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Mother’s Day Bliss, Dog Puke, and Plastic – What?

It’s been an amazing week. A near perfect week. I am so grateful for this day and every day. My husband made me French toast for breakfast and cleaned the kitchen. He told me, “Happy Mother’s Day” and bought me some small gifts that I really wanted. In truth, I ordered the presents for myself — but I’m totally okay with this, as they were something I wanted to try out. (I’ll get to this part of my Mother’s Day post in a minute.)

It’s Sunday and hubs has been spending nearly every free minute of his time with me and my son since he returned a couple days ago from a week-long road trip. He didn’t remember Mother’s Day until yesterday evening. He was actually shocked that Mother’s Day had arrived so soon –> Of course, I casually pointed out that Mother’s Day is always near our son’s birthday EVERY YEAR. –> but you know, my hubs’s memory is questionable and we won’t get into the number of his past head injuries.

So he woke up this morning and made me breakfast and this was after taking us to lunch yesterday and out for breakfast the day before (Yes, I’m feeling fluffy around the middle — and yes, I still ate the cinnamon raisin French toast.) And when I thanked him he said, “all the other things we’ve been doing since Friday were for the kidlet and he wanted to do something just for me.” <– Sweet, right?  I love hubby. And I don’t want to go out and do anything special today. For Mother’s Day I need to be home and relax after the BUSY week.

Because sometimes happiness is relaxing at home, knowing I’m cared for, and my needs are met. I have two jobs I love and a supportive family. That is my bliss. And… I picked out an Earth friendly Mother’s Day Present for myself – which for me, is special.

Because… Mother Earth is the source of all life and without our home we’re all screwed. Royally ‘effing screwed. <– That’s the title of my next romance novel, by the way. Totally kidding.

Every plant, animal, our water, air, and soil should be respected and taken care of. This has been on my mind a lot lately and I’ve reading too many devastating stories on the health of our planet and the environment. Having the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mentality engrained into my brain since I was child and taking care of our Mother Earth isn’t anything new. I’ve taken steps to be a more conscious human since I was a little kid, but recently, the “single use plastics” issue has been in the forefront of my concerns.

Here’s a blog post from National Geographic for more information:  Pesky plastic: The true harm of microplastics in the oceans https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2016/04/04/pesky-plastic-the-true-harm-of-microplastics-in-the-oceans/

I made a promise to myself: From now on, I am using less plastic.

So I ask myself again, what can I REALISTICALLY do for the planet that I’m not already doing?

Which sort of leads to the real reason I’m blogging today.

To share the Mother’s Day gift I’m excited about trying.

This is what I bought:

Organic Reusable Food Wraps by Etee    https://amzn.to/2IfPwHF

Reusable produce bags (The ones I bought are now out of stock but there’s a wide variety of them on Amazon.)  Similar to these: https://amzn.to/2Kkp7Jy

If I can make small changes in my daily routine that have less negative impact on our planet, then I’m doing SOMETHING. And all my little somethings will add up over a lifetime. What if we all made one small change every year – and taught our children to live in a similar way and continue our efforts? This could change our world for the better. 🙂

I started this post talking about my “near perfect week” and it has been fantastic, but it’s also been stressful. I don’t want anyone reading this and thinking Jody’s blogging because she leads some perfect fantasy life where all she does is sit around thinking up ways to save the planet. The truth is, I’m tired. I haven’t slept well for a week – or maybe 11 years. And after all the running around and enjoying the birthday celebrations and activities:

Last night, just after midnight I woke to the sound of my dog vomiting. I jumped – literally threw myself out of the bed – grabbed my glasses (so I could see any dog puke on the floor – and NOT step in it) to rush the dog outside before the puke hit the floor, or at least minimize the mess. And I shoved my hundred-and-twenty-pound dog out the door, turned around, and stepped right in cold dog vomit. (I was actually grateful it was on the tile and not the rug.) I limped to the bathroom trying not to dwell on the feeling of slime with hard chunks stuck to my foot and washed up in the bathtub, then returned to the hallway and cleaned up Nugget’s mess on my hands and knees. I eventually climbed back into bed and listened to my son cough and blow his nose because with all the birthday fun, he’s managed to acquire a cold. Yay. Not.

My poor kid feels like utter garbage. — Always keepin’ it real around here.

And I woke up this morning in a decent mood because somehow within the mystery of it all – the positive and happy moments and the less-than-stellar and challenging times that keep me humble – life is wonderfully complex and worth it.

And I just wanted to write this all down before I forgot. (I can’t blame past head injuries, my memory is awful.) Plus I’m excited about using less plastic and wanted to share what I found on Amazon to help me do just that – use less plastic.

Whatever you’re doing this weekend and the coming week, I hope it’s grand, or relaxing, or whatever you need it to be. Happy Mother’s Day to you, your loved ones, and our planet.

Cheers,

Jody

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Cover Reveal ~ New Granite Lake Romance + GIVEAWAY!

Would you like to see the cover art for Divining Elise ~ the new Granite Lake Romance?!

About the Book 

Elise Martinez wished her date with destiny didn’t include being run off the road by the most caring, handsome, and intelligent man she’d ever met.

Moving to Granite Lake to manage a bookstore and coffee shop meant Elise could finally leave her haunted past behind, but being a psychic mom to a deaf child has its benefits and downfalls—and her guarded heart isn’t ready for a new romance.

Rob Everett never imagined giving up corporate law to open a brewery with his brothers in Granite Lake would begin with a car accident and the arrival of a surprise baby.

As if being a single dad and starting a new business weren’t challenging enough, Rob can’t get the beautiful, mysterious, and feisty bookstore manager out of his mind.

Elise quickly captures Rob’s heart—but falling in love is a complicated, sexy, and emotional enterprise.

Mix in a baby, ghosts, craft beer, and a dangerous ex-husband into this recipe of love and Rob and Elise’s future isn’t as easily divined as the fates would have foretold.

**Steamy Contemporary Romance intended for 18+ for mature language and sexual content.

Preorder is available now: Amazon 

Release date: June 14th, 2018

This week I have a customer appreciation giveaway happening.

One lucky winner will win a $50 Sephora Gift Card. Pamper yourself with beauty products from Sephora including makeup, skincare, fragrance, nail color, haircare and more.

And I’m thrilled about the release of Reclaiming Melanie so I’m still promoting my new Granite Lake Romance. Giveaway ends May 8th, 2018.

The $50 Sephora gift card is hosted by me, Jody A. Kessler, but featured on my good friend’s website, the fabulous BookWrapt.  ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

Please read the terms and conditions on the Rafflecopter. No Purchase Necessary.

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Please know that I respect your privacy and I’m committed to delivering blog posts that you want. If you are no longer interested in my blog, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button.

The winner of The White Crate Giveaway was Debbie. She has already been contacted by the organizer. Thank you for entering the giveaways!

And thank you for being here!

Jody A. Kessler

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Win A Gift Box Full of FUN and FABULOUS Prizes – White Crate Romance Giveaway

The White Crate Romantic Reads Giveaway

Would you like to win a GIFT BOX full of fabulous prizes?

The White Crate is valued between $300 – $600. Inside the box contains a mystery prize that can be anything from a gift card to an iPad. (The last romance gift box had a $300 Amazon gift card.)

There are romance novels inside the White Crate along with other wonderful gifts!

The winner will be contacted by email from the organizer.

PLEASE NOTE: The picture above is not the actual prize but a sample of what has been awarded in a previous giveaway.

