Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 in Review



2018 was another wonderful year for me. Thank you to all my readers for your continued support. There will be more books in 2019!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Planning for 2019

Today is a statutory holiday here, so there wasn't a lot open--restaurants, theatres, gas stations, and the like. BUT the bookstore was open, likely because they have a Starbucks.

So after getting suggestions from friends, I spent several hours last night looking at the various planners available. I had no idea there were so many different types.



 I decided to go with this simple one I found at the local Chapters bookstore. Not only was it on sale, which is always a plus, it had the weekly layout I wanted. And stickers, too.



I'm going to give it a try and see if I can't get a bit more oganized in 2019.




Monday, December 24, 2018

"Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Happy December 24th!
 
A Visit from St. Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore
 
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
 
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
 
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
 
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
 
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
 
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
 
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
 
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
 
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
 
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
 
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Talking Holiday Traditions over at Delilah Devlin's Blog





We all have holiday traditions. Want to know some of mine? Drop on over to DELILAH DEVLIN'S BLOG.


 
 

 



Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all.

Being a writer is an amazing job, but I wouldn’t be able to do it for a living if it weren’t for all your support. So thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you who has bought one of my books this past year.

Every time you “Like” or share one of my Facebook posts, I appreciate it. When you help spread the word about my books, follow me on my various social media platforms, or leave reviews I’m grateful.

Whatever holiday you celebrate—and even if you don’t celebrate at all—I wish you all much happiness. And may you have a healthy and prosperous New Year!


Friday, December 21, 2018

Over at the Decadent Divas Blog...


 
Happy Solstice! I'm over at the Decadent Divas Blog. Be sure to drop by.
 


Happy Solstice!

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. From here on, the days get longer. Take some time today to stop and simply be. There is so much rushing around during the holiday season that we sometimes don't stop and breathe.




Happy Solstice! Blessed Yule! Welcome Winter!

Monday, December 17, 2018

5 Tips to Help During the Holiday Season

The holidays are here. And while this is a joyous time of year, it’s also filled with stress due to unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves to create the perfect celebration. Here are five simple tips to help you get through the season with your sanity intact.



1. Be realistic. You can’t do it all and trying to do it all just leaves you frazzled. Pick a few traditions that are important to you and your family and shoot for those. You and your family will enjoy the holidays more if you’re not all stressed.

2. Learn to say no. You don’t have to accept every invitation or fulfill everyone’s expectations. Say yes to the things you really want to do and politely decline the rest.

3. Delegate. Put your spouse or significant other and kids to work. They can pitch in with the preparations. Let go of how you would do something and let them do it their way. Too many times we are perfectionists and hold on to control instead of just letting go.



4. Take some alone time. Whether it’s five minutes before everyone else wakes in the morning or a solo walk around the neighborhood after supper. It’s important to be able to stop and take a breath, maybe work in a little exercise while you’re at it.


5. Find some non-holiday activity that reduces stress. Listen to music. Work out. Take a walk. When I’m stressed I read. You might not have much time, but even fifteen or twenty minutes can get you back on an even keel.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday--Discovering Dani

THROWBACK THURSDAY--Discovering Dani.
 
Here are some fun facts:
 
Did you know that Discovering Dani was the first book I ever wrote? It wasn't my first published--that was Annabelle Lee, now published as Uncovering Annabelle.
 
It's the first book in my Jamesville contemporary romance series.
 
It was originally written with the Silhouette Romance line in mind.
 
I wrote it in 1996.
 
I rewrote it many times and finally found a home for it with Samhain Publishing. When Samhain closed it found a home with Entangled Publishing.
 
 
I wrote The Way Home right after, so they were the first two books I ever wrote. Annabelle Lee came after that. So Discovering Dani and The Way Home are "sweeter" in tone than the rest of the series and the rest of my books.
 
Discovering Dani
 
Jamesville, Book 1
 
Dani O'Rourke is no stranger to hard work. She’s been raising her two brothers alone since their parents died and she owns and operates her own business, O’Rourke Cleaning Services. Spending all her time working and looking after her family means she’s never had time for men. And if she was going to look for a relationship, it wouldn’t be with an arrogant and cynical man like Burke.
 
A brush with death has successful businessman Burke questioning his priorities. He’s come to Jamesville for some peace and quiet to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. Catching a woman breaking into his cabin certainly isn’t part of his plan, nor is being attracted to her after her finds out just how wrong he was about her.
 
Burke finds himself caught up in Dani’s family, but is there room in such a gentle woman’s life for a man as hard as him?
 
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Writer Wednesday--Sheryl Nantus and Warrior Nights

Warrior Nights by Sheryl Nantus is up for pre-order!
 
Warrior Nights
Odin's Bastards #2

Liam Wolfson, the professional assassin, is dead. His new persona, Jack Hammerson, lives in a small town in Colorado, happy helping out as many of the townsfolk as he can. It’s his way of working toward some kind of redemption for his sins. Until one night when an amnesiac woman falls into his arms, calling out his old name...

Kara remembers nothing about her previous life, only brief glimpses of an old lover and their time together... but she knows her fate is entwined with Liam's. Then there’s the familiarity with all things Valkyrie and Valhalla. She worries she might be going crazy.

