Rocktoberfest Author Spotlight Day 1 – Maria Bernard

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01- Maria Bernard

We are proud to kick off our month of Rockstar Romance Awesomeness with the talented, beautiful and sweet Maria Bernard.   We will do an overview of her greatest hits as well as an introduction here, and be sure you join us on the Backstage Books Facebook page throughout the day to hang out with her and find out what kind of surprises she has in store for us!  (Oh, and did I mention it is a release day for her?  😉   We had better find out about the newest from her right after her introduction!

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First let’s Meet Maria!

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For those of you who do not know me, my name is Maria Bernard and I am an self-published author of Rockstar Romance.

A while back I was having an identity crisis regarding my writing style. So I thought, who better to ask than my readers and this is what the majority came up with: ✿ ✿ ✿
✿The Stick Shift Lips books 1,2,3,4, are Contemporary Romance. Dream Crush & Dream For Winter are New Adult Contemporary Romance, The Balcony is a Paranormal Romance, Wherever Girl is Contemporary Romance, These Bones Series so far are New Adult Contemporary Romance and House of Goths is a Coming of Age New Adult Romance.

✿Here are a few random facts about my already published novels.

1) Hand in Glove, the first book in the Stick Shift Lips series began as a daydream that would not go away.

2) I got so into the writing of Hand in Glove that I was loathe to end it, hence it’s my biggest book. When I mentioned this to my BFF, she shrugged and said, “Well, why don’t you just write another one?” (Now why didn’t I think of that?) That’s when the series was born…

3) When I started writing Hand in Glove, I had no intention of publishing it. It was purely for me, an experiment. Again, BFF and Hubby were like “When are you gonna publish your book?” At the time, I hadn’t even thought of self-publishing as a possibility.

4) I’m glad I waited for all four books in the Stick Shift Lips Series to be completed before publishing because I believe it helped integrate the story lines. A trait many of my readers enjoy is that the books build and intertwine nicely.

5) I love all of my characters equally, my girls are just as important to me as the guys. In a way they are like my kids. Each of them have special quirks that I love.

6) I write about Rockstars, but I prefer to think of them as artists, painters, designers, songwriters, musicians, writers, creative minds. These individuals fascinate me because I believe them to be gifted from above. I applaud those who dare to be different in a world that doesn’t always value what these individuals have to offer. Can you imagine a world without music & art?

7) I’m so very glad to have followed through with publishing, because I had a feeling that I might bring a little joy and escapism into the lives of my readers. I only hope that I can continue to do so in the future.

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I am adding all the links you need to stalk Maria at the very end of this post.

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✿ Bleed Out Your Heart ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ These Bones Rockstar Romance Series, Book 3

These Bones Series 1

Synopsis:

When you’ve been stripped of your soul, bleed out your heart…
Marly Michaels had it all, popularity, good looks, a promising future, and the perfect relationship… or so it seemed. In reality, that perfect relationship was a living nightmare.

With a methodical stripping away of her confidence, her volatile ex-fiancé nearly succeeds in destroying her. She has tried to escape in the past, but in the end, he always finds her.

In one last desperate attempt at freedom, Marly turns to her long lost childhood friend, Carla, for help. She and her eccentric friends welcome Marly into their circle with open arms.

In the company of Goths, a segment of society shrouded in mystery and speculation, Marly finally finds sanctuary, and Gray Forrester.

Gray is the mesmerizing singer for local band, These Bones. He is a man of many talents, including the ability to heal a wounded spirit. Inexplicably drawn to the sadness in Marly’s eyes, he finds himself compelled to help restore her soul. The trouble is, in order to do that he needs to remain emotionally detached… not an easy task for the gregarious Goth.

Excerpt: ©2015 Bleed Out Your Heart

“What about you, specifically?” Marly asked. “What do you like about being Goth?”
“Ah, now that’s a very nice question,” Gray said, looking well pleased. Here was someone who genuinely wanted to listen to him talk, unlike most of his friends who usually rolled their eyes at him. “I love it all. The clothing, the makeup, the music scene, I love the darkness, the mystery, the culture… Dare I go on?”

