New Year Blog Hop and #GIVEAWAY.

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Welcome to my stop on the “New Year Blog Hop” where over forty authors and bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing posts, great giveaways and loads of fun. Don’t forget to enter my personal giveaway below to win an ebook copy of my recent release, HIGHLANDER’S KISS. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post (answering the question I give you at the end of the excerpt below,) along with your email address so I can get in touch with you.
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For readers who love Scottish Highlanders, kisses and faerie legends, HIGHLANDER’S KISS is the first book in the tantalizing Clan Matheson series. Tavish is a fierce warrior protector and Julia is his soul bound mate, and when these two come together, adventure and passion erupts.

HIGHLANDER’S KISS is available at: Amazon USA

Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU.

Also available at: Nook, ibooks, Kobo

Paperback: Amazon

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Fae-blooded Julia holds the ability to read another’s aura and determine their true intent. Her skill has only ever aided her in life, until the day when their neighboring enemy clan arrive to discuss a marriage of alliance between her and their chief’s son. She misjudges their enemy’s intent and all goes horribly wrong. Her parents are captured and imprisoned and now she must find a way to free them. Only now standing in her path is a fiercely protective warrior who has traveled from the future into the past, a man who insists they are soul bound, and a man whose aura shows no sign of such a bond. She is wary, yet still, she can’t deny how much he stirs her deep within.

Highland warrior shifter Tavish Matheson has traveled through time to find the woman his soul demands is his, yet convincing her will be a mission all unto itself. When Julia is kidnapped by the enemy while on a mission to save her parents, he sets out in fierce pursuit. All he desires is to keep her close, rescue her parents, and most of all, to offer her his love.

He’s a warrior who will not be denied. She’s a lass devoted to her kin.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“I’m sorry, but Cherub’s here to collect me and I must go.” Julia wrapped one hand around Tavish’s forearm and the blue haze of frustration in his aura receded. “You must believe me when I say we’re no’ mated.”

“A mated male knows when he meets his chosen one.” A look of longing flashed across his face as he lifted a lock of her hair and curled it around his finger. “Your hair is so soft and silky, and you look beautiful in your gown.”

“And you are a charmer with your touching words.” She let go of him and walked from the bathroom, through his chamber and out his open bedroom door. The passageway, lit with bright overhead lighting led toward a stairwell at the far end. She strode along the burgundy and blue runner as Tavish jogged in beside her.

“Julia, I don’t need the full moon to guide me to my chosen one, not when being near you tells me all I need to know. I’ve also no idea why our auras aren’t tugging toward each other’s as you’ve said, but that matters little to me.” He lifted a challenging brow. “Do you not feel anything toward me?”

“I dinnae have the right to speak of it if I do.” He was taken, and she would never come between a soul bound pair.

“That’s not what I asked.” He caught her hand, slowed her step then pressed her back against the wall. Head dipped, he touched his nose to hers, and murmured, “My desire for you is growing, in leaps and bounds. All I want to do is hold you, kiss you, to discover everything there is to learn about you.”

“The only thing you need to learn is that I’m not yours.” She fluttered a hand over her racing heartbeat. Those words sounded wrong even as she uttered them and they clashed inside her, made her cringe. “Let me go, Tavish.”

“That is still the wrong answer.” Smoothly, he slid his hand under her hair and palmed the bare skin of her nape, his gaze moving over the sensitive area where her shoulder and neck met. He rubbed one thumb over the spot. “I want to bite you, to mark you as mine, just as those mated pairs in my clan do.”

“’Tis an anomaly for sure.” She touched his neck in return, right over his thumping pulse point.

“It’s no anomaly, but the early stages of the bond taking form.” He eased closer, brushed his nose through her hair and nuzzled her neck. “Since the moment we met, I’ve struggled to let you out of my sight. When you walked into the bathroom and away from me, all I wanted to do was tear that door down so we were no longer separated. Now I’m about to take you downstairs to Cherub and Kirk when it’s the last thing I want to do. You are mine.”