****BY ENTERING THE WHITE CRATE GIVEAWAY, YOU AGREE TO JOIN THE PARTICIPATING AUTHORS’ NEWSLETTERS.  YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME. The full list of contributing authors is on the giveaway page.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE: THE WHITE CRATE

Please read the terms and conditions on the giveaway page.

If you’re not interested in joining other authors’ newsletters, please skip this giveaway and know that I’ll be giving away more goodies on my own in the future. 🙂

In Case You Missed It

New Release ~ Reclaiming Melanie

Granite Lake Romance – Book 3

 

About the Book – 

Single mom Melanie Jamison doesn’t have time for half-naked rescues from Granite Lake by her first love, Braden Keehn — the boy who mysteriously disappeared from her life a decade earlier. Coaching, repurposing furniture, and taking care of her daughter who has severe allergies have her swamped.

But there’s one gargantuan problem with this second chance romance – the sexy alpha game warden doesn’t seem to remember her.

Special Ops Game Warden Braden Keehn’s recent drug investigation leaves him ambushed in the forest and lucky to escape alive. Helping his brother fix and flip an investment property in Granite Lake is just what the doctor ordered for a quiet recuperation.

But there’s one mammoth-sized surprise — Melanie, the girl he loved and lost, lives in the house next door… and he can’t tell her anything about why he’s returned.

Reuniting with Melanie — and falling in love again is easy — but gaining her trust and finding their happy ever after brings frustrating, steamy, and sometimes hilarious challenges Braden never saw coming.

**A steamy, fun second-chance romance.

Reclaiming Melanie is a stand-alone novel with a happy ever after.

Get it now:  Amazon & Kindle Unlimited

Other News:

I’ve been occasionally posting in my reader group on Facebook. The group was originally started for the Hunks to the Rescue box set but we’re continuing to post and share our enthusiasm for romance novels and just having fun in the book world. You’re welcome to join me: Hunks & Romance Reader Group

Divining Elise – Granite Lake Romance – book 4 – is finished but the release date has not been scheduled. However, I am currently working with the cover artist and hope to have the preorder available in the near future. Keep an eye out for a gorgeous new book cover and more details about Rob Everett and Elise’s captivating new Granite Lake Romance.

As always, thanks for stopping in and good luck in the giveaway!

Cheers and happy reading,

Jody A. Kessler

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Hooray! NEW RELEASE – Reclaiming Melanie – Granite Lake Romance

Hello and welcome back!

I haven’t posted anything on my blog for some time, but I’m thrilled to have you stop by. And I have great news:

I’m happy to announce my NEW RELEASE! – Reclaiming Melanie – Granite Lake Romance book 3 

What’s the new book about?

Single mom Melanie Jamison doesn’t have time for half-naked rescues from Granite Lake by her first love, Braden Keehn — the boy who mysteriously disappeared from her life a decade earlier. Coaching, repurposing furniture, and taking care of her daughter who has severe allergies have her swamped.

But there’s one gargantuan problem with this second chance romance – the sexy alpha game warden doesn’t seem to remember her.

Special Ops Game Warden Braden Keehn’s recent drug investigation leaves him ambushed in the forest and lucky to escape alive. Helping his brother fix and flip an investment property in Granite Lake is just what the doctor ordered for a quiet recuperation.

But there’s one mammoth-sized surprise — Melanie, the girl he loved and lost, lives in the house next door… and he can’t tell her anything about why he’s returned.

Reuniting with Melanie — and falling in love again is easy — but gaining her trust and finding their happy ever after brings frustrating, steamy, and sometimes hilarious challenges Braden never saw coming.

**A steamy, sexy, fun second-chance romance.

Reclaiming Melanie is a stand-alone novel with a happy ever after.

Would you like to read an excerpt?

“Excuse me?”

Melanie spun around and got slapped in the face with her past. Her jaw dropped and she was struck speechless by the man standing next to her car. Instantly self-aware of her hasty hairdo, lack of makeup, and varnish and paint-stained jeans, she found herself capable of doing, well, nothing. Deer-in-the-headlights syndrome much?

Braden Keehn smiled with a bad boy grin he didn’t possess eleven years earlier. His jeans were slung low over his hips and the abundance of ripped muscles beneath his thin cotton V-neck shirt screamed of hours spent working out in the gym. There was no subtlety or humility behind the gleam in his eye, and she somehow knew he’d checked out her package before turning around. The differences about his demeanor from when she knew him before were subtle, yet somehow glaringly obvious. She couldn’t put her finger on it. Melanie shook herself and tried to gain some composure.

“Hi there.” He stuck his hand out.

Her eyebrows rose in surprise, or shock. He doesn’t recognize me. They spent nearly a year together when they were teenagers. How could he not know her? They were each other’s first love.

“I’m your new neighbor.” He dropped his hand as she still hadn’t recovered her ability to function.

He said something else, but she missed it because Sienna’s music switched songs and blared out of the car speakers.

“Sorry. I didn’t hear you.” She gestured toward the open door. “Hold on. Let me turn this down.”

Braden Keehn bought the house next door! Braden Keehn, the boy who broke her heart so completely it sent her on the path that led to teenaged pregnancy, dropping out of college, and a marriage she may not have otherwise chosen…

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If you would like to find out more about Reclaiming Melanie, you can click here: Amazon 

AND… if you haven’t had a chance to read Chasing Treasure, now is a great time to download a copy because for a few days only, book 2 is .99 cents.

The Granite Lake Romance series is available on Amazon.

Paperback copies are also available for Chasing Treasure and Reclaiming Melanie.

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful day!!

Warmest regards,

Jody A. Kessler

A note to my blog subscribers: I often share a lot of the same information on my blog as the newsletter, but occasionally my newsletter subscribers receive different posts and extra giveaways. If you don’t want to miss out on any of the extras, you can join the newsletter by signing up on the sidebar widget. (Notice that one sign up says, “blog” and the other sign up says, “Newsletter.” I hope this isn’t confusing. Let me know if you have any questions. – cheers and happy reading!

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25 Days of Christmas Giveaway

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We LOVE presents! Pretty wrapping. Glossy ribbons. The fun of guessing what will be inside that box. The whole holiday shebang. What makes Christmas that much more special is sharing gifts with you!

From December 1 to 25, we’re giving away presents galore. Enter for your chance to win ebooks and other surprises, including Godiva chocolate & Hallmark Christmas romance DVD 4-packs.

Each day, we’ll be posting two new giveaways, or sometimes a giveaway and FREE book for you to download immediately and enjoy.

No purchase necessary. Let us make your holiday a little more merry!

Enter to Win at:

https://25dayschristmas.blogspot.com/

Have fun & Good Luck!

No purchase necessary. Please read the terms and conditions for each giveaway. This Giveaway is Sponsored by

Allyson Lindt • Alyson Reynolds • Amanda Uhl • Anni Fife • April Fire • Bec McMaster • Cailin Briste • Casi McLean • Christine d’Abo • Donna R. Mercer • Gayle Parness • Holly Cortelyou • Hope Worthington • Jacqueline Diamond • Jo-Ann Carson • Joanne Dannon • Jody A. Kessler • Karen Michelle Nutt • Marilyn Peake • Melissa Belle • Melissa McClone • Michele Barrow-Belisle • Natasha Spencer • Patricia M Jackson • Regina Darcy • Rose Chapman • Sahara Roberts • Soraya Naomi • Stephanie Queen • Summer Cooper • Taylor Marsh • Traci Douglas • Aileen Harkwood

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We Love October Giveaways!

Welcome to October!

I’m giving away Godiva Chocolates (delivered to your door!), A Kindle Fire 8″, ebooks, & MORE!

