Saturday, December 21, 2013

Laura Henley



I originally from Oklahoma, but have lived several places in my life. I began writing in 2009 when I had a dream about a little girl traveling with her grandmother. In essence that is how Jessie Discovers Christmas was born. I then ventured out into YA and adult romance. I hold a bachelors degree in Fashion Marking and a Masters in Administrative Leadership. I love all things creative and hope to a fulltime writing career.

A Conversation with Lara


How did you find the transition between writing for children and writing for adults? Was it a difficult one?

Writing children books are more difficult because I have to get inside the mind of a child. I have to think "What would a child do in this case?" Writing for adults is somewhat easier because I am an adult and I have certain viewpoints that can be used in my writing. I do however love to write children books because I have a very vivid imagination.

Do you have any more plans for writing for Children?

I do. I plan to produce a children's book yearly. I have one coming out next spring/summer called Jessie loves Daddy. It's about the relationship between father and child. I think in today's society we forget about the good fathers out there.

It sounds like Misty and Drake has a pretty intense story line, what was the inspiration behind their story?

Misty and Drake came about after I won a cover contest from the cover model Courtney Boyett. I took one look at her and The Unknown was born. She was inspiration for this story. This story pained me a little to write because parts of it are based on some truth.

What inspires you to write, what keeps you motivated?

The stories that pop in my head keep me writing. My family, friends, and followers keep me going. Knowing that people love my work is the best thing in the world to me. I couldn't ask for a better gig.

What is next for Lara Henley? What should readers be on the lookout for?

I have several books coming out next year. My first Adult novel Royal Pain will hit e-readers this February/March. I have a thriller coming out fall of next year titled A Killer like me. And the second installment in the Flawed Series The Revealed will be out next spring. I may be able to squeeze in one more.





Follow Jessie on her inquisitive journey as she travels the world on an imaginative adventure. Jessie discovers that there are many ways to celebrate her favorite holiday. Join Jessie and open your imagination to the many possibilities.




 Misty found out early in life that things just don't come easy. She has learned to trust no one, and that you can't depend on anyone but yourself when the chips fall. Finally free of the states clutches she sets out on a whirl wind adventure called LIFE....

But she never expected Drake....

Drake... is Use to being in the lime light just graduated from college. Wondering what's next? Misty is a welcome surprise. So different from his everyday mundane experiences..

Can two completely different people share a journey that could change both of their lives forever? Or will they end up destroying each other in the process?

Escape to The UnKnown.


Keep in touch with Lara


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Autumn Spotlight ~ Tich Brewster ~ Love Redeemed

***LOVE REDEEMED***






Life is simple.
Cassie is content with what she has, a great job and wonderful friends. Everything is perfect…until Ryder appears.  She still has not forgiven him for choosing music over her eight years ago.
Ryder is a rock star, living the life he had always dreamed of.  He is not searching for love because who has time for that when you're constantly on the road.  But then his tour ends and he decides to go back home and visit an old friend.
When those old feelings resurface, will they be able to forgive and start anew?

Excerpt:

The feel of his breath across her lips triggered those butterflies in her belly. Now they fluttered around, her belly quivering delightfully.  She watched as he licked his lips.  The movement of his tongue gliding over his lower lip made her toes curl in anticipation.

He noted how her eyes followed his tongue, lingering on his moist lips. The spark in her eyes didn’t just excite him physically.  It reached in to his very core and keyed open a door that he didn’t even know existed.

Years ago he knew he loved Cassie, he had never stopped, but this feeling that he felt at this very moment was beyond anything he had ever felt before.  This love went deeper than he could have ever imagined.


Cassie couldn’t take much more of this.  If he didn’t kiss her soon, she’d combust.  She slid her hand up his chest, his neck, and into his hair.  His silky strands falling between each finger.  “Please, kiss me,” she whispered.

***TICH BREWSTER***



Author Bio:

Tich is an Oklahoma resident and the mother of five.  Her passion for reading started at an early age when her Aunt Vicky gave her the novel Heidi for Christmas.  She didn’t start writing until middle school, after being inspired by her best friend’s short stories. “Genny’s stories weren’t just great but they inspired me to put my pen and paper to good use.”  Tich never thought of publishing her works until working with Teresa on the Royal Blood series.

Keep in touch with Tich and get our hands on Love Redeemed.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Autumn Spotlight : Rissa Blakeley

AUTUMN SPOTLIGHT ~ RISSA BLAKELEY


A little about Rissa:

Rissa Blakeley is a quirky freelance writer and the author of Broken Dreams, the first book in the Shattered Lives series. She lives a socially awkward life just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her amazing husband and daughter, two four-legged, furry children, and the many characters poking her brain, looking for more scenes about them in her books. When she isn't writing, she can be found procrastinating on Facebook.

