Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

2016 has been a year of ups and downs in the world and my year has been no different. With the year waning and the new one about to begin, I’d like to focus on some of the great things that happened for me in 2016!


I had 6 older books updated and rereleased.


Beyond the Page rereleased my Summersville Secrets trilogy—Uncovering Annabelle, Enticing Emma, and Lily’s List. They all got new titles and wonderful new covers. Beyond the Page is also contracted to rerelease my Dalakis Passion vampire series in 2016. They’ll all be updated and receive new covers. I’m very excited about this.


Carina Press rereleased the Project Alpha trilogy—Embracing Silence, Assassin’s Awakening, and Alpha’s Revenge. Two of the books got new titles, but all three were updated and got amazing new covers.


I also had three Salvation Pack books released in 2016—Wolf on the Hunt, Wolf on a Mission, and Wolf in his Heart. Look for Wolf in her Soul (Feb 2017) and Wolf of her Own (May 2017). Samhain Publishing also released the three novellas in my Hades’ Carnival series in one volume, both ebook and print.


I also signed with a new publisher in 2016. Entangled Publishing took a chance on my idea for a drakon shapeshifter series and released the first book—Drakon’s Promise—in December 2016. What a wonderful way to end the year! Watch for more drakon books in 2017.


On the personal side of things, I took a trip with my brother. We’re both big baseball fans and I’d never seen a game in person, so we hopped on a plane and flew to Toronto for a long weekend. (I find travel intimidating and never would have done it without him.) We hit the Royal Ontario Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame (we’re big hockey fans too), and Kensington Market. Of course, we saw a baseball game and the Blue Jays won!


It was a whirlwind trip, but I loved every second of it. To cap it off, when we were waiting for a connecting flight, we ran into Daryl Sittler and Lanny McDonald at the airport. We both grew up watching them play for the Toronto Maple Leafs! We got our pictures taken with them. Best trip ever!


I also went on a two-night road trip with my sister. That was more about driving down every back road and stopping at every beach along the way. It was an awesome trip. I loved our time together.


So these are the highlights of my 2016. I have high hopes for 2017. I wish you and your family the best for the coming year.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Happy December 24th!
 
A Visit from St. Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore
 
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
 
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
 
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
 
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
 
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
 
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
 
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
 
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
 
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
 
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
 
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Spot the Differene

I love these Carina Press "Spot the Difference" challenges. I found it. Can you?



Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review of Drakon's Promise



READING IN PAJAMAS has given DRAKON'S PROMISE 4 Stars.

"N. J. Walters created an exciting and unique new paranormal world for readers to get swept up in. I can’t wait for the next book! I highly recommend this new series for paranormal lovers."


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Solstice!

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. From here on, the days get longer. Take some time today to stop and simply be. There is so much rushing around during the holiday season that we sometimes don't stop and breathe.




Happy Solstice! Blessed Yule! Welcome Winter!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Alpha's Revenge is here!

Alpha's Revenge is now available from Carina Press!

 
This book was previously released in 2009 by another publisher under the title of Sweet Charity. It has been revised and updated for rerelease with Carina Press.

A war reaches its endgame, but the heat between two unlikely lovers could set fire to all that Resistance forces have achieved. Don't miss the final installment of the Project Alpha trilogy by New York Times bestselling author N.J. Walters.

Adrian is a flawless Alpha assassin and avenging enforcer of the Resistance, devoted to the destruction of the oppressors. The first rule of empowerment? Never trust a stranger.

Then comes Charity, a woman desperate to relinquish her heart and secrets to the cause, and just as eager to surrender her body to its rebel leader. She's more than proved her loyalty—she's become the most desirable and valuable weapon Adrian has.

Charity Caruthers, daughter of the inner city's brutal General, risked her life to escape into the underground. Now she's Adrian's last hope to infiltrate the tyrant's lair and blow it to hell.

As her feelings for Adrian turn deeper and more dangerous with every move they make, it becomes clear. The greatest defense they can stage? Love. 

 
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

4 Star review for Assassin's Awakening

 
 
Wicked Reads has given Assassin's Awakening 4 stars.
 


ASSASSIN’S AWAKENING is now available from Carina Press and other fine e-retailers.

 
This book was previously released in 2009 by another publisher under the title Have Mercy. It has been revised and updated for rerelease with Carina Press.

The pulse-racing Project Alpha trilogy continues as a rebel fugitive comes under the care of a woman whose touch means the difference between life and death

Logan is pure Alpha, a genetically enhanced human who has escaped from the brutal gated city in which he was designed, and from the creators who want him dead. Running for his life across a ravaged Earth, Logan’s goal is to survive. It’s in his blood. Until he awakens wounded, bound and naked, exposed to a beautiful stranger. Now he's vulnerable to sensations he’s never felt before.

