Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Release Day Blitz for Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder

Release Day Blitz for CATALYST by Jennifer Snyder!

Sometimes who we really are lies buried

just beneath the surface…

After learning she’s inherited a house

in the beachside town of Soul Harbor, Georgia, Addison Harmon and her best

friend decided to take a much needed vacation before the pressures of life

after high school suffocate them too heavily.

But what Addison finds isn’t a chance to recoup from a bad

break up and hang out with her best friend while she decides what she wants to

do with her future. What she finds is Kace Sullivan—a sexy guy she can’t seem

to get enough of—someone who with one touch reveals a seductive world full of

magick and secrets Addison isn’t sure she’s ready to be a part of.

(New Adult/Mature Young Adult: Contains sexual situations, mild language, and underage drinking.)


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Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing new

adult and young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of

housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth

writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure

listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for

all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

Ageless Sea SupaParty


Today marks the first month that Ageless Sea has been out and I am excited about it. I am so excited that I want to give you an ereader with the cover of Ageless Sea on it, AND I will even sign it! It is just a small token of my appreciation. BUT I have even better news, I will let the winner pick if they would like a Kindle (to use with Amazon) OR a Nook Touch (to use with Barnes & Noble)!!! That's right, should you win, YOU get to pick!

             Now, on to the good stuff!

How can it get any better than winning an ereader? Well, getting a look at the book that started this awesome giveaway of course! First, let's set the mood...

          I think this song fits so well for the whole book. If you have read it - do you hear it? I can hear Brady singing  it to Karis lol. I listened to this song while writing Ageless Sea and it is on my playlist over on Spotify, should you want to listen to the whole "soundtrack" I used. Can you pick out any songs for certain scenes???

           While writing Ageless Sea I didn't sleep much, my keyboard became my pillow. From beginning to end, my characters kept me on my toes. They changed into amazing people that I am happy to share with you. Ageless Sea started off with a dream I had in the middle of the night. I remember rolling over and grabbing my phone to take notes because it was perfect and since then I haven't been able to get Karis or Brady too far out of my mind.

            One thing I didn't realize until I started writing, was that Brady was funny. I laughed out loud many times while writing and my family would look at me with that 'she's losing it' look and move on. Here is a part of one of the first scenes where he shows his humorous side:

“What is that?”
Karis looked up
from the fire with a scowl. “Dinner. What did you think it was?”
“Oh no, I’m not
eating that, that thing.” Brady pointed at the sea urchin she held in her
She let her
shoulders droop. “We don’t eat the whole thing, just this part.” She dangled a
small portion of it with her fingers.
“Oh hell no!” He
held his hands up. “I won’t eat Rocky Mountain Oysters, what makes you think
I’d eat them off a sea creature.” He placed a hand over his mouth. “I think I’m
gonna be sick.”
She laughed. It
never crossed her mind that eating that part of the urchin would be distasteful
to him. She’d eaten them for so long it was like second nature.
Karis shrugged. “We
could go fishing if you prefer?”
“Yes, I prefer.” He glanced at the urchin one
more time and cringed. “Can you please just toss it out or something? I can’t
believe you eat those.”
Karis rolled her
eyes at him. “For such a strong guy, you’re sure weak.” She picked up the
basket of urchins and laid them aside.  “So are you fishing or am I?”
He grabbed the
fishing basket and started down the trail. “I think I can figure it out.”

I love to write fantasy, so it was fun to create the world's inside this book. Romance with fantasy, that is my favorite, so that is what I did. I can't tell you how much you all mean to me. I love that you enjoy my stories as much as I do and how excited you get with your favorite characters... or sometimes even the messages about how you lost sleep because you couldn't put the my book down, makes me happy. I love hearing from all of you and can't thank you enough. I really hope you love Karis and Brady and their journey as much as I do! 

