Monday, 28 July 2014

Review: The Tycoons Convenient Bride... and Baby - Shoshanna Evers

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Title:  The Tycoon's Convenient Bride...and Baby
Author:  Shoshanna Evers
Publication Date:  July 28, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services, Inc.
Rating: 






About the Book:

After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother's will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come.

Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution–he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby—and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay.

Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real?

Review:

I cannot believe how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Since I stopped I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Shoshanna Evers has created and written a book that anyone would enjoy. I;d definitely recommending reading it. 

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About the Author

   
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories, including The Man Who Holds the Whip (part of the bestselling MAKE ME anthology), Overheated, The Enslaved Trilogy, and The Pulse Trilogy (from Simon & Schuster Pocket Star). Her two bestselling non-fiction writing anthologies include How To Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authors, and Successful Self-Publishing: How We Do It (And How You Can Too). She lives with her family and three big dogs in Northern Idaho, and loves to connect with readers on Twitter @ShoshannaEvers, and Facebook at Shoshanna.Evers. Sign up to be notified when the book comes out! ShoshannaEvers.com/newsletter   

Connect with the Author:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads

Giveaway
  The grand prize is a $25 Amazon or B&N giftcard (One (1) USA or International winner). Two winners will win autographed paperbacks of another Tycoon romance, Snowed in with the Tycoon (USA only). 3 winners will win ebooks of Snowed in with the Tycoon (USA or International). a Rafflecopter giveaway    

Friday, 25 July 2014

Being Indie: Sarah Billington (Q&A)

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About the author:

Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies. Sometimes all in the same story. Her favouritest thing to write about are those horrendously awkward moments that come with being a teenager. Or a human being. Sarah was extremely accident-prone and klutzy as a kid and teen, so her cup runneth over with experiences of horrendously awkward moments to draw from in her writing. Thankfully, she has grown out of her klutziness. Mostly. She is, however, still an embarrassment.

She loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Roller Derby and is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!.



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Q&A:

1, Can you tell readers a bit about yourself?
I'm an Australian young adult fiction author who is somewhat obsessed with pop culture and paranormal phenomena. I love writing about teens being awkward, testing the waters, making mistakes and learning from them - because that's what teenagehood is all about, isn't it?

2, How do you go from writing "sassy to scary?"
I love watching teen comedies, but I also love watching horror movies. It makes sense to me that I'd be interested in writing both, as well. Though sometimes my horror stories end up a bit too funny and I have to reign them in. :)

3, Which of your books has been the most challenging to write?
My zombie novel, Dark Zones. It hasn't been released yet. I'm about 80% through it, and I've been working on it for over two years, now. I think it's a great premise, people I brainstorm with think it's a great premise, but for some reason that last 20% is alluding me.

4, What has your writing journey been like? Why did you decide to take the Indie route?
I  got good at receiving rejections and revise and resubmit requests from publishers through my agent a couple of years ago, but I had a book that I was really passionate about - The Kiss Off - that my then agent didn't think they could sell, so when the self-publishing boom started three years ago and it became clear that independent authors could legitimately make an income from their writing on a scale that simply hadn't been possible prior to ebooks, I changed tactics. I was studying a Bachelor of Writing & Publishing at the time and we had to do a research project on a form of digital publishing. It was like the stars aligned for me. So I decided to publish some short stories as my project, and the rest is history!

5, If you could have lunch with any three authors who would you choose and why?
I grew up reading John Marsden and Tamora Pierce and they are heroes of mine, they truly inspired me and I would become a complete fangirl around them. I'd love to have lunch with them. And in later years, Louise Rennison inspired me to embrace my funny. I think her books are hysterical and completely insane and I would love to meet the woman behind them.

6, What's next for you?
The Kiss Off 3: All Access Pass! And Dark Zones. And a sci-fi and a thriller that are still just in the ideas phases, but have been for a couple of years. 

7, What do you think is the best and worst thing about being indie?
The best thing is that you have control over your own career, you can release books on your own schedule, be it fast or slow. The worst things about being an indie is that without deadlines and someone waiting on my manuscripts I don't work as fast as I wish I did. And the lack of a marketing and publicity team to field queries and requests, and source promotional opportunities is a downside, as well, instead I have to do all of that myself. 

8, In 140 characters or less why should we read your books?
The characters in my books feel real, readers say they're like people you know, they're like your best friends; ordinary people in extraordinary situations and you're along for the ride.

9, Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Go out and meet other writers and people who share your passions and excitement for books and stories. It's so important to me having people around me who get it, and are just as excited as I am about telling good stories.

10, Is there anything you'd like to say to readers?
If you've read The Kiss Off or book two, Over It, thanks for taking a chance on these books. I hope you had fun, were entertained and laughed a bit. I appreciate your support. If romantic comedies with super-famous lead singer boyfriends doesn't sound like it's for you, that's cool, I hope you find books you DO love - and tell me what they are so I can read them too! 

Flash Faves:

Dessert: Cheesecake


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Book: Tomorrow when the war began by John Marsden


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Place: Home, wherever that is. I move a lot, but  when I'm there, there's no place like it.
Book Character: Carter from Brent Crawford's Carter Finally Gets It series. And Poppy from The Kiss Off. I have a soft spot for her, too. :)

Check out the following books by Sarah Billington: Click on the cover for more info!



OR check out the Amazon.co.uk page for her full book list HERE

Have you read any of the authors books? 
What's your favourite dessert? Is it cheesecake or something different? 
What do you think of the Being Indie feature? 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Cover Reveal: Dantes Fire - Jennifer Probst

Gah! I'm a bit late in posting this as I has it scheduled for the 26 August which is the release day of the book and not 16 July which was the cover reveal! :( That's what I get for rush reading emails!

Here is the cover for DANTE'S FIRE, the upcoming title by New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer Probst. The book will be released on August 26th.

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 BOOK BLURB: 


It’s Time To Meet A New Kind Of Hero...   Dante Stark has a dark secret--a legacy left to him by his father which is both a blessing and a curse. A traumatic experience as a small boy gave him special powers of healing, but it comes with a price. Destined to wander the world alone to heal others, he's accepted his fate. Until Selina Rogers forces him to confront his deepest fears, erotic desires, and question his capacity to love.   Selina Rogers has made a name for herself at Inferno Enterprises. She's tough, confident and prepared to succeed. She's also built a world she believes is safe, until she's attacked and then saved by a masked stranger. As he helps her heal physically and emotionally, she becomes fascinated by his overwhelming power and gentle touch. Determined to show Dante the love he's been denying himself, Selina surrenders her heart, and dreams of a future with the mysterious man who completes her.   But will his dark legacy destroy them...or save them both... 

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800 adds gets 5 pages released

1500 adds gets 10 pages released

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Dublin Author Signing 14


On Wednesday 9th July I went to the Dublin Author Signing and after many failed attempts at making a video talking about it I decided to write up a post instead! First my batteries ran dead, then my hair was like hay and then my batteries ran done again and then I just squealed in front of the camera alot and flapped up and down and there is no I am venturing out into the cold blistering *dramatizing* rain to get batteries to try again.... It's not blistering just rainy and cold.. okay I'll stop babbling now! Oh oh oh I also got loads of stuff for future giveaways! ;D 

First of, *deep breaths* lets talk about some of the pictures I got with authors.. I look a mix between depressed, pissed of or like I'm gonna burst out into tears so yeah.. wait till you see them! :o That's not how I'm feeling inside though, really I'm ecstatic because I met some of the people who inspire me to write myself. It was also a dream come true to meet the people behind the social media sites and books that I am obsessed with like Kahlen Aymes, Abbi Glines and Cora Carmack! 

When we first went into the hotel we were all given a wristband, bag and large postcard that we could get signed by the authors.  I got nearly every signature on this thing and am so stoked and I am NOT giving this baby away at all! 


I did however get these two Kindle covers signed by most of the authors there and am going to use both for giveaways although I only know when one is being posted (next month!) I don't know about the other.. But ahh some of the ink keep smudging and it's annoying me!


I also kept looking for Rebecca Donovan and couldn't find her anywhere :( I even asked these wee people cause they'd printed out a a sheet of the seating plan cause stupidity here didn't think about bringing one. I like whizzed round in circles and am not joking I started to feel dizzy so gave up looking.. :( BUT was she there? Cause I literally kept staring at the authors lanyards and they were looking at me as if to say "yay we got a weirdo at our signing!" :-/ so am in a huff... :( 

Okay and now for the pics of me.. looking glum!

I only have ONE freaking picture with Abbi Glines and in my defense it was crazy I was hunched down beside her chair and I really thought my knees were going to give out! (no joke!) Like me kneeling? Not a good idea! I didn't even think I was gonna be able to stand back up although after a bit of a struggle I managed it.. 


So yeah.. meeting one of my fave authors and I don't even look happy! :( 

I also got Breathe signed for a giveaway! 



