Today I'm sharing an awesome new paranormal romance book (technically, it releases tomorrow) by a fellow author I've recently friended over on Twitter Allie McCormack.
Wishes in a Bottle
Centuries ago in plague-struck Italy, Julian DiConti cast a powerful spell in desperation to have the magical power to be able to help his people who were dying in horrific conditions. The spell goes spectacularly awry, leaving Julian enslaved to a Djinn bottle, bound to grant three wishes to each Master of the bottle until the spell can be broken. More than anything, Julian longs for a normal life – for a home, and a family. After six hundred years, however, he has begun to despair of ever being freed from the spell.
Enter Alessandra Taylor, a young woman who has followed her calling to help others, in the face of vociferous disapproval from her family, particularly her controlling father. Working at a shelter for battered women, she's thrilled to meet the reclusive Julian DiConti, whose collection of garments from third world countries has provided funding for shelters across the country. When Julian turns out to be a Djinn from the old bottle she found in her attic, she hears his story and empathizes with his despair. Although she's willing to free him, he can't tell her how. As time goes by, their initial attraction blossoms into a love that both realize is doomed. Once she has made her third wish, the magic of the bottle will whisk Julian away and out of her life forever... unless she can somehow figure out how to free him. But one by one, she's forced to use the precious wishes to help others.
Get it on Amazon for $3.99!
About the Author
A career medical transcriptionist, Allie McCormack is now writing from home full-time. Allie has traveled quite a bit and lived many places all over the U.S., and also a year in Cairo, Egypt as an exchange student, and a year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under contract to a hospital there, plus a short stint with NATO while she was in the Army. As a single mom, she raised a wonderful daughter who's recently married and there are plans afoot for grandchildren. A disabled veteran, Allie now lives in the beautiful Sorona Desert in southern Arizona with her two rescue cats and writes full-time.
Allie says: "A writer is who and what I am... a romance writer. I write what I know, and what I know is romance. Dozens of story lines and literally hundreds of characters live and breathe within the not-so-narrow confines of my imagination, and it is my joy and privilege to bring them to life, to share them with others by writing their stories."
Today, I'm lending my blog to my writing friend, Lily Avalon to reveal the cover to her upcoming compilation novel.
Irresistibly Yours is a compilation of six short stories. This contemporary romance collection features friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, an office romance, and sexytimes.
Here All Along
Every time Hazel Bell goes on a date, she returns home unhappy and disenchanted about love. At least her best friend Adrian Williams is always there for her, even more so now that they're roommates. After a bad night out, their platonic friendship is put to the test—one that neither can resist. By the end of the night, will it be the end for Hazel and Adrian—or a new beginning?
More Than Words
Her friends know her as Dana Darling, the clean romance writer. She's never written a steamy novel, but her publisher needs her to. It isn't hard at first, but Dana's lack of sexual knowledge creates a block. That's where Landon comes in. She needs pointers on positions; he owes her a favor. Pretty soon it becomes another story entirely...one that's written between the sheets and not on paper.
Taking the Risk
After spending most of the last year pining for her boss, Sara has decided it's time to move on. What's the point of waiting around for Brandon when it's considered inappropriate work behavior to date? A night on the town should be just the thing she needs to get her mind off him—that is, until Brandon shows up.
Breaking the Rules
Now that her best friend, Sara, is getting married, Ana finally feels the need to settle down for the first time in her life. Enter Riley: tall, dark, and handsome. He's absolutely perfect. Too bad he's Sara's ex-boyfriend...
Hook Me Up
When Gabe propositions her at their best friend's wedding, Kaley isn't interested. Even though she secretly finds him attractive, he isn't a one-girl guy and she isn't a one-night girl. But the temptation may be more than either of them can handle.
Just One Favor
Rachel has no idea what to expect when she approaches Jordan with an unconventional request. When one thing leads to another, they go with it. It's only one night... Right?
