Thirteen Nights

Looking for Beta Readers for EC Fantasy Romance

Hi out there.

I have a draft of Hope Restored, Book 3 in the Divine Temptation Series from Ellora’s Cave. Since I’ve been off the writing circuit for a bit, I want more folks than usual to take a look at the document before I submit it. (Thanks to those who already have).

Its Marta’s story, the evil sister in Thirteen Nights.thirteennights_msr

 

Marta shows up again in Life Reignited, a little softer this time, but still not quite there.

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Hope Restored is a novella so its not a long read–about 20,000 words. Let me know in the comments if your interested in taking it for a test run or email me at sabrinagarie@gmail.com.  You must be over 18.

Life Reignited Blasts Off (with a #Freebook #giveaway)

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Life Reignited releases today from Ellora’s Cave. Its book 2 in my Divine Temptation series, which started with Thirteen Nights.  You can pick up a copy at Ellora’s Cave or Goodreads. I am setting up a blog tour at the end of the month. Updates coming soon.

To celebrate the release of Life Reignited, I am offering a free ebook,  A Flicker of Power, Divine Temptation 1.5. It was originally released as “In Search of Pink Coral” as part of the Shades of Pink Anthology 2013 and has been revised and extended. Its a quickie, but its a good introduction to the pantheon world and its free. Right now its available on Kobo,  AllRomance,  Barnes and Noble and iTunes Books. It will be available on Amazon soon. Thanks to all who helped me pick a cover.  I tried to integrate all the comments and the poll. I like it.

Life Reignited Blurb and Early Reviews

Phoebe lives trapped between two worlds. Born an Amazon warrior, she’s sworn to serve the Greek pantheon. It’s her work as a scholar in the human world that gives her life passion and purpose and eases her heart—which shattered when the pantheon forced her to abandon her human lover.

Alexander Xenos is world renowned classics expert, who has dedicated his life to the study of ancient cultures and promoting peace. His fame and global adventures hide a hole in his heart, ripped out by a beautiful, gentle scholar, who shut him out cold after the most intense love affair he’d ever had.

Thirty years later, Sander meets his long lost love, only to learn she’s an Amazon, the mythical gods are real, and they are about to go to war. And Phoebe, who still sets his blood to boil, is in the thick of it.  He’ll have to prevent a conflict between the Greek and Norse pantheons or lose her again—this time permanently.

Here’s what the earlier reviewers have had to say:

The Jeep Diva:  “This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers shivering in anticipation with suspense, drama and romance. The author paints vivid images of the story with well written scenes and details that transport the readers to a modern mythological and fantastical world. ”

Indy Book Fairy:  “This was a really good story, the story flowed and it kept you wanting to know more.”

A Flicker of Power Blurb

Bara’s powers are deteriorating. A daughter of the Norse sea gods, her magic is tied to the dying coral reefs.  When she catches Dylan, a human scuba diver, tampering with her coral, she attacks him only to discover he holds the key to the survival of the reefs and the pantheon gods, herself included. His passion recharges her magic.  But Bara has eight sisters and they all want a piece of the action. Bara must choose between her love for Dylan or saving the Norse Pantheon.

 

 

3, 2, 1 Release Day and #Freebook #giveaway

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I’m on the countdown to the release of Life Reignited with Ellora’s Cave. Its book 2 in my Divine Temptation series, which kicked off with Thirteen Nights. It’s releasing September 3, two days from now. One thing that makes me proud is that the hero and heroine are over 50. They’re still sexy and still got it, although perhaps differently.

To celebrate the release of Life Reignited, I am offering a free ebook,  A Flicker of Power, Divine Temptation 1.5. It was originally released as “In Search of Pink Coral” as part of the Shades of Pink Anthology 2013 and has been revised and extended. Its a quickie, but its a good introduction to the pantheon world and its free. Right now its available on Kobo and AllRomance but I am working to distribute it on more sites over the next week. Thanks to all who helped me pick a cover.  I tried to integrate all the comments and the poll. I like it.  What do you think?

Life Reignited Blurb and Early Reviews

Phoebe lives trapped between two worlds. Born an Amazon warrior, she’s sworn to serve the Greek pantheon. It’s her work as a scholar in the human world that gives her life passion and purpose and eases her heart—which shattered when the pantheon forced her to abandon her human lover.

Alexander Xenos is world renowned classics expert, who has dedicated his life to the study of ancient cultures and promoting peace. His fame and global adventures hide a hole in his heart, ripped out by a beautiful, gentle scholar, who shut him out cold after the most intense love affair he’d ever had.

Thirty years later, Sander meets his long lost love, only to learn she’s an Amazon, the mythical gods are real, and they are about to go to war. And Phoebe, who still sets his blood to boil, is in the thick of it.  He’ll have to prevent a conflict between the Greek and Norse pantheons or lose her again—this time permanently.

