Guest Post: Entangled Novella to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome author Edie Ramer (I have reviewed Edie’s Dead People which can be found here) to discuss something near and dear to my heart. Edie Ramer is one of the author’s of the anthology Entangled who is generously donated every dollar made from this novel to Breast Cancer Research. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time when I was 16, which she beat and we got an amazing ten years with her before it came back but it was four years ago this month that I lost my mother to breast cancer so you can understand why I find this project so worthwhile. Not only do you get a great collection of short stories by some great authors, you are helping donate money to a great cause.

Edie is going to share with us how she was able to get this amazing group of authors together on such a worthwhile project.

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I’m Edie Ramer, one of the writers and editors of ENTANGLED, A PARANORMAL ANTHOLOGY. This whole project was a labor of love, without the “labor” part. From the fabulous cover donated by Laura Morrigan to the formatting by Lori Devoti, and from Amazon’s KDP people (who probably don’t realize how helpful they were) to Stacia Kane (who wrote the best foreword ever), everyone pitched in to make the anthology a success. Most of all are the amazing stories from the uber talented authors. They’re generous, too, because every dollar made from this will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

I’m a breast cancer survivor. It’s been eleven years since my mastectomy, and I’m lucky it hasn’t returned. My critique partner and friend hasn’t been as lucky, and I want researchers to find a cure. And I want them to find it fast.

One of the first authors to accept my invite to be in the anthology was New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan. I immediately sent a squee-mail to Misty Evans, my co-editor, saying, “Allison said YES!!!” Allison and I were in the same critique group before she sold her first book. I critiqued her second published book, which she wrote in 18 days. (That isn’t an error; she really wrote it in 18 days.) At the time she had five young children, one just a baby. I remember thinking that I could never complain again that I didn’t have time to write. This same book, THE HUNT, hit the extended New York Times list. It’s like her to go the extra step and write a novella for Entangled that took my breath away as I read it.

Jennifer Estep wasn’t able to be part of this Round Robin, but I wanted to give her a shout out. SPIDER’S REVENGE, the fifth book in her Elemental Assassin series is just out, and she’s a bit busy. In her short story, HALLOWEEN FROST (a Mythos Academy story), Gwen Frost and her friends are in for more tricks than treats when they run into a mythological monster intent on killing them.

In my story, THE FAT CAT, a witch and a wizard battle for the souls of seven women. The wizard has the god of war on his side. All the witch has is a fat, black cat. You can read an excerpt here, but I thought I’d leave you with the first line of the story:

Of all the cat houses, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.

You can find out more about me and my books at my website, http://edieramer.com. I hope you’ll love reading the stories in ENTANGLED as much as I did.

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Thank you Edie for sharing how you brought about this great collection of stoies. I know that I will be purchasing a copy of Entangled and I encourage you to do the same. A ebook copy can be purchased at Amazon here.

Sanction Chronicles Guest Posts by Terry Kate

Creating Sanction NH, by Terry Kate

The Sanction Chronicles YA Series

Is Sanction New Hampshire a Real Town?

The Sanction Chronicles is a Young Adult Series that follows the Vampires, Witches, Werewolves, and one human through the school year at Wind Haven High School. So with a population like that could we use a real town?

When I started writing The Sanction Chronicles I thought to myself, “Let’s just make a fake little town and have everyone be a supernatural being.” Easy right? What was I thinking! There are places to build and name, maps so the authors know where everything is, and a whole town’s worth of people to name.

With a book coming out every month September – June readers get to catch up with what has happened to the series’s main characters, but you also get to see more of the town and its residents. Which means the authors are constantly building. Like:

  • The BOT Bar – The Blood On Tap is the town’s Vampire hangout serving mugs of the red stuff and the occasional soda.
  • Shredded Bits Pizza – Home of The Shredder Pizza, a werewolf favorite covered with raw meat and tons of it. Everyone in town eats there but this is definitely a were favorite.
  • Under Grounds Coffee House – Well, what else do you name a place directly across from a graveyard?

We can’t fit every bit of Sanction into the books, so we have created a blog to go along with the town where you can meet residents not in the books. You can see more details on the characters and scenes that did not make the book, from characters like the three I have included below.

This is a new kind of book, and the great part is that there is always something to read. Either a book or on the blog. You can keep up with your favorite characters there and on Twitter and Facebook where they come on and talk about their lives. We want readers to experience our town and love it as much as the authors do. So check out The Sanction Chronicles and meet the September characters below.

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The three stars of September?

The Sanction Chronicles Young Adult SeriesHope

Wow, he’s hot.

Too hot.

Hope’s skin was uncomfortably warm, the heat getting worse every minute. She smelled smoke, or was that part of the dream? He’s smoking hot, that’s it. Hope settled back to admire his dark hair and bright eyes. At least I dreamed up someone worth looking at.

She sighed. Life in Sanction was good.

Not was, is—is good.

