Friday, August 31, 2012

Romancing the Hop ~ Lots of Fabulous Prizes on Offer!!!

Welcome to my corner of the Romancing the Hop! It's my first time so please be gentle :-)

To be in with a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post with your email address. You can go to EACH blog in the hop and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

The wonderful Carrie Ann will pick the major prize winners. Good luck! And here are the amazing prizes on offer:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

What do I love about reading paranormal romance? Embracing another world and knowing that, no matter what dangers, hardships and heartache the hero and heroine go through, at the end of the book they are going to end up together and have their happily-ever-after. I am a total sucker for a happily-ever-after! I don't want anyone dying in the final chapter (unless it's the evil villain!!!)

Destined to fall... destined to love

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.
As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

Release date: 4th December 2012
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I'm giving away a copy of my erotic futuristic fantasy e-novella, Touch of the Demon  to one commenter on this post. Just let me know what your fave romance novel, genre or date is!

See below for the list of all the other amazing authors taking part in this blog hop!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amazing Blog Hop! Awesome Prizes!

What is your favorite thing about Romance? Well, we authors are ready to share our romantic tips and favorite romance reads! Starting on Friday and ending on August 31st, over 100 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about romance, reading romance, and dating.
And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 100 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that's not all....
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!
Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

Yep. ALL of that! Whoot! Be sure to come back here on Friday and over the weekend to enjoy some stories and facts about our favorite Romance events and reads and enter to win!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill

Huge congratulations to fellow Historical Hearts author, Tamara Gill, on the release of her time-travel romance, A Stolen Season from Crimson Romance! I've been lucky enough to read an advance copy of this sexy Regency romance and I couldn't put it down!

A Stolen Season by Romance Author Tamara Gill

Here's the blurb to whet your appetite:

Archaeologist Sarah Baxter had a clear directive: travel back to nineteenth century London to retrieve the measuring device she left behind. But her bungled attempt at thievery left an English Earl dead and his brother bent on revenge. Sarah must once again go back in time to find the device and return to her own time before their tragic mistake puts a noose around her neck. Unfortunately, the only way to get close to the device is to befriend the very man who wants her dead.

Eric the new Earl of Earnston was determined to catch the woman who killed his brother, but she’d disappeared without a trace. Twelve months on and there are still no clues to her whereabouts. As luck would have it, he finds a distraction. A new family have arrived in town and Miss Sarah Baxter is a delightful diversion among the stale debutantes in the ton.

Sarah knows it is madness to seduce the man who would want her dead should he know who she was, but the Earl is an alarmingly persistent gentleman. Can Sarah procure the device without her secret being revealed? And what will the Earl do when he finds out the woman he’s in love with is not the woman he thought he knew.

Now available from Crimson Romance

Monday, August 27, 2012

Time Thief - Fabulous Contest with Anna Hackett!



Anna Hackett

Hunted for her ability to steal time, Bay North lives a life on the run. All she wants is to make the crime lord who slaughtered her family pay. But now he’s set the ultimate hunter on her trail and Bay will need all her skills to carry out her revenge and survive.

Ex-Navy SEAL Sean Archer saw his team killed by a time thief in Afghanistan and came back a broken man. He’s made a dark deal with a criminal to hunt down all time thieves and now Sean’s tracked the wily Bay North to Denver where he plans to rid the world of one more dangerous mutation.

But during a shootout, hunter and hunted find themselves depending on each other for survival. Joining forces to exact payback by stealing a priceless treasure, their reluctant alliance shatters both their defenses. Can Bay find the courage to trust? And can Sean convince a woman honed in revenge that she can have more than vengeance, blood and killing?

Read an excerpt

The lovely Anna Hackett is celebrating the release of TIME THIEF, and has a fabulous contest for the launch of her first indie pubbed romance.

Share the cover and blurb of TIME THIEF for the chance to win a $150 Amazon Gift Card. Click here to enter.

How easy is that! Good luck!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Diamonds are Forever - RWA Gold Coast Conference 2012

As promised here are a few photos from the Gold Coast conference last week, with big thanks to Sara Hantz who not only remembered to take her camera but also remembered to use it!! This is the spectacular view from our hotel balcony. Despite August being the middle of winter Down Under the weather was gorgeous for the entire weekend.

It happened to be my birthday on the Saturday so, any chance for a celebration, here I am with Amanda Ashby and our posh pink plastic cups of champagne!

