New Releases in Paranormal Romance

I am on a major PNR book kick right now, and I can’t seem to devour paranormal romances fast enough – especially if they involve vampires.

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Some of the latest books I’ve enjoyed are The Vampire Wish, V Games and A Shade of Vampire.

If you’re like me, you’re constantly on the prowl for new books in the genre. So I’ve made things easy for you.

Enjoy this roundup of new releases in paranormal romance.

(FYI – these include titles from the broad genre and are not necessarily YA-friendly. Be sure to check the book descriptions for yourself!)

Three Lykos shifters swore to protect Havana.
But who will protect them from her?
READ CLAIMING HER MATES

You can’t change evil…
READ THE TOWER

The story continues. Who is Taylor really? Will Katrina find out what Gage really is? How will she deal with her feelings for Tony and what kind of danger will the next series of Tarot Readings hold?
READ THE QUEEN OF SWORDS

With both of them snowed in at the farm, a series of increasingly serious accidents draws Sarah and Casey closer together, but they each harbor secrets that might tear them apart.
READ GHOST OF A CHANCE

You never forget your first wolf.
READ TRUST THE WOLF.

 

That rounds out the list of new releases. And if you’re still searching for something to sink your teeth into, you might enjoy my book Curses and Crowns. You can start the series with the free prequel, Blood Heirs, here.

A cut-throat competition.
A romance to die for.
READ CURSES AND CROWNS

New Release Roundup: YA Paranormal Romance

Love all things paranormal? Then I have a treat for you. This week, there are two new releases in young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy books that I’d love to share with you.

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First up is When Waves Collide by S. McPherson. It’s the fifth book in The Last Elentrice series and looks totally epic!

Next, there’s Enchantress by Anna Santos. A sorceress, a huntress and a vampire all wrapped up in one person? Um, yes please! Be advised, though, that this one is geared toward more mature audiences.

And if those new releases aren’t enough to quell your appetite, you might enjoy sinking your teeth into my book Blood Heirs, which you can grab for free here.

Books to Motivate You in the New Year

We all strive to be the best versions of ourselves. We want to find success in whatever we do. The question is… how?

This is something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about lately. Not only do I want to take my author career to the next level…

I want to take my life to the next level.

In recent months, I’ve spent countless hours listening to podcasts and reading up on self-improvement, particularly as it relates to business. And I found the following three books especially inspiring.

I want to share them with you today because I truly believe you will get a lot out of them.

I believe I first heard about High Performance Habits on one of Rachel Hollis’ podcasts. I’m so glad I checked it out.

It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be a to-do list of exactly what habits you need to implement in order to become successful ( like wake up at 5:00 a.m., meditate for 10 minutes a day, etc.).

Instead, it was more of a guide to help you discern your priorities and build your own habits around them.

My favorite part about the book was where Burchard explained the importance of weekly chek-ins. As he put it, “If you aren’t consistently measuring the major areas of your life, then you couldn’t possibly know what the balance you seek is or not.”

His technique is something I have begun implementing, and it definitely is making me more aware of how much attention I’m actually putting toward the things that matter most in life.

Funny enough, I actually worked in real estate for a bit. And Keller Williams was my brokerage. As in Gary Keller – the author of The One Thing. I remember everyone talking about how great this book was, but for whatever reason, I never actually read it.

I’m kicking myself now.

This book is powerful.  Yes, you can probably imagine the gist of it by the title. But believe me when I say that the examples and explanations Gary Keller provides are eye-opening and worth reading for yourself.

It will help you in all areas of your life, not just business.

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Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success.

I have so much respect for this man. He is one of the hardest working people ever. Steve Harvey does a daytime TV show, Family Feud, his radio show, books, etc. If I remember correctly, I believe in the book he said he starts his day at 3:15 a.m.! I still don’t fully understand how he does it. It’s all I can do to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to write.

Through sharing stories from his own life, Steve Harvey will fill you with motivation to go after your dreams with all your heart. And I especially loved the end of this book where he discussed the importance of using your success to help elevate others.

I hope you’ve found this list helpful. I personally found these books to be incredibly inspiring, and I have no doubt that you will get a lot out of them, too.

