Merry Christmas at The Myrtles!

 

20191213_194322I love The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA. I’m a big fan of history, and I love touring old houses and learning about how people lived in other eras. The bonus with The Myrtles is that is supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the nation. So, when you get a tour, you get a dose of the supernatural along with your history.

When I got the opportunity to participate in a holiday market at The Myrtles, I jumped at the chance. Not only was it a chance to market my books and get out and talk to people, I could go tour and ghost hunt again.

The house and grounds were all decorated for the holidays too. It was really beautiful to see! There was a huge tree in the foyer, and other rooms had smaller trees themed to the room. It definitely got me into the Christmas spirit.

Do you know what else gets me into the holiday feeling? A good Christmas romance book! I’ve found some good ones for you! Go check them out!

Visit The Myrtles online: https://www.myrtlesplantation.com/

1. The Worst Christmas Ever by Rebecca Paulinyi

worstchristmasWhen Shirley ‘Lee’ Jones returns home from an awful day at the office, the last thing she expects to find is her husband in bed with another woman. Six weeks until Christmas, and Lee finds the life she had so carefully planned has been utterly decimated.

Hurt, angry and confused, Lee makes a whirlwind decision to drive her problems away and ends up in Totnes, an eccentric town in the heart of Devon. As Christmas approaches, Lee tries to figure out what path her life will follow now, as she looks at it from the perspective of a soon-to-be 31-year-old divorcée.

Can she ever return to her normal life? Or is a new reality – and a new man – on the horizon?

Will this be the worst Christmas ever?

Read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2RVcoEf

2. A Picture Perfect Christmas by J.P. Uvalle

PPCUvalleYou never forget your first love. No matter how hard you try.

Darren Hayes, her once-best friend, has been gone longer than Melody Boyer, can remember. Well, that’s a lie. He’s been gone four years, eleven months, three weeks and two days. Since Christmas Eve: the night they took their friendship to the next level. He rocked her world and made all her fantasies come true only to leave her behind in Hudson Heights to see the world through his lens.

And now he’s back, Mr. famous photographer walking into town like he didn’t destroy her world years ago. Showing up on her doorstep asking for forgiveness and a chance to be friends again. But friends don’t kiss like he kisses her goodbye… and when he proposes they become friends with benefits and see what develops, Melody can’t help but wonder what the negatives are. Can she agree to these terms and have the best sex of her life anytime she wants, no strings attached? Or will Darren capture her heart only to break it all over again?

If you like over-the-top romance with a hint of Christmas and some tantalizing sexy times in between, then this delicious treat is for you.

Only 99 Cents!!!

Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2EmpMsY

3. Tinder Heart by Bree Pierce

tinderWhen those closest to me stabbed me in the back, I ran away from the city for a chance to heal. Then I met Will, my living, breathing, fantasy man. And the epitome of everything that could break my heart. He might walk away if I tell him the secret I hold so close—if I don’t push him away first. Can I trust a man with my heart one more time?

Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2YSj8Uw

4. Unexpected Mistletoe Kisses by Milan Watson

umkMegan fell in love with Kingston when she was four years old. How much longer can she deny the feelings she has secretly harbored for her brother’s best friend?

After he saved her kitten, Megan Price knew that Prince Charming didn’t always ride a white horse. Sometimes he was your brother’s best friend. As the years moved on Kingston became more and more handsome and so did the long line of broken hearts he left in his wake.

The first time Kingston Halloway noticed that little Megan had grown up, was the evening of her prom. He had paid for it with a bloody nose and a promise to Alex to never look her way again. For years he has ignored her chestnut hair and amber eyes and the way her smile lit up a room.

When Megan unwittingly buys the house next to Kingston and hires him to help her renovate, can they both keep denying the attraction between them?

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Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2EorzgU

5. Hometown Heroes by Various Authors

HHeBookCommunity. Courage. Compassion.

Hometown Heroes brings you five Christmas romances that celebrate everyday heroes.

