Wednesday, December 4, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Tour & Giveaway with Author Jane Lark

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Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour with Jane Lark.
After signing with publisher Harper Impulse, Jane, author of the smash-hit Marlow Intrigues series, has decided to end 2013 with a bang! She’s gathered together some of the industry’s best authors to create one enormous Christmas giveaway.
The huge prize is made up of more than 30 books, a combination of signed paperbacks and eBooks, and two gorgeous book bags. It’s the perfect early Christmas present for any bookworm and all you’ve got to do to win is feast your eyes on the details below and enter via the Rafflecopter . . .
To kick off the prizes, Jane is giving away copies of her much loved The Illicit Love of a Courtesan and its highly anticipated follow-up The Passionate Love of a Rake
 
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Jane's books have been a huge hit with fans, leading to an ever-increasing fan base and comments such as:
"Jane Lark has an amazing talent to draw the reader in from the first page onwards."
- CosmoChickLitan
And to celebrate her upcoming December release of NA novel I Found You, you could also win a unique rucksack.
The book is already causing excitement among readers and looks set to be the must-read NA of 2014.
 
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But that's not all folks! As if Jane's books weren't enough, check out the other amazing books included in the prize pot, you're sure to find one or two of your fav authors getting involved . . .


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Entry to Jane Lark's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway extravaganza is easy, just follow the authors on Facebook or Twitter, plus maybe give the comp a shout-out tweet (or two) all via the Rafflecopter below and you're golden. But don't forget to keep your fingers crossed too!
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Please take a moment to read through the giveaway terms and conditions:
This is an international giveaway.
Signed paperbacks are to be sent from the authors themselves. Jane Lark, BestChickLit and/or any authors involved accept no responsibility for delivery failures. The winner must be open to accepting eBooks in any format i.e. Kindle copies and via iTunes voucher, from different sources. In the event of .mobi copies, the winner must have an Amazon Kindle account and be prepared to add selected addresses as approved emails on their Personal Document settings.
Some of the books involved in the giveaway contain adult and sexual content and this should be taken into consideration before reading. Jane Lark, BestChickLit, Harper Impulse and any of the participating authors are free to amend any of the giveaway details at any time.
Good luck!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

99 Cent Madness!

Just popping in for a quick second to let you know some of my favorite books are going on sale for 99 cents in the coming week!

For one day only, 12/5/13, Carrie Butler's awesome new adult paranormal novels, STRENGTH and COURAGE will be 99 cents.  If you haven't read these, do yourself a favor and spend two bucks.  It will be the best two bucks you ever spent on books.  I love these books!


Get STRENGTH here.
Get COURAGE here.

Then starting 12/6/13 and running through 12/9/13, THE MISTAKEN, a romantic thriller by the brilliant Nancy S. Thompson will be on sale for 99 cents!  This is hands down one of my all-time favorite thrillers.  So spend a buck.  It will be the best dollar you ever spent on a book!


Get THE MISTAKEN here.

Also, my first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher is on sale right now for 99 cents and will be 99 cents through the 4th or 5th-ish.


You can get it here.

It's featured on FK Books & Tips today which you should check out because they list bargain-priced books every day!

Also, I'd like to thank Forward Authority Design Services for the awesome graphic.  Writer friends, please check them out. They make amazing graphics at super reasonable prices!

Tomorrow I'll be posting about a huge giveaway I'm taking part in with lots of awesome books so stay tuned.

And P.S.  this happened too:

Woot, woot!

Friday, November 15, 2013

In Honor of Andrew

Last weekend, one of my favorite bloggers/writers, Nick Wilford, lost his step-son Andrew.  Nick has always been extremely gracious, kind and encouraging to me.  I am deeply saddened by his step-son's passing. I cannot imagine anything worse than losing a child.  Nick's love for Andrew and his passion for making sure that Andrew's needs were met was evident in every word he wrote about Andrew and nothing short of inspiring.  Today, as I understand it, is Andrew's funeral.  Because those of us in the blogosphere are scattered the world over and cannot attend to show our support for Nick and his family, we are releasing red balloons in honor of Andrew.  Although it is virtual, the sentiment is the same. My love and prayers go out to Nick and his family during this extremely difficult time.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Tag You're It Blog Hop

Today, the lovely and brilliant Dana Mason tagged me in this blog hop/meme thing that's going around.  It's really easy.  Yay!  All I have to do is answer the following four questions and then tag 3 people.