M.R. Polish

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Fve Questions with Jeanne Bannon

Five Questions with Jeanne Bannon

1.     When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?

I love historical fiction when the author takes the reader to another time and place. I just finished The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and fell in love with it. Ms. Morton is a genius. Now I want to read every one of her novels.

The strange thing is that I don’t write in that genre but that is what I love to read. I think historical fiction is amazingly hard to write and at the moment, I don’t think I would be up to the challenge.


2.     Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?

A bit of both. My first novel was a paranormal thriller. I did finish it but got so lost in the story that I had to put it aside. It still needs some polishing and isn’t ready to be sent out for publication. I wanted a break and decided to write a young adult novel. I knew it would be a simpler story and not as long as my first attempt.

The book ended up being, Invisible, my first published novel. I fell in love with YA and have continued to write in that genre.


3.     If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?

There are so many wonderful authors out there who I love, admire and respect but if I had to chose just one, I guess I would pick J.K. Rowling. She’s amazingly talented and I’m fascinated by her road to success.


4.     When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?

I like to exercise and go for walks. I love being with my family and my animals. I don’t lead an exciting life. Simple is better, at least for me.


5.     At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?

I wrote five drafts of Invisible and by the last one, I was just plain sick of it. I decided it was at that point I should begin querying. I tried to find an agent and came very close to signing with an agency but when I received the publication contract directly from my publisher, I decided to go with the sure thing.

Jeanne Bannon
author of Invisible

Release of Witch Hearts by Liz Long

Liz Long's second title WITCH HEARTS is now LIVE on Amazon for paperback ($8.99) and your Kindle ($2.99).

Witch Hearts is an adult paranormal thriller meant for those who liked to be a little creeped out and also enjoy a murder mystery. Touted as a "Criminal Minds" meets "Charmed" story, Witch Hearts contains three of Liz's favorite things: Magic, Murder, and Mystery.

Below you'll find the cover and blurb, as well as a bit about Liz Long plus a special excerpt not available anywhere else.


Witch Hearts Synopsis:

How does a witch stay safe if a killer can get through her protection spells?

Witches like Ruby and Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.

If that wasn’t awkward enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.


Cooper and Ruby hopped on his bike and drove back to her place. She even managed to peek out from beneath her helmet to see the city whip past her in a blur. When they finally came to a stop, she untangled herself from him - albeit a tad regretful about it - and handed him back the helmet.

“Thanks again for everything tonight. I know it wasn’t the most fun you could have, but I want everyone to be safe,” she said.

“I understand. I’m glad I went, too. I don’t want anyone else in danger. Plus, you’re good company.” He stood up as he said it, hooking the helmets on his bike.

“You don’t have walk me in or anything. I don’t want to keep you any longer than you need.”

He snorted. “You’re not keeping me from anything. I want to do it, but especially because I want to make sure you’re safe.”

Ruby bit her bottom lip. Her nerves fluttered a bit at the thought of a possible goodnight kiss. She could hardly believe how immature she sounded in her head.

It’s your best friend’s brother. This is Cooper we’re talking about, a voice in her head screamed at her.

Another voice spoke up. Yeah. It’s Cooper. And your thoughts about him have never been exactly brotherly.

Shaking both voices away, she swiped her key fob by the entrance door and Cooper held it open for her. They took the stairs up to the second floor and walked around the corner to her apartment. Ruby stopped as soon as she saw her door.

“Something’s wrong,” she said.

“What? How can you tell?” He looked up and down the hallway.

“There was a barrier when I left. Remember I checked, put my hand on the door when we left? My spell was in place.”

“There was a soft glow on the door,” he said absentmindedly, as though remembering. His eyes narrowed and Ruby could see his veins throb in his neck as his jaw tightened.

“Only witches would be able to see it, but it’s not there.” Ruby took a few steps forward, placing her hand on the door, which was now simply cool and wooden. She retrieved her key and turned the lock, but Cooper stopped her.

“I’ll go in first.”

