Upcoming Audiobook for LARKEN

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LarkenaudiobookReaders have responded so well to Larken (it’s been holding Amazon’s #1 spot in Teen & Young Adult Historical Romance for weeks) , I decided to make an audiobook of it! The recording process is complete, usingScreen Shot 2015-07-07 at 8.14.11 AM English narrator Stevie Zimmerman. A link to her extensive list of audiobook credits can be found HERE.

From her website:

“Native UK English voiceover artist and narrator, Stevie Zimmerman has been voicing audiobooks, commercials, e-learning and narrations for more than 10 years.

Stevie is the voice of over 60 audiobooks, ranging from Historical and Regency Romances and Chick Lit. to Self Help and Non Fiction. Her commercials can be heard on radio stations from Connecticut to Oregon, as well being the voice of K12 learning systems in the U.K.”ornament29I enjoyed listening to Stevie bring my book to life, and I was glad for the chance to listen to the story…

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#Freebie • Magical, adventurous KIRA

NEWKIRACOVERIt’s the last day of June, so why not have a freebie? Tuesday, June 30th only, I’m giving away copies of my adventurous, coming-of-age tale, Kira. Get your download HERE, and enjoy! ~ S.G. Rogers

Blurb: Poisoned by an enemy, Kira struggles to find an antidote before she succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, Kira flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mystic Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?

Excerpt:

On her way back to the Nomad encampment, Kira spied several young men in a clearing, laughing and talking as they tossed knives at a target. Her stomach contracted when she noticed a shock of blond hair; the young warrior Reye was among the group. His handsome face and athletic frame had earned him a reputation among Nomad women as a desirable marriage partner…yet he continued to elude capture. At only fifteen turns of age, Kira was still too young to contemplate marriage, but privately she’d admired Reye along with the rest. She’d had few opportunities to talk with him, but now was her opening. Her fingers itched to best the lads at target practice and socialize with Reye at the same time. As soon as she stepped toward the clearing, however, a fragment of conversation made her pause.

“So, Reye, which girl are you escorting to Kysandra’s party?”

“Must I choose only one?”

Raucous laughter greeted Reye’s flippant response.

“I heard Kira Szul is in need of an escort.”

The words sounded innocent enough, but Kira detected an undercurrent of mockery.

“Ha! You take her.” Reye lifted his hands, as if in fright. “I’m too afraid.”

“Oh, come now. She’s little more than a child.”

“She always looks like she wants to kick someone’s teeth in. Besides which, I prefer my women soft, with curves.” He pantomimed an hourglass figure with his hands.

“If it’s voluptuous you want, choose a nymph.”

“Again, must I choose only one?”

More laughter ensued. Stung, Kira faded back into the shadows.

New Cover for Tournament of Chance: #Dragon Rebel

DragonRebel3If Heather manages to win the Tournament of Chance, she’ll be the first commoner to earn a place at court. Instead of a glorious victory, however, she’s arrested and marked for execution. After a daring escape, she joins the Dragon Rebels, who seek to overthrow the despotic monarchy and restore the former kingdom of Ormaria. Amongst the rebels are three shape-shifting wizards who claim to be rulers from the past. On a perilous quest to free the wizards’ magic, Heather battles wild dragons, vicious predators, angry trolls, and unexpected traitors. When a horrendous accident sends her back in time to fulfill a mysterious prophecy, she must rely on her warrior skills, wits, and endurance to survive.

This 2014 EPIC Award Fantasy Finalist is available at Amazon.

Celebrate the release of LORD APOLLO with a #FREEBIE!

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17rqdh0lrs2akgifLord Apollo & the Colleen is finally here! It’s the second book in the Graceling Hall series, and I’m celebrating by making the first book, Larken, free on Monday, June 15th, and Tuesday, June 16th! To get your Larken Kindle download go HERE. If you enjoy the book, please consider leaving a review! ~ S.G. Rogers

pagebreakLarkenThe sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she’s un-marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she’s never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to take.

