RomanceAwarenessMonth1Just a few weeks ago, I was happily surprised to find that August is Romance Awareness Month! I can’t find an origin, but it’s a real thing, and I’m ALL FOR IT!

To celebrate, I sent an *all call* to some of my favorite romance authors, asking each of them the same questions about romance (their own, their favorites, and their characters). All month long we’ll be sharing the authors’ answers, and EVERY ONE OF THEM is offering a giveaway!

 

Please help me welcome today’s author of “light paranormal romance”, Ashlyn Chase!

Just yesterday, Ashlyn released the final book in her Boston Dragons Trilogy, NEVER DARE A DRAGON. One early reviewer says, “… this novel was an awesome mix of fluffy, steamy, adventure, myth and humor.” Add in a romance between shifters, and it’s right up my alley!!

 

 

No one would believe that lovely Lt. Kristine Scott of the NY Fire Department is an actual dragon, but there’s no denying the flames that ignite when she meets firefighting phoenix shifter Jayce Fierro.

One Boston Phoenix + One New York Dragon = Scorching Heat

You think it’s tough being a dragon? It’s a piece of cake compared to being a phoenix shifter. Dragon shifters just have to worry about accidentally setting their stuff (or a loved one) on fire. A phoenix can rise from the ashes, but then they have to start over…as if growing up once wasn’t tough enough..

Meet Lt. Jayce Fierro of the Boston Fire Department, and Kristine Scott of the FDNY. A long distance relationship could never work—especially not with the secrets they’re keeping. But when Kristine lands herself in a blaze of trouble, she’s in no position to turn down Jayce’s help. Even if it means letting down their guards…and giving in to their sizzling attraction.

 

 

RomanceQ&A

What is your simple definition of “romance”?

Romance is the kind of love and trust that allows people to become the best version of themselves.

What is the most romantic thing someone’s done for you?

My husband travels for his job. When he went to India I stayed home to take care of the cat and write. He was gone for two weeks. It was the longest we’ve been apart since we met 20+ years ago. We missed each other so much, he said he would take me with him on any long trip in the future, if I wanted to go. Yes, please! I’m happy to say I’ve tagged along to India, Switzerland, and Spain.

Do you have any “romance mishaps” you can share?

On a shorter trip that I decided to skip, he was in Shanghai, China, for a few days. He finished up early and decided to spend the extra time as a tourist. The last I heard from him was, “Well, I’m going to brave the Chinese public transportation system.” I didn’t hear from him again for 24 hours. I thought he’d been Shanghaied! Literally! He doesn’t speak Chinese and I was imagining all kinds of horrible scenarios. Well, his cellphone’s battery died and by the time he returned to his hotel to recharge it, he figured I’d be sound asleep. Nope. I didn’t sleep worth a darn, which was good because his mother called early the next morning asking me to take her to the hospital. I didn’t want to worry her, so I couldn’t tell her that her son was missing in a foreign country. He finally called me while I was in the ER with her. I wanted to cry, I was so relieved.

If your own romance was a novel, the title would be…

I Suck At Life Without You

What is the most romantic thing one of your characters has done for their love interest? 

One of my firefighter heroes borrowed the fire engine and drove it to the bank where his girlfriend worked. The captain helped him unfurl a banner and attach it to the side of the truck. It said, Marry me, Misty! Then he got somebody to ask her to come outside. Of course he had a bouquet of flowers for her too. She had been miffed at him earlier, but the gesture melted her heart quickly.

Do you have a favorite romance trope? (Either to read, or write.) If so, which one?

Big brother’s best friend. The above story is my first time writing one. I’m really glad it came together so well. I just got through first edits, which weren’t too painful, and the book will be out in the winter sometime. It’s called HOOKED ON A PHOENIX.

Who is your favorite (aside from one of your own) fictional romantic couple?

Outlander’s Jamie and Claire!

 

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Ashlyn has graciously offered a signed copy of NEVER DARE A DRAGON to one lucky reader!! To enter, comment below to let us know which kind of shifter is your favorite in paranormal romances. One winner will be selected, at random, from all entries posted by August 15th, and notified by email. Full winners list will be posted on September 1st.

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Mari Carr Q&A and Giveaway: Romance Awareness Month

Posted August 1, 2017 By Jennifer

RomanceAwarenessMonth1Just a few weeks ago, I was happily surprised to find that August is Romance Awareness Month! I can’t find an origin, but it’s a real thing, and I’m ALL FOR IT!

To celebrate, I sent an *all call* to some of my favorite romance authors, asking each of them the same questions about romance (their own, their favorites, and their characters). All month long we’ll be sharing the authors’ answers, and EVERY ONE OF THEM is offering a giveaway!

 

Today’s post features a bestselling author with a romance for every reader, Mari Carr!

In addition to Romance Awareness Month, Mari is also celebrating her newest book, BELOVED SACRIFICE (Trinity Masters, #9), which just released yesterday!!

 

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A woman with nothing to lose. A man who knows too much. A secret that could destroy them all.

