Sunday, March 31, 2013

#BookChat SALACIOUS MARNY OTTWILER by Bridget Straub

After several years of living life in the fast lane, bestselling novelist Marny Ottwiler vows to take control of the chaos that has invaded her everyday existence. This proves to be easier said than done. Over the next year she rides a roller coaster of experiences that she chronicles in hilarious detail. Follow along as she navigates through fame, family, friendships, and the writing of her next blockbuster series of books. Oh yeah, and the choice she has to make between two loves.

From the Author:
What I hope readers of The Salacious Marny Ottwiler get is a blissful escape from the stresses of their every day lives. This book was written soley to entertain. It's not meant to be a heavy read. It's strictly for fun. If the way Marny deals with the ups and downs life sends her way puts a smile on your face, then I have achieved my goal.

Readers' Reactions:
Format:Kindle Edition
With 'The Salacious Maeny Ottwiler', author Bridget Straub has become one of my new favorite writers.

I was given a copy of this book during a very difficult week, and wasn't up to reading it for a few days. And then, when I finally did get started, I couldn't put it down!
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading this book was like opening a box of my favorite cookies, a little bit of a guilty pleasure. It's chatty and gossipy, but oh so fun!

Marny is one of those great charming, flawed characters. She wants so much, but can't pull herself together. She struggles with herself, her family and the men in her life, but always with her own unique point of view and wicked sense of humor.
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
I loved getting inside Marny's head, her very crazy head, and found it a light and fun read. It was a peek into a world that I have no experience with, and that added to the charm. It reminded me of my own crazy flip-flopping around in my head as a teenager though, so I related a lot in that sense. Perfect beach-bag stuffer, or if you just want to feel like you're life isn't quite as crazy as you thought it was!

Behind the Scenes
There was nothing specific that happened during the writing of this book except for the fact that I learned to trust my process and/or muse if you will. I have always been a person who writes by the seat of her pants. I rarely have a clue as to what is going to happen next and I love that. It keeps things interesting. My previous novels had come to me very quickly. Searching for My Wand was literally written in three days, the first draft anyway. On a hot August Afternoon was written probably in less than two weeks, but Marny was written over several months. I worried that because it hadn't come out in the same rush as my previous books that it might not flow together as well but Marny's voice is distinctly her own and I had no trouble at all finding it every time I wrote.

Friday, March 29, 2013

#BookChat Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith #YA

Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033, her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister Evvie, her only family and entire world. Sydney holds a sliver of hope that they will be lawfully reunited, and that light will return to her desolate life, but she is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape Miles County so that she and Evvie can live full lives together.

Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to anyone who crosses the county's electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of county technology. It seems impossible to escape into the forgotten forests and cities of the past, but Sydney is determined to find a way if she is denied guardianship of her sister. For years she has longed to break free from the government's experimental Petri Dish and the hallowed drones that inhabit it.

What Sydney doesn't know is that the county has particular interest in her. Her place in this complex dystopia is about to change. Deceit, fear, and warfare will come to characterize her life, yet her love for Evvie will always prevail. She must protect her sister, but at what cost?

Concealed in the Shadows is a novel with gripping action, intriguing suspense, and unexpected turns of events. The situations and decisions that the characters must face pull at the very fabric of the human heart. 

The subtext artfully examines an array of timeless social and political complexities, fitting this novel for both adults and inquisitive, young readers. The heart and soul are equally satisfied through immersion into such human themes as trust, love, and courage. 

Notes from the Author: After I finished reading a powerful YA series, I found myself in reader's despair. Naturally, I sought a new book or series to bring me out of the funk. When I didn't find exactly what I was looking for in the next few weeks, I decided to try my own hand at writing something powerful to fill the void. Concealed in the Shadows was born. I hope readers will find in it exactly what I was searching for: honesty, thought-provoking themes, suspense, and inspiration.

Readers' Reactions: "Concealed in the Shadows is right up there with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld." ~ Justine (Reviewer)

"There are many unpredictable and exciting events in the plot which will make the book hard to put down. The one thing I want to highlight is the thoroughness of the storyline, I believe the storyline was exceptional and a lot of thought was put into it." ~Nick (Reader)

"I'm definitely a fan and can't wait for the next edition." ~Mary (Editor)      

Behind the Scenes: I would like readers to know that the second installment of the story is underway. I am consistently intrigued by the twists that unfold in my mind when I should be sleeping at night. I can't wait to develop my ideas for the second book.

