Saturday, March 28, 2015

Royal Date



Royal Date by Sariah Wilson
Publication date: March 3rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince . . .

Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin.

HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.

Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?




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NOTE that the book is currently 50% off with the discount code ScoutOne!


Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters--which is why she writes romance. She has published five happily ever after stories. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Discovering April


Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson
Publication date: April 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
April Landau thinks she has everything she’s ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, a house she can’t afford, her bipolar tabby cat, and she’s all set to begin her Junior year of college. Just when she least expects it, her life gets thrown for a loop. When things between her and her long time boyfriend unravel, she becomes stuck in a downward spiral of emotion. Finally, opening her eyes to the fact that she may have given up more than she ever could have imagined in this relationship. She finds herself struggling to keep her head above water.
Enter April’s next door neighbor— Jared Hoffman. He’s her complete opposite. A high school drop out who was forced to take over his parent’s business after their untimely death. It’s no surprise this tragedy affected him greatly, causing him to recede almost completely from society.
But he has one secret. A secret he’s been carrying around for years.
What happens when their worlds collide? Can an old friendship be the one thing that brings these two back to life?

A new adult love story filled with drama, sex, death, and the complications of all of the above. 

Pre-order (Amazon pre-maturely listed the cover, however it has not been advertised so no one will see it before the reveal): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V46MYJ4


SALE ALERT:
Discovering April will be on Pre-Order sale for $0.99 until 5/1/2015!
--Starting 4/27/2015 The Seraphina Series will also be on sale until 5/1 in honor of April’s release!
Starting 5/1 Discovering April will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited 


AUTHOR BIO:
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny lead her to writing again. She constantly strives to be a positive role model and write stories that empower and inspire.
Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. While God is currently writing her love story she continues to put all her time into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
For more on Sheena and her books visit her website www.SheenaHutchinson.com.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Unforgettable Sun

I am a huge fan of Kathryn Andrews. HUGE!  I have read all the books in this series and I truly believe her writing just gets better and better.  In the Hale Brothers series the older brothers have always stood out.  Matt, the youngest, was always in the background with a few mentions here and there.  Matt was a mystery and I just knew his story would be a good one and I was right!  Elle was the perfect companion to truly understand Matt and give him the kind of love he so desperately needed.  Kathryn did a great job at creating two characters that carry so much guilt, sadness and are aching for love but feel unworthy.  The first time these two kiss.....such an awesome scene.  I loved it!  The love story between Matt and Elle is beautiful with just the right amount of suspense.  My heart ached for these two to finally get the love, and peace, they both deserved.  As I have read the books in this series I always think, "THIS is my favorite brother" and then I read the next book and am proven wrong.  I have decided that they will just all share the title of favorite.  Drew, Beau and Matt are all uniquely different, gorgeous and unfailingly devoted to the women that have stole their hearts.  The women in their lives are just as unique with incredible stories that you will love.  

Title: Unforgettable Sun
Series: Hale Brothers #3
Author: Kathryn Andrews
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2015
Matt Hale

I’ve never really been included. I’ve never felt like I truly belonged. But then again, how could I? Living on this island, I’ve seen and heard too many things. Lies. Secrets. 

“Lies I’ve been forced to tell and secrets I’ve been forced to keep. They keep me locked to myself.”

They’re the reason I stand on the edge of the horizon and watch from afar. Other people’s lives have evolved, but not mine. It’s exactly the same. Day after day, the sun rises, and every time its rays penetrate my skin, I’m reminded that no matter how desperately I don’t want to be, I’m trapped. I want to live. I want to breathe. I just want to be . . . free.

Elle Summers

If I had my way, I would have walked off the catwalk and straight out of the public eye years ago. Never-ending contracts and obligations have kept me prisoner until recently. 

“Now it is fear that has me trapped and running from my life.”

I’m now hiding in a tiny beach cottage in my mother’s hometown, praying no one will find me. No one understands. The demands, lack of control, threats ... I just want it all gone. I want to escape. When do I finally get to be me? Free.


