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

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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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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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ON SALE – Limited Time #99c – PROTECTOR

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

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PROTECTOR ~ Magio-Earth Series Book One ~ New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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?

Sneak Peek of Enchanter and Jewellery Giveaway

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Enchanter is Here!

I’m so excited to be sharing a snippet from my new release Enchanter, which is available from today, May 5th.

If you’d like to, check out the giveaway at the end of the post. You could win a New Zealand Paua Shell Kiwi Pendant Earring Set (INT.) This was made by a local jeweller, so I could offer a fabulous piece of Kiwiana in my giveaway. Just leave a comment to go into the draw which will run throughout the month of May.

ENDLESS READING REVIEWER: “I loved reading the alluring temptation, the quarrels and laughs, the heat of the moment, and the lust that transpired in Enchanter between Guy & Silvie.”

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

To love and protect…across worlds.

On planet Magio war rages between Peacio’s protectors and Dralion’s warriors. Friendships and soul-bonds are forbidden, yet deadly secrets lurk within a high-ranking inner circle.

Eighteen-year-old Peacian Silvie Carver’s worst problem is completing finals until her best friend receives forewarning that Silvie is the key to keeping her enemy king from making a decision that will escalate the war. Silvie must save her loved ones’ soul-bonds from being torn apart, and all without revealing her emerging and rare fire skill during the mission.

Dralion warrior and enchanter, Guy Moyer, has been fighting his soul’s demand to find his mated one…who also happens to be his enemy. Except Silvie shows up on Dralion’s off-world Australian Outback station and though they renounce their bond, his soul demands he aid and protect her.

When Silvie finds herself impersonating a warrior, she’s pulled to the fiery edge of her control as she seeks to influence the king’s decision. Can the mated pair turn the tide of the war and find their place with each other?

 

HERE’S A TANTALIZING EXCERPT FOR YOU –

“I’m so sorry about your mother, Guy.” I scraped one foot forward, touching my toe to his, needing some form of connection too.

“She had the biggest heart, the gentlest smile, and hair as black as midnight, so long it touched her waist, right about”—he smoothed down my sides and cupped my hips—“here.”

Heat raced through my veins and I shuffled my other foot forward. Closer was better, and no doubt due to the bond at play. “You miss her?”

“Always.” He slid his thumbs into the small gap between the waistband of my cutoffs and t-shirt. “She was life itself, which is why I appreciate the here and now. You never know when someone will be gone.”

My chest tightened, his loss cutting into me far more than it should. “She sounds wonderful.”

“She was.” He pulled back a little and fingered his necklace. From the center of the thin strap of leather, a small gold ring dangled. “It’s been so long. I almost forgot. My mother bequeathed her ring to my mated one. She gave it to me to hold onto until the time we met.”

“What? No. We might be mated, but we’re not doing anything about it, right?”

“Right.” He lifted the necklace free of his head. “But I still made a promise.”

“No, really.” I shoved against his chest. “Stop. Put that back on. Promises like that can be broken.”

“Not this one. My mother wanted the woman I was mated with to know her in some way. This ring was her gift to you. I’m only the keeper, passing it along.”

I backed up until my shoulders knocked the hay bales. “I said stop.”

“Her wishes were precise.” He crowded me from the front, making it impossible to get away, and then slipped the necklace over my head. “This was what my mother wanted. It feels good to see to her last request. Don’t deny me that.”

Nothing could have shocked me more. Off balance, I rocked onto my heels, gripping the band of gold, his mother’s precious gift from the past. “This is crazy.”

“I’ll know you have it. That’s all that matters.” Guy’s brow pulled down as he clasped my hand. “We really should end things now, before our soul-bond deepens further.”

“You mean release each other?”

“Exactly. I’m the last enchanter in my line, and even though I’m only nineteen, Donaldo has already requested I find a warrior woman and continue it. I have to ensure the ability to enchant doesn’t die away with me.”