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Amazon:
US: http://amzn.com/B015HRHJQI
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B015HRHJQI
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015HRHJQI
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B015HRHJQI

iTunes:
us: http://apple.co/1P5fJ8R
au: http://apple.co/1Mfi00L
uk: http://apple.co/1FQAPCB
ca: http://apple.co/1OAzY0f

Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/578177

Kobo & B&N Links to come

#RockstarAlert #Preorder #newrelease

Bleed Your Heart Out Cover

****** We will visit the rest of this series a little further down, but I am taking my editorial powers and making the executive decision to skip around a bit, because I can’t wait to gush about the first one of hers I have had the pleasure of completing! ******

****** I have only had the pleasure of reading one of her books so far (but I plan to remedy that soon!) – I will tease that one now. ******

Dream Crush 1

****** It is Dream Crush, as spin off of her Stick Shift Lips series that can be read as a standalone.   I absolutely loved it – it took me back more years than I care to admit to when the Sunset Strip was the mecca of all things I loved about rock ‘n roll/heavy metal/hairbands/whatever you like to call it.   The storyline is a bit on the sweet side, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with all the characters and the nostalgia the whole scene brought forth.   I will definitely be starting the Stick Shift Lips series from the beginning in the very near future, but here are some more teasers and info on Dream Crush! ******

Dream Crush 3

✿ Dream Crush, LA Summer ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 5, Spinoff 1

Rollercoaster rockstar romance on the Sunset Strip

Dream Crush 2

Synopsis:

Jet is a hot rock and roll dreamer. He and his bandmates, Jack and Paul are all about hitting the big time in LA’s rock scene. College grad, Sofia has led a sheltered life. She’s excited about her first vacation away from home with her best friend Janine, and her sexy buddy, Jet. On the way to the airport, Janine drops out at the last minute. Now what? Does she stay or does she go with the guys?

Jet Crozier is a hot rock and roll dreamer who’s not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. Jet and his badass bandmates, Jack and Paul, are all about hitting the big time on the infamous Sunset Boulevard rock scene.

Recent college grad, Sofia DaSilva has led a sheltered life. She’s as green as green can be. On her first real vacation away from home with her fearless, rock music loving best friend, Janine, she’s excited to finally be free.

Looking forward to star gazing, shopping and taking in the sights, she doesn’t even mind that she’ll be tagging along with Janine’s sexy buddy, Jet and his crew of rowdy head bangers.

Imagine her shock when on their way to the airport, Janine drops out at the last minute, thrusting Sofia into the awaiting arms of Jet and his intimidating band of rockers.

Now what? Does she stay or does she go? Chances are, she’ll never get this opportunity again. Little does she know, that this was all a part of a dreamer’s scheme.

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Dream Crush 4
Amazon:
http://amzn.com/B00MJLMZB0
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00MJLMZB0
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MJLMZB0
http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00MJLMZB0

iBooks:
CA: https://itunes.apple.com/…/dream-crush…/id908510345…
US: https://itunes.apple.com/…/dream-crush…/id908510345…
UK: https://itunes.apple.com/…/dream-crush…/id908510345…
AU: https://itunes.apple.com/…/dream-crush…/id908510345…

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/465708
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/dream-crush-la-summer
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/dream…/1120200306…

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I think it only fair we take a look at the rest of the Stick Shift Lips series now.  🙂

Stick Shift Lips Series 1

✿ Hand in Glove ✿ Sound Shelter ✿ Sweet Reprieve ✿ Reluctant Hero ✿✿ Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance Series✿ by Maria Bernard

Have you met them yet?

There are four books in this series, plus two spinoffs that can be enjoyed as part of the series or as stand-alone reads. The Stick Shift Lips series follows the exploits of an up and coming Chicago based Indie band.

The novels, Hand in Glove, Sound Shelter, Sweet Reprieve and Reluctant Hero concentrate on each of the band members and their significant other in a personal, memorable adventure.

✿ Dream Crush, and ✿ A Dream For Winter ✿ are spinoffs of the original series and can be enjoyed as part of the series or as stand alone reads.

