Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Great Canadian Giveaway!

You may have noticed Mr. Speedo on my sidebar. He's celebrating Canada Day, which happens every July 1. And nope, I'm not from Canada, but I've met some really lovely Canadians. Starting June 30, you've got four days to head over to the Love, Laugh, and Read blog to find some great summer reads. 

As part of the blog hop, I'll be giving away one e-book (.pdf or .html) of A Ranger's Tale! If you'd like to see more about it, or read some nice reviews, please visit my Goodreads link:

And CLICK HERE to read an excerpt!

Click on Mr. Speedo to see the other entries in the blog hop

Want some extra entries to win A Ranger's Tale? Sure you do! Just:

1. Follow my blog (1 entry)
2. Follow me on Twitter @MystiParker (1 entry)
3. Follow me on Facebook--Fan Page or Friend Page (1 entry)
4. Fan or Friend on my Goodreads Page (1 entry)
5. Repost this post on your own blog and mention my book (5 Entries!)

***Please leave your e-mail in your comment, along with each extra thing you did, and you just might walk away a winner!  (Sorry, Mr. Speedo is not included)***

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shameless Self Promotion Day

'Cause it's my blog, that's why. I think I've finally constructed a decent promo sheet. I'll post it here for you to ogle. Feel free to comment, yell, laugh, or buy my book as the spirit moves you...

A Ranger's Tale  by Mysti Parker

Paperback, E-book, or Kindle, 186 pages
Published January 29th 2011 by Melange Books

 "Elves, wizards, and hot romance!" ~Lyn Horner, authorof Darlin' Druid

“…I was completely surprised by how involved I became in the story. The fantastical world created by the author became very real to me and as a reader that is a very good thing.” ~ Wendy Mitchell, as posted on You Gotta Read Reviews

Once upon a time an elven noblewoman longed to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wanted nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done...
               In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, the high elf, Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, has never been allowed to travel farther than a few miles out of the capital city of Leogard. Her father, Sirius, leads the Mage Academy, and after losing his only son, he expects Caliphany to take his place one day. The trouble is, she doesn't want to study magic and doubts she'll ever be as good a wizard as her father. She dreams of leaving Leogard to explore the world and strike out on her own--lofty goals for Sirius' daughter, who also happens to be King Leopold's niece. 
          When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap her while she dreams of faraway lands, half-elf ship captain and ranger, Galadin Trudeaux, comes to her rescue. From their first chance encounter, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin will face more adventure, more love, more heartache, than they ever thought possible. Through it all, they struggle to discover the power of forgiveness and of a love that stands the test of time.