Damn, this was all happening so fast. “Shouldn’t we take some time before we decide on such a step?”

“My destiny is not with you, Silvie. It’s elsewhere.”

“For eighteen years I’ve dreamed of being mated.”

“We can’t move on until we release each other.”

The heaviness in my chest expanded. Geez, what a predicament. This was the right thing to do, even though it felt totally wrong.

“Don’t think too much about it.” He caught my face between his hands. “Just start. Speak the words I need to hear.”

“You’re this certain?”

“Yes. I’m sorry.” His voice scraped on the last word, as if he fought his emotions.

I could do this. I was strong, and surely didn’t need a warrior for a mate. I’d already seen how hard it was for Faith and Hope, and now, the future difficulties they faced. That wasn’t for me.

“Give me a second.” I wet my suddenly dry lips then forced them open.

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

 

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Love Fantasy Romance? Hunter is FREE Apr 30th to May 4th

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With ENCHANTER’s release just a few days away on May 5th, I decided to celebrate a little early by offering HUNTER, the novella in this New Adult Fantasy Romance series for FREE.

The Amazon link is at the end of the post if you’d like to grab your free copy, and please, spread the word. I’d love that.

REVIEWERS: “Another great read from Joanne. I can’t wait for the next FULL instalment in this series ‘ENCHANTER.'” -Nicola Horner ~ Endless Reading

“I loved the humorous and sweet relationship between Cole and Lieska. This series has quickly become a favorite.” – Holly Underhill ~ YA/NA Reviewer

“Hunter is exciting, unforgettable and charming. Hunter is a must read for those who love this series as much as I do.” – Angela McPherson ~ Nocturne Romance Reviewer 

HUNTER EXCERPT –

Chains cranked, and the solid paneled iron gates at the entrance rolled open. This was what I’d been waiting for. Finally I’d be able to see inside the three-story high open-aired arena. It was a beauty with its ancient circular architecture.

“Wow. Do you see that?” Hope whispered to me from where we hid in a bush.

I shoved the brush farther aside, and we both poked our noses in. The protectors’ arena was close in size to our fighting force’s in Dralion. Their blocked seats were layered back and up and able to hold thousands of spectators. Groups of protectors trained on the central sandy floor with swords and spears and axes, with likely more beyond. Some of the men wore red tunics with leather-flapped skirts, and they lunged and parried, as accurate with their brutally sharp weapons as any warrior would be. The women trained in their battle leathers. So close. This was the chance I’d been waiting for. It had definitely been right to bring Hope. Hopefully she’d be able to help me keep a level head.

“Let’s go.” I gripped Hope’s hand and ’ported us. Everything darkened as I made the short jump through space.

Hope wobbled as we arrived near the wall. “Lieska, what the heck are you doing?”

“You saw the gate open. It’s an invitation I can’t turn down.” I plucked the sides of my hip-hugging black leather pants. “Look at us. I’m dressed no differently to any of the protector women, and you’re completely unassuming in jeans and a t-shirt. Except for this. The Stetson has to go. It screams Earth.” I nabbed it and tossed it behind a flax bush growing beside the wall. “Now no one’s going to suspect we’re from Dralion unless we announce it. We’ll be normal people, not catching a second glance.”

“Geez, I hate how my own words come back to bite me.” She shook her head. “Just make sure you don’t announce our arrival your way. No throwing any daggers at the protectors, because that would be announcing it, in case you weren’t aware.”

“I’m aware, and I’ll try and keep them sheathed, maybe.” I couldn’t stop from rubbing my hands together. Finally I’d have a chance to sort this problem. The hunt was on. I strode in and the breeze lifted my long brown locks and swept strands across my face. Two men battled close by and one of the men’s blade’s struck flesh and bone. Blood spurted in a wide arc. My blood thrummed to join the fight. Oh yeah. I wish I’d been the one to inflict that wound. The injured man grasped his arm, holding the edges closed. His blood ceased running and his skin began to knit together. A fast-healer. Damn. What a shame.

