Monday, May 30, 2016

After Happily Ever After and Giveaway with Heidi Cullinan


Short Stay
(Love Lessons #3.5)
by Heidi Cullinan 

Blurb:

Hot messes have a hard time with happily ever after.

Baz Acker and Elijah Prince have it all. They’re engaged, and their wedding is guaranteed to be a spectacle no event will ever top. So why are they hunkered down in a quiet corner of the Acker mansion, restless and edgy while they wait out the holidays?

When Baz suggests a road trip with Walter and Kelly to Las Vegas, it sounds like an ideal escape, but it turns out Vegas only amplifies their unease. Elijah can’t slough off the self-hating his parents programmed into him, and he worries how that will affect his marriage. Baz, crippled en route because of too much time spent in the car without rest, must face the truth that his wealth and influence can’t always counteract the limits his disability will put on his—and Elijah’s—life.

With help from their friends, a wily poker player, a take-no-prisoners drag queen, and a smooth-talking casino owner, they face the truth that happiness is a state of mind, not a destination where they book a stay. What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas—it will follow them all the way down the aisle.


This novella was written for and by the request of Heidi’s Patreon readers. It is suggested but not required that you read at least Lonely Hearts before reading this book. 



Available for purchase at 

               

Audio Book Coming Soon!! 


After Happily Ever After

Readers always say they want stories after the happy ever after, but those can be tricky to write, since the main tension of getting together has already been exhausted. Essential to these stories, then, is creating new conflicts while preserving (but also exploring) the HEA they’ve already achieved.

After-HEA projects are fun because they’re unabashedly for the readers. It’s fun to stuff them with treats you know readers will love, to unstrap and wallow in things that perhaps critics would call too silly or sappy but loyal readers embrace with both hands. Except I’ve found in doing these projects I let go so much I can actually produce cleaner, bolder work, because I’m not worried about rules or how things are “supposed to be.”

It wasn’t in my plan, but I have three of these after-HEA stories this year, Short Stay and two more in the WIP queue. I hope readers love diving back into these worlds as much as I do before we go full steam ahead into new characters and new universes.


Excerpt

Elijah grinned wickedly and held up his phone. “Giles and Aaron are absolutely green that they didn’t get to come. They said they would have totally been our drivers.”
“They aren’t twenty-one.” Baz wiped his mouth with his napkin. “They wouldn’t be able to go to most bars, and they wouldn’t be allowed on the casino floor.”
Kelly wrinkled his nose. “I don’t know if I want to gamble.”
Walter nudged him. “You can do a few penny slots. Or be my arm candy while I play poker.”
Elijah flicked gently at the bridge of Baz’s glasses. “You should play poker. They’d just think your glasses were part of your schtick.”
Baz stifled a wince at how that small gesture made his eyes throb. “Craps is more my game.”
They talked nonstop for the last leg of their trip, imagining the adventures they were about to have, looking up possible excursions on their phones. Even Elijah began to get excited. “I had no idea there was so much to do. Now I wish we had more than a few days to stay.”
“I wish I didn’t have to get back to work.” Walter was driving, or rather he was behind the wheel while the Tesla situated itself precisely in the lane. “But alas, I do. Kelly and I both have to be in Minneapolis by the fourth.”
They came over the crest of a hill, and suddenly there it was: Las Vegas. The city sprawled across the desert, a throbbing oasis in a sea of sand. Great grids of brown dotted with tiny shapes of houses until the Strip erupted, framed by the mountains in the distance. It would have been more impressive at night with all the lights, but two in the afternoon wasn’t anything to sneeze at either.
Baz had programmed the hotel into the navigation, but Kelly rerouted them in a detour of the Strip with a stop at the famous sign. They couldn’t find a place to park, but plenty of other people were slowing down to get a glimpse. Kelly managed to snap a picture through the moonroof.
“Okay, let’s see this hotel,” Walter declared, and they were on to their final destination.
Baz had a little misgiving about his choice as they took in the grandeur of the casinos on the Strip. He wanted to impress Elijah without overwhelming him, a fine line Baz was still learning how to negotiate. The smaller casino had seemed so much more them, though he’d admit mostly he’d seen “ten rainbow flags” and “resident drag queen” and leapt. Plus their suite had a view of the Strip. It also had a hot tub, the photo of which had Baz already thinking about how he’d get busy in it. But the Strip casinos were varying degrees of awesome too. Super-kitschy, elegant, modern—everything was there. As they drove by Bellagio, Baz kicked himself, thinking he should have booked there. He almost had, but they hadn’t had a suite available, and the pictures of the lobby made Baz imagine Elijah bitching about being out of place.
He wanted this trip to be perfect. He wanted it to make Elijah relax and show him that no matter what, Baz would always make everything okay.
As they pulled up to Herod’s Poker Room and Casino, Baz began to feel a lot better about his choice for their accommodations. It was elegant in a more traditional, understated way. It reminded Baz a little bit from the outside of his mother’s favorite old hotel in St. Paul, both the architecture and the quiet dignity of the bell staff. It was nice without being imposing. Small enough, too, that Baz could flash some money and probably get some VIP treatment.
He felt pretty good about his choice before they got out of the car, but what sealed the deal was what he saw as he exited the Tesla and handed the keys to the valet. Along the side of the building, just under the overhang, hung the Nevada flag, the US flag, and four bright, proud rainbow flags. When Elijah spied them, he visibly relaxed.
Baz did too. This was going to fix everything. Elijah’s nerves, his quietness, his lack of faith that Baz could take care of him.
He was sure of it.


