How To Make an Easy but Professional Author (Or Blogger) Website Fast: What You Need to Know About Hosting, Templates, and Domains


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Every author needs their own self-hosted website. Not only do they allow more customization, but you don’t have to worry about WordPress or Blogspot suddenly closing out your account, something that happens a lot, especially when it comes to free WordPress blogs.

Out of the two free places to host your blog, Blogspot seems to be more user-friendly, and they aren’t as likely to lock someone out of their blog. However, anytime you host your blog on a free site, there is always the chance you could lose all your hard earned content. Imagine having an established blog, just to lose it all.

WordPress has a huge list of things you can’t do with your blog, and that includes hosting blog tour stops. This does not apply to self-hosted WordPress blogs, so don’t panic if you all ready have a website. This only applies to the free blogs.

A while back, a lot of romance authors (who have their blogs on Blogspot) had a scare, as Blogspot decided to change the rules. However, they are one of the few companies who actually listened to the public outcry, and they left things as they are… for now. This can always change, though, so why risk it?

Back in the “older” days, websites used to be a lot harder to make. So when I was shopping around for a hosting company after making the decision to move to a self-hosted site, I was concerned about this. After all, I’m a book publicist… not a programmer.

However, I found a really good company that made all of this a breeze. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, but I wanted to wait and fully test things out before recommending. I wanted to make sure they offered a helpful and reliable hosting plan before sharing this company with you, my readers, as not all hosting companies do so.

Trying to locate one was not easy for me, as most of the technical details and information is greek to me. Before going with my current plan, I signed up for another company. This was a HUGE mistake, but I was lucky to realize this within the first twenty-four hours. I went through a nightmare trying to get canceled with this company, and it was a horrible experience, although the company advertises a thirty day money back guarantee. The ironic thing is I still receive emails to this day inviting me back.

I won’t publicly name the company, but I definitely learned a lesson about how not all hosting companies are created equally. It pays to go off of word-of-mouth recommendation from someone who has personally used a service before signing up.

The second company I’m with now has been wonderful. I locked in a two year plan for under $50 (this does not include your domain name, but domains are $10 to $15 a year), and they set everything up for me without any extra charge that very night. It was simply a matter of signing up, paying with a credit card, verifying your email address, and then going back to the website and starting their live chat. The customer service rep set it all up right then and there, and I was able to start setting up my site that very night.

With the hosting company I’m telling you about, you don’t need to be a programmer or website pro. If you want your site to be a WordPress site, simply do the steps above and let the customer service rep know. If you want a site without a blog, you can login and click on the Weebly icon. Everything is so easy with this. It gives you templates to choose from and all kinds of goodies to make a professional author website (or any site).

I’m fairly certain you can also have a website and WordPress blog, but I’m not sure how this would work, as I’m not a programmer. However, this is something you can ask the CSR in the chat, as they would know how to set this up.

A Note About Domains:

The domain is separate from your hosting. You can buy this from another company, but to make it easy I would recommend buying it at the same time you buy your hosting. It runs anywhere from $10 to $20 per year (on average), but most places offer a first year discount. Even if they don’t, this isn’t a big charge.

By now, you are probably wondering which hosting company I recommend. It’s a company called iPage. As I mentioned above, when I signed up I got a great deal for two years of hosting for under $50. Before writing this post I checked their website, and it looks like they are offering another awesome deal. Remember, to lock in the rate, you will likely need to sign up for a two year plan, but this is not a big deal. That means for two years you won’t have to worry about paying monthly on your site, and you really can’t beat the price for reliable website hosting.

After using the hosting for so long and being pleased with it, I decided to sign up for their affiliate program. I would NOT recommend this hosting service if I hadn’t personally tried it for myself and liked it. I am a paying customer, and I haven’t been paid for the review of their service. For the typical non-technical person like myself, iPage has made hosting a snap. As an affiliate, I will receive compensation if someone decides to click on one of these links and sign up for a website of their own. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Another thing I like about this company is that they are always available to help. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a customer. If you have a website problem they will fix it, right through the chat (at no extra charge). And the chat seems to be available twenty-four hours a day. So, if you decide to get brave and mess around with your WordPress editor and your site goes down, you can immediately head to their homepage, click on the chat assistance, and let them know what’s happened. It’s been my experience that they know how to fix this stuff immediately.

