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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

 

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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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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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

 

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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.

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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

Blog:  http://lindsaymckenna.wordpress.com

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Book trailer:  http://vimeo.com/lindsaymckenna/breakingpoint/

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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
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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
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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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What to Read Wednesday with Rhenna Morgan author of Unexpected Eden ~ Giveaway

I’m so glad you joined me for What to Read Wednesday. Today we have debut author Rhenna Morgan visiting. She’s talking about labeling her work and sharing her debut Unexpected Eden! Love the cover and I think you will too. 

Don’t forget to enter Rhenna’s giveaway as well…the link is at the end of the post!

Take it away Rhenna…

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Categorizing a Melting Pot Romance

Hey, Christine! Thank you so much for hosting me today and sharing all the details on my debut release, Unexpected Eden.

Writing this book was definitely a challenge. Not so much from a story perspective, but from the learning side of things. I’ve had lots of people tell me, “I’ve thought of writing a book myself,” but few people really dive into the process and have the opportunity to learn just how much (and how many iterations) go into the final product.

Oddly, it wasn’t all the edit rounds that gave me the most struggles. Nor did the title or the blurbs (those handy summaries on the back of the books). Those were relatively easy—once I stopped procrastinating in the form of man-candy research on Facebook and Pinterest, of course. J

No, the hard part for me came when it was time to label my work. The first time someone asked me what the genre was, my mouth shot open to answer, and then promptly froze. There wasn’t one easy answer.

My first thought was paranormal. It seemed a catchall placeholder for all things not possible in today’s world. (Well, not so far as we’ve been able to prove anyway. J) But the more I thought about it, it seemed the paranormal genre targeted mostly vampires, shape shifters, angles, and demons. That seemed all wrong for Eden and the Myren race.

So, I hopped to Fantasy. The look and feel of Eden is very old world in much of its architecture—no power lines in site, pure, rainbow-laden skies, and vibrant colors that would make Avatar’s world of Pandora seem pale in comparison.

But there’s a modern edge to Eden too. A new-agey mysticism born from their deeply spiritual connection to The Great One. And they interact with the modern human realm whenever they need to—even though we humans aren’t aware of it. Hard to keep modern attitudes and slang out of a culture when you’re visiting a modern world for trade or vacations, right? I was afraid if I called the genre Fantasy Romance, I’d give people the impression it was more along the lines of Lord of the Rings, when in fact, everyone’s up to speed on Google and the almighty dollar.

Where I ended up – Contemporary Fantasy Romance. Kind of a Thor setting with a Black Dagger Brotherhood attitude.

Clarifying the heat level wasn’t any easier. To this day, I’m still not sure how I’d categorize where Unexpected Eden falls on the naughty scale. It’s certainly not all about sex, but I sure didn’t pull punches on the intimate parts. Suffice it to say, I panic every time someone from church says they wanted to read it…and my daughters aren’t allowed to touch it until they’re twenty-one. I think that gets you in the general ballpark.

My question to readers is this—how important is categorization to you when selecting a book? Are you a die-hard fan for only certain genres? Or do you flit between whatever suits your current mood? Do you like the books that blend many genres into one? Or are you more of a purest?

If you’re up for some blurred lines, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Unexpected Eden and join Eryx and Lexi in their adventures. I know they’d be happy to have you along for the ride…just don’t leave it laying around for the under eighteen crowd.

Thanks again for having me today! Hope to see you in paradise soon!

Love,

Rhenna

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Unexpected Eden
The Eden Series # 1
By: Rhenna Morgan
Released December 29th, 2014
Lyrical / Kensington

Blurb

Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.

Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question is, is she Myren, or human – which makes her forbidden fruit?

When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.

