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Monday, January 26, 2015

Tour Kick Off: The Red Road by @JenniWiltz #meetandgreet

Literary / Women's Fiction

Date Published: January 26,  2015

A father's love. A family's tragedy. A daughter's revenge.
Honor student Emma knows more about galvanic cell diagrams than guns. College is the only way out of her gang-ridden hometown, but her parents can't afford it.
When her unemployed dad lands a job as a census taker, things start looking up. But he's sent deep into East Malo Verde, where gang members rule the streets and fear anyone with a badge who knocks on doors. One night, a gang member mistakes him for a cop and beats him savagely, leaving him for dead.
Her best friends, her chem lab partner, her mom, and the detective assigned to the case all try to convince her to focus on school. But school won't prepare her for a world that ignores a crime against a good man. Emma must decide what's more important: doing what's expected, or doing what she feels is right . . . even if it leads her down a dark and dangerous path of revenge.
The Red Road is about a girl in turmoil, coming of age as she discovers the depths - and the limits - of friendship, first love, and the bond between parents and their children.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Yes! I’ve always earned my living through writing. I’ve worked in editing, copywriting, and advertising for over a decade, and I treat my career as an author seriously. I feel way more pressure releasing a new book than I do pitching a campaign idea to a VP or proofing a catalog that will go to 3 million people!

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Doing mean things to characters who are based on my own family members. I based Emma’s mom and dad on my mom and dad, but I had to show the family disintegrating. It was so hard to write the scenes where they fought with each other! It got so bad that I had to find pictures of famous actors and actresses to visualize in place of my own family members. That made it a little easier.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

I had a lot of wonderful teachers through the years, from high school all the way through grad school. Every one of them told me I had to keep writing, and that’s what stuck with me. Just keep writing.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

Next, I’ll be writing a prequel and sequel to The Romanov Legacy (my thriller). It’s back to guns, spies, and treasure for me. Writing about family drama is emotionally draining and exhausting!

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I’m addicted to Elizabeth Peters and her Vicky Bliss series of romantic suspense novels. I’ve read them a dozen times, and I keep coming back for more. Mostly because I wish I were as smart as Vicky, and I’m in head-over-heels in love with Sir John Smythe. Currently, I’m reading Du Barry by Stanley Loomis, a biography of Louis XV’s mistress, as prep work for The Romanov Legacy sequel.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

Studying chemistry, finding a date, avenging your dad's near-death...just a day in the life of 16-yr-old Emma West in #TheRedRoad.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?


#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?


#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?

French Fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama?


#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?

Danielle Steel

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?


#7 – Call or Text?


#8 – Public School or Home School?

Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

Coffee. Unless it’s Mexican hot chocolate.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

Dude, this is hard. I read both! Let’s say paperback.

Jenni Wiltz writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She's won national writing awards for creative nonfiction and romantic suspense, including a 2011 Romance Writers of America Kiss of Death Chapter's Daphne du Maurier Award for her novel, The Cherbourg Jewels. She also writes thrillers, historical fiction, and paranormal romance, and you may have seen her short stories in The Portland ReviewGargoyle, and the  Sacramento News & Review. After earning bachelor’s degrees in English and history and a Master’s degree in English, she worked as a web editor, a copywriter, and a USAID grant program coordinator, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Kenya. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, sewing, running, and genealogical research. She lives in Pilot Hill, California and has not yet struck gold in her backyard. Visit her online at

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tour Kick Off: His Name is Killian by Ella Adamian

Erotic Romance

Date Published: November 25, 2014

Killian Stone paints harpies. 
Killian Stone is not into vanilla sex. 
Killian Stone suffers from mood swings. 
Killian Stone has done something very bad. 

The day the painter approaches her on the bridge and asks her to pose for him is the beginning of a lust Melissa won’t be able to bridle. When Killian Stone offers her a month of submission, she’s already too captivated to turn him down. His unhinged sexuality lets her explore her own dark fantasies, but his anger outbursts are scary and devastating. As the time goes by, Melissa realizes there’s something more than just irritability and anger. He has done something which doesn’t let him rest.


#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Absolutely. This is what I have chosen to do for the rest of my life.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Writing in a foreign language. Writing is already tough; writing in a third language is a combination of sobbing, sweating, swearing, and feeling miserable. But it’s still fun.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Sadly I’m all alone in this.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
More writing. And hiding from the local police (explicit erotica is a crime here!).