(Pssst . . . if you haven't read Dana's books yet, please check them out here: Dangerous Embrace and here: Precious Embrace.  They are totally awesome!)

So here goes:

1. What are you working on right now?

Well, my third novel, Hold Still is in the hands of my very capable and very wonderful critique partners right now.  So while I'm waiting for it to come back for revisions, I've been working on a book which I'm tentatively calling Harm.  It's a bit of a departure from my previous books.  There will still be loads of suspense, but it won't squarely fall into the crime fiction category.  However, I'm compelled beyond reason to write it, so write it I am!  Here's my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-thrown-together blurb/synopsis:

A doctor and his son on the run . . . 

When Dr. Steven Young's son, Dane stops a school shooting using only his mind, Steven knows it will only be a matter of hours before the government descends on them, prepared to take Dane by force if they must.  Dane's unique abilities make him a curiosity for scientists and a valuable tool for several black ops organizations, but they also make him a target.  Steven knows that if his son is taken, he will never see him again.  With the help of one of Philadelphia's top mafia dons, father and son go on the lam, racing to stay one step ahead of their pursuers. 

A woman without a past . . . 

Twelve years ago, Lucy woke up in the basement of one of K&G Industries facilities with no memory.  She was trained by K&G to become one of their top operatives, helping them to carry out top-secret research on live subjects.  Lucy has never questioned who she was or what her life was like before K&G--until Dr. Steven Young recognizes her. Lucy's attempt to bring Dane in is thwarted by the doctor, whose mysterious words, "We had a deal--your life for his," haunt her.  She sets out to find Steven and Dane as well as the secret of her own past.

A government agent in search of answers . . . 

Rachel Adams grew up in foster care and was recruited by the NSA on her eighteenth birthday.  Her entire professional career has been centered on infiltrating K&G Industries and taking them down.  For Rachel, it wasn't just a job--she believed K&G held the answers to her parentage.  But five years ago, Rachel betrayed K&G and now there is a price on her head.  Even so, when her superiors task her with tracking down the doctor and his son, she takes on the assignment willingly.  If she can find Dane, she may find the answers she's been looking for her entire life.

As their paths collide, Steven, Dane, Lucy and Rachel find they have a common enemy.  If they can't work together, not even Dane's abilities can stop them all from coming to harm.

2.  How does it differ from other works in its genre?

Well as I said before, it's really not a typical crime fiction book which is really what I love to write.  (After this I'll be returning to my regular old crime fiction novels).  It is more of a thriller.

3.  Why do you write?

I've written on this topic before and my answer is still the same:  I write to make sense of my world.  I write about things that scare me and freak me out.  I write to explore the things that keep me up at night.  I write to try to understand things that are beyond comprehension.  It's always very cathartic.

4.  How does your writing process work?

Most of you will also be familiar with my answer to this one!  I write my first drafts in long-hand in tiny notebooks that I carry with me everywhere.  I whip my notebook out and write whenever I have a spare minute or two--in line at the post office, in the doctor's waiting room, etc.  Then I type it all up and put it in chronological order.  Then I go over it again a few times to make sure that it all makes sense.  Then it's off to critique partners.   I make revisions based on their suggestions and then I send it out to beta readers.

So  . . . here are my tag-ees:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

News, News, News and Oh Yeah, News

I'm BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

For now.  First, apologies to all my brilliant writer/blogger friends.  I haven't been making the rounds to comment on your blogs.  I have, however, been lurking.  I'm an excellent lurker.  I subscribe to a lot of blogs via email so there are certain blogs I've been reading the last couple of months, but I haven't been around to comment and for that I am sorry.