Eeeekkk and now the moment (I'm saying that in that wee mans deep voice from the telly) I've always been waiting for... a dream come true... I MET KAHLEN AYMES! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and I'm smiling! (thank gawd!) 


I was literally trying so hard to stay calm because it was such a surreal feeling and she was so nice and gave me a bookmark and a t-shirt and I wanted to cry.. quite literally.. :( in happiness not sadness may I point out. I also bought Angel After Dark and I can't wait to start it! I loved Kahlens The Remembrance Trilogy so I know I'm going to be even more hooked on this book!


Okay, this next authors books I adore and what she wrote is just so special! (I know it's probs written on everyone elses books but it's just spoke out to me!) I'm also so excited cause Cora said she was coming up to Northern Ireland for a few days to go to Belfast! :o *Freaks out!* 



I met Sylvia Day and I feel soo guilty and bad because I was nervous and on the spot and her assistant was writing my name down on a post-it (we had white sticky labels with our names on them) and I told a little white lie and said the book was for a friend so was it possible to write *Dear Reader* but it's not.. it's for a giveaway.. I feel so bad.. on the plus side though I'm giving it away next month! :D (and again I look glum!) *le sigh*



I also met LA Casey, waow! She is one of the nicest and most down to earth person I've ever met! (Not that the others weren't) but she just seemed so normal.. like someone you could to for ages.. 


and also Lisa J Hobman! Eeek! 


Carmel Harrington 


CM Stunich 

I got a swag bag from the author with alot of wee things in it, one being a chapstick (I think it's a chapstick anyway) and this stuff below plus more! :D



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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: 

I got REALLY totes excited when I took money out of the bank machine and it was Euros.. yes I'm easily amused LOL but LOOK! (I'd never used them before!)


AND ALSO when I saw Tayto crisps I got really excited because I was like they don't look like my tayto crisps from Northern Ireland but anywho they have the wee tayto man and everything on the front... but it don't look like my tayto man.... and they don't taste like my tayto crisps!


T-shirts I got! 

One from Sylvia Day 


and one from Kahlen Aymes! (I HAVE TWO NOW! YAY!) 


All in all the day was amazing, I got to meet incredible people and even had a few dreams come true by meeting certain authors.. something which I thought would never come true! :D

One thing I'm so annoyed at is.. I didn't get much swag... like hardly any! :( and I keep seeing pics being uploaded to Facebook of hundreds of pieces of swag and am like :-/ How did you get those? Well jel... perhaps next year? ;) 

Read a more personal repsonse on the day from me here: 

I am so going to next years signing and can't wait to meet more fab authors! :D 

Book Review: The Marriage Trap - Jennifer Probst

Title:  The Marriage Trap
Author:  Jennifer Probst
PublisherSimon & Schuster UK 
Published:October 2012
Format: Paperback
Rating: 
My Copy: I was sent from my RAK Secret Santa! 
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About the book:

In order for his sister to marry, Italian billionaire Michael Conte has to find himself a bride - and fast! When he learns that photographer Maggie Ryan is going to be in Milan, Michael hatches a plan to introduce her to his family as his "fiancĂ©e." Never mind that Maggie is confident, independent, and a complete control freak. Never mind that she's everything he doesn't want in a wife…and everything he wants in his bed!

Convinced that Michael is in love with her married gal pal, Maggie agrees to keep up the ruse if he'll keep away from her friend. Besides, she's not attracted to charming, ridiculously good looking billionaires who drive her up the wall. Once they're in Italy, however, everything changes - and the sexual tension between Maggie and Michael goes from simmer to sizzling! But have they found the perfect arrangement…or are they trapped in a make-believe marriage?

Review:

I have been looking forward to reading Maggie and Count Michaels story. Maggie was one of my favourite characters in the Marriage Bargain! 

The Marriage Trap lived up to my expectations and is utterly amazing and emotional book. Maggie's story will always stay with me. There was an emotional pull between the two main character which made the book even more addictive! 

I love Carina and am super excited to see what's up next for her! It was also fab catching up with Alexa and Nick! :D 

Jennifer Probsts writing is growing to be enticingly addictive... especially the way her characters connect.. I find it exciting as I know I'll be catching up with old characters! 

Have you read any of the authors writing? What did you think? 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Book Review: Dancing with his Heart - Katherine Warwick

Title:  Dancing with his Heart
Author:  Katherine Warwick 
PublisherGrove Creek Publishing
Published: April 2011
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★
My Copy: I won a copy of this novel in a giveaway.
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About the book:


Playboy and philanthropist, Alex offers first class sponsorship to Lauren andher dance partner. Given their tumultuous past, Lauren is suspicious. Without resources, the single mother of a child with autism is forced to take Alex's offer.

