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December 13, 2013
MUST LOVE OTTERS by Eliza Gordon
Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day ... and maybe even herself in the process.
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Published on December 13, 2013 03:49 • 189 views
December 12, 2013
UNBEAUTIFULLY by Madeline Sheehan
Warning: This is not a story about fate or destiny. This is a story about pain, sorrow, and suffering. This is an impulsive whirlwind romance between two lovers that are not meant to be together. Theirs is not a world with sunshine and roses. Instead, their love blossoms in a secret world full of crime, violence, and death. Their story is about what can be born from nightmares.Danielle “Danny” West is the daughter of Deuce West, President of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. A sweet and beautiful girl, she loses her way, searching for things that are always out of her reach. Erik “Ripper” Jacobs is the Sergeant of Arms in the Hell’s Horsemen. Once a man who always had a smile on his face, his life takes a turn for the worst when a tragedy befalls him, leaving him scarred and broken. During a midsummer night, Danny and Ripper’s paths cross, forever changing their lives. Hastily, their lust turns to love until another tragedy forces them apart. On a journey that is marred with ugliness and chaos, Danny and Ripper must discover if their unforeseen connection can find the beauty in their world.This is Danny and Ripper’s story.Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly.
Because without ugly, there would be no beauty.
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Published on December 12, 2013 05:54 • 87 views
September 20, 2013
Here is a list of my upcoming events:
Dec, 2013New Adult Sleepover WeekendSavannah, Georgia
Feb, 2014Tasty Author WeekendWilmington, North Carolina
Mar, 2014The Novel ExperienceAtlanta, Georgia
Mar, 2014Authors in The CityNew York, New York
Apr, 2014North Shore Author SigningBoston, Massachusetts
July, 2014Southern Girls Author SigningGreenville, North Carolina
Sept, 2014PennedSt. Louis, Missouri
Nov, 2014Rebels and Readers Author SigningHuntington, West Virginia
Published on September 20, 2013 16:27 • 111 views
July 16, 2013
'It's going to take a fight, I know that. But it's more than just a fight for my life. It's a fight for my soul and my soul mate.'
Jazzy Williams is not your average coffee-loving teen. She's struggling with her grief, her famous uncle’s fans, an overprotective big brother, and a depressed mother, all while trying to make friends at her new school. In the first week, she meets a gorgeous green-eyed hottie who turns out to be more than just some high school crush - he's more than human. And she unknowingly enrages a very dangerous breed of immortal who wants her soul or life as payment. With the help of supernatural friends and protectors, Jazzy thinks she's safe until what remains of her family is put in danger. Does Jazzy have what it takes to save her family, life, soul and soul mate, or will all be lost?
*Warning* Mature Content. This contains some profanity, mild sexual situations, innuendoes, and violence. Recommended for ages 17 and up, depending on maturity level.
I had the privilege of being a beta reader for this book. I loved Jazzy from the moment I met her, maybe not as much as Seth but you get what I mean. Starting at a new school with her brother, living in a new place all because of one fateful night. Already dealing with grief, anger and confusion she now has an unexpected paranormal connection to contend with as well. This would be overwhelming all by itself but somehow she also managed to gain an unrelenting enemy. Juggling all of this and homework just doesn't seem fair. I guess it helps to have a hunky soul mate by your side. I loved the flow, the dialogue, the unique paranormal slant and the character development. I would absolutely recommend this novel.
About the Author:
Rachel lives in Central Pennsylvania, is a stay at home mom, has a wonderful husband, total of 4 kids, 3 of which are step kids. She’s a true Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers fan. She’s an insomniac that loves coffee, Johnny Depp movies and bonfires, dislikes driving on the interstate, bugs of any kind, and a too quiet house. When she’s not playing with the people inside her head, making her family think she belongs in the loony bin or writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, finding new music, new books, helping someone or plotting something equally crazy with her Critique Partners.
Published on July 16, 2013 20:02 • 153 views
July 2, 2013
Mythology: The Wicked is the second book in the Mythology series.
A demon with a pure heart, Micah Condie lives his life by a code of ethics, but breaking that code may be the only way for him to survive. A supernatural entity in her own right, Hope Gentry would do anything in her power to protect her loved ones, but she may be the one who puts them in peril.
