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Monday, October 21, 2013

Release is now Available


Today's the day!

Release is now available for purchase and you can finally read about what I've done to Connie, Rurik, and Tane.



 
 
        Nosferatu rule from the shadow and keep order over their bloodthirsty people. If a law is broken, they have only one punishment. Death. They are the most powerful clan in the Vampire Nation and the most monstrous.  Only a male vampire can be transformed into a Nosferatu, but not all survive.
Connie Bence is on the run with her two lovers, Rurik and Tane.  As leader of the Nosferatu, Tane’s only threat is his own clansmen, and they want all three of them dead. When Rurik began to lose his hair, rumors spread, and the Nosferatu accuse Tane of trying to transform Rurik into one of them illegally.
With the Nosferatu on their heels, Connie tries to figure out what’s changing Rurik and cure him before she loses him to blood lust.  
 
 
 AMAZON                     NOOK

I'm having two giveaways to celebrate. One here on my blog for printed signed copies of all the Angler books. Another for $100 GC from Amazon or B&N on my blog tour. Schedule in below.

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Annie Nicholas' RELEASE Tour Schedule - 10/21 - 10/27

 

10/21 RomanceJunkies.com (Guest Post)


 

10/22 Penny For Them…(Series Spotlight)


 

10/23 Book Lovin’ Mamas (Guest Post)


 

10/24 Book Monster Reviews (Guest Post)


 

10/24 Sassy Book Lovers (Series Spotlight)


 

10/25 Eclipse Review (Character Interview/Spotlight)


 

10/26 Book Pages and Dripping Ink (Series Spotlight)


 

10/26 Mythical Books (Spotlight)


 

10/27 Deal Sharing Aunt (Spotlight)


 

10/27 Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews (Guest Post)


 

 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Release Chapter One is Now Available

 


Release will be available this coming Monday, Oct. 21st. 

Chapter One is now available for preview here http://annienicholas.blogspot.com/p/release-ch-1.html

Chapter Two will be included in the newsletter being sent out this weekend.

Hope you like it.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Six Pack Stud-a-Thon Sept 23-30th


 
Welcome to my stop on the Six Pack Stud-a-Thon
 
 
By looking at my covers (points at sidebars) you'd think I have a thing for chests. I don't design those. Chests are my Lyrical Press artist's fetish. LOL 
 
Update 9/23/13:  I just got some cover love for No Refuge. Do you think the artist read this blog post? LMAO
 
I, on the other hand, have a thing for backs and shoulders.
 


A man will catch my eye if his shoulders are broad and his back tappers to a narrow waist. That Bermuda Triangle of body type is my weakness.


 
When I hug a man, I don't want to be able to clasp my hands behind him. I'm a strong woman and don't want to crush anyone. I want to be the one being crushed. Fingertip touching is passable. :D


 
If you'd like a chance to win a $25 Amazon GC, then just use the rafflecopter below. Then next rafffelcopter is for the blog tour's grand prize. Happy hopping.



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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Winner of the Amazon $100 GC

Jenn Grote won the $100 gift certificate that I was giving away on my Scent of Salvation tour!

Congrats to Jenn and the prize is already on its way.

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Midsummers Night's Dream-Man Blog Hop




Welcome to the Midsummers Night's Dream-Man Hop where I will share three small excerpts of my three summer dream men with a sneak peek of Release, the next Angler book.  If you fell off the bus just click the link below and it will return you to your next place on the tour. Have fun and don't melt in the heat. :-D



Starved for Love (a succubus/incubus love story)

