Thursday, July 31, 2014

More summer fun

The Goddess, Awakened tour continues today with (hopefully) a review at Guilty Indulgence Book Club . I hope you'll visit me there! Don't forget to enter the Treat Yourself Like a Goddess giveaway!

Tomorrow's the start of the five-day giveaway for my Decadent titles! Don't miss out! Follow the link on the sale ad. *points to the graphic at top right*

I can't believe tomorrow is August 1 already! Summer has flown by, hasn't it?

Maybe because summer's a great time for parties. And the ladies at Author Roast and Toast sure know how to throw one! Mark your calendar for Aug. 15, when I'll be the one getting roasted. And there'll be another Treat Yourself Like A Goddess gift basket giveaway!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A slew of sales and freebies!

Decadent Publishing is launching August with a heat wave of a sale! Mark your calendar - from Aug. 1 through 5, you can download these five titles from Amazon for FREE!

Betting It All 

My historical novella set during San Francisco's Great Quake in 1906, and called "a magnificent escape" by one reviewer, and "sweet, romantic and exciting" by another.

Blue Moon Over Bliss Lake

My contemporary novella, about which one reviewer said, "Cate can really tell a tale" and another said, "really blew me away."

A Wedding at the Blue Moon Cafe

My contemporary novella called "fantastic!" by one reviewer, who added, "Love this story and all the characters in it." 

Death Is A Bitch

My paranormal/fantasy described as "dazzling... well-balanced with expert pacing, intriguing but human characters and a writing style that is near poetic."


My paranormal/fantasy with a historical twist, which one reviewer said had "such vivid and beautiful scenes" and another called "a unique blend of historical facts and paranormal elements that nicely combine in an action-packed romantic story."

Decadent's also lowering the price of all my other Decadent titles to just 99 cents on Amazon. I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to try some great stories.

Get Cursed for free and grab the other two in the trilogy - Charmed and Claimed.

My 1Night Stand titles are for readers who like more sizzle in their romance! A Hard Day's Knight, Cinderella Dreams, Homecoming, Sweet Revenge, The Ex Factor and Tonight You Belong to Me are all short and hot reads.

Readers who like paranormals with an extra light romantic element will love my novel Dead to Rights.

There's something for every taste! Grab 'em while they're hot!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Goddess tour continues

Today you can enter the Goddess giveaway at 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

There should be a review, too. Thanks 3 Partners!

And thanks to Tera Shanley for featuring Goddess, Awakened on her blog today! My author friends are the best. :)

Today's the last day to enter the Goddess gift card giveaway at Bitten by Books! Don't miss out - hurry over there now.

And now I shall be silent until next week. *zips mouth* Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Flash sale at ARe!

I was going to stay quiet and out of sight (but hopefully not out of mind, lol) today, but then Decadent Publishing announced that All Romance ebooks was having a Flash Sale on all Decadent titles! I had to let you know. There are so many wonderful Decadent authors, you'll want to go over and check this sale out. Just enter Decadent Publishing in the search box.

But hurry! It's only for one day. :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Goddess giveaways!

Yesterday was so crazy-busy-fun! The release party at Bitten by Books was a blast. I hope you were able to join in! But if not, don't despair. There's still time! Go to this page and party like a goddess. Don't forget to enter the giveaway - winner's choice of a $50 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Yesterday also kicked off the review tour for Goddess, Awakened. Go to Babu's Bookshelf to start entering the giveaway for a Treat Yourself Like A Goddess gift basket.

Today's stop is at  For the Love of Bookends. Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cd Brennan spills the beans

Hi, Cd! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book. Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)? 
Glass of red wine in the evening. I’m smitten. But I’m all for a cuppa. 

Fur or feathers, pet-wise? 
Fur, a collie-mix named Matey for our Australian side. 

So cute! Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits? 
Tardiness. People who are late. It drives me bonkers. If I make an effort to be there for them as agreed on time, I feel it’s disrespectful when others regard your time as not as important as theirs. That’s how I read it. Sometimes, things happen, things come up, but that’s the rare occurrence. Mostly, they just aren’t considerate enough. 

