Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Different Kind Of Christmas Story

•°°•☆ A Dream For Winter •°°•



Sage is a mystery even unto himself. The world doesn't understand him, and that's just fine with him. Carlie dreams of Christmas trees, and she misses holiday traditions. On her own for the first time, she dreads the long and lonely nights of winter. When their contrasting worlds collide, they find in each other what they lack on their own... acceptance, passion, and love.

Carlie...
Who is he and where does he come from? What's his story, and what's with all the black? He hides in corners and makes no eye contact. He slinks in the shadows, with no place to go. He doesn't think I see him, but I always do. I don't feel quite so alone when he follows me home.

Sage...
The world is dreary and my cold heart is weary. Reasons for living are far and few. Much of my world has died and gone. Only blackness and rage live on. My sole purpose is my music. My guitar, my only friend. This world doesn't understand me. I don't belong. Until the girl with the red mittens came along.

Excerpt:
“Wow, I’m really sorry to hear that,” she said, standing back from the department store window. “I suppose that’s why you don’t like Christmas?”
“I hate everything about it,” he said, making his way over to the fifth and final window. “It’s all just a gimmick, hyped up by department stores like this one. It’s hands down, one of the greatest marketing scams ever.”
“I don’t know about that,” she said with a despondent sigh.
“Think about it,” he said, shaking his head at the gaudy display. “The whole event is designed to make you want things, to make you feel guilty unless you buy all these useless material goods that you really don’t need. It feeds off of people’s insecurities.”
“I still love it,” she said, walking past him toward the burlap wrapped Christmas trees.
“Do you?” he asked, watching her remove her mitten and run her fingers along the pine needles. “How do you feel about not being able to afford one of these trees? Do you feel good about that?”
“No, but I feel hopeful that one day I may be able to afford one,” she said with conviction.
“You just don’t get it, do you?” he asked, looking into her big brown eyes. “It’s all just a big lie.”
“Why are you trying to destroy something that means so much to me?” she asked with an involuntary quiver to her lips. “Why would you want to take Christmas away from me?”

AMAZON READER REVIEW
5.0 out of 5 stars 
YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!
on August 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

WOW!! I devoured this story in one sitting! Carlie, a young woman living on her own, has a neighbor from hell. Sage, a handsome and eccentric young man, lives with the neighbor from hell but Carlie has never met him. Both are bullied incessantly by the guy but in Sage's case the bullying becomes physical. Every day Sage sits in the coffee shop where Carlie works; it is his safe haven from his violent roommate. Carlie is intrigued by his eccentric goth appearance and wonders about him. One night she hears strange noises outside her door......shuffling and then scratching on her door. Frightened she doesn't open her door but then she hears a male voice whisper "Miss.....can I please have a refill?" Carlie gasps in shock and thus begins one of the sweetest romances I have ever read! Please PURCHASE and read this story. The whole series is awesome....thanks Maria Bernard!



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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Book of the Month


Bleed Out Your Heart

Marly runs for her life. Amongst strangers, she finds sanctuary and Gray Forrester, singer-songwriting healer of souls.


Bleed Out Your Heart by Maria Bernard
These Bones Rockstar Romance Series, Book 3

Synopsis When stripped of your soul, bleed out your heart.

Marly Michaels has it all, popularity, good looks, a promising future, and the perfect relationship or so it seems. In reality, that perfect relationship is a living nightmare. With a methodical stripping away of her confidence, her volatile ex-fiancΓ© nearly succeeds in destroying her. She has tried to escape numerous times, but in the end, he always finds her.

In one last desperate attempt at freedom, Marly turns to her long lost childhood friend Carla for help. She and her eccentric friends welcome Marly into their circle with open arms. In the company of Goths, a segment of society shrouded in mystery and speculation, Marly finally finds sanctuary and Gray Forrester.

Gray is the mesmerizing singer for the local band, These Bones. He is a man of many talents, including the ability to heal a wounded spirit. Inexplicably drawn to the sadness in Marly’s eyes, he is compelled to help restore her soul. To do so, he must remain emotionally detached. Not an easy task for the gregarious Goth.


Excerpt: © Bleed Out Your Heart

“What about you, specifically?” Marly asked. “What do you like about being Goth?”

“Ah, now that’s a very nice question,” Gray said, looking well pleased. Here was someone who genuinely wanted to listen to him talk, unlike most of his friends who usually rolled their eyes at him. “I love it all. The clothing, the makeup, the music scene, I love the darkness, the mystery, the culture… Dare I go on?”




• These Bones • White Knights Dressed In Black • Fear Us Not •
This steamy romantic series follows the adventures of four members of These Bones band. You will meet struggling artist and bass player Falquen Forrester, his fraternal twin the gregarious singer Gray Forrester, the impossibly handsome lead guitar player Darien River, and last but definitely not least the soft-spoken drummer Jesse Rain.