Halloween Month of Treats Giveaway

October 1 – October 31st 

Who doesn’t love to curl up with page-turning book on a chilly October day? And what would make escaping into an awesome story even more indulgent? Chocolate, that’s what!

Enter for your chance to win both in the Halloween Month of Treats Giveaway. Every day in October, we’ll be posting two new giveaways, or sometimes a giveaway and FREE book for your to download immediately and enjoy.

A paranormal romance and gift set of Godiva chocolate cookies. A romantic comedy and a box 60 of Lindor truffles. Steamy romance, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, mysteries…We’ve got the goodies to hand out. It’s trick or treat time!

Enter to Win at:

http://halloweenmonthtreats.blogspot.com/

No purchase necessary.

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The Godiva chocolate truffles giveaway is Oct. 30th. There are other giveaways every day this month!

This Giveaway is Sponsored by:

Jody A. Kessler • Alex Gordon • Amanda Uhl • Angelica Kate • Astrid Arditi • Bethany Strobel • Bianca D’Arc • Cailin Briste • Cherie Claire • Christa Paige • Crystal Dawn • Emme Rollins

Greta Boris • Holly Cortelyou • Hope Worthington • Jacqueline Diamond • Joanne Dannon • Julie Mulhern • Karen Michelle Nutt • Lia Davis • Lila Dubois • Lisanne Harrington • Louisa Clarkson • Mia Woods • N.D. Jones • Nancy Segovia • Naomi Bellina • Patricia Burroughs • PG Forte • Rachel Shane • Rose Chapman • Sandra Marton

Scarlett Dawn • Selena Kitt • Shaniel Watson • Sorchia DuBois • Stephanie Julian • T.F. Walsh • Traci Highland • Vella Day • Veronica Blake • Viola Estrella

 GIVEAWAY #2 & FACEBOOK HOP!

HALLOWEEN FACEBOOK HOP & PNR/UF GIVEAWAY!

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Who says Halloween is just for kids? Paranormal romance and fantasy lovers, here’s your chance to grab some sweet, sweet loot! Enter the Halloween giveaway October 10–31 and you could take home one of four prize packages, including the top prize, a Kindle Fire HD 8 and winner’s choice of $35 in ebooks from Amazon. Second through fourth prizes offer more kindle/ebook prizes.

Enter the Giveaway Here:

https://halloweenmegahop.blogspot.com/p/pnruf-halloween-giveaway.html

Then, be sure to join us for our Facebook Hop October 28–31, when we will have 70+ gift cards available for over 70 lucky winners. That’s a gift card at every stop on the hop!

Facebook Hop Starts Here on October 28

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October is a great month to enjoy the fall colors, cooler weather, apple cider, and pumpkin everything! Some of my favorites are pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin donuts! I hope you have a wonderful Autumn.

And if you’re looking for a new romance book to read, you can check out an Indie Author Day Romance Sale (Oct. 14 -16th) All books are FREE or .99 cents.

https://romancebooks.blog/indie-author-romance-2017/

Indie Romance Day Sale

 Cheers and happy reading,

Jody

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My sincere apologies if Amazon sent you the wrong book file of Dark Fates.

Indie authors sometimes band together and bring readers incredible box set collections. We do this for many different reasons. Personally, I like to collaborate with other authors in my genre (or similar genres) because it’s fun and working with a variety of brilliant authors teaches me a great deal about marketing and promotions. The readers get an unbelievable deal and the opportunity to sample many authors’ work for mere pennies! The authors benefit by reaching a broader audience. Everyone wins.

So when 3 months of hard pre-order work is squashed by Amazon making a ridiculous mistake and sending out nearly 4 thousand wrong book files, everyone loses.

But wait, there’s more. I won’t let one soul-crushing moment from Amazon delivering the wrong book to my precious and appreciated readers ruin the day –

HERE’S a FREE offer from the authors of Dark Fates –

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If you would like a free ibooks or B&N copy of Dark Fates, sign up by clicking the appropriate link below. This is our way of trying to fix the problem and make things right after the mega-huge-mongo-enormous bookseller screws up and crushes 22 authors’ dreams at once.

FREE iBooks copy – PLUS you’re entered to win an itunes Gift Card:  CLICK HERE (sorry – ibooks giveaway is over. You can still purchase a copy though 🙂 .)

FREE Barnes & Noble NOOK copy: CLICK HERE (Offer is over)

***Because the authors have to collect names and emails, your free book from ibooks & Barnes and Noble may take a couple of days before it is gifted to you.

If you don’t want to wait, you can purchase Dark Fates right now for only 99 pennies:

iBooks   | Nook  |  Kobo 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

This situation is truly out of my control and I am stuck waiting on my own copy of Dark Fates from Amazon just like you are. Does this surprise you? – of course I preordered my own book.

I can guarantee that I’m just as excited to see my published novel as much as any die-hard fans are. Being published is one of the most exciting days in an author’s life.

Amazon stated that they are working on correcting the problem. I sincerely hope they are and you receive your book soon.

Dark Fates is available now – at all OTHER major online ebook retailers.

 

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Book Reviews? – Plus A Content Warning – When We’re Entwined

So…I wrote a certain book last year.

It happened. I actually write sometimes when I’m not on facebook – (darn internet is always distracting me.)

Here’s the thing:

This particular book triggers the ever-loving crap out of people – in nearly bi-polaresque emotional latitudes. — I did not see this coming when I hit the publish button.

Here are some gems from the reviews the book has received:

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“This story was so special. It moved me in a way a book hasn’t for a while, and I’m so glad I picked it up.”

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“I found her character (Caspar) and also how Jasper responded to her advances to be incredibly offensive and really don’t believe that any young readers should read a book in which a diverse character is hated on and also poorly represented.”

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“I have conflicted feelings about this book.”

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“The girl we start out with is not the girl we end up with – and I love that.”

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“This is a beautifully written book & a wonderful story…”

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“What I loved about this book is the way the author used metaphors, and quotes to give a very unique aspect to this story. Loved how the author really went into how a young adult (19 year old, don’t confuse with genre) thinks, and rationalizes when they have lived in bad circumstances in life, and finding themselves with some romance without it being the main focus.”

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One reviewer highly suggested I put a content/trigger warning on the book description because of the abuse scenes. (They’re not graphic, but emotional and horrible none the less.)

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Have I done my job as a writer and made the reader feel something? — even if it’s bad? Did I fail miserably by not writing to market and stepping away from my other genres?

Do these mixed reviews make me question whether or not I shouldn’t have published this book in the 1st place?

Does anyone read coming-of-age edgy novels that push emotional boundaries and ask questions about life from a NA perspective?

I have my answers, but my answers are not your answers. That’s what is amazing and wonderful about fiction. Everyone perceives things in their own beautiful and unique way.

Here is my Novel Warning:

Do not read this book if you are sensitive about dysfunctional relationships and abuse scenes.

Do not read this book if you do not like coming-of-age stories.

Do not read this book if you think I have a LGBTQ agenda (I absolutely do not, btw. I couldn’t care less about the gender of the person you choose to include in your life and relationships. The fact that ONE character is bisexual does not mean I am representing a community of people. smh)

Do not read this book if you don’t like the writing style or the POV.

Do not read this book if you don’t like quotes. — there’s quotes and metaphors throughout the novel.

And you should absolutely not read this book if you can’t watch a young woman make bad choices, learn how to correct them and start her life over again.

READ this book if any of the above reviews sound like something you would enjoy!

