Surprise!

Today I have a fantastic surprise for you all. I had a unique chance to be the guest reviewer on Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine.  With this I was able to do a one question interview with an author of my choice.  I have been so lucky to interview author Tara Sivec.  Here books make you laugh out loud and crush on her hunky heroes.  Here is the link to my review spot.  Below you can read my interview and get to know the fantastic Tara Sivec and her newest book, Burned.  Enjoy my surprise to all of my fantastic readers.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books and characters?

My inspiration comes from so many different places that it’s sometimes hard to shut down my brain! So many things can be the basis for a new story idea like music, real life events, etc.  A lot of my ideas come from dreams. I make sure to keep the notepad app on my iPad open and next to my bed at all times!

TS_Burned_Cover_Final_JWEndorsment_800x1200_Revised-200x300Book Blurb:

Seventeen years old when he broke my heart.
Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces.
Seventeen years together.
Seventeen thousand problems.
Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future.
Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames.
Seventeen breaths until I took my last.
This is my story…and it’s going to burn.
Book 2 in the Ignite series – Branded is expected to release in September 2014

TaraBio:

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

Tara Sivec
I’d like to thank the wonderful Tara Sivec for stopping by and giving us some insight into her inspiration.  If you haven’t checked out her books I highly recommend any of her books.  Her talent crosses genres and continues to grow with each of her new books. 

Character Interview and Review: The Telepathic Clans Saga by B.R Kingsolver

Today I am lucky enough to have Collin from B.R Kingsolver’s Telepathic Clans Saga.  He was gracious enough to stop by and answer some questions.  After the interview be sure to read my review of Book 1 in the saga, The Succubus Gift.

The Book Maven: Today our guest is Collin Doyle from The Telepathic Clans Saga.

The Book Maven: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you?

Collin: I’m in all of BR Kingsolver’s books, The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, and the new one, Succubus Rising.  I’m the love interest of Brenna O’Donnell, the richest, most beautiful telepath/succubus in the world.

The Book Maven: Can you tell us a little about it?

Collin: The Succubus Gift is about a young woman’s (Brenna) coming of age and discovering her telepathic powers. She’s looking for love but also trying to deal with people who want to kill her. Succubus Unleashed is a continuation of the story. As Brenna becomes comfortable with being a succubus and integrates into the Clan, her adventures and loves make up the story. Succubus Rising is a bit more about our friend Rebecca and the conflicts between the telepathic Clans.

The Book Maven: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?

Collin: Well, as I said, I’m Brenna’s boyfriend. I’m 35, though since telepaths age slowly, I look about 10 years younger. I’m a powerful telepath in my own right, with 12 telepathic Gifts. I’m tall and very fit with brown hair and blue eyes, a common combination for an Irishman. I’m the Clan’s Director of Security, head of the Protector force and one of the most accomplished computer hackers in the world.

The Book Maven: So is this a paranormal romance novel? Do you and Brenna have a smooth or rocky path in your romance?

Collin: It’s more of an urban fantasy, since the romance isn’t the prime story line. It’s a little rocky. She’s suspicious of me because I have so many girlfriends. It’s not my fault, really. I’m an incubus and women are naturally attracted to me. It’s rude to say no to a woman, don’t you think?

The Book Maven: How do you feel about the story you’re in?

Collin: I think it’s a pretty good story. It’s not a standard run-of-the-mill paranormal fantasy. It has a lot of unique ideas and BR lets the characters develop. I think the series was originally meant to be rather light-hearted, but it’s taken on a darker side. I think it has most of what you’d want in a story – humor, romance, danger, and the good guys win. I have the opportunity to show that I’m not just strong, but gentle and caring.

The Book Maven: Do you like being a character in the book?

Collin: After being imprisoned in BR’s mind for months, it’s great to get out and meet the world. I do get to do a lot of exciting things, and I get to have a lot of sex, which is kind of nice. I wish people would stop trying to kill Brenna, though. What happened to romances where the heroine’s greatest fear was having a hair out of place?

The Book Maven: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.

Collin: As I said earlier, I’m going to be in a number of books. I’m hoping that Brenna will understand that I really love her. I don’t mind that she has a lot of lovers, so I don’t think she should hold my little dalliances against me.

