#IWSG Day & #VPK2 Set

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Can you believe we've hit February already? Today is another IWSG post day when all of us share our insecurities or offer encouragement to those in need of it. This month, Captain Alex is being ably assisted by these trusty helpers: Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Butler!

A couple of things. The IWSG is now offering merchandise, so be sure to visit the Merchandise Page and check it out.


The winners of last fall anthology have started a group blog to tell the world about their upcoming book. Visit Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life and see what the group is sharing. 

We have a couple of new administrators for the IWSG, who you probably know. Please welcome C. Lee McKenzie and Heather M. Gardner.

This month, I'm not feeling insecure because along with seven (7) other authors we released a Valentine boxed set in which each story features a pet. The set did very well yesterday and underscores the value of group promotion. As the song says, No man is an island, no man stands alone. So happy to be a part of that experience.

Here's hoping you aren't feeling insecure about your writing today, but if you are, don't give in because everything worth anything takes time to achieve and there's no time limit on success.

Please check out our boxed set. It's a great price at $0.99. http://books2read.com/vpk2 


Don't forget to visit all the other IWSGers by hopping to the signup page. Have a great day!

Get Valentine Pets & Kisses 2!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cupid has been hard at work to bring you the Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set, which is available on all platforms today! Be sure to get your copy as it's only $0.99.

All the characters in Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 have requests for Cupid, so take a moment to scroll below and check out all that Cupid is expected to deliver to our loving guys and gals. 









  




Don't delay download your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 today! 

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Love Bites - Jeanne Bannon #VPK2

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cupid worked overtime to bring you the Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set, which will be released on January 31, 2017. In the meantime, be sure to pre-order since it's only $0.99.

Today, I'll be sharing a sample from Love Bites, as well as a Dear Cupid letter. Enjoy!




Excerpt:

Jack noticed the fur on Phil’s back stand on end and then it came, the low growl and bared teeth he’d expected. Though Phil would never bite, those who didn’t know her were sure to be petrified by this display.

Denise was no exception. She backed up, plastering herself against the now closed front door. “Is he going to attack me?” 

Jack stood between Phil and his date and tried not to smile. “She. Phil’s female.” 

Denise just failed what Jack liked to call “The Phil Test” as so many other women had before her. 

“She won’t bite. She just doesn’t like you,” Jack said, then turned to Phil, pulling her by the collar a few feet down the entranceway hall. “Go on now. Go to bed, Phil.” He pointed the way, but the dog didn’t move. Her eyes were trained on Denise. She lifted her head and smelled the air, her fur still at attention. Then the dog sneezed and shook her head.

“I don’t think she likes your perfume,” Jack said. “Think we’d better call it a night. This isn’t going to work out.” He opened the door and without a word, Denise fled, fishing her car keys out of her purse as she made her way down his walkway.

Denise was the sixth woman this month alone Phil had sent packing. Jack flipped on the outside light and watched as she got in her car and hoped she wouldn’t drive too fast and end up nose first in one of the dips along the laneway. Once she was out of sight, he locked the door, made his way to the living room, and plopped into his easy chair beside Phil’s bed. Phil turned in a circle and plopped into her own spot, nudging the duvet until it covered her. 


Jeanne Bannon is an award winning, international best-selling author and has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty-five years as a professional editor.

Links:
Website: jeannebannon.com
FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeanne-Bannon/182120961844916
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4556168.Jeanne_Bannon

Pre-order your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 today and get eight sweet romances delivered to your reading device on January 31, 2017.

Buy link: http://books2read.com/vpk2
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Tina D.C. Hayes - Sweethearts and Paw Prints

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Cupid worked overtime to deliver this sweet Valentine treat. It's coming on January 31, 2017, so there's time to pre-order the Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 Boxed Set. Today, I'll be sharing a sample from Sweethearts and Paw Prints, as well as a Dear Cupid letter. Enjoy!


