Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Crescendo Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

I'm super excited to be bringing you today's cover reveal and giveaway! Why? Well, it isn't only because this is the reveal of the sequel to the Prelude, my New Adult Contemporary Romance. But this is also the book most requested by my readers. We live and read during a time when authors are getting beaten down for writing sequels. So imagine my surprise when my readers started leaving reviews and ratings that were all across the board.

Why did this happen? Well, because people wanted more Alek and Erin and Luca and Adriana. Even Nikolai struck a chord with people. I don't write about rock stars. I do, however, love those books. My musical characters are just as flawed, just as emotionally bent so many others, though. "Bad boys in pretty little packages" as one reviewer put it. I'll take that description as a compliment. LoL.

Alek and Erin struck a magical note with people, that place all authors hope to reach when we release our babies into the world. This is a GOOD thing. I did not set out to write a trilogy. There's no hair-pulling cliffhanger in the Prelude. I'll be honest here. As I began writing the Crescendo, I wasn't sure where to start. It didn't take long for me to figure it out. As usual, my readers never let me down. I used their advice as my guide. And soon, the bones for this novel were formed. More Alek and Erin is coming your way. Readers are happy. I have a New York Times bestselling duo of editors on my team now. Life is good. :D

Thank you so much for making the Prelude an International Bestseller. I have a loyal group of readers, fans, and people who've become good friends. Between both facebook fan pages, I now have almost 20,000 likes from you all. I am humbled and amazed. Thank you for helping me to make my dreams come true.

And now, I'm proud to give you THE CRESCENDO!

He taught her how to walk outside the line. She taught him how to leave the past behind. In the end, fate brought them both together.

Six months ago, Erin Angelo was hired by Alek Dostov, the charismatic Maestro who hired her design firm, the same man who healed the wounds of her tragic past.

In the highly anticipated, reader requested sequel to THE PRELUDE, Alek and Erin are preparing to embrace their new life and love for music while nurturing Erin’s blossoming singing career. But when a mysterious figure from Erin’s past walks back into her life, Alek and Erin’s belief that their love will conquer everything is put to the test. As Alek continues to struggle with the ghosts of his past and recent family troubles, Erin finds a way to reconnect with her fiancée. The couple set out on a tour of Italy, taking Alek’s music group to the next level.

But Alek’s mother, Katerina, has other plans in mind. She orders the tour manager to go along with them. Now, they will face new challenges while dealing with the pressures of their careers.

Passion, excitement, adventure, danger, and a Maestro with more swagger than a rock star. THE CRESCENDO lifts you up to a high you won’t soon forget. 

Add to goodreads:

Purchase THE PRELUDE for only $.99 on Amazon!

Join thousands of other Musical Interlude Series fans on facebook here:

See gorgeous photos of Italy and experience music from the Prelude on the Pinterest board here:

Already read the Prelude, but need a steamy read to hold you over until then? You're in luck! My Gothic Romance HACIENDA MOON is free until 7/23 on Amazon!

And Now for the Giveaway! 

How would you like to win this prize package? 

(This contest is open to U.S./Canada/United Kingdom. The upcoming August mega giveaway will be open for International entries as well!)

How about one of these?!!?!

Then Enter Here: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, July 15, 2013

Seeing Ghosts by James Garcia Promo and Excerpt

Seeing Ghosts
James Garcia Jr.

Genre: Paranormal


Number of pages: 147
Word Count: 76,303

Cover Artist: Maria Zannini

Book Description:

Paul Herrera finds himself bequeathed a mysterious old house near the California central coast by a deceased aunt he never knew. The woman who shows it to him is the spitting image of his wife, taken from him three years before in a senseless car accident which also took his unborn son.

While he deals with the ghosts of a past he cannot let go, there are new ghosts Paul must deal with - alone for the week in the expansive two-story house that he will soon discover holds many secrets.

Eventually, he will see that he is surrounded by ghosts as he struggles to hold onto the only thing that he has left in this world - his sanity. 


