Latest Paradigm News

Yay!

I know you all have been patiently waiting (or impatiently) for my newest paranormal novel, Paradigm. If you love all things scary, I’ve gone back to my roots, and have a dark, dark tale to share soon.

My strike of all things social media is ending this month. It’s hard to be happy and upbeat when you feel the world is crashing around you.

I think I’ve been away long enough to have built some kind of barrier between myself and the chaos.

I’ve done something very unwise – I started watching Game of Thrones and I’ve begun with episode one (with all of them available)  I’m going to have a set a rule to get my stuff done before they pull me in all the way – and I’m well gone already…

I knew it would happen – but I didn’t listen to me!

In any case…
I DO have something to share with you today.

My publisher, Sapphire Books   (linked so you can sign up for our newsletter and find out WHEN you can get your hands on a copy of Paradigm) Sent me the final cover to share.

I think it’s amazing and I hope you do too! For me, it completely represents Gypsy, our host for the paranormal television series, Paradigm, around which the book is written.

I will have more information available within the next month on the final release.

 

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Bad things happen in the dark…

… Leave the lights on.

 

If you have time, you can leave me a comment below on what you think!

Have an awesome day 🙂

PS – I’m now on episode 5 of GOT…

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Guest Blogging at the 2014 Lesbian Appreciation Event! And giveaway.

Hello!

I’m guest blogging at the 2014 Lesbian Appreciation Event this year.  I was very excited to receive the invitation.

TURNING FEAR INTO PARANORMAL FICTION.  

 

Hit the Link to read it!  I’m also giving away one of my ebooks (of your choice!)  Leave a comment to be entered.

Have an awesome day!

Sometime Yesterday Wins Golden Crown Literary Award for Paranormal Romance

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On June 29th, 2013 – my book, Sometime Yesterday, was up for two Golden Crown Literary Awards. One for Debut Author, and one for Paranormal Romance.

Being a finalist was shocking enough – being included in that amazing group of talented authors was surreal. But to win? OMG.

For those of you that are just now hearing of me, I’d like to tell you a story. On May 3rd 2006, my daughter Dezi passed away. She was three weeks shy of her twenty-fifth birthday.

My daughter loved to write and read my stories. We shared a love of reading. Oftentimes, we would pull out books from our purses and they would be the same one. It was our dream to write a book together.

Sometimes life – and the choices we make – takes us in a completely opposite direction from our dreams.

Sometimes, if you’re very lucky – you get back on track. For me, it was with my angel’s help, that insistent encouragement in my spirit with Dezi’s voice. My baby girl would not leave me be.

Write a book mama. 

She always called me that – with a French accent. The voice got louder and louder as time went by. Then a series of serendipitous events led me to Bold Strokes Books. They were so random, they couldn’t be anything but signs and synchronicity from my daughter.

Sometime Yesterday was a labor of love, and it kept me connected to Dezi. I wanted to write a story about a love that transcended time and death – of how a spirit would wait centuries to be reunited with their soul mate. The Dark Man that keeps them apart, represented so much more than the character. He represented challenges that we faced in our lives – addiction, abuse, broken promises and dreams.

I kept the story as authentic as our relationship was. Because throughout life, as hard as it was sometimes – we always laughed together. Natalie’s coming out story was mine, almost word for word. And it’s one of the scenes that readers tell me they love. How cool is that?

Back to the awards – getting me to sit still for that long, with that much energy in the room, is a feat in and of itself. I was plugged in big time.

I hadn’t planned any words to say – I didn’t expect to win. I only knew that I was honored to be a finalist at all. How on earth did I get here?  To be in attendance with so many wonderful women – authors and readers alike – meant more to me than I can express. The warmth you gave Sandy and I was wonderful. The feeling of belonging in a group of women just like us – was a gift. So, thank you for that. To see my beautiful wife smile and feel a part of, instead of us being the token lesbian couple – was priceless to me.

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That alone was worth the trip.

Sitting in the audience, watching my book come up on the screen with my name, took my breath away. I was already excited for the other authors who had won. The energy in the room, and the Bold Strokes Books table, bumped up incrementally with each announcement, increasing my heartbeat, and made me dizzy.

