Hannah sends Zoey to the grocery store in town, and Zoey realizes that the town's divided. Some people welcome her. Others warn her away. Zoey watched people pick on her mom, and she has no intentions of being bullied. People had better not push her too far. The chapters are listed in the left column.
You've seen the cover for my third Mill Pond romance for a while now, but Kensington officially added it to their site today. So this is Cover Reveal day! The fun thing about writing romances (which I didn't expect) is that I can explore all different kinds of issues that spring up in the mating dance of two people getting to know and care about each other. In this book, Paula is widowed with two young kids, and she's a chef. Her whole life revolves around work and being a mom. She moves to Mill Pond to work at Ian's resort so that, hopefully, she can spend more time with her kids. But the resort gets just as busy as the New York restaurant she used to work for, and Pauls doesn't have any time for herself. Just work and being a Mom. So Ian hires another chef--hottie Tyne, and Paula can actually meet people and go to Mill Pond's bar. Chase owns and runs the bar. Women love him, but he's been single a long time, and he's ready for something more. He thinks that something is Daphne, who's smitten with a professor, who's in the middle of a divorce. Things get messy from there:) In a good way! Anyway, LOVE ON TAP is up for pre-sale today, and here's the Cover Reveal!!
Zoey meets Zak. He's been waiting for her to come home, to him. He says that his heart kept beat with hers, and he knew she'd come. Chapter 5's in the left column. Hope you enjoy it.
Chapter 4's in the left column. Zoey's familiar finds her--a black cat, of course. Love them, don't you?
Since this is a book, not a novella, I decided to put up a chapter more often than once a week, or it will take a LONG time to load the entire story. So chapter 2's in the left column today. Hope you like it!
I've written some novels that got lost in transitions. I still love a few of them. When I first wanted to write about witches, I wrote The Familiars. And then the editor I was working with at Tor left, and the next editor wanted more traditional fantasies, not paranormals, and I put the manuscript in a drawer. Sometime later, my agent asked me to try my hand at a YA novel, and I thought The Familiars would make a perfect fit. I switched the entire thing to younger protagonists, sent it to her, and then decided that I didn't want to write YA for years to come and asked her to chuck it. Kindly, she let that manuscript pass without even looking at it. But I still like the damned thing. So I thought I'd load one chapter every Thursday on my webpage. And hopefully, you might like it, too. If you do, I'd appreciate some feedback, just so I know it's worth the bother to keep loading it. Anyway, I'll list each chapter as a new page in the left column and hope you stick with it. It's no novella, but a full-fledge novel. Here goes. Look for The Familiars in the left column.
My friend, Kyra Jacobs, has a new book coming out at the end of this month. It's not urban fantasy, but it's paranormal romance with dragons, so I thought some of you might ike it. And the cover is AWESOME. I read the first book in the series and loved it, and I'm looking forward to this one. So I thought I'd share Kyra's post:
Cover Reveal for my DRAGONS AGAINST THEM
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.
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!
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And just in case you missed seeing book one, here’s the deets:
Two worlds. One unstoppable passion. A fiery secret that could destroy them all. (Kingdoms of Fire and Ice, Book 1)
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.
I've said it before, but I never thought I could write a romance until my agent encouraged me to give them a try. And then, to my surprise, I learned that I really enjoy them.
I'm not much of a romantic person. I think too much. I listen to my head more than my heart. At least, when it comes to men. In my family, we weren't encouraged to get married. Both of my grandfathers left something to be desired as husbands. They were awesome and fun to us, treating us to ice cream cones and stopping at candy shops, but they didn't prove to be reliable mates. One was a truck driver and the other worked for the railroad. They hightailed it out of town when the going got rough. My dad was solid as a rock, but my grandmothers considered him an exception. My mom's sister divorced when divorces weren't common, and my dad's sister, Jane, married an alcoholic. No one could decide if his sister Pauline married well or not.
Anyway, romance and marriage were iffy propositions in my family. So when I sat at a keyboard and got to play matchmaker, I was a little worried. But then I realized, I could create any kind of perfect man that appealed to me at the time. And I found that a huge variety of men got my vote.
In COOKING UP TROUBLE, I wanted to keep the story light-hearted, so Ian is easy-going. He charms his way into Tessa's heart. In OPPOSITES DISTRACT, I wanted someone who was a kind-hearted, always-there-for-you grump. Some of my favorite people have barks that are worse than their bites. They fuss and grumble, but always come through for you. That's Brody.
I wanted each guy--romantic interest-- to be different. And I ended up falling in love with each of them. What does that say about me? Am I fickle? I'm not sure, but each hero makes a good match for the heroine of that book. And that's fun to watch and write. Matchmaking is more gratifying than I ever expected it to be.
For any writers out there, or readers, or anyone in general really, I can tell you this. Don't break your leg, like I did, on June 17. It slows down EVERYTHING in your life. I was dumb enough (let me rephrase that, impatient, as always), and stood on my beloved rocking chair (which has held me for 40+ years) to reach a high shelf. The rocking chair is fine. It's solid, but I put a fancy, new pillow on it that doesn't tie--not my smartest move, And when I stood on it, the pillow slid right out from under me. Lots of pain followed, and a broken tibia. My bones felt jiggly. Never good. Foolishly, I thought that since I couldn't get around and go anywhere, I'd write like a mad woman. Not so. If you sit in a wheel chair to write and bend your knee, it goes stiff. If you use a laptop and keep your leg straight while you write, it goes stiff. There is no pleasing a broken leg. So you write for an hour, then nurse it for an hour. Write for another hour, then nurse it for an hour. Not very productive. During the week, you have therapy. Not torture, but not pleasant. You come home from it, and nurse your leg for an hour. So my advice? Don't break your leg. Stay healthy. And happy writing! (And yes, this a frustrated rant.) Don't do as I do.
Hi, all! I write urban fantasy as Judith Post, but I also write romances under the pen name Judi Lynn. Hope you like them both, and thanks for stopping by.