Obviously, things have been crazy.  Regular old full-time-job-have-a-family crazy.  But also, I've been taking a lot of time away from social media to simply write.  It's very exciting.  A few months ago, I read one of Libby Heily's blog posts which was delivered to me via email and she directed her readers to a blog post by Jamie Todd Rubin called 100 Consecutive Days of Writing.  This was a fairly life-changing blog post for me.  Like me, Rubin has children and a full-time job.  Finding time to write is nearly impossible.  You can read his post but basically, he gave himself a goal of writing for 100 days straight, even if it was only one word.

I decided to do my own 100 day challenge less all the math (i.e. keeping track of word count, making graphs,etc).  I committed to writing something every day for 100 days, even if it was only one word. (Like Rubin though, this also included re-writing meaning revisions--shaping that rough draft into something readable.  As long as I was working on my book for a few minutes a day, I counted that.) In less than 100 days, my third novel, which has been languishing in first draft form on my hard drive for over a year transformed into a cohesive, satisfying second/third draft that I was able to finally send off to critique partners.  Imagine if I had done this 100 day challenge last year.  I could probably have 2 books under my belt by now!

The beauty of the challenge, for me, is that it is an attainable goal.  I can find ten minutes, sometimes more, in even the most hectic day to jot down a few words, and over time those words add up.  Also, I don't have the constant pressure of that little voice in my head whispering, urging, hissing:  "You should really be writing."  I write for 100 days and then I give myself time off to not think about writing at all.  I read a crap-ton of books.  I watch TV.  I watch a whole bunch of movies I wanted to see but didn't because I was writing instead.  I have permission to slack off.

These are my 100 Post-It notes.  Each day, after writing, I tear off one, till I get to 0

Then I start again!  (I'm on my second 100 day challenge now and I'm excited to see what I've got after 100 days!)

While I was writing my little behind off, amazing things were happening with my first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher.



I made my local, neighborhood paper's online edition after FCF won the eFestival of Words award--and they are pretty selective over there so this was pretty darn exciting to me.

Then it showed up on Wal-mart's website.  It's a mystery as to how it got there, but it was there for a time.  Wal-mart must have gotten wise that I'm not big and famous because it has since been removed from the inventory although for some reason the reviews still show up.  While it was on there, I ordered one just to see if it was for real, and it was!  So I ordered my book from Wal-mart for all fifteen minutes it was on there!  LOL.



Then, most recently, Finding Claire Fletcher made a bestseller list on Amazon!  Over the weekend it peaked at #8 on the Kidnapping Crime Fiction bestseller list.  As of this writing, it's lingering somewhere between 11 and 15.  But holy $%*#&$& $*#&&$&!!!!  I do not believe it.  Let's not forget that this is the book that over 150 agents and over a dozen publishers passed on.  For it to make ANY bestseller list is pretty incredible.  Especially coming from an unknown newbie with a small press.  When my launch date was approaching, several of my fellow authors cautioned me that the majority of small press authors would be lucky to sell 250 copies of their book ever, so I had no expectations. More or less, my goal was to sell 251 books and feel pretty awesome about myself.  But this book consistently surprises even me.



Not only that, but once it made it into the Kidnapping Crime Fiction category, it shot up to #1 in Top Rated Kidnapping Crime Fiction.  (That's the list based on REVIEWS, not sales. Almost everyone I know has been quite confused by this.)  I had almost a bigger holy #$%& reaction to this than all the earlier news because seeing my book with a #1 next to it--any #1, except maybe a on a Most Rejected list, hah hah--well, there's just no way to describe how that feels.  Euphoria.  That's pretty accurate.  Pure, unadulterated euphoria.


As I always say, I'm not breaking any records, but this is beyond my wildest expectations as an author--and it's pretty $&%#ing cool.  And who knows how long this will last--I'm just enjoying it while it's all here.

I have to, of course, thank all my friends, family, readers and supporters.  Without all of you spreading the word and propping me up during the down times, I would have no book and no success.

Finally, enough about me!  My brilliant, amazing friend and fellow author, Carrie Butler recently released the 2nd book in her Mark of Nexus series.  It's called Courage and it's flipping awesome.  I do not like romance and I do not like paranormal but I freaking LOVE this series.  Book by book, Carrie is converting me.  So if you haven't read her first book, Strength--go get it, read it, and then buy and read Courage! You won't be sorry.  (You can read my review here.)


