Posts Tagged With: DL Snow

Forsaken Beauty – Now Available!

The long awaited sequel to the USA TODAY BESTSELLING, THIEF OF HEARTS, is NOW AVAILABLE!

A good witch, a dragon sorceress and a princess in danger of losing her soul. All three are destined to play ForsakenBeauty_highresa part in the ultimate battle between good and evil. 

The good witch, Muriel, has been charged with hiding the infant princess of Lorentia after the child nearly fell into the clutches of the dragon sorceress during her christening. Accompanied by Allan A’Dale, a much too handsome and much too tempting warrior, A’Dale is to be her husband on this sojourn, but in name only. For Muriel must remain chaste in order to retain her power.

The pair must keep the child hidden for sixteen years. Sixteen years of constant temptation. Sixteen years of pretending to be husband and wife while never being allowed to consummate the union. It’s torture in its purest form. But it’s also a necessity, for if Muriel fails to remain pure, her magic will no longer be strong enough to hide the princess from the evil dragon-queen and all of the assassins commissioned to find them. If she fails to keep her feelings at bay, Lorentia will be lost and the continent will be faced with another dragon war.

Muriel cannot fail. Yet a surprise visit from the queen, the child’s mother, sets in motion events that make even the purest of hearts waver.

Available now at Amazon.com. FREE if you are a member of KINDLE UNLIMITED! Pick it up today!

 

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Win an iPad Mini!!!

GOOD NEWS!!!

Love in Disguise, the 7-author, 7-book/novella boxed set that I’m a part of (THIEF OF HEARTS), has broken the top 100 in AMAZON, is an aRE #1 Bestseller and is rated #31 on Barnes and Noble!!!

(Here are the links)

Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo

But what you don’t know is that we’re having an awesome CONTEST to help other readers find the $.99 deal and to give it the attention it deserves.

Here’s the deal: When Love in Disguise hits the TOP 50 on Amazon Kindle books and the TOP 10 on Barnes & Noble Nook books, we’re unlocking an amazing prize:

AN iPAD MINI!!!!
Entering the contest is FREE — just tweet, share on Facebook and “Like” us so you know when we have future new releases. That is IT! Enter now!

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NEW RELEASE – Love in Disguise Boxed Set

Okay folks. Are you ready for an awesome deal?
I’m very excited to be part of this incredible group of authors who have put together this amazing boxed set. LOVE IN DISGUISE is seven stories with the special sale price of only $0.99, regular value of all these stories is $28.91, YOU SAVE $27.92!!

This is a limited time offer so grab yours now!

The set includes books by New York Times Bestselling Author, Julia Kent and Amazon Bestselling Author, Steena Holmes, as well as, Opal Carew, Cathryn Fox, Vivi Anna, Kate Laurens and of course, DL Snow!

Love in Disguise Boxed Set

Love in Disguise Boxed Set

Top 100 on Nook! All Romance eBooks Bestseller! 353,00 words/1,300 pages

Secrets. Masks. Mistaken identity. Fantasies. Past mistakes. LOVE IN DISGUISE brings you SEVEN BOOKS from seven authors who
know how to bring the passion…

Maliciously Obedient by New York Times Bestselling Author, Julia Kent — One playboy CEO. One curvy, determined administrative assistant. One hidden
camera. What could go wrong?

Revealed by Amazon Bestselling Author, Steena Holmes — One moment of passion at the hands of a sexy masked man is about to crumble Eve’s dream of becoming a success as a pastry chef. Will she bury her desire for love or will she look beyond the mask to find the man who ignites a fire in her soul?

The Cinderella Obsession by Opal Carew — Can Vanessa risk falling in love with a man obsessed with a fantasy woman — even though that
woman is her?

The Vampire Affair by Vivi Anna — a unconventional journalist risks everything including her job to get the goods on billionaire businessman Jonathan Devane, a man who enthralled her for a single passionate kiss months prior, a man who makes her blood race, a man with dark secrets…

Torn Between Two Brothers by Cathryn Fox — A case of mistaken identity unveils seductive truths and exposes erotic desires.

Love Me If You Dare by Kate Laurens — Kaylee Sawyer hasn’t been home for three years, but she is determined to come to terms with the mess of her past—and to ignore Dylan McKay, the guy whose single kiss has been tattooed into her mind forever while she does it.

