May 01

Booklovers Buffet May Day Celebration #BookLVRSBuffet

IRIbannerFB2Love romance in the Spring? So do we! Fifty of your favorite authors are celebrating May 1st with a fabulous  Facebook party from 3-10PM EDT. Live chat with authors, win prizes, ebooks, audiobooks, gift cards, and more. Park yourself there and hang out, or pop by any time to get in on the conversation. Giveaways and ebook prizes will be flowing!

The May Day Romance Bouquet of Books features a smorgasbord of treats from over 50 authors in multiple romance genres: Young Adult, New Adult, contemporary, historical, paranormal, even erotic romance. Something for everyone! Check out the titles at our Book Lovers Buffet website. You can catch a brief glance in this video created by author Aileen Fish.

 

To join the party on May 1, sign up at the event page! Hope to see you there. Or join the discussion at our Goodreads group.

Jan 13

BLOG TOUR and GUEST POST – SECRET SISTER by Emelle Gamble

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by Emelle Gamble

Emelle will be awarding a $100 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during her Virtual Book Tour. Follow the tour and use the Rafflecopter below for your entry!!

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To their friends, Nick and Cathy Chance have the perfect marriage. High school sweethearts who’ve been together for ten years, they’ve weathered challenges and are as committed as they were when they first fell in love. Cathy trusts Nick, Nick’s world revolves around his wife, and the future looks golden.

To everyone who knows them, Cathy Chance and Roxanne Ruiz have a perfect friendship. They connected in grade school and since then have been each other’s confident and trusted advisor. Cathy loves the gorgeous Roxanne like a sister, Roxanne has fun-loving Cathy’s back in every situation, though lately there’s been tension between these two best friends…

And then, on a sunny summer morning, the unthinkable occurs, throwing into doubt the truth of what each of these people really know about themselves and one another.

Will Roxanne’s sacrifice be too little, and too late? Should Nick’s love for his wife be strong enough to risk trusting his heart more than logic? Can Cathy’s devotion to Nick give her enough strength to convince him to see her for who she really is?

Secret Sister proves how strong, how stubborn, and how trustworthy love can be as Nick and Cathy and Roxanne are challenged to overcome the secrets, the lies … and one extraordinary twist of fate that turns their lives upside down.

Excerpt:

“May I sit down, Nick?”

I nodded. Roxanne sat at the table in the kitchen. Despite her appearance, she seemed in control. I felt her eyes on me as I poured myself a glass of water.

The kitchen was a mess. For a second I was embarrassed by the dirty dishes, the soured milk on the counter. Then I got a grip. This wasn’t a social call and Roxanne wasn’t someone I was trying to impress. Every time she walked into the room, she did so with an agenda.

I turned around. “Do you want something to drink?”

She shook her head.

I sat across from her. She was pinching the back of her hand, like Cathy used to do.

“What’s going on? What do you want from me?” I sounded angrier than I thought I was.

“What do you mean?”

“You’re fooling around with your hands exactly like Cathy always did. You never had that habit. Why are you doing stuff like that?”

“What else am I doing?”

“You’re wearing your hair pulled back in a ribbon, and clothes like my wife wore.” I pointed at her blouse. “And you’re acting weird with the cat, like she’s your cat, among other things. It’s freaking my sister out.”

Roxanne fidgeted. “That’s ridiculous,” she said, but her face revealed I’d hit a nerve…

Guest Post: Books belong to Readers, not authors….by Emelle Gamble

“How do you think Secret Sister ended?”

My dear friend Kathleen R. asked me this question a few weeks ago. I was surprised at her question, and my first thought was, ‘What do you mean, how do I think it ended? I know how it ended. I wrote it.’

But of course her question was brilliant, like most things she says are. And it got me thinking.

My opinion on how Secret Sister ends is just that, my opinion. I weaved hints, clues, and statements of fact throughout the 90,000 word novel.  I  ‘showed’, like all we authors try to do, what the various characters were thinking about the very strange situation Cathy and Nick Chance found themselves in. And my opinion is solidly based on my reading (and writing) of this contemporary ‘trading places’ romance.

But that doesn’t make me the final word, or ‘right’. About any of it.

Authors tell their story, and if we do it well, the ending themes and situations are clear and factually grounded in the incidents that make up the story.  Yet, I knew this but may have forgotten it, readers bring themselves to every story. The novels we immerse ourselves in reflect back into us, illuminating each of our unique life experiences.  They let us confirm, and question, our positions on life and love, and innocence and guilt, and on all the wonderful complexity of the human soul.