GABRIELLE ARROWSMITH enjoyed writing her debut novel, Concealed in the Shadows, during a lovely Minnesota summer that she had off from her primary profession, teaching. She looks forward to continuing the story. Acting, playing and coaching soccer, reading, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends are among her other interests.


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Announcing Jade Kerrion's two newest Novels with 50% discount codes

Jade Kerrion's two newest novels, Earth-Sim and When the Silence Ends, are pulling in fantastic reviews. Please take a moment to check them out and take advantage of the book launch sale. Keep reading to find the coupon code!


Amazon Rating: 4.8 Stars (13 reviews)
"Earth-Sim starts off awesome and just keeps getting even better...Ms. Kerrion has done an amazing job with her world-building...This is one book that I will find myself rereading over and over - and one that I will encourage all of my friends to read."—Cara Drake, Amazon reviewer

Was the super-continent of Pangaea split because of a management dispute? Is the biblical flood the earliest evidence of why "technology and water don't mix"? If you always suspected that mass extinctions, such as the Black Death, had an otherworldly reason, you just might be right. Is there a real message hidden in the mysterious manuscripts that human sages and savants have created through the generations? Is there life out there, beyond our planet, and why has none of it shown up on Earth yet? Earth-Sim is a unique spin on the history of Earth and the history of mankind. What if Earth and the entire universe were actually part of a simulation program? What if the most iconic and memorable events in Earth's history were decisions (or more frequently accidents) triggered by two college students, Jem Moran and Kir Davos, who are still sorting out the finer points of working together and more importantly, still arguing over the finer points of planetary management? Bring your sense of humor. Earth-Sim is frequently whimsical and often irreverent. Either way, you finally have someone to blame for the state the world is in. E-books available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords Paperbacks available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository BOOK LAUNCH SALE (50% DISCOUNT): Grab a copy of Earth-Sim for only $1.50 at Smashwords with coupon code MS68F. Valid until April 15.  

When the Silence Ends

Amazon Ratings: 4.6 Stars (9 reviews)
“Wow! When the Silence Ends is captivating! I laughed, I cried, I could not put it down. Forget Harry Potter and Twilight…every young adult should read this book!”—KatRomeo, Amazon reviewer
When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies.
Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.
The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution? America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives--the clones, in vitros, and mutants--society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary. When the Silence Ends is a Young Adult novel in the award-winning Double Helix series. E-books available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords Paperbacks available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository BOOK LAUNCH SALE (50% DISCOUNT): Grab a copy of When the Silence Ends for only $1.50 at Smashwords with coupon code FL93Y. Valid until April 15.  

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

#AuthorInterview Jane Godman #HistoricalRomance

1.   Who is Jane Godman?
I am an avid reader of historical romances, and have always enjoyed writing (I still have a copy of the medieval novel I wrote, in felt tip pen, aged 14!).
My romances are set in the Georgian era - from the wild passion of the Jacobite rebellion to the charm and formality of the Regency - with heroes and heroines you fall instantly in love with, fascinating and amusing supporting characters and luscious settings.
I live in England and love to travel to European cities which are steeped in history and romance. Venice, Dubrovnik and Vienna are amongst my favourites. I am a teacher, married to a lovely man, mum to two grown up children and slave to a spoilt-brat cat. 
I love to hear from readers and can be contacted at:

2.   Tell us about your current release.
My current release is ‘The Rebel’s Promise’ which is my debut novel. It was published by Front Porch Romance in February 2013.
It’s a love story based around the true events of 1745, when Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army attempted to reclaim the British crown. It was a turbulent time and the rebels got as far as Derby before they turned back across the Scottish border.
Rosie Delacourt is an English girl from a well-to-do family, whose quiet life is turned upside down when she rescues an injured Jacobite. Rosie has never met anyone quite like Jack before. He’s handsome, dashing, charming and, even though he is at death’s door when the story begins, he flirts outrageously with her!
It’s inevitable that they will fall in love, but Jack is wanted for treason and King George’s troops come looking for him. The lovers share one bittersweet night together before he leaves.
Jack promises to return - “Rosie, my heart, my dearest love. I swear that, once I have secured the king’s pardon, I will come back for you and make you my wife.” – but Rosie doesn’t know if she will ever see him again.
Momentous events are shaping across the border and Bonnie Prince Charlie is defeated in battle. The rebels are in disarray and the prince himself goes into hiding. Back in Derbyshire, Rosie has her own problems. She is being blackmailed by Sir Clive Sheridan, a man who lusts after her body and her fortune. When the news comes that Jack has been killed at Culloden, she faces a stark choice: marry Clive or she, and her young brother, will go to the gallows as traitors.
Jack, meanwhile, has secured a pardon, and he returns to fulfil his promise. When he hears that Rosie is to marry the very man who betrayed him, he is devastated. But Rosie cannot tell him the truth. To do so would mean certain death for both of them.
It seems the only feelings which remain between them now are bitterness and anger. However, when danger throws them together again, Jack and Rosie are reminded of tenderness they once shared.

