Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Difference Between a SERIAL and a SERIES


Hello...and thanks for dropping by today. We're talking "serials" vs. "series" books.

So did you know . . .
A Serial is a story with multiple chapters.
A Series is a group or collection of independent stories with something in common.

OR...another way to explain the difference:

A "serial" is usually a fictional story, which is divided into parts
When you think of a series you're thinking of a set of related stories. In other words each episode has a beginning, middle and an end and the story from one episode does not usually carry over to the next.

Right now, both are quite popular on Amazon. Sometimes readers want a quick read with a gripping story line that will continue in part 2 (Or 3 or 4). But readers also seem heavily drawn to series, Book 1, Book 2 and 3 with some connection. The connection is generally the characters but can also be the location, setting or interlocking characters and story line.

What about you? Which do you prefer and have you recently read either a serial or a series?

We'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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ONCE UPON A SAVAGE MOON is a 5-part serial featuring a continuing family saga. It's also a western romance/love triangle and includes a Happy Ending!

About Once Upon A Savage Moon:
Brothers Creed and Brand Gatlin love the same woman. One is the father to her child; the other her husband. One left to fight in the Civil War; one stayed home to pick up the tumultuous pieces of their lives.

Sage and Lauren McCain, twins separated at birth, have no idea the other exists...until Fate steps in to reunite them twenty years later.  

Once Upon A Savage Moon is a sweeping saga of two families, the McCains and the Gatlins, caught in the crossfire of the Civil War and the Sioux uprising. Journey with them as they struggle through heartache, betrayal, forgiveness and ultimately love.

Rave Reviews for the book (5-part serial)

"Loved the flawed characters and the many surprises that come out in the book. Makes ya think about what true love really is." 5 Stars

"This is a wonderfully written story. It has a vast collection of characters that everyone can relate with, from the ones who like love stories to people who prefer the war-time stories. Its just another fine example of how this author's stories can cover many generations of readers." 5 Stars

"If you enjoy western romance you will love this book. I really like the way Ms Diablo told the story." 5 Stars

"My Favorite Quote: 'Men and their wars.' Tears glistened in Lauren's eyes. "They leave you no hope, nothing to hold on to.'

"There is great loss, tragedy, love, passion, and warmth with some cheerful moments. I wept at times and I absolutely loved this novel! I clung to every word and found it highly erotic where it needed to be, and extremely tasteful, written in a southern voice, with a matching charm. The characters seemed very true to that time period being the 1800's." 5 Stars



Friday, July 14, 2017

The Servant Signs A Contract To Have His Child - Sojourn With A Stranger

This full-length #romance has it all:
* Voodoo
* Gothic setting
* Ghosts
* Murder
* and...Love

About Sojourn With A Stranger:

A ghost haunts the halls of Stafford House. When Raine Brinsley arrives and accepts a position as a house servant, the ghost is determined to let Raine know who murdered her. Derek and Lyman Stafford race against time to produce the first male heir and secure the title to Stafford House. The brothers will do anything to win…including murder."

A dark, Gothic novel with romance, mystery, suspense and thrills.

EXCERPT: (Raine tells Derek a ghost has visited her bedchamber again).

