Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Day to Sign-Up – Short Story Challenge

Are you a procrastinator? Been thinking about signing up for the Short in Six Short Story Challenge, but haven’t yet? Well, you have one LAST day … and this isn’t an April Fools’ Joke.

Seriously, we’re starting April 2 because superstitious me didn’t want to kick off on April 1. There still is room, and there still is time.

Join published authors Louisa Bacio and Nikki Prince in the Short in Six, Short Story Challenge. That’s a short story in six months, under guidance, with a support group, check-in dates, critique groups and prizes!

At the beginning of the workshop, each contributor will focus on a story, genre and potential publisher in a database. On a monthly basis, we’ll check in with word count, and submission progress. (Ideally, if the participant has a blog, we also can feature a blog-hop of the progress.)

Need more? Over the last four years, Nikki and I collectively have sold and published more than 40 short stories and novellas. (That’s not counting the full-length books.)

Note: Only serious sign-ups, please. We’d like a high completion and success rate. That means, we’d rather you not lurk.

Here are the details:

Down & Dirty

When: April 2 through September 30, 2014
Where: Yahoo and FB Groups
Cost: $10 to go toward prizes & completion giveaways*
Grand prize: $50
How many: Minimum 10
            Maximum: 25
Length: 5K to 20K

So what do you say? Wanna play with us...? 
For more information, visit, or email us at:  ShortinSix @ (spaces removed)

Twitter: @shortinsix

Whatever it takes, keep on writing!

Louisa Bacio

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

At Any Turn, Brenna Aubrey Cover Reveal

At Any Turn by Brenna Aubrey 
(Gaming the System #2) 
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

So You Want to Be a Hero? 

Millionaire CEO Adam Drake overcame a tortured past to take control of his life and build his own gaming empire. The final piece falls into place with his newfound love for brilliant geek girl blogger, Mia Strong. Now Adam is at the top of his game.

Your Princess Is in Another Castle.

Until Mia suddenly breaks things off, leaving Adam in the dark. He senses she needs his help but that she's too stubborn or scared to ask. The more he tries to take control, the further she shies away. This is one problem he can’t solve by writing a check or a few clever lines of code.

He will have to dig deep and put himself at risk…or else risk losing her forever.

This New Adult contemporary romance is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.



Brenna Aubrey
Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, released December 2013.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting. 

She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.

Brenna’s short story “The Love Letter” was the Grand Prize winner of the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest. As such, it was included in the anthology of the same name (Ballantine, 2011)

Author links: 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ready for a Spring Fling?

Hmmm … nothing more delicious than a rejuvenation of life! Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop, which was perfect timing since today’s also the release of my new erotic paranormal romance, Her Wolf Ménage.

There’s a reason why the Spring Equinox was chosen as release day. The “Spring Awakening” plays a role in the novel. If you have time, join my FB party on Thursday, March 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. PST for additional fun.

To celebrate, here are the top 5 things I love about Spring:

5). The daffodils – With our warmer temperatures, they’ve already started to bloom.

4). The weather – People think of SoCal as being hot all year round. For us, it definitely gets cold in the winter. Often, we refer to the June Gloom with its overcast murky skies. But spring is perfect.

3). Monarch butterflies – They are pure magic, and a sign that fairies exist. We plant milkweed, which attracts the Monarch caterpillars, so spring equals flying beauty.

2). Spring break – Do you remember that feeling? Having a full week off from school, when you don’t have to think about anything? Oh, it’s bliss. It’s not too bad as a professor, either. (And students think we live to be on campus 24/7. BTW, I like working with students. I’m not one of those jaded professors. But home time is good, too).

1). Making out in the park or on the beach or under the boardwalk – How come as adults, we don’t seem to make out in the public quite as much anymore? Oh, maybe because we have homes (privacy).

Tell me: What’s you favorite thing about Spring? You’ll be entered into my drawing for this lovely goody prize (U.S. shipping only. If it’s an international winner, I’ll give away a $15 Amazon gift card and eat the cookies myself!) Remember to leave a valid email address. (Winner will be chosen on the 24th).

To enter the Grand Prize Giveaway, fill out the Rafflecopter box and press enter! (One entry per person!) Jane Wakely will choose the winners on Monday, March 24 using! Once the winners are chosen, she will email you the results, post them on the blog and email the winners!


*Special THANKS goes out to Blushing Books and authors Sue Lyndon, Patty Devlin and Cara Bristol for their contributions to the Grand Prizes!!

Here’s the Grand Prize list:
1 Kindle Fire (Donated by Blushing Books)
1 $75 Amazon (or B&N) Gift Card
1 $25 Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Sue)
1 $25 Blushing Books Gift Card (Donated by Patty)
1 $25 Loose Id Gift Card (Donated by Cara)

 Remember to visit the other authors on the hop: Hops with Heart.

Here's a look at The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: Her Wolf Ménage
She seeks adventure

What’s the use of living in a wolf pack when one isn’t a shifter? Jana strikes out from Louisiana’s national forest to New Orleans to find herself, only to discover more questions.

They want the same woman

The moment Jana steps into the French Quarter, Andre pursues the naïve beauty. An artist, he senses the hidden wolf beneath the surface, and her nature calls to him. It’s not until she leaves that long-time friend Dominick realizes what he wants. The two alpha weres must battle it out or learn to share to reach their happy ending.

Available via Amazon, Ravenous, ARe & B&N.

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