Annie Nicholas writes paranormal and science fiction romance. Read about her hot vampire thrillers, werewolf romantic stories, alpha shifter and sexy alien romance.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays



I love the Holidays. I love preparing for them and I love enjoying them with family, friends, and co-workers. As my kids age I try to create new traditions for them to carry to their future family. This year we are starting with going out to nice dinner on Christmas Eve just the four of us and then tomorrow will be an all day PJ party.


As a writer I started the tradition  a few years ago of having the Boys of  Christmas visit my blog and I haven't forgotten.









Lola wishes you a Merry Christmas too!








Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cookies for Christmas


Shortbread Cookies:


2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar
1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract
For Chocolate Dipped Shortbreads:

6 ounces (180 grams) semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

In a separate bowl whisk the flour with the salt. Set aside.




In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until smooth (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour or until firm.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) with the rack in the middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.



On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into a 1/4 inch (.6 cm) thick circle. Cut into rounds or other shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. (This will firm up the dough so the cookies will maintain their shape when baked.) Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until cookies are very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.



For Chocolate Dipped Shortbreads: Place 3 ounces (90 grams) of the finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Once the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat. Add the remaining chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until it has completely melted and is smooth and glossy. Taking one cookie at a time, dip one end of each cookie in the melted chocolate and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once all the cookies have been dipped in the chocolate, place the baking sheets in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.



Shortbread cookies with keep in an airtight container for about a week or they can be frozen.



Makes about 20 shortbread cookies.





Here's the video with more detailed intructions from Joy of Baking.

More cookie blogs!

Mice : http://jeannenewalker.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/the-making-of-mice-and/

Cake Batter Cookies: http://keriford.com/2011/12/20/cake-batter-cookies/

Stained Glass Cookies: http://cmtorrens.com/2011/12/20/stained-glass-christmas-cookies/ 














Read more: http://joyofbaking.com/shortbreads/shortbreadcookies.html#ixzz1gusYUDzz

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nook Lovers

I own a Nook.

I chose it over a Kindle ages ago because I wanted to be able to hold one in my hand before purchasing it. This was before Kindles were being sold in stores. I love my e-reader but there are not many website dedicated to Nook readers like there are to Kindle users. Until now...

Nook Lovers



This blog is showcasing cheap reads with link for the Nook. Finally, someone is listening.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jingle Bell Hop



Six Men A Working



Welcome to the Jingle Bell Hop! If you arrived here by accident or have fallen off the bus click this link to get back on. There are lots of giveaways with a grand prize of a Kindle Fire! Some of us are going the twelve days of Christmas and, as you can see, I'm doing the Six Men A Working.


Nothing is sexier than a man at work.  I also have a present for everyone this year!



Lifeguard



Construction



Cowboy after a long day.


Do-it-yourselfer


Fire Fighter


Gardener

Now, for the present. I'm giving away free downloads of my full length novel Bait.


All Romance Ebooks: (which has all formats for Nook and Kindle and iPads and computers)


or on my website, you can download the just the .pdf version http://annienicholas.webs.com/apps/documents/



MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!  




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday Thankfulness

I've been a critical care nurse since 1993 and I've worked many hospitals across North America but never in unit as supporting as the one I'm in presently. My co-workers encourage my endeavors even if my genre isn't their cup of tea. :) Some have become fans. *blushes* So, I'm thankful to work in an enviroment that doesn't mind my having a notebook at my side and my taking a moment to jot down an idea or two when needed.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Thanksgiving

This week I'm posting a few things I'm thankful for. Today's post is over at Paranormal Romantics because I wanted to thank my fellow authors over there for never giving me any trouble over the last 2 1/2 years. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cover Love!!!


Helloooo, gorgeous.

Omegas in Love  The Vanguards Book Four
Some things are best forgotten...
Releasing Spring 2012

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blog-a-Thon

Paranormal Romantics annual Blog-a-Thon starts tomorrow at 9AM until Sunday at midnight!

Lot of prizes!

Come join the fun.

Every hour a new blog post goes up.

Every hour a new contest to enter. You have all weekend.

Winners announce Halloween afternoon.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

First Line Sneak Peaks

Really, I have been busy writting. You can't tell from my releases to come calendar but it won't remain empty for long. I hope.  :p


"Today seemed like a good day to burn some bridges."
                                      From Scent of a Human (completed work and shopping it)
                                      Book One Eorthe Chronicles

"Sex and love should come in the same package but a succubus didn’t have those options."
                        From untitled work
                            Book One Pia Confessions


"Sex got better with time, and being with Katrina these past two years had proved it. "
                        From Omegas in Love Vanguards Book 4

"Love sucked."
              Form The Sigma (work in progress)
              Vanguards Book 5

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I Need a Vampire...

