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What to Read Wednesday with David M Brown and Donna Brown

Thank you so much for joining me for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome authors David M Brown and Donna Brown. I think you’ll enjoy learning about their interesting release and reading their guest post. If you’re a fan of the feline family then check out their book The Bleaklisted Books : A Feline Central Book…which is a book about books…read on to discover more.

Take it away David and Donna…

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First of all, many thanks to Christine Warner for the opportunity to guest post on her blog today.

 

My Gift to the World

Mr B: Please note that the following guest post was riddled with spelling errors and strange references to a gentleman named Eugene. I’ve edited the post as best I can to make it both coherent and less insane. If any of Charlie’s thoughts offend in any way then I apologise profusely because I know this very strange cat will not.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your beers, for I bring great news.

Firstly, an introduction. My name is Charlie. I am the feline equivalent of Napoleon Bonaparte but the difference between myself and the Emperor of France is I’m good at what I do. From the moment I first whacked a ball of wool with my kitten paws I knew my destiny was to conquer the world. To me, that ball of wool was the Earth and I its master. I’m not sure how the thread hanging off it compares to our own world but I don’t want to get bogged down in such silly questions of accuracy. The analogy works…sort of.

Back in 2012 my owners – Beard Face and Frizzy Hair – released a book entitled Man vs Cat. It was a scandalous read, trying to depict myself and my five brothers as pathological felines with more issues than Darth Vader. Beard Face went so far as to claim that we were plotting to kill him. I took great offence at this. Yes, I have long been plotting to kill him but not as often as he made out in this book.

Two years on I have decided that the world needs something better than the drivel that my misguided owners came up with him. As Christmas is on the horizon I decided to offer a gift to you all better than any Playstation, chocolates or bottle of gin. My gift to the world is a book, a very special book. It is unique in the respect it is a book about books. Bet you’ve never heard of anything like that before, right?

I like reading, I really do, but I have a big problem with the books you humans write. My problem is that they’re generally a load of nonsense. The only book I have no aversion to is George Orwell’s Animal Farm. That one I find inspirational but everything else is just badly written. I couldn’t find any other books I liked. I tried everything – Fifty Shades of Grey, Anna Karenina, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, and for my sins Ulysses - but none of them did anything to stifle my anger and disillusionment with human books. Something had to be done.

I decided to start bleaklisting these awful books. Bleaklisting is a complex process but basically I read one of your terrible books, summarise it and then offer my alternative to how the story should have gone. This isn’t me being a mean and evil dictator, as Beard Face would have you believe, but a sort of spiritual leader like Gandhi, the Dalai Lama or Charlie Chaplin. I found 25 books in all and collected them together to form The Bleaklisted Books. This is my gift. 25 of your most beloved books are exposed for what they really are and in their place I have suggested better stories, superior stories, that I think you will embrace ahead of the originals.

I know what you’re thinking. This is one crazy kitty but hear me out, minions, I mean humans. This book will change your lives. It will make you think differently about books. It will be an epiphany for you all, like the first time you discovered soap, fast food or Meryl Streep. Take this chance to change your reading lives forever. What better gift could there be at Christmas.

Mr B: Alternatively, you could agree with me about what a lunatic Charlie is. Read his book for fun by all means but don’t take any of it seriously. If you do, then I fear for you.

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The Bleaklisted Books (A Feline Central Book)
Genre: (Non Fiction) Humour/Pets & Animals
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Length: 92 Pages

My mini-irons,

I urge you to embrace the goose-spell of Animal Farm and you will find sanctuary when our difficult war is over. I will add, of course, that given that conquering the world means a long, long, long, long, long war, I will permit you to read another book every now and again.

Just remember which books are bleak-listed; e.g. Barry Potterer, 100 Years of Silly Tudor, Prude and Perjury, The Hungary Olympic Games, The Chronicles of Nerdia and Of Mike and Ben.

In the meantime, here is a list of books I have vetted and will reconsider for approval if the appro… apprap… proper changes are made. Read this manyule carefully mini-irons.

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EXCERPT

What happens?