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Writing is my husband, reading is my lover. And I cheat a lot. :)))
As strange as it may sound, but I never read Contemporary Romance or Erotica. I prefer the oldies: Dickens, Twain, Austen, Hardy…

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
A hot schizophrenic is fighting the ghosts of his past. #HisNameIsKillian

This or That?

#1 - iPod or Mp3?
Hmm, what’s the difference?

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate forever!

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
French Fries with ketchup.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?
Comedy! Laughing is better than crying J

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Is it bad if I’m not familiar with their books?

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
Fantasy. To hide from the reality.

#7 – Call or Text?

#8 – Public School or Home School?
Home School seems a safer idea.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate.
Lots of hot chocolate.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?
I’ll read a book even if it’s written on a napkin ;)

Ella Adamian lives in a small country named Armenia and writes in English. She also hides her identity, so that the local law enforcement bodies won’t fine or detain her for her explicit erotic novel “His Name is Killian.” Currently she’s working on the sequel of her first book.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PROMO Blitz: One Last Hold by @angelaswriter #excerpt

Romantic Suspense
Date Published: November 5, 2014

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Wesley Webb is at the pinnacle of his auto racing career when his main rival is murdered hours after their confrontation. That, along with evidence found at the scene, shades him as prime suspect. Now he’s under intense press scrutiny, particularly from Caitlyn Daniels, an ex-girlfriend who knows all about his secret past.

Caitlyn thought to never see Wesley again. Now, his life could be in her hands. Ten years ago, a tragedy tore apart everything she held dear, including their relationship. When she’s assigned to do an exclusive story with the reluctant race car driver she once loved, she believes this could be her purging. But chemistry tears apart her resolve to stay strong. Can they work out their differences and fall in love again, or will tragedy keep them apart?

She took a deep breath. Usually her interviews became more personal. She wasn’t sure how personal to get with him. She knew a lot about him—at least she used to—but she was scared of asking him the wrong thing. She didn’t want to set him off.

“What’s your favorite color?” Caitlyn held a pen in her hand, poised to write, trying to concentrate on the task at hand. Her focus, though, was Wesley’s deep green eyes. Eyes able to pierce her and reach a part of her no one had ever been able to touch before. Something about the way he looked at her, like he saw only her, deep down, clear to her soul.

A hint of danger lurked in his eyes, a predator-like stance that made her sense he was ready to devour her, sexually and otherwise. A vulnerability that made Caitlyn yearn to take him in her arms, to be as close to him as possible. His gaze held no arrogance, no indifference, and no deceit.

Her throat felt parched. His eyes devoured every morsel of her power and well-being.

She couldn’t think of a decent thing to say. Thank God it was his turn to talk.

“My favorite color,” he said as he leaned across the table, closer to Caitlyn, “is the capricious color of your eyes.”

His lips were only inches from hers so that his breath licked against her skin. His eyes possessed her.

She clutched her pen in midair, frozen in space for a mere second. He touched her hand.

The pen fell.

“Blueberry,” he said as he trailed a light kiss across her knuckle, his eyes still magnetizing hers. Her heart stopped in her throat. “Dark and wounded. Cornflower blue, tantalizing with banter and witticism.” He kissed the tip of her pinkie and went on to taste each finger, slowly taking his time with each one. “Sea blue, bright and sparkling like the waves catching a sunset, when you’re happy.”

Caitlyn, entranced with his words, was amazed he even noticed her eyes and more amazed he practically recited poetry. Where had he come up with this?

“Storm clouds,” he continued as he stroked the inside of her palm. “Brewing with a passion and desire you’re too afraid to feel. Sometimes periwinkle, sometimes almost lavender and sometimes a sultry gray. Right now though, they are definitely–”

She pulled her hand away and scooted back in her chair. Thoroughly aroused, she squeezed her thighs tighter in an attempt to bury the spark.

“You’re full of it,” she said. “My eyes don’t change colors that much and even if they did, you wouldn’t notice.”

“What makes you say that?” He leaned back in his chair, taking the two back legs to its haunches, something they both used to get in trouble for when they were kids.

She shook her head and didn’t answer. The touch of his warm mouth on her fingers still burned in her core.

