Thursday, February 27, 2014

Houston Author Bash

This last weekend I drove to Houston, which is not hard for me, and got lost in Houston, which also is not hard for me even though I grew up there, and attended my first ever author event.  That was sooooo exciting, I was completely worthless the entire week leading up to it.  I couldn't do anything except pack and re-pack my stuff, to make sure I wasn't forgetting anything.

Luck was on my side, as I remembered everything I needed.  But there were some "extras" that I didn't realize I needed, that I made notes to fix by the next event I do (same place, in August).  For example, I had print outs of all my book covers, but blurbs on the back of the cover would have been nice.  Next time.

I was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people I met that only wanted to promote me.  A couple of ladies from the Pasadena Barnes and Noble were there collecting swag for their store and signing up authors to sign there.  I suppose that B and N has different regulations from the one near me, as my local one won't touch an Indie Author with a ten-foot pole.

I was sitting next to C.A. Szarek, an actual friend of mine who was supposed to be at the Dallas signing a couple of months ago, but it was cancelled due to everyone losing power and being covered in ice and stuff.
 She was the best table-mate ever.  Chrissy rocks.

My daughter went with me, and met the other authors for me.  I wasn't able to crawl around my table much, as it was so freakin' busy!  But mini-me went around, gathering swag, taking pictures, and talking to other authors on my behalf.  She even tried to talk some of them into selling her their books, and was told no, many times.  She did buy some from Rachel Harris, an extraordinarily nice woman, who visited with her a bunch.
  

Those books, while I'm not really into YA, look like something I need to read.  I've never read a YA time travel romance, and Rachel assured me they were age appropriate.

I met fans, bloggers, editors, formaters, you name it, they were there.  And I was happy to meet them all.  I even had a friend visit me, with a proposition to come visit her Freshman English class (ugh, I hate freshmen) to talk about pre-writing and revising. I may take her up on it.

Then, I met Deena Rae, from E-book builders, and she convinced me I HAD to do this...


Yup.  That's Jacob Wilson, the cover model for Hilary Storm's latest, No Strings Attached.  I've never touched a guy so muscley in my entire life...

Anyway, me and Deena Rae struck up a conversation, she'd just reviewed Gambling on Love  for the blog tour, and wanted to introduce herself.  Okay, I'm not going to lie.  That was an ego boost for me.  She was one of the only ones who'd already read one of my books, and sought me out because of it.  Anyway, we've been emailing back and for this week, and she's going to format my books for me.  I love what she's done already, and am ridiculously excited about seeing the final product.

I've been formatting my own, and while they get into all the formats, they're not pretty.  Deena is making my books pretty.  And this.  She's doing this...



So, when I came home from the event, I was high as a kite, and now I can't wait to go back for more.  There's another one in August, put on by This Redhead Loves Books, and you can bet your sweet little bootie I'm going.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crazy Love Review - Finally


So, this weekend, I went to a Book Bash in Houston, and it was an amazing experience.  I had even scheduled myself to do a review for a fellow author at the event, thinking it would be a neat way to introduce myself to her beforehand.

What I didn't anticipate was the debilitating bundle of nerves the week before the event that had me packing and repacking my stuff instead of doing any work whatsoever.  So I didn't get to the review on my scheduled day...

But my table looked good for someone who'd only spent about $30 on it.


I made a lot of contacts, met some people I'll be working with in the future, and had a blast.  Once I got past the whole getting lost issues on the way to the venue, I was golden.  But I never really had time to seek out Michelle and apologize for not getting her review up on my scheduled date.  I still don't even know what she looks like, except her author pic.

I'm going to post more about the HAB later, because now, I'm going to give you guys my review of Crazy Love, by Michelle Pace.


First of all, this book was so well written.  And pretty.  And professional.  Wow.  I honestly don't get many books to review that are all three.  I get well written books that aren't formatted well, or pretty books with lots of chapter heading graphics that are riddle with usage errors, etc.  But I rarely get books that are the triple threat for indie authors.

