Hexes & Kisses from Seattle: Cover Reveal

This is the second time, and hopefully the last one, I write this post because after composing a long, and rather witty story about Hexes & Kisses from Seattle my next series’ release, I clicked on the wrong arrow and deleted everything. The lesson here is to always save, every step of the way…

Anyway, you came here for a cover reveal, and I’ll give you three because I’m nice that way.

Lavender & Cinnamon: Book One

The pastry chef witch & the billionaire dragon-shifter: Not your usual meet-cute…
So… it doesn’t happen every day that you see a dragon shifter’s junk, up close and personal. 
Well, you’d think it’s this witch’s lucky day, but nope. Not even close. In fact, this day has been disastrous so far.
But let me rewind the story for you. Hi, my name’s Aubrey, and I own Lavender & Cinnamon, the award-winning pastry shop conveniently located in one of the coziest neighborhoods in Seattle. My life’s filled with cupcake and hexes, and I like it exactly the way it is.
Yesterday, I received ominous news from Mr. Stuart, my landlord—you guessed correctly, he’s the owner of the junk mentioned before. Anyway, he wants to evict my shop to build a high-rise on top of it.
The last thing I need is a domineering billionaire who thinks he can do whatever he wants because he’s rich. Sure, the man is unbearably handsome, generously endowed (I took a good look at it) and makes me weak in the knees… but rest assured I won’t give up my shop without a fight.
If you want to know more about the junk incident, you need to buy the book…

Lavender & Cinnamon: Book Two

Hi! It’s me, Aubrey, again! Lavender & Cinnamon remains open! Yeah for me! 
Unfortunately, that’s the least of my worries.
It turns out Andrew (you remember Mr. Stuart and his enormous… attitude) and I were hexed and chained together by an invisible rope. It could be worse, you might think, being him a hunk and all.
I’d agree with you if it weren’t for the small detail of the striking blonde who just entered the scene. She’s Andrew’s fiancée. What?
Did you see that coming? I sure didn’t…
Andrew better have a very good explanation for forgetting to mention he was engaged while he was enthusiastically groping me, or the chain hex will be the least of his problems.

Lavender & Cinnamon: Book Three

Where were we? Right… I’m Aubrey, the witch and pastry chef from Seattle who got hexed alongside a handsome dragon-shifter.
In the meantime, I might’ve fallen for the hunk (okay, I’ll admit I’m head over heels in love with him), and he seems to be quite smitten with me as well—which, given my sparkling personality, shouldn’t come as a surprise. 
The only problem is that both my dad and Andrew’s ex-father-in-law are vehemently opposed to our idea of happily ever after and are fighting us with fangs and spells. Plus, it would seem that our story started a few centuries ago…
But love always conquers all, right? 

Hexes & Kisses from Seattle: Cover Reveal

The Fifth Moon’s Wolf is a Kobo Indie First in Series Reads!

Howdy! Let me brag a little bit–I promise I’ll keep it short 😉 It doesn’t happen often that one of your books is chosen by Kobo for one of their promotions. So you can imagine how stoked I was when I received the email confirming that my novel, the Fifth Moon’s Wolf, was among the titles featured in the Indie First in Series Reads, UK edition. It’s a good day to be an indie author!


here’s a sneak peek

The Fifth Moon’s Wolf is a Kobo Indie First in Series Reads!

Renegade Vampire

After a long hiatus from blogging, I am happy to announce I am back with news about my Immortals. Book #12 in the series, Renegade Vampire is finally out. In the last year and a half, I’ve been so focused on my publishing schedule and advertising that I forgot about popping here for an update. Since my last post, I wrote more than I could publish, I experimented with shared-world projects and collaborations, I spent money on Facebook and Amazon ads… I have learned a thing or two in the process, but the most important lesson is that I need to take it easy. So here I am, hopefully sticking to the resolution.

See you soon,



If you’d like a sneak peek from Renegade Vampire, head here.