I seriously appreciate all honest reviews! But, wow, this book in particular is making me want a pseudonym. <3

Did I write my heart in this novel? Yes, I did. Does that mean everyone will enjoy it? No, it doesn’t. Did I make an attempt to entwine wisdom, courage, creativity, unconditional love, forgiveness, passion, confusion, heartache, life lessons, entertainment, and so much more into this book? Yes, that was my goal.

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When We’re Entwined is a gripping, emotional modern day adventure with a glimpse of alternative lifestyles in America as one vibrant, young aerial gymnast realizes cruelty and injustice can be outweighed by kindness, humor, and compassion with the help of a most unlikely and wildly colorful cast of characters.”

Wishing you all the best,

Jody

 

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A Witch’s Fate – New Release from Jody A. Kessler – Dark Fates Collection

Today’s spotlight author is me! Thanks for stopping by. I can’t wait for my new novel to be published!
Novel featured in the Dark Fates boxed set: A Witch’s Fate

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This is a brand new novel in the Witches of Lane County series. I hope you enjoy it as much-or MORE-than I did writing it!

A Witch’s Fate (Witches of Lane County) by Jody A. Kessler

Tori Morgan is a modern-day witch from Lane County—and she’s cursed. Falling in love is not in Tori’s astrological chart, her cards, or anywhere else in her plans for the future. Falling for a skeptic who debunks the paranormal for a living is even less likely.

Leif Andersen doesn’t believe in magic or the paranormal. When he’s hired to investigate the mysterious death of former Hollywood actress and humanitarian, Delana Smootz, Leif is led straight to Tori Morgan’s door. There’s no way he’s going to fall for Tori, or her woo-woo mysticism, no matter how magical she feels in his arms.

Sparks fly and an undeniable attraction sizzles as Tori and Leif travel the globe in search of a suspect and the answers to Delana’s supernatural downfall.

Jody A. Kessler is the winner of the Readers’ Crown Award for Best Paranormal Romance and an international bestselling author. She writes paranormal romance, historical time travel fiction, and contemporary fiction. Jody invites you to stop by her website and see what’s new at: www.JodyAKessler.com  Subscribe to the newsletter and receive a free eBook.

Jody A. Kessler online:

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Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon

Pre-order Dark Fates for just 99¢ 

and read A Witch’s Fate along with 21 more deliciously dark urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels by bestselling authors.

Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

 

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Cover Reveal ~ Chasing Treasure ~ NEW Granite Lake Romance

It’s finally here! ~ The cover for Chasing Treasure – NEW Granite Lake Romance

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Chasing Treasure – Granite Lake Romance

“Exciting, steamy, romance that’s heartfelt and entertaining!” – New York Times Bestselling Author Nancy Segovia

Treasure Vogle wondered if anything else could possibly go wrong. Her job as a paramedic is on the line due to absurd sexual assault charges, and now her apartment is flooded. After spending the winter apart, Treasure can’t stop thinking about her former paramedic partner, Bodie Everett. But, with her unfortunate history of dating, and an overwhelming fear of commitment, Treasure doesn’t know how she’ll react when Bodie returns from training at Wilderness School. Or, if the irresistible and sexy, Bodie, wants to continue where they left off back in December. With nowhere else to go, Treasure heads to Granite Lake and back to her childhood home—a rundown apartment and a garage packed full of motorcycles.

Now that Bodie has new Search and Rescue certifications under his belt, he’s ready to move forward with his life. He hopes that includes a relationship with Treasure. After an unforgettable night together, he can’t seem to shake her from his head or his heart. He’s ready to take their friendship to the next level, but his intruding family members have their own agenda. Opening a brewpub with his brothers, joining the Mountain Division of Search and Rescue, and the surprise return of his ex-fiancé complicate and distract Bodie from chasing and catching Treasure.

Reserve your copy on Amazon for $2.99. The e-book will be delivered to your Kindle on April 6, 2017.

This is the follow up to Unwrapping Treasure – A Granite Lake Romance Novella, and can be read as a standalone novel.

In case you missed Unwrapping Treasure, you can find a copy at these retailers:

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords – only $0.99 cents

Paramedics Treasure and Bodie never imagined their Christmas Eve night shift could turn into a dangerous and sexy holiday escapade that changes their lives forever.

A Special Gift For You

Unwrapping Treasure will be featured in the upcoming box set – Hunks to the Rescue (Releases in May 2017) Download a FREE printable Hunks calendar featuring Bodie Everett from the Granite Lake Romance Series. Click the image or Download HERE

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This is a gift to you from the authors of the Hunks to the Rescue box set.

A full 15 month calendar will be available in March. But for now you can have February and a Year in Review version to enjoy with Bodie on the cover!

This calendar is designed to print on a regular home printer with 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the new book cover! Leave a comment or message below. If you join the newsletter, you will receive sneak peeks and special offers before they’re posted anywhere else. You can subscribe on my contact page.

Happy reading,

Jody A. Kessler

 

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When We’re Entwined ~ New Release ~ plus $100 Gift Card Giveaway

August has arrived and brought with it another fantastic giveaway and some exciting book news.
*When We’re Entwined is available now.*
 And, to  help celebrate the new release,
*The Night Medicine is on sale for .99 cents.*
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 A new adult, coming-of-age novel.

About the novel:

“Do not judge me for where I stand today, until you know how far I’ve traveled to get here.” — J. Pyrah, When We’re Entwined

Former circus performer and aerial gymnast, Tara knows it’s time to move on. Tired of the constant abuse and the emotional rollercoaster ride at home, she takes to the road to perform on stage with her boyfriend and his band, Paradox 21.

Drunken excursions and late night after-parties lead to an unfathomable betrayal by her boyfriend, Keel. Tara never imagined her summer tour would come to an abrupt end that lands her jobless, homeless, and broke in a city far from home. Unable to reach out to her emotionally distant and unstable mother and her abusive stepfather, a knight disguised as a homeless man gives Tara new perspective. And a punk named Corban, with his gemstone inspired eyes, takes her on a spontaneous road trip that ultimately lands her a job with the traveling sideshow, The Circus of Misfit Marvels.

As Tara searches for a freedom she has never known, she documents her journey by writing her most embarrassing, profound, excruciating, and soul-searching moments in letters to her sister. Despite heartache, love and loss, Tara finds immeasurable strength and wisdom during her travels in this unforgettable adventure of self-discovery.

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When We’re Entwined is a gripping, emotional modern-day adventure with a glimpse of alternative lifestyles in America as one vibrant, young aerial gymnast realizes cruelty and injustice can be outweighed by kindness, humor, and compassion with the help of a most unlikely and wildly colorful cast of characters.”

Available on Amazon (paperback coming soon.)
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Thank you for your patience with When We’re Entwined. The release day was slightly delayed, but I think this novel is worth the wait! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book, so feel free to send me a message–or leave a review or comment on Amazon or Goodreads. :-)

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Thanks for your continued support!
Cheers and happy reading always,
Jody A. Kessler

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Book News, Mega Giveaway, & Sale!

It’s been some time since I posted on the blog, but I’m back, and there is exciting news to share.

Death Lies Between Us (An Angel Falls #1) is FREE, June 1-5th on Amazon.

When We’re Entwined is a coming-of-age, new adult novel that I hope you love as much as I do. Release date: June 29, 2016.

About the book:

“Do not judge me for where I stand today, until you know how far I’ve traveled to get here.” — J. Pyrah, When We’re Entwined

Former circus performer and aerial gymnast, Tara knows it’s time to move on. Tired of the constant abuse and the emotional rollercoaster ride at home, she takes to the road to perform on stage with her boyfriend and his band, Paradox 21.