Some spy is told to carry out an assignment in East Germany to uncover a double agent but he falls for someone prior to this and love ultimately messes the operation up.

Reason for bleaklisting?

Proper spies don’t fall in love. Wimps they are!

What should have happened?

Eric is sent on an exclusive mission into East Germany to assassinate a double agent. Before setting off he is approached by an air stewardess named Fiz who fancies him but he turns her down. She does warn him that it’s cold in East Germany and gives him some cough syrup.

Suspicious of the bottle labelled poison with a skull on it, Eric tosses the syrup and completes his mission. When he returns home to England he has a runny nose and is coughing a lot. Fiz realises he has seen through the poison expertly disguised as cough syrup and she runs away. She is shot and killed by a traffic warden who believes her car is parked on double yellow lines. Eric ends the novel by nipping to the pharmacy for some genuine cough syrup.

Special instruction

Make available at MI5, MI6, CIA, B&Q and M&S and rename The Spy Who Came Home with a Cold.

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Mr B compares the stories

Dear me, Charlie, I thought you’d like John le Carré’s 1963 Cold War Novel. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold does deal with Communist East Germany where Alec Leamas is sent, under the pretence that he is defecting, and with the intention of locating Mundt, suspected of being a double agent. Alec has a romance with Liz which ultimately throws a spanner in the works. There isn’t anything about cough syrup thankfully and as with Charlie’s other efforts, this one is likely to disappear into the ether. My apologies to Mr le Carré for this despicable alternative to his story.

 

AUTHOR INFO

Donna-Brown

Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu’s Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David’s book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats.

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that ‘It’s grim up north’. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit her and her husband’s shared blog: B-Lines and Felines.

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David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu’s Epiphany and A World Apart, combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten., David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

 

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Collette West ~ Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Please help me welcome back author Collette West to What to Read Wednesday. She’s written an interesting guest post that will draw you into her characters and make you want to learn more. She’s also sharing her release Game On. Don’t you love the cover?

Don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway! The link is at the end of the post.

Take it away Collette…

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Why do guys always have to fight?

There are a lot of physical altercations on the New York Kings, and most of them have to do with pitcher Bruce “Jilly” Gillette and third baseman Drake Schultz. These two always seem to be going at it—in hotel hallways, in the shower room, on the floor of the stadium. They’re full of testosterone, ready to duke it out at the drop of a hat. They like to curb their aggression by kicking each other’s asses.

Growing up, Jilly was always picked on despite being the biggest kid in the room. On the playground, he learned to defend himself by using his fists. Drake had a complicated childhood, too, resorting to violence as his first means of defense whenever he had a problem with someone. So it’s not surprising that when these two become teammates, they tend to settle matters by wrestling each other to the ground.

They both know it’s not the best way to solve things, but Drake comes to respect Jilly’s toughness and Jilly just comes to see Drake as a bloodthirsty lunatic, especially when Drake attacks him while he’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Jilly usually goes after Drake in order to right a wrong or to shut him up whenever he starts running his mouth, but for some reason Drake seems to take particular pleasure in seeing how much bodily harm Jilly can take, always testing his limits.

Jilly knows he’s not the only one on the team who wants to beat the living daylights out of Drake, but so far, he’s been the only one to do it. Drake is the kind of guy who likes to push his teammates over the edge, so they’ll go after him. He bates them, needles them, but Jilly’s doesn’t let his taunts go unanswered. He keeps the team troublemaker in check, as much as he can.

But is Drake really nothing more than a bully? You’ll have to wait and see what happens in Drake’s story, coming in 2015. I can’t wait to open the door to his heart and reveal why he is the way he is.

GAME ON

Game On

New York Kings # 3

By: Collette West

Releasing October 17th, 2014

Self-Published

 

 

Blurb

Pitching phenom Bruce “Jilly” Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he’s painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.

 

Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.

 

Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly’s life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he’s about to become her new leading man.

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Author Info

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette’s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.

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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Rachel Brimble

Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday! Today we have awesome author Rachel Brimble on the blog. She’s sharing her latest release from Harlequin Super Romance Christmas at the Cove.

I love her cover and you can’t beat a romantic Christmas story!!!