Excerpt (in which Rosie is disguised as a boy):
She made a movement to cover herself and Jack caught hold of her hands, forestalling her. “Don’t,” he murmured softly, pulling her to her feet and drawing her close, his hands sliding beneath the hem of her shirt and cradling the soft curves of her buttocks. “Since the brandy was not effective … let me warm you up instead.”
Mrs Cooper chose that very moment to burst into the room carrying a spare nightshirt for ‘Master Delacourt’. Seeing that young gentleman in a passionate embrace with his older cousin, whose hands – she later told Mr Cooper, once the vapours had ceased – were actually cupping and stroking the cheeks of the youth’s bare backside, she let out a squeak of horror. Covering her eyes with her hands, she ran from the room.
Rosie, very improperly, went off into a peal of laughter and Jack, with a thunderstruck expression, decided the best course of action would be for them both to turn in for the night.

The Rebel’s Promise book trailer:

‘The Corsair’s Revenge’ is set about six years after the end of ‘The Rebel’s Promise’. It’s not quite a sequel but there are some familiar faces in it. Fans of Jack and Rosie, and those who want to know what happened to Bella and Perry, will enjoy it!
The story begins when Blythe Cavendish is on her way to her wedding. She never arrives. Instead she is kidnapped by a notorious brigand known as Le Corsaire and taken aboard his ship. The story is played out from the wild Cornish coast to the elegant salons of Paris and into the slums of London’s St Giles.
As in ‘The Rebel’s Promise’, there is adventure alongside the main romantic plot, a great supporting cast of characters … and an unexpected twist at the end!  

4.   Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
I get my love of historical romances from my Mum. We still share a love of the same books. I was ten when I read ‘Murder Most Royal’ by Jean Plaidy and I was instantly hooked on British and European history.
At the age of twelve, I discovered a tattered Georgette Heyer (she remains my favourite author and the greatest influence on my writing to this day) novel on my mum’s bookshelf. I devoured it in a day and I was spellbound. It was ‘These Old Shades’, which is set in the mid-1700s. As much as I love Regency novels, I find myself drawn to the earlier Georgian era. I think it’s because the characters have more opportunities to misbehave. It was a scandalous time (think Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and I love the fashions! Give me a hero in a cloak and a powdered wig …
I am captivated by the way great writers of historical romance use dialogue to skilfully set the scene. I also love it when the historical setting is so real it becomes another character, transporting you effortlessly back in time.
I was fourteen when I wrote my first book. I lived in South Africa and my best friend and I had just discovered ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ by Kathleen E Woodiwiss. We spent every evening writing our own Norman hero/Saxon heroine novels. I still have a copy of that book! It was hand written in felt tip pen ...

5.   Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
I do use a pen name. It’s simply my middle name – Jane – and my maiden name – Godman. I wish I could make that sound more mysterious! I’ll have to work on a back story for Jane Godman … maybe give her a shady past?

6.   Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Exciting, addictive and enthralling!

7.    If you could fly anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most want to go?
Somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind, book number three is starting to simmer. It will be set during the Austrian War of Succession and I’d love to go on a research trip to Vienna and Budapest and immerse myself in the history and culture of those two fabulous cities.
I would also love to spend some time researching the House of Hanover (who became the English royal family when George I came to the throne) so I would definitely pass through Germany along the way!    

