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#2 What to Read Wednesday with Lauren Layne ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m lucky enough to have 2 authors to share with you. So please don’t forget to check out the other author Lena Diaz whose guest post went up earlier this morning. BUT for now please help me welcome author Lauren Layne. She’s sharing her feelings about series romance and how opinions can easily change. Then keep reading to check out the blurb for her latest book BROKEN.

AND, don’t forget to check out Lauren’s giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lauren…

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The Unintended Series

For a long time, I couldn’t stand reading romance series. Back when I first started reading romance, series were so not the thing. Sure, there might be overlapping characters here and there, but there was none of this “book 1, book 2 of ___ series” stuff that is so prevalent today.

I’m not sure what changed. Nora Roberts, maybe? Seems to me like she was writing trilogies in which the trilogy had an actual name before everyone else. And while I love Nora’s trilogies (I love anything that woman writes!), for a long time I tried to avoid books that were part of a series.

I wanted to pick up a book, be completely absorbed in that world, and then bid that world adieu and enter a new one.

When I wrote my first book, I very deliberately wrote it as a stand alone. My agent told me she loved it, right before she broke the news: we’ll have a better time selling this if it’s part of a series.

Series have taken over.

I thought about resisting, by this time, I’d started to come around on the good side of series. You got to revisit characters that felt like old friends. You got to revisit towns that felt like home. And sometimes, by the time you got to the last book in a series there’d been some pretty delicious build up.

Plus, my favorite authors were all writing series by this point. Contemporary authors (Julie James, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis) write primarily in series. So do my favorite historical authors (Sarah Maclean, Tessa Dare).

And then I discovered something wonderful: not only are series easier to sell, they’re easier to write! Your research/notes for book 1 overlaps with later books, which means books 2 and 3 come together so much more quickly than if you were starting from scratch each time.

But despite my change of heart on series, I never gave up on the idea of a stand-alone. So I wrote one:

Isn’t She Lovely.

It came out in October 2013, with no cliffhanger, no hint at a follow-up story, no set-up for another romance.

It stood alone.

Except

There was this girl named Olivia. She was my hero’s ex who totally ripped his heart out. I fully intended to write her as a villain, but she wouldn’t cooperate. At the end of the day, Olivia Middleton was a good person who made a bad choice.

And Olivia wanted her own story.

A series was born after all.

It should be noted that Isn’t She Lovely is a prequel to my Redemption series; it’s a bit different in tone and theme, but at the end of the day, this is a series about three former best friend’s whose lives implode in their last years of college and they have to learn to grow up without each other.

Because sometimes a series isn’t about what’s easy to write. It’s not about what sells.

It’s about telling the story that needs to be told.

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Blurb

Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both… or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_5455.html

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21408690-broken?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Redemption-Novel-Lauren-Layne-ebook/dp/B00IWTSKBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406675026&sr=1-1&keywords=Broken+%28A+Redemption+Novel%29

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/broken-lauren-layne/1120019658?ean=9780553390353

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/broken/id837549570?mt=11#

 

 

Author Info

Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

Connect with Lauren: Facebook | Twitter | Website

Lauren Layne

Author links

http://laurenlayne.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenLayneAuthor

https://twitter.com/_LaurenLayne

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Lena Diaz ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m lucky enough to have 2 authors to share with you. So please don’t forget to check out the other author Laura Layne whose guest post will go up later this morning. BUT for now please help me welcome author Lena Diaz. She’s telling us her call story about becoming published. No matter how many call stories I hear from various authors I always love them. I hope you enjoy her post and the blurb for her latest book TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP.

AND, don’t forget to check out Avon Romance and Lena’s wonderful giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lena…

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A Call Story, or Two

Thank you for hosting me today. It gives me the opportunity to answer a frequent question that readers and aspiring writers often ask me–how did you get published?

I began writing with the goal of becoming published in mid-2005. I joined RWA–Romance Writers of America–and began a long journey of workshops, conferences, and networking to learn my craft and learn the business of how to become a romance novelist.

Five years later, in 2010, I was fortunate enough to become a Golden Heart Finalist®. In the world of romance novel writing, that’s like the Academy Awards for unpublished authors, an annual contest sponsored by RWA. It was like living a dream, and I hoped it would be the springboard that I needed to finally get the attention of that elusive key to getting published with most traditional New York publishing houses–a literary agent.

It was.

