Saturday, August 15, 2020

Guest Blog: Kara Leigh Miller!

Hi, Readers! Please help me welcome Kara Leigh Miller, author of Young Adult and adult romance! Today, Kara joins us to talk about the upcoming release of ETERNAL CURSE, the debut novel in her YA paranormal Cursed Series. ETERNAL CURSE comes out September 15th, but you can get a sneak preview right now! Keep reading for more.

1) How did you get started writing?

Boredom. I know that sounds strange, but it’s the truth. I’ve always been an avid reader, and throughout high school and college, I always took as many English classes as I could, but I didn’t really write all that much. It wasn’t until I became a stay-at-home mom with a broken down car and no new reading material that I finally decided to try my hand at writing something of my own. My very first (and very horribly written novel) as a dark New Adult romance with some… interesting suspense elements. LOL.

2) What interests or excites you most about your genre(s)?

The possibilities. I write mostly young adult novels, and that age group has so much potential. They’re on the cusp of adulthood, fumbling their way through high school, and trying to make big decisions that will affect the lives in some pretty significant ways. Throw in a first love or some paranormal elements, and it’s a recipe for lots of drama and angst.

3) Who or what is your favorite inspiration when writing?

Music. I never used to be able to write with music, but now I can’t seem to write without it. I create a playlist full of songs that set the tone for the overall book, and I pop in my earbuds, block out the world around me, and type away 😊 Also, pictures of my characters help, along with images of Dominic Sherwood. Haha.

4) Tell me about your latest book or work in progress.

Eternal Curse is the first of six books of The Cursed Series. It’s a young adult paranormal romance, and my personal homage to Twilight and The Vampire Diaries—two of my favorite vampire stories of all time. Here’s the official blurb:

After pulling the plug on her mother’s life support, seventeen-year-old Chloe Madison moves to live with relatives she hardly knows. Her new hometown in the Adirondack Mountains is barely more than a pinpoint on the map, but it’s shrouded in deadly secrets and strange family legends. Chloe is determined to keep her head down, finish high school, and get the heck out of there. Until she meets the enigmatic Trent Halstead. Something intriguing hides beneath his quiet self-assurance and hero hair. Maybe there’s something—or someone—worth sticking around for after all.

But when a rash of unsolved murders leaves two of Chloe’s classmates dead, she begins to suffer from disturbing hallucinations that build to the horrifying image of Trent as a murderous vampire. With nowhere else to go, she’s stuck in a town she hates, surrounded by people she can’t trust, and she’s pretty sure she’s going to be lunch.

If all that isn’t bad enough, Trent is hiding a lethal secret, besides the whole immortal bloodsucker thing. He’s the not-so-proud owner of an ancient, family curse—no Halstead will ever know true love—and he’s desperate to find a way to break the curse. Could Chloe be the key to his happiness or just another secret Trent wished he never unlocked?


5) Please share with us the first few paragraphs of your latest work.

Am I a murderer? That question had haunted me for the past two weeks. Since the day I killed my mother. It was as simple as signing my name. And now I was signing my life away, too. Moving to a new town to live with people I didn’t know. Fitting punishment for my crime.

Buy ETERNAL CURSE at:

About Kara

Kara Leigh Miller is a full-time wife; stay-at-home mom to 4 kids, 3 pit bulls, and 6 cats; writer, and the Editorial Director at Anaiah Press. When she’s not herding her family, she’s working out, reading, or binge watching Netflix. She's previously published two adult Christian romantic suspense books that are no longer in publication. Though she’s published a young adult Christian romance (Perfectly Imperfect), Eternal Curse is her first foray into the secular young adult market.

Find Kara on the Web

Newsletter: https://eepurl.com/bn1wyD
Website: www.karaleighmillerauthor.com
Blog: www.karaleighmiller.blogspot.com
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kara-Leigh-Miller/e/B009L2V782
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/3352132601
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraLeighMiller
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaraLeighMille1

Instagram:
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

THE FUDGE RIPPLE EFFECT is on sale!


New from Nicki: THE FUDGE RIPPLE EFFECT!

Nicki's newest book, THE FUDGE RIPPLE EFFECT, is now available through your favorite bookstore! Order the eBook for just $1.99 and start your summer off right!

About THE FUDGE RIPPLE EFFECT

Love is unpredictable...but it sure is sweet.

