<![CDATA[Brenda Sparks| Award-Winning Romance Author - Blog]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:23:37 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop via @BookHoundsBlog]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/clear-your-shelf-giveaway-hop-via-bookhoundsblog
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When I came across the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop by Bookhounds, I knew I was meant to participate. I recently had the publishing rights to my story, Weaver of Dreams, revert to me, so I decided to give the story a fresh edit and have the amazing DW Adler Media design a new cover for the book. With everything old, new again, I’m ready to get the previous book off of my bookshelves to make room for copies of the book with its beautiful new cover. So I’m giving away a copy of the book with its previous cover to three lucky winners. To decide if you’d like to enter my giveaway, let me tell you a little about the story:
When guidance counselor Maggie O'Connell is plagued by terrible nightmares, she believes stress is the reason for her torment, but she couldn't be more wrong. Unfortunately for Maggie, in the shadows of her dreams lurks a Dream Stalker who is addicted to the dark emotions produced by her night terrors.

    Zane, a Dream Weaver from another dimension, visits Maggie in her nighttime fantasies to discover there is more than just a Dream Stalker after her. As the man of her fantasies becomes real, Maggie's true nightmare begins. 
Not yet hooked? Read a free preview of Weaver of Dreams. Just click on the book cover to the left.
Interesting in reading Weaver of Dreams? Here are the hop details:
  • The giveaway will run from 8/15/17 through 8/30/17
  • Winners must live in the United States
  • 3 winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter to win an autographed copy of my story, Weaver of Dreams.
  • Gain entry points through the Rafflecopter entry form below.
Can’t wait to see if you win?  You can get a free digital copy of my story, Under a Blood Red Moon, today. Please visit the “Welcome Reader” tab to be added to my Readers Group Newsletter distribution list. (Don't worry. Your email is 100% confidential and you can unsubscribe at any time.)

Please don't forget to visit the other participating blogs (links below) for chances to win other great prizes.

                                                               Thanks everyone & good luck!
                                                                                        Brenda
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<![CDATA[WACKY WEDNESDAY GIF TO MAKE YOU GIGGLE]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wacky-wednesday-gif-to-make-you-giggle7895704
My expression when someone asks my bestie her age.
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<![CDATA[#WEDNESDAYWISDOM: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IS Knowing What Not to Say!]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wednesdaywisdom-the-secret-to-success-is-knowing-what-not-to-say]]><![CDATA[Wonderful Wacky Wednesday Gif to Make you Giggle]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:30:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wonderful-wacky-wednesday-gif-to-make-you-giggle9409238How I felt after reading that 2 star review.
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<![CDATA[#WEDNESDAYWISDOM: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IS TO Not Just Survive But Thrive!]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wednesdaywisdom-the-secret-to-success-is-to-not-just-survive-but-thrive]]><![CDATA[WACKY WEDNESDAY GIF TO MAKE YOU GIGGLE]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wacky-wednesday-gif-to-make-you-giggle8992814
Me after paying for a family vacation.
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<![CDATA[2017 #AuthorLove Ilona’s Wolf by Lyndi Lamont @LyndiLamont]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/2017-authorlove-ilonas-wolf-by-lyndi-lamont-lyndilamont Picture
  
Ilona's Wolf 
by Lyndi Lamont
Steamy Paranormal Romance
 
Blurb:
 
Imagine a world filled with magic, a tormented knight, a damsel in distress, an evil sorcerer...
 
While picking herbs in the woods, Princess Ilona is rescued from a woodsman by a wolf. When the creature licks her wounds, it is suddenly transformed into a man. A very handsome, very naked man who makes passionate love to her in a glade.
 
Cursed by an evil wizard, Rolf was trapped in wolf form until he tasted the blood of a royal. Now he must escort the princess on a hazardous journey back to the castle to stop an ill-fated wedding.
 
Passion flares between them, but both know there is no future for Ilona and her werewolf. Or is there? In a world where magic and passion combine, anything may be possible.
 
Note: Watch for the sequel Tova’s Dragon, coming later this summer.
 
Buy links:
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00FQWC14U
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ilonas-wolf-lyndi-lamont/1117134820
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ilonas-wolf-fairy-tale-romance/id736374559?mt=11&uo=4
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/369097
 
Excerpt:
 
She sat frozen, her back to the tree. Oh, gods, don't let it see me. She tried to cast an invisibility spell, but to no avail. The wolf looked at her, golden eyes gleaming, mouth open, showing off large, sharp teeth. She closed her eyes and gripped her throat with both hands. Quaking with terror, she listened as the animal padded toward her. She felt its hot breath on her cheek.
 
