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Interview: Dena Garson (When Ash Remains) ~ Giveaway


 

Hello & Welcome!

 

Today I’m happy to introduce Dena Garson author of When Ash Remains. Dena, Thank you for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and speaking with me today. 

 

What genre(s) do you write in and how did you choose to write in them?

 

I write what I love to read – romance. That includes contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, and now a combo of paranormal & historical romance. I can’t really say I chose to write in them – I just write the stories that speak to me.

 

What do you do when you are not writing?

 

I read whenever I can. And I have a huge collection of beads and love to make beaded jewelry and accessories.

 

What is your favorite quote?

 

Oooo – that’s a tough one. I collect quotes. They’re all over my hard drive and my Pintrest boards. I suppose I’ll just go with “Writing is life, everything else is research.”

 

Was there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

 

Can’t say that there was any one author or book that influenced me. I read a lot as a child without regard to genre. Although I was (and still am) a huge fan of mythology – Greek, Roman, Celtic, Egyptian, and now Native American.

 

Would you tell us a little about your book, When Ash Remains?

 

When Ash Remains is about a man and woman from different tribes who meet because of a series of deaths. She is what they call a “spirit talker” – someone who can hear the voices of the land and animals. He is a warrior who doesn’t believe in spirits and only wants to bring justice to his murdered cousin. They must work together to find whoever is committing the murders.

 

How did you come up with the concept and the characters for When Ash Remains?

 

I live in Oklahoma and belong to the Choctaw Nation. Even though I wasn’t raised within the tribal boundaries I’ve always been interested in the history, culture, and stories. After a friend of mine began harassing me about writing a book that included Native American characters, I did some in-depth reading about various tribal myths and origin stories. Two things grabbed my attention –Deer Woman and Skinwalkers. I knew I had to write something about one or the other. Skinwalkers won out.

 

What is your favorite scene from When Ash Remains?

 

I’d have to say it’s the scene after they defeat the villain. Without giving anything away, Kajika comes face to face with things he had trouble believing in throughout the book.

 

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

 

Getting the personal relationship between Ahyoka and Kajika “right.” I was about half way through my first draft when it occurred to me that they wouldn’t follow the same rules as English or French societies of that time period. But finding information about that sort of thing for Native American tribes is almost impossible. I talked with several Cherokee citizens to get some ideas and I think I came up with a reasonable representation.

 

If you could spend the day with one of the characters in When Ash Remains, who would it be and what would you guys do?

 

Oh, definitely Ahyoka. I think it would be so cool to be able to hear messages from animals and our environment. I’d love to know what those things might say to us humans.

 

Last, what is next for you?

 

I’m excited to work on a Steampunk romance novella. I’ve been wanting to do one for several years. It’s supposed to be included in a set with other novellas with a similar theme that will come out later this year.

 

Dena, it was a pleasure having you visit. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today!

 

 

When Ash Remains

 

By Dena Garson

 

A paranormal, Native American, Historical Romance

 

Release Date:  March 2, 2017

 

Available for Presale:  Feb. 12, 2017

 

Blurb:

 

A warrior with a mission

 

There isn’t a buffalo or deer that Kajika cannot take down. So when his cousin is slaughtered he relishes the chance to track down the killer. The trail leads him to a woman with gifts he has trouble believing in. Despite their differences he cannot fight his instinct to protect her from all threats – even those he cannot see. That drive even rivals his desire to explore every inch of her body.

 

A woman with a destiny

 

Knowing the spirits will protect her, Ahyoka allows the handsome warrior to take her to be questioned by his chief about the unexplained deaths in their village. He may not believe in her abilities but he is one of the few who doesn’t treat her like something to be feared or shunned. He awakens feelings that make her yearn for things she thought she’d never have. Her biggest fear is that once he learns the full extent of her gifts he will reject her like most of her tribe did.

 

A killer twisted by hurt and anger

 

Kajika and Ahyoka must work together to find the one responsible for the string of deaths in and around their villages. Faith, trust, and even a little bit of love will be needed to defeat the killer and right the wrongs committed in the pursuit of power and revenge.

 

 

Buy Links:  

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Amazon UK  /  Amazon CA  /  Amazon AU

 

 

 

Copyright @ DENA GARSON 2017

 

Awake Spirit Talker.

 

A man.

 

He watches.

 

A man.