How many wonderful arguments have each of us had over the years about a particular character’s true motives or emotional make-up? I’ve had several heated ones in my critique group about New Yorker magazine short stories, books and numerous films…some of the most heated about characters in each of our books! “What do you mean he’s a sniveling weakling, I think this shows he’s empathetic,” I believe is an exact comment I uttered. Possibly more than once. (My male characters are very in touch with their feminine side. HA!)

The reviews about Secret Sister have certainly proven this to me…I have been shocked at readers judging the book as ‘intense’ or ‘painful’.  I’ve loved that most find the plot really hooks them and they can’t figure out how it’s going to end. But I’ve also been unhappy that a few said they hated my characters ‘at one time or another’ when reading. How could they hate these folks, I wondered? Yes, they are flawed and make mistakes, and are a bit self-involved, but… Okay, I just read that and realize, yeah, readers could hate them. Some of the time (the author wrote hopefully).

But why did some readers love these guys, and others not? Of course, Kathleen R.’s comment is the answer. The words of the story touched something in each of the readers, something unique and wonderful in their memory or heart, something I may not have intended, but something real for that reader. And real for the reader is real.

Reading is a collaborative sport, and the author doesn’t get to complain about what a reader concludes. No matter what.  So, as for the ending of Secret Sister?

One review on Goodreads and Amazon said, “The ending is not as neat as it appears, and you will find yourself asking “what if …”

This, in my somewhat shocked opinion as a writer, is a valid take away.  It wasn’t consciously designed to be an ending open to interpretation. But I realize that, if I tell the honest truth, a case can be made for Secret Sister’s final scene to prove almost the opposite of what I intended.

Ahhh…the subconscious mind. All those experiences in my life, rising up and ambushing my good narrative intentions. Or, fulfilling them?

The bottom line is ‘Yay readers’. They get the final say what your book ‘means’. It is what the reading experience is really all about. Thank you, Kathleen R., for reminding me of this.

Review Quotes:

Praise for Secret Sister

“Along with being a very unique and captivating plot, SECRET SISTER offers a shocking turn of the paranormal kind. So if you are the type of person that wants ordinary romance in a book, you won’t find that here. This is a story of friendship, family, and most of all, true love and what those things can mean. I cannot recommend SECRET SISTER strongly enough… “ Fresh Fiction, Fresh Reviews

“If you’re looking for a typical women’s fiction/romance, don’t look here… this story has a twist of the paranormal that will have you willingly stretching your belief in order to enjoy the plot. Emelle Gamble has created a story that will tear your heart out.”  Long and Short Reviews

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Emelle Gamble was a writer at an early age, bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection which evolved into bad teen poetry and took her first stab at full length fiction in an adult education writing class when her kids were in bed. As M.L. Gamble, she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin. She has contracted with Soul Mate Publishing for Secret Sister, summer of 2013, and Dating Cary Grant, an early 2014 release.

Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Emelle’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation.  She most enjoys reading stories that surprise and amaze her, and hopes her readers will enjoy the challenging and exciting journeys her characters take.

Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C.  with her husband, Phil, her hero of thirty years,  and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. These girls, like all good villains, have their reasons for misbehaving. Her daughter, Olivia, and son, Allen, are happily launched on their own and contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.

Email: emellegamble@aol.com

Website:  www.EmelleGamble.com

FaceBook:  Author Emelle Gamble

Twitter: @EmelleGamble

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Dec 12

BLOG HOP: WINTER WARMERS GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to the Winter Warmers Giveaway Hop!

With the nights drawing in and a chill in the air, it’s the perfect time to celebrate curling up in the warm with a good romance novel.

This hop is run by Felicity Heaton and Indie Romance Books and will run from December 12th – 16th 2013. Visit each of the sites below for giveaways and opportunities to win.

This giveaway hop celebrates ALL ROMANCE BOOKS for adults (meaning no YA, but NA is fine) – whether they feature swaggering business tycoons, the bad boy next door, a romance fought and won in space, or voracious vampires and sexy shifters.

MY GIVEAWAY:

5.5"X8.5" Post Card TemplateI will be giving away ebook copies of Return of the Legacy, 5.5"X8.5" Post Card TemplateDragon Rider’s Gift and Things That Go Bump For the Holidays (a winter anthology) to two random commenters. Post the titles of two books that you are hoping to cuddle up with this winter! Winners will be contacted on Dec 17th, right after the hop ends.

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I have to admit that my favorite thing is to snuggle a book full magic, mayhem, and love. Here’s an teaser from my story, Return of the Legacy.

EXCERPT: Return of the Legacy (Portals of Destiny Book 1)

“Something’s coming.” Logan’s arm halted Bri. One hand gripped her wrist as he reached over his shoulder for the pommel of his sword. “Ever felt the drop in air pressure right before the lash of a huge storm?”

The stillness extended beyond the deadness of the air. The birds were silent. No rustling issued from the underbrush.