 Excerpt from Chapter 12:
               "Cap’n! You better come see this!”
                Damn, that coffee smelled good. I set the cup down.“What is it?”
                “A stowaway, Cap’n.”
                I followed him out, where Bob held a kicking, squirming woman. My jaw dropped. “Cali?”
                “We found her below, Cap’n,” Shyler said.
                “Let me go!” Cali yelled.”Your captain knows me; he’ll vouch for my innocence.”
                Some more of the crew began gathering around to have a good laugh. Cali’s face glowed red, and I stepped toward them. Bob held her tightly, clasping her arms behind her.
                I raised an eyebrow. “Well, you are a stowaway. Not exactly innocent, are you?”
                Shyler snickered, his squinty eyes bouncing from me to Cali. “Looks like this one got attached to ya, Cap’n. You’ve never had ‘em sneakin’ aboard.”
                Cali’s mouth fell open. “I am no such woman. Let me go!”
                “Let her go, Bob.”
                He obeyed, and Cali stomped up to me, glaring me right in the eye. “Take me to Faewood!”
                The crew laughed again. I had to join in that time.“Faewood? No, I think you’d best go back to where you belong. Shyler, turn about!”
                “We’ll be headed leeward, Cap’n.”
                I kept my eyes on Cali. “We’ll have to sail against the wind, which will put us off schedule, but we don’t have much of a choice now, do we?”
                Bob and some of the others ran to adjust the sails,while Shyler ran back to the helm.
                Cali’s face filled with panic. “You can’t do that.”
                “Oh, yes, I can. You don’t belong out here with aship full of sailors. I don’t know what you were thinking.”
                She pinched her lips together and jutted her chinout. “I thought I would find some compassion, someone who could see my dilemma.”
                My brow hardened. “What dilemma? What I see is awoman who’s bored with her comfortable life and decided to traipse off and find adventure. You’ll have to find someone else to provide your amusement.”
                “That’s what you would see, wouldn't you? You don’t even know who I am.”
                “Oh, yes, I do. I know you’re the king’s niece, and Iknow I’m taking you back home before we all hang.”
                “How did you find out?”
                “It doesn’t matter. You’re going back, and that’s final.”
                As the boat began to turn, it jerked portside. Cali stumbled, and I caught her. She felt good in my arms, until she wrenched herself away from me. Her blue eyes clouded with fury. She backed away to stand near the rigging. When she held her hand palm out, I watched a ball of fire appear, spinning like a cyclone.
                I crept toward her and reached out one hand. “Cali,what are you doing?”
                She stepped farther from me, her hand dangerouslyclose to the main mast. “You will take me to Faewood, or I will incinerate this entire ship.”
                Some of my crew saw what was happening and began to run toward her. I threw up my hand to stop them. “Have you gone mad? What do you think you’ll do if the ship burns down? Swim? In case you didn’t notice,we’re a long way from shore.”
                “I don’t care anymore. I’ll go down same as you.”
                I stared at her, confused by my own emotions more than anything. On one hand, I was furious that she’d put me in this situation,but on the other, she seemed desperate. If the sea didn’t drown her, then hopelessness would. I growled and turned to where Shyler stood frozen by the wheel. He and some of the others had drawn their weapons.
                “Return to our course,” I shouted to Shyler. “Head for Faewood.”
                “Aye, Cap’n.”
                Cali lowered her hand. Bob sprang forward, but I caught his shirt. “Leave her be. I’ll escort her to my cabin. We’ll take her toFaewood and leave her there.”
                Bob glared at me. He was about as wide as he was tall, and his usually jolly eyes flashed with fear. “This won’t look good forany of us, Cap’n.”
                “I know. But, we were heading there anyway. I want all sails unfurled. The sooner we arrive, the better.”
                Bob sheathed his sword. “Aye, Cap’n, but it’s unlucky, I tell you, having a woman on board.”
                “Hopefully she won’t be with us long.”
                I motioned toward my cabin, and Cali went in. She stood by the table, tapping her fingers. My coffee cup had slid off and laybroken on the floor. A stream of brown liquid ran under the table.
                “Figures.” I bent to pick up the pieces. Cali fetched a towel.
                “Thank you,” she muttered.
                As I tossed the broken ceramic in the trash, I asked,“Tell me, what is so god-awful bad about your life that made you want to hijack my ship?”
                Her chin quivered. “My father…”
                Indignation got the best of me. I still smelled the coffee I hadn’t had a chance to drink. “Oh, that again. Yes, your father is a difficult man. So what? That’s what fathers are supposed to be like, with daughters like you, especially.”
                She turned and buried her face in her hands. I felt like an ass. I grasped her shoulders. “I’m sorry.”
                Given half the chance, I would have held her in my arms. Instead, she shot away and turned angry, wet eyes toward me. “Take me toFaewood and leave me alone!”
                If I had met a more exasperating woman, I didn't remember it.
                “Fine! But, you’ll stay put until we get there, you hear me?”
                She turned her head away. “Yes. Just go.”
                I left her in there, slamming the door behind me. Great. She’d hijacked my ship, kept me from enjoying my coffee, and now, she’dtaken over my cabin.
                When I joined Shyler at the helm, he couldn’t hide his toothless grin.
                “What? “ I growled.
                “This un’s got you round her finger, Cap’n, that’s what.”
                “Shut up and steer.”

A Ranger's Tale available now at: Melange BooksAmazon.comBarnes & Noble, and many other online stores!
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Shouting out a fellow author's giveaway on the Gathering Leaves Blog!

I just signed up for this giveaway! Until June 30th, head to:

To win a copy of A Season of Transformation by Jayne Fordham. Go on now, get over there--shoo!

For more information on this young adult fantasy romance, please visit Jayne's website:

A Review of "Echoes and Illusions" by Mila Ramos

Order HERE!
You may remember my interview I had with Mila Ramos HERE. This past week, I read Echoes and Illusions.  Here's my take on it:

Mila Ramos brings together the paranormal and speculative sides of romance in this four-story anthology. Each story benefits from strong, vivid characters who are anything but pushovers. Every set of couples has shared a history full of hurt and regret. However, Ms. Ramos employs an interesting twist in each of them that is delightfully unexpected.

My favorite story of the four would have to be The Watchers, which involves angelic beings sworn to protect life on earth. Fine world-building and hot romance kept me turning the pages on this one. Each story is short enough for a quick read before bedtime or a long lunch break.

On a downside, I stumbled over some poor editing, and I think the collection could have benefited from a couple more rounds of drafting to make both grammar and storytelling tighter. However, the stories' strengths kept me reading, and I know that Ms. Ramos possesses the potential for even bigger and better things! I look forward to seeing her in action again.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Things I Have Learned...

Yet another installment in the Things I Have Learned (sometimes the hard way) series.

Spread the word--just do it right!
1. Getting a book published is not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The work is just beginning, actually. Particularly if you are an unagented, self-pubbed, or indie author. It takes lots of man (or woman) hours to put your book out there were people can see it. It takes even more work to make them WANT to see it. And more work still to convince them to BUY it.