His plan is to prove to her that he's changed, and win her heart. But trust is not easily won even with the sizzling sparks the two of them ignite on and off the dance floor, and they both face more trouble when a dark figure from their past shows up with devious intentions for them both.

Review:

Dancing with his Heart is a book I'm unsure about. I got my ending and I really liked the characters although to be honest I thought Alex was a teeny bit stalkerish and I also liked Lauren. I felt sorry for her a few times when she so desperately just wanted to hold her daughter the way a mother dreams about. 

It is an enjoyable read and I'm glad I took the time to read it as it's been on my TBR list for a few years. I think I'm just not used to this style of writing... 

(Note: The author writes YA under *Jennifer Laurens* which I absolutely love, so please do not hold my review against your thoughts on this book!)

Have you read Dancing with his Heart? What did you think of it? 


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Being Indie: Patti Larsen (Q&A)

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About the author: 

About me, huh? Well, my official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? I’m a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud I have to write them down. 
I love roller derby even though it doesn’t love me. I’ve dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all-girl band to running my own hair salon. 
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Q&A: 

1, You've "dabbled" in a bit of everything but what is it about writing that pulled you back?

The voices in my head, the characters needing their stories told. Eventually, I just couldn’t say no to them anymore. And while I thought writing TV and movies was the way to go, when I finally paid attention and started diving into YA, really listening to the characters demanding attention, I realized this was exactly where I was supposed to be.

2, Can you tell readers a bit about your writing journey? 

I grew up in a family of readers, my mother into romance, but my father a hard-core sci-fi and fantasy fan. Which meant I was reading books not exactly appropriate for a kid, but fascinating nonetheless. So, The Lord of the Rings, the Dragonriders of Pern and the Belgariad became my playgrounds. My father gleefully introduced us to Dungeons and Dragons when I was only nine, and from that point I was lost to make-believe. But, it wasn’t until I was twelve I realized I wanted to write. A friend had loaned me a copy of a Nancy Drew mystery, my first specifically YA novel. It was like a light came on!

I spent the rest of my school days and into university studying English and History specifically, with the aim to become a writer. But, like most young artists, I met with so much rejection, I decided to let go of my dream. Honestly, I wasn’t ready then anyway. So, instead, I took journalism, thinking I could at least write for a newspaper and satisfy my urge with non-fiction. Journalism taught me to be a better writer, and quickly. And while I loved my training and the process, I hated the idea of having to tell people’s truthful, horrible stories every day. It broke my heart.

I then drifted into writing screen and teleplays, trying my hand at independent filmmaking. I was sure that was the path I wanted to take. I loved it, loved everything about it. Was told I was good enough to write for TV if I was willing to relocate to a big city. Which I almost did. Except… my niece introduced me to Harry Potter and the world of YA again. I hadn’t thought of the age group since that Nancy Drew novel when I was twelve. When I finished the HP series, I dove into Twilight, The Hunger Games… and the girl in me who knew what I needed to do woke up again.

I’ve been writing YA ever since, though I’ve started dabbling in New Adult and adult fiction as well.

3, I am shocked at how many books you're written, where do you get most of your inspiration from? (Are you secretly wonder woman? It's alright, we can keep a secret :)) 

I’ve been accused of selling my soul to a demon (snort), cloning myself (I wish) and a variety of other things. But, honestly… I’m just so happy to be writing for a living, I can’t seem to stop. As I said, journalism (and screenwriting) taught me to write well and write quickly, that it was okay to do both. Necessary, even. Mind you, I do have to force myself to slow down and enjoy it. Inspiration comes from the voices in my head who refuse to stay quiet (I know, I sound crazy… but it’s true). I find I can’t sleep in most mornings because my characters have me up and working, sometimes with a pad of post it notes while on the toilet :D (I can’t believe I just admitted that…)

5, What's the difference between The Hayle Coven Novels, Destinies, Histories and Universe? Whish should readers start with?

