Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop!



 
 
Get all warmed up with a sweet romance...As part of the blog hop, I'm giving away an e-book of The Interpretation of Love and the Truth (contemporary lesbian romance). All you have to do is comment on this post, leave your email address, and you'll be in the hat! The winner will be drawn Dec 23rd, noon EST. Good luck, and don't forget to check out the big Rafflecopter giveaway and all the other participating blogs, and visit www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com!
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The holidays are a busy time for everyone—they are even busier when you combine traditions, of two families and local customs.
 

I moved to Québec, Canada three and a half years ago, from a small town in Germany where the climate is mostly mild, often rainy. A White Christmas is hardly a given, though it happens every once in a while. Here in Québec City, there is always a white Christmas. We might have enough of the snow by February, March, but around the holidays, it’s always beautiful. Together, my wife and I combine the customs we’ve grown up with.

Who would have known that one of the most popular winter activities in this French Canadian city is the German Christmas market? And with snow and cold guaranteed, the Gluehwein (mulled wine) and other delicacies of the season are even tastier! Often, we combine it with a visit to the local farmer’s market which is also decorated for the holidays at this time. Marzipan and maple treats!

A tradition I brought with me is the St. Nikolaus Day that comes with a small surprise (and was even observed in one of my workplaces. I’m talking about chocolate. No St. Nikolaus was hired for the occasion). 

We light a candle on each Advent Sunday, and you know how it goes—at four weeks, Christmas seems far away, but all of a sudden it’s only a few days, and you haven’t wrapped any gifts yet!

To me, it’s always an opportunity to slow down and start to reflect on the year which is coming full circle during this time, with the Christmas days and New Year’s Eve, various outings mixed with quiet time.

Something new to me is the celebration of the Jour de l’An, the New Year’s Day in the family, which is an even bigger day than New Year’s Eve—and there was a time when even gifts would be exchanged on that day, because on Christmas, the focus was on the religious aspect of the holiday. In any case, it sounds like a good idea to start the year off with a party, right?

PS: If you'd like to check out my works, this blog hop coincides with my free days for my Kindle short Halfway Home(romantic suspense) which is still free today and on the 20th.
Happy Holidays!


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's coming up: Free books!

Available right now: From today until Saturday, my short story (F/F, romantic suspense) will be free on Amazon.

You'll be to enter a giveaway to win tons of lesfic books at Liz McMullen's awesome Celebrating the Best Books of 2014 event, just join on FB and share your favorite books of the year! (You might become the winner of a signed copy of Spring Fever, or an e-book of The Interpretation of Love and the Truth, or Winter Storm.

On Friday, Word Affair will be part of the Winter Warm-up blog hop, so get ready for another chance to win.

Got enough reading material for the Holidays? :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Gift Exchange - Book Lovers Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Gift Exchange! Make yourself at home and take a look around! :) My gift to you is the short story Halfway Home, as a free download from Amazon here starting on Tuesday 16th.
You can also leave a comment on this post with your email address, and I'll send you a copy.

Please leave a comment below, so I know you've been here, and don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!
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PS: If you liked Halfway Home, you can check out my other books with Eternal Press here, and read excerpts from each of them. Also available from Amazon and other retailers.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Capital Birthday Bash Tour by Ash Stone


It's Author Ash Stone's Birthday this month. In fact, it's on Christmas Day!! Please join us as we celebrate the author turning the big 4-0!!








Silka Fontein was a typical rich little girl until she disappeared 15 years ago, right after her high school graduation after party. What happened to her? No one knows where she went to or why she had left so suddenly. Now, after all these years she returns home, different and completely changed, with secrets so deadly that everyone’s lives are in danger!  
She reunites with Taber Blake, her childhood friend who turned into the quintessential playboy.  As they fight their unexpected attraction for one another, a series of action packed events have them fighting for their lives.  It is then that Taber’s own lethal secrets are exposed in the process. Will their attraction be enough to survive the truth?
  
This mish-mash of action, adventure, comedy, romance, mystery, suspense and drama is spy thrilling, spine chilling read bound to keep you begging for more! Available in an Adult or PG rated version, you will have no reason not escape into their world and hearts.







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Ash was born on Christmas Day 1974. So started a life of "Merry Christmas...And oh! Happy Birthday too." Before you say, "Aw Shame" and break out the tissues, please know that Ash is a Christmas Diva! There are always two presents ...or else! 


