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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Promo Event! Sheltered by Debra Chapoton

The Blurb:
Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love. High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various outcasts: the schizophrenic kid, the angry Goth girl, and the homeless girl who worships him. When Megan needs a place to live she comes to the rooming house with a different set of problems and the ability to confuse and attract Ben. One by one strange and mysterious occurrences stretch the teens’ beliefs in the supernatural. How they deal with demons, real and imagined, has tragic as well as redeeming consequences.

The Excerpt:
Next Wednesday
Emily knew the precise moment that Ben returned, she felt him in her scars. She watched him carry some things to the house, heard the door close; she smiled when she heard him call out that Santa was here. He did that once before, in early December, insisting that she accept the gift he held out, not wanting her to wait until Christmas to use the mittens he knew she needed.

She went toward her door now, wondered what he had brought, and then heard Megan’s voice below. Oh no, he probably brought something for her. She scuttled back to her nest by the window and stared outside, was still staring fifteen minutes later when she saw them walk down the street, Ben shouldering a shovel, his other hand knotted with Megan’s.

She touched the skin on her arms, lightly at first, making it tingle. The image of Ben with Megan multiplied across her mind in broken mirrors, a repugnant picture that reflected her own self-loathing. She scratched at her scabs, felt the pricks of pain force away the ticklish sensations. She closed her eyes.

When she opened them she saw a figure standing at her door.

“Who–?” she started, but the figment waned to less than a shadow. Still, though, there was something at her door.

She rose slowly and held her hand out.

Its face was more womanly now, friendly, motherly. Yes, she knew this face. Its pearly white skin so shocking against the ruby lips, the stringy hair a match to her own. Her mother.

She stretched her fingers toward the face. The hallucination faded then sharpened. The eyes began to blaze. She drew her hands back to her own face. What’s wrong with me?  The delusion grieved Emily; all around her fluttered a longing.

And a deadly fear.

About the Author:

Debra Chapoton has taught kids of all ages in her main career as a teacher. She has a BA in Spanish and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English. She started writing in 2002 and was surprised to find out that the characters quickly take over the action and dialogue in the stories.

Her first YA novel, Edge of Escape, was self-published and then discovered by Piper Verlag Publishing and translated into German. Stalking and obsession get a sympathetic twist in this story of physical and psychological survival.

Her second YA novel, Sheltered, detours into a different genre as she writes about five teens who confront supernatural forces. Two boys and three girls all harbor secrets which make some of them susceptible to demon possession. Embracing all things supernatural might protect them, but are they ready for the consequences?

Chapoton has also written eleven chapter books for middle grade kids and a non-fiction work for adults, Crossing the Scriptures.

When she’s not writing Chapoton enjoys the quiet of the full log home she designed and built with her husband. They live in the middle of 62 acres of beautiful woods in northern Michigan.

To learn more about Debra Chapoton and her books, visit her blog. You can also find her on Facebook, and Twitter.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Five Tour!! Guest Post, Excerpt, & Giveaway!!

The Power of A Reader By Christie Rich 
I love to read, to immerse myself in a different world, a different time or place. Yet finding that “perfect” read was pretty hit or miss for me until recently. When the Twilight frenzy hit, I was consumed, much like other women my age that shouldn’t have liked the books.

authorWe were supposed to be too old, not part of the target audience for young adult literature according to experts. Pretty soon, Twilight moms emerged onto the ever growing scene of fans that spanned through several generations. It amazed me how many people love(d) the Twilight Saga, but if I consider how much I loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, I’ve come to realize the experts don’t know anything about me as a reader. I love reading all kinds of books. As long as the story speaks to me, I’ll try it.

Twilight sparked my love for reading at a time when I was in a reading drought. I hate to admit this, but I went more than ten years without reading anything for pleasure. I read a lot for my day job, but operative reports and spreadsheets don’t usually excite me. So when I finally had enough of my years of no reading, I found Twilight. After reading the first two books in less than a week, I was stuck waiting like the rest of the nation. I searched for something similar, as many readers out there were at the time, but it was hard to find that special something that was in the Twilight books.

It’s funny because now I can find books I want to read in a snap, but back then they were hard to come by. I don’t know how many times I looked online for mention of books “like Twilight” and came up empty.

