Events, Novels, Publications, Writing

Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (August 21st, 2021)

I’m so excited to be getting ready for the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (RRBB) in August. I have attended many years as a reader and I’m overjoyed to now be one of the attending authors! This event will be taking place in Cedar Falls, Iowa and is FREE TO ATTEND! There will be many romance authors (of a variety of sub-genres) with fun games, raffles, and swag. It’s a great way to find new authors to follow and new books to read.

As you can see, there are MANY authors you could visit and talk with — I’m only one of them! I have been spending the last couple months getting ready for this event and publishing my first contemporary romance novel, “A Second Chance”. I’m so excited that I FINALLY got my copies in and am now ready to go!

In addition to selling “A Second Chance”, I will also be selling my other two publications: “Goodnight, Little Grubb” (Children’s Picture Book) and “Fae Spreads: 2020” (Tarot Spreads Book). In addition, I plan to have lots of fun swag and even a raffle basket for those who purchase a book or sign up for my newsletter!

I hope you all will consider attending the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast. It is sure to be a lot of fun! Until then, happy reading and be sure to follow me on my other social media platforms for more updates and sneak peeks! ❤

Novels, Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo (July) — Justice (Book 1)

This month is another Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I always love participating in these challenges as it pushes me to write more and really get into my stories. This month, I am focusing on my newest novel, “Justice”.

“Justice” is the first book of a dark fantasy trilogy I am working on. I have so many ideas and so very little time to write. But I’m hoping Camp NaNo will put me back on track!

My goal this month is to edit the first draft I wrote back in November and hopefully get a more concrete draft completed. Until then, check out the sneak peek and buttons below to learn more about “Justice” and the inspiration I have for this new trilogy!

Summary of “Justice”

When the world was ruled by chaos and evil, the gods stepped in and blessed two individuals to bring peace and balance, Justice and her Knight. Together they oversee law and order in the land. The line of Justice has gone strong for hundreds of years, until now.

As the peacekeepers and magistrates work to keep the world in balance, they struggle to find a new Justice. And when they do find the perfect candidate, she doesn’t want the job. Unfortunately for Arra, the young woman who passed the test, they plan to use her–whether she likes it or not.

Sneak Peek of “Justice”

***This is a sneak peek from the unfinished draft. This may be changed in the final story.***

“What are you?”

Arra sat on the hard ground with her knees up to her chest. Her treasured pressing book sat next to her as she contemplated her latest collection. The bloom twisted and twirled between her fingers as she looked closely at the nearly iridescent red petals, the little pop of black in the center with the thick stem.

Letting out a deep sigh, she leaned back, propping herself up on one of her elbows. “You look like hibiscus, but…” Arra put the bloom under her nose and breathed deeply. A wonderful scent filled her, a crisp and nearly fruity scent. It wasn’t like the strong and nearly overpowering scent of the local hibiscus that grew wild in the forest. Her mother loved having that variety in her morning tea so she would know that scent anywhere.

It was a puzzle, that was for certain. Perhaps one she could piece together in town.

Shifting over onto her stomach, Arra pulled her small book over to her and opened it to the last press she had pressed, a bit of lavender from her mother’s garden. She pressed it with such care, hopefully a gift for Magda’s upcoming birthday celebration. Her best friend loved lavender, whether it was the scent, the tea, or the plant itself. This would make a lovely little gift, something personal and special. Since Arra didn’t have any extra coin to purchase a gift, she hoped Magda would enjoy this one.

Arra flipped past the page of pressed lavender, went about ten pages later and then gently laid down the strange bloom. She took care to twist one of the leaves around so it faced up, arranging the petals perfectly so they would lay flat once pressed between the pages of the book. If she had the time, she would have taken it back to the house and made an afternoon of it, but she knew her father would be coming soon to collect her for a trip to town.

A quick press would do for now. She could always come back for another sample once she identified this one. Speaking of which, perhaps she could use the Peacekeeper’s library to see if she could identify it? The thought make her nearly giddy. There was nothing she loved more than exploring that small, ancient library.

It would also suit another purpose. She needed to speak to him about her letter anyway.

The letter.

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Novels, Publications

“A Second Chance” is now Published!

I am so excited to announce that my debut contemporary romance novel, “A Second Chance”, is now available for purchase on Amazon! An ebook will be coming soon — hopefully later today.

I want to thank everyone for your support and love during this journey. It has always been my dream to publish a novel and now I have done it! ❤ I couldn’t have done it without all of you.

Feel free to take a look at “A Second Chance” on Amazon — OR — if you will be in Cedar Falls on August 21st you can stop by the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast and buy a copy in person and get it signed! ❤

I can’t believe I’m officially a published romance author! HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!

As always, I will be doing a giveaway on though this site for my followers. Once I get the print copies in, I will be sending out a FREE, SIGNED copy of “A Second Chance” to one of you! Be sure to follow this blog to be entered to win!

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Novels, Publications

“A Second Chance” Release Date – July 1st, 2021

I am so excited to announce “A Second Chance” will be available for purchase on July 1st, 2021!

“A Second Chance” will be my debut romance novel, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

In addition to selling the book on amazon (print and ebook), I will also be selling the novel in person at The Romance Rendezvous Book Blast in Cedar Falls, Iowa (August 21st). If you are able to attend the event in August, you will have a chance to talk with me and get a signed copy as well! Of course, I will be doing a giveaway on my platforms, so keep an eye out for that announcement and how you can be entered to win!

Until then, here are some sneak peeks and details about the novel. Enjoy!

Lucian Pereli spent the last five years paying his dues to society. He’s ready to move on from the past and start his life anew. However, he quickly learns it isn’t as easy as he thought.

Raina Carstens has been through a great deal in her life, but she has moved on from her grief. She now has a successful café and strives to help any she can.

But can Raina and Lucian work through the complications of their interconnecting lives and face the challenges that come with realizing they have fallen in love with each other?

Back Summary of “A Second Chance”

“A Second Chance” Details

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Best Friend’s Brother, Café Romance, Second Chance on Life

Protagonist(s): Raina Carstens, Lucian Pereli

Antagonist(s): SPOILERS! ;p

Warnings: This novel contains mentions and healing from past trauma and incarceration, anxiety and panic attacks, and contains stalking and physical violence.

Page Count: 237

I hope you are as excited for the release as I am! Happy Reading!

~Shanna Pikora


“A Second Chance” Chapter 8 — Live

I’m so excited to announce chapter 8 of “A Second Chance” is now live in Mag Pie! Be sure to take a look as this chapter and the next will be the last posted in Mag Pie as I’ll be publishing this novel in July. Until then, be sure to go back and check out the previous issues of Mag Pie (and subscribe to the digital zine because it’s amazing).

I hope you enjoy the latest chapter!

Happy Reading,

Shanna Pikora