Monday, March 24, 2014

Huge eBook Sale ~all~ 99 Cents! Don't miss it!

Yay! It's time for another book sale and we've got 15 titles here. Some great new choices for you, so make sure you scroll clear to the end. Some of these books have never been discounted before, some are new, and some are back because readers are asking for them. You should find something great to read! We have everything from children's books to adult novels, from romance and speculative fiction. If you do find a book you enjoy, we hope you will take the time to give the author a nice review and maybe check out their other books. These prices are good through April 1st unless otherwise stated, so feel free to pass them along!

The Cure by Teyla Branton

Unbounded Series - Contemporary Urban fantasy with over 100 four- and five-star reviews! - 298 pages 99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99) Or buy for print Erin Radkey’s life has altered completely since her Change made her one of the Unbounded. Yet she has learned the hard way that some things never change. Over the centuries the long-lived Unbounded have divided into two groups, the Emporium who craves money and power and will do anything to achieve its ends, including experimenting on its own people, and the Renegades who protect humanity. Erin’s new abilities are tested as she and fellow Renegades fight the Emporium in a struggle that soon becomes all too personal, and where lines of loyalty are blurred by relationships of the past. Everything is at risk, including the lives of her friends—and the love of Ritter Langton, the Renegade Unbounded who both infuriates and excites her.

 

The Ember Gods by Andrea Pearson

 
Kilenya Seies - Middle grade fantasy with 19 five-star reviews! - 282 pages
99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99)
Or buy for print
 
Jacob Clark has just returned from the world of Eklaron, where he frustrated the evil plans of the Lorkon and returned the magical Key of Kilenya to its rightful owners. His quest is far from over, though—Aloren is trapped in Maivoryl City by the Ember Gods, and Jacob can't return to save her until he receives the potion that will protect his team from the corrosive influence of the Lorkon. Balancing between this new world and his own proves tricky. Not only has he started his first year of high school, but his magical abilities are bringing him too much attention. He feels pulled by both sides, hoping he'll figure out his special powers to save Aloren in time. BTW, the first book The Key of Kilenya is FREE on Kindle March 26-28th during this promotion.
 

To Love and to Promise by Rachel Ann Nunes

 
Inspirational Romance - 298 pages
 
99 cents Kindle (reg. 3.99)
Or buy for print
 
When Brionney Fields marries handsome and charming Derek Roathe, she feels like her life is a fairy tale come true. And when baby Savannah comes along, she's sure of it. Then, with a horrifying discovery, the dream is shattered and her fairy tale begins to unravel. Trying to pick up the bits and pieces of her life, she wonders if she'll ever be able to take a chance at love again. The answer finally comes, but is Brionney ready for it? Can she set aside a world of pain for the hope of true love? She's heard all the promises before, but they've been empty and tainted by lies. Why should she believe them now? Join Brionney as she learns that the road to true love and happiness is never easy . . . but in the end it's worth every prayer, every tear, and every leap of faith along the way.
 

A Heartbeat Away by Rachel Ann Nunes

 
Inspirational - 212 pages
 
99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99)
 
"You think it's never going to happen to you. I know because that's how I was—untouchable. Bad things only happen to someone else. Or if something bad actually did happen, it was always something the doctor could fix with fiberglass or a pill. That's the way it was with my family—at least until the year I turned thirteen." When their young daughter, Kristin, is kidnapped, Gary and Angie Marshall struggle to make sense of the unthinkable. Who could do such a thing? And why Kristin? As more time passes in their desperate search for their daughter, their hopes slowly dwindle. They are left with "if onlys" and a glaring uncertainty that damages their marriage and their relationships with their other children, especially their oldest daughter, Meghan. Meanwhile, Kristin's first job in her new "life" is to heal the hearts of her family. But doing so turns out to be more of a challenge than she ever expected. But time is running out. As she blames herself for Kristin's disappearance, Meghan turns down a road that can only lead to more unhappiness. Kristin must find a way to help her sister find healing—and perhaps love.