“Ew.” Hope puffed as she caught up. “Are your senses still on fire?”

“Burning bright. So stay close in case I need to ’port us out of here quick.” I followed the safety rail around the perimeter. My senses flared. There. A man in black jeans stretched as if readying himself for training. The denim molded his butt. Mm-mmm

He selected a two-handed sword from the rack and twirled it in a precise figure eight. Slowly he built up speed, and moved through a series of fluid training moves. He held the battle skills, and only those who had such an affinity for their weapon did.

“Is that him? The one you’re after?” Hope hauled me to a stop.

“Yes, and it appears he needs a battling partner. Wait here.”

“I’ll wait provided you agree not to kill anyone.”

“We’ll see, just don’t draw any attention to yourself.”

“Huh, I can’t believe you’re telling me not to draw attention to myself. Hello. Give yourself your own pep talk.” With a harrumph, she snuck under the railing. She plopped onto the wooden bench and grasped the edge under her knees, squishing her knuckles.

“I would take my own advice, except I don’t think I’m up for listening. That’s why I have you.” She was one of my best friends, even though she’d accepted a protector as her mate. I could deal

Stroking the hilt of my ever-present side sword, I walked toward the one my senses had flared on.

 

HUNTER: Amazon Kindle

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Yay! Here’s the Cover Reveal for ENCHANTER, Magio-Earth Book Three. Releasing Soon.

I’ve been waiting eagerly to show you this cover.

ENCHANTER

Magio-Earth Book Three

Coming May 5th, 2014

With Kensington Books, Lyrical Press Imprint.

Enchanter

ENCHANTER

To love and protect…across worlds.

On planet Magio war rages between Peacio’s protectors and Dralion’s warriors. Friendships and soul-bonds are forbidden, yet deadly secrets lurk within a high-ranking inner circle.

Eighteen-year-old Peacian Silvie Carver’s worst problem is completing finals until her best friend receives forewarning that Silvie is the key to keeping her enemy king from making a decision that will escalate the war. Silvie must save her loved ones’ soul-bonds from being torn apart, and all without revealing her emerging and rare fire skill during the mission.

Dralion warrior and enchanter, Guy Moyer, has been fighting his soul’s demand to find his mated one…who also happens to be his enemy. Except Silvie shows up on Dralion’s off-world Australian Outback station and though they renounce their bond, his soul demands he aid and protect her.

When Silvie finds herself impersonating a warrior, she’s pulled to the fiery edge of her control as she seeks to influence the king’s decision. Can the mated pair turn the tide of the war and find their place with each other?

–ooOoo–

In ENCHANTER, the heroine Silvie, is Faith’s best friend and the sister of Hope’s soul-mate. Silvie featured regularly in book one and two, and I couldn’t wait to write her story. I knew exactly what I’d be putting her through, and that she’d be more than ready for every challenge I threw at her. Silvie learns she is not only mated to a warrior enchanter, but holds the most deadly of the battle skills.

I also have some fabulous news for fans of this series. I’ve been waiting for Protector and Warrior to re-release with Kensington Books/Lyrical Press Imprint. After two months, the first two books in this series have hit the market again. Here are the covers, and below the buy links. If you haven’t had a chance to try out this series, give it a go. This is fast-paced adventure, and all packed with sweet romance that has you gunning for these characters to work things out. Each book is stand-alone, so start anywhere you like.

Feel free to click the picture for the AMAZON buy link. The KOBO buy link is also below. (PS: These books will be available wherever ebooks are sold, including B&N and iTunes, but will take another 7 days to show.)

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Witness Pursuit has also re-released with Kensington Books/Lyrical Press Imprint, and the same applies as above.

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–ooOoo–

 

~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CASTLE (Highlander Heat #1) at: Amazon Kindle

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

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

These books below are available on Amazon, but will be up on B&N, iTunes and Kobo within the next 7-10 days.

