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Last Few Weeks for Secrets of Yden

Yden_Book3The publishing rights to my third Yden book, Secrets of Yden, will shortly be reverting back to me. By contract, I must keep the book off the market for 90 days. So if you’ve been thinking about reading it, act now or temporarily (until January 2017) hold your peace! I don’t believe the book will be available anywhere past October 12, 2016, but exact dates are up to the publisher. ~ Suzanne

Blurb: As Jon Hansen begins his senior year in high school, he and his friends are focused on the future. Unfortunately, a past skirmish on Yden is still having repercussions. Bailey of the Shark Clan is out for revenge, and he may have secret support in the Executive Council. Worse, time is stopping on Earth for increasingly long intervals, and only Jon’s ankh sets him apart. An unstable portal is the cause, but his search for answers uncovers an ancient prophecy that seemingly spells his doom. Can Jon repair the hole in the universe before time stops forever, or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the world?

Click HERE to go to the Yden series Amazon page. Kira: The Yden Trilogy Prequel is still free, and books one and two are in the KU program.

Princess & Fairy Tale Collection • NEW

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The Princess & Fairy Tale Collection is four fantasy titles in one!  $2.99 at Amazon.Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 3.11.57 PMClash of Wills
sgrCOW6x9Princess Samantha’s magical compass will help her locate her long-lost brother, but only if she manages to escape the watchful eyes of her royal parents. When an unwelcome suitor comes to call, Samantha seizes her chance. She beguiles the prince into taking her north, intending to abandon him at her earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, his captivating good looks and charming manner present an unforeseen complication–especially when she is forced to accept help from the very man she has deceived.

To maintain his bachelorhood, handsome Prince Wills is not above deception. Although reluctantly entangled in Samantha’s scheme, he vows to protect her…until a lie threatens to destroy their alliance. Can his powerful attraction to the princess overcome his mistrust? And can they survive a dangerous quest to the wild and magical Uncharted Region?

Magical Misperception
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Young Prince Lee can’t talk to girls at all until he meets Jona Haever. His aunt, Queen Gaia, invites Jona to the castle for the summer to help Lee learn social graces. Although Her Majesty makes it clear Jona is no better than a servant, Jona and Lee become best friends. When the summer comes to a close, the two continue to correspond through a pair of magical boxes conjured by the Wizard Farland. Nine years later, Jona and Lee are closer than ever, but any romantic feelings between them are forbidden by law. Are the differences between a prince and a commoner too large to overcome, or are they just a matter of magical misperception?

Whimsical Tendencies

Although she has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, Cypher McCall holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now ruling the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection. Unfortunately for Cypher, however, she’s too beautiful to ignore. After a Cauldian contingent arrives in her hometown, a chance encounter leaves her repulsed by the arrogant Prince Ewan and attracted to his distant cousin, Lord Joss.

When she learns Prince Ewan plans to tear down the ruins of nearby Castle Augur, Cypher vows to stop him. Although handsome Lord Joss tries to protect her from his vindictive cousin, Cypher can’t bring herself to trust the enemy. At the same time, nightmares and dreams nudge her toward reclaiming childhood memories. She stumbles on a silver key that she hopes will unlock her past, but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Will the knowledge of Cypher’s true identity tear her apart or will it empower her to restore everything she ever loved?

Dani & the Immortals

When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, asgrDani&theImmortals6x9 wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse–and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

* This collection also includes the bonus flash fiction story, Finding the Spirit of Christmas.

Excerpt from DANI & THE IMMORTALS

DANICOVER7When Dani emerged from the building, Rein was lounging on the Embassy stoop. He sprang to his feet as she approached.

“Did you have any luck?”

“Are you following me?”

“Just looking out for the Druid’s girl. I’m sure he’d do the same for me if the situation were reversed.”

“For the last time, I’m not his girl.”

A glimmer of a smile lifted the corners of Rein’s lips. “Good. I wouldn’t want him mad at me.”

“Why would he be mad?”

“For putting moves on you.”

“You haven’t put moves on me.”

“Not yet.”

His gaze riveted onto hers and the air between them seemed to smolder…until Dani remembered her condition.

“Rein, there’s something you should know about me. I’m—” She broke off when she noticed an Asgard City police patrol striding toward them. “Uh-oh.”

He followed her glance. “Hang on.”

When the elf pulled her close and kissed her, ripples of pleasure went down her spine. The kiss seemed to go on for a long time, but she made no effort to break it off. Admittedly, being kissed passionately by a handsome prince hadn’t been on her bucket list. Had she known how good it would feel, however, it might have been at the top.

