Spring Fling Giveaway, Rebirth and Renewal

Spring has special meaning to me because it's all about hope, a theme that is a constant part of my stories. So I'm thrilled to be part of the Spring Fling Blog Hop with a wonderful group of bloggers and authors.

Spring is my favorite season because you can see Mother Nature at work. Living in West Texas, I find the transformation amazing – naked, leaf-less trees preen in bright new foliage, the ground covered in stubbles of brown grass now sports a soft, green carpet, and the dusty landscape now boasts wildflowers of many colors.  The season is an important bridge between the chilly emptiness of winter and the punishing heat of summer...a chance for the soul to breathe a sigh of relief and replenish itself.

The cycle of life and death, the themes of renewal and hope play an important part in my paranormal romance novella A Tale of Two Djinns

The hero, Akshay (Shay for short), warrior prince of the earth djinns, earns the title of Crown Prince at a high cost when he loses his best friend in a battle against ancient enemies, the water djinns. He is heartsick and vows never to return to the cursed battlefield, the place of death.

Yet, the story forces him to:

Wide-eyed, he goggled at the plain at the outer edge of water djinn territory. A soft carpet of new grass covered the rolling expanse, dotted with wildflowers of every color imaginable. Was this truly the bone dry land he’d led Patthar and his army across a mere two weeks ago?
He breathed in the sweet air and tried to tamp down the bitterness welling inside him. Had the water djinns washed away all signs of the war with cleansing rain, or was this new life flourishing thanks to all the blood and death that had soaked into the earth?
Midnight took the opportunity to lower his head and taste the verdant grass. Akshay closed his eyes and pulled in another deep breath, exhaled. Life ended in death, followed by new life. That was the natural cycle. 
Maya’s face, her golden eyes glazed with liquid languor and lips parted in a sexy smile, filled his mind. Maya. She’d given him the greatest gift—life. She’d taken a man drowning in sorrow and guilt and made him come alive. She was carrying his child, the new life they’d made together. The realization shook through him like an earthquake, crumbled the remaining walls to dust. He needed to find his heartmate and his son.

A Tale of Two Djinns is my special story with 50% of the proceeds donated to UNICEF’s Schools for Asia initiative. The gift of education is all about hope and a better future. If you’d like to know more about why this cause is close to my heart, please check out my Karma blog post.

Here’s a blurb:
A TALE OF TWO DJINNS is a sexy paranormal Romeo & Juliet story with genies, feminists, kickass action & adult fun.

Available at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords & Kobo.

Leave a comment here -- about why Spring is important to you (and a way to contact you)...and you may win a $5 gift card and a swag pack from me with CHOCOLATE!

And don't forget to hop along the participating blogs and to enter in the sponsors' rafflecopter giveaway!

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Spring Fling hop Participants
1. Bitten by Romance
2. Lisa Jung
3. A.L. Kessler
4. Lusty Penguin Reviews
5. Mia Bishop
6. Lisa Chalmers
7. I Smell Sheep
8. Karen Cino
9. Liana Brooks
10. Booked & Loaded
11. Dianne Hartsock
12. Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust (US)
13. Madison Sevier
14. Donna Augustine
15. CJ Burright
16. Harper A. Brooks
17. Just Jeannie's Books & Bling
18. Dani Harper, Paranormal Author
19. Sherri @ Urban Girl Reader
20. Mina Khan
21. Catharina Shields
22. Joleene Naylor
23. Matthew Alan Thyer
24. Krystal Shannan
25. Carolyn Gibbs
26. Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
27. Catherine Stine
28. Susan Arden~Bad Boys
29. Reading Between the Wines
30. RhiReading
31. Christina Irelan
32. Lacey Leigh
33. E.S.P.
34. Sedona Venez
35. Gretchen Roberts
36. Elise Hepner
37. Rayna Noire
38. Morgan K Wyatt
39. Dawn Marie Hamilton Writes
40. Taking Time for Mommy
41. Jeanine McAdam
42. Tawdra Kandle
43. Mama Knows Books
44. Holley Trent
45. Renee Luke
46. Ambrielle Kirk
48. Tista Ray
49. Natasha Blackthorne
50. Between The Pages
51. Natalie-Nicole Bates


  1. Spring means longer days, shorts, green, and most of all lower energy bills! :)

  2. Spring means getting outside and playing disc golf! Going for walks, playing ball with the kids. Most of all FRESH AIR~ oh oh and no more shoveling!!