A CHAT WITH RISSA
1. Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

Everyday life is my inspiration. What I see, hear and feel around me. Life is an everyday sarcastic adventure for me and that's where my style comes from.

The characters that reside in my head are what lead the way. I don't plan. I just sit at my laptop and let the words flow from them to my screen. I never know what's going to happen, until it happens. I think J.R. Ward said it best when she said that she does what the Rice Krispies tell her to do. When I read that, it was spot on and made total sense to me.


2. Are zombies something that you will continue to write about or does it end with this series? What other genres are you interested in?

To start with, I'm not a fan of the term 'zombie'. It draws in a huge stereotype, and there are a lot of people against it or roll their eyes when they hear the term. I prefer using undead, as does Henry. I have been keeping a low profile about it and not blasting the 'z-word' all over the internet because I want people to read Broken Dreams for what it is, not what they think it will be. A few people who have read Broken Dreams in advance have said they have never read this type of book before and always steered clear of it, but I've changed their minds. That makes me feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy on the inside.

I suspect that when the Shattered Lives series is finished, that will be the end of my writing with this particular type of undead. (I suppose that could be a hint as to what is in store) I do have another book started, that doesn't go with the Shattered Lives series, which is Paranormal as well. I'm keeping a lid on that for now. I'm not that far into it and I'm not exactly sure what direction it is heading yet.

Personally, I'm mostly interested in the Paranormal Romance or Paranormal Erotica genre. I do read other romance type books, but they have to be steamy to hold my attention. *wink*

3. Tell us about Broken Dreams. Elaina and Henry's story seems to have more to it than meets the eyes, is there anything you can tell our readers about their relationship that may not be expected?

Hmm... excellent question. Now to respond without giving anything away.

Henry and Elaina live what she believes is a relatively normal life, until the day Elaina's world shatters around her. Henry, on the other hand, spends his days and nights fretting over keeping his demons at bay and keeping Elaina safe. Regardless of what happens around them, her love for Henry is so strong and Henry's love for Elaina is unwavering as well. There are so many things that pull them together and tear them apart. I would say that they live and deal with real life normal relationship issues and there just so happens to be an apocalypse going on at the same time.

4. Broken Dreams sounds like it may be similar to the Walking Dead (with the traveling and band of survivors). Is this a comparison you come across often?

Well, I haven't heard that one yet, but I would totally understand why people would make that assumption. I don't believe in The Walking Dead that they know how the virus comes about, besides knowing that everyone has it. In Broken Dreams, they will. In The Walking Dead, they travel for survival. In Broken Dreams, there is a reason for their travel besides survival.

Now as for similarities... The Walking Dead is more about the human interactions and relationships rather than the blood, guts, and gore that comes with an undead tale. Broken Dreams focuses on the human interactions and relationships as well. There is enough blood, guts and some description of the gore that they face, but it's not overwhelming. There are a few times where just seeing what is happening around him, really affects Henry and his issues to the point where he questions himself. Because of his personal situation and his own demons, he only sees one way to escape it.

When you are dealing with an undead story, extra sets of eyes are always good to have around. Plus, travel is warranted, unless you're a prepper and feel you are self sufficient.

To be completely honest, if readers want to compare Broken Dreams to The Walking Dead, then I would feel honored. It's very successful, has a great story line and is entertaining in a sense that it keeps your attention.


5. Henry's haunted past comes back to bite him, is this something that can ever be resolved?

Some things about Henry can and will be resolved, other things will never leave him. He is so very broken and there is nothing that anyone can do to change that. That's as far as I will go with that before I say too much!

CHECK OUT BROKEN DREAMS



COMING SPRING 2014

Elaina Cooper's world was turned upside down on her wedding day. She was about to marry Henry Daniels, the man of her dreams or so she thought. Just as she was to walk down the aisle, screams pierced the air and with that, the apocalypse had begun.
 Elaina felt something was wrong; Henry knew far too much about the undead roaming the street and she was determined to get to the bottom of it no matter what it took. Henry's haunted past catches up to him in more ways than one. He must face his demons and Elaina must learn to accept him and his past. Henry is determined to fight to the very end to make their sexy, mercurial relationship work no matter what staggers in their path.

 Along with their thrown together band of survivors, they must travel south to face Henry's haunted past. There will be joys and loss but in the end, can love hold them together?

KEEP UP WITH RISSA AND BROKEN DREAMS


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Autumn Spotlights - Sara Marion



AUTUMN SPOTLIGHT

SARA MARION

Sara Marion is originally from Manhattan, KS but currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and two dogs.

She works a full time job in the IT department for an oil company. She loves it but is very passionate about her writing. She discovered that passion while still in college and after writing a fanfiction piece.
With her new found passion she decided to write her debut novel, Breath of Life. She continues to work on the Breath of Life trilogy while filing away many stand-alone contemporary romance/drama/women's fiction/paranormal romance ideas.