When Rein released her, two bright red spots had appeared over his cheekbones. “Sorry about that.” He averted his eyes. “I-I didn’t want the police to recognize us. I’m unwelcome and you’re illegal. It wouldn’t be a good thing for either of us to be detained.”

“Don’t apologize. Are we safe now?”

He glanced around. “Yeah, they’re gone.”

“That was quick thinking on your part.”

“I hope you weren’t offended.”

“Not at all.” Her lips were still tingling from his kiss.

“You said before there was something about you that I should know.”

Dani made a split second decision against telling him about her condition. The bad news would spoil the moment they’d just had, and a long-term relationship didn’t matter anyway since she’d hopefully found a way home.

“Oh…just that I’m not so illegal anymore. It seems I have a job.”

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Blurb: When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few511px-Odin,_der_Göttervater years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.

Dani & the Immortals is available for the Kindle

at a special pre-release price HERE

New Cover Reveal • THE LAST GREAT WIZARD OF YDEN

LGWOTCOVERCONCEPT4I wanted to share my awesome new cover for The Last Great Wizard of Yden. The dragon artwork is gorgeous, and reflects the artistic ability of the main character, Jon Hansen. If you haven’t read anything about the world of Yden yet, I encourage you to pick up a free copy of the Yden Trilogy prequel, Kira. The story covers the period of time just before Jon finds his way across dimensions to discover his heritage.

NEWKIRACOVERFINALBlurb: Poisoned by an enemy, a young woman 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, she flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mirrum 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?

Kira is available for the Kindle Here, absolutely free. The Nook version is HERE, also free.

If you enjoy reading about the world of Yden, give The Last Great Wizard of Yden a look. If you like coming-of-age stories with magic rings and artifacts, dragons, wicked warlords, evil wizards, and a little bit of young love, The Last Great Wizard of Yden is for you. It’s $0.99 at Amazon HERE.

New Cover • KIRA

KIRASGRKIRA has a beautiful new cover!

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:

When Reye and Kira emerged from the lodge, he yanked her down behind a horse trough in time to escape the notice of a squad of armor-clad Cyclopes marching south down the main street. Huge axes and other weapons hung from the giants’ belts or were gripped in their massive fists.

“What on Yden are those creatures?” Reye whispered.

“Mandral calls them cygards,” she murmured. “He’s formed an army of Cyclopes.”

“That’s insane!”

“If we don’t get out of Eastknot before his cygards surround the town, we’ll be captured. My father will have no warning what’s about to befall Nomad Territory.”

“Wyckcrest is seven days from here,” Reye said. “Even if we rode hard, we wouldn’t get there in time to do much good.”

“Ylan is four days away, and I just learned Dorsit is alive. He can transport us directly to my father’s encampment, and help us fight off the invasion. I fear he’s our only hope.”

Reye nodded, peeked over the trough to make sure no cygards were watching, and then pulled Kira to her feet.

“Let’s move.”

KIRA is available for the Kindle, HERE

Prequel to the Yden Trilogy!

Kiracover8-CRMI’d like to announce the release of my Yden prequel KIRA, which shines the spotlight on Kira Szul, the Nomad princess who figures prominently in the Yden trilogy.

Blurb:

Although Nomad princess Kira has trained all her young life to be a warrior, she begins to yearn for something more. She unwittingly stumbles onto a plot to invade Nomad Territory, but not before being poisoned with a potion that makes her a slave to her enemy. Although she manages to blunt the worst effects, she’s never free of her obsession for the handsome warlord who seeks to make her his bride. Can she find an antidote for the incurable poison running through her veins, or is she destined to become the enraptured wife of a wicked conqueror?

pagebreakAt the same time, I’ve revised and released The Last Great Wizard of Yden, and added a bonus Yden short story in the back, called Ran! The novel has a re-imagined cover too, so it’s all shiny new for the dragon fans among us. Enjoy! ~ S.G. Rogers

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Jon Hansen always thought his father’s tales about the magical planet of Yden were fiction. When his father is kidnapped by an evil wizard, however, Jon is forced to dig deeper. His investigation uncovers magical artifacts that will unlock another dimension—if only he can gather his courage to make the journey. On his quest to Yden, Jon encounters wizards, Cyclopes, and a warlord who seem to want him dead. Fortunately, he’s got friends by his side, as well as the ability to draw things to life. Can he and his friends defeat the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known, or will Jon become the latest addition to the Wolf Clan wizard’s gruesome collection of trophies?

KIRA and THE LAST GREAT WIZARD OF YDEN

are both available at Amazon.