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In this classic tale of opposites attract, we meet Janie Drago and Falquen Forrester. Falquen is a moody Goth bassist, and struggling painter. He lives alone in his downtown art studio above an art supply shop. Janie is a fresh out of college, watercolorist, hoping to dive into Toronto’s art circuit and make a name for herself. What happens when fate brings two polar opposites together?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

πŸŒΉπŸ’›πŸŒΉ • Belonging • House of Goths 2 • πŸŒΉπŸ’›πŸŒΉ

 πŸ’› Now on Wattpad πŸ’› 



Starring Gwen Mathewson and Crispin Clover

"Sometimes one must leave to find oneself."

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English Literature is Gwen Mathewson’s passion. She lives vicariously through her favourite Victorian novels. She dreams of travelling to England, the source of her obsession and has the whole trip planned on a detailed itinerary kept close at hand. The trouble is, she suffers from extreme anxiety. Gwen wants to chase her dreams but is trapped by her crushing fear of the unknown.

When a stunning man resembling her Victorian literary heroes enters the shop where she works, Gwen feels an instant connection. She can’t keep her heart from racing. He, on the other hand, has eyes only for her itinerary.

Crispin Clover is a tortured singer who desperately needs to get away from his clingy bandmates. But he doesn’t have a plan. When he discovers Gwen’s detailed itinerary, he makes her an offer she can't refuse. Little does Crispin realize his soul searching getaway is about to get hijacked.

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Friday, 28 October 2016

Binge read all six at your own pace!

πŸŽΈπŸ’‹πŸŽΈ First in Series is FREE • Go on, get hooked! πŸŽΈπŸ’‹πŸŽΈ


Hand in Glove • Sound Shelter • Sweet Reprieve • Reluctant Hero 
Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance by Maria Bernard 🎸

First in Series is #FREE • Go on, get hooked! πŸ’‹

Hand in Glove, Sound Shelter, Sweet Reprieve and Reluctant Hero concentrate on each of the band members and their significant other in a sexy, sweet & memorable romantic adventure.

There are four books in this series, plus two spinoffs that can be enjoyed as part of the series or as stand-alone reads. The Stick Shift Lips series follows the exploits of an up-and-coming Chicago based indie band.

Dream Crush & A Dream For Winter are spinoffs of the original series and can be enjoyed as part of the series or as stand-alone reads.

Complete Series available for Binge Reading! πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š

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The Stick Shift Lips are my absolute favorite fictional band.
I fell in love these characters!
I fell in love with Ashton, Nick, Chris and even Jamie.
Right from the beginning I loved Chloe, she sweet, sensitive, loving with a hint of fire.
Loved it! The characters are wonderful. READ THIS SERIES....this, the first, was totally worth it!
I’ve read every book in the series. Love them. If you were a teen in the 80's you will relate to every one of these books. Fun read, all of them!


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Monday, 24 October 2016

Dream Crush gets a new look!


.•°*°•.☆ Cover Reveal .•°*°•.


Dream Crush - A Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance

Rollercoaster rockstar romance on the Sunset Strip!

Jet Crozier is a hot rock and roll dreamer who is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. Jet and his badass bandmates Jack, and Paul are all about hitting the big time on the infamous Sunset Boulevard rock scene. 

Recent college grad Sofia DaSilva has led a sheltered life. She's as green as green can be. On her first real vacation away from home with her fearless best friend Janine, she's excited to be free. She is looking forward to stargazing, shopping and taking in the sights. She doesn't mind tagging along with Janine, her sexy buddy Jet, and his crew of rowdy headbangers.

On the way to the airport, Janine drops out at the last minute, thrusting Sofia into the awaiting arms of Jet and his intimidating band of rockers. Now, what? Does she stay or does she go? Chances are, she'll never get this opportunity again. Little does she know, this was all a part of a dreamer's scheme.



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Monday, 10 October 2016

House of Goths by Maria Bernard
New Adult • College • Rock Star Romance
Not Your Average Fraternity House. πŸŽΈ



 Caution: Highly Addictive Content 
Fall in love with Becky and her unlikely fraternity brothers!


Becky Sparks refuses to spend her college years in a cold, lonely dorm. Bassist Kelley Keele is a gorgeous Goth with a dark past. He resides at what he and his bandmates, Crispin, and Dorian, refer to as the House of Goths. Thrown together by fate, Becky forms an instant bond with Kell. Desperate for a home, she shows up unannounced on his front porch, suitcase in hand. Do they take her in or turn her away?


House of Goths Excerpt:
On the drive over to the college bar where they were playing that night, Becky couldn’t help but be super excited. The guys all looked so hot. They were handsome devils on a regular day, but tonight they looked incredible. Not only did they look awesome, they smelled yummy too, all wrapped up into an intoxicating blend of warm leather and black liquorice.