Behind the Mask Part 1 by Anita Stansfield writing as Elizabeth D. Michaels

 
Historical romance - 294 pages
 
FREE for Kindle (reg. 99 cents - Free March 26-30 only)
 
Part 1 of Behind the Mask for an introductory price. There are three parts of this extended saga and each part is like a full book.
Abbi has the gift of dreams. But her uncanny ability to see glimpses of the future has no apparent purpose or meaning until a dream leads her to a man on the brink of despair and destruction. Cameron is a man without a name and without a country, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Long ago forced into exile and believed dead, the passing of years have defaced him of all hope. The country of Horstberg suffers beneath the weight of tyranny, and only Cameron holds the secret that could see her ruler undone and restore the people to peace and prosperity. While revolution brews and whispers of treason threaten all that is dear to Abbi, she remains unaware of her own ability to answer a nation’s prayers. Trusting only her heart and the power of her dreams, Abbi gives all that she has to lead Cameron back into a civilized world, where love is real and freedom comes only in facing what hides behind the mask.
 
 

Breathtaking Box Set - 7 Full Novels!

 
 Clean Romance and Suspense
 
99 cents on Kindle through March 29th only
Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru - A weekend trip to New York takes a dangerous turn when Rachel's luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent.
A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis - Cami DiCarlo wasn't happy about being coerced to work at her father's latest hotel in the Rocky Mountains, but her expectations of a boring year are blown away by sexy landscape architect Vince Talmadge, and someone in the shadows who is out to bring her family down.
Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt - When country music star Daleigh McDermott digs deeper into what she believes is the murder of her father, the only person who gives credence to her concerns is small town mechanic Nick Shields.  As they dig deeper into things best left alone, they realize they must rely on each other or the darkness they discover will swallow them whole.
You Belong With Me by Shannon Guymon - Love could restart a stalled heart. Love could comfort and cleanse. Love could renew. Love was a miracle. Burned out social worker, Layla Kendall is about to learn exactly what love can do.
Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon - Unbelievable, Book 2 in the Port Fare Series. A firestorm named Delilah Dreser is about to ignite Cole Colter's quiet little world. But will he and his friends survive?
Blog This by Cami Checketts - In a race against time, can Natasha evade a hitman and expose her enemies before the assassin murders her family and shatters her world?
Cassie's Cowboy Crave by Kimberly Krey - This fun western romance features a Seattle editor, a handsome cowboy, and a witness protection program that has them posing as husband and wife.
Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson
 

Fateful by Cheri Schmidt

YA Paranormal Romance - 362 pages
 
 99 cent Kindle (reg. 2.99)
 
 A huge fan of Jane Austen, Danielle hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy when she leaves Colorado to attend art school in London. Of course she knows it's silly to wish for that, naive even. But she's met enough males who lacked respect for women, a growing trend it seemed. And at nineteen...well.... However, on only her second night there she gets lost and is threatened by a stalker who proves to be immune to her martial arts training. Before she is completely overpowered, she is then saved by Ethan Deveroux.
While Danielle does find the romance she seeks in Ethan, he's no Mr. Darcy. Her hero is held by a spell which fractures their chance at a happy ending. During the day Ethan is closer to mortal than immortal and can date her like any other man. Yet, as the sun sets, the powerful magic of an ancient curse returns and the evil of that spell is revealed. When that magic begins, Danielle's fairytale romance ends because Ethan Deveroux is a vampire.
 