Mercy Dockins has tended to many wounded men, but none as intoxicatingly perfect as Logan. Or as responsive to her curative strokes. But as passion ignites between them, Mercy’s very purpose in the bleak new world order is shaken to its core: Logan has brought her not only ecstasy, but danger, too. He's drawn the enemy to her sanctuary, and now their love could soon be just another casualty of war.

 
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You can Pre-order Alpha's Revenge

Just a reminder that Alpha's Revenge, the final book in the Project Alpha trilogy, is up for pre-order at Amazon and will be releasing on December 19th.


ALPHA’S REVENGE

This book was previously released in 2009 by another publisher under the title of Sweet Charity. It has been revised and updated for rerelease with Carina Press.

A war reaches its endgame, but the heat between two unlikely lovers could set fire to all that Resistance forces have achieved. Don't miss the final installment of the Project Alpha trilogy by New York Times bestselling author N.J. Walters.

Adrian is a flawless Alpha assassin and avenging enforcer of the Resistance, devoted to the destruction of the oppressors. The first rule of empowerment? Never trust a stranger.

Then comes Charity, a woman desperate to relinquish her heart and secrets to the cause, and just as eager to surrender her body to its rebel leader. She's more than proved her loyalty—she's become the most desirable and valuable weapon Adrian has.

Charity Caruthers, daughter of the inner city's brutal General, risked her life to escape into the underground. Now she's Adrian's last hope to infiltrate the tyrant's lair and blow it to hell.

As her feelings for Adrian turn deeper and more dangerous with every move they make, it becomes clear. The greatest defense they can stage? Love. 

 
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Monday, December 12, 2016

I'm over at Kate Hill's COMPELLING BEASTS BLOG today sharing an excerpt from Drakon's Promise, the first book in my new Blood of the Drakon series. Be sure to stop by and check it out.


Friday, December 09, 2016

5 stars from Coffee and Wine Book Blog Review

DRAKON'S PROMISE has been given 5 stars by COFFEE AND WINE BOOK BLOG.

"If you like your paranormals or fantasies with an edge of danger, high intensity, and a sexy alpha, this is a great pick."

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Entangled in Romance--Ask the Authors


Want to know how Darius and Sarah from Drakon's Promise would celebrate Christmas?

Entangled in Romance Asked the Authors: How are your main characters celebrating Christmas? I and several other Entangled authors answered this question. Be sure to stop by and find out the answers.

Librarians Have More Fun







Being a librarian is not a boring job. Want to know why? I'm over at DELILAH DEVLIN'S BLOG and I'll tell you why. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Writer Wednesday--Seasoned Romances Sale

Here's some news from author Natasha Moore and friends. They asked me to pass along the details about their sale and Facebook event.
 
 

Want to read romances featuring mature heroes and heroines? Check out these twenty-four books, all priced at 99 cents - just in time for holiday shopping! 
There is also a FB  hop & many of the authors are holding giveaways. Be sure to sign up.
Visit all the author pages to learn about the authors, and find some special deals!  

Choose Me, the first book in Natasha Moore's Silver Fox Romance series will be 99 cents for this sale and she will be holding a giveaway for a Silver Fox Romance mug on her author page. https://www.facebook.com/natashamooreauthor/
 
(For all details, be sure to check with the authors or event pages.)
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Who is your favorite paranormal romance hero?

Want to know who some of my favorite paranormal romance heroes are?
 
Be sure to check out my guest blog over at Ever After Romance.

 
Who is your favorite paranormal hero?

Book Review and Giveaway



"This was a fast paced paranormal romance that was written very well. The concept of dragon shifters and mates isn't new, but I like how the author has put her own spin on it." ~Fire and Ice Book Reviews

Check out the full review for Drakon's Promise over at Fire and Ice Book Reviews and be sure and enter the contest for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Drakon's Promise is now Available!


I'm thrilled to announce the release of Drakon's Promise, Book 1 in the Blood of the Drakon series, releasing today from Entangled Publishing.
 
Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.

He's both.

He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.
 

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Assassins

 



Logan is the hero of ASSASSIN'S AWAKENING and he is one deadly assassin. Want to know my favorite assassin movies? Stop by the CARINA PRESS BLOG.




(Assassin's Awakening was previously published as Have Mercy. It has been updated and revised for Carina Press.)

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Behind the Book


Want to know where drakons come from? Check out my BEHIND THE BOOK feature for DRAKON'S PROMISE over at Entangled in Romance.



 
 
 
 
 

December Newsletter

 
The December 2016 issue of AWAKENING DESIRES—the Newsletter of Romance  Author N.J. Walters—is now available.

Be sure to check out all the latest news and a teaser from Drakon's Promise, the first book in my new Blood of the Drakon series, releasing on December 5th from Entangled Publishing. 

As always, some lucky newsletter subscriber wins a prize. All you have to do to be eligible to win is go to Awakening Desires Newsletter and join. While you’re there, you can check out back issues of the newsletter.