She glanced forward and back.

“In front.” His sword slid free without a sound. The blade reflected the moonlight’s silver.

For a second, she thought the edge of his weapon wavered in a blue rim of light from tip to guard. Logan shifted and it disappeared.

A loud thunderclap reverberated around them. She expected a burnt tree or roiling clouds. Instead, three figures, cloaked head to toe in black, erupted from a fiery hole of red—a heinous fissure in the night air.

The minions spread out and circled them, pinning them to a small stretch of the clearing.

“We can’t outrun them.” Bri twisted and removed her knife, eying the minion at their back. “Stay clear of their hands. Their bones and claws are infectious.”

“The weapons look deadly.”

“They are.”

The minion before her withdrew a moon-shaped sickle. The one she could see from the corner of her eye brandished a thin glowing rapier. The rapier moved closer to Logan. A brief slash stirred chills of cold past her face.

Back to back with Logan she turned, gauging which minion would strike the first blow.

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Dec 12

BLURB BLITZ: WHEN IT’S RIGHT by Jeanette Grey

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Jeanette will be awarding a $25 gift card to the winner’s choice of Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Use the Rafflecopter below for your entry!!

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Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year’s Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.

Fun as it sounds, Cassie is reluctant to accept Nate’s invitation. Little does he know, she’s made resolutions of her own—resolutions about finally getting over her long-standing crush on him. Telling herself this trip will be the perfect “last hurrah”, she packs her bag.

The trip is a fiasco from the outset. A car that won’t start, a freak storm that strands them on the side of the road, and a long drive with too much time for true confessions. Cassie’s rocks Nate to the core, leaving him wondering if the best thing that ever happened to him has been right in front of him all along.

Warning: Contains two best friends, a secret crush, and a road trip that leads to tow trucks, unexpected hotel-room sharing, epiphanies, sex, and more.

Excerpt:

“When I first met you, I thought… I used to think you were hot. Really, really hot.”

Nate’s breath caught, and his quiet, “Oh?” sounded choked, even to him.

“Yeah. I even…you probably could have called it a crush.”

Jesus Christ. Their whole friendship twisted and changed before his eyes. “You never said anything.”

She laughed low in her throat. “Can you blame me? With all those girls throwing themselves at you…”

She was right. She usually was. Part of what had drawn him to her off the bat was that she hadn’t flirted, hadn’t flattered him or tried to get him to go home with her. Instead, she’d just talked to him. Gotten to know him, and he had gotten to know her, free from the pressures of attraction.

Not that he hadn’t felt it for her, too. In his own way.

“I always thought you were cute,” he admitted.

“Cute?” She said it like it was an insult.

“Hot, but in a different way.”

“If that’s your way of saying I have ‘a great personality’…”

“But you do!” He stopped himself. Made himself take a deep breath and think. “I mean, I know that’s a code word for ugly, but it’s not. You’re attractive because you don’t try. Because you’re just yourself, and it makes you hotter.” The words were falling out of him entirely too quickly, truths he rarely even spoke to himself meeting the air. “You’re smart and fun and nice. And yeah, you’re gorgeous, but that’s not the point. You act like just one of the guys, but you’re not. You’re you.”

He didn’t know how else to say it. And now that he was letting himself think like that, he couldn’t turn it off.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

author_JeanetteGrey1024Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing. In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.

Website:  http://jeanettegrey.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jeanettelgrey

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeanettelgrey

Blog: http://www.badgirlzwrite.com

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18293472-when-it-s-right

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Dec 11

BOOK TOUR: GHOST LOVER by Liza O’Connor

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Liza will be awarding a digital copy of “Worst Week Ever” to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and a grand prize of one $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and her Virtual Book Tour. Use the Rafflecopter below for your entry!!

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Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?

Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.

As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…

The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work is never done.

CONTENT WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.

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EXCERPT:

Senna woke to her breast beeping. Trying to make sense of the oddity, she pushed herself up to rest on her elbows and discovered the noise came from Brendon’s wristwatch. Somehow, his hand had found its way beneath her bra during the night, and now chirped like a baby chick.

 She contemplated tearing his hand off at the wrist, but he looked so angelic with his curly dark hair framing his handsome face. With a heavy sigh, she unlatched her bra and eased his hand out, then gently shook him until his face scrunched into a pained grimace.

He groaned and frowned at his noisy watch. “This is a god-awful hour to be woken up,” he said in his sexy British accent. “Never bothers me when I’m coming home at this hour.”

Senna rolled her eyes. “Speak for yourself.”

Pushing himself up, he shook his head. “Remember the second night I came around? You kept yelling at me, ‘Did I realize it was four in the morning?’ At the time, I couldn’t understand your fuss.” He groaned and scratched his scalp. “Well, I certainly understand it now. It’s bloody hell to be woken at this ungodly hour.”