CONVERSATION WITH SARA MARION

Tell us what inspired Breath of Life for you. Does it in any way reflect real life for you?

The Breath of Life series was inspired by my late sister, Hidi. When she passed away I remember feelings/witnessing the grief that we saw several characters go through. I wanted to put something out there that people can relate to and find themselves in each character. In fact, each of the characters has a little piece of me that you will find in them throughout the series.


You seem to have a broad spectrum of writing styles, do you plan to share all genres with the world or are they just for your enjoyment?

I don't plan on boxing myself into one specific genre, although most of my stories will have romance one way or another (if that makes sense). I want to branch out and try various genres. I like to read everything under the sun it seems like, so I figured why not expand that into my writing and try new things.

How does being in IT affect your writing? Does it open up any new avenues or ideas for you when you are writing?

Being in the IT field doesn't really hinder my writing world or expand it. My mind is constantly splitting itself between writing and my day job. When I'm working, I tend to focus on work, but in the free time, I think about writing. There are days I can't turn my mind off of writing though, so it's hard to get those ideas down while trying to solve computer issues and software needs.  I think one day I may write about something in the IT world but who knows. Maybe a main character will be a computer nerd.

What can readers expect from you and the Breath of Life series Trilogy?

They can expect a few more twists, secrets and maybe a new woman in either Jack or Duke's life. I don't think they will be disappointed in it. As I said earlier, I want the characters to feel real and my readers really related to one, one way or another.

As far as what they can expect from me, well I have a few surprises in store as well but they can always count on a good romance tale to be told! They can also expect to see a paranormal romance series that I have just started to write along with the third book in the Breath of Life Series. I have also been playing around with the idea of expanding the Breath of Life series out with a couple more books but I will see where the story ends at the end of the trilogy!

GET A TASTE OF THE BREATH OF LIFE TRILOGY

Paxton Mercier was a trauma surgeon who was on the fast track for success. However, one night in the O.R. changes her life forever.

In a matter of months, she loses her best friend Ella, her relationship with her mother sours, and her husband, Jack, walks out on her. Overcome with pain, Paxton loses herself and finds
herself checking into a mental institution to hide away from the world.

When Jack shows up at the institution unexpectedly, Paxton finds her world in another tailspin. She struggles to hold the pieces of herself together. She feels like she has no one to turn to except the one person who never stopped caring for her, Duke Avery, Ella's husband and Jack's best friend.

TEASER:

CHOICES:

Second Book in the Breath of Life Series

Choice. There is always a choice to be made. Some are easy, some are tough. When it comes to the heart, it can sometimes be the toughest choice a person will make, if it's even one at all.

Paxton Andrews and Jack Mercier hadn’t seen each other in months. When Jack showed up asking for another chance at the opening of her art gallery, Paxton said she needed more space. She knew she couldn't be with Jack, not after everything that they have been through. After the loss, the heartbreak, and the loneliness, she doesn't believe she could make herself vulnerable to Jack again.

Paxton wars with herself as she starts to fall in love with her good friend and occasional lover, Duke Avery. He's sweet, kind and thoughtful, but he's not Jack. Every inch of her heart Duke claims, Paxton questions her feelings. Does she really love him or is she trying to make up for the past? Will he still love her even though she is keeping a big secret from him?


When another tragedy strikes, Paxton finds her heart has already made its choice.

TEASER:

Get to know more about Sara Marion and The Breath of Life Trilogy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Autumn Spotlight - In The Shadows

IN THE SHADOWS



Synopsis:
Mia Carrington is struggling to come to terms with the fact that she killed a man, while trying to find a balance between her role as the Princess of the Light Elves and attempting to lead the life of a normal human teenager.

Too bad her dual life doesn't come with an instruction manual.

Just when she thinks that fate can't throw anything else at her, the Duchess Isobel is found on the brink of death and Mia’s boyfriend Jacoby is the only suspect.

Despite the suspicion surrounding him, Mia is sure of the innocence of the boy she loves and she is determined to prove it no matter the risk.

The problem is, the one thing that can save Isobel and clear Jacoby can only be found in the shadows of the Underworld.

Oh boy
Exerpt:
“Grey, do you think it’s too late?”
He nods sadly. “I’m sorry, Mia, but if they have her, I’m not sure if there is anything we can really do.”
The world distorts itself around me like a Fun House mirror, making me feel dizzy and nauseated. My lungs collapse in on themselves as the furious beating of my broken heart threatens to slam right out of my ripped open chest.

