Release Day – BEAUTY AND THE CURSE

image002What do you get when you cross an author who writes humorous, sweet contemporary romance with an author who writes darker, steamier sci-fi and paranormal romance? You get a humorous adult fairy tale, BEAUTY AND THE CURSE.

My critique partner and author, Cathy Tully, and I had a blast writing this novella together.

It’s only $1.99 on Kindle. Please check it out & if the spirit moves you, we’d love a tweet, Facebook mention, or a Goodreads TBR add!

Cursed by a jealous witch, wealthy recluse Anabel Charming is destined to grow uglier with each passing year. Only by having sex before her twenty-first birthday can this virgin’s spell be broken. Yet no man will agree to sleep with the humpbacked, pockmarked, one-leg-shorter-than-the-other “Freak of Park Avenue.”

When handsome Chase Singleton shows up on a quest to retrieve his grandmother’s long-lost talisman, which Anabel now possesses, Anabel is willing to give up the jewel…if Chase agrees to break her curse. With two days left before her chance at a normal life is lost forever, Anabel and Chase discover the reality of beauty, the power of sexual healing, and the meaning of love.

“With engaging characters, witty prose, and a surprisingly sweet romance, Beauty and the Curse delivers a thoroughly entertaining and heart-warming read.” —Melinda Leigh, bestselling author of She Can Run

~K.M. Fawcett

Giveaway: Enter to Win a Copy of Fearless!

Fearless CoverDiscover a new world of adventure and romance in the Survival Race series.

To enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy of FEARLESS, click the link below.

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Fearless Excerpt:

Angry red streaks snaked through his aura. “What manner of trickery is this?”

“Get off of me, barbarian.”

Name-calling? Really? Had her father taught her nothing?

“Barbarian? That’s funny coming from a savage.”

She gasped. “Savage? You’re the one on top of me.”

“As I recall, I wouldn’t be on top of you if I hadn’t needed to protect myself from your tricks.”

“I am a spiritual healer. I only wanted to repair your soul. You must release my people.”

“They’re free to go at any time. They choose to stay.”

His weight was crushing her, making breathing difficult, but she refused to let him see her discomfort. If she could calm herself enough, her spirit could reenter his, and she could try healing him again. This might be the only chance she got before he…What would he do to her?

She didn’t sense anything evil, vile, or malicious. Murder wasn’t present in his aura. The only thing she perceived was arousal. Typical male. Perhaps she could use that to her advantage.

There were three occasions when a person’s spirit was the most vulnerable: during sleep, during illness, and during sex—so she’d been told.

“You’ve invaded our peaceful village and took our people against their will. Forgive me for not believing you.” Her words were angrier than she wanted them to be. What happened to her shamanic training?

“Seems we have a lot in common, you and I.”

“We have nothing in common, barbarian.”

“Did you not invade my body against my will?”

“To heal your spirit.”

“So you say, savage.”

Would he stop calling her that? She was not a fierce, violent person. She was tranquil and at peace with the universe, dammit.

Well, at least she strove for peace.

“However,” he continued, “you needn’t concern yourself. My spirit requires no healing.”

“So say you. But our spirits have met, and yours told me it hid a deep wound. Let me back in. Let me into your body to heal you.”

His smirk surprised her. What could he possibly find so humorous?

“If anyone enters another’s body, it will be me.” His warm lips pressed against hers. As if to prove his point, his tongue coaxed hers to open for him.

She’d been kissed before, but not from a man so dangerous and commanding, or so good at it.

Well, she wasn’t about to waste the opportunity to do what she came here for, especially since nothing in his aura indicated malicious intent. His spirit simply sought to demonstrate his male dominance in a kiss. Nothing more. Ha. He’d learn who the dominant one was when she connected with his spirit again.

She opened her mouth and kissed him back. His pause indicated surprise. He’d obviously expected her to resist. When she didn’t let up, his jaw relaxed and his kiss deepened. She couldn’t deny the freedom her soul felt.

But she’d come to heal his heart, and as much as she would like to give in to the pleasure she was receiving, she needed to heal him first.

Again retreating to that tranquil place in her mind, her spirit gathered energy and flowed from her body into his. Her spirit didn’t get further than the impenetrable stone wall before it was thrown from his body again.

His lips were off hers, the weight of his body disappeared. The influx of warm night air came as a relief.

“Savage,” he boomed. “Stay out of my body.”

“If you enter my body, barbarian, rest assured I will enter yours.”

Click to read Chapter One from FEARLESS!

Click to read Chapter One from CAPTIVE!

~K.M. Fawcett

FEARLESS Release Day

Fearless CoverHOORAY! Today is release day for FEARLESS, book 2 in the Survival Race series. I’m super excited to share Fearless’ awesome first review (4 stars) from Goodreads!