Yep, my parents raised me the same way. Tell us something about yourself that’s not in your bio. Spill! 
I used to do yacht racing and horse riding when I lived in Ireland. It sounds posher than it was. I was always broke back then! I just wiggled my way into knowing the right groups LOL who are still some of my best mates in the world. 

Sounds like a dream. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 
I love spending time with my young boys. They keep me active, right now at the beach, park, fishing, trampoline. I need it! Or my arse is going to get huge sitting on this seat all day. 

My grandboys work me hard too. :) If you had to choose another profession besides writer, what would it be and why?
I love my job as an editor right now. I really enjoy working with the authors, managing the projects, really making those books shine. I learn something new every day and I’m right in the midst of the industry. And it’s the perfect job for having two little ones around the house. I’m always there for them when they are sick, or on snow days, or just when they need a hug or to play. I can make up my hours on naps and at night, or weekends if my hubby takes them without me. The flexibility is invaluable at the moment. 

Are you a night owl or early bird?
Early bird. Even before my boys came along, one who still insists on getting up at 6:30AM. But if I need to get work done, the morning is better. I don’t know how night owls do it. All my energy and creativity is sapped by the evening. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 
Health and body. Never get sick and eat whatever I like and not worry about it! LOL 

Great idea! How would your muse describe you? 
She’s a complete eejit. I don’t understand her one bit. 

Ha, I don't believe that. :) If you could live out any fantasy, what would you do? 
Oh sweet divine, I live them out in my head every day. I’m still a daydreamer after all these years. I can’t pick just one. But lately I’ve been dreaming of the little hobby farm my hubby and I want. Not quite super-exciting, but ya see, I’ve seen the world already, traveled for years and lived overseas. I’ve fallen in love with a foreign man in an exotic local. I’ve done adventure sports. I’ve climbed mountains. I’ve gone on safari. I’ve sang until my throat hurt at an Irish pub. I’ve spent a NYE in Scotland, and surfed in Australia. So now, I’d like to stop moving so fast and get back to the earth. We want a few buffalo and grow some hay and have a garden. We’d like our boys to know how to work outdoors and appreciate it. I’d like to bake bread and can foods and sew a quilt (you do sew them, right?). I’ll always be a traveler, it’s in my blood, but I’d also like to set up a HOME. A frickin’ great one.

If only I could go all the places in real life I've gone in my head... ahhh. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

One time at band camp… But seriously, I did go to band camp, I was a trumpet geek. But that’s not when all the crazy started. That happened later when alcohol was involved. LOL But one time when I was visiting Venice, I was sitting on the edge of one of the canals writing in my journal, and an Italian man offered to take me for a ride on his speedboat around Venice. Just me and him. That could have gone horribly wrong. What the heck was I thinking? Yes, my early twenties were “learning years.” 

Yikes, lol. Luckily he must've been a good guy. Where can readers find out more about you? or any of my social media. I’m always yakking away somewhere. 

Please tell us a bit about your latest book. 
She left home to find herself...and found love along the way.

Lizzy travels to Scotland to track down her roots, hoping where she comes from will help her figure out where she needs to go. An Aussie girl through and through, tough as nuts and a bit wild, she believes there’s nothing so wonderful as a world seen through wine-tinted glasses...
...until she meets Hottie Hamish, Bridge of Allan’s most eligible bachelor.
Hamish is Lizzy’s polar opposite in every way. He’s serious, driven, and motivated, focused on becoming the youngest associate professor at the Glasgow School of Art. But he’s hiding a social phobia behind his gruff exterior that makes it almost impossible to connect with people...
...until he meets Lost Lizzy, all sunshine and lightness, an Australian beauty with the proverbial heart of gold.
Where they come from may be worlds apart, but atop a Scottish Munro, they begin to realize where they’re going is best traveled side by side.

CONTENT WARNING: Graphic descriptions of haggis ingredients.
A Lyrical Press New Adult Romance

Don't miss out on this special sale!

Thanks for spilling the beans today, Cd! Best of luck with your books!

Monday, July 21, 2014

RSVP at Bitten by Books today!

Tomorrow's the day! The release day bash for Goddess, Awakened at Bitten by Books. Always a fun time at that site.