“I—can’t—breathe,” I gasp as Grey pulls me into his arms and holds me close to his chest, whispering words that I don’t understand. My tears fall freely, staining his shirt with wet splotches but he doesn’t care, he continues to hold me tight, comforting me just like he has done before. I feel his lips press down on the top of my head and even though this sweet gesture is completely innocent, my stomach flips unexpectedly which in turn elicits a crashing wave of guilt that instantly squashes the butterflies that had suddenly been awakened by his simple touch, shredding their wings into powdery oblivion until they no longer have any semblance of beauty.

GET TO KNOW ERICA COPE

Erica Cope lives in Missouri with her husband and their three children. She has been writing short stories and poetry since she was a child, though Lark is her first novel.
She enjoys knitting, pretending she knows how to play her guitar, and reading pretty much anything you put in front of her.
You can find Erica on Facebook, Twitter , and she blogs at ericacope.com.


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Autumn Spotlights - Seduction of Esther

SEDUCTION OF ESTHER




Samara Goldberg has a problem even the most beautiful singing voice can’t fix. She’s a walking disaster, especially when she’s around handsome men. To make matters worse, she’s in desperate need of someone to play the character of Mordecai for the Purim spiel she’s producing and the new congregant, Nathaniel Abramson, is a perfect fit. Nathaniel is a divorced dad who’s recovering from the biggest public scandal of his life. The last thing he needs is a relationship with the choir director at his new synagogue, who also happens to be playing the lead female role of Esther in the very play he’s been coerced into joining.


Woven around the Jewish holiday of Purim, The Seduction of Esther is a story of two people whose lives mirror the plot of the Purim story. Like Esther, who had to hide her Jewish identity from the King of Persia, Samara and Nathaniel are hiding key pieces of themselves. Evil Haman wanted to destroy the Jews, and the nasty Josh will do anything to keep Samara and Nathaniel apart. Will their love survive, like the Jewish people in Shushan, Persia, or will their fear keep them apart?

About the Author
.... JENNIFER WILCK ....


When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).

One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.

In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines and newspapers, and edit newsletters.

When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.


....EXCERPT OF SEDUCTION OF ESTHER....

            Nathaniel logged out of Facebook and leaned back in his desk chair. It squeaked in protest. The application had suggested a number of potential “friends” for him and as usual, he’d ignored them. But this time, the names filled him with a twinge of unease. Both names had been from his old synagogue. Both people knew of his past. The past he’d do anything not to repeat. Which is why today’s time with Samara puzzled him.
            He couldn’t deny his attraction to her. The past few weeks he’d tried to deny it and it hadn’t gotten him anywhere. Her appearance at the Met had surprised him, although he wasn’t sure why. He was bound to run into people he knew in the city—it was big, but crossing paths wasn’t unheard of or unexpected.
            His heart beat faster as he remembered the warmth of her hand in his, the syncopation of their steps as they meandered through the galleries, the mutual looks they’d exchanged at a comment of Zoe’s. She was real, natural and warm. She made him feel things he didn’t want to feel, wasn’t ready to feel, but couldn’t deny. When they were together, electricity filled the air. His senses went on hyper-alert. The scent of her perfume filled his nostrils and he longed for more—and he didn’t even like perfume. His skin tingled at her nearness, every hair on his arm and neck stood on end and it was as if he could determine her exact position in the room in relation to himself like a compass. He could stare at her for hours, read every emotion on her expressive face, gaze into the endless pools of brown liquid as she looked back at him. He knew her emotions from the tone of her voice and her singing made him forget who and where he was. His mouth went dry at the thought of kissing her, tasting her skin. He shook his head to clear it. At this rate, he’d never get any sleep tonight. As he rose and went to bed, the only thing he could think of was Samara.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Autumn Spotlight - Mahogany Sin

Mahogany Sin



Synopsis:


Valerie Chambers is a feisty and beautiful young woman, climbing the corporate ladder at an astounding pace. She has a clear life plan and is well on her way to achieving her goals. That is, until one night she meets a strikingly handsome and intriguing man who sets her entire body on fire with just one glance. She falls in love so fast and gets in so deep that when her world begins to crumble – it’s almost beyond her control.

Edric is the quintessential, handsome and successful bachelor that every woman wants on her arm, except this bachelor has a dangerous twist. He lives in a world that normal people only see in scary movies or read about in horror books. Edric has been hired to find a woman, a job he’s done a million times before. But this woman is anything but ordinary; she captures his heart and imprisons his soul, changing his life forever.

Just as Valerie and Edric have found each other, they soon discover a woman bent on causing her demise, is stalking Valerie. When Edric is faced with the possibility of losing the love of his life, he quickly has to find a way to save her – before time runs out.



