A FREE eBook and a NEW RELEASE! Healer is here.

Hello, hello!

Today I’m bringing you a free ebook, and one new release. I’m so thrilled Healer is now here. This is Belle and Nicolas’s story, which took me on an incredibly adventurous journey back to the world of Magio.

At the moment I’m celebrating the re-release of this entire Young Adult / New Adult Fantasy Romance series with all new covers, and I’ve made sure that Book #1 is FREE! That’s right, you can download a FREE book within this adventurous Princesses of Myth series today.

Reviewer at Endless Reading ~ HOLY FREAKING AMAZE-BALLS! When I started reading Protector I instantly fell in love. The passion between Faith & Davio is so overwhelming. They make the perfect soul-bound mates. I absolutely fell in love with this book and would recommend this entire series to anyone.


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PROTECTOR, Book #1, Standalone Novel.

This five-book series is filled with adventure, fantasy, and romance. Across worlds, soul-bound mates battle against both love and land…

Available at: Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Also Available at: Nook | iBooks | Kobo


 

WARRIOR, Book #2, Standalone Novel.

Sink your teeth into this spell-binding second book in this hot YA/NA series.

Available at: Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Also available at: Nook | iBooks | Kobo


 


ENCHANTER, Book #3, Standalone Novel.

Each book in this series is standalone, but you don’t want to miss this one. Magic and mayhem ensue in this riveting story that crosses worlds.

Available at: Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Also available at: Nook | iBooks | Kobo


~ NEW RELEASE ~

 

HEALER, Book #4, Standalone Novel.

There are two kings, a fierce battle, and a warrior she wants.

Available at: Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Also available at: Nook | iBooks | Kobo

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More about, HEALER: A new release.

To love and protect…across worlds.

War rages on planet Magio, where soul-bonds are forbidden between the people of Peacio and Dralion, yet within a high-ranking inner circle, those illicit bonds exist and teeter perilously on the edge of discovery.

Twenty-year-old Peacian empath Belle Benner has been waiting two years for her soul-bound mate to claim her and when she finally meets him, she discovers he’s the last person she ever expected him to be. Her mate is a warrior healer from within the enemy’s ranks, a man she must release if she wishes to accept the greatest challenge she’ll ever undertake, that of bringing their world’s warring to an end.

Dralion warrior healer Nicolas Vegara will do whatever it takes to keep the war between the nations of Peacio and Dralion from escalating. If he must give up his forbidden soul-bound mate, he will. If dangerous lies must be told to safeguard her, he’ll utter them, and if he must lay down his life for those he’s called to protect, then he’ll do so.

It’s time for the battle of two warring nations to come to a head. Can this young mated pair bring together two battling kings to resolve their issues…and find love along the way for themselves?

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FOR HEALER:

“C’mon, Belle. Let’s get you inside and I’ll call Nicolas to come up.” Faith steered me back inside her room then returned to the palace balcony and hands cupped to her mouth, called over the railing, “Nicolas, are you free?”

“I am now. I’m on my way.” He stepped away from Killian then a mere moment later, he shimmered in on the balcony, wrapped his arms around Faith and chuckling, planted a noisy kiss on her cheek. A wolf whistle and a hoot echoed up from below and Faith’s cheeks went red.

I backed up a little farther into her room.

Nicolas caught my movement, lifted his chin and cast me a look through the open doors.

“Hey.” I lifted a wobbly hand.

“You’re her.” Still looking at me, he growled low to Faith, “Why did you bring her here?”

“I had a vision and saw that the two of you needed to talk. Ask Belle all about it. I’m going to leave you two alone so you can chat.” She patted his back then shimmered and disappeared.

Oh boy. I hadn’t wanted to talk to Nicolas on my own. I should have told Faith to remain so she could help me get through this first meeting. “I, ah…” My tongue got stuck.

“You have a dimple each side of your mouth and a mole above your left eyebrow.” With his intense blue gaze drilling into me, he stepped through the doors, his belted sword swaying at his side. “I saw you on Earth last week with Faith and Silvie before one of the others in your group ’ported you away. Faith told me back then that you’re a protector and an empath, one in the know about hers and Davio Loveria’s bond, just as I am too.”

“That’s right, and you’re Nicolas, her healer and knight in shining armor.” I dragged in a deep breath and let it slowly back out. “That was meant as a compliment, in case it didn’t quite come out that way.”