So what if awake she missed Dream Guy. Missing Dream Guy, a.k.a. DG, did not make the rest of her life lonely. She never got to see him for very long anyway. These dreams didn’t last. Now he was here, but for how long? She wanted to enjoy the time, but it was just so damn hot!

His voice broke into her thoughts. “Hope. Hope. You need to wake up.”

Like hell I do. Just minutes after getting here he wants me to leave? No way. She was staying asleep and right here. He was free to do whatever he wanted.

Jessie

Bored with watching another five fir trees go by, Jessie turned to study Marcus. He was six-one, blond, and an asshole with a wicked set of fangs. He flashed them with every word out of his mouth. “You have to think about what people will say. We aren’t kids anymore. Everything we do reflects on the Vittori name.”

Jessie took great joy from pointing out the obvious. “I am not a Vittori.” She wasn’t a vampire, born, or made. She was human.

After a pause he continued, “You live with the family.”

“In the servant’s quarters. I think everyone gets the picture.”

“You and your mother are not servants.”

“We are not part of the family either.”

Nate

Nate closed the front door quietly. He glanced around for his father. So far no sign. Nate let out a breath and shrugged his backpack from his shoulder. He’d been walking on eggshells ever since he got back a few weeks ago. Eight years away wasn’t enough to wipe the slate clean between them. Nate’s jaw tightened.

Nobody gets a clean slate.

He’d made it to the stairs when the voice hit him from behind.

“What the hell are you doing home?”

Nate turned to face his father’s frown as the older werewolf walked out of the kitchen.

“School’s over,” Nate mumbled, trying not to cringe.

“Don’t be a smart ass,” his father growled, moving closer step by step.“What about football practice?”

“Cancelled.” Nate licked his lips. “It’s the full moon.”

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Welcome To Sanction – The Sanction Chronicles – Year One Volume One

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Unearthed by C.J. Barry Review

Tess Mackenzie has sacrificed her dreams of being a singer to take care of her parents, now that they have passed away she is on the verge of achieving her dreams when she is abducted and taken off world. Unearthed by C.J. Barry, begins with Cohl Travers abducting Tess from Earth to help him recover a lost amulet that requires a specific voice tone that only she can replicate. Cohl will do whatever it takes to get the amulet because kidnappers are holding his father hostage and are demanding the amulet in exchange for his father.

Upset with being abducted from earth, besides having her thoughts on aliens being completely blown apart. The closer they get to where they think the amulet is stored the more Tess finds herself drawn to Cohl but is he enough to give up her signing dreams for good?

I have to admit that I have been on a sci-fi kick lately.  Unearthed is a great sci-fi romantic read. Tess has sacrificed so much but when Cohl finally explains to her exactly what is on the line for him she is willing to put her dreams aside once again and assist him to get his father back. Cohl’s journey of self-discovery is great to watch. I loved Barry’s world building and her humor mixed in with the drama made Unearthed an entertaining quick read. Realize that this novel is rated as a five on the content for a reason but I loved everything else about this novel and will be posting reviews on the remaining books in the series (which I am currently flying through).

You can read an excerpt here.

Unforgettable Series:

Unearthed

Unraveled

Unleashed

Unmasked

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Title: Unearthed

Author: C.J. Barry

Format: eBook

AISN: B005JSJZUY

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart Review and Blog Tour

Novel Reaction is excited to participate in the blog tour for Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart.
Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and enjoys country life. She is currently working on the next book in her bestselling Chesapeake Diaries series.
Connect with Mariah on her website,www.mariahstewart.com, and on Facebook.
Brooke Madison Bowers has returned home to St. Dennis, Maryland, following the death of her husband. In Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart, Brooke is trying to rebuild her life, one small step at a time, going to school, caring for her son and starting up a cupcake business doesn’t leave much time for socializing. But even if she had time, Brooke isn’t so sure she is ready to open herself up to that kind of pain again.

 

Jesse Enright has come to St. Dennis to work in his families law office, following in his grandfather’s footsteps Jesse is trying to prove to everyone, but especially himself, that he is not like his embezzling attorney father. In addition to having to prove himself, Jesse finds himself attracted to Brooke, who has a reputation for going on single date with a guy then rejecting all further dates. But Jesse has a plan, he will be Brooke’s friend until she realizes what he could be, but the best laid plans of mice and men…

 

I really enjoyed Hometown Girl, Brooke is struggling to move on from the death of her husband two years previously, trying to find her path now that she is single. The community of St. Dennis is great, I loved the historical aspect to the people who live there (Jesse’s firm has been the attorneys for Brooke’s family for over 100 years). I did find it a little confusing at the beginning of the novel trying to keep everyone straight, but that is what happens when you jump into a well developed series on book four. 🙂 Stewart’s descriptions of the area were fabulous! If you are looking for a heart-warming story of finding love again, Hometown Girl is a perfect fit for you.

 

You can read an excerpt here.

 

Chesapeake Diaries Reading Order:

Coming Home

Home Again

Almost Home

Hometown Girl

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Title: Hometown Girl

Author: Mariah Stewart

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0345531216

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: September 27, 20111

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.