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

THANK YOU!

Well the votes are in and my debut novel, the one that took me over six years to get into the hands of readers, the one that was passed over so many times by agents and publishers before finally finding champions, the one that was snubbed repeatedly so many times, is a WINNER!

Today Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine for Claire Fletcher and came in as runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013!



WOO HOO!!!!!!

I am thrilled and overwhelmed and so very grateful to all the people who voted for it, and for all my friends who campaigned so passionately for it the last two months, especially Carrie ButlerNancy S. ThompsonDana Mason and Stacy Darnell at Literary Mania Reviews.  I've said it before, but I'll say it again since it bears repeating:  You ladies are simply amazing!  As most of you know, this business is so hard and writers pour their hearts and souls into works that will usually only be read by a handful of people and almost never recognized by anyone other than their mother or spouse.  So this means a great deal to me.  I'd also like to thank Julie Dawson, Bards & Sages Publishing for putting these awards on and for hosting the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair.  Thank you to all my incredible friends, family and readers for all their support and votes.  Your support just blew me away! I'd be nowhere at all if I didn't have so many fabulous people in my corner!

This evening I'll be celebrating with my special hand-blown wine glasses from Prague which my former English professor and great friend, Dr. Danny Robinson and his lovely wife, Vickie sent me last year. The glasses arrived the day I signed my contracts and I've broken them out every time something fabulous happens in connection with this book! May there be many more occasions to do so!


THANK YOU!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Last Call



Yes, I've been remiss in my blogging duties.  This summer is kicking my $#%.  So I apologize.  The good news is that I'm actually making progress on my next book.  Like real progress.  I'm really just popping my head up from said manuscript to ask one more time that (if you have not already) you vote in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.  This is the last week for voting.  Voting closes August 23, 2013.  Finding Claire Fletcher is doing quite well in Best Heroine but it has fallen woefully behind in Best Novel.  So please, if you haven't already, please head on over there and vote for it in both categories:  Best Novel and Best Heroine.



I'd also ask that while you're there, you vote for Brevity of Roses by Linda Cassidy Lewis in Best Mainstream Fiction.



It has 48 FIVE STAR reviews on Amazon.

Here is what others are saying about Brevity:

“Told in gorgeous, poetic tones, The Brevity of Roses will take you on a journey delving into three unique characters as delicate and beautiful as a rose itself. Lewis’ rich understanding of relationships is phenomenal.” ~Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Monarch

“Grief, discovery, anguish, pleasure, rejection, acceptance, atonement, forgiveness–the rhythmic odes of marriage, friendship, family. A fine debut novel that reaches deep into a poet’s beating heart, lays it open, vulnerable to the bitter betrayals, and the joyful loyalties, of this thing we call Love.” ~ Kathryn Magendie, author of “the Graces Sagas,” Sweetie and Petey, publishing editor of Rose & Thorn

“Ms. Lewis has provided a tender and thought-provoking look at life, chance, and love.” ~ Vivian Taylor, The Book Diva’s Reads


I've updated my instructions with visual aid, so if you're heading over to vote, here's what you need to do:



1. Go HERE and register.


Or from the main screen you can just click REGISTER

Tips: 

The captcha thing--hit play and a phrase will come up along the bottom of the video after 2-4 seconds.  Type that in.

After you agree to the terms and hit submit, you're actually done.  It will take you to a page that says, "You're almost finished . . . "  THAT'S AN AD.  You don't actually have to do anything there.  So close out the page.

IGNORE THIS SCREEN:  




INSTEAD, GO BACK TO TOP AND CLICK PORTAL, LIKE SO:




2.  Then go HERE to the Awards Hall to vote. Or after you click PORTAL, look for this and click on the words AWARDS HALL:




Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who has already voted and thank you to my lovely team of friends who have been campaigning aggressively for Finding Claire Fletcher:  Carrie Butler, Nancy S. Thompson, Dana Mason and Stacy Darnell at Literary Mania Reviews.  You ladies are simply amazing!  (Thank you, Carrie for the awesome vote for FCF graphic!)

