Two weeks ago, Argyle Empire and many others within our online community were devastated to learn that Terry Aisenstein (aka @TerryTheNurse), had lost her long battle with cancer.
When word began to spread of Terry’s death, our social media timelines filled with expressions of love for our dear friend. It was clear that many were saddened. It was also clear that many wanted to do something to celebrate Terry’s memory.
With that in mind, we decided to plan a fundraiser in her honor. Like the rest of us, Terry was an avid reader and so Argyle Empire began reaching out to authors within the community, requesting donations to help us launch our #TeamTerry campaign. Simply put, the response was tremendous!
Additionally, some have stated their intentions to contribute to Covenant House, a charity Terry was a strong supporter of.
Having chosen these two organizations to benefit from this effort, we are overwhelmed and excited to announce that we have 9 fantastic giveaway packages to offer to participating donors.
In total, there are more than 40 items on offer from a talented and generous group of your favorite authors. All we ask of you is the following …
Donate a minimum of $10.00 to either Fox Chase Cancer Center or Covenant House in Memory of Terry Aisenstein, (if at all possible, please consider splitting your gift between both charities). Afterwards, email a copy of your receipt to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway:
The giveaway will go live on June 8th and remain open until June 19th. It is open internationally.
While we grieve for the loss of a valuable Argyle Empire contributor and beloved friend, we take comfort in our ability to help others in celebration of her.
Please donate to two very worthy causes and join us as a proud member of #TeamTerry.
With Our Deepest Appreciation,
Cran, Cuppy, Iris and Mango
Command The Tides,
a romantic fantasy novel by Wren Handman
“David, help Ryan cover the trail. I’ll help Sarah take Darren. Taya, take my sword and cover us.”
“The girl? She’s like to cut off her own feet as an enemy!” Liam hissed.
Taya felt her face grow hot. As always when she felt embarrassment closing in, she covered it with anger. She grabbed Jeremy’s sword by the hilt, drawing it out with one smooth motion and swinging it down so the point touched the ground just an inch in front of Liam’s foot. She felt Jeremy take a staggering step backward, startled.
“I will not only cut our enemy, I will cut the feet off of our enemy and leave them to bleed in the dirt. I haven’t let us down yet, and I certainly don’t intend to start now. And if you ever call me ‘the girl’ again, I will show you exactly what I am expert at cutting off,” she snarled, and then she hoisted the sword and spun on her heel, storming away before he could react.
She stood at the edge of their sad, sodden company, the hilt of the sword resting snugly in the palm of her hand, her back straight and her head held high, and the only thing going through her mind was the fact she had absolutely, completely, no idea how to use a sword.
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Book Title: Command The Tides (The Chronicles of Midvalen, Book One)
Author: Wren Handman
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Available in Paperback and Ebook March 17, 2015
Wren Handman is a novelist, fiction writer, and playwright. Her first novel, Last Cut, was published by James Lorimer Publishing Ltd (Sept 2012) and is aimed at teenagers with reading difficulties. She has published short stories both in print and online, including in the anthology Voice From the Planet (Harvard Square Editions) and the online magazine Crow Toes Quarterly, an award-winning Canadian children’s publication. For regular updates check out her short fiction project, Lucid Dreaming (www.wrenhandman.com/lucid-dreaming), which responds to original art pieces with flash fiction stories.
Con artists Jenna York and Ethan Summers always seem to cross paths during their travels around the world. With their partners in tow, the cunning criminals wreak havoc across the globe, stealing from the rich and giving to the richer. While Jenna tries to convince herself that she sees him as nothing more than a professional rival, Ethan finds it a little harder to fight his attraction to the beautiful thief.
When tragedy strikes, Jenna and Ethan join forces, but are the stakes too high? Can they escape this last job with their lives—and their hearts—intact?
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pros-cons-sydney-logan/1121182486?ean=9780692378595
Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned four short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.
A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
As I slip quietly out of the suite and rush toward the elevator, I can’t deny I’m feeling a little better about Vegas.
That is, until the elevator doors open.
Standing there, leaning against the stainless steel wall with a cocky smile on his face, is the one person I really didn’t want to see this weekend.
With a miserable groan, I step inside the elevator and furiously stab the button.
“Are you following me, Summers?”
“I’d follow your dimples anywhere, York.”
Ethan Summers is infuriatingly charming and handsome. Both assets have proven to be beneficial to his career and detrimental to mine.
“Well, these dimples just lifted Bradley Jones’ credit card numbers.”
“Impressive. Although, one might argue that a more superior con artist would be capable of accomplishing such a feat without showing a little skin. Really, Jenna, I’m disappointed.”
He rarely calls me by my first name. Last names have always been our thing.