Twilight started a revolution both in writing and in social networking. The Twilight fans were and are a bit zealous (I’m including myself in this lot). I’ve attended midnight releases and done things I didn’t think were possible to curl my fingers around the spine of a book. The sheer scope of what happened with the Twilight frenzy still amazes me.

I’m convinced that Twilight was such a success because of word of mouth. When it comes to success in publishing, readers have all the power. And word of mouth is the holy grail of writing achievement. All it takes are a few people telling their friends who tell more friends until the whole country (even world) are talking about a new literary phenomenon.

In my own writing journey, I’ve been blown away with the kindness and generosity of my fans who have taken the time to spread the word about my books. I’ll be forever grateful to those people, but sometimes I wonder if readers know the power they possess.

For so long we have been spoon fed what the gatekeepers have deemed “worthy” of publication. If you research what that really means, you’ll find out that worthiness is rarely the reason a book is picked up for publication. Usually there are a lot of factors involved that include what type of book a publisher needs to add to their list.

A writer may have written a fantastic book about fallen angels, but if an imprint already has a fallen angel book, chances are they will not buy the new one. It makes sense because that’s how business runs. There has to be order within an organization for it to function, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the needs of a corporation are going to mesh with the desires of readers.

Since I stepped into the Independent Publishing world, I’ve read some amazing books, both on the traditional and independent side of the spectrum, and sometimes I can see why a publisher or agent passed on an amazing book.

The truth is readers want instant access to books and in order for us to have them at the push of a button, we have to have a way to organize those books. When I set out to publish Five, I had to pick a genre. The trouble was none exactly fit my title. If I were to accurately represent the story I would say it was a new adult paranormal romance mystery suspense. Can you imagine that isle in a brick and mortar store?
Neither can I.

First of all New Adult is a burgeoning genre that I hope catches. New Adult combines the innocence of Young Adult with the mature subject matter of Adult books. And what you get is a mix. Because Rayla Tate is college age, her story should technically be adult, yet some of the issues of new beginnings and her journey of discovering who she is and where she fits in the world is more YA based.

I believe there is a large audience out there for New Adult books and more are popping up all the time, which is pretty exciting for me. I love that time of life where everything is open to you. Where your decisions forge your future. And most of all, I love writing about that time of life.

The truth is with the emergence of e-books and print on demand, authors now have several choices for their writing careers. It’s an exciting time to be in publishing and I happen to think even more exciting times are ahead that will be reader based.

Back when I was searching for the next Twilight, I had a hard time finding what I was looking for, but now, with all the choices out there, I have a TBR pile a mile long. I’ve developed my own way of choosing books that seems to work pretty well for me. The first thing I look for is a recommendation from people I trust with similar tastes in books. The second thing I look for is a pretty cover. I know there are great books with ugly covers, but I love art so I can’t really help that gut impulse. The last thing I look for is a great opening. Usually if I read a sample and am engaged with the story the rest will be just as great. It doesn’t always happen and sometimes I’m disappointed by the hype around a book that falls flat for me, but the power of word of mouth still amazes me.

I’ve seen obscure titles become hits within a few months just because readers start talking. What a great time to be a reader, and what an extraordinary time to be a writer. I’m grateful for being part of this reading revolution. How about you? Do you like having more choices? How do you pick your books?

The Excerpt:

The view of the sunset reminded me of my favorite bluff back home.  Nothing but sky was visible in the horizon.  I might as well have been standing on the edge of the world gazing at the gilded gates of heaven.
“I will never tire of seeing that,” a melodic voice erupted behind me.

If I had gotten a bit more air, I would have landed on Mars.  “Zach.”  I put a hand against my pounding heart.  “You scared me.”  I hadn’t even heard him come up to me.

“I noticed.”  He smirked.  “I was trying my best not to disturb you.  You looked so peaceful, but I am a selfish man.”  He chuckled, moving closer.

My attraction to him was hard enough to handle when he had all his clothes on.  My pulse raced with his approach for an entirely different reason.  He had the sort of flawless body that belonged on the airbrushed pages of a magazine.  His skin glowed golden in the blazing sunset that brought out rusty hues in his dark hair.  My fingers itched to trace every angle of his sculpted abdomen and chest.

“Leave it to you to make this thing look good,” he said, running a finger under the strap on my shoulder.  “By rights, it should be burned.  Are you going to tell me why you insisted on wearing it?”


He traced my collarbone.  “Really?”  In one fluid motion, I was in his arms, and he was carrying me deeper into the water.