Opening her eyes a slit, she stared into the face of the wolf. Sad eyes stared at her, and her fears receded. Perhaps he'd been tamed. She reached out with what was left of her powers, but sensed no immediate danger. "Good wolf," she stammered.
 
She held out one shaking fist, and the wolf sniffed it before licking her knuckles. It moved closer, sniffing her clothing. To her surprise, the animal hunkered down beside her and laid its head on her leg. Carefully, she touched it, stroking the soft fur.
 
Relief flooded through her. Saved by a wolf, of all creatures. "Thank the gods you showed up when you did. I'd no wish to be ravished by the likes of him."
 
The wolf lifted its head and seemed to smile up at her, mouth open, tongue lolling.
 
She smiled at the canine as she continued to pet it. "Grateful I am for you rescuing me, but 'tis not exactly what a girl dreams of. Where's my knight on a white steed? 'Tis he who is supposed to do the rescuing."
 
When the wolf lowered his head, sniffing between her legs, she laughed and pushed it away. "Rude creature."
 
The animal responded by sitting up and resting its head on her breast. She put both arms around it and hugged it close, dropping a kiss on its head. "Do not misunderstand, Sir Wolf, but I still wish you were a knight. A strong, handsome knight like my Werner."
 
The familiar sadness filled her at the memory of her husband. "I miss him so much, you know. Dagmar says another knight will come for me, a handsome knight to protect us and make sweet, passionate love to me."
 
The wolf whined and raised his head to lick her cheek. Laughing, she tried to push him away, but he licked her full on the mouth. She closed her eyes, stunned when her powers came rushing back, like a flood of magic coursing around her.
 
Turning aside, she summoned her basket to her side. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw the wolf jump up, staring at the basket. Her vision seemed to blur as the wolf's face slowly became humanlike, then shifted back. She must have hit her head harder than she'd thought if she was seeing things. She closed her eyes and shook her head, but the aching had receded.
 
When she peeked again, the wolf was gone, and a naked man crouched in front of her. A handsome, well-built man with shaggy brown hair and golden brown eyes.
 
Interview with Sir Rolf of Klosterlupe:
 
Thanks for sitting down with me today, Sir Rolf. I just have a few questions for you. What can you tell us about your birthplace?
 
All I know is that I was born somewhere in the Kingdom of Velosia. When I was but a small cub, er, lad, my parents dropped me at Klosterlupe where the monks took me in. Apparently small werewolves are unable to control their shifts. People without magic have no idea how to deal with a situation like that. Still, I would like to learn who my people are some day.
 
What schooling did you have?
 
I was educated at Klosterlupe, home to the Brotherhood of the wolf, a chivalric order, where I was  trained in the knightly arts.
 
What is your job?
 
I am a knight in the King’s Guard.
 
What is your most important goal?
 
Protecting my princess and her family, of course. I owe her a great debt, not to mention she is the love of my life.
 
What is your worst fear or nightmare?
 
Being trapped again in animal form and unable to shift. That was most disconcerting!

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​Author Bio:

 
Lyndi Lamont is the racy alter ego of romance author Linda McLaughlin. Writing sexy stories gives her a license to be naughty, at least between the pages of her books! She has written several full-length novels plus numerous short stories and novellas, ranging from historical to futuristic. She believes that love is unending and universal, and enjoys transporting her readers into a different world where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward.
 
Find her online at:
 
Website: http://lindalyndi.com
Blog: http://lindalyndi.com/reading-room-blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LyndiLamont
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LyndiLamont/
Twitter: @LyndiLamont https://twitter.com/LyndiLamont
 


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<![CDATA[Some #AuthorLove for A Daring Desire By Jeanne St. James @JeanneStJames]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/some-authorlove-for-a-daring-desire-by-jeanne-st-james-jeannestjames Picture

​A Daring Desire

The Dare Ménage Series, book 4
By Jeanne St. James
 
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, Ménage, MMF, Interracial
 
 
Blurb:
 
Take two defense attorneys, add one troubled NFL QB who needs them, and what do you get? Hot, sexy conflict.
 
Gryff Ward made a serious mistake when he hired the hot-as-hell defense attorney Rayne Jordan as an associate in his high-profile legal firm, even though she’s one of the best. Now he’s struggling to keep it professional, especially when she insists on calling him “Boss.”
 