Exerpt:


Edric lived exactly two blocks from Mahogany Sin in a high rise that was thirty floors. I was standing on top of a roof surrounded by the most amazing view of the Chicago skyline I had ever seen. I stood there with my hands on the railing in complete awe of my city. New York’s skyline has absolutely nothing on this breathtaking view.  The roof had a pool surrounded by pool chairs and a small Jacuzzi just to the right. As I walked around the side of the building, I noticed a small greenhouse enclosed by glass walls. The roof was a lot more lavish than what I had expected. I walked to the edge of the balcony to further enjoy the view, as well as calm my nerves a bit.  “Isn’t this amazing?” his voice reflected a small measure of the awe I felt at the moment. “It’s magnificent, thank you for bringing me here. This is a view I wouldn’t want to miss.” “You’re welcome. Thank you for agreeing to come. Would you like a glass of wine?” “Sure,” I replied, grateful for the liquid courage. He walked towards one of the tables and I followed him. We sat down on one of the soft cushioned chairs next to each other and he poured us both a glass of wine. “So Valerie, tell me about yourself. What do you like to do other than keep track of people’s money?” he asked with that sexy smirk I’d seen entirely too much of tonight. How much of that was a girl supposed to be able to handle before giving in to her basic instincts?! I took a sip of my wine, “I like to read and I enjoy cooking.” Then I fired a question at him. “How many clubs did you say you own?” “I don’t think I did say, but including Mahogany Sin I own four. What type of books do you like?” He quickly turned the conversation back to me. “I usually read paranormal books.” As soon as I answered he released a short chuckle and then quickly cleared his throat, attempting to mask it. Instead of responding to his obvious amusement at my preference in books, I just fired another question right back at him, “Where are you from?” “Originally I’m from London but I’ve bounced around quite a bit. I’ve lived in the U.S. for the past ten years.”  “Oh really? Do you get back to London often?” I was intrigued. I hadn’t noticed an accent.  “Not so much. All of my family has passed away or moved to different cities or countries.” “Oh, that must be rough,” I said sympathetically. I understood not having much family around. It’s been just my mom and I for as long as I can remember. My father died when I was only two years old, my mom was an only child and I don’t have any siblings.   “Not really.” He was short with his response and didn’t bother to say anything else about it so I moved on to a different topic. We talked for a little while longer, sharing superficial facts about ourselves, not really getting into anything too personal. Two glasses of wine later, he looked down at his watch, “There was another reason I brought you up here.” He stood up and held his hand out for me to take. I was relaxed with the wine coursing through my body and took his hand without any hesitation, letting him lead me to the railing. He pointed up towards the left and I turned my head in that direction. He stepped closer to me so that he was right behind my shoulder, close enough that I could feel the warmth from his body radiate against mine. I kept my eyes to the sky and was rewarded when the fireworks began. It was a gorgeous display of multi-colored lights shooting through the air and exploding, raining down bright yellows, reds, blues and every color in between.   As we stood there watching the fireworks I felt butterflies in my stomach, but I also felt a strange familiarity with him in that moment that I couldn’t really explain. He made me feel a little unsettled all evening but right now I felt drawn to him and comfortable around him. His warmth against my back grew from warm to scorching as he leaned down to whisper in my ear, “Valerie, I hope I’m not being too forward… but would you mind if I kissed you?” Now the butterflies really began to flutter, and I turned around to face him. Even though I barely knew him and he’d made me feel like I couldn’t even remember my last name, the need to kiss him was overwhelming. That desire overrode my gut instinct that was telling me he was a player and that he’d probably kissed a thousand women with those succulent lips. Nevertheless, I could give a damn about that as they were focused on me right now. I looked him in those hypnotizing eyes and nodded my head in consent. He leaned down towards me and softly pressed his lips to mine. I felt my whole body go from toasty warm to scorching hot the instant our lips made contact. He pressed his lips firmly to mine and gently cupped my face with his large hands. My body sparked to life in my most intimate places as he opened his mouth slightly to deepen the kiss. I melted into liquid fire as his tongue entered my mouth and tasted me. His kiss was so devastating that it sent me spiraling out of my body and the only thing that existed was his tongue in my mouth, his hand sliding down my body and his steel erection pressing into my stomach. I was engulfed in his kiss and his touch and didn’t care if I ever came back up for air. The feeling was unreal, it was almost as if he ignited something inside of me that I had no idea existed. I somehow managed to snap back into my body and pull away from the kiss before things went too far. “Stop… We need… to stop.” I said quietly between shallow breaths. I refuse to sleep with this man after knowing him for barely five hours! My days of one night stands were long behind me and I will not let this man take me there again, no matter how he made me feel. He looked at me with those bedroom eyes filled with lust, “Why do we need to stop? I wouldn’t think less of you if we didn’t.” “Whether that’s true or not, I’d think less of me.” I paused, “Maybe I’d better get going.” I was firm with my response. “Okay,” he reluctantly conceded, “let me walk you to your car.”  He opened my car door for me and before saying goodnight, offered me an apology, “I’m sorry if you felt like I was pressuring you. I just got caught up in the moment and didn’t want to end our kiss. Please don’t think less of me.” “Don’t worry about it. I appreciate the apology though.” I was genuinely thankful for his apologetic gesture. “Can I have your phone number? I’d really like to see you again.” There was that unbelievably sexy smile again, how could a girl say no to that?! “Sure,” I replied with a big grin on my face as I rattled off my phone number to him. He put my number into his phone and sent me a quick text message so that I’d have his as well. He leaned down and gave me a quick peck on the cheek before I got in the car and drove away. 