Thief of Hearts by DL Snow — Once a princess, now an assassin. How’s that for a happily ever after? Heartbroken and in disguise, Zaina is left with only one option. She must kill an innocent king if she hopes to save the man she loves.

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An Easy Summer Solstice Meal

I love Summer Solstice. I love the longs hours of sunlight, the fresh scent of new leaves and mown grass after a spring rain. I also love dressing up. So, I look forward to this time of year because some neighbourhood friends host an annual medieval feast on Summer Solstice. We dress up, drink out of pewter goblets, eat with our hands and try to cook as authentically as we can. I’ve used this awesome site, A Boke of Gode Cookery, as my source. It’s put together by James Matterer which he has translated and adapted for the modern cook. According to his website, “James has been preparing medieval food since 1979 and has been working from period sources and creating his own contemporary redactions since 1989. Each recipe here is derived from his own personal experience in the recreation of that dish.”

Tonight, in honour of the approaching solstice, I’m making Mushroom Pasty (very tasty and very easy!) with venison stew (my own recipe). Here’s the original recipe for Mushroom Pasty from A Boke of Gode Cookery:

Mushrooms of one night be the best and they be little and red within and closed at the top; and they must be peeled and then washed in hot water and parboiled and if you wish to put them in a pasty add oil, cheese and spice powder.

– Power, Eileen. The Goodman of Paris (Le Ménagier de Paris). A Treatise on Moral and Domestic Economy by A Citizen of Paris (c. 1395). New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1928.

In the past I’ve also made Bryndons, small cakes simmered in a wine sauce with fruit and nuts (yum, yum!). Here’s the original recipe from A Boke of Gode Cookery:

.xlix. Bryndons. Take Wyn, & putte in a potte, an clarifyd hony, an Saunderys, pepir, Safroun, Clowes, Maces, & Quybibys, & mynced Datys, Pynys and Roysonys of Corauns, & a lytil Vynegre, & sethe it on þe fyre; an sethe fygys in Wyne, & grynde hem, & draw hem þorw a straynoure, & caste þer-to, an lete hem boyle alle to-gederys; þan take fayre flowre, Safroun, Sugre, & Fayre Water, and make þer-of cakys, and let hem be þinne Inow; þan kyte hem y lyke lechyngys, an caste hem in fayre Oyle, and fry hem a lytil whyle; þanne take hem owt of þe panne, an caste in-to a vesselle with þe Syrippe, & so serue hem forth, þe bryndonys an þe Sirippe, in a dysshe; & let þe Sirippe be rennyng, & not to styf.

– Austin, Thomas. Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books. Harleian MS. 279 & Harl. MS. 4016, with extracts from Ashmole MS. 1429, Laud MS. 553, & Douce MS 55. London: for The Early English Text Society by N. Trübner & Co., 1888.

Here are some pics from our solstice parties!

The Whole Clan

The Whole Clan

A Medieval Brawl

A Medieval Brawl

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Should Psychics Play a Role in Police Investigations?

This weekend I had the extreme pleasure of attending a writing workshop that featured a homicide detective from the Calgary Police Services Detective Sweet’s presentation was fascinating, graphic–turning my stomach more than once—and incredibly enlightening. I came away with so much more appreciation for what the men and women on the police force deal with every day in the name of public service. So first off, I want to say, ‘thank you’ to both the city police and the R.C.M.P.

Now, because my interests lie in the paranormal/mythological realm, I was fascinated to hear Detective Sweet talk about the volume of information that comes in from psychics. He was quick to point out that none of this information is usable because the source in non-scientific, but that it can be fascinating all the same. He went so far as to say there was one incident where the police actually considered investigating the psychic who’d contacted them for involvement in the crime because she had knowledge of the incident that only a few members of the police, the victim (deceased) and the perpetrator, had.

Interestingly enough, today in the Calgary Herald, there is an article that speaks to this issue.

Calgary psychics offer gifts to dubious police

 By Jason van Rassel, Calgary  Herald

The article talks about the fact that police are unable to use psychic evidence in court and are reluctant to listen to or follow up on psychic leads. It goes on to talk about Find Me, a U.S.-based volunteer group that uses psychics and former law-enforcement officers to help  solve homicides and missing-person cases. By the way, in checking out their website today, I see they are looking for donations, so if you are interested in such an organization, you might want to check them out.
Here’s the question…should pyschics play a role in police investigations? Should their information be admissable in court? Or, is it all a bunch of smoke and mirrors?
I’d love to hear from you!
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Do You Believe in Ghosts?

