Peace and Goodwill from Lee Strauss!

 a Christmas novella
by Lee Strauss
So good to fall in love
So hard to say good bye


Peace & Goodwill

#4 in a connected book series

(no need to read the others to enjoy this)

Belle gets the best Christmas present ever, a man in uniform! Ian is a soldier home on leave. Neither of them have any idea how good it will feel to fall in love or how hard it will be to say good-bye. 
Anna is spending the holidays alone again with only her faithful dog Angel to keep her company. She can’t afford to pay the rent and her landlord is threatening to kick her out. At least she’s finished with her chemo treatments. She can be thankful for that. Plus, there’s Rhys, the handsome visitor with kind eyes. 

One fateful, cold and snowy night a chance encounter changes everything. Love is lost. Love is found. Life will never be the same. 

Early Buzz:

This is truly a stand alone novella. You don’t need to be familiar with any of the other stories in the series. It’s a quick, feel-good read which is perfect for Christmas! – Melanie, Amazon Reviewer

This one will tug at your heart strings. – Aimee Brown, Amazon Reviewer

You can trust me when I say that it is not lacking in the emotions. Oh no! They are there. Sweet and sad all rolled into this surprising little novella.

5 Pulls At Your Heart Stars! – Mandy @ireadindie – Amazon reviewer


Haven’t read the other books in the series? No problem!



Lee is giving away iBooks promo codes for Flesh & Bone and Heart & Soul (Sun & Moon is already free!) to everyone who asks for one in the comments! 

Yes, THERE IS A SONG! Listen to the featured original Christmas song HERE!




Do you NaNoWriMo?


I do. Well, I at least try to every November. I worked on Frayed last year – yeah, the Frayed that’s coming out in a month. :)

This year I’m going to be working on a new novel for a new pen name. (I haven’t decided if this one is going to be a secret or not.) It’s chick-lit, which is my first love, really. I didn’t get into paranormal/supernatural books until I started writing them. Ha! Gimme some Jennifer Weiner or Elinor Lipman any day! I thought I might be more successful if I was starting with all new everything, not even an outline, instead of trying to force myself to finish a book that I HAVE to finish. (Although, I swear that I’ve fallen in love with Penny again and am excited to work on Fearless in 2015 – along with My Remedy, the third Open Door Love Story.)

So, hey, if you NaNoWriMo, be my buddy (username: Stacey Wallace Benefiel) and let’s write a horrible disaster of a novel together.

FRAYED pre-order and the WIP Challenge

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WIP (Work In Process) Challenge

Author Chanda Hahn has challenged me to post the first sentences of the first THREE chapters of my WIP. Since I’m editing Frayed right now, that’s what you’re getting!

Chapter One


No one stops me. Elle doesn’t say, “Penny, it’s okay, I know you didn’t mean it.” She doesn’t grab for my arm and pull me to her in one of her smothering hugs, or even meet my eye as I run past her. My cousin Elle’s eyes aren’t on me until I’m at the stairwell, when they join everyone else in the dormitory hall at boring holes in the back of my head.

Chapter Two


I reach the intersection of Ocean Park and Lincoln Boulevard and come to a halt with one foot on the curb and one in the crosswalk. My feet back me up onto the sidewalk and force me to turn south down Lincoln.

Chapter Three


Kai is straight pissing me off and I want to knock him down on the sidewalk and kiss his mouth clean off his face. Bitch it up, Black. What the world needs now is less of your hormonal urges.


There ya go! A little alienation, a little Retro action, and a little Penny wanting to kill and make-out with a guy at the same time.

Looking for a short and sweet read?

Back in Time is a novelette that I wrote for the now defunct Death By Chocolate anthology. It’s a fun Upper YA Time Travel Romance.


Look for new episodes in 2015!

**Read Back in Time for free with Kindle Unlimited!


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Nothing in Aurelia Lemon’s life is turning out how she’d planned. She’s unemployed, unattached, and her family bakery is on the verge of closing. To make matters worse, the guy she dumped in high school is doing well and getting rich off of one of her departed mother’s recipes. It would take a miracle to right everything she’s done wrong. Or maybe just a phone call and the chance to go Back in Time.

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Last Chance!


I wanted to give you all a heads up that the Open Door Love Story series will be coming down off of BN, Apple,  Kobo, All Romance, and Smashwords on Sunday the 21st.

I’m leaving the series up on Amazon and putting the books in Kindle Select so that they will be available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

This means Crossing will no longer be free! Snap it up now while you can. ;)

Have a happy weekend! Frayed will be published soon.


I’ve also decided to put the Penny Black trilogy in Kindle Select. If there is enough interest, I ‘ll publish it everywhere after the 3-month Kindle Select term.

AND I’m going to try my hand at serials again. Back in Time will have a new cover soon and more episodes in 2015. This was my original plan, but it got pushed out of the way by … so many things. Ugh. My life! Ha!

**Edit 2**

And I threw the Zellie books on there too. What’s the use in borrowing the Penny books if you haven’t read Zellie first?  Glimpse is gonna be NOT FREE for the first time in three years! Hold me.







