Saturday, October 19, 2013

Crawl Between the Sheets Giveaway & Scavenger Hunt for "Ninety Eight"

Please note: There are (2) giveaways associated with this post. After you are done reading scroll to the bottom to enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a copy of Ninety Eight, then scroll up one section to the Today's Web Crawl for the Scavenger Hunt to win the iPad Mini or the $150 Amazon Gift Card! 

Celebrating the release of her newest contemporary romance, Ninety Eight, Shannon Mayer is hosting a fun week long event, ‘Crawl Between the Sheets’! But first, check out Ninety Eight and don’t forget to enter our blog giveaway to win your own copy!

About Ninety Eight

Release: October 17, 2013
Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing Ltd.
New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance

For a limited time, Ninety Eight will be priced at JUST $0.99!
Shannon’s other contemporary romance, High Risk Love, has also been reduced to $0.99 during the release event for Ninety Eight!

Speed Limits

Lottery Tickets

Elevator Buttons

Numbers are everywhere—they play such a vital role in our everyday lives. But what would happen if we measured love with equations just as we do our morning cup of coffee? My nana had many recipes in her cupboards, but it was her calculations for love that she insisted I live my life by; and I’ve followed her rules all these years.

One Animal

One Moment

One Critical Impact

That’s all it took for the numbers to start flying in a jumbled mess through my brain as I stared into the violet eyes that would forever make me question my choices. In a split second, the possibilities and reality of true love are revealed and I’m questioning all I’ve ever known.

A Tree

White Fences

Stolen Moments

I can’t ignore the storm brewing around—and within—me. Everything I am is confronted by these new numbers, and all they represent. My past, present and future will all be determined by the gambles I make right here, right now. Again, it’s all about the numbers.

And what I’m learning is, one plus one doesn’t always equal two and sometimes three times isn’t always the charm.

Crawl Between the Sheets 2013~!


Welcome to “Crawl Between the Sheets 2013”!
This event is a web crawl scavenger hunt and you are ALL invited! Each day, different blogs will have different events for you to crawl around the web and enter the hunt.

  • GRAND PRIZE: IPAD MINI or $350 Amazon Gift Card (all Amazon territories included) winners choice.
  • RUNNER-UP PRIZE: $150 Amazon Gift Card (all Amazon territories included)

Today's Web Crawl Events

To participate in today's web crawl events, follow the directions below to receive your daily points. Once you have completed one of the 2-3 daily events, please return to Shannon’s website at and enter your submissions in the Rafflecopter found there!

3pts Visit Patricia's Website:

Go to Patricia Briggs website at: 
Under her books page, count how many titles she has released under her name (not including short fiction, novellas and anthologies)?

Submit your total count as your entry at .



@Mercys_Garage Your books rock & they inspire authors to create kickass characters like @TheShannonMayer’s Rylee Adamson!

Submit the link to your tweet as your entry at .

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 Go to Patricia Brigg’s Facebook page at  

  • LIKE her page AND
  • enter this as a comment:  @Official Patricia Briggs….Your books rock & they inspire authors to create kickass characters like @Author Shannon Mayer's Rylee Adamson! (You MUST tag both Patricia Briggs and Shannon Mayer)

Submit the link to your FB post as your entry at .

10pts.  Go to Patricia Brigg’s website at:

  • Join her forum
  • Post this comment on her forum somewhere :  PATRICIA BRIGGS: Your books rock & they inspire authors to create kickass characters like Shannon Mayer's Rylee Adamson!

Submit the username you created when you joined the forum as your entry at .

ALSO, every day during this event you may do the following to earn EXTRA points:

If you share this link: on Facebook or Twitter, you can enter the URL link to your post/tweet to gain an extra point for the day. Even if you complete the other tasks for the day, you can STILL do this as well up to once a day! :)

To see other blogs and the rest of the week’s events, visit Shannon’s site and check out her News Blog!

About the Author

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances. Please visit her website at for more information on her novels. 

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We are giving away (1) eBook copy of Ninety Eight courtesy of Shannon Mayer! Books will be gifted from only.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Giveaway: 3 Awesome Titles by Author Wiliam H. Coles

As part of today's MEET THE AUTHOR: William H. Coles post,
 I am also hosting a giveaway for 
3 awesome titles by William H. Coles
 including his newest book, Guardian Deceit.  
To enter simply complete the Rafflecopter below. 
Be sure to check out his other post below to learn more about him! 

