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

 

 

Interview and Review: Betrayal by M.L Guida

I want to welcome M.L Guida here today.  She is here promoting her book Betrayal.  A very sexy and angelic paranormal romance.  Be sure to check out my review after my interview.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Can you tell us a little about Betrayal?

Betrayal, the Angels of Death, is about a woman, Heather Bowen, desperate to prove his sister’s innocence and an angel of death, Scythe Angel, trying to save his fallen brother’s soul.  Only by working together can they save their siblings.

I know as an author your characters are like children, but do you have a favorite or least favorite character?

I love each of my characters, even the villains.  I understand them and want to make them as complex as possible.  In Betrayal, Blade, Scythe’s brother, is torn and he takes out his angel on everyone.  He wants everybody to hurt, because he hurts.  His anger leads him down the wrong path and at odds with Michael the Archangel.  I liked writing about Blade, because I understood him, but this didn’t justify his violent behavior.  He will get a chance to redeem himself in the next book, which goes deeper into his story.

Are any of your characters based on people you know or even yourself?

My characters have personality traits of people I know, but they are all fictional.

What has inspired you to write Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance?

I have always liked the supernatural.  When I was a little girl, I used to watch Dark Shadows (not with Johnny Depp!) and read Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.  How many have you heard those books?  I did read some Nancy Drew, but those books did not hold my attention.  I fell in love with Tolkein and read the Lord of the Rings book almost every year.

Now, I am addicted to the reality ghost shows:  Ghost Hunters, A Haunting, Ghost Adventures and Paranormal State.  I’m excited because A Haunting is saying they will have no epos ides this October.

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

Yes, there are several authors who have inspired my writing:  Stephen King, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.K. Rowling and Marsha Canham.  Their character development has tied me to their stories and I have tried to immolate their writing.

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

Watching those paranormal reality shows are my guilty pleasures.  Oh, and I still love Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  I know! I know!

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

  1.  I have a loss of hearing in my left ear due to my infected tonsils.
  2.  I started writing stories when I was fourteen, because S.E. Hinton was my idol.
  3. I’ve always wanted to travel to Africa to see the lions after watching the movie, Born Free.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer? 

To be able to make enough money to quit my job and write full time.  Most writers have a “day job” and must write during their spare time.

If your book was ever made into a movie do you have any actors in mind that would play your characters?

When I think of Michael the Archangel, I would want someone to play him with an edge.  Johnny Depp would be great as Balthasar, the demon.  I can imagine how he would dress.  Chris Hemsworth would definitely be Scythe.

Finally, Do you have any unusual rituals that you must do while writing? 

I write best when I am watching paranormal shows.  They put me into the movie, especially A Haunting.

Thank you again for stopping by and I really look forward to reading your next book. 

Review:

Betrayal was an excellent read.  The characters and love story drew me in and made me wish I was an “angel-mate.”  I loved Scythe, Blade, Rafael, Michael and Heather.  I especially loved that Michael was a bit of the bad angel.  It totally makes sense, but it hasn’t always been portrayed that way.  Scythe and Heather’s love story is very quick, but you get the feeling that with a bond that the two of them had they were meant to be together.  For a paranormal romance, you don’t really expect all of the deep emotions that this book gives you.  The longing for forgiveness and sadness of Heather’s childhood really burrow deep into the mind of the reader.  I had tears when she is confronting her “demons”.  M.L Guida truly captured her characters essence and the world around them.  I hope her next book will be out soon and I really hope it will be about Blade (*begging*).  I can really see this becoming a popular series.  Plus, who wants to pass up hot angels  and a chance to be with them forever.  Not me that’s for sure (fanning herself).  I very much recommend this book especially to fans of J.R Ward’s BDB series and Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series.  I look forward to reading many more books by M.L Guida.