QUESTION TO ANSWER (nice and easy):

What’s the title of this book? (Leave your answer as a comment on this post, along with your email address so I can get in touch with you.

 

Now pop on over to the other authors below so you can enter their draws:

Linnea Alexis (http://linneaalexis.com/)

Diana Cosby (http://www.dianacosby.com/)

Gina Conkle (http://ginaconkle.com/)

Mariana Gabrielle (http://www.marianagabrielle.com/)

 

BLOG HOP EVENT LINK: (For surprise daily giveaways, Jan 4th – 17th.) https://www.facebook.com/events/1698285197068626/

 

Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

~ Joanne

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#Prizes – Ebook Bundle Prize Pack, and Jewellery – It’s Magical May

ENCHANTER

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ENCHANTER: Amazon Kindle | B&N Nook | Kensington Publishing  | iTunes  | Kobo

A fabulous prize pack has been put together by the wonderful Kensington Books/Lyrical Press authors I released with earlier this month. If you’d like to enter our wicked draw, then please check out the rafflecopter giveaway further on in this post. One lucky winner will receive a bundle pack of all five ebooks displayed in the picture below. The romance stories on offer range from historical, western historical, paranormal, contemporary and new adult fantasy. I also have a personal Jewellery Prize up for grabs (running for the month of May,) and to enter all you have to do is leave a comment to go into the draw.

Here’s a new excerpt from Enchanter for you:

“I can’t believe I did that.” I stole another look at the floorboards I’d warped with my burgeoning fire skill.

 

“I can’t believe you ’pathed me.” Guy smiled and nuzzled my hair.

 

“What are you doing?” Butterflies abounded in my belly. “I mean, don’t do that.”

 

“Mmm, you smell like sunshine, and your hair, it’s a living flame with these strands of gold ablaze within the red.”

 

“It’s too curly.”

 

“I like curly.”

 

“We’re getting rather close, Guy.”

 

“Close is dangerous.” He pulled back and looked into my eyes. “Sorry, gotta kiss you. Now.”

 

His mouth stole over mine and whatever thoughts I had scattered, except for one. I wanted this kiss as much as he did. This moment couldn’t be denied, so I kissed him as deeply as he kissed me. I stroked his silky black hair. “We should have done this sooner,” I mumbled against his lips. “So good.”

 

“Hell, yes.” He deepened our kiss.

 

I was lost in the sweet taste of him. My heart soared and my soul called to his. More. He was my mate, and it wasn’t a bond to be broken. Except, damn it, we had.

 

“We should stop,” he growled as he pulled away.

 

“Absolutely. What were you thinking?” Unable to help myself, I traced his full lips with a finger.

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For my own personal prize, leave a comment for a chance to win a New Zealand Paua Shell Kiwi Pendant Earring Set.

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Buy ENCHANTER (Magio-Earth #3): Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / Kensington Publishing iTunes / Kobo

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Breaking News:

I just heard about this. PROTECTOR is on sale for a limited time. This is the enthralling first book in the Magio-Earth series.

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Buy PROTECTOR (Magio-Earth, #1) : Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / Kensington Publishing iTunes / Kobo

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To Enter the Ebook Prize Bundle:

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Click below to keep hopping, and for other great chances to win.

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Thank you for joining me in this Magical May Blog Hop to celebrate Enchanter’s release. 🙂

PRIZES and #GIVEAWAY – Spring Fling Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop where over fifty authors and bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing posts, great giveaways and loads of fun. Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below to win a Kindle tablet, gift cards, paperbacks and swag and be sure to check out my own giveaway of a $10 Amazon giftcard.

