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The Airship Also Rises Pre-Order!

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The crew of the Desire returns for one final, thrilling adventure.

Ever since Bea and the crew stole that box from the British Merchant ship, they’ve been drowning under enemies. The Brits, the Morlocks, and the man who started it all—their ex-employer.

However, Bea finally tracks him down and prepares for one final fight against the man who made their life hell. He’s got superior numbers and more weapons and wealth than she could dream up, while she’s got a threadbare crew running on grit and dreams alone. The crew of the Desire doesn’t stand a chance.

But Bea’s spent a lifetime defying the odds, and she and the crew will risk it all—their livelihood, their ship, and their lives, for the chance to fly the skies free once more.

Secrets will unravel and loyalties will be tested in the smoking conclusion of the Take to the Skies series.

Pre-order now!

If you haven’t read An Airship Named Desire (Book #1) or A Tale of Two Airships (Book #2) catch up before the final book releases!

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The Airship Also Rises Cover Reveal!

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The final Take to the Skies book has a cover!!!! The Airship Also Rises comes out August 17th, and the pre-order will be arriving soon! In the meantime, add it on Goodreads!

The crew of the Desire returns for one final, thrilling adventure.

Ever since Bea and the crew stole that box from the British Merchant ship, they’ve been drowning under enemies. The Brits, the Morlocks, and the man who started it all—their ex-employer.

However, Bea finally tracks him down and prepares for one final fight against the man who made their life hell. He’s got superior numbers and more weapons and wealth than she could dream up, while she’s got a threadbare crew running on grit and dreams alone. The crew of the Desire doesn’t stand a chance.

But Bea’s spent a lifetime defying the odds, and she and the crew will risk it all—their livelihood, their ship, and their lives, for the chance to fly the skies free once more.

Secrets will unravel and loyalties will be tested in the smoking conclusion of the Take to the Skies series.

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Music Monday- A Love Affair in Las Vegas

Today we’re welcoming Rachell Nichole for Music Monday to celebrate her book A Love Affair in Las Vegas!

Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zfzka5VwRc

So this is kind of the perfect song for both Dawn and Barnaby. Neither of them goes to Vegas looking for love, yet that’s exactly what they find. For Dawn, she’s terrified to let a man into her life, because she’s always been on her own, and she’s a single mom after a one-night stand in college, so the last thing she thinks she wants is love. For Barnaby, he’s been burned so badly by his past relationship that he is scared to love again, and it’s so hard for him to trust Dawn.

Love So Soft – Kelly Clarkson –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy6vBxqlapw

First, I picked this song because I am obsessed with it, and must have listened to it at least a dozen times while I was writing this book. I love the hook and the way this song blends together. It’s also really perfect for this book because it’s all about loving softly and letting someone in, which is what these two are all about. The love scenes in the book are not soft, or gentle, in fact, they have an entire discussion about hard loving. But the emotional lovin’ is really soft.

Pony – Ginuwine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbnoG2dsUk0

This is the ultimate get-down nasty song, and I love it. Whenever I’m stuck with the heat in the book or I need sexperation (that’s sexy inspiration, for those of you not inside my head), this is the song that I go to. I’d like to think it inspired at least one of the love scenes in this book. It’s just so sultry and deep and I mean, you can’t go wrong with the lyrics of “Just once, if I had the chance, the things that I would do to you…” In fact, there’s a really similar line to that in the book!

Author Bio:

Rachell Nichole is a contemporary erotic romance author, who loves writing sexy romances about memorable characters who have to fight to hold on to love.

Rachell holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Professional Writing and the other in French. She also received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She is the author of The Marietta Hotels Series, Spicy with a Side of Cranberry Sauce, Gingerbread Photography, To SirBelle By Night, and Queen of Hearts.

Rachell lives in Pennsylvania with a mountain of books, the love of her life, and an invisible cat who likes to snuggle.

Author website: www.RachellNichole.com
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Book Blurb:

Dawn Jansen has only ever wanted one thing: to provide a life for her daughter in New York City, away from the small-town minds of her family and her upbringing. She has fought hard to finally make it to manager at the Hauteman hotel, and one of her first duties is to attend a conference at the Marietta Las Vegas to learn all she can about running the show. But when she arrives in Las Vegas, her plans to learn as much as she can on a professional level, turns into learning far more about herself than her job. She may get a second-chance at this whole love thing after all.