2. Marketing your book must be done prolifically but carefully. Please do not promote your book on websites/threads that do not allow author promotion. People DO NOT like this. Trust me. Join all the author/reader groups on sites like Goodreads/Amazon/Yahoo groups, etc. that you can, but strictly follow the rules! Some sites/threads allow for only certain types of promotions. Some for only certain genres on certain days. I know you're excited to tell the world about your book, but you must be diplomatic about it, or you'll be called a shameless self-promoter.
Criticism sucks. Hold back your inner  

3. I think I've said this before, but please do not respond negatively to negative reviews. I've seen some REALLY ugly exchanges, and I've been tempted to comment on negative feedback myself. But, I remember those wicked incidents from authors gone berserk and kept my mouth (and fingers) from doing something stupid. Be thankful for someone that read and gave feedback, and ignore anything negative.

4. The publishing world is SLOW, but unpredictably so. You'll submit something for publication or review and you may hear back the next day or four months later. Waiting simply sucks. Resist the urge to nag. Wait a respectable time (I'm still not sure what that is--60 days maybe?) before you even think about touching base to see if your story was received or if someone's going to review it. In the meantime, content yourself with writing or editing. That's what all the fuss is about anyway, isn't it? Might as well improve your skills while you wait instead of staring at your inbox.

That's all for this installment of Things I Have Learned (sometimes the hard way). Until next time...

***REMEMBER to enter for a chance to win Visions by Anna James. I'll be drawing this coming Monday. 
-->CLICK HERE<-- More author interviews are also on their way...

Monday, June 20, 2011

An Interview with Author Anna James, Take Two!

Buy it HERE!
I bet you guys were wondering what I'd done with the author interviews. Well, I'm happy to report that I've actually got some double takes scheduled. Yes indeedy. 

Today, Ms. Anna James is back. You may remember her first interview with me HERE. She's just released a new erotic, contemporary, paranormal romance novella entitled Visions from Sugar and Spice Press. Click on the linky below the cover to order your copy.

***Anna will be giving away one .pdf of Visions to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment here with your email for a chance to win. I'll draw a winner next Monday!***

But first, let's get the scoop on this new release. Welcome back, Anna! Tell us about Visions. What's the story about?

Visions is a contemporary / paranormal romance novella. The story revolves around Prudence Baily who has just learned that the woman she has always believed to be her mother is, in fact, a distant relative who adopted her when she was four years old after her father had brutally murdered her mother then killed himself.

Shortly after learning the truth Pru experiences a reoccurring nightmare in which a woman is brutally murdered. Is she experiencing a vision or reliving the past? She has no memories of her early childhood but instinct tells her she must to return to Salem, Massachusetts, her birth place, to solve the mystery.

Almost immediately upon her return she meets Detective Matt Cavanaugh, her neighbor. Matt is gorgeous and sexy and Pru is instantly attracted to him. Matt is also linked to her past. His father, now a retired police officer, was first on the scene the night of her parents’ deaths.

Pru soon realizes that the circumstances surrounding her parents’ deaths are not as they seem. The facts don’t add up. And when a recent murder that Matt is investigating is linked to the past they discover that Pru is right and the killer is still on the loose.

Will they discover the killer’s identity in time or will history repeat itself?

I love paranormal stuff, but I've never really had any personal experiences in it. Do you believe in and have you ever experienced anything paranormal like the heroine in this story? 

I've never really had a paranormal experience but I can say that sometimes I get these feelings, like I wake up in the morning and I feel that something really good is going to happen and low and behold it does!

Since this is your second time here, I'm going to be naughty and throw more random questions at you. Get your mitt. Let's go!

What is your favourite TV show of all time, one you can watch it over and over again and quote lines from?

That one is easy, it's Charmed.

What did you want to be when you were little and did you imagine you'd be doing what you're doing now?

I think I wanted to be an actress when I was a kid. As for imagining what I'm doing now, when I was in high school I did want to go into Communications, it's kind of like marketing, which is what I do now. What I can tell you is I never imagined myself as a writer until about ten years ago. I hated reading when I was younger but now I love it.

The first thing that Anna does when she wakes up is.....?

Let my new puppy out of his crate and take him outside. Then he eats breakfast and we go for a walk. Coffee doesn't usually happen until I get to work.

The floor of your bedroom closet is covered with....?

Shoes, shoes and oh, did I mention shoes?

Telemarketers--do you talk to them or hang up promptly?

I do my best to be polite but if they keep on going after I've said no then I hang up.

Who's your favorite Muppet?

Miss Piggy! She's too funny.

Phew, those were fun! Let's get back to business and whet your readers' appetites with a lovely excerpt from Visions.