“This is the follow up book to Captive and a fantastic piece of sci fi romance…I found the world building here to be truly fascinating…. Very good follow up to Captive. The first book explored being taken prisoner by aliens and trying to survive whereas this book explored the idea of living as a native on a planet dominated by a brutal race. Fans of the first book will be delighted to catch up with characters from the previous book and new readers will surely be clamouring to catch up! Recommended”- Marta Cox

You can read a sexy excerpt from the book and enter to win a free copy at Taking Time For Mommy’s blog today. Here is the book’s blurb…

TWO SOULS
Myia, a shaman-in-training, wants desperately to protect her peaceful village from the barbaric Highland invaders. To hone her powers of prophetic visions and healing, the village elders send Myia on a quest to heal the Highland leader’s heart and stop a brewing war. Myia’s mended many souls before, so this should be an effortless duty…until she meets the gorgeous, stubborn Highland warlord.

ONE DESIRE
Kedric, a gladiator who escaped enslavement, only wants to liberate the villagers from their common foe-a race that breeds humans for blood sport and genetic experiments. Fueled by his rage, Kedric is determined to take down the brutal enemy. So when a raven-haired beauty with a body made for sin tries to sabotage his mission, Kedric wants her gone. Yet no woman’s touch has ever left Kedric more annoyed…or aroused. Kedric knows he should shun her soothing embrace-but he can’t seem to stay away. As their passion grows, Kedric must decide between fighting his war or surrendering his rage-and his heart-for Myia’s love.

Please join me on these other stops during the FEARLESS blog tour.

1/7     Taking Time for Mommy     Excerpt/Spotlight
1/8     The Avid Reader                    Top 5 List
1/9     Manga Maniac Café              Q&A
1/9     Tyra’s Book Addiction           Top 5 List
1/9     Fab Fantasy Fiction               Q&A/ Excerpt
1/10   The Fiction Enthusiast         Top 5 List
1/10   Deluged with Books              Spotlight/Review/ Excerpt
1/10   Alyssa Alexander                   Excerpt & Blurb
1/11    Danielle Gavan                      Q&A
1/12   Bitten By Love Reviews        Spotlight/Review/Excerpt
1/13   The Book Pushers                 Spotlight/Review/Excerpt
1/15   Star-Crossed Romance
1/22   Caridad Pineiro

FEARLESS is On Sale Now: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Books A Million | IndieBound

~K.M. Fawcett

Happy Holidays!

I know that many of us are busy with holiday prep so I’ll keep it short. From all of us here at Attacking the Page, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and a prosperous new year.

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Rayna

Smugglers, Covers, & a Free Giveaway

Today on the blog we’re excited to welcome romance author, Alyssa Alexander, who will  be giving away an Advanced Reading Copy of her debut novel, A SMUGGLER WORE SILK to one lucky commenter. But before we get to Alyssa’s post, here are the results of the FEARLESS cover poll from Monday. Out of 222 visitors, there were 31 total votes broken down as follows:

  • Historical Romance               0 votes      0 %
  • Erotic Romance                      11 votes     35.48 %
  • Paranormal Romance            7  votes     22.58%
  • Contemporary Romance       8 votes      25.81%
  • Sci-fi/ Futuristic Romance   0 votes      0 %
  • Romantic Suspense                5 votes      16.13%

Though the majority of votes were for erotic and contemporary, you may be surprised to learn that FEARLESS fits best into the Sci-fi/ Futuristic Romance genre (which received 0 votes). Though, I think it could also be categorized as a Paranormal Romance (which received the 3rd highest votes). Either way, it’s clear to me that this book can’t be judged by it’s cover alone. That’s okay. Most people read a book’s blurb, right? They can also read an excerpt on my website and peek inside at Amazon. Fearless is available for pre-order now and releases January 7th (less than 2 weeks away!).

Guess who else has a book releasing that same day? Our guest blogger, Alyssa Alexander. Welcome Alyssa!!

9780425269527_medium_The_Smuggler_Wore_Silk(1) Thanks so much for inviting me to be on Attacking the Page, Kathy! I was delighted to discover we share a book birthday. Having read CAPTIVE, now I can’t wait to get my hands on FEARLESS!

Since we’re only a few short weeks away from our shared release day, I thought perhaps I would give readers a chance to get to know the hero and heroine of THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK: spy Julian Travers, Earl of Langford, and smuggler Grace Hannah. And, while I’m at it, how about some fun facts about me, as well?

First, a little about the book:

After he is betrayed by one of his own, British spy Julian Travers, Earl of Langford, refuses to retire without a fight, vowing to find the traitor. But when the trail leads to his childhood home, Julian is forced to return to a place he swore he’d never see again, and meet a woman who may be his quarry—in more ways than one.