In the meantime, if you haven’t swung Down Under to visit me before then welcome to my blog. I can’t believe it’s spring around the other side of the world. In New Zealand it’s autumn and the leaves are falling from the trees by the masses. A total opposite to most of you. Ever wondered though what spring is like in Kiwi land? I can tell you, with our twelve million sheep against only four million people, it looks a lot like this. Happy lambies everywhere, and jumping for joy. 🙂

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For this spring hop, I’m going to join you in the lead up to your summer by bringing you a taste of my recent release WITNESS PURSUIT. This is book one in my Bodyguards series, of which I’m currently writing book two. Let me just grab a glass of water, because the cover coming up is quite hot. Witness Pursuit is set in the beautiful islands of Fiji, a short three hour flight from NZ.

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Here’s a short sexy excerpt to keep heating us all up. (Caution: Quite hot. Grab yourself a glass of water too.)

Lydia’s chest tightened. Tyler looked dangerously gorgeous. “You gonna hop into bed? Or should I call you Mr. I-don’t-want-to-stick-it.” Yeah, that should hit a nerve.

“You’ll want to take that back.”

Lazing on her side, she played her fingers over the blue spread. His gaze narrowed and his hands flexed against his thighs. She liked. “Why? Because you’re hoping I don’t get comfortable and this isn’t a long night? Oooh, I’m shaking. You better not sleep naked, because  that might really scare me into squealing all my secrets.”

“That’s it.” He let out a fierce growl, which sent a shiver of approval through her. “Close your eyes if you’re the sensitive sort.”

“Not a chance. This is your room after all. Do what you’d like.”

He yanked the silver buckle release on his belt then dropped his pants in one swift move. Next, he jerked his shirt over his head and she was left with the sight of smooth black briefs covering a bulky package she was certain was on the rise.

“Last chance.” He slid his fingers under the band of his underwear.

“I’m still good.” When he dropped his underwear and kicked them away, her lips went numb and she tried to rub some life into them. Talk about hot, not to mention that rise was now a full salute. Of a very grand fashion.

“So I have to get naked for you to pay attention?” He shoved the covers back then slid in and hooked an arm around her waist. He tumbled her into him. “Now what were you saying about Mr. I-don’t-want-to-stick-it?”

“I was wrong. Totally wrong.”

 

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT: Amazon KindleB&N Nook Kensington Publishing iTunes / Kobo

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For those who’d like to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card, then simply leave a comment at the end of this post. If you wish to sign up for my exclusive newsletter, click the link below and enter your email address. That’ll give you an additional two entries into the draw. Already signed up? Let me know in the comment, so I can toss your name into the hat an extra two times. 🙂

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But that’s not all… In addition to my personal prize for this hop, don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below to win a Kindle tablet, gift cards, paperbacks and swag.

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 Keep hopping– The complete list of participating authors is on the list below

Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

A Valentine’s Day Blog Hop – PRIZES and #GIVEAWAY

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Interestingly, we actually have a saint, a priest from Rome known as Valentinus, to thank for Valentine’s Day. Back in the day, and I’m talking around the fifth century, Valentinus was a bit of a rebel. The Roman Emperor Claudius II didn’t believe married men would make good soldiers, and he banned his top guns from getting hitched, but Valentinus was sneaky.

This saint, with his amethyst ring engraved with the cupid symbol, performed marriages for those soldiers who wished them. Then to remind them to remain faithful to their wives when out celebrating a winning battle, he cut heart shapes from parchment and gifted them to them.

So, what does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Do you go all out and present flowers? Buy chocolates or send a card? For me, I love to give heart-shaped chocolates wrapped in red foil to my closest. Just love it.

To continue spreading some yummy sweetness, I’m going to share a new snippet from HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE, one in which the hero has just captured his heroine and stolen her away. I’d also like to thank everyone who’s bought a copy. Highlander’s Captive has shot into Amazon’s Bestsellers Charts in the UK and the US. During the past month since release, this novella has made the #1 slot within the Scottish Medieval Romances and Historical categories several times. I’m simply buzzing.

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Wind whipped through Ivor’s shoulder-length hair, drying it into a rakish look. As he held the ropes, his biceps bulged and his every muscle strained to control the wind power he’d harnessed in the skiff’s tight sail.