Setting Up Your Site:

(For just your basic website with no WordPress blog)

Once you’re registered and ready to create your site, simply visit iPage’s homepage and click on login at the top. Once you’re logged in, you will be taken to your “Control Panel”.

There are two things you will want to do here. You will want to create your site, and you will want to set up your email. This email address will end with whatever domain you picked out. For example: author@authorsname.com.

For the website, simply click on “Weebly Drag and Drop”. A window will pop up.  This is the same process you will go through to edit your site in the future.

If you are completely new to working with sites, I highly recommend opening up the live chat and having the professionals assist you through the process. Once you have your site set up, you should find it very simple to edit. Their CSR’s are very helpful.

For WordPress Blogs or Anything Complicated:

Definitely have the representative walk you through this. I had no clue about how to set up the WordPress blog (and I still don’t), but they had me up and running in minutes. See why I say this place is easy?

Once the blog has been installed on your hosting and you’re able to login to your admin, it’s pretty much like the free blogs. However, there are a lot of features that self-hosted blogs including: the ability to add plugins, the ability to use javascript and add different codes to your posts, and not having to worry that you might lose your blog for one reason or another.

*Plugins are awesome! You’ll find them in the admin section of your WordPress blog. You can search for all kinds of them, and most of them are free to use. Some of them will offer a “premium” service. For just about anything you can think of to do to your WP blog, there is likely a plugin, so make sure to check this feature out!*

A Note About Jetpack:

Jetpack did not work for me at all. In fact, it did something to my site in the initial set up, and I ended up having to use the “Live Chat” feature for help.  Lucky for me, this was before all of my content was on the site. Thankfully, a rep from iPage had the site restored and fully functional again within  minutes. So, if you decide to use Jetpack, use with caution. I’ve heard of others having a similar experience. If you do use it and something goes wrong, remember the “Live Chat” on iPage is your friend! It’s certainly been mine:-) Several times, in fact!

Setting Up Your Website Email:

This is very easy with iPage. From your Control Panel, simply click on MailCentral. You can then click on new mailbox. You can then pick out the email address you want to use.

When you sign up, make sure to do so when you have plenty of time. Not because this is going to drive you crazy. It won’t! However, you’ll want to get your site customized the way you want it. There are a lot of template choices. Some are free, while others are paid. Both categories have a ton of choices, and you will likely want to try out a few.  If you’re anything like me, you will likely need to use the chat feature at least once during the initial set up, so this will take time. Before hosting, it’s a good idea to know what kind of site you want. Do you want a WordPress blog only? A regular site with no blog? A combination of both? You can also use the chat feature to ask the reps any pre-sale questions, which is a good idea if you’re going to need help setting up your site.

As to the hosting itself, I think you will find iPage very user-friendly, reliable, and packed with a lot of features you may or may not use. I’ve been really impressed with the customer service feature. I’ve never had to call in, I’ve always been able to get assistance for various things through the chat at all hours of the day or night.

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10+ Steamy Hot MMA Cage Fighter Romances You’ll Want To Read Right Now


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Do you love tough bad boys that know how to fight? If so, check out these cage fighter romances! Guys this hot can’t stay single forever. Cage fighting might be all they know, but these feisty heroines will change all that.


Dom (Galactic Cage Fighters Series Book 11) by KD Jones


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He’s half alien and ex-fighter from the streets turned business man.
She’s a human computer genius with a taste for the wild side.
What happens when a dominant meets his dream submissive?
Fireworks like nothing the galaxy has ever seen!