Here I am with fellow Berkley Babe, Kylie Griffin, enjoying another cup of champagne (I lost count how many I had, but this was entirely Sara's fault as she kept topping me up. Therefore, I do believe I only ever had one cup!!!)

With a couple of the lovely Apocalypse girls, Kylie Scott and Tracey O'Hara just before the Awards Dinner on Saturday night.

And here is Fiona Lowe with her RITA award for her Carina Press novel, Boomerang Bride!  She also won the RWAus prestigious R*BY Award for best long romance. Although we caught up briefly at the conference itself, we didn't have a good chat until we both caught the same shuttle back to the Gold Coast airport on Sunday afternoon. I even got to have a hold of the golden RITA at the airport!! She is rather heavy and very beautiful!

Next year the conference is in my home state of Western Australia and I promise to not only take my camera next time (I thought I could get away with just my phone this year - big mistake!!!) I promise to take lots of photos too!!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pretty Zombie Kitteh!

Today I'm over at the Romance Writers of the Apocalypse talking about a dream I had the week before the Apocalypse blog was born. You might hazard a guess as to what my dream was about by the lolcats pic, and you would be.... right!

Let the kitty revolution begin.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gearing Up for the RWA Conference

The Romance Writers of Australia's annual conference, Diamonds are Forever, is being held at the Gold Coast this weekend. And what a fabulous line up of guests we're having, from New York Times Bestselling authors to top editors and agents, both from Australia and the US. I'm flying the red-eye tomorrow night and am looking forward to catching up with everyone!

I'll post photos next week!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Paranormal DownUnder Series

A quick heads up to let you know that this weekend I'm over at Kylie Griffin's blog as part of her The Paranormal DownUnder Series, where she highlights authors who write para romance from Australia and New Zealand.

Find out what compels me to write in the paranormal genre!

(Apart from the scorchingly hot heroes, that is!!!)

A cream donut may (not) be on offer...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fabulous Cover Quotes for ARCHANGEL OF MERCY

I'm delighted to share the absolutely awesome cover quotes we received over the weekend for my debut paranormal romance as Christina Ashcroft! I'm a huge fan of both Kylie Griffin's Light Blade series and Laurie London's Sweetblood series and am completely blown away that they found the time to read the book and give us quotes within the very tight deadline given.

Destined to fall... destined to love...

Here are the endorsements that are going on the cover of Archangel of Mercy.

"In ARCHANGEL OF MERCY, Ashcroft's unique world-building blends several familiar mythologies and draws the reader in with a creative and intriguing plot involving archangels, demons, gods, demi-gods and other extraordinary races. Her characters are fascinating, the story line compelling, the romance scorching – don't be surprised if you find yourself reading this book late into the night!
Paranormal romance fans could very well discover a new angel addiction in Ashcroft's series!"

Kylie Griffin, National Bestselling Author of The Light Blade Series

"I was completely drawn into Christina Ashcroft's scorchingly hot (book) and couldn't put it down. With its sizzlingly hot archangels, richly imagined world, and truly despicable villains, Archangel Of Mercy would appeal to readers who enjoy Nalini Singh and JR Ward. Dark, gritty and erotic. I loved it!"

~ Laurie London, author of the Sweetblood series 

Monday, August 06, 2012

Secrets & Snippets

There has been much excitement in the Ashcroft camp over the weekend, and I hope to spill the beans later this week!!! To give you a clue - it has something to do with cover endorsements for Archangel of Mercy *happy squee!*

I also decided it was about time I set up a newsletter for Christina Ashcroft. I'll be using the same one as I do for Christina Phillips so that no one misses out on any news. I'll be posting exclusive snippets and hold subscriber only contests as the release dates for my books approach. Look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Sharing the Cover Love

In 1811 getting off the streets of London was a very good thing. So why does Charlotte Raven keep going back?

I thought I'd share some cover love today and first up is this truly breathtaking one from fellow West Australian historical author, Michelle Diener, for her November 2012 release, The Emperor's Conspiracy.

 There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a demon leader seeks to unify the races…

And look at this stunning cover for the third book in Kylie Griffin's Light Blade series. Gorgeous! Allegiance Sworn is out on 2nd April 2013.

An ancient darkness has risen from the ashes . . . and terror has been loosed upon an unsuspecting world.

And finally today how about this striking cover for Sin's Dark Cares? This is the third book in Tracey O'Hara's Dark Brethren series and it hit the shelves on Tuesday!