Finally, the lovely and incomparable Carrie Butler has re-released her debut novel, Strength and it is on sale for only 99 cents until August 26th.  So if you haven't read it, you need to.  You won't be sorry.  So get it now while it's dirt cheap!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pranks as a Form of Foreplay: A Guest Post by Cassie Mae


I am thrilled to be a stop on Cassie Mae's blog tour for her newest release, Friday Night Alibi.  For one thing, Cassie is always loads of fun and she is pretty hilarious.  Secondly, although I'm not a big romance or YA or NA reader, I think her stories have some of the most original premises out there today.  I'm blown away by her creativity.  So to celebrate the release of of her NA novel, Friday Night Alibi, I asked her to do a guest post on pranks.

So here she is!

Pranks as a Form of Foreplay

I wrote FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI with one thought… love is FUN.

Background on yours truly real quick…

I fell in love at the age 15 with a guy I worked with at Jungle Jim’s Playland. And I couldn’t stand him. He was obnoxious and dorky and why did this guy keep playing jokes on me?

Well… it’s cuz he liked me. A lot. :)

So, even though he was a prankster (and in return, I was too) I still fell in love with hubby after the following events occurred:

Invisible ink squirted all over my lap that didn’t dry for at least an hour.
Wet towel whip straight across my butt cheeks. I had a horizontal welted crack for a day and a half.
Soaked head to toe with the sink sprayer after putting bubbles on his head. (He liked to get me wet… I’m just now realizing the trend.)
Hooked up horn to my brakes when I asked him to move my car closer to the door.

I got back of course.

Olive juice instead of Pepsi.
Stolen time card.
Locked out back with the dumpster.
Pizza sauce on his khakis.
And getting him to walk on a mound of snow he effectively fell straight to his waist in. (It took three of us to pull him out.)

Some romance is more serious. Some stories are dramatic and full of angst. They are awesome to read about. But there are some romances that are lighter, fun, and completely immature. Those are the kind of romances I like to write, because I lived a romance like that. :)

And because this makes me giggle uncontrollably, an awesome prank (and even better reaction).



A big THANK YOU to Lisa Regan for letting me invade. If you’re looking for a light and fun romance, you can check out my book FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI by Random House Flirt here: 


About Cassie Mae:



Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.


About the Book:

In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

An Interview with Dana Mason

I'm thrilled to have the lovely and brilliant Dana Mason here today.  Dana is a romantic suspense author whose books I can't get enough of.  So I was thrilled when I was able to get an ARC of her newest release, Precious Embrace.  It's available now.  So below you'll find some info on the book, my interview with Dana and my review.

A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career.
When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child. 
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Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.
Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.

INTERVIEW WITH DANA

1. When did you start writing?
I started writing about 4 years ago. I had this idea for a character and I couldn’t get her out of my head. I finally gave up and wrote her down. Once Sarah was on paper, I outlined every little detail about her and then her counter-character. Mark. They’re sort of like fire and ice, which made them fun to write. Mark was much easier than Sarah. I had no problem outlining what my own personal hero would be like. 

2. Did you always write romance novels?  What drew you to the genre?
I’ve always read romance novels so it was an easy choice for me. I like a happy ending. I read (and write) to escape the real world. I know, I know, I write romance suspense, which isn’t exactly a fantasy romantic world, but I can really dig a damsel in distress and a hero sweeping in to rescue her. Granted, I can also dig a damsel doing a little of her own a$$ kicking and saving too. This is why, in the opening scene of Dangerous Embrace, Sarah gets away from her attacker on her own, without the hero’s help. He gets to do some of his own rescuing a little later in the story. 
3.  Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Roberts, first and foremost. I also really enjoy a good Maya Banks romantic suspense story. I’m a huge Jennifer Crusie fan. She’s a romantic comedy writer. Her books are hilarious and full of ‘real’ people. I like a few Lisa Kleypas books and I love Janet Evanovich, she’s a little bit suspense and a little bit comedy. 
4.  What has been your best "author" moment?
My best author moment was the first time holding Dangerous Embrace in paperback. There is nothing like holding the physical proof in your hands. It was pretty cool the first time I signed a book too. I’ll never forget that.
5.  What about getting and being published has surprised you the most?
Getting published surprised me. The author support surprised me. The writing community is full of really great people. In this day and age, it’s sad that I’m surprised by kindness, but still true.
6.  Social media is all the rage in bookselling these days, especially for authors who don't have a huge publishing house behind them.  Which social media site do you think is most effective in getting your name out there and selling books?
It’s really hard to say. I think Facebook works and really great, popular reader blogs. I love how Facebook brings readers and authors together. Twitter seems like one big constant promotion machine to me. 
7.  Where do you get your ideas?
So far, all of my stories are based on news headlines I’ve heard on TV or read online. Not the news story so much, just a well written headline.  Also song lyrics are inspiration when I’m looking for ideas.
8.  Do you have a favorite character from your own books?  Who and Why?
Brian Hammel is my favorite character. Hands down. That’s an easy question. 
He has a role in all three books, but book three is about him. Brian is such a defined character it makes him easy to write. He almost writes himself. Is that weird? Maybe, yes, but it’s still true. I love his honesty and his candor. He’s like an M&M, hard crunchy shell but on the inside he’s all soft and sweet…and he’s hot so that’s always nice too. 