  3. Spring means no more snow, lots of flowers, and plenty of rain :)

    joleene at joleenenaylor.com

    1. Rain is good...when it rains in W. TX, we stop to enjoy it. :)

  4. Thanks for being part of the hop :) I think it's fabulous that you donate to UNICEF :) Spring means everything wonderful to me. The chance to feel alive again just like nature. And especially the chance and promise for new beginnings <3 Rebirth, renewal and the warmth I know is coming <3

    madisonsevier at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks Madison! I'm glad I can do my part. And you're so right...spring is a promise...love that!

  5. Spring has never been so important to me. After all the snow I can hardly wait for warm and dry weather and getting out of the house. We're still about 15 degrees below normal. Gah!


    1. I know what you mean. I have vowed not to complain about the summer heat this year...thanks for visiting!

  6. I hope that it gets a little warmer!!! I love seeing the budding of the trees and flowers.

    magnolias_1 (at)msn(dot)com

    1. Me too! Love my garden right now...radishes are pushing out, apricot is budding and my pea plants are like toddlers :)

  7. fresh fruit and veggies from the farmer market!


    1. Yes! Can't wait for our farmers' market to start up this year :D

  8. Spring is important to me, because it gives me a buffer between the cold of winter and the heat of summer.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  9. Spring is important to me because it gets everyone out of the house & into the nice weather. It's good that my nephews are getting out more, cuz it means they distroy the house less & we don't have to deal with the yellin & them whining that they are bored lol And that makes everyone happy lol =)

    Thanks for having this giveaway! =)

    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  10. Spring is important to me because it is a sign that life is returning to the dead-looking branches, the crispy brown grasses, and the colorless landscape - either brown, or white, endless acres of white. Now, occasionally, a burst of color will peek through and I know that warmth is returning, at last. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

  11. I am in Oregon and we also get to see the change in seasons and it is always beautiful with the coming of spring. Everything becomes so green and all the lovely buds start to burst - of course I must not forget to mention the daffodils, love me some daffodils :) Thank you for participating in this fun hop.

  12. Spring means NO BUGS. Always a plus with me. ;-) Besides, I'm a May child so spring is definitely my favorite season of the year.

  13. Spring is important to me because in one such spring I fell in love with the love of my life. Every spring reminds of that special feeling. :)


  14. I love the weather we get for spring. Since you're in Texas too then you know what I mean.
    leighannecrisp at yahoo dot com

  15. Spring means no more of that white stuff or it's supposed to be this has been an odd year.


  16. Spring means warmer weather, longer days and the time/desire to do all the things I need to do on the farm!

    Sienkiel1821 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. Spring means the end of being cold.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  18. Spring means warm weather and beautiful flowers.

  19. I love all the new growth. There is nothing quite as green as the fresh shoots and nothing seems so vibrant as the first crocuses!

  20. like Spring for the flowers

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  21. I love that the sun is shining and its not cold anymore!!

    gemiinii90 (at) yahoo.nl

  22. Spring definitely brings hope after winter doldrums!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  23. I like spring because it's not cold anymore :))


  24. I love love love spring! All the new grass and flowers! and the trees budding out! Love it!

  25. seeing everything turn green again! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  26. Spring and fall are my most favorite season because I like it when weather is not to hot or cold.in California it can get very hot in the summers.
    sasluvbooks at yahoo dot com

  27. it means bringing things back to life esseboo@yahoo.com

  28. Spring is important because it symbolizes hope for the renewal and regeneration of things long dormant. That first deep breath of Spring air is like getting a new lease on life!

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  29. Spring brings the colors back into the world. Flowers, butterflies, leaves, grass, birds and other animals. Everything comes back to life. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  30. I love Spring because the weather is so beautiful and we have longer days to spend more time outside.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  31. Thanks everyone for visiting with me! And congrats to the overall winner Melanee R. The winner for my giveaway is Anne...congrats! I'll be emailing you :)