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

Thanks for joining me. Take care this week. :)

HUNTER – My YA/NA Fantasy Romance Has Just Released. Come Check it Out.

Hunter

HUNTER

To love and protect…across worlds.

Nineteen-year-old Lieska Alura, a Dralion warrior from the planet Magio, calls an Australian Outback station her home away from home. Hounded by her skilled hunter senses, she is on a mission to track down one man, her soul-bound mate.

Peacian protector and hunter, Cole Cyrano, is driven by his soul’s demand to find his mated one, a woman he knows is his enemy. Dralion and Peacio are at war, and he ignores his soul’s call. Except Lieska shows up during a fierce training session inside his protectors’ arena, and his soul demands he protect her.

Completely, yet impossibly matched, they decide to renounce their bond, only not all goes as planned when Lieska receives word bushfires rage across her Outback station. She leaves, and now nothing can keep Cole from the hunt. He joins Lieska in driving the station’s cattle toward the mighty river, and the chase is on…against both nature and each other. Can the mated pair find their place together in a world at war?

A Young Adult, New Adult Fantasy Romance

REVIEWERS: “Another great read from Joanne. I can’t wait for the next FULL instalment in this series ‘ENCHANTER.'” -Nicola Horner ~ Endless Reading

“I loved the humorous and sweet relationship between Cole and Lieska. This series has quickly become a favorite.” – Holly Underhill ~ YA/NA Reviewer

“Hunter is exciting, unforgettable and charming. Hunter is a must read for those who love this series as much as I do.” – Angela McPherson ~ Nocturne Romance Reviewer  

~~ BUY THE BOOK: Amazon Kindle ~~

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HUNTER has just released, a story which will take you deep into the Australian Outback and across those great plains. This is a stand-alone novella within my fast-paced YA/NA fantasy romance line, where across worlds, soul-bound mates battle against both love and land.

Before I bring you an excerpt, I just want to take a moment to thank all those fans who’ve embraced this series. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me, to where imagination and magic soar. It means the world to me.

And if you haven’t tried any of the books in this series, then don’t miss this one. HUNTER is the perfect short story to get you started, and likely hooked. PROTECTOR and WARRIOR (the first two books) have released, and ENCHANTER (book three,) is coming summer 2014. I simply adore reading books within a series, and in this line, each book is stand-alone, featuring a separate heroine and hero, so start anywhere you like.

~~ BUY THE BOOK: Amazon Kindle ~~

Here’s an excerpt to tempt you:

Chains cranked, and the solid paneled iron gates at the entrance rolled open. This was what I’d been waiting for. Finally I’d be able to see inside the three-story high open-aired arena. It was a beauty with its ancient circular architecture.

“Wow. Do you see that?” Hope whispered to me from where we hid in a bush.

I shoved the brush farther aside, and we both poked our noses in. The protectors’ arena was close in size to our fighting force’s in Dralion. Their blocked seats were layered back and up and able to hold thousands of spectators. Groups of protectors trained on the central sandy floor with swords and spears and axes, with likely more beyond. Some of the men wore red tunics with leather-flapped skirts, and they lunged and parried, as accurate with their brutally sharp weapons as any warrior would be. The women trained in their battle leathers. So close. This was the chance I’d been waiting for. It had definitely been right to bring Hope. Hopefully she’d be able to help me keep a level head.

“Let’s go.” I gripped Hope’s hand and ’ported us. Everything darkened as I made the short jump through space.

Hope wobbled as we arrived near the wall. “Lieska, what the heck are you doing?”

“You saw the gate open. It’s an invitation I can’t turn down.” I plucked the sides of my hip-hugging black leather pants. “Look at us. I’m dressed no differently to any of the protector women, and you’re completely unassuming in jeans and a t-shirt. Except for this. The Stetson has to go. It screams Earth.” I nabbed it and tossed it behind a flax bush growing beside the wall. “Now no one’s going to suspect we’re from Dralion unless we announce it. We’ll be normal people, not catching a second glance.”