A lot of people might think that Brenna and I have a weird romance because we’re not sexually monogamous. Since we’re a succubus and an incubus, we don’t expect sexual fidelity from each other. But we are madly in love. When a telepath meets their soul mate, it’s not just an expression. We’ve merged our souls, and we’ll always be connected.

The Book Maven: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?

Collin:  BR says the 4th book about Brenna will come out in 2013, but I haven’t seen the outline for that one. I assume it will tie up all the loose ends from the first three books, and since it’s about Brenna, I’ll be there.

The Book Maven: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?

Collin: Wow, that’s a hard one. Matthew McConaughey, maybe, or Matt Damon. You don’t want to be portrayed by someone who can’t act.

13616504The Succubus Gift,

Book 1 of the Telepathic Clans Saga

BR Kingsolver

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (Adult/New Adult)

Book Description:

The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.

Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family.

Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.

That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed — with a willing young man of course.

Review:

The Succubus Gift is a great book for the beginning of this series.  It’s a very entertaining read with many memorable characters.  B.R Kingsolver does a wonderful job creating this world hidden within the modern world.  From the moment when Brenna saves her cousin to meeting Collin for the very first time to learning how powerful she could truly be.  It is one great twist after another.  Also, I really enjoyed how the complex relationships between characters were demonstrated.  For instance the relationship between Brenna and Rebecca is a complex and deep relationship that this book only skims over.  I would be remiss in my review if I also didn’t bring in the extremely hot Collin and his relationship with Brenna.  Though through descriptions I can totally understand why all woman fall at his feet.    After reading the first in the series I have to read the rest of the books.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to before I had this tour date but take my word that I will be finishing this series soon.

I’d like to thank B.R Kinsolver for letting Collin stop by and talk with me today.  I’d also like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for letting me have this stop today.  For more information about The Succubus Gift and the rest of The Telepathic Clans books you can go to Barnes and Noble,  Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.

Twitter: @BRKINGSOLVER

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brkingsolver

Web site: http://brkingsolver.com/

Interview and Review: Shameless (Nashville Nights #1) by Cheryl Douglas

Nashville Nights Series Button 300 x 225Today I am welcoming Cheryl Douglas.  She is the author of the Nashville Night series.  Be sure to check out my review of Book 1 Shameless after my interview.

1.     What is the Nashville Nights Series?

Nashville Nights is a contemporary romance series that begins with the first book, Shameless. This book is about country music singer, Trey Turner, and his former wife, Sierra. Trey has battled addiction and tragedy while building a successful music career. He is finally ready to face the fact that his career has cost him everything, including the love of his life. This story is about redemption, the journey back from the brink of despair, and making amends for past mistakes.

2.     How many books are there in the series?

There are eight books in total.

3.     How did this evolve into an eight book series?

Shameless was a book I’d had in the back of my mind for years. When I finally sat down to write it, the book took on a life of its own. The secondary characters became so strong that it became obvious they each deserved their own story.

4.     Who was your favorite character to write and why?

I fell in love with all of the characters, but I was probably was most intrigued with Luc Spencer, the hero in book three, Ruthless. By the time I had finished writing the book, his character was nothing like the character I had outlined. As I wrote him, I realized there was more depth to him than I first realized, and there were more underlying issues than I ever would have expected.

5.     Is it important for readers to read these books in order?

I introduce all of the characters in previous books, so I think readers will gain better insight into the characters if they read the books in order.

6.     What is the most difficult part of writing a series?

It would have to be staying true to the voice of the characters throughout the series. A time or two my editor has said to me, that doesn’t sound like something the so and so we met back in book number two or three would say. The other thing is accepting that once a character is written a certain way in a previous book, it’s a done deal. You can’t change facts to suit the current story you’re working on, as much as you might like to.

7.     Would you have to be a fan of country music to enjoy this series?

No, the series isn’t about music. It’s about the trials and tribulations of couples who are falling in and out of love. The focus of every book is always the couple’s relationship. In fact, in several of the books, the characters are not even musicians. They are just on the periphery of the music scene, whether it be as a bodyguard, publicist, or stylist.

8.      What inspired you to write this series?

I love country music, and I love to read about cowboys, though I wasn’t necessarily interested in writing an entire series about either. Writing a series with an underlying country music theme that takes place in Nashville seemed like a great way to combine two of my passions while mixing it up, so I could introduce a variety of characters with different interests and backgrounds.