 

Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson

 
Contemporary Romance - 344 pages
 
99 cent Kindle (reg. 2.99)
Or buy for print
 
Ellie Garrett never planned on being a divorced, single mother—she also never planned to get married again. Ever. Her ordinary life changes when the house across the street is sold. The new owner is Nick Coulter—quarterback and MVP for the Sacramento Defenders. Oh yeah, he’s also one of People magazine’s top 100 most beautiful people and America’s most eligible bachelor. So why would she pick him to have her first crush on since her divorce? Recently retired from the NFL, Nick is more than ready to find a wife and start a family. He's tired of his high-profile lifestyle and moves to Pleasant Wood, Colorado, hoping to finally settle down and focus on his foundation Kids Come First. It would just feel nice to be a normal guy. Of course being rebuffed by Ellie the first few times he meets her makes him feel a little too normal. As Nick and Ellie become acquainted, their mutual attraction is hard to ignore. But Ellie’s been hurt before by her womanizing ex-husband. She’s not sure that Nick has left behind his playboy reputation. Can she risk falling in love with the celebrity football player or will she miss her chance at scoring big in the game of love?
   

Gathering  Storm by Kenneth R. Tarr

The Last Days Series - inspirational apocalyptic - 312 pages
 
FREE on Kindle (reg 3.99 - Free until March 26-30 only)
Or buy print
 
THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY IS UPON US
Steven Christopher struggles to make sense of his life after his wife abandons him and their three children to join a polygamous cult. He meets Mary Fleming at his new LDS ward, but his bitter experience with marriage makes him feel unworthy and afraid to give his heart to another woman. Mary, recovering from her own failed relationship, sees something in Steven that even he doesn't realize exists, but how can he trust her? Then the first great catastrophe strikes. Steven and Mary soon find themselves in the midst of apocalyptic prophecies regarding latter-day events—both terrible and marvelous—that unfold shortly before the Second Coming of the Lord. As natural disasters, plagues, anarchy, and the collapse of the American government lead to the degradation of civilization throughout the world, a great worldwide secret combination expands its evil influence. The people of God are the only power that can stand against this evil, people like Steven and Mary—if they will accept the challenge.
 
 

Samara (A Kilenya Romance novella) by Andrea Pearson

YA romance - 58 pages
 
Buy for Kindle here (99 cents)
When Samara Oldroyd takes a break from her somewhat insane family to browse a music store, she meets the funniest, most attractive and awesome guy ever. A phone call interrupts their conversation, and she has to leave before she can find out anything about him—what his name is, where he's from, and why his smile is so familiar. Her wishes that they'll run into each other again come true, but not how she expects. When her older sister finally lets the family meet her new boyfriend, Samara is shocked to see it's the guy from the music store! Awkward and hilarious situations thrive as Samara tries—in vain—to undo the crush she's formed. Inspired by the film Dan in Real Life, this novella will tickle you pink. 
 
 

The Whispering Ruins by S. Jackson Rivera

 
Jungle Series - YA fantasy - 421 pages
 
99 cents on Kindle (3.99)
Or buy for print
 
A mysterious whispering from ruins deep within the jungle pulls Sunna from the trance that has been holding her mind hostage for years. Kael, the young prince, seeks adventure outside the palace walls and is also drawn to the jungle. There he meets Sunna, and their fates become intertwined. When three dangerous men come to their land and begin their hunt for a missing fugitive, the secrets that have shielded both Sunna and Kael are nearly revealed, and supernatural events threaten to destroy everything they've worked to create—leaving their lives in ruins.
 
  

At Midnight by Stephanie Fowers

 
Twisted Tales Series - YA fantasy - 383 pages
 
99 cents on Kindle (Reg. 2.99)
Or buy for print
 
Stop the Clock from Striking Twelve!
 
Bridgette has Cinderella complex big time. She has to find true love's kiss to get some weird guy off her back who claims to be her faery godmother. But who is she really? Loser of Omak High? Victim of the evil stepmother who runs the group home?
Not-so-proud owner of a hearth where fire-starting goblins live?
Asylum wannabe with occasional schizophrenic episodes? Not even Bridgette knows. Even if her faery godmother wasn't some guy who knows nothing about romance, how is Bridgette supposed to get true love's kiss if everyone she cares about disappears? Bridgette must find out who she really is in the faerytales or she'll lose everything.
  
