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Friday, January 24, 2020

Now Available in Kindle Unlimited!




I do hope your 2020 has gotten off to a great start :-) 
As hard as it is to believe, while most authors have been working with KU for years, my first books in KU were my sweet Christmas novellas last year. Now, these two full-length award-winning paranormal romance/urban fantasy novels and this psychological thriller novella are also available FREE with KU. I'm trying it out to see if it's worth it, so grab your copy now! 






Generations ago, he died for her. Now, it’s her turn.

Pride kept them from looking at one another, but their bodies could not lie. Recognition lived in their souls, rekindling memories of passion, love, betrayal….and death.

Apache Elder Aidan Stringfellow, V, is a very wealthy man with one wish – to free his only son, the brilliant, yet abrasive David, from the curse that has plagued his family for generations. When his controversial plan for a cure is revealed, shock and disbelief are only the beginning, for David has deadly, yet beguiling secrets of his own.

Choosing to honor Aidan’s wishes, David and Katala unwittingly awaken an ancient evil desperate to lay claim to the last-born Stringfellow – David. The tumultuous consequences of a vengeful pact spanning generations, defies time, tradition, and death itself.

Katala finds herself falling in love with a man whose gaze and touch ignite long-forgotten passion, propelling her to fight for his life. She unearths one devastating clue after another on her winding journey toward the truth, but unseen forces escalate their attack as truth collides with myth. Clinging desperately to her own sanity, she must find a way to reconcile the two, for even her own identity comes into question. Trust no one. Not even David.

Time is running out. Promises will be kept, and if the devil has his way, souls will be claimed.







One passionate decision can be hell for an archangel.

Gabriel’s mission from God was simple. At least that’s what he thought, until Helen Warner, his charge, loses her husband in the cataclysmic disaster perpetuated by Asmodeus, the ruthless demon of lust. Unable to stand by and watch while Helen plummets, losing her faith and her will to live, Gabriel defies the rules that have governed his entire existence and plunges to earth with no regard for the consequences.

Problem? Intervening without God’s permission sets him on a dangerous course rife with deadly distractions and pitfalls, and now, his immortal soul hangs in the balance. His life becomes even more complicated when he befriends NarsaĆ©, a beautiful, powerful, yet untrained force in her own right.

Pitted against Asmodeus and his army of demons, unexpected human emotions—jealousy, doubt, even love—threaten his most basic beliefs. Gabriel must protect those he has come to love and unite the warring factions against their common enemy, Asmodeus, while controlling the foreign, often debilitating emotions that torment him.

Can Gabriel save their home, all the besieged residents, and Watchtower 11, sending Asmodeus and his army of demons to a fiery Hell? Failure means certain death for all.

But Gabriel must face an even more difficult challenge than war and death—will he risk Heaven, immortality, and his very soul for the love of NarsaĆ©?






How far would you go to bring your twin’s killer to justice?

No one notices when Brianna Denton goes missing every weekend. With no immediate family or close friends left, being alone is something with which she has become well-acquainted, but when her sister is murdered, she finds herself on a lone mission to identify the killer.

According to the authorities, ‘no body, no case.’

Brianna’s quest to find her sister’s murderer despite the police department’s refusal to help, draws her into a life of drugs, alcohol, and prostitution—the very elements that led her twin to the shadows and rat holes of the underbelly of North Beach.

Drawn into the dark underground society to face Tatianna’s killer, Brianna is about to come face-to-face with her own shocking destiny. As she unearths long-buried secrets, the tight edge of reality comes to light, challenging her tenuous grip on life as she knows it. Finding the answers she seeks could lead her to an even darker place.



Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Hottest Thing in Unicorns




The Unicorn and the Druidess, my latest book, the fourth novella in the Druidry and the Beast series, is set in Iron Age Britain during the Summer Solstice. In the ancient Celtic culture, the unicorn had a place in the turning of the seasons and the Summer Solstice festival. The Celts teamed up the White Horse with the Oak Tree to symbolize  Summer and the Unicorn with Holly to stand for Winter. The vigor of the White Horse carried the Celts through Summer, while the Unicorn's endurance empowered them through the re-birth brought by Winter. 

