Hello, My Name Is…..

my name is--500finalWelcome to the “Hello, My Name Is…” Blog Hop! We’re ringing in the New Year with lots of giveaways! And by sharing some fun and wacky facts about ourselves. There’s a new giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all!

Happy New Year! I’m excited to share some information about myself with you (and to learn about some authors myself)! Here we go!

1504118_984578094933410_4110290078190208898_n[1]#1.  I can eat candy in moderation…except for Peanut M&Ms. If I have a bag near me it doesn’t have a chance.

#2. I’m an earring lover. I have more earrings than I need, but if I like a pair or there’s a sale I’ll buy more.

#3. If I could I would eat pizza for every meal. (Hawaiian is my favorite…LOVE the pineapples!)

#4. I eat one type of food at a time. If I have a chicken, rice, veggie meal, for example, I’ll eat all the rice first, then all the veggie, then all the chicken. I don’t mix them.

11390088_894100637314490_7404432658444372141_n[1]#5. I love writing books longhand. When I first started writing I wrote every first draft by hand. I don’t do it as much now, but if I start having trouble with one of my books I put the computer away, grab a notebook and try to cursive write my way out of my trouble.

Your turn! What’s 1 quirky thing about you? 1 commenter will receive a copy of my romantic suspense book Dance Away, Danger (US only). (INT winner will receive a different prize.)

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My Christmas Treats

Hiya! Meggie MacDougall here wanting to wish you a Happy Christmas! I hope all is well wherever ye are. I’m a bit cold up here in the Scottish Highlands. We’ve got lots of rain as well so I’m staying indoors as much as I can.

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I wanted to tell you about a book I’m excited to start reading now that the pub’s slowed down quite a bit. It’s called A MacKinnon Christmas and it’s written by Kit Frazier. I’ve loved the lass’s other novels and when I heard about this story I couldn’t wait to get it! It’s only a short story (a novella, aye?) but I know Kit will have us laughing out loud and wanting to be the best friend of the book’s heroine. Are there any books you’re looking forward to reading this holiday or are you hoping someone gives you books (or a gift card) for Christmas? Leave a comment here and perhaps ye’ll be the winner of our giveaway, a copy of Kit’s book!

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And for more prizes…

What are our favorite Christmas Treats? Books, of course! Stop by each blog for a chance to win fabulous books & gifties for the Holidays!

 

 

Attack!!!!

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time for the 4th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. 7 wickedly fun shops have come together to create one spooktalcular Prize Pack ($225+) full of Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Accessories and more! All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of other unique, handcrafted and custom designs. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below or visit the Main Giveaway Page on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE.

Join us daily on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog during the giveaway for our Halloween Movie Marathon featuring the Guess the Movie Game and our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.

October is the perfect time for watching spooky movies. Along with the Halloween Movie Marathon each of our participating shops, and many of our blog sponsors, will be sharing some of their favorite movie choices with you.

The giveaway runs October 18th – November 1st and is open worldwide. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack and 1 winner will win the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. Please visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog
HERE to see the full prize list, participating shops and daily giveaway events.

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Back Again!

Liar, Liar-high-resHiya! I know, it’s not been too long since I was here. BUT I’ve got information for ye from Alexa. She’s 1 step closer to having her book LIAR, LIAR available in audio format! We’ll keep you in the know about that.

The main reason I’m on here, though, is to share Alexa’s plans for the month of October. She’ll be turning another year older on the 9th and she wants to celebrate with you all month long. (Plus, she’s moved not too long ago & found lots of prizes.) So here are her plans:

Today, October 3rd, she’ll give 1 prize to a newsletter subscriber.

October 9th, her birthday, she’ll give 1 prize to a newsletter subscriber and 1 to someone from Facebook and Twitter.

October 14th, she’ll give away a prize to someone who shares or tweets about her book, WAKE ME. That’s the one with a lass who has dreams that come true.

Birthday-Balloons-004[1]October 16th, she’ll have a prize for a newsletter subscriber.

October 23rd, she’ll have a prize for a newsletter subscriber who answers the question in the latest newsletter.

