Friday, June 29, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: No Matter When by Nancy Adams


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author is giving away a $20 GC to Total-e-Bound Publishing or Amazon to one random commenter during the tour. Click on the banner to see the other stops; remember--the more stops you comment on, the better your chances to win.


Standing on the battlements of a 16th century Keep was the last place Gabriel Sutherland should be. Then again, being ‘shifted’ to 1503 seconds before a rocket blew his ass to bits wasn’t something he had envisioned either. Still, he was surviving the only way he knew how, as a soldier. Then Lilly arrived. Sweet, innocent Lilly. For a genetically superior soldier whose life had entailed of nothing but serving King and country, the arrival of Lilly proves too much for Gabe to ignore. For the first time in his life, Gabe can have a woman of his own and Lilly is the one.

Lilly Marten lives alone, her quiet life the result of a highly sensitive photographic memory. That changed when she arrived in the year 1503 seconds before Toronto’s popular C.N Tower came crashing down on top of her. Now she was never alone. Gabe was always near. With his unbelievably perfect features and intense green eyes, he is not a man easily ignored. Yet, uncertainty about her new life leaves Lilly with no choice but to put faith in a man she fears and whose strong physical presence causes her to desire more than just his trust.


About the Author:
Nancy’s addiction for a good trash novel began in her late-teens when her grandmother gave her a bag of Harlequin Romance books. She was hooked and spent the next few years lurking in the dark corners of used bookstores searching for her next fix. Until, one marriage and two kids later, her own ideas had her jumping up at 3 am (much to her husband’s annoyance) and typing them into her laptop. Beside her husband and children, Nancy has three passions, rearranging furniture, buying bed linens and, of course, writing. Nancy lives in Eastern Ontario with her family and two over sized lap dogs.

Find Nancy online at:
TEB - http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1356
FB - https://www.facebook.com/NancyAdams.scribblingseduction

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: Thorn by Intisar Khanani


This post is part of a tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Intisar will award an autographed bookmark at every stop, and a $15 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Earn extra entries by following her on Facebook.




Princess Alyrra’s strength lies in silence. Scorned by her family, she avoids the court, spending her time with servants. When her marriage is unexpectedly arranged with the prince of a powerful neighboring kingdom, Alyrra feels trapped. As the court celebrates her match, dark rumors spread about the unexplained deaths of the women of her new family. Alyrra begins her journey with mounting trepidation. Betrayed while traveling, she seizes an opportunity to start a life away from court.

Walking away from a prince whom she doesn’t know should have been easy. But from the moment she sets eyes on him, Alyrra realizes that her freedom could cost him his life. Without any magical defense of her own, she is plunged into a lethal game of sorcery and deceit. Now Alyrra must decide whom she can trust and what she’s willing to fight for—before her silence proves fatal.

Read an excerpt from the book:

“Well, Alyrra, you are off. Are you worried?” I incline my head in assent. “With good cause,” Mother agrees, her voice relaxed, sleepy. “I have devised some help for you against the sorceress, if she is truly a danger. It is a simple but potent spell.”

I nearly choke—magic? Since when has my mother dabbled in magic? And how abysmally little I know her if I do not know this! She unfolds a square of white silk no larger than a kerchief.

“What spell is that?”

She smiles a slow cat smile. “Watch.”

She picks up a needle that glints gold in the lamplight and pricks her finger. As the first drop wells up and falls to spread on the silk she begins to chant:

“Heart’s blood, ruby drop
Bind my love to you;
Mind’s blood, dark drop,
Bind my knowledge to you;
Soul’s blood, last drop,
Bind all strength to you.”


A wave of dizziness passes over me. I stagger sideways, bumping into the edge of the desk. When I raise a hand to my face it comes away damp with sweat.

“What have you done?”

About the Author:Over the years, I’ve considered different occupations based on how my name, Intisar, has been mispronounced. There’s “Intistar” (Galactic Space Commander?), “Interstar” (Lowly Space Shuttle Captain?), and “Inastar” (Nuclear Fusion, here I come!), just to list a few. So how is my name really pronounced?

Pretty much how it’s written: In-ti-sar Kha-na-ni.

I was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and have grown up a nomad, with multiple stints living in Saudi Arabia, boarding school in New Hampshire, and college split between Minnesota and Colorado. My family is from Pakistan, and I still have extended family there. My husband, young daughter and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio where I work with the Cincinnati Health Department on projects to improve community health, which is as close as I can get to saving the world. We’ve lived in Cincinnati longer than I’ve ever lived anywhere in one go—over five years.

