Monday, August 11, 2014

Guest Post/Giveaway: Must-Haves for a Writer by Jeremy Gold

Must-Haves for a Writer
by Jeremy Gold

I’ll follow a character I have affinity for through a bad plot but not necessarily the other way around. If I don’t care about the protagonist, I have a hard time following him, however good the story is. I like my protagonists upbeat, able, and instilled with a hope of getting better and winning the game. This doesn’t exclude flaws and obstacles to overcome. Nobody’s perfect. It just means...that’s what I like!

The other important component in a novel—that largely gets ignored—is “emotional tone.” All art, whether it be a painting, a movie, a novel, or a song is propelled on a particular emotional level that elicits a response from the audience. That tone can range anywhere from hopelessness and apathy to enthusiasm and exhilaration. The piece could be angry. It could be boring or monotonous. It could be rock-solid serious. It could be mildly cheerful. It could be hostile. Everyone relates more to one level or another.

Other must-haves (in no particular order or importance):

1. A good laptop with an ergonomically compatible keyboard.

2. All work backed-up.

3. A good day job.

4. Thick skin.

5. Persistence.

6. Coffee.

7. Imagination.

8. A good bike.

9. Health—physical and mental.

10. Friends.

11. Self-reflection.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: Crave by Ty Langston



Crave by Ty Langston

Publisher: Solo Publishing Co.
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Pages: 128 pages  
Received free review copy in exchange for an honest review via RockStar Lit

From Goodreads:

As a reporter for the Wakefield Post, Harper Erkstine has seen everything. From murders to robberies, all of her recent stories have ended with tragic consequences so great, that she began to question if she made the right career choice for herself.

While all of her friends were dating, or going to clubs, she was winning journalism awards for covering the latest drive-by shooting or a home invasion that cost someone she knew, their lives.

She loved her job, it was rewarding to be a crime solver and get to the truth of the matter. As much as she loved her job, but the hours of a Metro beat reporter began to descend her into burn out mode.

She craved balance. A break, a welcome distraction every now and then. She forgot what it was like to have fun, to take a breath, smell the roses.
 
Was it wrong to want a great career and to have some kind of a personal life? She couldn’t remember the last time she had a date or danced with someone from the opposite sex.

In the middle of working on a missing person’s story that has rocked her town to the core, Harper decides as a favor to her friend and colleague to do a feature on local an up and coming rock band, called ‘Crave.’

It was a break from her routine, but Harper soon discovers that this band may have ties to the missing person, not only does she question why, but she also finds there is more to this band than just their music.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Excerpt/Giveaway: Stealing Third by Marta Brown



Stealing Third by Marta Brown

From Goodreads:

For Emily, going to camp, the summer before college starts, means leaving her feuding parents alone for the next eight weeks, and coming back to divorce papers is a risk she can’t take.


But no matter how many meddling phone calls, questionable hair decisions, and possibly illegal hookups she plans, her parents still march her off to Camp Champ totally against her will.


No matter. A few broken rules, and Em will be home free. That is, until she learns Tyler Ford, her baseball coach father’s star player and her drunken party hookup, is at camp, too.


For Tyler, summer is the onramp to the biggest decision of his life: med school or major leagues. Mega hot, possibly underage Emily? A complication he does not need.

But as the summer heats up with strikeouts and stolen bases will Tyler and Emily hit a home run and get what they’re after? Or will they both be thrown a curveball…in the game of love?

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Author Bio:

Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills 90210 shout out)

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Excerpt: Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane


Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane

From Goodreads:

Even after years of trauma therapy, Peyton still believes she’s broken. She has little desire to date or show off her natural beauty, content simply to hang out with her best friends and run her pie shop in New Orleans. But her world turns upside-down when a handsome architect and self-confessed player shows up in her shop and thinks she’s perfect, much more than the usual hook-up. While Peyton does her best to resist his charms, believing she could never be enough for him, she can’t deny the obvious heat between them. With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own -- a dark past he can’t possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she’s endured. But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.
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Author Bio:

Prescott Lane is the author of First Position and her new release, Perfectly Broken. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in sociology. She went on to receive her MSW from Tulane University, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Temptation by Robin Covington


Temptation by Robin Covington

Publisher: Burning Up the Sheets, LCC.  
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Pages: 230  
Received free copy in exchange for an honest review via RockStar Lit

From Goodreads:
She needs to be good.

Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.

He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.

Sometimes bad is so very good.

With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl--no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough. 

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: Sleeping With The Boss by Marissa Clarke

Sleeping With The Boss (An Anderson Brothers Novel #1)

Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Pages: 250
Received free review copy via Xpresso Book Tours

From Goodreads:
A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s brand new Lovestruck imprint…


Seducing the enemy has never been so tempting…


For the last five years, bookish Claire Williams has been living for the dying. Now that her stint as caretaker is over, she’s off to see the world. She needs quick cash first, so a temp job at Anderson Auctions seems perfect, especially with the unexpected benefits, including the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes—or hands—on.

Former Marine William Anderson has been burned one time too many. His military training makes him the perfect man to flush out the spy undercutting his family business, but no amount of training can prepare him for the kind of undercover work he’ll have to do when the sexy new temp is implicated. Desire lands them in bed…but duty may cost him his heart.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Excerpt/Giveaway: Temptation by Robin Covington



Temptation by Robin Covington

From Goodreads:

She needs to be good.

Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweethea rt, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.

He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.

Sometimes bad is so very good.

With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl--no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough. 


Author Bio:

Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance.

A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut novel was a 2012 finalist in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards, earned 4.5 stars and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington and Maryland Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Guest Post/Giveaway: Finding Inspiration by Hilary Wynne


Finding Inspiration
by Hilary Wynne

I have been asked many times what inspired me to write and where I find inspiration, and the truth is that I’ve always wanted to be a writer. It’s been something inside of me for as long as I can remember and it’s something that comes pretty easy because I find inspiration everywhere! As far as STAY and the Alexa Reed series goes, a great deal of inspiration came from my own adventures, people I know and places I’ve been.

I’m not sure that all of you have read STAY (or Hold On – book two in the Alexa Reed Series) but it’s set in South Beach, Florida. I took a trip there a few weeks ago and it was so amazing to be back in my book world. I hadn’t been to South Beach in many years, yet the sights, sounds, and general vibe made me instantly remember why I chose that setting for my first novels. I truly love it there. I spent some of the best years of my life in South Florida, and although I have been away for a long time, it still makes me feel like I’m at home.

Finding Inspiration

I took a lot of great pictures and was so inspired by everything that was happening around me. While sitting on the beach looking at the water, I picked up my iPad and started to write a beach scene for Julian and Lexie for my third book. That actually happened a lot on that trip! I’d be a liar if I didn’t tell you that when I looked at the condos dominating the Sofi skyline, that I saw my fictional building, The Bellavista. I could imagine Julian and Lexie sitting outside on the lanai looking at the sunset. When I stepped my high heeled foot into a very popular nightclub/hotel/outside bar, I couldn’t help but think of Hotel del Marco, Stellar, and Orion. When I watched couples running on the beach, I could see Lexie and Julian out for a run. I felt sorry for them because I had my feet up and a drink in my hand, but I still appreciated the visual.

I have been asked so many times what inspired me to write Stay. I have a standard answer about how I used to live there, etc., but until I stepped onto Ocean Drive, I didn’t really remember how much of who I am was shaped by my experiences there. Those experiences are why I wrote what I did. Those experiences are my inspirations. I lived in Southern California for a very long time too, and I get the same feelings when I visit there. Maybe my next series will take place on the West Coast. I can see myself doing some serious book research there too!
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