I’d like to thank M.L Guida for stopping by today and I’d like to thank Innovative Online Book Tours for allowing me to host this stop.  For more information about Betrayal and M.L Guida you can stop by Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

ML Guida writes contemporary and historical paranormal romance.  She is published with Passion in Print.  Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Art in Creative Writing through Regis University.  She lives in beautiful, colorful Colorado and enjoys going to the mountains.  Skiing, walks and scuba diving are her favorite past times when she is not writing

Interview and Review: Passion Creek by Avery Flynn

I’d like to welcome Avery Flynn today.  She is currently promoting her new book, Passion Creek.  Be sure to click on the giveaway after my review of this awesome suspenseful romance.

Thank you for stopping by today Ms. Flynn. 

Thank you so much for having me over at your place today!

Your alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m., what do you do next?

If my alarm went off at 5 a.m. I would still hit snooze about twelve times before I even realized what I was doing. I am a really hard sleeper – as in I slept through a tornado once – so getting up in the morning is hellish. A roommate in college once threatened to kill me if I hit snooze one more time. I couldn’t even hold it against her because I am that bad about getting up.

What do you write and what is it about that genre that calls out to you?

I write steamy romantic suspense with a sense of humor. I can’t imagine writing anything else. Man, I love the heart-pounding intensity of mixing suspense, humor and sex into one fast-paced, thrill-a-minute ride. It’s what I like to read and what I love to write.

What is it about your current hero that is crush worthy?

Picture Indiana Jones with washboard abs and a bit of a cranky attitude and you have Sam Layton. He is so crush worthy. Damn, he’s really yummy – don’t tell my husband I said that.

Why would a reader want to be best friends with your latest heroine?

You know those friends that you have who always have your back, make you laugh when you need it, tell you to suck it up when you deserve it and would bring you Ben & Jerry’s and a copy of Bridget Jones’ Diary in times of need? That’s Josie Winarksy. Plus she drinks my favorite drink: a vodka gimlet. 🙂

Tell us a little about Passion Creek.

Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped

believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.

All Las Vegas cocktail waitress Josie Winarsky wants to do is paint. But when she lands smack dab in the middle in a mob plot, she has to push aside her dreams to find a treasure in Dry Creek,

Nebraska and save her family from harm. With Sam at her side and a Vegas loan shark on her tail, the treasure she finds turn out to be much more valuable than emeralds and rubies.

Watch the book trailer at http://averyflynn.com/blog/passion-danger-treasure-caught-on-video/

Review:

Avery Flynn has written a wonderful suspenseful romance.  She pulls you into a world of intrigue and swirls in a lot of love and romance.  Passion Creek begins in the hot spot of Las Vegas and ends in the small town of Dry Creek Nebraska.  From the beginning when you meet waitress Josie Winarsky you love her character.  She is intelligent, sexy and wise ass.  She is a phenomenal heroine.  After meeting Josie we soon meet Sam Layton.  A very hunky history professor.  With the picture that Avery Flynn paints of Sam I don’t blame Josie for jumping right into his bed.

Passion Creek brings treasure hunting and hot sex together in a phenomenal story.  I read this book in one day because I couldn’t put it down.  Josie and Sam have such wonderful chemistry that the story just took on a natural feel.  The only thing I wish there had been more of was of the Layton family.  They were on the perifary of the story, but I would have liked to have met more of them.  I feel now I need to read the other two books in this series.  I definitely recommend reading Passion Creek.  But, one warning I hope you have a husband, a boyfriend or a handy little friend because you will definitely be very hot and bothered after reading this book.  🙂

I’d like to thank Avery Flynn for stopping by today and Promotional Book Tours for allowing me to host today’s spot.  For more information about Avery Flynn and Passion Creek be sure to click on the links below.  You can also check out Passion Creek at Barnes and Noble,  Amazon and any other book retailer.

To enter the giveaway just click on this link: http://www.promotionalbooktours.com/2012/07/passion-creek-book-tour-and-contest/

About Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Evernight Publishing released the first two books in her Layton Family series, Temptation Creek and Seduction Creek. The third book in the series, Passion Creek, released on Aug. 31. Find out more about Avery on her blog (www.averyflynn.com), follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/averyflynn), like her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avery-Flynn/177161972329973) or friend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/avery.flynn.7). Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.