I loved Crazy Love.  I fell in love with Trip and Sam, almost right off the bat.  They were real, they were likeable and relatable.  Annie was too.  All three of these characters had flaws, but lovely flaws that they had to overcome for the story to progress.  It was awesome.

The only issues I had were the various povs, and this may just be a personal taste.  I enjoyed the chapters from Trip's point of view, but it started as an info-dump, and I would have liked to see more of his pov throughout the story, instead of Violet and Jayce's.  I didn't think Violet's pov chapters did anything to make her character likeable, in fact, I liked her less after reading about things from her perspective.  The chapter from Jayce's perspective did little to make him likeable or relatable.  That chapter wasn't necessary, except it propelled the plot.  The plot could have been moved forward a different way, I thought.

Everything with Annie and Sam was perfect in my opinion, but the secondary characters, Trip and Violet needed a little bit more, because in a way, this was their story too.  And Jayce was hilarious. I've met him a couple of times in Dallas.  It's a lot of fun to read a character and think, "I know that guy."

Ms. Pace's treatment of alcoholism was right-on.  It was raw, but not too over the top, and she didn't gloss over it.  And she hit the brother's reaction to his alcoholism amazingly well.  

Overall, I loved this book, and will give it four stars on amazon.  It was a fun read, that I couldn't put down at times.  I was so sorry to not have it reviewed in time to post it on my chosen date.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NJ Frost - Death of a Rock Star






“Troubled rock star Jamie Grimes was found dead at his London home earlier today.”

So there you have it. Jamie is dead… and it's no surprise.
A victim of his addictions – his love of drugs and his love for her.

Sylvie Smith isn’t just any girl.
She was my best friend’s girl.
No, not just his girl, she was his downfall.
She’s the last woman on earth I should want,
but the instant I set eyes on her I know.
She'll be my downfall too…

Thrown together in the aftermath of Jamie’s death,
Blake and Sylvie's worlds are set to collide.
Are they a disaster waiting to happen or an epic love story about to begin?




This book is a bit of a dichotomy for me.  For one thing, I don't love Rock Star Romances.  They're sort of all the same, 'omg, he's famous, what does he see in me, with all those panties flying at this head?'  Ugh...  The other thing is I don't typically give a lot of five star reviews.  I give tons of four stars.  Four stars means I like it a lot, but it hasn't changed my life in any way shape or form.

Death of a Rock Star is Five Stars.

DoaRS is a gritty, real depiction of the seedier side of rock stardom.  It also takes place in the UK, which is different.  The emotions are real.  The depiction of the downward spiral of addiction is real.  I can't tell you too much because I don't want to give anything away, but I am in love with Blake and have been since I had the honor of reading/critiquing this novella.  As a member of NJ's writing group (I'm so proud to say that), I have read parts of Boy in the Band, and it is equally amazing.

Tissues people.  You'll need tissues.  This one will stick with you a while.






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NJ is an avid reader and obsessive writer, fueled for the most part by chocolate and coffee.
During her postgraduate studies in English Lit NJ became a contemporary romance junkie and finally found her calling. A twisted romantic at heart, she loves nothing more than losing herself in a good book with lots of passion and angst. She’s always at the mercy of one book boyfriend or another, so creating her own book boyfriends and torturing them has been a wicked dream come true… but she may have lost her heart to her victims in the process.
Although she enjoys the darker side of romance NJ loves a ‘Happy Ever After’ and is eagerly pursuing her own.
THE BOY IN THE BAND, NJ’s full length follow-up to DEATH OF A ROCK STAR is due for release Summer 
2014.