I hoped he couldn’t feel the thud of my heart beating against his chest.  “What do you think you’re doing?” I asked more calmly than I felt.

“Changing your mind,” he said just as evenly.

I could see where he was going with this, and over the edge of a cliff wasn’t my idea of fun.  “Don’t.”

He grinned.  “Tell me.”

I stiffened in his arms.  “If you do this, I will leave—without you.”  His exaggerated exhale tickled my neck, sending goose-bumps down my body.

“Don’t you ever relax?”

I gritted my teeth, hating what I had become in the past few weeks.  If he had tried this back home, I would have protested, giggled, and screamed but loved every minute of his antics.

Things were different now.  I was on edge constantly.  “I’m so not okay with heights.  Let me down.”

The set of his jaw didn’t give me any comfort.  He walked up a ramp between the two converging rivers that made the waterfall.  On sure feet, he stepped to the edge.  I honestly didn’t know how he was still standing with the water blasting against his knees.  He leaned into my ear.  “Tell me.”

I clung to his neck like grime to a barn cat.  “I don’t want to.”

He looked over the edge and back at me.  The humor in his gaze died.  He sighed, stepping back a few paces.  My heart found its way back into my chest.  He carried me to a lounge chair, setting me down gently.

“You can’t possibly think that thing is pretty,” he commented after a while.

“Pretty isn’t everything,” I said.

He raised his brows, tucking his strong chin inward in mockery then looked at me sidelong.  “It helps.”  He smiled teasingly.

I shot him a dirty look before giving him my back.  He placed a timid hand on my shoulder.

“Come, now.  It can’t possibly be as bad as all that.”

Why couldn’t he just let it go?  I wasn’t all up in his business, why did he feel the need to be in mine.  “Drop it already.”

Zach sat beside me, coaxing my chin upward.  His voice was soft.  “Aren’t you having fun, lass?”

I wouldn’t look him in the eye.  If I did he would see every insecurity I had.  “I was before you decided to go all Tarzan on me.”

He thumped his chest, doing a great imitation of the call.  I tried to smile, but I didn’t think it helped.

“You weren’t like this the other day.”  He turned away as if in thought, glancing at me hastily.  “Don’t you like swimming?”

The other day I didn’t have four terrifying men after me.  I would have liked to give him an easy out, but I didn’t want to lie.  “I usually love it.”

Cassie had an indoor pool back home.  On the rare occasion I actually got to stay the night at her house, we would spend hours in the water.  She taught me how to float first.  I had progressively gotten better.  I was an adequate swimmer now.  The one thing I didn’t like was the high-dive.

He frowned.  “Is it me?”  His brows furrowed as though he was really worried.  “Have I done something to offend you?”

I closed my eyes, inhaling sharply.  “I’m sorry.  I’ve had fun today, really.  I just have other things on my mind right now.”

He grinned, tucking my hair behind my ear.  “I’m a great listener.”

I didn’t like being such a disappointment, but I couldn’t snap myself out of it.  I could just imagine how fast he’d be gone if I did tell him everything that was wrong with me at the moment.  “I’d rather not talk about it right now.”

He knelt in front of me and took my hands in his.  “You can’t expect me to not be curious.”

“It’s a free country,” I said.  “Be curious all you like.”  I was pushing him away when normally I would have been doing everything in my power to keep him interested in me.

The sun had made its final descent.  The haze of twilight settled all around us with the stars spotting the barely glowing sky.  In a few minutes, I would be able to relax a little.

Zach tugged my hand.  “Do you wish to go join the others?”  He sounded dejected.

Why was I acting like this?  I needed to snap out of it.  My mood wasn’t his fault.  “If you don’t mind, I’d
rather stay here for a while.”

He nodded then moved to a lounge chair opposite me, wasting no time in getting comfortable.  “Why don’t you tell me of your home?”

The subject seemed safe enough.  “Have you ever been to eastern Utah?”

He made an odd sound, sort of a half concealed groan.  “It has been many years.”

He wasn’t old enough for it to have been that long ago.  I leaned back and put my arms behind my head
preparing to give him details.

“I see,” he said in a sympathetic tone, his eyes soft with compassion.

I followed his gaze down to my exposed torso.  How could I have been so stupid?  The bottom half of my scar poked out from beneath the fringe.  I bolted up, pulling awkwardly at the fabric.