From paranormal to contemporary to historical, there’s something here to fill everyone with the spirit of the season.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cajun Navy Relief, an organization dedicated to helping neighbors in distress.

Only 99 cents for a limited time!

Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2YP9jqy

Merry Christmas!

A.L. Vincent/Jolie St. Amant

 

“Saving Grace”

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Last year, my publishing company, Bienvenue Press started an annual charity anthology. Hometown Heroes was the title and we included short stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. A portion of the proceeds go to the Cajun Navy Foundation.

This year, our stories are about rescue animals, a subject near and dear to my heart. Donations from Finally Home, will go to various animal rescue programs. I had originally planned to do a Chateau Rouge story, but no ideas just jumped out me. Then it hit me, Grace, from Running on Empty had a story to finish. Her happily-ever-after wasn’t complete yet. Her sidekick is Furby, a dog she rescued, and a perfect subject for a story.

Furby was actually one of my dogs, as was Sammy, and Oscar, all who have passed on. Furby, the last one, crossed the rainbow bridge just a little over a year ago.  And man, did I struggle with this one. It was tough to write. However, I am very pleased with how it turned out, and I was also pleasantly surprised when it took the Boonies in a different direction. You’ll have to read it to find out what this is though. 🙂

For now, I have an excerpt for you. Release date is set for December 10th, so you don’t have to wait long!

“Saving Grace”

Grace hesitated a moment before sliding her key into the apartment door. She took a breath to calm herself before facing Gabe and his sweet but concerned eyes.

He always had that look when she came home from visiting with Dr. Melancon. As if he wanted to ask what they had talked about even though he already knew. These sessions had been his idea when her random outbursts of anger had almost caused them to break up at one point.

It was all Brent’s fault, she thought. Although Dr. Mel had told her that it was reactive thinking and she needed to be proactive.

Grace rolled her eyes. Proactive would be driving to New Orleans, finding him and punching him in the throat.

She heard a bark from inside and knew she had been discovered. With a sigh, she opened the door and pasted a smile on her face.

Furby, the little white ball of fur she had rescued years ago came running up to her. His paws tip tapping on the hard wood floors of their small Austin apartment.

When he reached her, he jumped, then did his welcome home dance on his back paws. She laughed then, as she always did, and picked him up. She buried her face in his soft fur and squeezed him tight.

Gabe wandered in behind Furby, his lanky form filling the entry way. His green eyes were soft when he smiled at her. “He’s been watching the door for you.”

She held him out so she could look him in the eyes, “You did, Furb? You’re such a good boy.” With that, she placed him back down on the ground gently and he ran away. Back to the comfort of the dog bed they’d placed beside the sofa. He liked to turn it around so the high back faced the front. He looked like an overgrown rat defending the Queen’s castle.

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Peace! I’m out!

A.L. Vincent

Tales from Rougarou Fest!

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A couple of years ago, Houma, Louisiana started a new festival all about the Rougarou. What is a rougarou, you ask? It’s like a Cajun werewolf. It has the head of a wolf or a dog, and the body of a human. This new festival also wants to raise awareness of our disappearing coastline and donates proceeds to the Wetlands Discovery Center.

This festival has a little bit of everything, and if you love Halloween like I do, then you’ll be a fan as well. There’s a costume contest, and I saw Minions, Michael Myers, Clark Kent, and others enter to win. But that’s not all, there’s the witches, and the Voodoo Kings and Queens too!

Oh, and there’s a parade! Who doesn’t love a good parade? Watch as the aforementioned witches do their thing, the zombies dance to “Thriller’, and see huge skeleton puppets. It’s family and dog friendly so feel free to bring the entire family.

Want more information? Click the link below:

https://rougaroufest.org/

In the spirit of the rougarou, I’m including some links to books with all kinds of  werewolves and shifters. Enjoy!

1. Phoenix Rising by Madison Granger

prTorie Masters is a curvy, middle-aged, divorcee with a normal job and family life. Her penchant for paranormal romances leaves her longing for the day she will meet the man who will sweep her off of her feet. She’s been dreaming a long time.