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Ride Trilogy Book 1: MMA Fighter New Adult Romance by Jayne Blue

If only he had resisted the gorgeous girl next door…
Mace
MMA fighter Mace Alois can’t lose and that’s the problem. His old bosses paid him to. He was supposed to take a dive and didn’t so his only option was run or die. He thought working across the ocean would be far enough. He was wrong. They’ve found him. This time he can’t run because they’ve also found his weakness. The gorgeous, innocent, woman who lives next door, and he can’t keep his hands off. They’re going to use her against him and he’s going to have to fight to keep her safe.
The man next door is dead sexy…
Raleigh
Raleigh’s new neighbor is tough, sexy, looks dangerous as sin, and she can’t get enough. They share a combustible chemistry that connects them instantly. But Mace is all muscle and contradiction. The MMA fighter looks at her with a fire in his eyes, but tells her she needs to stay away. His mouth says go and the rest of his muscled body says stay, in a million ways.

Mace is a weapon in the cage and when forces threaten to pull him from Raleigh he’ll have to ride it out or lose her forever.
Ride Trilogy Book One is the first book in a steamy MMA fighter romance series with a possessive alpha male and a young heroine on the emotional ride of her life. This romantic suspense MMA fighter romance contains a cliffhanger. Ride Trilogy takes you back to the 21C Fighting League and the sexy MMA fighters of the Great Wolf Gym from Jayne Blue’s Hold Trilogy.

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Banging Reaper (Pounding Hearts Book 1) by Izzy Sweet and Sean Moriarty

Two men. Only one can be the best in the ring.
Only one can make her completely his.

Avery

Life isn’t easy when your mother abandons you and the grandmother who raised you is gone. Ethan has been my best friend since middle school. He helped me out with college when I was flat broke, and now I feel like I owe him. So when he starts treating me like his MMA lucky charm, it’s hard to say no. But when he finally loses, he blames me–and Reaper, the guy who beat the crap out of him, is the one who rescues me.

I want to forgive Ethan … but I can’t resist Reaper.

Chase

Yeah, they call me Reaper, because I make anyone who fights me wish he was dead. I’m large and in charge with a big house, two cars, and enough money to party for the rest of my days. Life is great–but meeting Avery changes everything. She’s nothing like the ring girls I usually hook up with. There’s just something about her that brings out the protective beast inside me. She needs to be mine, but that cheating asshole Ethan is in the way.

I’ll do whatever it takes to claim her … even if that means destroying her best friend.

Banging Reaper is a HEA, standalone MMA/Bad Boy romance with a dominant alpha hero and a young heroine trying to make her way in the world. Some content intended for mature readers.

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Pit Fighters: Cage (MMA Romance): Phantom Warriors by Jordan Summers

Feeling caged on Earth, Chrysus needs a distraction to pass the time until he can return home. He finds it in a small fight club, when he meets ex-Muay Thai champ, Stevie Cash. Stevie is unlike any woman he’s ever known. The fact that she’s able to drop him to the mat within minutes of meeting her only makes Chrysus want her more. Who knew being caged could be so much fun?

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Hawke: A Bad Boy Fighter Romance by Ashley Rhodes


 

Sometimes, love comes at a price.

Naomi

My job’s hard enough without Jack Hawke making things even worse. He winds up on my list of patients, having been on the wrong end of a savage beating. He won’t tell me what happened, and he seems more interested in getting into my pants than getting better.

When I finally manage to tease the truth out of him, he wants more in return from me than just my advice. And the trouble is…I’m having a hard time saying no. His rippling muscles and his dangerous smile tell me to steer well clear…but I always have had a hard time listening to good advice.

I end up getting drawn into his dangerous world of mobsters and underground cage fighting – he might be right at home there, but I’m completely out of my depth. Can he protect me? Will he give himself to me, even if it means leaving his old life behind?

Hawke

I never lose. Ever. I’m undefeated in the cage, and I plan to keep it that way. So when Valentino, the local mob boss, tries to get me to throw a fight, ain’t no way in hell I’m agreeing to that.

