Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Blitz: Mistletoe & Hollywood

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Today I'm proud to be a part of the 'Mistletoe & Hollywood Book Blitz', hosted by Dark World Books. To view other stops on this tour just click on the banner.


Mistletoe & Hollywood
Jack Eversea and Evan Weston, two of Hollywood’s hottest young actors had their hearts stolen by regular down to earth girls, and we lived and laughed and loved their stories in the Eversea Series and in the Desire Resort Series. But what happened when the books were over?
How did each couple choose to spend their first Christmas? Was it sexy, emotional, stressful or heartwarming?
Perhaps it was everything and more…
My Star, My Love (An Eversea Series Novella) by Natasha Boyd
Movie star, Jack Eversea, has decided to brave his history with England and take the love of his life, Keri Ann Butler, home to meet his mother for Christmas. He’s been back in California and Keri Ann’s been busy with art school, and they are desperate to spend three weeks together over the Holidays.
But Jolly Old England does weird things to Jack. And despite his super sweet “twelve days of Christmas” gift giving, Keri Ann can’t quite work out of he’s about to propose or regrets bringing her home. Is he still questioning whether she can handle a few paparazzi, or is he doubting Keri Ann’s commitment to their future?
The magnetic couple is back in a fun, sometimes poignant, and super sexy story about acceptance, love and how to make love quietly in a creaky old house with one’s mother down the hall.
Many Times, Many Ways (A Desire Resort Series Novella) by Kate Roth
Vacation is over.
Danielle was escaping her monotonous life at a sexy beach resort when she first fell under the spell of Hollywood hunk, Evan Weston, but now they’re trying to make their relationship work in the real world.
While they’re both hopeful for what lies ahead, the only question is whether or not their desires for the future are one and the same.
Things have always moved quickly between Evan and Danielle, but Danielle can’t stave off the lingering anxiety she has once she finds out about Evan’s big plans—and even bigger Christmas gift. Can she continue to let go of the worry that plagues her so the man of her dreams can give her the life she never imagined she’d have?
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Author Interview

  1. Where did you come up with the inspiration behind the book? 
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NB: I wanted to write a book about how it feels to fall in love; when every single interaction, look and thought regarding the other person takes on monumental impact. When it’s all you can think about. I also wanted it to be part Cinderella story, but where Cinderella doesn’t really need to be saved and the prince is not exactly perfect. 
KR: 
--> When Natasha brought me the idea of bringing my characters from Last Resort back for a holiday novella I knew I had more to show for them. The novella for Mistletoe & Hollywood came so easily. It proved to me how much I love Evan and Danielle.  




  • What inspired you to write your first book? 
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    NB: I’ve always written. I love to write.  But recently we moved to a new area and I wasn’t working, my youngest was in school, and I didn’t know many people. So one day I sat down to write and just kept going. 
    KR:  
    --> --> My debut novel, The Low Notes, is the first book I ever finished. I started writing versions of it as far back as high school. Forbidden love has always called to me and The Low Notes is my take on the ultimate forbidden romance.




  • --> What books/authors have influenced your writing?
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    NB: Every book I read inspires me in some way.  I read across so many genres that I don’t believe I specifically have much of anyone’s influence in my writing.
    KR: 
    --> So many authors! Everyone from Emily Giffin to Joe Hill. My very first inspiring author was Katherine Applegate. She wrote a YA series I devoured as a teen and it really propelled my love of fiction.




  • What was your favourite scene to write?
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    -->It’s funny. I get asked this question a lot, and every time I really need to think about it.  I think the scene when Keri Ann and Jazz get drunk together. It comes right after Keri Ann gets kicked in the gut (metaphorically) and inspired to get her a** into gear about her art and her future and life in general.  There’s some great banter between the two friends too when Jack shows up. 
    KR: 
    --> Ooh, well my favourite was a scene I can’t share without giving major spoilers! But I loved being able to write a few more love scenes for Evan and Danielle. Those are always fun and they are one of my favourite couples I’ve written—their chemistry is off the charts.