When I didn’t win an award for debut author, I was still excited for the winners. Truthfully, I was relieved I didn’t have to get up and get on the stage. I had a dream that I fell off it the night before.

When they announced the category of Paranormal Romance, I held my breath. I just wanted it over with so I could clap for the winners. I was honored to be included – but had no real expectation of winning.

Time slowed for split second. In the moment between a breath that I took and when I finally exhaled, I heard it.

 You GOT this mama.

I gasped and elbowed Sandy in the ribs the second I heard Dezi’s voice.

Then I heard my name being called.

Then the applause.

That’s a feeling that cannot be completely described. I’ve never felt anything like it in my life.

Thank you.

I’d like to tell you that I remember what I said, but I was still shaking – it was completely surreal. I know I choked at the microphone, I couldn’t see a thing with the bright lights in front of me, so I looked down.

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I was looking at proof that Angels exist.

That dreams can come true.

And I couldn’t get the words out past the lump in my throat.

I know I thanked my wife first. Being married to an author isn’t always easy, and she understands more than most that when I’m looking out a window, I’m working. When I talk to my characters, she knows I’m not in need of more medication 🙂  She’s awesome.

What I also wanted to say clearly was: Thank you to the Golden Crown Literary Award committee, judges, and my publisher Bold Strokes Books, Radclyffe for giving me chance, Victoria Oldham for believing in me, and Cindy Cresap – for teaching me how to sing the song I wrote.

I’d like to sincerely thank the readers.

Thank you for letting me share something so personal to me. Thank you for seeing into my soul and finding my creation worthy. Thank you for your kind comments, reviews, and emails.

The dedication inside Sometime Yesterday reads:

For Deserae Marie

My beautiful daughter

Who sends me love on the delicate wings of butterflies

 

 

Thank you Dezi.

We did it!

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Love & Devotion – Awesome Bonus Scene – Blog Tour – Day Five

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Hello! Welcome to day five of Jove Belle’s blog tour! Since it’s my very first, I hope I do her justice. If you’ve missed any of the other days on this tour, I have included the links below for your convenience, along with the  link to enter the drawing for special prizes.

I was lucky enough to score a bonus scene from Jove’s book – Love & Devotion.

Cool, right?

I think so! If you’re anything like me, you fall in love with Jove’s characters – I’ll admit that I do.  I loved this book and I read it one sitting. This is why I’m so excited to bring you a bonus scene. And hey, make sure you read all the way to the bottom to enter the drawings for the prizes Jove’s giving away during the tour.

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KC Hall loves her family, her small East Texas town, and her best friend, Emma Reynolds. All of that takes a backseat when her lover beckons. Lonnie is blond, beautiful, and willing. She’s also married and a lifelong friend of KC’s mama.

In the book we see all the events through the eyes of the main character, KC.  What I love about getting bonus scenes from the author is that I get to see the story from another character’s point of view.

In this one, KC’s kick-ass older sister, Kendall, confronts KC’s lover, Lonnie Truvall – AKA: Evil selfish bitch. And really, don’t we all love a good smack-down when someone clearly deserves it?

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BONUS SCENE FROM LOVE & DEVOTION BY JOVE BELLE

Grocery shopping was by far Kendall’s least favorite household chore and she didn’t give a damn what Owen said about there not being enough money in their household budget for them to hire a personal shopper. She knew how many hours she billed. He could damn well make room. She planned to insist on it the next time she got stuck with this chore. After all, that was her compromise. If he didn’t want to pay for the service, then he was responsible for doing the shopping. In exchange, she took out the trash.

So how she ended up at the market on a Sunday afternoon was beyond her. Despite her years in law school, Owen could still out negotiate her every time. She never shared that little tidbit with her clients.

“Where the hell are the olives?” She asked herself, but truthfully if anyone around her felt like answering she would not turn down the advice. “And what kind of olives, for God’s sake?” Was Owen planning to make martinis? Or did he want the kind that the kids wear on their fingers? She finally found the green ones on the top shelf next to the artichokes. The black ones were nowhere to be found. She grabbed the jar and called it good. If wanted the other kind, he could come find them himself.