...fix.




I've picked up some new to me series in September and inhaled them. I got into Nalini Singh's Hunter series and Jill Myles' Succubus Diaries. Both contained vampires but as secondary character.

*la sigh*

It made me realize I haven't read a good old fashion vampire book in a long while. Something in the nature of Anita Blake or Black Dagger Botherhood.

I browsed through Amazon last night and my head is still spinning. So much to chose from but what's garbage and what's good?

Recommend something to me. Pleeeeease. 

No Christine Feehan.

Didn't someone mention a vampire named Bones during my birthday bash this summer???

I'm all ears and opened pocket book people.

If you're interested in seeing my tastes or opinions on books you can catch me on Goodread.
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3132972.Annie_Nicholas?origin=

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Publishing Industry Blues

School starts tomorrow.

Part of me is going YIPEE! and the other is a little sad. I know my children are not disappearing but I'll miss their noise. Even with these mixed emotions, I did take a week off work to enjoy some peace and get my ass in gear for the coming year.

I'll be blogging about my goals on Paranormal Romantics on Monday and have a few days to think about it still.  I'm not sure what I want.

When I started on this journey the only goal was to get an agent and go NY. Then ebooks were born. It was exciting and I loved this option and embraced it with all my heart. Yet, a small part of me still looks to NY. At this point in my career, I can afford to take the time and shop a novel around the agent circuit but do I want to?

Will I make more money going NY or make the same?

NY is offering smaller advances with poor % on royalties in comparison to ebooks and then there is the agent's cut to subtract from it. Is it worth it to go that route anymore?

I've struggled with this all summer. I finished book one of a new series and need to find it a home. Where should I look?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Good Morning

Long time no blog.

It took me awhile to recover from the birthday bash. LOL

Honestly, I've been holed up trying to finish my latest book and I should be writing 'The End' later today. I've been working on this book for nine months and hope its worth the effort. I tried something different for me and told the story from four different pov's. Once it's done I'm not sure what to do with it. LOL

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Grand Prize Winner for My Birthday Bash Week



To chose the grand prize winner for this week's grand prize I input every person name who commented into a random winner generator. Every comment left meant an entry. So if you left 6 comments you got 6 entries.

The winner is BLHmistress!

Congrats. :D

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday's Winner


Yadkny, you're yesterday's winner! Congrats and the e-mails are on their way.

Last Day of My Birthday Week!



It's the last day! 

I have Savannah Chase and DL Jackson over to play party games.

Savannah has brought a copy of Bid For Love, her new release.



Her fantasy man is up for auction. Will Nico dare to bid?

Nico's history of romantic disasters has taught her when she gambles on men, she's fated to lose. That doesn't stop her from secretly lusting after Jeff, the handsome construction worker she sees every day on her way to work.

When the New York's Sexiest Bachelor auction begins and Jeff comes up on the block, she's seriously tempted to place a bid. The wager can't be taken lightly -- It might be for a good cause, but she's making a bid for love...

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, strong language


http://www.savannahchase.com/


DL has brought her collections of romantic sci-fi.



Evolution never happened so fast.



Twelve hours outside of Terra II, Colonel Kaleb Titan, a molecular geneticist and commander of the Ark, faces a life or death choice that could change the fate of mankind.

The Genesis I, aka the Ark, travels with a hold full of wildlife and three crew members. When a wolf bite and genetically-altering gamma radiation transform Kaleb, he notices his senses have been heightened, his libido has gone haywire and he can’t keep his hands off his crew. Worse yet, they don't seem inclined to stop him.

When their sister ship, the Genesis II arrives early, Kaleb’s problems compound. As soon as the command crew of the Genesis II boards, one whiff tells Kaleb they’re not from Earth or who they appear to be.

When he discovers that they’ve kept the Genesis II’s crew of over two thousand alive, he begins to believe their reasons may be far more ominous than anyone could have imagined. However, he also discovers what’s holding them back. The hijackers seem to be allergic to canines.

Now they're forced to employ biological warfare against their own, but will it be enough to save humanity?

History is about to repeat and only one species will survive.

Contains: Menage (M/F/F), Lesbian sex (F/F), intercom sex



 

Some love affairs last a lifetime…others never end.

 
Fifty years into the future, if you’re one of the damned, you don’t run for your life, you run to save your soul. Jocelyn Miller is wanted for crimes she committed before she was born. Homeless, blind and out in the elements on one of the coldest nights of the year, her desperation results in a bad decision. When Jocelyn and her brother Nate rob a convenience store, Jocelyn comes face to face with her worst nightmare and greatest love, a reaper named Gabriel.