Review


Deliciously Unexpected!

Mahogany Sin is a deliciously unexpected paranormal thrill ride. In the first book of its series, debut author Kellee Gilmore introduces us to Valerie Chambers, a self-sufficient woman who is working her way to the top of her accounting firm. She is focused and determined to succeed, and has tossed aside her bad girl ways, much to the chagrin of her best friend Jordan who is still thoroughly enjoying the wild life. One evening Jordan convinces Valerie to come out for a night on the town and of course, this is the night that Valerie's life is thrown off its rails.
The paranormal twist to this story is one that is completely unanticipated and is very well done. All the while you are reading this book, you are waiting for it. You know it's coming (after all, it is paranormal fiction) and when it is finally revealed it is both devastating and enticing, and done in such a way that you find yourself lost inside the pages all over again.
Mahogany Sin is Chicago author Kellee Gilmore's first book. The story combines her love for her city, horror movies, and paranormal fiction into one tempting story that will leave readers begging for more.

The Author: Kellee Gilmore



Kellee A. Gilmore was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where she currently resides with her husband and two sons. As a young girl, Kellee was captivated by horror movies and R.L. Stine novels. Her love of books began at a very early age thanks to the children’s book clubs her mother enrolled her in every year. Whenever the briefcase shaped boxes that contained her new books arrived at her doorstep, she opened them immediately filled with joy and anticipation.
Kellee’s love of books naturally shaped her passion for writing. She has been creating short stories and poems since the age of eleven. Although she’s written romance stories and dabbled in fan fiction, her favorite genre to both read and write is paranormal romance. At the age of thirty-one, she began writing her first paranormal romance novel, embarking on the journey of living out her dream.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Autumn Spotlight : Jared's Island

Jared's Island




Description:
     Jared is an 11 year old boy who has bounced around between foster homes his whole life. After his current fosters abandon him, he decides to set out on the adventure of a lifetime and see where he ends up. He borrows a small boat and ends up on a mysterious island with a caretaker who has many secrets. Jared has to deal with much more than rough seas while getting to the island. Once he arrives he is confronted with puzzling questions that the man will not answer.  As the story unfolds, much more is discovered about Sam, the caretaker. His past is full of secrets and regrets.  While he and Jared are forming a tenuous friendship, others who are not on the island are putting clues together and looking for Jared.  They find him as Sam's past catches up with him and all of this creates an explosive ending.

Meet the Author: 
John Thayer





     I have always loved to write but could never think of much to write about. When my son, Jared, was born he found his topic. I would tell Jared a bedtime story each night, making up stories, each one having a boy named Jared as the main character at his request. Some of the stories were short and sweet, and others would cause my wife, Judy, to come in and ask what was taking so long to put him to bed.
One day in 2009 I decided I wanted to write Jared a story that he could always have as a reminder of our special time together. Three months after I started it, the first draft of a 200 page book was done. Two more edits came after that, and finally, on his 10th birthday, Jared was presented with Jared's Island, a book written just for him.
     My newest book, The Jared Lagdon Files: Dr Rayther's Game, is due out in November.  It's about a different character named Jared, who, along with his two best friends, enters a cloak and daggar world filled with spies, twists, turns, and an evil scientist who is trying to take over the world.  I hope you'll check it out!

Keep up with John and Find out more about Jared's Island:


Friday, October 4, 2013

Autumn Spotlight : Crystal Smith-Connelly

Get to know Crystal Smith-Connelly






Crystal Smith-Connelly is the author of For I Am Zeus: A Collection of  Plays About Greek Mythology and Never Trust an Angel and Other Plays.
She has written more than fifty plays, some of which have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Maryland, and France. Known for her twisted sense of humor, she counts Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Conan O’Brien, Sarah Silverman, Steve Martin, and Tina Fey among her influences and hopes that someday Will Ferrell will star as Zeus in one of her plays.  Crystal lives with her husband and two hamsters (Bret and Jemaine) in Charleston, SC and would be delighted to hear from you at  www.facebook.com/crystalsmithconnelly or crystalsmithconnelly@yahoo.com.  


