Starting October 13th, and for a VERY limited time, you can now get the digital edition of PARIS SECRETS from Amazon for free. Go get it right now! Don’t miss this deal! It’s better than a deal, it’s free!
Hey all! Hope you’re enjoying the cooling weather. Fall tends to drop on Minnesota heavy and hard, and then segue into Winter far too quickly. Went for a brisk walk this morning, but it’s supposed to warm up by the weekend. Gotta suck in all that sunshine while I can!
So I’ve had in mind to change the title for The Chocoholic’s Guide To Getting It On for some time now. One: because it is a mouthful. Two: because it is not some weird sex manual. Three: because I can. Four: with Michele Renae now writing for Harlequin Romance I wanted to update the Renae backlist.
So I give to you: Lust and Chocolate! And also I wanted to redesign the cover. I love the original cover, but I wanted this time around to be more like the trendy rom/com covers that are currently on bookstore shelves. This is a rom/com. It’s chick lit. It’s a fun, sexy romance. With bossa nova and bullets! I had contemplated calling it Bossa Nova and Bullets but…eh, probably not.
So the story remains the same. Nothing has changed inside the cover. Only the title and the cover art. So if you haven’t picked this story up yet, I do hope you’ll give it a go. It’s currently for sale digitally at Amazon and B&N, and I hope to get the paperback up within the week.
Food journalist and chocoholic, Melanie Peters, lands a plum assignment for the top-rated Sexology website: Uncover what makes Sommer Chocolates so lust-worthy. Determined to get her hands on the coveted bonbons despite a year-long waitlist, she camps out on the doorstep of the world-famous chocolatier whose creations are reportedly “better than sex”. Melanie has never been satisfied by a man—but chocolate never lets her down.
Maksim von Sommer has recently gone from international playboy to castle-bound recluse. He’s fending off loan sharks, and licking his wounds after a disastrous romance. Rumor has it he’s lost his sweet touch—the famous S Chocolate has disappeared from his signature bonbon collection. Maks can’t leave his castle without tripping over reporters. Or make that, one intrepid reporter.
Maks is intrigued when he realizes the woman who spent a rainy night on his doorstep has literally written the book on the craft chocolate process he is secretly studying. Melanie’s on a mission to uncover the source of Sommer Chocolates’ appeal. Is it the bonbons? Or will the sexy chocolatier teach her that the sensual indulgences are even more exciting than tasty sweets?
Does it seem as though it’s been a while since I’ve put out some new work? I suppose it has. A few years, at least. I’ve republished my Nocturne backlist over the past few years. Just put out Bewitched (Captivating The Witch) last month. And I have 3 more Nocturnes I got rights back to that I will attempt to get out…soonish. I don’t ever rewrite those older stories, but I do like to read through them again and do some minor editing. Then I format and create a new cover. So it takes some time. I enjoy the process!
Now, what’s going on with really new stuff? Like never been published before stuff? Well, my alter ego, Michele Renae, has a story out this December/January with Harlequin Romance, and I’m very excited about it! I just got the cover for Cinderella’s Second Chance in Paris. While I had hoped for both hero and heroine on the cover, I think she looks a lot like the heroine. To see photo inspiration for the story, go here. This was a fun story to write, but also cathartic. The hero and heroine are both widows, so they are getting a second chance at love. And do they dare? Do they deserve that second go-around? The heroine is also taking a plunge into a new job in a foreign country. All alone! Navigating widowhood is interesting, messy, challenging, but also a learning process that can’t be ignored. So I’ve set the story in my favorite place, Paris, to give a bit of glitz and fantasy to the read, but overall I feel it’s a very emotional story. With lots of fun tossed in to balance the serious moments. Raise your hands, strange girls!
I decided to write this story as Michele Renae because I’ve done a couple other light, chick-lit romances (and one erotica) and felt that Michele Hauf is mostly associated with the darker paranormals. And you know? I was in the mood for a name change. Seriously. I feel more Michele Renae lately than I do Hauf. Go figure! So do check it out, and let me know what you think. Here’s to a colorful and brisk Fall with lots of s’mores and hot chocolates!
Okay, so I just pressed ‘publish’ on the six paragraph post updating what I’ve been working on. And…Wordpress just dropped it all but the title. Agh! Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned in that post how much I hate WordPress?