Gabriel Solaris is an Enforcer, a genetically enhanced psychic often referred to as a reaper for his ability to take souls, and he’s charged with collecting Jocelyn’s. When he finds Jocelyn outside the store, he’s sure she’s up to something illegal. Proving it isn’t necessary. He holds a warrant and it’s all he needs. But the closer Gabriel gets to Jocelyn, the more he begins to question his duty and why he believes her claims of innocence. When Jocelyn tells him she loved him once, Gabriel loses control and kisses her. Instead of taking her soul, he gives her a week to prove innocence in her past-life crimes, something he has no authority to grant.



 
Four soldiers face alien threats in these two erotic tales of explosive romance.
Detonate

Alice MacKay can't keep up with all the bomb threats in Trios Port. When Boomer, a former Terran Marine with more than a healthy dose of arrogance, strolls into her office for an interview, she can't get rid of him fast enough. But disarming bombs is easier than disarming amorous Marines. When Boomer decides to stick around, MacKay wonders if she's met her match.

Happy Trails

Jenna's been infatuated with Tyson Rivers since she boarded the mining ship, but the scoop's explosive ordnance officer doesn't seem to know she's there. Too shy to introduce herself, she decides to snoop in his personnel file instead. When Tyson catches her digging, he realizes he's not the only one feeling the attraction, but could his tactics to get her alone end with a bigger bang than he expected?


And I have a print copy of Bait to give away as well!



Today's draw ends tomorrow morning and I will also be drawing the grand prize winner!

Leave a comment and don't forget to leave someway for me to contact you.


 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday's Winner is...


Anne!  The emails have been sent. Congrats and happy reading.

The Party's Not Done




My Birthday may have passed but I'm still celebrating for two more days!  Some of my buddies have dropped in. Voirey Linger and Hailey Edwards are here. Voirey writes about angels and Hailey writes about demons.  Well, well...if you ever met them you'd wonder if maybe it should be the other way around. LOL




There are some things an angel shouldn’t do…




Renatus is a legalist and knows the rules better than most. But knowing the Law doesn’t stop him from imagining the press of a hard male body against his, or remembering one forbidden kiss that left him hungry for more. He leaves Heaven to mingle with mankind, hoping that satisfying curiosity will quell desire. He finds Adam, a college professor who has given up on love.

Adam once dreamed of finding the perfect man and settling down. His dreams and trust were shattered when he found out the truth about his ex. Meeting Renatus seduces Adam into taking another chance on love. But Ren is keeping secrets, and the only promise he will make is that he will leave.

Now the Most High has commanded Renatus to retrieve the Law of Men and Angels, and a vengeful demon is circling, waiting for her opportunity to strike. Staying is impossible, leaving unbearable, and Ren wants to succumb to temptation, forsaking eternity for a life on Earth with Adam.


http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9118-forsaking-eternity.aspx




The most damaged heart can fly with the right pair of wings.

Madelyn’s life is far from fairytale perfect. She is second in line for the throne of a corrupt, brutal monarchy. Or at least she was until her dark guardian sacrificed his life to hide her safely in a realm of infinite possibilities.


For years she’s lived among a colony of escaped slaves as her guardian’s widow. Even in this simple life, though, nothing is as it seems. Her hero kept a secret—a younger brother named Clayton Delaney. Warrior, winged demon…and the man who now wants to lay claim to her heart.


No longer cast in his brother’s shadow, Clayton meets all obstacles head on, including one named Maddie. His infatuation with her reaches the breaking point when she undergoes a royal rite of passage, going into heat and pushing them both over the edge.

Just as Maddie learns that some risks are worth taking, she discovers that her guardian may be alive. And she’s forced to make a choice between the man she’d thought she loved, and the demon willing to lend her his wings.





Rule number one, when living with aliens, never make assumptions.



Rule number two, knowledge is power.


Rule number three, don't fall in love.

Assigned as an interpreter to the Cyngi, Liaison Sadie Beckit is left in the dark. The mysterious species’ data chip, from head quarters, holds minimal information and Ambassador Nual refuses to give her more. As the Red Dawn is held under siege in a remote part of space, the crew and passengers fight for their lives. Sadie's orders are to escape but her heart is already a hostage.


Falling in love was not in her orders and broke rules one through three.
 
 
 
All three of these books are being given away. To be entered in the draw tell me the name of your favorite book of all time.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday's Winner


Na! You won all the Westervelt Wolves books and a signed copy of The Vanguards. I sent you an e-mail.

