Thursday, July 24, 2014

How Many Writers Are Writing a Romance In A Month #writing #romance

Do you wish you knew ...

How to crack the code of a modern, contemporary single plotline romance?

How successful authors write consistently and put out high quality work at regular intervals?

How a supportive group of writers can motivate each other to write faster and better?

How to keep your motivation going, book after book, and publish on a regular basis?

That's exactly what a group of romance writers set out to do this past spring. From May 15 to June 15, about twenty writers joined Rachelle Ayala's Romance In A Month Facebook group and started writing. [we actually have 40 people in the group].

We committed to writing on a daily basis and cheering each other on. Unlike other writing groups, we had ZERO focus on word count. Instead, our group went for storytelling as the main activity.

Each author had their own thread where they would post their story updates. This kept everyone motivated to write an update and comment on each others' stories.

I'm happy to say that this daily interaction resulted in eight authors crossing the finish line with first drafts written in a month or a little more. The sense of accomplishment was wondrous and many felt they could not have finished if not for the camaraderie and friendship of their fellow authors.

The authors finishing are: Ey Wade, Rachelle Ayala, K.S. Thomas, Lyssa Layne, Chantel Rhondeau, Michele Shriver, P.C. Zick, and Toshia Slade.

So... we decided to do it again! From Sept 1 to Oct 15, 2014, we're opening up the Romance In A Month group. There is no cost for the class. If you're interested in writing along with a group of friendly, fun, and slightly crazy romance authors, please contact me (Rachelle) at my Facebook page

The Romance In A Month textbook is also available now on Amazon. It contains all of the lessons and slides [in bullet form], as well as resources for brainstorming and a reading list. So, hope you'll join us and share our adventure in writing a Romance In a Month [and every month after that].

Hope you'll join us!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#NewRelease PLAYED BY LOVE - when soccer and cosplay meet #comiccon #romance

The World Cup is over, but Comic-Con is coming up!!! If you've ever wondered what happens when a soccer goalie meets a cosplay girl, check out Jaden Sloup and Ella Kennedy in Rachelle Ayala's newest book, Played by Love.

Soccer goalkeeper, Jaden Sloup, has his eye on Ella Kennedy, a woman who won’t date jocks or frat boys. He dons a pair of nerd glasses and hugs a laptop to convince her he’s a techno geek, and she agrees to go to Las Vegas with him for a cosplay convention where his team’s playoff game happens to be.

Jaden must juggle sizzling in the sheets with Ella against a soccer match and hanging with his frat brother teammates. When a bully harasses Ella and challenges Jaden to a fight, he proves that even a goalie can score.

From the Author:
Played by Love is the first in a series of exciting sports novellas in my new #Played Series. They are fast, flirty, and sexy, a quick read at the beach or poolside, or in between running errands. I hope you enjoy Jaden and Ella's story because there's more to come. Look for Playing the Rookie heating up Spring Training in Arizona, and more.

WARNING: must be over 18 to read, so fasten your seatbelts, because sporty men and enthusiastic women make the very best lovers.

Played by Love is available from Amazon only and available through Amazon's #KindleUnlimited plan! Pick up your copy before Comic-con and see what fabulous costumes Ella comes up with.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

#BookChat GO AWAY HOME by Carol Bodensteiner #womensfiction #historical

Book Description

Go Away Home is the story of a young woman's quest for independence and the right to decide her own future. A family scandal closely followed by tragedy ties Liddie Treadway ever more tightly to the family farm she yearns to escape. When she is finally free of her old life, she seems for a moment to have it all - the opportunity for global travel, unlimited adventures, and new passions. But the reappearance of an old friend leads her to question her choices and her future. Set in pre-World War One Iowa, Go Away Home is the timeless story of the fragility of what seems secure and stable and the discover of what a woman's heart truly wants.

Why I wrote Go Away Home
The idea that became Go Away Home has been in my head since I learned as a child that my grandfather died of the Spanish Flu in 1918. Throughout my life, I’ve been intrigued by my connection to this major world event. Of course I never knew my grandfather and even though my grandmother lived until I was well into my 20s, I never asked her a single question about him or their lives together. And she was not the type to share.

