New Release & Giveaway – Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery

Title: Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery (Novella #3 in the Nick Spinelli Romance Mystery Series – Saint Patrick’s Day setting)

Author:  Valerie J. Clarizio

Publisher: Melange Books, LLC

Release Date: March 12, 2015

Buylinks:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UKJSAUS

Banes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121413659?ean=2940046628708

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/526784

CrazedReckoning3

Teaser:  “Let me get this right. You’re telling me your dead father’s finger showed up in a cache box in Door County, over forty years after your father died.”

Giveaway: In celebration of the release of Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery I’m giving away copies of Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery!  You can nab your copy here at Smashwords for a limited time (MOBI, PDF, or EPUB):  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/415230

Or you can nab your copy here at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/covert-exposure-valerie-j-clarizio/1117031916?ean=2940045744263

Sale: To further celebrate, Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery is on sale for a limited time at Amazon for only $.99:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Craving-Vengeance-Nick-Spinelli-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00HFNVXGK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1426116994&sr=8-4&keywords=valerie+Clarizio

Giveaway #2: Visit the following blogs during the March 12th Release Day Blast and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Read Our Thoughts Book Blog  Spotlight/Excerpt

Aubrey Wynne: Romantasy Through the Ages Guest Post

books are love Spotlight/ Excerpt

Those Crazy Book Chicks Spotlight/ Excerpt

mousey books Spotlight/ Excerpt

Kishan Paul Spotlight/ Excerpt

Author Sandra Love Spotlight/ Excerpt

Amanda’s Blog! Spotlight

Padme’s Library Interview

The Phantom Paragrapher Spotlight

Books N Pearls Interview 

Dahlia Donovan Spotlight

Thank you all for visiting and your continued support!

May the luck of the Irish be with you on Saint Patrick’s Day!  Cheers!

MC900436369[1]

Cover Wars!

The cover of Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery is featured on The Masquerade Crew’s COVER WARS for the month of March!

Pop on over there to vote daily for your favorite covers: http://www.masqueradecrew.com/2015/03/a-dozen-lovely-covers-for-marchs-cover.html

Cover war

Here’s what you are looking for:

CravingVengeanceVJC

Thank you

Cover Reveal

Here it is! The Cover for my upcoming release – CRAZED RECKONING (3rd novella in the Nick Spinelli romance mystery series)

Teaser..  “Let me get this right. You’re telling me your dead father’s finger showed up in a cache box in Door County, over forty years after your father died.”

CrazedReckoning3

Blurb:

After experiencing a murderous Christmas and Valentine’s Day with love interest Shannon O’Hara, Detective Nick Spinelli assumed Saint Patrick’s Day couldn’t be any worse.

He was wrong.

While out on a geocaching adventure in Door County, Shannon and her friend Anna find more than a clue in the cache box. When Shannon disappears, Spinelli is sent racing to find her. Amidst the chaos of an unruly Irish celebration, and a decades-old Irish family feud, he must rescue her from the hands of a madman.
 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…..why not get warmed up for it with a LOVE ANTHOLOGY!!

 

p1

 $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/bb55253840/

p2 

**Award winning & USA Today Recommended**

When love drops in unexpected, the strangest things can happen. Nine short stories from sweet to sultry, full of romance, magic and love from award winning and USA Today recommended authors.

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0ZAPJCBubw 

Buy Links:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PMOM9NA/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

B&N:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-least-expected-meredith-bond/1120790265?ean=2940046296808

KOBO:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/love-least-expected/oS355s2R4UOQjmKN8209QA?MixID=oS355s2R4UOQjmKN8209QA&PageNumber=1

All Romance:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-loveleastexpected-1681062-166.html

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Meredith_Bond_Love_Least_Expected?id=CT9pBQAAQBAJ&hl=en

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-least-expected/id942101190?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 

Under The Mango Tree: (Historical Romance) by Meredith Bond

Lakshmi is a good 18th c. Indian girl who should not be hiding among the branches of the mango tree avoiding her chores. She truly should not be seen by a man who is not a member of her family–an Englishman, no less. And she absolutely should not even contemplate speaking with this man. But Lakshmi has never been one to follow the rules.

Website: http://www.meredithbond.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/merrybond

Rolf’s Quest: (Historical Romance) by Aubrey Wynne

Time is running out for the royal wizard of Henry II. Rolf’s quest: find genuine love and lift the enchantment that has imprisoned his ancestor, Merlin, for centuries. Now he must win Melissa’s heart without the use of magic. She desires him, but will she defy her family and refuse her betrothed? Or will Rolf be doomed to a life of bitterness like his ancestors before him.