Take it away Rachel…

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Festive Romance Read…done! Bring on the next challenge…

When I signed my first contract with Harlequin, I was ecstatic – thought I would never want anything else but to keep writing book after book for this phenomenal romance publisher. I soon found out life doesn’t work like that…at least, mine doesn’t!

As writers and human beings, I think we should constantly push ourselves, both personally and professionally. For each goal we meet, set another. For each failure, pick ourselves up and try again.

One of the things I like to do as a writer is challenge myself to write a slightly different book each time, to try a new theme, premise or a character that I would never have attempted before the particular moment that I sit down to write my next book. That is how my latest book, CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE, became reality.

Even though this was my thirteenth novel, I had never tempted a Christmas story, nor the Secret Baby trope…it was time to do both! I LOVED writing this book and hope my existing and, new readers, enjoy reading it with equal enthusiasm. CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE is the fourth book in my ongoing series with Harlequin Superromance set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.

All the books can be read as stand-alone but I hope new readers like it enough to go back and try the first three books – FINDING JUSTICE, A MAN LIKE HIM and WHAT BELONGS TO HER.

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!!

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Christmas At The Cove is available now – here is the blurb & buy links:

More family for Christmas?

Scott Walker doesn’t have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.

Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he’s not one to shirk responsibility. Scott’s issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.

 

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Bio:

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Personal links:

 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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#2 What to Read Wednesday with Megan Frampton ~ GIVEAWAY

Happy Wednesday, and thank you for joining me for the 2nd author visiting us for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Megan Frampton. I enjoyed her guest post and think you will too. Afterward don’t forget to check out her release The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior : Duke’s Behaving Badly #1. Is this cover delicious or what? YUM!

Also, don’t forget to enter her giveaway…the link is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Megan…

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Megan Frampton’s Guide to Correct Writing Looking at Pictures of British Actors Romance Novels

Thanks for having me here today!

Many authors say they knew in their hearts they were born to be writers from the first time they got an A (or a C, for that matter) on a writing assignment in school.

I had no such epiphany. I liked reading, certainly, and spent most of my free time occupying myself with books as much as possible. I started out with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, then read all of Andrew Lang’s Colored Fairy Books, then found Barbara Cartland at some point and gorged myself on historical romances from then on.

Then I hit the Dark Ages of Romance—the books people who don’t read romance think of when you say ‘romance novel,’ even though those books aren’t written any longer (that’s another rant for another time). I didn’t like those books, with their perfect heroines who were forced into having sex with the perfect hero. I wasn’t perfect, I sure as hell wasn’t having sex, and I definitely hadn’t found a “hero,” so I had nothing in common with those books.

I took a break from romance for a long time. I got back into it (long story, again, for another time), and then wound up getting laid off from a job post 9-11. My husband and I decided I’d stay home with our then 2 ½ year old son. I thought it’d be a good time to see if I could actually write a romance novel. I didn’t quite realize it at the time, but apparently I’d been thinking about it for a while, since when I started to put fingers to keyboard, I had a story.

Every writer writes differently, and I’d say if you can find just one bit of writing advice that rings true to you, you’ve won. So here are some of my writing thoughts:

  1. Don’t worry about trying to copy someone else’s technique.
  2. Keep in mind, as Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch said, that there are only seven different stories. But there are myriad ways to tell each one. Don’t be afraid of borrowing someone else’s story and putting your own imprint on it.
  3. Do whatever you have to to eliminate distractions. I use a timer, and make myself write for 20 minutes, then I take a five-minute break to see what the internet’s been doing, since OF COURSE I would have received the most important email in the world during those 20 minutes.
  4. Let yourself write what you hear in your head. Editing is for later, after the words are on the page.
  5. Read in the genre. A fun thing I like to do is find a favorite author’s lesser books, so I can see more clearly just how she does it.

Thanks again!

The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior
Dukes Behaving Badly # 1
By: Megan Frampton
Releasing November 25th, 2014
Avon

Blurb

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .

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Author Info

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Shannyn Schroeder ~ Giveaway

Thanks for joining me for What to Read Wednesday! Today we have 2 authors visiting for What to Read Wednesday. First, please help me welcome author Shannyn Schroeder. We’re going to MEET THE HEROINE of her latest release Her Winning Formula Hot & Nerdy #3.

Afterward, don’t forget to enter her fabulous giveaway!

Take it away Shannyn…

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Her Winning Formula – Meet the Heroine

By: Shannyn Schroeder

The heroine of Her Winning Formula is Felicity Stone. Felicity was easy for me to write because we have much in common. Felicity is a science nerd, which is not my thing, but she’s socially inept and very aware of it. This is a feeling with which I am intimately acquainted.

Felicity is on her way to South Padre Island in Texas for her last spring break with her friend, only to find out that her friend’s car broke down and Felicity is left alone. On the plane, she meets Lucas, a teacher on spring break headed to his brother’s wedding.

Felicity and Lucas chat for a while on the plane, and Lucas asks Felicity to be his date to the wedding. The mere thought of being around that many people practically makes her break out in hives. However, after Lucas graciously gives up his rental car for her, she agrees to be his date. Spring break is supposed to be about having fun, and Felicity at least wants to give it a shot.

Although she wants to try, Felicity is afraid she’ll mess up Lucas’s plan. He wants a date to keep his ex-girlfriend (the maid of honor) at bay. Felicity doubts her ability to be a convincing girlfriend. When Lucas gives her a plan to be able to interact at the wedding, she is amazed at how well it works. Because of this success, she asks Lucas to teach her how to pick up guys.

She’s attracted to Lucas and they have chemistry, but she chalks it up to him being nice and playing the part of boyfriend. After the wedding is over and they sleep together, she figures she’s back to being on her own for her spring break and learning how to flirt by herself. To her surprise, Lucas asks her for one more family dinner and reminds her that he agreed to teach her to flirt in order to pick up guys.

Lucas manages to give her another winning formula and she finds success in picking up a guy at a bar, but she finds herself wishing he was Lucas. She might not be quite as inept as she thinks.

Her Winning Formula

Her Winning Formula

Hot & Nerdy # 3

By: Shannyn Schroeder

Releasing November 24th, 2014

Kensington

 

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Blurb

Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction…

Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…
Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?

 

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 EXCERPT

Felicity was beginning to think this trip was cursed.

Lucas stood there staring at her, then he sighed. “Take my car. I can have someone from my family come get me.”

“I can’t do that.”

“Sure you can. I’m probably going to be at the hotel most of the time.” He leaned over the counter and flashed a sexy smile at the clerk. “You can change that reservation, right? I’d like to give my friend Felicity here my car.”

The girl’s face brightened. “Of course, we can do that.”

Felicity pulled out her credit card. “Thank you.”

Lucas had stepped away from the counter and pulled out his phone. She watched him and knew she should do or say something. Thank you didn’t quite cut it. She thought about Layla and Charlie and even her mother and what they would do in this situation. “Don’t call your family. I’ll take you to your hotel.”

“You sure?”

“It doesn’t make sense for someone to drive thirty miles to get here and then have to turn back. It’s the least I can do.” She signed the paperwork, and they walked outside to get the car. Felicity slid her sunglasses on her face as Lucas stowed their bags in the trunk. He climbed in beside her, looking no more comfortable than he had on the plane. “I’m a safe driver.”

He jiggled the handle to adjust the seat and shoved it back to allow more legroom, and then he relaxed. He typed his hotel information into the onboard GPS, and Felicity began driving. Lucas made call after call while they drove. From what she could hear, he’d been roped into taking care of a bunch of wedding details, but nothing seemed to bother him.

When he finally clicked his phone off and tucked it back in his pocket, she knew she should say something.

“Sorry for all the calls. My family was a little panicked that I wasn’t going to make it on time.”

“Okay.” In the silence, she thought about what she’d wanted to get out of this vacation, besides time with her two closest and oldest friends. She wanted to have fun. She’d been counting on Layla and Charlie to help with that. It was bad enough that Charlie refused the trip, but now Layla was late. As they neared Lucas’s hotel, she blurted, “Okay, I’ll go to the wedding with you.”

“You make it sound like it might be torture.”

