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What to Read Wednesday with Stacey Kennedy ~ Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday. Today are visitor is author Stacey Kennedy and she telling us her 5 reasons why writing BDSM is fun. Afterward check out her release TAMED, the 5th book in the Club Sin Series.

At the end of her post you can enter her giveaway!

Take it away Stacey…

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Please welcome Stacey Kennedy. She’s the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Outlander.

Today she’s telling us five reasons why writing BDSM is fun.

1) The submissive and Dom relationship: The power play between them is excellent fun to write. It keeps me on the edge of my seat, and sometimes even I’m surprised who comes out on top!

2) The communication and trust: While I think any healthy relationship should be based on communication and trust, in a BDSM relationship it’s just amplified some. I enjoy how in-depth I can get with this while writing BDSM. It makes for some pretty intense scenes, where it pushes characters boundaries.

3) The emotion: I’m not sure I could get so deep into emotions as I do with Club Sin if it wasn’t set in a BDSM club. The fact that communication and trust is so important forces me to dig really deep emotionally when I’m writing. I love this!

4) The sense of family: In Club Sin, the group of Masters and submissives are a big family. Personally, I think friendships are as important as intimate relationships, so when I wrote Club Sin I focused on this. I wanted the series to reflect how everyone needs a good friend every once in a while. Either to kick you in the butt, if you need that, or to hug you, if you need that, too. I know I couldn’t live without my bestie!

5) Lastly, but certainly not least, the kinky sexy: What can I say? It’s just HOT to write!! Any sex is good sex to write, but kinky sex allows me to get really creative. Ropes, floggers, candles . . . oh, the sinful fun!!

TAMED

Tamed
Club Sin # 5
By: Stacey Kennedy
Releasing March 10, 2015
Loveswept

Blurb

USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy returns to the tantalizing world of Club Sin in an enticing novel of control and surrender.

Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can’t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt—pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him . . . which only makes him want her more.

Kenzie can’t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body—and, piece by piece, her heart.

Tamed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/01/tamed-club-sin-5-by-stacey-kennedy.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19156931-tamed
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/99666-club-sin

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tamed-Club-Novel-Stacey-Kennedy-ebook/dp/B00N6PD6OI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1418865059&sr=1-1&keywords=Tamed%3A+A+Club+Sin+Novel
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tamed-stacey-kennedy/1120679178?ean=9780553391206
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tamed/id914361085?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/tamed-13

Author Info

Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled, and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion—always staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories.
She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on Mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter, and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, and Sons of Anarchy.

Stacey

Author Links: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads
Website: http://www.staceykennedy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorstaceykennedy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Stacey_Kennedy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3473046.Stacey_Kennedy

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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Dixie Lee Brown author of Tempt the Night ~ Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Dixie Lee Brown to the blog. Dixie is talking about writing suspense combined with romance. I enjoyed her post and think you will too! Afterward, check out her final book in the Trust No One series titled Tempt the Night.

Also, she has a wonderful giveaway. Click on the link at the end of the post to enter :)

Take it away Dixie…

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It’s wonderful to be here! Thanks for having me and for showcasing TEMPT THE NIGHT, the 5th and final novel in the Trust No One series.
As you may know, the books in this series are romantic suspense. My heroes are all alphas, former military, law enforcement or ex-cops, mercenaries banded together to do what government agencies can’t or won’t do themselves, but are willing to hire done. The story lines deal with life and death situations.
Why do I mention that? Because it’s not always easy to blend romance with suspense. Life and death scenes, if done right, get a person’s adrenaline flowing. Those scenes that build sexual tension between the hero and heroine…well, they’ll get some juices flowing too! But they’re oftentimes on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Which is more important? Neither. In this genre, the romance and suspense are of equal importance. Both must blend together to form the whole. The protagonists meet and are forced together because of whatever suspenseful situation has occurred. This heightens the tension of both elements. Emotions are on DEFCON 2.
The relationship between hero and heroine evolves a little differently in a romantic suspense novel than, say, a contemporary romance. The timeline is shorter. They don’t have weeks or months to date and fall in love. People’s lives are at stake, sooner rather than later. The reactions of the protagonists to each other are practically instantaneous and definitely strong. That’s not to say they have to like each other. They might hate each other on sight.
The premise of a romantic suspense novel is that something bad has happened, the hero and heroine meet and fall in love, and they put the kibosh on whatever is causing the suspense. The world, as far as what happens in between, is wide open. My job, as a writer, is to make others want to read from A to B.
The action, the fear, the running for their lives, etc. add an undercurrent of danger that increases the conflict and makes the romance more explosive. The romance itself also adds a layer of tension, because suddenly the characters are worried about each other. It’s a balancing act, and each element has to build to the next. The last thing a writer would want is the reader skimming over the action packed scenes to get to the romance or vice versa.
The novel’s success in the genre depends on each element being equal. The romantic relationship impacts each decision the protagonists make, as does the impending danger. Each increases the tension and propels the story forward. The proof of a good romantic suspense novel? Readers can’t put it down!