Website: http://aubreywynneauthor.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aubrey.wynne.7

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aubreywynne51

Fall Into Darkness: (Paranormal Romance) by Valerie Twombly

Eli, bounty hunter for the Tribunal, is sentenced to earth to find his humanity. But when temptation is thrown in the angel’s path in the form of the soft curvy Ashley, he is unable to resist. Fate may bring them together, but desire could bond them for eternity.

Website: http://www.valerietwombly.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fangedfantasy

Roses Are Wrong, Violets Taboo: (Southern Romance) by Kris Calvert

When Alexander Chase Tabeau and Rose Westwood meet by chance, neither planned on stumbling into the best night of their life. But timing is everything and fate has a cruel sense of humor. With love on the line and nothing to lose, will one night together change their destiny forever?

Website: www.kriscalvert.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kriscalvert30

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/kriscalvert

Alphabetical Disorder: (Fantasy Romance) by Katie Stephens

When a trick horseback rider gets caught up in a dangerous prophecy that jeopardizes the circus, she believes she can solve the problem by dating alphabetically. Now all she has to do is figure out how to manipulate her flawed interpretation so she can be with the man she loves.

Website http://standardishue.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katie-Stephens-Author/1633141843579542

Twitter https://www.twitter.com/standardishue

Love’s Not Viral: (Contemporary Romance) by Nessie Strange

When a crazed Hollywood star puts Aster Sanderson in the media crosshairs, her home becomes a prison. With her life out of control, the last person she expects to rescue her is her captor’s brother, James. Is their attraction a result of circumstance…or could it be something more?

Website: http://nessieslivingdeadworld.blogspot.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NessieStrange

Taking The Plunge: (Contemporary Romance) by Kishan Paul

When Pete, Eve’s high school crush, shows up in her life, she pepper sprays him. Despite her efforts to push him away, Pete finds himself drawn to the red haired beauty. When logic and emotion don’t agree, which path should she follow?

Website: http://www.kishanpaul.net

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@kishan_paul

The Trouble With Never: (Southern Romance) by Isabella Harper

https://twitter.com/BellaHarper13

When Summer and Caleb run into each other after a long absence, sparks fly. Her painful past makes it hard for her to open up, but he’s more than willing to help. He’s loved her most of their lives. Can she learn to love and trust him, or will her fears push him away.

Website: http://www.isabellaharper.blogspot.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BellaHarper13

Keep Calm And Eat Chocolate: (Contemporary Romance) by Michaela Miles

When institution residents Elle and Chris meet, their personalities clash. During a quiet moment in the garden together, secrets are shared and a bond is formed. Will their connection be their downfall or lead to the fresh start they deserve?

Website: http://www.michaelamiles.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michaela.miles.author

Twitter: http://twitter.com/_MichaelaMiles

p3

 A Love Letter 

My dearest Melissa,

I have a confession to make and pray to my gods that you will believe me. Our first meeting was never accidental. Fate pulled you to that hilltop. I had waited for you since the day Merlin took over my training at the age of ten. You have haunted my dreams and filled my heart with hope. I knew the curve of your cheek, the softness of your lips and the kindness in your soul before I ever laid eyes on you. 

My quest is essential to end the curse upon my family line. The urgency to break the spell, holding my ancestor Merlin in a tree, has ruled the first born of each generation since the time of Arthur. I have been driven to find and claim you, make you fall in love with me without the use of my magic.  

And then you appeared before me and time stopped. The cold casing around my heart cracked a little more with every shared glance. 

I realized with each conversation, each touch of your hand that the quest no longer took precedence. If I did not make you mine, my future would be empty. I now see how barren my life has been and cannot live with such a void again.  

I willingly give up all my power, all my possessions of any worth, to hold you in my arms and call you my wife. Please, my love, wait for me. Have faith in our destiny. I will come for you.  

Your devoted wizard,

Baron Rolf Arbrec

p4

 Excerpt: 

The surrounding mist climbed Melissa’s boots and swirled in and around her legs like an affectionate cat. Gentle but firm, it pushed her inside the magical forest. The stillness of the place struck her. The kind of hush that fell over a room when something significant was about to happen. Her heart raced in anticipation. In front of her towered a massive Hawthorne tree with charred branches that seemed to welcome her. Between the gnarled limbs was a large blackened hole that filled the center of the trunk.