Elle
Dust kicks up around the tires as I drive down the little side road made up of a mix of dirt, sand, and crushed oyster shells. Up ahead of me, I stare at the house that still looks as picturesque as the first time that I saw it.
A mixture of unwelcome feelings course through me. On one hand, this place feels like home, although it never was, and on the other, it’s the home she—my mother—always wanted and couldn’t have.
The house is a large light blue Key West style home with white columns, a huge wrap around porch, and what seems like endless amounts of windows to let the light in. It faces west and I remember every night at dusk the golden light poured in through the windows warming the home, making it feel all buttery and perfect.
Parking the car on the circular drive, I get out and take a deep breath. I made it. The air is crisper than I expected and smells clean. Looking around, I see that not much has changed here and the familiarity this brings me is comforting.
Slowly, I walk up the porch steps to approach the front door. Assuming that she might just be waking up, I knock softly over ringing the doorbell. My heart is pounding in my chest and my palms are sweaty. Wiping them on my pants, I just stand here and wait for the door to open. A moment of regret sweeps through me. Maybe I shouldn’t have come here. Maybe I should have gone to a hotel.
It suddenly hits me; why did I come here? Out of all the places I could have gone, the car steered itself here. Maybe it's because deep down, I know I have nowhere else to go, or maybe it’s the thought that the last time I truly felt happy and content, was here.
The soft thud of footsteps gets louder as they quickly near the door, I stop breathing.
 
 
OVER TEN YEARS ago my husband and I were driving from Chicago to Tampa and somewhere in Kentucky I remember seeing a billboard that was all black with five white words, “I do, therefore I am!” I’m certain that it was a Nike ad, but for me I found this to be completely profound.

Take running for example. Most will say that a runner is someone who runs five days a week and runs under a ten minute mile pace. Well, I can tell you that I never run five days a week and on my best days my pace is an eleven minute mile. I have run quite a few half marathons and one full marathon. No matter what anyone says . . . I run, therefore I am a runner.

I’ve taken this same thought and applied it to so many areas of my life: cooking, gardening, quilting, and yes . . . writing.

I may not be culinary trained, but I love to cook and my family and friends loves to eat my food. I cook, therefore I am a chef!

My thumb is not black. I love to grow herbs, tomatoes, roses, and lavender. I garden, therefore I am a gardener!

I love beautiful fabrics and I can follow a pattern. My triangles may not line up perfectly . . . but who cares, my quilts are still beautiful when they are finished. I quilt, therefore I am a quilter.

I have been writing my entire life. It is my husband who finally said, “Who cares if people like your books or not? If you enjoy writing them and you love your stories…then write them.” He has always been my biggest fan and he was right. Being a writer has always been my dream and what I said I wanted to be when I grew up.

So, I’ve told you who I am and what I love to do . . . now I’m going to tell you the why.

I have two boys that are three years a part. My husband and I want to instill in them adventure, courage, and passion. We don’t expect them to be perfect at things, we just want them to try and do. It’s not about winning the race; it’s about showing up in the first place. We don’t want them to be discouraged by society stereotypes, we want them to embrace who they are and what they love. After all, we only get one life.

In the end, they won’t care how many books I actually sell . . . all that matters to them is that I said I was going to do it, I did it, and I have loved every minute of it.

Find something that you love and tell yourself, “I do, therefore I am.”


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A Fun Guest Post by Author Nichole Christoff!


The Kill Shot Play List
Music is magical. A song can cheer us up when we’ve had a rough day, calm us down when we’re stuck in traffic, and even help us feel happier about cleaning the house.
Many authors I know write with a little music pumping through their iPods or playing in the background. Some love to write to the latest hits. Some only go for the Golden Oldies. But when I wrote The Kill Shot, I listened to a mix that was pretty special.
You see, my protagonist, Jamie Sinclair, is a tough cookie in a man’s world. She’s a private eye and a security specialist with an overbearing father who doesn’t think twice about sending her into danger. And in my latest novel, with a single gunshot, she finds herself in a dangerous game of international cat-and-mouse—and with more than one would-be lover who’s trying to convince her he isn’t a double-dealing spy. So, before, during, and even after I wrote scenes for Jamie, I listened to a special play list of dozens of songs to help me get in the groove.
Some songs were brand new as I was working on this story. And some were definitely more old school. But you can see what I mean. Here are three of the songs from The Kill Shot’s play list:
3. “One More Night” performed by Maroon 5, 2012
2. “Goldfinger” performed by Shirley Bassey, 1964
1. “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” performed by James Brown, 1966
I’d love to know what’s on your play list! What do you listen to when you climb on the treadmill? What songs do you have to have in the car? And last but not least, do you listen to any songs while you’re reading?