When the Demon Impiorum challenges the laws that keep guardians and demons in balance, ancient enforcers of justice intervene. Micah, Hope, and their mentor Jonathan become entangled in a conspiracy that will test even the deepest love and trust.
Someone will commit an act of betrayal, Someone will abandon a loved one.
Someone will enter THE WICKED.
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Hope Gentry doesn’t believe in Fate. Born with an unusual power to see the dark memories of those around her, Hope just wants to be a normal teenager. But on the first day of her senior year of high school, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to a transfer student named Micah Condie. At first glance, Micah seems like a boy that most girls would dream about. But when Hope's powers allow her to discover Micah's darkest secret, she quickly becomes entangled in the lives of mythical entities she never dreamed existed. Was this her destiny all along? And will her powers help her survive the evil of the Demon Impiorum?
Mythology isn’t just for English class anymore.
My review of Mythology:
5 stars!Loved the concept! Demons, I feel like I've read a lot of paranormal and haven't come across a demon character that wasn't just a mindless evil tool of havoc. This author has created this whole new world that neatly fits into the one we already live it. Let me just put this out there, I would not mind being able to see people's auras. How cool would that be? This was a hard book to put down, I would recommend to any of my friends who are into paranormal fiction and anyone into YA romance.
Helen was a complete bookworm from the time she could sound out the words on the page. She’ll always be thankful for her mom allowing her to read at the kitchen table during mealtimes. Reading naturally led to writing by the time she was eight or nine – she started with fantasy stories, dabbled in contemporary fiction, and even tried a little romance. MYTHOLOGY is an urban fantasy/love story and in that way reflects some of her earliest writing interests.
Things that inspire Helen to write are bowls of ice cream with lots of Magic Shell, the lack of cats or other things she’s allergic to in the vicinity, and plugging into playlists with her Neff headphones – the knit ones with the bear’s ears.
Published on July 02, 2013 14:57 • 103 views
May 27, 2013
I am so pleased to introduce you all to Zanna. Without any further ado I'll let her take over from here-
What Makes A Hero?
When asked what makes a book they have read linger in the memory, many people will say the characters. Creating characters that we can all identify with and care about is a fun and challenging part of writing a book. When it comes to writing the ‘hero’ or the lead male character in a novel it’s essential to conjure up a guy we will like, be rooting for, care about and, ok, quite probably fancy a bit as well!
So, what makes the ideal hero in a novel? Opinions, quite naturally, vary depending on who you ask. Some readers might opt for alpha males – strong, determined, driven, hugely successful, maybe a little arrogant, macho, a leader, brave, powerful, too handsome for his own good.
Others –myself included – prefer the beta male. He’s the charming, handsome boy-next-door, more considerate than the alpha of the species, he’s also playful, fun, good company, in some ways more ‘real’ than the alpha.
Does he need to have pots of money? Where does your hero have to come on the financial meter? Doing ok for himself, wealthy, pots of money, millionaire, billionaire?
Do you opt for him to be a sharp dresser, needing him to be suave and sophisticated, clothed in designer suits and dinner jackets? Do you prefer him to be a bit more rough-around-the-edges, sporting the timeless classic of jeans and white shirt combo?
What about looks? The tall, dark and handsome description is considered something of a cliché but the fact remains that these four words do create the ideal visual of a great hero for many women; for me, I would say just add a bit of stubble to the tall, dark and handsome mix and then you have the perfect hero to grace the pages of any novel.
Tanned and blonde could be the right substitute for tall, dark and handsome for many females. Does he need to be tall though? Can he wear glasses? Does he have to be perfectly toned with six-pack stomach or bulging biceps?
When it comes to profession does it matter what the hero does? Over the years I have read books where the hero has been everything from an ex con artist to a prince, from a struggling painter to policeman, pilot, race car driver, actor, musician, builder, architect, landscape gardener, writer, hotelier, dog trainer, store manager, worked in an office.
In my recently released novel How Do You Spell Love? Kat is focussed on trying to get over the end of her relationship with Nathan when she So, now, it’s over to you - what would you look for from a hero in a book you were reading? What are your requirements re looks, job and personality? Do you prefer the alpha or beta male?