The Hayle Coven Novels came first, with Family Magic (.http://www.amazon.com/Family-Magic-Hayle-Coven-Novels-ebook/dp/B005W5R79A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404339284&sr=8-1&keywords=family+magic) It’s the main series, the one where most readers tend to start—with Sydlynn Hayle. There’s also a prequel novella now, Dreams and Echoes. But the main series is 20 volumes (of awesome! Sorry, had to….) The Histories tell the story of Syd’s ancestor and how her family came to lead their coven. They can be read on their own or as part of the collection. The Universe novels are spinoffs and the Destinies are Syd grown up… long after she’s wrapped up the HCN. I know, it can be confusing! But I do my best to supply the next book in order in the end of the book you’re reading for simplicity.

I’m also launching a new books only website: www.purelyparanormalpress.com to make it easier for readers to track the Hayle Universe and my other novels.

6, Out of all the books you've written which has made the biggest impact on you?

Family Magic, hands down. It was the first one I wrote this time around and still calls to my heart. Syd and I are old friends by now, family. Every time I write one of her books, it’s like going home. I love her and I hope she never leaves me, though I know one day she’ll be done telling stories. Until then, we’ll keep going J

7, Why did you decide to go Indie?

I was actually with two small presses when I first independently published. It was an experiment, plain and simple. I’d spent the previous six years as a business owner, both of a popular hair salon and a small film business, so I knew how to run a company. The indie model made sense to me, especially after having a few disastrous relationships with publishers. And while I’m still with two of those publishers—and adore them—for the most part, I enjoy the freedom I have being independent. Not to mention the fact I’m the only publisher I know who can keep up with my release schedule…

8, Do you think there's enough out there to help Indie authors?

Yes and no. There’s almost too much, in some cases, and not all of it helpful. I wish there was a way to share with every indie exactly what to watch for, what to be careful of, what’s truly important. But it’s hard, because everyone’s goals are different. We all make mistakes in the beginning, and I believe those are necessary. But, I’m of the mind if someone approaches me for help, I’m happy to do so. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact we’re all in this together—one thing not lost in the indie community and that I love about the group of writers I associate with.

9, What's the best and worst thing about being Indie?

Best? Being my own boss and responsible for my own destiny.
Worst? Being my own boss and responsible for my own destiny.
Some days it would be easier to have someone take the reins and just write and not think or stress or worry about deadlines, covers, marketing… and yet, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

10, Tell us in 140 characters or less why we should read your books?

My characters will become your family.

11, Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

SO MUCH. I’ll try to be brief:

1.     Be a professional, always, everywhere. That means put your best face forward from day one. No complaining, whining about reviews, arguing with people in public. Get a fat pillow and scream into it if you have to, but keep your public persona clean and positive. Trust me, it’s worth it.
2.     Hire professionals. Ask around—there are so many indies out there who can point you in the right direction when it comes to editing, covers, etc. And YES. You need an editor (at least one). And unless you’re a graphic designer, hire a cover artist.
3.     Do your research. Maybe you don’t want to be indie—sounds like too much work. Then, get educated. What does the present traditional publishing market look like? Compare contracts (you should be able to find some online as many writers are now sharing information). Find out what a non-compete clause is. What an agent does. What the royalties a publisher pays you actually break down to. What goes into doing it alone. Learn everything you can about everything. Then decide what you want to do.
4.     Work on your skills until you don’t have to think about it. Writing is creativity, and thinking blocks the flow. Write, write, write some more. Read, write, compare your work to the writers you love. What are they doing you’re not? Talk to writers who are the next level past you. Don’t over edit—hire an editor. They are the best teachers out there, especially pros. You want to learn to write? Get an editor to look at your work.
5.     Have a plan. Know what you want. Go get it.
6.     Have fun, yeah? All of this should be fun, even the parts you kind of don’t like very much. It should stir you up and make you excited. If it doesn’t, find out why and fix it.

12, Is there anything you'd like to say to readers? 

You are awesome and I adore you. You are my gatekeepers, the ones who vote with your wallets and your enthusiasm and joy. I would be writing without you, but I wouldn’t have the absolute delight and excitement I do hearing from you every day. Y’all rock.

Flash Favourites: 

Sport: Horseback riding—I’m getting back in the saddle shortly and can’t wait (and will likely end up buying a horse at some point…)


Animal: Cat. And horse. Dog. Anything furry, really, I’m there.
Place: As much as I complain in winter, I love where I live—Prince Edward Island, Canada. But, if I had to choose otherwise… anywhere hot and no bugs.
Film: The Princess Bride. (and a gazillion others—such a hard question!)
Dessert: Anything with chocolate on it.


You can grab the following books FOR FREE by Patti Larsen by clicking on the images! 


What do you think of the first author in the Being Indie feature? Have you read any of the authors books? What do you think of them?