“I have been waiting for you.” She jumped at the sound of an old man’s voice. She screamed as a face appeared in the tree. “I do not mean to frighten you, child. I admire your courage. It’s a quality essential to your future.”

“Why am I here?” Melissa asked.

“To meet your Fate,” answered the raspy voice. The distant sound of hoof beats distracted the ghost-like image. “And he has arrived.”

Melissa turned toward the forest opening in confusion. “The mist . . .”

“Yes, it conceals our home from trespassers on the outside but does not impede our view from within.” The elderly man chuckled. “Rolf did not exaggerate your beauty.”

“Rolf?”

The pounding of hooves grew nearer.

“Ah.” The old man shook his head, regret in his eyes. “I must go.”

Horse and rider burst through the tree line. The great beast halted before her, and the stranger dismounted. In one fluid motion, he wrapped a powerful arm around her waist and pulled her hard against his chest.

He spoke only one word. “Melissa.”

The blood pumping through her veins throbbed in her ears. “Rolf?” she whispered, clinging to him, afraid to raise her eyes.

His fingers lightly stroked her cheek and sent a shudder through her body. He lifted her chin, bent his head, and then paused. Uncertain, she looked up, her mouth half-open in a silent question. The intensity and passion in his eyes told her he now claimed her as his own. Their breath mingled for a moment before his lips brushed hers. Then she threw back her head, surrendered to the sheer pleasure of his kiss, and her world shattered.

The soft touch of his mouth sent a shiver through her that made her knees buckle. His chest was hard beneath her palms. He buried his fingers in her hair and forced her head back, demanding more. She clutched at his tunic to hold herself up.

“I must have you.” His teeth nipped her earlobe; the whispered words tickled and teased her neck. One hand roamed the length of her back, sending waves of heat through the core of her body. His manhood pushed against her skirt. She struggled against this desire; her betrothed waited beyond the trees. Her mind told her to run, yet her heart begged to remain. She stopped resisting, leaned into him and gave way to pure passion.

Her mouth opened to return the kiss, only to feel him slip away. Her eyes flew open, and his image wavered then faded into the darkness. “Come back to me. Do not leave me like this.”

Melissa awoke, tears wet upon her cheeks. Emptiness burned in her stomach. She wrapped her arms around herself and curled into a tight ball to shield her body from the pain. She should not have hesitated.

Snowmobiling in the U.P.

I took a break from writing the past few days to spend a little time with the hubby on the awesome snowmobile trails in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Even in the 5 degree temperature we still had a several pleasurable rides, and this was the first time in many years we were able to take advantage of the early snow conditions.  The woods couldn’t have been more beautiful.  Here’s a peek at what we saw over the past couple of days:

Snowmobiling 150102bSnowmobiling 150102Snowmobiling 150102c

Wishing all snowmobilers safe travels!

Cats on Writing

“No, I will not allow you to massage that keyboard! You must massage me instead,” said Bud the cat.

“Well, Bud, no writing means no Friskies,” I replied.

 Bud doesn’t seem to understand or care.

Bud

FROZEN – New Release – Romance Anthology

 

Frozen2

Just for fun I asked each author to describe their hero and heroine with one word – The results are in and can be seen below each story blurb:

The Ice Hotel Wedding Test by Charmaine Pauls  – Jess and Derrick have been together for twelve years. When Jess finally gives Derrick an ultimatum, tie the knot or set her free, he proposes a bizarre test to decide their destiny.

Hero Derrick: Stubborn

Heroine Jess: Caring

Love Thaws a Frozen Heart by Valerie J. Clarizio  – Casey is hell bent on getting Noah to sign divorce papers. Hiding out at his camp, Noah is hell bent on not signing. Procuring a snowmobile, Casey sets out in a blinding snowstorm to find him. After crashing, she is near death when Noah finds her. Will a few cabin-bound days cause either of them to change their mind?

Hero Noah: Patient

Heroine Casey: Clueless

Lord of Ice by April Marcom  – Jack Frost gave his heart to Lilly the day she was born, making her the perfect leverage for a fire spirit whose heart is set on becoming Lord of Ice.

Hero Jack: Immortal

Heroine Lilly: Winter-obsessed

Frozen Moments by Nancy Pennick (‘A Waiting For Dusk’ story) – Drew keeps proposing. Kate keeps saying no. It’s their little game. Can the holiday season change that? Kate has lost her best friend, and Drew does his best to cheer her up in this delightful story of love and memories.

