily ever after, Zayne and Addie must partner with unlikely allies to save the one person intent on destroying them both.

But victory will not come without a price, and in the end, someone may have to pay—in blood.

So, what do you think everyone? Ready climb aboard for the next part of this high-flying adventure? Grab your pre-order copy from Amazon today, and watch it magically appear on your Kindle/Kindle app on August 29th!

And if you’re not following my newsletter yet, be sure to click today–a special giveaway will be coming soon, as well as a sneak peek inside the cover of book 2!

And bloggers, stay tunedBewitching Book Tours will be hosting a week-long tour at the end of the month. Watch for your chance to sign up!

And just in case you missed seeing book one, here’s the deets:

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Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family. Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.

Dragons Against Them Sneak Peek

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the flurry of activities here this week. Shaking off the dust in time to dive back into to publishing and editing mania. So while I’m preparing to submerge once again, I thought I’d share a teaser from dragons 2, scheduled for release August 30th.

And stay tuned – pre-orders and the full cover reveal are coming soon!

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Blood is thicker than water…but can it melt a heart of ice?

Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, Book 2

Adelaide Miller gave up everything she knows to remain in Prince Zayne Godfrey’s alternate reality and assume her rightful place as eldest princess in the rival kingdom of Forath.

For an independent, free-spirited woman, however, royal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s downright smothering. Especially since the vengeful Rosalind has gone AWOL.

Zayne is eager to wed Princess Addie—but their fathers seem more intent on keeping them apart. The longer Rosalind goes missing, the more suspicious each monarch becomes that the other is guilty of foul play.

Both kingdoms may soon face a strong, new rival intent on gaining power foretold by an ancient prophecy. To protect their chance at happily ever after, Zayne and Addie must partner with unlikely allies to save the one person intent on destroying them both.

But victory will not come without a price, and in the end, someone may have to pay—in blood.

 

Sneak Peek:

Rosalind’s stomach rumbled painfully as she drew near the outer branches of a thicket she had napped within earlier. Rest was best sought during the day, when eyes and ears were most active. Besides, a fire in broad daylight for cooking would be out of the question, its trail of smoke sending an alert to Forath’s soldiers, whose search for her undoubtedly continued.

Searching out of duty, she was certain. Nothing more. For though her father cared little for her, he would never allow her to simply leave, even if his most prized possession had recently made a spectacular reappearance at Forath Castle.

A spectacular, unexpected reappearance, jeopardizing Rosalind’s carefully constructed plan to capture rival kingdom Edana’s throne. She had bowed to her father’s wishes, pledged to play her part in the nonsense of an arranged marriage, but the sacrifice would not be hers alone. No, once she’d wed their rogue prince, Rosalind planned to kill off Edana’s royalty one by one until she was all that remained. As their ruling queen, she would bring Quinn alongside her, fortify their army, and take down her father.

Then and only then might she finally find peace—by way of vengeance. But first, she had a fiancé to reclaim.

Rosalind retrieved a sturdy branch she’d fashioned into a crude spear earlier and skewered the trout, then set it aside to free her hands for fire making. A bit of smoke would not draw attention in the graying skies now, especially this deep in the forest. If her estimates were correct, she was but a day’s travels from the next village, perhaps two. A mere blink of the eye in time compared to the weeks she had spent traveling thus far. No matter either way, so long as she might finally find someone who knew the way to the witch clan. Once there, she believed her bumps and bruises, scrapes and cuts would be well worth the effort. For between the witches’ magic and her cunning, she soon would resume her betrothal to Prince Zayne and put her plan into motion…