8.   What future projects would you love to be involved in?
With ‘The Rebel’s Promise’, I wanted to create a magical world in which the reader feels part so I’ve loved getting comments that tell me I’ve succeeded. Readers have said that it’s like a historical soap opera (or Downton Abbey set a few centuries earlier).
There has even been some on-line debate about who would play the main characters in a film or mini-series. I’m quite liking the suggestion of Rob James-Collier as the foppish Sir Peregrine Pomeroy! 
It be wonderful to see the story brought to life on the screen … but I’m not sitting around idly waiting for the BBC drama department to call!

5 Star Reviews for ‘The Rebel’s Promise’
‘The Rebels’ Promise by Jane Godman is an English/ Scottish romance novel with all the adventure and intrigue you would expect from 1745 England. It is a well written and exciting book that I found hard to put down.
The storyline was well developed and easy to follow. I really enjoyed all the subtle twist and turns in the plot. The story was very believable and it was easy to imagine life in the aristocratic world of 18th century London.
Not only was the story a romance novel with all the expected “mushy” stuff, but the action and intrigue makes it a book for all readers. It will keep you glued to the book and wanting more.
Jane Godman did an excellent job of developing the characters. The lead characters were easy to identify with and very real to life. I also liked how she continued to develop the supporting characters in the story and build to their critical role in the climax of the story.
I really enjoyed The Rebel’s Promise by Jane Godman and I highly recommend it to all readers.’

‘I enjoyed every minute of this book. It was romantic, sad and funny by turns. The hero and heroine are great characters, who you just like from the start. I like the way you feel the instant attraction between them, even though he is unconscious! The villain is evil and you just want him to get his come uppance. One of the best things about this book is the supporting cast of characters. They all add to the story and they are all really great characters in their own right (even the dog). The setting is atmospheric, and it just feels like you are there with them back in the 1700s mostly because the dialogue is cleverly done. The writing style made me feel like it was a movie and I would love to see this book made into a mini-series. It would be great to see a sequel!’
‘Thoroughly enjoyable. Had to read in one sitting. Not only the main characters but the supporting ones are well done.’

‘Loved this book. Had me laughing and crying and a sweet love story.’
‘Sweet, funny and charming. Loved the story and the characters, like reading a soap opera or an episode of Downton Abbey.’

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Monday, March 25, 2013

#GuestPost Stewart Perriliat on Christian Living

The book is a 40 day devotional. It's a great book for men and women. This book is designed to help those who are struggling with a consistent prayer life. It's easy to read and very fruitful.

From the Author:

Over the years, I have come to understand the significance of the number 40. Scientifically speaking, 40 weeks is the length of time it takes for a mother to carry an unborn child from conception to delivery. Biblically speaking, 40 is the number associated with a period of testing before a breakthrough.

The number 40 is an indication that God is ready to birth something new out of pain or challenge. According to the Bible, Noah was in the rain for 40 days and nights before God brought a refreshing promise for His people.

When the Children of Israel were ready to cross over into their promise, the spies who preceded them took 40 days to scout out the land. However, because of disobedience, their 40 days turned into 40 years before they entered into the land of promise.
Goliath, who was killed by David, challenged the Children of Israel for 40 days prior to their victory over the Philistine army.

Before He began His ministry, Jesus, while being tempted by satan, fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness.

I have experienced my own personal 40 days of trials and tribulations. However, because I did not lose my confidence in God, I was able to realize the significance of the number 40 and receive God’s blessings for me after my test. These truths concerning the number 40 inspired me to write this devotional.

In modern times, 30 days is used to complete various programs or to create a new habit. At the beginning of the year, Magazine cover stories often read, Thirty Days to a New You. For the purpose of this devotional the true number for the manifestation of a renewed life is the number 40.

Therefore, this devotional will afford you an opportunity to develop a more intimate relationship with the Lord and transform your life. As you read this devotional, it will give you hope and renew your strength. On those days when doubt and disbelief abound, I encourage you to remain consistent with your 40 day cycle of reading Kingdom Principles for Everyday Living: 40 Practical Principals for a Fruitful Life.
I challenge you to apply yourself and expect a breakthrough by the time you have complete this devotional. I encourage you to not only read through the devotions in this book, but to read the related scriptures and commit them to memory. This process will increase your knowledge of God, and strengthen your faith towards Him.

God’s will for us is to increase in every area of our lives by being doers of His Word. I pray that this devotional draw you closer to God and give you the incredible power to break into your promise.