Drunken excursions and late night after-parties lead to an unfathomable betrayal by her boyfriend, Keel. Tara never imagined her summer tour would come to an abrupt end that lands her jobless, homeless, and broke in a city far from home. Unable to reach out to her emotionally distant and unstable mother and her abusive stepfather, a knight disguised as a homeless man gives Tara new perspective. And a punk named Corban, with his gemstone inspired eyes, takes her on a spontaneous road trip that ultimately lands her a job with the traveling sideshow, The Circus of Misfit Marvels.

As Tara searches for a freedom she has never known, she documents her journey by writing her most embarrassing, profound, excruciating, and soul-searching moments in letters to her sister. Despite heartache, love and loss, Tara finds immeasurable strength and wisdom during her travels in this unforgettable adventure of self-discovery.

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When We’re Entwined is a gripping, emotional modern-day adventure with a glimpse of alternative lifestyles in America as one vibrant, young aerial gymnast realizes cruelty and injustice can be outweighed by kindness, humor, and compassion with the help of a most unlikely and wildly colorful cast of characters.”

Cover reveal and pre-order coming very soon!

 

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★•**•.★ Unwrapping Treasure ~New Release & Giveaway~ ★•**•.★

Unwrapping Treasure, book one in my new Granite Lake Romance series, is available now.

A contemporary romance novella (approx. 75 pages) and it’s also a prequel to Chasing Treasure – a full length novel coming next year. Don’t worry, this novella is a complete story.

And, I have good news for you. There’s a 3rd novel planned in the Granite Lake Romance series — but more to come on that later. Let me share a little more about Unwrapping Treasure.

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Paramedics Treasure and Bodie never imagined their Christmas Eve nightshift could turn into a dangerous and sexy holiday escapade that changes their lives forever.

Paramedics Treasure and Bodie arrive on scene at a routine emergency call and find an outrageous holiday party, a Christmas tree on fire, and an innocent life to save that nearly cost them their lives.

After escaping the chaos of work, they decide to spend their Christmas vacation together at a secluded lakeside cabin deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With the snow falling soft, a warm fire in the hearth, and fresh cookies baking in the oven, an innocent holiday getaway quickly turns into a night of spontaneous passion with no strings attached.

Will Treasure and Bodie’s hasty decision to spend the night tumbling between the sheets – and on the table, and the floor – prove disastrous or will their relationship develop into something neither of them saw coming?

Read An Excerpt

Treasure Vogel’s day started with the scent of him. Masculine and memorable. The smell lingered in the bed, on her pillow, and in her mind. It reminded her of the shortbread cookies and hot spiced buttered rum cider they’d shared before things had taken a turn and they ended up in bed together. Bodie shocked her with his sweetness, but even more so with his raw hunger for her – and not just because of her cookies.

The log cabin she’d rented for the holiday weekend felt like a cozy home away from home. Bodie rekindled the fire and the ambient warmth radiated across the studio-style cabin to the bed where she lay. She sighed with contentment when she smelled the coffee and glanced over to see the pot half-full on the warmer and two mugs waiting to be filled.

Treasure eased herself up and noticed her Christmas present from Bodie sitting on the nightstand next to a glass of water. Reaching over, she lifted the wrapped box and cupped it in her hands with gratitude. The small present would be the only one she would open this Christmas. Most days, it didn’t bother her that she’d woven her life around solitude and fleeting relationships, but she appreciated Bodie remembering her this year. She snuggled deeper into the pillows and pulled the comforter up to her chin. She wanted to savor the moment because she’d learned from a young age that part of the gift was the anticipation of what lay hidden inside…

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Thank you for stopping by!

As always ~

Happy reading,

Jody A Kessler

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~William W. Purkey

 

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Book Review – Ghosts Don’t Lie – by Katie O’Sullivan

New release from Katie O’Sullivan ~ Ghosts Don’t Lie

Ghosts Don't Lie

Genre: Romantic Suspense …with ghosts — but not the spooky kind 🙂

Approx. 250 pages

Release date: 11/11/2015

I am a big fan of Ms. O’Sullivan’s novels so I jumped at the chance of receiving an ARC copy of Ghosts Don’t Lie. Here are my thoughts:

A captivating new novel.

Ghosts Don’t Lie is a mixture of drama, psychic phenomena, romance and suspense.

Jillian is the mother of three young children and married to a disreputable lawyer. From the beginning of the novel, it’s clear Jillian is in a unhappy marriage. Then Jillian finds out her great aunt has been in a car accident and is in a coma. Jillian leaves the children with her husband and rushes to New Jersey to be with her dying aunt.

Shortly thereafter, we begin to get a sense of who Jillian really is and we find out she can speak with ghosts, but hasn’t been using her psychic gifts since she was a young teenager.  Jillian’s deceased grandmother acts as her spirit guide throughout the novel and helps Jillian when she needs her–and boy does she need her.

As the story unfolds, Jillian discovers how deceitful and dishonest her husband has been in the past, she’s reacquainted with her old best friend, meets a possible new love interest, and has a mother that’s hard to wrap your mind around. With so much going on in her life, she decides she can no longer hide her ability to communicate with the dead and begins speaking openly with ghosts. She starts using her gifts to resolve multiple family issues and help her friends.

Ghosts Don’t Lie is layered with haunting deceptions and intriguing twists and turns. Some scenes tug at your heart strings while others make your pulse race. It’s a remarkable and well written novel with a fresh perspective and a cast of memorable characters. I highly recommend this one.

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If this sounds like a novel you’d be interested in reading, here is a link to amazon

Happy reading,

Jody

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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Mind: The Beginning ~ New From Jenn Nixon

Welcome back, Jenn Nixon. Congratulations on your re-release of Mind: The Beginning. Let’s find out more about the book:
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After Dina Ranger loses telepathic contact with her twin brother, Duncan, she breaks into his apartment and stumbles onto a special government unit responsible for monitoring the psychic population. She’s offered a job where she can use her psionic gifts to help people.

Stranded on earth over a hundred years ago, Liam of Shria is searching for a metal needed to repair his ship when he finds Dina inside an alien escape pod and narrowly saves her after she trips the alarm.

As the mystery and their relationship deepens, Liam helps Dina learn the truth behind her abilities while uncovering a plot to rebuild an ancient weapon, exposing dangerous secrets about the alien presence on earth that may change the future forever.

Mind: the Beginning is available on Amazon

Author Bio:

Jenn Nixon’s love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels.

Jenn often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.

Website: www.jennnixon.com

Facebook: facebook.com/JennNixonAuthor

Blog: www.jennafern.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennnixon

Read an Excerpt:

“I had a feeling I’d see you again,” the voice called.

Dina looked around the wooded area, feeling confused for a moment. It seemed familiar. Across the marsh, Liam was leaning against a tree, casually dressed, hair slightly less shaggy than it had been last time, hands shoved in his skinny jeans. A light mist lingered over the grass, a taste of salt in the air. How did she get here?

“What?”

“Didn’t think it would be this soon,” he replied with a shrug.

The Gut surrounded her. She didn’t remember coming here, yet she was in the Bay Hook. Solid ground beneath her feet and the stench she breathed in, all real. “Why, uh . . . did you come back?”

“The real question is why did you call me here?”

“What are you talking about? You were already here, and I didn’t call. I don’t even have your number.”

“Want it?” he asked, smirking, then shook his head. “No, wait . . . oh. Uninhibited speech, foggy backdrop, extra flirty. I get it.”

“Get what?”

“We’re dreaming. You’re asleep right?”