       Sweat trickled down the sides of her face. Her eyes were huge with fear and tremors racked her body. “No! Please don’t.” Prudence Bailey could hear the terror in the woman’s voice as she begged for her life. Someone came toward the woman; he was holding a knife. Or was it a she? Pru couldn’t tell from this angle. She saw the woman’s arms shoot up to try and ward off her attacker. It was a futile attempt. He overpowered her easily. Then it happened. The knife plunged deep into her chest. The screams were terrifying. She saw the woman crumple but it wasn’t over. The knife plunged into the woman again and again. Finally, the screaming stopped.

      Pru shot straight up in bed. She too was drenched with sweat and her body shook with fear. This was the third night this week that she’d had the nightmare. It was the same each time. She pulled the blankets aside and got out of bed. Why is this happening to me? she wondered as she went down the stairs to double check that the windows and doors were locked. She didn’t know but she was sure as hell going to find out.

Thank you very much for reappearing on Unwritten, Anna.  I hope to see even more of you very soon and I wish you much success!

***Remember to comment with your email addy (like mystiparker (at) yahoo (dot) com) for a chance to win a .pdf of Visions. Drawing next Monday!***

Friday, June 17, 2011

Can You Promote Too Much?

Being a new author is exciting, but challenging. Once you have the story finished and published, if you're an unagented author and not published by a big house, most of the marketing is up to you. It's long, hard, sweaty work. Well not so much sweaty, but my butt gets tired sitting here working on promotion.

Anywho, let's talk promotion authors and readers. First, as a reader--what sort of promotions do you like to see when it comes to books? What gets your attention?

Examples: Giveaways, Book Trailers, Book Covers, Blurbs, Excerpts, Reviews, Interviews, Signings, etc.

Authors, what are some successful marketing tactics you've come across?

And one more question: Are there any promoting behaviors that annoy you? The floor is open. Let the discussions begin.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Live Interview 6/15 on Blog Talk Radio!

Be there...or be somewhere else :)

My Kentucky accent alone should be entertaining. See you at 6:30 EST, 5:30 CST, and 3:30 PST. I don't know any other time zones, so you'll have to figure it out yourself if you live elsewhere. I'm also directionally challenged, but let's not go there. I might get lost. Ha!

Yep, I'm a goofball. So come listen to my goofiness Wednesday night.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Catch my interview at the ParaYourNormal blog today!!

CLICK HERE ---> ParaYourNormal - Where Para is our Normal!: Interview with Mysti Parker, Author of A Ranger's ...: "Get ready to be swept away in an epic fantasy of elves. Today we are talking with Mysti Parker, author of A Ranger's Tale. Mysti will be giv..."

TWO e-copies of A Ranger's Tale are up for grabs!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Stuffs

First of all, congratulations to NurseArtist, winner of the signed print copy of A Ranger's Tale courtesy of my 5,000 hit giveaway. Huge thanks go out to all the authors and readers who participated. Look for a much bigger event when we reach 10,000 hits. So keep visiting, and we'll get there faster!

Lots of stuff happening in upcoming weeks. Wednesday, June 15 I'll be featured on the Para Your Normal blog and appearing on their radio show on blog talk radio that night. I'll let you know exactly what time so you can listen to a Kentucky girl talking about the romantic pursuits of elves. My accent alone should be entertaining.

Did you know that today (June 12) is Red Rose Day? says:
"Red Rose Day is a time to enjoy and appreciate America's favorite flower.....the red rose. A red rose signifies love. A June setting for Red Rose Day is very appropriate, as this is by far the most popular month for weddings. And, they are in bloom in the gardens across America this month.
In addition to being the most popular cut flower, roses are also the most popular flower in flower beds and around foundation of houses, garages and sheds. They are easy to grow, producing a bounty of sweet scented flowers from June up to the first frost.

Did you know? Each rose color sends a different meaning to the recipient. Make sure you send the right message. Rose colors and their meaning"

This summer, expect new author interviews, giveaways, and whatever else my mind can cook up. Between staying busy with my three kiddos this summer, I'm writing as much as possible. Book 2 of the Tallenmere series, Serenya's Song, should be out to you by April, 2012. 

Here's a little teaser from Chapter 13 of my current draft. Jayden's moved on to Summerwind, hoping to leave his painful past behind. Will he ever find true love? Serenya Crowe seems like his perfect match in every way, but as fate would have it, she's married to the Earl of Summerwind...

            He broke away from our kiss, trying to catch his breath. “Serenya, we can’t do this.”
            While his fingers encircled my wrists, I stared into the sapphire depths of his eyes. All I saw was complete and utter tenderness—in his eyes, in his hands as they restrained mine, in the way he had held me like the I was the most precious thing in the world.
            My breath came in quick gasps, as I realized how completely un-tender my own behavior had just been. I jerked myself from his grasp and stepped back.
            “I’m sorry,” I muttered and sped behind him, retrieved my gloves from the ground, and slipped them back on.
            As I hurried to Charity and put my foot in the stirrup, Jayden said, “No, I’m the one who should apologize. It will not happen again.”
            I climbed into the saddle and said nothing. A world of regret and shame settled on his face before he slowly turned and mounted his own horse. How could I explain to him that I wanted it to happen again? More than that—that I wanted him, all of him. And that his tenderness, his restraint, had meant more to me than he’d ever know? 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

5,000th Hit Giveaway!!!