Rayne’s been attracted to the firm's top attorney ever since her interview. And she’s well aware that calling the conservative man “Boss” drives him crazy…in a very good way.
 
Add Trey Holloway, their newest client, a troubled NFL quarterback, into the mix. Tension arises when it’s clear that both Gryff and Trey want Rayne and Gryff is willing to fight for her. However, Trey doesn’t hide the fact that he wants Gryff too.
 
Now Gryff’s having a hard time fighting not only his attraction to Rayne but to another man. Even though he stubbornly refuses to admit his deepest, darkest desires.
Then Rayne takes control. She’s determined to have them both in not only her bed but her life, and she won’t give up until she does.
 
Note: This book in the series can be read as standalone. It includes an HEA ending. It is intended for audiences over 18 years of age since it includes explicit sexual scenes between all three characters.
 
Excerpt:
 
Trey knew this might be a bad idea.
A really bad one.
But, he figured it could be worth the risk. Though, last time he was in a bar thinking he would get lucky, he got arrested and then suspended from the team, instead.
And now he was down five hundred grand.
Five. Hundred. Fucking. Grand.
He figured he had two good reasons to cough up that much scratch. One, his career might come to a screeching halt if he didn’t, and two, he needed to hire the best to represent him, who, with any luck, would get his charges dismissed instead of going through a lengthy legal process. Because if they weren’t, it would delay him getting back on the team. And a loss of possibly getting a Super Bowl ring.
He fucking wanted that ring. He could taste it.
Grae Ward said his brother was the best. However, Trey didn’t fork out those ridiculous funds simply because of Gryff and Rayne’s reputation. Though, once he met both of them he knew he wanted no one else.
He wasn’t just talking representation in a court of law. He was talking about his bed. Though, he couldn’t figure out who he wanted more. The hot male attorney with an ass that wouldn’t quit. Or the hot female attorney with an ass that wouldn’t quit.
So, what the hell, why not both? Right?
Right. Though, Gryff probably wouldn’t cooperate with his little plan, even though the man got turned on when Trey “flirted” with him. That reaction left Trey with no doubt that Gryff wasn’t completely against the idea of being with another man. Whether that stubborn guy wanted to admit it or not.
Yeah, there was no mistaking the hard-on Gryff got when he pinned Trey against the wall.
Now, as he sat at the bar surrounded by stale smoke and after-work drinking habits, he questioned his idea of tricking Gryff here to the bar.
He ran a finger down the sweating glass of his Jack and Coke. The one he had only two sips from.
Because he needed to be sober for this.
He’d be a fool otherwise. Plus, he needed to keep his “nose clean” or he’d watch his five hundred G’s go up in smoke. Poof.
The door opened and some fresh air rushed into the dank bar’s interior, reminding the occupants for a split second that there really was a life outside this drinking hole. He had picked this particular place because he hoped no one would recognize him, and if they did, they’d likely leave him alone.
When he first walked in and moseyed up to the bar, eyes had landed on him. Along with looks of recognition and curiosity, he even scored a few chin lifts from some of what looked like regulars. But, so far, no one had violated his personal space.
Even the bartender had left him alone after serving him.
Trey’s eyes tracked the broad, dark man approaching him.
And the guy didn’t look happy. Not pleased at all.
 
Get it on Amazon for $2.99 for a limited time or FREE on Kindle Unlimited: http://amzn.to/2pTQYpW
 
About the author:
 
JEANNE ST. JAMES is a best-selling erotic romance author who loves an Alpha male (or two). She was only thirteen when she started writing since it gave her an escape from teenage angst! Her first paid published piece was an erotic story in Playgirl magazine. Her first erotic romance novel, Banged Up, was published in 2009. She is happily owned by farting French bulldogs. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages. Want to read a sample of her work? Download a sampler book here: BookHip.com/MTQQKK
 
To keep up with her busy release schedule check her website at www.jeannestjames.com or sign up for her newsletter: http://www.jeannestjames.com/newslettersignup
 
Find Jeanne here:
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JeanneStJamesAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeanneStJames
Amazon Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/JeanneStJames
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JeanneStJames
Review & Book Crew: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JeannesReviewCrew/


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<![CDATA[#WEDNESDAYWISDOM: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IS TO Think Before You Speak!]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/wednesdaywisdom-the-secret-to-success-is-to-think-before-you-speak]]><![CDATA[Happy 4th of July]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 22:30:00 GMThttp://brenda-sparks.com/blog/happy-4th-of-july7425914]]>