STEELING HIS HEART with Giveaways!

It’s finally here! This is Book #4 in my Breaking the SEAL series. It is a crossover novella with Elle James’ Brotherhood Protectors Kindle World series. It’s a stand alone story, so you don’t have to read the first three books in my series before you read this one, nor do you have to read any of Elle James’ Brotherhood Protectors novels. There are characters that crossover from each of the books, but it will not hinder your understanding or enjoyment of the book if you haven’t read the others.

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Malik “Steel” Thompson is staring down his twenty year mark as a Navy SEAL. He has a life choice to make…re-up or retire. His folks urge him to take over the family blacksmith business back home in Montana. Steel’s never been anything but a military man, and the thought of a civilian life, especially in Eagle Rock—the place he couldn’t wait to get out of at eighteen—is not the way he wants to go.

LeTeisha “Letty” Stephens’ life is circling out of control faster than her horse running barrels at the rodeo. An ailing mother, a failing ranch, and her World Champion title on the line, she must win the purse at the finals or she’ll lose everything.

When Letty witnesses something she shouldn’t, she’ll lose more than the race. She could lose her life. Steel, with the help of Hank Patterson and the Brotherhood Protectors, take on the fight of his life, one he’s familiar with—taking down the bad guys. And one he’s not—fighting for his heart.

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Elle James is hosting a Facebook party today, September 7th, from 4-9pm CST to celebrate the new releases in her Kindle World, including STEELING HIS HEART! She’ll be giving away books, swag, and even a Kindle Fire. I’ll be taking over the party at 8:30pm, so don’t miss it. I’ll also be doing some giveaways of my own! Party down here!

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I’ve got some giveaways going on for this new release exclusively for my reader group. Not a member of Wren’s Renegades yet? Don’t wait, get in on the fun now!

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#NewRelease Spotlight: Tower Sniper #BABB

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Tower Sniper: The Terror of America’s First Active Shooter On Campus was released on July 26th 2016 and focused on the Charles Whitman and his rampage on the UT campus August 1st, 1966.The heartbreaking events of that day still ripple through the history of the University of Texas and in the memory of the victims of Charles Whitman. That was the day the engineering student at the University in Austin rode the elevator to the top of the 30 story university tower armed with seven firearms and a foot locker filled with ammunition, food and supplies. His ‘reverse siege’ of the campus and surrounding area lasted 96 minutes, during which he shot 46 people – 14 fatally. When the murders of his wife and mother, plus the death of a victim in 2001 from wounds sustained that day are included, the total horror was 17 killed and 31 wounded. It was the first of what has become a sorry and sorrowful chain of similar events – campus mass shootings – in the United States.

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On August 1, 1966, University of Texas engineering student Charles Whitman went to the top of the 307-foot campus tower. Over the next 96 minutes he shot and killed 15 people and wounded 31. Tower Sniper: The Terror of America’s First Campus Active Shooter, by Monte Akers, Nathan Akers, and Dr. Roger Friedman, explores the history and personal experience of this seminal tragedy, enriches public memory, and advances our understanding of mass shootings that continue to haunt America.

The authors vigilantly examine the details leading up to the event, the shootings, and their half-century legacy in stark detail. In doing so the authors correct various myths that have been part of the public narrative for decades, such as a brain tumor having motivated Whitman’s actions, that he intentionally targeted certain victims, and that he attempted to make it appear that multiple snipers were active. Witness interviews, examination of primary sources, and handwriting analysis reveal information overlooked until now, including the factors that actually contributed to Whitman’s predatory behavior and how his death and autopsy were mishandled.

Employing the expertise of a clinical psychologist who was best friend to one of the shooter’s young victims, the book contrasts current understandings of trauma with the approach taken at the time, documents the long-term traumatic legacy of mass shootings, and describes how individuals and communities can successfully cope with traumatic memories. The release of this book coincides with the unveiling of the newly expanded memorial for the victims of this tragedy on the University of Texas campus, August 1, 2016, the 50th Anniversary of the shooting.