Anyway, this will be short because this is attempt number two. I have a new release from Mills & Boon True Love (Harlequin Romance) this December, Cinderella’s Second Chance in Paris.
I’ll try to post again, more thorough info next week, if I can access this site again. Fingers crossed!
Friday July 30th and Saturday July 31st, THE CHOCOHOLIC’S GUIDE TO GETTING IT ON is free at Amazon (US), so now is your chance to pick up that story! I’ve recently added it to Kindle Unlimited, so if you are a member, you can read it for free any time. But I wanted to make it free to those who are not subscribed to KU, so here you go. Enjoy!
Last month I reissued GHOST WOLF, which features Daisy Blu Saint-Pierre (werewolf/faery) and her hero Beckett Severo (werewolf). And just yesterday I rereleased MOONLIGHT & DIAMONDS, featuring Stryke Saint-Pierre (werewolf) and Blyss. Notice the & is not spelled ‘and’. That’s how I originally wanted the title but the publisher wasn’t cool with that. Not sure why. So this time, it’s done my way. The story remains the same. Whenever I get rights back to a story, I reread and edit it. A very light edit. I’m not changing the story in any way. Just catching any previous missed stuff (yes, it happens, even after going through many editors and copyeditors) and sometimes I change the technology. Moonlight & Diamonds was my 50th book written for Harlequin, and it won the Romantic Times Reader’s Choice award that year. That was very cool. I’ve also got Enchanted By The Wolf next up for re-editing, with hopes to put it out in August. I put both books out through Kindle Unlimited, so if you’re a member you can read them for free. They won’t be available at other online retailers for a few months.
Have a super summer spent doing the things you love, soaking up the earth through your toes and the sun through your skin. And never stop reading!
|Happy New Year!|
Last year I re-released 20 titles set in my Beautiful Creatures world, and two new stories from Michele Renae, The Chocoholic’s Guide To Getting It On, and When Angus Met Zayla. Whew! That was fun, a lot of work, and really interesting to reread some stories that I hadn’t read for years. The characters are like friends and family to me!This year I want to highlight the family and connections in my Beautiful Creatures world. Each month I’m going to focus on one family and point out all the connections and their related stories. Let’s start with the most popular family created by Creed and Blu Saint-Pierre.
Blu (werewolf princess) met and was forced to marry Creed Saint-Pierre (vampire) in HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND.
Blu’s best friend, Sabrina (faery) met one of Creed’s friends, Revin (vampire) in CRUEL ENCHANTMENT.
One of Blu’s pack members, Ridge (werewolf) met Abigail (witch) in THE WEREWOLF’S WIFE (what happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas).
Now, despite the fact that werewolves generally cannot get pregnant by vampires, with a little faery magic, Blu gave birth to twins, Malakai and Kambriel (who tried to kill one another before birth).
The vampiress, Kambriel’s story is THE DARK’S MISTRESS, in which, she meets Johnny Santiago (vampire) (I’ll cover his family in February).
Malakai (Kai: werewolf) married Rissa (faery) in MALAKAI. Kai and Rissa have had 5 children (so far).
First born, Daisy Blu (werewolf…for a while) met Beck (werewolf) in GHOST WOLF. Beck’s dad is Severo (werewolf), who met the human (perhaps vampire) Bella in MOON KISSED, and the followup story, AFTER THE KISS.
Next born to Kai and Rissa was Trouble (werewolf). I currently have his story drafted out. Fingers crossed for publication some time in 2021!
Blade (vampire/faery) is next, and he met Zen (fallen angel?) in THE VAMPIRE’S FALL.
Stryke (werewolf) and Bliss (werewolf) heat up Paris in MOONLIGHT & DIAMONDS. Bliss’s brother Kir (werewolf) draws the short stick when he’s forced to marry Bea (faery) in ENCHANTED BY THE WOLF.
And the youngest Saint-Pierre child, Kelyn (faery) finds his true love, Valor (witch) in THE WITCH’S QUEST. Valor’s witchy friends will be featured in another month.
That is the Saint-Pierre family (and a few friends). Give or take some persons I am aware have not yet been born, and/or discovered/revealed. I hope it wasn’t too confusing. 😉 Tune in February for the Santiago/Hawkes family tree!