Putting Golden Heart Finalist on my query letters was magic. I signed with a literary agent and it wasn’t long after that when I was sitting with some writer friends and received, not a call, but an email, from my agent. So I guess this is an email story instead of a call story. :)

The email told me that an editor at Avon Impulse, a digital-first line within HarperCollins, was interested in my manuscript, He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, but only if I agreed to make some revisions. My response? Even though the story was a contemporary romantic suspense I would put aliens from Mars in it if that’s what the editor wanted me to do. In other words, YES!

Not long after that, I really did get “the call”. My agent had a second manuscript of mine on submission for months to Harlequin for their Intrigue line of romantic suspense. I’d pretty much given up on it selling since we hadn’t heard anything. So when my agent called me to chat, as she often did to strategize about my career, I didn’t expect to hear any news. She started the call in a kind of snarky, irritated voice saying, “Let me tell you what I think about Allison Lyons at Harlequin.” My heart sank a little bit and I sighed. I knew this was going to be a rejection. I sat down and said, in a resigned voice, “Okay, what do you think about Allison Lyons?” My agent then practically screamed in my ear, “I think she’s going to be your next editor!!

SQUEE! Can I just say, getting that kind of news on the phone in a real call is so much more fun than an email? I was crying and running around the house and so happy. It’s just a wonderful feeling, like you’ve been working for something so hard and for so long and you’re certain it will never happen, and then it does. It’s just amazing.

I’m very blessed to be writing for two publishers now, although it’s definitely a challenge making deadlines for both of them. But no matter what happens in my career going forward, I’ll always have the memories of my “email” and my “call” when I sold to both of them. It’s something I’ll cherish forever.

So, now you know my call stories. Is there a special moment in your life that you’d like to share? A call story or something totally unrelated to writing? I’d love to hear it!

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Blurb

Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?

Detective Emily O’Malley just stumbled upon a killer’s lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn’t done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily’s instincts are rarely wrong, and now they’re telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin “Devil” Buchanan isn’t afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for-take.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22608022-take-the-key-and-lock-her-up?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Take-Key-Lock-Her-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B00G97TB0S/ref=la_B005FAKNPC_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401829646&sr=1-12

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/take-the-key-and-lock-her-up-lena-diaz/1119645601?ean=9780062280916

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/take-the-key-and-lock-her-up/id734811419?mt=11

 

Author Info

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

Lena

Author Links

http://www.lenadiaz.com/

https://twitter.com/LenaDiaz

https://www.facebook.com/LenaDiazAuthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5026871.Lena_Diaz?from_search=true

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Jennifer Ryan ~ Giveaway

Thanks for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Jennifer Ryan. She’s sharing 5 things about herself which I think you’ll find interesting. Afterward, check out her latest release DYLAN’S REDEMPTION : The McBrides Book Three.

And don’t forget to click on the link at the end of the post to enter Jennifer’s awesome giveaway :)

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Five Things You May Not Know About Me

 

  1. I eloped with my husband when I was eighteen. We were married at the Chatahoochee County Courthouse in Georgia. Sounds romantic, right? No. It wasn’t. It took ten minutes, but I was so happy. Being his wife is all that really mattered. I’m the romantic, he’s not. We didn’t tell anyone we were married for a year because he was in the military serving as an Army Ranger and I was home attending college. We’ve been married over twenty years and have three beautiful children. Young love does last, it just takes work and a lot of laughs.
  2. I started writing when my middle son was about to start grade school. I’d gone back to college to finish my degree in Computer Information Systems (database programming) and thought I’d go back to work when my boys were in school. Turns out, my daughter had other ideas. I found out I was pregnant with her my last semester of school. I finished that semester after she was born, but took up writing when a story playing in my head wouldn’t go away. I’d been an avid reader for years and wondered if I could actually write my own book. When I finished it, I felt such a sense of accomplishment, I wrote another. Now, it’s an obsession and a passion. I love it. I can’t stop writing now.
  3. While I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance, I love to read historical romances. That’s right, give me a Duke or a Scottish Laird and I’m there. Some of my favorite historical authors are Stephanie Laurens, Sabrina Jefferies, Monica McCarty, Hannah Howell, and Julia Quinn.
  4. I love several different types of music: rock, pop, R&B, but my favorite is country. That’s right, give me a song about a lost love, someone did me wrong, or let’s have a beer and party – I’m there. Some of my favorite country artists are Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Katie Armiger, Miranda Lambert, and Jason Aldeen to name just a few.
  5. I’m really short. I top out at exactly five feet tall. My teenage son towers over me at five-eight and growing. The other night, my son said, “I’m so much taller than you, Mom.” My husband’s response: “That’s not really a great accomplishment.” He makes me laugh.