The unicorn was so important to the Celts that the Scottish adopted it as the symbol of their country. One reason is that it's the natural enemy of the lion - which represented English royals.  Another reason is that it's a proud and brave beast that would rather die than be captured. In fact, in the 15th and 16th centuries in Scotland, they used golden coins called unicorns and half-unicorns with the animal depicted on them. Also, Clan Cunningham's crest features the image of a unicorn's head. 

Unicorns were popular throughout Europe, including Italy. Did you know Leonardo da Vinci wrote about unicorns in his notebook? The unicorn, through its intemperance and not knowing how to control itself, for the love it bears to fair maidens forgets its ferocity and wildness; and laying aside all fear it will go up to a seated damsel and fall to sleep in her lap, and thus the hunters take it.



Fun Facts about Celtic Unicorns:

  • The Celts believed unicorns had the power to see people's true character and value.
  • The Unicorn is the Celtic Astrology sign for people born from July 8 to August 4.
  • In Celtic mythology, the Unicorn's horn resembled a flaming spear and was a symbol of the sun's power. It could heal and kill.
  • The Celts believed a unicorn horn offered protection against evil, and the ability to detect and counteract poisons. If you set a unicorn horn on a table laid with food, the horn would sweat or become moist if the food was poisoned.
  • A group of unicorns is called a blessing of unicorns!
In The Unicorn and the Druidess my unicorn is also a god who comes to eath because he's attracted to Maelona the Druidess of the Belgae tribe. This god, who goes by the name Epon, can shapeshift from the form of a man to that of a unicorn.

Here's the blurb:
At Summer Solstice people aren’t what they seem—they could be… a unicorn …a god…or someone you fall in love with.

Druidess Maelona pursues a unicorn into the woods and returns with a runaway slave boy she takes under her wing. Before she can go back to look for the unicorn, a handsome stranger ignites a fiery attraction within her. But she can tell he's keeping something from her. She suspects that he may be a Roman spy.

God Epon’s blood burns at first sight of the gorgeous Druidess. Goaded by his desire for her he passes through the portal from the otherworld as a unicorn. Then he runs into the forest and she gives chase. There he shapeshifts into human form so he can get to know her better. 

Then, to win her trust, he fights the Romans and saves her tribe. But even then, will he and Maelona be able to overcome the surmountable odds of a romance between a mortal and immortal being anything more than a summertime tryst?

The Unicorn and the Druidess will be released in February, the month of romance, but it's available to preorder now. It's the fourth book in the Druidry and the Beast series. Please order it at https://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Druidess-Druidry-Beast-Book-ebook/dp/B0841RJY9B/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+unicorn+and+the+druidess&qid=1579622613&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

You can see more about this novella series here at https://www.amazon.com/s?k=druidry+and+the+beast&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss and Cornelia's books at http://CorneliaAmiri.com 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Beating the Mid-Winter Blues


Mid-Winter Blues

I don’t know about you, but I’m not fond of winter. Like a bear, I’d rather hibernate until spring. It’s cold and windy and there is snow piled everywhere. I tend to stay inside a lot.

But here are 5 things I do to help fight off the mid-winter blues.

  1. Play some tunes you love and dance around the house. No one is watching. Okay, maybe your pets and kids are watching, but so what. It’s exercise and it’s fun. Maybe spend some time online and discover some great new music. Or go back in time to the oldies you loved as a teenager.

  1. Pick up a new hobby. Something I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t, at least not yet. Or rediscover an old hobby you love. Knitting, quilting, sewing, crochet, drawing, painting… The list is endless.

  1. Do something that gets you moving. If you don’t mind the cold, get outside and take a walk, snowshoe, or ski. Whatever winter sport you enjoy. I’m trying to do some stretching and mild exercise inside. That’s just me.