 Q&A with Crystal 

Q1. Where do you find inspiration for your work? 
Some of my work is inspired by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and sometimes I'll see some live theatre or a great comedian, and that will inspire me (for example, I started a new play the day after seeing Steve Martin, who just so happens to be my favorite playwright).  I'm usually inspired by comedy since that's what I write, but right now I'm working on a play inspired by Breaking Bad, so that's not always the case.
Q2. You have some pretty touchy topics in your work, do you ever get nervous about what you write?
No, my motto is "Never play it safe."  Maybe it comes from the fact that Trey Parker and Matt Stone are my main role models, but I've never cared whether people are offended by what I write; there are many people who are too easily offended by things that don't really matter in the long run (like getting offended by a play or book when they should be more upset about the horrible things that are happening in the real world), and since I don't get offended by anything, I can't even fathom what it's like to live like that.  Overall people seem fine with what I write...I remember one review where the reviewer said he was going to "pray for my vile soul," but I can't remember any other times someone was offended by my writing.
Q3. It seems your works has traveled all over the world, does that give you a surreal feeling? Does it affect the way write or the way you target you audience?
It's a little surreal to see people dressed as my characters saying words that I wrote and to hear the audience laughing (best feeling in the world!), and it would've been very surreal if I had been able to see my plays in France because they were in another language, and I would've felt totally lost even though I wrote them!  That hasn't changed the way I write though...I just write what I think is funny.
Q4. Your sense of humor is in fact a bit twisted, how do you prepare your audience for the shock value? Or do you prefer to just let them dive in unaware?
I like the element of surprise.  I also enjoy the fact that anyone who looks at the author photo on the back of my books is going to be caught completely off-guard when they start reading the twisted stuff I write.  Anyone who sees me looking like a Southern belle (my author photo is my wedding portrait because no one is going to take a better picture of me than that) is probably more likely to expect a nice romance novel than a book about Zeus trying to sleep with everyone (including his sisters). ; )




Satan is sure that his overachieving son will run Hell someday, but his wife has a secret that may change everything. Jesus wants to quit his job to start a Christian metal band, and now it's up to God to find a new Messiah...but the person he has in mind doesn't want the job. Will God be able to find a suitable Messiah? Will Christian metal be as terrible as it sounds, or will Jesus take the music business by storm? Will Satan and Angel's relationship survive Angel's betrayal? You'll find answers to these questions and more (How did Judas end up with a courtroom TV show?) in Never Trust an Angel and Other Plays.

This book is dedicated to Catherine Hicks and Tasha Lucia, two wonderful women who were taken from us too soon. One dollar from every copy of this book sold will be donated to the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in their honor.


Excerpt:

Never Trust an Angel

Setting: Hell, Satan and Angel’s kitchen.

At rise: ANGEL, a blonde woman dressed all in white, places a basket of muffins on a table set for three. SATAN enters, wearing a black suit with a red shirt and carrying a briefcase. Satan sets the briefcase down and kisses Angel on the cheek.


SATAN
Good morning, Angel!

ANGEL
Good morning! Have some breakfast-I made your favorite.

SATAN
Blueberry muffins?

ANGEL
Yep-and this time I used an extra-special ingredient…

SATAN
Love?

(Satan grabs a muffin and takes a big bite of it.)

ANGEL
You can’t put love in muffins, silly!

SATAN
It’s not worms again, is it?

ANGEL
No, I used cinnamon! Can you believe Hitler finally gave me his secret recipe?

SATAN
Do you really think you should be taking suggestions from Hitler? He’s the worst person here!

ANGEL
Oh, lighten up! He really mellowed out after he killed himself. Besides, it’s not like I got the recipe from Jeffrey Dahmer.

SATAN
I guess I should be thankful for that.

ANGEL
Although those chicken fingers he made were pretty good…

SATAN
That wasn’t chicken-didn’t you see the fingernails?

ANGEL
That’s funny, it tasted like chicken.
(looking at the remaining muffin half on Satan’s plate)
Aren’t you going to finish your muffin?

SATAN
I’m not really hungry.

(Satan pushes his plate away.)

SATAN
Shouldn’t Johnny be up by now?

ANGEL
He’s just working on his homework. He’ll be down soon.

SATAN
Johnny never waits until the last minute to finish his homework. Is he okay?

ANGEL
It’s next week’s homework.

SATAN
I should’ve known…

ANGEL
Oh, before I forget, would you mind giving Johnny a ride to the high school Saturday morning? He’s retaking the SATs.

SATAN
Didn’t he get a 1590 the first time?

ANGEL
You know our Johnny won’t be happy with anything less than a perfect score. He really wants to get into a good college.

SATAN
But he’s going to Hell University-I built that school just so he would be able to continue his education close to home.

ANGEL
(hesitantly)
Actually, I get the feeling that he wants to go to H.I.T.

SATAN
The Heavenly Institute of Technology? Where did you get that idea?

ANGEL
He told me.

SATAN
Well, it’s a good thing he’ll never get accepted because I do not want my son going to that college!