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Blurb

 

There’s a new sheriff in Fallbrook … Meet Dylan McBride.

Jessie Thompson had one hell of a week. Dylan McBride, the boy she loved, skipped town without a word. Then her drunk of a father tried to kill her, and she fled Fallbrook, vowing never to return. Eight years later, her father is dead, and Jessie reluctantly goes home—only to come face-to-face with the man who shattered her heart. A man who, for nearly a decade, believed she was dead.

Dylan accepted the position as sheriff of Fallbrook looking for a fresh start and a chance to uncover the truth about Jessie’s disappearance. He knew he’d have to face a few ghosts … he just never thought one would be Jessie, all grown up, stunning … and alive. The pull between them is instant, but Dylan’s heart has already mourned Jessie, and she has secrets she can never share. Can they escape the darkness of their past for a chance at a bright future together?

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_8085.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18869604-dylan-s-redemption?ac=1

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GR0CJ1K/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=avonromancehc-20

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dylans-redemption-jennifer-ryan/1118611508?cm_mmc=affiliates-_-linkshare-_-mdxm68jzjz8-_-10%3a1&ean=9780062334787&isbn=9780062334787&r=1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dylans-redemption/id757761169?mt=11

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Author Info

 JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases.

Jennifer Ryan
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Ryan/520021168037391?ref=hl

http://www.jennifer-ryan.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4693347.Jennifer_Ryan

https://twitter.com/JenRyan_author

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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with T.J. Kline and giveaway

Another Wednesday already! Seems like we have one each week. lol Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday :) Please help me welcome Avon author T.J. Kline. She’s sharing her journey to publication followed by her latest release The Cowboy and the Angel. I love this cover and the blurb!

And don’t forget to enter T.J.’s fabulous giveaway. Links are at the end of the post.

Take it away T.J…

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My Journey to Publication

Every author will have a different story to tell and our journeys to the bookshelves and e-readers will vary as much as our fingerprints. Mine is also a one-of-a-kind story. Settle in and grab your beverage of choice while I wait for my caramel macchiato. Ah, there it is…

Like any good story, this one doesn’t begin at the beginning. It begins in the middle with a woman, exhausted by family obligations, a career she enjoys but no longer loves and a dream she carried in her heart since childhood. And like most dreams, this one had been shelved several times. Either the timing wasn’t right, or there was no time at all. For whatever reason, whatever circumstance that demanded attention, the dream of being an author settled into the darkest corners of her heart. Until one October, for no particular reason, she decided that now was the time to take part in NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month). This was the year to complete a manuscript and publish it.

In the previous twelve months, she’d ventured out into self-publishing and had published two inspirational novels but they’d been written over several years. Could she really write an entire novel (or most of one) in a month? It started well but fizzled out quickly. By the end of the second week, there were less than 7000 words on the page. Ready to give up, she had a glass of wine and read over the work in progress. It wasn’t bad. In fact, it was pretty good. She persevered and, even when she had to write over 4000 words in a day to finish, celebrated life as a NaNoWriMo winner at the end of the 30 days.

But now what? As a winner, a screen appeared announcing that Avon Impulse would skip the slush pile for any NaNo winner. Why not? She polished and perfected, until it shown brightly, like the stars in the night sky. She sent off the email and promptly forgot about it. Not the “it’s forgotten but really in the back of my mind” kind of forgotten but the “what manuscript” sort of forgotten.

Almost five months later, she saw an email from Avon. Her first thought was that she didn’t buy any makeup from Avon. Then, reading the subject line, she realized this had nothing to do with makeup or perfume. This was an acceptance from a publisher – a BIG publisher – and they wanted her manuscript. They loved it!

A few telephone conversations later, several contract documents signed and, now, four manuscripts later with Avon Impulse, the rest is contemporary romance history (at least in my mind). But don’t worry, there is more to come!

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Blurb

From our NaNoWriMo author T. J. Kline comes the stunning follow up to RODEO QUEEN. When a sexy cowboy falls for a not-so-angelic reporter, secrets and sparks abound.