  1. Check out Netflix, or some other streaming service. Plenty of wonderful movies and shows just waiting to be discovered. I just finished watching the first season of Witcher. Wow! I can’t wait for season two.

  1. Read. This is my go-to when the days are shorter and it’s so cold outside. I love to curl up with my blanket and a cup of tea.


And if you’re looking for something to read, why not check out Naughty Heroes: In and Out of Uniform. This is a boxed set with 5 military novellas.



NAUGHTY HEROES: In And Out Of Uniform
A collection of UNFORGETTABLE HEROES

MARINE ON A MISSION
N.J. Walters

When Mitch McCoy left rural Kentucky to join the U.S. Marines he never thought he'd return. Now he's undercover with a state drug task force. He's not only facing his past, but also Sara Hawkins, the woman who broke his heart. This investigation will risk their lives and their hearts.

SEX BOMB
Nicole Austin

From first sight I knew Marine Lieutenant Harlie Savage wasn't fragile like a flower—she was fragile like a bomb. Definitely not some princess who needed to be saved, either. She was a queen who only lacked a sword, and I vowed to be her weapon.

HER SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
Belle Scarlett

Leia has no idea who ex-Marine Major Tate McIntyre is when he saves her life in a dark alley. Yet Tate's certain Leia is his to have, hold, and protect. He vows to keep her safe at any cost. His only price is her heart. Semper Fi!

THE NIGHT WATCHMAN
Katherine Kingston

A disabled vet rescues a woman on a mission to collect evidence, saving her from the men chasing her. As Jace and Shannon race to survive and outwit a traitor, a deep connection grows between them. But staying alive long enough to explore the attraction will take everything they've got.

MILITARY BLUES
Elizabeth Lapthorne

Luke is struggling to recover from a career shattering IED blast that sees him permanently discharged. Milly's career self-destructed and she's moved cities in the hopes of starting again. Can this new life and new relationship be a second chance for them both?



N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
                   
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

New Release - Hoss by Delta James


Hoss

by

Delta James

Buy Link: Amazon

Blurb:

He’s big, he’s mean, and he’s going to be rough with me.
I hadn’t seen Hoss Bishop since the day I stood him up, and I don’t know what I expected to happen when I walked through his door, but I know what did happen. He blistered by bare backside with his belt and then rode me so hard I could barely stand when he was done with me.

Hoss is a brute, but my life is in danger and he’s the one man I trust to protect me, so I’ll have to take everything he gives me. He’ll use me hard and often, but maybe that’s just what I need…

Publisher’s Note: Hoss includes spankings and rough, intense sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.



Excerpt:

They would have run into each other at a bar and gone back to her place.  She would have been a bit shy and would have tried to apologize for standing him up.  He would have grabbed her by the wrist and yanked her over his lap.  One huge, beefy hand would pin her in place while the other had rucked up her tight, leather mini-skirt and yanked her lacy panties down to reveal her very shapely, ivory bottom.  He intended to see it didn’t remain that color for long.

 Buy Link: Amazon

Author Bio:

Sinfully sultry romance - that's the world that International and US best selling author Delta James inhabits and shares with her readers. A world where alpha heroes find true love with feisty heroines. Delta's stories are filled with erotic encounters of romance and discipline. One fan suggested it was best to have a "fan and a glass of water" when reading Delta's stories.
Delta has been a highly successful competitor both in horse shows (Arabians, Appaloosas and Paints) and in the AKC and International Kennel Club with her beloved basset hounds.
Delta is always happy to hear from those who enjoy her work - and even those who don't. She can be reached at deltajames-author@hotmail.com

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Coming soon...Exploiting AJ

Good morning everyone! First, I wanted to let you know of some changes. Due to the holiday, Exploiting AJ won't be out until March 2020. I won't give the day due to this being in Susan Stoker's world I don't have it yet. However, when it is up for pre-order, I will let you know. Second, that means Jaqueline's Quest won't be out until May. Which is okay. It gives us time to make each story perfect or the most perfect it can be.