October 31st, she’ll have another prize for another newsletter subscriber.

So…… can ye see the advantage of being a newsletter subscriber? If yer not already and ye want to be, you can sign up on the website’s home page.

Along with all of this, she’ll be taking part in lots of blog hops in November and December. So, you’ll want to come back here for those!

All right. I’m off to find meself a sweater. it’s a bit cold here in Glenhalish. Until next time!

A Quiet Time to Chat

Hiya! Och, I’ve been soooooo busy through the summer I haven’t had a chance to chat with Alexa until over this past weekend. She’s quite busy herself. Would you like to know why and with what? Well, then….

Liar, Liar-high-resAlexa’s job during the day has been her priority, but she’s also been teaching her online class, Killer Openings. She’s been working on a new Hidden Destiny book, the 2nd of a light paranormal suspense series. And have you heard? Alexa’s book LIAR, LIAR is set to become an audio book! How grand is this? She’s listening to narrators as I type. The other big change for Alexa is she’s moved. Och, she’s had a hard time with that nonsense, but she says she’s starting to feel a bit more normal now as September comes to an end.

In the future…. Alexa is planning to spend much of the rest of the year celebrating. In October, she will be celebrating her own birthday. She’ll be choosing 1 person a week from her newsletter followers to win a prize! Also, she’s participating in several blog hops, which will also offer prizes. And…if all goes well with the new Hidden Destiny book, she might celebrate a new contract! Wouldn’t that be grand?

Aye, you know I’ll be sharing all her information as it comes up. Well, I know I haven’t been so good about it in such a while, but I promise to get better. Now that the Highlands are slowing down I’ll be able to step in here more often.

All right, lads and lassies. I’ve got to go. Take care, now. Until next time!

These Aren’t Your Regular Fairy Tales…

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Welcome to the Fall in Love with Fairytales blog tour!

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Main page: https://governingana.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/fairytale-blog-tour/

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How do you like your fairy tales? I enjoy mine a bit adventurous.

My favorite genre to write is romantic suspense. When I was given my fairy tale to adapt, The Golden Goose, I was a little worried about how to make it into a suspense. There was nothing “suspensy” about the story. Hmmm, was I really going to be able to join the group of fantabulous Beyond Fairytales authors? I sat and thought, thought and sat and slowly, the story- with a bit of suspense & lots of adventure- came to life. CHASING GOLD soon became one of my favorites of my own books. I hope you like it too! Here’s a sneak peek of CHASING GOLD:

Antho coverAfter sipping her tea, she picked up another piece of pastry. Midway to her mouth, she stopped. A tall, thin man, glasses clinging to the end of his nose, strode through the doorway and scanned the room. A loose-fitting, faded T-shirt covered his chest, and khaki shorts hung on his hips. Kind of thin and bony for her liking, although the soft shade of ginger hair with a hint of blond in it grabbed her attention. It reminded her of her favorite movie star. Both hands were inside his pockets.

With a crooked grin, he walked straight up to her table. “Grace McKay?”

“Yes. Can I help you?”     

He held out his long fingers. “I’m Simon Andrews.” He waited as if his name was supposed to mean something.

She didn’t shake his hand. “What can I do for you, Mr. Andrews?”

He lowered his arm. “Your uncle said you’d be helping me on my expedition here.” From his New England accent, he could only be American.

Uncle Thomas sent him? Of all the crappy things he’d done, this had to be the worst. Did he not believe in her enough to allow her to handle the job? She stood, gathering her papers. “My uncle was wrong. I don’t need any help with my expedition. Good-bye.” She shifted around him and started for the lobby. Studying her paperwork in her own room would suit her better.

“Ms. McKay, wait.” He grabbed her arm.

She froze. Every muscle tensed.

“I realize you want to help in the search, but your uncle hired me to—”

She tugged herself free. “I know what he hired you for, but I’m telling you, you’re fired.”

In the next week, you will find posts from the authors behind the Beyond Fairytales series. We have spaceships, cowboys, owls, princesses, princes, and geese. If you like M/F, M/M, F/F, or ménage, you’ll find at least one of each. Each one is unique and indescribably naughty.