“Geez, I hate how my own words come back to bite me.” She shook her head. “Just make sure you don’t announce our arrival your way. No throwing any daggers at the protectors, because that would be announcing it, in case you weren’t aware.”

“I’m aware, and I’ll try and keep them sheathed, maybe.” I couldn’t stop from rubbing my hands together. Finally I’d have a chance to sort this problem. The hunt was on. I strode in and the breeze lifted my long brown locks and swept strands across my face. Two men battled close by and one of the men’s blade’s struck flesh and bone. Blood spurted in a wide arc. My blood thrummed to join the fight. Oh yeah. I wish I’d been the one to inflict that wound. The injured man grasped his arm, holding the edges closed. His blood ceased running and his skin began to knit together. A fast-healer. Damn. What a shame.

“Ew.” Hope puffed as she caught up. “Are your senses still on fire?”

“Burning bright. So stay close in case I need to ’port us out of here quick.” I followed the safety rail around the perimeter. My senses flared. There. A man in black jeans stretched as if readying himself for training. The denim molded his butt. Mm-mmm.

He selected a two-handed sword from the rack and twirled it in a precise figure eight. Slowly he built up speed, and moved through a series of fluid training moves. He held the battle skills, and only those who had such an affinity for their weapon did.

“Is that him? The one you’re after?” Hope hauled me to a stop.

“Yes, and it appears he needs a battling partner. Wait here.”

“I’ll wait provided you agree not to kill anyone.”

“We’ll see, just don’t draw any attention to yourself.”

“Huh, I can’t believe you’re telling me not to draw attention to myself. Hello. Give yourself your own pep talk.” With a harrumph, she snuck under the railing. She plopped onto the wooden bench and grasped the edge under her knees, squishing her knuckles.

“I would take my own advice, except I don’t think I’m up for listening. That’s why I have you.” She was one of my best friends, even though she’d accepted a protector as her mate. I could deal.

Stroking the hilt of my ever-present side sword, I walked toward the one my senses had flared on.

–ooOoo–

I hope you all enjoyed that.

Thank you all for helping me celebrate the release of HUNTER by joining me today. Thank you. Thank you. 🙂

~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

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

Buy FIRST FROST, A Lyrical Press Anthology (including Highlander’s Captive by Joanne Wadsworth): Amazon KindleAll Romance Ebooks

TAKE CARE. :)

Hunter, a Magio-Earth Novella Cover Reveal. Wow. Check it Out!

HUNTER, a Magio-Earth Novella (YA/NA Fantasy Romance)

Releasing December 2013

Yay. I just received the cover for HUNTER. You have to check it out and let me know what you think. I was certainly stunned. This cover blew me away. I just love seeing the heroines in my Magio-Earth series come to life in such an amazing way. I know these characters inside out, but to see them take the stage on their own cover is the best feeling in the world. (This cover art was done by the extremely talented Renee Rocco of Lyrical Press.)

HUNTER is a Magio-Earth novella which forms part of my YA/NA Fantasy Romance series. And if you’d like to check out all my awesome covers in one spot, here’s the link: http://joannewadsworth.com/books/

Here’s Hunter’s cover and blurb. I hope you enjoy.

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To love and protect…across worlds.

Nineteen-year-old Lieska Alura, a Dralion warrior from the planet Magio, calls an Australian Outback station her home away from home. Hounded by her skilled hunter senses, she is on a mission to track down one man, her soul-bound mate.

Protector Cole Cyrano, of Peacio holds the hunter skill. He’s driven by his soul’s demand to find his mated one, a woman he knows is his enemy. Dralion and Peacio are at war, and he decides to ignore his soul’s call. Except Lieska arrives, and during a fierce training session in his protectors’ arena, he discovers his mate holds the same skill as him. Now nothing can keep the hunter from the hunt, and he’s drawn into an unexpected chase as bushfires rage across his mate’s Outback station.