Writing fantasy has been a lifelong passion. I wrote my first novel, Thorn, during my senior year in college. I had always wanted to write a novel, so I challenged myself to write a chapter a week. I decided to use one of my favorite Grimm’s fairy tales, “The Goose Girl,” as the basic storyline and optimistically set to work writing. How hard could it be if I already had the plot? I remember sitting down to read my completed first draft and nearly falling asleep. Suitably chastened but undaunted, I spent the next ten years on revisions and rewrites. I worked through about 13 drafts before deciding to publish.

My website: http://www.thornthenovel.com
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5780445.Intisar_Khanani
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/booksbyintisar
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/intisar

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

THE WRITER'S VIEW:LINDA WOOD RONDEAU



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Linda will be awarding one $10 GC to http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop during the tour as well as to the host with the most comments.


The Writing View: From There to Here


I look at the ocean-green walls of my office and think that the room is much like an unfinished novel, still in need of layering and final editing but very definitely part of a long process.

A year and a half ago, due to health issues, I crammed what I could in my little Ford Focus and headed south, leaving my wonderful husband of 34 years behind as well as my cat of ten years. My job was to play Daniel Boone and map out a trail for our retirement in Northern Florida. My husband will be finally joining me in a few days. The transition from there to here, in many ways is symbolic in the journey of a book, from inception to reality.

For the first three weeks, I visited family and friends on the trip down, and my office space was whatever bed I had to sleep on. Once I arrived in Jacksonville, I moved into a small one-bedroom apartment, sparsely furnished with pity offerings from my sister-in-law and a few items my husband brought down on his first visit. My writing space became a counter top, cramped but certainly a step an improvement from hunching over on a bed or stopping to write at a McDonalds while I sipped a senior coffee.

Inception takes time before rooting. First there is a vague idea that floats inside your brain, a hope of a new creation, a one-celled concept that begins to grow from a theme to thinly designed characters moving about in your mind.

Eight months later, I moved into a small but sufficient new house with three bedrooms, one I am currently developing into an office. On the next trip down to see the home improvements, my husband brought down my files and a few worn out bookcases. I purchased a card table and voila, an office.

After inception, the author drafts a first-run manuscript—a rough serviceable idea in readable form. From there, the author revises, revises, and revises again and again until the finished product shines, a story now ready for its audience.

I glance around my office once more as I write this. I have pictures ready to be hung once hubby arrives; he’s my professional editor when it comes to anything requiring a hammer and a screwdriver. In the near future, I hope to replace my temporary tables with real office furniture.

I suppose, this transition from there to here is yet another metaphor for my life…one that spells hope for the future, for each new day is one step forward towards something else. I do not know now what I will become, but I know the Author of my Life will fashion me to His purpose and glory.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV). Check out the video of The Other Side of Darkness:


About the Author:Award-winning author, LINDA RONDEAU, writes for the reader who enjoys a little bit of everything. Her stories of redemption and God’s mercies include romance, suspense, the ethereal, and a little bit of history into the mix, always served with a slice of humor. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community.

Find Linda online at:

website: http://www.lindarondeau.com
Blogs: This Daily Grind
Back in the Daze
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-by-Linda-Rondeau/156988217719108
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lwrondeau
The book is available on amazon.com, books-a-million, barnes & noble, christianbook.com, and wherever ebooks and softcover books are sold.



Haven: a perfect vacation spot filled with mystery and romance except for a killer bent on revenge.

Manhattan prosecutor Samantha Knowlton is stranded in a quirky but intriguing Adirondack town. But she must return to NYC to repair the unraveling case against convicted child killer, Harlan Styles.

Teacher Zack Bordeaux fears he is doomed to a life of mediocrity if he remains in Haven but would be willing to stay if it means a life with Sam.

Landscape artist Jonathan Gladstone feels bound to an estate he both loathes and loves, haunted by the deaths of his wife and son until he falls in love with a spirited attorney and rediscovers his artistic passion.

These three, betrayed and betraying, must find their way from the darkness of broken hope to the light found only in Christ, our surest haven.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Writer's View: D.D. Roy


This post is part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. As a tie in to Jinnie Wishmaker, this blog has two Magical Mood Rings to give away. Mood rings are a central item in the book as it is how the Troubled Tweens determine if a new member has a magical power or not. Very fun!
For the grand prize, Casey Shay Press is offering their bestselling balloon animal kit. It includes the paperback book Kids Show Kids How to Make Balloon Animals (for the same age group as Jinnie Wishmaker) as well as a professional pump and balloons. Just leave a comment to be entered!!


Inside View

The most important part of my author view is my pink lava lamp!

When I was writing Jinnie Wishmaker, I knew the Troubled Tweens would worry that SPIES were listening in on their conversations. I had the crazy idea that lava lamps could also have special powers (many of the ordinary objects in the book are magical). So the color of the lava light lets you know what level of protection the lamps are giving. (Pink is pretty low level—purple is the MAX.)

