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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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Music Monday- On the Ropes

And it’s another Music Monday, this time with Dania Voss and her book, On the Ropes!

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1. Thunderstruck – AC/DC:
The hero Luke Stryker is a star baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cobras, I imagined him walking to the pitcher’s mound to this song.
​2. The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett​:
This was the first song at Jake and Cassie’s wedding, Abbey the heroine, and Luke became emotional as they watched the bride and groom dance to this song.
3. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole:
Luke and Abbey danced together for the first time in 10 years after a terrible break up to this song at Jake and Cassie’s wedding reception. Even after 10 years apart, they’ve not forgotten each other.
4. We Are Family – Sister Sledge:
Luke and Abbey reunite during a wedding weekend filled with family and friends.
5. Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson:
Abbey’s trying to catch her breath and reconcile her feelings after not seeing Luke for 10 years.
What are you currently working on?
Evernight Publishing just recently accepted The Warrior’s Whisper, it’s the followup to On the Ropes.
It’s Heath and Leah’s story who we meet in On the Ropes. Heath is a former Marine who was injured in Afghanistan and he’s known Leah all of her life.  She’s his good friend’s younger sister so he’s always felt she was off limits.
 
My current WIP is Hannah’s Bliss, the next in my Windy City Nights series that follows The Warrior’s Whisper. It is Rocco and Hannah’s story who are also introduced in On the Ropes. Rocco is a sexy Italian American who also served in Afghanistan and Hannah is an event planner. They come from vastly different backgrounds but will eventually find their way.
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Ten years ago he let her get away. Does he have what it takes to make her his for good? 

By all accounts Luke “Strike ‘em Out” Stryker lives a charmed life. He’s won 4 World Series Championship rings and is the Chicago Cobras star pitcher. He’s gorgeous, wealthy and is dating one of Hollywood’s biggest A-list actresses.

But things aren’t always as they appear.

Abbey Jayne has been nursing a broken heart since Luke Stryker betrayed her ten years ago. She’s spent the last ten years focused on her career and education, trying to get over him.

Forced to see him again at her sister’s wedding, Abbey vows to not let Luke ruin her weekend.

An accident days before the wedding has Luke re-evaluating the harsh realities of his life and future. A future that must include his one true love Abbey.

A terrible misunderstanding drove them apart ten years ago, but Luke is determined to win Abbey back by the end of the wedding weekend. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her they belong together. Failure is not an option.

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Music Mondays- Caden

Guys, Music Monday is BACK! Today we have TL Reeve and Michele Ryan to discuss their upcoming release: Caden: Apache County Shifters!
Wolves – Selena Gomez
It’s a given I think. Michele picked it out, though. It fits the way things started with Caden and Danielle, and then in one action, everything was destroyed. Now, it’s all about their trials to get back to one another.
What about us – P!nk
Again, Michele picked this one. (She’s got great taste in music) – It’s all about promises Caden and Danielle whispered to each other in the dark. All the promises Caden broke. The betrayal and the hurt caused by one man’s dark past, and about his pain and loss.
Too Good at Goodbyes – Sam Smith
I picked this one. It fits the story because Danielle has spend her life walking away. She can do it at a drop of a hat and now with how things have been destroyed with Caden, she’s willing to walk away and there is no emotion left there to even care that she’s walking away from the best thing in her life.
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Again, Michele picked this song. Caden finds Danielle perfect. Yes, he’s done some messed up things, and yes he’s betrayed her beyond what he believes he can every be forgiven for, but he also wants her to know, no matter what, she is perfect. She did nothing wrong.
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
I picked this one. Who doesn’t like The Cure? This song represents the healing and love Caden and Danielle have for each other. Once they let each other in and once they fix the things that tore them apart, Danielle and Caden realize, this is where they were supposed to be all along.
What’s next on the horizon: Michele and I are currently working on Unbreakable – Book One of our Leaving the Past Behind series. We’re anxious to get this one out, because it is the continuation of Nico and Hayden’s story. We know you guys are going to love it.
Where can readers find you?
If you would like to connect with Michele and I, you can do so by joining our group: R&R Raving Readers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RandRRavingReaders/  or you can join our newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cYprdf
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Caden Raferty messed up—big time. He’s turned his back on his family and friends, but most of all his mate, Danielle Blueriver.

Danielle is done with love and done with Caden. After two near death experiences, she’s regressed into herself not wanting to be seen or heard. Her life is crumbling down around her and the only thing giving her the will to live are her boys, Aiden and Nicolas.

But, an old foe isn’t done with either of them and once again, they are thrust together in a situation neither can get out of. 

Can Danielle and Caden find their path to happiness this time, or will the sins of their past destroy their future?

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Music Monday- A Tale of Two Airships

Today’s Music Monday is featuring A Tale of Two Airships, the long awaited sequel of An Airship Named Desire which releases this Wednesday! (Though is currently available for pre-order HERE!)

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1. Outlaws- Delta Rae

This was a band I discovered while working on this book, and their music quickly became the top of my playlist, especially while editing. There’s a desperado/western feel to a couple of their songs that it with the themes and vibe of Take to the Skies so so well, and this song definitely nailed a couple scenes for me.

2. Hold the Line- The Clockwork Dolls

You can always count on The Clockwork Dolls for stirring, emotionally intense music. I had a really heartbreaking scene to write in this story, and this was the song I put on repeat to get through it. A lot of times when I’m writing a scene that’s taxing emotionally, I really need to immerse myself in the scene, which involves the right musical accompaniment.