As she reached for the jar, she bumped into the person in front of her with her cart. “Excuse me.” She said it reflexively without even looking up. At the moment, she cared more about getting the damned olives and getting out of there than anything else.

“Kendall.” Lonnie drew her name out in that slow drawl that sounded more Southern than Texan. It irritated the crap out of her—like just about every other thing about this woman—but Owen assured her it was sexy. Her sister, KC, confirmed it. Why she wasted her time trying to be sexy for Kendall was not something she would ever understand. Although at this point, it might be more a matter of reflex than actual conniving. Kendall didn’t care enough to ask.

“Mrs. Truvall,” Kendall tried to answer blandly, but despite her efforts, she could still hear the judgment dripping from the name. She supposed she was old enough now to justify calling Lonnie by her first name, but she stuck with her surname just to illustrate her point. She was too Goddamned old to be sneaking around with Kendall’s younger sister. Just the thought of Lonnie with KC made her angry enough to spit. If she thought it would help keep them apart, she’d give in to the urge. “I thought you weren’t feeling well.”

Last Kendall had seen her, Lonnie had been headed home on the loving arm of her husband with plans for him to nurse her back to health.

“Yes, well, Glen had to take care of some urgent matter at the store, so I decided to take care of the weekly shopping.” Lonnie spoke plainly for once. Not that she came right out and said the words, but at least she didn’t pretend that Kendall hadn’t caught her with KC just a few hours earlier. If there was one thing she couldn’t abide, it was the assumption that she was stupid. And there was absolutely no mistaking the sounds coming from behind that bedroom door. As much as she didn’t want to know about her baby sister having sex with a woman old enough to be their mother, that’s definitely what was happening when she’d walked up.

“So, you’re feeling better then?” Kendall should just take her things and go. The olives were the last thing on Owen’s ridiculous list. She hated this conversation more than she hated grocery shopping.

Lonnie smiled, slick and knowing. “Yes, thank goodness. It seems that whatever was ailing me has passed.”

Kendall was done playing. This woman thought it was funny. Funny that she’d been caught fucking her best friend’s baby. It was as far from funny as things got. She leaned closer, narrowed her eyes, and spoke in a low, hushed voice. “It ends now or I’ll tell Mamma.” The words came out rushed and Kendall cursed her temper. It was hard to sound intimidating when she tripped all over herself like a first year law student.

Lonnie raised her eyebrow, but looked otherwise unfazed. “You wouldn’t dare. It would destroy your mamma and your sister. You love them both too much to do that.”

Kendall squared her shoulders and channeled Dixie Carter, God rest her soul, a woman who could talk fast and make people tremble because of it. “Don’t underestimate me. Or the rest of my family. We are stronger than you can possibly imagine. And the only person I will destroy in this town is you. I will tear you apart and unveil your licentious ways. Are you ready for your husband to know that you seduced someone half your age? A woman nonetheless. What will your sons say when they learn about it? Their bodies may be in the Middle East defending our country’s interests, but their hearts and souls are still that of proud Texas men. What about your daughter? She’s still in high school, and having a hard time of it from what I hear. How much harder can school get for her, do you think?”

Kendall wasn’t actually threatening Lonnie’s husband and children, especially her daughter, Leann. She wasn’t the kind of woman to purposefully create collateral damage. But it would be foolish to think that they would emerge unscathed if news of KC and Lonnie’s affair hit the local grapevine. Those women were without scruples. They shredded lives and reputations with little thought of the consequences for their careless words. She’d experienced that first hand when KC had come out during high school. She’d do everything she could to shield Leann from that experience, but that didn’t include cowing before this woman in the middle of the damned grocery store.

Lonnie reeled back on her heal as though Kendall had physically slapped her. Truthfully, she wasn’t far from it if this continued for much longer.

“You leave my baby out of this.” She hissed the words between clenched lips.

