Monday, May 14, 2018

A Wonderful Read!


Blurb: We're all stupid in love.

Brand Ehlert drunkenly stumbles into Peace, Montana in the middle of the night. The shame of failure burns like a wildfire hot on his heels. It doesn't take him long to realize that running from the ruins of his old life was the best decision he's ever made. There's this girl, and he can't get enough of her. Before he knows it, the beautiful artist has him wrapped around her little finger. With only the shirt on his back and dumb luck, special moments come easy for them. But the lure of the bottle is strong. His personal demons ignite the embers of his past. Soon he fears he's destroyed the only thing that's ever truly mattered to him.

Will Brand's destructive history repeat itself, or is he capable of something more?




My Review:

****

I really enjoyed reading this book. Rachel Walter is someone you're going to want to watch out for. It was enthralling...a wonderful read. The combination of plot, deeply emotional characters, and ever-growing love is something you will enjoy. I love Brand's story and I hope to read more by this author.



Author Bio:

Rachel Walter is a wife and mother first, and a coffee-addicted, chuck-wearing, hockey-watching, snark-spewing author, second. She primarily writes Young Adult, but enjoys challenging herself in other genres, like Adult Contemporary. in 2012, Rachel began writing her first novel, True Connection, which she published in 2013. True Connection was re-released in 2014 as part of a boxed set, Pandora, which landed on USA Today's Best Seller list. When she's not writing, she can be found doing almost anything in South Central Pennsylvania, where she lives, to avoid washing dishes.

Links:

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Another wonderful story from Aja James!



GENRE: Paranormal fantasy, romance

BLURB:

Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones' Assassin. He has never missed his target...until now. Until her.

Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the Vampire races' future...and perhaps her own as well.

Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.

But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu's past? And deep within his heart?


EXCERPT:

Pa Ava's breath froze in her lungs even as her heart pumped like a jackhammer. She stared owl-eyed and motionless into hypnotic, dark brown eyes, the pupils and iris' were all but indistinguishable.

He held her gaze and slowly, nonchalantly, pulled back his hand, leaving a trail of sparks along her skin where his fingertips grazed. A corner of his mouth tilted whether in amusement or derision she could not tell.

She did not see that hand fist so tightly on his thigh his knuckles turned white.

"Apologies," he said. She assumed he referred to the accidental touch that set her veins on fire.  "Allow me to help you."

What? Was he going to help her relieve the dark desires that were melting her into a gelatinous mass of wantonness?

Keeping his gaze locked on hers, he gestured to the leg rest. Ava's eyeballs was the only things that moved as they rolled to the right and down.

Oh that.

Before she provided a response, and perhaps it was better that he didn't wait, because he would have waited a very long time, he elongated his torso by half standing, reached over the partition, and smoothly removed the laptop bag that she had unwittingly jammed between the extended footrest and the inner corner of the sleep capsule.

"May I," he asked rather unnecessarily, since she hadn't yet drawn breath or found her voice, and pressed the recline key so that her feet finally adjusted into a comfortable position.

Involuntarily, Ava heaved a contented sigh. Finally, her lungs were functioning again. Now that she had the opportunity to look him full in the face, she decided he wasn't as irresistible as she first thought.

MY REVIEW:

*****

I give this book, the second one I have read by this author, five stars. The story is well written and holds you captive until you've finished. Ryu and Ava's story is one of second chances, proving that no matter what you've done wrong, you can always change your spots and redeem yourself. This is an enthralling and captivating romance with deeply moving characters, fraught with emotional turmoil. I think on Pure Healing I made the statement that I love when the hero does what has to be done even though he doesn't want to. Dark Desires is the same way and I absolutely can not wait to read more by this author.


AUTHOR BIO & LINKS:

Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she'd be the first to admit that those early efforts weren't particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper.!

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it is completely organic, the way the stories develops. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed, because oftentimes they take her by surprise! It's her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audry Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable and all the song and dance numbers because she can't watch them and not be happy).

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antartica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master's degrees, one of which is in East Asian studies.

Contact Information:

Website: https://www.aja-james.blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aja-JamesAuthor
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/megami771
Blog: https://www.aja-james.blog
Pinrest: N/A for now.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Ice_Baby

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Longing-Pure-Ones-Book-ebook/dp/B077993M4N

Giveaway:

Aja James will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




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Sunday, April 15, 2018

I would like to welcome Kalen Cap to my blog. The name of his book is The Ancient Tripod of Peace.



GENRE: Young Adult Mystery

BLURB:

Teens Lexi and Gil face relic-thieving secret societies.

Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. But her dad's job is jeopardized when relics are stolen from his museum, changing her priorities. And she finds her new teachers' eerie dislike of her troubling. 

His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast, and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.

With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. Lexi's inquiries and Gil's codes capture the teachers' attention. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. Caught in these societies' crossfire as thieves willed and instrument of astounding power, Gil and Lexi are in danger.

The Ancient Tripod of Peace is the first book in novelist, Kalen Cap's Teen Thief-Catchers series. If you like stories with artifact treasures, fighting secret societies, and spirited protagonists, you will enjoy this novel. 


EXCERPT:

Lexi hadn't met any vegan guys her age, only girls. "Want to join me and Anita later?"

"Sure, I'll try it out," Trevor agreed.

"We only have a day to find our code for this project," Gil said. "Let's focus on the project. I don't want to start out locked with something weak."

The three read the project description again. Lexi felt clueless. She asked the others how to begin. 

Gil said the topic related well to his social science fair project the year before on secret codes in writing. 

Lexi rolled her eyes. From the way Gil told it, the project was designed for him. Full of yourself maybe?

Trevor said he spent part of a summer in Greece the year before when his father ran workshops there. There he'd learned about ancient Greek history. Lexi didn't mind as much when Trevor made it sound like his experience aligned with the project. Unlike Gil's, Trevor's voice soothed her.

Trevor and Gil both stared at her expectantly. She blushed, first believing they were checking her out. But she soon realized they wanted to hear her special connection to the project topic. 

"My grandmother usually teaches history here too. She gave the opening talk at assembly. Oh and my granddad's an actor. He used to be a professional and acted in lots of Shakespeare. They can give me pointers." Lexi said. My grandparents? That's my "in" on the project? I'm such a loser. She was determined not to be the weakest link in the group. 

AUTHOR BIO & LINKS:


Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences. Set among the Lake Erie Islands, "The Ancient Tripod of Peace" is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, "Tangled Ties to a Manatee was published in 2012.

Author website: http://www.kalencap.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kalen-Cap/e/B007XZEKTC/

Author's facebook page for the new series: http://www.facebook.com.TeenThiefCatchers/

https://www.amazon.com/AncienTripod-Peace-Thief-Catchers-novel-ebook/dp/B07B29FTBX/


GIVEAWAY:

Kalen Cap will be awarding a $40 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Welcome back! Here is the rest of Stacey Keith's interview. Her book is entitled, Sweet Dreams.




How important do you think getting the perfect cover is to you?

Covers are important. Look at the success of EL James, Fifty Shades, franchise. One of the reasons the books took off the way they did was because their covers were uncharacteristically demure. Erring on the side of discretion isn't something the romance industry is typically good at. As a rule, it's all heaving bosoms and brawny backsides.

No woman wants to get caught reading a book with a lurid cover. It's one of the reasons ebooks is so successful in the genre of romance. On the other hand, a cover tells the reader what to expect, so it's really a Catch-22. I'm just glad covers aren't my "department" because I would make them entirely too artsy and they would never sell. Besides, the fun part for me is sending photos to the art department of what I think my hero's might look like. This one, for example. He's the prototype for Brandon McBride in DREAM LOVER which comes out in July.

Hello salty goodness:







AUTHOR BIO:




Award winning author Stacey Keith doesn't own a television, but reads compulsively and would, in fact, go stark raving bonkers without books, most of which are crammed into every corner of the house. She lives with her Jazz musician boyfriend in Civita Castellena, a medieval village in Italy that sits atop a cliff, and she spends her days writing in a nearby abandoned 12th Century church. But the two things she is most proud of are her ability to cook pasta alla matricana without burning down the kitchen, and swearing volubly in Italian with all the appropriate hand gestures.

LINKS:


Here's my website: www.StaceyKeithAuthor.com


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Hello and welcome. Today I have on my blog, Stacey Keith, with her new book, Sweet Dreams. Welcome Stacey!


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Sweet Dreams
Author: Stacey Keith
Genre: Romance

In a little town in the heart of Texas, the same old story can turn in to happily ever after...

On any given day, Maggie Roby has cake batter on her sleeve, flour where the blush supposedly goes, and sore feet from standing since dawn. For her sister's wedding day, she's added a side of heartache. Maggie's failed marriage taught her that love is a lie and commitment a mistake, and it was an expensive lesson. But with her bakery thriving and her life simplified to work, family and knitting, for her pug. Maggie thinks she's bought some peace. Until Jake Sutton walks in and she realizes she isn't safe from desire at all.

