Monthly Archives: January 2013

Book Blitz Sign Up: His Allure, Her Passion

My novella His Allure, Her Passion is coming out soon and Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours is organizing a Book Blitz for me.

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His Allure, Her Passion 
Publication date:  February 2013 by Decadent Publishing
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 

In his father’s eyes, Dylan Deveraux is just a playboy spending the family fortune on prostitutes, alcohol, and fast cars. And it isn’t even with the cars his father produces. Because of that, his father forbids his presence at the ball that will mark the launch of the US plant of his company, strategically scheduled on Valentine’s Day.

Hayley Allen is a failing model with the worse luck in the world. She always ends up in the hands of cruel designers and photographers. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Better than admit having a weak nervous system that always reacted during her gigs. Desperate, she would do anything to help her career.

Dylan shows up at her door, wasted as usual. Friends for a long time, Hayley is the only one able to put up with Dylan’s bullshit, and he appreciates that, but not the way her heart wants.

Even though he doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day, Dylan has an idea for his father’s ball. When he suggests a deal to Hayley, a deal that could finally put her in the spotlight of success and help him impress his father, she doesn’t hesitate. Even if it means hurting her heart a little more.

 

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The blitz runs from February 14th to February 28th, you may post anytime during this window. There will be excerpts and (possibly) interviews available for your post, as well as a Rafflecopter giveaway code if you wish to share it (there will be an entry to follow your blog).

To sign up, you can click here and fill out the form on the post!

 

Cheers,

Cover Love: The Space Between

The cover reveal of my NA sister Victoria coming NA contemporary romance:

 

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Title: The Space Between
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Expected release date: April 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
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Book Description:

When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.

Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.

 

 

VAbout the author:

Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

Author Links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

Don’t forget to check Magan Vernon’s cover reveal too!

Cheers,

Cover Love: The Only Exception

GUYS! You all know I LOVE participating on cover reveals. But this one is special, because it’s from my CP Magan Vernon … I read this one and let me tell you: IT’S GOOD!!

 

The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

The Only Exception by Magan Vernon — April 9th, 2013

Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.

Add it on Goodreads!

 

MaganAUTHOR BIO: 
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

 

Don’t forget to check out Victoria H. Smith’s cover reveal too!

Cheers,

#ROW80 check-in 01/27

Hey friends! Welcome to my weekly ROW80 update!

Here are my goals for the past week and how it went:

  • Writing: continue writing Breaking the Reins. Mon = no school = kid at home = no writing. Tuesday = 1000 words. Wed = 1500 words. Thu = 3300 words. Fri = 1000 words.
  • Reading: finish reading book #5 and #6 of the year. Hm, I just finished book #7. And read the rest of my CP’s ms and returned to her (76 pages).
  • Social media:  Twitter: try to be present, but not too much. Blog: post a couple of times. Yeah, sorta.
  • Exercising: at least 4x. Five times.

I’ve been distracted this week because we’re house hunting. Slow and steady, but we have begun. Well, it’s exciting, and it’s stressful too, so that is taking a lot of my mind.

 

My goals for the next week:

  • Writing: continue writing Breaking the Reins (Mon, Tue and Wed).
  • Reading: read book #8 of the year.
  • Social media:  Twitter: try to be present, but not too much. Blog: post a couple of times.
  • Exercising: at least 3x.

 

I’m going to Cancun this Thursday! Yeah, so exercise be damned, and I won’t get any writing on Thu and Fri, and my reading time will be short, but, oh well, it’s Cancun, right? It’ll be for only 4 days though.

For that, my check-in post will probably be written on Wed night and scheduled to come live Sun, or I’ll check in only on Monday … we’ll see.

UPDATE: sorry for posting this update so later, but a tragedy occurred in my town in Brazil, and my thoughts were (still are) there today. Here’s the news of the tragedy, if you’re interested: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/27/world/americas/brazil-nightclub-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

 

Have a great one!

Cheers,

Author Spotlight: Alyssa Rose Ivy

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Alyssa Rose Ivy!

 

Nicknames: Lys

Where do you live: North Carolina

Your favorite dessert: Anything chocolate

Your favorite TV series: recently the voice

Last book you read: Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson

Last movie you watched: Kung Fu Panda (it’s one of my daughter’s favorites)

Last song (or album) you bought: Snow Patrol, Just Say Yes

A book/series you could read over and over again: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Coke or pepsi? Coke

Day or night? Night

Pen or pencil? Pencil

Summer or winter? Summer

Cat or dog? Dog, but I have a cat.

Tea or coffee? Coffee!

Plotter or pantser? Both.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always loved writing, but I didn’t decide to publish until I was home with my daughter. I had so much fun, that I haven’t stopped.

What are you working on now? I’m working through final edits of Focus (The Crescent Chronicles, #2). I’m also busy with Wrecked (Clayton Falls, #3).

If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why?  If I wasn’t writing, I’d use my Library Science degree and work as a librarian. The dream job part would be finding the perfect job with the perfect hours.

