Sunday, December 1, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Tour

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Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour with Jane Lark.
After signing with publisher Harper Impulse, Jane, author of the smash-hit Marlow Intrigues series, has decided to end 2013 with a bang! She’s gathered together some of the industry’s best authors to create one enormous Christmas giveaway.
The huge prize is made up of more than 30 books, a combination of signed paperbacks and eBooks, and two gorgeous book bags. It’s the perfect early Christmas present for any bookworm and all you’ve got to do to win is feast your eyes on the details below and enter via the Rafflecopter . . .
To kick off the prizes, Jane is giving away copies of her much loved The Illicit Love of a Courtesan and its highly anticipated follow-up The Passionate Love of a Rake
 
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Jane's books have been a huge hit with fans, leading to an ever-increasing fan base and comments such as:
"Jane Lark has an amazing talent to draw the reader in from the first page onwards."
- CosmoChickLitan
And to celebrate her upcoming December release of NA novel I Found You, you could also win a unique rucksack.
The book is already causing excitement among readers and looks set to be the must-read NA of 2014.
 
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But that's not all folks! As if Jane's books weren't enough, check out the other amazing books included in the prize pot, you're sure to find one or two of your fav authors getting involved . . .
 
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Entry to Jane Lark's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway extravaganza is easy, just follow the authors on Facebook or Twitter, plus maybe give the comp a shout-out tweet (or two) all via the Rafflecopter below and you're golden. But don't forget to keep your fingers crossed too!
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Please take a moment to read through the giveaway terms and conditions:
This is an international giveaway.
Signed paperbacks are to be sent from the authors themselves. Jane Lark, BestChickLit and/or any authors involved accept no responsibility for delivery failures. The winner must be open to accepting eBooks in any format i.e. Kindle copies and via iTunes voucher, from different sources. In the event of .mobi copies, the winner must have an Amazon Kindle account and be prepared to add selected addresses as approved emails on their Personal Document settings.
Some of the books involved in the giveaway contain adult and sexual content and this should be taken into consideration before reading. Jane Lark, BestChickLit, Harper Impulse and any of the participating authors are free to amend any of the giveaway details at any time.
Good luck!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Free Read: Cat Got Your Tongue?

My romantic suspense novel, Cat Got Your Tongue?, is available on Amazon for FREE this week so if you're keen on a sexy read involving cat burglars, bodyguards, art heists and hot romance, head on over to Amazon and snag your copy!  Happy reading!

Blurb

 A billionaire’s life and art collection are at risk. Who better to help than the daughter of a cat burglar?

 When art collector Cole Anderson is targeted for his priceless Renoir, he reluctantly employs a bodyguard to upgrade his personal security. Imagine his surprise when she arrives—professional, capable, and sporting a ponytail and a gorgeous smile. Alex Foxley is all woman—sexy, feisty, and intimately familiar with the shady workings of the art underworld thanks to her mother’s connections.

 While battling an explosive attraction for each other and thwarting thieves determined to have Cole’s Renoir at any cost, Cole and Alex must work together to protect his life and property—and uncover a secret neither of them knows exists. Will they discover who is behind the deadly conspiracy before it’s too late? Or will passion and lust blind them to what’s right under their noses?
 
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(Offer ends 23/11/13)
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Rae Rivers

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How Nanowrimo inspired me to write The Keepers


November month is Nanowrimo month, an international event where writers support one another as they attempt to write a novel of 50 000 words in one month.
About a year ago, I joined ROSA, our online writing group in South Africa.  They were already on their second week of Nanowrimo and I was warned that the daily emails between members would be a lot.  I wasn’t perturbed at all as up until then I’d been a reclusive writer so it was refreshing to have their support and company.  My newbie author self was completely new to the Nano concept but the daily encouragement and word count swap snagged my attention immediately.
I'm over at the Harper Impulse blog with my story of how Nanowrimo and the support of my author friends inspired me to finish my first book in The Keepers series!
 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Why Do We Write?

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I’ve had my nose buried in books since I was old enough to turn the pages.  Words are my passion and my love for reading eventually developed into a love for writing. 

Now that I’m a published author and discovered what being an author actually involves, my relationship with books has changed.  When I see a book – regardless of whether it captures me or not – I treat it with new found respect because I know what it took to write it.

Although it's a wonderful and exciting experience, the writing process is a tricky one that often sparks the question:  Why write?

Stop by the ROSA blog to read my thoughts on this!