Rose Hancock is no stranger to danger, fear, or pain. Her whole life has been shaped by the purists–a shadowy splinter group within America’s most powerful secret society. When the leader of the Trinity Masters has her partner-in-crime shot, Rose has nothing left to live for except revenge.

Before she can take her revenge, she’s kidnapped and wakes up to find herself in England, with the man who only days before she was sure was dead.

When a kidnapping and ransom specialist, sent by the Grand Master, shows up to “rescue” Rose, she’ll have to decide if she wants to keep running or stand and fight against the purists.

But there are more secrets to be uncovered, and some of those secrets could mean the end of the Trinity Masters…because the Masters’ Admiralty is larger and more powerful. And some betrayals cannot be forgiven.

 

 

RomanceQ&A

What is your simple definition of “romance”?

Spending every single day with the person who makes you laugh, makes you happy and makes you better.

What is the most romantic thing someone’s done for you?

My husband does a million little things for me that add up to romance, including getting up with me to make me breakfast, pouring a glass of wine for me after a rough day, putting flowers on my desk just because.

Do you have any “romance mishaps” you can share?

Mishaps? Do children count? LOL. Just kidding. I can’t think of any mishaps.

If your own romance was a novel, the title would be…

Overboard. lol

What is the most romantic thing one of your characters has done for their love interest? 

In Do Over, the couple has been married together for over twenty years and the wife is experiencing empty nest syndrome. To rekindle the romance, the husband takes her back to all the places where first met, kissed and dated, writing her a letter with the memory of that place that he reads at each stop.

Do you have a favorite romance trope? (Either to read, or write.) If so, which one?

Friends to lovers or romantic comedy (to read and write!)

Who is your favorite (aside from one of your own) fictional romantic couple?

Jamie and Clare in Outlander

 

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Right now, readers are already enjoying a window of time to get Mari’s SOMETHING SPARKED (Sparks In Texas, #2) for FREE!! (Through August 20th.) In addition, just for us, a lucky reader will be able to choose ONE title from her (very extensive) ebook backlist! To enter, comment below to let us know if you like flowers as a sweet surprise, and if so, what kind. One winner will be selected, at random, from all entries posted by August 15th, and notified by email. Full winners list will be posted on September 1st.

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Romance Awareness Month!! 25+ Authors & Giveaways!

Posted July 31, 2017 By Jennifer

Romance plays a part in so many of the stories we love. The romantic relationship might be the focus of the story, or something low-key that happens on the sideline. It can be the sure, solid rock that the hero and heroine builds their life on, or something fun, flirty, and fleeting. Regardless of whether it’s a “happily ever after” or a “happy for now”, there’s a romance perfect for every reader.

I was thrilled to find out that August is Romance Awareness Month!! It’s a real thing!

So… I went to the people who tell the tales. Some of our favorite authors have answered a quick Q&A about their own romances, they’re favorite romances, and the romances they written for us. In addition, they’re all giving our blog readers a chance to win goodies!

The schedule for the weekday posts is below – and we’ll have a few weekend surprise posts, as well! Which authors are YOU looking forward to hearing from?

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July 31 – Kickoff & Full Schedule
August 1 – Mari Carr
August 2 – Ashlyn Chase
August 3 – Terry Spear
August 4 – Ashley Gardner (Jennifer Ashley)
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August 7 – Dee Davis
August 8 – Kait Ballenger
August 9 – Alyssa Day
August 10 – Kate Douglas
August 11 – Megan Hart
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August 14 – Angie Fox
August 15 – Tawdra Kandle
August 16 – Elicia Hyder
August 17 – Menna Van Praag
August 18 – Mary Calmes
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August 21 – Kate McMurray
August 22 – Susan Bishop Crispell
August 23 – Dianna Love
August 24 – Julie Ann Walker
August 25 – Mia Sheridan
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August 28 – Kerrelyn Sparks
August 29 – Jeffe Kennedy
August 30 – Nina Croft
August 31 – Jessica Scott
September 1 – Wrap Up & Full Winners List

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Release Day: VEILED SECRETS by Jodi Vaughn

Posted May 15, 2017 By Jennifer
Today we’re excited to bring you a re-release from a southern paranormal romance author, Jodi Vaughn.

 

[Today] is the release date for VEILED SECRETS! I can’t tell you how excited I am to re-release this book! It’s been a fan favorite and now it’s connected to the world of the RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES.

Veiled Secrets

Secrets never stay hidden…especially the magic ones…

Celeste Hart has always known she was different. Growing up in the South, she knows that having prophetic visions makes her a freak, cursed, or worse… evil.

But one night of passion leads to something she never expected… a child on the way, and now, discovering who she is has never been more important. Discovery of her Fae heritage plunges her into a paranormal world she has to accept.

Eric Nordstrom runs his life like he runs his multibillion dollar business… with precision and focus. He never lets his emotions get in the way of what he wants. But Celeste Hart intrigues him with her gentle character even though he can’t help but suspect her motives.  After blackmailing her into marriage to protect his reputation, his family falls under demonic attacks. And he has to face his own past to protect his new family.