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#CoverReveal THROUGH THE VEIL, by Colleen Halverson @cbhalverson

Ok guys….this blog post has special meaning to me. My amazing friend Colleen Halverson is finally having a book baby! But not just any book baby, this is the chosen one. This is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. I love it now even more that it has such a stunning cover!! I cannot wait for this book to be released into the world, so what I found out a long time ago, the world can also be in awe of….Colleen Halverson is a badass writer.

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Title: Through The Veil (The Aisling Chronicles, #1)

Author: Colleen Halverson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: February 22, 2016

Publisher: Entangled

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Synopsis

Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she’s studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

As Commander of Trinity’s elite warriors, Finn O’Connell isn’t used to having his authority challenged. He doesn’t know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth’s abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he’ll risk everything to help her.

At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.

THROUGH THE VEIL will be available February 22nd 2016 through Entangled Publishing.

Book 1 of the Aisling Chronicles Series

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Wiping the crumbs off his jeans, Finn reached into his backpack and threw an apple at me, which I caught with a deft hand.

“Nice catch,” he said, grinning.

I flung the apple up into the air and caught it in my other hand. “I played third base. Little League.”

“You mean baseball?”

I nodded.

“Never seen a game myself.”

I gaped at Finn. “You mean you live in Chicago, and you’ve never been to a Cubs game?”

He shrugged. “Not interested.” Finn’s eyes lit up, and he shoved me playfully with his shoulder. “Now hurling. That’s a good game.”
“Well, they’re totally different. That’s not even a fair comparison,” I said with a sniff.
“Fair enough,” Finn said, wistful. “Really, nothing can compare with hurling.”

I laughed. “Moiré tried to explain the rules to me once, but she lost me after hurley stick.”

“Oh, it’s simple, really.” Finn jumped down and rummaged around the rubble until he found a large branch. He swung it, the stick cutting through the air, slowly at first, but then with more force. Finn’s chest muscles rippled between the flaps of his leather jacket, and my blood pulsed in my ears at the sight of him, dancing from foot to foot as he practiced his swing.

“Now the point of hurling,” Finn began, “is to use this stick, the hurley stick.” He raised the old branch in the air. “To get a little ball called a sliotar either over or under your opponent’s goalpost.” Finn picked up a handful of small rocks and, using his “hurley,” sent a pebble whizzing over the stone wall, inches from my head.

“Hey, watch it!”

Finn smiled up at me. “You with me so far?”

I nodded.

“Now,” Finn said. “If the ball flies under the goalpost into the net, it’s worth three points.” Finn sent another pebble skittering against the wall, right next to my boot. “But you have to get it past the keeper, and that can be a challenge.” His eyes glittered at me as he swung his stick again. He threw a rock up in the air and with a loud thwack sent it zooming over the wall. I held out my hand and caught the stone, the look on Finn’s face making up for the sting of impact.

“And he’s out!” I cried, jumping off the wall and doing a mock victory dance. “Cubs win! Cubs win! Wooooooooooooo!”

Finn stalked over to me and grabbed my fist. “Will you settle down!” he said, attempting to pry the pebble from my grip. “I’m trying to teach you a three-thousand-year-old art form and you’re nattering on about the fecking Cubs.”

I giggled, snatching his hurley stick from his hands.

“Technical foul!” Finn barked behind me, but I sprinted away, swinging the hurley over my head as I climbed the wall.

“Get back here, you brat!” Finn bolted after me so quickly, he lost his footing on the stone wall and tumbled to the ground. I laughed as he came to his feet, his hair loose, chasing me.

“It’s the bottom of the ninth, bases are loaded!”

Finn made a snatch for the stick, but I feigned to the right.
“Tanner’s up to bat.” I climbed a set of old stairs to nowhere and tossed up the stone. I popped out my hips and, following through on the turn, sent the stone flying over the hill and down the cliffs below. I jumped down, swinging my baseball/hurley bat. “Homerun by Tanner! And the Cubs win the pennant!”

Finn smacked into me, and I collapsed to the ground, his wide body over mine as he grasped for the stick.