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Playlist
Music has played a huge part in the inspiration for Death of a Rock Star & The Boy in the Band – my playlist is endless, but here are a few highlights…

Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High
Bastille – Icarus
Biffy Clyro –Biblical
Birdy – (Live Lounge cover of Passenger’s) Let her Go
Churches – Recover
Eyes on Film-Waking up Dead
Foals – Inhaler
Foals – Late Night
Foxes – Youth
The Fray – How to Save a Life
Indiana – Don’t You Wanna Mess Around
Interpol – Rest my Chemistry
Interpol – Slow Hands
King of Leon– Closer
The Libertines  – Time for Heroes
The Libertines – Don’t Look Back into the Sun
London Grammar – Night Call
Maximo Park –The Night I Lost My Head
Maximo Park –Your Urge
Tom Odell – Hold Me
The Orwells –Dirty Sheets
Rat Attack – Saturday Night Feelin’
You Me at Six & Chiddy – Rescue Me


Excerpt
Blake
In spite of the rain, there’s a crowd milling around outside Jamie’s house and a pool of defiant candles casting their golden light into the dark. It looks like someone has scattered stars on the pavement. This is what bereft fans do. In the absence of their Gods, they erect shrines – on their bedroom walls, on a dead man’s doorstep. Someone is playing his music. It rises into the night sky like a mournful offering, an appeasement to the rock gods. Those gods are so
fucking brutal. It seems they always take the best of us far too soon.
As I stand at the furthest edge of this strange spontaneous wake, watching, wondering what the hell Jamie would make of all this, my gaze catches on a girl. Her face is heart-stopping and looks about as haunted as I feel. She’s gazing down at the candles, not really seeing them I suspect, or maybe wondering like me, how the fuck they are staying alight in this slow painful
rain. She’s wearing striped pyjama bottoms tucked into huge combat boots that aren’t even fastened and a black biker jacket with an image on the back that is unmistakable. I’d know that jacket anywhere. It’s Jamie’s, which means – she’s her. She’s Jamie’s mystery girl.
My heart is ricocheting around like crazy. With anger and I’m ashamed to admit, with crazy lust. For a moment I regret that my cock decided to behave on the way over here. I wish I’d fucked the nameless model senseless just like I needed. Maybe I wouldn’t be aching now at the sight of my dead friend’s girl. No, not his girl, his fucking downfall – I have to remember that. Seeing her now though, for the first time, I understand. I thought Jamie was crazy for letting a girl get to him like she did. Now I get it. She’s that kind of beautiful. The kind of beautiful you’d die for.











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Thursday, February 20, 2014

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 Okay, so I'm reading this book right now.  I was supposed to do a review today, but I overestimated my skills, so it can't happen.  I can say, that I'm on chapter six, and I'm totally hooked.  I will leave a review monday, if I can.  But this book is crazy good.  I have a feeling it's going to try to make me cry by the time it's all over with.











It's LIVE! Crazy Love is finally live!!

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Goodreads link:

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Blurb:

After dropping out of law school, Sam Beaumont fears coming home will either be like sucking poison out of snakebite or drowning in a bathtub of gin. He dreads the whirlwind of being a blue-blood in Savannah, and between his mother and his brother a peaceful existence is out of the question.

Miles away from her ugly past, Annie Clarke is thriving in pharmacy school. Uncomfortable with her own success, she begins to fall back to her self-sabotaging ways.

Then along comes Trip Beaumont, a hot, edgy artist. Every instinct in her says run, which only makes him that much more tempting. The day she finally agrees to go out with him, his younger brother, Sam, shows up. Sam’s first words about Trip chill her: “Don’t be fooled by the act. Prince Charming is a toxic monster.”

Annie soon sees that Sam’s callous exterior is a direct result of coping with a family as dysfunctional as her own. Could love shield them both from spiraling into madness, or will their crazy worlds collide like renegade storm fronts leaving devastation and destruction in their wake?

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Michelle Pace lives in north Texas with her husband, Les, who is also a novelist. She is the mother of two lovely daughters, Holly and Bridgette, and one uber-charismatic son, Kai. A former singer and actress, Michelle has always enjoyed entertaining people and is excited to continue to do so as a writer.



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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Shayne McClendon Yes to Everything




SYNOPSIS

Life at the top isn't all glitz and glamour.



Brooke Kincaid's life takes a turn for the
better when she's asked to join a country band. In a single moment, her
struggle to care for her younger siblings is a thing of the past.




Fame and fortune have a price. Brooke embraces
the realization of her dreams only to have happiness ripped away in one act of
brutal violence. Starting again takes courage but love has a way of finding its
way home.