Barnaby “Barney” Garrison has always had one goal in life: to help people. He’s found his calling as manager of the Marietta Times Square, and since his past failed relationship, has focused all of his energy on being the best manager he can be. This year, that means helping to run the Marietta Hotels second annual Hoteliers’ Conference in Vegas. But as soon as he notices Dawn in the crowd, his focus instantly splits, his desires for her swift and fierce. When he realizes the attraction is mutual, he doesn’t waste any time seducing her to his bed. But when he suspects she’s hiding something from him, he worries that maybe he’s just destined to attract two-timing women to his life.

Can what began as a fling in Vegas turn into something more once they’re home in New York? Or does what happen in Vegas truly stay in Vegas?

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Weekly Word Count #162

Word Count: 10,217

What story I’m currently working on:

Back to pounding out the words! I’ve hit 26k with Forged Contracts and I’m hoping to hit 30k before the end of the month, so next week I should be reporting in from the halfway part. This story has been so intense. Raven and Jer have all of the feelings and issues, and they’ve been an absolute roller coaster to write. It’s usually a good sign when I tear up while writing sections. And I even edged a bit ahead on Hypnotizing Beat, pushing to 13k!

What I’m editing/marketing:

If you haven’t added The Airship Also Rises on Goodreads yet, you should do that thing, as it’s coming soon!!! I’m so, so excited to share the final installment of the series that started my career as an author, and I have all of the intense feelings about it. I’ve also continued trudging along with Musketeer Pirates (I make it sound so exciting!) And if you’re in the mood for some paranormal loving, Legends of the Veil comes out August 1st–next week!

Join my brigade:

The best ways to get involved with my work is by joining my ARC List, my Facebook Group, or sign up for my Patreon!

Teaser of the week:

He didn_t know what he searched for out there in all the blue. Maybe the faintest glimmer of hope, like the sun gliding off the rippling surface of the lake.(3)

Line of the week:

His wolf didn’t help at all with the way it preened in his chest, a rightness he’d never felt before settling over him like sunlight. The bastard wasn’t discouraging this bad idea, even though over the past forty eight hours he’d thought of approximately six hundred and thirty reasons why Raven deserved someone better than him. Why they could never be mates, even if the potential scorched like silver.

He let his hand drop, shattering the moment. All he wanted was to kiss her right now, but with the mating bond looming, they might as well have a glass barrier between them.

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Music Monday- Flip the Beat

And we’re back for another Music Monday, this time with Roxanne Howard to discuss her latest release, Flip the Beat!

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Just the Way You Are- Billy Joel

The main character of the book, Molly Ivers, is a grad student about ready to go to Paris for a special internship. She is approached by a life coach who sees potential in her, and like a fairy godfather, he helps her transform her appearance to better fit into Parisian society. Molly gave her virginity to her friend, Evan Castle, a while back in a night of unexpected passion. He’s always adored Molly just the way she is, and if I had to pick a song about how he feels about her, Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” would be it.

Bon Jovi- (You Want To) Make a Memory

In the song “Make a Memory”, after Evan and Molly slept together the first time, it didn’t work out because of the invasiveness of the groupies that are known to hang around Evan from his rock band shows. Throughout the story, as Molly changes her appearance and prepares for her new road in life, her love life changes as well, and “Make a Memory” is what I would classify as Evan and Molly’s theme song.

What are you up to next?

There are a lot of steamy, steamy books heading your way! Save the date for my upcoming romance releases in the next six months:

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Flip the Beat

Molly Ivers thinks she is falling for the opposite of Prince Charming, and she knows she should give him up, but, oh, the temptation.

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, but without a devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle.

Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who hasn’t given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F91975X/

Boroughs Publishing Group: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/flip-beat

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40649672-flip-the-beat 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/flip-the-beat

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flip-the-beat-roxanne-d-howard/1129032378?ean=2940155322672

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/874148

Author Bio:

Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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Music Monday- Upon Broken Wings

It’s Music Monday time again! This time we’re featuring E.L. Reedy and A.M. Wade with their book Upon Broken Wings!

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Puscifer – The Humbling River

The river mentioned here: in our book it outwardly symbolizes death: it is a swollen river that takes two lives. But it also symbolizes life: that struggle that we each must face to get to the other side in one piece and ready for whatever comes next.

How To Save A Life – The Fray

To save a life, it is a grief so many in the world, too many, must face—that helpless feeling of guilt that we should have seen the signs, should have recognized the hidden pain of those who chose to journey to the other side before their time. That horrible and indescribable feeling that it was somehow our fault. It is a feeling that dims over time, but never really leaves us.