Thanks to some seriously dedicated followers, I've been lucky enough to reach 5,000 hits. 

Shocking, I know!
To celebrate, a number of fantastic authors have generously agreed to donate some of their books for you all to win. There's a great mixture of genres here, so there's something for everyone!

Here's how it'll work. From now until Friday, June 10, have a look at the titles available and leave a comment with which one you desire. It'll be first come, first serve, and I'll try to keep up with how many are left of each one and keep it updated on a frequent basis. PLEASE leave your e-mail along with which book you want so the author can send your prize!

It's rather like a silent auction. Look at all the comments before yours and if someone else has already claimed all of your first choice title, then look at what's left to choose from this nice long list. 

***Also, one lucky U.S. winner can walk away with a signed print copy of my fantasy romance novel, A Ranger's Tale! If you want to be in the running for that one, please indicate in your comment with two words: "Rangers Rock!".***

Here are the titles available (if taken a line will be crossed through it):

1Hot Days by T.D. Jones (1 print copy)
2. Paranormal Pleasures by Roxanne Rhoads (1 E-Book)
3.Vallar by Cindy Borgne (2 E-Books)
4. Paradox--The Angels Are Here by Patti Roberts (5 E-Books)
5. Era of the Spectre by Rui Cruz (1 E-Book)
6. On Dark Shores: The Lady by J.A. Clement (2 E-Books)
7. Die Laughing by Louis K. Lowy (1 E-Book)
8. Doorway of the Triquetra by Lenore Wolfe (2 E-Books available June 12)
9. Depth of Focus: A Novel by Kenya D. Williamson (1 E-Book)
10. Predators of Darkness: Aftermath by Leonard D. Hilley II (1 Kindle or e-Pub)
11. Pillow Talk by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book)
12. Flossophy of Grace by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book)
13. Purrfect Voyage by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book)
14. Love Never Fails by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy (1 E-Book)
15. The Inn at Little Bend by Bobbi Groover (1 E-Book)
16. Five Days Notice by Alex Sinclair (1 E-Books)
17. A Ranger's Tale by Mysti Parker (1 E-Book + 1 Signed Print Copy to One Drawn Winner)
18. Steve Prefontaine--Rocketman by Bree T. Donovan and Linda Prefontaine (1 Print Copy)

And Their Descriptions:

Hot Days by T.D. Jones (1 Print Copy):
**Contains TWO stories!**
Buy: (e-Book and print) or (Kindle and print)
Cockeyed Cowboy From Crockett County:
Will Tanner is the sheriff of Crockett County. He has been married three times. He has come to the conclusion that he is giving up on women. There is only one problem, he never expected Chief Investigator Isadora Reeves to come into his life. Between trying to figure how a dead man ended up on the local golf course with his manhood missing and being distracted by the beautiful Isadora, Will has his hands full.
Isadora Reeves is not looking for any man, especially some small town sheriff from Crockett County. She's just in town to investigate a murder and nothing else, that is until she and the sheriff have a heated night together and now he is all she can think about.
Who Put Grandpa In The Garden!:
Chelsea and Sam Rae are just like any other young couple in love. Working and trying to make a living and have a baby. Everything seems to be going as planned until Grandpa ends up in the garden. It seems Grandma has some skeletons in her closet that she wants Chelsea to take care of. Being the good granddaughter, she tries to do what's right but it doesn't end up like she planned. According to Margaret, her older sister, this is just another screw up Chelsea has done. Chelsea is determined to make this right and ends up learning a lot about herself and her family in the process.

Paranormal Pleasures by Roxanne Rhoads (1 E-Book):
Print at Amazon:
Multiple ebook formats at Smashwords:
All Romance Ebooks:
Book description:
       Ten tantalizing, erotic tales of vampires, witches and demons grace the pages of this short story collection by Roxanne Rhoads.
       Step into the darkness and let these tales tempt and tease to satisfy your paranormal cravings.
       Eight of Roxanne Rhoads' previous eBook publications appear in print for the first time, along with two brand new, never before published tales of supernatural love and lust.

Vallar by Cindy Borgne (2 E-Books):
Book Description:

Ian Connors struggles to save the girl of his dreams and escape the corruption surrounding him - otherwise there is no future for either of them. He must take charge of his life or he will remain a pawn and forever separated from those he loves.

