Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tantalizing Tidbits Blog Tour - Guest Post by Ceci Giltenan

One of the great gifts of being an author is finding oneself in the company of other people who are chasing the same dream. Over time, one can’t help but learn a few things. Perhaps the most fundamental truth amongst our kind is that authors write.

They write a lot. They have fanciful ideas with which they fill files and notebooks. Even when authors find a genre they love and at which they are successful, they often try new things—just because. Sometimes these flights of ideas give birth to short stories which get savored and tucked away but often never see the light of day.

This is a collection of those short stories from an eclectic mix of styles and genres. They range from ultra-short but spine tingling, to meatier tales that are nearly novellas. The reader will find comedy, tragedy, fantasy, werewolves and even a ghost. Of course there is romance, it is bread and butter for many of us. The romance ranges from sweet, new love to steamy, flush-inducing erotic stories.  

There is love and life and death.

In a word, this book is a smorgasbord; an opportunity to try a bit of everything. So, we have presented it as a menu. The first section, “Appetizers” contains small samples of a variety of genres. “Main Courses” are longer, meatier works, and finally, “Desserts” contain short, delicious stories, many romantic or funny, one is even erotic.

In the spirit of the smorgasbord, authors have shared recipes which accompany each story—some fitting, some funny, some simply old favorites.

We hope you find a few tidbits you enjoy.

Cover Artist: Zak James Design

A collection of short stories written by bestselling authors, representing an eclectic mix of styles and genres. In a word, this book is a smorgasbord; an opportunity to try a bit of everything. 

In the spirit of the smorgasbord, the collection is presented as a menu and authors have shared recipes which accompany each story—some fitting, some funny, some simply old favorites. 

Ranging from ultra-short but spine tingling, to meatier tales that are nearly novellas there is a little something for every appetite including comedy, tragedy, fantasy, werewolves, at least one ghost, life, death, and of course love. 

Dig in. We hope you find at least one tidbit you enjoy.

The Motorcycle by Tarah Scott 
Paranormal fiction | 3074 words 

No man can ever fully master memory. But maybe, just maybe, he can learn to live with it. Even be glad for it. Even if that means reaching across space, time...and the grave. 

Ida and the Nor’easter by Victoria Barbour  
Contemporary fiction | 8014 words 

Is there such a thing as a curse? With a storm looming on the horizon, 98-year-old Ida Walsh fears a repeat of the terrible events of her childhood. Will her indomitable wit and resilience be enough to save the day? 

Gardens by Stephanie Joyce Cole  
Literary fiction | 4225 words 

Anne begins to question the rigid limitations of her new marriage as she spies on a mysterious neighbor. 

One Who Waits by John Robin  
Epic Fantasy | 6538 words
Contains moderate violence 

Al'a will die at his father's hands, unless he can master a forbidden magic. 
Al'a Solaris, born into the Sun Priesthood, only wanted to prove his worth to his father when he delved into forbidden magic. Now, he must die at his father's hands, to restore honor to his bloodline. But the blade his father wields is also his final hope -- if only Al’a can discover its secret and master the fire within. 

The Hole by Ted Grosch  
Literary fiction 

Just exactly why is Bernie digging that hole? 

The Spirit Bottle by Ted Grosch  
Literary fiction 

A bushman's duty is his legacy for the tribe. 

The Summons by Ria Cantrell  
Paranormal romance | 5477 words
Contains mildly explicit sexual scenes 

A magical journey where love knows no boundaries, the Summons combines romantic and ethereal love in a mystical setting. 

The Seventh Sister by Sue-Ellen Welfonder  
Paranormal romance | 12,439 words 

A story of love, legend, and magic 
Down-on-her-luck American artist Maggie Gleason returns to Ireland, hoping to put old hurts behind her. Instead, revisiting the fishing village that enchanted her twelve years before only reopens wounds – until the unexpected appearance of roguish pub owner Conall Flanagan proves that the Ancient Isle is a magical place where anything can happen and true love always stands the test of time. 

Falling in Time by Sue-Ellen Welfonder 
Time travel romance | 11,090 words 

When love calls across the ages… 

Aspiring writer Lindy Lovejoy knows all about happy endings. But when she travels to Scotland to research Celtic myth and lore, she never expected a chance to live her own storybook romance, until a stop at mystical Smoo Cave whisks her back in time and into the arms of Rogan MacGraith, a Highland hero who’d burn up the pages of the steamiest Scottish romance novel. 

