My very good friend Mathilde Watson is joining me today for the last day of her blog hop tour promoting her new book Shrug it Off.
I had the opportunity to read Shrug it Off the other day after months of waiting for this story. Let me just say I wasn't disappointed. The story was different from any I'd read before and touched greatly on the inner demons we all face at one point or another in our lives. I know a lot of the things being said on the pages of this book I've said to myself during my life. Mathilde cut right to the heart of the matter and how people had to fight even against themselves for what they wanted. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
Now to hand over to Mathilde.
Greetings! Welcome to day number six in my SHRUG IT OFF blog tour!
At each stop along my way I will randomly select one commenter to receive a free ebook from my backlist, AND, at the end of the tour, everybody who leaves a comment at any of my stops will be entered for a chance to win one of two $10 gift cards to All Romance Ebooks! And, of course, that includes this stop! Just be sure to include your email address in you comment so you can be contacted if your name is selected.
For my first stop I visited with my good friend Angel Martinez and I introduced Stephen and his constant companions. You can check that out here: http://angelmartinezauthor.weebly.com/1/post/2014/02/the-first-stop-shrug-it-off-blog-tour.html
On my second stop I introduced Connor at Iyana’s Rainbow: http://iyanajenna.blogspot.com/2014/03/in-spotlight-mathilde-watson.html
On my third stop I spent some time with Cherie in the writing cave, talking about devils and angels: http://talesfromthewritingcave.blogspot.com/2014/03/shrug-it-off-blog-tour.html
And I got to play with Freddy MacKay at stop number four where I talked about CATS!: .http://freddysstereograph.weebly.com/2/post/2014/03/shrug-it-off-bloug-tour-day-4.html
Lexi Ander was my host for my fifth stop where I shared a little info about myself and a couple of embarrassing photos… http://lexiander.blogspot.com/2014/03/shrug-it-off-tour-and-giveaway-with.html
Today I want to pay tribute to the little publishing company that put SHRUG IT OFF on the (virtual) shelves.
Mischief Corner Books is the place where six friends and authors come together to cause literary madness and mayhem. We met on a mountain top in Tennessee, (greenest state in the land of the free), and despite having vastly different writing styles and a variety of genres, we found we got along well and decided to try working together.
The gang consists of Angel Martinez, Silvia Violet, Andi Anderson, Freddy MacKay, Toni Griffin and myself.
It all started with an anthology inspired by the retreat we attended together (CABIN FOR TWO) and then another anthology followed and another… and I’m pleased to say that I don’t see an end in sight.
Without a doubt, I owe my fellow Mischievers a huge debt of gratitude. Without their encouragement—and no small amount of pushing and prodding—I would have likely given up on writing. And that would have sucked. Ever since I joined up with this ragtag group my writing had gotten much, much better and I am enjoying it more than ever!
And I hope all the readers out there enjoy the new adventures I’m taking them on as much as I do!
SHRUG IT OFF is available through Mischief Corner Books: https://mischiefcornerbooks.weebly.com/store/p40/Shrug_It_Off.html
All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shrugitoff-1439693-149.html
And on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IQBF7SA
You can find Mathilde Watson (that’s me!) online at:
I found out this afternoon that the following books of mine have been removed from sale.
I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused my readers. It came as a bit of a shock to me. Please bear with me while I get this sorted out. I hope to have the books back on sale again as soon as possible.
The Atherton Pack:
The Thompson Agency:
Dealing with the Dead
Dealing with the Past
A Very Holland Christmas
Protective Mate, the third book in my Holland Brothers series has been re released through Mischief Corner Books.
Life isn't meant to be easy, but for Zachary Bennet the last two years have been downright hell. The one shining light in his life, his precious daughter, Hayley. Deciding he needs a clean break, Zack gets a new job in a small town called Leyburn in the hopes they can settle down and live a peaceful life.
Between worry over one brother's increasingly erratic behaviour and constantly walking in on the other two making out with their mates, Simon Holland is ready to pull his hair out. All he'd ever wanted in life was a mate and a family. When his wish is finally answered with Zack's arrival, Simon finds out firsthand how far hate and bigotry can drive some people. But life wasn't meant to be easy and Simon would protect what was his to the end.
BUY LINKS: Mischief Corner Books, Amazon, ARe, B&N, Smashwords
Thanks to my official picker-outer Sheila Kelly the winners for the Protective Mate and Once a Cowboy contests have been chosen.