GUEST POST:  Senna’s Firsts

Senna’s firsts:

If nothing else, Senna Smith does seem to experience a great deal of firsts in her life. Being raised in an orphanage, life was pretty much regulated and a repeat of the day before.

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Her ‘first time’ is with one of her professors, but not until he proposes and gives her a ring.

Her first time to destroy a valuable Grecian vase was the day she discovered her ‘fiance’ was already married with two kids.

This was quickly followed with her first expulsion from school, her first arrest and her first and hopefully only conviction for Attempted Manslaughter.

She soon learned the difficulty of getting a decent job those with a criminal record. That was an eye opener for her.

Brendon was the first person who broke a window in her apartment and crawled inside, then kept doing so until she gave up and provided him a key to the door.

GL_Brendon pic with goateeBrendon was also the first person to steal $400 from her bank account, causing her first check to bounce.

Unfortunately, it was her rent check, which resulted in her very first eviction.

For the first time in her life, someone else offers to rescue her from her troubles. Unfortunately, it’s her unwanted, bank card stealing roommate, Brendon.

His offer is a first as well: If Senna will go to England and marry him, she can take control of his trust fund containing a half million dollars.

Sounding slightly better than dying homeless on the streets of New York, Senna agrees, with one condition. She will never, ever, ever, seriously, not ever have sex with him. Their marriage will be platonic. He may have a go with every other female in the world, just not her. To her surprise, he cheerfully accepts her condition.

This is the first time she has ever put her life in the hands of such an unreliable fellow and it scares her senseless. She only prays the half million is real and not just a ploy to get her to sell all her cheap dreary furniture, which Brendon claims was dragging her down.

For the first time in her life, Senna flies in a plane…first class. Unfortunately, the ‘waitress’ only wants to serve Brendon. Lots of antics ensue, resulting in yet another first: her accidental consumption of vodka.

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I’ll stop there, but trust me, she still has more firsts to go including making love to a Ghost Lover.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Pic_Liza OconorLiza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog, Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.

Liza’s Blog and Website   Facebook   Twitter

 book: http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Lover-Liza-OConnor-ebook/dp/B00H1J5OS6/
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Dec 03

BOOK TOUR & GUEST POST: CASSIE SCOT MYSTERY SERIES by Christine Amsden

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By Christine Amsden

 

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Book One

Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

 

Excerpt:

At random, I picked up a bottle of perfume from the top shelf and read: “Induces powerful lust. Spray on your intended and make sure you are the first person they see. Lasts about an hour.”

The thing you have to understand about any magic is that there are good ways to use it, and bad ways to use it. The concept of black magic is a hotly debated topic among sorcerers. Even death, in self defense, is a shade of gray. As I stood there, reading the functions of the various love potions, I thought of all the innocent and harmful ways they could be used. A couple in a committed relationship might have a lot of fun with a spray of lust. On the other hand, using it on an unwilling victim…

I shuddered as I replaced the bottle and accidentally knocked one of the neighboring bottles of perfume to the ground. It shattered, splashing perfume all over my open-toed sandals.

“Crap.”

“What happened?” Evan asked, his voice hard and alert. I could hear him moving closer.

“Stop! I don’t want to see you right now.”

“Which potion was that?” Evan asked, still in that hard-edged voice of command.

I pointed to the row of similar bottles on the top shelf. “Lust.”

One of the little bottles floated away from the shelf, but I did not turn around to see what Evan was doing with it. Instead, I started looking through my purse for a pack of tissues to clean the mess off my feet.

“Cassie, I have some bad news for you.”

“Worse, you mean?”

“This potion doesn’t take affect until you actually look at someone. Your hour starts then.”

 

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Book Two

Secrets and Lies

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.

To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

Excerpt:

The door opened with a jingle, and something in the air told me my day had just gone from bad to worse.

“Edward,” Victor said, as if greeting an old friend.

I faced my former father for the first time since he had announced his intention to disown me. He looked just as he always had, with straight dark hair, brown eyes, a long, angular face, and a wide, curving mouth – curving downward into a frown, that is.

If Victor was the last person I had expected to see in the diner that morning, then my former father was the last person I wanted to see. Even now, with Victor explaining my part in his unusual scheme for revenge, I didn’t want my former father nearby. I didn’t want his help. I only hoped Nicolas and Juliana hadn’t broken their promise and told him about the life debt, or I would never hear the end of it.

The air crackled with visible tension. Sparks of shimmering red fire danced around my father’s head. Behind the counter, Mrs. Meyers twisted her hands together anxiously, as if afraid her diner might burn down. Her fears were not unjustified.