Q&A with Author Sheena Cundy

We’ve been in the same author circle for a couple of years now, so I’m really excited to feature you! From past conversations, I know we share similar philosophies when it comes to pursuing our artistic passions. What would you say is the driving force behind why you write?

To share and entertain with words and music is an urge which compels me to keep creating in whatever format I can. Whether it’s the page or the stage, performing your own art is the ultimate buzz…and I feel privileged to be able to do both.

What drives me most now is the need to create a living from my writing after years of doing it for love, and (at last) I’m ready to make room for it to happen.

My lovely husband is close to retiring, has looked after me for the last twenty years and needs a rich woman in his life who can work until she dies.

I’ve signed up for the job.

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You recently published a short story, Warrior Queen. What was the inspiration behind that book? And is it a lead-in into an upcoming novel?

Warrior Queen is a song from (our band) Morrigans Path’s, latest album, Beyond the Veil. I had an idea to write a short story for each track…and this is the first published piece.

The song was inspired by Boudicca of the Iceni tribe who fought bravely against the Romans not so far from here in Colchester, Essex. She was said to have worshipped the British goddess Andraste, who is an aspect of the Celtic goddess, the Morrigan. So eventually, the historical and the mythical connection weaved their way into quite a dark tale, which I loved writing.

A number of people who’ve read it have said they could see it being a novel so I’m open to that. The idea of playing around with the mind of a sex-crazed, blood hungry shield-maiden is tantalising… and killing all those bastard warriors in the process seems to me like a good use of all those hours spent in solitary confinement.

You also run a blog where you interview indie authors. What’s one of the best nuggets of wisdom you’ve picked up from one of them?

All the authors have given some great tips. But what sticks in my mind is Australian author, Andrew Einspruch’s advice: Maths is your friend!

I despised maths with a passion at school and have since convinced myself that I’m allergic to figures. But I quite like tracking my word counts, and am beginning to understand how focusing and recording those brings results… and with Andrew’s words in my head I am hopeful I can transfer that across to sales figures and learn to love numbers.

I want to sell lots of books!

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

I’ve pantsed my way along so far – and though I recognise the need for a rough outline beforehand – I can see and understand it better after I’ve written the story. I like to know what direction I’m heading in but would bore myself stupid if I planned every step. Where’s the excitement in that?

As long as I have a character and a situation and give the imagination a free rein the story begins to unfold naturally.

Trusting in the process allows the magic to happen!

What project are you currently working on?

I am halfway through the first draft of the third book in my Witch Lit series – The Madness and the Magic. Last week, I got the rights back to the first book, trad-published three years ago and I’m delighted as this means I have total creative freedom with book one in a series which, for an Indie, is a crucial part of the business model.

The noose is off.

I now have to work out the next step, which is to republish book 1 while editing book 2 and finishing book 3. One thing at a time, the husband tells me, who is steadily counting down the days to his retirement while I’m multi-tasking like a maniac.

They say harmony is the balance of opposites.

You’re also a songwriter and vocalist for your band Morrigans Path. (Clearly, you’re a woman of many talents!) Which do you find to be more of a challenge–writing a song or writing a book?

Without a doubt it’s the book writing. I can write a song in a few hours minimum, a few days max.

A book? It took three years from first draft to publication for my debut novel and eighteen months for a first draft of the sequel! The sheer volume of words for a novel is a mountainous feat to me because I am so busy doing ‘other things’ as well.

Apart from domestic and family commitments which I can’t change, I am trying to prune off as many other distractions as I can to allow me to be a more productive writer -that is the real challenge for me! I’m working on the theory that if I keep telling myself how organised I am, then somehow, it has to happen.

Do you listen to music when you write?

No! I have to hear myself think and music is too invasive…unless it’s a song I’m writing.

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

I finished The Author’s Guide to Cover Design by Stuart Bache today and yes, I did enjoy it but I’ve read about four non-fiction (for self-publishing) books on the trot now and I need to escape into a story. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor was the last novel I read a couple of weeks ago and I devoured it in a day. What a great book.

What’s next on your TBR list?

Strangers to Superfans by David Gaughran is sitting on my desk at the moment, but I need some fiction so it’s down to inspecting the leaning tower of not yet reads on the bedside table. Don’t tell the husband, he thinks I’m cured.