She laughed. “After you see me in a big crowd, you might think that way too.”

“It’ll be fun.”

Ha! Volunteering to put herself into a group of people she didn’t know didn’t sound fun at all, but being with Lucas did. He made her laugh, which was something she didn’t get from most guys.

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Lucas relaxed his shoulders. He had a date for the wedding. This would be perfect. Felicity would be able to keep Becky from clawing at him, and he might actually have a shot of enjoying this week.

Felicity pulled up in front of his hotel. “Give me a call and let me know what time I should be here tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow? No, I need you now.”

Her eyes widened, and he realized how his words sounded. “I mean, there’s rehearsal in a couple of hours and then dinner after. My family will expect my date to be there. Plus, you’ll need a crash course on me and my family if we’re going to pull this off.”

Felicity’s brows furrowed, and a cute wrinkle waved along her forehead. “Pull this off? I thought you just needed a date.”

He released a slow breath. “I need a date to keep my ex away. If she knows we just met on the plane, it’ll be like waving a red cape at a bull. She needs to think we’re in a relationship.”

Felicity swallowed hard.

“We don’t need to make them believe we’re getting married or anything, just dating, but that means we need to know about each other.”

“But…but I have to check in at my hotel.”

“Call and tell them you’ll be late. You can go there after dinner tonight.” Lucas waited patiently, like he did in the classroom when a student needed time to develop an answer.

Felicity faced forward, staring out the windshield, looking like she was carrying on a conversation in her head. She blew out a breath and shook her head. “Fine. Get the bags from the trunk and I’ll park. I need to change before dinner.”

“Thanks. I could kiss you.”

She turned, and one eyebrow arched up above her sunglasses. “Is that part of our deal?”

He smiled. “Only if you want it to be.”

 

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Author Info

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

Shannyn Schroeder 

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What to Read Wednesday with Amber Hart and Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday :) Please help me welcome author Amber Hart to the blog. She’s sharing her secrets and process for writing memorable characters.I think you’ll enjoy her information. She’s also giving us a sneak peek at her release Until You Find Me, which released November 11th.

Don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Amber…

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The Secret To Writing Memorable Characters

 

Undoubtedly the #1 question asked about writing is: What’s the secret? And more specifically, what’s the secret to writing characters that jump off the page to live in people’s hearts forever? Well, I’ll tell you. So grab a cup of coffee and a comfy spot. Here goes.

 

The secret to writing memorable characters is…

TO WRITE.

 

Yes, really. I’m totally serious. That’s where it all begins. All too often aspiring authors think up their characters, entire scenes play through their mind, but they freeze when it comes to writing. There’s no “right” way to begin. You can start with sticky notes or paragraphs or outlines or whatever works for you. Most importantly, though, is to start writing. You can always go back later to edit. You can add, cut, or embellish in time. So, grab a laptop—or if you’re old-school, a pen and paper—and write.

Picture the characters you want to create. Are they magical? Are they surrounded by dragons and beasts and monsters? Or are they human, living in the real world? Wherever they belong, detail is the key. It’s what will make a story come alive with imagery. It’s the difference between flat and 3D characters. Details matter. And unless it’s a haunting story, most people don’t like to read about skeletons. So flesh your characters out. Slap on the meat and skin and personalities. Where do they come from and where are they going? What is their dilemma? What stands in their way? How can they reach growth? What is their relevance to the story? What makes them important? Where do they reach a breaking point? Characters need life breathed into them so they feel as real as your best friend, or as real as you.

When what makes up the core of a character is apparent, focus can shift to what they look like, what they sound like, little quirks they display. Some characters stutter, some have a sweet voice, while others have deep, gravely tones. Does your character have freckles or scars or distinguishing markings? Does your character have a nervous tic, or an odd habit? Maybe they tap their feet, or rub their fingers along the hem of their shirt? What are their physical traits? When a character is as real on the page as the person you see in the mirror, it will show.