~ GIVEAWAY~

 


Happy Reading!

~ Joanne

Free Read! Grab Your Free Copy of Protector While You Can.

FREE BOOK – An adventure-filled read

Hi everyone. This morning I discovered my publisher has placed one of my books for FREE. Protector is book one in my YA/NA fantasy romance series where across worlds, soul-bound mates battle against both love and land. There’s a prince, a princess, and swords. If you’d like to grab your Free copy, please do. I’d love it if you also shared the news. Available at all e-retailers.

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I hope you enjoy the read.
~ Joanne

 

ON SALE – Limited Time #99c – PROTECTOR

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I just heard this news today. PROTECTOR is on sale for a limited time. This is the enthralling first book in the Magio-Earth series.

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BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / Kensington Publishing iTunes / Kobo

 

PROTECTOR’s award winning trailer–>

Book Trailer:

PROTECTOR ~ Magio-Earth Series Book One ~ New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?

Yay! Here's the Cover Reveal for ENCHANTER, Magio-Earth Book Three. Releasing Soon.

I’ve been waiting eagerly to show you this cover.

ENCHANTER

Magio-Earth Book Three

Coming May 5th, 2014

With Kensington Books, Lyrical Press Imprint.

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ENCHANTER

To love and protect…across worlds.

On planet Magio war rages between Peacio’s protectors and Dralion’s warriors. Friendships and soul-bonds are forbidden, yet deadly secrets lurk within a high-ranking inner circle.

Eighteen-year-old Peacian Silvie Carver’s worst problem is completing finals until her best friend receives forewarning that Silvie is the key to keeping her enemy king from making a decision that will escalate the war. Silvie must save her loved ones’ soul-bonds from being torn apart, and all without revealing her emerging and rare fire skill during the mission.

Dralion warrior and enchanter, Guy Moyer, has been fighting his soul’s demand to find his mated one…who also happens to be his enemy. Except Silvie shows up on Dralion’s off-world Australian Outback station and though they renounce their bond, his soul demands he aid and protect her.

When Silvie finds herself impersonating a warrior, she’s pulled to the fiery edge of her control as she seeks to influence the king’s decision. Can the mated pair turn the tide of the war and find their place with each other?

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In ENCHANTER, the heroine Silvie, is Faith’s best friend and the sister of Hope’s soul-mate. Silvie featured regularly in book one and two, and I couldn’t wait to write her story. I knew exactly what I’d be putting her through, and that she’d be more than ready for every challenge I threw at her. Silvie learns she is not only mated to a warrior enchanter, but holds the most deadly of the battle skills.

I also have some fabulous news for fans of this series. I’ve been waiting for Protector and Warrior to re-release with Kensington Books/Lyrical Press Imprint. After two months, the first two books in this series have hit the market again. Here are the covers, and below the buy links. If you haven’t had a chance to try out this series, give it a go. This is fast-paced adventure, and all packed with sweet romance that has you gunning for these characters to work things out. Each book is stand-alone, so start anywhere you like.

Feel free to click the picture for the AMAZON buy link. The KOBO buy link is also below. (PS: These books will be available wherever ebooks are sold, including B&N and iTunes, but will take another 7 days to show.)

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Witness Pursuit has also re-released with Kensington Books/Lyrical Press Imprint, and the same applies as above.

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~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CASTLE (Highlander Heat #1) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE (Highlander Heat Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy HUNTER (Magio-Earth Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

These books below are available on Amazon, but will be up on B&N, iTunes and Kobo within the next 7-10 days.

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT (Bodyguards #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Magio-Earth #2) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy PROTECTOR (Magio-Earth #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Thanks for joining me. Take care this week. :)

Prizes and 4th of July "When Sparks Fly Blog Hop" Is Here

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Happy 4th of July America!

I’m here to celebrate this day with you even though I’m a Kiwi from New Zealand. I checked out exactly what Independence Day means to Americans and discovered the 4th of July 1776, was the day history was made as the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. I love that you celebrate this day with parades, shows, games, sports, bonfires, bells and all sorts of other whistles. And the 4th of July is right in the middle of your summer months. Wow. The perfect time to do so.