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I’ve been waiting to announce the reissue of this book since mid-October when I uploaded the newly-revised book to Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. Waiting, because I wanted it to be marked free at all sites before I announced it. Well. Hmm. Let’s blame this one on Mercury Retrograde, shall we?
The book uploaded to Amazon and Kobo. But B&N had some issues and it STILL hasn’t uploaded there. Anyway, at Kobo it’s free! Go get it! I’m so happy it’s free somewhere. But Amazon? Urg. I sent out a newsletter telling everyone to go to Amazon and let them know the book was priced free at Kobo, hoping Amazon would price match. (So you know, we authors cannot post a book free at Amazon. It is at Amazon’s discretion to mark things to free and price match.) So…the book actually did go free–and I sent out another newsletter to tell everyone thanks and to go grab it–and then the book reverted back to $3.99 in less than a few hours. What? I seriously have no explanation for why that happened. I’ve emailed Amazon. They said they’d look into it. And now, well, they are ignoring my emails. I am truly sorry. I tried very hard to make this work, but I’m not sure how to get Amazon to cooperate. All I can do now is cross my fingers that eventually the algorithyms will price match the book automatically. So for now, you can get the book free at Kobo. I believe they only offer an epub version.
Kind of took all the fun out of releasing this story that I LOVE and the hero is sexy and smart, and the heroine is a quirk of a witch who gets entangled in a weird faery dust drug ring. I wrote this story when I was watching Breaking Bad. My idea was what if vampires broke bad? Ha! This is the result. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m back! And much sooner than six or nine months, eh? I’m trying to get into the hang of posting more regularly. Heck, I think I burned out on blogs/websites/social media ages ago (yes, I remember CompuServe). But I still want to connect with my readers so I keep this website and Instagram and Bookbub and Pinterest.
And here’s some great contest opportunities! I’m part of a multi-author promotion. If you want to follow me on Bookbub (follow link at the contest page) you will get a chance to win a Kindle eReader! Click here for that contest.
If you want to follow me on Instagram (again the link is at the contest page) you will get a chance to win a 6-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited! Click here for that contest. (You can enter both.) My Instagram account is mostly cats, succulents, crystals, and daily walk stuff, with the occasional book announcement. It’s just a place where you can get to know me better. I love the visual media!
And speaking of visual…if you’re ever curious about the images, faces, and places that inspire my stories, check out my Pinterest account. I have pages for each of my hero/heroine pairs; just page down to see where they begin in alphabetical order by the hero’s name.
Now, a few weeks ago, I rereleased BEAUTIFUL DANGER, a story set in my world of Beautiful Creatures. It features a human heroine who slays vampires and…the hero is a vampire. He’s an extremely tortured vamp (literally). You see, the werewolves held him captive and forced him to fight against his own kind to the death. He walked away alive, but not without some serious physical and mental issues. I adore this hero. I just want to sweep him into my arms and tell him everything is going to be okay. But since I don’t live on the page, I gave him the perfect heroine to do that for me. Add in some cello and violin music (yes, I’m an orchestra geek), action and danger, Paris, and plenty of sensuality, and this is one of my favorite stories.
A heads up on my next rerelease: The Vampire Hunter. Also, watch for a Halloween sale (of which, I haven’t quite figured out what to do, but I will!) toward the end of October.
Whoo! I’m in! I know! It’s been since April since I’ve posted. My excuse is always that I forget my password or have a heck of a time breaching WordPress’s login, even though I have all the right info. There’s a trick to it, and I haven’t mastered it after all these years.
Anyway, how are you all holding up? I won’t ask for details. Some of us are hanging by a string, others are calmly settled in and still others (me?) want to punch things. Which reminds me, today I start my first boxing workout class. I’m going to punch things! I can’t wait.
So at the beginning of this month I rereleased my favorite mini series within my world of Beautiful Creatures, the This Witchery stories. Because the twins, Certainly and Thoroughly Jones are two of my top heroes ever. Love those guys. Would love to meet Certainly and see his place with all the chandeliers. As always, my stories are written to be read in any order, which is the same of these. But, if you read them in the order they are written then you might see the characters progress along the way as I learned more about them. So that order is: This Glamourous Evil, This Wicked Magic, and This Soul Magic. I did not release This Strange Witchery, as it is still owned by Harlequin, but that is the fourth title, which is about Thoroughly’s daughter, and is also available online.
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Go forth and get witched!