Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Little Bit About Canadian Romance Author Tricia Daniels

Hi! Have we met? I’ve been MIA for a little while so I thought that it would be a great opportunity to re-introduce myself. I’m Tricia Daniels and I live in a small town in Southern Ontario, Canada, called Orangeville. It was a great place to raise my three kids, especially as a single parent. Creativity and imagination was something there is never a short supply of in my home. My kids come by their talents honestly. My goal is simple, tell my story, warm a few hearts, shed a few tears, share a silent chuckle, and occasionally, make people blush.

That’s the official version. But the simple truth is... I’m just a normal woman, struggling to pay the bills and trying to raise my kids in a home where they feel empowered, supported and loved. Sounds easy, right? Not so much for a woman who left an extremely violent relationship with three small children in the middle of the night. Things were not all puppies and rainbows. My kids didn’t have an easy life for several years. Kids shouldn’t have to worry about anything except being kids. If you meet me, you’d probably never know that, to this day, I still suffer from post-traumatic stress. After keeping myself guarded for several years, I’ve met a wonderful man who understands my anxiety and my triggers. For the first time in my life, I feel safe and I feel loved.

I have a diploma in Industrial maintenance and several business certificates and yet, I can’t make a box of instant mashed potatoes without completely messing them up. My children refer to the smoke detector as the dinner bell. Sighs. Every girl needs to have a skill and mine apparently is not cooking. Iol I currently have a very demanding corporate career that keeps me challenged and engaged. I think my boss keeps me so busy because he’s terrified of what I may be capable of if I’m bored. He’s a smart man. I often remind him how difficult it is to be both beautiful and brilliant. Sometimes you just get beautiful. J  

Here’s something else you should know…I’m not an author. My friends laugh when I say that. I didn’t enjoy reading as a child and English was not my strongest subject. As a matter of fact, grammar and punctuation despise me. Still do. (Insert gratitude for Barren Acres Editing here) Between my quick wit and wicked sense of humor, I found that I have a passion for writing steamy romance stories. I would have never considered publishing my story, until a very close friend convinced me that this was a story that needed to be shared for others to enjoy. So somewhere along the line, I pushed the publish button. Since then I figured out that I need editors, and beta readers, blog reviews and readers. It’s just like me to work ass backwards, but I’m figuring it out.

In a nutshell, I have never aspired to write the next great love story or take the literary world by storm. Love inspires me to continue writing. I’m addicted to the way we connect with fictional characters, feeling their emotions, their angst... when you’re body gets all warm and squeezy at the good parts. I love when the characters take over the story and plot twists develop that I hadn’t planned. I love the journey to the HEA, even though that road has a lot of bends in it sometimes. I love how two imperfect characters can love each other perfectly. My reward, my inspiration is experiencing through them, a love so deep, that I feel it in my own heart.

Over my next few blog posts, I’m going to introduce you to my story, Intractable Souls, the first book in the Bound4Ireland series and how it came to be written as well as all the secrets behind the scenes. I hope you’ll check back in and join me for that journey. You can download my Bound4Ireland series or read a sample on most of the eBook channels.

Kindle    Ibooks   B&N   Kobo   Smashwords

Until next time… Live your life so it’s a story worth telling. 

Tricia Daniels… out for now! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Author Jessica E. Subject wants to share a secret with you @jsubject #books #romance #giveaway

I have a secret to tell you...

It's not a juicy secret, but not one that many people know, especially my readers. But, I want to share it with you. Okay, here it goes... My new release, BRYCE, is set in London, Ontario, Canada. The story does leave Earth, but the first scene is set in a London residential neighborhood, a city very close to where I live. And, you're the first to know the next story in the series, JAGER, will return to London for part of the adventure.

Here's an excerpt from the beginning of the story, when they're in London:

Bryce raised his crossbow, lining his sights on the creature standing amongst the bushes, its branch-like tentacles undulating in the gentle breeze. Focusing the crosshairs on the alien’s torso, he drew in a deep breath. He had one shot. If he missed, the Erebus would cry out and alert the natives of Terra to its existence, resulting in more casualties. At first glance, no one on the planet, also called Earth, would believe an Erebus anything more than an overgrown bush, but Bryce knew the truth. He’d trained to hunt the creatures from childhood.

