Jun 28, 2013

Book Promo: Sindhu S - The Plunge

Love is madness…
 When a thirty-something journalist Anjali meets the charismatic
Siddharth, she has no intention of becoming romantically involved with him.
Anjali is a strong, independent woman, angered by the man’s world she lives in
and traumatised by events in her past. She has no desire to fall in love.
Anjali is certain that, after months of chatting online, when she finally meets
Siddharth the charm will be broken. But she is surprised to find herself
attracted to him – and shocked when they fall into bed together on their first
date. Seized by new emotions that go against everything she believes in, Anjali
is caught in a battle between her head and her heart, between love and
self-protection. For the first time in her life, Anjali is at the mercy of her
emotions and desires…and as she plunges into an affair with a man she knows
little about, she risks losing everything. Set in India, The Plunge is a frank
and powerful examination of modern relationships that every woman will identify
with. Told with astonishing emotional insight, this debut novel will take your
breath away.

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Born in 1966, Indian writer Sindhu drew inspiration for 'The
Plunge' from her days as a journalist in her home country. She loves writing
human interest stories and is drawn to women centric issues.
As a child she "had suffered from the ugly
duckling syndrome", she says. She quit her job as a school teacher on
realising it was beyond her ability to discipline students, and switched over
to journalism.
She moved to the Gulf (Middle East) six years
ago. Currently based in Bahrain, she is currently working on her new book, a
non-fiction on relationships, and two more projects, among them a novel set in
the Middle East.

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Jun 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Janna Jennings - A Grimm Legacy

Janna Jennings - A Grimm Legacy

Pub Date: October 1, 2013

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary, at least until elves appear and the birds start talking. Four teenagers, whisked out of their own world, find themselves as the reluctant guests of the strange and secretive millionaire, Mr. Jackson—a man who knows the secrets of their families’ histories as well as the way back home. But nothing comes without a price.

Mr. Jackson’s mother is dying and the only cure is in the hands of a giant barricaded on a floating island. Unable to retrieve it himself, Mr. Jackson strikes a deal with the teens: steal the antidote and in return receive the key back to their world.

Caught in Grimm’s fairy tales with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, the teens begin a race against time. Without any other way home, they are forced into fairy tale roles that may not lead to a happily ever after.

Janna is a Colorado based YA author who loves a good fairy tale. She’s married to her own real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three, including her incorrigible middle child.

She has a good deal of education in subjects that are somehow not related to writing, which includes a Masters in Education. Currently she teaches toddlers important life skills like which end of a spoon to use and that gluesticks are not for eating. They lack a few things that make a good literary critic, but she loves her students all the same.

Besides wrangling with kids Janna can be found doing some therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good book.

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Jun 24, 2013

Book Promo: Morgana Black - Bet Me

Morgana Black - Bet Me

• Pub Date: July 2013
• Publisher: Morgana Black
• Format: ebook
• Age Range: New Adult

Ruby Valaquez's life isn't supposed to be perfect. She should be a teenage mom like her sister. In a gang like her father. Or even dead like her brother. Instead, she's a math genius, college-bound with a world of opportunities in front of her.

But opportunities cost money. Something Ruby is sorely lacking in until she stumbles upon an underground poker ring on campus, where she suddenly finds the rush she's been looking for. No one suspects the newest math braniac at school is the same girl who spends her nights raking in cold, hard cash.

James Morey certainly doesn't. The frat boy with loaded pockets doesn't mind blowing his father's money. He'll be tied down by the family business soon enough. Gambling has become his escape, one he desperately needs.

But when the Latin beauty at the table takes him for all he's worth, suddenly there are consequences he hadn't anticipated. And both Ruby and James realize there is more at stake than money...more than either of them had gambled on.

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Jun 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: Jenn Cooksey - Shark Out Of Water

Jenn Cooksey - Shark Out Of Water

Pub Date: Summer 2013

With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling. In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.

Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she’s no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey’s roof is female. She’s sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

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Release Day: Jordin Williams - Amazingly Broken

Jordin Williams - Amazingly Broken

• Pub Date: June 21, 2013
• Publisher: Jordin Williams
• Format: Ebook
• Age Range: New Adult

Life threw Elana a curveball...

Her mother died in Iowa and Elana was left to fend for herself with an abusive and drunken father who couldn't care less about her well being. After years of heartache and pain she graduated from high school and moved to Florida to go to college with her best friend Tiffany.

A new beginning...

That’s where she met Jaxon. He was everything she didn’t need. He was a cocky, tattooed, and a beer drinking musclehead. He was the type of guy that she normally would have avoided given her circumstances but when he offers her a bed to sleep on she can't say no.

She never thought that she would discover they weren't much different from one another and that he had his own secrets and scars he didn’t want revealed to anyone...

Jordin Williams is a 26 year old ghostwriter turned author. She lives in Iowa and has always loved to sit down and read a good book. When she started ghostwriting books they would become popular even though she was never given any credit so she decided to write her own book, Amazingly Broken.

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Jun 20, 2013

Cover Reveal: Elizabeth Lee - Escaping Me

Elizabeth Lee - Escaping Me

Pub Date: July 2013

All she wants to do is forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she is Whitney Vandaveer, and despite the fact that she has moved to the middle of nowhere—she can't.

He's always known he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett has accepted the fact that he will always be the screw up, and he is okay with it. Until he meets her.

Here's the thing they quickly find out—sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.

When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

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Jun 15, 2013

Book Sale and Giveaway: Caisey Quinn - Girl With Guitar

Caisey Quinn - Girl with Guitar

• Pub Date: May 22, 2013
• Publisher: Caisey Quinn
• Format: Paperback / Ebook, 210 pages
• Age Range: New Adult

After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy stepmother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true.

Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.

Caisey Quinn is a wearer of cowgirl boots, writer, and avid reader of New Adult romance. She is a lover of wine and is addicted to chai tea lattes. She is also the brand spanking new author of several New Adult romances including Girl with Guitar and Keep Me Still (which may or may not include spanking).

Caisey is a Gemini, wife, mom, and former high school English teacher living in Birmingham, Alabama, who spends her days chasing a three-year-old and hiding away with her Macbook. She spends her nights writing because sleep is overrated. Currently she is hard at work on Girl on Tour, the second book in the Kylie Ryans series.

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Book Blitz: Jeanette Pekala - Culture Shock

CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.

Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend's death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she's in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don't add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea. 
You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality...

Excerpts from Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

There were two guys and one girl. The girl had severely long red wavy hair and flawless fair skin. She was supermodel skinny. Heroin-addict supermodel skinny. Her back was to me so I couldn’t get a good look at her face. 

The first boy was sitting next to her. His back also to me, but when I first caught them spying, I noticed something peculiar about this boy. He was wearing a black hoodie, with the drawstrings tied so tight, the hood was covering nearly his whole face. He had dark aviator glasses on and gloves. Seriously, it’s like ninety-something degrees outside. Why on earth would you wear gloves? His skin, what was showing of it anyways, was even paler than the girl’s. 


We found a spot over by the water free of sawgrass. It was a beautiful view. On the back end of the lake was a dense forest. It was dark just beyond the first set of trees. That was the only end of the lake that had remained uninhabited. There was a syrupy mist rising slowly off the surface of the water. It was creepy, but romantic in a sinister way. The sights, sounds, and smells all mingled together to create a scene an artist would love to capture with the stroke of his brush. 

About the Author

After finishing her degree in Sociology from the University of Florida, Jeanette Pekala had no idea what she wanted to do with her life.
While her husband was deployed overseas, she focused on what she loved to do, write, where she has finally found an outlet for her overactive imagination. 
 She lives a not so normal life just a wee bit north of Bougainvillea where she resides with her husband and two children working on Shock Wave, book 2 in the Culture Shock Series.

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Jun 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: Angela Carlie - Jenny's Blue Velvet

Angela Carlie - Jenny's Blue Velvet

Designed by Steven Novak

Pub Date: August 22, 2013

Jenny's stuck.

