Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's Day Pets and Kisses, now available




Monday, February 1, 2016

Romance is in the Air

romance edited

Romance is in the Air $250 Giveaway February 1st to 14th

An Awesome Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with me to bring you 1 fabulous prize!! We’re giving away $250 in Paypal Cash! Or alternately you can choose a $250 Amazon.com eGift Code! Sponsor List – Thanks to these awesome bloggers & authors for sponsoring this giveaway!! I Am A Reader My Reading Spot Stacy Claflin B. Kristin McMichael Room With Books { A Leisure Moment } Kimber Leigh Wheaton Aubrey Wynne: Romantasy Through the Ages Jeanne Bannon Glistering Bs Blog Simple Wyrdings J.L. Campbell Jade Kerrion--Life Shocks Romances Jennifer Bardsley Lise McClendon - Author Krysten Lindsay Hager author TMBA Corbett Jessie Costin Why Not? Because I Said So!(Sheila Staley) Megan Tayte (YA author) CBY Book Club Lori's Reading Corner Kindle and Me Theresa DaLayne Here We Go Again...Ready? Kelly Hashway // Ashelyn Drake Felicia Starr Poppy Lawless Min Reads and Reviews Laurie Here - Cont Fiction and More Amy Reece Author Dannielle Wicks Jaci Wheeler D.E. Haggerty Book.N.Addict Diana's Book Reviews Heather Gray, Author Angelica Kate Every Free Chance Books Giveaway Details $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 1/30/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Five Questions with Caroline Bell Foster (well maybe six)


On February 2nd, Valentines Pets and Kisses, a boxed set of sweet romances, will be released. As part of our campaign, we, the authors, thought it would be a nice idea to give readers a chance to get to know a little bit about us. So here we go.
 

Purchase links for Valentines Pets and Kisses:


Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble Nook

Apple iBooks

Google Play

Kobo Books

 

Five questions with Caroline Bell Foster (make it six)


(1)        Tell us a bit about your novel

The Feline Fix, is my cute novella featuring nerdy scientist Wendy Wilde and ultra lovable Police Constable Callum Forde. I wrote it in Nottingham, England which is where I live. I smiled to myself just the other day as I was actually walking on the road, I’d set the first chapter in!!


Here’s the blurb: After Wendy Wilde made the biggest mistake of her life, her boss sent her home from the lab in disgrace. She was ordered to balance her work life by Valentine’s Day or find herself another job. Forced to let loose and have fun, Wendy meets Officer Callum Forde and tells him about her To-Do list. But first she had to find out who else was feeding her cat and why was Officer Forde intent on helping her find out!


(2)        How did you come up with the idea for this particular novella?


I’m a huge cat lover, so a loud YES flew across the Atlantic when I was asked to join Valentine Pet’s and Kisses.


Early 2015 I’d written The Cat Café, so writing The Feline Fix was a natural progression. It was so easy and fun to write, mixing two of my favourite things, romance and cats. I’ve been in writing heaven.


(3)        How long does it take you to write a book?


Three years ago I would say at least seven to eight months. In 2014 I did the National Novel Writing Month challenge (50k words in 30 days) and was so scared of failing, that I just put my head down and wrote, finishing the 50K in 19 days with a very good manuscript to boot.


During that process I veered from my normal writing techniques, I hadn’t plotted or planned, just trusted my instincts and wrote. Now I will plan loosely, but write a lot faster. However, it did take me five novels and many years to get to this point.


(4)        Tell us something about yourself and how you became a writer.


Someone once said that whatever you were doing before the age of ten, is what you were destined to be before the noise of the world intrudes.


I have two distinct memories. The first was seeing my name in print. It was under a photograph of myself in the local paper celebrating Victorian Week when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I remember looking at my name, seeing the black fuzzy script and liking the feeling.


The second memory, was when I was around 11 years old. I had this crush on a boy and wrote him a love letter. In that cruel way of kids, he’d posted it on the blackboard for everyone to see! But to me, I was really proud my words were actually being read!


Unofficially that love letter was my first ‘public’ works.


I consider myself to be one of those interesting people who never really knew what I wanted to do in life, aside from seeing as much of the world as I possibly can. I have travelled extensively, and captured every memory, every lyrical word and emotion and the brightness of other cultures in diaries. At one point I had several diaries going at one time.


But I knew I really had something, when, within the space of a few months I lost two cousins and an uncle. In my grief I wrote. I worked as a travel consultant during the day, but at night I scribbled away. Four months later I had a massive 140,00 word manuscript and a healed heart.


It was several months after that, that I re-read what I wrote and sent it off to a publisher. I’m surprised it actually got read as I’d printed it off in single lines and spent a fortune on bounding.


They called me in, told me I had a gift, sent me off to take a creative writing course and the rest is history.


(5)        If you got the chance to spend a day with any character from your books, who would it be and why?