Thinking about it, I’ve a feeling it will be Candyfloss Guitar by fellow indie author, Stephen R.Marriott who I’m interviewing in the Treehouse next weekend.

I need to do my homework!

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

That’s quite some time ago now..!

But here goes:

Nurture that book addiction.
Explore, experience and embrace life as fully as you can, diversity will enrich your writing.
Listen and learn from others…everyone is your teacher.
Have the confidence to break away from the herd when you need to..
Know that you can absolutely make a good living doing what you love.
Focus on your goals and plan to achieve them.
Visualize, believe and allow success IN.

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New Release Roundup: YA Paranormal Romance

This week we have two new books for you to sink your teeth into. First up is Kindred Souls, the fourth book in the Unfortunate Souls series (you can grab book one for free here) and Severed Fates, the sixth book in The Vampire Games series.

I recently interviewed Caroline Peckham and am currently reading V Games. I highly recommend it! She’s a brilliant writer.

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And if you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, you might enjoy reading Blood Heirs, the origin story to my upcoming YA paranormal romance series Vampires of Crescent Cape. You can grab it here.

New Release Roundup: YA Fantasy

In this week’s YA Fantasy book roundup, we have two fascinating tales – one featuring pirates and the other featuring thieves. If you’re looking for a captivating escape, check out Through Fathoms Dark and Deep and Blade of Memories!

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And if you’re still on the hunt for an addicting fantasy book, you might enjoy Fate Abandoned by yours truly.

New Release Roundup: YA Sci-Fi

Sunscorched, this week’s new release in YA Sci-Fi, is the winner of the Rosemary Award for excellence in YA fiction. And if the cover is any hint of what the book is like, I’m betting readers are in for one wild ride!

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And if you’re searching for more YA-friendly sci-fi books, you might enjoy my book Conspiracy Unleashed.

New Release Roundup: YA Paranormal Romance

There’s just one PNR book to share with you today, but it’s an exciting one!

Book 3 in the series The Raven and the Witch Hunter releases November 5th.

It’s available for pre-order now.

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And don’t forget you can still download my book Blood Heirs for FREE here.

New Release Roundup: YA Fantasy

There are a couple of exciting new releases in YA fantasy this week.

Both of these are the latest books in their respective series.  🙂

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And while you’re looking for your next fantasy read, take a look at my series Fate Abandoned.

The Ultimate Teen Reading Wish-List This Christmas

YA BOOKS | GIFTS FOR TEENS | CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR TEENS | BEST BOOKS FOR TEENAGERS

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1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Paperback Collection by Jenny Han

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the buzz about the hit Netflix rom-com To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.  And if you’re looking for just the right gift, you can’t go wrong this New York Times bestseller. (P.S. – If you haven’t watched the movie yet, I *highly* recommend it. It’s an instant classic!)

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I have been seeing this book EVERYWHERE. Fellow authors are recommending it to me constantly and it is all over Instagram! As of writing this post, this instant New York Times bestseller has more than 1200 5-star reviews on Amazon alone. And you’d better believe it’s on my TBR list!

3. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Another favorite on Instagram, Reaper at the Gates is the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series. This third installment just came out this summer, so if you’re shopping for someone who’s a bit behind on their TBR list, this would make an epic Christmas gift.


4. Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

After much anticipation, this book finally released in August. Sarah J. Maas knows how to write one heck of a story, and the latest book in the DC Icons series (which can be read in any order) is no exception.

5. Legendary: A Caraval Novel by Stephanie Garber

I really debated whether to include this book on the list because I seem to be the only person on the planet who isn’t in love with this series. But honestly, the Caraval series is such a sensation that I felt it would be wrong not to include it. Fans of the first novel are raving about the latest installment in the series, and it’s a must-read before the finale (rightly titled Finale) releases in the Spring.

And that, my friends, rounds out the list of the ultimate gifts for teen readers. I hope you’ve found it helpful.

If you’re still searching for more gifts, you might be interested in my YA fantasy series Fate AbandonedAll of my stories are fast-paced and filled with memorable characters. And, most importantly, they’re all teen-friendly (though adults love them, too!).

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