Beach Party

Congratulations to all of our Beach Party Winners! Don’t forget to check out the following authors who contributed to the fun at the 2016 Beach Party! Visit their websites for more information about the prizes they gave away on Sunday, August 28th. Just click on their names for more information.

Deanna Raybourn

Deanna is giving away

a signed trade paperback copy of A CURIOUS BEGINNING.

A Curious Beginning On Sale Now

In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.

London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

Originally published September 2015 in hardcover by NAL.

Visit Deanna Raybourn at http://www.deannaraybourn.com

Joanne Rock

Joanne is giving away

a copy of WHISPERS UNDER A SOUTHERN SKY (Harlequin Superromance) to two winners.

Whispers Under a Southern Sky On Sale Now

Her past…or her future?

It’s taken Amy Finley ten years, but she’s finally ready to return to her hometown of Heartache, Tennessee, and face the past. She just never expected that would include reuniting with her high school sweetheart and now town sheriff, Sam Reyes. Or that Sam’s latest case would lead right back to the darkest chapter in her life.

The attraction between Amy and Sam is definitely still there, not to mention that she’s sure she could quickly grow to love his cute baby son. But can he forgive her for keeping her secrets? Can she forgive herself?

Visit Joanne Rock at http://www.Joannerock.com

Karen Rose

Karen is giving away

an autographed copy of <b>CLOSER THAN YOU THINK</b>.

Alone in the Dark On Sale Now

The New York Times bestselling author of Closer Than You Think returns with a breathtaking new novel of suspense in the Cincinnati series—one that crosses the line between danger and desire, and justice and revenge.

Homicide Detective Scarlett Bishop has seen enough bad guys slip through the cracks and innocent victims go unavenged to know that good doesn’t always prevail. So far she’s been able to lock away her rage and her vigilante fantasies. That lock is about to break.

Former Army Ranger Marcus O’Bannion is a fierce champion of victims’ rights. His secret past gives him good reason. He believes he’s seen the depths of human depravity, but then his investigation into the murder of a young girl who once asked for his help lures him and Scarlett down a dark, dark road—and straight into the crosshairs of a dangerous, powerful underground ring that deals in human trafficking. To stop them, Scarlett and Marcus have to be just as cunning and just as ruthless. But first they have to make it out alive.

Visit Karen Rose at http://karenrosebooks.com

Susannah Sandlin

Susannah is giving away

a copy of LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP by Susannah Sandlin, winner of the 2015 Holt Medallion and the 2015 Booksellers Best Award for romantic suspense, to three winners.

Wild Man's Curse On Sale Now

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the first book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.

The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied.

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.

With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

Visit Susannah Sandlin at http://suzannejohnsonauthor.com/books/by-susannah-sandlin

Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra is giving away

a $20 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of STEALING HOLLYWOOD.

Screenwriting Tricks for Authors (and Screenwriters!) On Sale Now

Are you finally committed to writing that novel or screenplay, but have no idea how to get started? Or are you a published author, but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next level?

You CAN write better books and scripts—by learning from the movies. Screenwriting is based on a simple (and powerful) structure that you already know from watching so many movies and television shows in your lifetime. And it’s a structure that your reader or audience unconsciously expects, and is crucial for you to deliver.

In this textbook of the internationally acclaimed SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS workshop, award-winning author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff will show you how to jump-start your plot and bring your characters and scenes vibrantly alive on the page by watching your favorite movies and learning from the storytelling tricks of great filmmakers:

° The High Concept Premise

° The Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure

° The Storyboard Grid

° The Index Card Method of Plotting

° The Setpiece Scene

° Techniques of film pacing and suspense, character arc and drive, visual storytelling, and building image systems.

Based on the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops and blog, this new print edition incorporates all the basic information from the first Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbook and doubles the material, including ten full story breakdowns.

The textbook-quality edition is 8 x 10 inches and lies open flat for easy highlighting and note-taking.