TEMPT THE NIGHT

Tempt the Night
Trust No One # 5

By: Dixie Lee Brown

Releasing February 24th, 2015

Avon Impulse

 

Blurb

Dixie Lee Brown concludes her thrilling Trust No One series with the fast-paced tale of a damaged hero and the sexy fugitive he can’t help falling for.

Samantha “Mac” McCallister barely believes her own tale of dirty cops and murder that landed her in the hands of the sexy Jim Brady. One minute she was enjoying a ride-along in her best friend’s cruiser, the next he’s dead and she’s wanted for his murder. Mac never expected to be hiding out from the law, but with Jim by her side, maybe she can survive long enough to clear her name. The question is, can she survive the way Jim makes her feel?

Former Navy Seal Jim Brady works best under pressure. At least he used to. Now, fighting flashbacks from his time in Iraq, he has given up everything he knows in order to protect the innocent … from himself. So working with a woman on the run from the law? Not in his plans for this lifetime. Still, something about the blue-eyed beauty tells him she’s not the source of the danger—she’s running from it. Deep down he knows he’ll protect her no matter what. But his heart? That’s another story.

 

EXCERPT

She couldn’t even think about Paddy. His death was a sorrow that would incapacitate her, and she couldn’t give in to it now. Where could she go and be safe? It would be too dangerous to return home. Simpson and Gallagher would surely search for her there. Were there other dirty cops in on whatever had gone down tonight? How could she trust any of them after what she’d seen? The backup they’d requested had never arrived…or the ambulance. Did that make her friend and co-worker, Lucas, suspect too? No…she’d never believe that, but whoever she went to for help, she’d likely be putting them in danger as well.

On impulse, she pulled out the card Paddy had forced into her hand and shone her flashlight on the lettering. It was one of his business cards, but when she flipped it over, neat handwriting that she didn’t recognize was centered on the back.

Meeting Brady Friday, midnight, 110 Gardner Street.

Thanks for watching my back! M.

No clue what that meant, but if Paddy thought it important enough to hand her moments before he died, you’d better believe she was going to be at that meeting and find out why.

That didn’t help her now, though. She shivered in her light fleece jacket. The dim glow of her watch revealed the time—3:45 am. First light wasn’t far off, but she had eighteen hours to kill before the midnight meeting. Covered with blood, people would be suspicious of her at best. At the worst, they’d call the cops and, with her luck, Gallagher and Simpson would respond. She had to get out of sight before someone spotted her.

Uncle Benji’s fishing boat. It was docked at the marina, and he was in Anchorage for the month. No one would think to look for her there, but she needed to go back to Paddy’s car for her purse. She’d eventually need money and her ID.

Mac made her way back to the shadow of the packing plant. Then she took a wide detour and approached Paddy’s car from the opposite side. Gallagher and Simpson’s cruiser was gone, but they might double back to try and spot her, and she wasn’t taking any chances. Quickly, she grabbed her purse and left the car behind.