The trees topped a hill about half a mile from the house on the edge of our property, close to the woods. I ambled toward them, letting my tennis shoes drag over the grass until I saw a redhead in one of the trees.
Damn, Rose had beaten me. I searched the orchard and spotted Adele.
She waved. “Slowpoke.”
I sighed. I hadn’t noticed that the other baskets had been missing on the counter. I guess dishes were on my agenda after all. I climbed the closest tree, hanging my basket on a branch, and started to pick.
“You’re awfully quiet this morning, Pia.” Adele stayed on the ground as she picked. Last year she broke her wrist when she’d fallen from a tree. “How was your date? Will there be more?”
Ah, the real reason behind the apple picking came out. I sighed. “It was nice. We haven’t made any other arrangements so I don’t know if I’ll see him again.”
They were quiet and I twisted around to see they were both staring at me. “What?”
 “Details.” Rose just about growled. She could sound like a shifter when she wanted to.
“He made me a nice dinner—”
“He cooks? Bonus. And?” Both of their baskets remained ignored.
“He fed me. We talked a little about his wives.” I picked a few more apples. There wasn’t that much to report except I really liked him. He made me feel special.
“As in spoon-fed? That’s a little old-fashioned. Something Dad would do.” Rose made an unpleasant face. “Let’s get to the good stuff. Was he good in bed?”
I laughed. “I couldn’t tell you. We didn’t have sex.”
Rose crossed her arm. “The male has made a serious effort to court you and you couldn’t put out?”
Shaking my head, I picked a rotting apple from a close-by branch and tossed it at her. With the grace of a dancer, she sidestepped my shot.
I sighed. “He’s the one who said no.”
 

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Daedalus watched Sugar’s heart-shaped ass wiggle back down the hall. She was ravishing. He would never mix business with pleasure, but she didn’t belong to the pack. Just a friendly human neighbor.
 Bonus.
 
She reminded him of the 1950’s pin-up poster girls, pretty and full of luscious curves. He still kept those posters in storage some where.
 
Sugar. He would like to ignite her sweetness into a passionate inferno. Maybe she’d even sting a little. He hoped so.
 
Daedalus saw the flush of color bloom on her cheeks and felt those hard tiny nipples as she brushed against him. He wanted her to turn and look at him one more time before she disappeared behind a door.
 
The Omegas began wrestling with his coffin again. “Can we call you Daedalus?” one of them piped up.
 
Sugar glanced back at him.
 
“No.” He gave her a shameless wink.

 
 

SNEAK PEEK of Release, available Oct. 21st.

Sun shone on my face as I sat in the park. Cool grass tickled my toes and a breeze played with the curls along my neck. I touched them. Hadn’t I cut my hair? I held a cone in my other hand and vanilla flavored ice cream melted slowly. I'd better eat it quickly.

Suddenly my bench flipped back and I smacked my head on the grass that felt more like concrete. “My ice cream.” I flailed and came into contact with something solid. The smack sounded like flesh on flesh.
I opened my eyes to Tane's face hovering over mine. What the fuck was he doing in the sun? Blinking in the dim light of oil lamps, I took in my real surroundings of hardwood floors and old Venetian building. It had been only a dream. Instead of lying on the cool grass in a park, I was on the floors of Catarina’s home twisted in blankets. I wish Tane had waited until I’d eaten the damn cone.



 


Scent of Salvation

Releases July 30th

 
Love blooms across species, culture, and time.  
Chronicles of Eorthe, Book 1
Stranded in another dimension, on a primitive version of Earth, Dr. Susan Barlow needs to find a way to survive. There’s no electricity, no cities, and to her shock, no humans. Instead, she faces a population of werewolves, vampires and incubi. The people are vicious but she must find her place among them. And live.
An illness is killing Sorin’s pack. As alpha it’s his responsibility to save them, but it’s a battle this warrior doesn’t know how to fight. Then a blue light in the sky brings a creature he’s never seen. She calls herself human, but to him she smells like hope.
Sorin offers Susan a safe haven in return for a cure, but she’s not that kind of a doctor. She’s a doctor of physics, not a physician. Yet as they search for a cure to save a dying people, they find something special—each other.
But even with Sorin’s protection, Susan can’t help but wonder how long she can survive in a world without humans…
 
Warning: Feral shifters, power-hungry vampires, and a sole human female suffering culture shock.
 




Friday, June 14, 2013

My Bookstore Trip


 

    Summer is here and school is officially over in my area. The kids are home and already bored. To start the summer, I decided to drag them all over town to run errands and stock up the fridge. We live in a rural area of Vermont so when we go into town it’s an all-day event. One store we hit was Barnes and Noble.

    Over the winter I discovered that both my kids have inherited my competitive gene so we’re having a contest. Starting today until August 1st we’ll see who reads the most books. Whoever wins gets to pick a local trip to go on.