Oh, Julia should turn her gaze away. Only, so impressive. A warrior of great strength.

Mayhap she should enjoy this since she didn’t have a choice. She’d certainly never ridden in a boat moving at such speed that ’twas half out of the water. Awed by his ability, she peeked over his arm. The coastline was but a blur. Her heart near jumped out of her chest and she clutched him tighter. “How fast are we going?”

“Faster than usual, but the crosswinds will ease off soon.”

Plastered against the hard planes of his body, she almost hoped they didn’t. She smiled and lifted her face to the sky, allowing the moment to expand. This was life, and far more interesting than the confines of Dunvegan Castle, not that she’d ever tell Ivor that.

She might be his captive, but not for long.

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For those who’d like to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card and some other goodies, then click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway link below.

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But that’s not all… In addition to my personal prize for this hop, there are some fabulous blog tour prizes up for grabs. The grand prize will be a Kindle Paperwhite and a digital new adult romance basket. Also every comment in the hop will count as an entry toward this prize. Just let me know what your favorite Valentine’s Day gift has been. I’d love to hear about it. (But don’t make me too jealous.)

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Keep hopping– The complete list of participating authors is on the list below:

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~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE (Highlander Heat Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy HUNTER (Magio-Earth Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT (Bodyguards #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Magio-Earth #2) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy PROTECTOR (Magio-Earth #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

 

TAKE CARE. :)

A Scottish Burns’ Night Blog Hop – PRIZES and #GIVEAWAY

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Today I’m chatting about all things Scottish in celebration of Burns’ Night. January is a cold month in Scotland, and to remain cheerful, on January 25th the Scottish celebrate the poetry of their bard, Robert Burns. They pipe in the haggis, which traditionally means the chef carries it in while the piper plays an appropriate tune. The haggis is sliced open with the finely honed edge of a ceremonial dirk (though any old knife will apparently do.) Then the meal is served with copious amounts of whisky, allowing the festivities to flow. They consider the life of the man behind the poems, they make toasts, recite poetry, and sing and dance. After all this revelry, they stagger home with their bellies full, hearts renewed, and the knowledge that they only have another eleven months of rain to go in the year. 🙂 Yep, the Scottish are delightfully cheery on this night.

To continue spreading this cheeriness, I’m going to share a sexy snippet from HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE, one which should heat you up and curl your toes.

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The urge to lay Julia across the bench of his skiff and make her his infused every inch of Ivor’s body. He kissed her, and her soft moans incited his need to strip her and ravish her senseless.

He should have his hand on the rudder and staying their course, not sliding his fingers along the silky flesh of her calves in an attempt to lift her skirts. She deserved more. A bed for starters, and following that, a night of endless pleasure.

“We should stop.” At least he hadn’t beached his boat in the dark.

“Not yet.” She clutched his head and brought his mouth to hers. Her hungry kiss shot craving to his groin.

“Any more and I’ll never stop.” He lowered his mouth to her neck and sucked on her skin. Hell, her breasts heaved within the tight confines of her bodice. Bad move. He needed to divert his gaze.

“Touch me,” she whispered.

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For those who’d like to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card and some other goodies, then click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway link below.

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But that’s not all… In addition to my personal prize for this hop, there are some fabulous blog tour prizes up for grabs. There’s a $50 Amazon giftcard and five $10 Amazon giftcards. Just click on the Hop Giveaway link below.