If you’ve gobbled up all of the collections already, be sure to check out the Beyond Fairytales blog for new releases and additional books.

Check out Shiloh Saddler’s post also today and then Jennah Scott’s post will be up tomorrow!

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Beyond Fairytales Blog Hop

Beyond Fairytales blog hop smallHiya! Meggie here! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting here in quite some time. I haven’t got a good reason except I’ve been enjoying some time between here and Ireland with me lad, Quinn.

But now I’ve got some news. Alexa’s latest book, CHASING GOLD, is a lovely adventure story set here in Scotland. (I’m over the moon Alexa’s written another Scottish story!) This book is part of Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series. All the authors have taken a fairy tale and put their own spin on the story to create a happily-ever-after romance book. Alexa’s fairy tale was Grimm’s The Golden Goose. She worried, at first, she’d not be able to do it, but soon she thought of her favorite place and the rest of the story rushed through her. Do you want a look at it? All right, then. Here ye go:

AlexaBourne_BeyondFairtales_ChasingGold_300Why had she given him so much attitude? Mr. Gray had been desperate to find help for her, but she didn’t want Simon anywhere near this golden treasure. Too bad. He had a job to do. No matter how difficult she planned to be, he intended to follow through. Maybe another approach would work. He jogged out of the room to catch up with her. “Miss, wait.”

At the foot of the stairs, she turned back to him, her gaze cold steel. Beautiful dark hair drifted over her shoulders. The pretty, frilly, flower-patterned dress hugged her upper body, flowing around her thighs. Yet she still looked ready to spit fire.

“Maybe we got off on the wrong foot. I’m sorry you didn’t know I was coming, but don’t you think you should be angry with your uncle?”

As each second ticked by, her shoulders relaxed. “You’re right. I’m sorry I snapped. I’ve had a difficult couple of days, which have left me short-tempered.”

“Would the troubling times be the cause of the bruise?” He pointed to her eye. She touched the skin near her temple.

“I had a run in with a tree limb.”

“Who won?” A grin tugged the corner of his mouth.

Her chin shot up. “I did, of course.”

Right. Okay, maybe she wouldn’t be so much trouble. “You need some time to adjust to the idea of having a partner. I need a nap after those flights. Why don’t we share our information in the bar before dinner?” For several more seconds, she studied him as though trying to decipher a hidden agenda. With his limbs growing even wearier, he held his hands out to his sides. “I promise my objective is to help, nothing more.”

One of her feet tapped against the step. Planting her free hand on the railing, she drummed her fingers against it. “All right. I suppose two heads are better than one. Let’s meet in the bar about six, and we can go to dinner when we’re done.”

She strutted up the stairs, her ass swaying side to side in the dress. By no means was he too exhausted to recognize a beautiful woman. Maybe she’d warm up to him when he was rested enough and turned on the charm. His brothers might have the outgoing, sometimes obnoxious personalities, but he had always been the one able to coax most people into his line of thinking.

It’s good, aye? I think so. And now you’re wanting to read more about other Beyond Fairytales stories. I know. So while I go to meet me love, you should visit some more stops along this blog hop, enter to win a grand prize, and possibly find new authors to read!

 

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Paranormal Blog Hop!

WakeMe_AlexaBourne_300x450Happy Mid-Week! Meggie’s away on vacation so she gave me free-reign of the blog. I’m currently working on the next story in my Hidden Destiny series, but I thought I’d share with you a bit of the first one, Wake Me

Sarah yanked on the back door to her friend’s gym. Rain pelted her head, masking the tears gathering in her eyes. The door remained closed, locked. “Damn it!” She slammed her fists on the glass. One last peek into the darkened building confirmed the truth.

So alone with too much at stake. One minute, bravery had galloped through her like the Kentucky Derby winner. The next moment, the urge to huddle in the far corner until the shaking stopped consumed her.

Hugging herself, Sarah sagged down the wall. She hated having her brain on fire. Moving to Austin was supposed to have eliminated her troubles, not leave her freedom hanging in the balance. Why the hell couldn’t the shit have remained in Seattle’s rainy afternoons?