The first gray hues of dawn were spreading on the eastern horizon as she hoofed it to the marina, staying in the shadows as much as possible. She found Uncle Benji’s boat and climbed below deck. Then she slid to the floor, hugged her knees to her chest, and finally gave in to the waves of grief that rolled over her.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/01/tempt-night-trust-no-one-5-by-dixie-lee.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23001916-tempt-the-night?from_search=true

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/106408-trust-no-one

 

Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tempt-Night-Trust-One-Novel-ebook/dp/B00J26JJ2S/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421255025&sr=1-1&keywords=tempt+the+night&pebp=1421255031491&peasin=B00J26JJ2S

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tempt-the-night-dixie-lee-brown/1120303508?ean=9780062328328

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tempt-the-night/id842644584?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/tempt-the-night?utm_source=ABA2032753&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=detailpage

 

Author Info

DIXIE LEE BROWN lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.

 Dixie Lee

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.dixiebrown.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dixie-Lee-Brown/311618418919108

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DixieLeeBrown

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583364.Dixie_Lee_Brown

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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Lynda Aicher author of Game Play ~ Giveaway

THANK YOU for joining me on another round of What to Read Wednesday. Please help me welcome author Lynda Aicher to the blog today. Lynda is not only giving us a peek into her writer’s world by letting us see her writing cave, but she’s sharing her latest release GAME PLAY : Power Play #1 with us.

Afterward, please check out her awesome giveaway! Click on the link to enter :)

Take it away Lynda…

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My Writer’s Cave

I’m thinking that’s my version of the Bat Cave. It’s where I go to hide, oh I mean create. Frequently, it’s where I go to bang my head on the desk or stare numbly out the window at the wall of my neighbor’s house. And somewhere in between those two tasks, I manage to write a book or two.
When I sat down to write my first book, I wrote at our kitchen table. Our “office” had evolved into a random collection room that included more kid toys than usable work space. It quickly became the joke that Mom had to move her office so we could eat. I worked like that for two years before I signed a three book deal with Carina Press. That was when my little endeavor to write a book suddenly became a serious career. I needed my own space!
That was three years ago and I love my office now. It’s exactly as I designed it with the simple Ikea desks, shelves and storage, the yellow walls that warm it up and the space I need to spread out. It’s right off the kitchen, so I’m still close to the kids and the daily happenings which can sometimes be annoying but is really convenient.
Of course, it’s not nearly as neat and tidy as I thought it’d be. It turns out for an organized person, I work best in organized clutter. As you can see, I have piles everywhere and I know exactly what is in each pile, so don’t move them! I periodically clean, purge and reshuffle—usually before I start a new book, but the piles always return.
The only thing I don’t like about my Writer’s Cave is the cat box in the corner. Totally not ideal, but it was there before the room became my office. So the box remains and the cat stays happy, which is way better than living with a pissed off cat.
It’s all about compromise, right?

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Game Play
Power Play # 1

By: Lynda Aicher

Releasing February 16th, 2015

Carina Press

 

 

Blurb

One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.
One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

 

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?

 

Excerpt

Timing was everything, and she waited for her moment to kick up some fun on an otherwise blasé event. The charity that donated hockey equipment to kids from military families was a great cause that would benefit from a little show. At least, that was what she told herself.

“Don’t be stupid,” Meg warned in her ear.

“Why not?” Sam asked. “What do I have to lose?” Absolutely nothing. She’d never do anything to smear her name, but it wasn’t like she had a hockey career to worry about. Or a coach she was accountable to.

Or a reason to behave.

Rylie was spending as much time tipping his trademark worn brown cowboy hat at the passing women as he was paying attention to the kids looking for pointers. The ends of his brown hair curled over the back of the gray hoodie he’d worn under his jersey and seemed to match his hat color almost perfectly. Too perfectly.

Nicknamed Cowboy within the hockey world, he was dubbed Pretty Boy as well. The second label was coined his rookie season by a sports announcer and as far as Sam had heard and seen, the man cultivated both brands equally.

“Hi, Rylie,” a group of teenage girls dressed in skinny jeans and overdone makeup chorused as they skated past. Rylie shot them a nod and grin that somehow managed to be appropriate for the age of the girls.

Sam shook her head and chuckled at his easy charm. The guy had it all. Talent, looks, personality—he was a star in the making. One full of potential if he didn’t get distracted by the fame and parties he seemed to enjoy.

Walters smacked the puck toward Rylie, and Sam broke through the kids to swoop across the ice and steal the puck from the preoccupied man. A cheer went up from the kids when she circled the pro player, puck firmly in her control. The air chilled her cheeks and laughter rang in her ears as she sped away.