 9.  What can we expect next from you?
Book three in the Embrace Series. Book three, Broken Embrace, is Brian and Melissa’s story. I don’t have a release date yet, but I’m hoping for Spring 2014. First I need to find a way to kill off Brian’s wife Julie. Any ideas? 

After that, I’ll be focusing on something outside of the Embrace Series. What the Heart Wants. You’ll get to meet Bailey and Ryan. They have a great story and it’s set in beautiful South Lake Tahoe. I’m excited to finish that project. 
10.  What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
I always feel awkward when asked this question. Even with two books out, I still feel like such a newbie at this author thing. I guess I would say to just keep writing. Keep working. Keep moving forward. Don’t count yourself out and support your damn friends even if they are more successful and less talented. (yes, there’s a story there) 

Thanks, Lisa, for the wonderful questions and wonderful interview. I had a lot of fun.

It’s my turn. I have a question for you. 

How deeply did you blush while reading the Dangerous Embrace and Precious Embrace love scenes?

Please.  I read it in the dark with my little book light so no one could see the crimson flush on my face!  Hot stuff!  

Okay, two questions.

Would you ever consider writing romance now that you’ve found your guilty pleasure?

I might have a romance novel in me.  I wouldn't count it out.  BUT . . . I tried it a few times and it always turned into a crime novel.

MY REVIEW

Once again, Dana Mason brings the heat. Precious Embrace positively sizzles. If it is even possible, Mason has brought us an even more delicious male protagonist than the one we fell for in her last novel. A smoking hot guy with washboard abs, a southern drawl and a gun who changes diapers? It doesn't get better than that. In this novel, we're focused on Ali, the ex-wife of the main male character in Dangerous Embrace. Her second marriage has just ended because her husband did not want to be a father. Ali is a single mother of a 4 month old trying to piece her life back together when a one night stand she had a couple of months ago at a wedding in Hawaii shows up on her doorstep. Johnny Rhay Bennett has been unable to stop thinking about Ali since their night in Hawaii and when offered a job near her, he jumps at it, moving 3,000 miles in the hopes of a relationship. Just as things start heating up between them--and I do mean raging-inferno-heat--Ali's infant son, Micah is kidnapped in a particularly brazen abduction. With this crime, Mason initiates an underlying sense of menace that skulks throughout the rest of the book, setting you on edge even as you're rooting for these characters to come out on top and work everything out. Mason also gives us a villain who will make your blood turn to ice who is nicely juxtaposed with Ali, a female lead character who has all the single-mom-with-failed-relationships angst that real live women have as well as smarts and grit. I also love how the baby, Micah--the character the plot turns on--is a real character in this book and not just an abstract figure. This book was a wild emotional roller coaster ride. The perfect blend of hot romance and pulse-quickening suspense.




Dana Mason started writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace, is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important. Second chances don’t come easy…but sometimes love is worth the risk.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art’s Council and does what she can to support the art community.

As an avid reader and movie watcher, she always requires a happily ever after ending.

Get Dana's first novel, Dangerous Embrace HERE.