The threat of a supernatural war…

Bound together by more than passion, Celeste and Eric soon realize they will have to work together to defeat the evil headed straight for them. Shadowed by danger they enter a world they didn’t know existed.

When the Fae and demons collide, all hell will break loose.

And only one side will be left standing.


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CMCon17 Halloween Flash Fiction with Lucienne Diver

Posted October 31, 2016 By Jennifer

Happy Halloween, everyone!!

It’s the final day of this year’s Flash Fiction event, I hope you’ve been enjoying all of the stories!! Also, be sure to check out the Coastal Magic Convention, where you’ll be able to hang out with each of our participating authors, and many, many others. Today we’ve got THREE holiday stories to share.

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Lucienne Diver is another permanent fixture in the Coastal Magic family, and I’ve always loved how imaginative her stories are!

Don’t forget to comment below her story with a question or comment for her (or for us), to be entered to win a prize pack of books & swag from many of our authors this week! (And be sure to check back on our “kickoff post” for the full schedule of participating authors. So many great stories, and each day you can enter to win!)

Here’s the image that inspired her story…

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“What the hell was that at the last house?” the witch asked her ghosty companion.

“You said I could eat one before we got home,” he whined.

“I meant one candy, not one person.”

“She was giving out toothbrushes,” he said, exasperated. “Toothbrushes. Really, she was asking for it.”

“I don’t care. You’re going to get us caught.”

The ghost looked around, red eyes glowing through the eyeholes in his sheet. “By who? No one’s looking for us. When no one answers there, someone will egg the house and they’ll move on.”

Two kids ran past them, both dressed as super heroes, capes flapping in the breeze as they raced each other to the next house.  Marai watched them, wishing she could get into the spirit. She was restless, unsettled. Wanting something, but with no clue at all what. So when Caliban had begged to go trick or treating “like a real boy,” she thought what the hell.  It was the one day of the year they could blend in among humans. The one day it was even tempting. The rest of the time they were so…pedestrian.

Tonight, though, they embraced the darkness. Or the candy.

Caliban skipped ahead of her to the next door. There were already two little ones ahead of them, a lion and a vampire, complete with fake blood dripping from his mouth. Marai approved of that one, but the lion was almost…cute.  Lions should not be cute.

“Thank you!” both kids called as they accepted the candy dropped into their pillowcase carriers and then scampered on to the next house. Marai withdrew her approval. Vampires shouldn’t scamper.

“Trick or treat!” Caliban said, mimicking the cheerful pleading he’d heard from others throughout the night.

“Ooh, scary!” said the man who answered, blinking through thick lenses and slightly stooped, either by nature or design to bring him closer to their level. “I love the glowing eyes. Good job. For that you get two pieces of candy each!”

“Score!” Caliban said, every bit like a real boy.

Marai smiled fondly, momentarily flashing her pointed teeth. The man blinked more rapidly and took a step back, bringing the candy with him. Unfazed, Caliban reached out and chose two pieces for himself. Then two more for Marai.

“Thanks!” he said, cheerfully.

The man nodded and practically slammed the door on them as Caliban pulled his hand back. Smart man.

They turned for the next house and almost crashed into a pair of teens who had come up behind him. A guy and a girl. His whole costume seemed to be white pancake make-up, dark face paint smeared around his eyes and hollowing his cheeks. Marai guessed he was supposed to be undead, but of what stripe? Zombie, ghoul, haint…really, it was like he wasn’t even trying. The girl’s costume was even more minimal—hair that had been sprayed screaming purple and tortured into a fauxhawk that made her look like a punk rock cockatoo, and a shirt that read “Zombie bait”. Ah, so the boy was trying to be a zombie.  But where was the rot? The ruin? The blood and gore from his indelicate feedings?

“Wow,” the zombie boy said, coming up short. “That’s some great make-up.”

And before Marai even registered what he meant to do, he had his hand on her nose, actually poking at it, warts and all.  She snarled, and he snapped his hand back to himself in an instant.

“That’s…that’s…” Marai rolled her eyes at the stuttering. So typical. “But it can’t be real,” he rallied.

“Can’t it?” she asked, showing her teeth.

She enjoyed the look of fear. Ate it up. So much tastier than the chocolate Caliban fancied.

“Come on, Cal,” she said, steering him away, leaving the boy staring, she was certain of it. She could taste his fear on the nip of the autumn wind. Tart and refreshing.

They headed down the street until they hit a dark patch between houses where the streetlights didn’t penetrate. Then Marai grabbed Caliban’s shoulder and pulled him into the shadows.  All the better to lay in wait.

“Mar, what are you doing?” Caliban asked. “You’d said we weren’t hunting tonight.”

You had one,” Marai said, looking down at him. “Plus, he touched me without permission.”

Caliban looked up at her, eyes glowing even brighter in the shadows. Or maybe in anticipation.

“Glad you’re getting into the spirit of things,” he said.

“Well, ’tis the season.”

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