Today is my Birthday





Today is the day!

I wish I could say I'll be spending a quiet day at home with the family but alas it is the final swim meet of the season and I have to work it. LOL So my b-day day is postponed until Saturday when all my boys will be around to hang out.

Doesn't mean I don't want to celebrate though! My best writing bud Rebecca Royce just walked in with an arm load of goodies. She giving away the whole Westervelt Wolves SERIES away. You read it right, all SIX Westervelt books including her latest release Angel's Wolf!!!

And I'm offering a signed copy of The Vanguards print book, which contains all three novellas.


Ashlee Morrison has a secret obsession—with a dark and mysterious male. The only problem is that he’s a wolf and she’s becoming convinced that she’s insane. But Ashlee’s wolf is no ordinary canine; he is Tristan Kane, third son in the royal family of the Westervelt Wolf pack.

Trapped in his wolf form by his evil father’s men, Tristan has desperately sought a way out of predicament and is shocked to find that the sad but beautiful redhead who has come to the wolf cage can not only hear him, but awakens in him the knowledge that she is his mate, the other half of his soul.

Ashlee, unaware that she is half wolf-shifter, agrees to accompany Tristan back to his pack in Maine to seek answers to her past and understand her future. But as Tristan and Ashlee grow closer, familial betrayals will threaten to destroy the fragile love they have started to build.

With the odds stacked against them, Ashlee and Tristan will either embrace their love to save the Westervelt Wolves or be lost forever to despair.


Three years ago, Summer Morrison’s happy, normal life was thrown into upheaval. Forced to discover, before she was ready, that she was half-wolf shifter and mated to the pack’s enforcer has left Summer moody, shaken, and resentful. When tragedy strikes her family, Summer is forced to come back to the world of the Westervelt Wolves…and into the arms of Cullen Murphy.
Cullen has waited three years for Summer, having promised her mother he would give her time to grow up. But he’s never forgotten his mate and craved her presence since he first saw her on the battlefield three years earlier. The trouble is, now that Cullen has Summer, he has no idea what to do with her. Three hundred years of being alone has left Cullen socially inept and more lonesome than he would ever admit. He lives with the guilt and shame of his deeds, while knowing his role is pivotal to the pack’s survival.

Together, Cullen and Summer will heal each other’s wounds and discover that life is worth living as long as they are together. Now there’s just the little matter of Kendrick and Claudius, their evil henchmen, the army of miscreant wolves, and the demons that keep attacking. If they can survive, their love will be everlasting. But failure will mean not only their destruction, but the end of the Westervelt Wolves.

When love is eternal, failure is not an option.


A lone wolf is a dangerous creature, until he meets his mate. Then he’ll become lethal to protect her.

Faith Anderson never asked to be a wolf shifter, but one strange encounter with the Westervelt Wolves and she suddenly has a past she knows nothing about and a future wrought with danger. No one is more disappointed than she to discover that the island does not hold a mate for her…that is, until she collides with Theo Kane, the missing prince of the Westervelt Wolves who has chosen isolation to save his pack from what he believes are his insane tendencies.
Theo couldn’t imagine anything worse than the near death experience that left him scarred and forever changed. Until some of the same things start happening to Faith. Now he has no choice but to face what he has avoided for over a year if he doesn’t want the past to repeat itself, this time taking Faith along for the ride. Together they will battle demons, invisible wolves, and worst of all his father to find their eternal love.

But if the price is eternity, are they willing to risk it all?

 Wolf’s Magic is the story of Azriel Kane, fifth brother in the royal Westervelt wolf pack. Always different from his siblings, Azriel prefers to spend his time underground in a lab than out fighting battles to save the pack from destruction. In his own way, he feels he is contributing to the pack’s success. However, when fate plants his destined mate in a cage where he can’t ignore her, Az will be forced to face up the demons that have plagued him since childhood and be the shifter she needs him to be.

Leah St. James has no idea who she is or how she came to be trapped in a cage in Azriel’s lab. The only thing she is certain about is that she is not a wolf and that she wants out of her false wolf body as soon as possible. Counting on Az to save her from the same doomed fate as the other wolves Az is given to study, from the distance of her cage she can see Az for who he really is and not the false front he presents to the world.
But Kendrick Kane is not done with Westervelt and when he steps up his game to eliminate the Kanes from Westervelt, Az and Leah will need each other to discover the truth behind his evil plans, that is if Azriel can finally reveal the secret he has been keeping since he was a child.

With Leah’s help, can Azriel finally take his place in the pack hierarchy or will they fail and lose Westervelt forever?