Although, with it being the middle of winter Down Under, I’m trying to ignore the rain, sleet and snow, and visualize a summer’s day so I can really get into that festive mood.

Hmm, I’ve almost got it.

Nope.

Let me just crank up the heater a little bit more.

No, still not working.

I’ll just shut the curtains so I can’t see the frost covering the ground.

Yep, done. 🙂 I’m there.

Happy 4th of July everyone! Have loads of fun. And to continue the celebrations, if you leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS you can go into the draw for a chance to win an ebook copy of PROTECTOR. Simply let me know what you’re doing this 4th of July since I’ve never celebrated one before. 🙂 Also, the winner will be chosen on July 9th 2013, and I’ll contact you via email to organise your prize.

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To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?

BUY THE BOOK: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Lyrical Press / iTunes / Kobo

Keep hopping–You can find the complete list of participating authors right HERE.

Also, and only if you wish to, please consider “liking” my Facebook author page. For your convenience the link is just over on the right-hand sidebar. 🙂

If you’d like to add Protector to your TBR list, here’s the link for Goodreads. Or it’s on the sidebar as well.

And for those keen on checking out Protector’s trailer on YouTube, it’s just below–>

Book Trailer:

Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful day.

PRIZES + GIVEAWAY, and Lucky In Love Blog Hop is Here

Lucky in Love

Are you LUCKY IN LOVE? We romance writers love to bring our characters into a new world of love and romance. There’s nothing quite like having our heroine meet her hero in a chance encounter, then tossing in all sorts of issues to see if she’ll turn the moment into something more.

I’d love to hear if you’re lucky in love? Did you meet your hero by chance? Or are you still looking out for that one moment when he’ll arrive? Perhaps you’re a romance writer and you dream of turning your heroine’s lucky moment into the best one ever? Hey, and maybe you’re even one of those heroes who grabbed that chance and ran with it? because guys, I haven’t forgotten about you.

Flex those muscles, and if you leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS you can go into the draw for a chance to win an ebook copy of PROTECTOR. The winner will be drawn using Random.org on 19th March 2013, and I’ll contact you by email to organise your prize.

But that’s not all… Your comment also drops you into the grand prize draw of the hop (prizes are featured below–and they are amazzzing), so make sure you don’t miss out. It just takes one comment on this post WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS to get you into BOTH DRAWS. 🙂

protector (3)PROTECTOR

To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?

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BUY THE BOOK: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Lyrical Press / iTunes / Kobo

And for those keen on checking out Protector’s trailer, here it is.

Book Trailer:

NOW WHAT ARE THOSE PRIZES?

We have TWO grand prizes. Almost 300 authors are sharing Lucky In Love themed blogs, and you as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter almost 300 times!

1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (International)

and 2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US Only)

Keep hopping–You can find the complete list of participating authors right HERE.

Also, and only if you wish to, please consider “liking” my Facebook author page. For your convenience the link is just over on the right-hand sidebar. 🙂

If you’d like to add Protector to your TBR list, here’s the link for Goodreads. Or it’s on the sidebar as well.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

How To Instantly Improve Your Writing — Three Quick Tips

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LOL. Yeah, that’s one very creative knitter. 🙂

Hey everyone,

I can’t think of anything better than the following three quick tips which I’m never without as I write. At times it’s about heading back to the basics, and making sure the foundation of our work is steady and good. So, get ready. Here are three precious little gems to instantly improve your writing.

  • SENTENCE LENGTH

Oh yeah. When writing we can get so carried away with getting our words out, that our sentence length drags. My favorite thing, is to read my sentences out loud, particularly when a paragraph doesn’t look quite right. Try it. If you do, you’ll soon find yourself chopping long sentences right down.

There are so many benefits to this. Did you realize shorter sentences ensure the pace of your book picks up?  Were you aware your reader becomes more heavily engaged when that occurs? It makes total sense, right? Shorter sentences allow for a quicker pace, and as a writer that’s one of our goals, to ensure our reader keeps turning those pages.

  • TELLING AS COMPARED TO SHOWING

This can be an issue, and one we’re not even aware of. What to learn is, don’t tell your reader what your character is thinking, but show them with physical reactions. Even add more dialogue if necessary to accomplish this.

Here’s a short but sweet example of moving a sentence from telling to showing. To set the scene, the hero has lost consciousness after a hit to the head. He now awakens.