 

Mansfield Ranch by Jenni James

 
The Jane Austen Diaries - YA Romance - 144 pages
 
99 cents on Kindle (reg. 4.99) 
 
 Does true love really prevail? All Lilly Price has ever known is living in the shadow of her widely successful foster family. But when a twist of fate deals Lilly the hand of Harrison Crawford, the most popular guy in Bloomfield, NM, everything flips upside down. Sean Benally is a hard worker, he’s funny, he’s generous, and he’s kind. He’s also the most amazing guy Lilly has ever known. And she's totally fallen in love with him. But he’s her foster brother . . . Now she must choose between the unavailable love of her life—or the guy who promises to be available forever. 
 
  

 Awakening by Christy Dorrity

 
The Geis Series - YA fantasy - 300 pages
 
FREE on Kindle (Reg. 3.99)
Or buy for print
 
. . . because some Celtic stories won’t be contained in myth. A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery's family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a clairvoyant for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn't think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has an amazing best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital, and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way. When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled, janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities. After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened. When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy.
 
 

A Challenge for Brittany by Lisa J. Peck

 
CTR Club ages 6-10 - 85 pages
 
99 cents on Kindle 
FREE on Nook
Brittany Stevenson, her little sister Christine, and her best friend Meagan have been asked by their bishop to be friends with Parker—a new kid in the ward. But Parker is autistic and loves to play with Brittany's braids. He even tries to stick them in his mouth! Brittany isn't sure anyone can overcome that kind of embarrassment! Or is there a way?
 
That's all for this time! I hope you find a lot of enjoyment in these books. If so, please pass word on. And remember that a kind review really helps authors spend more time writing and less time begging random people to buy their books THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Seeking auditions for a narrator for the Fateful Trilogy!

Update: I've found the narrator I want for Fateful and it's now in production!
Fractured and Forever will follow.




And don't miss your chance to pick up the eBook of Fateful for only .99 cents until the 13th. Go here to see the other great titles listed in this sale:

 
Happy reading!
And thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nominated for best indie cover ~ Fair Maiden

Please take a moment to head on over to IndieReCon and vote for the cover of Fair Maiden.
 

Update:
Fair Maiden won!
 
Wow! Thanks for voting! I'm a bit shocked 'cause I never win anything...


BEST INDIE ReCon COVERS for 2014:

Best Adult Cover: Dark Indiscretions by Shakuita Johnson

Best Children's Cover (which included teen): Fair Maiden by Cheri Schmidt

Best Non Fiction Cover: Wild Money: A Creative Journey to Financial Wisdom by Luna Jaffe
 
To my writer friends, or anyone considering becoming a writer, this is a really awesome conference. They provide some valuable information for indie writers and have some really incredible presenters. I personally love the fact that I can attend in my pajamas!

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Orphan and the Thief Book Blast


orphan tour
  orphan thief
The Orphan and the Thief An adventure that will keep you and your kids spellbound.

Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what. When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price. With Melena’s pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad’s enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?

 
Excerpt: Panicking, Toad rushed, “Come on, Gent. There’s gotta be somethin’ that ya want! My prices are reasonable!” “The price is your life,” Mr. Owl stated, gently placing the dragon statue upon the desk. Mr. Ogg stopped again, his ham-sized hands falling back to his sides. Toad fell silent, too stunned to dare hope that he wasn’t about to be killed. “Let me explain how this will work, Mr. Toad. If tonight was like any other night I would happily see your neck snapped and toss you out like the bit of filth that you are.” He gave a heavy sigh. “However, the Hickory Guard have become annoyingly tedious ever since that upstart became Captain.” “Ya mean Dowell?” asked Toad. “The man has become so inflated with self importance that he’s actually having me followed. Can you imagine? Me?” “That’s … awful?” said Toad awkwardly, unsure how to respond. “So, you will forgive me for not wanting to waste Mr. Ogg’s talents on you with so little preplanning.” He gave the window a casual glance. “I’m sure a guard is stationed outside somewhere and disposing of your body without detection will be troublesome to say the least.” “Pardon me, sir,” Mr. Ogg interrupted, “but it would be no trouble.” “Ah, Mr. Ogg! How I like you!” Mr. Owl cheered. “Always ready to break a neck. Good fellow!” “We can stash him in one of the upstairs rooms,” Mr. Ogg continued in his deep, ocean floor voice. “I’ll make sure he won’t bleed.” “But a body, even in such a large house, will be difficult to hide if Dowell decides to search the place, as he has been hinting at for the last fortnight. No, no, my man. We cannot afford the risk of housing him here.” Toad sat still in his chair. It wasn’t every day that his own murder was discussed in such a light, conversational manner.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAM.L LeGette: Melissa Lee LeGette has been writing seriously since she was a teen. She loves an old world vibe with a magical twist, and she puts her full focus on creating believable characters--even if they happen to be a talking beer mug. Her books are targeted for children and teens, but have been enjoyed by adults of all ages. She lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright.

