HALLOWEEN HOPPING!





Nancy Gideon's 4th Annual Haunted Open House


Oooh! It's almost that haunting time of year again, time for Nancy Gideon's Haunted Open House Giveaway Blog Hop! Nancy and her author friends have gathered to entertain you, Halloween-style! We're going to tell you scary stories, talk about our favorite Halloween treats, or just discuss the season in general. I'm glad you can join us.

On my blog I want to explore my weirdness. That's right. I'm weird. I don't like haunted houses. I don't think it's fun to be scared (it's the opposite of fun, in my book!) But...I like writing about gruesome murders and twisted villains. So explain that. If you hop by my house at Halloween, you're not going to find gory decorations, bloody dismembered parts or ax-murderers lurking in the corners. You are more likely to find whimsical decorations, like figurines of Trick-or-Treaters dressed up like candy corn or signs that read, "Witch Parking Only~Violators Will Be Toads!" But my bad guys are not cartoonish in any way. They kill, they rape, they threaten children~ a grim lot, indeed. So why this incongruity? Maybe it is because I can control the evil in my books. If my characters kill, it's because I make them. If they brandish weapons, I put them in their hands. If they're jumping out of shadows, it's because I wrote them there. 

So I wanted to share a villain here today. But who to choose? The evil Lord Boltar from my desert romance, TAKEN BY STORM? He killed the king and queen and countless others. He's definitely creepy! Or speaking of royalty, maybe the king from AN UNCOMMON LOVE. After all, he tricks his daughter and locks her away in the castle. Not a role model for proper parenting. There's even cold-blooded killers in my rock star romances, like TRAPPED UNDER ICE, or BETWEEN ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. But I decided to bypass all these bad guys and switch up holidays on you, giving you the villain from UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR.


Excerpt ~



Max didn’t expect the explosion. He heard the

 
tremendous, almost rhythmic sound of metal crunching as the car cartwheeled down the side of the cliff like a preschooler at recess. The thunderous BOOM of the sedan going up in flames caught him by surprise. He was rushing to peer over the edge, but was stopped dead in his tracks by the blast. By the time he got to the side of the ridge, the fire had already engulfed the vehicle. The flames licked hungrily at the night sky like so many devils’ tongues and consumed the car with such vehemence that, within seconds only a black outline of the frame remained.

Looking back on it, standing on the side of the road was an incredibly stupid thing for him to do. Anyone could have seen him as they whizzed up the side of the mountain, and perhaps even noted the dents in his car and copied down the license plate number. But he wanted to see the results of his handiwork. Besides, he wasn’t thinking at all clearly that night. 

It gave him a raw thrill to chase the sedan over the edge of the cliff. He followed Kevin home from work, desperate, not knowing what he would do to solve his problem. At first he only picked up speed to keep pace with Kevin, but then recklessness began to pump in his veins. HHe pulled out into the lane meant for on-coming traffic, not even realizing what he was doing. His eyes darted everywhere, his pulse raced, frightened witless as the scenery flew by. Luckily, for some reason, the usually well-travelled road lay deserted. Thinking he wanted to pass him, Kevin slowed down, no doubt cursing the crazy driver beside him. But he only matched the sedan’s speed. Kevin glanced over, and in the flash of a streetlight, seemed to recognize him. 

He must have thought ol’ Max didn’t have it in him. But I did.

He remembered the changing expressions on Kevin’s face as he began to understand his adversary’s intentions. At first his brow had been furrowed in confusion. Then his jaw went rigid and he tightened his grip on the wheel, glaring at Max, who feinted with his car. Kevin had to swerve onto the shoulder before correcting the path of the sedan. That was when Max’s prey stared back, his eyes hollowed by fear. A wild laugh burst through the air and Max wondered at first where it came from, before realizing it belonged to him. 

The vehicles jostled, and tires screeched. When Kevin’s car finally did careen over the edge of the cliff, Max could have sworn he felt the heat of the gigantic explosion, although he knew that was impossible. For him it was like an orgasm, a wave of pleasure and relief. Kevin Kelly was no more.

If only that had been the end of it. 


~ Nice guy, eh? Let me tell you a bit more about UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR before you head on your way to the next stop. Oh, and then I'll giveaway an e-copy of UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR to two people. A Christmas romantic suspense just in time for the holidays! 





Blurb ~

Dylan Fisher is an EMT and part-time Santa Claus at a mall in Denver, Colorado.