Liam has worked hard to hide all traces of his old life, but Kara rips old wounds open as their old feelings for each other come rushing back. But it's not just Kara who's come to town looking for answers. When mercenaries arrive looking for Liam, he’ll need Kara to remember what she’s capable of if either of them is going to survive...
 
 






Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday Teaser--Drakon's Tear

 
It took every ounce of his self control not to shift and go on a killing rampage. The thought of some unknown man hurting Abigail made him want to roar, to lay waste to the entire city. No, the world.
 
Maybe a bit excessive, but he didn’t care at the moment.
 

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The Gift of Shayla

'Tis the season to read a M/M/F Christmas novella. And only 99-cents!

The Gift of Shayla

One night to indulge their wildest desires…

Adam Lancaster has been in love with Rob McKeith—and attracted to Rob’s wife, Shayla—for years, but he fears their friendship would be over if they knew the truth. So he’s thrilled when his secret fantasy becomes reality and the couple offers him a very special gift: a sensual Christmas Eve in their bedroom…


Buy links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Shayla-N-J-Walters-ebook/dp/B005GFB7N8/
Harlequin: https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781426892233_the-gift-of-shayla.html
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gift-of-shayla-nj-walters/1104327701
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-gift-of-shayla
ibooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-gift-of-shayla/id463745088
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/N_J_Walters_The_Gift_of_Shayla?id=yoleMCy_UjAC

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

KINDLE DAILY DEAL--Drakon Unchained

If you haven’t already bought Drakon Unchained, the fifth book in the Blood of the Drakon series, today is the day. It’s on as a Kindle Daily Deal for only 99-cents. (In most markets.) Be sure to check it out!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FMG4W2W/


Drakon Unchained

Blood of the Drakon, Book 5

Victoria Marshall is living a lie. She works for a member of the Knights of the Dragon, a secret society that traps and uses dragons for their own gain. As a child, she made an unlikely friend—a drakon. He went missing, and she’s spent the past twenty years searching for him. The only thing distracting her from her mission is Luther Henderson, her boss’s new head of security.

Luther is also living a lie. One, if discovered, could lead to a fate worse than death. He’s attracted to Victoria, but can’t fully trust her, doesn’t know if she’s truly innocent or a true member of the Knights. It’s not only his life at stake, but those of the people he loves.

As they’re thrust deeper into the dangerous dealings of the Knights, they each have to share their secrets in order to survive.
 

Talking About Birthday Celebrations over at Delilah Devlin's Blog





I'm talking about birthday celebrations--mine and those of my paranormal characters--over at  DELILAH DEVLIN'S BLOG.

Drop on over and check it out.

 
 

 

Monday, November 26, 2018

New Drakon Book!

Drakon's Tear is out today! I'm so excited for the latest book in my Blood of the Drakon series.


Drakon’s Tear
Blood of the Drakon, Book 6

Dying isn't an option. I've survived a kidnapping, and now I'm on the run from the Knights of the Dragon who want my gift. There's nothing a dragon loves more than treasure. I'm Abigail Owens, and I can sense gemstones. When I find myself drawn to a beautiful stone bracelet at a tiny shop in Moscow, I can't help but have it — even though I can sense it's power. But I didn't realize with this one decision I've just put myself in the middle of a war between the Knights and a Drakon.

I guess I'm just lucky like that.

The only person I trust even a little is Vasili Zima, which is weird since I’m not sure if he wants to kill me or protect me. I'm drawn to him in a way I hadn't thought possible, and he feels the same way, or he wouldn't be risking his life to help me. He's wanted by the bad guys just as much as I am, and staying with me, well, there's a hundred percent chance I'm about to get us both killed. But I will not be going down without a fight.


(Author’s Note: This book is NOT first person point of view.)(Author's Note: This book is NOT first person point of view) (Author's Note: This book is NOT first person point of view)
 
Buy Links:
 
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K6F5WC8/
Entangled: https://entangledpublishing.com/drakon-s-tear.html
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drakons-tear-n-j-walters/1129819271
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drakons-tear/id1441318340
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drakon-s-tear




Thursday, November 22, 2018

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


 
 

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my friends in the USA. I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends and great food. If you're travelling this holiday weekend, stay safe!


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

WOVEN DREAMS IS BACK!

I'm thrilled to announce that Woven Dreams, the third book in the Tapestries series, is available once again. Love the new cover!


Woven Dreams
Tapestries, Book 3

Forever beaten and abused by her cruel brothers, Genita Craddock has only managed to endure it by escaping into the imaginary world of the tapestry she created, one that features her brothers’ sworn enemies, the enigmatic Bakra brothers. But when she learns of her brothers’ plans to marry her off to a ruthlessly and brutal clan, she knows she must flee. Stealing away into the night, she unknowingly stumbles onto Bakra land—and into a world of unimagined pleasure.

Scarred and maimed from a battle with the Craddock brothers, Jarmon Bakra knows chances are slim that he and his twin brother, Garrik, will find a bride. So the two are stunned when they discover a beautiful young woman wandering on their land—especially one so open to their amorous advances. As they indulge her in every imaginable form of sensual bliss, hoping to secure her as their own, they also sense that the woman is harboring a dark secret that could somehow harm them and their family.

