Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ghosts, Goblins, and Wordcount, Oh My!

Falls colors are starting to fade and witches and jack-o-lanterns are everywhere, and even some of those dreaded Christmas decorations are up already (I'll save that for another post...). What does that mean? Besides Halloween? Well, NaNoWriMo of course!

National Novel Writing Month - that crazy time of year where anyone who ever dreamed of writing the great american novel can challenge themselves to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Sound intriguing? There's still time to sign up and join the craziness!

NaNoWriMo Website

If you decide to jump in, you can look me up - I'm lremenicky.

This will be my third year participating in NaNoWrimo - in 2012 I was successful and Saving Cassie was born. My second year (2013) I didn't make my 50,000 goal but I did get over 30,000 words of a great story on paper that I plan on finishing soon - tentatively titled Love On The Double.

This year, I'm going to try a Sci-Fi/Fantasy romance that I've been thinking about for a while. You can keep track of my progress over on the right side of my blog - good or bad my daily word count will be showing up there.

Look for regular updates and maybe some excerpts from Beneath The Lake. Will Ammica get her happily every after? Stay tuned to find out!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

I'll see you on the other side!

Until next time,

L.A. Remenicky

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ragan's Song Is Live!

It's official - my third book is now available!

Ragan's Song ~ Fairfield Corners Book 2

It only took one look into his eyes for her to know she was in trouble.

Adam Bricklin has heard the melody in his head for years, the melody that told him if a decision was right or wrong. When he met Ragan Newlin the song told him she was the one. He was devastated when circumstances tore them apart. It has taken three years for Adam to finally move past the heartbreak he suffered when Ragan left town in the middle of the night. No note, no email, no text. She was just gone. Now he has a new girlfriend, a new album in the works, and his daughter is doing well in school. Until the day Ragan returned to Fairfield Corners.

Ragan came home to celebrate her parent’s anniversary hoping they would forgive her for not telling them about her marriage or her son. When she discovered that Adam was still living in Fairfield Corners she hoped her secrets were safe; secrets that drove her away three years ago, secrets that could change their lives forever.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Withering Hope Cover Reveal

Title: Withering Hope
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: January 19 2015
Series: No, it is a standalone

Blurb for Withering Hope:
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé, and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect. 

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. 

With no way to reach civilization, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts. 
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest. 

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Samantha Holt Double Cover Reveal

Tempting His Mistress
Coming November 10th

What could possibly induce at woman to follow in the footsteps of her mother and further sully her reputation by becoming a mistress?

Lilly Claremont is well used to being at the centre of gossip.  Being the illegitimate child of a rich businessman never failed to titillate the gossips and while she cared little about the wagging tongues she never intended to reinforce their opinions of her by ruining herself completely.

But it seems Lord Hawksley is determined to make the fascinating Lilly his mistress…

Evan has no doubt her bold tongue and beautiful body could keep him entertained for some time. Captivated by her, he must find a way to burn through his desire for her. He cannot marry a woman of such social standing so why not make her his mistress?

After the murder of her father, Lilly is searching for answers and they lead her directly to Lord Hawksley. But will they also lead her to his bed...?

Once Upon a Rake
Coming November 24th

In Victorian England, little Ellie Browning swiftly discovered happy endings did not exist, and rakes were simply rakes. When the man she had adored for years kissed her and left her heartbroken, she resolved to put any dreams of fairy tales aside.
Seven years later, the widowed Eleanor, Countess of Hawthorne, has returned to England after years of travelling with a few ideas in mind. Firstly, she will continue to be the refined, elegant woman she has learned to be—or at least she shall try her best—and secondly, she will make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than her.  A fine opportunity presents itself when she discovers she is now a part owner of a cotton mill.
But the owner of the mill and the very same rake who had hurt her, has no desire to let a woman interfere with his business, let alone little Ellie Browning. After one of Lucian’s mills succumbed to fire, he’s fighting to save the other and continue his father’s legacy of fine business decisions and accruing wealth.
However, after a series of accidents, it becomes clear someone wishes the mill to close. But who, and why? Forced together to investigate the incidents, they must get past their shared history if they want to save the business.
If only the growing attraction between them did not prove such a distraction. With things heating up between them, it becomes clear that they are both at risk of getting burned...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cover Reveal - In Tune: A Love's Duet Anthology