  • What was the hardest part of writing your book?
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    NB: 
    --> Believing I could do it.  And trying to write it as if no one would ever read it. You know that phrase ‘dance like nobody is watching’? It’s the same with writing. 
    KR: 
    --> It was hard for me to just tell the holiday story. A part of me wanted to keep going and show their entire life but that would’ve made for a long and incredibly fluffy read since I want them to be happy.



  • How do you overcome writer's block?
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    NB:
    -->The best solution for me is to open a new document and write my characters in a totally made up, stupid situation. That way I usually find out where they actually want to go (instead of where I was forcing them to go). 
    KR: 
    --> I usually try to read something or see a movie. Unwinding and getting my mind on something else usually breaks me out of a block.




  • What are your current projects?
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    NB: Finishing Jazz and Joey’s story.  I had to put that aside for a while to work on Deep Blue Eternity (formally known as The Cottage). It will be out in March 2015. 
    KR: 
    --> I’m currently working the next book in the Desire Resort series and a novella in my Confession Records collection.




  • --> What book are you reading now?  

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    NB: 
    -->The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell 
    KR: 
    --> I’m reading Stronger With Him by JA Hensley. I’m loving it so far!




  • If you could have dinner with any fictional character who would it be and why?
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    NB:  It would be a dinner party because I could never pick just one.  Can you imagine a dinner companion who was a “good” vampire, and who had been stuck as a teenager for a hundred years? Fascinating.  What about President Snow (Hunger Games)? He would be a totally scary dinner companion but man, do I have some questions for him.  I’d really love to have dinner with Mrs. Weaton, the elderly neighbour from my Eversea series. Boy, she lived a life. I’d love to know more!
    KR: 
    --> I have a sick love for Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby. I’d love to meet him!




  • Do you have any advice for other writers?
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    NB: Ha ha!  Write like no one is reading, but publish like everyone will.  Give yourself permission to write an imperfect first draft, but don’t release anything less than what you deem to be perfect. There’s a long road between the two, don’t get pressured to take a short cut, and don’t quit because it’s a long road. 
    KR: 
    --> Keep writing! I always say be a writer first and an author second. Your passion and your love for writing should be what keeps you going.


     About the Author

    Natasha Boyd
    Natasha Boyd is a writer with a background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry, complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny birds. She has a husband, two sons and a cat named Tuna. Eversea is her first full-length novel.
    Website – Facebook – Twitter – Goodreads

     
    Kate Roth
    Inspired by music, film, art and the wealth of stories she has heard through her career as a professional hair stylist, Kate Roth decided to get real about her love of writing in 2008. She signed up for a course after-hours at the local high school called ‘So You Want To Write A Book?’. Indeed, she did! For years Kate had been dreaming up love stories in her head and she’d even managed to write a few of them down but it was that class that gave her the drive to finally do something more with her ideas. The ideas haven’t stopped flowing since. She enjoys writing in all sub-genres of romance and even has a few surprises up her sleeve for the future. She is a small business owner and lives in Indiana with her husband, Adam and their dog, Sampson.
    Website – Facebook – Twitter – Goodreads

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Wait a second... It's Free!!!


    I can't believe it's almost the end of October already, just two days until the big day... yep, all the anxiety is building, and the pressure of getting everything perfect is just hitting me...

    HOLY CRAP!!! It's nearly release day!!!

    And I must be losing my mind, because I'm holding a special promotion to offer readers the chance to read my first novel, Shadow Embraced, before Shinigami Eyes is released. 

    What's it going to cost? Well, nothing... Then what's the catch? Actually... nothing. I'm just feeling in a generous mood.

    That's right, head over to Amazon between now and 11/1 and you can get Shadow Embraced.

    And for those who have already read Shadow Embraced, I can let you into a little secret... Scar's story will definitely be continuing, and that journey will be able to be read early next year (but sshhh, it's a secret).

    Back to Shadow Embraced, if you want a chance to get Shadow Embraced at this bargain then head over to Amazon: http://amzn.to/1zf80Ai before the 1st November.

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children Review Tour



    Welcome to my stop on the What Gifts She Carried tour hosted by Dark World Books.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!