What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Moving across the country for college was one of the scariest experiences, but it was one of the best experiences too.

Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My father. He taught me about taking chances, and never giving up.

What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I wish I had artistic ability.

What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? I love my hazel eyes.

Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Write what you love, and do lots of it.

 

AlyssaAuthor Bio: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Only when you let go can you learn to live.
Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it’s been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet. Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.
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When you’re lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.
Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.

 

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As Charlotte steps through the gate, she has a strong feeling that nothing will ever be the same again. Moving back to South Carolina after three years away, Charlotte knows she’s going to have to face people from her past and adjust to a new high school, but she’s completely unprepared for what else waits for her in Charleston. Drawn through an old garden gate, Charlotte discovers a hidden world where she meets Calvin, a boy to whom she is inexplicably attracted. As Charlotte is pulled deeper into this hidden world, it’s up to her older brother Kevin to rescue her. No matter how hard Kevin tries, the rescue depends upon Charlotte fighting her intense feelings for Calvin while mastering a set of abilities that she has only just discovered she possesses.

 

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Would you sacrifice everything for a world you barely knew?A year has passed since Charlotte and Kevin first stepped through the gate into Energo and neither has been able to settle back into their normal lives. Charlotte tries to distract herself from thoughts of Calvin with the antics of James and her growing friendship with Liam. Kevin can’t seem to shake his feelings for Samantha as he adjusts to his new identity as a college basketball player.When they unexpectedly return to Energo, both Charlotte and Kevin must face their fears and become the leaders they were always meant to be.

 

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Sometimes you just have to take flight.
A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

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Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.
Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.
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Cheers,

Cover Love: HIS ALLURE, HER PASSION

I have a New Adult novella coming out next month with Decadent Publishing. Since it deals with Valentine’s Day, I’m guessing it’ll come out around that day …

For now, I can show you guys the cover of my novella:

 

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Genre: NA contemporary romance
Word Count: 30,000
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Release date: February 2013

In his father’s eyes, Dylan Deveraux is just a playboy spending the family fortune on prostitutes, alcohol, and fast cars. And it isn’t even with the cars his father produces. Because of that, his father forbids his presence at the ball that will mark the launch of the US plant of his company, strategically scheduled on Valentine’s Day.
Hayley Allen is a failing model with the worse luck in the world. She always ends up in the hands of cruel designers and photographers. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Better than admit having a weak nervous system that always reacted during her gigs. Desperate, she would do anything to help her career.
Dylan shows up at her door, wasted as usual. Friends for a long time, Hayley is the only one able to put up with Dylan’s bullshit, and he appreciates that, but not the way her heart wants.
Even though he doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day, Dylan has an idea for his father’s ball. When he suggests a deal to Hayley, a deal that could finally put her in the spotlight of success and help him impress his father, she doesn’t hesitate. Even if it means hurting her heart a little more.

Add it on Goodreads!

 

I hope you guys like it!

Cheers,

#ROW80 check-in 01/20

Hey friends! Welcome to my weekly ROW80 update!

 

Here are my goals for the past week and how it went:

  • Writing: start Breaking the Reins. Send Destiny Gift to the editor. Monday: wrote 2000 words and recycled 1500 words. Just to explain, I say recycle when I copy and paste from some other version or idea, and revise it to fix and adapt it to the new novel/version. Tuesday: wrote 3525 words and recycled 2407 words. Wed: it’s snowed = no school = kid home = no writing. Thu: wrote 2000 words. Fri:  1500 words. Also, sent DG to the editor, and sent the first 13k words of BtR to my CP ;)
  • Reading: finish reading book #4 and #5 of the year. Finished #4, and I’m around 80% on book #5. I also read 15 pages of one CP’s ms (and finished it) and 80 pages (of 155) from other CP’s ms.
  • Social media:  Twitter: try to be present, but not too much. Blog: post a couple of times. Done. I’m turning the internet off while writing, so I’m not tempted to pop on twitter.
  • Exercising: at least 4x. Six times.

 

My goals for the next week:

  • Writing: continue writing Breaking the Reins.
  • Reading: finish reading book #5 and #6 of the year.
  • Social media:  Twitter: try to be present, but not too much. Blog: post a couple of times.
  • Exercising: at least 4x.

This week will be complicated. The kid doesn’t have school on Monday, and she has early dismissal on Wed, which means less time for me to write. And, if that was not enough, apparently, it’ll snow a lot this week. If it does, my daughter’s classes will be canceled and I won’t write … I’m not sure how many words I’ll be able to write this week, but I hope it’s enough to keep my self imposed deadline.

 

On my blogs (this one and NA Alley) this week:

 

Have a great week, guys!

Cheers,

Author Spotlight: Kinley Baker

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Kinley Baker!

 

Nicknames: I don’t have any. Is that sad? Will someone give me one?

Where do you live: Pacific Northwest

Your favorite dessert: Cheesecake

Your favorite TV series: There are too many to choose from! Probably The Big Bang Theory. I quote Sheldon often.

