Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Frozen by Lies (Sleigh Riders #1) by Martha Sweeney

Title: Frozen by Lies
Series: Sleigh Riders #1
Author: Martha Sweeney
Publisher: WWN Publishing Group
Publication Date: December 6th 2022
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

BESTSELLING author Martha Sweeney presents her first paranormal romance/fantasy series (Sleigh Riders) that features bikers, swearing, spiked hot chocolate, magic, innuendos and so much more.

The bitter fault of one caused the magic from within to wither and die.

A feud has ensued for many generations, leaving most from both the Frost Clan and the Klaus Clan unaware of its origin. What happens when Noelle Frost and Nikolaus Klaus find themselves drawn to each other? Will their worlds collide, destroying everything in their wake? Or, do they have the power to bridge the ancient chasm and restore balance to the world?

This is NOT your average holiday story and NOT for the faint of heart.

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No one remembers the reason why the feud started and there’s no need to hold onto it for the most recent incident,” she huffs. “Let things be as they will be.”

“It’ ain’t—“

“Hush,” she scolds. “I will not hear another word of it.”

Despite his disagreement on the matter, Grandpa Jack makes his way back inside, whispering under his breath. Grandma Sapphria follows after him, hoping to defuse any tension and to make sure no one else tries to pick another fight.

“You okay, kid?” Noelle asks, bringing over two hot chocolates, extra marshmallows, and an extra shot of whiskey for Nikolaus.

“I’m not a kid,” he refutes. He takes a sip of the hot beverage. “F*ck, this is good.”

“Language, Nicky,” Nikolaus chides.

Noelle snickers.


Nikolaus starts to reach for Nicky’s mug. “I’ll happily drink—“

“No,” Nicky whines, pulling it closer to him. “I’m sorry. And, thank you.”

“You’re welcome,” Noelle sighs. “Besides, the language thing doesn’t bother me.”

“Will you join us?” Nikolaus asks.

Noelle’s bites her tongue as she considers the offer.

“She’d be glad to, sugar,” Grandma Sapphria states, approaching the table. “My apologies for the way the men were with ya. I hope they didn’t scare you too much?”

“I’m good,” Nicky claims.

“Good,” Grandma Sapphria coos with a smile. “Sit, Elle. Relax.”


“Sit,” Grandma commands.

Noelle quickly lowers to the seat next to Nikolaus, knowing not to challenge her grandmother—regardless of her elder status.

“I’ll bring you one as well,” she states, leaving in the next breath.

It takes Noelle a second to compose herself. It’s not that she minds being so close to Nikolaus. It’s the fact that she’s drawn to him more than any other person she’s ever known. Each time she’s been near him, the pull intensifies. Plus, she enjoys his scent.

“What’s that?” Nicky inquires, picking up the shot glass.

“That will put hair on your chest among other places,” Noelle chuckles. “Instant man maker right there.”

The boy’s eyes light up as he reach for it.

“I don’t think so,” Nikolaus says, taking it from him.

Nicky frowns and looks at Noelle.

She shrugs. “Your loss. Next time, be faster.”

“Don’t encourage him,” Nikolaus scolds playfully.

“The kid did well with Blix,” Noelle states. “He deserves a shot of whiskey to commemorate it.”

Nicky grins, pleased by the praise from a beautiful woman.

“Well, drink up,” Noelle huffs.

Nikolaus clears his throat. “You can keep drinking yours, Nicky. I’ll wait for Noelle’s.”

Without hesitation, Nicky takes another gulp of the hot liquid. “Damn, that’s good.”

“Here ya go, Elle,” Grandma Sapphria says, lowering the mug and saucer to the table along with a shot of whiskey. She also places a plate with three peppermint sticks on it. “Just in case.”

“Thanks, Grandma,” Noelle replies, sitting up. She grabs a stick and stirs her drink.

Nikolaus reaches for one as well.

“Nope.” Noelle pushes the plate out of reach.

“I thought—“

“You haven’t tried it as is and then with the shot,” Noelle informs. “You’re got to start with the base and go from there to see what you prefer.”

Nikolaus chuckles and then throws back the first shot. He lifts his mug to his lips. Noelle watches eagerly for his reaction while contemplating the dirty thoughts circling in her mind. Before Nikolaus gets the chance to stop her, Noelle dumps her whiskey into Nicky’s mug.

“Noelle,” Nikolaus scolds.

Nicky takes a big chug and then makes a funny sound. “It tastes nasty.”

Nikolaus and Noelle snicker.

Nicky smacks his lips a few times and then takes another sip. “Not bad that time.”

“It’s meant to be sipped,” Noelle informs. “Never rush into a good spiked hot chocolate.”

“Why not?” Nicky asks.

“It’s not much different than kissing a girl,” she says. “Slow and steady and build from there, just like when you’re having—”

Nikolaus snorts, spraying some of his whipped cream.
Martha Sweeney is a BESTSELLING author who writes in a variety of genres: romance (contemporary, romcom, suspense, paranormal and historical), suspense, fantasy, thriller, coloring books, and soon, science fiction. She strives to push herself as a storyteller with each new tale and hopes to push her readers outside of their comfort zone whether it be genre or the stories themselves.

With a B.S. in Psychology, Martha utilizes her knowledge of human and animal behavior successfully in the business world and in her writing to present realistic characters and situations. She's been creative since she was little, always drawing, coloring or making crafts, so her venture into being an author was a natural transition.

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  1. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

  2. Sounds like a good read. I love the excerpt and book cover.

  3. oohhh this sounds fab and i cant wait to grab it

  4. Sounds like a great Paranormal Fantasy Romance read. I like the cover and excerpt.

  5. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  7. Do you enjoy being a writer?

  8. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  9. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover.

  10. This book looks like a good one -thanks

  11. i really love the title of this book

  12. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. Quote from excerpt -This is NOT your average holiday story and NOT for the faint of heart.
    Immediately draws me to the book.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  14. If you celebrate, what are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

  15. Ooooo! Is this a Christmas Romeo & Juliet paranormal biker romance? *Adding to Goodreads*

  16. Love this!! Looking forward to reading more!

  17. Sounds like a really different take on romance.