Marked by romantic tragedy and the loss of his brother, Brandon King has forsworn marriage. Obliged to take in a ward, he advertises for a mail-order bride to raise the boy. Since the union…

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No Irish Need Apply • Exposing Anti-Irish Sentiment in Lord Apollo & the Colleen

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NINA-nytIf you were a young Irishman looking for work in the 19th century, you might have come across an ad with the words No Irish Need Apply. Anti-Irish prejudice began in the medieval period, and was thought to be greatly influenced by Norman propagandist, Gerald of Wales, who sought to justify the invasion of Ireland by Henry II by painting the Irish as barbarians:

“Dedicated only to leisure and laziness, this is a truly barbarous people. They depend on their livelihood for animals and they live like animals.” (The History and Topography of Ireland) (1185)

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In addition, despite all efforts to convert the Catholic majority to Protestantism over the years, Catholicism persisted. Although Protestantism took hold in parts of  Northern Ireland, it was still the minority. This difference of religion added fuel…

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Cookies and #Magic with guest author Leigh Goff • DISENCHANTED

Leigh Goff-150 RETLeigh Goff is a talented Young Adult author who blends fantasy and romance into her remarkable stories. Her latest book Disenchanted releases through Mirror World Publishing in print and eBook today! The kitchen is all yours, Leigh!

These cookies are just what a white witch like sixteen-year-old Sophie Greensmith from my debut YA fantasy, Disenchanted, would bake after a long day of concocting potions with exotic flowers from her aunt’s enchanted garden.

Disenchanted takes place in Wethersfield, Connecticut, the home of the first American witch trials (not Salem!). As descendants of the original witches, Sophie and her aunt practice white magic and work in a little shop called Scents and Scentsabilities. Their organic bath and body products like Tulips to Kiss Stick to lushify lips and Forever First Love Lip Balm to lock in that true love are crafted to benefit the ordinaries in town. However, not all of the ordinaries approve and when danger catches up to Sophie, she’s left with an impossible choice—turning to black magic, a forever choice, to save the life of her forbidden first love. Will her true love still want her when her heart is touched by darkness?

This yummy recipe from the Foothill House B & B in California includes ginger to soothe the stomach, cinnamon to reduce puffiness, and walnuts to help you deal with stress.

Foothill House Sweet Dreams Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter5-13+Foothill+House+Cookies
1½ cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. salt
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Cream butter and mix in brown sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt and blend into butter mixture.

Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts (Sometimes I leave these out or substitute pecans.).

Refrigerate until dough is firm.

Lightly grease baking sheets.

Break off small pieces of dough and roll into 1″ rounds. Dredge in powdered sugar.

Arrange on prepared baking sheets at least 2″ apart.

Bake 10 minutes.

Cool 5 minutes on the sheets before transferring to racks to cool completely.

Store in airtight container.

Yields 6 dozen cookies

Here is a brief intro to my novel that appeals to people of all ages. I hope you like it, too.

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A forbidden love. A dark curse. An impossible choice…

Descended from a powerful Wethersfield witch, sixteen-year-old Sophie is struggling to hide her awkwardly emerging magic, but that’s the least of her worries. When a dangerous thief tries to steal her mysterious heirloom necklace, she is rescued by the one person she’s forbidden to fall for, a descendant of the man who condemned her ancestor to hang. He carries a dark secret that could destroy them both unless Sophie learns how to tap into the mysterious power of her diamond bloodcharm. She will have to uncover dark secrets from both of their families’ wicked pasts and risk everything, including her soul to save them from a witch’s true love curse, but it will take much more than that.

Buy: Mirror World Publishing (paperback & ebook), Amazon, BN.com, and other outlets.

Leigh Goff loves writing young adult fiction with elements of magic and romance because it’s also what she liked to read. Born and raised on the East Coast, she now lives in Maryland where she enjoys the area’s great history and culture.