And if you RSVP today, you can increase your chances to win the giveaway - a $50 gift card. So hurry over to BBB and reply right now:

See you there tomorrow!

Also on Tuesday...

My "Day In the Life" post will be featured at Bitten by Paranormal Romance. It's a bonus scene you won't want to miss. :)

Tomorrow also kicks off the Goddess, Awakened review tour! First stop - Babu's Bookshelf

I'll also have a special guest here tomorrow - Cd Brennan will be Spilling the Beans. Tuesday is crazy busy, jam-packed full of goodies. :)

Aubrie Dionne spills the beans

Hi, Aubrie! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book. Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
I LOVE cappuccino! I’ll take two of those, please.

Coming right up! Fur or feathers, pet-wise?
I have a miniature doxen named Jedi - but he has hair, not fur. So, I guess my answer would be hair. I used to have birds growing up but we could never touch them or put our fingers in the cage for risk of them drawing blood. So yeah, not feathers.

Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits?
When people are particularly mean in reviews. It drives me crazy, even when it’s not my own books. Even when the book is bad. Come on people, you can find something nice to say, or if you can’t then don’t say anything at all. That’s someone’s baby. Do you really want to poo on it? Okay, I’m finished!

Tell us something about yourself that’s not in your bio.
I love desserts and hate running. It’s a bad combination. I’ll tell you that! My favorite dessert is chocolate cake. I also like Peppermint Patties, coffee ice cream, cheesecake, and frosting of any kind. Yum. 

Yum is right. :) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I feel like I’m always writing! When I’m not sitting down and typing it, then it’s going on in my head. But, let’s see. I like to watch movies, go on walks with my dog, practice my flute, and visit my family. I really enjoy watching Star Trek and the Bachelor - a pretty strange mash-up don’t you think?

Might make a great story! lol If you had to choose another profession besides writer, what would it be and why?
I’m also a professional flutist, and I wouldn’t give that up for anything. I play in the NH Philharmonic and teach at a local community music school and university.

Very cool! Are you a night owl or early bird?
I like the evenings better, but I’m trying to get up earlier and….*gulp*….exercise. Yeah, it’s hard for me.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to stop time. If I had unlimited time I could get everything I needed to get done in a day!

I hear you! How would your muse describe you?
A determined workaholic! Maybe someone who doesn’t always like to take her muse’s advice!

If you could live out any fantasy, what would you do?
I’d visit Rivendell, the home of the elves in Lord of the Rings and have Legolas teach me how to wield a bow. Yeah, that would be great. Or, I’d serve on the starship Enterprise and explore the galaxy. Or, I’d star in the new Star Wars movie and become famous. Any of those.

I agree, any of those would be fantastic! ;)  If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?
J.J. Abrams, so I could pitch my book! Or maybe Mozart, but that would be difficult because he speaks German. James Galway, the famous flutist would also be nice to talk to.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Hmmm…I’m not that crazy. Become an author? Publish my writing for the world to see.

Touche. So, music-wise, do you rock out to Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban?
I listen to classical and new age music. I know- I’m boring.

Hardly! Does music influence your writing? Do you have a music playlist for your book?
I listen to Soma FM Internet Radio while I write. It’s new age music mostly.

While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
That all of my characters have a bit of me in them whether I like it or not!

Where can readers find out more about you?
Twitter: @authoraubrie

Please tell us a bit about your latest book.
Minstrel’s Serenade is like a happier, more hopeful Game of Thrones. The world is prettier, there are less evil characters and more good guys, and less violence. But, it’s still epic fantasy with battles, swords, and sorcery. Perhaps the biggest distinction is that there is a “minstrel” class who can wield magic through their music.

Love that idea. What inspired you to write it?
I’ve always been a big fan of fantasy. I grew up watching The Last Unicorn, and that old movie Legend with Tom Cruise. I read a lot of fantasy books growing up as well and I’m a big LOTR fan.

Thanks for spilling the beans today, Aubrie!
Thanks for having me!

Minstrel's Serenade
He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?
Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.
As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.

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Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine and BTS Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by HarperImpulse, Entangled Publishing, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

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