9.     Have you finished all of the books in this series?

I am currently working on the last book in this series, Careless.

10.  When will all of the books in the series be released?

The final book will be available October of this year.

11.  What’s next, after Nashville Nights?

I often say this series took on a life of it’s own, but it really did! Book eight is not the last readers will see of these characters. Fast forward a decade or more. It’s time for their children to begin finding their HEA in Nashville Nights, Next Generation! This is another eight book series, and the first book will be released November 2012.

12.  Where can people go to learn more about the Nashville Nights series?

People can visit www.cheryldouglasbooks.com to read about all of the books in this series,  find specific release dates, and read about the upcoming series.

Readers can also visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cheryldouglasbooks.com

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Book One

Nashville Nights Series

By Cheryl Douglas

Trey Turner may be topping the country music charts but his life has been going downhill since his wife left him five years ago. He’s desperate to make amends for the mistakes he’s made and convince Sierra their love deserves a second chance.

Sierra Brooks is happy for the first time since her divorce. She has a career she loves and a fiancé who loves her.

Unfortunately, her fiancé isn’t the only man professing his love. He may be able to offer her safety and security but will she decide to risk everything for another chance with the man who broke her heart?

 

Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  This is a wonderful contemporary romance.  Trey is sexy and Sierra is spunky.  You really root for them to get back together.  Being that this was the first book in Cheryl Douglas’ series she starts off with such a strong story and the supporting characters give you a taste of what’s to come.  I loved the setting and the drama of Shameless.  Cheryl Douglas’s talent as a story-teller is really illustrated in this book.  It will drive you to want to pick up the rest of the series.  I know the rest of the series has been put directly onto my TBR list.  I can’t wait to meet more of these sexy Nashville men and the women that get to tame/wrangle them into and out of bed.

I’d like to thank Cheryl Douglas for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for letting me host this stop on the blog tour. For more information about Cheryl Douglas you can click on the links below.  For more information about the Nashville Nights series and Shameless you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

About the Author

Cheryl began her professional career as a nutritionist, but her love of books started at an early age. She studied writing for many years before she decided to pursue her passion as a full-time career. After receiving constructive criticism from several well-known authors, Cheryl finally had the confidence to write her first romance novel.

The first book in the Nashville Nights series, Shameless, was a book that had been dwelling in Cheryl’s subconscious for years. For her, the surprise came when the manuscript began taking on a life of it’s own. Characters came to life, secondary characters became more prominent, outlines were forgotten, and a single title evolved into an eight book series, and another eight book spin-off series entitled Nashville Nights, Next Generation.

One word would aptly describe Cheryl: workaholic. She lives and breathes her writing, when she’s sleeping, watching TV, driving, reading… it’s always in the periphery of her mind. Her imagination rarely takes a holiday, even when she escapes to a sandy beach with her husband and son, she’s planning, plotting, outlining, and daydreaming.

Cheryl feels blessed to be able to get up every day and do something she loves. The thousands of fans who have embraced the Nashville Nights have made that possible. She writes for the readers who ask for more, she writes to satisfy the muse residing inside of her, but most of all, she writes because she couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life. It took her thirty-seven years to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, but now that she knows, she’s convinced she’s found her purpose.

Website: www.cheryldouglasbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheryldouglasbooks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5761770.Cheryl_Douglas

Blog: http://www.cheryldouglasbooks.com/updates.html

 

Interview and Review: The Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas

I am welcoming Elyse Douglas today.  They wrote the awesome holiday tale The Christmas Diary. Be sure to check out my review after my interview with Elyse Douglas.

Little Blurb about Elyse Douglas:

(We are a husband and wife writing team.  To keep it simple, we’ll use the pronoun I)

1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

I heard a story teller in Kentucky when I was young.  He was entrancing, the way he blended character, atmosphere and plot.  The impact was dramatic.  People laughed, cried and shouted.  I witnessed the power of a good story expertly told.  I wanted to do that.  So I embarked on becoming a writer.  And then I embarked again… and again… and, somehow I think writers are always embarking, journeying and then embarking again.  But that story teller from Kentucky inspired me to buy the first ticket for what has become a long series of ticket buying, and embarking on journeys.