He swung the door wide open; he held his hands up in case of a fight or a spell, but silence greeted them. Cooper did a quick sweep of the apartment while Ruby waited in the entryway. He returned with Aziza in one arm and a letter in his hand.

“This was on your coffee table,” he said grimly. “Aziza was hiding behind the couch. She hissed until she realized it was me.”

Ruby took the note from him. As she opened it, Cooper stood beside her to read over her shoulder.

“Not all witches are equal. Some are born with extraordinary gifts; anyone can practice, but few are truly powerful. You are one of the lucky ones, Ruby. I apologize about your friend Courtney. She was powerful, but nowhere near your capabilities. I’m afraid that in order for my powers to thrive, yours must come to an end. I’ll be seeing you very soon. -X”

About the Author:

DSC_0089 Liz Long is lucky enough to have a dream career in magazine publishing as an editor and writer, yet still have time to create adventures on the side. If you catch her staring off into space or talking to herself, don’t worry – it’s just her imagination at work.

Liz graduated from Longwood University with a BA in English, though her professors might be disappointed to hear she reads more fantasy fiction than literary novels. She also loves action and thriller genres. This book probably won’t change your life, but she hopes it steals you away from reality for a while.

Her first book, Gifted, A Donovan Circus Novel, is about a murder at a supernatural circus, and is available at Amazon on Kindle and paperback. (To celebrate the release of her new book, Gifted is FREE on Amazon for Kindle from April 30 - May 2, so grab your copy now!)

To learn more about Liz, visit her website: http://lizclong.com

Monday, April 29, 2013

Early Release!!! The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones

The Danaan Trilogy

Book One

is now available exclusively on Amazon!

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

About Laura Howard

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cover Reveal of Until I Break by M. Leighton

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Title: Until I Break (A Twisted Novel)
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: M. Leighton
Release date: May 14, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
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Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control.

And she doesn’t exist.

Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with.

Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare.

When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be.

Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her.

The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.

About the Author

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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Cover Reveal for The Warrior's Code by David James


Live by the Code. 
Die by the Code. 

Official Synopsis: "In the magical world of the Order, Warriors fight for justice, freedom, and peace. Becoming a Warrior is an honor given to few, and twelve-year-olds Zackery Solts and Kate Black will do anything to have a place among the elite. Zack and Kate must compete against eighteen others and pass three deadly tests of courage and skill. Above all, they must be strong because while the dangers of the tests are unknown, one thing is clear: not everyone will survive."

Available 5.14.13

The Warrior’s Code (Book 1.2) is an e-format prequel short story in the Legend of the Dreamer series that can be read before or after Light of the Moon (Book 1) and The Witch's Curse (Book 1.1). 

David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. The sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in late 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.

Five Questions with Megan Hand

Five Questions with Megan Hand

1.     When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?

I am very drawn to emotions. If I don’t connect with a character right away in a story, I will struggle throughout and sometimes set the book aside. But when I’m attached, I feel everything that character is feeling. And I’d say my favorites were very emotionally impactful stories. Something drastic, usually sad, happened and these characters dragged me along their journey with them. Stories like that, I will read many times over.


2.     Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?

Kind of both. I wrote random stuff as a kid, short stories, poems, etc. But even before I started writing seriously as an adult, I always daydreamed these stories about kids in college. This was probably because, at the time, there was a serious shortage of college-age fiction. Because of this, when I started writing these stories, my passion to write them grew from that shortage, which is now very full, and I couldn’t be happier about that!


3.     If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?

Hmm *taps chin with a smile on her face* This is sooo hard. Mostly because I have sooo many favorites, there isn’t just one that sticks out farther than the rest. Answering this question today, I’d have to say C.S. Lewis, because he’s a master. If you asked me tomorrow, I may say Stephanie Meyer. The day after that, I may say Tammara Webber. Basically, any book that I’ve loved, I would be ecstatic to chat up the author.