Interview and Review: Fairyproof by Constance Phillips

I’d like to welcome Constance Phillips today.  She is here promoting her new book, Fairyproof.  Be sure to check out my review of Fairyproof after my interview with Constance Phillips.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really enjoyed Fairyproof.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Fairyproof, and for having me on your blog today!

What drew you to the idea of fairies?

Actually, I was in the mood to write something light and fun. I’d just finished my second manuscript in a row that was dark, and I felt like my writing was affecting my mood.  The first draft of Fairyproof was a short story. It was much more lighthearted too. In the end, fun and light wasn’t really my voice. So, in subsequent drafts, it turned into what it is now.

The popular idea of fairies is that they have wings and look like Tinkerbell.  What made you change that stereotype?

When I came up with the idea that there would be conflicts between the fairies and the humans, I felt it made more sense if they blended physically.

Monique makes a joke in Fairyproof about not looking at all like tinkerbell, and I plan to explore how common lore developed into the Fairproof world lore in the next couple of books in the series (if the stars and heavens align).

Will we be seeing more stories based on the characters in Fairyproof?  I would love to see more of Leal and Veronica.

I hope so! I’m currently writing another book in this world that focuses on Keiran, He goes through a lot in Fairyproof, and I wanted to give him a shot at happiness (after he goes through some more stuff!).

I definitely have ideas for future books centering on Leal and Veronica, and would love to see them make their way to the shelves. Keep your fingers crossed.

Are any of your characters based on people you know or even yourself?

Not in the sense that any one character is based on a single person. I put a bit of myself and a bit of other people in each and every character.

Knowing you like the paranormal if you could meet one paranormal being (safely) what/who would that be and why?

I was a big fan of the early Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton, and was especially fond of Asher. Also, Acheron from the Sherrilyn Kenyon books would be fun.

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

The two I mentioned in the last question were the authors that brought me into reading paranormal. I’m also a big JR Ward fan. I don’t know if they inspired the writing, so to speak, but they did inspire me to start writing paranormal.

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

Oh yeah! Chocolate. Ice Cream. 80s pop music.

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

Boy this is hard. I don’t have a lot of “secrets.” I guess one would be that I like order. I say people wouldn’t know that about me because I tend to look very disorganized. The fact is, no matter how messy it looks, everything is in its place and there for a reason.

I think another secret would be that my mind is almost always spinning stories. It very rarely turns off for me. If I’m watching a movie or a tv show, my mind takes this or that and runs with a whole new tale. People I see on the street or in stores aren’t immune either.

A third? People probably don’t know how much I love to take a day every now and again to just stay in my PJs and watch old movies on Netflix. It’s the only time and way that I can truly relax.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer?

To be read. Of course, a best seller list would be nice, and the ultimate dream, but honestly, just knowing that my book is being read by others is a huge dream-come-true for me.

Finally,  do you have any strange/unique rituals that you go through when writing?

I don’t know if it’s strange, but I need a cup of coffee (or a diet coke, if I’ve had my coffee fill for the day) by my side and when I’m writing I turn on some music really low, mostly to give me something to close out. It helps to up my concentration.

Thank you again for stopping by and I really look forward to reading your next book.

Thanks for having me!!}

Fairyproof
By Constance Phillips

 Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Date of Publication:  September 4, 2012

 ISBN: 978-1-937254-75-9

Book Description:

When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home.

Hiding should be a breeze. She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell. Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who’s immune to both.

A year ago, Daniel’s fiancée disappeared with the engagement ring, an Elliot family heirloom. He’s ready to move forward with his life, but his mother’s obsession with retrieving the ring makes that impossible. Then Monique walks into his office to apply for a job.

Daniel and Monique can’t deny their attraction, but will the reason he’s Fairyproof be too much to overcome?

Excerpt:

(This is the scene in which the hero and heroine meet. Monique is interviewing for a job, and has given a false name – Naomi – because she is in hiding.)

Two large windows overlooked the park across the street, a tell-tale sign of his success in the business world. The park looming ten stories below, a bit of nature captured between the high-rise office buildings, reminded Moni            que of the world she ran from. It was a slice of serenity amidst a chaotic city, and a dynamic illustration of the two worlds she was caught between.