2. How long did it take you to write The Christmas Diary?

Six months on the first draft.  It lay around for months more, then was rewritten, reedited and proofed and then revised.  All total, about a year.

3. While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?

Every book begins with the title.  The title is a small poem and the plot grows out of that.  Once underway, the book unravels with hope-filled happy surprises.  If by page 50 the book lacks life, it’s abandoned.  If it flows, I rarely rewrite the plot.

4. You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?

To the hardback new fiction releases.

5. How many books in a month do you tend to read?

Eight to ten books.

6. In all the books you’ve read. Who is your most favorite character and why?

Ebenezer Scrooge.  He’s loathsome, rich, greedy, mean, frightening, odious and then… loveable, generous, delightful, joyful and loving.  It is very difficult to write a character any more entertaining, complex and textured than Scrooge.  But then, Dickens was skilled and supreme.

7. State 5 random facts about yourself.

A fair jazz pianist

Speech-language pathologist

Believe in reincarnation

Grew up in a family of astrologers

Love watching kids catch the spark for learning and exploration of life.

8. Your favorite Genre?  Romantic mystery.

9. What are you currently reading?  Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

10. What is the best book you’ve read?  Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

11. Any new projects coming up? Currently working on three. Two mysteries and one romantic mystery.

Book Blurb:
Contemporary Romance
Title: The Christmas Diary
Author: Elyse Douglas
Date Published: 9/12/12
A young woman, traveling to meet her wealthy fiancé for a Christmas wedding, loses her way in a snowstorm and is stranded at a bed and breakfast. In her room, she finds an old diary written by a man who had once owned the house. Moved by what she reads, she sets off on a journey to learn what happened to him.
Review:
I really fell in love with this book.  This time of the year I really enjoy reading holiday books.  Especially those that have a great story and a meaningful focus.  Alice’s story that begins with a snowstorm will force her to face her life as it is by reading the diary of Jack and the love and loss he heartfeltly writes about.  Her drive to meet Jack and find out what happened in the end.  Alice begins to question her life’s choice and tries to imagine if she continues down the path she is currently on will she be happy in the end or if she decides to change her life entirely will that be her best choice.  This beautiful story had me laughing and crying and feeling the depths of the pain the characters were feeling.  Everything I look for in a good holiday/christmas book was found right here.  I recommend this book for anyone who wants to feel the characters emotions and completely fall in love with a story.
I’d like to thank Elyse Douglas for stopping by today and Reading Addiction Book Tours.  For more information about Elyse Douglas you can click on their links below.  For more information about The Christmas Diary you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.
Author Bio

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. His grandfather was a gifted humorist and storyteller from Kentucky.

Elyse Douglas’ four novels include: The Astrologer’s Daughter, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary and Christmas Ever After. They live in New York City.

Interview and Review: The Tragedy of Knowledge by Rachael Wade

Today I am featuring Rachael Wade whose final book in her Resistance Trilogy, The Tragedy of Knowledge.  I have read all of her Resistance Trilogy and her book Preservation.  She is a great indie author and I would wholeheartedly recommend anything she writes.  Be sure to enter her awesome giveaway after my review.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really enjoyed The Tragedy of Knowledge and was sad that this was the last book in the series.

Thanks for having me, Jackie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the end of the series. 🙂

Since this is your last book in the trilogy was it hard coming up with an ending and saying goodbye?

Oddly, no. I knew how I wanted the series to end very early on, before I wrote book 2, so when it came time to write it, I felt ready. The characters were ready. Yet there is always a bittersweet feeling leaving that world behind and saying goodbye to the characters. I really love them like real people, so it was tough. There’s always the chance I might resurrect them in the future though…

I love Gav and Cam.  What made you decide to keep this to just a trilogy and not a series?  I think you could have definitely made these books into a series. 

When I originally came up with the concept for the trilogy, I felt like the main battle, the main plot, could be covered in three books. By the third book, I felt it was enough. However, when I finished the epilogue for the 3rd book, I realized I had an idea to continue the story, so in answer to your question: I think it could continue on as a series as well. 😉 I can’t say much about it yet, though.

Is there a chance we might see a spin-off with any of the other characters?