Though she may appear a poor young woman dependent on charity, Grace Hannah’s private life is far more interesting. By night, she finds friendship and freedom as a member of a smuggling ring. But when the handsome Julian arrives, she finds her façade slipping, and she is soon compromised, as well as intrigued.

As she and Julian continue the hunt, Grace finds herself falling in love with the man behind the spy. Yet Julian’s past holds a dark secret. And when he must make a choice between love and espionage, that secret may tear them apart.

Now, let’s get to know Julian and Grace!

Five Fun Facts About Grace:

  1. Food: She usually has a glass of good French red wine when she visits the local pub.
  2. Weapon: She carries a pocket pistol, and she knows how to use it.
  3. Medical Skills: If you have the croup, megrims, need stitches, or need to set a broken bone, she’s your girl.
  4. Activity: Grace is an accomplished horsewoman and even rides astride. Shhh…don’t tell! It would ruin her reputation!
  5. Secrets: She tries very hard to hide behind the mask of poor relation, but you can’t hide a rebel smuggler forever.

Five Fun Facts About Julian:

  1. Food: He loves gingerbread, and lest you think authors often put themselves into a book, this author vehemently dislikes gingerbread.
  2. Weapon: Among the other deadly odds and ends on his person, he carries a knife in his boot.
  3. Medical Skills: Julian knows nothing beyond battlefield basics, which will do in a pinch. Particularly if you’re a spy.
  4. Activity: He’s in the business of espionage, which means he knows all those spy tricks about fading into shadows and hand to hand combat. You know, the fun stuff. Regency martial arts!
  5. Secrets: Julian has been carrying his secrets for far too long. But secrets have a way of being discovered, and his are very close to the surface once he returns to his childhood home.

Five Fun Facts About Alyssa:Alyssa Alexander

  1. Food: I love bacon. On everything. Actually, I just like food.
  2. Weapon: I have never touched a pistol, rifle, musket, or any other firearm. Nor have I touched a knife that isn’t intended to peel potatoes or chop onion. I’m sure I would be missing digits or limbs if I tried.
  3. Medical Skills: I’m very experienced at putting superhero band-aids on small children. Beyond that, I’m at a loss.
  4. Activity: I’ve ridden a horse only once, and it left me quite bruised. I know nothing of martial arts or any other tricksy spy things. But I do love yoga, and find it helps me balance a full time job, a family and a writing career. My favorite poses are Pigeon (when I can do it) and Warrior III. But my very, very favorite pose is the Couch Potato, preferably accompanied by Potato Chips.
  5. Secrets: If I have any, they’re so secret I’ve forgotten them—which is probably for the best!

Now that you’ve met Julian and Grace, I’d love to give away an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) to one random commenter! Good luck!

Alyssa Alexander spends her days working, her evenings playing with a kindergartener, and her late nights writing. She lives in Michigan, but is quite certain she belongs somewhere warm and sunny where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas.

THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK is available for pre-order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Watch for Alyssa’s next book, IN BED WITH A SPY, coming in fall of 2014. In the meantime, you can visit her here:

Website   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads   Book Trailer

Thanks for visiting with us today, Alyssa! I have already pre-ordered my copy of  A Smuggler Wore Silk. I look forward to reading it! By the way…great book trailer!! :)  Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win an Advanced Reading Copy of A Smuggler Wore Silk!

~KM Fawcett

Cover Reveal for FEARLESS

When I’d received the cover for my debut novel, CAPTIVE, we had a little fun on Attacking The Page trying to guess the genre of the book based on cover alone. The poll resulted in most people guessing a genre different than what the book actually is. Click here to see that post.

Now that I have the final cover for FEARLESS, I thought we’d try again. Of course anyone who has read the first book will already know the genre, but I still want you to vote. And here is the reason why…I must be honest and tell you that although it’s a great cover, I personally think it misses the mark on the genre. Am I wrong? That’s what I hope to find out.

Based on this cover alone, what kind of Romance would you expect to read?

Fearless Cover

The poll closes at 9:00 pm EST on Wednesday 12/18/13. Don’t forget to visit again on Thursday to see if you guessed correctly. :)  In the mean time, does your answer match up with the book’s blurb?

TWO SOULS
Myia, a shaman-in-training, wants desperately to protect her peaceful village from the barbaric Highland invaders. To hone her powers of prophetic visions and healing, the village elders send Myia on a quest to heal the Highland leader’s heart and stop a brewing war. Myia’s mended many souls before, so this should be an effortless duty . . . until she meets the gorgeous, stubborn Highland warlord.