Kendall had the advantage and it filled her with more arrogance than something this unseemly should. “I imagine my mamma would have said the same thing, given the opportunity.”

Lonnie stood to her full height and moved her cart carefully out of Kendall’s path. “You have a good day now, Kendall.”

She left Kendall standing in the aisle, shaking with indignant anger. It took her a moment to collect herself before she could make her way to the front of the store. She felt more unsettled than she had when the reality of their affair fully hit her. Lonnie knew, she knew – and assumed Kendall was too timid to expose it. Kendall was too pragmatic to go into full on attack mode. The fallout was too far reaching. But that didn’t make her timid. It made her considerate. Whether Lonnie understood it or not, this battle was far from over.

As she unloaded her cart onto the conveyor belt, she thought about the conversation she’d have with Owen when she got home. There was absolutely no doubt about it. Next time he wanted olives, he was getting them himself or she was hiring a service. This was her last trip to the grocery store.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED ANY – CHECK OUT THE OTHER STOPS ON THE TOUR – THEN ENTER THE DRAWING BELOW.

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NOW FOR THE PRIZES – YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM!

ENTER THE AWESOME DRAWING!

Over the course of the tour, Jove will  be giving away the following:

  • Five e-book copies of Love & Devotion (It doesn’t hit print until December, but don’t worry, She’ll be giving away a signed paperback then.)
  • A signed copy of Indelible
  • A signed copy of Split the Aces
  • A signed copy of Edge of Darkness
  • One set of four wine charms with a heart dangler – made by our very own Jove Belle!
  • One set of four wine charms with a cowboy boot dangler (In honor of the fact that Love & Devotion is set in Texas)

Now, entering the drawing isn’t quite as simple as leaving a comment in the space below. Feel free to do that, but know that it’s not entering you into the drawing.

For this, Jove is using a service called rafflecopter. All you have to do is click right there where is says “Click Here to Enter the Drawing” in big blue letters. Go ahead, click it. Then, when you get there, it’ll give you some ways that you can enter to win the prizes. Be sure to click on all the options, because that increases your odds of winning.

Good luck!

CHECK IT OUT – AND CLICK IT 🙂

Click here to enter the drawing

Also, Jove Belle would like a big shout out to Book Enthusiast Promotions for hosting this awesome blog tour!

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Welcome to the current stop on The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

*Cue train whistle*  🙂

Thank you Karis Walsh for tagging me and giving me the opportunity to talk about my new book!

The blog hop’s purpose is to introduce readers to writers that perhaps they haven’t heard of, whether it’s a new release – or a work in progress (WIP). This is week 28.

According to the rules of the hop, I will be answering questions (the same ones for every other blog hopper) about my new release. At the bottom of my post I’ll “tag” two more authors who will do the same thing next week on their blogs Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

Ready?

What is the working title of your book?
The Awakening: Book One in the Sisters of Spirits Trilogy.

 
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Well, I’m putting myself out there, but I have to tell you that I’m addicted to the paranormal shows. It was after watching a whole day of reruns of the show Psychic Kids in the summer of 2011 that planted the seeds. I couldn’t help but relate to the kids who struggled with their gifts. It had me wondering what happened to them when they got older.

 
What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal.

 
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I know that readers get their own pictures of the characters as I do when I read – but in all honesty, I couldn’t think of anyone else but Kate Hudson for Sunny Skye. From there, of course, I had to cast Goldie as Aura. I’m a very visual person, so I like to have a face in front of me as I write. The pictures go up on a bulletin board.

 
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
When spiritualism and skepticism collide – who back down first?

 
What is the longer synopsis of your book?
Sunny Skye, a psychic medium, is the head investigator and founder of Sisters of Spirits, a paranormal society dedicated to helping others understand what they can’t see. She is excellent at finding ghosts but finds it difficult to cope in the real world. When she meets Jordan, she is instantly attracted and completely unnerved by the personal demons she carries around with her.
Street tough Jordan Lawson molded herself into what she thinks an excellent cop should be. She trusts only two things: facts and herself. She believes only in the evil that mankind commits and she certainly doesn’t believe in ghosts, even when confronted by one.