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Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/10/unexpected-eden-eden-series-1-by-rhenna.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23269158-unexpected-eden?from_search=true

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Buy Links Amazon | Barnes | iBooks | Kobo | ARe
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Eden-Rhenna-Morgan-ebook/dp/B00NY9OCBM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1412525955&sr=1-1
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unexpected-eden-rhenna-morgan/1120500874?ean=9781616506285
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unexpected-eden/id923453427?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/unexpected-eden
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-unexpectededen-1638969-237.html

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Author Info

Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.
Yes, her life rocks—two beautiful little girls, a great husband, a steady job, and the kind of friends that would take you out back if you hurt her. But, like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into something…less realistic.
Romance is a must. So is a steamy romp (or four). Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, strong, intuitive men, and the sigh of, “Oh if only that could happen to me.”
So, if you’re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men who’ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.

Rhenna Morgan

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Google+

https://www.facebook.com/RhennaMorgan

https://twitter.com/rhennamorgan (@RhennaMorgan)

https://www.goodreads.com/Rhenna

https://plus.google.com/+RhennaMorgan

http://rhennamorgan.tumblr.com

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Grand Prize: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card, Print or eBook copy of UNEXPECTED EDEN, Eden Series Tote Bag, Coffee Mug, Pen/Stylus and Post Its.

Runner Up: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card and eBook of UNEXPECTED EDEN

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What to Read Wednesday with MM Jaye author of Fate Accompli ~ Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for coming back for What to Read Wednesday. I hope you enjoy meeting author MM Jaye and like the sounds of her book Fate Accompli. She’s sharing an interesting guest post about the differences between “Clean” romances and “Sweet.”

Afterward, check out her latest release Fate Accompli and enter her wonderful giveaway!

Take ti away MM Jaye…

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CLEAN VS SWEET

I’m a member of a “marketing for writers” group where members exchange marketing tips and promotional resources. They’re a very patient and welcoming lot, and I’ve learned a lot since I joined the group. The only time the air turned from rosy to acrid was when a writer announced promo opps on her blog, specifying she was looking for “clean, guilt-free” romances.

Apparently, the term drove another writer up the wall. The email he sent focused on the “holier-than-thou” attitude of some writers who although include graphic violence in their books, campaign that explicit sex is “dirty” and contaminated. The writer who wrote the original post huffed and puffed about how the term “clean” is established, claiming that her “guilt-free” addition meant books you can give your daughter to read. In the end, moderators had to jump in to resolve the situation.

Initially, when I thought about putting out two versions of Fate Accompli based on the heat factor, I had chosen “Sweet” and “Spicy” to distinguish between the sex-free and sensual versions of my story. I, too, was bumped by the “clean” characterization and can admit to have left a couple of pithy comments on blog posts about the “unclean” idea that explicit intimacy between adult, consenting partners is “dirty”. But the term “Sweet” also bugged me. A lot (although not all) of the sweet romances I had read were written in a well-rounded language that smacked of classical romance stories. Not my voice.

So, I kept reading stories tagged either as clean or sweet to get a clearer idea of whether there is a distinction, and I came up with the following conclusions:

Sweet romance: well-rounded, wholesome language, innocent (often sexually inexperienced) heroine, possible literary undertones, classical romance style found mainly in faith-based novels. Think films rated PG. (Sleepless in Seattle.)

Clean romance: could-be gritty language, could-be strong, sassy, independent heroine, a more modern feel adopted by mainly secular reads. Think films rated PG-13. (The Hunger Games.)

So, basically, “Clean” is a category that includes “Sweet”. While I’m still in the process of getting to terms with the term—pun intended—I chose the broader category to describe my sex-free version of Fate Accompli. I accepted that it’s an established term, and I don’t intend to make extra waves with my debut novel where, apparently, the water is already rough.

So what’s your take on “Clean” and “Sweet”? Are you put off by the term “clean”? I’d love to turn this into a conversation with readers and bloggers, so I’ve started it on my Author’s Page. Jump right in!

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Fate Accompli

Aegean Lovers # 1

By: M.M. Jaye

Released November 21st, 2014

Self-Published

 sensual girl sleeping in white bed

 

Blurb

 

Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.

The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.

Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.

She knows he could destroy her.