He has logged plenty of time with children sitting on his lap asking for anything from the latest electronic gadget to a week’s worth of homework passes, but he never heard anyone ask for what little Delaney Kelly asked for on one snowy night in December. A dad! When Dylan’s eyes search the crowd for Delaney’s mother and land on Keira Kelly, the paramedic almost finds himself in need of a little CPR. She is stunning! 

Keira Kelly is still grieving over the loss of her husband…

… but a reckless driver has her thinking about nothing but survival as she’s headed home from the mall. When Keira wakes in the hospital to find a hunky EMT at her bedside, she begins having a few thoughts that would put her on Santa’s Naughty List for sure!

Neither is ready for what is coming UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR!

When she finds out the EMT is only hanging around because the police believe someone is out to get her, she’s not sure what to think about his kindness. Is he helping her because he wants to, or because he feels he needs to? And what about the man who rammed her car, could he have had something to do with her husband’s death?

giveaway ~


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Now, don't forget to check out what my friends have to offer on their blogs--->






~ JT AND MJ ~ BRINGING SEXY BACK!!! ~







Good morning! Today I have the pleasure of participating in the My Sexy Saturday Blog Hop! What that means is you'll find a number of authors posting either 7 words, 7 sentences, or 7 paragraphs from a manuscript. The section they choose will show their idea of sexy. Remember, sexy can mean different things to different people! I decided to go with 7 sentences that may surprise you. While definitely sexy, it isn't from a love scene. I wanted to shake things up a little bit! 

This is from ROCK ME, GENTLY, the fourth book in my ROCKING ROMANCE COLLECTION. I'll start off with a blurb to give you a little context. 


Blurb ~


Like so many others, their romance started in



Las Vegas…


He’s a rock star. She’s an ad exec. After almost having a one night affair in Sin City, Josh can’t get Cassie out of his mind. Why had she run out on him? 



Like so many others, their romance started with a shot of tequila...

When the Josh Dunningham of Money Back Guaranteed tries to seduce her, Cassie is taken aback. Sure, he’s hot. And he could definitely rock her world. But can she have a fling with a man she doesn’t even know?



Like so many others, their romance turned rocky…

When Cassie returns to Chicago and finds a ten-foot tall Josh Dunningham on a radio station’s banner across from her office, she is tortured by memories of their short time together. When they meet again, things explode—in a bad way—and Josh has to prove himself to Cassie to earn her trust. But will he succeed when outside forces also want to tear them apart? When Cassie receives threatening letters and is attacked in her home, Josh is determined to find out who is behind it. But will the stalker’s encore performance bring an end to their show once and for all?




Excerpt ~




She shifted her feet, and he was overwhelmed by the sweet scent of honeysuckle. He found himself swamped by a memory.


He was walking to school, dragging his feet as he went, as was his general custom, when he came across the white and yellow honeysuckle vines covering his neighbors’ fence. He set his books down and plucked one of the white blossoms. He pulled at the base of the flower like he had seen the owners’ son do, and watched, in wonder, as the delicate green and white stamen slid out, peppered with yellow dust. He slid his tongue along it, tasting the sugary, honeyed flavor of the pollen. Delighted, he quickly pulled off a yellow flower to see if it tasted the same.


The innocent memory seemed, at the moment, highly erotic and he let himself imagine his tongue trailing down the girl, tasting her in a similar way.


~ So, a little different take on sexy. I hope you enjoyed it.

Now here are some other authors sharing their idea of sexy on the My Sexy Saturday Blog Hop! Hop on over and check them out!

~ GOOD KNIGHT! WHAT A BLOG POST! ~








Author Alicia Dean invited me to share a little information from my work in progress with you--


1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?



Sir Darius Lee is a fictional character.



2) When and where is the story set?

The story begins in the distant future on the planet of Faador.



3) What should we know about him/her?

He is a Knight of the High Order, sent to rescue a princess who is being held captive by Faador's leader.



4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?


Knights of the High Order are not supposed to make personal connections, but he has fallen in love.



5) What is the personal goal of the character?

At the beginning of the book, it is simply to be the best knight possible, but meeting Maggie makes him question everything.



6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?


LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT. Blurb to follow.



7) When can we expect the book to be published?

November, 2014.


Blurb ~


Sir Darius Lee is a Knight of the High Order.


But when Darius discovers a stranger in his room in the middle of the night, and the intruder turns out to be a beautiful woman, he begins to question how he is meant to live his life.

Princess Megan of Bethyea is being held captive.