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Amazon:
US: http://amzn.com/B00LFUBZVM
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00LFUBZVM
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LFUBZV
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00LFUBZVM
iBooks:
US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hand-in-glove/id814840688?mt=11
CA: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/hand-in-glove/id814840688?mt=11
UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/hand-in-glove/id814840688?mt=11
AU: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/hand-in-glove/id814840688?mt=11
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401623
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/hand-in-glove-6
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hand-in-glove-maria-bernard/1118585663?ean=2940045669894

#RockstarRomance #RockstarAlert #StickShiftLipsSeries

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Stick Shift Lips Series 2
The Stick Shift Lips💋🎸😎 Come and meet the band! Promise they won’t bite, unless you want them to 😉

Ashton Wright, sexy frontman and tortured songwriter for the Stick Shift Lips. 😎

Nick Arrow, super sweet Bass Player for the Stick Shift Lips will ruin you for all others. I should have left him for last. 😎

Chris Arrow, Kick-ass Lead Guitarist for the Stick Shift Lips, a man of few words but all the right moves. 😎

Jamie Gale, Badass Drummer with a filthy mouth.You’ll want to slap him one minute, then kiss him in the next. 😎

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Hand in Glove 1
✿ Hand In Glove ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 1

Have you had the pleasure yet?
What are you afraid of? Falling in love or something?

Synopsis:

Ashton Wright is the quintessential artist with a tortured past. Singer / songwriter and entrancing frontman for the legendary indie band the Stick Shift Lips, he is the epitome of a rock star. He’s gorgeous, talented and his fans love him. The trouble is, his sordid past continues to haunt him to the point where he’s become reclusive and withdrawn. He no longer seeks the limelight and the self destructive guilt that he carries within himself is making him question whether or not he wants to leave the band for good. Out of sheer loneliness and despair he takes out an add for a personal assistant.

The last thing Ashton expected was to find love and redemption in the form of Chloe Martin, a timid and shy art school graduate, stuck in a directionless dead end job. When in a twist of fate, Chloe discovers Ashton’s ad in a local cafe and he instantly offers her the position, they find themselves at a crossroad.

Dare she take the job and risk losing her heart to the haunted singer? Is she the answer to his salvation? Will she be able to adapt to the provocative lifestyle of a real life rock star and his equally challenging band mates?

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Amazon:
US: http://amzn.com/B00LFUBZVM
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00LFUBZVM
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LFUBZV
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00LFUBZVM
iBooks:
US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hand-in-glove/id814840688?mt=11
CA: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/hand-in-glove/id814840688?mt=11
UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/hand-in-glove/id814840688?mt=11
AU: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/hand-in-glove/id814840688?mt=11
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401623
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/hand-in-glove-6
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hand-in-glove-maria-bernard/1118585663?ean=2940045669894

Teaser, Featuring Model: Ugly Rob

#RockstarRomance #SweetRomance #RockstarAlert #StickShiftLipsSeries

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 Sound Shelter 1
✿ Sound Shelter ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 2

Synopsis:

When small town girl, Audrey Lane hopped on a plane, hoping to kick start her life and promising new career in the big city of Chicago, the last thing she expected was to lose her luggage along with all of her worldly possessions and being abandoned at the airport by her hair brained rocker cousin.

The last thing Nick Arrow, the painfully handsome bass player needed was to be sent on a last minute errand to the airport to fetch his questionable friend’s cousin.

Still reeling from the pain of unrequited love, Nick doesn’t have any room in his broken heart for anyone other than his best friend’s fiancé, but when he finds the fresh faced, blue eyed beauty, stranded at the airport, looking lost and so very much afraid, he’s inwardly torn. Will he simply dump her off at a local seedy hotel or will he take her home and risk opening himself up to heartache once again?

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Amazon:
US: http://amzn.com/B00LMBLF6E
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00LMBLF6E
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LMBLF6E
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00LMBLF6E
Amazon Author Page US: http://amzn.to/1MoBvTR
Amazon Author Page UK: http://amzn.to/1JfJboa

iBooks
US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sound-shelter/id819534359?mt=11
CA: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/sound-shelter/id819534359?mt=11
UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/sound-shelter/id819534359?mt=11
AU: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/sound-shelter/id819534359?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/406604
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/sound-shelter
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sound-shelter-maria-bernard/1118621068?ean=2940045684514

#RockstarRomance #RockstarAlert #StickShiftLipsSeries

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Sweet Reprieve 1
✿ Sound Shelter ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 2

Synopsis:

When small town girl, Audrey Lane hopped on a plane, hoping to kick start her life and promising new career in the big city of Chicago, the last thing she expected was to lose her luggage along with all of her worldly possessions and being abandoned at the airport by her hair brained rocker cousin.