In search of his sister in New Orleans, Michael finds his mate instead. But Scarlett is broken, nearly destroyed. With doom around the corner, Michael Kane has no time to lose. If he can save his mate, perhaps there will be a chance for all of them. Or maybe it’s already too late.

Left with no other choice, Michael will have to teach the wolves in the New Orleans pack how real Alpha shifters behave, while showing his mate he is a man of his word.




(Annie licks the above cover.)
Just Released!

 
Angel Kane has always known who her family was and why she was hidden away from them in New Orleans. Now on the run, the last thing she wants is anything that could potentially get in the way of the plan she’s made for herself. That is, until she walks into a truck stop in New Jersey and encounters Parker Liberty—the wolf fate has picked out to be her perfect mate.

Parker Liberty hasn’t uttered a word in almost forty years. Not since the horrible day he watched his father murder his mother on the island of Westervelt. He ignores his inner wolf and contents himself with expressing his inner emotions through his tattoos. But when a pair of witches almost kill Angel, he will return to Westervelt to save her.

Meanwhile, Westervelt is under constant attack from Kendrick Kane, the pack's former Alpha, whose evil knows no bounds. His ultimate goal is to see all of his children dead --and that includes his daughter, Angel. It is questionable whether the Westervelt pack can even survive the week. Angel and Parker’s arrival will either turn the tide of the war or end the pack forever.







Since NINE stories are in the basket, I'm going to make this a little harder than leaving just any comment. Rebecca is being so generous I want you to tell me the name of one her many other books she's written that is NOT Westervelt. To make it easy here is her Amazon page. :) 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday's Winner


Bet you thought I forgot to announce yesterday's winner. If you did, you were right!!  LOL

June is the winner and the prizes are on their way.

Three Book Wednesday B-day Bash!



Better late then never! But the wait will be worth it. Today, I'm giving away TWO books and my Paranormal Romantic buddy, Stacey Kennedy, is here to give away her new release Tainted Blood.  So leave a comment to enter! And remember the week just gets better.


Someone is about to get some Spice in his life.
Spice has nothing but the clothes on her back when she returns to Chicago. She's looking for a better life, and that means reuniting with her estranged twin sister, Sugar. She isn't thrilled to find out Sugar's boyfriend is a vampire. But then she meets Eric, once the bottle-cap-glasses wearing nerd next door - now grown into the kind of man she'd love to snuggle with on this cold winter night...and he’s offered her his room in Sugar’s house.


Eric can’t believe Spice has returned. He’d given up hope of ever seeing her again, let alone having her stare at him as if he’s sex on a stick. But now that all of his fantasies for them are coming true, reality rears her ugly head and Eric must tell Spice his intimate secret; he’s actually an Alpha werewolf looking for his mate and he thinks he’s found her.





Three days of hell, in charge, and running out of antacids.



As the pack’s Beta, Robert needs to watch over the Vasi werewolf pack for a few days. He hates the responsibility, but his job is to dissolve any problems while his alpha honeymoons. Nevertheless, trouble comes to town and her name is Esther. She's beguiling, beautiful and picks his pocket. Although Robert doesn’t trust her, he still wants to possess her.

Esther arrived in Chicago with the intention of slaying a vampire named Daedalus. While trailing her quarry, she encounters Robert who unhinges her world. He doesn’t know her trade, and she doesn’t know his connection to the vampire. Disturbed by her attraction to this unusual werewolf, she can’t decide which prey to hunt. The one who’s stolen her heart or the one who’ll fill her bank account.


Hot graphic werewolf sex, growing body parts, and one pissed off Nosferatu.





Earth Witch, Sabi, has been gifted with the ability to see premonitions of the darkness that threatens human lives. Safe in the Otherworld, she adjusts to these new visions…which isn’t going so well. Luckily, she’s got the sexy Guardian, Ryker to help her work through these visions. He’s intent to show her how to distance herself from them and help her gain control of life. Not that it’s really helping. The visions are leaving her crippled and unable to help pinpoint the killer’s locations to stop the acts from happening.



If that’s not enough to deal with, she soon begins to see vampires on a killing rampage in San Francisco. Vampires are being born and left to fend for themselves, resulting in innocent lives being taken while they’re in the throes of blood lust. But as Sabi’s visions begin to kick up a notch, personal matters need to be put aside. And as the mystery begins to unravel, Sabi will begin to see that these visions are getting far more dangerous and that humans are not the only ones at risk―she is.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Winner


Is Carla!!  Contact me with your e-mail silly!  annienicholas (at) ymail (dot) com

I'll send you your prizes.