Michele and I always strive to bring you the best books we can. At this time, Rule Breaker is also down from all sites due to our publisher closing. In the interim, I will be getting up shortly and I hope to have it ready before AJ's release.

This year however will be the beginning of many books in the R.O.O.T series and an offshoot series we're in with Samantha A. Cole called, Suspenseful Seductive World. Our release date is scheduled for June. When we get closer, I'll give you an exact date.

Until then, I hope you enjoy the little unedited sneak peek I have for you today. This is a little snippet from Exploiting AJ where things are going to get a little hot and bothered. Michele and I hope you enjoy it!

Excerpt:


This time, there wasn’t anyone to pick her up. She had to do it herself.
As she pulled open the door, Murray exited from his locker room as well. His hair was wet and slicked back. He wore a pair of low slung leather pants with a laced up front to them. Heat filled her cheeks. He really did have a superhero body. He was all muscle from his chest to his tapered waist and abs. She covered her eyes and turned away as she noticed the sizable bulge at his crotch. “Oh my God! Put it all away.”
Murray chuckled. “You know you like it.” He took her hand and ran it down his chest, teasing her.
AJ squealed. “Stop it.”
He laughed harder. “Better get used to it. This is what clubs are like—scantily clad men and women running around, getting spanked and fucked.”
“Language.” She peered up at him and some of the fears swamping her slinked back into the darkness, allowing her to just be. “I always thought you were the wholesome one of the bunch. Now you’ve tainted me.”
Murray wrapped his arm around her shoulders and guided her back to where Vicente waited for them. “You must have me confuse with Franks.”
She rolled her eyes and pasted on a smile as Vicente joined them. “Excellent choices.” He motioned to the door Thomas, Jacqueline, and Luca had gone through only minutes before. “Your Masters are this way. If you cannot find them, do not hesitate to come back to me. I will help you.”
“Thank you,” AJ whispered.
“Appreciate it,” Murray said. “Come on, squirt, let’s go find our Masters.”
She giggled again as Murray pushed through the doors. AJ came to a stop as she peered out over the area. It was like a high-class lobby for some swank hotel. There was a bar with a sitting area. Across from them had been a bunch of equipment Thomas told her about, but she’d never seen it in person before. When she glanced up, she noticed the second floor walkway, allowing guests a bird’s eye view of the first floor. There were also rooms there too. Everything surrounding them had a rich decadence to it, which again, went against everything she’d read in the NDA she signed.
“Well, what do you think?” Murray murmured.
“It’s not what I was expecting,” she answered. “I thought it would be more biker bar meeting Addams Family than this.”
Murray’s bark of laughter caught the attention of several people around them. “There are clubs like that. Few and far between though. Most are inviting. Not as opulent as this mind you, but close.”
“It’s nice.” She took a deep breath and started for the steps. When she glanced up, she caught a glimpse of Thomas sitting at the bar with Luca, and Jaqueline. He appeared relaxed and in his elements. Several scantily clad women passed by them, yet Thomas never paid them any mind and if one did decide Thomas was the one, he dismissed her with a flick of his wrist. “Different.”
“It is.” Murray squeezed her shoulder. “Think of this as a training mission and it’ll go easier for you.”
She snorted. “Easy for you to say. You look as if you’re in your element.”
Murray shrugged. “Maybe I am.” He winked as he started down the stairs.
“Of course.” She shook her head, following him. As they passed a group of members, the soft murmurs of their conversation drifted toward AJ and she froze.
Murray halted and gave her a curious glance. “What’s wrong?”
“They’re talking about me—er us.” She cut her gaze in the direction of the group. “Now what?”
“Thomas will come get you. Do you remember your protocol?” Murray scanned the area.
“Yeah, Thomas likes for me to kneel for him when I first see him, before we’d begin,” she answered, trying to remember her training.