Yes. There’s a good chance many of the characters will return in a new series that follows the Resistance Trilogy. That won’t happen for quite a while, though. I’ve been super busy with my other series projects, but I’m looking forward to seeing where it all goes. 🙂

Since it’s just us…do you have a favorite and/or least favorite character of yours?

Oh, that’s tough. I love them all, even the villains—especially the villains. Right now, I’d say my favorite character is Jackson, the lead in my upcoming romance, Love and Relativity. He was just so much fun to write. I really adore him. My least favorite would be Gérard. Everything about him boils my blood. He’s so selfish and arrogant.

How did you come up with the world of Amaranth and the ability to become and unbecome a frozen soul? 

The concept for the realm entry through the bayou portal and all that came to me while I was visiting the places in the book. I had the opportunity to visit Southern Louisiana before I wrote the series. Then I started to wonder who would go there and why? Why would these ex-vampires be held captive in this realm? Once I played around with those questions, the rest of the concept for vampires-turned-human again sort of evolved from there, and it eventually became the whole focus of the plot.

Who do you envision playing your characters if there was an ever a movie made of your series? 

Oh, that’s tough, too. I’ve picked a few actors and models that I think have certain qualities that would work for the characters. You can see my photo picks here.  In particular, I think Emma Stone would be absolutely perfect for Audrey.

Can you give us a hint on what you’re working on next?

Right now I’m working on Reservation, a sequel to my contemporary romance, Preservation, which is told from Ryan’s POV. I’m also working on The Keepers Trilogy, a new sci-fi romance series.

Do you have any authors you read that have inspired your writing? 

Oh, tons. Cormac McCarthy and Sylvia Plath are two big influences. And contemporary writers like Veronica Roth, E.L. James, and Jennifer Armentrout.

Ok…now I am gonna ask you just a couple of fun/silly questions.  Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Celebrity tabloid magazines. It’s awful. I hate buying them because they’re all crap and they only contribute to the media storm that invades these celebrities’ lives, which I really hate. I don’t think just because you’re famous that people should feel entitled to “own” you and expose your private life to the whole world. That makes no sense to me. And yet if I see one of my favorite actors on the cover of one, I have to buy it. *hangs head in shame*

Can you share with me three things that not many people know about you?

Hhhmm, well before I decided to write for a living, I worked as a public speaker for Sea World in the education and conservation department. I was originally planning on working with animals. Sometimes I’m afraid of heights, and I still listen to 90s pop.

Do you have any must-read books that no matter how many times you read them they never get old?

Yes! I can read Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux books over and over, as well as the Fifty Shades Trilogy. They always make me laugh, swoon, and keep me on the edge of my seat.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer?

I guess to see something I’ve written on TV or in a film someday. I don’t care whether it’s a small indie film or a made-for-TV series. It doesn’t have to be huge or anything, although that would be nice, too haha. I just love visual storytelling and I’m a huge movie buff, so seeing something I’ve written translated on screen like that would be a dream come true.

Finally, if you could meet a fictional character from either your books or another author’s books who would it be and why?

That’s a great question! I’d love to meet Tobias (Four) from Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. I have a major book boyfriend crush on him. If I could meet anyone from my books, I’d like to meet Camille. She’s pretty special to me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I’m definitely going to miss the world of Amaranth but am looking forward to what you have coming up next.  I’m especially looking forward to the sequel to Preservation. 

Book Blurb:

The Battle Comes Home.

After arranging a hopeful but risky alliance during their visit to the Amaranthian realm, Camille, Gavin, and the resistance don’t have much time to recover from their failed mission. Forced to create a new strategy to achieve their goal, they embark on a different mission—one that possibly holds the missing key to their quest for victory, and their deadliest one yet.

As they attempt round two to restore peace and freedom for their kind, they must rely on help from the living, the bayous, and beyond to decipher allies from enemies, good magic from bad, and whether the source claiming to lead the way to their destiny can be trusted. Racing against the clock to solve the mystery of their fate, they find the battle has come right to their doorstep, and this time, everyone must pay a price.

Review:

The Tragedy of Knowledge is the third book in Rachael Wade’s Resistance trilogy.  This book picks up right where The Gates left off.  Cam is now a frozen soul.  They have lost some friends in the resistance and they must keep going to find a way to free the frozen souls and Amaranthians.  Cam, Gavin, Audrey, Gabe, Josh and others must find the way to defeat Gerard.  Against what seems to be insurmountable odds and new betrayals will the resistance win out?