Quinn McGrath is Liege Lord to a centuries old clan of shifters known as The Kindred. All have been promised a destined mate by the Goddess. He has all but given up finding his.

Sparks fly when Quinn meets Torie. Could his ‘Promised Soul’ finally be real? The eternal mates might not stand a chance as man and nature work against them. From assassination attempts to hurricanes, their future is put to the test across the globe.

Is their bond strong enough to see them through to forever?

Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/324l1xn

2. Infinite Blue by Natalina Reis

IBlueWhen a shifter and a human are bound by fate, neither man knows if their connection will be enough to save not only their growing love, but their lives.

Shahin Halcón has been taught that if and when he meets his soul mate, he’ll know immediately. Always the rebel, he doesn’t believe it until the day he crosses paths with Cai, a full-human.

Plagued by unsuccessful relationships and heartache, Cai Banes’s life is quiet and unexciting. When he meets young and wild Shahin, his life is turned upside down, and he’s not sure he likes it.

But neither can deny the powerful pull that draws them together.

Old secrets and ancient myths about cross-species relationships plague their romance and threaten to put their happiness and life at risk. Will their love for each other be strong enough to survive?

ONLY 99 CENTS FOR A LIMITED TIME!!!

Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2oBMsBi

3. A Deal With Death, by Carrie Pulkinen

dealdeathShe pissed off the Voodoo Spirit of Death.
Now she has to make amends…

Death doesn’t scare Voodoo practitioner Odette Allemand, but dying sure as hell does. Every time she meets her soulmate, her life ends in a horrific murder.

Then she’s reincarnated to have it happen all over again.

Odette is determined to survive this lifetime, but when a sexy werewolf knocks on her door, unearthing emotions she thought she’d buried, her fate is sealed with his enticing kiss.

James Malveaux hasn’t seen Odette since junior high, but the moment they reunite, his wolf wants to claim her as his mate.

That’s if the monster they’ve awakened doesn’t kill them first.

Without the help of the Spirit of Death, they can kiss their lives goodbye. Can James help Odette make peace with her inner demons and the Spirit? Or will the couple be doomed to the same gruesome ending as their countless lives before?

Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R4PRC3H

That’s it for me for now!

Bon Chance!

A.L. Vincent/Jolie St. Amant

For even more on the rougarou, check out this article!

“History of the Rougarou: Louisiana’s Warewolf”

https://bit.ly/2BVHySv

Rock the Halls

I’ve decided to have a little fun this morning and talk about my second love, music. I’m taking a little break from all the serious novel writing. I’m putting the revisions, the query letters, the revised synopsis aside for a moment.

Pretty much everyone is familiar with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Or Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” But, where are all the really rockin’ Christmas songs? Mariah Carey is no Aaron Lewis. Sorry Mariah.

I did some research this morning and I’ve come up with some Christmas songs that would put any rock fan in the Christmas spirit.

1. Metallica “Carol of the Bells.”

(This song actually has been debated as to whether or not it is Metallica. Me? I just love it. And since it’s my blog it stays.)

2. U2 “Baby Please Come Home For Christmas”

3. Weezer, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

4. Weezer, “O Come All Ye Faithful”

5. Aaron Lewis, “Silent Night”

Of course I had to fit Aaron Lewis in there! So, that’s a few songs for rock fans like myself to enjoy this holiday season. Know some I didn’t list? Feel free to add them. I’m always excited to listen to new music.  Want more ideas? Check out the links I have below.

For now, stay tuned. A hair band version of Christmas songs is coming up soon!

Peace and love this holiday season!

I’m out

http://www.ranker.com/list/hard-rock-christmas-albums/christmas-music

http://rock.about.com/od/top10lists/tp/BestChristmasRockSongs.htm

http://mikesyrsutton.hubpages.com/hub/The-10-best-rock-and-roll-Christmas-Carols-ever