“Good. When Thomas approaches go to your knees and I will too,” Murray murmured as the first man approached them.
“Are you looking to scene with someone, bella?” The man rubbed his chin with the tip of his fingers. She knew those tattoos covering his hand and arm. She’d seen them in wanted photos when she’d been a low-level lacky.
“Uh—I, um?” She swung her gaze to Murray for help.
“Don’t look at him, bella,” the man said. “He’s a sub and can’t help you make this decision.”
Thomas cleared his throat and the man glanced up. Relief flooded AJ. She instantly went to her knees. True to Murray’s words, Thomas was there, protecting her, making sure she wouldn’t get hurt. The cinched knot in her stomach loosened and she felt as though she could finally breathe. However, the murderous intent on Thomas’ face, when she glanced up at him through her lashes, had a whole other emotion coursing through her veins, causing her clit to throb and her nipples to ache. She never knew seeing this fiercely protective man standing over her, would turn her on like it did. It should have scared the shit out of her.
Primo Luca, we can explain,” the man with the tattoos said, taking a step back. “I didn’t realize.”
“No, you didn’t,” Luca snapped. “The girl is collared.”
“Baby girl.” Thomas held his hand out to AJ. She took it readily, coming to her feet.
When she stepped to Thomas, he fisted his hand in her hair and tugged back. A combination of pain and pleasure spread across her scalp. She whimpered seconds before Thomas’ mouth crushed hers. He devoured her in a searing kiss. It was carnal and consuming. He nipped at her bottom lip before soothing the ache away with his tongue and deepened the kiss once more. AJ’s head spun. Her body shook. She’d been so afraid she’d piss someone off by declining, she’d made herself an anxious mess, but now she was drowning on adrenaline and arousal. Thomas pulled her body to his, wrapping a possessive arm around her. When he grabbed her ass, AJ’s eyes flashed open and a soft mewl fell from her lips.
AJ stumbled backward as he broke the kiss. “Uh, hi Daddy.”
“You okay, baby girl?” Thomas glared at the man who’d dared to proposition her.
“Yep, I’m fine. Murray helped too.”
Luca helped Murray to his feet. He ran his fingers through Murray’s hair and sighed wistfully. “If only you were my type.”
The corner of Murray’s mouth twitched. “Too bad, Primo.” Murray stepped behind Jaqueline and wrapped his arm around her middle. “Sorry, Mistress. I got a little tied up.”
“Y-you’re forgiven.” Jaqueline’s tone changed. The woman had been just as pissed off as Luca and Thomas. AJ knew Jaqueline and Murray were having their issues. But in that moment, she too looked like she was ready to kill for Murray.
“Again, we’re sorry, Primo.” The man who’d taken a step back offered his hand and Luca took it.
“You’re not yet, but you will be.” Luca turned on his heels and went back to the bar. “I apologize on behalf of the club. The patrons here are better than this and I know when the owners find out what transpired they too will be upset.”
She didn’t understand the intricacies of the club, but by the way Luca continued to stare at the group even though they were clear across the club from them, they were in deep shit. In a way she felt bad for them. She should have been stronger and declined. She chided herself for being stupid. Thomas was right. She wore a collar. Thomas’ collar. They should have respected it and asked Murray. Though, she was sure the answer they would have received wouldn’t have been a pleasant one.
“I think AJ and I are going to go find a place to talk and enjoy a scene or three,” Thomas said, clipping the chain to her collar.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Far Reaching Consequences & Enter to Win a $50 Amazon Giftcard!

Hi gang!

Happy New Year! I have my first release of the year FAR REACHING CONSEQUENCES out now! This is one of my favorite books that I've written. Phoebe and Graham just tugged at my heartstrings as they told their story. Plus, Graham is super yummy. FAR REACHING CONSEQUENCES is all about second chances and being brave enough to start over with some surprises tossed in.

Here's a Sneak Peek of Graham and Phoebe running into each other after not seeing the other for nineteen years.


