Cover Reveal Uriel’s Fall by Loralie Hall #urbanfantasy #demons #angels

I have Loralie Hall on my blog today with a cover reveal!

When I first released Uriel’s Fall (Ubiquity #1), I was absolutely in love with the cover. Enough so that I kept the same theme going with Izrafel’s Acceptance (Ubiquity #1.5). The thing is, I still love the original covers. But in talking to fans, I’ve realized they don’t give the impression I want for this series.

So all of the books are getting a makeover. These are still the same urban fantasy books. Demons, angels, and the eternal struggle between heaven and hell going corporate. But now they’ve got a little bit of a different feeling to them.

So, if you’re ready for the new look, it’s just below…

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Uriel’s Fall

Blurb

What’s a corporate demon to do, when the voice in her head is devouring her sanity from the inside out, and the hosts of heaven and hell would rather see her destroyed than surrender a power no one should possess?

Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she’s a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity’s secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits?

She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damned voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss weren’t a complete control freak.

As she searches for solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer’s descent from heaven. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she’s absolutely going on final written warning.

Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, while stopping the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of retrieval analysis at Ubiquity.

Almost

Buy Uriel’s Fall

Uriel’s Fall is already available from all major ebook retailers, so if you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, you can snag one today
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L3WESHU
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/uriels-fall-loralie-hall/1119720777?ean=2940046001648
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/uriels-fall-ubiquity-book-1/id888043741?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/uriel-s-fall-ubiquity-book-1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/446644

Find Loralie Hall Online
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoralieHall
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aszreal
Blog: http://blog.apathyshero.com
Website: http://urielsfall.com

About Loralie Hall

LoralieHallLoralie Hall is a full time corporate geek and a fuller time writer. Her spouse is her muse and their cats are very much their children. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re making the world more good by vanquishing one fictional evil at a time.

 

My Sexy Saturday – Midnight Proposal #historical #romance

I haven’t participated in My Sexy Saturday for a while. I’ve actually taken a little break from writing to recharge my batteries. Now that I’m feeling creative again I have lots of stories going at once.  For those of you who are following my Moonlight Romance series I am finding Boyd to be a difficult character. He is good in business but shy around the ladies. So I’ve put Midnight Seduction on hold and started writing Midnight Proposal. It is technically book 1.5 in the series as it takes place after the first book. Emma’s socialite friend Nanette Dimshire is about to find love again!

Here is a 7 sentence snippet:

No man had made her heart flutter again until Roger. The black steward on the steamer the Aurora was a little younger than her and the gentlest soul she’d ever met.

And he would be here in a matter of hours.

She walked back into her house and picked up the bouquet of pink rose off her dining room table, carrying the vase up the stairs to her room. Setting the vase on her nightstand she lit an oil lamp and then carefully pulled out a rose, so as not prick herself, and plucked the yellow petals spreading them on her bed. After she had torn all the roses she began talking off her layers of clothing. Roger would get a surprise this evening.

I encourage you to hop over to the My Sexy Saturday website and see the other author’s participating in this week’s hop!

Word of the Week: #Vampire – #Writing

It is getting close to Halloween. The word for this week is Vampire.

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Etymology courtesy of http://www.etymonline.com/.

vampire (n.) Look up vampire at Dictionary.comspectral being in a human body who maintains semblance of life by leaving the grave at night to suck the warm blood of the living as they sleep, 1734, from French vampire (18c.) or German Vampir (1732, in an account of Hungarian vampires), from Hungarian vampir, from Old Church Slavonic opiri (cognates: Serbian vampir, Bulgarian vapir, Ukrainian uper), said by Slavic linguist Franc Miklošič to be ultimtely from Kazan Tatar ubyr “witch,” but Max Vasmer, an expert in this linguistic area, finds that phonetically doubtful. An Eastern European creature popularized in English by late 19c. gothic novels, however there are scattered English accounts of night-walking, blood-gorged, plague-spreading undead corpses from as far back as 1196. Figurative sense of “person who preys on others” is from 1741. Applied 1774 by French biologist Buffon to a species of South American blood-sucking bat.

Word of the Week – Punch #writing

This week’s word of the week is Punch.

It just occurred to me that last week’s installment for Word of the Week was slam. I promise you I’m not trying to be violent, lol.

Once again thank you to http://www.etymonline.com/.

punch (n.3) Look up punch at Dictionary.com“a quick blow with the fist,” by 1570s, probably from punch (v.). In early use also of blows with the foot or jabs with a staff or club. Originally especially of blows that sink in to some degree (“… whom he unmercifully bruises and batters from head to foot: here a slap in the chaps, there a black eye, now a punch in the stomach, and then a kick on the breech,” “Monthly Review,” 1763). Figurative sense of “forceful, vigorous quality” is recorded from 1911. To beat (someone) to the punch in the figurative sense is from 1915, a metaphor from boxing (attested by 1913). Punch line (also punch-line) is from 1915 (originally in popular-song writing); punch-drunk is from 1915 (alternative form slug-nutty is from 1933).

punch (v.) Look up punch at Dictionary.com“to thrust, push; jostle;” also, “prod, to drive (cattle, etc.) by poking and prodding,” late 14c., from Old French ponchonner “to punch, prick, stamp,” from ponchon “pointed tool, piercing weapon” (see punch(n.1)). Meaning “to pierce, emboss with a tool” is from early 15c.; meaning “to stab, puncture” is from mid-15c. To punch a ticket, etc., is from mid-15c. To punch the clock “record one’s arrival at or departure from the workplace using an automated timing device” is from 1900. Related: Punched; punching.