Start reading Yes to Everything right
now! Jump on the roller coaster and hang on...the ride can get a little
bumpy. Another hot, emotional read from Always the Good Girl, Shayne
McClendon.




NOTE: This story contains explicit
sexual scenes and language
 
and is intended for mature audiences
only. Do not read this novel if intense sexual situations offend you.




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Shayne McClendon is an
indie author who has received rave reviews for her premiere novel “The
Barter System
.”  Other projects include “In the Service of Women,” “Yes
to Everything
,” “Damaged,” “Being
Delightful
,” “The Hermit,” the second
story set in “The Barter System” world - “Hudson,” and many more.

Writer, mom, and
hermit...Shayne listens to the voices in her head because their ideas are
awesome.  Those around her have learned not to question the crazy.
 Coffee consumption is too high, amount of sleep is too low, but the words
always feel just right.

She currently lives in
Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her
content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having
a viable internet connection.

Shayne loves to hear from
her fans.  You can contact her by email at shayne@alwaysthegoodgirl.com or stop by
her Author Page or Good Girl Facebook pages.  Visit her
web page Always the Good Girl and subscribe for
your free story!

Shayne McClendon’s work
is available at all major e-book retailers.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Blog tour stop, cover reveal, oh my!


Today's awesome with a blog stop for Samantha Holt's Not Another Soldier, a giveaway, an interview, and CA Szarek's latest cover reveal!  Scroll away!  Lots to see today.!



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Title: Not Another Solider
 

Author: Samantha Holt
 

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
 

Release Date: 17th January 2014

 



TOUR-BOOKSYNOPSIS

I've just buried my husband. I was going to divorce him and now he’s dead.

After five years as a military wife, Sienna is moving on. She’s keen to leave behind the misery of her marriage to Rob but for some reason the past won’t let her go. It doesn't help that her closest friend, Nick, is also a soldier. Unfortunately Sienna is struggling to deny her attraction to the sexy marine, even knowing there can be no future in it. When the injured soldier admits he wants her just as badly, and has always wanted her, the fight to control her feelings becomes harder.

And now she’s learning things about her late husband that surprise even her. When the secrets of Rob’s life come to light, Sienna finds herself involved with some very nasty people and Nick is determined to protect her, no matter what.

As the danger grows to both her heart and her life, Sienna needs to decide if it was the army that was the problem or her late husband. Is Nick worth the heartache of being a military spouse again? And will he be able to protect her from the ring of drug dealers slowly closing in?

 

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TOUR-EXCERPT

Drawing in a breath, I open the door. Hopefully Nick’s all settled and I won’t even have to—

He’s sitting on my bed.

Damn the man. He studies me, slow and languorously, and I flex my fingers, longing to splay my hands across myself. My simple PJs now feel sexy and I’m definitely showing off too much skin.

“Can I—” I cough. “Is everything okay?”

Nick nods slowly, his eyes saying everything is more than okay. My skin heats and I hope he can’t see the redness that’s no doubt in my cheeks and on my chest.

“Yeah,” he says finally, gaze lingering on my bare legs. “I just wanted to make sure you were okay.”

“I’m fine.”

Though I don’t sound fine. Having your heart going the same rate as a freight train or your blood boiling beneath your skin probably isn’t fine. But that wasn’t what he meant.

He doesn’t look convinced.

“It’s been a crazy day and I am a little shaken but I’m okay, I swear. I just need a little rest and I need to get this place back to normal and then I’ll be great.”

Nick takes a moment to study me once more and stands. “All right. Just checkin’.”

“Oh.” I go to my closet. “Here’s some blankets.” I draw out two old ones that I usually use if the temperature drops and pass them over.

“Thanks.” He takes them from me.

“Do you need something to sleep in?” I bend down and rummage through the bottom drawer. “I might have some old T-shirts.” I find one and come up to standing.

His eyes are wary and he looks tense, slightly like he’s going to explode at any moment.

