SMOLDER – Book #3 Clan of Dragon series

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A dragon-shifter in pain wants nothing more than to fly, and he sure as hell kneels to no one.

Multi-published and award-winning author, Nancy Lee Badger, announces her 19th book. The author has used her love of all things Scottish, as well as years as a volunteer at a Scottish festival, to bring her readers another series. Ever since her first books were published in June 2010, she has successfully self-published a variety of novels and novellas. This book is a paranormal fantasy romance and is set centuries ago on the Scottish island of Skye.

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As a white doe, Fiona searches for her friend, Cliona. The snows have melted across the Island of Skye, and she tracked her from their northern herd, to the Black Cuillin Hills, and to a fairy pool. Shifting into the human form Cliona had shared with her, Fiona swims and enjoys using her new human limbs. When a dragon lands along with two humans, she overhears them talk about a festival. Would Cliona head to a village?

Dougal’s scales tremble with anger. Tasked with the safety of his kin as they travel to the village of Morbhan to celebrate Beltane, and the coming of spring, he shifts into a human form. He would rather fly across the sky or race through the forest as a red stag. Spying the white doe, the one he has searched for, for months, he follows her. Pirates, a villain, and drunken celebrators keep him from his task. Will he ever find the doe that pricked his interest and make her his?

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Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!

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Between Venus and Mars – Soul Mate Tree Legend #3

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An intergalactic adventure filled with laughs, love, and adventure.  

S. C. Mitchell has brought us an ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

Once Upon a Galaxy . . .

Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.

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When series collide: Between Venus and Mars is not only set the multi-dimensional worlds of the Soul Mate Tree legend, but also ties into my Hearts in Orbit series, a futuristic universe filled with starships, aliens, and new technologies. And, of course, romance. The Soul Mate Tree project offered me a great way to play with some new characters and further develop my universe, while partnering with some of the best authors in the business.

The Hearts in Orbit universe is a place where galactic marshals keep the peace in the cosmopolitan Core Worlds as well as the wild-west type rim world planets. While this book works as a standalone, and you don’t have to have read any of the others, I consider it Hearts in Orbit 2.5, fitting nicely between Pirates of the Dark Nebula and my soon-to-be-released Hearts in Orbit 3 novel Captives of the Kratzen.

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Hidden strengths, adventurous hearts.

S.C.Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.  

As a writer of paranormal and sci-fi romance, fantasy, and science fiction, Steve crafts unique and wondrous worlds where his characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, his heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.

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Another Time – Release Day!

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Congratulations to Nina H on winning the sweepstakes!

Always an exciting day but this one is especially special because Another Time is my first book with Soul Mate Publishing. I’ve read so many of the authors there and to be one of them causes tingles! I hope this is the first of many collaborations with Soul Mate. Please check out Book 1 in the Guardians of Now Series – Another Time

There is no time travel. Dr. Dustin Williams is a physicist and works with NASA and other companies. If time travel worked, he would know.

Dr. Deanna Stevens is a trauma specialist who never gave credence to science fiction such as time travel or flux capacitors.

But when they are drawn to one another by an unknown force and have to face the reality that they’re in this alone, they have to rethink their strongly held beliefs, and rely on each other in ways neither could imagine.

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The atmosphere in the bar was nearly as dark as Dusty Williams’ mood.

Hunched over the Scotch in front of him, he peered at his hazy reflection in the shiny wood counter. In the midst of wondering if he had time to change jobs before tomorrow, he gave the bar a onceover. Dark wood, some touches of chrome, the place could at most be called ‘trendy.’

A first-timer to the bar, Dusty’d come here tonight for a self-pity drink or two. Wouldn’t do to be hungover—in addition to his already abrasive personality—for tomorrow’s presentation. He was surprised to find he’d zeroed in on the place tonight like a long-sought destination, bypassing places more familiar to him. Maybe he’d wanted the anonymity more than he realized.

One other patron dignified the place, a redhead at the far end of the bar. She appeared about as happy as he was to be here. What the hell, Im in the mood to get my face .

At least no one would be able to give him grief about a failed attempt.

“A drink for the redhead.” He turned away from watching her to speak to the bartender.

“I don’t think she wants a drink, but I’m happy to sell it to you,” the young smartass replied.

The kid was probably right. Dusty longed to ditch the suit, trash the briefcase, and get the hell out of Dodge. Unfortunately, none of that was an option. Tomorrow he had to get on a plane with his boss as babysitter and head west.

Rather than contemplate a pending disaster he needed a distraction, anything to keep his mind off the upcoming meeting.

Having a watchdog bugged Dusty though it was probably necessary keep him from ruining the deal. He was better at research than meeting with talking heads; he admitted to the lack within himself. So why did they continue to trot him out for this kind of thing? His social skills sucked, therefore he should stay in the damn lab.

His ideas sold. If the idiots couldn’t follow his designs, then maybe they weren’t capable of using the product.

The redhead demurred from the drink, giving Dusty the excuse to move in her direction. He knew women looked at him, though he wasn’t sure why. The inner package didn’t match the outer, fortunately they wouldn’t know until later, right?

“Thank you,” she began before he could speak, “but—”

“Your day looks as lousy as mine. I thought we could commiserate.” He was close enough now to take the seat beside her. Dusty stopped and glanced around. There was a vibration, an electrical hum of some kind, and the buzz was getting stronger. She seemed to notice the disturbance too yet the smartass bartender hadn’t reacted.

After a tiny hesitation he took the seat beside her.

“Do you feel that?” she asked as he settled beside her.

“Yeah, but I don’t know . . .” His hand brushed hers on the bar. Accidental, because he didn’t grab women, though more than one had grabbed his ass in places like this.