4.     When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?

Not reading or writing? WHA??? *gasp* Kidding J Outside of my book life, I am also a piano teacher, and I have a little guy that’s three. Both of these keep me very busy. We love getting outside, taking walks, or watching movies. I love movies almost as much as I love books. There is something about the way music brings life to a scene that is so powerful. And when I get a few spare minutes outside of all of that I also like to sit at my piano and play simply for myself. Those are rare moments indeed.


5.     At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?

Bitter Angel was the third novel that I wrote. The first two I have now deemed learning manuscripts and are collecting dust in a drawer, which is absolutely fine with me. I’m a severe perfectionist and absolutely refuse to put out anything that is not ready. Although, I could probably tweak a story for the rest of my life, there is always a stopping point. Bitter Angel took three months to write, several rounds of edits that weren’t too bad, but original plan was not to go Indie. This past January, I was going to start querying agents when I really dug deep inside myself and looked at the pros and cons and decided Indie was more for me.

Once I decided this, the first step was to find a cover artist. Check. Then editor. Check. The rest of it really fell into place. I learned as I went, found a formatter, etc, and next thing I knew I had a BOOK ONLINE! I haven’t been in this pool for very long, but it’s been a fun rollercoaster so far.

Website: http://meganhandwrites.blogspot.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meganhandauthorTwitter: https://twitter.com/MeganHandWrites

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Update and Blurb for Indelible

Happy Saturday! I wanted to take a minute to give you an update on what is happening with Indelible, my upcoming New Adult Contemporary Romance, and to reveal the blurb.

I'm excited to say that Indelible is on track to be in the hands of the editor and Beta Readers by the end of May. I am also working with Kelsey Kukal-Keaton, a photographer who is going to do a photo shoot with the models that I chose to represent Sam and Judd. Then the wonderful Allie, of b design, will create the cover.

With all of these exciting plans, Indelible, will be ready no later than July. My plan is to have the paperback in hand for the Summer Lovin' Indie Reader Party in Pomona on July 12th.

Yay!!! I'm really pumped about this book, and I hope you love Sam and Judd as much as I do. You can check out the archives of this blog to see teasers for the book. I have been posting them on Sundays for the Indie-licious Blog Hop.

You can now add Indelible on Goodreads.


After a year of partying, Sam decides to buckle down and focus on college. Things are going great until a one-night stand leaves her pregnant and alone. Raising a child while going to school isn’t easy, but Sam is determined to be strong for her daughter. She doesn’t have time for guys or relationships, and takes great care to protect her child and her heart.

Judd doesn’t fit the mold of a college ballplayer. His long hair and tattoos may fit the life he’s created for himself, but baseball is the one thing he takes seriously. When he meets Sam, he’s immediately drawn to her curves and refusal to put up with his crap. When Judd learns the truth, can he handle the responsibility that comes with loving a single mother? 

Sam yearns for the fire that Judd fuels in her, but her child’s needs have to come first. Can two people at different stages in their life find a way to make a life together?
What do you think?

Five Questions with Mel Ballew

Five Questions with Mel Ballew

1. When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?

Honestly, it depends on which genre I am reading. I need details, emotion and descriptions
so my mind can smell it, see it, feel it, experience it...sucking me into a story and keeping me
there. That what I aspire to do.

2. Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?

It always chooses me. I don’t write any one genre and hope to never be limited as a writer to
only one.

3. If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?

William Shakespeare because I’ve always been intrigued by his mind & arrangement of
weaving words.

4. When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?

Spending time with my husband, daughter and friends whether doing something or
absolutely nothing.