Reading and writing was a big part of Ash's life growing up. Being a typical rebel, rather than joining the cut-throat corporate world after graduating, Ash became a vegetarian hippie instead and went into the gardening/ nursery business. The irony of a vegetarian "plant lover" is still lost this award winning Horticulturist to this day. 

Ash traded comfortable hemp attire for corporate cotton later on and became the Purchasing Manager for McDonald's Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa region. These days neither the high flying corporate Exec or the vegetarian hippie exist, but rather the family orientated book lover with not so much spare time to read anymore. 
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Giveaway: Win an e-book package of "The Interpretation of Love and the Truth" and "Spring Fever"

Edited:...and this giveaway is over, congratulations to winner Marie Foose!


Would you like to win one e-book each of my two latest releases? There are three ways you can enter.

Leave a comment on this post

or

Retweet the giveaway tweet on Twitter (will be pinned post on my account @demeter94)

or

Like or comment on my Facebook post.




Have fun and good luck!

Ends Monday @ noon EST

PS: Before the holidays, there'll be more opportunities to win books, with the Women and Words Hootenanny, Liz McMullen's Celebrating the Best Books of 2014 event, and Christmas blog hops to come. Stay tuned!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Let's talk about love... (and HEAs in lesbian fiction)


The interpretation of love and the truth differs depending on who you ask.

 I’m a hopeless romantic, believe in love at first sight (or the second, or third, but early on in the process), in soul mates, two people made for each other. It’s a theme that you will find often in my books. Of course, for the sake of fiction (and because I enjoy it), there’ll be drama thrown in, but eventually, the characters will get their happily ever after.

The only reason why they won’t stay together is when they weren’t meant to be, but in that case, there’s another end game waiting.

The Interpretation of Love and the Truth follows some of those ideas, and the question, what is love in the first place? Can it mean different things to different people, and where’s the common denominator? It also brings in another important aspect: Timing.
 
 

Chelsea meets Tonya when she just made it out of the closet and is quickly attracted to her, for her confidence and many other reasons. Tonya is a player, a woman with unsolved commitment issues—a recipe for disaster and heartbreak.

In the aftermath of this experience, Chelsea decides that she won’t give too much importance to flying sparks, when she can have something that seems a lot less dangerous: A relationship that’s warm and reliable, without the danger to get hurt. A little boring maybe, but it’s safe—and maybe safe is the best you can hope for. She is planning her wedding with her girlfriend Gail when Tonya comes back to town, chastised, changed—has she really?—and determined to make up for the lost time and past mistakes.

I follow discussions about romance novels and requirements for the characters’ relationship--especially in lesbian fiction--with interest. I often hear they fall in love too quickly (I’m guilty, sometimes, no apologies), and that one aspect or another is unrealistic.
 
When you look at the lives of real people, how they meet and fall in love, there’s hardly anything that’s too far-fetched. I bet you my own story would sound unrealistic to you, and it would have to me, had someone told me in younger years. As a psychologist, I heard many stories that confirmed what I believe about love and the possibilities—that you can find The One, and no other relationship can compare. It’s somebody’s life experience—that makes it true.

There are many ways to tell a love story, and there’s something for everyone out there. Just like in real life.

Besides, our stories have been hardly visible for so long—I believe we deserve all the happy endings we can get, and then some.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cover reveal & Thunderclap: The Interpretation of Love and the Truth

First of all: Here's the gorgeous cover for my upcoming romance The Interpretation of Love and the Truth, by Eternal Press artist Dawné Dominique:


This contemporary romance will be out Dec 1st, and it explores questions about what that one true love really means. Safety? Sparks? What's the necessary foundation for a marriage?

I have started a Thunderclap campaign in order to get the word out, and I hope you have a moment to check it out and maybe lend a hand--a tweet, FB or tumblr post, that is. The more the merrier! http://thndr.it/1tEJnLa Thank you so much! I appreciate your support.


The Interpretation of Love and the Truth:

Chelsea and Gail are engaged to get married. Their relationship is safe, comfortable and without conflict. According to Tonya Gray, it also lacks the passion you should feel for the person you commit to for the rest of your life--but why would Chelsea trust her, when Tonya broke her heart three years ago? As the date nears, Chelsea has to figure out if love means what she has with her fiancée, or what she could have with the woman she couldn’t forget.