I loved this book just like the other two.  The characters continue to evolve and develop.  The love between Cam and Gavin continues to put the pages to flame.  Rachael Wade does an incredible job taking us from Louisiana and back to Amaranth.  The different take on vampires or frozen souls is unique and really makes this trilogy an intriguing read.  It is unique and truly entertaining.  Between the characters, the scenery and the emotions that not just The Tragedy of Knowledge and the rest of the trilogy.  The Tragedy of Knowledge will have you crying, laughing and being really pissed.  I would recommend this series and any of Rachael Wade’s other books.

I’d like to thank Rachael Wade for stopping by today.  If you’d like to know more about the Resistance trilogy and The Tragedy of Knowledge you can check them out at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Rachael Wade is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the contemporary romance, Preservation. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to conserve wildlife and help fight animal cruelty. Also visit her at Lights ON Outreach, her environmental and humanitarian advocacy blog.

Giveaway: 

Just leave a comment about what fictional character you’d like to meet in real life.  You will be entered to winUp for grabs: 1 e-book copy set of  ALL 3 books in the trilogy, including Amaranth (Book 1), The Gates (Book 2), and The Tragedy of Knowledge (Book 3) in the e-format of the winner’s choice (MOBI, EPUB, or PDF)

Interview and Review: Shades of Desire by L.M Pruitt

I’d like to welcome L.M Pruitt today.  She is promoting the second book in her Jude Magdalyn series, Shades of Desire.  This second installment is such a great addition to this series.  Be sure to check out my review after the awesome interview from L.M Pruitt.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really enjoyed Shades of Desire and I adore the Jude Magdalyn Series.

How did you come up with the idea Covenant?

I wanted a group that would be open to different kinds of magic, to different ways of interacting with supernatural elements. I’ve read a lot of books where a main character was either this or that, a group was either this or that. I wanted there to be a blending, a flexibility to allow for different situations.

I loved both Williams and Theo.  Was it a difficult choice for you between the two for who Jude would fall for?

Initially, yes. I didn’t anticipate it to happen quite so soon, I thought the relationships would play out over more books. But in the end, it was the right choice.

I know this is only book two in your series, but will we see Jude grow even more powerful and develop more powers?

Possibly. Maybe. We’ll have to see, lol.

I love the angst between Rian and Elizabeth.  Will we finally get a resolution with them?   And will the yellow dress finally be clarified for the two of them?

Yes and yes. And I can tell you to read Shades of Blood—all will be revealed, lol.

I know you may not be able to tell me this but with the appearance of Dani at the end of the book and dhampir’s come to light will there be any question about the bumps’ daddy?

Yes. And again, all will be revealed in Shades of Blood, lol.

Out of all the awesome characters in your two Jude Magdalyn books who would you say is your favorite and who is your least favorite?

Wow. I can honestly say I have no idea. I really do enjoy all of my characters even the bad guys. If I had to pick, I would say favorite is Jude (obviously). Least favorite? Maybe Rosalind.

Do you fashion your writing after any particular authors? If so, what attracts you to those authors?

No. When I first started writing, I tried to imitate the voice of chick lit and romance writers and found it didn’t work for me at all. So when I switched to urban fantasy/paranormal romance, I said, “Screw it, I’m going to write how I write.” So far it seems to be working out, lol.

Ok…now I am gonna ask you just a couple fun/silly questions.  Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Ice cream. Popsicles. Taylor Swift’s music.

Can you share with me three things that not many people know about you?

I fell off my bed until I was 20. I have also fallen up flights of stairs, not down. And I’m terrified of heights.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer?

To be able to support myself while sharing my stories with the world.

Do you do anything unique while writing?

No, not really. Sometimes I sing to whatever song is playing on my iTunes DJ, but that’s about it.

Finally,  If you could meet one fictional character whether from your series or another author’s books who would that be and why?  

Ryodan from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. And I’m not telling you why, lol.

Thank you again for stopping by and I really look forward to reading Shades of Blood.

Shades of Desire

By L.M. Pruitt

Blurb

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job. All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job.

Did I forget to mention that I’ve also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school?

Peace and quiet? Out the window.