“Graham? Graham Layton, is that really you? You’re the contractor Dante recommended?” Joy filtered into her voice as she stared at the blast from her past. It had been almost nineteen years since the night of the winter formal in high school. The night she had always considered one of the best of her life.
Surprise filtered over his handsome features. A grin split his face wide and his thick, dark chestnut brows rose to nearly beneath his hairline, almost touching the Rayban sunglasses shoved on top of his head. There were tiny laugh lines around his eyes that crinkled.
“Phoebe, as I live and breathe. Well, aren’t you a sight?” Graham dismissed all formalities, stepped through the doorway, and surrounded her with an effusive hug. She stiffened at the impromptu embrace, but only for a moment, because the delight of seeing him overrode her internal panic button. 
She caught a whiff of him, a sinful mixture of man with traces of his soap, a spicy, exotic fragrance that made her want to bury her face in his chest and just inhale him. The boy she’d known on the cusp of manhood in the intervening years had grown into a powerfully built man. A very hot man, with a killer smile and a body that made her dead hormones rise from their early grave and pay attention before he released her. It left her dumbstruck: the sudden onslaught of disappointment that rose in her chest when he released her.
Wasn’t that just the oddest thing?
“It’s great to see you. If I’d known it was you…”
Graham gave a manly half-shrug as he stepped back. “It is a surprise—a nice one, to boot.”
Then he knelt, resting his elbows on his knees so that he was at eye level with Daisy, and held his hand out for her to sniff. “And who is this?”
“Daisy, this is Graham. He’s a friend.” Daisy glanced up at her for the okay, her golden eyes searching Phoebe’s face. When Phoebe nodded in the affirmative, Daisy’s stance relaxed, and she turned into a normal, goofy dog. She snuffled Graham’s hand, and then lavished his face with a few swipes of her pink tongue against his cheek before falling at his rather large feet as he stroked her fur and gave her a belly rub. Euphoria emanated from Daisy. And, for a split second, Phoebe wondered what it would feel like to have Graham rub her belly—and further south.
“Beautiful dog.” Graham rose with Daisy following him up into a sitting position from which she stared at him with adoration. “I cannot believe you’re the one who bought Riverland Plantation. When Dante gave me your name, it didn’t ring any bells.”
“Same. I didn’t realize you were G.C. Layton of Layton Construction. For me, it’s the last name that’s different. Probably why my name didn’t sound familiar to you.” Quite a few other things had changed as well, like that she no longer believed in love or happily ever after, or that she could depend on anyone but herself.
 


Plus, to celebrate the release of FAR REACHING CONSEQUENCES I have a Giveaway being hosted by Fresh Fiction where you could Win a $50 Amazon Giftcard. Enter here for your chance to win!! 

In addition, my publisher has put the first book in this series LONE SURVIVOR on a special sale for this month only.


FAR REACHING CONSEQUENCES
A Crescent City Kings Novel
Book 2



Phoebe needs a second chance at life. 

In the aftermath of the devastation from her failed marriage, Phoebe returns to her old stomping grounds to open her own bed and breakfast. Starting over is the bravest thing she’s ever done – or so she thinks. But opening her front door to find a blast from her past on her front porch changes all that. The teenager she’d once known has become a jaw-dropping, dominant man in his prime.

He wasn’t looking for a relationship until she blazed back into his life.

Graham runs his own construction business, remodeling homes, and building brand new ones. When his buddy gives him a lead on a new project, he never expects to run into Phoebe, the woman he shared a single kiss with eons ago. Nor is he prepared for the Dominant in him to stake his claim before the end of their first meeting. He wanted her in high school but there had been too wide a gulf separating them. Now, Graham will stop at nothing until he makes her his. But there are larger forces at work, attempting to tear them apart.

When everything Phoebe holds dear becomes a target, Graham will risk it all for the one woman he knows he can never live without.

Publisher’s Note: This steamy second chance romance contains elements of power exchange. While it is the second in the Crescent City Kings series, it can be enjoyed independently.
 


Available at: Amazon ~ Nook ~ Kobo ~ Apple


About Anya


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.
Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.


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