Each step carefully placed, he advanced until he stood twenty feet from the Erebus, no chance to miss the shot. With a slight movement of his finger, he squeezed the trigger, sending a zuranium-tipped arrow racing toward the alien.

“Quinn, would you grab me another garbage bag?”

Fornax. The creature lunged toward the female voice, Bryce’s arrow stuck in one of its tentacles. A kill, but not instant.

He loaded another arrow. At the risk of being seen, he charged through the hedges. He had to cut the Erebus off before it had a chance to kill the Terran. He leaped over metal furniture and large urns, keeping his focus on the creature.

“What the hell? Get out of my yard!”

The woman rushed him, but Bryce darted around her. When the Erebus lumbered in front of him, he raised his weapon and fired. A clean shot to the middle. The creature dropped like a fallen log, crushing the furniture it landed on.

Bryce loaded the crossbow again. No time to celebrate the kill. He had to worry about the possibility of other Erebus in the area, along with the Terran woman who had seen him. Instead of running away screaming, as he’d expected her to do, she stared, wide-eyed in horror. Not at him, but the Erebus. Her body trembled as she shuffled backward, mumbling incomprehensible words.

An unexpected sense of familiarity washed over him. He couldn’t draw his attention away from her slim figure, the way her long brown hair flowed over her shoulders. Far more attractive than he’d pictured the Terrans when others talked about them. He took a closer glance. Lalia? How had she traveled so far from home without anyone knowing? She was no stranger, and definitely not Terran. Or, perhaps she was simply a doppelganger of the woman he’d once loved. He had the sudden urge to comfort her, relieve her worry. Hold her in his arms the way he had many years ago. But what if the missing princess had somehow made her way to a planet unaware life existed beyond their own? After she’d left Hemera and him behind without so much as a goodbye, he’d searched everywhere. Though not once had he thought to look on Terra.

A ground-shattering bellow pierced the night. Bryce spun around, finding himself face-to-face with another Erebus. It stared at him with beady red eyes. Thick black goop dripped from its mouth.

Bryce raised his bow, but the creature slammed him with one of its tentacles, flinging him back. The Erebus lunged at Lalia.

Rolling to his knees, Bryce aimed and fired. He hit the alien from behind, launching it forward. Onto his former lover. Slinging the bow over his shoulder, he raced toward her. The creature’s tentacles still pulsed, even though dead. Careful not to trip himself up, he shoved his hands under the creature’s torso and heaved it off her.

Lalia stood immediately and wiped the black goop from her clothes, as if she hadn’t been flattened by an alien. “They weren’t supposed to follow me. I was supposed to be safe here.”

BRYCE (Galactic Defenders #1)

A dedicated Defender…

Bryce fell in love once, but after Lalia was ripped away from him, he locked his heart from feeling anything for anyone else. Instead, he devotes his life to the Galactic Alliance, killing every bloodthirsty Erebus he comes across.

A shunned princess…

Lalia Comosova fell in love with the wrong man. When her parents learned of her transgressions, they sent her to Earth to hide her error in judgment from the rest of the kingdom.

A second chance?

When these lovers are reunited after many years apart, they have a chance to find happiness together. But fate steps in and threatens to rip them apart as it did years ago.

Available from:

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Not only am I celebrating the release of BRYCE, the first book in my Galactic Defenders series, I am also celebrating FIVE years published. And she is offering three fabulous prize packages. Contests are open as stated, except where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest will close July 24, and winners will be notified by email. Good luck!

RTC Giveaway (Canada/US only) includes:
3013: Renegade by Susan Hayes (signed)
Reader Abduction by Eve Langlais (signed)
As Cold As Ice by Mandy Rosko (signed)
Alien Next Door: The Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Cosmic Desires by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
other goodies from some of the authors who attended Romancing the Capital

My Favorite Things Giveaway (Canada/US only) includes:
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
The Martian by Andy Weir
Alien Next Door: The Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Cosmic Desires by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Bryce by Jessica E. Subject (signed)

International Only Giveaway includes:
Alien Next Door: The Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Cosmic Desires by Jessica E. Subject (signed)
Bryce by Jessica E. Subject (signed)

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