I stepped boldly between them, facing my father. “What are you doing here?”

“We need to talk,” he said.

“I have nothing to say to you. You disowned me, remember?”

The color seemed to drain from his face as he stared past me, at his oldest enemy.

Victor raised his water glass in a mock toast. “I’ve known for some time. If it makes you feel any worse, so does everyone else in town who hasn’t been asleep for a week. Or at least, they guess.”

“I don’t care what you think you know. Stay away from my daughter.” With that, he grabbed my arm with a hand hot enough to leave a reddened imprint on my skin, and dragged me through the kitchen to the employee room at the back. Only then did he release my injured forearm.

GUEST POST:  Character creation

If you look around it won’t take you long to find any number of character generation tools. Some of them even ask astute questions that go beyond hair color, such as personal history, religious preference, and important relationships. But I don’t think strong characters come from a fill-in-the-blank form.

Making a character is a little like making a friend – if you got to decide exactly how your new friend would answer the questions you ask. You start slowly. You have something in common, something that draws the character into the story. When you first meet a new friend the only thing you may have in common is children of about the same age playing on the playground. Likewise, when your character first enters the story you may know only that you need a sleuth.

So what do you do? You ask questions! You get to know your friend/character a bit more with each new question until you start to sense a connection that grows beyond the superficial.

That’s when I sit down and write first person journals. It doesn’t matter if I’m writing a first person book or not, but I pretend to be a character for a few minutes and write. What’s important to me? What is the first thing I think to say?

Somewhere in the journals, if you let yourself go, if you let yourself become the character for a few minutes, you’ll find more than rote facts and answers to questions. You’ll find attitude and personality – the heart and soul of a character that betas off the page.

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Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.

Website: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristineAmsden

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Nov 20

COLOR OF LOVE BLOG HOP

ColorofLove_BloghopFIVE DAYS TO MEET NEW AUTHORS, FIND WONDERFUL BOOKS, & LAUNCH THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

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Follow the tour with the links at the end of this post, enter the Rafflecopter drawing, and leave comments to win!

Color of Love Blog Hop Prizes

  • 1st prize: $50 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

  • 2nd prize: $30 Amazon gift card+ 8 ebooks

  • 3rd prize: $20 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

  • 4th prize: $10 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

  • I will also be giving away a copy of Shepherd and a copy of the Guardians of Eden Set One to two lucky commenters!

Why Write a Book with Interracial Characters?

Well, I’m not quite sure how to answer that because I write books for the characters who capture my imagination. The world is a wonderful mix of people, rich in vivid history and mythology. My characters follow in those footsteps with heroes and heroines of different races, nationalities, and religions. Those are the themes I write into my books and for the most part, it’s subconscious, not a point I’m trying to make. My only goal is presenting a captivating love story!

I’m more likely to ask, why not write a multicultural/interracial book? So I’ve joined in this hop with wonderful authors who’ve delivered tantalizing, romantic tales with love, diversity, and courage at the center of each and every story.

The book I’m spotlighting is SHEPHERD, book 2 in the Phoenix Legends futurist romance series. Esme Loures Vier, code name KARMA, is a tough, young survivor and one the most brilliant weapons designers the mercenaries have ever encountered. Used by her father and then sold to a ruthless husband, she’s had little choice in her options or her future. Until she’s captured and held for execution by the Regents of New Delphi. But always a resourceful woman, Esme is just getting started!

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SHEPHERD

Cyber rebellion with heart

Clayton Ebris – CODE NAME: Shepherd
JOB: Underground intelligence/recon, former monster of the Regent’s army

Esme Loures Vier – CODE NAME: Karma
JOB: Widow/Wife/Traitor/Weapon’s designer

In a race against time, the Down Below underground rebel network plans for the rescue of one of their own from the Regent death squads. The success or failure of their plan hinges on the loyalty of a deadly former Regent guard and one of the most brilliant and dangerous weapon’s designers in New Delphi’s history.

PHOENIX LEGENDS:
Earth Date 2178 A.D. – One hundred and fifty years after genetically enhanced crops and livestock decimate the Earth with a lethal bacterial strain of Salmonella only twenty percent of the world’s population remains.

Small pockets of civilization flourish, supported by computerized technologies and vaccinations against the bacteria, the new cities built over the ruins of the previous age. Regents, the owners of the technology, govern the interests of their individual cities–shining examples of progress and advancement. The Down Below rebel network of New Delphi is here to counter the most horrific atrocities enacted in the name of progress.

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Nov 19

BOOK TOUR: THE UNHOLY by Paul DeBlassie III

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A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, The Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

“Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her.

Claire stood still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room. Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken. She drew a deep breath, then went to her desk and picked up her tea, noticing her trembling hands.