Hero Drew: Romantic

Heroine Kate: Determined

Frozen In Time by Christina Kirby – Lizbeth travels the world as a freelance photographer and answers to no one. After her last relationship, that’s exactly how she wants her life to be, easy and all her own. Jonas is staying at his family’s cabin while he deals with the loss of a fellow fallen solider. He wants nothing more than to be left alone and to avoid Christmas. Neither plan on spending Christmas with a stranger or finding the person who’s exactly what each other needs.

Hero Jonas: Reserved

Heroine: Lizbeth: Adventurous

Frozen With Possibilities by Rhonda Brutt  - A resort on the shores of Lake Superior in the middle of December was not exactly what Tiffany had in mind for a mid-winter vacation. But when she agreed to accompany her progressive grandmother on this frozen trip, she discovered that life is filled with possibilities, if you only go after them.

Hero Chad: Hard-working

Heroine Tiffany: Shy

Frozen Heart Thawing by Nicole Angeleen - In the depths of winter, Thomas Everett grudgingly meets his betrothed, Nila Sarvani, the daughter of a powerful sheikh. The passion they share takes them both by surprise, but the ruthlessness of American business threatens to tear them apart. Nila must decide if her dreams can be realized if she allows herself to fall in love.

Hero Thomas: Headstrong

Heroine Nila: Determined

Frozen Dreams by Elena Kane - In a world surrounded by snow and magic, Cara finds herself grossly out of place. Ridiculed by all, she lives her life in terror from perpetual bullies until she runs into a stranger in town. Ben is everything she always wanted, but never expected. Better yet, he sees past her differences. Could Ben be her dream come true?

Hero Ben: Caring

Heroine Cara: Different

Her Frozen Heart by Tara Fox Hall  – Alaric has always loved the winter season, second only to his love of spells and sorcery. When his beautiful neighbor Cassandra reveals she’s a natural witch, he’s instantly smitten, even as he despairs of attracting her interest. Is there hope for a magical couple who thrive in different seasons?

Hero Alaric: Courageous

Heroine Cassandra: Mysterious

The Thawing of Holly’s Heart by Marilyn Gardiner  – What happens when a single mother meets an old friend and, despite the conviction that she will never again open her heart to another man, finds herself falling in love?

Hero Will: Successful

Heroine Holly: Courageous

Falling On Ice by Bess Kingsley - After the horrible year ice sculptor Sam McLeod has had, falling off a ladder at Nationals into the arms of her nemesis is the absolute last thing she needs. Or is it?

Hero Jake: Gracious

Heroine Sam: Tough

CONTEST – For a chance to win an ecopy of Frozen, comment below this post, describing your ideal hero and/or heroine with just one word.

Frozen Bios

Nicole Angeleen is a writer from Shawnee, Kansas. When she is not writing, she spends her time reading on the beach, traveling, and being a rabid and obsessive sports fan.

Rhoda Brutt – Rhonda lives in the Minneapolis metropolitan area and enjoys swimming, concerts, and making up excuses to get out of cooking!

Valerie Clarizio – I grew up in the north woods in a house full of brothers. I can hunt, fish, and survive in the great outdoors with the best of them.

Marilyn Gardiner – Marilyn has published in many newspapers and magazines, taught a creative writing class, tutored adults learning to read, and volunteered in the public school system. Her book shelf holds eleven published novels, and two more not yet published.

Tara Fox Hall – Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

Elena Kane – A country girl living each day to the fullest; creating characters that touch the heart and stick with you.

Bess Kingsley – Bess Kingsley is a contemporary romance writer living in North Carolina

Christina Kirby – A stay at home mom who loves books and traveling, though with two small kids the love of books is more convenient.

April Marcom – April Marcom is a teacher, author, and mother of three who enjoys the slow, peaceful life of the countryside.

Charmaine Pauls – South African born Charmaine Pauls is a gypsy at heart who loves to look at the world through the lens of her camera. Before taking up writing full time, the novelist worked in public relations, advertising, journalism and marketing. She resides in Chile with her husband and children.

Nancy Pennick – After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. She loves to travel, garden and have a good cup of tea nearby.

Buy Links:

Satin Romance: http://www.satinromance.com/authors/anth/2014/frozen.html

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/486761

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OR2AGLK