Baffled, I thrust out the T-shirt. “It’s one of Rob’s. I don’t know why I still have them really. Or would it be weird wearing his stuff?” He doesn’t respond so I hesitate before turning around and chucking the T-shirt back in the drawer. That was a stupid idea. “Sorry, guess it would be.”

With a wry laugh, he nods. “Yeah, I don’t want to be wearing his stuff, but I got to tell you, babe, I’m more worried about your night clothes.”

“What?”

“If you’re sleeping like that,” he motions with one hand down me, “then it’s going to make me sleeping there,” now he points to the couch, “a real trial. ‘Cause when you bend over in those shorts, all I want to do is take you to bed and peel them from you.”




1.  Describe your writing process.  Do you have certain things that must happen for your creativity to flow?

I’m not sure I have one. It’s just a case of planting my butt on a chair and getting on with it. I do ‘sprints’ with friend or against a time which helps keep me from getting distracted. 

2.  Do you listen to music while you write?  If so, what?

Yes, mostly alternative rock though recently I’ve had a few power ballads driving me on LOL I go through stages where I’ll listen to one band obsessively. At the moment, it’s Poets of the Fall and Shinedown.

3.  Not Another Soldier is a pretty big departure from your normal genre of Historical Romance.  What made you decide to write this one?

For a while, I’ve been wanting to use some of my experiences as a military wife in a book, but nothing really came to me. I’ve always been a huge fan of romantic suspense and this inkling of a story echoed in my mind and went from there. I do believe the first chapter was written under the influence of wine!

4.  Have you always been a writer?  If not, what inspired you to start?

I started writing about… two years ago I think. I always enjoyed it in school but never really considered it as a career. It started as something to keep me occupied while my husband was away in Afghanistan and I quickly became addicted. It astonished me (and still astonishes me sometimes) that people actually wanted to read my books.

5.   You are both traditionally published and independently published, right?  Which path did you choose for NAS, and what are some advantages/draw-backs to that?

I went indie for Not Another Soldier for several reasons really. One, a traditional publisher can’t keep up with me! I already have two traditional releases coming out this year but the book industry at the moment is so competitive, that you need to keep up the momentum.. Two, I wanted to control the price and be able to offer it on sale for a while. I didn’t want it on sale at a price I thought was too much. Three, it’s a personal story for me because Sienna is very much like me. I wanted it edited by an editor of my choosing. I’ve worked with several and editors vary dramatically. I’ve been lucky, but you never know if you’re going to get someone who you can work well with.

6.  Describe your ideal writing retreat.

I am desperate for a pretty little shed at the bottom of the garden or we stayed in a gorgeous cottage in Cornwall during the summer (in the South of England) and it overlooked the harbor and beach. That would have been perfect for writing.

7.  If you could give some advice to someone trying to start a professional writing career, what would it be?

If you genuinely want to do it as a career, then treat it as one. Be businesslike, put in the hours and the work. Don’t be too precious over your work. I see authors behave as though they just invented writing and it’s pretty yucky to witness LOL I write for entertainment purposes at the end of the day and that’s what’s helped me carve a career. Lots of writers get frustrated by big business and publishers treating them as nothing more than a commodity but at the end of the day, that’s what it is. A publisher doesn’t care how personal a story is to you, they just care that it makes them money. Sad but true :) 

Thanks for joining us, Samantha.  I really appreciate it!  Before you leave, would you be willing to have a little fun?

Would you rather have…

Cat or Dog?

I have both! But I had the cats first, so cat.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate!

Elvis or the Beatles?

Don’t shoot me… I really don’t like the Beatles so Elvis. 

Alone time or go out with friends?

Out with friends. Dancing preferably. 

Wine, Beer, or Liquor?

Liquor! Aren’t I hardcore? LOL

My Review:

There wasn't a whole lot to not like about this story by Ms. Holt.  As I mentioned in the interview, this is a huge departure from her Historical Romances, but it was done very effectively.  The internal conflict of the main female was real and relatable for me.  Her inner monologue wasn't whiny nor repetitive, and it was all stuff I could relate to as a woman and a wife.  While I have never been a military wife, I have known some and must say, the conflict there was refreshing.  It wasn't what I typically read, in regards to military romances, and it was nice to know there are other issues besides "Oh no!  What if my lover dies?"  Although that was a part of this, it wasn't the main issue, so I was okay with it.