Zanna Mackenzie is the author of How Do You Spell Love,
Book blurb: Make A Wish…Kat can’t help wishing there was more to life than this. What happened to her dream job? What happened with Nathan?Summer is wondering where her life is going too… battling the developers of a controversial housing estate and working out why boyfriend Rob is increasingly distant.When the developers win the battle and move into town everyone’s life is turned upside down.Kat meets building site project manager Alex. She enjoys his company far too much, even though he’s on the town’s most hated list.Summer meets Tom who has plenty of relationship troubles of his own, so things could get really complicated. Soon everyone is keeping secrets, lives change and hearts are broken. Is everything falling apart, or does life just work in mysterious ways…
Main buy links for book: *Crooked Cat Publishinghttp://www.crookedcatbooks.com/*Amazon UKhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Do-You-Spell-Love/dp/1908910771/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361800360&sr=8-2*Amazon USAhttp://www.amazon.com/How-Do-You-Spell-Love/dp/1908910771/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361800417&sr=1-3&keywords=zanna+mackenzie
Book extract: How Do You Spell Love?Kat pushed the last of the cottage cheese and shrimp sandwiches into the cool box and slammed the van door shut. As if her life wasn’t enough of a disaster zone as it was – no money, lousy job, losing Nathan, having to move back home to live with her parents – now this had to go and happen. Plus, of course, it didn’t help that today she was feeling shattered after spending half the night chanting some ridiculous protection spell in the middle of the allotments with Summer.Cringing as a van full of builders stopped at the nearby traffic lights, Kat braced herself for the inevitable. After the standard-issue wolf whistles had drifted across from their van, next came the leered, “Wouldn’t argue with that, love!” as one of them nodded towards her sparkling clean van, parked neatly at the curb. The words “A Bit of Crumpet on the Road” emblazoned down the side in deep purple, glittery lettering. Not for the first time Kat cursed her boss Janice for calling her bakery-cum-deli that name.Kat sighed, well it certainly drew comments from the public and from their customers, not always welcome ones, but as Janice was always keen to point out, any kind of publicity and attention was, in her eyes, good publicity and attention.Pulling her navy and white striped apron more tightly around her T-shirt and shorts, Kat ignored the builders and climbed into her van to begin that morning’s deliveries. As she indicated to pull out into the busy street in Luisborough, she mulled over the bad news – that she was to add the controversial Netherton Meadows housing development to her daily sandwich round.Netherton Meadows. Yippee. If Summer found out, she’d surely be ostracised for fraternising with the environmental enemy. This was a development that pretty much everyone in Luisborough had fought against for getting on towards a year. It had been the focus of STW campaigns. It went against everything that Kat believed in environmental-wise. Everyone hated the Netherton Meadows developers. Except, it seemed, Janice, who was perfectly happy to, in her words, ‘supply yummy builders with yummy sandwiches.’Lost in thought, Kat just managed to spot the approaching traffic lights had turned to red and hastily slammed a foot on the brake. The van lurched to a halt and several boxes of crisps and one of the cool boxes in the back tipped over. Damn. It was shaping up to be one of those days.Two hours later Kat had visited all her usual drops, was extremely hot and bothered, and could put off going to Netherton Meadows no longer.Driving through the assorted vans, machinery and portacabins Kat parked next to a building marked as being the Site Office and hit the button on the dashboard. Tinkling chimes filled the air as Kat climbed from the driver’s seat and made to open the back doors of the vehicle. It was embarrassing enough that the van had the company name in large lettering along its side but, just to make sure that it received maximum exposure – and achieved maximum embarrassment – Janice had had some irritating chimes fitted to the vehicle too. Kat was under strict instructions to sound the chimes when she called at all of the sites where people came out to the van; such as they were about to at Netherton Meadows.A man came down the steps of the office with a grin on his face and walked towards her. “Hi, you must be Kat.” He wedged a clipboard under his left arm and offered a hand to shake. “I’m Alex. Project manager for the site.”“Hi,” mumbled Kat, spotting a group of hard-hat-clad builders advancing towards her with hungry expressions on their faces.“Right, lads,” Alex turned towards the men. “This is Kat and she’s very kindly agreed to venture onto this site to bring you all your lunch. Don’t give her any hassle, OK?”The men laughed and then nodded. “Sure, Alex. You’re the boss.”Fifteen minutes later it seemed that all of the team at the development had made their sandwich, crisp and drink selections and sloped off to devour them in the sunshine. Only one of the builders, a portly man who must have been twenty years Kat’s senior, had pushed the boundaries a little, despite Alex’s earlier warning. As he’d selected a smoked salmon and cream cheese roll – a choice that had surprised Kat somewhat, having pegged him as a ham and cheese kind of guy – he’d asked Kat if she’d fancy joining him for a drink sometime. She’d politely declined his offer, saying that she had a boyfriend. No need to tell him that, technically, she and Nathan were no longer an item. No need to tell him why either.