 

He comes.

 

A man.

 

He hunts.

 

Ahyoka listened to the sounds of the spirits around her. Even without their warning, she would have sensed the presence in the shadows.

 

She rolled to her side and looked to where she knew he crouched. The darkness hid his features from her eyes, but his spirit radiated from the fire that burned within him. Never before had she met someone with such a potent life force.

 

Even her brother’s wasn’t as intense as this man’s, and her family descended from a line of powerful shamans.

 

Did he mean her harm? Or was he just passing through?

 

Without taking her eyes off the place where he hid, she groped behind her for the knife she had been using before she dozed off. The apples she ate sat heavy in her belly as she contemplated whether she should run or just face whoever it was.

 

The crunch of leaves from her left drew her attention. No sooner had her vision shifted than a blur from the place the man had hid raced toward her. She rolled as her father had taught her to do in order to minimize the impact of the assault. At the same time, she pulled her knife and tried to put it between her and her attacker. The man grabbed her wrist and pinned it to the ground, rendering her weapon useless.

 

Her heart pounded in her chest and a roar sounded in her ears. Who was this man? 

She fought to free herself from his hold but found he outmatched her in size, speed, and strength. In an alarmingly short span of time, she found herself pinned beneath one of the most handsome men she had ever seen. She pushed aside her shock and renewed her efforts. “Get off of me!” Even the attractiveness of his face didn’t deter her from ramming her head into his nose.

 

He loosened his grip on her and covered his face as he mumbled some expletive.

She used this distraction to her advantage and bucked him to one side so she could wiggle free. Before she could get to her feet and scamper away, he grabbed her by the ankle.

 

“Let go!” She kicked at his hand with her other foot, trying to break his hold.

 

As she struggled with the warrior, two more men appeared from out of the surrounding trees. “Do you need help, Kajika?” the taller of the two men asked. The laughter in his tone suggested their struggle amused him.

 

Ahyoka renewed her efforts to break free of the first man’s grip. “Who are you and what do you want?”

 

The warrior kept his hold of her even as he climbed to his feet. “Who are you and what were you doing in our village?”

 

Ahyoka stopped struggling. “In your village? What village?”

 

“Don’t play dumb with me. We tracked you here.”

 

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” She pointed to the bank just behind them. “I’ve been following the river all day. I stopped to rest when I realized how far I’d come. Where is your village?”

 

Now that he had released her, she could see the rest of the man who had interrupted her peace and quiet. Her eyes traveled up the length of his legs. She skimmed over the short deer skin he wore about his waist and tried not to speculate about what might be hidden beneath. His bow hung across his broad chest, making her wonder how he managed to squeeze into such a narrow span. Every line of his chest and belly could be seen clearly. If she wanted, she could count each one even from where she sat.

 

Something stirred within her and made her heart skip a beat. That same something counteracted her impulse to escape.

 

 

 

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Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.

 

She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn’t writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.

 

 

Website – Blog – Facebook – FB Author page – Twitter – Goodreads – YouTube – Google+ – Pinterest 

 

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Author Of The Month - Lane Hayes - Grand Finale

Join us again today for our Grand Finale celebrations, with a look at Leaning Into You, PLUS the exclusive cover reveal for the upcoming 2nd book in this series, Leaning Into The Fall, and excerpts from both books! We also have our Author Q&A, and one more chance to win one of Lane's books. 

 

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Virtual Tour w/Review - Not In My Wildest Dreams
 
 
It really sucks to be in love with someone 
who sees you as nothing more than a friend. 
 
 
 
NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS
McKenna Series #2
Jamie Hollins
Releasing Feb 7th, 2017
 


It really sucks to be in love with someone who sees you as nothing more than a friend. Darcy Owens knows this from personal experience. From the moment she met Sean McKenna as a wary ten-year-old, he’s owned her heart. So when he asks for her help with an important construction project, she can’t say no.

Building a boutique hotel on Boston’s waterfront is a career-making opportunity, and Sean needs Darcy’s interior design expertise. She’s incredibly talented, and there is no one he trusts more. He knows he can always count on his childhood friend, but doesn’t know why he’s thinking about her tight skirts and blue eyes instead of tight deadlines and blueprints.