Of course, the hero is totally swoon-worthy, and my fickle self fell in love almost immediately.  I would totally bag him.  :)

Thanks Samantha, for another great read!






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Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier (Yes, seriously!). She traditionally writes historical romances involving chivalrous knights and hot highlanders, but occasionally dabbles in contemporary romance. When she reluctantly leaves her computer, she enjoys exploring old ruins and indulging an early midlife crisis. Adrenaline filled suggestions for the bucket list are always welcome!

 

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3 x $2.99 ebook of readers choice

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Cover Reveal for Calculated Collision by CA Szarek!!!!!!



Calculated Collision

Special Agent Lee Dawson has secrets. Secrets that forced her from Dallas to New York City in disgrace two years ago.Dallas County Assistant District Attorney, Nate Crane, visits New York and witnesses the brutal murder of a friend. When Lee is assigned to the investigation, her personal and professional life collides. She can’t avoid the man she ditched six months ago.
She’s the one Nate can’t stop thinking about. The one he let get away. He’s determined to get her back, no matter what she thinks she wants. Being a witness in her case puts them close—and Nate intends to keep it that way.After Nate’s attacked at a safe house, Lee knows there’s a leak – a dirty FBI agent working with the human trafficker her unit has been hunting for years.Can Lee protect her witness and resist the heat between them or will she succumb to her desires and throw them both into danger?










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About The Author:

C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is married and has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She works with kids when she’s not writing. She’s always wanted to be a writer and is overjoyed to share her stories with the world.


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Twitter: @caszarek

Other Books in Crossing Forces series:

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dried pooh on the fire...

I have been soooo distracted lately.

We're moving out of a house with no central heat, into a house with central heat, and that's a great thing.  We weren't going to officially move until we had a refrigerator to put food in, but that idea went out the window when the old house lost power during a brief ice storm recently, so we've been eating out of an ice chest, and I'm okay with that.

So when I go over to the OLD house in the mornings, while we don't live in the 2/3 of the continental US with snow, it's still in the thirties, INSIDE the house.  Which means my first priority is to build a fire.

This morning, I inadvertently put dried cat poop in the fireplace while trying to get a blaze going, and LORDY it stinks now.

Sort of a metaphor for my writing at the moment.

I'm currently working on revisions for my rough draft of Wrecked.  I have three other stories marinating in my brain right now, one of which is ready to get out.  I've got outlines for two of them, just no time to start on them.  I've got to get moved completely, first.

And then I have to help my husband clean and get the OLD house ready to sell.  So I don't really have time to spend all day, or even more than an hour at a time on my laptop.  Which means I certainly can't start a rough draft of something new.

I have Falling for Hope with my editor, and My Mistake with betas, and at this point in my writing process, I'm usually working on a rough draft, while Wrecked sits on the back burner.  But I can't do that, because I don't have time to work on something new.

So I'm trying to force myself through Wrecked, in an effort to stay productive with my writing, in some way.

It's not working.  Wrecked isn't getting any better, and everything I add/change is making me need to add/change something else.  It may end up being better in the long run, but at the moment, it smells like cat pooh...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014




Uncomplicated Blurb:
Three days a week I work your everyday nine-to-five. The paperwork is never-ending. The pay is mediocre, and the office drama is simply intolerable. But the other four days a week, I am my own boss.
My name is Jennifer Sunshine and I am a Vegas Call Girl.
My clients range from frat boys on spring break to multimillionaire business men with stuffy wives and less than ideal equipment.
I don’t have a daddy-complex or some kind of sob story.
I don’t need the money, but it certainly is nice.
The only thing I crave is the exhilarating feeling I get from being in control of something. Anything.
My life is uncomplicated, simple even.
That was until he bulldozed his way into my life, and everything changed.
Overnight he makes me realize how much I truly need him.