A quick glance over her shoulder showed Rylie chasing her, the determined pull of his brows blending with a full smile that somehow managed to put a matching one on her face. She caught sight of Meg and passed the puck off before she stopped then took off in the direction she’d just come from.

The circle of kids widened as Walters got into the play, tailing Meg. She swooped around a group of unsuspecting adults, using them as a pick to cut off Walters, and she smacked the puck back to Sam.

“Think you’re hot stuff, do you, Yates?” Rylie was at her side, jabbing his stick at the puck with no effect. She was under no illusion the man knew who she was. Her name was printed in big letters across the back of her jersey.

“Just having some fun.” She cut a sharp circle and faced off Rylie, who skidded to a quick stop.

He tapped his stick on the ice, an indulgent half smile on his lips. “Come on then.” He glanced over his shoulder. “You and me to the net.”

Her stomach did an unwanted flip when his eyes landed back on her. An interesting mix of brown and green, they seemed to dance with the same excitement that flooded her. The challenge was exactly what she’d wanted and his proposition was the best offer she’d had in months. On or off the ice.

“You are so on,” she said, grinning.

 

 

 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/game-play-power-play-1-by-lynda-aicher.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23289990-game-play?from_search=true

 

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | Kobo | iTunes

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Game-Play-Power-Lynda-Aicher-ebook/dp/B00MTGFB70/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410746721&sr=8-1&keywords=game+play+by+lynda+aicher

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/game-play-lynda-aicher/1120159564?ean=9781426899409

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/game-play/id939706244?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/game-play

 

Author Info

Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. After years of weekly travel implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties as a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator. Find her at: http://lyndaaicher.com

 Lynda

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

Website: http://lyndaaicher.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyndaaicherauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lyndaaicher

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5339510.Lynda_Aicher

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What to Read Wednesday with Sidney Halston author of Below The Belt ~ Giveaway

THANK YOU for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday :) Please help me in welcoming author Sidney Halston to the blog. Sidney is sharing her 5 tips for aspiring writers and also her release BELOW THE BELT!

Afterward, don’t forget to check out her awesome giveaway. The link is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Sidney…

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Five Tips for Aspiring Writers.

I receive emails all the time asking how to become a writer or how to publish a manuscript. Unfortunately, there is no formula and even with the success of Worth the Fight Series I still consider myself an aspiring writer. I always strive to be better and to strengthen my craft. I wrote a book and did all the research myself. I’ve found that writing the novel was the easiest part; submerse yourself with information about the industry.

But, here are my five tips.
1. WRITE. This is the most important one. WRITE! Write something. Write anything. It is very unlikely that the first thing you write is the one that gets picked up by an agent or by a publisher. I mean, it could happen, but while you wait on that one to take off, write something else. Have ideas. Plot. Write. If you want to be an author, this shouldn’t be a burden. You should love to do it.
2. GET AN AGENT. Aside from my husband, my biggest cheerleader is my agent. I haven’t even met her face-to-face yet, but I love her. She’s supportive but will always tell me the truth. It’s a relationship that, if you’re serious about being a writer, can be instrumental to your career. Publishers may change, the industry can change, but if you have a good relationship with your agent, that should last through the different manuscripts and the tough sales (I hope!)
3. STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM. I am very blessed that I have a strong support system in my personal life. Without that, I wouldn’t be able to juggle all the deadlines, my kids and husband, and my other job. Besides your personal support system, surround yourself with good, non-competitive, non-catty group of industry people. What I mean by this is that you’ll find yourself in situations where other authors may not be that nice or very competitive. But, there are also the sweet helpful authors that will go out of their way to help you. I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of wonderful authors that have been great to me (special shout out to Toni Aleo. I love this chick!). And, not only established authors but also aspiring authors, some have become my beta-readers and great friends. And remember these aspiring authors may one day be bestsellers! But don’t forget to be kind back! I try to return the favor whenever possible.
4. TOUGHEN UP. Listen, people are just plain mean sometimes. That’s the bottom line. This was one of the most difficult things I’ve had to learn. Writing a novel, whether it be the next great romance novel or erotica, it’s still something you’ve put your heart into and hours and hours of your time. It means something to you and by putting it out there, you are essentially allowing people to judge your work. Some people will love it. Some people will hate. You’ll receive constructive criticism and you will receive horribly nasty attacks. But you’ll also get fans and that is the most wonderful thing. There’s nothing you can do about the people that don’t like your books. Don’t read reviews, is what my agent tells me. I still do, though. And it’s unfortunate that the mean one-star review has a way to stay with you longer than the ten great reviews. But, just move on and don’t engage the reviewers. People are entitled to their opinion. Try to remember that many bestselling books don’t have the highest ratings. Bottom line: they are attacking your book not you personally (normally). Try to separate yourself from that and…well just get some tough skin because it’s not an easy industry.
5. ROUTINE: Since you’re writing something everyday, try to establish some sort of routine. I write at night at Starbucks. It’s where I can write and where I feel most comfortable. You have to find your place and stick to it.
Hope this helped at least one person. Now that you’ve finished reading it, go and buy BELOW THE BELT! Hee hee. Seriously, though, I wish anyone that is trying to make it in the industry the best of luck!