 –Jude Magdalyn Henries

Review: 

This was a phenomenal follow-up to Shades of Gray.  I am growing more and more attached to this group of characters.  The story is a great continuation of the first in the series.  Jude and her whole crew are unique but also very relatable.  There were even parts of this book that I laughed out loud.  The interactions between the adults and the slew of teenagers was also so realistic I could actually place myself there. I loved the on going drama between Rian and Elizabeth was so good I can’t wait to find out if they will finally end up together.  Overall the story, characters and dialogue have grown and draw you in even more to see what will happen next.  I can’t wait to read the next in her series, Shades of Blood.

I’d like to thank L.M Pruitt for stopping by today and Bewitching book tours for giving me this opportunity to host this tour stop.  If you would like to learn more information about Shades of Desire and the Jude Magdalyn series in general you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

 

November Surprise by Laurel Osterkamp

I’d like to welcome Laurel Osterkamp today.  She is stopping by today to promote her book November Surprise.  It a contemporary romance with politics in the background.  Be sure to read my review after Laurel visit.  So without any further adieu here is Laurel Osterkamp.

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

Definitely! Lucy, the main character, even states the theme towards the end. “It’s our history that brought us to this point, and it’s made us who we are.” Since the whole book is about finding parallels between Lucy’s personal dramas and the country’s public dramas, I think that’s pretty fitting.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I have a writing group where we share our work and give each other feedback. They always tease me about the lack of setting in my books, and when I actually describe the setting, they tease me for that too! I forget to provide details, so that’s something I really need to work on.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I’ve written three full length novels: Following My Toes, Starring in the Movie of My Life, and November Surprise.

Also, two novellas: Looking for Ward and Campaign Promises

I think my favorite is a tie between Starring in the Movie of My Life and November Surprise. I really pushed myself and discovered new things about my writing while working on both of them, but in different ways.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

That’s hard. Whoever plays Lucy has to come off as smart, pretty without realizing it, and believable from the ages of 17 to 37. Perhaps Gennifer Goodwin.

When did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing things for fun, like journals and short stories, for as long as I can remember. I started writing sketch comedy about 15 years ago, and my first book, Following My Toes, was written about eight years ago.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

The first draft took about six months, but all the revisions took well over a year. I guess all total, it was around two years.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Oh, sure. There are tons. Today I’ll mention Jennifer Weiner. She’s very prolific, and I love how she helped to redefine the romantic heroine. Good in Bed was one of the first “chick lit” novels with a flawed main character, who was beautiful and strong in her own way.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Probably revisions. By that time I know the characters and the story arc really well, and I can work on refining the details and making it as perfect as possible. The challenge can be a lot of fun.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Awesome political love story!

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I have a blog written in Lucy’s voice about the current election and her marriage to Monty. It’s fun to continue their story. You can read it at http://novembersurprises.blogspot.com

This spring I was on a federal jury, and of course the whole time I was thinking about how I could use the experience for my next novel. I have some ideas, so that’s what my next book will be about. Since it’s going to be fiction, I can make jury duty much more exciting than it actually was!

Date Published: 8/2012

 Synopsis:

For Lucy Jones, the distinction between love and politics is hazy at best. Both can be all-consuming, and either can lead to a heart-breaking loss or an exhilarating win. Whatever the case, if you’re seen as a loser, you probably are one. Lucy first learns this lesson in 1988, when she’s a shy girl, battling a high school bully and rooting for Dukakis. Through the years Lucy will experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as she makes the choices that define her. Meanwhile, she also struggles to define her relationship with Monty, who comes in and out of her life like the changes in public opinion. Is Monty simply a one-night stand, a kindred spirit, or the love of her life? And by 2008, can he offer her a change to believe in?

 Over the course of twenty years and six presidential elections, Lucy grows and adjusts with the times. Filled with snarky political and pop-culture references, November Surprise is about the journey we take to believe in a candidate, in love, and in ourselves.

 November Surprise is a companion piece to Campaign Promises, which is free on Amazon. They can be read in either order. Both have a liberal slant.

Excerpt:

Monty and I have been dancing together all evening. The slow songs are the best, but we also do the Macarena and even the Chicken Dance. I can’t stop laughing the entire time I’m quacking my hands.

Jack and his new wife, Petra, have fed each other cake. Petra has thrown her bouquet, and all the toasts have been given. The night is winding down, and Monty leads me off the dance floor.