I love how the lamp gives my whole work space a color glow! Recently a fan gave me a purple one too. What I write when the lamp is purple—that’s a SECRET!

Outside View
My workspace is a dungeon! No window view! So I use paintings by my talented friends as a view to the world. This one is called Narragansett Beach by my friend John Jones. I also have images of dolphins in the ocean, and a PRISON (that one is for research!)

Often times when I need a real outside view, I will write at a park. Most of my short stories are written at Bull Creek Park here in Austin, where I can sit inside towering rock walls, by a stream, or in the woods, all within a few steps of the parking lot.

Mainly, I can work wherever there is quiet. As a mom of two, that can be hard to find!

About the Author:D.D. Roy wrote her first story "Blackie and the Garbage Dump Dogs" when she was in elementary school. As a teen, she tried to destroy her little hand-made books, but if you get a chance to meet D.D.'s mom, she will whip out the one surviving copy, still to D.D.'s total embarrassment.

Her first middle grade novel, JINNIE WISHMAKER, became a Hot New Release on the Nook, and was re-released as a hardcover School Library Edition through Casey Shay Press in spring 2012. Her story book app for the iPad, DUST BUNNIES: SECRET AGENTS, just came out in May through Polycot Labs.

Find D.D. online at:

http://ddroy.blogspot.com
http://www.twitter.com/deannaroy



Eleven-year-old Jinnie has a dilemma--she can grant wishes, but she can't control the results.

The school counselor tells Jinnie to join the Troubled Tweens, a group of kids with similar power problems. Maddy’s touch makes anyone explode in anger. Grace can make people like her--as long as they don’t let go of her arm.

But their loose use of magic attracts the attention of the Loki, a group of magic thieves and pranksters. They want to steal an open-ended wish from Jinnie, and it will take all the limited and messed-up magic she and her friends possess to make sure their powers don’t fall into the Loki’s greedy hands.

Jinnie Wishmaker is the first book of the Troubled Tweens series for 9-12 year olds.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: Kalen Cap


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kalen will award a $25 Green Gift Card from http://green.icardgiftcard.com/ -- redeemable for GCs from hundreds of your favorite merchants to one randomly drawn commenter.


While the rest of my home is orderly, my main writing space here is my primary computer and desk, sitting in my bedroom. My bedroom is usually cluttered. But, I write first drafts often by hand. So, I wouldn't say my computer desk is the most important place for my writing. Even while editing, I often print chapters and take them with me elsewhere to initially work on them.

For first drafts, I write many places. I sometimes write downstairs at the dining room table next to the big bookshelf along the stairwell. But, I often carry my backpack filled with notebook and pens out to write elsewhere. I initially drafted parts of Tangled Ties to a Manatee in parks, gyms, coffee shops, break areas at work, on the metro bus, and plenty of other places.

Further, I regularly think through plot points while exercising and then jot down short notes to expand on later. So, I wouldn't confine the notion of my "writing space" to places of sedentary activity. Some of my debut novel's plot twists formed while running on a treadmill, only to be written longhand after a needed shower.

There are times, however, when the computer must be engaged in my writing. Though cluttered, my bedroom has a smattering of art pieces, most are small pictures of wildlife or natural settings. I also have a fun art piece of a manatee that I received as a gift. Something to keep me humble, if I get too caught up in grandiose self-importance about it all, is a framed poster of the Celestial Planisphere. Over the months of a year, the clutter of specific papers and books, along with two many shirts and work ties for my hourly job, will vary within sight of my desk, but the artwork stays consistent.

That doesn't convey the most important part of what my conceptual idea of my "writing space" is though. I don't do as well creatively within situations that are too chaotic and loud, nor too quiet and staid. I typically need a little something.

The most important component of my "writing space" is the soundtrack, the songs or, sometimes, music videos playing. I thrive, or falter, to the common beat. That's not to say that auditory "writing space" is confined to my personal playlist. It's piped in when I'm running on the gym treadmill, it's on the radio station playing at the local coffee shop, it's in the passing car on the street, and it's on the store's sound system when at the grocery store. The soundtrack is nearly everywhere.

One way to visually convey that auditory "writing space" is a screen capture picture of a playlist. The soundtrack is where my "writing space" truly resides.

About the Author:Kalen Cap is a writer living in Columbus, Ohio. Active in a variety of causes, particularly with regard to the environment, he often brings such concerns into his fiction writing.

Tangled Ties to a Manatee is his debut novel.

He has had poetry published and several plays, both one act and full-length, produced locally. Two short stories have been published as well. "Feral" is a short story published in Off the Rocks, v. 14, ed Allison Fradkin, NewTown Writers Chicago, 2010, pp. 119-126. "Transforming Oracle" is a self-published short story available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29507

Kalen’s website is http://www.kalencap.com

He can be readily connected with through the following social media profiles –
Twitter: @kalencap
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KalenCap
Google+ : http://gplus.to/Kalencap



A pregnant manatee is rare at any zoo, and a first for the Grove City Zoo in Ohio. Ankh is a delight to zoo patrons, a concern to its staff, and the unintentional victim of two con men. She has no idea how many human relationships, problems, and dreams tangle around her.