The last thing Nick Arrow, the painfully handsome bass player needed was to be sent on a last minute errand to the airport to fetch his questionable friend’s cousin.

Still reeling from the pain of unrequited love, Nick doesn’t have any room in his broken heart for anyone other than his best friend’s fiancé, but when he finds the fresh faced, blue eyed beauty, stranded at the airport, looking lost and so very much afraid, he’s inwardly torn. Will he simply dump her off at a local seedy hotel or will he take her home and risk opening himself up to heartache once again?

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Amazon:
US: http://amzn.com/B00LMBLF6E
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00LMBLF6E
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LMBLF6E
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00LMBLF6E
Amazon Author Page US: http://amzn.to/1MoBvTR
Amazon Author Page UK: http://amzn.to/1JfJboa

iBooks
US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sound-shelter/id819534359?mt=11
CA: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/sound-shelter/id819534359?mt=11
UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/sound-shelter/id819534359?mt=11
AU: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/sound-shelter/id819534359?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/406604
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/sound-shelter
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sound-shelter-maria-bernard/1118621068?ean=2940045684514

#RockstarRomance #RockstarAlert #StickShiftLipsSeries

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Reluctant Hero 1
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✿ Reluctant Hero ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 4

Excerpt: © 2014 Reluctant Hero

“How would you like me?” Kayla asked, kicking off her boots.
“I don’t even care,” Jamie said, standing over her, pulling off his shirt.

Synopsis:

She’s his biggest fan. He’s her ultimate hero.

What is it they say? Never meet your heroes, you’ll only be disappointed. Well, Kayla Reynolds learned that lesson the hard way.

Jamie Gale, the wild and unhinged drummer for the local rock band the Stick Shift Lips, is a self confirmed bachelor living the rock star life to it’s fullest. A guy like him doesn’t have time for starry eyed fangirls like Kayla. Girls like her expect too much and he just isn’t that way inclined. No way, Jamie prefers enjoying his fame with the multitudes of uninhibited groupies of who’s favours didn’t require more effort than a wink of an eye.

When his callous rejection of her at a meet and greet, sends her into the awaiting arms of an opportunistic sexual predator, in the guise of an up and coming rock star, poor Kayla finds herself in a heap of trouble.

Will Jamie get to her in time to be her real life hero? Will he finally put aside his lone wolf status and risk falling in love with his suddenly broken and bruised, biggest fan?

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Amazon:
US: http://amzn.com/B00LMLKZW4
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00LMLKZW4
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LMLKZW4
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00LMLKZW4
Amazon Author Page US: http://amzn.to/1MoBvTR
Amazon Author Page UK: http://amzn.to/1JfJboa

iBooks:
US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reluctant-hero/id873114033?mt=11
CA: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/reluctant-hero/id873114033?mt=11
UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/reluctant-hero/id873114033?mt=11
AU: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/reluctant-hero/id873114033?mt=11

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/434094
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/reluctant-hero-7
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reluctant-hero-maria-bernard/1119459234?ean=2940045917605

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Dream for Winter 1
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✿ A Dream for Winter ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 6, Spinoff 2

What happens when the bullied get bullied too far?

Excerpt: © 2014 A Dream for Winter

“You could live here,” she paused, looking him in the eyes.
“Then neither of us would ever have to be scared of him again.”
“He scares you?” Sage asked, involuntarily licking his lips.
“Yes…” Carlie said, blinking nervously.
“Do I scare you?” he asked, leaning in close.
“No….” she lied.
“Really?”
“Should I be?” she gasped, wide eyed as he snaked an arm around her waist.

Synopsis:

Carlie…

Boy or a girl, straight or gay, goth or not?
Who is he and where does he come from?

What is his story and what’s with all the black?
He hides in corners, and makes no eye contact.

He slinks in the shadows, with no place to go.
He doesn’t think I see him, but I do.
I don’t feel quite so alone, when he follows me home.

Sage…
The world is dreary and my cold heart is weary.
Reasons for living are far and few.

Much of my world had died and gone.
Only blackness and rage live on.

My sole purpose is my music.
My guitar, my only friend.

This world doesn’t understand me.
I don’t belong.

Until the girl with the red mittens,
came along.

Sage is a mystery even onto himself. The world doesn’t understand him, and that’s just fine as far as he’s concerned.