“Were you watching me?”
“Every heterosexual man in the casino was watching your little performance. Nice legs, by the way.”
“Not good,” I mutter.
“No, but I enjoyed it.”
Ethan grins as the elevator doors open. I don’t protest when he grabs me by the elbow and leads me toward the nearest exit. It’s not brightly lit, but there’s a very nice bouncer that Ethan greets by name who allows us to walk right out the door and into the starry Nevada night. He doesn’t let go of my arm as we hurry toward a black SUV.
“Why are you helping me?”
“You drugged a millionaire and stole his credit card info. I think it’s best we get you out of town.”
That doesn’t really answer my question, but I can’t argue with his logic.
Ethan opens the passenger door and helps me inside.
I glare at him, and he shoots me a sexy smile before slamming my door.
It’s really too bad that I hate his guts.
Ethan Summers and I have crossed paths many times throughout the past couple years. It’s unavoidable, considering we’re two of the finest criminal minds in the world.
That’s what the news says, anyway.
“Let me guess,” Ethan says as he pulls the SUV out onto the highway. “You used Rohypnol on Jones?”
I roll my eyes. “I’m a thief, not a sexual predator.”
“Well, you obviously slipped something into his drink.”
Ethan hums his disapproval. I can’t argue with him. Slipping Bradley a sedative is so amateur.
“I was desperate. The entire weekend has been a complete waste of time. When did the Viper install dome cams?”
“A few weeks ago. The casino’s hosting the U.S. Poker Championship next month. Ceiling cams are a requirement.”
“So, if you knew about the cameras, what were you doing at the casino?”
“Let’s just say a little birdie told me you were hitting the Viper tonight. I had a feeling you might need my assistance.”
“So you’ve been talking to Abby.”
He remains silent and keeps his eyes trained on the freeway, giving me the chance to study his profile. Ethan has a mop of unruly dark hair and deep blue eyes that make most girls go weak in the knees.
Not this girl. Nope.
“Like what you see?”
My face heats. I hate when he catches me ogling him.
“You’re an ass.”
He laughs. “Someday, Jenna, you’re going to stop fighting this attraction between us. I’m really looking forward to that.”
Love Starts with Z
Anger coursed his veins, red and blinding until all he could think about was wrapping his fingers around Colten’s throat. Closing his eyes, he counted to ten, and then ground out, “If you call her a zombie again, your nose will match Mark’s.”
“Geez, man. You’re so touchy now.”
“He’s got it bad,” Ben said.
Bad? Nah. He’d liked girls before. It had been a few years since he’d had any kind of steady relationship with one, but bad? So he thought about her more than was maybe healthy. And he worried about her wellbeing. And when people insulted her, he wanted to kill them slowly. Okay, so maybe he did have it worse than he ever had before, but it was Soren. She was different. Not just the way she looked, which enamored him more every time he saw her, but she was kind. Not polite-kind to trick people into liking her, but she was someone who honestly cared about the feelings of others. And she did what she thought was right no matter what anyone else thought of her. She was respectable, beautiful—this gorgeous warrior who had consumed him, mind and body, without any effort at all. And when she fought? She was an artist.
“Hello,” Colten said, waving his hand in Kaegan’s face.
Irritated, he swatted it away and ducked a low hanging branch.
Twenty-four years into the Dead outbreak that ended the world, Soren Mitchell sticks out like a sore thumb in the remains of the human race. She’s an anomaly: a hybrid of human and Dead, created by her mother’s genetic immunity. Like her parents, she’s fierce and strong. But despite their hopes for her happiness and safety, and even though she is no real threat to the colony, she has let the humans muzzle her and confine her within the walls of Dead Run River in search of a cure.
When Kaegan Langford stumbles into the colony with an injured friend draped across his shoulders, her world is turned upside down. Intrigued and affected by her, he asks her to come to Empalme, Mexico with him to fight in the war between Deads and humans. It’ll be a long, treacherous journey to the coast, but she’s had all she can take in the colony.
Battles with Deads, betrayal, injury, kidnappings, and a criminal-run train ride stand between them and the war. But in the end, it’s not just the war with the Deads that could be the death of them.
Tera Shanley’s final book in the Dead Rapture series will thrill your heart…and your braaaains.
Author Website: http://terashanley.blogspot.com/
Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic
Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love.
A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found
decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two
young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new
story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging,
zombie slaying, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her
work, visit http://www.terashanley.com.
Today, we’re both excited to share an excerpt from “Something Wicked” by fellow Omnific Publishing author, Carol Oates. In appreciation and celebration of her new release, Carol is also offering a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card! Best of luck and enjoy this awesome peek of “Something Wicked”…
by Carol Oates
Happy New Year, Everyone!