As it turns out, Valentino ain’t too happy when things don’t go his way. He sends his boys to rough me up – five on one ain’t a fair fight, but I damn near make it one.
When I wake up in the hospital, I meet her. Naomi. She’s fucking gorgeous, but she’s full of questions that I don’t wanna answer. All I want from her is her hands on my body and her lips doing something other than talking…

It doesn’t take long, though, for me to realize that she’s not like the rest. She’s sassy, funny, intelligent. And she’s offering me a way out – a way out of the dangerous life that’s all I’ve ever known.

Trouble is, you don’t just walk away from someone like Valentino. He thinks he can get to me by threatening Naomi. He’s wrong. And he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Like I said, I never lose. And now he’s my next opponent.

I’m gonna take him down, and I’m gonna make Naomi mine. Forever.

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KNOCKOUT (A BAD BOY FIGHTER MMA ROMANCE) by Nikki Wild

Arrogant… Dominant… Irresistible…
This is my city, and I’m the f&%king undefeated ruler. I have fame, money, and thousands of women screaming my name… I didn’t think there was anything left in the world to desire… Until I heard Bria cry for help…
Until I saved her life.
Until I looked into her sparkling eyes and told her everything is going to be okay…
I’m done. Knocked out with one look. She didn’t even have to throw a punch.
She owes me everything…
And now…
I won’t stop until she’s mine.

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Hooked (The Submission Fighter Book 1) by Sophia Hampton

Even a wallflower has wants…

Alice Cross was a safe bet. She learned a long time ago that being quiet was easier than sticking your neck out, and it had led her into a life of tranquility and normalcy. All she had to do was enjoy what she had, and not question the void that seemed to linger in her heart.

He knows he can take a punch.

Micah Anderson, with a crooked and bloody smile, has climbed his way to the top of his MMA division on brute strength and frightening tenacity. If there’s one thing he knows how to do, it’s talk with his hands – hit first, ask questions later. Easy.

But this woman might just be his weakness.

Micah thought he was tough as nails, but the second he locks eyes with Alice, he takes a blow like nothing he’s ever felt before. This girl spells trouble, and what’s worse, Alice is finding that for the first time in her life, she can’t stay away from temptation…

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She followed him into his dining room, as he placed the plates on the gold table cloth between the centerpiece of white, long-stemmed candles. As the two ate, she couldn’t help but ask, “Why are you doing all this for me?”

She was sincere. No man she had ever known had put this much time, thought, or effort into being with her.

He reached across the table and grabbed her hand with a bit of force, as he squeezed her palm against his. “Because I want you.”

“You want me?”

“Yes. I want you. Here. With me.” He put his arm around her. “I don’t know what it is about you. I don’t know why I should even be attracted to you and interested in making this more than what it was last night, but I want to do this for you.”

In the two weeks of knowing her, she had become this fixture in his life; this promise of perfection. His life wasn’t just about what happened inside the ring or at the gym. Instead, it was about the tiny pieces she made up. She was a puzzle, and he wanted to fit himself in. He wanted to learn more, explore more, and be more than he could have ever been before. He was ready.

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Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts Book 1) by Kele Moon


 

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When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.

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Full Contact: A Worth the Fight Novel (Worth the Fight series Book 2) by Sidney Halston

How could she have been so stupid? When Jessica Cross decides to give her violently jealous boyfriend—the otherwise influential and charming Dennis Stavros—a second chance, she very nearly becomes a statistic. After weeks of healing from a broken rib and collapsed lung, and with Dennis behind bars, Jessica finally feels ready to come out of hiding. But will she ever be able to take a chance on love again with someone new?

Mixed martial arts fighter Slade Martin knows he has a bad reputation. Hell, he’s probably earned it. So it won’t be easy to convince beautiful, vulnerable Jessica that she can trust him—that from the moment she walked into his life, she’s been the only one he’s wanted. Powerful and confident, Slade knows he can honor his vow to protect Jessica body and soul. Winning her heart will be another matter . . . but a woman like Jessica is worth the fight.