Reporter Angela McCallister needs the scoop of her career in order to save her father from his bad decisions that have depleted their savings. When the chance to spend a week at the Findley Brothers ranch arises, she sees a chance to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on rodeo. That certainly doesn’t include kissing the devastatingly handsome and charming cowboy, Derek Chandler, who insists on calling her angel.

Derek has a rodeo to run and a chip on his shoulder. He has no time for the fiery woman who is clearly hiding something. But for some reason he can’t keep his hands off of her. Their connection is instant and explosive but Angela’s secrets could threaten his family and Derek needs to prove that he’s not the irresponsible kid brother anymore.

When the rodeo dust has settled, will the Cowboy and his Angel allow themselves to give in to the attraction that threatens to consume them both?

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_9536.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22493055-the-cowboy-and-the-angel

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZOX5CM/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=avonromancehc-20

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cowboy-and-the-angel-t-j-kline/1119471859?cm_mmc=affiliates-_-linkshare-_-mdxm68jzjz8-_-10%3a1&ean=9780062370075&isbn=9780062370075&r=1

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-cowboy-and-the-angel/id870615758?mt=11

 

Author Info

T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

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Author Links

http://tinaklinesmith.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TKlinesmith

https://twitter.com/TinaKlinesmith

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7379969.T_J_Kline

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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Anna Kashina ~ GIVEAWAY

And we’re off! Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Anna Kashina :) She’s written an extremely interesting guest post about world building. I think you’ll enjoy it.

She’s also sharing her new release The Guild of Assassins. Another awesome cover on my blog….don’t you love it!

And don’t forget to enter her fabulous giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Anna…

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The Majat Code: History of the Old Empire

 

Thank you for hosting this post during the release week of “The Guild of Assassins” book 2 of the Majat Code. I am excited to be here.

After the publication of “Blades of the Old Empire”, book 1 of the Majat Code, earlier this year, a lot of readers expressed interest in learning more about the history of the kingdom of Tallan Dar, in particular about the recurring references to the events that happened during the days of the Old Empire. So, I thought I could give a brief outline of the events that precede the current time line in the series by about 500 years.

The kingdom of Tallan Dar and its surrounding lands used to be a part of the old Shandorian Empire, which spread from the Northern Ridges all the way south to the desert kingdom of Shayil Yara. It was ruled by an emperor, whose power demanded multiple layers of security, including magical guards of several kinds. At some point, the emperor became so removed from his people that commoners and even nobles and courtiers hardly knew what he looked like.

The Kaddim Brotherhood, an order of mind mages, took advantage of this situation. They worked their way into the emperor’s security, and secretly replaced him with their own man, similar in looks, able to convince everyone in his vicinity that he was the real one. Eventually the truth of the situation became known to a few of the emperor’s guards loyal to the regime, and one of them escaped the palace to deliver the news to the Order of Keepers — a scholarly order with a firm hand in the kingdom’s affairs.

Events erupted quickly. The Kaddim emperor had his men infiltrate the command posts at the church, causing the priests to proclaim all magic ungodly and instigate laws to eliminate anyone with magic (known as Ghas Shalan law, or Blessing of the Cursed). The Keepers took charge of the opposition, leading to a series of wars, known as the Holy Wars.
Eventually, an impasse was reached. The Empire fell and the emperor was deposed, however the anti-magic laws remained in power, this time, supposedly, as a tool against the Kaddim. The lands of the Empire were divided into several kingdoms, with Tallan Dar assuming the leading position over others. The Kaddim Brotherhood dissipated and went into hiding, but did not become extinct, even though many believed it to be the case.

The anti-magic laws remained in place for over five hundred years, leading to near-elimination of magic in Tallan Dar. Many, however, did not abide by this law, preserving some of the precious bloodlines. These efforts were secretly headed by the Keepers, who realized the implications and dangers of fully eliminating magic.

The conflict erupted again when the heir to the ruling House Dorn, Prince Kythar, had been born with a magic gift and marked for elimination. The Keepers had taken away the newborn prince and hidden him in a common village, to be brought up as a son of the local blacksmith. When Kythar grew to be of age, he returned to his father. During this time, the Keepers had set things in motion to overthrow the Ghaz Shalan law. The Kaddim Brotherhood did not remain idle either, and conjured a new plot to overtake the kindom and the surrounding lands, leading to the events in “Blades of the Old Empire” and other books in the series.

The world in the Majat Code books has general parallels with the history of Medieval Europe, mixing in some cross-cultural elements, and of course all the fictional situations and events. Some “true” themes, though, do remain. Among those, the way religion has dominated the society and hindered the scientific and technological development during the times we now refer to as the Dark Ages, is played out in my books and feeds the Kaddim theme.