 
Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Excerpt: The Keepers Sienna

Who can resist celebrating Halloween?  It's fun and festive and offers the perfect backdrop for a night spent with vampires, witches, werewolves, skeletons and dozens of other supernaturals.

My witch, Sienna, and her four Keepers would fit right in!

So in light of joining in the fun of Halloween, here's a brief excerpt from The Keepers: Sienna:

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Setting the scene

Sienna and her Keepers are at the town carnival and she's working a shift alone in the school hall converted into a hall of mirrors.




Tunnels of giggling school kids were one thing but darkened corridors filled with nothing but her own images were unnerving.

Sienna strolled through the tunnels, ignoring her reflection as she walked. She’d check the stage one more time before heading out to join her Keepers for a beer. They’d also be finished with their shifts and Sienna looked forward to a lively evening with her friends.

With Archer.

The thought shouldn’t send a flutter of butterflies through her stomach but it did. Repeatedly. Before Sienna could scold herself, the dim lights flickered a few times before going out completely. She froze, wide-eyed, and then blinked as her eyes adjusted to the darkness. The only light was a stream of moonlight that filtered through windows in the roof. A shuffle of feet had her whirling around, her senses prickling in warning.

“Who’s there?” she called, pleased that her voice held no hint of her uneasiness.

In answer, a black cloaked image appeared in the mirror beside her and Sienna took a step backward, a soft gasp escaping before she could stop it. She paused, scanning the tunnel of mirrors for the real version, but confusion reigned; the placement of the mirrors having the desired effect.

“This isn’t funny!” she snapped, hoping like hell that this was some silly teenage prank. The figure disappeared and she exhaled, only to spin around when it appeared again – but this time there were multiple images reflected around her. Trying not to panic, she focused on the face clouded in a hoodie and darkened shadows. It was hard to tell if it was one person or several.

Feeling the rumbling of restless energy inside her, Sienna back-tracked away from him, searching for the person behind the reflections. He edged closer to the strip of moonlight cast across the floor, the movement chasing away some of the shadows on his face.

With a deep growl, he lifted his head. The air whooshed out of her as though he’d struck her. She stared, a flash of paralyzing fear rooting her to the spot.

The face of a skeleton stared back at her. Dark soulless eyes, outlined in thick black smudges, seared into her. A black nose with hollow, black cheeks, and a long jawline of skeletal teeth.

Everything reeled and she screamed, staggering back into the mirror behind her. It fell backward, shattering to the ground with an eerie screech of splintering glass that snapped her attention from the intruder for a split second.

With another low growl, almost a gurgle, he charged forward. Sienna screamed again as the mirrors closed in on her, the appalling face coming at her from all angles.

And then he was gone.

Blurb

A full moon in Rapid Falls.

Sienna Beckham is a powerful witch, and along with her four fiercely protective Keepers, it is her destiny to maintain the balance of nature in this world.

Tonight, it's the town carnival and everyone will be there: Sienna's family, her friends, her protectors. Archer. Laughter and flirtation await. But in a few hours, Sienna's life will have changed forever and her powers stretched to their very limits. For something is lurking in the forest…

Murder. Sorcery. Revenge.

And no one sees it coming.

Find out how it all began…

The FREE PREQUEL to a magical new series, The Keepers.

 
Happy Halloween!

Rae Rivers

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Release! Cat Got Your Tongue?

I'm thrilled to announce that Cat Got Your Tongue? has been released!

A fun, flirty romantic suspense novel filled with art heists, cat burglars, and hot romance! 

 
Blurb

A billionaire’s life and art collection are at risk. Who better to help than the daughter of a cat burglar?   When art collector Cole Anderson is targeted for his priceless Renoir, he reluctantly employs a bodyguard to upgrade his personal security. Imagine his surprise when she arrives—professional, capable, and sporting a ponytail and a gorgeous smile. Alex Foxley is all woman—sexy, feisty, and intimately familiar with the shady workings of the art underworld thanks to her mother’s connections.

While battling an explosive attraction for each other and thwarting thieves determined to have Cole’s Renoir at any cost, Cole and Alex must work together to protect his life and property—and uncover a secret neither of them knows exists. Will they discover who is behind the deadly conspiracy before it’s too late? Or will passion and lust blind them to what’s right under their noses?
 
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My First Sale!

This was the first book I ever sold and holds a special place in my heart as that first sale gave me the confidence I needed to soar as a storyteller, reach out to other authors who have since become friends, and explore the wonderful (and scary!) world of publication.  Shortly after the sale, I came up with the concept of my gorgeous Keepers which snagged me a four book deal with Harper Impulse.