About The Author

Minister.  Father.  Servant.  Evangelist.  Author.  Stewart Bernard Perrilliat is a gifted individual who has a passion to see broken lives restored and renewed through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  A native of Oakland, California, Stewart grew up in a community that was plagued with a number of challenging institutional socio-economic ills.  Nevertheless, Stewart escaped the lures of the streets and became a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp before becoming the Founder and CEO of Perrilliat Enterprises, a general contracting and engineering firm based in Northern California. 

Stewart began his ministry call as a Street Evangelist in 1995, and since that time he has been used by the Lord to win countless souls into the Kingdom of God.  He attributes his success as a Street Evangelist to his ability to present the gospel in a manner that meets people at the place of their need.  His call has become the central focus of his life and ministry.  Though Stewart is a gifted entrepreneur, he is first and foremost a service-driven person who is passionate about seeing people live their life now through having a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Stewart’s teaching gift empowers people to apply Biblical principles to improve and enhance their lives.  His approach is known for being encouraging, practical, and inspirational.  He is also known for motivating others to reach their highest potential. 

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Friday, March 22, 2013

#NewRelease SUBMERGED by Cheryl Kaye Tardif #thriller

Sneak peek at Rebecca Kingston from SUBMERGED

My special guest today is international bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif, and today she's going to share a bit about the main character from her breathtaking new thriller, SUBMERGED.

Let me tell you a bit about Rebecca Kingston. She's a hardworking, devoted mother of two, with an abusive husband who has a gambling problem. And she's had enough. Though not an easy decision to make for most abused women, Rebecca knows she has to protect her children and herself. So she sets things in motion…

Here's a peek at the first time you meet Rebecca:

Chapter Two

Edmonton, AB – Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 4:37 PM

Rebecca Kingston folded her arms across her down-filled jacket and tried not to shiver. Though May had ended with a heat wave, the temperatures had dropped the first week of June. It had rained for the first five days, and an arctic chill had swept through the city. The weatherman blamed the erratic change in weather on global warming and a cold front sweeping down from Alaska, while locals held one source responsible. Their lifelong rival—Calgary.
"Can we get an ice cream, Mommy?" four-year-old Ella said with a faint lips, the result of her recent contribution to the tooth fairy's necklace collection.
Rebecca laughed. "It feels like winter again and you want ice cream?"
"Yes, please."
"I guess we have time."
They hurried across the street to the corner store.
"Strawberry this time," Ella said, her blue eyes pleading.
Rebecca sighed. "Eat it slowly. Did you remember Puff?"
Her daughter nodded. "In my pocket."
"Good girl." Rebecca glanced at her watch. "It's almost five. Let's go."
Her cell phone rang. It was Carter Billingsley, her lawyer.
"Mr. Billingsley," she said. "I'm glad you got my message."
"So you've decided to get away," he said. "That's a very good idea."
"I need a break." She glanced at Ella. "Things are going to get ugly, aren't they?"
"Unfortunately, yes. Divorce is never pretty. But you'll get through it."
"Thanks, Mr. Billingsley."
"Take care, Rebecca."
Carter had once been her grandfather's lawyer and Grandpa Bob had highly recommended him—if Rebecca ever needed someone to handle her divorce. In his late sixties, Carter filled that father-figure left void after her father's passing.
Her thoughts raced to her twelve-year-old son. Colton's team was up against one of the toughest junior high hockey teams from Regina. With Colton as the Edmonton team's goalie, most of the pressure was on him. He was a brave boy.
She bit her bottom lip, wishing she were as brave.
You're a coward, Becca.
"You're too codependent," her mother always said.
Rebecca figured that wasn't actually her fault. She'd been fortunate to have strong male role models in her life. Men who ran companies with iron fists and made decisions after careful consideration. Or at least worked hard to provide for their families. Men like Grandpa Bob and her father. Men who could be trusted to make the right decisions.
Not like Wesley.
Even her grandfather hadn't liked him. When Grandpa Bob passed away two years ago, he'd sent a clear message to everyone that Wesley couldn't be trusted. Grandpa Bob had lived a miser's lifestyle. No one knew how much money he'd saved for that "rainy day"—until he was gone and Colton and Ella became beneficiaries of over eight hundred thousand dollars from the sale of Grandpa Bob's house and business.
Grandpa Bob, in his infinite wisdom, had added two major conditions to the inheritance. Money could only be withdrawn from the account if it was spent on Ella or Colton. And Rebecca was the sole person with signing power.
Wesley moped around the house for days when he heard the conditions. Any time she bought the kids new clothes, he'd sneer at her and say, "Hope you used your grandfather's money for those."
Once when he'd gambled most of his paycheck, he begged her for a "loan," and when she'd voiced that she didn't have the money, he slapped her. "Lying bitch! You've got almost a million dollars at your fingertips. All I'm asking for is thirty-five hundred. I'll pay it back."
She'd refused and paid the price, physically.

