Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Release Blitz &
Two Awesome Giveaways!
Strange Magic by Michelle Mankin
Part One Now Available

YOU ARE INVITED
STRANGE MAGIC Release Party
January 15 to February 17th

Join us for a Mardi Gras/New Orleans themed party with games & prizes every day plus weekly video responses from Ask the Author. Party kicked off with a video interview of how Strange Magic came into being and will end shortly after an Anything-Goes-Embarrass-The-Author-Grand-Challenge for Author Michelle Mankin to undertake while in NOLA for the start of Mardi Gras.

Billy Blade is a hardworking, hard living, razor sharp musical force. Mysterious behind his dark shades, the rough around the edges Texan mesmerizes with his haunting harmonica and tantalizes with his dangerous looks and smooth country charm. His latest album is topping the charts. He’s the newly crowned King of the Bacchus Krewe. He’s definitely living the rock star dream.
Exotic Creole beauty Thyme Bellerose couldn’t be more content. She has it all. An adoring grandmother. A handsome Tulane medical student beau. A satisfying job in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Her life is as rich as the ice cream she creates. She’s got everything under control.
But control is an illusion. Dreams can turn into nightmares. And now during Mardi Gras, otherworldly powers stand ready to shape their destinies in ways they could never imagine.
Shadow and light. Magic and mystery. Reality and myth. All come together in a place where rules bend and lines blur. Even those between life and death.
STRANGE MAGIC is a novel in two parts. Part Two, the finale of STRANGE MAGIC will be released on February 5th!

Want a preview of Part One? - check it out here!


Fred's Notes

I love this way this starts out with a bang (kinda literally), and the way we encounter burnt-out, beat down bad boy wanna be Bacchus Billy Blade, singing his gritty songs of experience to an audience that is grateful and, apparently only mostly dead.  A black stetson isn't your typical shining armor, but Thyme Bellerose (she's the song of innocence part), can't really afford to be picky about it at this point.  I love Michelle's poignant and pointed use of poetry to punctuate her perfect prose (girl can wax lyrical, in that violet tinged way we love!), and how the quotes she chooses enhance the vibe, and move the narrative too.  The mythopoeic, archetypal fairy tale nature of the story is beautifully reflected in Michelle's style, almost like a lover whispering the words in your ear.  Can't wait for part two, really girl, how can you leave us hanging like this! Belle is beyond tied to the damn tracks, the train has done come and rolled over her, backed up and done it again.  Gonna need some strange magic, indeed, to resuscitate this bruised reed, that hopefully will not break. Great story, great characters, great setting.  Michelle has rocked it again, and part two is just around the corner, so read this now to be ready when it comes.

Just for fun I put together a Strange Magic playlist at Spotify, some old friends (haven't heard Gimme Shelter in a while?  I promise it's still amazing, and a great harp part too!), and some new, including an awesome cover of Don't Fear the Reaper by The Beautiful South.  


Pre-Order for Part Two Now Available:
STRANGE MAGIC: Part One & Part Two
DREAM MAGIC: October 2015
TWISTED MAGIC: Coming soon



Love Evolution is a rock star romance based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
http://amzn.to/KZoJS4
After the death of her twin brother, nineteen year old guitar prodigy Avery Jones finds herself desperate, alone, and out of options. Hope arrives in the form of a job opening with Brutal Strength, one of the biggest rock bands out there. Only problem is temperamental lead singer Marcus Anthony doesn't want a woman in the group. So Avery and her manager Trevor come up with a plan involving a Bieber haircut and men's clothing. No one seems to be onto their little con. But what happens when Avery starts falling for Marcus? Will she be able to continue with the farce or will the whole thing come crashing down around her like a house of cards?
(Revised and an additional 10,000 words of content, including 2 new chapters and an epilogue)
Love Revolution is a rock star romance inspired by Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
http://amzn.to/1aeXf43
The wheels of love are always turning at Black Cat Records. Things are just starting to settle down when two Texas sisters start to stir things up at the Vancouver record label. CEO Mary Timmons sets spirited country superstar Sara Daniels on a collision course with cocky rocker Chris Alex. Meanwhile, Brutal Strength's suave drummer, JR, has his head turned by pretty young intern, Samantha Daniels. Do all their highways lead to happiness or will the wheels fly off when the sisters' tragic past comes back to haunt them?
Love Resolution is a rock star romance inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest.
http://amzn.to/1whIVAp
To forgive or not to forgive...There's a storm brewing at Black Cat Records and lead singer Marcus Anthony and guitarist Avery Jones are at the center of it. Brutal Strength is leaving Vancouver and heading out on a big stadium tour with the reprobate rockers from Tempest as their opening act. Avery is forced to deal with a troubling figure from her past while being pursued by Tempest's tatted bad boy, Bryan 'Bullet' Jackson. Meanwhile, Marcus must battle his own internal demons as well as this rival for Avery's affection. Can Avery and Marcus keep their fairy tale happily ever after together when the prevailing winds of the real world are against them?