So, thank you to my amazing characters, Cole and Alex, who provided months of fun, The Wild Rose Press for offering that first contract, and to my editor, Laura Kelly, for saying yes and helping me to shape my very first book!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing this with me!
 
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Monday, October 14, 2013

New Release! Revenge in Rio by Samantha Darling

Welcome to the lovely Samantha Darling who has joined me today with her latest book, Revenge in Rio, to chat about her heroine, Daniella.

Blurb

Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…

Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancée, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that's all he intends to do.

Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca's life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.
Luca's flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother's child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?

More about Daniella from Samantha ...

*** CONTAINS SPOILERS ***

 Lately I’ve been asked a fair few questions about Revenge in Rio’s hero, Luca Venancio and don’t get me wrong; I’ve thoroughly enjoyed talking about him. Who wouldn’t, right? He’s make-you-weak-at-the-knees hot, rich, intelligent, did I mention hot….but enough about him. Today I wanted to talk about why I adore the heroine of the story - Daniella Venancio. I feel for Daniella, I really, really do and I’m so glad that she gets her happy ever after. It’s truly well deserved.  

 So, what do I love about her…

·         She has a fun, carefree side if only she’d let her guard is down.

·         She’s always been a fighter.

·         She has a feisty side.

·         She’ll go to any length to protect her baby.

·         She had to endure a LOT of sh*t from her late husband – which could have broken, no, should have broken her, but instead it’s made her stronger.

·         She’s beautiful.

·         She’s intelligent.

·         She’s kind.

·         She never gave up on her love for Luca - She held on to it even when they were apart.   

I hope you love Daniella as much as I do!  Thanks for welcoming me on to your blog today, Rae.
Sam

About Samantha

I live in Essex, not too far from London, with my very understanding husband, our identical twin boys, and two Bedlington Terriers. We're crammed into our rather cozy two-up two-down terrace and we can barely swing a cat, but hey, we love it. I work part-time as a nurse, but when I'm off duty, you will find me either chasing the toddlers around like a headless chicken, head buried in a book, or tapping away at my stories.

I have always loved to read and romance is by far my favourite genre! You can easily escape into such promising worlds, where sexy Alpha males lead the way and strong heroine's often can't help but fall head over heels in love. I adore a Happy Ever After - as I'm sure we all do if we're honest, right?!

Reading and writing go hand in hand and from the day I could read, I enjoyed writing. To put pen to paper and conjure up weird and wonderful little stories was what I thrived on! English was my favourite class at school right throughout to secondary - and I will always be thankful for the teachers who gave me the opportunities to develop and be creative! If I remember rightly, one of my first stories was called 'The Turkey Who Could Talk'...but I'll tell you more about that some other day :-) 
 
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Friday, September 27, 2013

The Keepers: Sienna Excerpt


Excerpt
Lightning struck in the distance and a bolt of light flashed through a gap in the trees, highlighting six approaching men.
Mason’s warriors.

Sienna’s gut twisted and with quick hand movements, she sent lashes of fire their way. Their shouts of surprise ripped through the night and they scattered. Sienna responded with another round of ammunition that seemed to quicken Mason’s movements.
He tied the rope around the cat’s neck and went to the next one with another bag, repeating the movement. “There was an old witch I met recently in New Orleans,” he shouted above the noise, showing her the bag before fastening it to the third cat. “She was a friend of my mother’s and shares our vision for our kind. She gave me these three bags and I’m itching to see if they work.”
Sienna knew immediately what he meant, felt the hitch in her energy the moment the third bag touched the cat’s neck, and fought to maintain the protection spell. Ashwood. She’d never seen the debilitating herb before, but her mother had once mentioned it. Not well known, it bound a witch’s powers if placed in a triangular form around her. That and Rose Thorn were two herbs every witch dreaded.
Mason straightened, dusted off his hands and gave her a wide grin that smacked of triumph. Their gazes met across the retreating flames and she kept her back rigid, her head held high.
“You might temporarily bind my powers, Mason, but you’ve forgotten one thing,” she said with a quiet confidence, even though the circle of fire had begun to wither away.
“And what’s that, love?”
“My Keepers will come for me.”
“They don’t know where you are.”
“They will find me and they will come for me. Always.”
The long line of skeletal teeth drew together as his smile lessened. Without the grin, his tattooed deadpan expression was even more eerie, blurring the lines between the living and the dead. His black eyes settled on her with such intensity that her stomach lurched. “That’s exactly what I’m counting on.”
 
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Release Day for The Keepers: Sienna!