He shook his head.  “Everyone has imperfections, Rayla.”  In an instant he moved to the edge of my chair.  Calloused fingers caressed my shoulder before skimming down my arm.  “Some are just more visible than others.”

I turned away.  Then I got mad.  “Really, where’s yours?”

His face crinkled thoughtfully.  His eyes held haunted shadows.  “You’d be surprised.”

I gave him a look.  “Enlighten me.”

“There are certain things I want to change so badly about myself that it consumes my life.”  Unless he was a fantastic actor, he was being sincere.


He grimaced, only slightly, but it was enough to make me wonder.  “I would rather not get into that with you yet.”

I cocked my jaw, clicking my tongue.  “It’s okay for me, but not for you, huh?”

He leveled his gaze to mine seriously.  “If a scar is all you have to hide, you should be thankful.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

He shoved a hand through his hair.  “Only that there are worse things to bear than a scar.”

The truth burned me like a solar flare.  I should have been able to put on a pretty bikini without so much as a second thought, but I wasn’t there yet.  I hoped I would be some day.  I felt ridiculous being so shallow. 

“You didn’t answer my question,” I said after a moment of hesitation.

The lines of his face turned hard.  “I know.”

“There you are,” Natalie yelled, cresting the hill in a sprint with Sam close behind her.  “Help me, Rayla!” 

She crouched down between my chair and the stacked rock wall.

“They can’t save you,” Sam said coldly, standing by my feet.  “You will pay.”

I turned back, whispering, “What did you do?”

She smiled proudly.  “Put ice in his trunks.”

Zach narrowed his eyes at Natalie.  His jaw tightened.  “You deserve anything you get.”  He grabbed my hand, pulling me to my feet.

Sam swept the chair sideways.  Natalie squealed, trying to out-maneuver him.  She didn’t make it.

Attempting to wrench away from him, she said desperately, “You can put ice in my suit.  Rayla, do you have a drink?”

Sam smiled wickedly.  He looked over at the edge of the falls.  Did all male minds work the same?  “I have something better in mind.”

She put her hands on his cheeks.  “Please, Sam.  I’m sorry.  I won’t do anything like that again.”

He grabbed her wrists, pushing her into the river.  She kicked at him and squealed the entire way.
“Not after this,” he said, grinning.  Without another word, he pinned her arms to her sides in a bear hug.  She smiled at him.  I couldn’t see his expression, but her eyes flew wide just before he shouted, “Geronimo.”

Her “No” was squelched when they hit the water.  Zach grinned down at me.  My smile shriveled.

“Don’t even think about it,” I said when he came closer.  Natalie’s laugh rang clear from below.

“Not that I don’t find the idea tempting once more, but I think I will pursue your affections another way.”
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To learn more about Christie Rich  and her books, visit her website & blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

About the Author:
I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing now. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I am enjoying family time with my husband and two children. We live in a quiet community under the Wellsville mountains in Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Reluctant Bachelorette Tour! A Review & Giveaway!

Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romance)
Published: September 1, 2012
Publisher: HEA Publishing, LLC

The Blurb:
Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

My Review:
I love romances that whisk you out of reality and into something fun like The Reluctant Bachelorette does so easily. This book is a clean and entertaining read. Taycee and Luke have some crazy chemistry and are hilarious in how they react to it and each other. While I don't often watch the Bachelorette on TV, I really enjoyed the Bachelorette theme to the book. Even though it was flirty and fun, it was also believable and had some back bone. I truly enjoyed everything about this book, from the pretty cover all the way to the last page. It was a happy and fun reading experience through and through. This is the first book I've read by Rachael Anderson, but it definitely won't be my last.

I definitely recommend this book to all you hopeless romantics out there, and at only 99 cents?? This is a steal!

I received The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson from Book Blasts & Blog Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four, can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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The Reluctant Bachelorette Tour! An Interview With Rachael Anderson

We are excited to have Rachael Anderson with us today on our stop off of  The Reluctant Bachelorette Tour! If you haven't read The Reluctant Bachelorette yet, I highly recomend that you do so! Also,
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How long have you been writing?
If you count the six years it took me to finish my first book, nearly a decade now.

What inspired you to write The Reluctant Bacheloret​te ?
The Mormon Bachelor--an internet spin-off of ABC's show.

If you met your husband through a bachelorette show, what kind of dates would you have gone on?
The more creative, outdoor type, like frisbee football or rollerblading or tennis.