Three full-length rock star novels in one limited edition set




Tempest series (spin-off of The Brutal Strength Series)
Irresistible Refrain: http://amzn.to/SFJ96J & Audible: http://bit.ly/1vOTPPm
Enticing Interlude: http://amzn.to/1gelLT3
Captivating Bridge: http://amzn.to/RT7AMV
Relentless Rhythm: http://amzn.to/1xQpof7
Unforgettable: Tempest #5. A Tempest/ Brutal Strength mashup. Coming soon!


Michelle Mankin is the Amazon bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Romance with subtext.
Reimagining classic stories with sexy rock stars and thought provoking issues.
For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn't kill her but the hours and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the Tempest series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the Magic series.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.
Connect with Michelle Mankin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Michelle-Mankin/233503403414065
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichelleMankin
On tsu: https://www.tsu.co/AuthorMichelleMankin
On her website: http://www.michellemankin.com/
Receive the Black Cat Records newsletter: http://eepurl.com/Lvgzf
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Strange Magic by Michelle Mankin
Cover Reveal & Giveaway
Part One coming January 22nd
Billy Blade is a hardworking, hard living, razor sharp musical force. Mysterious behind his dark shades, the rough around the edges Texan mesmerizes with his haunting harmonica and tantalizes with his dangerous looks and smooth country charm. His latest album is topping the charts. He’s the newly crowned King of the Bacchus Krewe. He’s definitely living the rock star dream.
Exotic Creole beauty Thyme Bellerose couldn’t be more content. She has it all. An adoring grandmother. A handsome Tulane medical student beau. A satisfying job in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Her life is as rich as the ice cream she creates. She’s got everything under control.
But control is an illusion. Dreams can turn into nightmares. And now during Mardi Gras, otherworldly powers stand ready to shape their destinies in ways they could never imagine.
Shadow and light. Magic and mystery. Reality and myth. All come together in a place where rules bend and lines blur. Even those between life and death.
STRANGE MAGIC is a novel in two parts. Part Two, the finale of STRANGE MAGIC will be released on February 5th!
Pre-Order Now Available:
STRANGE MAGIC: Part One & Part Two
DREAM MAGIC: October 2015
TWISTED MAGIC: Coming soon

Fred's Top Ten Reasons to Love Strange Magic & Michelle Mankin

1.  Because New Orleans.  This could probably be reasons 1-9 for me, lol, I love that town.  Here's a picture of an awesome street performer (plus that ubiquitous Blue Dog) I took at RT last year.  Cool stuff like this just happens there.  A lot.  Specially round midnight.


2.  Because Harmonica.  Did you know that Delbert McClintock gave John Lennon tips on harmonica? That had a big influence on Love Me Do, one of the Beatles first hits.  Delbert's comments on learning how to play harmonica are pretty hilarious.


3.  The Krewe of Bacchus has had some pretty awesome Kings, starting in 1969 with Danny Kaye.  I kinda love that guy, not gonna lie.  Here he is, kickin' it with Louis Armstrong.