------------------ Author bio: Zanna Mackenzie lives in the UK with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read. Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!Formerly a travel agent and therapist (she has qualifications in clinical aromatherapy, crystal healing, naturopathic nutrition and herbalism) she loves walking the dogs and gardening – that’s when she’s not writing or reading!Zanna has written two novels, The Love Programme (Astraea Press) and How Do You Spell Love? (Crooked Cat Publishing) and both were published in early 2013. Follow Links: Find out more about Zanna at:www.zannamackenzie.blogspot.co.ukwww.zannamackenzie.co.ukTwitter: @ZannaMacKenzieFacebook: www.facebook.com/zanna. mackenzie
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10703273-zanna-mackenzieAmazon Author Page - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zanna-Mackenzie/e/B00BKY1A18/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Published on May 27, 2013 00:00 • 88 views
May 23, 2013
How long does it take for a long-distance relationship to break down? Sixteen months.When Jen and Carl put their relationship to rest after Christmas, Jen’s biggest problem is going back to London ten days earlier than planned – and her ever-present attraction to Samuel ‘Bing’ Edwards.Bing has no idea why Jen left Devon so fast. All he knows is that he wants her as much as he did the first day he laid eyes on her – so spending time with her while Lexy is still in Devon isn’t exactly a hardship for him. When he finds out she’s single, the only thing on his mind is finishing what they started at his dad’s fiftieth birthday party.
Feelings that have been a long time building between the two explode, and they both find themselves sucked into an easy yet passionate relationship, with Bing determined to prove to Jen that she’s it for him. That she is The One.But in a city like London, the odds are stacked against them, and there’s always that one person ready to stir things up… And Jen doesn’t know how much of that she can take – even for the guy she loves more deeply than she ever imagined, and eventually she breaks.Bing isn’t down with that. He wants Jen, and he wants her by his side for good.
Jennifer Mason must learn that Samuel Edwards doesn’t do giving up. Especially not when his forever girl is involved.
My Review 5 starsI was a beta reader on this novel and the novel that preceded it, Never Forget. I gave that novel 5 stars as well and if possible I loved Bing and Jen's story even more than Never Forget. This novel was mainly set in London versus the Devon setting of the first book. Jen has moved from her small seaside hometown, a Carl, to go to art school.Her relationship with Carl does not survive the distance between them. Their breakup was a giant blow up or overly dramatic. They both knew their relationship had run its course and mutually decide to end things. Jen has always annoyed Bing, come on, she is his little sister's best friend. I love that dynamic. How one person's opinion of another can change over time. How feelings can develop in an unexpected place.This novel alternates between both main characters points of view. Being inside Bing's head was a lot of fun and I love Jen. Emma Hart writes people, not cliches. I appreciate the fact Jen is not this naive innocent girl trying to tame the bad boy, no she is strong and snarky and not afraid to tell Bing off for, well, being Bing.I'm not a fan of spoilers so you'll have to read to book yourself to find out why I liked it so much.
Emma Hart Bio
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys.Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.Find Emma online at:Blog: http://www.emmahart93.blogspot.com/Facebook: www.facebook.com/YAAuthorEmmaHartTwitter: @EmmaHartAuthor
Published on May 23, 2013 00:00 • 82 views
April 19, 2013
I just got Author Tagged!
I loved tag growing up, Lol! Every morning at the bus stop we would play until the bus came. We played freeze tag, TV tag and plain ole tag. Some of my best memories are goofing off those mornings at the gazebo at the end of my street. These days this type of author tag is more my speed...I haven't even had to get up!
I was tagged by S. Moose. Her debut novel Reaching Out For You needs to be on your TBR. I am looking forward to helping promote it once it's released. Trust me you'll want to follow her :)Links below
What is the working title of your book?