 
Will your book be self-published of represented by an agency?
The Awakening, as well as my first book, Sometime Yesterday, are published by Bold Strokes Books.

 
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft and second draft took about five months to complete for The Awakening.

 
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Well, as I said, I wondered what happened to those psychic kids when they grew up. I was intrigued by the idea of three friends who not only kicked ass in the paranormal department, but that each had their own set of gifts and challenges they brought to the table. The idea of a series was born last year when I was going through edits for Sometime Yesterday.

 
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The characters have very real histories and life events that present themselves in a personal way. I think that it has a little for everyone; some good old fashioned chills, romance, and intrigue. And who could resist sexy ghost hunters? Not me 🙂

 
Now it’s time for me to tag two more authors in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop! Be sure and check them out next Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
Lynn Ames and Rebekah Weatherspoon, both whom are award winning authors, were kind enough to let me pass the torch to them 🙂

 

*Cue train whistle*

Happy New Year – 5/5 Star Review for The Awakening!

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When spiritualism and skepticism collide – who backs down first?
What an awesome way to start the new year!

Awakening of a great paranormal series.
December 31, 2012

By Philologus: Review is from: The Awakening: Book One of the Sisters of the Spirits Trilogy.

“Yvonne Heidt’s debut paranormal novel already was a gifted work, but the first tome of the Sisters of the Spirits (SOS) tops even that. Yvonne creates with Awakening a parallel paranormal universe which is utterly credible and well crafted. Reading the book I had on every page the impression of “substance”, i.e. well developed characters, great secondary characters, great story, great story development, good dialogue, excellent pen-woman-ship, some well-done romance. I loved the interaction between the normal and paranormal realm. And important to me: not scary and no horror. Very well done.
I esp. liked that the ending is not a total cliff-hanger, but though a trilogy this book can be read and appreciated by itself.
Kudos to the author and to the editor for a shipshape book.”

You can read the original review here.

I’m so happy with the early reviews and comments. It means the world to me that I get to do what I love and that people are enjoying what I create. It doesn’t get better than that for me! I appreciate the readers that take the time to let me know that my stories touch and entertain them. Thank you.

The Awakening: Book One in the Sisters of Spirits Trilogy

Available January 15, 2013

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Sunny Skye, a psychic medium, is the head investigator and founder of Sisters of Spirits, a paranormal society dedicated to helping others understand what they can’t see. She is excellent at finding ghosts but finds it difficult to cope in the real world. When she meets Jordan, she is instantly attracted and completely unnerved by the personal demons she carries around with her.

Street tough Jordan Lawson molded herself into what she thinks an excellent cop should be. She trusts only two things: facts and herself. She believes only in the evil that mankind commits and she certainly doesn’t believe in ghosts, even when confronted by one.

When spiritualism and jaded skepticism collide, who backs down first?

2012 Rainbow Awards

I’m incredibly honored that my book, Sometime Yesterday, was mentioned twice in the 2012 Rainbow Awards!

I tied for 3rd in the Debut Author category AND received an Honorable Mention in the Romance catagory.

Thank you so much!

You can find Elisa’s list of winners for the 2012 Rainbow Awards here.

Thanks to Elisa and all the wonderful judges 🙂

12 Days of Giveaways! Head on over to Women and Words to get in on the fun!

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SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE WINNERS. THEY ARE POSTED NEXT TO THE INDIVIDUAL BOOKS. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!

Hey, kids! Welcome to DAY 1 of our festivities here at Women and Words! All of us here are SO excited to do this. Many, many thanks to all the authors and publisher (BSB, we’re looking at you!) who donated books to get in on the fun.

Today’s offerings are listed below, in the order they’ll be given away. So the first name we draw will win Andrea Bramhall’s book, the second will win Carrie Carr’s book, and so on.

To enter today’s drawing, leave a comment on this blog entry. Include your email address at the comment prompt (it won’t be seen publicly). To avoid spam-bots, don’t include your email in the body of your comment. You have until 10 PM EST US (here’s the world clock link) to enter. At…

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