Clouds Across the Moon by Kathryn Lynn Davis  
Historical Women’s Fiction | 17,151 words 

In the 19th century Scottish Highlands, young Morna struggles with new motherhood, her child’s illness, and her inability to compete with her husband's idealized vision of her. Will she have faith in the magic of her dreams, and thus find the strength to save her child’s life--and her own--as she begins to recognize the truth and depth of the woman she really is?” 

The Lady’s Portrait by Kate Robbins  
Contemporary Romance | 17,332 words
Contains mild to moderate sexually explicit scenes 

When Gillian Beaton meets the captivating Ciaran MacLeod, she’s immediately attracted, but is she ready to trust again? Have her demons followed her to Scotland and can new love grow out of old heartbreak? 

His Harlot by Natasha Blackthorne  
Historical Erotic Romance  | 23,018 words
*Contains extremely explicit sexual scenes that some readers may find offensive* 

Late one night, in the midst of a summer’s hot spell, Thomas spies Rosalind in the woods, clad only in her shift, dancing in the moonlight. It’s really more than a man celibate for three years can bear. Thomas is in danger of falling into a sin so powerful it threatens to challenge everything he thinks he knows about himself and life… 

Sneak Peek at Highland Legacy: King Arthur Strikes Back by Mary McCall  
Medieval Highland Romance | 12,494 word 

Michael wed Christina when he was nine and she was three, then promptly went about his life and tried to forget about her. Now the pair must unite to thwart the Beast, return the Power of God that was stolen by their ancestors, and save the world in an epic battle between the forces of good and evil. 
*Please note, this is NOT a short story, it is an extended preview of Mary’s next novel, book III in her Sisters by Choice series due for release soon. It is a taste of things to come and while it does not end on a cliff-hanger, it is not a complete story.* 

Onyx by H.D. Smith  
Paranormal fiction | 7099 words 
Contains mild violence and a frustrating lack of S’mores 

For those that like it short and sweet 

Madison Monroe thinks she has everything in life figured out, until one ill-fated camping trip has her running for her life through the woods being chased by two wolves—both eager to claim her. 

The Life She Had Before by Brenda Margriet
Contemporary Romance | 5429 words 

A woman is torn between bitter revenge and the sweetness of a second chance. 

Hi. My Name is Harold by Kimberly K. Comeau
Humor | 3778 words 

Is there light at the bottom of an empty peanut butter jar? 

For Harold, giving up peanuts for medical reasons means the end of life's greatest pleasure…until his wife introduces him to all-natural peanut butter. But his addictive personality isn't satisfied with an occasional indulgence. 

The Jewel of Grim Fortress by Victoria Zac  
Paranormal historical romance | 7105 words 

Eradicating wayward supernaturals has its consequences. 
The hereafter may be closer than Carson Kincaid thinks when he is charged to discover what ails Laird Maclean’s mind. Can Kincaid conquer his inner demons while battling the armies of evil? 
Paisley Shaw, a powerful druid, has endured her share of hardened times starting the moment Laird Maclean stormed into her life. Now, she must find a way to stop him from taking her powers before it’s too late. 

Beautiful Storm by KyAnn Waters  
Erotic romance | 7073 words
*Contains extremely explicit sexual scenes that some readers may find offensive* 

Adrian Beck lost everything, including his passion for designing beautiful buildings, after 9/11. 
Isabelle Clemet, of Clemet Hotels, is ready to rebuild after Katrina. She wants the Adrian. 
Can an erotic late-night encounter on a secluded beach help a lonely architect rediscover his lost passion? 

When a Rose Blooms by Tarah Scott  
Historical romance | 4353 words 

On the anniversary eve of his wife's death, Nathaniel kneels at her grave asking questions he fears were answered the night she died. Despite cold solitude, desire flares when he learns the woman who now haunts his dreams awaits him in the great hall. By morning’s light, she will meet him on the battlefield he has built around himself, and force him to choose between the living and the dead 

Sorry for Your Trouble by Ceci Giltenan  
Vignette | 1913 words 

Ceci shares poignant but sometimes funny memories of the first funeral she attended in Ireland. 

The Personal Ad by Ceci Giltenan  
Contemporary sweet romance | 4211 words 

Always the best friend and never the leading lady, will Nina find love when she answers a quirky, sweet personal ad?


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