Carlie dreams of Christmas trees and family dinners. On her own for the first time, she dreads the long and lonely winter’s nights ahead.

When their contrasting worlds collide, they find in each other what they lack on their own… acceptance, passion, and love.

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Dream for Winter 2
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🎅 A Modern Day Gothic Romance set at Christmastime 🎅

✿ A Dream for Winter ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 6, Spinoff 2

Excerpt: © 2014 A Dream for Winter

“I know, but their hearts were in the right place. They didn’t want me to be left alone,” she said with a sigh.
“Well, you’re not alone now,” he reminded her, reaching for her hand.
“I know and I still can’t believe that you’re here with me,” she said, looking at his perfectly straightened blonde hair, his intricate ensemble of black layers. “What time did you get up anyway? How can you be so polished and put together in all your gothy gloriousness when I haven’t even gotten a brush through my hair yet?”
“Don’t worry about that,” he said with a crooked smile. “I love this whole tousled look of yours. Remember, opposites attract.”
“Tousled?” she repeated, self-consciously.
“Yeah I love it,” he said, laughingly. “You’re like a cute little wild animal with your big brown eyes.”
“You’re being silly,” she said, playfully feeding him a bit of her pancake.
“Mmm fingers.” He nibbled on her fingertips.
“That tickles,” she giggled, enjoying the feel of his warm wet lips. “Do it again,” she said, holding out her hand.
“Tasty…” he murmured, nibbling on all five fingertips. “You like that, don’t you?”
“Uh huh…” she said, closing her eyes. “Don’t stop.”
“What if we dipped them in a little syrup?” he suggested, as he traced her fingers around his plate then put them to his lips again.
“Yes…” she said.
“What if we put a little syrup on your lips?” he said, encouraging her onto his lap.
“Yes…” she said, as he dipped his fingers into the syrup and traced them over her mouth.
“Oh, yes…yes…” he said, sucking on her bottom lip.

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My Favourite Review for A Dream For Winter “Loved this latest installment to the Stick Shift Lips universe! It was like a beautifully modern gothic urban fairy tale set at Christmastime. Like all the Stick Shift Lips books, the characters draw you in with their complexity, vulnerability and endearing quirks.”
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****** What do you think about infusing your rockstars with a paranormal twist?   ******
The Balcony 1

✿ The Balcony ✿ By Maria Bernard
✿ Rockstar Romance with a Paranormal Twist
✿•.❀•.Get it now for 1.99.•❀.•✿ (Limited Time Only)

The Balcony 2

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This book is a standalone read. It’s my only paranormal romance so far. It’s different, I’ll give you that. These characters literally took over and basically wrote their own stories. I seriously believe that. I’m not even joking or pretending here. It’s the honest truth. Read it and see for yourself. Then let me know if you notice when the ghosts took over.

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✿ The Balcony ✿ By Maria Bernard
✿ Rockstar Romance with a Paranormal Twist
✿•.❀•.Get it now for 1.99.•❀.•✿ (Limited Time Only)

Have you met your guardians?
Do you believe in ghosts?
Have you met Phantom and Angel?
Perhaps you should make the effort…
Take a look over your right shoulder…Now take a look over your left..Hey, did you feel that?

Excerpt: © 2015 The Balcony

“They crave attention,” Wraith said, looking back at her. “For some reason, you captivate them.” Some reason indeed, he realized, all too aware of her obvious feminine attributes, her shapely legs, the curve of her hips, the softness of her skin. “Perhaps you could try and ignore them, pretend they’re not there.”

Synopsis:

In this haunting tale of loss and redemption, Emma is at her wits end. Having just moved into her first apartment, in the desired Hollywood Hills, the intimidating characters next door are more than she bargained for, especially since her balcony, the very reason she’d rented the place was situated right next to theirs.
Wanting to be left alone to wallow in self-pity, soul destroyed rocker, Wraith, is at the end of his rope. The last thing he needs to deal with is his sexy new neighbour’s undeniable presence, something that he and his notorious bandmates have gone without for too long.
When their annoying flirtations get out of control, will Wraith finally find it within himself to step in, or will he do nothing, much like he’s done with his life these last two years? Will he become the hero that Emma desperately needs or is there more than meets the eye?