So, this story is based on a few facts, but it’s entirely fiction. In a way, the book creates a life for the man I never knew and for the grandmother I only knew as a stern old woman.
I hope readers will be touched by the characters and the story. That would mean they felt the story was well told, which was my goal. I hope readers will empathize with the challenges the main character Liddie faces in making choices and perhaps go further to consider their own choices. Are we happy with our choices? What regrets do we have? Finally, I hope readers come away from the book knowing more about rural life in the early 20th century.

Reader Reactions:
“Go Away Home is  … a tale of choices, dreams realized and rejected, and how values evolve … gently compelling and highly believable.” –Midwest Book Review
 “Excellent characters and an extremely realistic plot … Go Away Home is the perfect story of coming home.” –Readers’ Favorite
“… a heart-warming and heart-wrenching tale … a story that promises to fulfill what it is to be alive when one chooses the life one wants to live, despite the consequences” – Paulette Mahurin, author
“Go Away Home is a coming of age novel that is well-written, compelling, and endearing … a strong sense of place, excellent character development, and an engaging plot line.” – Kara Logsden, Iowa City Public Library 
“Every life is a story, no matter how mundane it may appear on the surface, but it takes a writer like Carol Bodensteiner to draw a reader in and keep them turning the pages.  Bodensteiner … writes characters with depth … she’s captured the era … with meticulous historical detail. – J. P. Lane, author
“… a poignant, romantic tale … Bodensteiner creates characters that tug at your heart strings.” – David Lawlor, author

Behind the Scenes
Research to write Go Away Home yielded fascinating facts about the early 20th century. For instance, Iowa had the (dubious) destination of being the only state to make it illegal to speak any language but English in public. The term “Buy American” was in use before World War One. We smile in photographs as a result of a Kodak marketing campaign; prior to that, people didn’t smile in photos for a variety of reasons: it was considered low class, it revealed poor oral hygiene, and it was difficult to maintain a smile for the time it took to expose a photo.

Carol Bodensteiner – Bio
Carol Bodensteiner is a writer who finds inspiration in the places, people, culture and history of the Midwest. After a successful career in public relations consulting, she turned to creative writing. She blogs about writing, her prairie, gardening, and whatever in life interests her at the moment. She published her memoir Growing Up Country in 2008. Go Away Home is her debut novel.

You can buy Carol's books from Amazon:

Friday, July 18, 2014

#BookChat THE EXIT MAN by Greg Levin #thriller


Suicide should come with a warning label: “Do not try this alone.” 

If you truly need out and want the job done right, you should consider using an outside expert. 

Like Eli. 

Eli Edelmann never intended on making a living through mercy killing. After reluctantly taking over his family’s party supply store following his father’s death, he is approached by a terminally ill family friend who’s had enough. The friend, a retired policeman, has an intricate plan involving something Eli has ready access to – helium. Eli is initially shocked and repulsed by the proposal, but soon begins to soften his stance and, after much deliberation, eventually agrees to lend a hand. 

It was supposed to be a one-time thing. How could Eli have known euthanasia was his true calling? And how long can he keep his daring underground "exit" operation going before the police or his volatile new girlfriend get wise?


About The Author

Greg's Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Having spent much of his life weaving intricate tales to get out of things like gym class and jury duty, Greg Levin is no stranger to fiction. Greg’s debut novel, Notes on an Orange Burial was published in November 2011 by Elixirist (now 48fourteen) and has sold over 11 copies to his immediate family. Greg's second book, The Exit Man (available Spring 2014), is already being hailed as one of the top two novels he has ever written.

Greg has been getting paid to put words together since 1994, working as a professional business journalist,
freelance writer and ghostwriter. He has written hundreds of feature articles, case studies and satire pieces, as well as a critically acclaimed business ebook.

When not busy writing, Greg enjoys thinking about writing, and spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys cooking, traveling and exercising, as well as freestyle rapping for his friends even when they don’t do anything to deserve such mistreatment.

Greg was born in Huntington, New York in 1969, and then moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his family when he was six. He attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated summa cum laude in 1991 with a BA in Communication and a special concentration in Creative Writing.

Greg currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he is one of just 17 people who don’t play a musical instrument or write songs. He is currently wanted by Austin authorities for refusing to eat pork ribs or dance the two-step.