A lot of research went into world-building for the series, and I hope to see these events play out in some of the later books.

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Blurb

Kara, an elite warrior from the Majat Guild, has escaped execution and achieved something that no Majat has ever managed – freedom from the Guild!

But the Black Diamond assassin Mai has been called back to face his punishment for sparing her life. Determined to join his fight or share his punishment, Kara finds herself falling for Mai.

Is their relationship – and the force that makes their union all-powerful – a tool to defeat the overpowering forces of the Kaddim armies, or a ploy sure to cause the downfall of the Majat?
Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_7.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19325184-the-guild-of-assassins

 

 

Buy Links

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Assassins-Book-Majat-Code-ebook/dp/B00I75ET7A/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402088430&sr=1-3

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-guild-of-assassins-anna-kashina/1117541969?ean=9780857665270

Random House: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/239563/the-guild-of-assassins-by-anna-kashina

 

Author Info

Anna Kashina grew up in Russia and moved to the United States in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences. She works as a biomedical researcher and combines career in science with her passion for writing. Anna’s interests in ballroom dancing, world mythologies and folklore feed her high-level interest in martial arts of the Majat warriors. She is a recent medalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year and Independent Publishers Book Award contests.

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Author Links

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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Amy Reade and giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Today on What to Read Wednesday we have author Amy Reade visiting. She’s written a fabulous guest post about author’s who inspire and is sharing her first novel release Secrets of Hallstead House. Don’t you love the cover? It fits perfectly with her blurb :)

She’s also offering up an awesome giveaway that you can enter to win at the end of the post….you won’t want to miss this one :)

Take it away Amy…

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Authors Who Inspire Me

by Amy M. Reade

 

I’m often asked, “Who’s your favorite author?”

I must admit that I don’t have one single favorite, but there are several authors whose entire collections fill up my bookshelves. They are, in no particular order, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, and Phyllis A. Whitney.

Their works are wildly different, I know. But I like to read lots of different kinds of books. I suppose it would be impossible for me to have just one favorite.

I love Hemingway because his writing is so crisp and evocative without being wordy. The emotion that he is able to convey in just a few words has never failed to astonish me. Rumor has it that Hemingway once bet that he could write a story in less than ten words. Though it is unverified, the story certainly seems like one he could have crafted. It goes like this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Take a minute to let that sink in…I’ll wait.

I don’t write like Hemingway. As beautiful as it is, I find some of his work disturbing. He writes about uncomfortable things, heart-wrenching things. I write stories that are happier, lighter. If I had written A Farewell to Arms, Frederic and Catherine would have lived happily ever after and their baby would have lived, too.

I love Jane Austen because she’s got a sharp, sly wit that makes me laugh out loud when I’m reading her books. Her stories are engaging and fun, and I love that the language is so different from what we are used to reading today. Her stories transcend time; they don’t have to take place in the nineteenth century- they could just as easily take place in the twenty-first century.

My favorite book by Jane Austen is Pride and Prejudice, as I will tell anyone who is willing to listen. The story is perfect, from its preoccupation with marriage and manners to its happy ending for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. If I’m looking for a familiar, comfortable read that I know by heart, I reach for Pride and Prejudice.

Phyllis A. Whitney was an author of romantic suspense who died in 2008 at the age of 104. She published her last book when she was 94 years old. That is the kind of writer I strive to be.

Ms. Whitney’s appeal, besides the suspense she wove like tapestry, lay in her ability to describe places both near and far. Her books were set everywhere from Chicago to Norway, from Long Island to Turkey. I ended up wanting to visit each and every place she set her stories; I’m sure she would have considered that high praise.

And speaking of high praise, my first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House, has been compared to her works by two reviewers who received advance reader copies of the book from my publisher (their reviews can be found on Goodreads.com). The comparisons to Phyllis Whitney were the best compliments I could have received.

My preferred authors may change from time to time depending on what book I’m enjoying on any particular day, but my favorites remain constant. They wrote the books I read over and over- the ones I reach for when I already know I’m going to love the story.