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Amazon:
US: http://amzn.com/B00SPH2UK8
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00SPH2UK8
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00SPH2UK8
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00SPH2UK8
iBooks
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Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/513560
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-balcony-maria-bernard/1121128196?ean=2940046538564
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/the-balcony-6

#RockstarRomance #ParanormalRomance #AngelRomance #GhostRomance

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Wherever Girl 1

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This book is my second standalone read. It’s as classic a romance as they come. It’s a perfect book to read when looking for an easy escape from it all. I’m a lover of travelling, and this story was born of one of those many adventures I’ve been blessed with experiencing over the years. This book takes place in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a wild and gorgeous place, a definite must for your bucket list.

❀••Perfect Beach Read••❀
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Where would you go if you had nothing left to keep you around?

This is your chance to meet Skylar Dawn and his sexy, surfing bandmates, The Higher Tider Rogues. Need a place to stay while in OBX why not crash at Skylar Dawn’s B&B?

All Sara Darling wanted was a place to to get away from it all. What she got, was whole lot of sexy sun kissed surfer, in the form of Skylar Dawn…

“You’ve reached Skylar Dawn’s B&B, Skylar speaking, may I help you?”
”WTF? Skylar Dawn’s a man?”

Spring took its time coming that year. When it finally did arrive, summer was already hot on its heels. Good thing too, because the preceding winter had just about sapped Sara Darling of all that was left of her heart and soul. In fact, the past three years of her young life had been nothing short of a nightmare…
Having nothing left to keep her around but memories, she flies away on a jet plane to the first place that calls her name, Outer Banks, NC.
Imagine her surprise when she arrives, and discovers that not only is she is the first, but the only guest at Skylar’s Bed & Breakfast. An establishment run by a local skirt chasing, beach bum with a heart of gold.
When she meets his gorgeous friends, and fellow bandmates of the High Tider Rogues, she can’t help but wonder if she’s died and gone to Heaven.
All she wanted was a place to rest, a place to mourn her loss. What she got, was whole lot of sexy sun kissed surfer, in the form of Skylar Dawn…

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Amazon:
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http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00W2FVQPE
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Smashwords:
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Wherever Girl 2

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****** Maria is also sharing her work in progress, House of Goths, on Wattpad.  She has a planned New Year’s Day release for it, but in the meantime I have fallen completely in love with following it on Wattpad – she tries to add a chapter every Friday.   Sweet frustration waiting week by week, but I adore it.   Here’s what she has to say about it. (And MAYBE if you beg her sweetly she will share some pictures of her dream cast on this one.  😉 ******
House of Goths 1
I also have a very exciting ongoing work in progress happening right now on Wattpad! Entered the #wattys2015 awards!

Caution 💀💀💀🐹 Very Addictive Content

House of Goths by Maria Bernard
FREE to read on Wattpad
http://www.wattpad.com/story/34008434-house-of-goths

Becky Sparks is a nice, normal girl who refuses to spend her college years living in a lonely, soul destroying dorm, surrounded by people who don’t care enough to ask her name. Kelley Keele, is a goth with a dark past. He resides at what he and his equally eccentric housemates, Crispin and Dorian, like to refer to as the House of Goths. These two polar opposites literally crash into each other on the first day of class. Mesmerized by his overwhelming persona, Becky feels an instant bond with the scary goth with red streaks in his hair. So much so that when she spies him putting up an ad for a fourth housemate, Becky jumps at the chance to move in, away from her dreary life at the unfriendly dorm. Problem is… well she’s a girl, and a mundane one at that…

© 2015 Excerpt:
“You forget yourself, sweetheart,” he said with his nose buried in her hair. “We have rules, don’t we?” She nodded nervously, suddenly thinking that her earlier tussle with Crispin was nothing compared to the helplessness she felt under Kelley’s spell.
“Rules, put in place for your safety,” he reminded her. “If you don’t like the rules, you can always move out.” Again she nodded, silently. “Understand?”
“Yes… please,” she begged.
“Please what?” he asked, leaning into to her, nuzzling her behind the ear.For a moment, she didn’t really know how to respond. For a moment, he didn’t know how she would either, so lost he was in her warm scent.She’d thought that she wanted him to let her go, but then slowly, very slowly, she realized, feeling strangely wonderful that she never wanted him to let her go.“Kelley…” she murmured, relaxing into him, liking the way he felt, his body so hard against hers. Their bodies were so different. He was hard where she was soft, tall where she was small, strong where she was weak.