Get Dana's second novel, Precious Embrace HERE.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Cover Reveal: Courage by Carrie Butler

I'm thrilled to be a part of Carrie Butler's cover reveal today!  Courage is her second novel and the next book in her Nexus series, which I just love!  So here it is:


Cover Credits:
Design: Carrie Butler
Photography: Subbotina Anna & Yuri Arcurs

Here is the synopsis:

(By the way, I've had a sneak peek at this book and it is FABULOUS!)

Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but, hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future—until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.

Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along...

Enter: Corynn Catley. Brought into the country under the guise of an internship, she’s intended to become ERA’s secret weapon. Kind of. Her abilities cancel out Wallace’s, rendering him powerless, but that’s exactly what he’s always wanted. Too bad it only works when his girlfriend’s not around.


All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light—even reinvent himself through questionable means—but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger.

It will be released in paperback and e-book format on October 15, 2013!

Here's where to find Carrie:

Where to find Carrie:
WEBSITE  |  BLOG  |   TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK  |  GOODREADS  |  GOOGLE+  | NA ALLEY | PINTEREST 

Where to find Courage (Mark of Nexus #2):
BOOK PAGE  |  GOODREADS  |   BOOK TRAILER


Book Bloggers may start requesting e-ARCs via this form. :)
(http://www.carrieabutler.com/reviewers.html)


Participate in the Courage blog tour, happening October 14th–26th!


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P.S. Claire Fletcher still needs your votes in the Best Novel and Best Heroine categories of the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.  To find out how to vote, go here.  Thank you!





Thursday, July 11, 2013

Happy Release Day, Dana Mason!

I'm excited to announce the release of the wonderful Dana Mason's second novel in her embrace series, Precious Embrace!  Woot, woot!



A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career.
When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child. 
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Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.
Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.

Get it HERE!  It's only $3.99!

Now I've often been known to say that I can't tolerate romance novels.  It's nothing against the genre or the many talented writers out there, it just doesn't grab me.  It's me, not you, Romance Genre!  I like a little grit, a little mayhem, some dark themes with my reading.  Anyway, I love Dana's books and I think the reason is because she has a little bit of all that too.

Now if you're thinking well I didn't read her first book so this doesn't really apply to me, the great news is that her first book, Dangerous Embrace is FREE from July 11-14!


That one you can get HERE!

I'm going to have Dana back later this month for an interview and my review of her new book.  So stay tuned!
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P.S. Claire Fletcher still needs your votes in the Best Novel and Best Heroine categories of the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.  To find out how to vote, go here.  Thank you!




Tuesday, July 9, 2013

THE MISTAKEN is on Sale!!!!



The brilliant Nancy S. Thompson's novel, THE MISTAKEN is on sale for only 99 cents from July 9th through July 15th.  It is getting rave reviews. If you haven't read this one yet, I strongly suggest that you pick it up while it only costs 99 cents.  Believe me, it will be the best 99 cents you ever spent!

Here are the links:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble



Here is the synopsis:

All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.

His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan:  grab the woman responsible and hand her over to his associates--sex-traffickers in San Francisco's Russian Mafia. They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible. In exchange for the woman, they'll finally let his brother leave the business for good--with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.

There's just one problem:  Ty kidnaps the wrong woman.

Now he must protect Hannah Maguire from the very enemy he's unleashed, but the Russians are holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete the deal. Caught in a no-win situation, Ty must find a way to save himself, his brother, and the woman, but with the Russian Mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds.

And you can find Nancy here!

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P.S. Claire Fletcher still needs your votes in the Best Novel and Best Heroine categories of the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.  To find out how to vote, go here.  Thank you!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Interview with Author Mandy Baggot

I'm thrilled today to introduce you to romance author, Mandy Baggot, or as I like to call her, Lady B.  Mandy has two titles published with the same publisher as me, but the real reasons I wanted to invite her to my blog today are that she's pretty accomplished in her genre and also, she's super supportive of other writers, even those outside of her genre like myself.


So here is the interview and stay tuned for news of Mandy's exciting upcoming release with Harper Impulse!