(Sorry if you received the newsletter twice. Having trouble with my Yahoo Group.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Writer Wednesday--Vella Munn

This week I'm happy to welcome Vella Munn to Writer Wednesday! ~NJW


 VELLA MUNN INTERVIEW

NJW: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in your career so far?

VM: Nine Native American historicals that I got the rights back to an am republishing.

 
NJW: Who or what is your greatest inspiration?

VM: Setting always resonates with me, particularly the wilderness so I love getting away.
 

NJW: What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

VM: Slippers in winter, barefoot in summer. Seriously, it’s the friendships I’ve developed over the years.

 

NJW: Did you always want to be a writer?

VM: Yes. I started by writing and illustrating comic books using the Lone Ranger’s horse Silver as my protagonist.
 

NJW: Tell us something your readers might not know about you.

VM: It isn’t a big secret but I loathe shopping. That’s probably because I’m a hermit.

 
NJW:: What comes first for you, characters or plot?

VM: A bit of each. It starts with a tangled mess in my mind

 
NJW: Tell us about your latest release.

VM: Punish is the first in a three book series called Feral Justice that revolve around a pack of large gray dogs that go after animal abusers and the couples whose lives and romances are impacted by the animals

 

Rapid Answer Fun Questions

  1. Favorite author? Steven King
  2. Snacks—sweet or salty? Salty.
  3. Favorite season? Spring
  4. Guilty pleasure? Being alone with the muse.
  5. Do you have any pets? Yes. Two rescue dogs
  6. Favorite comfort food? Mac and cheese.
  7. Where would you go on your dream vacation? Alaska
  8. Introvert or extravert? Introvert.
  9. Favorite non-alcoholic drink? Water.

BIO:

Vella Munn writes, mostly romances, to satisfy the insistent voices in her head.

She's had more than 60 books published under her name plus a pen name. (Please don’t ask her to list them because her head will blow up.) She’s particularly excited about three recent series either out or in the process. One is the eight book Soul series of Native American historicals about America's first citizens.

Her contemporary romance series is called Montana Lakeside. Consisting of four books, each taking place during a different season with a different couple, plus a one-day novella, draws on her love of the wilderness as backdrop for new beginnings and love.

There’s also the three book romantic suspense Feral Justice series which feeds off her loathing of animal abusers and her desire to see them pay for their crimes.   

Vella lives in rural Oregon, is married, has two sons, and four grandchildren. She's owned by two bossy rescue dogs and is working on her master's degree as a certified hermit.

 
http://www.vella-munn.com/

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Carina Press Tip Tuesday.


Wicked Reads Reviews Embracing Silence



Wicked Reads has reviewed Embracing Silence.

"...she combines just the right amount of action, attraction, and romance to keep me coming back for more." ~Angela


"The story is romance, but it also has other elements of great storytelling: intrigue, betrayal and lust. I can't wait to see where the story goes." ~Mary Jo



 

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Assassin's Awakening is here!


ASSASSIN’S AWAKENING is now available from Carina Press and other fine e-retailers.

 
This book was previously released in 2009 by another publisher under the title Have Mercy. It has been revised and updated for rerelease with Carina Press.

The pulse-racing Project Alpha trilogy continues as a rebel fugitive comes under the care of a woman whose touch means the difference between life and death

Logan is pure Alpha, a genetically enhanced human who has escaped from the brutal gated city in which he was designed, and from the creators who want him dead. Running for his life across a ravaged Earth, Logan’s goal is to survive. It’s in his blood. Until he awakens wounded, bound and naked, exposed to a beautiful stranger. Now he's vulnerable to sensations he’s never felt before.

Mercy Dockins has tended to many wounded men, but none as intoxicatingly perfect as Logan. Or as responsive to her curative strokes. But as passion ignites between them, Mercy’s very purpose in the bleak new world order is shaken to its core: Logan has brought her not only ecstasy, but danger, too. He's drawn the enemy to her sanctuary, and now their love could soon be just another casualty of war.

 
Buy links:






 

 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my friends in the USA. I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends and great food. If you're travelling this holiday weekend, stay safe!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Teaser from Drakon's Promise


I'm over at the ENANGLED PUBLISHING BLOG today with a Tuesday Teaser from DRAKON'S PROMISE, the first book in my Blood of the Drakon series due out on December 5th.

Be sure to stop by and check it out.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekend Book Club--The Obsession by Nora Roberts

I just finished THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts. This book begins with the loss of a young girl's innocence when Naomi understands just who and what her father is. But can you truly escape the past? Naomi wants to, but when she finally decides to put down roots, the past comes back to haunt her once again. Only this time she's not a frightened child, but a woman. A dark story filled with hope. An amazing story by an incredible writer.

BLURB:

“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.