But when two knights help her to escape and bring her back to her home planet, she finds the home she knew no longer exists.

When The Council of Twelve questions Darius about his relationship with Maggie, she tries to flee from The Academy of the High Order to prevent him from losing his knighthood.

Will Darius and Orion find Maggie before she leaves Albion? And if they do, how can they face the decision of The Council? Will Maggie be able to take the leap of faith necessary for them to gain their happiness? And what about the feelings Orion has developed for the princess?

Come, take a LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT!

Excerpt ~ 

His training taught him how to enter the room without a sound, but the stranger seemed to detect his presence, darting to the left toward the door leading to the outer hallway. Darius took several steps before launching his six-foot-four-inch frame, timing his tackle perfectly. He wrapped his arms around the fleeing legs, bringing both parties down heavily. 

On contact the stranger’s helmet flew off and skittered across the dura-tile by the entryway. The guard twisted around to try to fight him off, while Darius sought to pin his shoulders to the ground. To his immense surprise he found himself staring into the face of a beautiful, terrified young woman. 

Long, wavy blond hair fanned out on the floor as she struggled to free herself from his grasp. Their gaze locked and he drew his breath in a rush. Hers were the eyes of the hunted, wide and intensely blue-green. The oddest sensation came over him, as if, in that one look, an invisible hand reached into him and somehow tied him to this unknown woman. At the same time it was like the connection had been there all his life, an answer to a question he never knew to ask.

Coming soon!


And now, who I tagged: Eryn LaPlant!

Hello to the world! I am Eryn LaPlant, a former slave for the working world and presently a woman of many trades. I am a wife, a mother, an antiques collector, a painter, a baker, a gardener, a photographer, a historian and my favorite by far a novelist (well except the first two in my list)! I feel like I have a lot to talk about and hopefully I can keep an interested following. Thanks for checking me out!

And check out Eryn's book, FALLING FOR SHOCK.




~ GOODBYE TO THE SUMMER! ~






I won't go down without a fight! I mean it! You're gonna have to take me out!

Hey friends! Summer is *sniff* almost over. As a lunch lady, I'm back to slinging hash and telling the kids that- no, they may not have two slices of cake. But despite my boss' protests to the contrary, I'm not ready to give up summer yet! It's still fairly warm here in the Midwest, so pull up a lawn chair and dip your feet in the blow-up pool because we're going to have a good time on this, our final, Buy the Book Tours Summer Block Party Blog Hop! (Don't worry. I've heard they have more fun in store for us.) 

So my contribution to the festivities today is to share my friend Sandy's family recipe for a Vodka Slushie! And, it wouldn't be an MJ post without some tunes... So, eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we work! Have a great week and we'll see you soon!





Sandy’s Vodka Slushie

Empty one can of frozen lemonade into Tupperware. Fill can with vodka and add. Add 2 liter Squirt (not diet) and freeze. She usually doubles. Just scoop into glasses and serve.

And nothing says party more than a rock star, so check out my ROCKING ROMANCE COLLECTION. The book that started it all, TRAPPED UNDER ICE is free on Amazon, BN.com, Kobo, and iTunes! 





TRAPPED UNDER ICE ~

http://amzn.com/B00BDQ9RMC

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trapped-under-ice-mj-schiller/1114481698?ean=9781939274007&isbn=2940016308906

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/trapped-under-ice/id804457789?mt=11


http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/trapped-under-ice-1


Now that you are virtually refreshed and feeling fine, head over to these great authors' blogs and see what they've got happening for today's blog hop:


~ HOP ON IN FOR SOME COOL SUMMERTIME FACTS! ~







Summertime may be drawing to an end, but the fun hasn't stopped on Buy the Book Tours Feature Friday Summer Block Party Blog Hop! I hope you've been following along and grabbing up great recipes and books. I tried the Pina Colada Burgers and they were YUMMY! I'm keeping with my modus operandi and sharing fun summer facts with you, so I hope you enjoy them.









Did you know that August is the busiest month for travel and tourism? Makes sense to me because that's when we often will take our vacation. After summer sports, and before school starts again. This year we had to forego vacation as we have teenagers with jobs and it was too hard to coordinate everyone's schedules.


Summer television used to be reruns as most Americans spent more time outdoors during the summer. New programming was added to summer television in 1991 with 90210. Is this yet another indication that we have become less active as a whole?