Renegade Vampire

#RomancingSeptember Day 12 The Lonely Wolf by Monica La Porta @monilp #romance

It’s Romancing September time!

Rosie Amber

Welcome to Day 12 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Monica La Porta and her book The Lonely Wolf

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Where is your home town?

I’m originally from Rome, Italy, but I now live in Redmond, a small town in Washington State, in the US. Rome and Redmond have nothing in common, one is chaotic, colorful, and ancient, while the second is peaceful, green, and new. Yet, I love them both because they fulfill different needs I have.

How long have you been writing romance?

I have been writing love stories since 2009. Publishing a book was one of the items in my bucket list, and around that time I was reminded of how precarious life can be. I started writing one rainy morning and I haven’t stopped since.


What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Both paranormal and science fiction romance are my favorite, but throw in the midst…

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The Hidden Demon by Monica La Porta

Another great review for Peter, courtesy of Rosie Amber.

Rosie Amber

The Hidden Demon (The Immortals, #4)The Hidden Demon by Monica La Porta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Hidden Demon is book 4 in the Immortal Series, a sophisticated paranormal romance set in and around Rome. Peter is a demon, a loner, he is a renegade controller of the paranormal world and works for The Holy Council at Castel Sant’ Angelo. More importantly he can read the dead and find out their last thoughts before death which often reveal their cause of death.

He’s sent to help paranormal forensic anthropologist Ophelia Neferet when unusual remains of vampire and werewolf lovers are found. They must solve the mystery as well as deflect the human paparazzi who are clamouring for a story.

Peter begins to unravel the tragic story of Lucilla and Valerio but others in the paranormal world are not happy with their work. Threats, kidnapping, arson and abduction follow. Working together the two discover…

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The Broken Angel by Monica La Porta

A great review for my fallen angel, courtesy of Rosie Amber.

Rosie Amber

The Broken Angel (The Immortals, #3)The Broken Angel by Monica La Porta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Broken Angel is book three in the Immortal series, a stand alone novel it was still lovely to re-acquaint myself with some of the characters from the first two books. The books are set in and around Rome and combine chic modern Italy, romantic scenery and a paranormal world.

Book three is about Samuel, a fallen Angel who gave up his responsibility for the souls on new-borns in their journey from the womb to mortal life, all because he fell in love with a human. A Human who rejected him once he’d made his decision and left Samuel shunned for all eternity. Now Samuel is a liaison officer between the paranormal species working at the Immortal Council Headquarters in Rome.

Given a new assignment Samuel must look into Vampire blood-dealing issues. He runs into trouble on…

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The Immortal Greek by Monica La Porta

The Immortal Greek reviewed by Rosie Amber

Rosie Amber

The Immortal Greek (The Immortals, #2)The Immortal Greek by Monica La Porta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Immortal Greek is a sophisticated and sexy paranormal romance set in the Eternal City of Rome. It is the second book in the Immortal Series, but easily stands on it’s own. Alexander Drako is an Immortal with a reputation as a millionaire playboy, his parties are the talk of the town and he is always being featured in the gossip magazines.

This year his famous party has had to move its date due to the Immortal Council’s annual Gala, but the fun of the party ends when a young Immortal commits suicide. The Council call in The Enforcer, Ravenna Del Sarto to investigate the suicide and it appears he is a victim of The Immortal Death.

When several more bodies turn up Alexander and Ravenna must work together to find the person or persons behind the…

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Romancing September Across the World – Day 17 Monica La Porta

An interview with Stephanie Hurt where I open up a bit.

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Welcome to Day 17 of the 2nd Annual Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. I’ve teamed up with Rosie Amber again this year. We’re promoting 30 awesome romance authors in 30 days. Help us out by cross promoting when you can and check out these authors.

Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too.

Today my guest author is Monica La Porta and I want to thank her for blogging with me today. Here is a little about her and her book The Lost Centurion.