~ * ~

From Cheryl Kaye Tardif, the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG, comes a terrifying psychological thriller that will leave you breathless…

"Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl."
—Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn't the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger's calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

#AuthorInterview Gaelen VanDenbergh author of Running Against Traffic #womensfiction

1)  Where do you originally come from ?  Where do you live now ?  What is your writing background ?

I am originally from the Philadelphia area. I went to boarding school in Maine, college in Boston, NYC, then back to Philadelphia, where I have been ever since. I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. Creative writing major in College, I have been working on novels over the years, but haven’t finished anything until now. Like Mitt Romney has binders full of women, I have binders full of unfinished novels.

2)  Can you tell us about the first time you remember writing and was there someone who influenced it ?

When I was a young child I wrote a series of “books” about a turtle named Tommy. My grandfather, who spent a good deal of time tapping away on a typewriter, took my handwritten stories and typed them all up for me, making them look very official and I was very proud. So, he certainly instilled in me the desire to be published. I also read constantly, and too many writers to count or name inspired me along the way.
3)  What made you write a contemporary fiction ?  Since your lead protagonist is a female does she have any of your personality traits ?

I have always been an avid reader of “real”. I love nothing more than to read about, experience, be a fly on the wall of people’s lives, learn their stories, their conflicts, their growth, their mistakes. It has always fascinated me. So, that’s what I write about.

This particular novel is very close to my heart because I do share quite a bit now and in my past with Paige, and Bryce as well. Not their family background, though. My family is very supportive and involved with me. But struggles, mistakes, heartaches, and personality traits, yes. I think Paige and I both tend to struggle with how to live our lives well, how to experience joy, how to not to trip over our lives. And we both depend on running for emotional well being.
4)  What do you enjoy the most about writing a novel ?  The least ?

Ooph, well, as I said before, I have about five novels in the works right now. They grow more and more unwieldy as more time and writing go by and I don’t do the dirty work, which is organizing it all and molding it into a cohesive body of work that can be edited. That part is my least favorite. I like to watch my novels grow, as if I’m watching a movie play out in my head, as I happily write scene after scene and fall in love with my characters. That is my favorite part, especially when they go and do something I wasn’t expecting.

5)      What is in your short term future plans ?  Long term future plans ?
As far as writing goes? Short term, finish this novel’s sequel, Running in Circles, by August. Long term, finish all of my other novels.

Gaelen's debut novel, Running Against Traffic, is available from Amazon. Please visit her at her website:

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hidden Under Her Heart Blog Tour March 21 - April 2

Worldwind Virtual Book Tours presents a 12-day 17-site tour for Hidden Under Her Heart, my latest romance. There will be guest posts, excerpts, interviews and fabulous prizes: three of them. First prize is a collection of paperbacks, personalized and signed by me. Second prize is your choice of a paperback and a $10 giftcard, and third prize is your choice of a paperback.

Stop by and visit the wonderful tour hosts as well as Worldwind Virtual Book Tours and see the other tours and services they provide. Starts March 21! Don't miss it.

March 21 - Free Book Dude - Men's Feelings in Romance Novels
March 23 - Celtic Lady's Reviews - Writing Multiracial Characters
March 23 - Smardy Pants Book Blog - What's So Special About Romantic Suspense?
March 25 - To Read Or Not To Read - Why I Wrote about Abortion and Rape
March 25 - Bex 'n' Books - Unspeakable Stories, Taboo Topics - The Trend in New Adult Romances
March 25 - Confessions of an Inner Aspen - When Love Styles Clash
March 26 - The Busy Mommy Daily - Interview with Rachelle Ayala
March 26 - The Dark Phantom Book Reviews - Reader Bonanza in Indie Books
March 27 - Bestseller Bound Recommends - Unique Author Interview 10 one-liners starting with the letter "U"
March 28 - One Busy Moma - Book Spotlight
March 29 - Reese's Reviews - Book Review (spoiler warning)
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#BookChat VANGUARD OF HOPE by Kathy Steinemann

Short Synopsis:

LISETVILLE, 1890 -- Murders are committed; homes are burned; family secrets are buried; an unexpected romance complicates lives. Amid the mystery and violence, a vigilante brigade emerges to administer justice.