The story takes place in the future about a hundred years after the people of Earth decided to abandon the colonies of Mars. This happened due to Earth's population problems and a dwindling of their own resources. Over time, the scientific colonies evolved into military factions. The leaders of Marscorp believe that by conquering smaller organizations they will be able to gain enough power to force their way back to Earth. They seek to use Ian for his psychic ability in order to complete their mission. 

Paradox--The Angels Are Here (Book One of Paradox Series) by Patti Roberts (5 E-Books):
Series Description:
        Spanning over centuries to the present day, this is a story about love, loss and betrayal. The horrifying discovery that nothing is as it seems. When there is nowhere left to run & letting go is your only choice.
       Nine hundred years ago, under the complete cover of darkness, the Grigorian army rose silently from their underground lair and attacked the Bulguardian Royal Palace. The bloody and violent battle between the two most legendary houses raged on. All but destroying the majestic Royal City of Altair. 
It was not the first war that Juliette had endured between good and evil. And it most certainly would not be her last.
       Today, a little girl's world is turned upside down by a visitor,the Angel of Death. She finds herself trapped in a nightmare, consumed by her paralyzing loss and overwhelming grief. The haunting visions and untimely deaths of others are a constant reminder that life and death are only a heartbeat away.  
       She eventually befriends the unusual little girl who moves in next door with captivating violet eyes and a profound knowledge of things that far exceeds her tender years.
       A saga crossing over two worlds. Two souls being drawn precariously together over the centuries.
       When your destiny has been written in blood, and you are left with one burning question. Is your Guardian Angel from Heaven or Hell?

Era of the Spectre by Rui Cruz (1 E-Book):
Buy: (Print) and (Print and E-Book)
Book Description:
A set of short tales depicting the emotional journeys of beings who live challenged by a murky universe, sad memories or gripping desires. Unreal landscapes and an ever-present nostalgic atmosphere serve as backdrop to the unravelling of their fates.

On Dark Shores:The Lady by J.A. Clement (2 E-Books):
Book Description:
       It is ten years after the Shantar-Mardonese war. In the harbour town of Scarlock, dominated by the moneylender Copeland, the outside world seems far away; but events are in motion that will bring the world to Scarlock.
        To protect her sister, the thief Nereia must take desperate measures which will catapult her into a place of nightmare and legend.
        Before long, she will find herself On Dark Shores; and the choices she makes will shape the future of the world she knows as well as the world she has yet to discover.

Die Laughing by Louis K. Lowy  (1 E-Book):
***Available in July***
Book Description:
       If you’re a comedian and the world’s fate is in your hands, it’s no laughing matter.
       Die Laughing, a humorously dark science-fiction novel, is set in the 1950s of flying saucers, communist paranoia, and live television.
       Beamed aboard an alien spaceship, Las Vegas funny man Sam E. Lakeside is forced to participate in a plan to rob the earth of its oil.
       When the shape-shifting aliens and their leader ­– a power-hungry mobster ­– murder Sam’s best friend and manager, Sam vows revenge.
       He recruits a blacklisted comic book writer and the mobster’s girlfriend, and drags them cross-country to thwart the aliens. Their journey takes them to New York City and The Steve Allen Show, where the key to the alien’s conquest lies.
       Sam, embroiled in an escalating tangle of violence, love, and lies, is forced to choose between what he wants most in the world – to be a star – or the planet’s survival.

Doorway of the Triquetra (Children of Atlantis Series) by Lenore Wolfe (2 E-Books):
***Available June 12***

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Mira has received an ancient medallion, and she can't get rid of it. Everywhere she goes now, a jaguar follows. The ancient mysteries of the medallion lead her to the Gargoyle's Castle. She must find the paranormal doorway of the Triquetra, to save her best friend's soul, but each move she makes only leads her to a deeper mystery, where all of her past lives are bound to four immortal men.

Depth of Focus: A Novel by Kenya D. Williamson (1 E-Book)

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After years of taking care of others, Danni might not know how to really take care of herself. But, she's trying regardless of the consequences -- even if that means keeping her distance from the ones she loves. If everyone has his way, she'll be pulled in more directions than she can handle. Then again, if she pushes too hard, she might wind up alone. Alone and safe? Or alone and lonely? She can't decide.

Following her fifth birthday party, Danni grew to despise the annual tradition. If the aspiring photographer can't find a way to balance a meddling roommate, nosy neighbor, former lover, current lover, mostly-absent father, jealous sibling, insecure best friend and suicidal mother with the demands of her lousy job, approaching birthday party and shrinking college fund, she won't be going to school. And chances are she'll lose a lot more than her career.