Remember: Development and growth take time. Relationships, more often than not, bloom naturally over the course of chapters and events. Characters are not perfect. Actually, it’s important that they not be faultless. I’ve always found the most relatable characters to be flawed, because so am I. So are you. The most memorable characters are those who go through struggle—not to come out impeccable in the end, but to come out flawed AND stronger. You’ll get it wrong. You’ll get it right. You’ll repeat this torturous pattern probably forever. It’s a process that demands dedication and determination. It can take months or years. Best way to see if your character is real enough, is to ask someone else to read your words. Or to draw a picture based on the descriptions you listed in your novel. Does their feedback or picture look like the character you meant to create? If so, congrats. If not, tweak. Practice makes progress. Keep writing. Never stop writing. And don’t be discouraged. Even the best writers in the world struggle with words. We all fall peril to the depths of our writing caves but those who preserve eventually do see the light again. So, write and write and write. I hope to one day read your words, too.

Amber Hart is the author of the YA contemporary romance Before & After series, and the NA romantic thriller Untamed series.  She’s rep’d by Writers House and is often on social media. You can meet her there.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorAmberHart

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Until You Find Me

Until You Find Me # 1

By: Amber Hart

Releasing November 11th, 2014

Loveswept: Flirt

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Blurb

Amber Hart pushes contemporary romance to its wildest limits in this heart-pounding novel, the story of a girl who travels to Africa to protect the legacy of one man . . . and stays for the love of another.

Raven Moore, a twenty-year-old college student from Michigan, feels out of place in the beautiful, treacherous jungles of Cameroon, staying in the habitat where her father gave his life to help protect endangered gorillas. He left home years ago; now Raven refuses to return home until she unravels the truth about his last days.

Raven certainly doesn’t count on crossing paths with a handsome young hunter—especially one as charismatic and intense as Jospin Tondjii. Instantly, she’s hooked. But Jospin is hiding a dark truth: He is the heir to a powerful poaching empire, part of a ruthless black market that is responsible for the dwindling gorilla population.

Their fathers may have been enemies, but Raven and Jospin forge a bond that goes beyond blood, a relationship that is tested as Raven draws closer to the source of her father’s death. Can she and Jospin bear the weight of the secrets of the wild—and the secrets of their pasts? Or will the rain forest destroy them both?

 

Advance praise for Until You Find Me

 

“If you think the jungle is hot and dangerous, wait until you meet Jospin. He and Raven turn up the heat to scorching and burn the jungle down!”—Lisa Desrochers, USA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far

“A beautiful, unconventional story that takes you to the jungles of Africa to fall in love, Until You Find Me contains the perfect balance of angst, thrills, and page-turning appeal.”—K.A. Tucker, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths

“Wonderfully unique and utterly unputdownable, Until You Find Me is a breath of fresh air. Each page is sexier than the one before.”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely

 

 

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Author Info

Amber Hart is the author of Before You and Until You Find Me. She grew up in Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, and now resides on the Florida coastline with her family. When not reading, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or dipping her toes in the sand.

 

 Amber Hart

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What to Read Wednesday with author Charlee Fam ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today we have author Charlee Fam visiting. She’s sharing a deleted scene from her release Last Train to Babylon.

I think you’ll enjoy her visit and afterward don’t forget to sign up for her wonderful giveaway :)

Take it away Charlee…

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Deleted Scenes

 

If you’ve read Last Train to Babylon, you already know that Aubrey Glass is the novel’s

22-year-old, slightly contentious narrator. In it’s finished form, the book is written

entirely in first person POV.

But fun fact: I originally intended to write Last Train in alternating POVs between

Aubrey and her high school boyfriend, Adam Sullivan. I was about halfway through

writing when I realized I had way more Aubrey than Adam chapters. So as I made a

conscious effort to beef up the Adam scenes, they started to feel forced and extraneous

– like I was rewriting the exact same scenes with different commentary for the sake of

word count.

I struggled with it for a while. I even put the whole writing process on hold while I tried

to figure out how to finish the book. I considered everything short of cutting out the

Adam chapters. I’d put a lot of heart into some of those scenes, and the thought of axing them felt sort of like betrayal. I eventually realized this was Aubrey’s story, not Adam’s.

And in the end, I had to let go of his side of the story. But I saved his chapters, just in

case.