You've heard that the first day of summer is often referred to as the Summer Solstice. But did you know that the word solstice comes from the two Latin words sol and sistere. Sol means sun; stitium is the verb which means to stand still. It has nothing to do with the Train song "Soul Sister," which is unfortunate, because I like that song and it's kind of summery.







Keeping me busy this summer is my newest release, DAMAGE DONE. If you leave a comment below with your email address (so I know where to send the prize) you will be entered to win an e-copy. 


Here's a blurb:


When an unhappy youth leaves him damaged,
will Teddy Mckee be able to find love?


“Teddy Passmore McKee was born in Cork, Ireland, with a limp and a chip on his shoulder that threw his balance off all the more.” When he falls in love with the dark haired beauty born of an Irish father and a Spanish mother, will Gabrielle Quinn be able to restore his balance? And what about the charming Sean Hennessey? When Gabby catches his eye, too, will Teddy’s playboy best friend cause his own damage?



Fourteen years later, will Teddy and Gabrielle’s son be able to overcome the damage done to him in his childhood?

“Even through bloodshot eyes he could see she was different.” But can Michael leave behind the bottle, and his womanizing ways, to win over the lovely Tess Flanagan? Tess has sustained some damage of her own. Can she and Michael overcome the terrors of the past and learn how to love each other?



And if they do, will they be able to elude those after them who want to create their own damage?

On the run after an altercation leaves their boss in a pool of blood, will Michael and Tess be able to stay one step ahead of their pursuers? Or is it simply too late to correct the damage that has been done?






Now that you've had a little summertime fun with M.J., hop along to the other stops and enjoy what these authors have to share:









~ NEW READ! AND VERY LITTLE DAMAGE WILL BE DONE TO YOUR CHECKBOOK! ~





Howdy! M.J. Schiller and Kissmet Publishing are proud to announce the release of our newest romantic suspense DAMAGE DONE! Love, danger, and the beauty and charm of an Irish setting! What more could you want? Maybe I should have changed my name to M.J. O'Schiller for this release... Here's a blurb:




Blurb ~


When an unhappy youth leaves him damaged,


will Teddy Mckee be able to find love?


“Teddy Passmore McKee was born in Cork, Ireland, with a limp and a chip on his shoulder that threw his balance off all the more.” When he falls in love with the dark haired beauty born of an Irish father and a Spanish mother, will Gabrielle Quinn be able to restore his balance? And what about the charming Sean Hennessey? When Gabby catches his eye, too, will Teddy’s playboy best friend cause his own damage?


Fourteen years later, will Teddy and Gabrielle’s son be able to overcome the damage done to him in his childhood?

“Even through bloodshot eyes he could see she was different.” But can Michael leave behind the bottle, and his womanizing ways, to win over the lovely Tess Flanagan? Tess has sustained some damage of her own. Can she and Michael overcome the terrors of the past and learn how to love each other?


And if they do, will they be able to elude those after them who want to create their own damage?


On the run after an altercation leaves their boss in a pool of blood, will Michael and Tess be able to stay one step ahead of their pursuers? Or is it simply too late to correct the damage that has been done?

Excerpt ~


“Tessie…” He offered again. “We have to get out



of here.”

She remained frozen in her spot, staring blindly over the cliff. He moved a step closer and gently grasped her elbow. “Tess—”

She whirled around and his heart caught in his chest as he stared into her wild green eyes. Tears shone on her damp cheeks, glimmering in the moonlight like trails of scattered diamonds. “Nay, Michael,” she said, her words coming out choked. “I have to tell them the truth. It’s my fault. …I k-killed him.” She sobbed.

He looked at her sadly, begging her, “Let me help you.”

The back door creaked open and light spilled out from the bar across the grass, startling them. He saw Jimmy Flynn’s outline in the doorway. “They’re out here!” he yelled.

Without waiting for a response, Michael took Tess’s arm and steered her along the cliff’s edge. He stepped over the railing and helped her to the other side as well. They stood on a narrow ledge. To the left a trail dropped off toward the sea. He led her skittering down the path, loose rock pebbling the beach far below. He had taken the pathway many a night when he was drunk and feeling particularly reckless. Tonight he hurried over it with only self-preservation and Tess’s safety in mind.

They heard voices above them, coming from every direction as searchers fanned out along the top of the cliff. Their eyes met. They hardly dared to breathe. A flashlight beam ventured over the railing and along the cliff face. She clutched his hand, squeezing it until he lost feeling in his fingers. He tried to flatten himself even more tightly against the rock face, wishing it would somehow melt and absorb them. Several seconds passed and the beam of light was joined by another, and another, each swinging away, and then toward them again.