Predators of Darkness: Aftermath by Leonard D. Hilley II (1 Kindle OR e-Pub)

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The desolate streets of downtown Pittsburgh are a constant reminder of the missile attack that forever changed the lives of the surviving scientists and students hidden inside the fallout shelter of Helmsby's Genetic Research Center.  Believing themselves to be the only survivors, they reside inside the research center until their food supplies near depletion.  Thinking the fallout has lessened, they emerge three years later to discover strange creatures patrolling the streets in search of human flesh and blood.  The creatures possess the ability to shift their genomes and alter their appearances by realigning their genetic sequences.  Although they have no conclusive evidence to prove the creatures’ origin, Dr. Helmsby—a renowned genetics genius—believes the shifters escaped from TransGenCorp, a scientific laboratory suspected of manufacturing clones and other genetic atrocities. 

Daniel Hutchinson, their leader, teams with Lucas Ridale to comb the streets and search for provisions.   To cover more area, they head out opposite directions and scavenge downtown Pittsburgh.  They also hope to find other survivors.  But Daniel uncovers mysteries more frightening than the shifters.  He discovers the tip of Pittsburgh has been fenced off from the rest of the area.  Low-flying helicopters observe the streets, making him ponder the question: Were the shifters released as simply part of a military experiment with humans being their prey?

Pillow Talk by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book)
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Trixie Trident has a secret. Everyone knows she creates one-of-a-kind jewelry during the day. It's what she does on her night job no one would ever guess. She's a tooth fairy. Not the tooth fairy, just one of many. It would take her whole life just to combat the many misconceptions people have about TF's. Like how nobody wears tutus or uses a wand. Or stands three inches high. Nope, Trixie looks just like any other woman in her mid-twenties. And she'd tell people all of that stuff. If she was allowed to. But she'd sworn a sacred tooth fairy oath that she'd never tell a soul. And she hadn't. Except for her best friend, who would never breathe a word to anyone.

Graham Keebler meets Trixie when she comes to his dental office as a new patient. He's had lots of single women patients before, but no one has ever sparked his interest like Trixie. What is it about her that's so unique? He can't quite figure it out, but he's determined to try, even when she turns him down for a second date.

Trixie is attracted to Graham, like she's never been to any man before. He's what she always dreamed of in a man. And they even have the subject of teeth in common! But a relationship with the gorgeous dentist can never be. How could it? When she's a tooth fairy, and not only can't she tell him, he'd never believe her anyway.

Flossophy of Grace by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book
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What happens when a dental hygienist falls in love with her patient? That's what Grace Hart discovers when she meets Bruce Gardener. The problem? Grace's boss has a strict policy against relationships with patients. Can Grace and Bruce find a way to be together without her employer finding out?

Purrfect Voyage by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book)
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Kitty Carter is used to getting into strange situations when she chases her cat, Arther. But this latest escapade is just too much! When Arther chases a mouse at the marina while she's doing research for her book, she follows him down the dock and onto a yacht. Not entirely her plan, since she falls down some stairs and hits her head, and wakes to find herself out to sea. And she and Arthur aren’t the only ones on board!

Love Never Fails by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy (1 E-Book)

Book Description:

Old love sometimes fades away...

When a late night phone call from the former love of her life interrupts both her sleep and her otherwise quiet existence, Caroline Cunningham finds she can’t refuse Reid Ramsay's request for help. As the call pulls Caroline back to her small hometown and into the heart of the search for Reid’s missing brother, Caroline finds the feelings she thought she'd buried where Reid was concerned are indeed alive and well.

And sometimes it refuses to die...

Reid Ramsay is still in love with Caroline Cunningham. As they work together searching for Reid's brother, Reid and Caro finding themselves attempting to rebuild the life they once shared together. But their future remains uncertain. Before they can find the happiness they seek, each must work through the emotional baggage of the past and test the theory they desperately hope rings true. 

The Inn at Little Bend by Bobbi Groover (1 E-Book)
***Available June 18***
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In antebellum America, life for an abandoned woman was difficult at best. But when young Grayson escapes her sadistic guardian, she finds freedom just as hostile. The lonesome, starving wanderer flees straight into the path of vicious marauders. Only one thing keeps the rustlers from violating the curvaceous, dark-haired beauty but the punishment they intend to mete out for her crimes borders on insanity.
Not far away a lone rover hears the screams, yet continues down the road. He wants nothing more of life than to be left alone. He has his own debts to account for. Once a headstrong irresistible rakehell, the drifter had bolted, shuttered his heart and retreated deep within himself. But now the wafting agony tears at him--his own and the wails of another. Swearing under his breath, he whirls the horse around.
Grayson Ridge struggles to survive her fated trials and conceal the secrets that plague her. Her exploits collide with the life of Drake Somerset, a scraggly yet oddly dashing drifter besieged by dark shadows. Neither realizes their chance encounter could free them both. Their wrangling ignites a turbulent journey and sets their worlds on fire.

Five Days Notice by Alex Sinclair (1 E-Book)
Book Description:
The global economy has collapsed and third world war has left the planet a dark and deadly place. Having a job is like winning the lottery. It is a rare and cherished thing. Society is split into two classes, the poor and the damned. Only one superstore remains in the city. The seven staff members work long hours for hardly any pay, but they are considered the lucky ones.