Flowing through the intrigue and drama is a dark undercurrent that will touch your heart as you empathize with the victims.

From the Author:

Telling readers why I wrote the book introduces a spoiler, so I can't share that. The heroine, a woman of the late 19th century, pens her most intimate thoughts via a series of diary entries. I want readers to finish the novel with a feeling of purpose. It tackles sensitive social issues of the time, some of which still exist today.

Review Snippets:

"I usually spend about an hour a day reading. However once I started on this book, I couldn't stop. Each chapter pulled me in and I needed to read 'just one more' to see what would happen next. I laughed in a couple of places, and cried as well. There were some unexpected twists in the plot that caught me by surprise. If you're looking for something addictive, this is the book for you. I'm definitely looking forward to the next novel in the series." - S.L. Banks, iTunes

"The writing style is phenomenal! The characters are endearing and have plenty of depth. It would be difficult for any reader to not be in tears at least once throughout the story. It is set in a simpler time full of adventure and mystery. Courting was an art and marriage was an institution. Legacies were built and passed on to the next generation. Ignorance was rampant. The back of the book is my favorite part." - arachn1a, blog

"OMG! That book was bloody awesome. I could not stop. I finished reading it by 2 am. I cannot believe how good it was. Are there more? I even had tears in my eyes near the end." - Cindy Laboucane, beta reader

"I started reading this novel to help quiet my mind at a late hour, but found myself still awake in the morning. Its intense read was much more than I expected. It has 'all' the elements from love, betrayal, suspense, and romance, to murder. 'Vanguard of Hope' will touch everyone who reads it. If you're a young adult or older, this excellent novel will awaken you deep within your soul." - Toni Gee, beta reader

Behind the Scenes:

My original concept for the book had a completely different male protagonist. Partway through, I realized that a rewrite was needed. The result was just what the plot needed.

My husband was very helpful with suggestions. This was the first time I used him as a sounding board, and he is providing excellent feedback for the second novel in the series, "Retribution of Owen".

Author Bio:

Kathy Steinemann won provincial public speaking and writing awards during her early years, wrote the school news column for the community paper, and was a regular contributor to her high school newspaper.

Her career has taken varying directions, including positions as editor of a community weekly, computer-network administrator, and webmaster. She has also worked on projects in commercial art and cartooning.

"Vanguard of Hope" is Kathy's tenth book.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

#CharacterInterview Chantel Rhondeau spars with Madeline Scott from Crime & Passion #romanticsuspense

Author vs Character Interview

Book Name: Crime & Passion
Author Name: Chantel Rhondeau
Character Name: Madeline Scott

Rachelle: Chantel, I'm so happy your book is finally out! And Madeline, I loved reading your inner thoughts. So, Chantel and Madeline, how did you two meet and how long ago was it?

Chantel: Madeline came to me in the end of 2011, when I was trying to finish writing Always & Forever. She was standing on a beach over a dead body and would not quit pestering me to tell her story.

Madeline: Hey, I wasn’t pestering you, but you were rather rude ignoring me the way you did.

Chantel: Be fair, I had to finish the other book before starting yours.

Madeline: So you just left me on the beach with a dead body? **rolls eyes** Classy.

Rachelle: What was your first impression of each other?

Madeline: I think I’ve adequately explained my impression of her.

Chantel: **sighing** Yes, you’ve certainly said enough on that subject. Actually, I really liked Madeline from the start. She is sarcastic but in a funny way, and she keeps her most hurtful thoughts to herself because she actually does care about other people’s feelings. Except mine, apparently.

Madeline: Oh, come on. I was frustrated with you, but you’ve been pretty decent most of the time. Well, except when you weren’t. There’ve been a few times I wished a nicer author had decided to tell my story.

Rachelle: Chantel, speaking of which, what does Madeline do that annoys you the most?

Chantel: She has a tendency to jump to conclusions based on very little evidence. Especially concerning the hero, Donovan.

Madeline: Hey, if your ex cheated on you the night before your wedding--with your best friend and maid of honor, no less--you wouldn’t be all gung ho for a man everyone keeps telling you is a womanizing jerk either.