Vampire Secrets by RaShelle Workman

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Title: Vampire Secrets (Blood and Snow Season Two)
Author: RaShelle Workman
Genre: Urban Fantasy (Reinvented Fairytale)
Release Date: September 14, 2014
Publisher: Polished Pen Press Corporation
Cover by  Andrea Garcia 
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Blood and Snow Season Two Book 2 ~ Vampire Secrets

A dream is a wish your heart makes… It’s been a month since Jasmine agreed to the wish that would keep Laeddin safe. By all accounts she should be happy. She’s attending high school, hanging out with friends, and spending time with Laeddin. but she isn’t. Ever since the sorceress ripped away a part of her, she hasn’t felt like herself. To make matters worse, the man with red eyes, the one that haunted her dreams, is appearing in real life. And demonic creatures keep showing up in Salem. The question on both counts is why? Jasmine must figure out who the man is and what the creatures want. Thankfully, she isn’t alone. Laeddin, Peter, Zoe, and some friends from the mansion next door will help. And then there’s the sorceress. she’s using what she took from Jasmine to inflict havoc on the human realm as well as other realms.

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Rashelle Workman photo 6-7-14me2_zps37bfac11.jpg RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales teens and adults can sink their teeth into. Her stories include kissing, vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and more kissing. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of Indie Recon LIVE, a self publishing conference that will debut October 10-11, 2014 in Sandy, Utah.



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Collide by Christine Fonseca

Release Date: 07/07/14

What if psychic warfare is real???

Christine Fonseca’s latest action-packed, heart-pounding
thriller COLLIDE, explores the world of psychic warfare with a new twist!
Summary from Goodreads:
The most dangerous
secrets are the ones that kill.
When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret
government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her
so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and
assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal
activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth
before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.


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is a fast moving, suspenseful thriller full of twists and turns around every
bend. An action packed read that will have your heart slamming in your chest
and your mind racing until the end.”
- Brooke DelVecchio, the
Cover Contessa


Excerpt #1: – An introduction into the Solomon Experiments and Dr. LeMercier:

Project Stargate 2.0

The Solomon Experiments


Dr. LeMercier’s Personal Journal –

June 29, 2002

Day 1:


The children are assembled, selected from a pool of more than a thousand recruits. It’s exciting to have so many of the former participants’ offspring in this group. I expect Jennings and Harrison to provide strong recruits. We agreed it best if I didn’t know their identities to avoid tainting the experiments in any way. Avoid favoritism. I expect them to pass the weeding, especially with their genetics.

Training begins in the morning. Dr. Tate and I have redesigned the protocols. They are more grueling than the previous tests, designed to push not only the candidates’ physical and mental stamina but also their emotional development. The new program measures every aspect of their supernatural potential, from telekinesis to telepathy and more.

We anticipate better results this time. These children are younger, stronger than their predecessors. Their abilities, unmatched. But will it be enough? I can measure their ethics, but I can’t guarantee their willingness to do everything their country requires.

We’ve run out of time. Global terrorism has reached unfathomable heights. The attacks have increased since 9/11. It’s worse than before, worse than during the Cold War. I fear another Hitler. We should’ve acted swifter when we first discovered Hitler and Stalin’s early research into the supernatural. Instead, we let our fear supersede our responsibilities to keep our nation safe.

Never again.

There will be no safety until we find a better way to train our special forces. Our country will not be free from the terrorism that threatens us until we resume our goal of new, advanced weaponry. These experiments are the key. We cannot fail this time as we have before.

The younger recruits offer something we haven’t had in the past, a way to shape and train their morality. We will be able to push the experiments beyond the confines of humanity. We will bypass ethical concerns and find the recruits we can train to use their gifts in new ways.

We will teach them to kill.

About the Author
Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is
dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. In
fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic
thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
In addition to writing, Ms. Fonseca is a frequent presenter and trainer
on subjects ranging from writing to behavior and understanding the unique needs
of gifted children. She blogs regularly on many sites and participates in
events throughout the country. See the News/Events page for upcoming events.

When Christine isn’t crafting her next book and working with kids,
she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee
house or exploring the world with her family.

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Heart & Soul by Lee Strauss



Heart & Soul


Heart & Soul is the third book in The Minstrel Series 
(This is a connected book series – while each book can stand alone, they are best enjoyed in sequence.)



She’s heartbroken. He’s heartless.
Gabriele Baumann-Smith is deliriously in love with her young husband Lennon.
Except, it turns out that Lennon Smith isn’t his real name. In fact, he’s full of secrets: a cottage on the southern British coast, an old girlfriend and… an identical twin brother.
Callum Jones—not his real name—can’t believe his brother’s widow came to England. He’d warned Mick—Lennon—that an inheritance could put the girl’s life in danger, and he was right.
“Mrs. Smith” is the last thing Callum needs to worry about right now. She’s beautiful, sure, takes his breath away at times. But when she looks at him, who does she see?
Gabriele’s heart is battered and bruised. Can one brother fix what the other left behind? And will they live long enough to find out?