Stages of Grace
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Morbid as it sounds this novel was inspired by a death. I was researching ways to deal with grief when I came across the five stages of grief. It struck me that the death of a relationship could follow the same grief pattern that a person would go through in dealing with the death of a loved one.
What genre does your book fall under?
Women's Literature / Contemporary Romance / New Adult
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Grace (main character) Emily VanCamp
Jon (main character) Josh Hartnett Kate (you'll see!) Maggie SmithRyan (not telling) Bradley Cooper
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?This novel is about the stages and emotions in life Grace goes through while struggling to find happiness in a dying relationship.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A publisher did make an offer to acquire Stages of Grace but I felt it was in my best interest to remain independent.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
One month, been rewriting since.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Grace, she was in my head telling me her story. I just wrote it all down.What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This novel does not have your usual chapter breaks but is instead separated into the five stages of grief. (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance)
1. Gareth Young
My favorite Spartan and one of my favorite authors. You can see his Facebook page my interview with him on my blog links here.
2. Karen Bynum
My only author friend I've met in real life. We had so much fun the first time that we did it again. I am a huge fan of her work and can't wait to read her upcoming novel Becoming. I hope to host her on my blog soon. Her links is below.
Published on April 19, 2013 06:34 • 89 views
April 12, 2013
Want a chance to read Stages of Grace before it's released?
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance...
When facing death, a mourning period is to be expected. But what if it's not a person but a relationship that dies? Grace and her boyfriend Jon have been together for three years. They live together and have shared many beautiful memories. Those memories are what keeps Grace from admitting Jon has changed and is no longer the man she fell in love with.
Afraid of being alone and holding on to something that no longer exists, Grace is a shadow of her former self. Her daily objective is to hide her pain from the world. Then, an unexpected letter sets off a whirlwind of potential life changes. In life, sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go.
To Enter, just leave a comment below. A winner will be selected randomly on Sunday, April 14th 10pm est.
Published on April 12, 2013 18:30 • 76 views
April 10, 2013
I signed up for Helen Boswell's blog tour because I adore her. Like fangirl screaming and waving hands in the air adore her (maybe not screaming...but hands in the air, yes). I consider Helen a friend. Now don't let that scare you away from reading my review of her book...see when I reviewed her book I just thought she was a cool biologist on Twitter who wore a superhero costume in her avi. It has been since then that I have come to know her as so much more and now call her a friend.
So I will now gush about why Helen is my amazeballs friend. She is one of the most genuine, caring, and helpful people I have ever virtually met. As an indie author there are things that you need to either learn how to do yourself or...pay someone else to do. One of these things is formatting...ugh...friggin formatting. Seriously, I cannot fully express how much I dislike formatting. So, during one extremely frustrating formatting session I tweeted something that probably said I was ready to throw my laptop out the window...blah, blah, something like that. Almost instantly she replies and tells me to email my cursed document to her. She friggin fixed my evil document and is the reason I am typing this blog post on my still 'in one piece' ancient Dell annnnnnnnnnnd paperback copies of my books exist.
This is who she is, an awesome person, an amazing friend and a kickass writer. Also, I would be remiss if I did not discuss my slight (read obsession) with a character she created. Now, before I introduce you all to him please let me be crystal clear in the fact that I have already called dibs. Yes, I understand I have a giant book nerd crush on a fictional character. Don't judge!
Here, ahem, is Mr. Jonathan Draper:
It's okay to drool as long as you remember I called dibs...
Dibs...for real...don't get any ideas.
To meet Mr. Draper you'll just have to read the book...
Click below for the Rafflecopter link for a chance to win a copy!!
(my reviews are short I know, I hate spoilers...sorry!)
Loved the concept! Demons, I feel like I've read a lot of paranormal and haven't come across a demon character that wasn't just a mindless evil tool of havoc. This author has created this whole new world that neatly fits into the one we already live it. Let me just put this out there, I would not mind being able to see people's auras. How cool would that be? This was a hard book to put down, I would recommend to any of my friends who are into paranormal fiction and anyone into YA romance.
Again, I acknowledge my review is short...but, if reading long ass reviews is your thing by all means please go out to Amazon to check out the 30 reviews there...23 of them 5 star. You'll see mine, it's the short one ;)
Fanart pics above by the talented Megan Elliott :)
Published on April 10, 2013 19:59 • 76 views