When Sean and Darcy’s excitement about their work turns into an entirely different kind of excitement, it’s a sexy surprise. But they soon realize that building a new relationship is more challenging than building a new hotel, especially when life-long habits and old insecurities create cracks in the foundation.


 
 
 
 

Sean had never noticed the cobweb in the corner of his living room before. The thin and delicate web shifted slightly as the evening breeze wafted in from the open window.

 

Back and forth it moved. Back and forth.

 

 

He looked down at his watch for the thousandth time. Half past eight. They were supposed to meet Ewan and Quinn a half hour ago.

 

 

Darcy! What’s the holdup?” he yelled. “Did you fall asleep up there or something?”

 

 

He heard some rustling and drawers shutting before she yelled back, “I’m almost done!”

 

 

With a sigh, he let his head fall back against the chair. Women were notorious for taking forever to get ready. He’d dated a couple of women who would take forever to put on the finishing touches while he waited in their foyers or living rooms. He just never figured Darcy would be that type of woman.

 

 

Not that he minded. Not much about her bothered him, except when she made him all hot and bothered. But then again, he didn’t mind that either.

 

He’d gotten the impression earlier she was a little nervous about tonight. She’d asked a million questions about where they were going and who would be there. He didn’t know why she was nervous. They were meeting Ewan, Quinn, and some others who they’d been out with a million times since they were old enough to get into bars without fake IDs.

 

 

Whatever Darcy’s hang-up was, it was cutting into their night. They had to stay at the bar for a socially acceptable amount of time before they excused themselves so they could hurry home to the confines of his bedroom, where he planned to do all sorts of naughty things.

 

 

It had been two weeks since London, and he couldn’t get enough of her. She was to Sean what catnip was to cats.

 

 

Darcy was Sean-nip.

 

He twisted his lips at the clever quip and let his mind wander back to last weekend. He’d driven down to Providence the moment he had left the office on Friday. They hadn’t left her apartment until Sunday night to go to dinner. He’d driven back to Boston afterward and floated on some sort of sex high the rest of the week.

 

The moment she’d walked into his townhouse last night, he hadn’t even bothered with the polite “Hey there” or the casual “So, how was your drive?” He’d lifted her up by the waist and kissed her all the way out of the kitchen, up the stairs, down the hall, and into his bedroom. He hadn’t even cared that his roommates were home and saw the whole show.

 

He flexed his fingers against the upholstery on the armchair. Sex had never been this exciting. Sure, he’d looked forward to it before.

 

But being with Darcy was like walking around with a set of blue balls all the time. He ached at the thought of her smooth skin. He constantly thought about getting inside her, and then when he finally got there, he never wanted to leave. She was becoming less inhibited—more confident—and the sex just kept getting better.

 

Over the last two weeks, he’d wondered why that was. Why was she so irresistible to him when other women were so forgettable? Why did he find himself thinking of her all day long when he should have his mind on work?

 

If he and Darcy had started a relationship years ago, would it have been this good? Was Darcy some untapped sex siren who would have rocked some other guy’s world if he hadn’t gotten to her first?

 

Whenever such questions would arise, he’d dismiss them as quickly as he could. His mother always told him he was like an ostrich. Instead of facing issues or tough questions or challenges, he’d stick his head in the sand and wait until they’d passed him by.

 

He didn’t necessarily agree with his mother’s assessment. In fact, when it came to his mother’s advice, he usually let it go in one ear and out the other. She’d have him married with a whole brood of kids by now. That was definitely something he wasn’t ready for. At least at this point in his life. Maybe someday in the future. Way in the future.

 

He wasn’t running away from tough questions, he just didn’t think it was worth his time and effort to worry over something that wasn’t going to affect anything in the present or future.

 

Why ponder such things? They were together now, exploring each other and this thing they had going on. Why sit and think about the past when she was upstairs in his bedroom at this moment getting dressed in what he hoped included some hot lingerie?

 

He felt himself hardening and cursed. Maybe they should just skip the bar altogether. Tell everyone that he’d come down with a case of dengue fever or some shit like that.

 

He heard another drawer slam upstairs.

 

Seriously!” he exclaimed. “You must be sleeping ’cause I have no idea why else it’s taking you so long. I know I wore you out last night and all, but you drank all of your girlie latte plus half of my man coffee this afternoon. You can’t possibly be tired with all that caffeine.”