Excerpt:

Carter’s back was turned toward Kaylee when she entered the cluttered room. He leaned against the wall talking into his cell, the bottle of Scotch he’d been looking for in his other hand. Good, now they could be on their way after he ran upstairs to change. She tiptoed up behind him in her high heels, planning to surprise him with a hug around his waist.

“Your ideas are the best. Just remember we can’t let you-know-who find out about any of this.” Carter chuckled into the phone, amused by some comment from the person on the other end.

Kaylee froze, prickling at his amorous tone. Who the heck was he talking to? She was pretty darn sure he didn’t speak to the guy from the liquor store like that. 

“I know, me too,” Carter cooed into the cell. “Talk to you later, sweetheart. Bye.”

Kaylee’s heart shattered. What had she ever done to deserve this? She must have heard him wrong. Who the hell was he calling ‘sweetheart’?  She backed up, hoping to get out of the room and out the front door before he knew she’d been there. Unfortunately, she stumbled over some packing material, stumbled, and caught hold of a wooden crate to keep from hitting the floor face first. 

“Kaylee?” Carter was by her side in an instant. “I didn’t know you were here.”

Of course you didn’t, Kaylee thought, or else you would’ve made that call somewhere I couldn’t overhear it. But she didn’t say that. Instead, she simply stared at him and tried to figure out how to handle what she’d just discovered, unsure whether or not he knew she’d overheard him.



Tina D. C. Hayes writes romantic suspense and cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. She lives down a little country road in western Kentucky with her husband and four children. A few pampered  pooches and two parrots keep her company while they stand guard against writer’s block. In her spare time she reads, hangs out with friends and family, watches movies, plays  guitar, and indulges her inner Foodie in the kitchen and by chowing down at cool restaurants. Currently up to her elbows in diapers, she’s an expert at 4 a.m. bottle feedings and Patty Cake.

 Tina is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), a member of the Louisville Romance Writers Chapter (LRW), and a founding member of TheNextBigWriter (TNBW).

Pre-order your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 today and get eight sweet romances delivered to your reading device on January 31, 2017.

Buy Link: Amazon, Indigo, Kobo, Nook http://books2read.com/vpk2
iTunes: lrd.to/valentine-pets-and-kisses-2

The Kitty Effect - Caroline Bell Foster

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Cupid worked overtime to deliver this Valentine's Day treat. Cuddle up with a heartwarming collection of dog tales, kitty and horse stories, and true love with these all-new sweet romances penned by USA Today and international bestselling authors. On January 31, the Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set will be released. Meantime, feel free to pre-order since it's only $0.99.

Today's sample comes from The Kitty Effect, along with a Dear Cupid letter. Enjoy!



Excerpt:

  Mateo was on his knees and the cat was beside him, allowing him to stroke her. She looked tired and thin.

“Oh you poor baby,” Willow said, kneeling beside Mateo and putting the two containers down in front of the cat.

The cat went for the water first, lapping it up with her eyes on Mateo and Willow and her ears back, twitching as she listened to her babies.

After the water, Mateo and Willow silently watched as she gobbled up the tuna, eating every last flake of fish and licking her lips when she finished.

Willow went to stroke her, but the cat hissed at her and flattened her ears, pointing them backwards before going back to her kittens, with a sharp flick of her tail.

“We can’t leave her out here.” Mateo said, looking around.

“What are we going to do? We can’t touch her kittens and move them.” Willow said, at least knowing that much about cats. “The cat must belong to someone Mateo,” Willow said. “She’s obviously used to humans and being handled, but it is getting colder at night now.”

Mateo nodded and standing, helped Willow to her feet.

The poor cat, he’d been surprised when the cat had let him touch her. Just then, she walked out of the undergrowth again and went to the house. She pawed the wooden door and meowed forlornly.
From the scratches on the panel it looked as though she had been doing that for weeks, if not months.

“When did these people move out?” he asked tightly, feeling his temper rise.