Cole joins Lieska and aids her in driving the station’s cattle toward the mighty river. And the chase is on…against both nature and each other. Can the mated pair find their place together in a world at war?

A Young Adult/New Adult Fantasy Romance.

HUNTER will release in just a few weeks, so keep your eye out for it.

All of the books in this series are stand alone and feature different heroines and heroes, so you can read any one you like first. The series is connected through characters and the worlds of Magio and Earth, and I’ve made certain your favourite characters pop up so you’ll never miss the chance of catching up with them along the way.

For fans of this series, I’d love to share an interesting tidbit about HUNTER. You first meet the heroine Lieska Alura in Warrior, and Lieska received her name from a woman I’ve never met, but who lives in the same town as me in New Zealand. How did that happen? I’d just gotten a nasty stone chip on my windscreen, dropped into the glass smith and the man replacing it mentioned how his wife, Lieska, had read Protector, the first book in my series, and loved it. I wasn’t aware the locals knew me that well. A really nice surprise. Yep, I grinned with delight. Then I couldn’t help but notice how unusual his wife’s name was. I asked him about her name and where it had come from. He said she’d never met another person with it since it’s so rare, and the origin of her name was listed as unknown.

Ahh, now a beautiful, unique name with an unknown origin sounded like a temptation to me. Those were the kinds of names I was after for the fantasy world I’d created. I told him her name was perfect for my warrior hunter, and if his wife needed an origin for her name, it was now founded on the planet Magio as “hunter, tracker, pursuer.”

To continue with that story, a couple of months ago I got another stone chip, and dropped in to chat to the same glass smith. I mentioned to him his wife’s namesake was now getting her own book. Lieska was no longer a supporting character. He was thrilled for his wife, and said his Lieska would be over the moon to hear that. I’ll certainly be dropping by the glass smith now I have the cover to ensure his wife gets a copy. I really hope she likes it as much as I do.

Okay, that’s me for today. I wish you all a wonderful weekend. Don’t forget if you want to drop me a comment, make sure you do. I love, love hearing from you guys. (I really can’t say that enough.)

And lastly, if you’d like to read one of my books from my thrilling Young Adult Fantasy Romance series then by all means, check out the book links below to pick up your copy of PROTECTOR or WARRIOR.

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Buy PROTECTOR (Book One) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Book Two) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

TAKE CARE. 🙂

What Is Up With Those Dreams?

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So cute. 🙂

I’m going to need to do some research on dreams and figure out why we have them. Some make absolutely no sense at all. You know those ones, right? You wake up in the morning completely sweating over the horrifying dream you’ve just had. It felt so real, and once awake, it takes you a minute or two to realize you’ve just been dreaming.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I can feel almost every emotion when I’m dreaming, from anger to delight, from calm to complete frustration. Never though do I get utterly bewildered about what’s happening in the dream. I don’t think to myself, how can this be happening? Wake up. This is not real. Yeah, it’d sure be nice if I did. Anyone else with me on that?

Yep, there can certainly be some strange things going on in our dreams. Say a giant neon green pig the size of a horse is chasing you through a car park. Suddenly it grabs you with its super-elasticated front legs, and then decides to…well, who knows what comes next. But, usually whatever the strange thing going on is, you don’t consciously think it can’t be real. It’s so real in the moment, even if it’s totally preposterous. Those are the dreams I’m wondering why we have.

And yet another pet peeve with those dreams, is usually ten minutes after waking up from a doozy of one, you go to tell your nearest and dearest about what just happened, and you know what? For the life of you, you simply can’t remember what that stupid dream was all about.

So frustrating. Why on earth do they just turn up out of the blue, and then vanish on the wind?

Anyone have an answer?