 
Praise: [LeGette is] able to twist her unique fairy-tales to fit the imagination of children and the attention of adults. Five stars ... The Orphan and the Thief is definitely worth reading! -- Abigail / Goodreads Review M.L. Legette conjures up a captivating magical tale in The Orphan and the Thief. I loved this story and I could not put my Kindle down until I finished the last page. This charming story is so good that it may very well become a classic. -- Karen Dowdall, Author of Delphi Altair: Strange Beginnings
 

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Faeries & Fantasy Giveawy Hop


Welcome to another awesome giveaway hop hosted by the fabulous I Am A Reader, Not A Writer!

This month, I have something special and unique for my readers....

Prizes:
You may choose either the Kindle eBook copies of all 4 books in the Fateful Series, which are valued at $11.96 if purchased from Amazon. (This includes Fateful, Fractured, Forever and Sophia's Cookbook for Mortals.) USA only, and Kindle format only is available.


~OR~ Valued at $10 is this adorable, custom-made Book Charm of Fateful. It can be worn as a pendant or used as a bookmark, which is how the winner will receive it if this is what you choose. (More pictures to come...)


Note to authors:
You can order these charms made for your books here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtistryForAuthors
And you can see more examples here: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistryforAuthors
(These are not made by me, but an author friend of mine.)

To enter:
Simply follow my blog and fill out the form below. (This giveaway just ended. I will contact the winner via email ASAP.)


A little bit about the Fateful Series:
The Fateful Trilogy blends vampires, fairies, werewolves, mermaids, pixies, and witches together with a romantic Jane Austen twist.
Review:
EXCELLENT SERIES FOR THOSE WHO LOVE FANTASY ROMANCE
"This series has everything in it.. from fairies to vamps and it will not disappoint! Love, suspense, everything is possible here and you will be held on the edge of your seat unable to put the books down! Truly remarkable loveable series that I personally would love to see on the big screen! Well done!"

And here is a free recipe from the the Fairy Refreshments section of Sophia's Cookbook for Mortals:

Magic Fairy Juice

This is very much like the juice the fairies gave to Ethan and Danielle—minus the magic, of course.

You’ll need:
8 tablespoons lime juice (bottled or about 4 limes, juiced)
3/4 cups to 1 cup superfine sugar (or granulated)
8 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
6 cups water
1/2 pint fresh strawberries, chopped
1/2 pint fresh raspberries

Directions:
Mix water with sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar, and then chill. Once it’s chilled, add the lime juice to the water and sugar mixture, then add the sweetened condensed milk. Lightly mash the strawberries and raspberries. In each glass, add ice, 1-2 spoonfuls of berries, and then limeade. Serve immediately over ice. Hopefully you won’t suffer too many side effects from the fairy magic.

Good luck! And thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop


Welcome to another wonderful Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. With almost 200 blogs participating, I hope you don't miss out on your chance to win.
This giveaway runs from December 21st to the 31st.
Good luck and thanks for visiting my blog!