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 I freakin Love This Book!!!
 AWWWWW! Love, love, love!
 Oh my, I can't put this story out of hand. I love it!

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Book of the Month

༻ A Dream for Winter 

Drawn together by a mutual threat, two lonely souls find solace in each other's company.



Carlie...
Who is he and where does he come from? What's his story, and what's with all the black? He hides in corners and makes no eye contact. He slinks in the shadows, with no place to go. He doesn't think I see him, but I always do. I don't feel quite so alone when he follows me home.

Sage...
The world is dreary and my cold heart is weary. Reasons for living are far and few. Much of my world has died and gone. Only blackness and rage live on. My sole purpose is my music. My guitar, my only friend. This world doesn't understand me. I don't belong. Until the girl with the red mittens came along.

Sage is a mystery even to himself. The world doesn't understand him, and that's just fine as far as he's concerned.

Carlie dreams of Christmas trees and family dinners. On her own for the first time, she dreads the long and lonely nights of winter. When their contrasting worlds collide, they find in each other what they lack on their own... acceptance, passion, and love.


What happens when the bullied get bullied too far? How far would you go to protect the girl of your dreams? Would you risk your life for her?

"This book can break your heart. We all know about bullying but to really get inside the fear filled mind of one who is getting bullied is a place I never want to be. Again." - Reader Quote


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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Rockstar Romance Blitz!



It’s Rocktoberfest, Baby!


We’re celebrating our 2nd annual Rockstar Romance Blitz!

Check it out! 14 Rock Star Romance Titles.
Each book is just .99 (or FREE) for 3 days only!
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House of Goths • 99cents! • Reg. $3.99 


House of Goths • 99cents! •

New Adult • College • Rock Star Romance
Not Your Average Fraternity House
House of Goths by Maria Bernard

Becky Sparks refuses to spend her college years in a cold, lonely dorm. Bassist Kelley Keele is a gorgeous Goth with a dark past. He resides at what he and his bandmates, Crispin, and Dorian, refer to as the House of Goths. Thrown together by fate, Becky forms an instant bond with Kell. Desperate for a home, she shows up unannounced on his front porch, suitcase in hand. Do they take her in or turn her away?

Caution: Highly Addictive Content

Quotes from Readers πŸ“š
Great book!!!! Absolutely loved it!
This is absolute pure 100% gold. I love this book!
I freakin Love This Book!!!
AWWWWW! Love, love, love!
Oh my, I can't put this story out of hand. I love it!
Is it wrong of me to be crushing on both Crispin and Kell at the same time?
I love this book, a series would be great.
Crispin seems to be my favorite character for some reason.
I love how the Goths interact with Becky-hot and sweet - happy the book is coming out so I can binge read!!!



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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Rockstar Romance Blitz & Giveaway!

It's RockToberFest, Baby! πŸŽƒ πŸΊπŸ’€





🎸 πŸ“š  πŸŽΈ Celebrate with #99c or #Free #RockStarRomance Novels  πŸŽΈ  πŸ“š πŸŽΈ


Check it out! 14 Rock Star Romance Titles.
PLUS enter to win a $50, or a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

With Participating Authors:

Lashell Collins
Maria Bernard
Demelza Carlton
Jade C. Jamison 
Author Kacey Hamford
Jennifer L. Allen, Author
Toni Kenyon
Lisa Gillis
Bella Jeanisse
Jenna Galicki - Author
Marisa Oldham - Author of Love Stories
Lindy S. Hudis - Erotica Author
Sadie Grubor
Lyrica Creed



Monday, 26 September 2016

πŸŽΈπŸ“šπŸŽΈ 99 Cent Sale πŸŽΈπŸ“šπŸŽΈ


House of Goths by Maria Bernard
New Adult • College • Rock Star Romance
Not Your Average Fraternity House. 🎸

Now only 99c • Promo ends Oct. 3 • Reg. 3.99 πŸ“š

Caution: Highly Addictive Content
Some relationships are simply inexplicable.



3 #Goths, 1 #Steampunk, 1 lonely Girl...

• It's about hope, trust, kindness, and faith in humanity.

Synopsis: All Becky wants is a nice place to live…
Becky Sparks refuses to spend her college years in a cold, lonely dorm. Bassist Kelley Keele is a gorgeous Goth with a dark past. He resides at what he and his bandmates, Crispin, and Dorian, refer to as the House of Goths. Thrown together by fate, Becky forms an instant bond with Kell. Desperate for a home, she shows up unannounced on his front porch, suitcase in hand. Do they take her in or turn her away?

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I freakin Love This Book!!!
AWWWWW! Love, love, love!
Oh my, I can't put this story out of hand. I love it!

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