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Keep hopping– The complete list of participating authors is on the list below

1. Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains 9. Inner Goddess 17. Nina Mason
2. Samantha Holt 10. Hunter S. Jones 18. Kate Robbins
3. A Dirty Book Affair 11. Christina Phillips 19. Scenes from a Chaotic Mind
4. Anne Conley 12. Andrea Bellmont 20. Sarah Bella
5. Em Taylor 13. Isobelle Cate 21. Joanne Wadsworth
6. Kirsten S. Blacketer 14. Storm Chase 22. Anne Stenhouse
7. Willa Blair 15. Ceci Giltenan 23. BJ Scott
8. Nicole Hurley- Moore 16. Tarah Scott
Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

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~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE (Highlander Heat Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy HUNTER (Magio-Earth Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT (Bodyguards #1) at: Amazon Kindle / Amazon Paperback / B&N Nook & Paperback / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Magio-Earth #2) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy PROTECTOR (Magio-Earth #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

TAKE CARE. :)

PRIZES and #GIVEAWAY – Winter Wonder Man Blog Hop is Here

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It’s the Winter  Wonder Man Blog Hop, and I’d love to welcome my blog’s followers and anyone new dropping by. For most of you it’s the peak of winter, something I find incredibly hard to imagine when it’s the height of summer where I live. Temperatures are close to 90 degrees in New Zealand, and every day I take the kiddies swimming at the pools or beach to cool down. I’d love to know what you’re up to though. Are you curled up before the fire, or perhaps building snowmen? Where do you live in the world?

We romance writers certainly love to bring our characters into a new world of love and romance. It’s our job to make sure our heroes have the reader curling their toes. In my newest release, HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE, I hope I’ve achieved just that. Here’s a peek at this novella in my Highlander Heat line.

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His mission is to capture. Hers is to turn the tide.

Twenty-two-year-old Julia MacLeod discovers a secret tunnel leading from Dunvegan Castle, the stronghold of her MacLeod clan. Her chief would never allow her to leave without a guard during this time of war, but up for an adventure, she scurries along the dank passageway and through a maze of twists and turns.

Highland warrior Ivor MacDonald is on a solitary mission to secure a bargaining chip against his chief’s rival clan. While scouting the cliffs near Dunvegan Castle for a way in, a lone woman topples from the cliffs and into the frigid waters of the ocean. Honor demands he rescue her, even though it might bring his mission into jeopardy. Then he discovers she’s the chief’s cousin, and his bargaining chip has just fallen right into his hands.

Ivor steals his captive away, and on a journey across the ocean, his mission soon takes a turn. Julia’s trust in him sees his honor battling to override his need for revenge. Has his captive now turned the tide, and became the captor instead?

A Historical Highlander Romance.

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Also, if you’d like to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card and some other goodies, then click on the rafflecopter link below.

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But that’s not all… In addition to my personal prize, if you leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS below, then one commentator from the blog tour will win at least a $35 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Nice.

Keep hopping– The complete list of participating authors is on the Linky list link below

Click here to view and click on a link in this Linky Tools list…

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Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

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~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE (Highlander Heat Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy HUNTER (Magio-Earth Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT (Bodyguards #1) at: Amazon Kindle / Amazon Paperback / B&N Nook & Paperback / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Magio-Earth #2) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy PROTECTOR (Magio-Earth #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

TAKE CARE. :)

Prizes and 4th of July “When Sparks Fly Blog Hop” Is Here

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Happy 4th of July America!

I’m here to celebrate this day with you even though I’m a Kiwi from New Zealand. I checked out exactly what Independence Day means to Americans and discovered the 4th of July 1776, was the day history was made as the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. I love that you celebrate this day with parades, shows, games, sports, bonfires, bells and all sorts of other whistles. And the 4th of July is right in the middle of your summer months. Wow. The perfect time to do so.

Although, with it being the middle of winter Down Under, I’m trying to ignore the rain, sleet and snow, and visualize a summer’s day so I can really get into that festive mood.

Hmm, I’ve almost got it.

Nope.

Let me just crank up the heater a little bit more.

No, still not working.

I’ll just shut the curtains so I can’t see the frost covering the ground.

Yep, done. 🙂 I’m there.

Happy 4th of July everyone! Have loads of fun. And to continue the celebrations, if you leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS you can go into the draw for a chance to win an ebook copy of PROTECTOR. Simply let me know what you’re doing this 4th of July since I’ve never celebrated one before. 🙂 Also, the winner will be chosen on July 9th 2013, and I’ll contact you via email to organise your prize.