 

Here’s a deleted scene:

 

She’s in her room. It looks the same as it did back in high school. She doesn’t notice me at first, and just sort of moves around the place like she’s in a hurry. But she’s definitely not dressed like she’s going anywhere — at least not to a funeral. So I just stand in the doorway, not really sure how to break the silence, and wait for her to see me. I practice a few poses — prop my hand up against the door frame, cross my ankles, but it seems too forced, too seductive. That’s not really what I’m going for. I’m going for casual. Curt but causal.

She’s in these sweatpants, they look like they might belong to a guy. I heard she’s got boyfriend, at least that’s what it looks like on Facebook. So I think maybe they’re his.

She doesn’t look the same though. Her room looks the same. But she doesn’t look the same. She’s too think and pale. Her hair is too long, too ratty. She seems kind of skittish too, real nervous even though she doesn’t know anybody’s watching.

I adjust my position again, cross my arms over my chest, but I lose my footing and the floor boards sort of creak, and I see her stiffen. Great, now I have to say something.

“Um,” I cough. “I thought you might want a ride.” She knows its me, even without turning around. I know she knows, but its almost like she’s expecting me, so she turns around really slow, like real slow.

Her lips have got this purple tint to them, the way Rachel’s used to get on those nights I’d pick her up from the beach and she’d be clutching a half-empty bottle of red wine. But Aubrey’s lips are more dry, I can tell even from where I’m standing. And the wine, probably from last night, is just stained through her dry swollen bits of lip.

She holds eye contact for about a second. And she’s got this glassy gleam in them, like maniacal almost. But then she looks away and goes back to whatever she was doing.

“I’m not going to the funeral,” she says. Her voice is shaky. She hasn’t looked at me again. I see the empty wine bottles lined up in front of her bed, and everything starts to click for me.

“Aubrey,” I say. “Come on. She was your best friend. It’s really quite a statement if you don’t go.” I think of Aubrey and Rachel before and I think of them after, even though there never really was an after. They were both two completely different people, at least the way I see it.

Before and After.

She mumbles something. I can’t really make it out, but I think it’s something about Rachel not ever being her friend.

“Aubrey,” I say. “Look at me.” She doesn’t look. Just sort of flits around the room, all jittery. Her hands are shaking, I can tell when she picks up an empty wine bottle and tosses it into the bottle. “Since when do you,” I stop, and remember that Rachel is gone. Rachel is gone so we speak in the past tense. “Since when did you not consider her your friend.”

I know the answer. But I need to hear it from her. I need to hear that she knew. If only ease my own conscience.

She perks up at the question. It’s what she’s been waiting for, I can tell. It’s what she’s been waiting for for five years, I’m sure.

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Last Train to Babylon: A Novel

By: Charlee Fam

Releasing October 28, 2014

William Morrow Paperbacks / Harper Collins

 

 Blurb

It’s been five years since Aubrey Glass left her Long Island hometown and since then, she’s crafted five perfect suicide notes—just in case. Now, her former best friend has gone and killed herself—Rachel always did have to be the center of attention—and Aubrey can’t believe her luck.

But Rachel’s untimely death doesn’t leave Aubrey in peace. There’s a voicemail from her former friend, left only days before her death that Aubrey must face—and worse, a tasteless after-party, disguised as a memorial for Rachel, that promises the opportunity to catch up with everyone…including the man responsible for everything that went wrong between her and Rachel.

As the event approaches, memories of friendship tangle with painful new encounters while underneath it all, Aubrey feels the rush of something closing in, something she can no longer run from. In one devastating night, everything will change. As the past and present collide, facing the future will force Aubrey to confront herself and decide what will define her…what lies behind or what waits ahead.

LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is a gripping novel of twisting relationships and raw emotions pulled taut by a touch of delightfully dark comedy as a young woman faces the demons of a past she’s buried and discovers that the life she desires is one she must demand from herself.

 

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Author Info

CHARLEE FAM is a twenty-something novelist living in New York City. A Long Island native, Charlee graduated from Binghamton University in 2010 with a degree in creative writing and several awards to her name. LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is her first novel.

Charlee Fam

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