Here’s what the earlier reviewers have had to say:

The Jeep Diva:  “This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers shivering in anticipation with suspense, drama and romance. The author paints vivid images of the story with well written scenes and details that transport the readers to a modern mythological and fantastical world. ”

Indy Book Fairy:  “This was a really good story, the story flowed and it kept you wanting to know more.”

A Flicker of Power Blurb

Bara’s powers are deteriorating. A daughter of the Norse sea gods, her magic is tied to the dying coral reefs.  When she catches Dylan, a human scuba diver, tampering with her coral, she attacks him only to discover he holds the key to the survival of the reefs and the pantheon gods, herself included. His passion recharges her magic.  But Bara has eight sisters and they all want a piece of the action. Bara must choose between her love for Dylan or saving the Norse Pantheon.

 

 

Help Me Choose a Cover

Okay, I’m about to self-publish my first story. Its called A Flicker Of Power, and its part of my Divine Temptation series. Its number 1.5, between Thirteen Nights and Life Reignited.  The first thing I’m trying to master is making a cover.  I’ve come up with several variations. Take a look then vote as to which one you like better. Or just leave a comment telling me what you think.  Here goes.

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Option 3

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A is for Antiope, a Unique Amazon #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Post one of the A to Z Challenge. My theme is mythical goddesses and ancient queens. My post for the first day is arguably both.

Antiope is an Amazon princess, daughter to Ares, the Greek god of war. In some stories, she is also an Amazon queen.  What brought her to my attention is that Antiope is the only known Amazon ever to formally marry. Her husband was Theseus, king of Athens, companion to Hercules, and famed for defeating the minotaur. The ending is sad, as most myths tend to be.   Theseus kidnapped Antiope when traveling with Hercules on the quest to gain the girdle of Hippolyta, the Amazon Queen.  In the process, she fell in love with him. The Amazons attack to reclaim the girdle and rescue Antiope, who was killed by the Amazon Molpadia in the process. As with most myths, there are other versions of this story, such as Theseus killed her in order to marry Phaedra. Here she is:
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No matter which version is true, if any indeed are, it makes a great story.  I had wanted to develop a romance series around the Amazons and I couldn’t resist rewriting Antiope’s story to kick it off. Its called Thirteen Nights, because in myth, the Amazons would procreate once a year with their neighbors, the Gargareans, a group of male-only warriors. It was believed that spendingthirteennights_msr thirteen nights together ensured conception.

I updated that pair matching to an annual speed-dating event.  If you like hot romances, check it out. If you just like kick-ass female mythical leaders. come visit during the A to Z challenge. I’ll be doing one each day. I promise not too much promo. But I have two heroines from my mythology-based series whose names happen start with A and B.  As historical figures, they are interesting because they are not as well known.

While you’re blog hopping, don’t forget to visit other A to Z Participants. Here’s the full list.

 

About the Rose #Giveaway

Rose On Wood BWWhen asked what key element defined the the essence of Thirteen Nights, my answer, as you would probably guess from the book’s cover, was a rose.

Yes, there is a rose scene and its fun, sexy and sets down the nature of the relationship. Here, take a peak. Its rated R so by reading forward you are agreeing to be at least 18 years of age.

“Your pleasure belongs to me, Antiope.”

Satisfied he’d proven his worth, she bent forward, inviting him in. “May your seed conceive a new warrior.” She said the required words to begin the first taking. Instead of a powerful entry, a whisper of silk glided up one thigh, floated across her mons and slid down the other. The rose. An offer of a different kind—a test of who they’d be.

“Call me Annie.” The name she used in the human world, an alternate identity—one that reflected her whole self, not just the warrior.

Tai, being the creative kind of guy he is, finds a few uses for that rose. But I’ll let you read that yourself.

Close-up View of a Pink RoseAs you can see, the rose represents more than the beauty and bite of love. In this story, it signifies the gentling of the warrior; the acceptance of a new way of being. When Annie takes the flower, accepts Tai’s unexpected use of it, she opens herself up to new possibilities—possibilities the life she was born into has denied her.

Even though we may not be Amazon warriors, we do understand what it takes to lift the veil of expectations that the world puts on us as we grow up and grow into our own skin.  The rose is both the symbol of love and of Annie’s acceptance of her truest, best self.  It’s also pretty sexy.

As part of my blog tour, I’m giving away three copies of Thirteen Nights and an  amazon/barnes and noble gift. You can participate  on rafflecopter.

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Thirteen Nights Back On Tour for the New Year #romance #myth #paranormal #eroticromance

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Thirteen Nights is Back on its blog Tour. Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for organizing a good part of it and to my author peeps for hosting me on some of the dates not covered. Here’s the schedule. Come visit. There’s a rafflecopter giveaway at most of these sites, giving away free copies of the book and a gift card. Hope to see you out there.

January 8:   Mythical Books
January 9:  Making my Mark
January 13: Cover Reveals
January 15:  Viki Lyn

Dating in DC: Using a City as a Story’s Backdrop

My latest release, Thirteen Nights, takes place in Washington, DC, where I live. Using the amenities as part of the story can be a lot of fun. Personally, I think it also helps to make the US capitol city more accessible. It’s not just a place of governance, although that is an inevitable part of the landscape, but it’s also a city where people live, work and play. Come explore my city with me using snippets from the book and photos.

