Thursday, September 1, 2016

Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair Release Week Blitz



1. Conflict is integral to the success of a novel. How do you decide the central conflict for your books?

I always start each book with what my character what (their external goal) and what they are afraid of (their internal journey for the book). Then I make sure that for the hero and heroine they conflict. It allows for a lot of natural tension.

2. Do you have a "life's short so eat the icing" list of your own? Why or why not, and, if you do, can you share something that's on it?

I do! I love living my life by eating the icing first. One of my dreams was to go to The Big Sheep, an amusement park based around sheep (I know, sounds crazy, but I love animals) So when I had the chance to go to England a few years back, I booked a flight and left a week later. The Big Sheep was one of my favorite memories, and inspired Woolimina in A Taste of Sugar. The next trip on my list is to go to China and see the red pandas.
3. How important do you think the cover of a novel is? How involved are you in the cover design for your books?

I think it is important to let the reader know what kind of book they are investing in. And my input varied from publisher to publisher.

4. In what ways do you think readers will relate to Kennedy and Luke?

Kennedy is a woman overcoming heartbreak and looking for a fresh start, a place where she can make a home. And Luke is a man trying to overcome the loss of his father, and stuck between doing right by his dad and doing right by the woman he’s fallen in love with.

5. Who is your all-time favorite Book Boyfriend and why?

Mr. Darcy, there is just something sexy about a British chap who is so driven by love he is willing to do anything to have her.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Winner Takes All by Erin Kern Release Day Blitz

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 ABOUT THE BOOK

 Title: Winner Takes All
Author: Erin Kern
Series: A Champion Valley Series
 On Sale: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Formats: Mass Market & eBook Price: $6.99 USD (MM) / $6.99 USD (eBook)
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 Money. Fame. Endorsements. Blake Carpenter had it all—before his professional football career spiraled out of control. Determined to rebuild his life, he takes on coaching the high school team in his Colorado hometown. Despite a few fumbles, Blake knows he can lead these boys to victory. As long as he can keep his eyes on the prize and off the team's distractingly gorgeous physical therapist. Annabelle Turner knows all about the scandal that cost Blake his NFL career, and she'll be damned if she's going to let his mistakes hurt her team. What she doesn't count on is the intense attraction that turns every heated run-in they have into a wildly erotic competition. Point by point, play by play, kiss by kiss, they try to keep things professional for the good of the team. But when the score is this close—and the passion this fierce—it's anybody's game . . .

WINNER TAKES ALL excerpt #1

The parking lot was almost empty as Blake left the field-house after the team’s win. He strolled toward his truck, keys dangling from one hand and his gym bag in the other. As he approached, he noticed a figure leaning against the driver’s side door.
A petite, luscious figure in a pair of tight jeans and a Blanco Valley High hooded-sweatshirt.
Just the sight of Annabelle turned his body on high alert. Over the past week, Blake hadn’t been able to get their kiss out of his mind. Not only the feel of her lips pressed to his, but how perfectly her body fit with his. Each one of her curves had molded seamlessly against his harder and bigger one, as though they were two pieces of the same puzzle.
And look at him with all the lame metaphors.
Blake approached the truck, twirling his keys around in his hand. Because if he didn’t keep them busy, he’d yank her away from the door and kiss her again.
“Hi,” she greeted when he stopped in front of her.
He tossed his bag in the bed of the truck. “Hey,” he replied. “You’re here awfully late.”
“I wanted to hang around and congratulate some of the kids. You guys played a good game tonight,” she told him.
“Thanks.” And why did her praise have to mean so much to him? The parents and the school district was what mattered. Not some hazel-eyed opinionated goddess.
Annabelle scraped the toe of her tennis shoe along the ground. And for some reason Blake found the movement endearing.
He was turning into such a pussy.
“Blake,” she said on a sigh. She pushed away from the truck and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. “I’m sorry,” she told him. “About before.”“For what?” he wanted to know. “The kiss or the apology?”She blinked at him and inhaled a deep breath. “For the way I acted afterward,” she clarified. “To be completely honest, I’m not sorry for kissing you. I thought that maybe…” Her words trailed off. “I thought I had taken you off guard and acted inappropriately. I didn’t want you to think I was being too forward. The sorry just kind of popped out before I could think.” Blake pocketed his keys. “You did take me off guard. But that didn’t mean I didn’t like it as much as you did. I think we both know I did.” She’d been pressed up against him hard enough to feel the evidence between his thighs. As though sensing his thoughts, Annabelle’s gaze dropped down, lingering long enough to elicit a reaction. “I think it’s safe to say we both liked it. A lot,” she added. “Probably too much, actually.” “And how much is too much?” Because that was part of his confusion. One of her shoulders moved. “To be honest, I’m not sure. I’m still trying to figure that one out.”“Maybe we should try it again, just to see,” he suggested.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Sight by Chloe Neill