BELOW THE BELT

Below the Belt
Worth the Fight # 3
By: Sidney Halston
Releasing February 10th, 2015
Loveswept

Blurb

In Sidney Halston’s latest sizzling MMA romance, a former title contender turns the tables on his knockout trainer with a lesson in seduction.

Once one of the most sought-after names on the mixed martial arts circuit, Antonio “Scarface” Marino watched his career go down for the count as he chased skirts and made tabloid headlines. Now he’s finally making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to Francesca Silva, a Brazilian bombshell as tough as any of her fighters. But who’s the real Francesca: the trash-talking trainer who rides him hard, or the vulnerable woman who blushes at his touch?

Francesca went to the mat to sign Tony because she believes he still has the potential to bring big success to her gym—if she can keep his head in the cage and out of her personal life. After a short-lived marriage soured her on love, a one-night stand is all she can handle. Now Tony’s kisses are stirring up complicated feelings—especially when he agrees to face her ex in the ring. Francesca’s used to freezing guys out. But Tony’s tempting her to give in to the heat.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/12/below-belt-worth-fight-3-by-sidney.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22926842-below-the-belt?from_search=true

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Below-Belt-Worth-Fight-Novel-ebook/dp/B00MSRYORI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416696819&sr=8-1&keywords=below+the+belt
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/below-the-belt-sidney-halston/1120679175?ean=9780553390988
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/below-the-belt/id923816322?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/below-the-belt-11

Author Info

Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain, or even simpler, “Just Do It” Nike.

And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.

Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading… She’s a reader first and a writer second.

When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Website: http://www.sidneyhalston.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/https:/www.facebook.com/Sidneyhalston
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sidneyhalston
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6916557.Sidney_Halston

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What to Read Wednesday with Lindsay McKenna author of Taking Fire ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday :) Today, author Lindsay McKenna is visiting and talking horses and her latest release Taking Fire from the Shadow Warriors series! I loved her blurb too, so don’t forget to take it all in!!

And, Lindsay is offering up a wonderful giveaway. The link to enter is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lindsay :)

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Horses and Their Role in TAKING FIRE and the Middle East

There are two black Arabian horses that figure prominently in Taking Fire. US Marine Corps Sergeant Khatereh (Khat) Shinwari, uses them to cause havoc, attack the Taliban, and protect her father’s village along the Afghan border with Pakistan. She has two full sisters, two Arabian mares, Mina and Zorah. Mina is her main riding horse. Zorah is a pack horse, carrying supplies and medicines to the villages that Khat takes care of. She is a paramedic, as part of her training.

Khat has learned to be a shadow warrior using her sturdy, endurance trained mounts. Mina is the one that she rides and sets up ambushes as well as sniper attacks, up in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, near the Pak border. With a black horse at night, it can’t be seen by the Taliban or Al-Queda soldiers. During the daylight hours as she operates as a Shadow Warrior creating havoc for her vaunted enemy, Mina may gallop for miles along rough, narrow trails used only by goats. Khat relies on her nimble, swift mare to carry her away from the enemy before they can find and capture her. She has evaded her enemy for five years, lives in any number of caves to escape detection, takes care of her hardy, brave Arabians, who in turn, take care of her.
Because Khat is half Afghani, she had the blood of these warriors in her DNA. And utilizing the Arabian horse is part of her black ops life. Mina gets her to an ambush, and helps her escape it. Khat cares and adores her brave and beautiful horses. And they love her in return.