Follow the rest of The Exit Man Tour HERE
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Beach Reading Party #summerreading

Your invited to our Summer Beach Reading Party!
Come on over,  pour yourself a drink, relax and enjoy these great Summer reads

After a hard day at work, caring for children, or gardening, you deserve a night of pleasure! 
Open your Kindle or turn the pages of these great books for summer. 
Whether you're enjoying the sun on the beach reading or simply curled up in your favorite chair - let us tempt you with these awesome summer reads... 

 beach ball
Young Adult Summer Reads

into the light  the girl who swam to atlantis  entertaining angels  

Hot Summer Romance Books

Sisters in Love  Lovers at Heart  

whole latte love  home again  the curvy girls club  Game of Love  Taken By Love

Thriller / Adventure Beach Reads

the collector of dying breaths  the stream

These awesome authors have come together to offer 
a super combined giveaway

summer beach reading

Check out the prize packs you could win below the Rafflecopter Form
Ending on Friday 1st August at 11.59pm EST

Enter Below and Good Luck !!

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1st Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Stream by A. R. Silverberry
The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Into the Light by Amy Manemann
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

2nd Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Stream by A. R. Silverberry
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Into the Light by Amy Manemann
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

3rd Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

4th & 5th Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

6th - 10th Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton

Enjoy your reads !!

Monday, July 14, 2014

International Authors Day by @b00kr3vi3ws - Favorite Authors #IAD

Years ago, readers were limited to books published in their country, but now, with the Internet and self-publishing authors from all around the world can make their books available to readers worldwide.

Writers from the Philippines, Romania, India, Australia, Britain, the USA among other places provide readers hours of entertainment and the opportunity to enjoy stories from outside their country.

So, to celebrate International Authors' Day, I'm going to feature a few of my favorite authors from outside my country.

Mina Esguerra is first on my list (see my Favorite Author Post). She lives in the Philippines and writes romance and chick-lit as well as modern day fairy tales taken from Filipino folklore and mythology. She is also a writing teacher and has mentored many young writers from her country through her #romanceclass and other writing groups. Check out Mina's book list on Goodreads and my Favorite Filipino Romances Listmania. Because of Mina's leadership, she has introduced many other Filipino authors to writing and publishing. Here is a list of authors whose books are associated with Mina's.

Rebecca Berto and Lilliana Anderson write HOT and Edgy books from Australia. The heroes are alpha tough and make you want to book the next flight on Quantas. Rebecca and editor Lauren McKellar, a sweeter Australian author, helped me with details and Australian culture for my book, Knowing Vera, which takes place in Melbourne and the offshore islands of the Bass Strait. If you want to rage on and rip a little naughty, check out Rebecca's Goodreads pageLilliana's Goodreads page and Lauren McKellar's Goodreads page.

Then, there are the readers. Since publishing Knowing Vera, a romance between a Filipino nurse and an Australian triathlete, I've been surprised by the number of women named Vera from Portugal. Giveaways on Goodreads and social media has allowed me to meet some wonderful Portuguese readers. Check out this Sinfonia Dos Livros, and My Escape.

And don't forget the bloggers! Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay, or @b00kr3vi3ws is one of many enthusiastic readers who read, collect, and review books on their blogs. If you haven't checked out Bookish Indulgences with b00kr3vi3ws, you're missing one of the premiere reader hangouts - from her "First Reads" challenge to her "Indie Fever" list of reviews, nobody loves books and supports authors like Debdatta.

To celebrate International Authors Day, I'm giving away one ebook of your choice from one of the featured authors: Mina Esguerra, Rebecca Berto, Lilliana Anderson, Lauren McKellar AND one ebook of your choice from me, Rachelle Ayala.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below, then jump to the rest of the International Authors Day posts to meet more great authors and win more books!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Get Your Mid Summer Digital Book Today (Over 300 Free books direct to you)

What's Jen Up To? And What Happens When A Woman Wrongs A Man? Broken Build and over 300 books will be FREE Monday July 14, 2014. CLICK HERE for Full List.

If you missed it, HERE is the direct LINK to Broken Build.
While there, set your own price on Hidden Under Her Heart

Happy Reading!!!

UPDATE!!! The main site is having a problem with too many hits. Please use the direct links above for Broken Build, Hidden Under Her Heart, and Your Daily Bible Verse.

Tuesday (7/15) Update:
Due to the website trouble, they are keeping it open one more day.
Check prices before downloading as not every author has kept their book free, but there are still a lot of free goodies.