    I haven’t been to Barnes and Noble in over a year so the changes were a shock. Two things became very evident upon shopping:

1.      Genre shuffle

2.      Content for sale

 

First off, we went to the science fiction/fantasy isle for my oldest. I did a double take when I found Charlaine Harris, JR Ward, Kim Harrison, and Laurell K. Hamilton on the same shelves as Larry Niven, Tolkien, and Terry Brooks. I would have expected them in romance. I shrugged and went to the restroom. It’s on the second floor, way in the back of the store. THIS is where I found the romance section. One isle, only on one side. The Harlequin display was three small rows in the farthest corner of the store and NO ONE was shopping it. My heart sank and is still sitting in my gut.

When did paranormal romance become science fiction/fantasy? What happened to the three rows of romance books? And the shoppers I use to bump elbows with?

Second, we went to kids section for my youngest to buy his books. There were more LEGOS for sale than books. O_O  All the kids in the area were playing with the toys for sale. We were the only ones browsing books. This broke my heart.

Then we went down to the main floor. At this point my eyes were open and searching the area, not as a mother but as a writer. Where were all the hardcover book displays when people entered the store? There was one small pyramid filled with books written my actors/comedians/reality TV stars. No fiction.

OK.

The first floor consisted of their coffee shop, the check out, and the huge NOOK center. (Not disappointed about the NOOK part. LOL) We went to the back of the store and found massive shelves filled with all kinds of mass market paperbacks. YAY!

Oh wait…

They’re all used books for sale.

WTF?

When did B&N start selling used books?

I had wanted to try looking for an agent next year and maybe try my hand at the mass market paperback route of publishing but this makes me worried. I know the industry is changing, sometimes so fast I can’t keep up. (Obviously.)  Who else sells these types of books? Walmart, Costco, grocery stores? In my area, only the best sellers hit those racks.

Now, like I mentioned, I don’t go to B&N often. I have a NOOK because I live in a rural area and downloading a book is so much easier than traveling the roads. Are your local B&N like this?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Little Space Opera



I'm branching out.

Science fiction has always been one of my favorite genres. I'm a self proclaimed geek when it comes to Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Firefly, and Babylon Five. These are only the television shows. Some of my favorite authors in who write Sci-fi are Larry Niven and CJ Cherrhy. They've both influenced my writing in their own unique ways.

Last month, I signed a contract with Lyrical Press for No Refuge. I'd like to think of it as a cross between Firefly and Babylon Five with my own twist of course.

Those of you who have been reading me since I began this journey will recall Red Dawn one of my first novellas as baby author. No Refuge is in this universe but later on in time. I do plan on revamping Red Dawn (also re-titling it) as prequel.

Hope some of my vampire and shifter fans also like a little space adventure. :D

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Prima blog tour schedule

 
Hey!
 
Prima, book 6 of The Vanguards, releases today.
I'm celebrating with blog tour and a special newsletter contest.
Each stop will giving away a copy of Prima.
 
I was so happy to write Sugar and Daedalus again. It was like coming home from a long trip.
 
 
April 22 Guest blog 

 
April 23 Guest blog
Regina May Ross's

 
April 24 Guest blog
Butterfly-o-Meter Books


April 25 Interview and review
My Home Away From Home – 

 
April 25 Spotlight
Fandom Fanatic

 
April 26 Guest blog
Roxanne's Realm
 


April 26 Spotlight
Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path

 
April 27 Guest blog
Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust



April 29 Interview
Paranormal Romance Fans for Life


 
April 29 Guest blog and review
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess


 
April 30 Spotlight
Musings of an Independent Artist  


May 1 blog
Paranormal Romantics
 
 
May 1 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books


May 2 Interview
Tory Michaels’ World 

 
May 3 Guest blog
Full Moon Bites

 
May 4 Guest blog
Ramblings From This Chick


 
May 4 Spotlight
Paranormal Romance and Beyond.  


 
May 5 Interview and review
Confessions from Romaholics 



May 5 Spotlight and review
Faerie Tale Books



May 6 Interview
All I Want and More – 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Love a Tree, Read an E-book Blog Hop

Dear Annie,


My name is Sugar and I’m the heroine in your latest book Prima. I was considering creating a garden inside of Daedalus’ home but I’m not sure if a sun lamp would burn him. The last thing I want to do is vaporize my vampire lover. What do you suggest?