Traci Kurtz & Cinders
Once a Cowboy:
If you could please contact me on email@example.com and let me know what file format you would like I will gladly send out your prizes. Format choices: PDF, ePub or Mobi
So, I'm not sure if any of you guys are interested, but I have this book coming out. Protective Mate is book 3 in my Holland Brothers series and is set for Re Release on Saturday 25th January. Like the first two this book has been revised and expanded and has gone from 25k to 50k. This makes it my longest book yet.
Simply leave a comment and let me know which of the brothers is your favourite. You don't need to tell me why. :)
I'll draw two lucky winners on Friday and once again you get the choice of PDF, ePub or Mobi formats.
Life isn't meant to be easy, but for Zachary Bennet the
last two years have been downright hell. The one shining light in his life, his
precious daughter, Hayley. Deciding he needs a clean break, Zack gets a new job
in a small town called Leyburn in the hopes they can settle down and live a
Between worry over one
brother's increasingly erratic behaviour and constantly walking in on the other
two making out with their mates, Simon Holland is ready to pull his hair out.
All he'd ever wanted in life was a mate and a family. When his wish is finally
answered with Zack's arrival, Simon finds out firsthand how far hate and bigotry
can drive some people. But life wasn't meant to be easy and Simon would protect
what was his to the end.
First day of high school and Zack was still feeling
overwhelmed by everything. He'd been at the top of the food chain in primary
school, a big kid. Now he was starting at the bottom again. High School had not
only a completely different feel to it, but also a different program and Zack
knew it was going to take some time to get used to
Zack shouldered his school bag and headed in the
direction of an empty table across the quad so he could sit in peace and eat his
lunch. Luck wasn't with him though as just as he was about to sit down he was
nudged in the side by someone else trying to sit in the exact same
Zack looked up expecting to find a bigger kid about to
tell him to buzz off. Instead he found himself staring at a pair of the
brightest green eyes he'd ever seen, a cute nose and a smiling
"Sorry. I didn't see you there," the girl said waving her
book at him. Zack understood. He'd been looking in his backpack for his lunch
and wasn't paying attention to what he was doing
"Me too," Zack said as he turned to start walking
"Hey, you don't need to go. The table is plenty big for
the both of us." She waved at the remaining empty
"I wouldn't want to disturb you." Zack
"Nonsense. Name's Sarah Stewart. Who are you?" she asked
as she took a seat and stared at Zack, waiting for him to sit down and start
"Well, I'm me, obviously," Zack replied with a straight
Sarah giggled and the ice was broken. By the time the
bell rang to signify the end of lunch they had become fast friends and by the
end of the week they were
Their high school years flew past with the two of them
sharing everything. Including Zack's biggest
The evening of the first full moon after Zack turned
sixteen he and Sarah were lying on the floor in the lounge at his place, doing
their homework. Zack's entire body heated, like his blood was boiling, then his
arms started sprouting fur. He'd looked over at Sarah, saw her wide eyes staring
back at him and said the only thing he could think
"Please don't scream." He hadn't expected this to happen
quite yet and he hadn't planned on his human best friend being there when he
changed forms for the first time in his life. He really hoped Sarah could deal
with what was going on because he couldn't lose her as a
Sarah's eyes widened even further as his words
registered, then his bones started to reshape, Zack's face elongated and before
he knew it, he stood on all fours tangled in his jeans and shirt and staring at
his best friend as she looked back at him in complete wide-eyed
"Holy shit!" Sarah said
Zack's mother came through from the kitchen. "Honey,
would you two like—" her question cut off when she noticed Zack. His mom stopped
in her tracks, mouth hanging open. Gathering her wits quickly she looked at
Sarah to gauge her response to what she'd just witnessed. "Sarah, honey, are you
"That is so fricken' cool!" Sarah turned and quickly
picked up her homework before waving it in front of Zack's face. "Come on Zack!
Be a good boy and eat this for me. That way I don't have to do it and I'll have
such a good excuse."
Sarah broke into a fit of giggles as Zack took a playful
bite at the hand holding her
"Zack!" His mother scolded. Gentling her tone a little
she said, "Go on up to your room Zack until you can shift back. Sarah and I need
to have a nice long chat."
Zack looked between his mother and best friend a couple
of times, but not seeing any anger or worry from either of them he did as his
mother directed and padded out of the room.
Sarah tried to get him to eat her homework several more
times after that day, always laughing at her own joke, Zack just smiled at his
After that everything else seemed like a piece of cake.