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To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?

BUY THE BOOK: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Lyrical Press / iTunes / Kobo

Keep hopping–You can find the complete list of participating authors right HERE.

Also, and only if you wish to, please consider “liking” my Facebook author page. For your convenience the link is just over on the right-hand sidebar. 🙂

If you’d like to add Protector to your TBR list, here’s the link for Goodreads. Or it’s on the sidebar as well.

And for those keen on checking out Protector’s trailer on YouTube, it’s just below–>

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Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful day.

PRIZES + GIVEAWAY, and Lucky In Love Blog Hop is Here

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Are you LUCKY IN LOVE? We romance writers love to bring our characters into a new world of love and romance. There’s nothing quite like having our heroine meet her hero in a chance encounter, then tossing in all sorts of issues to see if she’ll turn the moment into something more.

I’d love to hear if you’re lucky in love? Did you meet your hero by chance? Or are you still looking out for that one moment when he’ll arrive? Perhaps you’re a romance writer and you dream of turning your heroine’s lucky moment into the best one ever? Hey, and maybe you’re even one of those heroes who grabbed that chance and ran with it? because guys, I haven’t forgotten about you.

Flex those muscles, and if you leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS you can go into the draw for a chance to win an ebook copy of PROTECTOR. The winner will be drawn using Random.org on 19th March 2013, and I’ll contact you by email to organise your prize.

But that’s not all… Your comment also drops you into the grand prize draw of the hop (prizes are featured below–and they are amazzzing), so make sure you don’t miss out. It just takes one comment on this post WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS to get you into BOTH DRAWS. 🙂

protector (3)PROTECTOR

To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?

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BUY THE BOOK: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Lyrical Press / iTunes / Kobo

And for those keen on checking out Protector’s trailer, here it is.

Book Trailer:

NOW WHAT ARE THOSE PRIZES?

We have TWO grand prizes. Almost 300 authors are sharing Lucky In Love themed blogs, and you as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter almost 300 times!

1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (International)

and 2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US Only)

Keep hopping–You can find the complete list of participating authors right HERE.

Also, and only if you wish to, please consider “liking” my Facebook author page. For your convenience the link is just over on the right-hand sidebar. 🙂

If you’d like to add Protector to your TBR list, here’s the link for Goodreads. Or it’s on the sidebar as well.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

What Makes A Great Query Letter?

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I’ll never forget my first attempt at writing a query letter. I even showed it to a writer friend, who had just scored an agent, and I couldn’t wait to hear her opinion. Only it didn’t quite go as I’d hoped, the tale more or less like this.

“Joanne, what on earth are you thinking?” She waved the four crisp pages of my query letter in front of me.

“Um… That I’ve written a fabulous query letter. Why?”

“It’s too long. Way too long.”

Okay, I could deal with that. I could shorten it. “What length should it be?”

She leaned it. “I have a book on how to write query letters, and I’ll give it to you. Your query letter is your sales pitch to the screener of the slush pile. That means, it’s one page in length.”

“One page?” She had to be kidding, only I saw by the frankness of her expression she wasn’t. “But I’ll only get three paragraphs in.”

“Exactly. Imagine you’re in an elevator, and you hand your query letter to the editor who happens to be going up one floor. That’s about the length of time you have to engage their attention and tempt them into reading your synopsis next.”

“Seriously?” So unfair. “So they might not even read my synopsis if I can’t capture their interest with the query letter?”

“Yes, my friend.” She handed me back my wad of papers. “Welcome to the wonderful world of trying to find an agent or a publisher.”

So, I set to work and read the book she gave me from cover to cover. First, I was in shock that writers actually sell books on how to write query letters, but it’s totally true. And second, the next time I presented my friend with my new query letter, she sighed with delight. It was perfect, and her happiness had me delirious.