Last book you read: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

Last movie you watched: Magic Mike

Last song (or album) you bought: Red by Taylor Swift

A book/series you could read over and over again: Any series by Nalini Singh.

Coke or pepsi? Diet Coke!

Day or night? Day. I believe in vampires too much to choose the night.

Pen or pencil? Keyboard.

Summer or winter? Winter, unless I have to drive in the snow.

Cat or dog? Dog.

Tea or coffee? Coffee.

Plotter or pantser? Both.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I always loved the idea of being an author. I went to college for creative writing. After I graduated, I went on a romance reading binge, and that’s when I knew romance was it. The road has been rocky and fabulous and more than I ever could have imagined.

What are you working on now? The final book in the Shadowed Love trilogy. Ari’s story is challenging me to my limits, but I hope it’s all for the best. I’ve cried so many tears over this book. Ari guts me. Her hero guts me. Their scenes together gut me. You get the idea. Lol.

If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? There isn’t really anything I want to be. Except maybe a rock star. But I can’t sing. Or play an instrument, despite my best efforts.

What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? I scare so easily it’s hard to decide. Probably publishing. It’s very hard for me to put myself out there both on social media and in my stories. But it’s easier for me to put my stories out there than blog about myself.

Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My husband. I’m pretty sure all the inspiration he’s given me has been completely accidental on his part. He challenges me though. I can spend days thinking out logical conclusions related to the world and writing, and he never fails to find a flaw in it. Free philosophical help.

What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I’d love to be able to sing and rock out on stage. I love music so much.

What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? The chicken pox scar on my nose. I grew up figure skating with this impossible pressure to be perfect. When I saw that scar one day and decided I loved it because it made me unique, I knew beauty was much more interesting than what I’d been taught to believe.

Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Whatever first made you want to write, cling to that and keep going. The destination might not be where we expect, so enjoy the journey. And if you’re having trouble enjoying the journey, you are not alone. I’m working on that, too.

 

KinleyAuthor Bio: Kinley Baker has a terminally tender heart and an inconvenient sense of humor. She loves puppies and cries at celebrity weddings. Kinley believes that romance novels are the keys to world peace, because if you’re holding a book, you can’t be holding a gun. Kinley supports all supernatural lifestyles and believes “happy ever after” isn’t only for the normal. Her books Ruined, Denied and Freed are available now from Crescent Moon Press. Excuse My Fairy releasing from Etopia Press in December 2012.

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Ruined

Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court’s Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient’s.

Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he’s given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family’s hold on the land–and his deceiving advisors aren’t afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.

But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them in a union that lasts forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.

Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.

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Denied

When invaders brutally massacred the women and children of the Varner, Caleb witnessed loss and destruction on a scale few can comprehend. As the leader of a race on the brink of extinction, his only hope for survival is gaining acceptance into the Shadow Shifter Kingdom. Struggling with new customs, he meets Tabitha, a woman who challenges his limits.

Refused the right to join the king’s guard because of her gender, Tabitha must be stronger than the men to prove she deserves to be the first accepted female Warrior in the kingdom. She believes Caleb will help improve her abilities, until she learns her goals conflict with the foundation of his culture.

When the realm is attacked, Tabitha and Caleb must come together not only to fight, but to find the strength to win against an evil with the potential to destroy everything they revere most–including each other.

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Freed

After mortal invaders slay a Shadow Shifter woman, Queen Ella knows there is more blood on the horizon. As the most powerful Sensitive in the village, Ella has always known she’s destined to save the kingdom. But her task seems impossible. She must move the Well of Souls to a new realm to save her people or risk failing the Ancestor gods.

The woman King Falon loves will never love him back, despite a binding marriage built on regal decorum. Falon’s first duty is to his people, and he only wants to provide the Shadow Shifters with a safe future. He must assert his power to gain the respect of the warriors.

Harder still, King Falon must accept the salvation of his people lies with his own Queen Ella, a woman who speaks madness… a woman he’s always loved, but hardly knows.

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Excuse My Fairy

Excuse My Fairy

Her magic breaks all the rules. He breaks all of hers.

Draybeth is broken. Her fairy powers don’t work, her magic is completely dysfunctional, and not even her bad attitude and soft heart can win her back into Fairy favor. Exiled from their land, she struggles to make a life for herself in the human world. But when her bar burns to the ground and she meets one of the Impassables–the devastating Lawman Barrett–things become even more of a struggle. An arrest, murder, and abduction challenge everything she’s worked for, and worse, the Impassable Lawman appears to be her destined mate. But darkness stirs deep within Dray’s heart, and she’s not about to drag the gorgeous lawman down with her.

Barrett never expected to find himself mated to a fairy, let alone one with such a wicked temper and a short fuse. Being an Impassable, he should be immune to fairy magic, but Dray’s magic burns through him like lightning, just as everything else about her ignites him, body and soul. The fairy’s power over Impassables threatens everything this new realm was built upon, and as a Lawman, Barrett’s job is to make sure those threats are eliminated. But his feelings for Dray make him question just where his duty lies.

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