Because she’d opened her big mouth.

So? What do you think? For more information, visit my Wake Me page. And to read more snippets of awesome paranormal stories visit the Paranormal Love Wednesdays blog!

 

Submission, Book, Party…Oh My!

Hiya! I’m back to bring you lots of information about Alexa! She’s got a new project she hopes to send to an editor who has asked for it. She’s quite excited about it. So send her some positive thoughts, aye? We’ll keep you updated on it!

AlexaBourne_BeyondFairtales_ChasingGold_300Next, she found out on the last day of 2014 that her next book, Chasing Gold, will be released on 1/23.

Now, January 4th is the 1-year anniversary of one of Alexa’s favorite books of her own, Dance Away, Danger!

Finally, January 23rd is the anniversary of her last Scottish romance, Broken Road! That’s the story of my dear friend, Catriona.

Since she has so much to celebrate, I asked her, “Why don’t you celebrate with your readers?” As she should, she’s taken my advice and put together a month-long contest!

DanceAwayDanger_v2Each Friday she’ll draw a name from commenters here to win a prize. All ye’ve got to do is tell her which of the three January books (Broken Road, Dance Away, Danger or Chasing Gold) would you want to be in and why? If you don’t know about these books, you can visit the pages on this website and learn about each one! Alexa will give away an Amazon gift card, a bag of swag (whatever that is!), and a copy of one of her other books. I talked her into giving away a Scottish treat bag as well for one of the weeks! She’ll choose 1 winner after midnight each Friday and post the winner’s name here in the comments, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Broken-Road-300x450I hope ye’ll help us celebrate Alexa and her January books! All right, now. I’ve got to get to bed. We’ve got a party in the pub tomorrow for a football match with one of our local lads. Until next time!

 

Beyond Fairytales Blessings Bloghop

BfBlessingsHiya! Meggie here, watching this American lass twist in her chair at the end of the bar as she searches for her lad. They’re quite an entertaining pair and I think you’ll love them when you get to know them. Come on. I’ll introduce you. I’ve got to take their pints to them. (Wanders along the bar and sets two drinks in front of the woman.) There ye are, lass. Have you not found him, then?

Grace: (rolling her eyes) Of course I can’t find him when I need him. Ugh.

Meggie: While yer waiting, tell us again about you, yer lad and how ye both ended up here.

AlexaBourne_BeyondFairtales_ChasingGold_300Grace: Well, I’m Grace McKay, treasure hunter. I’m the heroine in Alexa Bourne’s Beyond Fairytales book, CHASING GOLD. Simon Andrews is my partner. He’s….interesting. We met when my uncle, who’s from Scotland, sent Simon to help me with my latest treasure hunt. Apparently my uncle wanted one of the more experienced brothers, but Simon was all he could get.

I’m searching for a family heirloom that hasn’t been seen in centuries. I admit this hunt has been tough, but I’m good at what I do. If my uncle had just given me a chance I could’ve proven myself instead of trying to train a  guy who’s never been on a hunt before.  (Picks at the edges of the napkin under her drink while a smile creeps over her face.)  But he is kind of cute. And he is an eager partner. And he’s kind of growing on me.

Meggie: It seems he brings out the best in you as well, or so Alexa says.

AutumnGrace: Yeah, maybe he does. It’s funny, when he arrived here in Scotland, I didn’t want help. I have a professional reputation I’m building and having him with me makes me look weak. But he refuses to go away. While he’s been here he’s been keeping me grounded and professional, especially since I have so much invested in this job and so many distractions. And, don’t tell him this but he’s turned out to be a better partner than I first thought he could be.

Meggie (straightening and pointing over the lass’s shoulder): There’s your lad. I’ll leave you both alone. (She Autumnwalks away to load the dishwasher.) So, what do you think? They really are a great mess. It’s easy to see how they feel about each other, but they dinna want to admit it for whatever reasons. I guess we’ll have to read the book to find out what sets them on their path and how they overcome their difficulties! But, knowing Alexa, I guarantee it’ll be one mad adventure!

 


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