Okay, away from those silly dreams and onto an amazing one.  I have some wicked, dreamy news to share. A novella in my YA Fantasy Romance series, titled HUNTER, will be releasing early 2014. I’m super excited about this. If you’re a fan of PROTECTOR and WARRIOR, then HUNTER is a story you don’t want to miss. It’ll arrive just before book three in the series, ENCHANTER, which is scheduled for release mid-2014. The cover for HUNTER should be here soon, and I’ll share it the moment it arrives.

Don’t forget to drop me a comment if you’d like to. I love hearing from you guys.

Also, if you’d like to read one of my books from my thrilling new Young Adult Fantasy Romance series then by all means, check out the book links below to pick up your copy of PROTECTOR or WARRIOR.

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Buy PROTECTOR (Book One) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Book Two) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Capturing That Elusive Writer’s Voice and Making it Sing

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Sooo true. I’m claiming this saying for myself.

When I first began the submission process on my first novel, I read over and over from agents and publishers on their websites that they wanted to see submissions reflecting a unique writer’s voice. I had no idea what that was at the time, but still thought, hey, that’s me. What’s not unique about my voice? I’m a Kiwi from Down Under. My voice is my own, and I have an extremely unique take on the world being that I’m always standing upside-down and the other-way-around. 🙂

Yeah, that’s not writer’s voice, but it wasn’t long before I truly understood what it was. I also came to realize it’s the most elusive aspect of writing, that it’s a challenge to truly grasp, yet also a challenge I could completely take on.

So, what is writer’s voice?

Writer’s voice is that wonderful combination of blending your own unique writing style with a deep understanding of your characters, along with knowing how their story best needs to be told. A writer’s voice is the most moving part of the story, and it’s sometimes referred to as the heartbeat of the main character. In other words, a writer’s voice is the magic that makes the story soar.

A strong writer’s voice brings the POV character to life, captivates the reader and has them hanging onto every word, every description, action, emotion and reaction.

A writer’s voice should be completely authentic, and most certainly not a copy of your favorite author.

A writer’s voice should also allow the reader to bond emotionally with the main character, to forge a connection that can’t be broken. This is why it’s so important for a writer to know their characters inside and out.

I’ve spoken before about understanding your characters in this way, and well before you get to the end of your first draft, otherwise there can be a ton of rewriting simply because you’ve come late to the party. A writer needs to know the heart of their main character, their essence, what makes them tick, what their strengths and ultimate fears are. You need to be intimately familiar with their entire thought process. Nothing is off-limits. And therein the magic begins.

Magic = Knowing your characters.

Magic = Constantly growing our writing skills and abilities.

Magic = Understanding, and writing your POV correctly.

That’s right, don’t forget to nail your POV within your writer’s voice. Knowing which POV would be the best in telling your story is incredibly important. 1st Person, 3rd Person, DEEP POV? Omni? The wrong POV can do your story a disservice, so study, study, study. And read widely in the genres of your stories.

I hope this post was helpful. Have you discovered and mastered your writer’s voice? Perhaps you’re still on the road to getting there. It definitely takes time and perseverance. In truth, I’m still traveling along that road. With each story I write, my writer’s voice strengthens and becomes more distinct. It’s all about the magic.

Today is also my official release date for WARRIOR. Yay! Any if you want to read a thrilling new Young Adult Fantasy series filled with intrigue at every corner, then by all means, check out the book links below to pick up your copy of PROTECTOR or WARRIOR.

Each book in my Magio-Earth series features a different hero and heroine, but the characters from the books all intertwine and you get to catch up with them all along the way. As such the books can be read independently of each other, but of course as with most series, they’re more fun when read in order. Here are those links:

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Buy PROTECTOR (Book One) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Book Two) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

THANKS EVERYONE FOR JOINING ME. YOU HAVE A SUPER DUPER WEEK.

When Your Book Releases in Time For Your Birthday — Yay!

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What a wicked birthday present I just got. Certainly every writer’s dream. WARRIOR is set to release next Monday, but it has arrived early, and right in time for my birthday today. Yay! It’s out now wherever e-books are sold, and I’ll be sure to drop those links in for you later in the post.