Dear Sugar,

Technically this is my world so I can make up the rules, but I enjoy basing my laws on fact as much as possible. Easier to remember them that way. ;-) I did a little research so I wouldn’t fry your boyfriend.

Sunlight and artificial light both emit photons but light from the sun emits electromagnetic radiation in a much wider spectrum than that from a bulb. The spectrum can be divided into

• Ultraviolet A, B, and C

• Visible light

• Infrared

I discovered that plants need very little UV light and that UV light produces more energy than plants can handle during photosynthesis. As a result, plants produce pigments to protect them from UV light. These pigments allow only visible light to be absorbed by the plant cells.

This piece of information triggered a memory. In my Angler series, the slayers use UV grenades to fight vampires. I’d done this research before and I’m getting old.

So, yes Sugar, you can use a sun lamp safely around Daedalus since it seems that UV light is what is truly detrimental to vampires and not light itself.




Prima
Book Six of The Vanguards series
Releasing April 22nd! (Monday)

Shattered in forgotten memories.

 
Sugar survived a shifter attack but it left her broken. Paralyzed on the left side, she fights for her independence in her day-to-day life. Her worst injury, the scars on her soul, has her pushing Daedalus away. How could he still love her when she is just a shadow of herself? But a new threat on Daedalus’ life yanks the veil of self-pity from her eyes and she’s resolved to protect him, even precariously balanced with her cane.

The vampire council sends an emissary to Daedalus. His clan brother, another Nosferatu, hands him an ultimatum. Return to his post as Prime in Pal Robi or he’ll kill Sugar and her shifter friends. Daedalus has brought enough trouble into Sugar’s life. He won’t be responsible for more, so he agrees to leave Chicago.

To both warriors surprise, Sugar’s not willing to remain behind, and with her own shifter guards she’s ready to help Daedalus regain control of Pal Robi.


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Angler Update


 
 
 
Bait and Catch are now available in boxset form at all retailers. Book 1 and 2.
 
 
 

 
 
Hunting Colby will be available in print on Amazon starting March 23rd.

 
 
Due to my family being plagued by the flu and scarlet fever all winter I missed deadlines for Release. The date for publication will be postponed until Fall. Sorry.
 
 
 
Stay tuned next month! Prima is releasing April 22nd.  Sugar and Daedalus return. There will be a special contest for newsletter subscribers.
 
 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Blurbing


 


A blurb is also the bcc, back cover copy, on the back of paper books. It’s what the reader uses to help to decide if they are going to buy the book since it gives a small summary of the story.

This was the bane of my existence for the longest time. I had to summarize a book in 200 words and make it interesting. Could it get any harder? 

One of the first things I learned was I needed distance from the book. The worst thing I could do to myself was write my manuscript then try to do the blurb. I was too close to the story. I couldn’t see the forest and was trying to describe each tree.

#1 Take a break from the book. A few days maybe? I usually write my blurb while my manuscript is out on its beta reader rounds.  Before I read the critics, I write the blurb from what I remember of the story because what is important will stand out.

So, I’d try to shrink this great story into a few thoughts but there is so much conflict my blurb would read like an essay. I had to make it more to the point.

#2 This is where your GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict) comes in. Usually the blurb is a paragraph about the heroine’s GMC, the next of the hero’s GMC, and the last what they must overcome to be together.

Okay, I got the blurb to a shorter format, say 200-300 words, but it reads like a medical text. I could hear potential readers snoring already. A blurb is your sales pitch. “You wanna buy me and read this story!” How do I do this? Should I take an advertising class?

#3 I forgot where I read this but someone suggested I study the backs of movie DVDs. They have minimal space to grab a person’s attention. Then someone (Geez, I suck at remembering good advisors!) I think on Divas, told me to write my blurbs as if I’d just seen the best movie EVER and I was telling my best friend about it.

 

Example:

(Let’s see if I can do this under pressure.)