It would have to be Felicity ‘Fliss’ Pecora in Call Me Lucky. She’s a feisty girl, angry with life, raised by a bi-polar mother in a rough and tumble neighbourhood.


A day with Felicity would probably start with her being incredibly tired as she works the night shift in a call centre. She’s not a girly girl, so we wouldn’t go shopping, but maybe go to a cosy café’ away from the crowds. We’d probably go to a pub quiz in the evening and win because Fliss is one of those annoying people who knows a lot of random facts.  She’s fiercely loyal and I know she’d be my friend for life.


She’s one character I’ve yet to let go, as I’ve given her a cameo in The Cat Café and thinking of putting her in my third and final ‘cat’ book. Oh, and her storyline won me 2015 Medical Author of the Year award!


(6) Give us five random facts about you.


      I once sold my pink sunglasses for a bus ticket into The Rift Valley.

      I love Law & Order SVU and go into mourning when the season ends.

  I am an AFSer (American Field Service) and travelled to Kenya as an Exchange Student for a year.

      I have a weakness for wine gums.

  I’m a Taurean. A very, very typical Taurean.

 

Where can readers find you?









 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Five Questions with Sydney Aaliyah Michelle




On February 2nd, Valentines Pets and Kisses, a boxed set of sweet romances, will be released. As part of our campaign, we, the authors, thought it would be a nice idea to give readers a chance to get to know a little bit about us. So here we go.

Purchase links for Valentines Pets and Kisses:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble Nook

Apple iBooks

Google Play

Kobo Books

 

Five questions with Sydney Aaliyah Michelle


(1)        How did you come up with the idea for this particular novella?

I spent two weeks in New York and fell in love with Brooklyn. The people, the places, the vibe, everything about it inspired me. It was the perfect setting for Your Biggest Fan and I have a few other stories ideas set in Brooklyn that I hope to get started on later this years.


(2)        If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would love to be mentored by Stephen King. Not because I secretly want to be a horror writer. I love writing romance. He has an amazing work ethic when it comes to his craft. He reads and writes every day. My writing would benefit from that kind of discipline. Also, I think he is an amazing storyteller. When I read his books, I am fully immersed in his world (scary). I would love to learn how to write a 1,000 page story and have people be sad that the book came to an end.


(3)        Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

The ideas for my books come from a lot of places. I am inspired by songs, movies, people, but lately from places I've traveled or used to live. Your Biggest Fan was inspired by my recent visit to Brooklyn, New York. I have a series coming out later this year that was inspired by my life when I lived in DC during law school. I also have a set of short story ideas that take place in the countries I visited while living in Asia.


(4)        What are you working on right now? Tell us a little about it.

Right now, I'm working on a novel set in New Orleans (another city I lived in and love). It's the story of a Leah Jones. She is a recluse dealing with trauma from her past and falls in love with Austin Ware, first round draft pick for the New Orleans Saints. Austin is a sweetheart, whose larger than life personality and newfound fame may be too much for Leah's safe and secluded world.
 

The New Orleans Project (tentative title) is a sweet and sexy adult contemporary romance about two people who have survived on their own, but must put their trust in to each other to thrive and find love with each other.


(5)        Tell us what your writing schedule is like.

I read a blog post recently about writing schedules and I am adopting the habits in that post for the new year.
 

Step One:  Wake up and reach for your computer or journal, write 250 words. Anything you don't have to think about too much. Blog post, journal, list, just get the brain and the fingers moving.
 

Step Two:  Eat something nutritious and that taste good. Wake up your body.
 

Step Three:  Writer for 45 mins in your WIP, then close the computer for 15 mins. Stand up, stretch, do a load of laundry, if you have stairs, walk up and down them.
 

Step Four:  Repeat step three until you reach your word count goal for the day. My goal word count varies depending on whether I'm on deadline or not. Some days, I only need to do this once, other days, I could repeat about three or four times.
 

Step Five:  Do everything else. Edit, social media, errands, workout, etc.
 

It's only been a couple of weeks, but the schedule is going well, so far.

Where can readers find you?

            Blog: http://sydneyaaliyah.com

            Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1um7D5g

            Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1C235oR

            Goodreads Pages: http://bit.ly/Rjx9WO

            Amazon Page: http://amzn.to/11OTDoR

            Twitter: http://twitter.com/sydneyamichelle

            Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sydliyah/

            Instagram: https://instagram.com/sydneyamichelle/
 
 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Five questions with Jade Kerrion


On February 2nd, Valentines Pets and Kisses, a boxed set of sweet romances will be released. As part of our campaign, we, the authors, thought it would be a nice idea to give readers a chance to get to know a little bit about us. So here we go.

 

Purchase links for Valentines Pets and Kisses:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble Nook

Apple iBooks

Google Play

Kobo Books
 

Five questions with Jade Kerrion


(1)   In a nutshell, what is INFLAMED about?
 