R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts

Pain and emotional turmoil are a part of life and this song is the most direct, in-your-face way of saying it. Don’t give up or give in. We all hurt but we’re all here to share the pain. The line “No. No. No. We’re not alone,” says it best.

Shinedown – Save Me

This particular song is almost a suicide letter—screaming for help. It mentions drugs, but whatever puts us in such a pit of despair can be anything. The point is that the singer is begging, crying, screaming for help. And the counterpoint is that so many who choose the lonely road never say anything outwardly. And maybe if they did, at least one more life could be saved.

Shinedown – Second Chance

Yes, its’ the same group, but this song says it best. The songwriter wrote this (in his words) as a message to his parents that he was moving on to live his own life. And though we don’t have to move on or move away physically, choosing to face our despair, to change our situation, to ask for help, that is a way to give ourselves a second chance.

Authors–

E. L. Reedy and A. M. Wade: a brother-sister writing team from Iowa. “We wrote Upon Broken Wings to teach that suicide is never the answer and that all it does is spread pain to everyone left behind.”

Our World–

Is a modern-day place of imperfect people, friends and family who both love and fail us, angels who deliver hope, bullies who destroy, and a loving Creator (God, or whatever name we call Him) who offers redemption for even our greatest failures. It is a place of light and shadow, love and hate, and a friendship that lasts even through death.

Our Settings–

Are Purgatory, which looks like a rustic retreat in the country, surrounded by flower gardens and a vast forest; it is the weigh station between Heaven, Hell, and Earth—and The Borderlands, a grey realm between life and death—and finally a small Midwestern town on Earth.

Our Protagonist–

Andrew (14), a high school freshman with Touch Aversion Syndrome, just trying to get through life, stubborn and proud, never asking for help, which leads to his undoing, must ultimately save Kiernan (14), a high school freshman, who attempts suicide after he’s outed as gay and is assaulted by bullies.

Andrew wants to awaken from what he thinks is a dream, but what Andrew needs is to realize that we are all connected and for better or worse, our choices affect everyone in the world around us. If he fails to achieve this understanding, his soul and that of Kiernan’s risk eternal damnation.

Buy Links

Paperback:  Barnes & Noble   :  Amazon.com

 E book & Kindle Editions:  AmazonUS     AmazonUK     AmazonCA   Barnes & Noble     Bookbub  Goodreads    iTunes    Kobo    Smashwords  Evernight Teen

We can be found all over the internet, but our blog is here: https://oflightandshadow.blog/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LightShadows/

Author Pages: E. L. Reedy’s Amazon Author Page  

A. M. Wade’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorELR

https://twitter.com/keysmomma

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14678276.E_L_Reedy

            https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17926112.A_M_Wade

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Weekly Word Count #161

Word Count: 5000

What story I’m currently working on:

Well, I slowed down a little this week, mostly because I had some external factors and my focus was crap. Hypnotizing Beat is still chilling at 12k, but Forged Contracts has bumped up to 17k! I’m still hoping to hit 30k with it by the end of July, as I’ve got a lot planned for it. Raven and Jer’s story is going to grip you by the throat from page one and not let go–intense is the name of the game here.

What I’m editing/marketing:

So, I have The Airship Also Rises formatted for the most part, and I did do a smidge of work on Musketeer Pirates, but the major edits I delved into were the line edits for both Forged Decision and Forged Alliances! No wonder I didn’t have the time to get extra written this past week. On the plus, both books are completely ready to come out next year! Still waiting to hear about the final two Philly Coven Chronicles books, but hopefully we see some movement there so that wonderful series can start hitting the shelves again! And my next release is only a couple of weeks away, with Legends of the Veil coming out August 1st!

Join my brigade:

The best ways to get involved with my work is by joining my ARC List, my Facebook Group, or sign up for my Patreon!

Teaser of the week:

“A thousand curses on girls with smart mouths and access to firepower.”

Line of the week:

“Mackey Kendricks,” Jer responded, loping forward to catch up with her. “Did you know him from your Landslider days?”

Her shoulders tensed a fraction at the mention of his name. “Everyone knew Kendricks,” was all she said. The coldness in her tone implied more than she let on. Raven didn’t turn around to look at him, and Jer stayed a pace or two behind on purpose. Something in the way she held herself right now was so remote that direct contact, anything that brought her to reality, might spook her.

“Jer?” she said, that same lightness in her tone, the one that caused goosebumps to rise along his arms.

“Yeah, Rae?” he stepped up to the doorframe even though she already strode paces ahead towards her car.

“If you see Mackey, don’t try to hunt him down. Don’t try to fight him. Just run.”