For information on books, workshops, and free Story Structure extras, go to www.ScreenwritingTricks.com

REVIEWS:

“Alex Sokoloff’s STEALING HOLLYWOOD is the owner’s manual that belongs in every writer’s toolkit. Alex dissects the elements of story-telling with clarity, wit and wisdom. Don’t thank me—buy the damn book!” —Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Ladies’ Night and Summer Rental

“I’d already written fifteen novels by the time I met Alex and discovered her unique approach to structuring fiction. She changed my entire writing process for the better. I couldn’t live without my three-act storyboard! Alex is a gifted and generous teacher and author, and STEALING HOLLYWOOD is a must-have book for new and seasoned writers alike.” —International bestselling author Diane Chamberlain

“Sokoloff’s advice is spot-on, and her teaching style is direct and effective. A must-have book for authors and screenwriters.” —JA Konrath, bestselling author of A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing

“Whether you’re an old pro or an apprehensive beginner, Alex Sokoloff offers a sensible nuts-and-bolts approach that puts you in control of your material.” —Margaret Maron, Edgar®, Agatha, Anthony & Macavity Award-winning author of the Deborah Knott mysteries

“Sokoloff is a generous mentor with the gifted ability to address a storyteller’s practical concerns while encouraging artistic integrity and every author’s unique voice. Only three of my half dozen novels have been written with her unwitting guidance, but I can guarantee that with this book at my fingertips, all my future work—and my reading audience—will benefit from her advice. Recommended without reservation.” —Vicki Pettersson, bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac series

Visit Alexandra Sokoloff at http://www.alexandrasokoloff.com

Roxanne St. Claire

Roxanne is giving away

a Barefoot Bay backpack with autographed copies of BAREFOOT AT SUNSET and BAREFOOT AT MOONRISE.

Barefoot at Moonrise On Sale Now

Roxanne St. Claire’s “Timeless” books celebrate the appeal of the silver fox hero! A little older, a lot wiser, and completely sexy, the heroes in the Barefoot Bay Timeless books are men in their 40’s and 50’s who find a second chance at love. Roxanne says her readers aren’t 23...so why should the man of their dreams be that young? The Timeless books are all set on the moon-washed beaches of Barefoot Bay, a tropical island paradise that has been the setting for many beloved romances by this author. Joining the billionaires, brides, and bodyguards on the beach, readers can now kick off their shoes and fall in love with a man aged to perfection!

As a firefighter, Captain Ken Cavanaugh knows his way around dangerous situations—but he’d rather run into a burning building than help plan his 25th high school reunion in Barefoot Bay. Unfortunately, it’s his best chance of finally putting things right with Beth Endicott two and a half decades after they ended so badly. But the instant they see each other again, the years blow away like ashes in the heat of their combustible chemistry. For one single night, they let their incendiary passion consume them…but in the morning, they’re still left with the smoldering wreckage of a relationship that ended in tragedy.

Raised under the thumb of a rich and controlling man, Beth has spent her adult years craving freedom. Now that she’s finally managed to carve out an independent life, is she ready to risk her heart on the first man she ever loved—a man who blames her family for his father’s death? With so much painful history between them, Beth can’t see a way to have a future with Ken. But one stunning surprise will turn everything they ever believed upside down, and send them straight into each other’s arms.

Ken is willing to put everything on the line for the family he’s always wanted, but Beth knows the past that ruined them could flare into heartache again. It will take all her newfound courage to prove she would walk through fire for this second chance with the love of her life.

Visit Roxanne St. Claire at http://www.roxannestclaire.com

Wendy Corsi Staub

Wendy Corsi is giving away

a bucket of autographed beach books.

Blue Moon On Sale Now

New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub returns to Mundy’s Landing—a small town where bygone bloodshed has become big business.

Hair neatly braided, hands serenely clasped, eyes closed, the young woman appeared to be sound asleep. But the peaceful tableau was a madman’s handiwork. Beneath the covers, her white nightgown was spattered in blood. At daybreak, a horrified family would discover her corpse tucked into their guest room. The cunning killer would strike again…and again…before vanishing into the mists of time.