The White House

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One of the mains streets to drive into and around Washington, DC from the North is 16th Street.  The street actually ends at the Lafayette Park which a block-sized park in front of the White House. On a clear day or night, driving down this road, DC’s most famous residence can often be part of your view. In this snippet, Tai is picking up Annie to out on a date with Tai, which is not really permitted in the Thirteen Nights right. (NB: Tai has a way of getting what he wants).

Fortunately—or not—the slit on her skirt allowed her easy access on the Ducati. He jacked into high gear, hoping that if he went fast enough no one would have the chance to drool over her extraordinary legs. Speeding down Sixteenth Street, with those lush breasts pushed tight against his back, he barely noticed the grandeur of the White House, which marked the end of the road.

Rock Creek Park

In the book, the warriors need to be close to nature, even when in cities. Rock Creek Park, a 1700 acre park in that takes up a good chunk of DC Northwest quarter, gives them opportunity to do so. Watch how Annie and Tai take full advantage.

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Riding Horses.

He hopped on Frack, a black stallion that stank of power and arrogance, and sped off, knowing she’d follow. The warrior races learned to ride as soon as they could walk. The night wind against his face, the scent of pine in his nose, calmed his soul. And the woman catching up to him was becoming his heartbeat.

The dull whoosh of a branch ticked his ear up, the only clue that Annie passed him. “Follow me,” she yelled.

Anywhere. He couldn’t tell her that, yet.

Running on the trails.

 She needed to move. “Let’s run.” He had come in a tracksuit as she requested last night. The part of her that was pure warrior needed to test his physical skills, know he could take her on, give her a real fight. It was a fair question to ask about the man who might father her child, even if that wasn’t why her heart wanted to know.

They ran the first five miles at a leisurely eight-minute mile along the paths in Rock Creek Park. She was content to feel motion in her body, the wind against her face, the ground against her feet. The Hunter’s moon provided a soft, dusty light but it was sufficient for their superior eyesight.

Without skipping a beat, Annie body-slammed Tai, but found herself on the ground, no prey beneath. Sleek and graceful as a jungle cat, Tai leapt forward into a forward roll and escaped. Her shoulder ached where it crashed into a rock.

The National Gallery of Art Ice Skating Rink and Sculpture Garden

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Tai takes Annie on a date to the outdoor ice skating rink at the National Gallery, followed by a walk through outdoor sculpture garden. Here are the three sculptures referenced in their talk.

ANNIE: “So explain this to me.” She pointed to a giant concrete and metal sculpture with a red circular bottom, long blue fringe and a metal center that joined the two.

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TAI: “It’s a different lens to look at the past. A typewriter eraser holds little value now, but was once in daily use. Turning such a small thing into art forces us to ask if an attachment to the past holds us back, limits us.” He had to make her see, make her question. The crease along her brow suggested she was thinking about it. “Let me show you my favorite.”

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ANNIE: “I think this is my favorite,” she said in front of a structure made of stacked metal chairs that formed a ladder to the sky. “Using commonplace things to create something remarkable—new, larger than life.”

He just had to kiss her for that,

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I hope you enjoyed the whirlwhind tour.  What city do you want see in a romance novel and why?

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If the book interests you at all, here are the buy links.

Ellora’s Cave:  http://www.ellorascave.com/thirteen-nights.html

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GXDNHNA?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00GXDNHNA&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thirteennights-1370430-340.html

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/thirteen-nights

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18996479-thirteen-nights

Barnes and Noble       http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thirteen-nights-sabrina-garie/1117655855?ean=9781419941764

Thirteen Nights On Tour #romance #myth #paranormal #eroticromance

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Thirteen Nights is going on Tour. Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for organizing a good part of it and to my author peeps for hosting me on some of the dates not covered. Here’s the schedule. Come visit. There will be opportunities to win copies at of the book at various times throughout the tour.

December 16:  The Romance Nook
December 18: Roxanne’s Realm
December 19: Fang-tastic Books
December 20: Pembroke Sinclair 
December 22: Erotica For All
December 23:  Erzabet Bishop
December 23: Nyxx’s Nook
December 30:  Pippa Jay
January 8:   Mythical Books

January 9:  Making my Mark

January 13: Cover Reveals
January 15:  Viki Lyn

Thirteen Nights Starts Its Tour #romance #eroticromance #fantasy #myth

Thirteen Nights, (Divine Temptation, Book 1) is going on Tour.  I’m still finalizing the full schedule, but today come visit me today while I”m being interviewed at Tara Quan’s place, read an excerpt at Darker Temptation or discuss creating cultures with me at the SFR Brigade.  Here are the links.

December 9:  Tara Quan

December 1o:  Darker Temptations and SFR Brigade

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