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/House-of-Goths-1475176689451045

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******  Now let’s get back to the These Bones Series, of which Book 3 is releasing today! ******
These Bones Series 2

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These Bones Rockstar Series by Maria Bernard

This series follows the adventures of four members of the Toronto Goth Band, These Bones. In each of the books you will meet struggling artist and bass player, Falquen Forrester, his fraternal twin, the gregarious singer, Gray Forrester, the impossibly handsome lead guitar player, Darien River, and last but definitely not least the soft spoken drummer, Jesse Rain.

✿Falquen’s Nest Book 1 ✿ Released
✿Joy and Sorrow Book 2 ✿ Released
✿Bleed Out Your Heart Book 3 ✿ Oct 1, 2015 or ✿Pre-Order✿Now
✿Jesse’s Reign Book 4 ✿ Releasing Nov 30, 2015

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Falquens Nest 1

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✿ Falquen’s Nest ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ These Bones Rockstar Romance Series, Book 1

Excerpt: ©2015 Falquen’s Nest

“I’ve got one more place to check out.”
“Well, I sure hope this one turns out better for you than the last two.”
Janie raised her eyebrows in agreement as she finished her coffee. Understatement of the year, that was actually. Janie wasn’t completely naive. She had anticipated a little difficulty in finding a decent, affordable apartment, but she hadn’t realized that it would be this challenging.
“Well, at least this one is in the art district,” Charlotte said, encouragingly as she handed the newspaper clipping back to Janie. “You’ll fit in just fine there.”
“Is it?” She had no clue about what Toronto neighbourhoods were best when it came to this city. As far as she could tell, one moment you could be walking down a seemingly safe street to then turn a corner and find yourself in a completely seedy, scary stretch of road.
“Yeah, well sort of,” Charlotte said, reflectively. “Parts of it can get a tad sketchy after dark, but I’m sure it’ll be fine. Besides you won’t be living alone either so….”
“Right…” Janie said, chewing on her bottom lip. Just who would she end up living with, she wondered warily?
It was already late in the day, and Janie was tired and discouraged. She glanced down at her newspaper clipping and scratched a big red X on the last apartment. She shuddered just thinking about the place.

Synopsis:

In this classic tale of opposites attract, we meet Janie Drago and Falquen Forrester.

Falquen is a moody Goth bass player for local band, These Bones. Besides being a brilliant musician, he is also an up and coming painter with eccentric tastes. He lives alone in his art studio above an artist’s supply shop, The Crypt. Needing a little extra cash, he very reluctantly takes out an ad, renting out the spare room in his apartment.

Janie is a fresh out of art college, watercolorist. She paints happy pictures of gardens and kittens. She’s hoping to dive in head first into Toronto’s art circuit and make a name for herself. To do that, she moves out of her childhood home in the suburbs to find a place in the city.

After a few failed attempts, Janie’s search for a place of her own has gotten desperate.

What happens when fate brings these two polar opposites together?

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Amazon
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iBooks
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Joy and Sorrow 1

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✿ Joy and Sorrow ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ These Bones Rockstar Romance Series, Book 2

Excerpt: ©2015 Joy and Sorrow

“Faith…” He raised an eyebrow, relishing the sound of her name on his tongue. “Tell me about yourself.”
“I don’t know what to say,” she said, furrowing her brow. “I just told you that I was shy.”
“All right,” he chuckled, smiling crookedly at her. “I get it.”
“Good,” she said, letting out a nervous breath. Why was her heart racing? Why was he looking at her that way? Smiling that way? Like he knew something she didn’t.
“I’ll do the talking then,” he said in that ultra sexy gravelly voice of his. “Right, here goes,” he took a deep breath. “Well, Faith, I’ve been wanting to ask you out for a while now.”
“Really?”
“Yes, really.”
“Me? Why?”
“Why not you?”
She only shrugged.
“Surely, you know why. Or at least have an idea,” he said with a playful smile, his fingers reaching for hers. When she flinched, he held off, resting them on the table. How would she react if he answered truthfully? Because I want to taste your lips, feel you shudder, hear you scream my name…
“No, I don’t,” she whispered, swallowing a nervous breath.
“Well, then I’ll just tell you,” he said, leaning towards her.