As their erotic adventures capture Genita’s heart as well as her body, she’s torn about revealing her true identity, fearful that the brothers will reject her. And when they vow to avenge the wounds inflicted on her, she knows they’ll face a battle more fearsome than any they’ve fought before. But with it would come the opportunity for Jarmon to even the score for his own injuries—and the chance for Genita to finally have the glorious life of love and passion she’s always desired…
 

“N. J. Walters [has an] exceptional talent for writing great stories with memorable characters and erotic encounters. This one is sure to leave you panting in excitement.” —Goodreads

BUY LINKS:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KMKHMV6/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/907285
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/woven-dreams-nj-walters/1100322117
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/woven-dreams-2

Monday, November 12, 2018

Drakon's Tear Pre-order

Drakon’s Tear is now up for pre-order. I posted the major links below, but if you can find the full list on a dropdown menu on the Entangled Publishing page.
 


Drakon’s Tear
Blood of the Drakon, Book 6

Dying isn't an option. I've survived a kidnapping, and now I'm on the run from the Knights of the Dragon who want my gift. There's nothing a dragon loves more than treasure. I'm Abigail Owens, and I can sense gemstones. When I find myself drawn to a beautiful stone bracelet at a tiny shop in Moscow, I can't help but have it — even though I can sense it's power. But I didn't realize with this one decision I've just put myself in the middle of a war between the Knights and a Drakon.

I guess I'm just lucky like that.

The only person I trust even a little is Vasili Zima, which is weird since I’m not sure if he wants to kill me or protect me. I'm drawn to him in a way I hadn't thought possible, and he feels the same way, or he wouldn't be risking his life to help me. He's wanted by the bad guys just as much as I am, and staying with me, well, there's a hundred percent chance I'm about to get us both killed. But I will not be going down without a fight.

(Author’s Note: This book is NOT first person point of view.)


TEASER:

His heart pumped hard in his chest, and his lungs expanded with each breath he took. He met her gaze. “You are mine.”

He waited to see if she would object. He knew times had changed. Women were independent. And while he had no problem with that, even admired it, there was a part of him that was far more primitive.

She belonged to him, and he belonged to her.

“You are mine.” She gave his words back to him, and his dragon, which had been restless for centuries, practically purred. He wanted to be claimed by her. Wanted to belong to someone in this godforsaken world. Needed a reason other than the gaining of knowledge and wealth to occupy his days.

Abigail would give him purpose, a reason to carry on. But mostly, he wanted her love.

“I am,” he told her. He arched one brow and waited.

“I am,” she repeated.

He knew she truly didn’t understand what she was agreeing to, but he didn’t care. He hadn’t felt lonely until he’d met her. Hadn’t understood the depths of his emptiness until she was suddenly here, pouring into every crevice and canyon of his being.

“Abigail.” Such a perfect name for such a perfect creature.
 (Author's Note: This book is NOT first person point of view) (Author's Note: This book is NOT first person point of view) 

Buy Links:

Entangled: https://entangledpublishing.com/drakon-s-tear.html
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drakons-tear-n-j-walters/1129819271
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drakons-tear/id1441318340
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drakon-s-tear

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Lest we forget...

 
 
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
 
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
 
~John McCrae


Friday, November 09, 2018

Weekend Book Club--Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE fan of Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series, so I was so very excited for the release of ARCHANGEL'S PROPHECY.

This book is everything you'd expect and want. It has action, suspense, an intricate storyline, and of course, a love story for the ages. As much as I love the books about Raphael's Seven, I love when the series goes back around to Elena and Raphael.

This was an emotional read and I thoroughly enjoy it...until I got to the end and was left of a huge cliff-hanger. To me, this makes this book more urban fantasy than romance. Now I just have to start counting off the days until the next book is released. I'll be first in line at the bookstore to buy it.


BLURB:

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy…
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

COVER REVEAL--DRAKON'S TEAR



It's time to reveal the cover for Drakon's Tear, the 6th book in the Blood of the Drakon series, releasing on November 26th!



Drakon’s Tear...

 Blood of the Drakon, Book 6


Dying isn't an option. I've survived a kidnapping, and now I'm on the run from the Knights of the Dragon who want my gift. There's nothing a dragon loves more than treasure. I'm Abigail Owens, and I can sense gemstones. When I find myself drawn to a beautiful stone bracelet at a tiny shop in Moscow, I can't help but have it — even though I can sense it's power. But I didn't realize with this one decision I've just put myself in the middle of a war between the Knights and a Drakon.

I guess I'm just lucky like that.

The only person I trust even a little is Vasili Zima, which is weird since I’m not sure if he wants to kill me or protect me. I'm drawn to him in a way I hadn't thought possible, and he feels the same way, or he wouldn't be risking his life to help me. He's wanted by the bad guys just as much as I am, and staying with me, well, there's a hundred percent chance I'm about to get us both killed. But I will not be going down without a fight.

(Author's Note: This book is NOT first person point of view)