She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…

EXCERPT

“Now take out the tart. Let’s dig our teeth into that sin of a dough.” Jenny’s breathing was shallow.

Monica frowned.

“We can’t have a picnic on the desk when they are in there,” she whispered. “What if they suddenly come out?”

“Trust me. These meetings never last less than three hours and they’ve only been in there for one.”

“What about the smell? It’s quite heavy!”

“Heavier than Terzakis’ cigar? Please! By the stink of it he must have offered one the other two. They wouldn’t know if we boiled broccoli out here. Now bring it on,” Jenny rasped, breathing hard with anticipation.

“Okay. I’ve got it!” Monica said in a conspiratorial tone and knelt behind the desk. “Come down here. I’ll give you a piece and if we hear them come out, we’ll pretend we lost one of your contacts.”

“You’re a total nerd, you know that?” Jenny crouched beside Monica and there was more giggling. Monica felt like a naughty schoolgirl, which was quite foreign to her. But she couldn’t let Jenny down. Not after finding out she was expecting.

She opened the bottom drawer and took out a flat plastic container. Just by lifting the tight lid Jenny gasped. “Ooh, it smells so good.” Fishing out a large yellow napkin from her handbag, she handed her a piece of tart on it. Jenny took a huge bite and immediately moaned. “Oh, Monica, that’s orgasmic!”

Monica opened her mouth to respond, but she was cut short by a deep masculine voice. “When you finish giving each other orgasms, can I have the Latin America folder, please?”

Jenny froze mid-bite.

Monica whipped her head around and looked between the desk’s legs. There were more legs. Human legs. In crisp pants. And leather shoes. Alex’s shoes.

Oh crap!

She rose very slowly and raised her eyes until she met his. Taking in as much air as her lungs permitted, she blurted out—what else?—the plain truth.

“Jenny’s pregnant. And famished. I made a pie—”

“Tart!” Jenny piped in.

Monica’s eyes popped wide just as Alex’s narrowed. “Jenny craved the … tart. I thought we shouldn’t eat the tart on the desk. So we ate it under … it. Jenny liked the tart.” She gulped. “A lot, apparently. Hence the … um … orgasmic comment.” There. She’d said it. She hadn’t intended it to sound like a nursery rhyme—and did she have to use the word tart so many times? And in the same sentence with orgasmic?

Alex’s expression was inscrutable. He looked down at Jenny then back at Monica. “Can I have the Latin America file, please?” His tone was exactly the same as if nothing she’d said had registered. She only wished it were so.

Handing him a red folder this time, she felt like swallowing again, but her throat felt as dry as parched paper.

“The meeting will be over soon. Can you make sure you have satisfied your … tart cravings by then?” He angled a glance down at crouching Jenny, who managed an awkward full-mouthed smile.

“Of course,” Monica replied mechanically, then inwardly winced as she understood the double entendre of his choice of words.

Alex made a move to turn, then changed his mind and paused facing the wall.

“And congratulations … about the baby,” he said—to the wall apparently— then walked into his office.

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/10/fate-accompli-aegean-lovers-1-by-mm-jaye.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23491518-fate-accompli-clean-romance?ac=1

 

Amazon Buy Links

Spicy: http://amzn.to/1wUZrq1

Clean: http://amzn.to/1yOCOVx 

 

Author Info

MM Jaye’s mother claims that she spoke her first word at the age of six. Months. As a kid she would record fairytales in her own voice, play them back and then re-record adjusting the pitch and tempo. Later, she used her voice to inspire young adults and teach them the art of translation. But there came a time when life took a turn for the worse, and her voice temporarily died out. That’s when she turned to writing. Fate Accompli is the first book in her Aegean Lovers series, set on the Greek island where her husband proposed. MM Jaye lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, daughter and Kindle. Yes, it’s that important.

 MM Jaye

Author Links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Blog: http://mmjayewrites.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MMJayeauthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MMJaye

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*MM Jaye is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $25.00 Amazon eGift Card, Three Ebook copies of FATE ACCOMPLI and Bookmarks*

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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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