ONE DESIRE
Kedric, a gladiator who escaped enslavement, only wants to liberate the villagers from their common foe-a race that breeds humans for blood sport and genetic experiments. Fueled by his rage, Kedric is determined to take down the brutal enemy. So when a raven-haired beauty with a body made for sin tries to sabotage his mission, Kedric wants her gone. Yet no woman’s touch has ever left Kedric more annoyed . . . and aroused. Kedric knows he should shun her soothing embrace-but he can’t seem to stay away. As their passion grows, Kedric must decide between fighting his war or surrendering his rage-and his heart-for Myia’s love.

FEARLESS is available now for pre-order at: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Books A Million | IndieBound

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

~K.M Fawcett

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Training Travis

My new contemporary romance, TRAINING TRAVIS, is now available!

TRAINING TRAVIS, available now!!!

TRAINING TRAVIS, available now!!!

Two professionals with a past they thought forgotten—can they keep their relationship strictly business when the passion reignites?

After the death of his ex-wife, Travis McGill becomes sole parent to his fifteen-year-old daughter. Determined to do what’s best for her—even if it means reopening old wounds—Travis moves back to his Pennsylvania hometown.

Rebecca Evans never forgave Travis for the way he dumped her. Not only did he break her heart sixteen years ago, but he and his daughter are a reminder of the family she never had. But when Travis asks her to redecorate his Victorian house, she can’t turn her back on him or his angry, grieving daughter.

Getting Rebecca back in his life might not be the easiest task, but Travis is determined to try. Can he earn the trust of the two most important women in his life? Or—will he need on-the-job training?

Best,
Cathy Tully
Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Training-Travis-Cathleen-Tully/dp/162830166X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386609462&sr=8-1&keywords=Cathleen+Tully

Sometimes Things don’t go as Planned

Angry, Frustrated WomanI’m at the end of a book. I  think. I  hope.

This story has been a pain in my butt since day one. I’ve already rewritten the entire first 40,o00 words. Today, 76,000 words into the manuscript, I have an epiphany about my hero’s character arc.

Seriously?

I’m almost done.  Now my muse is telling me I have it all wrong?

I hate my muse. She’s a moody bitch.

OK, so she’s also right (which makes me hate her even more).

I plotted this book before I started writing it, just like I do every time. But as the writing progressed, something wasn’t right. The story didn’t flow. Half-way through, I decided to let my muse have her way. I replotted the ENTIRE book and rewrote nearly 175 pages.

Sometimes things just don’t go the way they’re planned. Sometimes characters have other ideas, or the story takes on its own life and MUST have its way.

Anyway, you won’t be hearing from me again until this WIP is done.  I’m not going to make my muse’s demanding changes yet. I’ll push through and finish the draft, but my list of project notes is PAGES and PAGES long. The editing stage will be lengthy and painful with  this book.

Going back into the cave. Wish me luck,

Melinda

Audio Books

I have very little time to read these days. So I’ve taken to listening to audio book while driving and while I’m at the gym. The cons? It takes forever to finish a book. I read very quickly, about a hundred pages an hour, so listening to someone read a book aloud often makes the pace of a book feel slower. However, audio books also force me slow down and appreciate the prose–or not–depending on the book.

Two of my favorite listens so far have been Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan and Pines by Blake Crouch. Both had great stories, but also terrific voice actors that brought the story to life and let me forget I was climbing an endless set of imaginary steps at the gym.

Cons to audio books? Enjoyment is affected by the narrator.  There have been a few instances when I’ve switched back to reading because I hated a narrator’s voice or the way he or she depicted a certain character.  (Amazon has a feature on some kindle books called Whispersync for Voice that allows you to buy the audio book at a reduced price if you already own the kindle version. You can then switch back and forth between the two versions. The Kindle and Audible apps sync automatically.  I can’t say how much I love this feature.)

What do you think about audio books?  Love them? Hate them?  I’m always looking for a good story to listen to at the gym. Does anyone have a recommendation for a great audio book?

Melinda

Fun with Tropes

Tropes. Tropes are commonly used themes or devices. The romance genre is full of them. Amnesia stories, marriage of convenience stories, Cinderella stories we’ve all read and loved them.  Why? Probably because they are so familiar. While new and different is great. Sometimes, as readers, we want the tried and true.

Personally, I’m a sucker for the secret baby trope. They’re practically auto buy stories for me especially if you toss in some sort of royalty. I think the idea of  an ordinary person being thrust into a world of titles and tiaras is a fascinating concept. It’s also great fun to watch a hero cope with both a sense of duty to his people all while trying to adapt to being a husband and father. A favorite story that always comes to mind, that includes both of these tropes is I Married a Prince by Kathryn Jensen. It’s a classic Silhouette Desire that I really enjoy.

Taking a trope and using it as the base of a story can be a fun challenge especially if you’re looking to put a new twist on an old, favorite story. So, tell me what are your favorite tropes? Are you a fan of the the boss and the secretary? The ducking to swan stories? Please share and tell us why?

~Rayna