Leigh is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College and a member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and Romance Writers of America. She is also an approved artist with the Maryland State Arts Council. Her debut novel, Disenchanted, was inspired by the Wethersfield witches of Connecticut and was released by Musa Publishing in December 2014. Leigh is currently working on her next novel, The Witch’s Ring, which is set in Annapolis.

Learn more about Leigh Goff on her website and blog. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Irish Tongues are Twistin’ in LORD APOLLO & THE COLLEEN

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Blog post on my challenges writing accents from Northern Ireland for LORD APOLLO & THE COLLEEN!

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Apollocoverfinal Lord Apollo & the Colleen is now on the launch pad and nearing its release date of June 15th! Although it’s a sequel to my Victorian romance, Larken, the focus is on characters who were secondary to the plot in the first story. There will be other sequels, so I’ve titled the series Graceling Hall, after the King brothers’ Newcastle estate. Here’s the blurb:

Five years after his supposed death, Theo King has returned to Graceling Hall…but a mystery remains. A stranger is buried in his grave, and nobody knows if his death was accidental…or murder. As Theo resumes his former life, the dead man’s sister shows up on his doorstep to hold him accountable. If he helps this Irish spitfire solve the mystery, will she finally leave him in peace?

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2015 Readers’ Crown Finalist • Dancing With Raven

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It’s time to celebrate! MDancingWithRaven-newText3dy paranormal novel, Dancing With Raven, has been named a finalist in the 2015 Readers’ Crown Awards!

Blurb: The Shakespearean Institute of London is the most powerful, prestigious, and top-secret demon-hunting organization known to mankind…and they want American Tori Moss dead before she turns eighteen. Demons are pouring into her hometown of Los Angeles as they await the end of the world, and she doesn’t know whom to trust or where to turn. After a handsome English boy enrolls in her performing arts school, Tori’s life takes a turn for the deadly. Sometimes in the fight between good and evil, the enemy of your enemy is your friend. And sometimes, you’re on your own.

If you’d like to judge DWR for yourself, you can buy it at Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, BN.com.

Guest Author Annie Douglass Lima • The Collar & the Cavvarach

Today, I welcome author Annie Douglass Lima to my blog for a quick interview, and to talk about her brand new fantasy release, The Collar & the Cavvarach. Enjoy! ~ S.G. Rogers

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Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences. One is that slavery is legal there. Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil. It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), an unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge. Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades. You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.


Want More?

Click HERE to read a description of the setting and what life is like for slaves and others in that world.

Click HERE to read an excerpt.

Click HERE to buy from Amazon.

Click HERE to download The Collar and the Cavvarach from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats).

About the Author:ADL

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.
Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com, or connect with her on her blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, or Goodreads. Also, check out her Amazon Author Page, find her on Smashwords, LinkedIn, or Google Plus.

And now, for a quick interview!

Annie, what draws you to fantasy?

Reality just doesn’t offer me enough freedom as a writer! I like to be able to make the rules. When I read, I like knowing that things could happen that just can’t in the real world. Having said that, The Collar and the Cavvarach isn’t really fantasy, at least not in the typical sense. It’s more of an alternate reality. If you were to step into that world, you would probably assume you were still in our own world – except for a few key details, like the prevalence of slavery.

What book(s) are similar to yours?

While this isn’t technically a dystopian story, fans of the dystopian genre would probably enjoy The Collar and the Cavvarach. One of my beta readers said it reminded her of The Hunger Games (but she liked my book better!).

Which authors have inspired you most?

C.S. Lewis provided my very first literary inspiration. More recently, I’ve enjoyed the works of Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Her Tales of Goldstone Wood series is amazingly crafted. I love the way the time periods in some of the books overlap, focusing on different characters and sometimes different views of the same events. That storytelling style influenced my fantasy series, the Annals of Alasia, though not this book as much.

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Written flights of fancy, historical romance, and adventure from author S.G. Rogers

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