“I always notice your eyes.”

About the Author

During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read stories of 'Brer Rabbit' to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before they learned to read. She hasn't stopped reading or writing since. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys 4-wheeling, crafting, reading, and dreaming of the places she'll visit one day.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tour Kick Off: Short Bus Hero by @ShannonGiglio

Contemporary Fiction / Humor
Date Published: December 16, 2014

   Twenty-three year-old Ally Forman, a $350 million dollar lottery winner with Down syndrome, is either cursed or blessed, depending on how you look at things. When professional wrestler Stryker Nash loses his job, Ally, his biggest fan, wants nothing more than to put him back in the ring. And she will spare no expense. Her mother, however, has other plans for Ally’s winnings and her life. SHORT BUS HERO is a darkly humorous look at life with Down syndrome, the rise of a wrestling empire... and angels. Yes, angels.

Recent praise for Short Bus Hero:

“SHORT BUS HERO has it all: Down syndrome, hoarding, suicide attempts, heart attacks, betrayal, redemption, angels, winning lottery numbers, and big time professional wrestling. A dark, sweet, and poignant tale about what happens when you follow your dreams.” — S. G. Browne, author of BREATHERS, BIG EGOS, and FATED
“If you were the big Lottery winner, what would you do first? Why, resurrect the career of your favorite professional wrestler, of course. Touching, violent, hilarious, tragic and surreal—Short Bus Hero is an inspiring and emotional story.” — Richard Thomas, author of STARING INTO THE ABYSS, co-editor of BURNT TONGUES
"From a mind-bending cornucopia of eclectic ingredients-troubled lottery winners, pro wrestlers on the skids, and restless angels are just the tip of the iceberg-Shannon Giglio has expertly crafted one of the strangest, cleverest, and, yes, sweetest, tales I have ever read. This wonderful novel has it all: ingeniously imagined characters, rousing and poignant adventures, and, perhaps most importantly, the true heart of a champion. Anyone who enjoys great storytelling will love this book." -- Bill Breedlove, author of HOW TO DIE WELL

Shannon Giglio, originally from Milwaukee, WI, graduated from Drexel University and Emerson College before going to work for Dick Clark, CBS, and Ridley Scott. She lives in Savannah, GA, with her husband, author Peter Giglio, and her two daughters. She is currently finishing her fourth and fifth novels.
Twitter: @ShannonGiglio

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February 2 -  RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

Tour Kick Off: Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine by @Night_Buddies

Juvenile Fiction
Date Published: June 1, 2012

 In the second book in the Night Buddies series, red crocodiles start popping up all over the city, creating confusion, committing crimes, and causing Crosley to go a little crazy at the sight of them. 
The impostors must be stopped, and Night Buddies John and Crosley are just the guys to stop them!
Stakeouts and wild chases in a fantastic flying machine, far-out schemes to snare the impostors, and a never-ending supply of Crusted Crème Fro-Madge frozen yogurt make for one totally super night.
These adventures after lights-out will delight any young reader who relishes an adventure/fantasy in the wee hours of the night. 
The Night Buddies series revolves around the nighttime adventures of a young boy named John, who is not ready to go to sleep, and a bright red crocodile named Crosley who turns up under John’s bed. 
Each book starts by having this unlikely pair sneaking out of John’s house using Crosley’s I-ain’t-here doodad, which makes them invisible to John’s parents. They embark on their Program, the Night Buddies word for Adventure, and make their way around the Borough chasing down enemies and cleaning up the mishaps at hand. 
Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine is the second book in the Night Buddies series, a 7-times award-winning chapter book series for kids. The first book, Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare was released in June 2012 and the third book, Night Buddies Go Sky High is due out in March 2015. The Night Buddies series is available in both print and ebook format. 

Sands Hetherington credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years. He and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro.About the Illustrator:
Jessica Love grew up in California, with two artist parents. She studied printmaking and drawing at UC Santa Cruz, then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in NYC. Her favorite way to work is collaborative, which is why illustration is such a treat.
Some of her inspirations are Maurice Sendak, Edmund Dulac, Lisbeth Zwerger and of course, the incomparable Hilary Knight. Jessica currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, toggling back and forth between her work as an actor and her work as an artist.

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February 2 -  RABT Reviews - Wrap Up