30 Days away until you can Escape to Paradise!

30 Days away until you can Escape to Paradise!

We are 30 days out till the release of Escape to Paradise! Featuring 8 of your USA Today and bestselling authors! What do you all think of the cover? I think it’s pretty damn amazing! For those of you who have not had a chance to experience Indulgence, or you have and you want to gift a copy to your friends, now is the time! Right now you can grab your copy for just .99 cents! This is a pre-order sale!

Be sure to grab your copy! You don’t want to miss out on this special deal!  Escape to Paradise release May 16th!

Escape to Indulgences resort, where love and romance blooms. 

Eight USA Today and bestselling authors have come together to take you to Aragon Island, where you will join couples as they discover what romantic escapade the island has in store for them.

This collection includes…

MIDNIGHT’S KISS by Victoria Zak & DL Roan. Will an unexpected fantasy ignite lasting love?

A pretend date for a wedding becomes all too real in YOURS FOR THE WEEKEND by Lana Williams.

UNDERTONES by Xyla Turner. A divorcee and wounded hero share a fantasy in paradise.

SUMMER IN PARADISE by J.D. Monroe. Two old high school friends get a second chance at love.

COWBOY IN PARADISE by Hildie McQueen. After losing the love of his life, a cowboy finds it again at Indulgences.

FRANKLIN’S HEART by Olivia Gaines. A marriage in trouble finds new life with an escape to paradise.

A GAME OF HEARTS Tigris Eden. Best friends travel to paradise for A Game of Hearts

Music Musings

Music Musings

Today was an eye opener for me. I made some decisions and cemented things down.

Music soothes me. Clears my muddy brain and helps me to see things for what they really are.

I had this idea in my head that came to life as I listened to Ludovico Einaudi. I discovered him last night. And I never land on music, I was in the mood for some piano, and he was the answer to my wishes.

I gravitate towards pieces that touch me in multiple ways. I was brought to tears today as I listened to Night. It’s haunting and awe inspiring. I even plotted an entire story. *project* I love when that happens.

So I’ve been listening to him all day, loud and uncaring of who can hear it. Some would call me selfish, but I know my neighbors didn’t mind. None of them were home. LOL

It’s late now, the sound has been turned way down. I have my headphones on and I’m still reeling. I got lots done today, edits, and some pleasure reading. All under his sweet sounds. I feel better, and I know that my decisions made today were good ones. Today was a defining moment in time for me, and yes, it was his music.

That’s how powerful he is. I just wanted to share with everyone how amazing I think he is. My tastes are very eclectic as most know. But have you ever listened to an artist, and EVERY DAMN SONG was brilliant? I’ve only had the pleasure of a few artists doing that for me, and I’m happy to add Ludovico to the list!  I want to share him with you all, and I’d love to know your thoughts if you’re willing to share. If it touches you deep in a place that was a bit cloudy, and opens an expressive moment for you, then I call you my musicmate! Because that is what his music does for me. It reaches deep and tugs on my dark places exposing them to the light.

 

It’s a little after 4 a.m on a Wednesday…

I was going to lay in bed till my true alarm went off at 5am. But I couldn’t. My mind wouldn’t shut down and for some reason, I picked up my phone and started scrolling through FB Posts. Technology. That’s what it does to some of us. Keeps are heads bent and our eyes down. Not saying its a bad thing, but I’m not saying that its a good thing either. I’m saying it can be distracting. My entire theme for 2017, and yes I have a theme, was, balance with a smile. It’s been anything but. But I’m not going to complain. Okay, maybe a little. *Rant time* I want there to be more hours in the day. *Rant over* There’s a train passing by right now, and I’m thinking, is that why I’m up. I didn’t used to be the type of person to wake up at 4am every morning no matter what. So maybe it’s the trains fault.  Or maybe I’m up because I was worried about the sudden rash that appeared on my face last night (<—That’s probably what it really is).

But here I am awake, and happy to report the mysterious face rash has gone away. I am officially awake, and writing a blog post. Something I told myself I need to do more often. And not just about book stuff, but stuff happening around me. I want to keep this post positive, because there are just too many depressing or negative as fuck shit going on these days. I don’t have to post about it, there’s enough to go around to last a lifetime as far as I’m concerned.

This post won’t have any cute pictures either, because then that will take me forever to find, and I just want to sit and chill. While I blog of course.

What’s on the docket for everyone today? Me? I had my breakfast drink which included (I hope) all the essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, calcium, and protein. But who really knows what’s in that bottle of Carnation Breakfast Essentials? (Chocolate of course) LOL I’ll start getting ready for the day job, as an HR Advisor, slash payroll and benefits girl. Drive in Houston traffic, avoiding the toll roads, and jamming to my latest playlist, properly titled: Do the damn thang!