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Love Hurts (Caged Love Book 1) by Mandi Beck

Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her…

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them.
Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as f*ck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to f*ck my way out of feeling—all because of her.
Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle.
Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?
I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love—Welcome to the Cage.

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Jasper: Caged Hearts MMA by Heather West

Jasper Duboix only knows how to talk with his hands

The arrogant bad boy who has taken the MMA world by storm, Jasper gets what he wants no matter what. But the visceral heat, the pain and pleasure of fighting in the ring has all paled in comparison to the feisty Kait, and Jasper just might be in deep. And with the biggest tournament of his career coming up, he might have to make a painful decision…

Kaitlyn Stewart needs more than a searing touch

The last thing Kait expected after getting mugged was to fall in love with her savior – a raw-knuckled, taut-muscled man with a penchant for blazing caresses at night. Problem is, she’s pretty sure she now feels much more for him than he does for her, and she’s not sure if her heart can take it…

The heart wants what it wants, but sometimes the mind is good at getting in the way. Jasper’s career is on the line, but something keeps bringing him back to her. And Kait’s wild heart might just be okay with that…

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Bound to Darkness: A Midnight Breed Novel (The Midnight Breed Series Book 13) by Lara Adrian

The “strikingly original” (Booklist) Midnight Breed vampire romance series continues with a pulse-pounding novel of paranormal passion and suspense from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Lara Adrian.

Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way—no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.

Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He’s made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him…until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys’s trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own.

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Caged: Takedown Teague by Shay Savage

This is not made for TV. This is the raw, brutal underground of no-holds-barred combat. Inside the cage there is nothing but me and the pain I inflict on those who dare enter. In the cage, I never have to worry about anyone but myself. Yet, when she began standing outside of the cage, everything changed. I was no longer fighting for the money or the glory – I was fighting for her.

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Readers, what are your favorite cage fighter romances? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below!

Sweet Contemporary Romance: What A Girl Wants by Jennifer Snow @JenniferSnow18


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Friendship is overrated, if you ask her 

She’s always just been one of the guys…until she falls in love with one of the guys. Except Bailey Sheppard has carried a torch for firefighter Ethan Bishop since high school. And now that his long-term girlfriend has left him brokenhearted, she’s free to go after what she’s always wanted.

Not that Ethan sees Bailey as anything but a friend. A best friend maybe, but still not a woman he’d be interested in. Pining for his ex has made him blind to the possibility of happiness with anyone else…. But can Ethan resist a woman who knows what she wants?

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Ethan snatched the phone away before Jim could answer the text, which he knew he was aching to do, and slid it into his shirt pocket. He pulled the truck to the side of the highway behind an old, rusted red Volkswagen Jetta and jumped down onto the gravel. He positioned two traffic cones in the inside lane, forcing the oncoming traffic to take the outside lane, as Bailey’s tow truck pulled in front of the Jetta and she climbed out, clipboard in hand.

“I’ll be here if you need me,” Jim called from inside the truck, reclining the seat and shutting his eyes.

“You’re not even going to get out of the truck?”

“It’s a simple backup call. I only came along to get out of clinic duty.”

Ethan shook his head as he closed the truck door. It amazed him how their work ethic differed so drastically. Jim was four years older, yet he’d never shown any interest in advancing his rank at the fire hall. Ethan had worked hard, proving himself to his senior coworkers and landing the position of captain by the time he was twenty-four.

He approached Bailey at the front of the vehicle where she spoke to a short, frazzled-looking bald man. “I’ll just need your driver’s license and your credit card…and I’ll have you hooked up and ready to go in just a few minutes. Feel free to sit in the truck to wait. The air-conditioning is on and it’s much cooler in there.”

The man disappeared inside the cab of the tow truck and Ethan waited until he was out of earshot before saying, “This car has to be at least thirty years old.” He leaned against the bumper to watch her work and the metal frame creaked in protest.