Let your heartstrings be plucked, as you’re serenaded to the melodies of romance. Fall in tune with loves duet, and the seven sensational authors who bring you an anthology that sings notes of swoon worthy sounds and decadent men , in:

S.K. Logsdon – Stricken Desire

Amber Nation – How to Save a Life

Casey Peeler – Our Song

Kate Roth – The Low Notes

Nacole Stayton – In The Lyrics

Savannah Stewart – Arianna

Erika Van Eck – Ace’s Wild

Anthology release date: November 1, 2014. All proceeds will be donated to the Fender Music Foundation to help put music back in the classrooms.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Back To The Grind

The updated/professionally edited Saving Cassie has been released. I have contacted Amazon about making the new version available to everyone who had purchased the original version. It could be up to four weeks before they decide.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

I received the first round of edits on Ragan's Song back from the editor this week, she told me this is the best one yet. Reviewing all the red words and comments has started and I hope to have it done early next week.

 With every round of edits I learn something new. This round it's all about word choice and that I need to show, not tell. So many things to remember.

November will be here before we know it. Anyone coming out to the Author Fair in Fort Wayne on November 8 or Indie Unmasked in Indianapolis on November 15? All my swag is ready but I'm waiting on my order of Saving Cassie paperbacks. As soon as Ragan's Song is fully edited I can get it formatted and get paperbacks ordered. I'm excited to see the covers on actual paperbacks.

These signing events will be my first and I'm excited to be able to get out there and meet readers and talk about my books. I'm also a bit nervous, definitely way out of my comfort zone! I hope to see you there, make sure you stop by and say "Hi".

Well, it's time to get back to the grind.

Happy Reading!

L.A. Remenicky

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Saving Cassie Re-Release Blitz & Giveaway!

Woohoo! It's finally here! Blitz day for the re-release of Saving Cassie! One year ago today I first clicked on that publish button and it's been a wild ride ever since.

So, let's get down to business: Here is the new and improved Saving Cassie!

Everyone has secrets.  Sometimes secrets can get you killed.

After ten years in the big city, Cassie Holt is moving back to her hometown to take over the bookstore left to her by her beloved Gram, vowing to live her life alone.  To her best friend, Sheriff James Marsten, Cassie seems to be the same girl that left Fairfield Corners to go to college but Cassie has secrets and one of those secrets could get her killed.  When one of her secrets becomes a threat to her life, James turns to his new deputy to help him keep Cassie safe. 

Deputy Logan Miller has been burned by love and is not looking to get involved with anyone anytime soon.  When he is thrown into close quarters with Cassie, the sparks begin to fly and he begins to see through the walls Cassie has built around her heart.  As the threat gets closer, can Logan protect Cassie and protect his heart?

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L.A. Remenicky is a forty-something wife and mother of three fur kids.  She has been an avid reader as long as she can remember, often disappearing with a book when it was time to do dishes or clear the table.
She reads all genres, but her favorites are romance and horror.  She started out reading Nancy Drew and quickly graduated to adult romances.  Her favorite romance is "Moonraker's Bride" by Madeline Brent.

She started writing recently after thinking about it for years, signing up for NANOWRIMO in 2012 and winning.


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Spotlight & Giveaway - Wystan by Allison Merritt

About the Book:
Title: Wystan (The Heckmasters)
Length: 228 pages
Pubisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: October 21, 2014

Her search for safety lands her in a totally new kind of danger.

The Heckmasters, Book 1

Certain that an ad for a job in a small New Mexico Territory town is the answer to her prayers, Nebraska schoolteacher Rhia Duke packs her sister into a rickety wagon and heads west.

Except when they reach the near-deserted town, she learns the truth. There is no job, no future, and no welcome in the bleak blue eyes of the handsome sheriff.

The minute Rhia’s runaway team thunders into town, Wystan Heckmaster feels the change in the air. One of three sons of a demon who dared love a human, he keeps watch over a Pit guarded by seven seals, and slays any Hellbound demon that attempts to free the master imprisoned within.

With a gut full of regret and a forgotten town filled with reformed demons, Wystan is certain of one thing: he can’t be the man Rhia needs. But when the truth behind Rhia’s flight from Nebraska comes to light, Wystan must open his soul—and pray there’s enough love between them to overcome the darkness rising from the Pit.