Khat needed this breed because of its well-known endurance. First bred in the Middle East, the Egyptian Arabians are well known for their delicate beauty. But their beauty is molded by thousands of years of being bred and living in the hot deserts of many countries. There is no breed more intelligent than an Arabian. Even today, among the Bedouins, their horses are cherished. At night, the horses come and stay with the family in their tent, an accepted part of the human household. Over these thousands of years, because of this tight human-animal connection, Arabians are considered “people” horse breed. The bond between people and Arabians is one of legend nowadays. But it’s true. I know because I bred, raised and sold Arabians in Ohio for ten years when we had our farm. As you read Taking Fire, just know that the information on these wonderful four-legged secondary characters is all true.

Taking Fire by Lindsay McKenna

Taking Fire
Shadow Warriors #7
By: Lindsay McKenna
Releasing February 24th, 2015
HQN Books

Blurb

She dances on the edge of life…and death

Not all are meant to walk in the light. Marine Corps Sergeant Khat Shinwari lives among the shadows of the rocky Afghani hills, a Shadow Warrior by name and by nature. She works alone, undercover and undetected—until a small team of US Navy SEALs are set upon by the Taliban…and Khat is forced to disobey orders to save their lives.

To go rogue.

Now, hidden deep in the hills with injured SEAL Michael Tarik in her care, Khat learns that he’s more than just a soldier. In him, she sees something of herself and of what she could be. Now duty faces off against the raw, overwhelming attraction she has for Mike. And she must decide between the safety of the shadows…and risking everything by stepping into the light.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/taking-fire-by-lindsay-mckenna.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22892023-taking-fire?from_search=true

Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | iTunes | Kobo

Author Info

Lindsay McKenna is proud to have served her country in the U.S. Navy as an aerographer’s mate third class—also known as a weather forecaster. She is one of the original founders of the military romance subgenre and loves to combine heart-pounding action with soulful and poignant romance. Her latest book is the romantic suspense Taking Fire.

Lindsay McKenna

Website: http://www.lindsaymckenna.com

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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Katie Rose author of Too Hot to Handle ~ Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday :) Today we have author Katie Rose visiting. She’s giving us 10 good reasons why we should love and give sports romance a try. Afterward, check out her latest release Too Hot to Handle : The Boys of Summer #2.

Don’t forgot to enter Katie’s wonderful giveaway. The link is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Katie…

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I’m always surprised when I see a comment on GoodReads when a reader says they didn’t think they would like a sports romance.
Huh?
So here are the top 10 reasons you will love sports romance:
1. These guys are hot. Seriously hot. Don’t believe me? Check out Cole Hamels or Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies, just as a start.
2. Because of the sports theme, there is a ton of conflict. First you have the game itself, with every team struggling to make it to the World Series or the Super Bowl. Then you have conflict between parents and players, who may have different ideas of success. Finally, there is always romantic conflict. Ballplayers, like other Pro athletes, usually date beautiful models, actresses, etc. Think of Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz, Alex Rodriguez and Madonna, Alex Rodriguez. . .? The man proves the point all by himself. So how does a regular girl capture the attention of this guy?
3. Did I mention sports stars are hot?
4. Going to the game is a lot of fun. If you’ve never been, it’s worth the experience. Ballparks are like cathedrals, with the emerald colored graphs, flowers, the lighting and scoreboards. You can drink beer during the day without judgment, and eat all of the things that are bad for you: hot dogs, burgers, pretzels and crackerjack. There is a ceremony to the event, starting with the salute to the flag, to the seventh inning stretch when everyone sings TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME. (Well, in Philly they don’t. They sing to Jon Bon Jovi). And it’s the same with football, hockey, etc. But you get the idea.
5. In addition to being hot, sports stars share certain attributes that are less common in other fields, such as: strength, discipline, talent, patience, and agility. They have to deal with injuries, enormous disappointment, exhilaration of winning, the agony of defeat. . . Not something your typical computer programmer needs to succeed. Therefore, not only are they physically impressive, but they are interesting individuals and the original alpha males.
6. Some people complain that sports stars have enormous egos. Well, it’s true. A lot of them do. After all, they are the royalty of our time: they are praised, booed, photographed, and talked about. That’s enough to give anyone an ego. So it is great fun to partner a cocky hero with the heroine who can handle that, and him.
7. Ballplayers, especially, are good-looking. They don’t get as beat up as hockey players or football players. And they have to stay in shape. You don’t see many overweight Pro ballplayers lumbering around the bases. They work out, sport six pack abs and great biceps.. .
8. The uniforms are dazzling. Here football has the edge with those great colors, shoulder pads and helmets. But baseball uniforms are cute. I am reminded of little leaguers, except that these guys are all grown up. Hmm.
9. Many Pro athletes are truly nice men. Cole Hamels and Chase Utley sponsor their own foundations. Shane Victorino had a charity fashion show every year. The Eagles and the Philadelphia Flyers all donate to good causes, including the Eagles Youth Partnership and the Flyers Charities.
10. And finally, did I mention these guys are hot?

