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Black Friday Sale ~ 25% off #AReBlast

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25% off Selected titles, today only

Most of my titles are included in the sale – check them out here.

Some suggestions – how about one of my new box sets?

Middlemarch Shifters, books 1 – 3 box set

Middlemarch Shifters, books 4 – 6 box set

House of the Cat, books 1 – 3 box set

What are you shopping for today?

Interview with author H. J. Lawson #DarkLegends #vampire

 


 H.J. Lawson

Featured Book: New Order

Hello…

Hello, Hayley, welcome. So happy to have you here today, so let’s get started. How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?
I’ve been writing for two and a half years. I had a story in my head and just couldn’t get it out of my head. Since that day I’ve had more ideas everyday.

How did you come up with this storyline? 
I liked the idea of a new twist on a vampire story, one in which the vampires aren’t the really enemy, but the government is. 

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing? 
Best is getting lost in a world, researching new ideas. Worst is all the ideas! I really have too many, I could write a new book every day if I had time.

What inspires you to write?
Readers, I love reading reviews and reading how they enjoyed the adventure that I took them on.

How did you conduct your research for New Order?
I research locations, characters, and vampires. 

What would your friends say is your best quality?
That I never give up.

Are reader reviews important to you?
That’s why writers write, to entertainment readers.

What do you do when you don’t write?
I work as a designer, and in my free time  hang out with family and like watching movies.
Tell us about your other books? I’ve got a fun adventure time travel series, science fiction, thriller, I have a book for everyone.

If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what would it be?
I’m hoping one day my dreams will come true and I will be a full time author living in Spain, enjoying time with my family.

Thank you so much for sharing a little piece of yourself with our readers and fans. We loved having you here today.
Happy reading.
Thank you
Hayley

 

 
H;J. Lawson is an English author who currently resides in New York. When she’s not writing, she spends her time watching movies and hanging out with her family. She is the author of the following young adult books: The War Kids Series and The Sanction Series.

 


 

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Newsletter Contest

Answer one or more of these questions in the comments section to enter the contest.

1. What is your favorite movie to watch at Christmas?

2. If you’re going out to dinner, what sort of restaurant are you most likely to go to and what will you eat?

3. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? What color and style are they?

I thought I’d give you my answers…

My favorite movie to watch at this time of year is Die Hard 1. I love the characters, the action and the Christmas music, and I usually wander around doing quotes from the script for a week after rewatching this movie. *grin* The movie Love Actually comes a close second to Die Hard.

I adore Italian food, and it’s usually easy for me to get something vegetarian at an Italian restaurant. Pasta, pizza, salad. It’s all good!

My favorite shoes are a comfortable pair of black running shoes. I hurt my right ankle earlier this year, and these are the shoes that the physio recommended. He wasn’t wrong.

I’m looking forward to reading your answers. Good luck with the contest.

Shelley

A Visit to the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, England #travel

I’ve always been a big reader. Although I read primarily for entertainment, I learn all sorts of random facts and pieces of trivia. The moment I read historical romances featuring falconry, I was fascinated.

I’ve never mentioned my fascination to anyone, but when we were planning our recent trip to Britain, I decided I’d do some research. I was delighted to discover the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, which not only offered the chance to fly birds but bed and breakfast accommodation too.

The Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre is situated in a beautiful part of the world, in the Exmoor National Park and not far from the small village of Portlock.

Exmoor Bed and Breakfast

According to their website, the some of the buildings date back to medieval times. It was certainly a beautiful spot and very peaceful.

Bedroom at Bed and Breakfast

This was our bedroom, which was very comfortable. The breakfast the next morning was delicious and set us up for the morning of owl and hawk flying.

Hubby and Owl

We were given gauntlets plus a pouch full of chicken wings/legs to feed the birds as a reward when they flew to us. You can tell by Mr. Munro’s expression that he was enthralled with the birds. I was too, and would repeat the experience in a heartbeat. This little fellow was beginning to molt, which is why his feathers look a bit ruffled.

Hubby and Barn Owl

This is a barn owl. He was very pretty, but not very cooperative. Not long after this photo, he flew up into the rafters and refused to return to either of us.

Barn Owl

A close-up. Isn’t he handsome?

Shelley and Hawk

We moved outside and flew this hawk. I thought the birds would be heavy, but it was easy to hold their weight.