Chantel: Point taken. I did understand why you had a hard time trusting Donovan’s motives, but it made my life more difficult sometimes. I didn’t mean you weren’t justified in guarding yourself against being hurt.

Rachelle: I agree. Chantel has a kind heart and it was just as hard for her as it was for you. Madeline, if you could say just one thing to Chantel, what would it be?

Madeline: Even though I’m happy with how things turned out, I wish you’d given me a little better heads up about who to trust. Talk about complications.

Chantel: You brought some of the biggest problems down on yourself. I did give you warnings about certain people before you were attacked. You opened that front door even though Donovan did everything he could to keep you safe.

Madeline: **snorts** The person on the other side of that door was pretty darn manipulative. I thought I was doing the right thing.

Chantel: I’m just saying, you can’t blame me for all of it.

Rachelle: Well, it was definitely more exciting the way it came out. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened between you two?

Chantel:  I can’t really think of anything embarrassing.

Madeline: Oh, really? You worked your author voodoo and had me convinced for a while that Donovan did something to my apartment! I’m still embarrassed that the world knows I ran around like an idiot searching for hidden cameras or something.

Rachelle: You really thought Donovan might have hidden a camera in your place? I thought it was something I suspected while critiquing.

Madeline: **shakes her head** Either that or a bomb. I think I knew all along he didn’t do anything wrong, but I had to check. It wouldn’t have been the first time a man tricked me. And Donovan has had a lot of practice convincing women he has what they need, even if all he wants is to bounce with them in bed before dumping them.

Chantel: Madeline! Be fair. You understand why he was that way before.

Madeline: **shrugs** I’m not saying he didn’t have a rough childhood, but he still made his own choices as an adult. I love him, but I can’t say I’m happy with the way he’s treated women in the past.

Chantel: A good-looking man like him would’ve been off the market before even meeting you if he hadn’t been so emotionally unavailable.

Madeline: And then you could have found me a sweet jokester, kind of like Lucas Knight from Rachelle’s new book, Hidden Under Her Heart.  He’s nice.

Chantel: You would have eaten a ‘nice’ guy alive, Madeline. You are way too feisty. Do you want to try it though? I could rewrite the book and get rid of Donovan if that’s really what you want.

Madeline: Good heavens. Don’t be such a pain in the a…um, rear. You know I’m happy with Donovan. He needed some work, but he’s great. Perfect for me, actually.

Chantel: That’s good to hear. And I’m sure Maryanne will be glad to know you aren’t coming after her man. Lucas is safe.

Rachelle: I'm glad for both Maryanne and Lucas. Ahem, Chantel, what do you feel the worst about doing to Madeline?

Chantel: I really pushed Madeline to her breaking point a few times. Once, she even felt down enough to eat frosting right out of the container. I knew she was strong enough to handle things, but she was pretty down that day.

Madeline: You feel bad about that? Out of everything you put me through, you’re worried I broke my diet for a few days and wallowed in self-pity? Thanks, Chantel, you’re such a caring author. Let’s not even talk about how you made me think Donovan was sleeping with someone else or how you put me in the hospital or about the time you had me held at gunpoint. No, the worst thing was turning me back into Maddie McFatty.

Chantel: Wow! Simmer down, girl. I think I touched a nerve. I’m just saying, I know how hard you worked to get rid of your extra weight and I felt bad for adding so much stress. I’m working on losing weight myself, so I understand how hard it is to do.

Madeline: You’re right. I’m touchy about that. Sorry.

Rachelle: Wow, an apology. Do you think you two will meet again in the future?

Chantel: I’ve already put Madeline through so much, I think I should just let her have her happily ever after. I might have her over for a short cameo in a future book, but her story is pretty much done.

Madeline: Thank goodness. I don’t think I could handle more of your crazy plots.

Chantel: You’ll miss me when your life becomes ordinary.

Madeline: With a house full of kids, life will never be ordinary!

Chantel:  Too true. Speaking of that, we’d better get out of here so you can get home. Thanks for inviting us over, Rachelle.

Madeline: Yeah, thanks, Rachelle. **grins** It was nice to be able to tell Chantel off a bit for all the crap she put me through. 

Rachelle: Well, it was nice to meet you too, although me and Chantel have more things to run by each other about our new characters.

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