Jerry is a young developmentally disabled man who happily follows Ankh's pregnancy on the zoo's webcam. He has a shy crush on Janelle, a pretty college student who volunteers for his group home’s outings to the zoo.

Jerry's Aunt Vera also loves nature and runs an environmental retreat center. But all is not well, with Vera or the center. The center needs money and is under investigation as a cult.

Amid their college studies, Janelle and her friend Cecily try to help. Instead, Janelle re-awakens an old obsession in Vera when an innocent tarot reading hints at how the center might be saved.

Two bumbling con men are attempting to sabotage the region’s electrical grid as part of a lucrative scheme. But Jerry accidentally gets in their way and becomes their captive.

When the con men surprisingly succeed in bringing the grid down, it spells danger for Ankh, her unborn pup, and the many people tied to them both. With investigations of their own, Cecily and Janelle try to untangle it all to find Jerry, save a manatee’s life, and rescue Vera from herself.

Tangled Ties to a Manatee is a humorous crime thriller with environmental themes that is revealed through multiple points of view. The novel emphasizes college-aged characters, though not all, such as the developmentally disabled ones, are in college.

Friday, June 22, 2012

VBT: Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delangrange

If you had to do your journey to publication over, what would you change?


Looking back on the road I took to publication there are several things I’d do differently, if only to have not wasted so much time doing it wrong.

In 2009 my daughter came home from school and told me her friend asked her why her mommy didn’t have a job. I had been an at-home mom since I got pregnant with my son in 1993, and realized I had more free time, since both my kids were becoming more independent. So, I thought about what I’d like to do with my life - outside of “mommy-dom”. I went to the Apple store, bought a MacBook, and started writing a book.

Needless to say, that was a backwards way of going about it. I had no clue how to write a book. I started out with an idea and just started writing. First of all, I didn’t know how to format the writing. The book was just a bunch of paragraphs interspersed with dialogue and I didn’t have much dialogue anyway. It was a conglomeration of paragraphs wherein I was “telling” a story.

Well, we all know what everyone in the book industry tells us, right? “Show, don’t tell”. I quickly found that out after submitting my completed novel in contests. I entered every contest I found out about. Of course, I never made it to any of the finals. In fact, score-wise I was always at the bottom of the list. BUT, I got many really insightful critiques of my work for free! I used the judges’ editing and critiques to my advantage and edited my book - over and over and over.

Then I started to take online classes and read a few books on craft and wrote another novel. But this time I had a little more knowledge under my belt and I employed an editor who is a multi-published author who had been an agent. That’s something I should have done earlier on in the process, perhaps. But I didn’t realize I needed a personal editor until I had received so many rejection letters from agents that I knew something was very wrong.

So, my advice to anyone out there wanting to write would be to learn about the craft of writing either before or while you’re writing your first book, so you can incorporate that knowledge into your novel as you go along. Take a few online classes. More importantly, join an online writing group. Christine Feehan told me to join Romance Writers of America. From there I was able to join a Romance Writers of America Women’s Fiction group along with other groups online that interested me. The people in those groups are an invaluable source of help with your writing, advice on agents and publishers, and anything else you can think of. And you’ll need the support of other writers while going through the process toward publication. Writing is such a solitary endeavor, but I never felt alone because I had my online friends to uplift me when I was down.

About the Author:
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I attended St. Mary’s College, studied my junior year at the University of Madrid, received my B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara then went on to get my Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University. I live with my husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with our two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and her son Jack.

My horse lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view.

Find the author online:

www.PatriciaYagerDelangrange
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricia-Yager-Delagrange/204510679568596
http://twitter.com/#!/PattiYager

Following the death of their baby during a difficult birth, Brandy and Weston Chambers are grief-stricken and withdraw from each other, both seeking solace outside of their marriage; however, they vow to work through their painful disloyalty. But when the man Brandy slept with moves back to their hometown, three lives are forever changed by his return..

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: No Remorse by Ian Walkley


This post is part of a virtual book tour scheduled by Goddess Fish Promotions. Ian will award a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the banner above to see the other stops on his tour--remember, the more places you comment, the better your chances of winning.


Two men, exiles from their respective societies, take conflicting approaches in the quest to regain their place and self-respect, and find themselves at war over a kidnapped girl.

Lee McCloud (“Mac”), a special forces soldier facing trumped-up charges of murder, is forced to work for a mysterious government outfit operating outside the law.