The owner of the center answered all our questions, and when he learned we were from New Zealand, he told us about his New Zealand owls. We have only one, commonly called a morepork. Mr Munro and I have seen one when we visited Little Barrier Island, but most New Zealanders have never seen one, although we often hear them call at night. We were allowed to have photos with the morepork or Ruru.

Hubby and Morepork

They’re quite a small owl. I’d call them cute.

Shelley and Morepork

Exmoor Countryside

This is a photo of the narrow country lanes and the beautiful countryside. If you’re ever in the Exmoor area I highly recommend a visit to the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre. It was a holiday highlight, and a true bucket list experience.

Like A Little Humor With Your Romance?

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Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

To celebrate the fall, I’ve teamed up with more than 55 fantastic romantic comedy

authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky

winner!

You can win my novel JANAYA, plus books from authors like Julia Kent, Brenna Aubrey and Katie MacAlister.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here bit.ly/romantic-com

Good luck, and enjoy!

Shelley

Dark Legends: Introducing Prince Jarlath #paranormal #preorder #99c

Prince Jarlath stood at the window of his chamber and stared out at the palace gardens below. Stomping footsteps sounded behind him, and he turned, his brows rising as he saw Ellard Tetsu, his bodyguard. “What’s wrong?”

“Who said there is anything wrong?” Ellard snapped.

“You were stomping,” Jarlath said calmly. “You’re a feline shapeshifter the same as me, and we’re capable of stealth.”

“How can I protect you if you go off with strange groups? You didn’t even ask my opinion.”

“What…oh! You mean the Dark Legend group.”

“Yes, the Dark Legend box set,” Ellard said. “What do you know about the other shifters? They could be assassins sent by the House of Cawdor.”

“Ah, but Shelley recommended them.”

“Bah!” Ellard slashed his hand through the air. “What does she know? She’s only the author.”

Jarlath smiled. “Ah, but Shelley said this will be fun. We’ll meet new people, other shifters. We’ll be able to compare notes. We might even make a list.”

“Really?” Ellard sniffed. “So what happens next?”

“We’re on preorder for 99c.” Jarlath grinned. “Come on. We’re going to a social with the others in the box set. You’ll see. They’re a good bunch. We’ll have fun.”

Meet Jarlath and Ellard in my story Claimed & Seduced, part of the DARK LEGENDS Box Set.

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Recipe: Kiwi Crisps

Last Saturday I made some biscuits (that’s cookies to those of you in the US) and I took them out to my father’s farm on Sunday. Last night, my sister rang.

Sister: I’m sending those biscuits back to you via courier.

Me: Why?

Sister: I’ve eaten three, and I’m not meant to be eating sugar. They’re very moreish.

Me: *laughing* I’m so sorry! I didn’t think.

Sister: It’s only three. I’ll start my diet again tomorrow. Only another 20 kg to go.

My sister has lost a lot of weight already since visiting a dietician. Her new sugar-free diet and increased exercise has made all the difference. I’m so proud of her.

Anyhow, here is the recipe for the troublemaking biscuits – Kiwi Crisps.

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Ingredients:

4 oz butter

2 Tablespoons of castor sugar (2 oz)

2 Tablespoons condensed milk

1 1/2 cups plain white flour (6 oz)

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 oz dark chocolate chopped

Method:

1. Heat the oven to 350 F (175 C)

2. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

3. Add the condensed milk and mix well.

4. Stir in the chocolate.

5. Add the baking powder and the flour and combine well.

6. Line a tray with baking paper.

7. Roll the dough into small balls. Place on tray and flatten slightly with the heel of your hand.

8. Press down with a fork. To keep it from sticking to the dough, I dipped my fork in a cup of warm water.

9. Bake for approx 12 minutes.

10. Cool on the tray for a few minutes, then remove to cool completely.

Shelley’s Notes.

1. I used dark chocolate chips and they worked perfectly.

2. The recipe said to bake for 20 minutes, but in my oven this was way too long. I cooked mine until they turned color slightly because I prefer my cookies crisp, but around 10 – 12 minutes should be okay, depending on your oven.

3. These biscuits have a caramel flavor, thanks to the condensed milk, and sprinkling the biscuits with a hint of flaky salt would give them a salted caramel taste, although I haven’t tried this yet.

As I said, these biscuits are very moreish, and it’s difficult to eat only one. Now, my question for you. Are you able to stop at one biscuit/cookie?