“No,” she spat, spreading her arms, twisting in place. She pulled a cattail-punk out of the ground and shook it at him. “We’re in the Hook, hello, don’t you see the trees? Can’t you smell the marsh?”

“You must have been thinking about me, which is normal, frankly, given the circumstances. But how the hell are you keeping me here?”

“I’m not doing anything.”

“Dina, did both your parents have psionic abilities?”

“Only my father, why?”

“Curious,” he said, moving toward her, gray eyes sweeping up and down. “What about his parents, either of them?”

“I don’t know. What does it matter?”

“People don’t normally share dreams. You’re strong—”

“Why does everyone keep saying that?” Dina threw her hands up in the air and walked away. “Who cares if I am or not? There’s some dude out there burning up people, and I don’t have time to tramp around the swamp with E.T.”

“What did you say?”

“Nothing. Doesn’t matter. I’m outta here.”

“Wait, Dina,” he said, catching up and surpassing her. He grabbed both her arms to stop her. “You really are dreaming.”

Everything around her was too real to be a dream. She felt the pressure of his fingers, even the sinking feeling of her feet on the soft ground. “So this isn’t the Gut, it’s a dream? Right, and you’re sharing it with me, sure.”

“You’re amazing!” He laughed boyishly. “Even after all you’ve seen, you’re still questioning everything.”

“Then prove it to me. Call me, here’s my number,” she said, mentally sending the digits to his head.

Liam smiled at her. A sweet, sincere smile that made her smile back before shrugging.

“Dina—”

Her eyes popped open. The ceiling of her bedroom stared back. “Oh, what the hell?”

Dina sat up, brow furrowed. She reached toward the nightstand for her phone. Was it going to ring? It had felt as if she had been there, standing in the grass with Liam. She shut her eyes, trying to bring the images back, but they were already fading.

Had she just shared a dream with Liam?

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Thanks for stopping by!

Happy reading,

Jody

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★•**•.★ Haunting Me *Sale & ‪‎Giveaway‬* ★•**•.★

Haunting Me ~ An Angel Falls #3 ~ New release celebration and book tour.
Genre: NewAdult‬ Paranormal‬ ‪‎Romance‬

I hope you fall in love with the newest book in the series! So much happens in Haunting Me. The 3rd installment of An Angel Falls is an emotional roller coaster ride – my editor was in tears – and my beta reader was laughing her butt off. Those are always good signs! 🙂 Keep reading to find out more.

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On the Back Cover:
Angel of Death, Nathaniel Evans’, newest case sends him on a perilous and magical journey to the Irish countryside in search of one unattainable answer: How does an Angel of Death fall from grace and return to life?

Back in Colorado, Juliana’s mishaps with a book of spells and her well-meaning attempts to save her brother’s life could cost her more than a ghostly haunting and a deadly virus. It could cost her everything she loves – her family, her home and her relationship with Nathaniel.

While on the hunt for answers, Nathaniel finds himself imprisoned with fairies and fighting a battle of strength, skill, wit and sorcery to win his freedom back from a ruthless fallen angel. Nathaniel must survive the duel if he wants to change his destiny and fulfill his desire for mortality and a chance to be with Juliana forever.

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Add the book to your Goodreads Shelf

Haunting Me is on sale for a limited time ~ only ‪.99 cents‬
On Amazon       (paperback available soon)

If you would like to start with book 1, Death Lies Between Us, it’s also .99 cents for a limited time: Amazon

Read an Excerpt from the Novel

“What happened? What’s going on with Jared?”

My mom’s lip quivers as she shakes her head. “His blood pressure is so low. And he has fluid in his lungs. They think it’s hantavirus, sweetie. It came on so fast. I didn’t know he was this sick. His heart… It’s not…. It’s struggling.”

She can’t say it aloud. I don’t blame her and I’m not even sure I want to know the details. I’ve never seen my mom like this. Being shaken to your core is a wake-up call like no other.

Letting go of Mom, I move around the side of the bed and take Jared’s hand in mine. Mom takes his other one.

I give the Angel of Death, Marcus, a death glare. Only for a second. Just long enough for him to see that I know he delayed me on purpose. I’d like to drill him with a few questions about our little adventure, then slap him halfway to Pluto, but I won’t let him distract me from Jared any longer than he already has.

“Hantavirus?” I say. “Can’t you get that from mouse droppings?”

“Yes, you can,” Mom whispers.

I close my eyes and sigh, feeling defeated. Even at home, being extra super-duper careful, Jared still couldn’t escape the grip of death. “He was searching inside the garden shed. He said it was disgusting inside.”

“That was probably it,” she says. Tears leak down her face and she looks up at the doctor to see if he’s listening.

I can’t stand to see my mom crying so I stare down at my brother in the bed. “Jared?” I whisper. He doesn’t respond. He’s unconscious. I lean over and kiss his forehead. “You can wake up now, baby brother. You have too much to do, remember?” I stroke the side of his hair and give it a little tug like I used to do when I was really little and wanted his attention. “You’re not done, and I’m not done being your sister.”

The doctor murmurs to my mom, “If he doesn’t start to respond soon, we’ll try what we discussed earlier.”

Mom gives the faintest of nods and the doctor slips out of the room. The nurse moves a chair from over by the corner and places it behind me. I give her a weak smile and sit down.

Before leaving, she hugs my mom and says, “He’ll wake up, Diane. He’s young and strong.”

Jared is young, but he’s just not as strong as he used to be after his last near-death experience. I take a deep breath and close my eyes against the heaviness in the room.

“Mom,” I say as I look over at her.

She tears her gaze away from Jared’s face. Her fear is the most frightening thing I have ever seen in my life. I dig deep, pulling every ounce of determination and faith I didn’t know I had from somewhere bottomless and profound. There must be a well of strength buried inside this body. It’s a place no one ever wants to unearth and tap into. Yet, people reach this unbearable level of pain and drink from the sacred hidden depths within themselves somehow managing to accomplish all that needs to be done. Nineteen years old happens to be my time for this bitter drink of reality.

“Take my hand,” I whisper as I reach across the cotton blanket covering Jared’s body.

The three of us form a circle. There’s still no response from Jared. The hum and beep of his monitors fill the room with the eerie reminder Jared may not make it through this one.

“Jules, his life was short, but not unacknowledged.”

I ignore Marcus and center my focus only on Jared.

“There is great value in the quality of life, not the quantity.”

I release my mom and Jared’s hands and get up from the chair. Mom hardly seems to notice what I’m doing. I walk over to Marcus and stomp on his foot. Of course, I only stamp the floor, but it helps me feel better.

“I was stuck in a ditch for who knows how long while my brother was dying,” I say as calmly as I can, but it still comes out like icy needles. Needles I hope are making their points felt in Marcus’s guilty conscious.

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I have a new novella coming out in November. Unwrapping Treasure is the first story in my Granite Lake Romance series – a new adult contemporary romance – What?! You may be asking, no paranormal? That’s correct, but this lovely little story will hopefully capture your heart with a couple of new and intriguing characters. I’ll be sharing the full description and cover art soon! So be on the lookout.

As always, thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

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Jody

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Crazy About You by Katie O’Sullivan ~ Review & New Release

I had the great pleasure of reading and reviewing an advance copy of Crazy About You from author, Katie O’Sullivan. Crazy About You is a full length contemporary romance and a brand new release – July 24, 2015. My full review is below, but first, let’s find out a little more about the novel.

“Drawn together by a dead cell phone, it’s the dead body that changes everything.”