“I think Wendy said two months ago or something like that.” Willow answered, coming to the same realisation as Mateo by the looks of it. She had never seen him look so furious.

Mateo swore and took out his phone.



Caroline Bell Foster, is a best-selling, multi-award winning British author and named as one of the most influential people in culture & entertainment in the East Midlands.


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Pre-order your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 today and get eight sweet romances delivered to your reading device on January 31, 2017.

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iTunes: lrd.to/valentine-pets-and-kisses-2

Your Loyal Fan - Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cupid worked overtime to deliver this Valentine's Day treat. Cuddle up with a heartwarming collection of dog tales, kitty and horse stories, and true love with these all-new sweet romances penned by USA Today and international bestselling authors. On January 31, the Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set will be released. In the meantime, feel free to pre-order since it's only $0.99.

Today, I'll be sharing a sample from Your Loyal Fan, as well as a Dear Cupid letter. Enjoy!





Excerpt: 

As a wide receiver, my hands hurt all season long. I got regular massages, but nothing like this little lady with her strong little hands. 

"Oh." I moaned. 

"I know right," Preston said. "So man, how you doing?" 

"I'm good." I felt a little bit of tension easing back in. I hated these types of conversations. 
The little Chinese lady grunted as she worked hard to push it back down. 

"Why?" I looked over at Preston. 

"Nothing. I'm just checking in. You seemed a little wound up." He looked over and leaned back. "Maybe it's LA. It puts people on edge. Except for your little Callie. That girl is sunshine man." 

I grinned at the way he said her name and the description he used. She was the brightest part of my life. 
"I'm lucky." 

"No man. It's not luck. There's nothing lucky about love man." Preston leaned over. "It's work. Don't leave the fate of the two of you to dumb luck, it will let you down." 

"Why are you waxing so poetic with me? I know you." 

"You're right. You know me." Preston leaned back. "You know what I've done and why being where I am right now is nothing short of a miracle. I'll give the credit to God, Nietzsche, Confucius, and whatever high power I know. Not for bringing Kate into my life, for giving me the knowledge and the lessons of my past to hold on to her and make her my future." 

"Yeah, Yeah." I said and closed my eyes as the little Chinese lady went to work on my feet. 

"All I'm saying is she loves you and you love her. Don't screw it up." 

"Some things are out of my control." 


Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader, tattoo lover, and movie fanatic who hails from Texas. Sydney's novels tackle the dramatic world that is college and professional football She writes about heroines who love their men and the sports world they play in. Sign up for Sydney's Newsletter at https://madmimi.com/signups/213195/join.

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Pre-order your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 today and get eight sweet romances delivered to your reading device on January 31, 2017.

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iTunes: lrd.to/valentine-pets-and-kisses-2

Love on Trial - P.C. Zick #VPK2

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cupid worked overtime to deliver this Valentine's Day treat. Cuddle up with a heartwarming collection of dog tales, kitty and horse stories, and true love with these all-new sweet romances penned by USA Today and international bestselling authors. On January 31, the Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set will be released. In the meantime, feel free to pre-order since it's only $0.99.


Today, I'll be sharing a sample from Love on Trial, as well as a Dear Cupid letter. Enjoy!



Excerpt:
OF ALL DAYS, CLYDE CHOSE this one to break away from his leash and run away during his morning walk. Jude Crandall needed to be in court in less than two hours, and instead of showering and looking over her notes once more for her opening statement, she was standing in the dog park calling for her Boston terrier.


He must have seen a squirrel and that made him go crazy. Jude’s mind swirled with thoughts of bringing justice for the Simpson family, and she lost track of holding tight to the leash. Now she’d be late and ran the risk of blowing the biggest day so far of the trial.

And wouldn’t Malik Moore just love that? She could picture him sitting at the table across the aisle, with a smirk partially hidden by his hands that formed a tent over his mouth. His smooth dark skin glowing under the collar of his white starched shirt, he’d probably make some remark about how nice it was for her to show up. It galled her to think she might blow the case from day one simply because she couldn’t keep Clyde under control.