Preorder Irresistibly Yours today! Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LGFV3B1/
Today I'm giving my blog to Nick Wilford for the cover reveal of his upcoming book, Corruption, and a cover remake of the first book in the series, Black and White.
Let's start with the cover redesign...
What is the price paid for the creation of a perfect society?
In Whitopolis, a gleamingly white city of the future where illness has been eradicated, shock waves run through the populace when a bedraggled, dirt-stricken boy materialises in the main street. Led by government propaganda, most citizens shun him as a demon, except for Wellesbury Noon – a high school student the same age as the boy.
Upon befriending the boy, Wellesbury feels a connection that he can’t explain – as well as discovering that his new friend comes from a land that is stricken by disease and only has two weeks to live. Why do he and a girl named Ezmerelda Dontible appear to be the only ones who want to help?
As they dig deeper, everything they know is turned on its head – and a race to save one boy becomes a struggle to redeem humanity.
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Wellesbury Noon and Ezmerelda Dontible have found themselves in a position where they can make their native land somewhere that lives up to its name: Harmonia. However, they’re setting their sights further afield for their number one task: eradicating the disease that has plagued the neighbouring country of Loretania for generations and allowed the privileged Harmonians to live in a sterile environment.
After dispatching a team of scientists to Loretania, armed with cratefuls of an antidote and vaccine and headed up by their friend, Dr George Tindleson, Welles, Ez, and Welles’s brother Mal – who grew up in that benighted nation – start to worry when they hear nothing back, despite what they had agreed. Commandeering a fishing boat to follow the science team over the sea, they soon find that, while the disease may be on the way out, a new kind of infection has set in – the corruption they thought they had stamped out in Harmonia.
Can they get to the root of the problem and eradicate it before even more damage is done to an innocent people?
*** Warning – this book contains themes that some sensitive readers may find upsetting. ***
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This was good timing because I am recovering from a weekend with the family. ;) Thanks, Nick.
I have something cool to share with you. The owner of Literary Book Gifts asked me to give a critique of her store and offer a promo code to my readers. That kind of makes this post a two for one...or something. I dunno, my brain is bogged down by stupid fatigue, so I'm not wording well. Anyways, I agreed because as a crafter who sells her stuff, I enjoy supporting other creators.
First off, let me note that Literary Book Gifts has a nice, clean layout. It's not overly cluttered and easy to navigate. The font is black on white background which is something I advocate. I'm always, "YAY! I can read it without pain!"
The overall selection is nice. Not too many, but not too few. I noticed each category has a few options that the others don't. My biggest issue is there needs to be images of people using the products. A favorite site of mine, Think Geek, has action shots where buyers send in photos of them using the item. It gives a personal touch. Melissa doesn't have to do that exactly, but asking friends to do a photo shoot would go a long way in showing how the clothing fits and how many books you can shove into one of the bags.
Let me say here, I was not asked to try the products, but I saw a shirt I wanted. There was money left from my brother's estate, so this is my last Christmas gift from him. (Excuse me while I go cry.)
Plus, I wanted to test out the promo code I was given and make sure it worked.
The site said the shirts can run small, so I got a large. I'm glad I listened because the large fits like a medium on me. It was a little scratchy when I put it on, but that didn't last long. It just needed to be washed. One thing that made me very happy was the fabric is not paper thin. I had a friend give me a cool Subaru shirt and you can see my bra through it! Shipping only took 10 days. Not bad.
Now that I've shown off the site and given my thoughts on it, here's the part where I get to pimp Literary Book Gifts.
If you see something you like use PATRICIALYNNE20 to get 20% off. The code doesn't expire, so use it whenever you want or hand it out to family and friends with a gentle (aka hard) nudge as to what they need to buy you for your birthday. XD
Thanks, Melissa for the awesome shirt and for getting to see my name as a coupon code. (Can I just pause a moment and freak out over having my name in a promo code? That's something I've only seen with Youtubers. I feel like a big shot now. LOL!) I wish the best of luck with your shop.
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