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Climate scientist Chase Anderson races from one project to the next, unwilling to slow down in his quest to save the world’s oceans. He has no time for family or relationships until he crashes into an impetuous blonde with a quirky sense of humor. One sizzling kiss makes him seriously reevaluate his priorities. And his sanity.

Emma Maguire left her small Cape Cod hometown years ago, seeking the fast pace and anonymity of New York City. She’s not sure what she’s searching for, but when a family crisis brings her home to Provincetown she’s caught in a crazy tangle of half-truths and mistaken identity… and falls for the handsome stranger who broke her cell phone.

Will untangling the web of lies drive them crazy, or lead to something even crazier – like love?

PurchaseLinks: AMAZON | THE WILD ROSE PRESS | BARNES & NOBLE

My Review:

Sexy, Smart, Fun Summer Romance!

Crazy About You is another fantastic and well written romance novel from Katie O’Sullivan and is one of my favorite books of the year so far. In my humble opinion, this novel is probably Ms. O’Sullivan’s best work yet! (this is the 4th book I’ve read from Ms. O’Sullivan – I’m a big fan of her books in case you couldn’t tell.)

Emma and Chase have a history of past relationships that leaves them a little wary about falling in love but their attraction to one another trumps any and all misgivings. While trying to figure out their feelings for one another they become entangled in a murder investigation, an excessive amount of mafia related mayhem, and a possible environmental catastrophe.

I was rooting for Emma and Chase from page one. The main characters are full of depth and I found them extremely likeable. The setting is descriptive and charming and felt like I walked right into Cape Cod and Provincetown. The novel has quite the cast of memorable characters including Todd, Chase’s young, energetic – and often hung over intern – and Tony, Emma’s close friend and a hunky Italian New Yorker.

Crazy About You is a fun, romantic and sexy, captivating story that touches on environmental issues but also throws in some action-packed suspense that keeps the reader on edge. The writing is clear, intelligent, and sprinkled with beautiful prose – all things that I really appreciate. I couldn’t put this book down!

Ms. O’Sullivan is a talented author and this novel really stands out as a 5 star romance with a sweet happily ever after!

~ Would you like to read an excerpt from the novel? ~

A blinding smile lit her face, and she waved with enthusiasm. His heart skipped a few beats as his blood all went lower down.

She beelined to the table, calling his name. “Chase? Chase! It’s so good to see you again! Thanks so much for inviting me to lunch!”

He found himself rising to greet her for the second time inside an hour. Instead of sitting, she came to where he stood and wrapped her arms around his neck. She planted an exaggerated kiss on his cheek, like the one he’d envied Tony for the prior day, those soft red lips wet on his skin. His arms slipped around her waist and his stomach clenched hard, inappropriate thoughts racing through his head at breakneck speed, leaving him dazed. Staring down, he saw similar confusion mirrored in Emma’s eyes, as if she felt it too, that electric current running fast and furious between them at every point where their bodies connected. And she wasn’t letting go.

About the Author:  Katie_OSullivan

Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. Living next to the Atlantic influences everything she writes, including her YA series about the mermaids who live near her beach. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and now writes romance and adventure for young adults, and something steamier for the young at heart.

Katie O’Sullivan can be found all over the interwebs:

Website: www.katie-osullivan.com Blog: http://katieosullivan.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatieOSullivan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OkatieO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3326303.Katie_O_Sullivan

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/katieosullivan

*Thanks you for stopping by & happy reading!

Jody

“Every great love starts with a great story…” 
~ Nicholas Sparks

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Heart of the Secret Cover Reveal Day

Heart of the Secret is here as part of the Magical Weddings box set ~ Coming June 16th! Available for pre-order now.

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On the back cover

Aspen Morgan is an extraordinary, beautiful, and talented witch with the power to control animals and earth magic. She also deeply desires to marry Rook Avesbury. Unfortunately, Aspen knows that being a Morgan means she is destined to a life of solitude. The Morgans of Lane County don’t get married, they don’t explain why, and their secret always dies with them.
 
While studying the stars along the northwest coast, Rook, a handsome and charming wizard from the British Isles, falls in love with the captivating Aspen Morgan. After seven blissful months together, Rook is ready to spend forever with her.

Will the Morgan family curse be the end of Rook and Aspen, or will she find a way to reveal the deadly secrets of an enchanted journal and break the five hundred-year-old spell that is preventing their happily ever after?

Cover art by Laura Gordon at The Book Cover Machine

About the Magical Weddings box set.

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Whether real or only in the hearts of the bride and groom, the magic of weddings is undeniable. And irresistible! As these 15 enchanting happily-ever-afters by bestselling and award-winning authors prove.

From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.

This set of enchanting romances is available for pre-order now for only $0.99 and can be delivered to your device on release day, June 16th, 2015!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RbM7Ze

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Google Play: http://bit.ly/1emycBp

Please join us for a cover reveal extravaganza Facebook party.Giveaways start at 1:00 pm EST on Monday, May 25th on Facebook. 

We have an even bigger party happening on release day, June 16th! I hope you will stop by and enter to win some fantastic prizes, including a $50 amazon gift card, bouquet of flowers delivered to your door, jewelry, $20, $10, $10 amazon gift cards, signed paperbacks, and much more! If Memorial Day just doesn’t fit into your schedule please join us on Facebook in June.

In other news:

I now have a YouTube channel. Check out my book trailers here: YouTube 

The Magical Weddings trailer will be ready to view by 9 p.m. est Monday, May 25th. Don’t miss it – it’s gorgeous!

Thank you for you interest in my latest works.
Grab a copy of The Night Medicine while it’s still on sale for only $0.99…and happy reading!

TNM - May sale .99Cheers,
Jody

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Darkly Delicious Definitions – Defining the Paranormal

Welcome to Defining the Paranormal with non-expert, Jody A. Kessler 😉

First let me acknowledge you, the reader. Hi! If you’re here, then I might assume one of two things about you:

1)   You’re related to me, or are a very close friend, and are somewhat interested in knowing what keeps me so busy all day, every day, for months at a time.  —In case you didn’t know, being an author is a never-ending job!

Or

2)     You’re interested in the paranormal and the supernatural world – and possibly reading about these delightful mysteries of the unknown.

As I’ve stated above, I am not an expert. However, I have a lifetime of study and personal experience dealing with the supernatural. It wasn’t unusual to find me as a young girl looking for ghosts, reading tarot cards, and playing with a pendulum for fun. (Don’t even get me started on the Ouija board experiences. Perhaps my mom was right after all when she said, “Don’t play with that evil thing!” Note to Mom – Thanks for getting rid of it for me.) Anyway, was this normal behavior for a child? I’m not sure. All I know is that I have been fascinated with the paranormal, supernatural, and metaphysical world for as long as I can remember.

How about you? Are you a believer? Or a skeptic? Perhaps you scoff at such things as spirits and angels. Well, that’s perfectly fine. We all have the right to believe whatever we want. And to be honest, I have spent many hours contemplating and questioning my reality and what is truth and what is fiction. Being an author of fiction, this line is crossed daily, but I continue my search.

So here it is – My first collection of Definitions of the Paranormal

(Please dispute me wherever you see fit – or better yet – add your definition in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!)

Spirit vs. Soul – The soul is your eternal self. Spirit is the definition of when your soul is within the confines of your body. Hence you have an eternal soul, but you also have an internal spirit.