Turning toward the window, Claire saw a muscular orderly accompanying Elizabeth to the locked ward at the far end of the hospital compound. A flock of crows circled high overhead, seeming to follow the two receding figures. As they arrived at the outer doors of the locked unit, the orderly reached for his keys. The crows circled while the two crossed the threshold of the unit, Elizabeth suddenly pausing, turning, and looking outside, her gaze riveted on the flock of birds.

All but two flew off, disappearing into the piñon-covered hills. The two that remained came to rest on the red brick wall adjacent to the locked unit, their black eyes boring into Elizabeth. She looked panicked then enraged and, shaking a finger at the creatures, yelled something. Her frantic gestures told Claire that she was screeching curses to ward off evil.

Claire took a step back from the window, from the impact of Elizabeth’s rage.

The orderly grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.

The crows waited, watched, then flew away.

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

MEDIA KIT Author PhotoPaul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. His professional consultation practice — SoulCare — is devoted to the tending of the soul. Dr. DeBlassie writes fiction with a healing emphasis. He has been deeply influenced by the mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic.  He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

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Nov 14

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Karolyn James

SPECIAL AUTHOR GUEST: Karolyn James

Author of: THE BROTHERS OF ROCK SERIES

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 The Stronger, Safer Kind

(The Boys of DownCrash #1)

All Scarlett wanted to do was thank the sexy stranger who helped her push away a drunk, grabby college boy at a bar. When that stranger identifies himself as Tripp and then takes the stage as the lead singer and guitarist for rock band, DownCrash, everything in Scarlett’s life begins to change.

Her best friend, Andy, confesses his love for her and leaves her with what should be an easy decision to make… yet each time she looks in Andy’s eyes, she can’t help but face her secret, nightmarish past.

The only thing that makes Scarlett feel better is Tripp… but Tripp isn’t just a bad boy rockstar, he’s hurt. He’s in pain. He tries to hide his pain in a bottle, but Scarlett believes that, perhaps, their secrets can help each other.

Friendship and love is suddenly put to the test, and Scarlett is torn… Will she choose an easy, comfortable, happy life or a life clouded with mixed signals, raw emotion, and intense romance?

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Torn to Pieces

(The Boys of DownCrash #2)

Trying to forget about the promises she was forced to make as a young, naive eighteen year old, Maggie creates a false persona that paints her as the girl who never says no…

However, once she lays eyes on the drummer of DownCrash, everything clicks. From his sexy lip ring to the way he stares at her from the stage, Tatum becomes everything Maggie has ever fantasized about.

When trouble catches up to her in a parking garage after a DownCrash show, and Tatum shows up out of nowhere to protect her. For the first time in years, she is intimidated by a man’s kindness and sexiness, and not by his temper and jealousy. As real feelings begin to grow Maggie is faced with her past and wonders if she’ll ever be able to escape the promises she once made to keep the promises she wants to make right now.

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Some Kind of Hell

(The Boys of DownCrash #3)

DownCrash bassist, Logan, has his sexy eyes on Maggie’s best friend, Annie. But Annie is still reeling from the way her relationship ended. She’s hurt, angry, jealous, and the last thing she wants is some wannabe rockstar looking for his next hookup… although it may just be what she needs.

Logan wants more for his life. The past is living in his apartment, which forces him to spend nights in his car to avoid reliving the nightmare over and over again.

When Annie’s guard comes down, tragedy strikes and their lives will be changed forever. Determined to win Annie over and help DownCrash get signed to a record deal, Logan has his work cut out for him. His gorgeous body and no-bullshit personality may just be the key to both…

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Buried Notes

(The Boys of DownCrash #4)

 

Finally exposing a secret to his band after years of hiding, Chasing Cross bassist, Chris, confesses that some years ago, during a wild night, he ended up marrying someone. It was supposed to be a no-big-deal kind of thing, with a stipulation… if one of them fell in love or wanted to get married to someone else, they would divorce.

Chris has been served divorce papers, and it should be easy to just sign them, but he can’t. His heart won’t allow it.

 Becky loses her mother to breast cancer and realizes that life sometimes really is too short. She finds the ring she received from a sexy rockstar the night she secretly married him. The memory should have been fun, but after being pushed into a corner to stay married while that rockstar’s band took off, Becky can’t do it anymore.

She sends divorce papers and waits… and waits… and weeks after sending the papers, she wonders what’s taking so long…

In a journey that forces Chris to step back in time to find his future, he knows he needs to find Becky – his wife. He isn’t sure what he’ll find, but he knows he wants the truth.

Was it love back then? Or just a crazy night with a rockstar?