“An eight year old boy’s toys come to life whenever any human isn’t around to see them. It’s the boy’s birthday and his favorite toy, a cowboy, organizes a mission to see what the presents are. The cowboy’s worst nightmare is realized when the boy receives a space ranger as a gift. He’s worried he’ll be replaced.  

The space ranger doesn’t realize he’s a toy and thinks he’s crash landed on an alien planet. The other toys play along with him and help to build his spaceship, which is really his box.

Both the cowboy and the space ranger end up falling out of a window and have to learn to depend on each other for survival.”

 

There, very basic.  Notice I didn’t tell my ‘friend’ the ending because she’d kick my ass, right? You have Woody’s GMC, Buzz’s GMC, and the conflict that brings them together. (Not in a romantic way.) For some reason I’m always using cartoons for my examples.  It’s not perfect but a great place to start before nitpicking at it. AND 110 words long. Plenty of space to expand if need be.

 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Website



I completely revamped my website. It's user friendly and easy to navigate.


www.annienicholas.com


This month I am running a giveaway on facebook for a 10$ gift certificate for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Winner's choice.


Hope your winter has been mild.

It's 40 degrees here in Vermont and I'm hoping it's a sign for an early spring.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Koishi Release Day!



It's release day and you know what that means!

Blog tour with lot of giveaways.

Here's my schedule:

Feb. 4 - Words of Wisdom
             Ramblings From a Chaotic Mind
             Kelsey's Book Corner

Feb. 5 - Night Owl
             Graves Tells
             Simply Infatuated

Feb. 6 - Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's

Feb. 7 - Romance Book Junkies

Feb. 8 - Crazy Four Books

Feb. 9 - Monique Morgan
             Reading Between the Wines

Feb. 10 -  Reader Girls Laurie, Meg, and Cathy
                Happy Tails and Tales

Feb. 13 - Mama Knows Books
               Babbling About Books

Feb. 14 - Reginamayross's Blog

Feb. 15 - Provocative Pages












Friday, January 25, 2013

Welcome to the ROMANCE MADNESS HOP.

Yes, I am a writer, BUT, like most writers, I did begin as being a reader. I never reviewed professionally but I do write reviews on Goodreads for book I love. My personal philosophy comes from what my mother ground into me as a child. If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all. So if I didn't like a book, I don't review it. I'd rather recommend books I liked anyways. It's much more fun. There's nothing like a good exchange of information of books. Most authors I follow have come from my friends suggesting I read them.

Word of mouth is power. Never forget that.

Because I love books so it's hard to pick just one, so I decide to showcase my favorite SERIES.

The Dragon Kin by G.A. Aiken


This is a fantasy romance series about a dragon family who don't have any pretext of human morals. They are as dragony as dragon can get. Do I need to say more? GO READ NOW. Is that better?

I gave all these books 4-5 stars, which in all honesty I don't always do, even though my Goodreads list states that. See note above about not giving bad reviews. (Though you might see a few 1-3 stars. I'm not perfect. It just means the book pissed me off enough to get beyond my good judgment.)

I did give The Dragon who Loved Me a three star. The author got distracted by an old character in that book and lost interest in the romance couple in my opinion. If she hadn't redeemed herself in How to Drive a Dragon Crazy I wouldn't be writing this blog.

The next book, To Kiss a Dragon, releases on Oct. 2013 and I'm waiting anxiously for it.


Annie Nicholas
www.annienicholas.com



RELEASES FEB. 4TH

Never make a deal with a dragon.

Sandra’s sister is dying. All the doctors agree that nothing more can be done, but she can’t give up hope. After using all her resources searching for a cure, a little bird whispers in Sandra’s ear about secret worlds, Gates, and the Keepers who protect them. A dragon Gatekeeper, who hoards magical treasure within his volcano home in Japan, can possibly hold an item to cure her sister.

Gates choose their Keepers and Koishi thinks his did an excellent job in picking him. Not many dare to cross and none who try survive.  However, one tiny human female with either the courage of an army or the intelligence of a gnat has arrived on the island asking for him. Curious and not wanting to disappoint, he waits for the locals to steer her to his human ‘servant’, which is him in his man form.

Let the games begin…

CONTENT WARNING: Goblins, mayhem, and sushi await you with hot dragon sex and Koishi’s odd sense of humor.



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