5. At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen? 

I knew the first book in A Surviving Soul Novel series, Shattered Into Beautiful, was ready to be published when the story led me in that direction. I never write by an pre-organized outline. For me, the story and the characters decide - I just listen. Publishing this book would not have been possible had it not been for some amazingly life-giving ladies that are my wonderful friends for life.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cover Reveal Poll ~ For Everly by Raine Thomas


For Everly
A New Adult Contemporary Romance
Raine Thomas

Raine Thomas is so excited to share the new cover of her upcoming New Adult novel, For Everly. There’s only one problem: she can’t decide which it will be!

After commissioning two talented cover designers, Tonya Dsigns and Allie B Designs, to send her concepts, Raine fell in love with their different styles. Now, she wants readers to decide which she’ll use as the final cover.

In a fun spin on Ye Olde Cover Reveal, Raine has set up a poll so readers can vote on the cover. The winning design will be announced on Monday, May 6th. All voters can enter to win a signed paperback of For Everly after its release on May 27th using the Rafflecopter form below.

First, check out the book blurb and the beautiful covers (shown in no particular order). Then cast your vote and enter the giveaway. May the best cover win!


Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.

Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.

In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.

When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.

Coming May 27, 2013 by Iambe Books, LLC
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Author bio: Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. Her upcoming release, For Everly, is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Ways readers can connect with Raine:

Twitter (http://twitter/Raine_Thomas)
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/rainethomas)
Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5053436.Raine_Thomas)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/raine_thomas/)
Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/raine-thomas/53/111/bb3)
Website (http://rainethomas.com)
Blog (http://RaineThomas.com/blog/)

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Five Questions with Brittany Knight

Five Questions with Brittany Knight

1.     When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?  


How well I connect with the character. If I can relate to her or can feel what she is feeling is a major draw.


2.     Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?


I have read an assortment of genres, but New Adult Contemporary I feel I really connected with.


3.     If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?


Stephenie Meyer, I am amazed as to how someone could keep all those characters straight and the paranormal writing in general interest me. It is more than a fictional story.


4.     When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?


Spending time with my friend’s babies, oh and my husband. HeHe!


5.     At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen? 


I am actually 26 days away from publishing my first series. I am in the process of talking with the editor, figuring out formatting and trying to get my name and the books name out there.
Author page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-B-E-Laine/393640914067992?ref=hl

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Five Questions with Kimberly Russell

Five Questions with Kimberly Russell

1.     When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?

It’s all about how they make me feel. I crave re-reading books much like someone craves a certain kinds of food. I re- read Anna and the French Kiss when I want to feel content. And I re-read Where She Went when I feel like a good cry. You never know how a book is going to make you feel on the first read, and that nice, but I like seeking emotion too.

2.     Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?

That’s an interesting question for me right now. I’ve always considered myself a Young Adult author focusing on contemporary works. That’s what I enjoy reading and writing. But, with my current novel, it ended up being in the New Adult genre. I never intended to write that way, and the current tread had nothing to do with it; my MC was older and had more mature thoughts so that’s where it ended up naturally.

3.     If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?

 I have answered this question in the past (I love it!) and have said Stephanie Perkins and Jane Austen. I’ll go with Ann Bashares now. Her writing style is flawless and easy and I’d love to pick her brain. She writes such easy reading which I think isn’t actually easy at all.

4.     When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?

This is probably pretty lame but my husband and I enjoy going to the movies together. I always really look forward to that.

5.     At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?

 After my first draft I went through a series of edits I sat on it for a few weeks to make sure I was at peace with what I wrote. When I felt like I had given it everything I could, I self-published through Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. I’m so thankful for the indie market!

You can learn more about Kimberly's current release here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15725267-the-adoration-of-emma-wylde

Monday, April 22, 2013

Release Day ~ Nissa: a contemporary fairy tale by Bethany Lopez

Please join me in celebrating the Release Day Blitz for my YA Contemporary Fantasy, Nissa: a contemporary fairy tale. I started this book a year and a half ago, and am so excited to share my favorite Fairy Godmother with you all!