Zack confided in Sarah when he realised the boys at their school held more
appeal to him than the girls. Sarah simply hugged him and kissed him on the
cheek, said being gay didn’t matter, and she would always love
"You have to tell your parents," Sarah said as she pulled
back from the hug.
"But what if they stop loving me?" Zack asked, biting his
lip. Zack also didn't want his folks to be disappointed in him and he was afraid
if he told them he was gay, they would
"Zachary Thomas Bennet!" Sarah scolded him. Zack cringed
slightly at the tone in her voice. "Your parents love you to death. There isn't
a single thing you could tell them that would change that fact. You remember how
wonderful they were to me when I found out your big
Zack sighed. Sarah was right. He knew his parents loved
him. It didn't stop him from being scared
That night he sat down in the lounge room with him
parents. Zack took a deep breath and wiped his hands on his jeans, he was
sweating so much. He picked up the remote and muted the
"Zack?" his dad looked at him with a furrowed
Zack took another deep breath and then just blurted it
out, "I'm gay."
His mum surprised him. "Oh honey, I already knew that…
Well I didn't know, but I'd suspected for a
Zack stared at her like she'd grown another head. His
mother just smiled brightly at
Zack's dad stood from the chair he had been relaxing in.
"Come here, Zack."
His tone firm. Zack stood and slowly made his way to his
father, he didn't think his dad would hit him, that wasn't the kind of man he
was, but people had been known to do things they wouldn't normally when emotions
When Zack stood in front of him, George Bennet pulled
Zack roughly into his arms and hugged him. Zack stood stiff for a moment in his
father's arms before he relaxed and hugged his father back. After a time his dad
pulled back, but kept hold of his shoulders. "Your mother and I love you, no
matter what. As long as you're happy then so are
Zack nodded, a lump caught in his throat as his eyes
started to fill.
"Now, enough of this, can we get back to watching the
Zack chuckled and nodded. "Sorry," he said lightly as he
stepped away and turned the sound back
"Nothing to be sorry about." Zack knew his dad really
meant that. He really did have the greatest parents in the
Sarah, however, kept the knowledge of Zack's
homosexuality from her parents until after they'd graduated from high school and
moved into an apartment together. Her parents, being the religious, God-fearing
people they were, were adamant Sarah have nothing further to do with Zack once
they were told.
Sarah refused and they informed her God would punish her
for associating with him. The sneer directed in Zack's direction as he
stood there and looked on was something he'd never experienced before. The utter
hatred these two people had for him was mind-boggling. All because of the sex of
the person Zack wanted to spend his life
"You can take your God and go and get stuffed." Sarah
told her parents before she turned, took Zack's hand, and pulled him out of the
Zack didn't even want to contemplate what their reaction
would have been had they known he was a werewolf as well as being gay. They'd
probably have keeled over in apoplectic fits. Zack chuckled at that idea and
continued to follow his friend.
When they got home to their apartment, Zack walked inside
and noticed a collar and lead hung beside the door. He stared at them for a
moment, they hadn't been there when he'd left that morning. Zack turned as Sarah
exploded in laughed in laugher. He stood there and watched as his best friend
doubled over in glee before he raced down the hall and slammed the bathroom door
closed. Zack shook his head, he knew after this afternoon Sarah had needed the
laugh and he didn't mind being the instrument behind that. He loved Sarah and he
had to admit the collar and lead were kinda
Once a Cowboy, by story from the Hot Off the Range Anthology released as a single title last week. I know, I know, I'm running a little late in holding this contest, but I figured better late that never.
So, If you would like to go in the draw to win a copy of Once a Cowboy simply leave a comment. The winner will be announced on Friday. You have a choice of Mobi, Epub or PRF formats. :)
Riding and herding. Those spurs that
jingle-jangle-jingle. What is it about cowboys that so doggedly fires the
imagination? Join the Mischief Corner authors as they give you their own
unique takes on the cowboy mystique and mythos, from the American West, to
Australia, to outer space. The cowboy story will never be the
Once A Cowboy - Toni Griffin
It's been six
years since Jesse Howard has stepped foot on the Western Hills Cattle
Station. Now that he's able, Jesse's returned. The problem is, he's not
returning alone. Will Logan Kennedy, the love of his life, listen to
Jesse's explanations or will Logan close the door on the future Jesse's
dreamed about for so long.
BUY LINKS: Mischief Corner Books, Amazon, ARe, B&N
Unexpected Mate and Determined Mate are now available in print from Amazon.
You can click here for UM or here for DM.
They are currently only available at the US store, however will be released through other Amazon outlets shortly.
Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia's capital cities. Born