We hope your holiday season was a warm and wonderful one. Things were a bit up and down for us, but we did manage to get the Christmas tree up and enjoy some quality family time.
We’re looking forward to several upcoming events as we continue to write our new stories and wanted to share the latest news with you…
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be represented at the 2015 Los Angeles Festival of Books, which will take place at USC on April 18-19. While we won’t be there in person, Exposure SWAG will be made available to attendees there. If you happen to be in the area and plan to attend, be sure to stop by the BOOK fri-ENDS booth to receive yours!
On January 10th, we’ll be stopping by the Book Boyfriend Junkies facebook page for an Author Takeover from 1-2 PM. Our good friends at BBFJ are celebrating 3,000 Likes on their page and we’re honored to be included in the celebration. There will be shenanigans and giveaways of all kinds, so be sure to stop by and join in on the fun!
Speaking of 3,000, we’re excited to celebrate a similar milestone of our own. We’re very close to reaching 3,000 followers on our twitter account (@MJLocklear)! We’re celebrating the big moment with a giveaway, and so one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure. At last check, we were only 12 follows away from drawing a name, so be sure to enter yours into the running now before the giveaway ends. You can do so here.
We’ll continue to make online appearances to promote Exposure and will be sure to keep you up to date via this site as new developments occur.
Stay Tuned and Take Care,
Morgan & Jennifer
We’re approaching 3,000 followers on twitter and we want to celebrate this awesome milestone!
We’ve opened up a Rafflecopter giveaway and one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure when we hit the mark.
This offer is open internationally, so give us a follow, share this post and enter our giveaway.
Best of luck to you and thanks for your awesome support this year!
Morgan and Jennifer
PS We are now on tsu. If you are there too, come over and friend us!
Welcome to December, Everyone!
This time last year, Morgan and I were in the midst of editing our first novel, Exposure, and wondering what 2014 would hold in store for us.
Since the novel’s release in June, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind and we’ve been so happy with how the book has been received. Being accepted into the Omnific Publishing family has been such a joy for us, and having our very first novel distributed by Simon & Schuster has exceeded our expectations.
Yesterday morning, The Book Bellas, posted their 4.5 star review of Exposure. You can also visit their blog to enter a giveaway for the ebook.
This Wednesday (December 3), we’ll be taking over the Book Boyfriend Junkies facebook page at 8:00 PM Eastern /5:00 PM Pacific. We hope you can take a few minutes to join us for some fun. We’ve been looking forward to this event for a while now and who knows what will happen? Be sure to give their page a Like.
On Friday, December 5 at 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific, Jennifer will be stopping by the Naughty Under the Mistletoe holiday party, hosted by Lit4Ladies.com. With a name like that, you know things may get a little crazy.
Last but certainly never least, you can also join us for more holiday party fun on Saturday, December 13. We’ve been invited by the ladies at Hopelessly Devoted 2 Books to join their Hopeless Devoted does Christmas facebook event. Meet us there at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific for an hour of Hollywood holiday fun!
We’re looking forward to bigger and better things in the year to come. We’re both back to writing. Morgan is working on a paranormal romance set within the New York City subway tunnels, while I’m writing a contemporary May to December romance set within our home state of Oregon.
We’re working hard to make sure these stories can be made available soon and hope you’ll continue on with us in the months to come.
Jennifer & Morgan
Author Sydney Logan has just released her latest novel, Soldier On, and is hosting a celebration party on Facebook. I’ve enjoyed reading Sydney’s stories, including Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and The Little Drummer Boy (which I reviewed on this blog a few months ago).
And the really good news is this…
I’ve had the pleasure of reading an ARC for Soldier On, and I’m looking forward to posting my review next week during Sydney’s blog tour. In the meantime, I’ll be stopping by the Facebook release party from 4:00-4:15 PM Eastern time this afternoon. I’ll be talking a bit about Exposure, sharing a pic teaser, and offering up an e-book of Exposure as a giveaway prize!
I’d love to see you there so feel free to drop by: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481151402122460/
Looking forward to celebrating this new release!
Author Daisy Prescott has just released her latest novel, Missionary Position, and is hosting a celebration party on Facebook. I’m a big fan of Daisy’s first two books:
And I’m very excited to see what she has in store for us with Missionary Position. I’ll be stopping by the release party from 9:45-10:00 Eastern time this evening, and I’ll be talking a bit about Exposure while I’m there. I’m searching for a steamy excerpt to share and there might even be an opportunity for an Exposure giveaway. I’d love to see you there so feel free to drop by: https://www.facebook.com/events/405594112911738/?ref=23
Looking forward to a good time with great friends!