To Enter:
I hope you had a Happy New Year! This giveaway is now closed and I will contact the winner via email as soon as I can. Check back frequently for future giveaways....
Follow my blog via GFC or email subscription, and fill out the form below.
(Please note: In past giveaways, I've discovered the winner wasn't really following me, or has not responded to my emails, and was then disqualified. Entry is super easy, so please make sure you follow my blog and your email address is correct. Thanks so much!)

The Prizes:
One winner will receive a singed paperback copy of Fair Maiden along with a handmade beaded bookmark made by me. It will be something like one of the bookmarks in the picture below and shipped to you for free.


(Click on the pic to see the bookmarks in greater detail.)

Synopsis:
It's the Victorian era in England, but Tessa is from the medieval past. She awakens within a castle she has never seen before. Knowledge of her name also evades her. However, even worse than not knowing who or where she is, she cannot recall how she died or why she is dressed as a bride.


Along with Christian, the earl of the castle she haunts, Tessa tries to discover who she is and break the spell holding her in a prison of death. They never imagined the curse keeping them apart is the only thing protecting her, until it's too late.

Review by Keni:
"This book is so great. I always enjoy a little bit of mystery in my novels, especially since Sherlock Holmes is my superhero. And there is plenty of mystery in Fair Maiden. There's also romance, fantasy, and a chivalrous Earl named Christian. This book is perfect for the little girl in all of us, and also perfect for the more mature side of us. I can promise that i will be one of the first to recommend this book to everyone and anyone i know who can appreciate a well written and gorgeous love story. In fact, this is so book is so extraordinary, i'm dropping what i'm reading now and picking this up. So, if you need me, i'll be curled up with a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and an absolutely amazing novel called Fair Maiden by the wonderful Cheri Schmidt."

Thanks for visiting my blog and good luck!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book 5 in the Fateful Series THE ORDER OF CURSE-BOUND KNIGHTS Meet Nadia!!!

I'm sorry that I've been very quiet lately. I've been dealing with something in my life...I still can't stop thinking about Max and my writing, though. Originally I'd wanted to release book 5 in the Fateful series this spring. But now it's summer. I don't have a new release date just yet, but hope to bring this story to you very soon. Hope you haven't forgotten about me. :)

While I am way behind in my writing, here is a preview of Nadia to keep your interest. To read that, simply scroll down a bit. (And if I get good feedback on what you've read so far, I might be motivated to post a bit more of her chapter, like how she meets Max!) Happy reading....xoxoxo

The end of Forever is not the last time you will see Danielle and Ethan because Max and Nadia’s story overlaps theirs!

To keep print costs down for those of you who prefer that, I have to break the stories up into standard-sized novels. So if you want to see more of what happens to this couple as their “happily forever after” continues, stay tuned for The Order of Curse-Bound Knights.

As well as letting Nadia and Max tell you their side of story, you’ll get to see Danielle’s pregnancy, read about the way they all live without guards hovering over them constantly, and learn what happens with some of the other side characters.

The Fateful Trilogy was Danielle and Ethan’s story to tell. The Fateful Series will give them all their chance to be the main characters. I know that not many authors do this, but I just can’t resist continuing this series...And I hope this gives those of you who have enjoyed the journey something to look forward to!

I'm on the hunt for the cover model of Max. Hopefully, someone who resembles one of these actors/models a bit:


From Merlin, I really feel like actor Tom Hopper could pull off Sir Max. Just with longer hair...(He's the big tall guy in the center. He dwarfs the other knights, and that is how I described Max.) ~These photos were found via Google searches.


Or, and even better, is Matthias Streitwieser. This guy's face is exactly how I pictured Max, except for the blue eyes. Max's are a light brown. I could totally see him winking at you just like Max does. (Sadly, Matthias is deceased. : ( He died in a fall while hiking in 2009. Truly tragic... I wonder if he has a brother, or a cousin...)




