A large, cherry desk with no clutter sat near one window. Other than a tray full of files in the left corner, only a computer monitor sat on the polished surface. In front of it were three reddish-brown leather chairs with cherry end tables separating them.

Both her father and brother used to say “focus on your strengths and downplay your weaknesses,” and that’s what needed to be done. Her best assets were physical: long legs, a small waist, and breasts that would always turn a man’s head, especially when she unbuttoned the top two buttons and wore a push up bra. Five-nine before slipping on the three-inch black heels, she towered over most women. The shoes matched a very short skirt and sleek-fitting jacket.

She shifted her weight, started across the room and focused on Daniel. Sitting behind the desk, his head was buried in a file. All she could see was his jet-black hair. Bone straight, it framed his face and brushed his shoulders with just enough gray at the temples to raise her pulse.

Then he looked up.

Gray eyes met hers from behind black-rimmed glasses. Her heart lurched in her chest. Charming him would be a pleasure.

Holding his gaze, she set her shoulders back enough that his eyes would drop lower, and closed the distance between them. She offered her hand across the desk and tipped her head, letting her hair fall across her right shoulder. When his large hand enveloped hers, she smiled and cast an enchantment spell. “Mr. Elliot, I’m Naomi Sanders.”

She waited for the familiar haze to cloud his eyes, a sure sign he was under her control.

He accepted her hand, cradled it in his for a brief moment before turning his attention to his assistant who handed him her paperwork.

No haze. He didn’t move toward her with an infatuated grin, just went about his business. A sharp pain seized her heart, radiating through her chest. What could have gone wrong? Casting an enchantment spell was second nature. She’d been using them to get what she wanted since seeking refuge among the humans.

As she lowered herself into one of the chairs, her mind grappled with what had gone wrong, and her body slipped into the familiar: teasing the man in front of her. She crossed her long legs, and let her skirt slide up her thigh.

Unaffected, Daniel read her file as he walked around his desk and leaned back against it. After a moment, he looked up and asked, “Why did you leave your last job?”

She shifted her weight in the chair, uncrossing her long legs and crossing them again in the opposite direction. He didn’t appear moved at all by her physical appearance, but even with her worries Monique couldn’t ignore him or the way his dark, tailored suit accented his long, lean body.

A smile crossed his thin lips, but not for the reason she wanted. He hadn’t even noticed her legs. Contact hadn’t been broken by his crisp, clear eyes. The grin turned to a light chuckle. “If that question is too hard, Miss Sanders, maybe we’re both wasting our time.”

Her cheeks flushed and she knew they were reddening with embarrassment. Worried they clashed with her hair, she tried to swallow the blush. If winning this job the old-fashioned way wasn’t going to work, then she wasn’t going to get it. Still, she had to say something. Fear knotted her stomach as she stammered, “It’s not too hard, Mr. Elliot. I needed a new start, so I moved.”

“From the locations of your last three jobs — Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Boston — it seems like you’ve needed a few new starts. Now, it’s Elgin, Illinois. Some would say moving across country when you don’t have a job lined up is a very stupid thing to do.”

A glint in his eyes that told her he didn’t agree with that statement. She followed that instinct and moved forward, hoping to salvage things. “I’m not worried. If I don’t get this job, I’ll find another.”

If he was immune to her spells, was she also transparent to him? Did he know she was lying? Could he see just how desperate she was? Her fears raced through her head, breaking her concentration.

“I would say you’re brave and a go-getter.”

Wait. Those were positive attributes. Right?

He tapped the pen on the edge of his desk, studying her file. “On the other hand, I’m worried wanderlust might strike again. The reason there is an opening at all is because Renee’s new husband’s job is taking them both out of state. I don’t want to have to go through a search like this again in six months when you decide you need another change.”

She’d be lucky if she was still here in six weeks, but she couldn’t tell Daniel that. The fact she had to tell him anything at all annoyed her. Her prowess and powers should have had this job cinched by now. He should be sending the other girls home and inviting her to lunch.