I’ll chat with my co-workers for a moment, and print out payroll reports and go through those, as its payday on Friday, plus we all got that annual increase, so I have to make sure that’s right. And check to make sure that to reorg is complete as well. (As we love to do a company reorg EVERY FREAKING SINGLE YEAR) <—Can you tell I love doing this. LOL I’ll laugh, I’ll whine, I’ll complain about all the stuff I can’t change at work, and then I’ll keep it pushing. Although, all of sales, and marketing are out in Paris going to what they call their yearly to-do to become ONE with the market while we admins and support staff stay back and throw a FUN In the SUN INSIDE office party. We’re going to wear *appropriate* beach attire, hook up the Xbox Live in the huge conference room on the big screen, eat burgers, and just well, goof off for a few hours.

What’s that’s all said and done, I’ll mosey on over back to my cubicle, make a list of things I plan to do… Do more HR Advisor work (by the way I have no clue what that even is anymore) and then I’ll leave promptly at 3 for my drive home. Check on my dad, who has congestive heart failure, but will probably live till his one-hundred and twenty, thanks to the nifty Lvad (left ventricle assist device). After all that is said and done (if he doesn’t have me running errands) I’ll take a me break. Sometimes that can last thirty minutes, or I wake up four hours later from a nap, my body forced me to have. Make dinner, or procrastinate and not make dinner, and tell the Mr. Sorry it’s PBJ night, to which he glares at me and explains he’s a man not a child. (I relent and cook anyway, sometimes). After all that is done, I say I’m going to work out and sometimes do, but as of late, usually don’t. I chat on FB, look for marketing tips (currently taking a course) and then I make notes on what I’m working on and try to write. There are good and bad days, but I’m finding out that the bad days aren’t really bad at all. They are more days I don’t focus my creativity. (At least that’s what I’m calling it.) Do you see why I need more hours in a day?

It’s almost time to get ready for work…. This post went on longer than I intended. But if you’re still here for the end. HEY YOU! HOW YOU DOIN! LOL All in all my life is hectic, filled with lost hours of time, and still I get to wake up and go to sleep smiling. That’s the point right? After all is said and done. Waking up and going to bed with a smile on your face. (Unless you’re not feeling well) I woke up thinking it’s 4am, and I have a rash on my face. Went to the bathroom to check it out and was relieved to see the bumps were gone! YAY! I got to read an amazing post this morning on FB in a group I’m a part of, and then I sat here and typed this out. Only to remember, dang it, what am I going to wear to the fun in the sun inside party today at the office?

See you later folks, best reason for this post? Don’t have one… But I feel good now that I did. CIAO Beautiful people!

 

6th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

The first book in a new series by Author Tigris Eden. Beyond the Red Door, everything has a price.

Eons ago, the comet Biel passed through Earth’s atmosphere, depositing Travelers and leaving behind remnants that drastically altered the planet and its inhabitants. Hundreds of years later, mutation and evolution have left behind a desolate wasteland and dangers beyond comprehension.

The last remnants of the human race are clinging to life, living in the ruins of Earth’s major cities and struggling to survive. Technology is scarce, and what little remains comes from the very thing that almost destroyed them. Monsters roam the streets, and fear and duplicity rule.

The fallout from the comet has mutation spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into carnivores and savages that threaten the city and its people. Amidst the chaos, one man rules as Sovereign and corners the market on both technology and trade. To Lavarious Diamond, everything is for sale or trade. The only question is how much it’s worth.

When a mysterious woman comes to the Quarry and promises a huge payday, Diamond’s tidy life is shaken up, and he finds himself uncharacteristically helping her. Along the way, secrets and deceit abound. When the truth comes out, nothing and nobody will ever be the same.

Leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Diamond. Open Internationally.

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Wish you were here blog tour

Wish You Were Here
Asta Idonea
Dreamspinner Press
8 February 2017
Novella/Contemporary/Paranormal
Heat Rating: 1

The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.

SoundCloud Audio Excerpt: https://soundcloud.com/nickijmarkus/wish-you-were-here-by-asta-idoneamm-novella-excerpt
YouTube Audio Excerpt: https://youtu.be/lMz0diTCb1Y
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Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wish-you-were-here-by-asta-idonea-8131-b
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5QYWAZ
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N5QYWAZ

Giveaway:
Prize: 1 x e-copy of my MM Sci-Fi novella Fire Up My Heart
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Author Bio & Links
Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!
As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

Blog: http://www.nickijmarkus.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus
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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4567057.Nicki_J_Markus
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolamarkus
Amazon Author US: http://www.amazon.com/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO
Amazon Author UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asta-Idonea/e/B00RMGGVYO

Excerpt

Summer passed England by that year, as if it shared his family’s grief and refused to intrude upon such solemn days with unwanted sunshine. A cool, wet July turned into a blustery August, and now a dismal September loomed. From the window of their rented cottage, there was nothing but gray skies as far as the eye could see. The fields spread out in a patchwork of shortbread and moss. Plentiful rain meant the grass stood tall, but the lack of light filtering through thick, heavy clouds dulled its various shades of green. And this bleak scene was supposed to make everything better?

Oakley sighed and turned to the sink. He poured himself a glass of water from a spluttering, corroded tap and took a sip. Despite the dubious appearance of the fittings, the water was clean, tasteless, and refreshing. He supposed he should at least be thankful for that. It was likely to be the only pleasant thing this vacation would provide.