The Order of Curse-Bound Knights is book 5 in the Fateful Series and begins in medieval times as Max is fostered into this order of knights just as he also becomes a vampire. From there the story travels though Edwardian, and Victorian times, to conclude into modern day. Max's life spans centuries and this is his chance to tell it to you. Of course, Nadia will be a big part of it too... I'm still looking, but she sort of looks like the girl in the pictured to the right. Except her hair is black, and the dress would more likely be green. If going to Ren-Fest is your thing, this is the link to buy this dress. http://www.renaissancemodel.com/lady-hunter-dress-301.html I will likely get the green one for the book cover.
Lady Hunter Dress | Renaissance Model
Here's a little preview of The Order of Curse-Bound Knights:

Chapter Three
Superstition
(Meet Nadia)
Copyrighted by Cheri Schmidt 2013

Nadia felt her brows pinch together when she heard the sound of something chirping. It almost sounded like a frog, but she couldn’t fathom how such a creature could get into her third-story chamber. The fragrant warm water of her bath lapped around her as she leaned forward. “Do you hear that, Mirabelle?”
“Hear what, milady?”
The guilty tone in her maid’s query drew Nadia’s gaze. “Mirabelle?”
The young woman offered a broad grin, her freckled cheeks lifting. Mirabelle’s innocent blue eyes didn’t appear so innocent at the moment. And Nadia noticed the way her hands were cupped around something, probably whatever it was that was making the noise. Mirabelle’s words confirmed that. “If I put a frog in your bathwater, you’ll be sure to find a handsome suitor at court.”
Nadia laughed. “You’re making that up!” Mirabelle was spouting bits of superstition again, and Nadia was pretty certain she’d never heard that one before. The maid had to have conjured it up from her vivid imagination. For this wasn’t the first time Mirabelle had suggested something odd. In a way, it was comical, but in another way, it was also a bit distressing.
Adamantly shaking her head, Mirabelle said, “I swear I am not. Elizabet heard it from Isolda, who heard it from Margery, who everyone knows is an expert in these sorts of things. This is how she won that dashing Lord McLaren for Lady Collette. And—”
“Lady Collette bathed with a frog?” she asked in shock.
“Indeed she did!” Mirabelle nodded. The movement sent her mass of blonde curls bouncing. “It helps if there is a crescent moon, which I see there is tonight!” added Mirabelle excitedly. “So—”
A moment of panic seized Nadia as the maid moved closer. “Thank you, Mirabelle,” she squeaked a little more sharply than she’d intended, “but I’m not fond of frogs. I mean it’s quite thoughtful of you, but...” Her eyes shifted back to the maid’s hands with concern. “That’s what you’re holding, isn’t it? That’s the sound I just heard.”
Mirabelle bit her lip and nodded. “He’s an adorable little green one. ‘Tis nothing to fear, I assure you.”
Was she afraid of it? In truth, Nadia wasn’t entirely sure how she felt. Of course, she didn’t think it could hurt her, she would just prefer to have the wee amphibian in its pond rather than in her bedchamber, and certainly not in her bathwater! Shaking her head, Nadia sank to her chin in the water. In her head she told herself it was simply because she was getting cold. The aroma of roses filled her nose, and the suds tickled her chin. “The water is too hot for him, I’m sure of it.” Truth be told, it was cooling off.
“You’re missing the point, milady. One must sacrifice to—”
“Surely you don’t mean to ‘sacrifice’ the poor little frog, do you?”
“No, milady. He’ll be perfectly fine. I meant that you must sacrifice, but only for a moment. Just let him have a little swim with you.”
Mirabelle didn’t give her a chance to respond this time. She opened her hands and, as soon as the frog had the chance, it leapt forward. It first landed upon her knee, then hopped again and landed on her face, half on her cheek and half on her nose. Nadia sucked in a breath of air, instinctively wanting to shriek, but when her gaze caught onto the surprised and crestfallen look on Mirabelle’s face, she swallowed most of the sound, producing a small squeak instead. Even if she wasn’t thrilled with the situation, she would never belittle Mirabelle for it.