 

A laugh floated down the stairs. “I’m not sleeping, I’m getting ready! And stop flattering yourself, Sean. If anyone wore anyone out last night, it was me.”

 

Woman, please. I’ve been taking it easy on you since you’re just past virginal.”

 

Another laugh from upstairs. “What’s the next step then?”

 

Sean stood up and went to the bottom of the steps. “See, that just goes to show how not ready you are. You don’t even know what the next step is.”

 

He heard a zipper, then a light switch turned off. “Please, Mr. Sex Guru. Enlighten me.”

 

Sean leaned against the wall. “I can’t. It’s against guru policy to divulge the secrets of the next level of sexual satisfaction if you’re not ready. You gotta pass the test first.”

 

He heard footsteps and looked up to see Darcy finally coming downstairs. She wore a long-sleeved green dress and nude high heels. His eyes moved from the roundness of her breasts hidden underneath the dress down over her shapely hips and her exposed legs. She looked good enough to eat.

 

Darcy stopped on the last step, and her warm, familiar minty scent surrounded him. “What kind of test is it? Multiple choice? Short essay?”

 

He reached for her and pulled her snug against him, loving the way her breath hitched when he squeezed her ass.

 

Sean smiled before answering, “It’s an oral exam.”

 

 
Not in My Wildest Dreams (McKenna, #2)Not in My Wildest Dreams by Jamie Hollins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2, in the McKenna series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order.

Darcy has been in love with Sean for almost twenty years. They are best friends. She is getting to a breaking point where it is time to decide can she live with herself if she walks away?

Sean loves having such an amazing buddy. He has no idea how she feels about him. He just knows he never wants to live without her.

This series just gets better and better. I loved this story and the characters! They were so much fun to read. Lots of humor, and some really sexy moments between them. I cannot wait to see what the author will do next.


***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews
 
 
 
DON'T MISS ANY OF THE 
MCKENNA SERIES
 
 
 
 
 

Kitty's Book Spot!

Interview with Jamie Hollins:

 

I’m really excited to be here on Kitty’s Book Spot! Thanks for having me!

 

1. Do you write to music, or make music playlists for your stories?

 

I can’t write to music. I tried at first, but I found out quickly that I need peace and quiet when I write. Even my dog’s snoring, when he’s curled up next to my desk, is a distraction!

 

I do make playlists though. You can find the playlist for NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS on Spotify at - https://open.spotify.com/user/jhollinsauthor/playlist/7cmXShkTUuMze9AfpFdJp6

 

2. What got you started writing romance? (Got you interested in writing)

 

I’m an avid reader and I pretty much read anything I can get my hands on. I read a lot of literary fiction and historical fiction when I was younger, and I realized that my favorite part of every book I read was the romance element. So I started reading a lot of romance and paid attention to the way authors constructed their books, built their characters, and developed their conflicts. About the same time, Quinn and Ewan (from book one in the McKenna Series) started dancing through my mind and I decided I’d give writing a try. I signed up for an online writing class and I kept going from there!

 

3. What is the one genre you hope to one day write, if you haven't already?

 

I’m a huge fan of YA epic fantasy so I’d love to give that a try one day! One thing I can promise is that regardless of which genre I write, my stories will always have a romance element. And I’m pretty positive I could never write a book that didn’t have a happy ending.

 

4. Will you share with us something no one else knows about you?

 

Just like my heroine in NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS, I had a secret crush on a guy in high school. Now, you should know that I’m an outgoing person. I can walk into a room full of strangers and strike up a conversation without any issues. Yet whenever I got around this one guy, I would clam up. I couldn’t form an intelligent sentence. WTF! What was wrong with me? Why did I get tongue-tied around this guy?

 

For four years, I seriously crushed on this dude. Four years. It took my mother finally mentioning something to his mother (cringe!!!!) to bring the whole thing to a halt. He wasn’t into me. He thought of me as a friend.

It sucked at the time, but in the long run, it worked out. I’m happily married to my hubster. Thank God for unanswered prayers.

5. Have you ever been part of a fandom? (ie: been a follower/reader of really popular works? EX: Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, etc?

 

I’m a loyal Outlander fan, both the books and the TV shows. Right now I’m into everything that Sarah J. Maas writes and I can’t get enough of her Throne of Glass series.

 

 
 
 
Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio.  After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters.  When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing.  Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.