Warning: Contains a take-no-prisoners sheriff, a woman who can’t outrun her supernatural secrets, and a dusty town where hope is as thin as dust in the wind. Author recommends keeping a glass of cool spring water at your elbow while reading.

            Something changed in the air the moment the wagon crossed the town’s border. Too
early to be a supply train, and there was no way in hell it was visitors. Berner didn’t host
town fairs, theatre troupes, peddlers, or bible thumpers.
            Wystan Heckmaster slapped his battered Stetson on his head, collected the keys to the
jail, then stepped out the door. The first thing he saw was a pretty woman with hair the color
of maple sugar—a rich brownish-blonde. The frown on her face spoke volumes, and the air
around her pronounced trouble. She made a straight path for him.
            “Mr. Heckmaster. Or should I call you Sheriff? Or Mayor? I need to discuss the ad in
the Lancaster County Republican with you. Someone placed an ad, but your brother tells me
there is no school here. I’m sure there has to be a mistake. There’s only one Berner in New
Mexico Territory. I’m very capable at reading maps. If I wasn’t, I would be ashamed to call
myself a teacher.”
            He doubted she had taken more than two or three breaths during the speech. If she
made talking in rambling paragraphs a habit, no wonder she looked so peaked.
            “Teacher?” He glanced along the street, but it was deserted as usual. “Lady, we don’t
have a school here. Certainly no need of a teacher.”
            Her hands balled into fists that settled on her hips. The dress she wore was patched—
the egg yolk yellow faded into something even more disgusting. It had little flowers dotting
the material, but they looked as worn as her scuffed black boots.
            “Then what was the purpose of placing an ad in the Lancaster County Republican?”
She spoke with the fierceness of a mama bear warning predators away from her cubs.
            Wystan reached into his shirt pocket and drew out a toothpick.
            “I didn’t place any ad in any Lancaster County anything.” He looked past her, expecting
Eban to saunter up the street. Eban had to be the brother she’d referred to since Tell was still
on the trail.
            “Someone did,” she insisted. She fished a crumpled and much-folded piece of newsprint
out of the pocket hidden by the folds of her skirt. “See? Right here it says, ‘School teacher
wanted for spring term at Berner Schoolhouse. Wages paid based on experience. Room and
board provided. Apply in person at City Hall, Berner, New Mexico Territory.’ I’m sure my
eyes don’t deceive me.”
            Wystan stared at the clipping, then back at the woman. A galaxy of freckles spattered
across her nose and cheekbones, making her look younger than her eyes said she was. Full
figured and sure as shittin’ a grown woman. The wariness and worry darkening her hazel
eyes gave her away as one with a lot of trouble on her plate.
            “I can read.”
            She pulled the ad away from his face, folded it, and returned it to her pocket. “Where
would you suggest I look for an explanation, Mr. Heckmaster?”
            Fussy little thing. “I assure you that no one in this town did. There’s been a mistake.
Sorry to inconvenience you, Miss Schoolteacher. Now turn around and head home.”
            A flush colored her cheeks. “I can’t head home! I have no home to return to. My little
sister and my friend are waiting at the doctor’s office for me to straighten this mess out. The
ad says that room and board will be provided. I’d expected to move into a room, sir.”
            “You left them with Eban?” That explained his absence.
            “Beryl is ill, Sheriff. This is the first town we’ve seen in days and it was past time for her
to get some attention.” Despair crept into her voice.
            Wystan shifted his weight and transferred the toothpick to the other side of his mouth.
            “Eban’s not exactly trained in human medicine.”
            The woman’s mouth opened into an O. She shook her head and seemed to regain her
senses. “He’s a veterinarian? He seemed certain he could help Beryl.”
            Wystan cleared his throat. “Sure, animal doctor. I’m sorry for your misfortune, lady,
but as you can see, Berner’s about run into the ground. There’s nothing here for you or your
friend. Might be best to move along.”
            She seemed to deflate. “Move along.” Her lips moved, softly forming the words, but it
was as though she didn’t comprehend them. “We’ll move along, right down the trail into the
next town where there won’t be any teaching jobs either. Sylvie, Beryl, and I will starve to
death on the side of the road with no one in the world to care.”

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About the Author:
A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she's not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.

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