He grabbed a quick look at the churning sea below then closed his eyes for a second, and his stomach dropped. He took a deep breath before turning his head to look at Tess. Her eyes were closed and her lips were moving fervently, but she emitted no sound. He swallowed, wondering again why the sight of her affected him so. After several minutes a voice called out, “You won’t get away with this, Mikey.” Had someone seen them? He heard Jimmy Flynn mutter, “Wherever they are, we won’t find them tonight.” One by one the lights disappeared until only a solitary beam shone.


Author Bio ~


MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois.


My gosh! Can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now she has a nineteen-year-old (how did that happen?) and seventeen year old triplets! She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.

You can find M.J. here:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MJ-Schiller-Romance-Author/286382241460365?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mjschiller/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjschiller

Tumblr: http://mjschilz.tumblr.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/mjschiller

Google + : https://plus.google.com/u/0/110797684036386240402/posts



You can buy DAMAGE DONE here:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00LU7719K

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/damage-done-mj-schiller/1119955011?ean=2940149795697

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/damage-done-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id899251690


And as an added bonus ~ for this month only, the previous book in the Real Romance Collection, THE HEART TEACHES BEST, is FREE! 

Amazon:
http://amzn.com/B00IGAGKXM

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1118627507?ean=9781939274106&itm=1&usri=9781939274106

Kobo:
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-heart-teaches-best-1

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id825996257



~ IN THE GOOD OL' SUMMERTIME ~







Summertime is a special time of year for me because, as a lunch lady, I'm off work! Or, at least my day job. It's a time when I feel like I finally am able to devote some good time to my writing. But, even though I am at home all summer, I still don't feel like there is enough time to do all of the things I want to do, read all of the books I have on writing and marketing, or the articles I've saved, or read my fellow authors' books. I did get two read this week though, so I'm quite pleased with that!





And one of the really fun activities I've enjoyed this summer is taking part in Buy the Book Tours' Feature Friday Summer Block Party Blog Hop! People have been sharing some great recipes, in fact, I'm trying one tomorrow, and I have added some fun summer facts to the mix. So, without further ado ~


In 1816, the northeastern United States experienced snow and cold weather throughout the summer. Scientists cited a volcanic eruption in Indonesia as the cause. We've had some very unusual weather here in the Midwest as well. Beautiful! Between the 70s and 80s. After a LOOOONG cold winter we'll take it!




                                                       

The frequency of a cricket's chirps fluctuates with the temperature. If you count a cricket's chirps for 15 seconds and add 37, you will have the approximate outdoor temperature (in Fahrenheit). Or you could just look it up on weather.com. In our family we like to think of the locust sound outside as the insects arguing. "No, I didn't." "Yes, you did." "No, I didn't." "Yes, you did..."

The Folies-Bergere theater in New York began offering air conditioning in the summer of 1911 to lure audiences in to watch films and cool off. Not a bad marketing ploy, huh?

Now that you are uber-educated on all things summer, make sure you hop on over to the other authors' blogs who are participating in Buy the Book Tours' Summer Block Party Blog Hop.

Thanks for joining me today! If you leave a comment below with your email address (so I know where to send the prize) you will be entered to win an e-copy of my summer release, DAMAGE DONE. Here's a blurb:



When an unhappy youth leaves him damaged,



will Teddy Mckee be able to find love?

“Teddy Passmore McKee was born in Cork, Ireland, with a limp and a chip on his shoulder that threw his balance off all the more.” When he falls in love with the dark haired beauty born of an Irish father and a Spanish mother, will Gabrielle Quinn be able to restore his balance? And what about the charming Sean Hennessey? When Gabby catches his eye, too, will Teddy’s playboy best friend cause his own damage?



Fourteen years later, will Teddy and Gabrielle’s son be able to overcome the damage done to him in his childhood?

“Even through bloodshot eyes he could see she was different.” But can Michael leave behind the bottle, and his womanizing ways, to win over the lovely Tess Flanagan? Tess has sustained some damage of her own. Can she and Michael overcome the terrors of the past and learn how to love each other?



And if they do, will they be able to elude those after them who want to create their own damage?

On the run after an altercation leaves their boss in a pool of blood, will Michael and Tess be able to stay one step ahead of their pursuers? Or is it simply too late to correct the damage that has been done?







Now continue your summer fun by hopping over to these authors' blogs.