“I’m really glad neither of us had dates,” he says.

“Yeah, me too.” My heart beats just a little bit faster than normal.

“And I’m sorry about earlier. Hitting on you like that. It was clumsy. Will you forgive me?” His face is flushed and his tie is loosened. I’m sure I’ve noticed before how good looking he is, but this is the first time I’ve let myself appreciate it.

“There’s nothing to forgive.” I look around, make sure nobody is watching, and then I stand on my tip-toes and plant a kiss on his cheek. When he doesn’t flinch or pull away, I give him the barest whisper of a kiss on the lips.

It’s all the encouragement he needs.

With a conspiratorial smile, he takes my hand and leads me outside the reception hall. I follow willingly.

When we get to a dark, hidden spot, he wraps his arms around my waist and kisses me deeply. I can feel it everywhere, my entire body is tingling, my knees are weak, and I’m sure that at any moment, my heart will explode.

I don’t want him to stop. But he does.

“Where are you staying tonight?” he asks.

“I was going to drive back to my parents’ house.”

“Hmm…” he leans in and kisses me some more. I press up against him like I can’t get close enough. He tilts his head back ever so slightly, so he can talk. “That’s a long drive. Do you want to stay with me, instead?”

“You have a hotel room?”

“It’s close to the airport,” he whispers. “I fly back to New York really early tomorrow.” Then he baby kisses my eyes, nose, and chin.

I don’t answer immediately. I’m trying to steady my breathing. “So you can make a clean get away?”

“It’s not like that.” he smiles. “And you haven’t even said yes, yet.”

But he knows I’m going to. “You can’t ever tell Jack,” I say.

“He just got married, Lucy. Do you really think he’ll care?”

I rub my hands down his back and across the taut muscles in his arms. “I never had sex with him, and we dated for months. If he finds out you and I had a one night stand…”

Monty cuts me off with another kiss. “I promise I’ll never tell him,” he murmurs, between kisses.

We make out a few seconds more, but our kissing is interrupted when I’m consumed with a fit of giggles.

“What’s so funny?” Monty asks.

I shake my head. “Sorry. It just occurred to me. I’m about to do it with the homecoming king.”

Monty chuckles. “Does that turn you on?”

“Yeah,” I admit. “Kind of. Is that okay?”

He kisses my neck. I tilt my head back and sigh in pleasure.

“Are you kidding?” His lips are a mere centimeter from my skin as he mumbles, and his arms tighten around me even more. “If I had known, I would have worn my crown.”

Now we’re both laughing.

“You know this isn’t the sort of thing I usually do…”

He raises his face so he’s looking me in the eye. “I know,” he says, and he smiles. Crinkles form around his green eyes, and I feel a moment of panic. There’s no way I’m casual enough to be with him for just one night.

“Let’s make it special, okay?” He reaches down and clasps my hand, and I let him lead me somewhere, again. This time, I follow him to the parking lot. Tonight, I’d follow him anywhere.

Review:

This was a very entertaining read.  With politics as an ongoing theme you really fall in love with the characters.  You love Lucy, Monty, Jack and Sharon.  With a contemporary romance in a political setting I was a bit worried with how this would work because you don’t normally see these two themes together.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The story flowed very well and moved along very quickly.  I think this was definitely a worthwhile read and had me really rooting for Lucy and Monty not to mention the presidential candidates they supported.  I would definitely read another of Laurel books.

I would like to thank Laurel Osterkamp for stopping by today and Reading Addiction Book Tours for allowing me to host one of the stops.  For more information about Laurel Osterkamp click on one of the links below.  For additional information about November Surprise you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio

Laurel Osterkamp was a comedy writer in Minneapolis before she began writing novels.  Her first novel, Following My Toes, has been a Kindle best seller and won the 2008 Indie Excellence Award for Chick Lit. Starring in the Movie of My Life received honors in the 2011 Indie Excellence Awards for Chick Lit, and in the 2011 International Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and Young Adult Lit. Both books are indie approved at indiereader.com. She currently teaches high school, and is working on her next book, which is inspired by her recent jury duty.

Website/Blog: www.laurelosterkamp.com  www.laurelosterkamp.blogspot.com

Twitter: @laurelosterkamp

 

 

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