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Last Song

(The Boys of DownCrash #5)

The fifth Brothers of Rock novel featuring Chasing Cross finds drummer Rick Saunderst living in a personal hell. After walking away from Chasing Cross in the middle of their tour, he tries everything he can to settle the demons in his soul, but the all night parties, booze, women, and jam sessions cannot silence the voice deep within…

Sarah is a small town veterinarian, not quite sure where her life is going. She walks her opinionated dog and lives her life in a simple routine. When a moving truck disrupts her quiet street, she must learn to accept her new neighbor’s noisy habits and sexy stare.

For the first time ever, booze can’t mask his feelings. After over a decade of the rockstar life, Rick finally feels like he has a life off stage. Jamming in a garage with old friends and getting to know Sarah, and her loyal dog, Molly, is his definition of home.

The rest of Chasing Cross continue the tour, with help from Fallen Tuesday’s lead singer, Luke, as their replacement drummer. He brings life back to the band, but even still, without Rick, the band feels incomplete.

In the final book featuring Chasing Cross, choices will come to a head. Chasing Cross must decide whether to move on without Rick and Rick must settle his own battles, personally and professionally. Falling in love wasn’t part of the deal, but sometimes love happens when a person least expects it.

AUTHOR POST – Karolyn James:

I’m now at the point where I’m asking “what comes after the rock?” because the fifth book in the Chasing Cross books in my Brothers of Rock series is out. I had written series before but never like this one. This was the first time I was very organized, and on top of that, with the support of the readers, I was able to get the series expanded for another five books next year following another band, which allowed me to work that band into the first five books.

For those who have followed the first five Brothers of Rock books, they get to meet the next band – Fallen Tuesday – in books four and then five.  I often get asked how I organized the series, or how I will organize the next set of books. I’m not an expert and everyone is different, but I’ve found it so much easier to write a series when you have a proper outline for the series. Maybe not each book, but I think it’s important to have storylines that cross between books yet there’s a storyline that’s fully told in each book. If a reader grabbed the fourth book of Chasing Cross, they’d be able to read it and understand everything. They’d hopefully be enticed to go back and start from the beginning to get the full complete story. Before I started writing Brothers of Rock, I started with the band, the names of the band, and then started plotting. The fun part of this was creating Chasing Cross as a band on top of the world… while working on the Fallen Tuesday books I chose a band that was on the rise. So the books go along with the series but it’s totally different.

I think that’s extremely crucial too… you have to make it different. Each book is a piece of a bigger puzzle but each one needs to entertain and satisfy. I have three notebooks that contain everything Brothers of Rock related.

Thank you to all the fans who have read Brothers of Rock and Chasing Cross. If you haven’t, hurry and start reading! The first Fallen Tuesday book will be released in January 2014!

Now… how about some favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions??? These are my top five…

  1. The smell of turkey cooking!

  2. Waiting for family to come over!

  3. Watching the parade!

  4. Seeing the look on my kids face when they see Santa at the end of the parade!

  5. Laughing at the dinner table!

What are you favorite part(s) of Thanksgiving Day?

AUTHOR Bio:

London Casey is the pen name for Karolyn James.

Karolyn James is the author of several bestselling series. With over 100,000 ebooks sold, Karolyn has seen success in both romance and in erotic romance. Her current series include the smash hit Brothers of Rock romance series.

Don’t miss the first part of the series following rock band, Chasing Cross!

Book One – All Access

Book Two – Broken Sound

Book Three – Bitter Farewell

Book Four – Buried Notes

Book Five – Last Song

Recently announced – coming 2014: The Brothers of Rock series will continue with five more books following rock band, Fallen Tuesday!

Karolyn James also writes under the pen name, Claire Charlins, writing western romances. Upon releasing the first book in the Mail Order Romance series, West For Love, the book shot straight to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts! The second book in this mail order bride romance series is now available, titled Finding Love West!

AUTHOR LINKS:

On Twitter: @KarolynWrites

Visit online: www.KarolynJames.wordpress.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarolynJamesAuthor

Mailing list: tinyurl.com/KJSignup

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Nov 12

BLURB BLITZ: WINTER’S HEAT by Cristin Harber

BBT Winters Heat Banner copyCristin will be awarding a $25 GC to Victoria’s Secret, and gifted e-copies of the five titles in the series (starting w/ Winters Heat. Three novels and two novellas) to one randomly drawn commenter during this tour AND the Virtual Super Book Blast tour.

 

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After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.

Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.

When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.

EXCEPRT:

Setup- Colby Winters is running out of a cartel kingpin’s mansion during a gunfight to a waiting Titan team member.

Gunfire surrounded her. Coming for them, shooting away from them. They fired. He fired back. The burnt gunpowder floated behind him, blazing into her nose and eyes. Still, she pushed, moving as he moved, tracing his cross-hatched steps, ducking when he ducked. A shadow behind the man.