4.  Michelle is a rocker.  Some people give away bookmarks for swag.  She gives away guitar picks!  

5.  More proof that Michelle's a rocker?  Her e-mail address starts with "foofighterfanatic."

6. Shakespeare + Rock, what's not to like? 

7. There's a librarian named Fred in Love Revolution (Hey, it's my top ten, right?)

8.  Because the original Strange Magic rocked!  


9.  Because this is only Part One, which means there will be lots more to love, soon!

10.  Because Giveaway!  Scroll down to enter!  



Love Evolution is a rock star romance based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
http://amzn.to/KZoJS4
After the death of her twin brother, nineteen year old guitar prodigy Avery Jones finds herself desperate, alone, and out of options. Hope arrives in the form of a job opening with Brutal Strength, one of the biggest rock bands out there. Only problem is temperamental lead singer Marcus Anthony doesn't want a woman in the group. So Avery and her manager Trevor come up with a plan involving a Bieber haircut and men's clothing. No one seems to be onto their little con. But what happens when Avery starts falling for Marcus? Will she be able to continue with the farce or will the whole thing come crashing down around her like a house of cards?
(Revised and an additional 10,000 words of content, including 2 new chapters and an epilogue)
Love Revolution is a rock star romance inspired by Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
http://amzn.to/1aeXf43
The wheels of love are always turning at Black Cat Records. Things are just starting to settle down when two Texas sisters start to stir things up at the Vancouver record label. CEO Mary Timmons sets spirited country superstar Sara Daniels on a collision course with cocky rocker Chris Alex. Meanwhile, Brutal Strength's suave drummer, JR, has his head turned by pretty young intern, Samantha Daniels. Do all their highways lead to happiness or will the wheels fly off when the sisters' tragic past comes back to haunt them?
Love Resolution is a rock star romance inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest.
http://amzn.to/1whIVAp
To forgive or not to forgive...There's a storm brewing at Black Cat Records and lead singer Marcus Anthony and guitarist Avery Jones are at the center of it. Brutal Strength is leaving Vancouver and heading out on a big stadium tour with the reprobate rockers from Tempest as their opening act. Avery is forced to deal with a troubling figure from her past while being pursued by Tempest's tatted bad boy, Bryan 'Bullet' Jackson. Meanwhile, Marcus must battle his own internal demons as well as this rival for Avery's affection. Can Avery and Marcus keep their fairy tale happily ever after together when the prevailing winds of the real world are against them?

Three full-length rock star novels in one limited edition set




Tempest series (spin-off of The Brutal Strength Series)
Irresistible Refrain: http://amzn.to/SFJ96J & Audible: http://bit.ly/1vOTPPm
Enticing Interlude: http://amzn.to/1gelLT3
Captivating Bridge: http://amzn.to/RT7AMV
Relentless Rhythm: http://amzn.to/1xQpof7
Unforgettable: Tempest #5. A Tempest/ Brutal Strength mashup. Coming soon!


Michelle Mankin is the Amazon bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Romance with subtext.
Reimagining classic stories with sexy rock stars and thought provoking issues.
For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn't kill her but the hours and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the Tempest series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the Magic series.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.
Connect with Michelle Mankin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Michelle-Mankin/233503403414065
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichelleMankin
On tsu: https://www.tsu.co/AuthorMichelleMankin
On her website: http://www.michellemankin.com/
Receive the Black Cat Records newsletter: http://eepurl.com/Lvgzf
All 4 ebooks of the Tempest series & an arc of STRANGE MAGIC - Part One
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Friday, December 19, 2014

This Year Christmas Will Be Different

This is a bit of a departure for me - something new and different.  I've recorded a short (three songs) CD of original Christmas music, featuring yours truly on guitar and vocals.  I like my Christmas music the same way I like my books - bittersweet and real feeling, and that's the vibe I was shooting for.  There are free (full length!) samples of all three songs at the CD Baby link, so you needn't feel obligated to buy if you just want to check it out!  

This is a "just for fun" project for me, but I would like to share it with you, my very dear reader friends, as we head deeper into this emotional and celebratory season.  The CD is available for download in MP3 format at these fine music providers:




Friday, November 14, 2014

What's Left of Us, by Amanda Maxlyn Happy Release Day!


I'm excited to help treasured author Amanda Maxlyn share the release of "What's Left of Us", the heartwarming conclusion to What's Left of Me. Make sure to check out the teasers, pick up your copy and enter the $100 Kate Spade Gift Card GIVEAWAY below!

For more fun & giveaways, come join our Facebook Release Party & Blog Tour Event ~ Friday, November 14th


Book Title: What’s Left of Us
Author: Amanda Maxlyn

The heartwarming conclusion to What's Left of Me.
Love found me three years ago.
I’m cancer free, happily married to the love of my life, and working toward my dream career.
Our life is complete. Perfect, really.
Or is it?
I’ve always wanted a family of my own, but never dreamed I could have one. Now Parker’s ready to make my dream our reality.
But sometimes our dreams are haunted by our deepest fears. Fears of failure, having a child, and in our case … death. How do I help the person I love get over his fear when I’m still trying to overcome that same fear myself?
Together we must learn What’s Left of Us.


To Read the Prologue and First Chapter - CLICK HERE


Life works in mysterious ways.

Four years ago I became known as the girl with cancer.
I refuse to cry.
And I refuse to give in.
A relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he wants. Me.
He doesn’t treat me like I’m fragile.
But he doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him.
What if it changes everything?
Tragedy found me when I was seventeen.
Love found me when I was twenty-one.
My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey.

I am the mother of two little boys, married to the love of my life, and living in one of the smallest towns in Minnesota. When I’m not chasing or cleaning up after my boys (yes, all three), I can be found writing or snuggled up with my kindle, a glass of wine, and spending time with my fictional friends and family.
I am first and foremost an avid reader! I love to read anything romance from paranormal, young/new adult, contemporary, and even yes, (wide eyes) erotic/BDSM.


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