Today I'm hopping with excitement as I celebrate the release of the next book in my Keepers series, The Keepers: Sienna! It's the free prequel to Archer, a shorter read, and was so much fun to write!

 


Blurb
 
A full moon in Rapid Falls.
 
Sienna Beckham is a powerful witch, and along with her four fiercely protective Keepers, it is her destiny to maintain the balance of nature in this world.

Tonight, it's the town carnival and everyone will be there: Sienna's family, her friends, her protectors. Archer.
 
Laughter and flirtation await.
 
But in a few hours, Sienna's life will have changed forever and her powers stretched to their very limits.

For something is lurking in the forest…

Murder. Sorcery. Revenge.
 
And no one sees it coming.
 
Find out how it all began…
 
The FREE PREQUEL to a magical new series, The Keepers.
 
Snag yourself a free copy at the following links:
 

 


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Keepers and Ice Wine


Many people have asked me since the release of my debut novel, The Keepers: Archer, why I chose the wine industry as the backdrop for Rapid Falls and the Bennett Estate.  I've also been asked about the Ice Wine that this town is so renowned for.  So why wine?  And what is Ice Wine?  Check out my guest post on the Harper Impulse blog!
 

Cover Reveal for Seducing Phoebe by Nicole Flockton

Welcoming Nicole Flockton with the cover of her latest book, Seducing Phoebe.   

Blurb

Phoebe Fitzgerald is about to marry a wonderful man—that is until her ex turns up and declares his undying love for her. Confused about her feelings, she calls off her wedding to Marco Petronelli.

Marco knows his offer to wed Phoebe isn’t a love match, but he cares for her and believes the compatibility they share will be enough to sustain their marriage. He is forced to admit his emotions go far deeper when Phoebe calls off the wedding, and now he will do almost anything to make her realize they are meant for each other.

Can he convince Phoebe that their relationship is worth saving? Or will secrets from both their pasts be too much to overcome?

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 Author Info
On her very first school report her teacher said ‘Nicole likes to tell her own stories’.
 
It wasn’t until after the birth of her daughter and after having fun on the community board of eharlequin.com that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
 
The stories she writes are contemporary romances with either a medical setting or in the boardrooms of high powered business. Nicole enjoys taking two characters and creating unique situations for them.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and her two fabulous kids.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Cover Loving Week" for The Keepers!


The covers for the entire Keeper series are complete and I'm so excited to share them with you.  In celebration of them, the "Cover Loving Week" is in full swing - and can you blame me for wanting to enjoy these beautiful covers?  I know they're mine and I'm biased, but I think that the team at Harper Impulse have done a wonderful job!  Love them!
 
Thanks to One More Page, DJ DeSmyter, and Harper Impulse for kick-starting this fun week.  There'll be several lovely bloggers that will be sharing the covers during the next few days as well as interviews and guest posts which I'll post as we go along.  Once again, I'm so grateful for their willingness to help spread the news.  Thank you!

It's a Keeper week so please join me!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rae Rivers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dragonfly Moments with Kathy Bosman

I am so excited to welcome another talented author from South Africa, Kathy Bosman who has joined me today to chat about her book, Dragonfly Moments.  Lovely title, isn't it?

"Today, is stop six of my Dragonfly Moments blog tour and thank you so much to Rae Rivers for having me on her busy blog. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift voucher and 5 bags of swag which contain a few interesting little treats related to my book and its settings. Dragonfly Moments is set in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 I love art. As a kid, I spent hours sketching and then when I reached high school, I started oil painting. My art teacher wanted me to take it after school but I went in a different direction – a detour. I finally found my passion, writing. What was great fun was incorporating my great interest and appreciation for good art into my story. Tessa, my heroine, has just opened up her art gallery. She paints landscapes but sometimes puts people or animals in them. On her gallery wall is her latest painting and it makes her very uncomfortable but she doesn’t know why.

 When Ryan, an old love, walks into her gallery and recognizes himself in the painting almost straight away, feelings for him begin to resurface. She’s in a serious relationship though and wants to marry the man and start a family. Ryan, who has been in love with Tessa all these years apart, has taken the time to study art just to communicate and connect with her. He helps Tessa with her art gallery as it struggles to take off the ground. He’s a good friend and more than that in her heart but she’s very reluctant to give up her promise of a secure future.

 Soon Ryan shows Tessa what her hearts really needs by analyzing one of her paintings. I would love to see that painting one day. I have it in my mind but don’t think I’ve got the patience to paint it.