ANGEL
Look, I know you have your issues with God, but your son’s future is more important than some silly fight!

SATAN
Silly? He kicked me out of Heaven!

ANGEL
Well, you did lead a revolt against him…

SATAN
It was justified! That guy is a jerk!

ANGEL
You’re overreacting. If he were really that bad, would millions of people worship him?

SATAN
Hitler was pure evil and look how many idiots worshipped him!

ANGEL
You’re not comparing God to Hitler again, are you?

SATAN
Have you ever seen the two of them in the same place?

ANGEL
No.

SATAN
I’m just saying, for all we know, they could be the same person.

ANGEL
That’s ridiculous!

SATAN
Is it? God can take any form he wants…why not Hitler?

ANGEL
There’s no way Hitler is actually God…although his blueberry muffin recipe is quite heavenly.

SATAN
(laughing sarcastically)
Can we please focus?

ANGEL
(sighing)
I’m focusing.

SATAN
After what God did to me, do you really think I would let Johnny go to college in Heaven? And do you really think that God would let my son in that school in the first place?

ANGEL
It’s possible.

SATAN
I don’t want Johnny learning from my mortal enemy!

ANGEL
There are worse people he could be learning from.

SATAN
I don’t want to hear it!

ANGEL
Wouldn’t you rather have him learn from someone like God instead of the murderers and pedophiles that teach at Hell University?

SATAN
How dare you! Ted Bundy is a damn fine professor!

ANGEL
Of course he is-he teaches Mass Murder 101!

SATAN
Hey, that’s not fair! He also teaches history!

ANGEL
The history of serial killers!

SATAN
So? You teach what you know!

ANGEL
I don’t want our son learning how to properly disembowel a body or take advantage of innocent children.

SATAN
I would never let him learn about taking advantage of children…who wants a bunch of kids hanging around all the time?

ANGEL
(exasperated)
I want Johnny to learn how to live a pure life and be the kind of man that others can look up to.

SATAN
No son of mine is going to grow up to be a God-loving role model! I will not have him disgrace the family!

Keep up with Crystal



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Invitation to other Authors....Autumn Spotlights

I have always wanted to use this blog more effectively. Yes I am lacking in the posts area. But I figure, what better way pump up this baby than to invite other authors (the awesome loves that I have come to know) to come and show off their selves. My work has been featured on other blogs and I am always so grateful for that opportunity to reach a few more readers and broaden my audience a bit. Plus its great practice for interview skills. Trust me I am one who hates to be asked questions about myself or my work. I would rather throw it out there and hope that it soars with no involvement from me (GET REAL!). So as I continue my journey....and yes I am enjoying every step of it, I thought I would help others gain a few more inches on their own path. I measure in inches because that's really what it is in the beginning.

So The Autumn Spotlights will run weekly from October to December! 12 slots to fill and here are the dates....
October... 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th ......All October slots are currently filled :-)
November....1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th ... Still available are 1st, 22nd and 29th :-)
December.....6, 13, 20... 

Planning something a bit special for New Years! Not revealing this yet as details must be worked out :-)

For authors who are interested please use the link below to contact me and be assigned a date...yes it is first come first served! Woo! (I am officially a woo girl, but only online...funny how it doesn't translate into real life.)

http://writergirl25.wix.com/jessica-cage-author#!contact/c1kcz

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Second Guessing

I am having one of those moments when I just second guess everything. Its like what is it all for? I doubt that people really like my work, and I am afraid of being that author that people talk about, the one that really shouldn't be an author at all. Just because you love to do something, doesn't mean that you should. I try not to be the girl who blows of the news feeds with rants about self-doubts. I don't want people to think that I am just begging for compliments, I know that constantly reading about how someone is doubting themselves can begin to weigh on ones patience. But what else is there to do?

I am working on some positive things. Author interviews via examiner.com and a major project with my brother that may or may not be postponed due to his new job taking him to Florida for a month. To be honest, if it is postponed, I will be a bit relieved as it feels like everything is just piling up on top of me. I am also looking for a new job. Something to better help me fund my Giveaways (because at this point I am giving away a lot more than I am actually selling).

I will be happy when this slump is over and done with. I want to go back to feeling happy and confident in this and instead of constantly questioning everything and considering backing out of it.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Celebrating 1,000 likes on Facebook!

And The Winners Are…..

 
 
Thank you all so much for your love and support. I am so thrilled to have so many awesome followers joining me on my journey. Below are the list of winners from the Rafflecopter. Yes there are duplicates so check for your name throughout the entire list. 

Congrats to the winners and many thanks to everyone who contributed. Much Love to you all!


PRIZES FROM OTHER AWESOME PEEPS ON FACEBOOK!

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Ebook copy of The Boomerang Effect by Lindy Spencer
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