A century ago, the Sleeping Beauty Murders terrified picturesque Mundy’s Landing. The victims, like the killer, were never identified. Now, on the hundredth anniversary, the Historical Society’s annual “Mundypalooza” offers a hefty reward for solving the notorious case.

Annabelle Bingham, living in one of the three notorious Murder houses, can’t escape the feeling that her family is being watched—and not just by news crews and amateur sleuths. She’s right. Having unearthed the startling truth behind the horrific crimes, a copycat killer is about to reenact them—beneath her dream home’s mansard roof…

Visit Wendy Corsi Staub at http://www.wendycorsistaub.com

Raz Steel

Raz is giving away

one print copy of BLOOD BETWEEN LOVERS.

Blood Between Lovers On Sale Now

A Vampire. Alone. Struggles to Validate his Existence.

Only the Love of a Woman is Worth the Price of immortality…

A Vampire fights to survive while being hunted by both his own demons and an underground law enforcement agency… His crime — to love without blood, exposing his existence and that of his kind…

In the late nineteenth century, Dr. Sigmund Freud prescribed Love Without Blood for his vampire patient Bobby Eyre… because blood is the Vampiric Eros for life, love, sexuality, preservation and the only way to cling to his humanity!

More than a hundred years later, Bobby is forced to sire a vampire. His misguided Freudian act — is forbidden by vampiric consciousness and by the demands of self-survival. Yet…

Bobby Eyre turned Dr. Lara West.

His love for this woman could not override his need for immortality. Seven hundred years served only as an appetizer. Eternity spread before him like a feast of infinite proportions.

All-consuming is a Vampire’s passion.
When Love defines survival…
All that remains is… BLOOD BETWEEN LOVERS

Originally published November 2015 in eBook format.

Visit Raz Steel at http://www.razsteel.com

RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne is giving away

two copies of RIVERBEND ROAD along with two hand-beaded bookmarks.

Riverbend Road On Sale Now

Return to Haven Point, where New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne proves there’s no sweeter place to fall in love…

Protecting the streets of Haven Point isn’t just a job for police officer Wyn Bailey, it’s a family tradition. But lately she’s found herself wanting more, especially from her boss—and overprotective brother’s best friend—sexy chief of police, Cade Emmett. The only problem is getting Cade to view her as more than just a little sister.

Cade’s hands-off approach with Wyn isn’t from lack of attraction. But his complicated past has forced him to conceal his desire. When Wyn is harmed in the line of duty, Cade realizes the depth of his feelings, but can he let his guard down long enough to embrace the love he secretly craves?

Visit RaeAnne Thayne at http://www.raeannethayne.com

Augustina Van Hoven

Augustina is giving away

a print copy of THE KISS OF A ROSE.

The Thorn of a Rose On Sale Now

We are all chess pieces on a board … in a game played by supernatural forces.

TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Newly elected state senator Ashley Halliday is over her failed engagement and ready to help make Idaho a better place to live and work. She has no time for romance … until she and Richard, a handsome state representative, take their friendship to a new level. But then there’s John, an aide to the governor of Idaho. Both hold power … but only one is a good man. The other is on a mission to destroy lives. Will she learn the truth in time to save lives and keep her friends safe from dark influences?

Sports bar owner and state representative Richard Fowler is happy for his best friend Stephen and his bride, Rose. He knows their secret—Rose came back from the dead to save Stephen from his lofty ambitions. Richard himself has no time for any supernatural goings-on or for romance, not with his work to save state education funding. Until he sees the vibrant Senator Halliday through new eyes, that is. But to win Ashley, he must keep her safe from a rival who wants her for darker reasons.

FROM A DARK PAST

A villain has returned from the dead, summoned by a demon, and given another chance to do what he failed at the first time. He’ll gladly take down anyone else who gets in his way. And his new post in the halls of state government? A devilish chance to play corrupt lobbyist, and foil the plans of those with loftier goals.

Visit Augustina Van Hoven at http://www.augustinavanhoven.com

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