Jo-Anna Walker Bio:
I'm a new self-published author who just got introduced to the writing world early 2013. My aunt suggested that I write a story because I'm an avid reader but I waved it off and left it alone. Well this year, a story came to me and I went with it. It took me a little bit but I finally got a story idea that worked and now I can't stop or control the characters/stories that keep popping up in my head.
I'm born and raised in Canada and I live with my very wonderful and supportive husband, Michael. We don't have any children (yet) unless you count our cat. My hubby been my rock through this whole new experience for me. I couldn't have done it without him and my friends and family.
One of the many things I love about this new chapter in my life is that I'm learning constantly. It's never a dull moment and as long as one person likes my story, I am happy.
Author Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanna.wlkr.author
Twitter: @joannawlkr
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7061953.Jo_Anna_Walker
Blog: http://joannawlkr.blogspot.ca/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jo-Anna-Walker/e/B00E6S4A8A/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1390080220&sr=8-1

Contact me: joanna.wlkr@hotmail.com or joanna.wlkr.author@hotmail.com

My books:
Shattered Series (Erotica Romance):
Break Me- http://tinyurl.com/leaoxhm
Always Me- http://tinyurl.com/mefux5m
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Vegas Girls Series (Erotica Romance) with Dawn Robertson:
Uncomplicated- http://tinyurl.com/pm46rdb


A Heart Story Serial Novel:
In the Heart of Yesterday
In the Heart of Now
In the Heart of Tomorrow
In the Heart of Us
In the Heart of Forever (Full Novel)- http://tinyurl.com/ndr4yw8

Dawn Robertson Bio:
Dawn Robertson is a twenty-something indie erotic romance, and mother. She lives in sunny senior citizen packed Florida, where she wrangles her kids, and Pitbull puppy.
Dawn can normally be found swearing like a sailor, making late night drive-thru appearances, arguing with her kids (or being run over by their power wheels), reading a steamy romance while hiding in her bathroom, writing her little heart out on her laptop (or dragging her Macbook to the Genius bar praying they can save her latest work in progress), or sipping on a smoothie. She loves to hear from her fans, readers, and authors alike. Feel free to drop her a message.
Dawn rarely takes life seriously, so be sure to expect heavy sarcasm from her. She is also the life of the party, so be sure to meet up with her at one of the many author events she will be attending in the next couple months. Buy her a shot of whiskey, and she will love you for life.
Author Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDawnRobertson
Twitter: @EroticaDawn
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265801.Dawn_Robertson
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Robertson/e/B00FSOU9ZY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1390600867&sr=8-1
Website: http://www.eroticadawn.com/
Contact me: authordawnrobertson@gmail.com

My books:
Hers Series (Erotica Romance):
Hers- http://tinyurl.com/o2qk5yu
Finding Willow- http://tinyurl.com/nj86yd6
Kink the Halls- http://tinyurl.com/q4yy67v
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Vegas Girls Series (Erotica Romance) with Jo-Anna Walker:
Uncomplicated- http://tinyurl.com/pm46rdb
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Crashed- http://tinyurl.com/oubwtrj


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My writing group

My writing group is a diverse group of women from all over the world. It's been as large as eight members big, and as small as three. But it's my favorite group of women out there right now.

We don't meet in real life. It's all on facebook and googledocs. Everyone says you need a real life writing group for face to face critiques. I don't agree. That may be beneficial, but it's not practical for someone who lives in a rural setting, like me.

Vanessa, NJ, Sarah, and now Brandy are the other members of the group. We share articles on writing we come across with each other. We share funny stuff we find. We share successes and failures. We bounce ideas off each other. We encourage each other to do great things with our writing, or to just do things with it. And we vent. Because it's a "secret" group, bless their hearts, they get to hear a lot of rants from me, especially lately.

A writing group should be a safe place to share your writing, in hopes of honest feedback. And this one is. We don't sugar-coat stuff, but we're extremely supportive, because in the world of Indie-authors, not everyone is.

My little group means the world to me. I honestly don't know what I would do without them. They are my friends, my cheer-leaders, my hand-slappers. They are the first people to see anything I've written. We all have lives, and sometimes life takes over our writing. And in this group, that's okay.