“A dollar and a half for your thoughts,” Anne asked, catching me in mid-thought. She held her glass of wine in her right hand and lightly swirled the remaining contents.
“What?” I asked, glancing over at her smiling face.
“A penny for your thoughts sounded a tad cheap, so I thought I would up it for inflation and cost of living.” She sat back. “You were grinning just now. What were you thinking about? Something good?”
“I don’t know,” I lied, and then spooned the last of my dessert into my mouth. I fought the urge to lick the bowl. It was that good.
“Yes, you do!” Anne said. “You’re a terrible liar.” She set her glass down and folded her arms across her chest. “Give it up, mister!”
I glanced at Jason, who was watching the exchange with a curious look on his face, then back at Anne and shook my head.
“Must have been something good,” Anne said, refusing to let it go.
“Do you two need me to leave the room or something?” Jason asked.
“No!” I said, perhaps a little too loudly. A twinkle sparkled in Anne’s eye, so I kept my eyes off her. I suppose that made me even more suspicious-looking.
From my peripheral vision, I saw her stand and grab the plates to take to the kitchen. Leaning to my ear, she whispered, “Hmm?” and I knew I hadn’t heard the end of it.
“You know she’s never going to let that go, right?” Jason offered in a whisper when she left the room.
“I was afraid of that,” I mouthed to him.
“Good luck,” he mouthed back.
He got up from the table just as his mother came back to retrieve the fudge, strawberry and caramel toppings to put away. Fearing being alone with her, I quickly jumped from the table and followed Jason. For the next few minutes I was his shadow, and when he made a move to leave, I grabbed for his shirt, keeping him beside me. As if sensing this, Anne sent her son upstairs to get showered. I turned to him, feigning panic. He just grinned and waved melodramatically at me. When I turned back around, Anne was waiting for me with a devilish grin.
“Hi,” I said sheepishly.
“Hi there,” she replied. “How’s it going?”
“Fine.” We said nothing for a few moments. I snaked past her and began setting up to wash the dishes.
“That’s all you’ve got?” she asked. “After I went and made all of this food.”
“I told you it was fantastic!” I said without facing her. “Are you kidding me? I haven’t eaten this great in years!”
“Thank you, but that isn’t what I wanted to hear.” I could hear her move to the counter by the refrigerator and pour herself another glass of wine. “I want to know what you’re hiding.”
I filled one side of the sink with soap and hot water and bided my time while I attempted to think of a possible response. I filled the sink with dishes. “Why don’t you go sit down and relax?” I offered. “I’ll clean the kitchen.” I was stalling and we both knew it. I still couldn’t look at her.
“No, thanks. I’m fine right here.”
I felt myself growing embarrassed now as I anticipated her reaction. Perspiration formed on my forehead and it had nothing at all to do with the hot water I stood over.
“My, you are turning a bright shade of red,” she said before sipping from her wine.
“Please, Anne,” I pleaded, still not looking at her. “You don’t want to hear this.”
“Apparently I do.” I didn’t have to turn her direction to see her grin. Her voice said it all.
I sighed, utterly defeated.
“Come on,” she goaded me.
“I was wondering what it might be like to be Jason’s step-dad,” I said at last.
“That’s it? You don’t want to be with me. You only want to hang out with my kid?” Slowly I looked her way. She was grinning just like I suspected and kept her eyes on me over the top of her wineglass.
“Don’t be silly,” I said and looked for something to throw at her. A dish towel came in handy. I quickly grabbed it and tossed it her direction. She moved out of the way, but it would have missed her to her left anyway.
“I thought you were good at baseball. Jason said you were.”
“My throws are not usually that poor - only when I’m terribly distracted.” I sighed again, leaning against the sink and shaking my head at this incredible turn of events.
“What?” Anne asked. She lowered her glass and put on a more serious look, although still quite pleased with herself.
“Are you sure? I mean, are you really sure that you want to…”
“Oh, I’ve agreed to nothing,” she interrupted. She bent over and retrieved the rag from the floor, then approached me. I clammed up when she got close, but didn’t move an inch.
“Relax,” she said. “I just wanted to make sure you were interested. Now I know.” She laid the towel upon my head. “Now, hurry up and finish the dishes.”
“Yes, dear,” I said from inside the dish towel.
“Practicing already?” she asked as she stepped out of the room. “I like it.”