Nadia had known dear Mirabelle since they were both young girls, and she adored her even if her silly fascination with superstitious nonsense was just that, nonsense. Mirabelle was one of her closest friends and Nadia could never reprimand her even if she did things like introduce frogs to her quiet bath.
“I suspect it doesn’t count if it’s not actually swimming with me, does it?” Nadia managed.
Mirabelle rewarded her calm with a beaming smile. The young maid giggled and shook her head. “I don’t think so.” She then reached forward to recapture the creature, but it just leapt away again. Nadia heard it plop to the floor and she leaned over the edge of the tub to see where it was going now.
With a pair of wide blue eyes and an amused half smile, Mirabelle tried again to capture it, but again it hopped. Nadia twisted around and saw that it had found its way under her bed this time. Mirabelle was down on all fours, her skirts billowing out around her and her backside waving from side to side as she lifted the blankets in an attempt to find the frog.
Nadia could hear it chirping away, and burst out laughing in spite of herself. Mirabelle sank back onto her heels and straightened her back, shoving her curly locks out of her face just before she joined Nadia in her laughter. “I’m sorry, milady,” she said between giggles, “I fear he’s gotten away. For the moment, that is.”
“And my bath is growing cold.” Nadia offered a smile to show Mirabelle she wasn’t angry. “I suppose we’ll have to try again tomorrow night?” suggested Nadia, secretly hoping the idea would be forgotten by then.
After nodding in agreement, Mirabelle dropped forward again and peered beneath the bed. “I’ll catch Ferdinand, and put him back in my jar until then,” she said, her words muffled because of her position.
“You named him?” Nadia asked on a string of more giggles.
The maid didn’t answer right away because she was busy talking to the frog. “Come here you feisty, misbehaving little thing!” After a few grunts and some shuffling around, Mirabelle managed to catch “Ferdinand” and scoot out from under the bed with her hands cupped again. Once she’d stood, she blew the hair out of her face this time.
Nadia bit her lip to keep from laughing again.
“Are you sure you don’t want to try one more time tonight?” asked Mirabelle wearing a smirk that suggested she was on the edge of containing her mirth.
She had to admit, she would be forever entertained by Mirabelle’s antics. But when a shiver slid over her body, Nadia said, “It really is getting chilly in here. I’m quite ready for my warm mead, if you don’t mind.” Nadia wasn’t sure if the shiver had been due to the cold water, or rather the idea of having a frog in it with her.
“As you wish. I’ll be back in a moment, milady, with hot mead and to tuck you in.”
Nadia got out of the tub and dried herself off, then donned her nightshift and moved to the fire to begin brushing out her hair. She stared into the flames as she dragged her brush through the wet strands, and released a measured breath. This was going to be her first visit to court, and she would admit she was a bit nervous about it. Would she find someone worth marrying? Or would she make a mistake like many of her friends had? Not everyone found love like her mother and father enjoyed. Perhaps she should have let Mirabelle attempt putting the frog back into her water. But the promise had only been that she would find a “handsome” husband, and Nadia knew handsome didn’t necessarily mean kind.

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Books in the Fateful Series are, or will be: (Please note that this list could, and probably will grow. Plus I might change the book titles as needed. Some of these will be novellas.)
Fateful (Book1) ~Ethan and Danielle
Fractured (Book2) ~Ethan and Danielle
Forever (Book3) ~Ethan and Danielle
Sophia's Cookbook for Mortals (Book4) ~Sophia
The Order of Curse-Bound Knights (Book5) ~Max and Nadia
Becoming Cursed (Book6) ~Beon and Sophia
Little Red (Book7) ~The witch named Little Red and the werewolf she falls for.
Other Characters likely getting their own stories are Brianna, The Black Prince, and perhaps more...

Curious about this series? Then pick up Sophia's Cookbook for Mortals in Kindle format! I'm working on print, but the cookbook need pictures, so I'm busy cooking and snapping shots....