Jake has model-perfect looks and about a billion dollars to throw around. but Maggie also sees the same never-say-die grit she prizes in herself. The attraction between them is hotter than her oven in July. But when Jake decides to restore the old Art Deco movie theater right around the corner from her bakery, she worries that temptation is a little too close for comfort. And the added ingredients of a man from her past only complicates the mix. This time nothing less than true love will do. If she can learn to listen to her heart, she just may be able to have her cake and eat it too.


INTERVIEW:

 1. How did you come up with the name, Sweet Dreams?


Here in Civita Castellana, there's this incredible bakery, in Italy, a bakery is pasticceria) called Antica Etrusca. You walk in there and your mind is blown. It's owned by this lovely family who sometimes yells at each other (In true Italian fashion), which to my mind, just makes the place more charming.

Long before Kensington Books offered me a contract for the Dreams Come True series, I referred to Etrusca as my "sweet dream."So it only seemed natural to call Maggie's bakery, and her story the same thing.

Just so you know what I'm talking about, here's a photo of the entrance to Antica Etrusca. Also a video that should come with food insurance because your mouth will water when you see it!

https://www.facebook.com/375532239562193/videos/385890155193068

2. What does a typical day of writing consist of for you?

COFFEE. That's what a typical day of writing looks at for me. Specifically, cappuccino. I even have a hand-plunger so I can froth the milk. In Italy, coffee is made using a bialetti machinetta, which looks like this:


The water goes in the bottom. There's a small metal filter inside and that's where you pack the coffee. Italian coffee is out of this world. It pretty much ruins you for anything else. Then you turn the gas flame up high and wait, rubbing your hands together with barely concealed anticipation.

In a separate pan, you heat the milk. It doesn't have to be scalding hot, but warm enough to complement the coffee. Pour the milk into a frother (mine is a glass cylinder with an airtight plunging mechanism). If you add a little cinnamon, you can minimize the insulin jolt of the caffeine. Froth, froth, froth, then fill the bottom quarter of a large coffee cup with the coffee, followed by 3/4ths of the milk. Sprinkle with the cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy!

Cappuccino is the best part of my day, although having finished my work comes in a close second. What beats the feeling of glowing accomplishment after a long hard gruel?

3. Who is your favorite character in the book?

Coralee nodded, as matter-of-fact as if Maggie had asked her about a PTA meeting or a potluck supper. UFO's were the mainstay of Coralee's life, along with cooking shows, crossword puzzles, and Ed, her husband. Ed was retired and rarely stirred from the Barcalounger. I've got a real soft spot for Coralee. Of course she's crazier than a bag of frogs, but to me, that's what makes her so appealing. Her obsession with UFO's is so earnest, who can resist her?

"I'm not doing anything tonight," Maggie fibbed. "Are you going to your UFO club?"

"There's been a sighting near Big Ben National Park," Coralee said with the hushed urgency she used when discussing her "saucers". "Any day now I expect them to come to Cuervo. You know how my Ed got took up by one. He'll be the first to tell you, there none to gentle of folks."

Maggie bit down hard on a smile. The idea of any interstellar beings taking an interest in doughy, monosyllabic Ed was pretty funny.

Maggie, Cassidy and April's mother, Priscilla, comes in a close second, though. Her obsession isn't UFO's its celebrities. She's n incurable matchmaker, especially when it comes to her daughters.

Maggie crossed her arms. She leveled a poisonous glare at Priscilla. "Nobody told me you were coming."
"Mom said she told you," Cassidy replied.
All eyes turned toward Pricilla, who had the grace to blush.
"My stars. Did I forget to tell you? Well no point fussing at me now."
Doak shook his head. "Priss strikes again."

4. Who is your least favorite?"

Well, Avery's pretty hard to like isn't she. Not only does she go after Maggie's husband, she ultimately abandons her own children. Avery is the antithesis of Maggie. Where Maggie is soft, warm and generous, Avery is hard, cold and calculating. She also represent's Maggie's blind spot. All through high school, people tried to warn Maggie about Avery's predilection for boyfriend-stealing, only Maggie refuses to believe them. That's the problem with having a functional, loving family. You grow up thinking the whole world is trustworthy, and that's never the case.

5. What do you like to do for fun?

FUN? What is the "fun" of which you speak?