“That thing looks about to fall off,” she warned as she put the tow dolly’s coupler in open position by lowering the locking lever all the way down and inserting the locking pin to secure it in place.

Good point, he thought as he stood. “So, before I forget, we’re holding Luke’s bachelor party at the fire hall tonight—poker, darts, beer, the baseball game.… If you’re not doing anything, stop by.” Bailey was a regular at their weekly poker games, much to the dismay of the other guys, whose wallets she emptied.

“Stop by? To Luke’s bachelor party—the ultimate boys night?” She sounded incredulous as she inserted the electrical plug from the dolly into the switch on the back of the tow truck. That way the brake lights and turning signals on the dolly would work while en route to the shop.

“Yeah, why not?” He knew Luke wouldn’t mind. Bailey had always been like a third, less-annoying sister to the groom to be, and she kept his ancient, rusted-out truck on the road.

“I have Victoria’s bachelorette party tonight. A wine and cheese in the backyard of the Brookhollow Inn.” She crisscrossed the chains and connected them to the eyelets on the bumper of the car.

“That sounds awful.”

“You’re telling me.”


About the Author:

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Jennifer Snow writes contemporary romance fiction for Harlequin Heartwarming and Penguin Random House Intermix. She is a member of the RWA, the Alberta Writers Guild, SheWrites.org and the Canadian Authors Association. The first book in her small-town Brookhollow series, The Trouble With Mistletoe was a finalist in the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and the Aspen Gold Contest. The fourth book, The Mistletoe Melody was a finalist in the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She is also a freelancer, with articles appearing in RWR Magazine, Mslexia, Southern Writers Magazine, Westword and Avenue Magazine. Founded in 2013, she is also the coordinator of the SnowGlobe Award for Holiday Romances-an annual contest designed to highlight and reward exceptional holiday-themed romances.
More information can be found on her website at www.jennifersnowauthor.com


Contemporary Romance: Need You Now by Mika Jolie @MikaJolie1


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 Multicultural Contemporary Romance

Elementary school teacher Liliana Serrano has never been one to let others determine her future. Whether it’s her pack of three overly protective brothers or her Puerto-Rican, American heritage, she stands on her own. Which is exactly how she entered her arrangement with Adam Aquilani. The hot formula one driver is aloof, detached and not interested in relationship. After a cheating fiancé, no strings attached sex was just what she needed.

Except one year later, they’re still hooking up and things aren’t so clear cut anymore. Especially when a surprise pregnancy enters the picture.

Adam is determined to marry Lily and raise their child as a family. But Lily refuses to settle for anything less than love.

As the two go on a journey of discovering, secrets are revealed, testing the strength of their connection.

Can they learn not to give the past the power to define their future?

Need You Now is book two of the Martha’s Way Series.

 

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Excerpt:
Lily reached the doorway when Adam caught her hands. The whole thing happened too fast. His fingers laced in hers, chests pressing against one another. With his weight he directed her to the wall, raised her arms up over her head, and caged her in. Not one to cower, she looked straight into his eyes.

“You don’t love me,” she whispered.

His jaw tightened, but he made no attempt to dispute otherwise. Her heart scattered in tiny little pieces. She hadn’t expected a declaration of undying love, but the reality still stung.

“I need love, Adam. That mad, passionate love. It should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.” She examined his stoic expression, and her posture sagged. The fact she was forever bonded to a man who didn’t love her smacked her in the face. It shouldn’t. She already knew that. But…still, reality sucked. “That’s not who we are.”


 

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About the Author:

Author of contemporary sensual, empowered romance, with fun relatable characters. Member of Secret Cravings Publishing. I live in New Jersey with what I often refer to as my Happy Chaos or my three men, which comprise of my husband and our two energizer bunnies. When I do have time to breathe, I like to run, hike with my camera at hand, and work on my gardening and knitting skills.