Too Hot To Handle

Too Hot to Handle
The Boys of Summer # 2
By: Katie Rose
Releasing January 27th, 2015
Loveswept

Blurb

Katie Rose’s Boys of Summer series returns for a delicious double-header—with the story of total opposites who are drawn to each other like moths to a flame.

Nikki Case is no fan of baseball. Her ex gambled away a fortune on the sport, and now her PR firm has tasked her with cleaning up the league’s most notorious bad boys. The New Jersey Sonics are known for wild womanizing and booze-fueled brawls, so Nikki expects the worst. Her first stop in the battle to win hearts and minds is star hitter Jake Baldwin—a legendary ladies man so smokin’ he threatens to melt her tough-girl armor.

Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/too-hot-to-handlethe-boys-of-summer-2.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22551564-too-hot-to-handle
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/126154-the-boys-of-summer

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Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Too-Hot-Handle-Summer-Novel-ebook/dp/B00KUQGRBU/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418316743&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=too+hot+to+handle+y+katie+rose
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/too-hot-to-handle-katie-rose/1120641382?ean=9780553390483
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/too-hot-to-handle/id887129411?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/too-hot-to-handle-the-boys-of-summer-series

Author Info

Award-winning historical author Katie Rose makes her contemporary debut with the Boys of Summer novels, Bring on the Heat and Too Hot to Handle, which combine Katie’s true loves: baseball and romance! When not watching baseball, Katie is at her lake house in New Jersey, hard at work on her next book.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter |Goodreads
Website: http://www.colleenquinn.net/katierose.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historicalromanceauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCQuinn
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/399542.Katie_Rose

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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Chelsey Krause author of Can’t Always Get What You Want ~Giveaway

YAY~it’s time for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Chelsey Krause to the blog. She’s talking about where ideas for stories come from (one of the most asked questions, I think, authors receive). I think you’ll enjoy her post. Afterward, take a look at her release Can’t Always Get What You Want. Just the title alone makes me want to learn more. And the cover…L O V E  I T!!

And, don’t forget to check out her wonderful giveaway! The link is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Chelsey…

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Where Do Your Ideas Come From?
By, Chelsey Krause

