New Release from Tara West!

SARA author Tara West, writing with Heather Marie Adkins, has a new release in her Whispers series:  Visions of the Witch.

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For three teenage girls, moving to a new school can be drama enough. But AJ, Krysta and Sophie have to contend with issues most sophmores don’t – namely their developing magical powers.

After a terrifying accident, AJ discovers how her family history of witchcraft shapes her powerful abilities. She and Krysta are sent to live with an eccentric aunt in Salem to learn the ways of their own magic. But even there, AJ’s visions become ever stronger, and her dreams are haunted by cryptic messages from a witch who was murdered centuries before.

Separated from her friends, Sophie withdraws into herself and begins to use her powers in dangerous ways. While AJ and Krysta struggle to unravel the mystery behind AJ’s dreams, Sophie must learn how to control her anger before her power consumes her. With the help of three adorable kittens, a few new friends, and two really cute guys, all three girls must learn to find strength within themselves before they can master their magic.

Gina L. Maxwell’s Seducing Cinderella Gets a New Cover!

Like Cinderella before the big ball, Seducing Cinderella is getting a brand new look for its paperback release on February 26th! The cover might look similar, but if you look closely, there’s one change that makes all the difference in the world: Parker Hurley, the character inspiration for the hero in SC, is now gracing the cover as MMA fighter Reid Andrews, and it looks fantastic!

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Here is Gina’s story of the cover shoot.

I was fortunate enough to fly out to LA with my daughter (on her 13th birthday, which was one hell of a present!) to watch and be a part of the cover shoot.

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Cover shoot team:

  • Josh Williams, amazing photographer to the stars, lover of Boxers (the dogs), and all-around amazing human being
  • Jeremy D. Austin, hair and makeup artist, owner of brilliant-colored sleeve tattoos, and funny as hell
  • Ally Sturm, Parker’s good friend, host of the Highlight show on Time Warner Cable Sports, and quite possibly the sweetest girl ever
  • Parker Hurley: male model, actor, phenomenal artist, superhero in training, and absolutely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met
  • Gina L. Maxwell: supervisor, gawker
  • Daughter Maxwell: birthday girl, amateur iPhone photographer
     Everyone was so incredibly sweet and made us feel right at home. And, yes, Parker is just as good looking in person as he is in his pictures, but once you meet him all that superficial stuff falls away and what’s left is just a truly down-to-earth, wonderful person.
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     Case in point, he brought my daughter a birthday present. And not just anything he picked up at the store. No, he went above and beyond that. He asked me what her favorite things were and her favorite colors. When he arrived at the studio he gave her a gift bag holding a gigantic birthday cupcake from a fancy bakery and a 4″x4″ canvas block that he hand-painted a running horse in shades of pink and purple onto. She was so ecstatic to have something he made for her (she’s, of course, a huge fan of his) and his thoughtfulness completely melted my heart.
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     At any rate, the shoot itself went quickly, as the entire team were total pros. Every shot Josh took was more amazing that the last, and Parker and Ally looked like they’d been practicing their poses for weeks instead of just winging it as models do. If I hadn’t known any better, I’d have thought Ally was a professional model, too, instead of just a sweet friend of Parker’s. She was a total natural.
     Afterward I treated the team to The Cheesecake Factory where we indulged in healthy lunches and then completely destroyed them with decadent cheesecake desserts. We finished the day off by heading to the local Barnes & Noble, imagined what it would be like to see Seducing Cinderella on the shelves featuring one of the photos we’d taken only hours before, and filmed an interview with Parker and Ally answering questions that members of my Maxwell Mob submitted.
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     All in all it was an amazing day with even more amazing people and something my daughter and I will never forget. I know I’ve turned a lot of my readers into epic Parker fans, so I hope they enjoy the new cover as much as I do. And with any luck, Seducing Cinderella will be picked up for a film adaptation, and Parker can play the role of Reid Andrews on the Big Screen. Until then, I’m going to cherish my book cover.

To see the interview and Gina’s favorite shots, join the Maxwell Mob on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/maxwellmob. Mobsters get news first, exclusive content, and sneak peeks. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Online Class: Creating Your Author Website with WordPress

Authors!  Are you tired of paying outrageous hosting fees for website that are a pain in the butt to maintain?  Look no further than WordPress.com!  In SARA member Lisa Pietsch’s next online class, she’ll walk you through with babysteps on how to set up a complete WordPress.com website yourself and never have to pay a webmaster or outrageous hosting fees again.

This class is only $25 and filling up fast, so click on the link below to register now through the Colorado Romance Writers!

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Creating Your Author Website with WordPress
Instructor: Lisa Pietsch
Dates: February 4 – February 15, 2013
Classroom: MileHigh
Tools & Technology, Professional Development, Promotions, Publicity, Intermediate to Advanced Students

 

New Release – Layla Chase

SARA author Layla Chase has a new release out today!

Widow Trixy Manville is desperate to save her cattle and turns to a neighbor with an offer—his pick of her best calves in exchange for water rights.

Garth Rutger negotiates for one night of hot, unforgettable sex from the woman he’s wanted for the past decade. A bit of humiliation might assuage his yearning.

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After her first refusal, he raises the stakes to a ménage that includes his brother.

Will Trixy’s agreement lead her to a pact with the devil, or the sexual exploits she’s been craving?

Layla’s website

Decadent Publishing page

Release Day for Highland Healer

Today is the official release day for Highland Healer, Willa Blair’s bestselling debut book.    Look for Highland Healer at Amazon,  The Wild Rose Press and other retailers in both e-book and print formats.

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HE NEEDS HER FOR HIS CLAN.
HE WANTS HER FOR HIMSELF.
CAN HE HAVE BOTH?

Toran Lathan never expected to become Laird, and never expected to meet a woman like Aileana Shaw. Her healing ability is just what his people need, but Toran cannot resist her beauty. Yet will loving him destroy her ability to heal?

Aileana Shaw has a healing touch – and a special talent she must keep secret. Stolen from her home by a marauding army, she’s kidnapped again by the Highland Laird she heals. Is she a prize of war, or the prize of his heart?

While Toran battles the invading lowland army, he also battles his desire for Aileana. And Aileana must decide if she can trust her secrets to this fierce warrior who needs her talent, but wants her love.

Willa Blair’s website

Willa Blair’s Facebook Author Page