What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
I'm not telling.

What book have you read too many times to count?
Mine, unfortunately, during the revision process. When it comes to other books though, unless I'm reading it to one of my kids, I don't do the re-read thing. There's too many new books out there.

If you could hop into the life of any book character for a day, who would it be, and why?
Lizza from Pride and Prejudice. I'd love to see Pemberley

What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received?
It's not so much advice as a quote I like by James Michener: "I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter." It's a good reminder not to get frustrated because pretty much anything can be fixed.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That when it comes to idioms, I'm ignorant. I used to think it was kill over instead of keel over. And rock the cradle instead of rob the cradle. Good thing I have smarter critique partners. :)

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Break up fights between my kids, hike, boat, bike, garden, and read. Then there are those thing I don't want to do--like cleaning and laundry and cooking.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The scene in the tree, because it was romantic and a really fun setting.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Finding Summerland Tour: An Interview With Paige Blue

How long have you been writing?
My whole life I've loved writing, and was always dabbling. It was difficult though, because my priorities were a little 'too focused' on work. I lost myself a bit. Circumstances changed and I re-introduced myself to my first love again. It was a re-awakening, you could say.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Honestly...heartache. Not over a boy, but over the loss of my business. I started daydreaming more, trying to escape the dark place I was at. It came to me then, and eventually I started writing it down.

Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
Definitely Wesley, even though he's totally rich, and a male---he resonates with me. There's a fragility to him. By all appearances he has it all, but still feels lost. He's searching for something. That's where I was when I was writing too. Lost, scared, and complicated...not a rich boy though LOL!

What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
Hmmm...I'm terrified of bridges. I never mention it to anyone, partly because I don't want people to think I'm a nutter and mostly 'cause I don't want to jinx myself! Great, now I'll be extra nervous next time I have to cross one.

If your real life as a teenager was a Young Adult book, what would you, the main character, be like?
Pretty weird. My life, like me, is colorful. I can tell you that she would be nerdy.

What book have you read too many times to count?
Jane Eyre. It's my favoritist of all time!

What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
You won't please everyone and you shouldn't try, or expect to. Write from the heart.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Finding Summerland?
How hard formatting is. There's like a different type of formatting for everything...from ebooks, to paperbacks, etc. It's mind boggling!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Play in my garden with the vegetables and sing to my sunflowers...usually John Denver.

Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Hard to say...the lines get blurred. Sometimes I think mermaid might be real ;)

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The prologue was fun. It's actually part of a later book in the series, but I threw it in for fun because I loved it so much I wanted to share it right away. I felt like so much of the first book is about setting up the story, I wanted readers to get small morsels of things to come. There is such a different dynamic unfolding between Wes and Wyatt, it was a nice change of pace for me.

To learn more about Paige Bleu and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

About Finding Summerland
After his brothers recent disapearance Wesley Rochester wished he could just fade into obscurity. Searching for closure, he's haunted by visons. Consumed with decoding the messages, he begins turning dangerously deeper inward. Enter an intriguing, 'not quite' human stranger, who mysteriously arrives just as he feels all hope is lost. Together they begin to realize that their destinies are intricately tangled in a drama reaching far beyond the realms of the wold they know. Discovering the secrets plaguing wesley since childhood are no coincidence, and everything he believes is shattered. Captivated by her, he must decide between the life he has and the one he'd forgotten.

'Finding Summerland' is like 'Twilight' in the sense that it is a supernatural, coming of age romance—but has a genre bending, metaphysical element and a much deeper rabbit hole. Follow the journey of two star crossed souls as they explore who they are and the ties that bind them. Enter a world intentionally forgotten. A place buried by history, where only the chosen are aware of its existence. A place covenants are made and broken, where myth leads to truth and forbidden love threatens to destroy or be destroyed, becoming just another casualty in their shadow war.

The introductory novel in a series of five, called 'The Ameryn Chronicles'—but compelling enough to stand alone—'Finding Summerland' is sure to be savored by anyone craving to stretch the bounds of ordinary imagination, edgy enough to engage readers who enjoy unravelling a mystery, and sweet enough to grab onto the hearts of the romance lovers! Where legends breathe and dreams are alive. A 'trippy' journey to a new reality.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

See Me Tour! Guest post, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

The Blurb:
Carly Anders is hearing voices in her head. Another one of her kind is trying to contact her. She knows of the malevolent freaks—others who are eternal like her and seek out the weak to inflict pain upon. For years, Carly has held up huge protective walls to keep herself and her secrets safe.
Now, physically and mentally exhausted, Carly needs protection and rest.