Author Sharon Saracino, Limoncello, and Death Benefits — Interview and Recipe

Welcome lovely author Sharon Saracino to Child of Yden! She’s going to talk about her current release, Death Benefits… and I even managed to “squeeze” the recipe for limoncello out of her.  ~ S.G. Rogers

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1366409253First of all I’d like to thank Suzanne for having me on the blog today to talk about my new release, DEATH BENEFITS. While I’m here, she asked if I might also share a little about my life as an IBM. What is an IBM, you ask? Italian by Marriage. During her adventures in the afterlife, my heroine, Max Logan, discovers the utility of acronyms. I just thought I’d go with the flow! By birth I’m pretty much a Heinz 57, though I am predominantly Irish. I grew up in a large extended family that got together often and loudly, but nothing could have prepared me for becoming a member of la famiglia. When I first married into my husband’s large, boisterous Italian family it felt as though they got together en mass to celebrate everything from birth to death to how many rolls of toilet paper they used in a given week. Okay, I may be exaggerating just a little, but truly, not by much! Over the years I’ve come to appreciate these get togethers and embrace the Italian culture. Having traveled to Italy several times now, it has become clear that the hospitality, love of family and adherence to tradition isn’t just habit, it’s genetic! On to the questions!

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What’s your favorite movie about Italians, or Italy, or starring actors of Italian descent?

Under the Tuscan Sun isn’t just my favorite movie about Italians or Italy, it really is one of my favorite movies of all time! Diane Lane is so incredibly gorgeous and talented and the story of a woman who has the rug pulled right out from under her and then finds the courage to take a gamble and build a new life is wonderfully inspiring.

What’s your favorite Italian food?

I am a fool for a really good spaghetti alla carbonara. But honestly, I don’t think I can choose just one favorite. Having married into a second generation Italian family, I never doubted that all of the wonderful food they prepared was any different than what native Italians ate in Italy. What I discovered when I finally went there, was that even ‘authentic’ Italian food in this country has been somewhat Americanized. We just do not have the same availability of ingredients here. No matter where I shop or what I buy, I have never been able to recreate the same freshness of flavor that the Italians achieve. I also have never been known to turn down a good bruschetta with fresh tomato, basil, and garlic drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. There’s nothing quite like it for a snack, an appetizer, or even a light meal.

To interject a taste of your book, how did your background as an R.N. contribute to the plot of Death Benefits?

I don’t know that it contributed to the plot as much as to the details. Having worked in healthcare for many years enabled me to portray the hospital environment accurately (I hope!)

Can you share your recipe for limoncello?

I’d claim it was an old secret family recipe, but I’m the only one in the family who’s ever made it and I’m only an IBM. It’s210px-Homemade_limoncello actually a recipe that I developed myself after watching Marcello and Frances sip the tempting brew on the beach at Positano in Under the Tuscan Sun. I mean, who wouldn’t be inspired by Marcello.. er, I mean, that stunning Amalfi coast scenery? After much trial and error and many resultant bottles of barely drinkable alcohol, I find this recipe works well. It may be a bit on the sweet side for some, so if you like your drink drier, omit some of the sugar and cut down the water accordingly. Limoncello is an amazingly refreshing after dinner drink, or something to sip on while sitting on the deck at dusk. Or after a hard day at work. Or poured over ice cream. Or as a topping for pound cake. Or …well, let’s be honest, I don’t really need a reason. Stored in the freezer and served ice cold, this will keep for months.

Sharon’s Limoncello

12 lemons
1 bottle plus 2 cups vodka (must be at least 100 proof to prevent freezing)
6 cups sugar
6 cups water

Using a vegetable peeler or very sharp paring knife, peel the skin from the lemons in long strips being careful to get only the yellow outer skin and avoiding the white pith. (the pith will cause the product to turn bitter). Place the lemon peels in a 2 quart or larger glass jar with a lid and pour vodka over peels. I often add the juice of one or two lemons as well, depends on my mood. Let the jar sit in a cool, dark place for at least a week. The vodka will turn yellow and the lemon rinds will pale. Strain the vodka to remove the peels. Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a large pan and boil for approximately 15 minutes to make a sugar syrup. Cool. Add the lemon infused vodka and mix well. Pour into bottles and store in the freezer. Enjoy in cordial glasses when well chilled! Salute!

Thank you so much for having me today, Suzanne! I hope your readers give the limoncello a try! It goes really well with a good book! *wink*

DEATH BENEFITS

Death Benefits COVER FINALMax Logan’s insecurities have consumed her to the point that she has allowed them to skew her perceptions of people and circumstances. She has grown progressively more bitter, sarcastic, and solitary since her divorce and feels as though she has spent a lifetime getting the short end of the stick through no fault of her own; still she trudges on. Things can always get better, right? Of course, it’s hard to cultivate optimism when she finds herself dead; the victim of a D.I.E (Death in Error) caused by an overeager Grim Reaper in Training. She brokers a deal to be sent back to Earth as a temporary substitute for the Superintendent of Spiritual Impediment. Can a girl who can’t recognize her own problems rectify the issues of the living impaired? Or will she discover that concentrating on their issues gives her a new perspective on her own?