Monday, February 10, 2014

TK Leigh Tragic Wreck

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Thanks everyone for joining us for all the fun over the past week. So, the big question is “What’s next? What’s going to happen in the third book?”

Well, I can’t tell you. I don’t want to ruin the reading experience for you. But here’s the book blurb for Gorgeous Chaos.

How long can you keep a secret from the one you love? How can you possibly say the words that will rip both your worlds apart?

Finally able to face her fears of abandonment, Olivia Adler begins to prepare for the next phase of her life. But Alexander Burnham is still holding on to all the secrets about Olivia’s past, trying to protect her. As days go by, Olivia is slowly starting to remember her past and Alexander realizes it’s only a matter of time until she puts all the pieces together and figures out who he is…

And who she is...

But if she remembers, her life could be in even more danger than it already is. And Alexander cannot have that happen. When the shadows of Olivia’s past threaten not only her life, but also those around her, will Alexander finally put Olivia’s needs ahead of his? Will she be able to put all the pieces of her past together in order to save her own life and those she’s close to? Can she figure out who she can trust and who is threatening her very existence? Gorgeous Chaos is the explosive conclusion to T.K. Leigh’s Beautiful Mess series.

Recommended for ages 18 and up due to explicit sexual situations, strong language, and graphic violence.

Oh hell… While we’re talking about Gorgeous Chaos, here’s a little snippet…

A tear started to run down Alexander’s cheek as he continued talking, bringing Olivia’s body flush with his, holding her face in his hands. “This is what we do, Olivia. This is who we are… We fight. We piss each other off. But at the end of the day, we realize that no matter how mad and angry we are at each other, there is something much bigger at work here. You can stay angry at me all you want, love, but you know, deep down, that you cannot live without me. You love me just as much as I love you and nothing will ever come between that.” He wiped the tear that had fallen down Olivia’s cheek as he stared into her eyes, searching for an answer.

“I can’t do this right now,” she said quietly, turning away from him and down the long corridor…

- Gorgeous Chaos (Copyright 2014 T.K. Leigh - Anticipated Release Date May 5, 2014)

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How can you continue living when you’re living a lie? How can you convince your body to stop feeling, your soul to stop caring, and your heart to stop beating?

Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind, trying to shut the world out. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won’t let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her, but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?

Back in Boston, everywhere he turns, Alexander Burnham is reminded of Olivia… His Olivia… He tries to dull the ache left in his heart the only way he knows how… in the bed of a beautiful woman. But Alexander isn’t about to lose his Olivia. After a clue comes to light regarding Olivia’s whereabouts, can he convince her to return to Boston with him? When a force that has laid dormant for months resurfaces, can Alexander still protect her from the unknown danger? And when Alexander comes face to face with a shadow of both his and Olivia’s past, will he be able to tell her the secret that is threatening to tear them apart?

A Tragic Wreck is the continuation of T.K. Leigh’s heart-breaking Beautiful Mess series.

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What happens when you lose everyone that promised they would always be there for you? How can you protect the few pieces of your shattered heart that remain?

Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the young age of six and being raised by an uncle who she lost years later, she refuses to get attached to anyone, including friends. For the past decade, she has been able to remain unattached to any man, too worried about losing someone to get too close. Until Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But he has issues of his own. And he’s keeping a secret that could turn her world upside-down. Will Olivia let Alexander in enough for him to get close and protect her from a force threatening her very existence, or will she push him away, scared of letting Alexander in, in order to protect her heart?

A Beautiful Mess is the first installment of a three part series sure to captivate the heart with a story of secrets, courage, and love.

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T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a producer / attorney by trade. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

Her debut novel “A Beautiful Mess” has garnered relative praise, having been an Amazon Best Seller, an Amazon Top-Rated book. Recently, the book was named by The Guardian as a top reader-recommended self-published book of 2013 as well as a 2013 Reader’s Favorite in Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named an Amazon Romance Editor’s Fan Favorite for Top Debut Author and Best Page Turner.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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