BUZZ for Heart & Soul

“…this took a turn for the spy/thriller genre, which surprised me, but still carried the strong romantic flavor and wonderful accompanying music, like the first two books. I think this is a great series and would recommend it to contemporary romance fans.” Denise Jaden, author of Foreign Exchange

Another great book by Lee! This one had action, wit and a forbidden love! Love the characters and their interaction with each other! Can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!” Tressa Sager, Amazon reviewer

I don’t want to give away what the danger is, but suffice it to say, it’s a real and plausible threat. Gabrielle is a good leading lady. She doesn’t back down from anything or anyone in this book, but she’s still vulnerable, making her well-rounded and likable.” J Harrell, Amazon reviewer
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Heart & Soul in Print
The Music fromThe Minstrel Series Volume 3 Heart & Soul
Featuring the author’s daughter, Tasia Strauss!

Lee Strauss’ thoughts on The Minstrel Series and Heart & Soul:
My musician husband and I just randomly started talking about the idea of working on a project together – wouldn’t it be great if we could collaborate and merge our two artistic worlds? Writing and Music? That was the seed that started the muse talking, and soon afterward The Minstrel Series was born!
For Heart & Soul, I knew I wanted to move the series from Germany to England (next to Ireland and Boston!) and that I needed a small coastal town not far from London. I used Google Earth to examine the British coastline to search for the perfect town and found it in Emsworth. Living in Germany part-time has its advantages and one of them is its proximity to England. My husband and I did a quick five day research trip. (It also came in handy for the next book, a Christmas novella set in London – stay tuned!)
Because of the musical aspect of this series, I’m always on the prowl for songs and singers. My connection to the singer-songwriter world via my musical husband has been a big advantage. My husband’s musical genes have also been down to our kids, so it’s exciting to involve my daughter Tasia in the project to be the singing voice of Gabriele.”
Click HERE to read the first chapter of Heart & Soul. 
**One of the entry options will ask a question from the above chapter.
About The Minstrel Series:
The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each is a complete stand-alone story with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!
The books include MP3 links to original music by talented Indie Artists, so you can hear the characters sing!
#1     Sun & Moon
#2     Flesh & Bone 
#3     Heart & Soul 
#3.5  Peace & Goodwill (Christmas Novella coming Fall 2014)

It also has its own FACEBOOK (link) page and its own BANDCAMP (link) page where you can listen to the original music associated with the books. Albums are also available on AMAZON.

About Lee Strauss:
Lee Strauss is the author of The Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian) and young adult historical fiction. She is the married mother of four grown children, three boys and a girl, and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada and Dresden, Germany. When she’s not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and do yoga. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag >:0), soy lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.


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Open Door Love Story series – #Free and New books!

Crossing (Open Door Love Story #1) is FREE!
He stole her lipstick … and her heart. 

Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back. 

When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her. 

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Diving In (Open Door Love Story #2) is NEW!
Brynn Garrett is unsure about a lot of things. Unsure whether taking a year off between high school and college to learn the family dry cleaning business was a smart move or a stall tactic. Unsure if she’s maintaining a long distance relationship with her boyfriend Andy because she loves him or out of habit. Unsure if her family of four will ever be in the same room again since her older brother Liam broke their mother’s heart by simply following his own. 
What she is sure of is, ever since Gabe Riley rolled into her life with his beautiful smile and his easy confidence, Brynn is seeing herself less as a lost little girl and more as an independent woman who goes after what she wants. 
And what she wants is Gabe. 

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Cover Reveal for Beautiful Stranger by Alicia Kat Vancil

Beautiful Stranger

The Marked Ones Trilogy Book 0.5

Patrick Connolly is about to get the one thing he has always wanted…kinda.

We all have that one thing—that one thing we wish for on every first star of the night. Wealth. Fame. Love. For geeky artist Patrick Connolly, it is the attention of his beautiful and seemingly unattainable classmate Nualla Galathea. There’s just one problem—he’s got less than a snowball’s chance in hell, and that’s being generous.

However, when a heated argument erupts in the halls of Bayside Academy forcing Patrick and Nualla’s paths to collide, Nualla surprisingly jumps at the opportunity to be his date. Patrick may think his wish has just come true, but this gentle boy will need more than artistic talent to combat the deadly secrets lurking behind his dream girl’s veil of normality. Like the fact that she isn’t even human.

Beautiful Stranger is a Marked Ones novella that is approximately 20,000 words long.




Beautiful Stranger releasing May 21st!

About the Author
Alicia Kat Vancil grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley where she amused herself by telling stories to anyone around her—her family, her friends…random strangers. Eventually she actually started writing those stories down instead of just spending hours hanging out in fake Ikea living rooms and telling her friends about them. Somewhere amongst all the character-torturing and epic explosions she managed to get a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University and open a graphics studio (Multi-tasking for the win!).

Kat still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two very crazy studio cats, and nine overfull bookcases. And when not running a muck in the imaginary worlds within her head, Kat can usually be found performing, watching anime, or hanging out in Twitter chats.

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