She's tried just about every occupation she can think of and will be digging out of student debt for a very long time, but has nothing to show for it. Her everyday routine feels like a prison. And her marriage? Well, let's just say it's been a little one-sided lately and the money she threw down on the toys from Lover's Erotic Store was well worth it and then some.

Jenny decides her next big step is to become a romance writer. Romance books are flying off the virtual shelves, after all. This will be her big break, her escape from the prison, and a way to freedom. Self-publishing is all the rage these days. She'll be a best seller in no time.

When Jenny makes friends with a woman named Cassandra from the gym, she instantly decides that her new friend will make a perfect main character in her upcoming book. After the first chapter, real life begins to resemble the fiction she's writing. Her friendship blossoms, sex with her husband turns into a daily feast, and her job gets more interesting with each chapter written.

Out of the blue, a person who is a close friend with her husband and who is dating Cassandra disappears. As the mystery behind the missing person unfolds, Jenny wonders if she might be responsible for his possible death. And if she is, what will be the consequence? What has this writing business gotten her into?

JENNY'S BLUE VELVET is a dark, humorous, romantic thriller for adults only.

Angela Carlie writes young adult and middle grade fiction. When she's not writing, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading and traveling.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and son.

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Jun 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Erica Crouch - Ignite

Erica Crouch - Ignite

• Pub Date: June 11, 2013
• Publisher: Patchwork Press
• Format: Ebook, 326 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

Mickey: Hey, Erica Crouch! Thanks for being on the blog today! Please introduce yourself.
Erica: HELLO my name is Erica! I am 20, soon to be 21 in late August, though I’ve been mistaken (multiple times) for a 14-year-old or my 18-year-old sister’s twin. I’m currently in college studying English & Creative Writing, concentrating in fiction, but I’ve also dabbled in writing for screen and stage. Ignite is my first book to be published instead of trunked and I am insanely excited/terrified about that. I love reading, writing, and -- above almost all else -- procrastinating.

Mickey: Your debut novel, Ignite, is fantastic! Tell us a little bit about your writing process.
Erica: AH THANKS! Well, I came up with the idea for Ignite over a year ago. I have a lot of ideas go in and out of my mind, but for some reason, this one stuck, so I began writing. I wrote about five chapters in a week and then put the story down for a few months before picking it up again. When I came back to the story, I changed the beginning drastically because, well, it was crazy rough, but I also remembered how much I loved the characters and the dynamics of their relationships/stories. So I wrote feverishly, every day and every night, until I finished. After my first draft, I did several read throughs and about three major overhauls before finding my beta reader (the amazingly talented Kellie Sheridan) and polishing it up for people to actually read!

When I write, I go into this strangely-obsessive zone. I only focus on what I’m writing. Someone could be talking to me, and I will nod along with them but not hear a word because of what’s happening on the page. I’m completely immersed in the story until I’m satisfied with its ending.

Mickey: I'm a big fan of first-person and present-tense. How did you decide to go that route with the novel?
Erica: Writing in first-person present-tense has always felt most natural to me. I’ve also noticed that a lot of my favorite books are told first-person present. There’s something about the format that engages the readers more. They start to feel like they’re part of the story, instead of just a spectator. “She” isn’t jumping or running or kissing or killing... “I” am.

Mickey: Any specific reason you went with the YA age range?
Erica: Young adult has always been my literature sweet-spot. No matter how many different genres of books I turn to, I’ll always find myself drawn to a new and well done young adult story. YA has this ability, I think, to be more raw and confused. The main characters are teenagers -- they’re going through events that are helping shape them into the adult they will one day become. They’re deciding who they want to be, what they want to do. I also think it’s my easiest voice to write through, since I still am (or at the very least feel like) a young adult.