There was no actual spark though they both obviously felt the slight jolt. For the first time his eyes met hers, a pretty soft blue. She seemed as startled as he felt.

“What the hell?” Dusty blurted. She hastily withdrew her hand from the bar. “Sorry.”

 

5 Years?!

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I can’t believe I’ve been a published author for 5 years today. Yep, in 2012 Rth Rising released on this date. The sequel, Rth Claimed is out and the third chapter is under construction. 

I started out with science fiction because that’s my first love when reading – stories like The Melting Trilogy, and Alien Embrace but I quickly branched out to paranormal with books like Learning Trust and Wraith’s Heart. That’s the Stephen King influence – I don’t write horror but so much of his works feel normal until that little twist comes in. And I absolutely love his voice – he writes the way I talk.  

Then to my surprise, I found myself writing small town romance. That started with Homecoming, the book that came from cleaning out my parents’ home after they passed, which lead to Red Shoes and Mac’s Family, and my Christmas novellas.

My latest (number 19???) Another Time releases on March 8 and is available for pre-order now.  

I’ve written my whole life – I’ve always said that, but with the move to the condo, I actually found my old manuscripts, some dating from elementary school which won’t be available for the light of day, but I was trying and definitely enjoying myself. Those ten years that I wrote fanfic for the X-Files gave me the courage to let people read when I wrote instead of hiding it under the bed.

I write what I want to read and the fact that so many of you also enjoy my stories is the best thing to wake up to every morning. You make me want to race to my office and get another chapter saved.

Thank you all for this opportunity – it means more than you can know.

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Another Time Sweepstakes

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Thank you all for making the release of Another Time so successful and congratulations to Nina H for winning the sweepstakes!!!

Enter for a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card in the ANOTHER TIME Pre-order Sweepstakes.  

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To enter the sweepstakes, pre-order a copy of ANOTHER TIME by Donna Steele and fill out the information below and send to steelestories@gmail.com. Be sure to include the order number from your receipt.

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Finally Moved!

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Yes, I’ve been missing in action lately. But the move is complete and we’re mostly unpacked, looking for places for those little dustables now.  The flowers are all confused by the weather but these are blooming outside my new front door!

It was a disaster of a journey, especially being taken for fools by Keystone Homes and Wesley Scott Wallace, but we managed to survive and thrive. The day Keystone declared they would not honor the contract we signed, we found another place, a better place, a bigger place and lo and behold a cheaper place! We were moved in 30 days thanks to our stellar realtor, Ike Oglesby and Cunningham Mortgage!

My office is shaping up and I’m once again able to find things. I did miss a deadline (the first and hopefully last time ever!) but the first book of The Guardians of Now – Another Time should release March 8 through Soul Mate Press and will be up for pre-order any minute. I also, for the first time in my life, did not have a Christmas tree, but next year’s will be grand!

We’re sleeping in our own bed again for the first time since August 1 and that is a true wonder. I love it so much and sleep so much better. And we have more than two rooms to move around in! In fact when my daughter visited she was hollering “Marco” occasionally to find us.

Thank you all again for your continued support and notes of encouragement. They meant so much and probably kept me sane (if that actually happened) and I’m pleased to tell you that the second book of the Guardians series –A Different Time is well underway.

P.S. There’s a wolf shifter trilogy underway as well. Hey, I’m trying to catch up! Thanks again.  

My Experience With Keystone Homes

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I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who have had positive experiences with Keystone. I don’t dispute that, but this is MY experience and I feel the need to share it.

In searching for a condo for our retirement and downsizing, we discovered the community at Eagle Pointe West in Greensboro, NC. It suited our needs so we entered into an agreement with Keystone, using the contract that they wrote. We did not have an agent helping us (NEVER do that). We were told there would be a price increase on the condo in June so we were encouraged to hurry to make up our minds. Apparently this increase happened on May 15. We signed the contract and gave them a $5,000 deposit on April 25.

We chose our upgrades, did walkthroughs for the sheetrock and electricity. We acted in good faith and did everything we were told to do, even going to the mortgage provider they suggested.

We asked on numerous occasions why they had not cashed our check – little did we know that it was a tactical ploy on their part and that management – Scott Wallace and Melissa Cummings – apparently never intended to honor the contract or sell us the condo at the price we agreed to via their contract. No, it was a classic bait and switch.

We sold our house and moved to a one-bedroom apartment for the three month wait to move in. (An aside, we lived in a Keystone apartment complex and I have to say it is lovely, quiet, very well run and very nice – however it is two rooms and all of our winter clothes and a lot of thing we need are in storage with the moving company). After over five months it was feeling cramped.

We were told the condo would be ready in October—that date passed. Then they set a closing for November 16, which they canceled, then November 30, which they canceled. We purchased a stove and a refrigerator that we were told to go ahead and have installed, but when the installer arrived, they were told to store it in the garage. The installer refused and took them back to the store to hold for us.

Then I received a call demanding an additional $14,000 more than we agreed upon in order for them to set a closing date.

I had no idea Keystone Homes would act unethically or immorally. My contact at Keystone also told me that two other people are also being held up like this for their condos, however two people who bought after we did, after the price increase, are already in the four-plex that our condo is part of or next to.

We have spoken to realtors, lawyers, mortgage providers and others and NO ONE has ever heard of such dealings and are appalled that they strung us along for nearly seven months. To allow us to pay them rent (at one of their locations), pay for storage, purchase appliances and even furniture for the location and continue in good faith from April to December is unheard of in their opinions (though strictly legal—ethics and morals aside).

Do what you want; it’s your decision. We could have paid the additional $14,000 but I didn’t think I could spend the rest of my life living and working in that space with the hilt of their knife sticking out of my back. Verify and secure before dealing with this company. Maybe we’re the only ones, maybe it was personal, I don’t know, but buyer beware.