Have you ever read something and it made you wonder, “Where did the author get the idea from?”
To me, most stories can be summed up by asking “what if.”
What if you died, and five people were waiting in heaven to explain your life to you? What if you hit your head, and woke up married to a hot gazillionaire and had your dream job? What if your “perfect” new life wasn’t everything it seemed?
All of these “what if” questions come from somewhere.
Let’s examine the “what if” behind two of my favorite books: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, and “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk.
Suzanne Collins, author of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, says that the idea came to her while watching tv.
“I was channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coverage when Katniss’ story came to me,” Collins said. “On one channel there’s a group of young people competing [in reality programming] … and on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting an actual war. And I was tired, and the lines began to blur in this very unsettling way, and I thought of this story.”
Read the full interview here: http://uinterview.com/news/author-suzanne-collins-reveals-hunger-games-inspiration/
Interesting, eh?
And now, “Fight Club,” by Chuck Palahniuk.
Chuck Palahniuk wrote “Fight Club” on a boring afternoon at work. He came up with eight rules for a club where you could essentially go and fight.
In the “afterword” portion of “Fight Club,” Chuck writes that at the time, he had a black eye, and no one asked him about it (which struck him as odd). He’d recently seen a documentary about street gangs, and how they were really just young men who had been raised without fathers, and were trying to build a masculine identity. At the same time, book stores will filled with “clubby” type books for women. The Joy Luck Club. How to Make an American Quilt.
There were no such books for men.
And so, on this quiet afternoon at work, with nothing but the spark of an idea, he wrote a seven page short story (which is now chapter 6 of Fight Club).
If you want to learn more about how this short story transformed into a cult classic, then I highly recommend this free podcast on iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/fight-club-15th-anniversary/id426840843?i=330581924&mt=2

For me (and for most writers, I’m sure), a story never comes from a single idea. Rather, it’s the merging of several ideas. And the more compelling the “what if” question, the better the story.
Now, consider for a moment. What if your favorite author let their ideas slip away?
What if they forgot about it, and never wrote the book that you love?
Writers aren’t the only people who have thoughts like these.
People have ideas like this every day. They see something and go, “Hey, wouldn’t it be weird if…..” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if….”
But most people don’t do anything with them. They just go about their day, and a potentially brilliant thought is gone.
Ideas can come from anywhere. Everyday life. A conversation you overhear. News headlines. Dreams.
Follow your ideas! Let them combine and morph into a completely new question.
And I can’t stress the next point enough.
Write your ideas down.
Even if you think they’re dumb.
Take a pen and paper everywhere. Email ideas to yourself. Keep notes on your phone. Whatever it takes.
And secondly: Surround yourself with positivity. To paraphrase an idea from Kevin Smith, it’s important to surround yourself with “Why not.”
(And yes, I mean that Kevin Smith. The “Jay and Silent Bob” Kevin Smith. Don’t judge me).
You can hear him talk about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAb6X73HRgM
(Beware. He loves f-bombs.)
If you have an idea for a book or a new invention or painting or whatever, most people are bound to ask, “Why?” Or, “Why you? Why do that? Why try?”
The trick is to ask yourself, “Why not?”
Isn’t that a powerful concept?
So go out there. Ask “what if” and “why not.” Pursue your dreams, ask others what inspired them. Because an idea can come from anywhere. The only thing that matters is what you do with it.

– Chelsey

 

Can't Always Get What You Want

Can’t Always Get What You Want
By: Chelsey Krause
Releasing January 13th, 2015
Loveswept

Blurb

Fans of Ruthie Knox, Rachel Gibson, and Molly O’Keefe will love this deeply romantic and uplifting debut novel about losing everything you thought you wanted—and getting exactly what you need.

Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones tribute-band concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date.

Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be—and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after.

But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she’s in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/cant-always-get-what-you-want-by.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23256189-can-t-always-get-what-you-want?from_search=true

Buy Links Amazon | Barnes | iBooks | Kobo
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cant-Always-Get-What-Want-ebook/dp/B00NRQWAT8/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413206012&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=cant%27t+always+get+what+you+wan
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cant-always-get-what-you-want-chelsey-krause/1120377343?ean=9781101883624
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cant-always-get-what-you-want/id921351761?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/can-t-always-get-what-you-want

Author Info

I was born and raised in Canada, and live with my husband and two children. I’ve been a nurse since 2009. An essay I wrote on intercultural nursing has been published in a nursing anthology.
I love thrift shops, repurposing old junk and learning new belly dance moves. I can’t decide if my favorite movie is either “Bridget Jones’ Diary” or “Fight Club.”
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and in the spring of 2013, I finally sat down and wrote my first book. Now that that’s done, I’m working on my second.
I believe that the best way to become a great writer is to read.

A lot.
And then read some more.
I absolutely love books and would live at the library if they’d let me.

Chelsey Krause

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Website: http://www.chelseykrause.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChelseyKrauseAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chachack2
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8583948.Chelsey_Krause

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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