Relief flooded her when she saw her dog racing toward her on his short legs. His tongue dangled out the side of his mouth. He yapped and jumped in the air when he came closer to her.

“If you think I’m giving you a treat for that stunt, you’re absolutely wrong.” She reached in her pocket and pulled out a small biscuit. “I’m giving you this treat because you came back.”

“Talking to your dog now?” The voice came from behind her, and she swirled around to face her accuser. 

It was exactly who she suspected of sneaking up on her and eavesdropping. Her courtroom nemesis, Malik. 

“What are you doing here?” She wanted to run with Clyde back to her apartment, but then she relaxed. If Malik was here, then they’d both be late.

“Walking Suzanne.” He pointed down to the puppy, a Jack Russell terrier, sitting obediently at his feet while Clyde jumped and yapped around Suzanne until his leash was wound around Jude’s legs. “I need to get going, though. Don’t want to be late on the first day of the trial. I might miss the prosecution’s opening arguments.”

Clyde lay down next to Suzanne and tilted his head sideways. She turned her head away.

“Your dog is a bit of a snob.” Jude scratched Clyde’s head to help him through the sting of rejection. “Maybe it’s true what they say.”

“And what would that be?” Malik asked

“That dogs take on the personalities of their owners.”

“Person. I’m her person, not her owner. And neither one of us is a snob.” Malik leaned down and picked up Suzanne. Clyde jumped up and yapped. “See you in court. My client is ready for this to be over.”



P.C. Zick describes herself as a storyteller no matter what she writes. And she writes in a variety of genres, including romance, contemporary fiction, and nonfiction. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. Currently, crafting fiction—mostly romances—occupies her time. You can keep track of P.C. Zick's new releases and special promotions by signing up for her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/0o6-D. Visit her website to find out more about her writing life at http://www.pczick.com.

Connect with P.C.
Website: www.pczick.com/
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/p.c.-zick/id880714600?mt=11
Blog: www.pczick.wordpress.com

Pre-order your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 today and get eight sweet romances delivered to your reading device on January 31, 2017.

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iTunes: lrd.to/valentine-pets-and-kisses-2

Nurtured - Jade Kerrion #VPK2

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cupid worked overtime to deliver this Valentine's Day treat. Cuddle up with a heartwarming collection of dog tales, kitty and horse stories, and true love with these all-new sweet romances penned by USA Today and international bestselling authors. On January 31, the Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set will be released, but feel free to pre-order since it's only $0.99 today!

I'll be sharing a sample from Nurtured, as well as a Dear Cupid letter. Enjoy!



Excerpt:

 Rico stared at her until he could find his voice. “I don’t think…I’ve ever met someone like you.”

Her response was an arched brow. “Someone like me?”

“Someone who wasn’t looking for a long-term relationship. A boyfriend. A husband.”

“I don’t need those to be happy.” For an instant, her mocking smile edged toward sadness.

“No, of course not, but it doesn’t stop most people from looking.”

“Well, I’m not, unless you’re in the market for an affair?”

Rico grimaced. “Well, I don’t have a girlfriend or a wife, so technically, I can’t have an affair, can I?”

Nicole shrugged and walked past him to grab a table near the outdoor heater. Big Guy followed her and sprawled beneath her seat. She looked up at Rico. “Why are you staring at me like a specimen under a microscope?”

“Probably because I’ve never had a woman flat out tell me she wasn’t interested in me unless there was some kind of expiration date on the relationship.”

“All relationships have expiration dates. Some are imposed by life. Others—well, let’s just say I prefer to set my own terms. I’m not looking for anything long term, Rico. As long as we both understand that, I’m willing to have a drink or two with you and see where things lead.”

Huh.