“Dammit, O’Connell!” I gasped beneath Finn, his whole weight crushing my chest. “Now I know for a fact hurling is not a contact sport!” I laughed as I squirmed to get away, holding out the stick just beyond his reach.

“Neither is baseball!”
With a devilish grin, Finn tickled my armpit, and I curled up in a fit of giggles. He made a grab for my wrist, pinning me to the ground, and his gray eyes danced as he looked down at me. My laughter faded, and running my other hand through his hair, I pulled his face to mine. He kissed me, a low moan rumbling deep in his throat.

Finn nipped my bottom lip with his teeth, and my back arched as our hips melded together, my better judgment forgotten. He slid his arm beneath my shoulders and pulled me close against him, kissing me long and hard, and I gasped, gulping for air as he lowered his mouth to my neck.

 

About The Author

Colleen

As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshman. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.

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Evernight Publishing Reader’s Choice Awards – Cast Your Vote!

I woke up to an amazing surprise. I’m up for book of the year in Evernight Publishing’s Reader’s Choice Awards! I can hardly breathe I’m so honored and excited. I’m also up in Best Naughty Fairytale for Bad Apple and Rose Red is up for Best Heroine.

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Thank you for your nominations! Now it’s time to vote for your favorites. Click here to cast your votes and enter to win a $50 Evernight GC! Final voting ends December 4th. Winners to be announced December 7th.

Semi-Finalists:

Evernight Book of the Year:

Wilde Blue by Susan Hayes

Vexed by Wren Michaels

Damages Incurred by J.R. Gray

Giving it to the Biker by Sam Crescent

Hardcore by Jenika Snow

Favorite Evernight author:

James Cox

Sam Crescent

Doris O’Connor

Jenika Snow

Ravenna Tate

Best Evernight series:

Olympic Cove by Nicola Cameron

Space Wars by April Zyon

The Weathermen by Ravenna Tate

SEALed with a Kiss by Jessica Coulter Smith

Wilde Brothers by Susan Hayes

Favorite Hero:

Brad Chambers from Far From Blind by SJ Maylee

Kix Rockwood from Unbroken by Beth D. Carter

Slate from Slate’s Mistake by Tigertalez

Gavin Bennett from Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell

Zac Goldmen from Damages Incurred by J.R. Gray

Favorite Evernight Heroine:

Angela Davidson from The Price of Secrecy by Ravenna Tate

Lia Risso from Susceptible to Him by Lynn Burke

Claire Presswood from Lipstick by Erzabet Bishop

Rose Red from Unbearable by Wren Michaels

Adira Lora from Adira’s Mate by April Zyon

Best Evernight cover:

Guitars and Cupcakes by Ella Grey

Stirring Up Dirty by Kacey Hammell

Wrecking Havoc by Angelique Voisen

Bound to Her by Michelle Monkou

Bad Larry and the Divorcee by M. Levesque

Best in Category: Romance on the Go line

Being Luca’s by Raven McAllan

Alpha Blood by Elena Kincaid

Shawn and Dale’s Story by Cooper Fox

Trapped by Scarlet Fox

Unprofessional by Allyson Young

Best in Category: Naughty Fairy Tales

Jack and the Jean Stock by H.K. Carlton

Claimed by Her Bears by Doris O’Connor

Rise of The Lost Prince by London Saint James

Bad Apple by Wren Michaels

Scarlett Hood & The Hunter by Pumpkin Spice

Best in Category: Anthologies

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Best in Category: BDSM

Taking Over by SJ Maylee

Claimed by Her Bears by Doris O’Connor

Alien Manhunt 3 by Jennifer Denys

Her One and Only Dom by Tasmin Baker

The Auction by Gale Stanley

Best in Category: Contemporary

Opportunity Knocks by LD Blakeley

A Ticket to Love by Rebecca Brochu

King Stud by Liv Rancourt

Mine to Love by Lea Bronsen

Stay For Me by Carlene Love Flores

Best in Category: Erotic

Breaker Zone by Nicola Cameron

Charmed by Jacey Holbrand

Bleeding Love by Beth D. Carter

Death’s Dirty Demands by Sam Crescent

Muscling In by Lily Harlem

Best in Category: Fantasy

A Muse Gone Commando by Kacey Mark

Faerie Fate by Margaret Madigan

Footwear and Fantasy by JJ Lore

Spread and Howl by Lilith Duvalier

All Mine by Marie Medina

Best in Category: Futuristic

Ember by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Mechanical Vice by Morgan Hunter