I love shows like Ghost Hunters and Long Island Medium. Now maybe these shows are scams and I’m incredibly naive, but I like them because they seem to reaffirm my belief in life after death.

What do you think? Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one? What about past lives? Is time travel possible?Have you ever been to a medium? I’m talking about these topics and more over at LOVE OF BOOKS today. Drop by…I’d love to hear a few good ghost stories.

I’ll be giving away a copy of my book Siren’s Song – A Bandit Creek Time Travel and Thief of Hearts: Wanted to a random poster on LOVE OF BOOKS BLOG.

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If You Could Time Travel, Where (or When) Would You Go?

I’m guest blogging today over at Krazy Book Lady and asking the question, if you could go to any time and place, where would you go and why?

Leave a comment on the blog and you’ll be entered to win Siren’s Song, Thief of Hearts: Wanted and Thief of Hearts: Unmasked.

Giveaway details:
Giveaway is open internationally. This giveaway will run until midnight EST on May 2.  Must be 13 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Random.org.  Winner will be emailed and this blog post at Krazy Book Lady will be updated to include  the  name of the winner. Winner has 3 days to contact (Krazy Book Lady) or a new  winner  will be selected.
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Is Self-Publishing for Me?

There is a craze taking hold of the publishing industry; the self-publishing craze. If you aren’t aware of it, then you’re an even bigger hermit than I am (but if that describes you, you probably aren’t reading this…you’re probably sitting and writing and not perusing blogs!) It was only a year or two ago that, as a fiction writer, self-publishing was a dirty word.

Now it’s a buzz word.

The question is, is self-publishing for you?

I am not an expert. I have a novella published with a reputable e-book first publisher (Samhain Publishing) and another novella coming out with a different e-publisher (Carina Press). I have self-published one title (Siren’s Song) and am about to release a trilogy called Thief of Hearts, a fantastical retelling of Robin Hood, where Little John is a woman in disguise.

But, like I said, I am far from being an expert. However, I do want to share my philosophy and thoughts on self-publishing.

First of all, I can honestly say that self-publishing a novella with plans of publishing more has completely altered my way of thinking about writing and given me the motivation to press on in a difficult-to-break-into industry during a difficult economic climate. I have never written more and never had more ideas. This sort of enthusiasm is manna to a writer and is the sort of excitement that is extremely hard to maintain while waiting months and often years to hear back from editors and agents.

As a writer, I consider myself to be an artist. Yet, in what other medium do we expect people to create art and then hide it away until someone recognizes them? Painters, sculptors and photographers have webpages, put on art shows and sell their work while waiting for big galleries to pick them up. Musicians produce CDs and accept money for gigs–some play on street corners, some in clubs, some at weddings and functions–while waiting to make it to the ‘big time’. Why is it any different for writers?

In my opinion, it shouldn’t be.

Which brings me to my next point. Because I’ve embraced self-publishing as an option, does that mean I have given up on traditional publishing avenues?

NO!

Diversification is the key. The principal of diversification is not exclusive to writing. As any financial planner will tell you, an investor should have a diversified portfolio. If one area of their  investment takes a nose dive, they’ve got other investments to keep their portfolio healthy. For years, coaches and personal trainers have preached the importance of cross-training in order to keep the body  balanced and free from repetitive strain injuries. There are countless sayings that speak to this issue; don’t put all your eggs in one basket, variety is the spice of life…

Okay. You get the picture.

Therefore, it is my belief that a balanced approach to self-publishing is the way to go. I am going to continue submitting to agents and editors, both at larger houses and small presses. In the meantime, I’m going to build my name with some self-published titles. I have a plan and that is the important point. There are parts of my plan that I have control over, there are parts where I have no control. But I have a plan. If you decide to take this approach, don’t do it willy nilly. In fact, that’s the joy of self-publishing; as an author, you now have the opportunity to create a business plan and follow through on that plan without completely being at the mercy of the market, a publisher, an editor, an agent and so on.

Keep in mind, however, that what is equally important, of course, is quality. Don’t be fooled, self-publishing is hard work. Yes, you are in control, but you are also responsible for everything, that includes the quality of your work–is it good enough? Is it marketable? Is it professional? The quality of your cover. The quality of your formatting and promotions. It’s all up to you. If your book succeeds it is all due to your hard work. If it doesn’t succeed to the degree you’d hoped, well…

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