So, what makes a great query letter? Let me detail what I’ve learnt.

  • Keep it to one page. 🙂 (Yep, that’s me being ever so helpful.)
  • Ensure you address your query letter personally to the agent or editor listed on the submissions page. A must.
  • Then your first paragraph goes something like this:

I am seeking representation for my “Genre_of_your_Novel  and Book_Title,” complete at “Word_Count.” I am enclosing a synopsis and a sample chapter as per your submission guidelines. (In one or two brief sentences list your credentials, but make sure you touch only on the most impressive.) (In one or two brief sentences describe your desire to write so that the agent/editor understands this is your passion, and refer to any published works if you have them.)

NOTE: The line of what you’re enclosing needs to reflect what the agent’s or publisher’s submission guidelines request.

  • Next, you detail your blurb or pitch of the book, so keep it short. For this, just imagine you’re standing in a book shop and you’re checking out the books on the shelves. You see one you might like, and you flip it over and read the back cover. As you read this, you’re going to either find it engaging, or not. It’s the back cover which will decide whether or not you buy the book. Now, this is your pitch for your query letter, and this blurb needs to entice the agent or editor into looking at your synopsis next.
  • Lastly, thank them for their generous time in a nice single sentence.
  • Also ensure you include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the letter.

That’s it. Nothing else, unless they specifically ask for it within their submission guidelines. The query letter is often referred to as the bait, and your synopsis the hook. Then the sample of your manuscript needs to reel them right in. I love that analogy, and it’s so very true. If you’re after some more tips on how to write a synopsis next, you’ll find that on a post I did right HERE.

Okay, it’s time to announce the winner of my blog hop’s draw. For those who left a comment WITH THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS, I used random.org to draw a name for a chance to win an ebook copy of PROTECTOR. That winner is:

** Meghan Stith **

Congratulations, Meghan. I have your email, so I’ll be making contact with you today to send you your prize. Of course the Grand Prize winners will be posted later today on Carrie Ann Ryan’s Blog Hop Page HERE, and they’ll be notified via email of their win.

Don’t forget, if you want to leave a comment, you know I love them. Perhaps you have another tip to add in writing a great query letter? Let me know, and thanks for dropping by to see me this week. If you want to pick up your copy of Protector, the links are just below. 🙂

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Prizes and Heartbreaker Blog Hop is Here

HEARTBREAKERS. Yeah, we romance writers love these bad boys. There’s nothing quite like taming the wild one, and we grin just thinking about how we’re going to turn him into a heartthrob and the man our heroine needs him to be.

I’d love to hear if you have a heartthrob in your life? Or are you still looking for him? Perhaps you’re a romance writer and you dream of turning your heartbreaker into the best hero ever? Hey, and maybe you’re even one of these heartthrobs? because guys, I haven’t forgotten about you.

Flex those muscles, and if you leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS you can go into the draw for a chance to win an ebook copy of PROTECTOR. The winner will be announced on 12th February 2013, and I’ll contact you by email to organise your prize.

But that’s not all… Your comment also drops you into the grand prize draw of the hop (prizes are featured below–and they are amazzzing), so make sure you don’t miss out. It just takes one comment on this post WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS to get you into BOTH DRAWS. 🙂

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To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?

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NOW WHAT ARE THOSE PRIZES?

We have THREE grand prizes. Almost 300 authors are sharing Heartbreaker themed blogs, and you as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter almost 300 times!

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (International)

2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (International)

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US Only) And here’s the cool pic of the actual swag.

Keep hopping–You can find the complete list of participating authors right HERE.

Also, and only if you wish to, please consider “liking” my Facebook author page. For your convenience the link is just over on the right-hand sidebar. 🙂

If you’d like to add Protector to your TBR list, here’s the link for Goodreads. Or it’s on the sidebar as well.

And for those keen on checking out Protector’s trailer on YouTube, it’s–>  here.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.