She accepts the invitation to visit an internet friend who needs help appraising a collection of antique photographs. The situation is not ideal, but Carly hopes a male presence in her life will deter the determined suitor who haunts her thoughts and dreams.

Daniel Tremont is not what Carly is expecting.

The former funeral director has a secret of his own. Not only is he eternal like Carly, he is her creation from all those years before—her abomination she thought she killed.

Daniel has been searching for Carly for years. He knows she is the piece of his life that he has been
missing for so long. Now that he has found her, he has no intentions of letting her go.

Inspiration for SEE ME…
By Natalie-Nicole Bates

I did not begin as a writer. For many years I was simply a book lover who turned reviewer. About two years ago, I decided to start writing my own novel. A year later, I was a happily published author of two contemporary romances.

I was always fascinated by paranormal romance. But as a reviewer, I watched the paranormal market literally explode. Vampires, werewolves, shifters, even zombies were making appearances at an alarming rate. Writers were writing these markets and writing well.
So what to do?

Inspiration came fast. I am an avid collector of Victorian-era photography. To me, there is much beauty in these old photographs, and to my delight—much inspiration as well.
My first published paranormal short story, Antique Charming, was centred on a cabinet card from 1896 of a man standing outside of a funeral home.

Antique Charming was successful, but could I write a paranormal that would be a longer length than Antique Charming?

Once again, I returned to my photographs. I had recently bought a Carte de Viste (1860’s) of a beautiful little girl about age 3, her photo surrounded by a memorial wreath. In my mind, Baby Charlotte was born.

SEE ME begins in 1896, where we meet sixteen year old Charlotte. Charlotte always knew she was special, but never knew why. She believed it all stemmed from a near drowning incident when she was three. An incident her family members refused to speak of.

Her hunch comes true one day in 1896 during a lumber yard fire when her true powers reach fruition.
One very small photograph from the 1860’s suddenly became one huge idea for a novella.

I then went in search of my Daniel Tremont, the hero of SEE ME. Daniel’s inspiration is a magnificent 1860’s Daguerreotype of a young man. The matt on this photograph is purple, which is usually the colour of significance for mourning, which means this young man probably passed away young. He was perfect.

Sometimes what you know well can be a powerful ally. In writing, this is so true. I took my love for Victorian photography and turned it into a plot for a novella that combines romance, paranormal, and a touch of my beloved horror.

I hope you will read SEE ME, now available at Leap of Faith Publishing. To view the photographs that inspired both SEE ME as well as Antique Charming, visit my new blog Ghosts and Phantoms at:

The Excerpt
     He waved a hand in front of her face, but she didn’t blink. The lights are on, but no one’s home.
     “Carly, my angel,” he whispered and cupped her cheek into his palm. He revealed in the silkiness and warmth of her skin. Still, she didn’t react. She was almost…a zombie.
     His own body jerked in reaction to the fear she was emanating. She was clearly sleepwalking and in the throes of one hell of a nightmare, yet she didn’t cry out any longer. It was all now playing out inside her mind.
     “Charlotte, see me,” he implored.
     Her lips twitched at the mention of her real name.
     “See me,” he repeated.
     Suddenly, her body gave way and she collapsed. Catching her, he lifted her into his arms and carried her to the bed. As he laid her down, her breathing became ragged. He placed a hand over her heart as it raced, and passed healing calmness through his hand, feeling the energy pulsate against her skin. Beneath his hand, he would feel her heartbeat slow to a normal rhythm.
     “Daniel?” Her voice was mere caress.
     “I’m here, my angel. You’re having a nightmare. You’re frightened. It’s okay now, I’m here, and I will never leave you,” he promised.
     “Everyone leaves, Daniel. You can’t understand, you can’t…” Her body started to tremble.
     He climbed onto the bed and straddled her body. Leaning close to her face, he said, “Carly, let go of your fear. I can take it. Let go and see me,” he commanded.
     Her breath came out in a whoosh, and a wall of fear and resistance hit him like a blow from above. It wasn’t exactly painful, more startling than anything else.
     His vision flip-flopped, and he could see an image from inside her mind of two souls forever entwined as the result of one act. It made perfect sense. She was reliving the day their souls became one. The day of the fire.
     He then saw black, suffocating water. She was reliving her own death, as well.
     As the visions left him, he was consumed with the mishmash of fear, loneliness, and resistance within her.
     He had to make her understand that it was over. “I will never leave you, Carly. That is my promise to you,” he insisted.
     A flicker of life ignited in her eyes. Her hands came up to his face, and to Daniel’s surprise, tears bubbled from his own eyes. He was releasing the pain and fear he had absorbed from his beloved.
     “I’m so sorry, Daniel, so sorry,” she murmured.
     “There’s nothing to be sorry for, my love. It’s over. It’s time to move forward now.”
     “You don’t understand what I am, Daniel.”
     “I do understand, Carly. I am what you are. See me for what I am.”
     In his mind, he could see the moving clockwork gears of her thoughts once again as she tried to process what he was telling her to be true.
     “Just accept it, and let’s move forward.”
     She drew his face to hers and her lips parted beneath his. Time blurred and he drank in the essence of his Carly. Her soft, barely covered curves molded themselves against his the hard planes of his body. Her hands were under his t-shirt, her fingers stroking him.
     If he pressed on, he knew she wouldn’t refuse him. But in her vulnerable state, he wouldn’t let anything progress further that night. Carly needed time to process everything that happened. There was plenty of time to pursue a physical relationship. They weren’t going anywhere…he hoped.