Cocking his head to the side, Derek grabbed her elbow. "What do you have behind your back?"
Her face paled.
"What is it? Pray tell, not another Bible?"
She shook her head, brought her arms out and held the object before him.
The room swirled around him. "Baby?" He withdrew his hand as if burned by a hot branding iron. "But how?"
"The doll was on my pillow when I returned to my room."
He paced the hallway. "What madness is this?"
"Someone is up to no good."
When he stopped to look at her, she reminded him of a frightened child. Her cheeks were pale, her eyes ringed with dark circles. "I'll get to the bottom of this. The Bible and Baby cannot walk from that trunk in the attic." He looked toward the ceiling." And suddenly materialize in your bedchamber."
"Poor man," she said low-voiced. "The master has finally met a problem he doesn’t understand and doesn’t possess the ability to control."
"What is that supposed to mean? I tell you, Raine, someone in the manor dupes you."
"No, Derek. A spirit placed the objects in my room, a tormented, recently passed spirit."
"You drag the ghost into the conversation again. Tell me, what are you insinuating? You mean to say Cinda’s―?"
"How would I know?" She hissed the words and wrung her hands. "You can’t expect me to know what evil machinations occurred before I arrived."
"Evil?" He felt his forehead wrinkle. "Nothing evil transpired. Lucinda lost her mind, took her life." Despite the facts surrounding his wife’s death, a niggling fear crept up his spine. "If evil played a part, I swear I wasn’t aware of it
"Listen to me, Derek. A ghost finds it necessary to deliver a message to me." She leaned forward, her voice a whisper. "Someone marked a passage in the Bible, whether living or dead, I don’t know. The Bible was opened to a certain passage."
"What passage, tell me?"
"Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me."
Derek shivered and realized he’d never felt so cold in his life.

Rave Reviews For Sojourn With A Stranger

"The ending had a little twist that I also enjoyed. This is one you won't want to pass up." C. Rand, Amazon Reviewer."

"An absolutely wonderful book. I was captivated and submerged from the beginning to the end." BlackRose Reviews

"Diablo did a brilliant job with this historical romance novel. It had great romantic conflict, a bit of mystery and suspense and subtle paranormal undertones." Book of Secrets Reviews

"This ghostly historical captivates with its snappy dialogue, broody, mysterious leading man, and naïve but stubborn heroine." L. Jenkins Reviews

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Time Travel Trilogy Starring Calypso the Cat - #EroticRom

Erotic Romance Trilogy

These suspenseful novellas have elements of suspense and time travel. And...all three feature Calypso the time-traveling feline. 

About Cradle of Dreams

With visions of battle still fresh in his mind, Roane Bradfield returns home to find the woman he loves betrothed to another. He corners Kendrick Moreland at Dowager Huggins’ Grand Ball and whisks her into the secluded library. One way or the other, he will know the reason the duplicitous beauty cut him from her life when she promised to wait forever.

About Whisper of Dreams
Sarah must get her son out of New Bern, North Carolina before he succumbs to an epidemic of yellow fever. Yankees have taken over the town and there is only one man capable of smuggling them out—Captain Elijah Fortune. Even though she betrayed him once, she appeals to the champion of her childhood for help. He’s more than happy to accommodate her, but the price of risking his life is steep. And the cost has nothing to do with money.

About Scoundrel of Dreams
 Bridger Cantrell breaks into Alcee Slayton’s study one night to steal some much-needed information. Imagine his surprise when he encounters Alcee’s youngest daughter, Lydia, rifling through her father’s desk drawers. What is the little minx up to and will it spoil his plans for revenge? He intends to find out and challengers her to a game of Quid Pro Quo. He soon discovers Lydia is no longer the little bookworm he remembers from his past but an enchanting, beguiling woman who steals not only his heart but his soul.

These stories are scorchingly hot and include an element of BDSM. "Calypso" the time traveling feline appears in all three historical stories. Each story can be read as a stand-alone and do not contain a cliffhanger.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Weekend Writing Warriors #8sunday - COMES AN OUTLAW

Hello, and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! Today I'm sharing a snippet from one of #western #romance releases COMES AN OUTLAW. 

Don't forget to visit all the wonderful writers sharing snippets today CLICK HERE

About Comes An Outlaw

When a tragic accident claims her husband's life, Jesse Santos must find a way to keep the ranch, the only home her 12-year-old son has ever known.  The ranch hands have abandoned her, a gang of cutthroat ranchers want her land and an ancient Yaqui Indian insists a spirit has taken up residence in the house.

After a fifteen-year absence, her husband's brother, Coy, returns to his childhood home. He doesn't plan on staying, and he certainly doesn't intend to settle down with a widow and her son…no matter how pretty she is.

