Saturday, December 8, 2018

Jack Frost Pays a Visit

It's not technically winter for another couple of weeks, but try telling that to Jack Frost and his winter-weather-loving pals. They've been 'gifting' us with snow, cold, and frost since last month. Yesterday reminded us that not everything associated with winter is to be avoided. When Jack Frost visits, magic happens on windows--if you're observant enough to spot it.

Meet our Ice Dragon and our Ice Bouquet:

These were tiny gifts, barely bigger than a silver dollar, delicate and ephemeral, but oh, so beautiful. Enjoy the magic of the season!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Who's My Favorite Hero?


I write Fantasy Romance because I can’t help it. That’s just where my brain goes—straight to heroes on horseback wielding swords and wearing armor.

You know that song from the movie Footloose (the Kevin Bacon version) where they’re driving tractors at each other and the soundtrack is playing “I Need a Hero,” someone who’s “fresh from the fight”? That’s my kind of guy. That’s Arn, Prince of Val-Feyridge, and the hero I’ve had stuck in my head since high school.

He’s a ruthless warrior, so tough men fear him—and secretly want to “be” him. If only they knew how much he’s sacrificed to reclaim his rightful title. He loves no one, trusts but a few, and is focused on the one object that would fulfill his destiny, reclaiming the lost Crown of Tolem. He’s scarred inside and out, but he’ll be damned if he lets anyone see those wounds.

Can you tell I love him?

He needs a healer. Too bad she’s the one woman he shouldn’t fall for, a low-born member of the wrong side who could be both a witch AND a spy. Of course Aerid is neither, but she is stubborn, principled and anti-war. Opposites, I know, and that’s why she’s so wrong…and so right for a man who has to face his real, core fear. He’s lost everyone he loved once. Dare he risk that pain again?

Sometimes even the bravest warrior needs a determined woman’s help to overcome his fears.

The e-book is on sale for Veteran’s Day (kind of appropriate, don’t you think?) for just $2.24 at my publisher’s site: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/742_helencjohannes

Also, on Friday, Nov. 16, for one day only, you can go to The Romance Review’s Year End Splash Party site and play trivia for a chance to win a Kindle copy of THE PRINCE OF VAL-FEYRIDGE. You’ll have to register, if you’re not already a member, and log-in to play. Click on the link in the poster to the top left and you’ll be right there.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Coming in November--Giveaway!

The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party runs the entire month of November. Be sure to head over there for daily trivia games and giveaway prizes. Remember, you have to log in to enter. Mark your calendar: I'll be giving away a Kindle copy of THE PRINCE OF VAL-FEYRIDGE on Friday, Nov. 16. For a link to TRR's Year End Splash Party, click on the poster at left starting on Nov. 1.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Who's My Favorite Heroine?

This month Coffee Time Romance is asking authors to dish on their favorite heroine from the books they've written. Here's the link to my post about my first published heroine, Aerid from THE PRINCE OF VAL-FEYRIDGE: https://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/adsep2018-helen-c-johannes/
Join me and more than 20 other authors as we reveal all kinds of connections to our heroines.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Best Writing Advice

This month Coffee Time Romance's Authors Dish topic is 'best writing advice.' Over 20 authors are participating. Mine is about helping the reader 'keep score.' Here's the link if you'd like to hop over and join the conversation: https://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/adaug2018-helen-c-johannes/

Friday, June 29, 2018

Giveaway!


Saturday, June 30 only! I'm offering a Kindle copy of BLOODSTONE on The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Party Event. For a chance to win, be sure to log in to TRR and correctly answer a trivia question about the book (using the provided hint, of course): http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Confessions of a Fantasy Romance Author -- Video Version!

Some time ago I visited the blog of my friend and fellow author Mary Hughes and created a post entitled "Confessions of a Fantasy Romance Author" to celebrate publication of THE PRINCE OF VAL-FEYRIDGE. 

Well, my talented and creative friend Mary has recently begun creating videos from her archived blog posts. She's taken my words and added pictures and music to create an amazing piece of art. I invite you to view it by clicking here: Confessions of a Fantasy Romance Author

Please leave Mary a comment to tell her how fantastically talented and generous she is. I can't thank her enough.