Okay, okay, all kidding aside, my idea of fun is pretty basic. I love smush-faced creetures, Bob's Big Boy statues (I use to own the one you see here in the photo), Nine inch nails, fat orange kitties, Italy Botero/Picasso/Modigliani/Caravaggio/politics, yoga, some rap music, urban decay, (not the makeup--REAL dystopic urban decay), long walks, any culture different than mine, church bells, old libraries, neon and street art. Not necessarily in that order. Also watching classic movies like THE SEVENTH SEAL, CITIZEN KANE, and STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE. In that sence, Maggie, Jake and I have something in common.



6. Do you have plans for future books?

I do! So many books. But the one that might come as a surprise to those of you familiar with my work is that I was first and foremost a writer of historical fiction. I like to take people who existed long ago and give them flesh. There are at least a dozen fabulous women I plan to write about, including a few of Henry VIII"s ill-fated wives. I'd also like to try my hand at dystopic futuristic stories.

7. What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a published author?

Be proud of your craft but humble about your abilities. And this holds especially true for new writers who, feeling vulnerable in the first place, tend to take criticism badly. Even established writers can get bristly. Look, it's hard to know who's right when opinions about your work start flying. I do a gut check. If criticisms feel right or make sense, or gives me pause, I pay attention. If what's said is poorly communicated or ill-considered or generally insipid, I ignore it.

Recognize that you're playing the long game. It takes a ballet dancer ten years to achieve a state of technical proficiency. Ten years. Personally, I think it takes almost as long to become an effective writer. That's not say there aren't exceptions. Of course there are. But to have true and consistent mastery of your craft requires a long apprenticeship. Are you ready to commit to that? Because even after you gain mastery of your craft, you are looking at an equally protracted grind finding an agent, landing a book contract (if you decide to go with a legacy publisher rather than self-publishing), and remaining commercially viable. If you're serious about writing professionally, expect heartbreaks, setbacks, crippling disappointments. They are part of the process. Writing professionally is a raw Darwin struggle where only the strong survive. Is that going to be you?

Talent isn't as important to commercial success as you think it is. Yes, I realize what I just said is heresy, but it's true. With all due respect to her huge commercial success, E.L. James (author of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) will never be accused of being a great writer. She must be doing something right, though, because look at her numbers! So what propelled the FIFTY SHADES franchise to the top of the heap? James tells a compelling story. The way it's written is secondary. Don't get too hung up on crafting well-turned prose-half the time, the "artistry" of a sentence eclipses the flow of the narrative, anyway. The brilliance of the writing should never get in the way of your story. You want the characters to stand out, not you.

Welcome failures and humiliation. And now your thinking, what kind of masochist is this woman? Who actually welcomes awful, painful things? Yet I am here to tell you that every spear thrown your way by life, critique groups, beta readers, paying readers, agents and book contest judges will either kill you or make you stronger. You need to be stronger. But being strong isn't a mindset. It's a process. Strength comes from having survived failure. And in order to survive, you must hazard your person upon the field of battle. Every rejection letter you get is one more opportunity to become stronger. \

8. When you are not writing, what do you like to watch on TV?

I'm one of those annoying people who don't own a television. I also don't drink, which must qualify me at the single most tiresome, boring, buzzkill in the world. But that doesn't mean I can't find a good series to watch online now and then, to try to fill in those cultural deficiencies. For instance, I'm a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. Joss Whedon is my Yoda. I also love Supernatural-both professionally (thirteen seasons of non-stop excitement is damn near impossible for any screenplay writer to accomplish) and personally (Winchester brothers. Who doesn't dream of being the mayo in the middle of that manwich?).

9. Do you have a full-time job or is writing it for you?

Before moving to Italy, I worked as a fitness instructor and personal trainer seven days a week and I still found time to write. I've always found time-even if it meant hiding in the car on Thanksgiving in order to meet a deadline. Being a gym rat does give you a certain amount of discipline.

But the human body can only take so much before it just throws in the towel. After ten years, my towel had not only been thrown, it had been run under the tires a few times before finally bursting into flames. Moving to Italy allowed me to devote all my time to writing, which yielded a great agent and a great publishing contract. Despite the sacrifices, it is something I wll never regret.




Hello everyone! Mrs. Keith has so much good information that I'm not able to fit it all in one post so I would like to invite everyone to return next Thursday night for part two of this wonderful post. I will be finishing the interview, putting an awesome guest post up and letting everyone know about this fantastic author and where you can find her. Please join me for more goodies.




A Wonderful Read!

Blurb: We're all stupid in love. Brand Ehlert drunkenly stumbles into Peace, Montana in the middle of the night. The shame of failu...