He's an outlaw, after all, and made a decision to put an end to his gun-slinging days long ago. Will his conscience let him walk away from family, or will his heart overrule his head?

Setup and Short Snippet (After a 15 year absence, Coy returns home to find a strange woman standing on the porch of his parent's ranch.)

"State your business," a female voice called out.

Too busy taking in his surroundings, the dog and the boy, his tired brain overlooked the woman on the porch. Now that he'd taken a good look, he couldn't imagine how any man with blood running through his veins could fail to notice her. Tall and lean, weathered leather trousers clung to her long legs like second skin. A red flannel shirt hung long and loose on her body but failed to hide her womanly curves. Her hair was thick and straight, falling past her shoulders in a tangle of burnished copper. Watchful and intense, her large, round eyes glistened like liquid pools of blue ice.
When he brought a knee up to dismount, she cocked the rifle. "You don't hear so good. I asked you to state your business."
"My business? I was about to ask what you're doing here and follow it up with just who the hell are you?"

Raves for Comes An Outlaw

"I loved all the components of this story. The Indian lore was probably my favorite though."

"The storyline is brilliant. This novella has many twists and turns. A page turner."
"Diablo has created a set of compelling characters. Jesse captures the essence of the time, when women had very few options, and even fewer good ones." 

Download Comes An Outlaw Now for .99 Cents

Thanks for visiting today!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Now on Kindle Unlimited: ALL IN FOR LOVE #romantic #suspense

READ IT FREE on Kindle Unlimited! (Click on link) Six #romance stories with suspense for .99 cents!
Sweet to Sensual Love

Welcome to La Bonne Chance Resort & Casino!

With thousands of people passing through the casino’s doors on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that a variety of lives and loves are on the line there. It’s said that you’re more likely to lose your heart at La Bonne Chance than a hand of poker. Whether you are the Director of Casino Operations or the guy who created its software, a jilted bride or a black jack dealer, a past guest’s ghost or a sous chef--when it comes to love, the stakes are high.

Thank goodness what happens at La Bonne Chance doesn’t always stay at La Bonne Chance…

Ready to roll the dice?

Six award-winning authors and six delicious stories!

An Inn Decent Proposal, Sharon Buchbinder
Can an hotelier with a past and a chef with a future revive the grand dame in a neglected old inn?

Perfect Odds, Lashanta Charles
When a jilted bride meets the man of her dreams, will she embrace the new plan, or cling stubbornly to the old one?
A Ghost To Die For, Keta Diablo
She didn't believe in ghosts…until one showed up in her hotel room begging for help.

Raising Kane, Henry Doran
Funny how a night in jail will change a woman's outlook on life.
For Money or Love, Margo Hoornstra
She’s one woman he can’t afford to lose

Take A Chance On Me, M.J. Schiller
Who do you count on when the chips are down?

Watch for our massive blog tour where prizes will be given away at every stop! Leave a comment to be eligible to win.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

#western #romance At Its Best! Once Upon A Savage Moon

Once Upon A Savage Moon
(5-Part Serial)
Brothers Creed and Brand Gatlin love the same woman. One is the father to her child; the other her husband. One left to fight in the Civil War; one stayed home to pick up the broken pieces of their lives.

Sage and Lauren McCain, twins separated at birth, have no idea the other exists...until Fate steps in to reunite them twenty years later. 

Once Upon A Savage Moon is a sweeping saga of two families, the McCains and the Gatlins, caught in the crossfire of the Civil War and the Sioux uprising. Journey with them as they struggle through heartache, betrayal, forgiveness and ultimately love.

Set up and Excerpt: On her deathbed, Sage's grandmother reveals the girl's true identity. 

Sage jumped when Wanapaya tapped her on the shoulder and motioned her to follow. Placing the sickly child under the blankets with her parents, she walked outside.