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  • What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve been wanting to write a series set in Rome for the longest time. There aren’t paranormal or urban fantasy series that are focussed on the Eternal City, and I’ve always thought that Rome is the perfect place for romance. Ancient and mysterious, elegant and decadent, but also joyous…

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Romancing September Across the World – Day 17 Monica La Porta

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 17

My interview with the lovely Rosie Amber.

Rosie Amber


Welcome to Day 17 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Monica La Porta. Catch up with more from Monica in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

I am from Rome, Italy, but I moved to Washington State in the summer of 2000.

How long have you been writing romance?

I’ve been writing love stories since I was a kid, but I started writing professionally five years ago.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I have several favourites, among them paranormal, urban fantasy, and science fiction romance.

Tell us who Marcus is?

Marcus is the main character in The Lost Centurion. Once a proud commander in the Imperial Roman Army with hundreds of men under his lead, Marcus is now a lonely renegade whose life is powered by a thirst for revenge consuming…

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 17

Angela Roquet

Happy Saturday, everybody. We are back to our Off the Beaten Path Blog Tour and Giveaway. Today, I am pleased to have on my blog a funny and generous indie author, Angela Roquet. Angela, who writes  urban fantasy and paranormal, is one of the awesome seven  who collaborated to Off the Beaten Path: Eight Tales of the Paranormal.

In her own words she is:

Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo.

She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, & random craft supplies. She has an unhealthy obsession with television shows created by Joss Whedon & fantasizes about him directing television/film versions of her novels. Angela’s favorite book/movie is The Wizard of Oz. She likes a little coffee in her cream, & her favorite food is sushi.

Angela is a peace loving, tree hugging hippy who tries to buy organic & local as often as possible. She’s a fan of renewable energy sources, marriage equality, & religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband & son. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family & friends, & reading books that raise eyebrows. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

And now her answers to my questions:

1) The first horror book you read was…?

That’s a tough one. It was definitely one of R. L. Stein’s Goosebumps novels. I read a TON of those as a kid.

2) You discovered you were quite good at writing horror/paranormal/urban fantasy when…?

My Lana Harvey series was originally a short story, written spur of the moment for a contest. I had a good friend tell me that it was an awful short story… but an excellent introduction to a series. I had written horror and urban fantasy before, but that was really the moment I felt like I might actually be good at this.

3) As a reader, your favorite horror book is…?

I have to pick one??? Wow. Yeah. Hmmm. I’m going to go with Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. I can’t just single out one book in particular, but the first one of the series “Guilty Pleasures” definitely hooked me. Hamilton really encompasses a lot of different genres, but she has mastered horror for sure. That was on of the first Urban Fantasy series I picked up in college, and so began my quest for more!

4) What scares you…?

I’m not afraid of much. I don’t mind heights, I’ve had a pet ball python, and I have a tattoo of a spider on the back of my neck. I am a bit of a germaphobe though, so there’s that. lol

5) You usually write…?

GSnewcoverUrban Fantasy is a pretty catchall term for what I write. My Lana Harvey series is my ongoing project, but I also have a YA zombie novel out now titled “Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend.”

6) What’s next…?

I’m currently in the middle of promoting “Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend.” I’ve organized a zombie themed prom in my hometown, which we’re calling the Prombie Apocalypse. So that’s been a lot of work, but it’s also been a lot of fun! My fourth Lana novel “Psychopomp” will be out in February 2014, and I’m working on another standalone title “Backwoods Armageddon” with my husband. In May, we’ll be presenting a marketing panel at the annual RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans. I’m pretty good at biting off more than I can chew, but after the chaos wears off, I have no regrets. My writing career has been very rewarding.

Thanks for the interview! I’m really excited about our anthology, and I hope to work with you on more joint projects in the future!

Thank you, Angela! And likewise!

And finally, remember, for the chance to win awesome gifts, enter the Off the Beaten Path Giveaway!

Angela Roquet