The Dark Places by D. Martin

Adira’s Mate by April Zyon

An Appetite for Blackmail by Ravenna Tate

Best in Category: Gay

Break Me by James Cox

The Bear’s True Mate by Elizabeth Monvey

Heaven’s Just A Sin Away by Tyler Robbins

The Billionaire’s Bodyguard by Erin Leaf

Damages Incurred by JR Gray

Best in Category: Historical

A Tempest of Passion by Elyzabeth M. VaLey

Lord Suitor by Raven McAllan

The Aviator’s Angel by Patrice Wayne

Mistletoe Manage by Molly Ann Wishlade

The Treasure Hunters by Beth D. Carter

Best in Category: Interracial

Helena’s Demon by Charisma Knight

Made to Love You by Kendra Mei Chailyn

Talk Dirty to Me by Remmy Duchene

Her Sweet Seduction by Sabrina Sol

Scores by Kiru Taye

Best in Category: Lesbian

Sapphire by Serenity Snow

Let’s Ride by Rebecca Black

I Kissed a Girl in Vegas by Scarlet Chastain

Moon Bound by Michaela Rhua

The Sea Witch by Naomi Clark

Best in Category: May/December

Boy Toy by Jewel Quinlan

The Guardian by Sara Anderson

Slow Burn by Michelle Roth

With Me Now by Heather Hambel Curley

So Wrong It’s So Good by Jenika Snow

Best in Category: Menage

Deep Water by Nicola Cameron

Rock Hard by Berengaria Brown

Stalking the Pharmacist by Tasmin Baker

One Naughty Fantasy by Ravenna Tate

Sin’s Pleasure by LaTeisha Newton

Best in Category: New Adult

Memories of Us by HK Carlton

Freefall by Joanne Efendi

At His Bidding by Faye Avalon

Veil of Scars by JR Gray

Dusk by Erin M. Leaf

Best in Category: Paranormal

Possessing His Demon by Marie Medina

Protected by the Bear by Vanessa Devereaux

SEALed Embrace by Jessica Coulter Smith

The Dark Elves by Leah Grant

Lucky’s Seven by Keely Jakes

Best in Category: Rubenesque

The Science of Lust by Erzbet Bishop

Ryan by Vanessa Devereaux

Celestial Beauty by Angela Castle

The Rhythm by Moira Callahan

The Rock Star’s Wife by Raven McAllan

Best in Category: Sci-Fi

Earth by Berengaria Brown

Alien Manhunt 3 by Jennifer Denys

Bleeding Love by Beth D. Carter

Future Imperfect by Pelaam

Cooper’s Condition by Jacey Holbrand

Best in Category: Shifter

Fighting for Honor by Kacey Hammell

Tor’s Dragon by Angelique Voisen

Claimed by the Bruin by Libby Bishop

Gifted with Hydrangea by Tigertalez

Trouble Walked In by Michelle Roth

Best in Category: Suspense

Kidnapped: The Search for Casey by Lorraine Nelson

Intimate Fear by DC Stone

The Cop and the Geek 2 by Cat Blaine

Desperate by Athena Daniels

The Ties That Bleed by Jami Deise

Best in Category: Urban Fantasy

Murder and Mayhem by Jennifer Macaire

Goddess by Chance by Erin Ashley Tanner

Rattle by Olivia R. Burton

The Damned by October Weeks

Sorceresses Don’t Cry by Anya Breton

Best in Category: Western

Winners by Allyson Young

A Desperate Destiny by Patrice Wayne

Connor by Vanessa Devereaux

The Boss’s Son by Tamsin Baker

Forever Mine by April Zyon

Best Evernight Teen YA Book

The Seventh by SD Wasley

Drawn by Chris Ledbetter

Maiden by CL Marin

Dagger by Steven dos Santos

Black Apocalypse by Sasha Hibbs

#VOTE in Evernight Publishing’s Reader’s Choice Awards!