Buy Death Benefits at Amazon, BN.com, or Whiskey Creek Press.

Follow Sharon Saracino on Twitter, her blog, or on Facebook.

 

Spotlight on Children of Yden

ChildrenofYden 453x680Blurb: The wizard Efysian has been defeated and the Earth-born children of Yden are returning home. Many are seeking vengeance, and the Fox Clan is only too willing to harness their rage.  As Jon Hansen begins his magical training, the threat of war simmers in the background.  He struggles to balance the workload at his regular high school with the rigors of his apprenticeship on Yden. At the same time, his love life becomes increasingly more complicated. When the Fox Clan begins their siege of terror, Jon tries to stay ahead of the game. He does not yet realize a close friend will render him more vulnerable than he ever thought possible.

Excerpt:

Dorsit frowned. “The children of Yden would not return here merely to become pawns in Guinn’s game.”

“They would if they’re being lied to,” Max said. “If Guinn had told me the Dragon Clan was responsible for the death of my father, nothing would’ve stopped me from trying to take Jon apart.”

“Max is right,” Ronny said. “Most of these kids will believe anything they’re told, and they’ll be looking for revenge.”

Her words had the bitter ring of truth to them.

“That’s just great,” Jon exploded. “None of us is safe from now on. And because Guinn has a vanyean seed, Earth isn’t even a refuge anymore.”

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Children of Yden (Sequel to The Last Great Wizard of Yden)

Available for the Kindle at Amazon, for the Nook at BN.com and in all e-formats at Astraea Press.

Magical Creatures – The Peacock

Although I frequently invent imaginary creatures in my fantasy stories, for pure magic it’s hard to top the real, live peacock.  The deep jewel-tone colors of the male peafowl are breathtaking, but the snowy white albino peacock is absolutely stunning too.

I’d seen a few peacocks when I was a child, and had always found them fascinating. The creatures made the greatest impact on me, however, when I visited the Los Angeles Country Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California.  I’d never seen so many peafowl in one place before, and in such lovely surroundings. As I walked through the 127 acre Arboretum grounds, I passed scenery straight out of a storybook.

And to all this natural beauty, add dozens and dozens of peacocks strutting around in full display. I’ve never forgotten that day, and as a result I sneak peacocks into my books from time to time.  In my full-length novel, Tournament of Chance (coming September 28th from Musa Publishing), the young heroine visits a castle with her father and is enchanted by the peacocks she sees there.  When she’s grown up, she wears the tip of a peacock feather in her lapel for luck during archery competitions.

Have you ever seen a creature so magical you never forgot it?

~ S.G. Rogers

The Last Great Wizard of Yden Excerpt

Excerpt from The Last Great Wizard of Yden:

He stood in a large, dimly lit cave. Long stalactites streamed down
from the ceiling, and towering stalagmites thrust up from the floor of the chamber. The walls of rock surrounding him were embedded with iridescent crystals shining with reflected light. The place struck Jon as beautiful, but he felt apprehensive. With a sense of foreboding, he searched for the source of the shimmering light, hidden among the forest of rock and mineral formations.

As he wound his way past clusters of stalagmites, his foot
dislodged a fist-­‐‑sized raw diamond that skittered off into the shadows.
Suddenly Jon spied a column of bluish light in an open space. He darted
toward it but accidentally skidded on a pile of loose crystals. When he fell,
jagged gemstones lacerated the soft skin of his palms. Blood welled up in
the wounds, and as he struggled to his feet, red droplets flowed down his
trembling, throbbing fingers and splashed to the stone floor. Emerging
into the open space at last, Jon saw a man, rigid and immobile, imprisoned
in the column of light. The man’s eyes were closed—as if in death. Jon’s
heart thudded inside his chest and horror spread through his veins as he
stared into the man’s face.

“Dad?”

Jon stretched his blood‑soaked hands into the bluish light and his
wounds began to close. He knew, somehow, his father had healed him.
“Thanks, Dad,” he whispered, his voice choked with emotion. “I’ll find a
way to rescue you.”

Suddenly a feral growling came from the shadows. Startled, Jon shrank back as a huge black wolf leaped from the darkness, its cruel fangs aiming for his throat…

 Amazon, Astraea Press, BN.com

Book Trailer HERE