Jax Thatcher loves creating stained glass, but love can't pay the bills. After a disastrous relationship, love lands her back in Narragansett with her overbearing parents and a mountain of I-told-you-so's. Broke and brokenhearted, she's forced to abandon her romantic and artistic dreams. Fortunately for Jax, fate is making waves on her behalf.

Sawyer Hennessey, the handsome owner of a generations-old soda fountain, has been burned in love himself. When an accident shatters the stained-glass transom of his shop's front window, Jax splashes into his quiet life.

Suspicious of their growing feelings, Jax and Sawyer can't resist testing the waters. They have a lot to learn about the ripples people make in each other's lives, and how one little drop might lead to an outpouring of love.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

On Love


Christmas in May?

Yes. This is a very difficult blog post, but one I need and want to share with you. As you know, this has been a very difficult year, and we are all struggling. The hits seem to keep coming, and last week was, for me, the biggest hit of all. My 13-year-old son is in the hospital with serious injuries, during a time where I am afraid to have any of us in a crowd of people. During a time when what I want most is to hold close the people who are most dear to me. He can't have both his parents there, so I am without my boy and also without my husband who must be there with him. It would be easy to feel alone right now.

But I am not. And that is making all the difference.

I am with my mom and stepdad, and I have our dog with me. My husband, who is a nurse, is doing the most amazing job at the hospital, looking out for our son and explaining the complicated medical terms and procedures in a way that will make our boy feel more confident. My job has been to provide supportive videos and pictures from my temporary home base so that our son can see them and smile and know how loved he is. How loved we all are.

And we are, so much.

I know I have friends and family. It is one of those things you kind of know, off the top of your head, but never really get a chance to understand to its full extent until something like this happens. Our friends and family have banded around us so strongly that I can't help but feel the love and healing. It is what gets me through the difficult nights without my boys. It is so strong that it filters through the phone to my husband and son, a beam of light and love that fills our lives.

And it's working. Our son is taking steps forward every day. I am so thankful for every victory, and more so knowing that you all have helped create it.

To our family, thank you for always having our back. To our friends, thank you for your love and for being the family we chose. And to my writer friends? My God, I know I have been writing for a lot of years now, but to see the extent of love from all of you? People I would never have met if I hadn't answered an ad for a writing workshop all those years ago? You will never know how grateful I am to have you in my life for so many reasons, and this is just one more on top of that very amazing, incredible pile of good in my life.

Thank you all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. For helping me help our son. For loving us.

Because I promise you, when 2020 is over, THAT is what I will remember about it. So. Much. Love.

XOXOXO

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Fear Itself / The Fudge Ripple Effect now available for pre-order!

Fear Itself

It's been a difficult 2020 for many of us. My day job is at a pharmacy, so in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, I am faced with equal parts blessing and curse. On one hand, I am fortunate to have a job where I am needed. The virus has put some 22 million Americans to date out of work (not to mention the world numbers), and many are struggling to put food on the table both financially and logistically, given the restrictions on food purchases and days we're allowed to go out.

On the other hand, I'm terrified. The first day the seriousness hit me was the day our children got pulled out of school. I cried on the drive home. I sat on the floor of my kitchen hugging my dog, and cried some more. I didn't want to get out of bed and go to work the next day. I didn't want to get out of bed at all. The entire world is suffering.  We can't fight this virus, and can't run from it.

But.

People with sewing machines are making masks for complete strangers. Others with 3D printers are making face shields. Companies who never turned a hand at the medical industry are making ventilators. Some are sharing food or going out for their at-risk neighbors. Gardeners (including me) are gearing up for the growing season to provide food for family and friends. Still more are trying their hand at canning, cooking and baking and getting their families involved in the process. Artists are sharing their work with the world and helping us ease our worries for a little while. We're turning our attention to each other. We're remembering our connections. This is hope. And we can hang onto that.



The Fudge Ripple Effect on Pre-Order!

I am happy to share the ebook pre-order release of THE FUDGE RIPPLE EFFECT! This short, sweet read is only $1.99 on Amazon, releasing June 15th, but you can pre-order it right now!

ABOUT THE FUDGE RIPPLE EFFECT

Love is unpredictable...but it sure is sweet.

Jax Thatcher loves creating stained glass, but love can't pay the bills. After a disastrous relationship, love lands her back in Narragansett with her overbearing parents and a mountain of I-told-you-so's. Broke and brokenhearted, she's forced to abandon her romantic and artistic dreams. Fortunately for Jax, fate is making waves on her behalf.