About the Author:
Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.
To learn more about Natalie-Nicole Bates and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Meet the Author: Sarah Ross

I'm super excited to have Sarah Ross with us today! She's the author of the Patronus Series and Earth Angel Series.

authorHow long have you been writing?
I’ve only been writing seriously since college, but I’ve been telling stories since I was a kid.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I woke up one morning and the first half of the story was just there, screaming to come out. I didn’t dream it, it was just there. It was a Saturday in July and I remember telling my hubby that I had the greatest idea and I just had to write it down. I sat and wrote almost 8,000 words that day.

Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
I don’t know. I think there’s a little bit of me in all of my characters, otherwise I wouldn’t envision them the way I do. According to my mom and sister though, they think I’m just like Lucy.

What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
If I told, it wouldn’t be a secret any more :P

What book have you read too many times to count?
I’ve read Romeo and Juliet so much I have most of the play memorized.

What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
My favorite writing advice came from my friend Colleen Hoover actually. In her book Slammed, she quoted an awesome poem about writing. I printed it out and hung it in my office and read it every day. I’ll include it for you.

If you could hop into the life of any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Oh, wow. That’s a hard one. Sooo many of the fictional characters go through soo much strife and turmoil. Their lives are messy, because authors love to write conflict. So I’d have to pick based on their male lead. So I guess I’d want to be Mac from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. *Mmm… Barrons….*

Or Rose from Vampire Academy *Sigh, Dimitri*

Or Nora from Hush, Hush *Oh Patch…*

Seriously, there are too many to choose!!!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I’m surprised how much I use certain words! My editor pointed them out to me, and I couldn’t believe how much I repeat them! For example, I did a search of my rough draft of Awaken for the word “just”. I ended up deleting over 300 extraneous ones!!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
READ! I am a voracious reader (over 100 books so far this year). I also love going to the beach and swimming

Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
There are a lot of little things (and a few big things) from my real life that I throw in my books. The biggest one would be my sister, Jessica. Yes, I have an actual younger sister named Jessica who is a cancer survivor.

Some of the little things are just funny stories from my real life (like in Avenge when Lucy talks about falling over the painted line? Yeah, I actually did that in high school. And the story about how Mr. Leonard asked the nurses to help fold their panties? Yeah, that’s actually how I met my friend Matt in college!

To learn more about Sarah Ross and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Iridescent Tour (Part 2): A Review of Iridescent Carol Oates

Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Published: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing

The Blurb:
Candra Ember used to dream of saving the world one person at a time. She never expected to become an angelic weapon and the last hope in the battle against ultimate darkness.

Falling for a Nephilim wasn’t part of Sebastian’s plan. Distraction is something he can’t afford when his rival, Draven, wants what Sebastian has.

Lies, manipulation, and corruption are twisting the lives of the citizens in Acheron. The Arch is missing from Heaven, and a demon is intent on claiming the city. At a time they should be growing closer, grief and paranoia is driving Candra and Sebastian apart.