Synopsis:

Darien River is the gorgeous and charming lead guitar player for These Bones, a local goth rock band.

Faith Cromley is an extremely shy introvert. She works at Dave’s Music Shop and does her best to avoid the intimidating clientele. Hiding away in her relatively quiet classical instrument department suits her just fine.

In a twist of fate, these two contrasting individuals are thrust together. Their mutual attraction is undeniable. They instantly fall for each other.

Unfortunately their budding romance gets thrown off track by an untimely tragedy. Will love be enough to sustain them? Will their relationship survive the emotional upheaval? Will they stick it out through joy and sorrow?

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UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010OPUTBU
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B010OPUTBU
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B010OPUTBU

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Bleed Your Heart Out 2

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❥ ✿ ❥ ✿ NEW RELEASE ✿ ❥✿ ❥✿
✿✿ Release Date Oct 1, 2015 ✿✿

✿ Bleed Out Your Heart ✿ by Maria Bernard
✿ These Bones Rockstar Romance Series, Book 3

Synopsis:

When you’ve been stripped of your soul, bleed out your heart…
Marly Michaels had it all, popularity, good looks, a promising future, and the perfect relationship… or so it seemed. In reality, that perfect relationship was a living nightmare.

With a methodical stripping away of her confidence, her volatile ex-fiancé nearly succeeds in destroying her. She has tried to escape in the past, but in the end, he always finds her.

In one last desperate attempt at freedom, Marly turns to her long lost childhood friend, Carla, for help. She and her eccentric friends welcome Marly into their circle with open arms.

In the company of Goths, a segment of society shrouded in mystery and speculation, Marly finally finds sanctuary, and Gray Forrester.

Gray is the mesmerizing singer for local band, These Bones. He is a man of many talents, including the ability to heal a wounded spirit. Inexplicably drawn to the sadness in Marly’s eyes, he finds himself compelled to help restore her soul. The trouble is, in order to do that he needs to remain emotionally detached… not an easy task for the gregarious Goth.

Excerpt: ©2015 Bleed Out Your Heart

“What about you, specifically?” Marly asked. “What do you like about being Goth?”
“Ah, now that’s a very nice question,” Gray said, looking well pleased. Here was someone who genuinely wanted to listen to him talk, unlike most of his friends who usually rolled their eyes at him. “I love it all. The clothing, the makeup, the music scene, I love the darkness, the mystery, the culture… Dare I go on?”

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Amazon:
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CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B015HRHJQI
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015HRHJQI
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B015HRHJQI

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Smashwords:
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Kobo & B&N Links to come

#RockstarAlert #Preorder #newrelease

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Jesse's Reign 1
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Book Four — Nov. 30, 2015
Jesse’s Reign — Taking Chances

Excerpt from ©2015 Jesse’s Reign
“Beverly… about tonight,” he started to say. “I had a lovely time,” she smiled up at him. “You did? Even with all the trouble?” he asked cautiously. “Uh, huh… I loved watching you play your drums. You’re so talented.” She pulled him down for sensual hug. “And so sexy.” Judging from the heady look she gave him, Jesse didn’t hesitate with anymore questions. He needed her as much as she needed him. He wanted to lose himself in her warm little body for a while, to forget everything and everyone else for now

 These Bones Series 3These Bones Series 4

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 ****** HOW TO STALK MARIA ******

My Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8284044.Maria_Bernard

Maria Bernard’s FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MariaBernardWriter

Rockstars Among Us Book Club:  (A Group for writers, readers and lovers of all things rockstar. Consider yourselves invited:) https://www.facebook.com/groups/503989643074118/

Maria Bernard’s Amazon Author Page US: http://amazon.com/author/mariabernard

Maria Bernard’s Amazon Author Page UK: Amazon Author Page UK: http://amzn.to/1JfJboa

Maria Bernard’s Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/booky7

Maria Bernard’s House of Goths FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/House-of-Goths/1475176689451045

Website: http://stickshiftlips.com/

website: thesebones.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bernard3096/

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******  I just want to give a huge thanks to Maria for being with us today, and being brave enough to be the first one up!  I hope you will check her out further (and join the Rockstars Among Us Book Club – what a fun group!) and take a moment to wish her a happy release day today!  ******

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