Sawyer Hennessey, the handsome owner of a generations-old soda fountain, has been burned in love himself. When an accident shatters the stained-glass transom of his shop's front window, Jax splashes into his quiet life.

Suspicious of their growing feelings, Jax and Sawyer can't resist testing the waters. They have a lot to learn about the ripples people make in each other's lives, and how one little drop might lead to an outpouring of love.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Cover Reveal: The Fudge Ripple Effect!

It's been a trying month at Greenwood House, but I'm thrilled to share the cover for my upcoming short story, THE FUDGE RIPPLE EFFECT! Ta-da!


FUDGE RIPPLE will be released this summer, but you can check out an excerpt right now at this link! It's a short, sweet contemporary romance just right for beach reading.

Jax and Sawyer were such a delightful couple to write. Every once in a while, a pair of characters just seem so right for each other, and they certainly fit the bill. FUDGE RIPPLE will only be available as an eBook, so be sure to check back for links where you can download your own copy.

Until then, Happy Reading, friends!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Bee Cozy: Visiting Liverpool, NY's Golden Bee Bookshop

I've recently become a fan of the Danish art of hygge ("HOO-ga"), a lifestyle that actively practices comfort and contentment. Hygge often involves multiple senses such as touch (soft blankets), taste (good food), and smell (scented candles - or food again!). Hygge isn't limited to practice at home. You can do it at work, with friends, or out and about. That's how I spent this morning at Casey Rose Frank's Golden Bee Bookshop.



Casey's bookshop is the very definition of hygge. It's a visual feast, with books she has handpicked for their beautiful covers and intriguing stories. If you're any kind of book lover, you won't be able to resist browsing the shelves, filling your field of vision with gorgeous, artful covers bearing flowing script, or touching the satiny-smooth book jackets. Casey's shop also offers scented candles, bookmarks, notecards, and artwork, all of which are book-themed.



The Golden Bee Bookshop opened in November 2019. Located in the village of Liverpool, NY, it's conveniently situated right next door to a coffee shop. If you're in Liverpool some morning, you can visit Golden Bee and let Casey know what sort of stories you enjoy. Casey will use her unique superpower of selecting exactly the right kind of book for you. (I know; I've seen that superpower in action twice.) Then take your prize to the coffee shop and read away the morning in perfect contentment over a hot cuppa.

Now that's hygge!


About Golden Bee Bookshop

The Golden Bee Bookshop was dreamed up by writer and life-long-book-lover Casey Rose Frank. Casey grew up in North Syracuse, NY; attended Niagara University, and lived in Chicago and New York City before coming back upstate to settle in Liverpool.

Casey loves recommending books and has read at least fifty percent of the titles available for purchase in the shop. She hand picked the bookish merchandise at Golden Bee, showcasing the talents of creators she met through the "Bookstagram" community on Instagram.

She runs the business with the help of her husband Rob Ringham, and her cat Mia, who likes to help put in book orders from the comfort of the couch.

Visit Golden Bee Bookshop online at https://www.goldenbeebookshop.com/.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Website Updates and News Delivery Changes


Hello, all! It's been a snowy weekend here in Central New York, and I'm using the time to make some tweaks to http://www.nickigreenwood.com. Most notably, the blog is no longer linked from my website. It will now be used solely to deliver news to my readers, and you can subscribe via my website by entering your email address at the top of any page.

I'm also looking at making the email delivery font more readable, so if you find it difficult, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

In the meantime, I'm working on a contemporary romantic short for the Summer 2020 season.  The Fudge Ripple Effect is a sweet read that looks at how we change the lives of others around us. I've had a ball writing it, and I hope you'll have just as much fun reading it for beach season. Here's hoping 2020 brings great things to you and yours!

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Happy Holidays from Nicki Greenwood!



Happy Holidays!

This has been a wonderful year. As a founding member of The Wandering Wordsmiths, I've been all over Central New York this year with fellow local authors, and it's been a fun and rewarding experience. Our last engagement for 2019 is today, December 1st, 10 am-4 pm at the Black Friday Weekend Craft & Vendor Event. We're expecting a big crowd and lots of vendors, so if you're local to Central New York, come on out and enjoy some holiday shopping and free goodies at our table.

I hope you have a safe, happy, and memorable holiday season. Thank you to all my readers for your support, and I hope to offer you more delightful stories in 2020. Happy Reading, and the happiest of holidays!