Guardian Deceit 

  Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. But in his new home of celebrities, crooks, untrustworthiness, and excessively wealthy deviants, lust and want thwart his search for selfless caring love, and in his quest to become a doctor, he discovers the altruism of health care and scientific discovery riddled with profit motivation and deficient moral standards. A finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

The Surgeon's Wife

   Mike Boudreaux, as a trauma surgeon Chief of Service, must discipline an impaired surgeon performing unnecessary and dangerous surgery for the obese. He is Boudreaux's former teacher and mentor, and Boudreaux falls in love with his young, beautiful, New-Orleans-socially-prominent wife. Boudreaux cannot hide the adulterous affair that erodes his career authority and reputation. Family and society reject the woman he loves unconditionally; when she moves in with Boudreaux, her rebellious daughter disappears. As Boudreaux tries to retrieve and convince the daughter to support her mother, the jealous husband's surgical career declines; a young patient dies; the public is outraged. The crazed husband blames his wife and Boudreaux for his decline and threatens violent revenge. The couple plans marriage and strains to regain pride and confidence amidst the hostility of accusatory taunts of friends, family and society.

The Spirit of Want

  A married successful woman lawyer falls in love with a vibrant successful TV evangelist client accused of statutory rape and rejects family and daughter to be with him. She loses his case and her career is ruined and escapes with him to Africa. She discovers soul-wrenching secrets and disturbing truths about her lover, and tries to build a new career and mend severed ties with her family with disastrous results. A short-list finalist in both the 2011 and 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competitions.

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Meet the Author: William H. Coles

  Today we are visiting with William H. Coles; the author of several novels including his most recent, Guardian of Deceit.
He has also been so kind as to sponsor a giveaway for three of his novels here on Stephanie's Book Shelf. Be sure to check out the William H. Coles Giveaway page to enter to win!

Meet Author William H. Coles

 I grew up learning to love literary fiction.  Austen, Bronte, Conrad, Flaubert, De Maupassant, Babel, Chekhov, Tolstoy, and so many others.  Some seem dated now, but these authors were great storytellers and great writers in the syntax of their existence.  With time “literary fiction” changed.  Great story in the classical sense seemed to be lost as verbose, excessive prose predominated . . . often so opaque as to seem without purpose.  And the “I” of personal narrative dominated so even in “fiction” authors burrowed into their inner selves to discover some essence they needed to write about.  Most took the easiest path and write self-centered, often egotistical, prose delivered as cathartic, therapeutic narrative emanating from a limited understanding of the world and humanity.  And these believe greatness comes from wallowing in revelation straining for often salacious or shocking revelation from an author’s life void sadly of significance.  For me, contemporary literature is not worth the time reading takes, and the word modern literature evokes clouds of boredom, dislike, lack of originality, and reader unfriendliness in the writing and the telling.
For the last fifteen years, I’ve dedicated myself to writing and teaching fiction that is engaging, entertaining, and enlightening about the human condition, that is, not simply tales of fatalistic events happening with stereotypical characters dotting a landscape that may be enjoyable, but not credible enough to convey theme or meaning.  Basically, classical literature is about discovering what it means to be human through character-based plots, and in my view, stories created with dramatic writing filled with suspense, awe, and revelation.  On the quest to write great literary fiction, and teach the process to others, I’ve taken over a hundred courses and workshops in creative writing, I’ve interviewed famous writers, editors, and teachers, and I’ve published essays to help writers learn story and prose fiction.  Thankfully, my four novels and two collections of short stories, and my essays—twelve books total--through the miracle of the Internet, have been read by hundreds of thousands of readers.  And my website that is dedicated to teaching writing has over two and half million page views and almost a million unique visitors a year.  I’ve found readers, readers who have enjoyed “literary” fiction based on solid story and unique, vibrant characters rather than defaulting to the contemporary “me-ism” that is being published as “serious” fiction, and—I think it’s fair to say-- through the selective filter of traditional publishing’s pecuniary obsessions, has managed to squash availability of great stories and effective prose the satisfies readers in the classic sense.

I’d love to know if you’re a reader engaged and entertained by my fiction.  It would help fulfill my raison d’être.  You can find my work online, or on Amazon, B&N, Kindle, audiobooks, and even on an Apple app, often for free.  I hope you’ll give it a try.             

Connect with William H. Coles

You can find out more about Guardian of Deceit and also enter to win a copy of it and two other great titles by William H. Coles on the giveaway page

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

GIVEAWAY: The Temple of Indra’s Jewel by Rachael Stapleton

Welcome to 
The Temple of Indra's Jewel
 Book Tour & Giveaway! 

The Temple of Indra’s Jewel

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/Romance

Publisher: iUniverse, LLC
Number of pages: 274
Word Count: 75,279

{Blurb} Sophia Marcil awakens from a snorkeling accident in the Lérins Islands to find herself in the chambers—and the body—of a nineteenth-century princess.

In a confused state and with no idea of her whereabouts, Sophia embarks on a desperate quest for answers, hoping she can find her way back to her fiancé, Nick, and her true identity.

After she finds a diary in an antique desk, Sophia follows a clue that leads her to a questionable alchemist, who relays the history and magic of the mysterious amethyst she inherited from her great-grandmother— the only possession that made the leap through time with her and perhaps the only thing that can prevent her from becoming a pawn in a murderous plot for the throne.