Quick Review:

I LOVE this series! SHORT STAY did not disappoint! I was very happy when I found out that Heidi was writing this HEA story! Its great to see Baz and Elijah and catch up with them. Same goes with Walter and Kelly. 

You can find the full review here.



About the Author


Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state's LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage. 

You can find Heidi here: 

                          


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Review: Short Stay by Heidi Cullinan

Short Stay
(Love Lessons #3.5)
by Heidi Cullinan 

Blurb:

Hot messes have a hard time with happily ever after.

Baz Acker and Elijah Prince have it all. They’re engaged, and their wedding is guaranteed to be a spectacle no event will ever top. So why are they hunkered down in a quiet corner of the Acker mansion, restless and edgy while they wait out the holidays?

When Baz suggests a road trip with Walter and Kelly to Las Vegas, it sounds like an ideal escape, but it turns out Vegas only amplifies their unease. Elijah can’t slough off the self-hating his parents programmed into him, and he worries how that will affect his marriage. Baz, crippled en route because of too much time spent in the car without rest, must face the truth that his wealth and influence can’t always counteract the limits his disability will put on his—and Elijah’s—life.

With help from their friends, a wily poker player, a take-no-prisoners drag queen, and a smooth-talking casino owner, they face the truth that happiness is a state of mind, not a destination where they book a stay. What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas—it will follow them all the way down the aisle.


This novella was written for and by the request of Heidi’s Patreon readers. It is suggested but not required that you read at least Lonely Hearts before reading this book. 



Available for purchase at 

               


Viviana's Review
I LOVE this series! SHORT STAY did not disappoint! I was very happy when I found out that Heidi was writing this HEA story! Its great to see Baz and Elijah and catch up with them. Same goes with Walter and Kelly. 

Definitely not a standalone as this is a continuation of "Lonely Hearts (Love Lessons, #3)".  In fact there were several characters from Heidi's other series and she does a wonderful job of mixing the worlds together. She also does a phenomenal job of making the reader want to know more about the characters that they end up wanting to read the books. 

There are lots of emotions from both Baz and Elijah as they try to figure out how they will fit into each other lives in this next stage of their happily ever after. They know that they love each other and that they can be there for each other but neither wants the other to stop living or doing things they want to do because of the other. Figuring this out is essential for them to be able to move forward.

The story is great and the characters are wonderful. Overall, love the story and yes, I'm going to have to read up on the other books because I'm curious about them all! Cannot wait for the audio book! Iggy Toma ROCKS!!!


Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It



Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Heidi Cullinan in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Time Goodies from Sourcebooks Casablanca




Book Boyfriend Koozie Pre-Order Offer!

Sourcebooks Casablanca is having a fun summer promotion for their upcoming July titles!!
If you pre-order any of the following July releases, you will receive a book boyfriend koozie! 
Check out the graphic below to see the available books for this offer! 

Oh... I read DEVIL AND THE DEEP by Julie Ann Walker LOVED IT!! Great mix of suspense, romance and LOL moments!! Highly Recommended!! 

Link to form:




Disclaimer: 
Viviana, Enchantress of Books is not responsible for this offer/giveaway. We are only SHARING the information with our fabulous readers. Please make sure to read Official Rules on the form!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #85





A little bit of this.... A little bit of that for this week's Gift Ideas for the Book Lover Series!!



Book Text knit skirt - TONS of BOOKS & COLORS - made to order
$55.00+ (plus S&H)

IF YOU WANT A CUSTOM BOOK: If it's an old book in the public domain, then I can definitely do it and you don't need to contact me. If it's a newer book, I will need to check to make sure it's possible so please contact me first. If you get a custom book, you can also choose the section if you'd like. 

**Please let me know the color you want in the "notes to seller" section on the order page (Purple, Pink, Green, Blue, Black). I also do custom colors, so if you're interested in a different color (background and/or text) than what's above, just message me. IF YOU DO NOT INCLUDE A COLOR ON THE ORDER PAGE, I WILL ASSUME YOU WANT A BLACK SKIRT AS SEEN IN THE FIRST PICTURE.

MY STANDARD TURNAROUND TIME IS 3-4 WEEKS. If you need something sooner, I can do that. However, it will require rushing the fabric for an additional fee (usually $20-30). 

The skirt is made of cotton knit. The fabric is incredibly soft. 