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampire novels, a brand new Devil’s Isle Novel...
 
The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over.  But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .
 
Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.
 
Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the growing threat before magic corrupts them both...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Looking for two co-bloggers


I'm looking for two co-bloggers. One for my website www.bookishfangirl.com and one for my website www.scenesfromachaoticmind.com. I prefer my co-bloggers to not have their own blogs or websites. My co-bloggers will be responsible for self editing their posts. I'm looking for co-bloggers who are able to post a minimum of two times a week. You can sign up here.  https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/1eRMzIDuTtTf0tHlfiHyyfi2ZK-OAFPrN_eNXYxCXbOI/edit

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu


The Midnight Star (Young Elites Book 3) by [Lu, Marie]The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained. 

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cover reveal: Bloody Acquistions by Drew Hayes


Blurb:
With a thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship, and a circle of trusted friends, Fred’s
undead life has become more enjoyable than his normal one ever was. Unfortunately, it also seems that he’s no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up-and-coming city of Winslow, Colorado. A new clan of vampires is moving in, and they aren’t well known for tolerating outsiders in their territory.
Now, Fred must cope with the growing presence—and threat—of other vampires even as he struggles to keep up with his business’s demands and make time for his friends. Between hidden parahuman towns, crazed vampire hunters, quarreling mages, and the world’s least subtle spy, it will take all of Fred’s wiles just to keep his head above water. And as the new clan sinks their fangs deeper and deeper into his city, the undead accountant is faced with a choice between two equally unappealing options: flee his home, or stand against an entire clan of fellow vampires.
Available for pre-order now!

Author Bio:
Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.
Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sophie Hannah's serialized podcast of Agatha Christie's After The Funeral


Sophie Hannah takes readers along on an 8-part serialization of her favorite Hercule Poirot mystery: AFTER THE FUNERAL.

About AFTER THE FUNERAL:  Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister, in this classic Agatha Christie mystery.
When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say: “It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it....But he was murdered, wasn’t he?” In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery....

About AGATHA CHRISTIE:  Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign countries. She is the author of eighty novels and short-story collections, nineteen plays, and six novels under the name Mary Westmacott. She died in 1976.

About SOPHIE HANNAH:  Sophie Hannah is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 27 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie.

The Agatha Christie podcast has over 9,000 page views since its launch!


The Atlantic noted, “The awareness of that inside-out sort of violence sets the women writers apart, these days, from even the best of the men. Women’s murder tales have always been at least a little more psychologically acute than the guys’. Even in the so-called golden age of detective stories, the 1920s and ’30s, when the emphasis was on elaborate puzzles, the motivations of the culprits in Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers were usually more plausible—and nastier—than they were in Carr or Rex Stout or Ellery Queen.”

Throughout the serialization, Sophie informs listeners on the crucial distinction between the truly impossible and the deeply unlikely, points out the magic of a very personal motive, and explains her belief that “the best stories are the ones that would only ever happen once.”

So this summer, we haven’t see any “Girl” rise to the top of the pack, perhaps it’s because it’s time to revisit one of the originators of these deeply psychological crime stories, as The Atlantic noted, “It may be worth noting that Agatha Christie, who knew how to multiply potential killers and suggestive objects, also created one of the most fiendish unreliable narrators in English-language fiction…”

And there is no one better to take readers along for the ride then Sophie Hannah, picked by the Christie estate to pen the new Hercule Poirot novels, The Monogram Murders and this fall’s CLOSED CASKET (on sale 9/6).  Also one of the authors cited as part the ‘new breed’ of women crime writers.