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Music Monday- The Airship Also Rises

Getting my Music Monday on with the release of The Airship Also Rises!

1. Up- Ships Have Sailed

This song has a bouncy sort of optimism that I loved, something hopeful that reminded me so much of this crew.

2. Rapunzel- Emilie Autumn

I wanted this song for the more subdued, emotional moments in the book. While most of the story is that wild, uproarious adventure, this is also highly charged. After all, it’s the final book, the resolution of a story that was introduced back in An Airship Named Desire.

3. Chasing Twisters- Delta Rae

This one’s another classic that I’ve listened to on repeat for all three Take to the Skies books, because there’s this wild, Western feel to the music, and Bea’s constantly chasing twisters.

4. Beneath the Black Flag- Miracle of Sound

This was a new addition to my Take to the Skies soundtrack that had a fun swashbuckling feel that helped with a lot of their scenes.

5. My Silver Lining- First Aid Kit

This will always be the theme of the Take to the Skies series. Every time I hear this song, I’m transported to the Desire with Bea and that lively crew, of heavy nostalgia and the lemon zest freshness of new adventure.

What’s your next project on the horizon: A Christmas short involving Bea and the crew will be coming out in Bustles and Bells!

Dive into THE AIRSHIP ALSO RISES now!

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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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.
On the Ropes

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-Secret of the Master Gearsman

Need some new tunes for the new week? Look no further.

Today Einar Mercier is sharing his musical inspiration for Secret of the Master Gearsman with us!

 

These songs from my Secret of the Master Gearsman playlist were common tunes while I sat at my laptop, envisioning the fantastic Gears & Gunfighters world and the people in it!

1. “Roundtable Rival,” by Lindsay Sterling. In truth, all of her music is amazing to play in the background while writing, but this song fits my steampunk material well. The pace keeps the keys clacking away while the melody fills you with a sense of adventure and opportunity that makes whatever comes next in the novel seem eager to break out onto the page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=jvipPYFebWc

2.  “Jesse James,“ by Clay Walker. Steampunk Westerns combine two of the most common guy-stereotypes, the need to tinker and fix things, and the desire to wear a low-slung gun belt and walk into a saloon with your spurs jangling. This song does a great job capturing that ineffable quality, that glimmer in the hearts of good and ordinary folks to rob a train. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlpwKxd2s4

3. “Steampunk Pixie,” by Frenchy and the Punk. This is a great rockabilly-saloon song. The bounce in the beat and the charm of the tune is great for when I’m writing wry humor or sarcastic dialogue strips. It can be easy to get lost in the Western feel or the grit and noir of this book’s ongoing conflict, and this reminds me to have fun with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=ixbKm2JQx2w

4. “Glory and Gore,” by Lorde. This is a bit of a departure from the theme, but half of my world is populated by Vikings and this encapsulates the different worldview and behaviors of the Union’s northern border. The simple, direct savagery of the lyrics speaks to the way my Northmen behave in a beautiful and elegant way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOks2HArHf0

5. “Hungry Eyes,” by Eric Carmen. Not only a timeless classic and a great pace to write to, but it is a perfect representation of when Coline (the main character) encounters Guthvormyr, leader of a mystical race that lives within the Aether. That’s all I can say about it without giving away key plot points, but when you read the novel it will make sense!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oKUTOLSeMM

I never experienced Writer’s Block but instead have what I have termed Writer’s Diffusion, an inability to focus on just one writing project at a time. As such, I am amidst all of the following projects:

Einherjar, the Viking afterlife of a US Soldier, in edit and review for release in 2016.

Everlasting, a Slavic-horror tale, 30% complete.

Ransomed Dreams, a sci-fi pulp/noir adventure, 30% complete.

Seventy-Nine, a tarot-inspired adventure in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland, 20% complete.

Gunfighter: The Midnight Line, a modern action-novel, 20% complete.

 

Where can your readers find you?

My website: www.einarmercier.com

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/einarmercierauthor

My Steampunk Gunfighter Advice Column: www.gearsandgunfighters.com