About The Kill Shot: A Jamie Sinclair Novel
In an explosive thriller for readers of Lee Chile, Alex Berenson, and Brad Taylor, P.I. and security specialist Jamie Sinclair finds herself in a dangerous game of international cat-and-mouse.
Jamie Sinclair’s father has never asked her for a favor in her life. The former two-star general turned senator is more in the habit of giving his only child orders. So when he requests Jamie’s expertise as a security specialist, she can’t refuse—even though it means spamming the brakes on her burgeoning relationship with military police office Adam Barrett. Just like that, Jamie hops aboard a flight to London with a U.S. State Department courier carrying a diplomatic pouch in an iron grip.
Jamie doesn’t have to wait long to put her unique skills to good use. When she and the courier are jumped by goons outside the Heathrow terminal, Jamie fights them off—but the incident puts her on high alert. Someone’s willing to kill for the contents of the bag. Then a would-be assassin opens fire in crowded Covent Garden, and Jamie is stunned to spot a familiar face: Adam Barrett, who saved her life with a single shot and calmly slips away. Jamie’s head—and her heart—tell her that something is very wrong. But she’s come way too far to turn back now.

To Purchase: Amazon

Bio

Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on-air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Nichole’s first year in RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart® for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won the Helen McCloy-Mystery Writers of America Scholarship. Her second novel in the Jamie Sinclair series, The Kill Shot, is a March 2015 Random House Alibi release.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hidden Deep


I am a huge fan of author Amy Patrick.  I have read her contemporary romances in her Channel 20 Something series and loved them.  Amy's newest release, Hidden Deep, is a YA Paranormal and it looks fantastic!  Check out the blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.

After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann's recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She's still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He's still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she's with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann's strict policy-- never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don't get careless and Don't get caught. It's allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…

Lad's never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He's not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.


And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.

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Inquiring minds want to know! Check out this Q&A!

How long have you been writing? I actually tried writing a novel the year I graduated from college when I was working my first job as a TV news anchor/reporter. I covered an amazing murder trial and it inspired me to write a murder mystery. But I quickly discovered that news writing and novel writing were *very* different. I didn’t know how to get past the first few chapters. As I moved from city to city, moving up the TV news career ladder, I kept trying, starting and stopping several novels over the years. It wasn’t until I quit my full-time job to stay home with my kids that I really began the long process of learning about story structure and good writing. I was fortunate that the first novel I completed was selected as a Golden Heart finalist in 2013. I was a finalist again the next year with that YA murder mystery book! That’s the book that got me my agent, too.

Why did you choose to write YA Fantasy/Paranormal? I’ve always loved reading fantasy and paranormal, and my favorite movies are usually sci-fi/fantasy. In middle school I was a huge Lord of the Rings geek, and when I learned that J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by Norse mythology, specifically the Poetic Edda, I looked into the ancient minstrel tales myself. In them, the Fae are described as beautiful, frightening, powerful, sometimes god-like. The Hidden Trilogy, beginning with HIDDEN DEEP, is based on a combination of this Norse mythology and Celtic Fae legends.

How long did it take you to write HIDDEN DEEP? I started writing it six year ago, and it took me six months to finish, writing for about three hours each night. Because it was my first novel, it needed lots of revision, which took much longer. I was thrilled when it finaled in the prestigious 2013 Golden Heart competition, but I put it away for a while because the market for it wasn’t right at the time. I wrote five other books before returning to the Hidden world and diving back in. I’m so glad I did wait—I’m a much better writer now and was able to apply all I’d learned to the latest revision. These days, I can finish the first draft of a novel now in about a month!

What’s next for you? I’m working on the next books in the Hidden Trilogy. Book two, HIDDEN HEART, is in the editing process now, and I’ve just finished a Hidden-related novella for a box set with some awesome YA fantasy authors. It’s called Faery Tales and will be released mid-May. I still have to write a fifth book in my 20 Something series, but I’ll be immersed in the Hidden world for at least the next few months.

What’s something about you people might be surprised to learn? I’ve been a voiceover artist for the past 14 years, and I narrate audiobooks. No, I haven’t done my own yet—I haven’t had time! I’m like the plumber with leaky pipes in his own house—so busy working for everyone else, I haven’t recorded my own books. But they’re coming! I’ll be sure to update you when they’re available.

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