INFLAMED, the 9th book in the Life Shocks Romances series, tells the story of Debra, a single mother struggling to make ends meet when she meets Sean, a good-hearted man with a penchant for helping others. His kindness helps her turn her life around, but when she falls in love with him, she comes to the awful realization that she may be nothing more than his good deed for the month. Will Sean ever figure out the difference between his instinctive compassion for others and true love?
 

(2)  What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned on your journey to publication?
 

I’ve been published for three years, and in that time, I’ve learned that it’s not about the number of awards won or bestsellers achieved. In the end, what gets me up early in the morning to write are the people who tell me they’ve enjoyed reading my books. I write for my readers and for my fans. I love telling stories, and they love my stories. It’s a wonderful partnership. One wouldn’t exist without the other.


(3)   What do you like to do when you're not writing?
 

When I’m not writing, I’m busy living the rest of my life! In addition to parenting three home-schooled boys (ranging from two years to nine years old), I have a full-time corporate America job. I’m also active in local writers’ groups and am the Executive Vice President of the Florida Writers Association (FWA) where I run its bi-monthly webinar program.


(4)   Give us five random facts about you.
 

·         I love dancing! I grew up dancing ballet, switched to modern dance in college, and then started salsa while in business school. In fact, it’s how I met my husband. We were both at business school, and he held a salsa class.

·         In addition to contemporary romance, I write science fiction and fantasy, and have won many awards for my novels. You can check out my work on my website: http://www.jadekerrion.com

·         I absolutely positively HATE the cold. I’m busting out the sweaters in the low 70s—which is why I live in warm, sunny Fort Lauderdale

·         I have particular weaknesses for notebooks (goes well with being an author) and handbags (no excuse, other than being female)

·         I hate exercise. *sigh*
 

(5)  What’s next for you?


I have four Life Shocks Romances novellas coming out this year, and I’m looking forward to them. One of them, KINDLED, may be my new favourite. I’m also working on a science fiction trilogy—an expansion on my award-winning DOUBLE HELIX series. This trilogy focuses on Galahad—the genetically engineered perfect human—or is he?


Thanks so much for having me featured on your blog. I really appreciate it and am grateful for the opportunity to chat with your fans and readers.


If you’re interested in knowing more about my futuristic thriller books or my contemporary romance novellas, you can find me at http://www.jadekerrion.com 

 


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Five Questions with K.L. Brady


On February 2nd, Valentines Pets and Kisses, a boxed set of sweet romances will be released. As part of our campaign, we, the authors, thought it would be a nice idea to give readers a chance to get to know a little bit about us. So here we go.

 
Purchase links for Valentines Pets and Kisses:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble Nook

Apple iBooks

Google Play

Kobo Books


Five questions with K.L. Brady


(1)        Tell us a bit about your novel

Her Perfect Catch is a romantic comedy novella about a nerdy, struggling sports writer looking for love and professional success and finding neither with her sports blog, The Vin Report, at least not to the degree she needs to in order to pay the bills. Tired of being disrespected by men in the sports journalism field, she has taken on a male penname and uses her best friend (Dylan Starke) as a front man so that they men in the industry will take her views seriously. Although she’s had some initial success, her advertisers are backing out and she’s coming to a decision point—do I keep trying or do I give up and go back to the 9 to 5 job. Just when she feels all hope is gone, her cousin gifts her with two Super Bowl tickets and an all expense paid trip for two, a sport writer’s dream. She decides to take her sexy best friend Dylan (an unrequited love interest) and she’s sworn to resist her feelings for him forever. But things in her personal and professional lives take a major turn when she has a chance encounter with a star NFL wide receiver and her favourite player. Their meeting may lead to the story of the year and the love of a lifetime.


Even though the story is told with humor, it definitely addresses some struggles we’ve probably all experienced in our professional and romantic lives at one time or another—having the courage to gamble on ourselves and taking a chance on love even though things have worked out according plan. We all learn that even though things don’t always work out the way you hope, they work out the way they were meant to.  


(2)        Tell us something about yourself and how you became a writer.

I would have to say my mother first encouraged me to be a writer. She always said I was a strong reader from a very young age. When I was 7 or 8 she started buying me diaries, the ones with the locks on them, and that’s where my writing career began. My adult diaries would eventually serve as the inspiration for my first novel, The Bum Magnet, which I didn’t get the courage to write until just before my 40th birthday. When I announced to my family that I’d written the book, they all asked, “Is it an autobiography?”
 