Khalid Yubani, cast out of Saudi Arabia for an offence against another member of the Royal family, seeks revenge through ruthless acts of evil. Engaged in the worst forms of human trafficking, Khalid buys Sophia, the daughter of Mac’s best friend, who has been kidnapped in Mexico. With time running out for Sophia, Mac enlists the help of a beautiful computer genius, a British SAS soldier and a Lebanese fixer to try to find Sophia and save her from the terrifying fate that Khalid has in store.

Although starting the quest as a man with no remorse, Mac gradually discovers a side of himself that he suppressed after witnessing the abduction of his own sister years before.

Dodging assassins, corrupt generals, evil medicos, Mossad agents, corrupt bureaucrats, and sharks, Mac ignores the order to stay out of trouble and follows Sophia’s trail from Mexico to Paris, London and Dubai, and the island of Andaran, where Khalid and his henchmen are waiting…

Enjoy this excerpt from No Remorse:


The long journey had been a nightmare, bouncing along in trucks and noisy cargo planes. First, they had thrown Sophia and Danni into the back of a truck filled with crates of vegetables, barely enough room to move, struggling to breathe in air that reeked like steamed cabbage. Crammed in with them were two others, Jeanette from Toronto, and Erika, from Sweden, who explained in stilted English that she was an exchange student, taken in Mexico City. Jeanette cried as she told them three men grabbed her as she was walking through the grounds of her hotel to the pool. The two bottles of water they’d been given were soon empty, and they sucked water from the lettuce leaves in one of the crates. Sophia tried to reassure the others, to talk her own confidence up. Air trickling in through a small ventilation grill couldn’t disperse the heat and fumes, and after a while Jeanette began to retch. The stench was revolting, and soon all four of them had emptied their stomachs into a plastic bucket they found in the corner.

"I'm so sorry, Sophe." Danni said, as the truck lumbered along. "I wish I'd never suggested we go shopping by ourselves."

Sophia shook her head and held Danni close and said words she was not so sure of herself. "They'll get us back, I'm sure of it." Still, she cursed herself for nagging their parents to let her and Danni go shopping. It should have been safe, only ten minutes from their hotel. But it wasn’t.

About the Author:
Ian Walkley has had a career in social and market research, and has been writing novels, short stories, travel articles and copywriting since 2008. He has co-authored two publications on small business and his first novel, No Remorse, was published in 2012. Ian's screenplay "Deniable Justice" placed fourth in the Writer’s Digest 2011 Competition for best screenplay. Ian has travelled extensively and researched his subject, and brings a knowledge of location and technical detail to the exotic settings and big screen thrills. Ian lives in Brisbane with his wife and three children.

Find the author online at:

http://www.ianwalkley.com
http://www.facebook.com/ianwalkleyauthor
http://www.twitter.com/ianjwalkley

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: Sandra Cox


This stop is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Sandra will be giving away a digital copy of her novel, "Vampire Bay" at ever stop. Additionally, she's running a contest on her blog (http://sandracox.blogspot.com) as follows: To enter the contest leave a comment on any posts in June, mention Minder and include your email address, and you're entered to win:

A set of butterfly pins
A Starbucks gift certificate
A book dedication
And a PDF download of Minder



Among the northern tribes there is a legend passed down from generation to generation about shape-shifting Minders—guardians of the innocents—and how they came to be.

It is said that nowadays only a handful of Minders exist, hunted to near extinction by a fearsome beast. Of the remaining Minders, only one wears a garnet-studded collar, the symbol of protection and royalty.


Even when my aunt told me the story, and handed me an ancient garnet-studded band, I had no idea the tale applied to me.

After all, it’s only a legend…

A movement along the edge of the cliff caught my attention. A small rabbit nibbled at a tuft of clover growing between the rocks. I came to attention like a pointer. My nose began to quiver and my mouth water. I twitched my butt.

Without thought, I bolted out of the house after the rabbit. My blood raced and I breathed in short sharp pants. I could hear the creature’s heart pound and smell his warm vibrant flesh.

He took three frightened leaps and disappeared into the forest. I skidded to a stop, trembling so hard my teeth rattled. What’s wrong with me? I wanted to take a bite out of a poor defenseless little bunny. I pursed my lips and screwed up my face. Gross doesn’t begin to cover it.

This is way past PMSing. Tears welled up and spilled down my cheeks.

I turn eighteen tomorrow. Surely, there’s no connection.

A sharp wind blew off the water. My eyes closed. I stood perfectly still, except for the shudders that wracked my achy body as fear and revulsion washed over me like the loud pounding waves below.

About the Author:Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA fantasy, crossover YA, historic and paranormal romance and metaphysical nonfiction.

Sandra lives with her husband, a menagerie of pets, and an occasional foster cat in sunny North Carolina. She’s a vegetarian, enjoys kickboxing and loves nothing better than good book.

