Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Subject of Fear


Not long ago, I created some teasers from my books around the word fear and as a result, I realized how often it actually comes up in my writing. Should it worry me? Stress me out? No, I find it fascinating.

Fear - it can save your life or it can also paralyze you. Fear is a basic instinct in all of us. To claim you are fearless is to fool yourself into thinking you are braver than you are. When, in truth, bravery is not about living without fear, but to face those fears and handle them the best you can. To voice a concern about fear is not weakness or shameful. It’s simply a way of dealing with it, or taking that first step to confront it. Courage is a key ingredient to facing your fears. Again, it takes courage to give voice to your fears. To open yourself to others takes a lot of courage, especially if you are already fearful.

The real culprit or enemy of the soul and body is stress. Stress is feeling like you are stuck and thinking or believing you need to be somewhere else. Like being stuck in traffic. There’s nothing you can do about it, but you’re angry and frustrated because you need to get somewhere else or you’ll be late. Or it’s about being where you are in your career, finances, education, etc., but thinking or believing you should be further ahead. That is insanity. That is stress. 

When you face your fears, you demolish stress. But you can’t face your fears until the time comes, or an opportunity presents itself. There’s no point in confronting your fears ahead of time since the situation that scares you most may never even come to pass. Sometimes the best course of action is inaction. Be still. It’s harder than you think.

Maria Bernard

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Rock Romance Everywhere!


Summer means music fests - and what better way to rock your world than rockstar romance.
Try these amazing authors and their stories to heat up your reading.
Drummers, singers, bassists, oh my...

The Legend of Arturo King - L.B. Dunbar >>

Vintage Volume One - Lisa Suzanne >>

First Chance - A.L. Wood >>

HITS (Hidden In The Stars) - Sadie Grubor >>

Detour - Kacey Shea >>

Breaking Faith - Joy Eileen >>

Flowers on the Wall - Mary J. Williams >>

Chasing Kade - Anna Paige >>

Forever My Girl - Heidi McLaughlin >>

Torn Between Two - Mia Kayla >>

Someone to Watch Over Me - Anne Berkeley >>

Falling Down - Anne Mercier >>

Her Forbidden Rockstar - Sarah Robinson >>

Night Shifts Black - Alyson Santos >>

Serenading the Shadows - Jodie Larson >>

Jag, Rush, Roxy, Stone (Pandemic Sorrow Series) - Stevie J. Cole >>

The Back-Up Series Box Set - A.M. Madden >>

Ryker - Joanne Schwehm >>

Dangerous Hearts (A Stolen Melody Duet, Part I) - K.K. Allen >>

Just an Illusion - Side A - D. Kelly >>

Irresistible Refrain - Michelle Mankin >>

Broken Melody - Jennifer Miller >> 

Gravity- Lauren Runow >>

Ready For Flynn, Part1 - K.L. Shandwick >>

Rock Stars Don’t Like Big Knickers - Nikki Ashton >>

Bring Me You - Ryleigh Andrews >>

REVELRY - Carmen Jenner >>

Bassist With Benefits - Jenna Galicki >>

Dream Crush, LA Summer - Maria Bernard >>

Wounded - Abby Brooks >>

Stoned - Mandi Beck >>

Love Sex Music - Michelle A. Valentine >>

My Contribution is Dream Crush, LA Summer - Maria Bernard >>

You'll meet the members of Dream Crush, reunite with the Stick Shift Lips, and see Jay Sharp (Southern Jackass) in 'action' right where it all started, LA's infamous Sunset Strip.

Dream Crush can and should be enjoyed as a Stand Alone Read as well as a part of the SSL Rockstar Series!

For more on the Stick Shift Lips Series go to

Saturday, 1 July 2017

☆ Dollar Sale ☆

☆.•°*°•.☆ Dollar Sale ☆.•°*°•.☆

Don’t miss this huge Smashwords Summer Book Sale!
Grab these three titles for only $1 each!

Available ebook formats:  mobi for #Kindle, epub for #iBooks, #Nook, #Kobo

Wherever Girl by Maria Bernard
Surf and Sun Rockstar Romance (Stand Alone)
• Having nothing left, Sara flies away and lands in the arms of a charming songwriter.

The Balcony by Maria Bernard
Rockstar Romance with a Paranormal Twist. (Stand Alone)
• Two matchmaking lost souls endeavour to save a third from throwing it all away.

House of Goths by Maria Bernard
Not Your Average Fraternity House
• Refusing to languish in a dorm, Becky finds a home with four unlikely fraternity brothers.


Plus many, many more books on offer!