After writing The Bum Magnet, I entered it into a now defunct writing contest, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. I made it past the first round, but what I really took from Amazon was the writing community. It was the first one I ever interacted with. There, I learned that to get your book published, you needed to sign up with a literary agent. Of course, I thought this would be a BREEZE. After all, I’d written 336 pages of brilliance (*eye roll*). So, I sent out the first book I’d ever written in search of an agent and my Oprah moment. I can describe the experience in one word: Rejected! I want to say I got rejected about 100 times, but it was probably more. After many vodka and tear-soaked nights (I jest…but, not really), I turned my focus to the helpful criticism and used the advice to edit my manuscript. Eventually, I decided to self publish it. After some great reviews and buzz, it caught the eye of a senior editor at a publishing house and eventually got picked up by Simon & Schuster in a two-book deal.

I’ve been writing ever since. I’m now working on my 10th novel.


(3)        What are you working on right now? Tell us a little about it.

When I started writing Her Perfect Catch and realized the ending would exactly tie up all the loose ends I realized that, to offer the reason the fully satisfying ending, I was going to need to write a series, even if a short one. That way all the characters could find their version of their own happily ever afters, whatever that may be. So, I decided to write The Playmaker Series. Her Perfect Catch is the first released as a part of this set. The Player’s Option and The Eligible Receiver will wrap up the series, both scheduled for release next spring.
 

(4)        Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and run go it?

I’ve written romantic comedy and spy novels. In my romantic comedies I was decidedly a pantser—just ran with it. Absolutely did not stray from that all. My process was very organic in that I just wrote the story however it came to me. I learned early to let my characters have their way because they tell way better stories than I do. And most of the twists in my stories come from them, not me. I mean, I’ve never written a book in which I wasn’t surprised or even shocked by what the characters did. That’s such an energizing process. It really does make you anxious to get to the page every day to see what’s going to happen next.
 

But when I started writing this spy thriller series I literally HAD to start outlining. The main reason was that my plots were way more intricate. I was telling the stories from multiple points of view (as opposed to first person) and there were multiple subplots to keep track of. Now I’ve started outlining everything. I find that I still have the flexibility I need because if my characters take me in another direction, I just allow them to. But on days that the muse isn’t running at full throttle, I can be productive and just write to the outline, which keeps things moving forward. Everything can be fixed later, even if you force it, even if you hate it. It’s usually better to have something down than nothing.


(5)        Where do you like to do your writing?

I mostly write in my office…when it’s clean. When I’m in a writing groove, and I have multiple projects going on at once, I tend to let the papers build up, and it can get cluttered very fast. I can’t write well with a lot of stuff around. So I actually cleaned out a bedroom we were using as storage space and added a laptop desk, nice lighting, minimal décor, and a big comfortable futon that is the perfect height. Sometimes, I go upstairs and hide away when the office gets to be too much or when I need a super quiet space. But I try to do an office cleaning on the break between projects, so I don’t stay away from my main space for too long.


 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Five questions with DelSheree Gladden




On February 2nd, Valentines Pets and Kisses, a boxed set of sweet romances will be released. As part of our campaign, we, the authors, thought it would be a nice idea to give readers a chance to get to know a little bit about us. So here we go.
Today, I'm happy to welcome DelSheree Gladden.

Five questions with DelSheree Gladden:


(1)        If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Even though I have many favorite authors, this is an easy choice for me. Jim Butcher. Aside from the fact that I adore his books, I really respect his skill and creativity. He puts a new spin on just about everything you think you know about a creature, myth, or genre. I just about died when I got to meet him, and I don’t know if I’d survive actually sitting down to talk about writing because I might explode with excitement, but it would totally be worth the risk!

(2)        What was your favourite scene in the novel, if you have one?

I had so much fun writing this it’s tough to choose, but I’m going to go with Greenly getting dragged through Roman’s front yard by a rather large puppy where she knocks her head into some decorative stone edging and has to be rescued by Roman, which leads to him washing her hair… to get the blood, gum, peanut butter, and antiseptic ointment of her hair. A lot has happened already up this point. Clearly.

(3)        Give us five random facts about you.

I love random facts, so here we go. Turtlenecks make me claustrophobic. I can’t stand wearing socks to bed. I love kettle corn. I lose things all the time. I am allergic to grass, and pretty much the whole state of New Mexico, but I love it here anyway.

(4)        When you were writing your novel, did you encounter any major stumbling blocks along the way?

Yes. Coming up with an idea. All I had was gum. I knew I needed to start with gum, but had no clue how to use it. My friend Serene Heiner was the one to suggest I use my random gum idea by having my main character’s four-year-old nephew accidentally spit his gum in her hair. And I ran with it from gum in her hair to one disaster after another! I totally owe Serene!

(5)        What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love to be outdoors with my family. We love to camp and hike, go see ruins, snowshoe, bike, and go running. We bought a canoe over the summer and are learning to paddle around the lake as well. Next winter we want to take up cross country skiing.


Readers can find DelSheree online at: 


 


Purchase links for Valentines Pets and Kisses:

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Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble Nook
Apple iBooks
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