She heard a thump. He growled and missed a step but didn’t stop moving. Brilliant red blood sprayed onto her. He didn’t slow. Her legs burned keeping the pace.

They rounded the corner, and he pressed her against the stucco wall. His blood stained her. It painted the wall and covered his hands. Vehicles came their way. Armed men poured from a hole in the perimeter fence like ants from an anthill. Fireballs from the jungle hit the vehicles. Violent explosions sent deadly fireworks into the sky. Rubber and diesel burned hot. Black smoke billowed around the armed men running toward them.

The heat, humidity, and smoke would have slowed a lesser man. So would a gunshot wound. He scanned the vast lawn.

“We have to make it past that hole in the fence. There’s a vehicle waiting for us. We’ve got a sniper in the trees, and two more men on the ground. When you see someone dressed like me, you run like hell toward him. Got it?”

“You’re hurt.” She wanted to run her hands across his skin and stop the bleeding.

He ignored her. “Say it, Mia. Can you do this?”

“I can.” She gave him a strong nod, exacerbating her headache. She didn’t care. Colby was here, and she’d do whatever he needed her to do.

“You got this. Let’s go.”

He gave her a small push in the right direction. Bullets sounded around her. Men ran toward them, guns pointed their way. The shots hit the grass, spitting up dirt, and slapping her face. She tasted blood and grit, and felt the filth in her mouth, which caked her lips and teeth.

White-hot pain rocketed through her. A dizzying flash made her stumble. He grabbed her upright.

“Flesh wound. Keep going,” he shouted above the noise. His teeth were gritted together. He huddled beside her, pulling her. “There’s Jared. Run!”

Another thump. He was hit again, as he shielded her from the rain of artillery. One by one, men advanced toward them and were dropped by a sniper. But as one went down, another appeared.

She heard another bullet hit. Winters dropped to his knee, pulled Mia under him, and cursed violent threats. His sweat and blood coated her. She felt it through the layers of clothing and vests. He scooped her with one arm and crawled behind a statue.

“How bad are you hurt, Colby?”

“Doesn’t matter.” His labored breaths worsened with each passing moment.

“How bad, damn it?”

 Winters stopped laboring and laughed. “You’re unreal, you know that?”

Mia glared at him.

“Bad. But I think Kevlar got most of it. Everything heals. I’m not worried. Jared’s twenty yards ahead, picking them off. We have to go for it right now. Or we don’t have a chance. You got it, babe?”

“I can do this.”

“I know you can. Run, baby, run.” He took off at a limped sprint, acting as a barrier from the fire again.

His leg went out from under him. The whiz of bullets went to slow motion, the sound ceased. Mia dropped on bent knees, watching him on the ground.

“Run, goddamn it,” he shouted. His veins popped out of his neck as he fired into the distance.

The world came back, loud and furious. Her legs moved, even though her mind was numb. Jared appeared out of nowhere. He jumped from his perch and snared her with an arm, dragging her into the vehicle.

“Wait. Colby.”

Jared threw the vehicle into gear and spun tires as he tore down the makeshift road. Branches and jungle leaves scratched at the windshield.

Mia launched at Jared, hitting his shoulder.

“Colby’s hurt.” Tears and terror filled her throat. The very depths of her soul ached. Her screech turned to a pleading whisper. “Please. Help him.”

“They were right on your tail. They’ve got him by now.”

Dread ricocheted through her head. All the pain and loss pressed onto her. Suffocating despair ripped her apart. Tears streamed down. Rapid breaths came fast. Too fast. She tried to cut them off but failed. All went black.

 

AUTHOR BIO and Links:

author_christin harberMEDIA KIT fb cristinCristin Harber – Romantic Suspense Author: Higher Stakes. Hotter Action.

MOM. WIFE. AUTHOR.

Lover of all things sexy and happily ever after.

I live outside Washington, DC with my family: my husband (who doesn’t mind my collection of book boyfriends), an independent toddler, and an English bulldog named Britta who loves to be a conversation piece. Oh, we have a baby on the way—arriving about the same time as WINTERS HEAT debuts!

I love southern food, listen to country music, am always too hot or too cold, and spend hours reading and writing. I cheer on my University of Louisville Cardinals-GO CARDS! When I’m not pregnant (or nursing), I like a little bourbon or sweet wine. Pregnant or not, I love a lot of chocolate.

I can’t save the world, so instead, I write about those that do. There’s a special place in my heart for those who keep us safe. My Titan series debuts this fall with five titles available in 2013: WINTERS HEAT, GARRISON’S CREED, WESTIN’S CHASE, CHASED, and GAMBLED.

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