  • TELLING:
  • “I’ve been out for twenty minutes?” Confusion took him.
  • SHOWING:
  • “I’ve been out for twenty minutes?” He scrubbed a hand over his head, wincing as he struck a lump. “Did someone hit me?”

Switching to showing is about finding those words of emotion, and as you see above with the word “confusion,” nipping it out and showing with something else.

  • OVERUSE OF ADVERBS AND ADJECTIVES

Never forget you want your reader to be immersed in your story. You don’t want them thinking too hard by the “overuse” of adverbs and adjectives. What do I mean by this? Here’s another sweet little example.

  •  OVERUSE. Can you spot the “unnecessary” adverb or adjective in the following sentence?
  • Jack stepped away, quietly propping his back against the wide trunk of the tree.
  • If you got the word “quietly,” you’re so right. It should read–
  • Jack stepped away, propping his back against the wide trunk of the tree.

Keep an eye out for any “overuse” of adverbs. In the example I’ve used, Jack is quietly propping his back against the tree. How else does one prop themselves against a tree except quietly? “Propping” is a casual, restful motion, so in this case the adverb “quietly” is clearly not needed when “propping” explains it all. Don’t get me wrong though, adverbs definitely have a place where it’s necessary. Just remove those ones you don’t need so your sentences can free up and flow smoother.

Now for a bonus. I’m going to share with you a new excerpt from PROTECTOR, my young adult/fantasy/romance. Check out the scene below. It’s all about showing and not telling. To set the scene, my hero is in the heroine’s bedroom, and her best friend comes charging in. All completely innocent of course. 🙂

The door flew open and slammed against the wall. Yeah, that was Silvie, all right.

“Ten minutes is enough you two. Now break it up,” she admonished as she stormed toward the bed, red-gold curls flying about her face. “Let’s remember we still have a villain to unearth and apprehend.” She turned, giving Davio a fierce glower. “What do you think you’re doing on my best friend’s bed? Get off. Off. Off. Off.”

“Yes.” He pushed himself to his feet and pulled me up to stand beside him. “Except, in the future, Silvie Carver, you will remember not to storm into the room the way you just did and disturb us. Correct protocol is that you knock and wait before addressing a prince.”

Silvie didn’t seem to care as she reached past him and gripped my wrist. She scowled at him and tugged me toward her like a mother bear protecting her cub. “Well, lucky for me, Davio Thy-prince Loveria, I do not have to observe your correct protocol. We are on Earth, you see, not Peacio.”

Hmm, and all this from the girl who’d told me just days ago that I needed to get laid.

I almost smiled.

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I hope you enjoyed that peekaboo excerpt, and if you still want more, then just below are the links to grab your copy of Protector. 🙂 So, what did you think of these three quick tips? Leave me a comment and let me know. I love hearing from you.

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PROTECTOR–BUY THE BOOK: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Lyrical Press / Kobo.

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A Special Excerpt For You.

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For that romantic heart of yours, I’m bringing you a special excerpt from my new release PROTECTOR, and one I’ve never brought out before.

It’s all about the first kiss. These are a tender and exciting moment in a romance novel, whether they range from sweet to off-the-charts hot. Two weeks ago the Young Adult Bookworm Blogger reviewed Protector and gave the first kiss between my young heroine and hero a “Swoon Award.” In light of that honor, how could I not share this young couple’s very first delicious kiss with you on this most special of days.

Here it is…

“So, now what do we do?” I snuggled, discovering my need of him intensifying just as his obviously was. I watched the play of sunlight dancing through the window, crossing his face and highlighting his strong jaw and his mouth.

“Someone harmed you. Zac, Viv and Belle are just three members of the team I keep quite close to me. No one else will ever get through all of us to you again. But there will be rules. To ensure your safety I want you to–”

“Hold on.” I cut off his words by pressing a finger to his lips. Ooo, so soft. And what was with my fascination with his mouth?

His brows drew down, his forehead furrowing deeply. “Are you still not feeling well?”

“Oh, I’m more than well.” Then I slowly grinned and leaned in. “It seems I want more than your protection. I want you to kiss me.” That was the complete and honest truth.

That comment stopped him dead cold.

Then he inhaled, slowly, the sound so sweet as his breath stuttered a little. “Kiss you?” he murmured, his eyes now turning a melting hue of delicious brown.