But she couldn’t let her frustration derail her. This job was too important to her survival to let it slip away. She dug deep, reached out and touched his knee so she could cast the spell again. Smiling in his direction, she said, “If you give me the chance, I won’t disappoint you.”

He shifted to his right and let her hand slip away as his eyes returned to the file. His lower lip curled between his teeth as he studied her application, not dissuaded from the task at hand. He didn’t even seem to recognize the subtle inflection in her voice.

Instead, he was going on and on with legitimate questions about her employment history and her knowledge of the business world. Could she work weekends if asked? Was she familiar with the software their computers used? Did she have experience with multi-line phones? Did she consider herself a people person?

Some she answered honestly. Others she flubbed her way through, making up the best answers she could. Unfortunately, thinking on her feet was not what she considered a strong suit and she was having a hard time deciphering how Daniel was reacting to her. It just wasn’t happening the way she’d hoped.

Her toe tapped against the floor, but deep inside her heart quivered. His cool, detached attitude challenged her, but if she didn’t impress with this interview, she’d never get the chance to know if she’d overcome his immunity to her.

“Well, thank you for coming in, Naomi. I have a few other women to interview, but I need to make a decision soon. You’ll be hearing from me either way.”

It was over. For the first time since leaving her own world and stepping into the humans’, she’d failed. She hadn’t charmed Daniel and she wouldn’t be getting this desperately-needed job.

Stepping into the small elevator, she watched the metal doors close and asked her mirrored reflection what’d gone wrong. Humans weren’t immune to her power — their power — it just didn’t happen.  Did it?

Keiran considered all humans the enemy and he knew his enemy well. He would know what was going on here, but, since they weren’t even on speaking terms, she couldn’t ask. He’d be more concerned with getting her far away from them and back home than teaching her more about their ways. She wasn’t willing to surrender to him. And she wasn’t going home.

Not yet.

Of all times for her powers to fail! And it wasn’t just about how much she needed the job. As important as it was, her desire to see Daniel again burned inside her and it went so much deeper than his grey eyes and lean frame. Deeper than his delightful smile.

For some reason, his immunity to her spells and wiles intrigued her. She hungered for what lingered just out for reach like some forbidden fruit.

Without the job, she’d never see him again and the fact he appeared to be spell-proof would no longer be significant.

But what if it was a failing with her instead of a resistance in him?

In some ways, the thought made sense. It also terrified her. She’d always survived here by keeping humans, especially the men, on puppet strings that she controlled. If she had to deal with them on a level playing field, she was doomed.

Without this job, she was more vulnerable to her brother and Eero. Would Daniel Elliot, with his charm and good looks, be the one to end her earthly romp and cause her to go home?

Damn it! Didn’t he know he was supposed to find her irresistible? After all, she was a fairy.

Review:

This was a great read.  I very quickly got drawn into the world of Fairies.  From the first sentence the story moved very quickly.  You immediately love both Daniel and Monique.  This story is filled with secrets that you are dying to uncover.  Not to mention the steamy scenes between Monique and Daniel…when it finally happens.  At times you forget this is a paranormal romance.  It is written very much centering on the romance more than the paranormal.  But, just when you forget its paranormal then you are given a reminder like the fairies ability to manipulate the minds or the magic stones or even the transporting spells.  Overall, I fell for the characters and the stories.  This book definitely left  me wanting more for the supporting characters.  I can’t wait til Ms. Phillips finishes Kieran’s  story and begins working on Leal and Veronica.  Although…I would love to see Kieran and Leal.  I just think they have a really good love/hate relationship.  I definitely recommend this book.  Ms. Phillips is a fantastic upcoming writer and I cannot wait to read more.

I’d like to thank Ms. Phillips for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for letting me host this stop.  For more information regarding Constance Phillips or Fairyproof you can click on the links below.  You may also go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer for information about Fairyproof.

Author Bio:

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she’s not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she’s working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.

Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).

Constance blogs regularly at http://www.constancephillips.com. You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

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