At 900 years old, Nissa is finally ready to follow her mother's path and become the best Fairy Godmother she can. She’s not thrilled when her first assignment turns out to be a teenage human girl with self-esteem issues, but she knows she has to start somewhere. Her assignment has dealt with bullies since her freshman year and they haven’t let up. If Nissa can’t help her regain her self-confidence her future is bleak.

To complicate matters Nissa experiences all the signs that she's met the being fated for her. This impossibility distracts her from her purpose. After all, fairies and humans aren't meant for each other. How can her heart believe otherwise? Can Nissa successfully complete her first assignment as a Fairy Godmother? Will the fates allow Nissa and Levi to be together? And even if they do, will Levi believe Nissa once she reveals the truth?
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Five Questions with Lynetta Halat

Five Questions with Lynetta Halat

1.     When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?

a.     Emotion, passion, imperfections...I love a story that reaches in, shakes me up, and makes me question my beliefs, my sanity, my perspective.

2.     Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?

a.     I never consider genre when brainstorming or outlining a story idea. My first book, Every Rose, is New Adult Contemporary while Everything I've Never Had (current WIP) is Adult Contemporary. The next several I have sketched out are a mixture--some NA, some Adult.

3.     If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?

a.     I really, really want to sit down and have a cosmo with Kristen Ashley. I would love to pick her brain about all those Alphas. I'd be thrilled to hear her thought process and figure out how she keeps all those storylines and characters not only straight and but also so distinct. Oh yeah! And she just plain rocks!! Could you imagine having a sit down with her?!

4.     When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?

a.     There are other pastimes besides writing and reading?!?! Kidding...kinda. These two things consume me, so when I'm not reading or writing, I'm spending time with my boys and my husband. We like to go boating, watch movies, and enjoy theatre. One of my proudest accomplishments, as a parent, has been passing on my love of the arts to my kids!

5.     At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?

a.     I'd like to take this moment to give S.C. Stephens a huge shout out! Her website has a plethora of information for the newbie! I literally followed her directions step-by-step. I can't wait to meet her and tell her how helpful she's been to me and, I'm sure, plenty of others. The biggest lesson I've learned thus far, though, is the importance of marketing your book ASAP. I had no idea that I could start this process early (long before my book was even ready) and hype is huge! Build it, relish it, live it.

b.     As far as knowing it was ready, I just...knew. I will say that I was tweaking it right up until I pushed that submit button, though. Ask my bestie, I was driving her batty! One of my absolute favorite lines was added about thirty minutes before going LIVE! Now...You get the exclusive...My last minute favorite quote is...Michael hesitated for the briefest of moments before he proceeded to completely blow my mind. "When we finally have our time together, Lorraina, I want to know that it's different for you. That I'm different from the boys you date."


What do you do when you realize you were foolish enough to throw away true, unconditional love?

Lorraina Dabney turns her back on her creativity and tumultuous upbringing to embark on a college career that will lead her to law school and to becoming what she values most in life—a controlled, powerful, respected woman. When she stumbles upon her childhood friend's artwork, she feels inspired to reconnect with him and her former self. This onslaught of emotion will send Lorraina in a tale-spin to figure out exactly why she abandoned all that she was, all that she could've been.

Coming from his own chaotic upbringing, Michael falls quickly and deeply in love with Lorraina at a tender age. Even her rejection can't stand in the way of his obsession. When she starts to date other boys, however, Michael finally relents, causing him to spiral further into a world filled with violence, drugs, alcohol, and women. Realizing that this lifestyle will only lead to his further estrangement from Lorraina, Michael sets about to turn himself around before going to get his girl.

Michael Bang will have Lorraina questioning everything.

http://www.vimeo.com/61753839 (professional book trailer)
For as long as she can remember, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written countless stories and plays since she was a young girl. A teacher by day and an avid reader and closet writer by night, she has always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember; and her first novel, Every Rose, is the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. A self-proclaimed "Coast Girl," she lives in Mississippi with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. She is currently at work on her second book.