“If you want?” I somehow managed to shrug my shoulders like it didn’t matter.

“I want to.” Then he closed that last little gap and there was nothing but his warm lips against mine. Every sound around me vanished as my world centered and became only him.

He had come to me at the first sign I was in trouble–no man had done that in my life.

My soul lifted and my heart soared.

Desire flared, and he pushed me against the soft comforter. He surrounded me, my mind captivated as we shared breath and a moment like no other.

My first kiss.

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I hope you enjoyed, and if you want to pick up your copy of Protector for a special read, or to give as a gift, the links are just below. 🙂

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PROTECTOR–BUY THE BOOK: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Lyrical Press / Kobo.

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Prizes and Heartbreaker Blog Hop is Here

HEARTBREAKERS. Yeah, we romance writers love these bad boys. There’s nothing quite like taming the wild one, and we grin just thinking about how we’re going to turn him into a heartthrob and the man our heroine needs him to be.

I’d love to hear if you have a heartthrob in your life? Or are you still looking for him? Perhaps you’re a romance writer and you dream of turning your heartbreaker into the best hero ever? Hey, and maybe you’re even one of these heartthrobs? because guys, I haven’t forgotten about you.

Flex those muscles, and if you leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS you can go into the draw for a chance to win an ebook copy of PROTECTOR. The winner will be announced on 12th February 2013, and I’ll contact you by email to organise your prize.

But that’s not all… Your comment also drops you into the grand prize draw of the hop (prizes are featured below–and they are amazzzing), so make sure you don’t miss out. It just takes one comment on this post WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS to get you into BOTH DRAWS. 🙂

protector (3)PROTECTOR

To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?

BUY THE BOOK: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Lyrical Press / iTunes / Kobo

NOW WHAT ARE THOSE PRIZES?

We have THREE grand prizes. Almost 300 authors are sharing Heartbreaker themed blogs, and you as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter almost 300 times!

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (International)

2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (International)

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US Only) And here’s the cool pic of the actual swag.

Keep hopping–You can find the complete list of participating authors right HERE.

Also, and only if you wish to, please consider “liking” my Facebook author page. For your convenience the link is just over on the right-hand sidebar. 🙂

If you’d like to add Protector to your TBR list, here’s the link for Goodreads. Or it’s on the sidebar as well.

And for those keen on checking out Protector’s trailer on YouTube, it’s–>  here.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

Here's Where I Am Today.

DROOL ALERT — The follow pictures will make your mouth water. They may even make you want to hop on a plane to come and see the following location for yourself. You’ve been warned. 🙂

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Mount Maunganui Beach, New Zealand

It was a stunner of a day at Mount Maunganui Beach today. I thought I’d share some pictures of my local hotspot, and with it being the kids’ summer holidays, this is where we were. We hiked up the pictured hill, of which we Kiwis simply call The Mount. It’s a glorious spot with heaps of things to do.

The Mount is an extinct volcano *phew*, and it sits on the edge of a peninsula. It has a fabulous beach on one side, and a harbour-port on the other. It’s 761 feet high and takes about 45 minutes to climb.

Here’s a picture from the top of the Mount.Mount-Maunganui4

Once you get to the top, you really don’t want to leave. Nope, not a chance. The best thing, is to make sure you’ve brought a picnic with you. Toss out a blanket and lie down. Then eat, relax, and take in the spectacular views.

After this, we hiked back to the main beach. The kids love swimming here, and there’re always treasure hunts or other sponsored events running at this time of the year. So much fun.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my backyard.

Also, the chance for the four-page critique remains open until this Sunday, 20th January. I’ll draw a winner on Monday morning using random.org and post the name then.

PROTECTOR, by Joanne Wadsworth. Here’s a couple of snippets from some 4 and 5 star reviews which came in this week on my debut release on Amazon. I was so excited to read them, and you can catch the full reviews if you want right HERE.

“I’m eager for the next book!” Jenna Czaplewski  |  1 reviewer made a similar statement

“I loved all the characters, especially Faith and davio.” Kamijo101  |  2 reviewers made a similar statement

“Joanne Wadsworth brings up a fast paced book full of likeable characters, action and romance!! Toni |  1 reviewer made a similar statement

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