About the Author: 

James Garcia Jr. was born in the Central California town of Hanford. He moved up the road to Kingsburg with his family as a child. After graduating KHS, he attended Reedley College where he met his wife. They, along with their teenage sons, still make their home in Kingsburg which is also the setting of James’ vampire series. Dance on Fire was published in 2010 and its sequel Flash Point was published Halloween 2012. His third book entitled, Seeing Ghosts, a stand-alone paranormal romance is set for a June 2013 release.
James is an Administrative Supervisor for Sun-Maid Growers of California.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

An Aria in Venice Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

I'm happy to be sharing the cover reveal for my upcoming New Adult Contemporary Romance, An Aria in Venice. In case you haven't already read the Prelude, Adriana Dostov is our handsomely maestro with the rock star's swagger, Alek Dostov's little sister. And Luca Martuccio is the designer who hired Erin Angelo.

Here's the cover created by my fabulous cover designer Tara of Fantasia Frog Designs. Isn't it lovely?

Here's the synopsis:

His goal…One night with the ballerina.
Her goal…To beat the player at his game.
The outcome...Something completely unexpected.

Adriana Dostov pegged Luca Martuccio from day one: gorgeous, talented, arrogant, a man who has had difficulty committing to one woman in the past. He is known in fashion circles as the player with a scandalous history. So when the girls in her ballet troupe suggest she gives up her virginity to him, she doesn't say no. But she’s not sure that a ‘yes’ is the right answer either. Yet, she can’t stop herself from making the offer...a one night stand in Venice.

Luca wanted fiesty little Adriana the moment they first met - and he fully intends to have her, hence why he's agreed to accept her proposal. In the end, he'll get what he wants. No commitment. All sex.

But, as Luca discovers, there's more to the ballerina with the overbearing mother - and he can't help but care about the frightened girl behind those sad eyes.

Adriana discovers Luca isn't just walking sex on a stick - he has a wildly passionate side, a lost soul who has suffered just as much grief as her. And it could be, they're exactly what the other one needs.

If you haven't already heard, there's a giveaway going on at Reading for Fun where you can win a signed copy of the Prelude and some pretty fabulous swag. 

So don't wait! Head over to: and enter the contest today! 

Also, the Prelude is on sale for only $1.99 for a limited time. If you haven't already done so, grab your copy here:  :D 

Stay tuned for more upcoming giveaways that will be happening over the next few weeks! There'll be plenty of chances to win some great prizes. 

Thanks to all of you for being such a fantastic group of friends. I would NOT be a bestselling author without all your support. 

Love and Hugz,

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Authors Blog Hop Giveaway!

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

I have a very special event I'm participating in over the next six days. It's called the authors blog hop hosted by Lady Ambers Reviews and you can have many many chances to win prizes from some fantastic indie and self published authors that are all listed at the end of this post.

On to my giveaway...

By now, I'm sure you all have heard about the Maestro with swagger known as Alek Dostov, right? If not, then here's your chance to win an ebook copy of the , bookmarks, digital music, and $5Amazon Gift Card based on the second edition that has been revamped and re-relaunched under the TriGate Group's talented pool of designers, editors, and publicists!

Check out the updated cover!

Here's the blurb:

**This novel contains intense sexual situations and mature language. It is intended for an audience at 18+ years of age.**

"The Prelude is the part of a song that pulls you in, hypnotizing you with beauty." 

After finishing design school six months ago, Erin Angelo left her tragic past behind in the States and started a new life in Milan, Italy. Burying the grief, silencing her demons, and living a life without any real attachments has worked well for her so far. But when Erin secures her first real job as a budding clothing designer, her controlled world is shaken to its core by the mysteriously sexy director of the local symphony.

Alek Dostov is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He's successful, hot, the son of a millionaire, and women all over the world flock to see one of his performances. For Alek, Erin represents the ultimate challenge: sexy, smart, and unaffected by his charms...or so she thinks. Just like Erin, Alek avoids attachments that leave him emotionally vulnerable. But unlike Erin, his pursuit of all things pleasurable is ruthless. 

Knowing how wary they both are concerning any kind of committed relationship, Alek finds a way to pursue Erin, satisfying the intense attraction between them without sacrificing the freedom they both enjoy. Sometimes the deepest passion brings out the darkest emotions. And Erin finds herself completely unprepared for the forbidden world of the young maestro and his truths and even his secrets, as she struggles to deal with her own.

Music, passion, betrayal and forbidden love spun together in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Purchase at Amazon:

Good Luck in the Contest!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Visit my other Indie Author Friends' Websites too!