    The Executioner
    at the Institute for Contaminated Children
    16 The deciding age of contamination.
    30 The number of coin flips it takes to prove that Donna may have subconsciously used her genetically enhanced abilities to excel in school.
    24 The number of hours Donna has to board a train to the Institute for Extraordinary Children.
    14 The flights of stairs she must climb to get to her room.
    700 The number of pages in the rule book that will determine how she eats, sleeps, and…well…smells for the remainder of the school year.
    2 The number of members in her squad. Good thing Dan’s there to help get her abilities in shape and avoid Donna’s worst fear—humiliation. Her abilities skyrocket. Until the day she learns exactly what Dan is capable of.
    1 The number of bodies that turn up dead.
    0 Her chances of getting out alive.
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    My Review:
    When I first picked up The Executioner of the Institute for Contaminated Children I had no idea what I was in for, and I wasn't sorry. The idea of children developing powers has always been an interest of mine, and Donna was a fantastic character to follow into this story.

    Donna is a smart character, and that is actually her power. She has the ability to always pick the right multiple choice question and she has the ability to predict things in games of chance. That is why Donna is sent to the "special" school.  Soon Donna learns that something is not right, especially since there are no phones, TV or internet at the school. When students start turning up dead, Donna is determined she's going to find out what's going on.

    Margaret E. Alexander has written a thrilling story that will keep the reader guessing until the very end about who the executioner is. Donna is a strong character who really develops as the story moves. In the beginning she was very timid and she definitely morphed into the butt-kicking heroine that I love, and she will do anything to stand up for what she believes and protect the ones she loves.

    The Executioner of the Institute for Contaminated Children was a thrilling read and I recommend this to anyone who loves superhero stories.
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    Margaret E. Alexander
    Margaret E. Alexander grew up in Miami, FL. Ten years of frizz and hurricanes chased her away to sunny San Diego, CA. While in college, studying biomedical engineering didn’t stop her from pumping out novel drafts every year. She found her escape in storytelling and others like her who sometimes preferred the world of fiction to the real one. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children is her first YA novel with Crescent Moon Press. She loves blogging about thrillers with young protagonists and is putting her art minor to good use with a graphic novel project on the side. Her wandering focus is the fault of her cat.
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    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    Blog Tour: Adventure on Nemesis Mountain


    Annie McMahon’s Blog Tour – October 15-31

    Today I'm very excited to be a part of the blog tour to celebrate a fantastic author who I have had the privilege to be a part of the same critique group of. As someone who read some of the earlier drafts of this story I'm glad to be able to pass on the word that now people can read this great story.

    Blog tour post: http://anniemcmahon.blogspot.com/2014/09/volunteers-needed-for-blog-tour.html

    One-sentence pitch
    When nature-loving Emilio and athletic Hans get lost in the forest during a fifth grade field trip, they have no choice but to put their differences aside to survive the harsh wilderness.

    Back Cover
    Emilio would rather eat a slimy worm than miss the fifth grade field trip. Nemesis Mountain must be full of rare leaf specimens and bugs for his collection. Besides, he needs a break from the playground and Hans’s nonstop teasing. His excitement is squashed when he gets lost in the woods with his worst enemy.
    Alone in the forest, the two boys battle to survive the harsh wilderness, facing challenges that will change their lives forever.





    About the Author

    Annie McMahon is originally from Canada but now lives in New Jersey. She has a degree in computer programming, but her life took an unexpected turn and she ended up writing stories and articles instead of computer programs. Now she uses every spare minute to write children’s novels and to help other writers succeed.

    Her three children have been the inspiration behind many of her short stories, over forty in total. Her flash fiction story, Paradoxical Neighbor, has been published by Nelson Education in a book for 10th graders, Nelson Literacy 10.

    Annie has a certificate in copyediting, moderates a critique group for children's writers, and is the editor at UK Children's Publishing.

    Links
    Twitter: @anniemcmahon20
    Goodreads: Annie McMahon
    Author page on Amazon:  Annie’s author page



    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Take-over Wednesday: Of Fire & Ice & Wind & Rain

    Adam here again, taking over Cheree's blog to tell you another story of my life over in Japan.
     