Secrets Of Hallstead House (eBook)

Blurb

Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions.
Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/04/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_1091.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22044772-secrets-of-hallstead-house?from_search=true

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Hallstead-House-Amy-Reade-ebook/dp/B00IO3QR70/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397586321&sr=8-1&keywords=secrets+of+hallstead+house
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secrets-of-hallstead-house-amy-reade/1118882335?ean=9781601832993
Kensington: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/28628

Author Info

Amy M. Reade is a debut author of romantic suspense. A native of upstate New York, she grew up in the Thousand Islands region and was inspired by the natural beauty of that area to write her first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, a Bouvier des Flandres named Orly, and two rescued cats who refuse to answer to their names of Porthos and Athos.
Upon graduation from Cornell University and Indiana University School of Law, Amy practiced law in New York City, but soon discovered that her dream job was writing. In addition to volunteering with school, church, and community groups, Amy is currently working on her second novel, set in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.
Though Amy lives within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, she is partial to the blue waters of the Pacific and spends as much time as possible on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the setting of her as-yet-unwritten third novel.

Amy

Author Links

http://www.amymreade.com/

https://twitter.com/readeandwrite

https://www.facebook.com/amreadeauthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Synithia Williams ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining my guest and I for What to Read Wednesday :) Today author Synithia Williams is joining me on the blog. She’s talking about office romance and her release JUST MY TYPE! Don’t you just love her cover?

Synithia is also offering up a nice giveaway…so don’t forget to enter at the end of the post :)

Take it awaySynithia…

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Love in the office

Another writer once asked me, “Girl, what are you doing in your office?” Referring to my love of office romances. The answer is: nothing, my office is not exciting at all. Having met my husband in the work place, I guess I am kind of partial to putting the hero and heroines in my novels in the same work environment. There is just so much potential to make sparks fly.

I did that in Just My Type. The heroine, Janiyah Henderson, needs to find a way to show her parents she’s not the baby girl they keep treating her like. So she gets a job at the accounting firm of her brother’s best friend (and the guys she’s been crushing on since her teen years) to prove them wrong. Though Fredrick believes he needs a woman similar to him in order to be happy, he can’t shake the feelings Janiyah stirs up in him that he’s tried to ignore.

So what did I have to do … put them in the office together and make it even harder to ignore what’s simmering between them. Late nights working together, the close proximity of having that person nearby, all up the tension that they’ve pretended wasn’t there. Though I did rein myself in and not include an “oops, I dropped the pen” scene in the book.
Not only does working together give the hero and heroine a good excuse to be close to each other, but it can bring out qualities in a character that make them shine in their love interest’s eyes. For Fredrick and Janiyah, working together makes them realize that differences complement each other. Janiyah discovers that there’s more to Fredrick that the “good guy” she always took him for, and Fredrick realizes that there’s more to Janiyah than the pretty girl who drives him crazy. And me, I get another chance to write a sizzling office romance.
Do you like office romances?

Blurb

Janiyah Henderson may be an adult, but her dad doesn’t see it that way. Granted, she’s enjoying her post-college life of little-to-no responsibility, but when her dad announces at a family meeting that she can’t handle working a “real job”, there’s only one thing to do: land a desk job and prove him wrong. When her brother’s best friend, Fredrick Jenkins, needs a new assistant, she knows she’s the perfect candidate. So what if she’s had a crush on the conservative accountant since she was nine? She’s the last woman Freddy would fall for.
But Fredrick is far from impervious to Janiyah’s charms. Though he can’t help but be attracted to her, he knows Janiyah is more interested in eating his cereal and teasing him than viewing him as more than the good guy next door. When he offers her the job, he can’t imagine her giving up her late mornings and colorful outfits for 8:00 a.m. meetings and pantyhose for too long. But as Janiyah excels as his employee, he fears he’s in danger of falling hard for a woman he shouldn’t care for.
Pretty soon the attraction they’ve tried to ignore boils to the surface. And after Fredrick shows Janiyah the man behind the numbers, she’s ready to show him that she’s just the type of woman he needs.

Just My Type Cover

Buy Links
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Just-My-Type-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00KI2JUA6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1401216551&sr=8-4&keywords=just+my+type
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-my-type-synithia-williams/1119589480?ean=9781440582332
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/just-my-type-3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/just-my-type/id881625145?mt=11

Synithia

Author Info
Synithia Williams has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural that she would begin penning her own romances soon after. When she isn’t writing, this local government gal balances the needs of her husband and two sons.
Author Links

http://www.synithiawilliams.com

http://www.facebook.com/synithiarwilliams

http://www.twitter.com/@SynithiaW

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/04/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for-just.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21957578-just-my-type

 

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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