My Weekend Is All Booked Mug, Bookworm Mug, Book Lover, Funny Coffee Mug, Bookworm Gift, Book Lover Gift, Reading Mug, Books and Coffee Mug
$19.50 (plus S&H)

My Weekend Is All Booked . . . what bookworm wouldn't want this for their morning cup of coffee?! Perfect for you or your favorite book lover!


A SIDE NOTE:

Hand washing is recommended for all pieces, they should not be scrubbed, soaked or placed in the dishwasher. We cannot be held responsible for any damaged caused to your item by not following these instructions.








x4 Miniature Jane Austen Novels (double sided printed pages, with illustrations)
$29.49 (plus S&H)

These classic Jane Austen books in 1:12 scale feature text from the original novels.
Based on C.E Brocks illustrated version, each book contains 9 colour illustrations.

Each book has 23 double sided printed pages, illustrated introduction page and translucent flysheet.
The outside covers are printed on a linen finish paper stock, and both the inside front and back covers are lined with regency style printed paper.

Pages: 23 double sided (each book)
Size (approx): H21mm, W16mm, D3mm
Cover style: printed - covered and lined
Spine style: printed





Old Sport T Shirt - Retro Graphic Tees for Men, Women & Children
$13.99+ (plus S&H)


***NOW AVAILABLE IN BOTH A MEN'S / UNISEX (S-5XL),
WOMEN'S CUT & CHILDREN’S T-SHIRT***

All StrangeLove Apparel T Shirts are made from a 100% Pre-shrunk Cotton Branded T Shirt in a classic Men’s/Unisex, standard women's cut and children’s t shirt.

StrangeLove only sell High Quality, Rare or One Of A Kind apparel!!






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Friday, May 20, 2016

Cover Reveal Blitz: Risk by Dannika Dark


Risk
(A Mageri World Novel)
By Dannika Dark

Blurb:
Simon Hunt is a masterful Mage when it comes to knives, solving puzzles, and women. But when a Mageri Councilman asks for a personal favor, his skills are put to the test. He reluctantly accepts the impossible job of training a young Learner who is beyond anyone’s help. She’s beautiful, cunning, and disabled. If he succeeds, he’ll receive a hefty paycheck. But if he fails, more is at stake than merely his reputation.

A compelling tale about two lost souls with dark secrets and the unique connection they share. Simon is her last hope… and perhaps she is his.

What happens when a game of chance becomes a fight for survival?



Release Date
August 16, 2016


Pre-order Available at 



Hi! Eyes down here!!!! Yup... Focus!!! Okay... OMG! What do you guys thing?
I'm in LOVE! He... I mean the cover is officially my "Lock" wallpaper on my phone! 

About the Author



Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. 

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

"For me, writing is all about blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability, but it's what I love to do."

Danni


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #84





Lookie what goodies we got to share with you this week for Gift Ideas for the Book Lovers!



Book Lovers Cotton Tote Bag
$15.00 (plus S&H)

That's not what happened in the book. A saying us book lovers have muttered more than once! This bag will make a wonderful gift, used for a beach bag, or reusable grocery bag, or of course....to tote around your books!

Bag is made of 100%cotton, and screen printed with purple water based ink. Material is thick and durable.

Measures 13" x 13"

Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.





Find Ourselves, Personalized Journal, Journal, Handmade, Personalized Notebook, Book lover, Books
$7.00+ (S&H)

We Lose Ourselves in Books, We Find Ourselves There, Too - BLANK JOURNAL 

Great stocking stuffer! Perfect for any book lover! Teachers, librarians, students, anyone who loves to read and write.

This sturdy journal is the perfect size for on the go. On the train, plane, or bus! For organizing, planning, dreaming, sketching, garden planning. For coffee breaks, holiday travel, airport waiting rooms, for someone in the hospital, as a scrap book, a diary, for 'to do' lists. Perfect for anyone, anytime. 

The book is 5.5" x 8.5", black or clear plastic coil bound. The front is "extra heavy, 100 % recycled, 100 lb cover" Kraft card stock and back cover is made of sturdy chipboard. The book will open to lie flat.






28 Dollhouse Miniature Book Cover Set 3 – Collection of 28 Antique OLD NOVELS Book Cover -1:12 Scale Printable Dollhouse Book Cover DOWNLOAD
$6.00

Dollhouse Miniature Book Cover Set #3 – Perfect to be used as miniature old novels’ book covers, this 12th scale doll house miniature book cover set contains 28 different miniature book covers in antique style. Some of them have novel titles imprinted on them. They match well with any dollhouse classroom or miniature library! 

This listing is an INSTANT DOWNLOAD digital file in (pdf and JPG format). It is NOT FINISHED BOOK. It is not a physical item and is not refundable.






Miniature Classic Novels Book Necklace Charm Pride and Prejudice Version 2
$10.50 (plus S&H)

These are cute little mini book charms of your favorite classic novels. These books are made to stay closed, the will not open. You can pick from silver or gold wire bail.

If you don't see your favorite novel just ask and I will make it for you.

*****THESE ARE MADE TO ORDER PLEASE ALLOW 1-3 DAYS TO MAKE AND SHIP*****




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