Specialized sense “to hit with the fist” first recorded 1520s. Compare Latin pugnare “to fight with the fists,” from a root meaning “to pierce, sting.” In English this was probably influenced by punish; “punch” or “punsch” for “punish” is found in documents from 14c.-15c.:

To punch (someone) out “beat up” is from 1971.

punch (n.2) Look up punch at Dictionary.comtype of mixed drink, 1630s, traditionally since 17c. said to derive from Hindi panch “five,” in reference to the number of original ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, spice), from Sanskrit panchan-s, frompancha “five”

 

New Feature: Word of the Week #writing

I’m going to try to add a new feature to my blog and it is called Word of the Week. On Mondays I will post a word with the historical etymology. I am constantly researching words for my historical stories, and it is often surprising to find out how old some words really are and where they came from.

In case you haven’t heard of this website before http://www.etymonline.com/ is amazing!

I remember in elementary school some of our spelling words came from misspelled words in our homework. This is kind of the same thing. If I learn of a word’s etymology from my research I want to pass it on to you.

This week’s word is slam.

slam (n.1) Look up slam at Dictionary.com1670s, “a severe blow,” probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Norwegian slamre, Swedish slemma “to slam, bang”) of imitative origin. Meaning “a violent closing of a door” is from 1817. Meaning “an insult, put-down” is from 1884. Slam-bang recorded by 1806 (also slap-bang, 1785). Slam-dunk is from 1976; early use often in reference to Julius Erving. Slam-dance is attested by 1987 (slam by itself in this sense is recorded from 1983).

slam (v.) Look up slam at Dictionary.com1690s, “to beat, slap;” 1775 as “to shut with force,” from slam (n.1). Meaning “throw or push with force” is from 1870. Meaning “say uncomplimentary things about” is from 1916. Related: Slammed; slamming.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Get Your Spook on! #books #giveaway

Depositphotos_21735321_originalIt is October and time to get ready for Halloween! I already have a pumpkin and little scarecrow sitting in my window. I’m also participating inn a Halloween Scavenger hunt. It is really simple to participate here are the details.

For those of you who like dealing with spooky, why not join us and do something kooky. From October 6th through the 23rd, over 30 authors are hosting a Halloween Scavenger Hunt.  Participants visit each site to find a Halloween graphic.  The more sites you visit, the more chances to win. There are over 60 prizes, multiple winners each day. On October 6th, visit Sloan McBride’s blog where you get all the information, including links to the authors’ pages, and a link to a sheet to type all the answers. It should be wicked fun!  See you there.

 

Get Midnight Caller #FREE on #Amazon – Sept. 29-Oct. 1 #histrom

I’ve been trying to check daily and have just noticed that Midnight Caller has been price matched to free on Amazon. If you have been waiting to download your free copy to your Kindle now is your chance.

I was shocked to find that Midnight Caller is already #8 in African American romance in the US and #1 in the UK. If you download a copy you’ll be helping me out and maybe it will climb even higher/stay on the charts longer! Still not sure you want to try the Moonlight Romance series? You can also check out all the 5* reviews on Amazon. :)

Blurb:

midnightcallerLife without love is painful, but in 1865 forbidden fruit can be deadly. When a wealthy widow decides to enjoy her new-found freedom, she puts more than her reputation on the line. An unwanted suitor means to have her, or no one will. From sizzling sex to life-threatening danger, the intrigue will keep you turning the pages of Midnight Caller, Haley Whitehall’s sizzling new romance.

When Emma Bennett’s husband dies in a carriage accident in 1865, she is released from her loveless, controlling marriage. Now she has a chance to find happiness and raise a family. But before she begins courting again she wants to experience her freedom. At the advice of the leading socialite in town, she takes a black lover to fulfill her sexual needs. His raw, masculine power awakens feelings she didn’t know existed. After the first touch she craves more.

Frederick works as a roustabout by day and moonlights as a prostitute. He knows better than to fall in love with his white client, but Emma enchants him the first time he calls on her. To keep them both safe, he works hard to put up barriers. Unfortunately, he can’t protect Emma from the slimy Mr. Hawthorne, who wants her as his bride. Frederick vows to keep her safe even if his forbidden love costs him his life.

 

Free Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Caller-Moonlight-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B00EHHLD2G/

Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Caller-Moonlight-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B00EHHLD2G/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_3

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/midnight-caller/id687555277?mt=11