 Dragonfly Moments is Book 1 of “The Creators” series. I wanted to make a series of books with characters who are creative. Tessa’s an artist and the heroine in Book 2, which is in the process of being written, is a ballet teacher and choreographer."

 Excerpt:

     “You’re making a mistake, Ryan. Coming in here and trying to bring up the past. It’s too late now. I’m committed to Mark and have found a life for myself. You never wanted me then. You loved Annie.”

“I didn’t love her. I loved you. And you promised forever….”

His voice was resigned, and then he winked at her as if to dispel the tension. It did no such thing.

The letter at the back of the sketch had promised she would love him forever, hadn’t it? She had believed she would never love anyone as much as Ryan and that he showed her what true love was.

“You never loved me.” She dropped her gaze onto her lap. “We were just good friends.”

Pushing up her chin to pretend that her heart wasn’t zinging with emotion, she started to walk toward the one wall to adjust a painting. He grabbed her hand. She tried to pull away, but he firmly pulled her close.

Heat and energy radiated off him and his manly scent encompassed her. Even his breath was a sweetness she wanted to drink in. She took in the shape of his face, his mouth which drooped slightly to the left, his skewed jaw line and the prominent cheek bones. His eyebrows were dark and perfectly shaped, and he had such long eyelashes. Yanking her burning hand away, she made sure her back was facing him.

“I was blind to the true treasure. All the time when I was going out with Annie, I really wanted you, but I couldn’t do that to her—dump her for her best friend. I’ve loved you for years, Tess. I’ve been trying to find you. No other woman has measured up, and I’ve had several relationships. And you’ve become so beautiful.”

She faced him, her mouth partially open, devoid of words. He’d loved her? Why didn’t he tell her then before it was too late?

His gaze followed her from head to foot, and heat branded her face while a spark ignited her body.

“But I wasn’t then. You thought I was ugly. You must have because Annie was so beautiful and you never looked at me.”

“I did. Besides the kohl and black clothes, you were adorable, especially in your pajamas.”

Tessa wasn’t usually one to blush easily, but fire lapped up her whole face and neck. “But the way you used to look at Annie. She had the most stunning legs. Long and muscular.”

Ryan smiled. “You have better legs than Annie.”

She pulled back. For a moment, he had her in a trance. Maybe she should leave Mark and pursue this. Jump right in. No, of course not. Who was Ryan now, anyway? She hardly knew him. He could disappear again. Mark cared for her and he was the perfect match to build a family. That’s all she needed.

Author Bio

Kathy loved reading and writing from early childhood, but her dream to write books was put aside until her kids were small, and she had little mental stimulation. The writing became a passion as well as her love for romance. She hasn’t looked back since writing her first romance novel in 2007. She homeschools her three children so in between deciphering algebraic problems for her teenage son (with little success), conducting science experiments, and tackling piles of laundry and dishes, she miraculously finds time to write books and read many others for fun.

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Connect with Kathy Bosman online:

Website and blog: http://www.kathybosman.com

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/KathleenBosman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenLBosman


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Monday, September 9, 2013

Sisters In Love Release Day!


This week is starting off with a release day celebration for Melissa Foster's Sisters In Love, book one in The Snow Sisters Series.  Intrigued?  So am I!
 
Blurb
Danica Snow has always been the smart, practical, and appropriate sister.   As a therapist, she prides herself on making reasonable, conservative choices, even if a bit boring, and as part of the Big Sister Program, she has little time for anything more in her life.
Blake Carter is a player. He never gets bored of conquering women, and with his sexy good looks and successful lifestyle, he has no trouble finding willing participants. When his friend and business partner dies in a tragic accident, he suddenly, desperately, wants to change his ways. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to stop doing what he does best.
When Blake walks into Danica’s office, the attraction between them is white hot, but Danica isn't the type to give into the heat and risk her career. Danica’s desire sets her on a path of self-discovery, where she begins to question every decision she’s ever made. Just this once, Danica wants to indulge in the pleasures of life she’s been so willingly ignoring, but with her Little Sister in turmoil and her biological sister’s promiscuousness weighing heavily on her heart, she isn’t sure it’s the right time to set her desires free.
SISTERS IN LOVE is a light, uplifting work of women's fiction and will resonate with readers who enjoy emotional journeys of the heart with strong heroines and sexy, lovable heroes. Readers of books by Jane Porter and Beth Kendrick will enjoy Danica and Blake's story.
Buy Links
Read an excerpt here.
Follow Book Tour here.
 
Author Info
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Author Links
Twitter: @Melissa_Foster
 
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