You can find her at:

http://sandracox.blogspot.com
http://www.sandracox1.com
Twitter @Sandra_Cox

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Writer's View: Erin Nicholas


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Erin will award a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and choice of an eBook from her backlist to one commenter at every stop.


My office is in my bedroom, upstairs in our two story house. It’s really quite perfect. From there I can keep track of my family—who’s coming and going, who else is here (we have lots of kids in and out and I’m pretty good at distinguishing voices even through the floorboards :-)) and what everyone is doing. I’m there if they need me and I can run downstairs and put a casserole in for dinner, then head back upstairs. But, I can also shut the door, turn on my Scentsy pot and music and concentrate on my work. In there, I’m surrounded by my bookcases. My view includes shelves of my favorite books by my favorite authors—Susan Andersen, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lori Foster, Lucy Monroe and Erin McCarthy to name a few. And my own books. They’re between a set of book ends I bought especially to showcase them and they have their own shelf :-). It’s my reminder that my dream has come true and I’m fortunate enough to get to live it every day.

Outside my window is our neighborhood. We live in a quiet small Midwestern town much like the ones I write about. I love being able to look out on our yard, see my kids and their friends play, see our neighbors doing yard work, grilling out, washing their cars. It all reminds me of why I love writing those settings in my books.

But, I definitely don’t write only in my office. I also write in the living room or kitchen or on the bed. Sometimes I write with total silence, sometimes with music, sometimes with the TV on. Sometimes I change scenery on purpose. It helps shake things up and can help get me over stuck spots, so if I get to a part that’s not coming together, I’ll purposefully move to somewhere new. Sometimes, out of necessity, I write in the car, waiting rooms or on bleachers while waiting for practices to end. I’m actually quite productive in other places—probably because I can disconnect from the internet! :-)

One of the most productive places I ever wrote was in the parking lot of a park just down the street from where my daughter was rehearsing for Charlotte’s Web with the community theater. It was late winter/ early spring so still got dark early, it was a little chilly out and, of course, I couldn’t connect to Twitter or anything in the car, so I would sit with my laptop, in the dark, cozy in the car and write for the two hours she was in rehearsals. It was so productive, in fact, that I’ve decided to head right back there if I ever get a horrible case of writer’s block! :-)

But definitely, overall, my favorite view is of a my computer screen filled with words of a new story!

About the Author: Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, flawed heroines, sex with food and happily ever afters. She does not like to write dark moments, synopses or bios. You can find Erin on the web at www.ErinNicholas.com, www.ninenaughtynovelists.blogspot.com, on Twitter and even on Facebook (when necessary).



Suppose the solution to all your problems is the one thing you never wanted…

It figures the one time Sabrina Cassidy is determined to do the responsible thing, karma kicks in. After four years on the road chasing her musical dream, she’s stranded six hours from home with no money, a ruined credit history—and morning sickness.

Out of options, she swallows her legendary independent streak and calls the only person who won’t hang up on her. Luke, the man she left behind.

Marc Sterling’s first instinct is to protect his business partner and best friend from another broken heart. That means letting her think she’s talking to Luke, then finding a way to send her in the opposite direction.

When he shows up at her hotel room, there’s something in the air beside their customary insults. Sure, her rebellious attitude, smart mouth—and purple panties—still drive him crazy, but now it’s a different kind of crazy. The kind that has him driving her home instead of to the nearest airport.

And when Luke offers to solve all her problems if she’ll only say “I do”, Marc realizes he’s just crazy enough—about her—to forget whose heart he wanted to protect.

Warning: Contains two people who don’t like each other very much, a Toyota that can’t quite handle the road trip home, and a spontaneous proposal. Or two. Or three. And foreplay with—what else—pie filling.

Friday, June 15, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: THE KING MUST DIE


This post is part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the banner above to see the rest of the stops in this tour.




What is done cannot be undone.

England, 1326. Edward II has been dethroned. Queen Isabella and her lover, Sir Roger Mortimer, are at the pinnacle of their power.

Fated to rule, Isabella’s son becomes King Edward III at the callow age of fourteen. Young Edward, however, must bide his time as the loyal son until he can break the shackles of his minority and dissolve the regency council which dictates his every action.

When the former king is found mysteriously dead in his cell, the truth becomes obscured and Isabella can no longer trust her own memory . . . or confide in those closest to her. Meanwhile, she struggles to keep her beloved Mortimer at her side and gain yet another crown—France’s—for the son who no longer trusts her.

Amidst a maelstrom of shifting loyalties, accusations of murder propel England to the brink of civil war.

In the sequel to Isabeau, secrecy and treason, conspiracy and revenge once again overtake England. The future rests in the hands of a mother and son whose bonds have reached a breaking point.
The King Must Die is not a quick read, so if you are looking for something easy to take to the beach, I wouldn't recommend picking this one up. However, if you are looking for a well researched look back at a period of relatively unknown, to this reader, time of English history--this book is one you might want to consider.