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Psychological Thriller Book: Guilt by Joan Ellis @JoanSusanEllis


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Psychological Thriller, Crime


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‘You died in April 1965, a month before your fifth birthday. You were probably dead long before Mum downed her third gin with Porky Rawlings.’

Seven year old Susan is alone with her younger brother when he dies of an overdose. The guilt informs the rest of her life. When it threatens to destroy not only her but her relationship with her baby, she must revisit her past to discover the truth. The outcome is as wonderful as it is horrific.

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Excerpt:

‘Don’t, Mark,’ I said as you grabbed Mum’s bottle of ‘sweets’, but you weren’t used to doing as you were told. She let you do whatever you wanted. Besides, you were too busy to listen to me. When you couldn’t unscrew the lid, you wrapped a tea-towel round it just like you had seen her do countless times before. I’ll never forget the look of triumph on your face when you finally got the top off.

‘Mum will be angry,’ I warned.

‘Don’t tell. Cross your heart and hope to die,’ you said. You were concentrating hard on removing the cotton wool stopper and tipping the pills into your hand. Too many for you to hold, you dropped some and watched as they skittered across the floor.

‘Damn!’

‘Ssch! That’s a bad word, Mark.’

‘Daddy says it,’ you replied, showing me your treasure. The sweets looked lemony, like they might taste of sherbet. Where was the harm? After all, Mum took them all the time and she was fine, sort of. Perhaps she said they’d make you ill because she wanted to keep them all for herself. I reached out to take one, my fingertips just brushing the smooth surface.

‘Dare you, Susan.’

‘No,’ I told you, standing back, knowing how cross Mum would be when she found out. ‘I’m not playing.’

I’d like to tell you what happened next but I can’t, Mark. Whatever it was, is hidden, masked by too many memories. It’s the reason I’m talking to you; I need you to help me discover what went on.

As I waited for Dad to come home, the only sound was the ticking of the clock, its black hands unstoppable, moving unstintingly around its hard, miserable face. I will never forget the exact moment he got home. The little hand was on the eight and the big hand just past the nine when I heard his key in the lock. Then I saw his face, which was one enormous gaping mouth when he spotted you on the floor and me curled up next to you, like a dog.

‘Mark’s asleep and he won’t wake up.’

‘What happened?’ he yelled from the hole in his face.

I wanted to tell him, I really did but the words were stuck. I pointed to Mum’s ‘sweets’ scattered across the scratched Linoleum like yellow polka dots. Fists clenched into weapons, eyes wild, Dad stood in the doorway, staring down at you. I had seen him angry many times but never like this. He ran over to you, looked like he was going to kneel down but then walked away. He paced the room, his eyes on you the whole time. I started crying, begging him to do something to wake you up.

‘Shut-up!’ he cried dashing into the hall. I thought he was phoning for help but I didn’t hear him speak to anyone. After what felt like forever, he came back and flung himself down beside you, forcing his fingers into your mouth. When he brought them out they were covered in slime. He wiped the stuff on his trousers, then pinched your tiny nose between his thumb and forefinger and put his mouth over yours, like he was about to give you a kiss. You still didn’t wake up and I watched in horror as he placed his massive hands on you, completely covering your chest, pushing down gently at first but when you didn’t open your eyes, pumping harder and harder, faster and faster.

‘Don’t!’ I screamed running over to try to pull him off you. ‘You’ll hurt him.’

‘He swatted me away and put his ear to your chest. Nothing. Silence. More silence than I had ever heard.


About the Author:

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Advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, lecturer – Joan Ellis has been them all. With a full-time job in a top London advertising agency and a new baby, she did what any right-minded woman would’ve done and set up a comedy club. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.

A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey Bogart for her award-winning cat food commercial. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith and Harry Enfield.

As a lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising before encouraging him to showcase his creative talents on a wider stage.

Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth’s great-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free!

Suffering from swine flu and sweating like a pig, she moved from London to the Isle of Wight where she lives on cream teas with her beloved husband, daughter and two cats.

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