1.      How long have you been writing and what drew you to it?

I’ve been writing since I was a child and as soon as I hit my early teens there was always a romantic element to it! But I never saw it as something to make a career out of. I was too sensible back then and I think the careers advisor would have laughed hard if I’d suggested being a romantic novelist!

I really got the writing bug back after I had my first daughter. It was escapism from those nappy/diaper changes!

2.  Why do you write in the romance genre?

For me there’s nothing better than writing that magic chemistry when two people connect on every level. The spark of attraction, the physical need and the emotional pull *sigh*. I can’t imagine writing anything without the romantic element in it!

3.  Who are your favorite authors?

I get asked this question a lot! I read so widely now it’s really difficult to pick favourites. Harper Impulse (my new publisher) has asked me to pick ten favourites in a Q&A I did and it was so hard! I just love stories, romantic stories mainly, but I do love a good thriller too!

4.  What do you think is the most difficult aspect about the publishing industry for authors?

Getting noticed...by anyone! There are so many writers out there! How do you even begin to get your manuscript looked at? I love e-publishing because now it’s easier than ever to get your work out into the marketplace. There are now so many more options open to writers and choice is always a brilliant thing. I’ve self-published five novels and I’m about to have my third traditionally published novel released so I’ve done both. I’d say it’s all about finding the right path, the one that suits you best.

5.  What has been your best author moment?

Without a doubt it has to be winning the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the 2012 Festival of Romance. I felt that award was confirmation and a big pat on the back for all my hard work over the last couple of years.

6.  Do you have a favorite out of all your books?  Why?

Don’t make me pick from my babies!! It’s difficult because they’re all so different. I have a real soft spot for Strings Attached and the gorgeous, hot, rock star, Quinn Blake. The storyline is controversial, it got slated by an editor, but I stuck to my guns and the readers are still loving it almost two years on!

My next release, Do You Remember? is probably the most grown-up book I’ve written. I had to pinch myself a couple of times to make sure I’d really written it!

7.  What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Keep writing and enjoy it! Don’t ever lose the love for storytelling even if obstacles are put in your way! Those barriers are there for a reason...they’re meant to be jumped!




First Love. First Loss. Last chance?
2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?
Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.
Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon?
ABOUT MANDY

Mandy Baggot is a romantic fiction author. In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her self-published title, Strings Attached was also short-listed for the Best Author Published Read award.

Also in 2012 she signed with American publishing house, Sapphire Star Publishing, who produced her novels, Taking Charge and romantic suspense, Security.

In June 2013 she signed a two book deal with Harper Collins' digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse.

She is a regular contributor to writing blogs and on-line magazine, Loveahappyending Lifestyle http://www.loveahappyending.com/.

Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World’s Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.

Here are the places you can find her:

Loveahappyending Bookshelf: http://loveahappyending.org/mandy-baggot/
Harper Impulse: http://ow.ly/mAQBP

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P.S. Claire Fletcher still needs your votes in the Best Novel and Best Heroine categories of the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.  To find out how to vote, go here.  Thank you!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Finding Claire Fletcher is a FINALIST!!!!


What else can I say but WOO HOO!!!!!!

Finding Claire Fletcher is a Finalist in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards in TWO categories! Best Novel and Best Heroine!

Lisa, this is Cloud 9.  Cloud 9, Lisa.

I am crazy humbled and flattered that my little old book that took me almost 10 years to get into the hands of readers is being recognized in this way.  I'm totally speechless.

I just want to thank all my readers, fans, supporters, friends, family and the eFestival of Words people for this!

So the deal now is that in order to win, I need VOTES! 

So I'm asking you guys to head on over to the eFestival of Words site and vote for Finding Claire Fletcher.

Here's how:

1. Go HERE and register.

Tips:

The captcha thing--hit play and a phrase will come up along the bottom of the video after 2-4 seconds.  Type that in.

After you agree to the terms and hit submit, you're actually done.  It will take you to a page that says, "You're almost finished . . . "  THAT'S AN AD.  You don't actually have to do anything there.  So close out the page.

2.  Then go HERE to the Awards Hall to vote.

Tips:

Best Heroine and Best Novel are on the first page now near the top.  

Thanks!  And thanks to everyone who has already voted!  You guys are the best!