The author brings all the major characters to life--with all their faults, failures, and frailties. Even while you are shaking your head at some of their choices, you can see why they made them.

Well-done! Now, I want to go back and read Isabella's story to see how she got to this place in her life.

About the Author:N. Gemini Sasson is also the author of The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I), Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II), The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III) and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist for Historical Fiction). She holds a M.S. in Biology from Wright State University where she ran cross country on athletic scholarship. She has worked as an aquatic toxicologist, an environmental engineer, a teacher and a track and cross country coach. A longtime breeder and judge of Australian Shepherds, her articles on bobtail genetics have been translated into seven languages.

Find the author online at:

Web site: http://www.ngeminisasson.com
Blog: http://ngeminisasson.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NGeminiSasson
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NGeminiSasson

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

VBRT: Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

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Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?
About the Author:
Lauren Clark writes contemporary novels set in the Deep South; stories sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets.

A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends. Check out her website at www.LaurenClarkBooks.com.
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Kudos to Lauren Clark. Dancing Naked in Dixie is a pure delight! Julia, bless her heart, has mishap after mishap--which had me alternately laughing out loud or commiserating with her (I've had my own run-in with fire ants!) Lauren captures the spirit of Eufala, Alabama, and made this Southern gal feel right at home. The book is pure perfection...and I certainly hope Lauren intends to go back to Eufala in another book--PD needs her OWN story!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

VBT: Fathoms of Forgiveness by Nadia Scrieva


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Nadia will be awarding the bracelet Visola wears in "Fathoms of Forgiveness" to one randomly drawn commenter on the tour as well as bookmarks to randomly drawn commenters at every stop. Click on the banner to see the other stops on her tour.




There is no divorce in the undersea kingdom of Adlivun. Marriage is a bond that lasts until death—even if death comes in several centuries, and in that time your spouse happens to become your sworn enemy. This is the conflict that General Visola Ramaris faces when she learns that the mighty Vachlan is behind the attacks on her kingdom. She has sworn to protect Adlivun with her life, but long ago, she also swore to love and honor her husband...

Visola must choose whether she will destroy Vachlan once and for all, or attempt the hardest thing conceivable: communication. After two hundred years of desertion, she has no faith in their feeble bond and knows she can never forgive him. When he threatens the person dearest to her, she must take action. Confronting Vachlan on enemy territory would be nothing short of suicide. She knows that if she falls into his custody, the deranged man would relish breaking her down and making her lose her sanity.

Princess Aazuria forbids Visola from taking matters into her own hands; she will do anything it takes to protect her friend from the man who wants to crush her. Alas, Visola is a crazy, uncontrollable warrior woman with the blood of Vikings in her veins. Why would she ever consider doing the safe and predictable thing?

Take a look at an excerpt from the book:

Meeting the scrutiny of his steel-grey eyes made her feel sweltering hot and bitterly cold at the same time. It was a thousandfold more difficult to tolerate the intensity of his gaze when it was penetrating her skull from the front instead of the rear. She felt like her eyes did not offer as much protection as the dense bones of her skull had. He was already piercing beyond her eyeballs to knead her memories with his knuckles, and to dissect her thoughts with his fingernails. She tried to get past the pain in her skull to objectively observe her enemy. His jet-black hair was pulled back into its classic ponytail at the nape of his neck. Had he not changed his hairstyle in all this time? Had he not grown hideous with all the horrible deeds he had done?

It did not seem possible, but he looked exactly the same. Except for his eyes; those vicious grey-blue eyes would have terrified any lesser woman to tears. Visola could not help seeing the blatant resemblance to her daughter in his face. Although Alcyone’s coloring was closer to Visola’s own, there was still so much of Vachlan in her. Seeing this; seeing the glimpses of Alcyone in this man who was little more than a stranger, drew her spirit to him involuntarily. Visola realized that she had to face the terrible truth.

She was not strong enough to face the father of her child.

About the Author:Nadia Scrieva was born in 1988 in Toronto, Canada. She studied English and Anthropology, graduating with an Honors B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2011. She likes knives. Writing has been the most meaningful part of her life since she was a child. Nadia loves receiving feedback from readers, so do not hesitate to contact her with any of your comments, questions, ideas, or just to say hello.

Find Nadia online at:

Website: www.NadiaScrieva.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NadiaFans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/NadiaScrieva
Blog: http://nadiascrieva.blogspot.ca/

Saturday, June 09, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: THE BELLWETHER REVIVALS by Benjamin Wood

The Bellwether RevivalsThe Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a gripping novel of obsession and madness and love---Oscar Lowe, an assistant in a nursing home, meets and falls in love with Iris Bellwether, a medical student in Cambridge. The story revolves around the Bellwethers' opulent world, so different from his own upbringing, and the "flock" that surrounds Iris' brother, Eden-- not only the Bellwether in name, but in function. Although told from Oscar's third-person POV, this story is very much Eden's story--and his belief that he has the power to heal through his music.