Angels –For thousands of years people have believed in ‘something’ or ‘someone’ watching over them and helping them in times of need or distress. Most of the time angels are there for no other reason than to be by your side. What I’ve read and learned is that there are many classifications of angels, and they have different domains. Here are a few of the more common ones: Archangels, seraphim, cherubim, guardian angels, death angels. – The definition of Angel really varies depending on who you ask.  Mostly, I like the idea of angels no matter who they really are, or what you call them. I believe they are helping, guiding, and making our universe a better place.

Aura  – In terms of parapsychology the aura is a subtle, luminous field of energy around any living thing – like a halo. I have found that many people don’t believe that auras are real. Why? I can only guess that it’s because they can’t see it. My argument is this, you can’t see the wind and yet everyone believes in it. A light bulb glows and creates an aura that we can all clearly see, and usually feel its heat, and sometimes even hear its hum. It’s easy for us to believe in the existence of a light bulb. Energy is measurable. Human beings are energy factories. We’re constantly creating heat and metabolizing our food into useable energy for our bodies to function. Now just imagine how much more energy a human body produces over that of a light bulb. Our field of energy extends beyond the skin. Just because you can’t see it with your eyes, doesn’t mean it’s not there. However, many people can see and or feel the aura. And, it’s not just body heat they are sensing. I’ve also talked to people that see the auras of animals and plants.

Ghost vs. Place Memory – Ghosts are spirits without their body. Okay, so you’re probably saying, “Wait. Isn’t that called a soul?” Yes and no. The ghost still has an attachment – usually emotional — to the body, but unfortunately, the body is dead. Hence the reason that many ghosts (but not all) will resemble their previous human form.

A place memory can also resemble human form – like ghosts – but the spirit has departed. A place memory is a strong energy signature that leaves an imprint on space. It reminds me of the quintessential ‘lady in the window’.  The story about a woman who stood at her window for forty years waiting for her lost love to return from war. To this day, a hundred years later, you can still see her standing there. — Does this story sound familiar? This is the classic version of a place memory. The lady’s spirit is gone, but she left her imprint on time and space. There are many documented cases of place memories and they are not always visual. Auditory and olfactory place memories are also common.

Incubus & Succubus – I have read documented testimonies about real encounters with these supernatural entities, and the history goes all the way back to medieval times. I don’t have personal experience with this – Thank Goodness! – but I’ll give you a brief definition from what I’ve learned. Whether they are real or not — the testimonies or the entities — I can’t say. All I know is, I truly hope I never encounter one.

Incubus – a male demon that has sexual intercourse with women – usually when they’re asleep.

Succubus – the female version of an incubus.

That’s it for now. There are many books on each of these subjects. I’ve actually read quite a few. If you’re truly interested in learning more, do your research well and only take the bits and pieces of information that feel true and right to you. Be on the lookout for Tools of the Trade – A Hands-on Approach to the Paranormal. Coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jody

(This has been reblogged from earlier this year as part of the Angel Dreams book tour, but I wanted to share it

 

 

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Exciting Things Are Happening in 2015!

Happy New Year!

Thank you for joining me in celebrating the first day of the new year. There’s so much to share with you, but let me start with the brand new cover for Death Lies Between Us. Why the new cover? This is a second edition of the novel with very minor changes and I wanted a new cover to go with it, and with the follow up novel, Angel Dreams ~ which is coming in just two short weeks on Jan. 15th!

cover reveal DLBU smoke blueI hope you love the new cover as much as I do! As for the rest of the exciting news happening in January ~ well ~ Angel Dreams, book 2, releases officially on January 15th. Pre-order for the Ebook is available right now for only $2.99  on Amazon.

Celebrating the release of a new novel is a big deal – just ask any author. I have a blog tour planned from Jan. 15-30th with a giveaway. The rafflecopter will be on my “giveaways” page at the start of the tour so please stop by and enter to win. I hope the tour and rafflecopter will be the beginning of the fun! A facebook party should be happening in the near future.

The Night Medicine, my first historical novel is still coming soon. There has been a minor delay Custom Book Cover Jody Official Ebookin its release, but I hope to have it out by February-March. If you would like to sign up for my newsletter, you’ll know exactly when it comes out as I will be sending out all the details as soon as I know.

Here’s to a wonderful, happy, and healthy 2015 and always! Happy reading and cheers to new books and my wonderful readers and friends!

 

 

 

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What I Write and Why I Write It… Tag, You’re It!

I’ve been tagged by Katie O’Sullivan in this blogging challenge to answer four questions about my writing and then tag four other writers to do the same. 

Katie O’Sullivan is a fellow Crescent Moon Press author and some of her titles include: Son of a Mermaid, Blood of a Mermaid, and My Kind of Crazy. I’m a huge fan of Ms. O’Sullivan’s and highly recommend her novels. (Check out Katie’s website here)

So, here it goes:

What am I working on?

Thanks for asking! My latest novel is titled, The Night Medicine. It’s a Native American time travel adventure set in 1860’s in Montana territory. As is my usual M.O. there’s a lot going on with the plot. The novel features the Blackfoot Nation, and their way of life and the cultural impact from the early mining industry in the Upper Missouri region of Montana.

Here is a partial blurb – (It’s not finished.)

Three Natives Americans time-travel from 2012 to 1868 through the practice of an ancient ceremony and with the help of a medicine pipe passed down through generations to Piegan clan member, Dean Wolfsblood. Badger, Dean’s ex-marine buddy, bribes him to take the trip into the past, but surprise awaits them as Kai accidentally falls into the adventure with them. With well meaning intentions gone with the winds of time, deceit, lies, kidnapping by Salish warriors, and facing a treacherous gold-laden mining past, the three weary travelers begin to mentally unravel and their individual secrets are slowly revealed. Can they survive history long enough to make it back, or will the past change their futures forever?

How does my writing differ from others of its genre?

I think my plots are unique. I love unexpected twists that surprise the readers. I can’t say that falling in love is untold in fiction, but falling in love with an Angel of Death (An Angel Falls series) whose only desire is to return to his former life at the risk of his eternal soul is different than what I’ve read before. My characters entertain and enlighten me daily. I hope my readers feel the same way.

Why do I write what I do?

There are few things in a lifetime that scream at you to follow through. Writing screams – no it sings – to me daily.

Joseph Campbell said this, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

The writing door swung wide open for me and I had to enter. Paranormal comes to me naturally. The supernatural has fascinated me since I was very young. As for historical, I love it! Writing my current novel has been an excellent excuse to study about early American history and the Plains tribes.

How does my writing process work?

I need uninterrupted quiet time to let the words flow through me and onto the page.

Do I struggle to find this time?  Yes, of course. But I keep writing anyway – mostly late at night.

Writing improves my sanity on a daily basis. My family can attest to that. I write as often as I can. I read all different genres and study like I was back in college. And I edit. I go over my manuscripts multiple times before anyone can read my work. The amount of hours involved in writing is more than a full-time job, but it’s the best job I could ever have!

Do you have a passion that occupies your mind and tantalizes your soul?

If so, share it with the world. You won’t regret it! If not, keep seeking your bliss. Listen to your spirit – your inner voice that says, “This (activity) makes me smile inside.” Then do it as often as possible!

Now I tag:

Louann Carroll:   http://www.louanncarroll.com/

Jean Murray: http://jean-murray.com/

Diane J. Reed: http://www.banditsranch.com/

Alythia Brownhttp://www.alythiabrown.com/

Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers,  Jody

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  1. Thank you so much, Jody! It really means a lot to me that you included me in your list of nominees. *hugs* I *hope* to be inspiring, I probably wind up being hopelessly absurd! :c) Oh… and I *definitely* want to do an interview with you when Death Lies Between Us has its Just Released Blog Tour… you are planning one, right?

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