    Sometimes living in a foreign country is like living on an alien planet. In your homeland you get used to things being a certain way, but as soon as you go elsewhere you’ll find that things are hardly ever simple. The weather is always going to be unpredictable, but at least at home it’s an unpredictable that you are familiar with.

    I moved from a dry desert country in the southern hemisphere to a muggy wetland in the northern, so there’s a lot of getting used to. For starters the seasons are reversed. I’m used to September being my much beloved Spring, instead here it turns to Autumn, so what is for me usually a warm and lively season becomes a cold and bitter one instead.

    Technically speaking, Japan has 24 seasons called (Jun) which last around ten days a piece, all of which have unique and varied characteristics, but just like Australia (which technically has 5) and many other countries around the world, they make use of the standard four season naming practice for simplicity’s sake. Summer and Winter are the two high points of each year regardless of how you wish to call them.




    Summers here can get a bit hot, but while everyone is busy exclaiming あついよ (Atsui yo “It’s hot!”), I’m chilling easy because hot here and hot in Australia are two different beasts. When I left Australia, we were in the midst of a record breaking heatwave of up to 50°c, which is hot enough to melt roads. So yeah, not really bothered by heat here. I actually enjoy the Summers here. One of the best days I’ve had was sitting in a McDonalds that had a broken air conditioner, it made me feel right at home, like I was back in Australia. The biggest problem with Summer here is that it is so humid. No matter where you go you wind up drenched in sweat before too long.

    On the other hand, Winters here are ridiculously cold. I do not like snow. I once spent a hellish two weeks working at an Australian ski lodge (yes, they do exist) and, aside from wanting to murder several of the noisier people I had to bunk with, it left me with a deep passionate hatred of snow. It’s like sand, but cold. It gets everywhere and after the first fifteen seconds of ‘ooh, isn’t it pretty?’, it gets to be very annoying. In winter here, it snows A LOT. Either I have the worst luck on the planet or the weather here hates me, because I keep getting hit with record snow storms wherever I am. I am not kidding. A couple of years ago, Cheree and I were touring Japan and in that small window of time Tokyo was hit by a massive blizzard. We lucked out and were in Kyoto that day, but still slim odds that we were in the country when it happened.

    Don’t believe that? Try this one, last year I was living in Yamanashi (near Mt. Fuji) and we got hit with a ridiculous amount of snow. It lasted for several weeks and everyone kept commenting on how they’d never seen so much snow before. One of the teachers even lost a car because their garage collapsed under it all. People here, having gone through a few major disasters already, are rather quick to panic at any sign of the abnormal. I’ve spoken before on the wonders of Conbini, but once panic shopping begins it doesn’t take long before the stores wind up as ghost towns. Making the mistake of living off Conbini meals and impulse snacks, I was dismayed to see the steadily dwindling supplies each time I entered. It started with the readymade food and bread, then all the ramen, then all the basic elements of food, then all the party snacks, then whatever wasn’t bolted down, then whatever was. It got so bad that there were rumours of rescue choppers preparing to make supply drops. At the time I had plenty of food in the house, unfortunately 90% of it required the basic element of electricity to prepare and with rolling blackouts it did get pretty dicey. I have since learnt my lesson, and have a cache of survival food ready in waiting. Just in case.



    To compound matters, there is also an entirely unique Japanese season. 梅雨(Tsuyu) or Rainy Season.  As I said earlier, I come from a desert land so I’m not used to seeing so much rain at once. Just days and days of falling rain at the turn of the season. You get a lot of 台風(Taifuu) or Typhoons during the Rainy Season. Severe wind and rain ranging from seemingly endless rain to full-on hurricanes. As a matter of fact we’ve got a major one barreling down on us right now, registered as the most powerful storm on the planet all year. I’ve been lucky so far and all the typhoons have petered out before reaching my location but you can’t dodge every bullet.

    That being said, it’s not all doom and gloom over here. I can happily confirm that Spring here is exactly like the Anime said it would be. When the Sakura trees are in bloom, you are treated to an awe-inspiring sight. Everywhere you go pretty pink petals are raining from the sky, and it is enough just to be able to watch it happen. I’ve spent ages just sitting around watching the surreal dance of falling petals and no matter how many times I see it, it is still a marvel to behold.
     
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