First though, I’ve never brought out a full length excerpt from WARRIOR, so I’m going to rectify that today. Also, here’s what a few of the reviewers have said about WARRIOR. I’m just beaming over these.

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“Imaginative world-building, stunning setting & a love fated to be.” — Jessi Gage, Author

“I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.” — The Jeep Diva, Reviewer

“I’m loving this series! So different and cool, and I just loved Silas and Hope’s relationship.” — Holly Underhill, YA/NA Reviewer

–ooOoo–

Here’s the excerpt I promised.

EXCERPT:

Silas extinguished the lamp, and moonlight filtered through the tiny square window. He rolled to his side, facing me. “We’ll stay close. I can’t dismiss the mated bond. Our souls call to one another and it’s strong.”

I felt it too.

“I can’t keep my distance from you, Hope. That would result in your death.”

“Yeah, but yours would result if my grandfather, Donaldo, ever found out about you. The need to protect goes both ways.”

A low growl rumbled from his throat. “It sounds like you’re arguing with me.”

“I’m pointing out the facts. Alexo keeps the knowledge of Faith’s relationship with Loveria a secret.”

“We don’t have their kind of relationship.”

“So this is a non-relationship?” I smiled. That actually suited me.

“Yes.”

“Okay, honey. I got it.”

He pulled me to him. “I have no idea why, but I like you. You have a smart mouth.”

I snuggled closer, resting my cheek against his chest. “Mmm-hmm. So do you.”

He let out a slow breath and it fanned over the top of my head. “I still want to kiss you.”

“Hell, no.” I grinned to myself.

“Are you repeating my earlier words?”

“Yes, I am.” He rolled me, coming up over top. My heart raced. “Don’t–”

His kiss was potent as he claimed my mouth.

I had no response. I was lost, hypnotized as we shared breath and a moment more special than any in time.

He cupped my face in his hands and stroked my cheeks, his thoughts escaping for the first time.

I read them so clearly within the merge.

He wanted this moment to last.

My heart soared and my soul called to his on the deepest level. “We are in a world of trouble,” I murmured against his lips.

His hold tightened, intoxicating me. Then he eased away an inch, maybe two. “You have the most beautiful spun-gold hair. It catches even the moonlight and glows like silk.”

I cleared my throat. “I know I just said trouble. You should stick to your side of the bed in this non-relationship.”

A wicked grin widened his mouth. “I could drown in the brilliant violet of your eyes.”

“Do I need to slap your face?”

He laughed. “Yes.”

I pushed him away, trying to get my heartbeat to slow. “Go away.”

He rolled into me, held me close. “I’ll be good. Just keeping you warm. It’s my right.”

I curled up, squeezing my eyes shut. “I can’t believe I’m sharing a bed with you. Do you snore?”

“Terribly. I’m also a bed-hog.”

I heard the partial lie, but to which half of that statement? “Hmm, since I’m squished between you and the wall, I’m picking you’re a bed-hog.”

“You feel all warm and soft. I’m not going anywhere.” He nuzzled my hair and yawned. “Go to sleep. You’ll need your rest if you want to be on your toes tomorrow.”

I didn’t doubt it. The minutes ticked by, and I slowly relaxed. My soul-bound mate lay beside me. For one night, or perhaps for more? I had no idea.

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BUY LINKS:

Buy WARRIOR (Book Two) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy PROTECTOR (Book One) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook iTunes / Kobo

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GIVEAWAY of PROTECTOR, book one in this series:

I can’t celebrate my birthday without offering a giveaway exclusive to my blog’s followers. If you leave a comment with your email address, you’ll be entered in the giveaway of one free e-book of book one, PROTECTOR. This giveaway is open until late Friday, so get your comment in. Using random.org, I’ll choose a winner and notify the winner on Saturday.

Thank you all for helping me celebrate the release of WARRIOR. Thank you. Thank you. 🙂

Have a great week, everyone.