Hey guys and dolls!! Evernight Publishing is holding their annual Reader’s Choice Awards! This week is nomination week. There’s 33 categories you can nominate your favorite Evernight Publishing books in. You don’t have to complete all 33 if you don’t want, or know of a book in that category.

Also, at the end of the nomination survey you’ll be entered to win a $25 Gift Card!

All of my books are eligible to be nominated, as they all came out in 2015.

My SnowRose Series is comprised of two erotic fantasy novellas, UNBEARABLE and BAD APPLE.

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VEXED is an Urban Fantasy (Stand alone)

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And ELUDING ILLUSIONS is a Paranormal Romance (stand alone)

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Your time and vote is very much appreciated!

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Winners of my Evernight Birthday Giveaway!!

Hey guys and dolls. Sorry it took me so long to get my winners announced. Things and stuff and life…but anyway they’re listed below. Please email me at wren@wrenmichaels.com to claim your prizes!

Winners of both Unbearable and Eluding Illusions are:

Kim Talbot

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Thanks so much for playing and remember

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Happy 5th Birthday EVERNIGHT PUBLISHING! #giveaway

Evernight Celebrates 5 Years of Publishing!

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Thanks to readers like you, Evernight Publishing has grown by leaps and bounds in five years so they’re pulling out all the stops and throwing an extreme BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BLOG HOP in your honor!

That’s right! It’s Evernight’s birthday but YOU get the presents…

Prizes include:

Apple Watch Sport

NEW Kindle Paperwhite

Fitbit Flex

Evernight, Amazon, and ARe Gift Certificates

Plus, each author on the hop will offer his/her own special prize!

I’m honored to celebrate this momentous occasion with Evernight. Here’s a look at my first Evernight title and my latest release:

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UNBEARABLE, book one in my SnowRose Series was my very first published book and first release with Evernight! It’s based on the classic fairytale Snow White and Rose Red. Unbearable is Rose Red’s tale.

Rose Red will stop at nothing to protect her sister, Snow White, from suffering the same fate as their mother. She vows to kill Hestor, the evil dwarf sorcerer responsible for her death. But a twist of fate lands her on the bottom of a riverbed, and her life in the hands of a mysterious stranger.

Marcus is a beast of a man. He is a bear by day, man by night thanks to a curse from the evil Hestor. But when he meets Rose, he unleashes the real animal. Falling for her is dangerous enough as he must protect the secret of his curse, but she may just be the key to getting his kingdom back.

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My latest release with Evernight is ELUDING ILLUSIONS. It’s my 4th book published with them!

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Emma Banciu dreams about her novels taking on a life of their own. Thanks to a centuries old Gypsy curse, they tend to do just that. Writing with pen and paper she brings things to life, and hell hath no fury like an antagonist scorned. Now she’s on the run from Kyrin, an evil demon warlord who surfaced from one of her first manuscripts. And the only way to get rid of him is to destroy the manuscript.

Enter JG1988, her long-time online friend. He knows nothing of the curse nor the magick Emma possesses. His only wish is to finally meet her in person and take their relationship to the next level. He reveals a surprise of his own when he shows up at Emma’s door as international recording artist Jake Griffin.

Destroying the manuscript will not only get rid of Kyrin, but also end her relationship with Jake. But keeping secrets from him may end up doing just that. In order to survive they’ll resort to love, lies, and a little Gypsy magick.

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A big Happy Birthday to Evernight! In their honor, YOU get the presents. I’ll give away a copy of both UNBEARABLE and ELUDING ILLUSIONS to two random commentors below. Just wish Evernight a happy birthday and you’re entered to win!

It’s a great time for an Evernight shopping spree because all Evernight titles are 25% off through October 9th at AllRomance eBooks!

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