If the price of restoring the Watchers to Heaven is a human soul, who deserves to be saved?

My Review:
Iredescent is the sequel to Ember by Carol Oates. I was undecided after reading Ember, but I can now say that I am officially Team Draven. While this book had some moments that seemed to drag to me, it more than made up for it in other moments. There were so many things that I didn't see coming, I was literally on the edge of my seat while I read. There were also times it brought me to tears. The last quarter of the book? Holy cow!! I can't really say much more without some major spoiler spillage, but it definitely doesn't disappoint. This is a series that I think even men could get into. Sure is has the romance, but it has so much action too. This series is intense and a definite must read! I'm not sure if there's a third book in the works, but Iridescent wraps up the story quite nicely. Of course, I'd love for there to be more! I'm definitely a fan of this author!

To learn more about Carol Oates and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received the ARC of Iredescent by Carol Oates from the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.

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Iridescent Tour (Part 1): A Review of Ember by Carol Oates

Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Published: July 11, 2011
Publisher: Omnific Publishing

The Blurb:
When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron.
My Review:
Ember is the first book in the Ember series by Carol Oates. Angels, angels, everywhere! I couldn't get enough of this book. Any chance I got, I was reading it! There were so many unique aspects to this story. For one, you don't have a clear picture of who's good or who's bad. That really kept me on my toes while I read. Even though I favored Sebastian from the start, I couldn't help but wonder what his true motives were. There are two main groups of angels, and both sides want something from Candra. Like Candra, I had a hard time picking a side. Both choices seemed to have good intentions. But do they really? I'm not telling! There are surprising twists and turns as you ride the emotional roller coaster with Candra. The wrong choice could mean war. Or maybe it's the right choice? Hmm. When I thought I had the two sides figured out... Wrong! The plot was very well thought out, and the author has a way of making the reader feel really invested in the lives of her characters. If you're a fan of angels and fallen angels or just a fan of a good paranormal romance, this is definitely a book to put on your "To Be Read Now" list! 

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To learn more about Carol Oates and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received Ember by Carol Oates from the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Ephemeral Tour! A Review of Ephemeral by Addison Moore

Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance/Mature Situations)
Published: September 12, 2012
Publisher: Self

The Blurb:
The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield.

Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely.

Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma.

In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says.

Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?

My Review:
Ephemeral is the first book in The Countenance Series by Addison Moore. Everything about this book lured me in. I loved the cover, the blurb sounded good, and once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The setting was eerie and you know right away something's just not right. The characters are believable. I'm definitely Team Cooper. Through the whole book I kept wondering: Is this a dream? Is she dead? What!? It kept me wanting to know more, and I flew through the pages. This story was definitely unique which is something that is hard to find. When you find a truly original book, it's like finding a rare gem. Which is exactly what Ephemeral is. I can't wait to see where the author takes us with this series!

Ephemeral by Addison Moore was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

About the Author:
Addison MooreAddison Moore is the author of young adult fiction and romance. She has worked as therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for almost a decade. She is the mother of four wonderful children. She resides on the West Coast with her family and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.

To learn more about Addison Moore and her books, visit her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Shallow Blog Tour!! A Review of Shallow by Georgia Cates

Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Romance/Mature Situations)
Published: September 21, 2012
Publisher: Self

The Blurb:
Payton Archer's best friend, Claire, strives to be perfect in every way. Payton doesn't and this is her story.

Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the "The Strip" in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him cars, adrenaline and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch...she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways.

Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes aren't what scares Payton the’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?

My Review:
Shallow is the second book in the Going Under Series by Georgia Cates. In Going Under we met Claire and got to see how her relationship with Jessie came about. Now, in Shallow we get to know Clare's best friend, Payton, better. Payton is a sarcastic little spitfire. She doesn't take crap from anybody, and she's certainly not going to take it from Nick Hawke no matter how hot he is or makes her feel. All the bantering and sarcasm made Shallow a lot of fun to read. I already fell in love with Claire and Jessie, so having them as supporting characters was a nice change because you get glimpses of how their relationship progresses as well.We need to keep our eye out for this author. I'm excited to dive into her other books! Haven't read this series yet? Check out my review of Going Under!

To learn more about Georgia Cates and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on Twitter.

I received the ARC of Shallow by Georgia Cates from the author for review. The opinions are my own.
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