It had been one thing when a date, followed by a night together, led to a mutual realization that the chemistry wasn’t enough for a sustainable relationship. As far as he was concerned, he had gone into it with honorable intentions. He had walked away, his conscience clear.
But with Nicole? Rico didn’t even know where to start. He frowned. “I’m a little offended you would dismiss the possibility of a long-term relationship with me out of hand.” 

“I would have thought that most men would be thrilled at the idea of a no-commitment relationship.” 

“Well…” Rico dragged out the word. “Yes, until they don’t.” 



Jade Kerrion defied (or leveraged, depending on your point of view) her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy, as well as her MBA, to embark on her second (and concurrent) career as an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance author.

Her debut novel, Perfection Unleashed, published in 2012, won six literary awards and launched her best-selling futuristic thriller series, Double Helix, which blends cutting-edge genetic engineering and high-octane action with an unforgettable romance between an alpha empath and an assassin. Life Shocks Romances features Jade’s sweet and sexy contemporary romance series, which proves that, at the very least, she knows how to alphabetize books.

If she sounds busy, that’s because she is. Jade writes at 3 a.m., when her husband and three sons are asleep, and aspires to make her readers as sleep-deprived as she is.


Visit Jade at www.lifeshocksromances.com for a free copy of Aroused.



Pre-order your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 today and get eight sweet romances delivered to your reading device on January 31, 2017.


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Cupid's Gift - J.L. Campbell #VPK2

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cupid worked hard to deliver this sweet treat, so on January 31, the Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set will be available to the reading public. In the meantime, you can pre-order at $0.99.

Today, I'll be sharing a sample from Cupid's Gift, as well as a Dear Cupid letter. Enjoy!




Excerpt:

The man standing in the doorway was perfect, except for the diamond stud in his ear.

Then the wind chimes jangled, and a roar shuddered through my body. I spun in the chair, one hand pressed to my chest.

A wheat-colored monster tore into the clinic, past the man holding the door open. If that thing didn't cut its speed, it would either run straight into the desk or jump over it and topple me to the floor.

I got ready to bolt out of the seat, if necessary, but the man stopped the giant torpedo with one command. "Maddox, sit."

The idiot dog stopped short of the desk and sat on his haunches, panting so loudly it was impossible not to hear him from where I sat.

"Sorry about that." The man walked into the reception area to stand beside the dog. "Maddox gets a little excited when he's away from home."

"That's what you call it?" I said, clutching the thong at my neck. "I thought he was going to lay me out flat on the floor."

The stranger smiled, forcing me to pull in a sharp breath.

He was mega-gorgeous. Bitter-chocolate dark with a set of teeth so even, I thought they might be dentures. Tall and slender. Not drop-dead handsome, but delicious eye-candy. Perfect, I thought again, minus the earring.

He caught me looking at the diamond glinting in his earlobe and one of his eyebrows did a little lift, as if he were asking what part of my business it was. Ignoring what his expression conveyed, I put on my professional face and let go of the death grip I now had on the pendant I wore. "Can I help you?"



Pre-order your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 today and get eight sweet romances delivered to your reading device on January 31, 2017.

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning, Jamaican author who writes romantic suspense, sweet romance, women's fiction, new and young adult novels. She has written sixteen books, seven novellas and two short story collections. She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction. You may subsrcibe to her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/n29ZH 

Contact Links:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JL_Campbell 

Buy Link: http://books2read.com/vpk2
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IWSG Hero Lost Anthology

Monday, January 23, 2017

I am pleased to announce the second Insecure Writer's Support Group Anthology. This year's theme was fantasy and the crème de la crème of the entries each won a place in this compilation, which will be released on May 2. Congrats to all the writers!

Hero Lost
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology


Can a lost hero find redemption?

What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, 
L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, 
Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, 
Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!

Release date: May 2, 2017
6x9 Trade paperback, Fantasy (FIC009000)
Print ISBN 9781939844361 eBook ISBN 9781939844378







Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook group, and a monthly newsletter. http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com