3. Tarantella- This Way to the Egress

This is an Take to the Skies book, so of course there are bounty hunter bars on the seedy side of town and plenty of fighting. And with This Way to the Egress’s jaunty, vaudevillian music, it’s easy to envision the sort of bars Bea and the crew are sauntering into as they go to stir up trouble.

4. Delta Rae- Chasing Twisters

This song has such a stirring melody behind it that I can’t help but want to take to the skies. Or ride a horse into town to bust up a saloon. The western vibe is powerful, and the song itself is intense, like the building to a rising battle, which works perfectly for Bea and the crew, since the entire book builds to the final confrontation at the end.

5. First Aid Kid- Silver Lining

My husband found this song for me, and the first thing he said was that it reminded him of Airship. And I wholeheartedly agree. I can’t think of a song that emotionally captures Bea and the crew of the Desire better. They live a fast and furious life, free yet weighted by all the life lost, and all the tragedy they’ve dealt with. No matter what obstacle they face, they ‘keep on keeping on.’

Book three, The Airship Also Rises, will be on the agenda for 2017, though it may not release until the following year. As with this book, shout it loud enough and I may be persuaded to work a little faster–enthusiasm is infectious!

For more news on the Take to the Skies series, or my other popular series, the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, check out my Facebook, or follow me on Twitter! To those looking for more fun reads, check out my author Amazon page or friend me on Goodreads!

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Music Monday- Scrying for Summer

Return of the Music Monday!

This one will be delivering a hefty helping of Scrying for Summer which will release tomorrow with Loose Id! Who’s excited? I know I am!

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(Warning, this playlist was eclectic)

MSI- Straight to Video

This one jumped into my head early on, probably because Jev’s character is a club kid in the alternative scene, and while this isn’t the fare they played at Nocturne when I was a teenager, I do have strong memories of that timeframe with this song. The spunkiness and energy of the song fit a lot of the interim scenes of the book and their jaunts through Philly.

Don Henley- The Boys of Summer

How do you have a summer-themed book without this song? Honestly, this one took me back too, because I had a summer I spent falling in love at diners, and this song was always playing on the radio in the background. The nostalgic feel of this fit the book so, so well, and really helped me nail down some of the sweeter, more intense moments between Liam and Jev.

The Outfield- Your Love

Another super summery song for me, probably due to the heavy nostalgia-laced riffs throughout. Seriously, try to listen and not sing along with this song. It’s impossible. Regardless, this was another song I tuned into when I was writing down the sexier and deeper moments between Liam and Jev.

D.H.T.- Listen to Your Heart

Another classic from my summer love in diners, this version of Listen to Your Heart was CONSTANTLY on replay, and I couldn’t help indulge in writing the deepest, shard-slicing moments of Liam and Jev’s romance to this song. Seriously, points of this book broke my heart, and I connected to these characters in a really unique way, probably why the story came so effortlessly.

Sonic Boom Six-Floating Away

More summer-nostalgia-fueled songs, except this one has a darker note that I’ll always adore. Also, must pause a moment to pimp the ever loving hell out of Sonic Boom Six. This song always transports me to a slightly melancholic but beautiful place, of remembering the past, and of the mistakes once made, which fits Liam’s state of mind perfectly.

For the rest of my playlist, check out kmcintyremt on Spotify!

The next project on the horizon is Rising for Autumn, book THREE in the Philly Coven Chronicles. This one deals with Alanna and Sam, necromancers galore, and more Coven politics! I am typing away at the moment because I can’t wait to share it with you all!

For more news on the Philly Coven Chronicles, or my other popular series, Take to the Skies, check out my Facebook, or follow me on Twitter! To those looking for more fun reads, check out my author Amazon page or friend me on Goodreads!

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Music Monday- What You Want

Musical Mondays for all!

Today let’s welcome Landra Graf with her book What You Want to discuss her musical inspiration for the book!

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Say You Do by Dierks Bentley – This song makes me think of early on in the story, when both hero and heroine have met, but she’s trying to convince him to agree to a little dessert.

Come a Little Closer Baby by Dierks Bentley – This is an end of the book song. One that has all the Happily Ever After and sexy I could dream of. Also, this guy’s voice… if you can’t tell I love it.

Come Over by Kenny Chesney – I easily got into the mood for writing Kanoa and Laney’s scenes leading up to the big smexy moments listening to this song.

Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum – This song means a ton for my heroine, Laney. I can’t say specifically why, but kisses are a big deal.

Like a Wrecking Ball by Eric Church – One of the naughtiest country songs I’ve heard in a while. It fits my characters and came in handy for the more sensual moments in this book.

What’s your next project on the horizon? What You Want is the second in the Desperately Seeking Submissive series. The third one, What You Desire, is coming in April and features one of the characters from this story. What You Crave, the first book in the series, is available now.

Where can your readers find you? I’m always wandering Facebook via Landra Graf. My website is another way to check out my books and what I’m up to. If you want the latest news I highly suggest signing up for my newsletter, which I share with the awesome Catherine Peace.

 

What You Want

When her sister gets sick on the night of her 1Night Stand date, Laney Malcolm is asked to fill in and pretend to be her twin. Treating it as a lark, she looks forward to an adventurous event with a free dinner and not much else. She isn’t prepared for the fierce attraction nor the urge to help the Hawaiian, tattooed submissive she’s introduced to.

Kanoa Mahelona has spent the last year trying to find himself, but he’s tired of random hook-ups and women who only want him for his bad-boy image. Madame Eve helped his boss, so he turns to her for assistance. Attractive and damn good at breaking through his barriers, the blonde Domme challenges him in a way he can’t seem to turn down.

Only she’s not who she appears to be, and, once the truth comes out, it may be too late to go back.