He spoke the words and she felt the blood drain from her face. “Your grandmother is very ill. She calls for you.”
Sage clapped her hands over her ears. She’d seen so much death, cradled so many dying babies, she couldn’t bear to see another loved one die. The world crashed down around her while she ran through the village. She stumbled time and again, and rose to push onward.
Throwing back the flap of the lodge, she rushed to her grandmother’s still form and dropped to her knees. Tiny blue veins punctuated her thin, translucent hands. They felt warm and clammy in hers. Blinking back tears, Sage choked on the words. “Grandmother, it’s me. Can you hear me?”

Peter Pa sat opposite Sage, his legs tucked beneath him. He lifted his head and stared into Sage’s eyes. Even in the dim light of the lodge the ugly truth marched forth. Her grandmother courted death. 
Sage put her palm to Gran’s forehead and jerked it back. Tossing back the furs, she tore open her cotton shift and scanned her neck and torso. “No-o-o!” 

The familiar rash—the one she loathed—covered her grandmother’s hot flesh. She pummeled her fists into the ground and choked on her sobs. “Please do not leave us! There’s much to be done yet!” Cupping her grandmother’s face between her hands, she pleaded. “Please do not give up, you must fight!”

A deafening silence came to the lodge. Sage lifted her head and searched the familiar faces. Otter Woman, Storm Cloud, Crooked Back and her beloved husband stood in the shadows, their faces masked in grief. 

Sage turned to Peter Pa. “You must tell her she can’t leave. I can’t bear it.”

His lips trembled. “It’s her time, child, and you can’t save her.”

Caught up in her own emotions, she shrieked, “I will not allow her to die!”

“She’s run a good race.” Peter Pa took Evrasina’s hand. “Now it’s time for her to begin another journey.”

Sage shook her head. “Not yet, oh please, not yet!”

“You’ll see her again one day, but now, you must allow her to leave in peace.”

Sage drew Gran into her arms. “I’m not ready. Please open your eyes, speak to me.” 

Feverish eyes opened and a hard-earned smile tugged the corners of Evrasina’s lips. She labored for breath, forcing Sage to accept the fact her grandmother would soon leave this place called earth. She’d heard the hated death rasp much too often to ever forget the gurgling rattle.

Evrasina’s lips moved. “Come close, child. There’s little time left and I must tell you….” 

Sage looked into her colorless eyes. “Whatever it is, it can wait. You must save your strength.”

Her voice firm, yet filled with love, she rasped, “I must make my final journey without secrets on my soul. I’ve always loved you more than life. From the first time I saw you, I knew I could never give you back.”

Confusion stormed through Sage’s mind. “Give me back?” She looked into Peter Pa’s eyes. When he averted her gaze, a sickening dread claimed her. The racking cough drew Sage to her grandmother again. The words she would hear soon would alter her life forever. Yet she’d always known something, hadn’t she? “What-what do you wish to tell me?”

With great effort, Gran drew out the words. “Sage, you are a McCain.”

Numb disbelief washed over her. She heard a long breath escape Grandmother’s lips. Her hand went limp and her head lolled to the side.

Five words hung in the air between them, her grandmother’s last. Sage clung to her slack hand. Crooked Back and Storm Cloud began a reverberating chant, the undulating echoes rising and falling like a funeral dirge in the lodge.

Spasmodic sobs wracked Sage and her tears fell harsh and unrelenting. Her beloved Grandmother had passed on. 

Peter Pa rubbed Evrasina’s still fingers, his shoulders shaking with grief. Like a man obsessed, he massaged her hand and turned it over in his own as if by doing so he could bring her to life again. His heartfelt sobs filled the lodge in unison with the mournful cries of the grieving. Wanapaya stepped from the shadows and pulled Sage from the ground. She slumped against his chest and cried her heart out.

They buried Evrasina Denzer in a Winnebago ceremony befitting a great medicine woman. Her weathered straw hat and knapsack hung from the burial posts, swaying in the soft breeze of morning. Sage had cried so much in the last day, not one ounce of fluid remained in her body. Numb throughout the short ceremony, she recalled the last words her grandmother spoke. ‘Sage, you are a McCain.’