Eden and his actions affect everyone around him--and by the end of the novel, nobody has been left untouched or unchanged. It's intriguing and intense, and once I picked it up I couldn't stop reading it until I was finished. Yes, it's that good.

Kudos to Mr. Wood on his debut novel.

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Friday, June 08, 2012

The Writer's View: N. Gemini Sasson


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The odd thing about writers is that they’re working even when they’re gazing out the window. I suppose you could stare at the screen for endless hours, but the eyes need a rest and the brain needs stimulation. When we bought our house at a sheriff’s auction twelve years ago, the only thing it had going for it was the view. Set on six wind-battered acres high atop a gravelly hill, I knew this was the perfect place to immerse myself in my novels. It was secluded, quiet and breathtakingly beautiful . . . well, sort of.

You see, secluded means you can barely see your neighbors’ houses and most of them live out in the sticks because they don’t want to be disturbed, either. So a pleasant ‘howdy-do’ never happens. At best, you wave at the guy in the tractor as you pass him on the road. Quiet goes out the door when the beagle next door is baying all night long and the mockingbird starts his ever-changing chorus at 4 a.m.

As for a beautiful view, I have that in spades now, but it wasn’t always so. We spent the first few years bush-hogging the neglected six acres, pulling out bushes, planting trees and filling in groundhog holes. Remodeling the house has been a story unto itself that took a decade. When the first cold snap hit in the fall, we didn’t dare turn on the furnace until we had replaced all the heating ducts, which were six inches full of dust, loose change, plastic toys and cat pee. In the basement, there was black mold on the walls and cobwebs hanging so low you couldn’t walk through without them getting caught in your hair. Little by little, it has come together. The place looks nothing like it did when we moved here.

These days, I am constantly awed and amazed at the beauty around us, whether it’s a thunderstorm rolling across the landscape, a kestrel gliding on the wind, the snow-fog that hugs the valley below in winter, or a herd of deer loping through the cornfield behind us. Initially, my desk was in the bedroom with a view to the rear of the house, looking out over a sloping hill and endless farmland. Recently, I relocated my desk to the front of the house, where I can see my garden: an ever-changing palette of lemon-yellow lilies, chiffon pink hollyhocks, saucer magnolia, goldmound spirea, and purple clematis. This usually reminds me that I need to go pull weeds or turn on the sprinkler. A few hours later, I remember I have a chapter to finish or a blog post to write. It balances out. The book gets written (somehow) and the garden comes back to life every spring.

Some days, nothing much is happening outside my window and I need to turn my focus to the next book. My desk is a testament to my industry. Whenever it’s overflowing with papers and books, that means I’ve actually been working. If it’s clean that means I’m procrastinating. My most often used scholarly references are within a hand’s reach. This helps make me feel like I know more than I really do. On the wall behind my computer screen is a collage of printed-out e-mails from readers. It blows my mind that anyone would bother to write to an author, let alone me, so I keep them there for inspiration, to remind me of why I write.

About the Author:N. Gemini Sasson is also the author of The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I), Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II), The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III) and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist for Historical Fiction). She holds a M.S. in Biology from Wright State University where she ran cross country on athletic scholarship. She has worked as an aquatic toxicologist, an environmental engineer, a teacher and a track and cross country coach. A longtime breeder and judge of Australian Shepherds, her articles on bobtail genetics have been translated into seven languages.

Find the author online at:

Web site: http://www.ngeminisasson.com
Blog: http://ngeminisasson.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NGeminiSasson
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NGeminiSasson



What is done cannot be undone.

England, 1326. Edward II has been dethroned. Queen Isabella and her lover, Sir Roger Mortimer, are at the pinnacle of their power.

Fated to rule, Isabella’s son becomes King Edward III at the callow age of fourteen. Young Edward, however, must bide his time as the loyal son until he can break the shackles of his minority and dissolve the regency council which dictates his every action.

When the former king is found mysteriously dead in his cell, the truth becomes obscured and Isabella can no longer trust her own memory . . . or confide in those closest to her. Meanwhile, she struggles to keep her beloved Mortimer at her side and gain yet another crown—France’s—for the son who no longer trusts her.

Amidst a maelstrom of shifting loyalties, accusations of murder propel England to the brink of civil war.

In the sequel to Isabeau, secrecy and treason, conspiracy and revenge once again overtake England. The future rests in the hands of a mother and son whose bonds have reached a breaking point.
For a review of this book, check back on June 15.