 
 
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Character Interview: Kendall (Phoenix Everlasting by Rebecca Royce)

 

Hello and Welcome!

 

Today I’m happy to introduce Kendall from Phoenix Everlasting. Kendall thank you for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and speaking with me today. 

 

Please introduce yourself to our audience?

 

Well, okay. I’m not exactly used to be interviewed. My name is Kendall Madison. I’m part paranormal clearer, part exorcist, mom, and divorced thirty-seven year old woman.  I wear a lot of hats. 

 

What’s one thing you wish other’s knew about you?

 

It isn’t so much that I want people to know things about me as much as there are lots of things I don’t want them to know.  I’d really rather my kids’ friends moms didn’t know I’m also an exorcist.  

 

What’s one book you have loved reading?

 

Oh gosh, I love to read anything romance! They really take me away to places where I can actually believe in happy endings. Have you ever read Rebecca Royce? 

 

Do you have a favorite quote?

 

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” 

― Tennessee Williams, Conversations with Tennessee Williams

 

 

Would you share with us the challenges you are going through?

 

Well, the bake sale is coming up and I have no idea how I’m going to make gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, peanut free lemon bars.  And then there is the problem with the shadow people threatening to rise up and take over the earth…

 

What’s your ex-husband like and why is he wanting back in your life now? 

 

Levi is a great man and a good father. When I really needed him, he wasn’t a good husband.  He couldn’t see past the fact that I’d lied to him for all of those years about having powers. I get that. But…I would have been there for him.  He wants back because he says he’s still in love with me, that he never stopped being in love with me and he’d love to put our family back together.  I’m just not sure I can forgive him or trust him to have my back if it came down it again. 

 

How do you feel about your author?

 

Rebecca and I understand each other pretty well. She’s also the mother of three (all boys, unlike me) and she’s busy busy busy.  That being said, she has no magic powers so she doesn’t face the life or death decisions I do on a daily basis.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us today?

 

Thanks so much for reading me! There are two more books to go in my story. They’re both written. The next one is called Fragility Unearthed and the final one is Persuasion Enraptured. They come out on March 14th and May 2nd. 

 

Kendall, it was a pleasure having you visit. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today!

 

 

Phoenix Everlasting

 

The Cascades, book 2

 

By Rebecca Royce

 

Expected Publication: Jan. 24th, 2017

 

Maybe it was better when she couldn’t remember who she was supposed to be…

 

Single-mom, Kendall Madison has a lot on her plate.  Her ex-husband wants back in the picture, her three children have all developed super-natural powers, and the love of her many lives wants to have another go at their forever.

 

She has a team to lead and homework to manage.  The shadows are growing in strength and the battle she was brought back to life to fight has begun.  How is a woman supposed to manage all of that and not fall apart?  Kendall needs to figure out how to cope or the entire world will fall apart.  Or maybe it already has and was always meant to.  If she can find the missing phoenix there will be a chance…the only problem is no one has seen it twenty years…

 

Amazon

 

 

Check out The Cascades book 1: Haunted Redemption


What’s more terrifying… What you can’t see, Or what you can’t remember? 

 

Since her divorce, Kendall Madison has been in over her head. Between trying to make ends meet, raising three kids, and hunting ghosts, Kendall just can’t seem to find balance in her life. When she finally lands a job right up her alley, she hopes it’s a sign for better things to come. She couldn’t be more wrong… 

 

Hiring Kendall to locate and eliminate ghosts is Malcolm Fallons’ best way to get close to her. After years of yearning for her, he’s ready to finally have the woman who’s always been his. Unfortunately, Kendall’s feelings for her ex-husband, Levi Yates, are complicated and not exactly platonic. 

 

When the demons of her past and present begin to threaten her family, Malcolm and Levi vow to protect her. As secrets from her childhood come to light, Kendall is torn between both men. Only one can have her heart. Will she always be haunted by her past, or can she exorcise the shadows before they destroy her future?

 

 

As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

 

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

 

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

 

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

 

I’d love to hear from you!

 

Cheers!!

 

 

Website – Blog – Facebook Author Page – Twitter – Amazon Page – Goodreads – Pinterest 

 

 

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Author Of The Month - RJ Scott - Grand Finale

Join us once again for our celebrations in honor of the fabulous RJ Scott, with a look at the Montana series, with excerpts, our author Q&A, and one more chance to win!

 

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