River is in love. He is in love with the woman of his dreams. Only she doesn’t know it. Ariel lights up his dark and lonely world. She is the reason he wakes up every single morning. Her friendship and company give meaning to his existence, but when job cuts are announced his world is turned upside down. The staff are given five days notice. By the end of the week three members of staff will be fired, but how far is River willing to go to ensure that the love of his life keeps her job?

With uncertainty and doubt fuelling the fires of fear each member of staff sets out on a dangerous path of deception. The flesh of the weak is food for the strong. It is a dog eat dog world. Friends become enemies. Lovers become deceivers. You can trust no one. You can rely on no one. You must do what needs to be done to make sure you survive. You must steal, you must betray and you must kill. Betrayal, deception and corruption have never looked so sexy.

A Ranger's Tale by Mysti Parker (1 E-Book First Come, First Serve + 1 Signed Print Copy to ONE Drawn Winner):
Book Description:
In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, the high elf, Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, has never been allowed to travel farther than a few miles out of the capital city of Leogard. Her father, Sirius, leads the Mage Academy, and after losing his only son, he expects Caliphany to take his place one day. The trouble is, she doesn't want to study magic and doubts she'll ever be as good a wizard as her father. She dreams of leaving Leogard to explore the world and strike out on her own--lofty goals for Sirius' daughter, who also happens to be King Leopold's niece.

When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap her while she dreams of faraway lands, half-elf ship captain and ranger, Galadin Trudeaux, comes to her rescue. From their first chance encounter, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin will face more adventure, more love, more heartache, than they ever thought possible. Through it all, they discover the power of forgiveness and of a love that stands the test of time.

Steve Prefontaine--Rocketman by Bree Donovan and Linda Prefontaine (1 Print Copy)
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Book Description: 
Steve Prefontaine was better known to the world as simply “Pre”. He was more than an exceptional athlete; he was an exceptional person. Pre once said “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift.” This book is not about what Pre gained during his short and brilliant life, but what he refused to give up as celebrity status settled inevitably on his shoulders. This unique story of Pre is specifically written for young people. Rocketman is told through the eyes and voice of Owen Morgan. Owen is a literary conduit through which the entirely factual events and characters are presented. The stories Owen shares with the readers are the stories of the people who knew and loved Steve Prefontaine, and the people Pre loved. *Author royalties will go to a special fund established by Linda Prefontaine for physical education and arts programs at Blossom Gulch School in Coos Bay Oregon. Blossom Gulch was both Steve and Linda’s former elementary school. Rocketman CD is now available!!

Recap of Books/Authors:
1. Hot Days by T.D. Jones (1 print copy)
2. Paranormal Pleasures by Roxanne Rhoads (1 E-Book)
3.Vallar by Cindy Borgne (2 E-Books)
4. Paradox--The Angels Are Here by Patti Roberts (5 E-Books)
5. Era of the Spectre by Rui Cruz (1 E-Book)
6. On Dark Shores: The Lady by J.A. Clement (2 E-Books)
7. Die Laughing by Louis K. Lowy (1 E-Book available July)
8. Doorway of the Triquetra by Lenore Wolfe (2 E-Books available June 12)
9. Depth of Focus: A Novel by Kenya D. Williamson (1 E-Book)
10. Predators of Darkness: Aftermath by Leonard D. Hilley II (1 Kindle or e-Pub)
11. Pillow Talk by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book)
12. Flossophy of Grace by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book)
13. Purrfect Voyage by Ruth J. Hartman (1 E-Book)
14. Love Never Fails by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy (1 E-Book)
15. The Inn at Little Bend by Bobbi Groover (1 E-Book available June 18)
16. Five Days Notice by Alex Sinclair (1 E-Book)
17. A Ranger's Tale by Mysti Parker (1 E-Book + 1 Signed Print Copy to One Drawn Winner)
18. Steve Prefontaine--Rocketman by Bree T. Donovan and Linda Prefontaine (1 Print Copy)

***REMEMBER: From now until Friday, June 10, have a look at the titles available and leave a comment with which one you desire. It'll be first come, first serve until they're all gone or it's over. 

***Look at all the comments before yours and if someone else has already claimed all of your first choice title, then look at the awesome remaining books to choose from this nice long list. 

***PLEASE leave your E-MAIL ADDRESS along with which book you want so the author can send your prize! (E-mails can be written like mystiparker (at) yahoo (dot) com to avoid spamming software.)

***Also, one lucky U.S. winner will walk away with a signed print copy of my fantasy romance novel, A Ranger's Tale! If you also want to be in the running for that one, please indicate in your comment with two words: "Rangers Rock!". I'll draw for that winner at the end of the giveaway.

Thanks for following and Happy Reading! ~Mysti