Mickey: What are your plans for a sequel to Ignite? Is this going to be a series of books?
Erica: This IS going to be a series. Just a duology, but with a e-novella squished in the middle. When I started writing Ignite, I didn’t want it to be a trilogy. There are so many trilogies, and I thought this was a story I could tell in just two books. But I also wanted to give readers an extra insight into Pen and Az’s backstory, which is where the e-novella, Entice, comes into play. Entice will tell their story right after they fell from grace, from the last battle of the war to their time in Eden.

Mickey: I love audio books. If you could pick someone to read the audio book versions of your novels, who would it be?
Erica: Oh jeeze, if I’d pick someone with an English accent. I always imagined Pen having a slight accent when she spoke, and I loooove listening to audiobooks read by someone with a beautifully accented voice. Or I’d want someone totally out of left field. Like Robert Downey Jr.

Mickey: Do you have books in the works outside of the Ignite characters?
Erica: I have a few, actually. This fall, I’m hoping to publish the first installment of a New Adult Sci-Fi I’ve been toying with. Its title is Cut and it will be the first book in the Undying series. I also have a 1930‘s period piece that takes place during D.C. during Depression. There’s pick pocketing and art involved, and it’s different from anything I’ve ever written before.

Mickey: Would you like to try a different genre or age range in another book?
Erica: I want to try it all! Like I said above, I’m going to write some series for New Adult. But I also want to try every genre, like a sampling. I have this really cool idea for a horror story/ghost story that I am itching to start writing. But maybe I should finish the stack of stories I have in my queue first. :)

Mickey: A non-book question: What's your favorite kind of fruit?

Mickey: Thanks so much for being here, Erica! Any parting words?
Erica: Thanks so much for having me! I hope everyone enjoys Ignite, or even just one aspect of Ignite, and keeps reading anything and everything they can get their hands on. Try every genre -- even the ones you think you may not like because one day you’ll surprise yourself and fall in love with Sci-Fi even though you’ve cemented yourself behind a castle built from romance novels. OH and also smile at strangers! People seem to like that! :D

Erica Crouch is a twenty-year-old living on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently working towards a degree in English and Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. She spends all of her time writing and reading an overwhelming stack of books.

Ignite is her debut novel and she is currently writing it’s sequel - in addition to two other series! Erica has also written a stage play, NVRLND, and was recently acknowledged for her editorial work in Kellie Sheridan’s novel Mortality, released March 2013.

Outside of her interest in literature, Erica enjoys studying the humanities, including anthropology and mythology. She devours dark and fantastical books, inspirational musicals/plays, terrible and quirky television and an exorbitant amount of Jolly Ranchers. She is part fictional character, part cyborg.

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Jun 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Anne Whitney - The Art of Love

Anne Whitney - The Art of Love

• Pub Date: June 18, 2013
• Publisher: Anne Whitney
• Format: Ebook, 216 pages
• Age Range: New Adult

Marina Phillips has spent her entire life as her father’s victim. But enough is enough. All it took was one moment of realization to send her fleeing across the country into the unknown of New York City with no plans and no money. A new life without the constant torture is all she wants, but what she finds waiting is something she never expected.

Fitz is New York’s premiere playboy artist. Sexy, tattooed, and coveted by women and men alike, his performances are heralded as the coming of a new god of modern art. But when Marina wanders into his show, she becomes the inadvertent piece he’s always waited for – a girl to sculpt, to change, and to craft in his own image.

She never expects to fall head over heels into the world of parties, drag queens, agents, and artists craving for her and her benefactor. She didn’t even expect to begin falling in love with someone like Fitz, the sexy, pretentious man of her nightmares.

Above all, Marina never expects her father to stage a cross-country mission to paint her as a kidnapped girl taken by a psychopath.

With her life on the line, Marina has no choice but to accept Fitz’s proposal – change everything she is, inside and out, for the chance to start anew. But Marina has plans of her own. Plans that will rock her world forever.

Anne Whitney lives near New York City and spends most of her time writing stories in her head. When she’s not putting those stories onto paper, she can be found browsing art galleries, watching sci-fi and reading whatever she can get her hands on. “The Art of Love” is her first novel.

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