Using her inheritance, Sophia races through time to the twenty-first century to solve the mystery of her family’s past.

But once she is there, she unearths a dire warning about a curse that clings to her heirloom, leading her down a dangerous path involving two men from different times and ultimately puts her life at risk.

In this tale of obsession, greed and passion, a woman on a journey through time struggles to regain a family heirloom and control its magic, hoping to break the curse before it breaks her.

About the Author: Rachel Stapleton

Rachael Stapleton grew up in a small town, writing as a hobby until the age of sixteen when she was given the opportunity to pen a column for the Orono Weekly Times. Today she is a dedicated writer who contributes to a weekly writer’s circle and is also a proud member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region.Rachael lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and two children.
Connect with Rachel Stapleton 


Author Rachael Stapleton is giving away a 
$20 Amazon Gift Card
Copy of The Temple of Indra's Jewel

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Book Tour: An Unexpected Bride by Shadonna Richards

Welcome to the
"An Unexpected Bride" Book Tour 
Presented by Bewitching Book Tours! 

An Unexpected Bride by Shadonna Richards


AN UNEXPECTED BRIDE (Book 1 in The Bride Series) - #1 Bestseller in Humor

Emma Wiggins is about to marry her heart-stopping, gorgeous boss, CEO Evan Fletcher, in seven days--too bad he doesn't know it yet! 

Desperate to fulfill her ailing grandfather's last wish to see her settle down and get married, Emma Wiggins, a 30-year-old, career-focused executive tells him a little white lie on his deathbed that she is in fact engaged--to her boss, deliciously handsome and emotionally unavailable, Evan Fletcher.

The situation takes an unexpected turn when her grandfather's condition improves slightly and to her shock, he goes ahead and arranges a wedding ceremony at his hospital bedside before he passes on. Now, all Emma has to do is convince unsuspecting, commitment-phobic Evan to tie the knot with her in seven days. Can love blossom in the most unlikely situation?

The Bride Series novels and novellas have sold over 260,000 copies in the last year

***The Second Anniversary Edition! Newly published with an additional 5,000 words, added scenes, a new ending and a bonus steamy love scene!***

About the Author: Shadonna Richards

Shadonna Richards enjoys reading and writing about the magic of romance and the power of love. She has sold over 260,000 copies of her bestselling romance novels, the Bride Series and Whirlwind Romance Series, in the past eighteen months.

Born in London, England, she has a B.A. Degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Nursing. She is also the author of the non-fiction books, A Gift of Hope, Count Your Blessings and Think & Be Happy: 365 Empowering Thoughts to Lift Your Spirit (an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Meditation).

Winner of Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write 2010 Day Two Challenge, she is also a member of Romance Writers of America. She's a proud mommy and wife and lives in Canada with her husband and son.

Connect with Shadonna Richards:

Twitter: @Shadonna


Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Comedy

ISBN:  978-1463774820

Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 54,000

Cover Artist: Ramona Lockwood

Available at: Amazon  BN  Kobo  iTunes

Sunday, October 13, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Where the Heart Breaks by Ivy Sinclair

Who's up for a sweet romance book giveaway?

Author Ivy Sinclair is giving away ...
(1) signed copy of Where the Heart Breaks (US only)
(1) digitial copy of Where the Heart Breaks
to one of *my* lucky readers! Have I ever told y'all how much I enjoy a giveaway that is exclusive to my book blog only? I love being able to offer you guys and gals something special...

Also, be sure to check out Guest Post: First Kiss, by author Ivy Sinclair which, is also being featured here on Stephanie's Book Shelf. It's a very interesting read for both authors and readers, and tells the importance of a well-written 'first kiss' scene in any story, especially a romance novel. 

With that said-- let's check out this awesome new romance novel by author Ivy Sinclair!

Where the Heart Breaks by Ivy Sinclair

{Blurb} If there were a course in screwing up your life, Kate Spivey would get an A+. 

  Trust is in short supply for Kate at the start of the summer before her senior year of college. Her parents sentenced her to spend it under the watchful eye of her aunt at the famous Willoughby Inn. It was further proof that she was a prisoner in, and not the decision maker of, her life. Nothing she does is good enough to prove that she learned from the mistakes of her past. 

  Almost immediately, Kate finds that her new summer home holds another person who understands the unfairness of her situation better than most. Reed Black has had his own share of tragedy and regrets, but instead of trying to fight his reputation, he embraced it. 

  Sparks fly between Kate and Reed, but his mixed signals remind Kate that she needs to watch her step. He is one temptation she can't afford to indulge in, no matter how strong her attraction to him. If she isn't careful, she'll lose more than her heart.

Where to Buy Where the Heart Breaks

Where the Heart Breaks is available online in print and digital copies at:

Also available at iTunes.


To enter the Where the Heart Breaks giveaway simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. 
Contest ends at midnight, October 21st, 2013. 
Two lucky winners will be chosen and notified on Tuesday, October 22nd, so watch your emails closely!