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Monday, November 17, 2014

Tour Kick Off: This Weakness For You by @WendySparrow




Paranormal
Date Published: November 17, 2014

She's exactly what he wants to sink his teeth into...Jordan is his pack's Alpha dog. The Big Bad Wolf. And after his last breakup, he's opting to be the lone wolf, too. But then his rival's little sister—a human, of all creatures—comes to his door. And suddenly, what should be a tasty little snack turns out to be something more than Jordan could ever imagine...Christa is simply looking for a place to stay. Yet the dark shifter smells irresistibly like forever. But getting involved with the wolf who tried to kill her brother—twice—is lunacy. Besides, in the unforgiving, shadowed world of shifters, there is no room for weakness. And falling for her family’s enemy won't just be her downfall...it will be his, too.







#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career? I’d love to. Getting paid for writing is like getting paid for going to Disneyland. It’s just hard to make it into a career. I hope to get there eventually.


#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process? Ugh. Revision. Revising is a long, hard slog for someone who is a pantser (writes without an outline by the seat of their pants.) It’s nearly painful and the magic of writing goes to die in revision.


#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family? Definitely. My Creative Writing teacher in high school told me that eventually he’d be buying my book off a shelf. When someone believes in you that much—you start to believe too.


#4 – What is next for your writing? This is the second in the Taming the Pack series so the third book is next for release. I’m currently writing another paranormal.


#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? I’m an insanely avid reader. I’ve read over 400 books for the year already. I’m in the middle of five books right now: an Agatha Christie mystery, a Julie Miller romantic suspense, a Meg Cabot YA, a MG anthology, and a nonfiction book about celebrities’ deaths and graves. Normally I blitz through books one at a time but I’ve had a hard time picking a mood and a book to go with it. 


DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: Unaware he's about to be hunted, Jordan is having difficulty staying away from his rival's little sister--temptation never looked so sweet.


This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Mp3

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed Potatoes

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Neither. I have a broad reading interest, but they’re both outside my scope.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy.

#7 – Call or Text? Text.

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate.

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook



Wendy Sparrow has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” so many times she could have written the screenplay at age five. She lives with a wonderful husband, two amazing kids, and a husky/lab (that has been told he looks much like a wolf) in Washington State. Wendy is active in Autism and OCD support networks and often blogs about both on her website. She can usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to herself.



November 18 - Obsessed By books - Review
November 19 - Snarky Mom Reads - Review
November 20 - Punya Reviews - Excerpt
November 21 - Mama Bears Book Blog - Excerpt
November 22 - Diane's Book Blog- Interview
November 23 - Book Junky Girls Reviews - Review
November 24 - Smile Somebody Loves You - Review
November 25 - Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama- Guest Post
November 27 - Author Candy O'Donnell - Excerpt
November 28 - British Book Worm - Excerpt
November 29 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up


Tour Kick Off: Waiting for Perfect by Kelli Kretzschmar #giveaway



Young Adult Contemporary

Date Published: October 1, 2014
   
In the wake of an attempted date rape, high school senior Kendra Voss receives hope from two unlikely heroes, who happen to be cousins.

After Nicolás Veneto rescues the popular Kendra Voss at a party, his long-time feelings for her reignite. But the socially awkward Nick can’t ever seem to find the right words to tell her so, and instead, seems to push her away with his persistence in trying to have her press charges against her attacker.


Nick's playboy cousin Sebastian Veneto, however, is a master with the opposite sex and is used to getting what he wants. After unwittingly helping Kendra at her most vulnerable, he discovers that his feelings for her go beyond his usual lust.
Kendra is caught between the two, the elusive artist and his dangerous cousin, both of whom are pulling her through the difficult aftermath of her near-rape in his own unique way. In the meantime, she tries to avoid the boy who attacked her, deal with rumors at school, and move on with her life.
Waiting for Perfect is a story about facing the unexpected events that force us to grow up and is told through the alternating, memorable voices of Kendra, Nick, and Sebastian.






#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Yes! That is the goal, anyway. Currently, I have a full-time marketing career. The more I write, the more I want to ONLY write! As more of my novels are written and released, my hope is that I can one day “retire” from my marketing career and write full time.


#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Editing. I hate it. Being self-published, there is a LOT of editing that I’m required to do on my own. I definitely enjoy writing more than editing. I’d like to just write the story and hand it off to a trustworthy editor to pretty it up a bit.


#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My biggest non-family supporter is my friend Leisa. She has always been eager to read and provide feedback for my novels. She encourages me to keep writing and assures me that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing with this passion of mine.


#4 – What is next for your writing?
I will be releasing the sequel to Waiting for Perfect in the next month. This one will be titled No Fear of Perfection. Also, I am writing the next novel in the Wellton Series. I released Defending Wellton in May of 2013. I have a great fan base in Wellton, AZ, and I held a couple of book signings there last December. I know the great people in that little town are eager for the second novel to be released. The second installment in the series, currently untitled, will follow deputy Trent Buckley as he works a case involving a missing girl. I expect it to be released mid 2015.


#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? I do have a reading addiction. I find myself cycling through fiction and non-fiction spurts. Currently, I’m in a non-fiction cycle, soaking up everything I can on different perspectives of spirituality. Also, I’m reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio with my ten-year-old son.


DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
Two attractive cousins comfort vulnerable high school senior Kendra Voss after she experiences a trauma.




This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Mp3 – I don’t even know what iPd is J

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate - every day of the week!

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French fries – especially sweet potato fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy. I can always use a good laugh.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Danielle Steel. I like a little more mystery than romance.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality-based fantasy. Does that make sense?

#7 – Call or Text? Text. I like writing better than speaking. Go figure ;)

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public school. I think everyone benefits from the social experience and the learning of different perspectives.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee. Recovered caffeine addict, but I still love the taste.

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook. Space-saving and available on my cell phone wherever I am in the world.


Kelli Kretzschmar graduated with a BA in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach. She works full time as a marketing manager and writes for enjoyment. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, three children, a wild Labrador named Tyson, and a corn snake named Abigail. When she's not at the office or spending time with her family, she enjoys writing, reading contemporary fiction, learning new things, running, and her most recent passion, practicing Krav Maga.
Email: kellikretzschmar@gmail.com







November 18 - Chosen By You Book Club - Excerpt
November 19 -Bunny's Reviews - Excerpt
November 20 - Mythical Books - Guest Post
November 21 - Bound 2 Escape - Excerpt
November 22 - Indie Authors You Want to Read - Excerpt
November 24 - My Reading Addiction - Interview
November 25 - The Caffeinated Book Nerd - Excerpt
November 26 - Texas Book Nook - Review
November 28 - Madelyn Hill - Guest Post
November 29 - Penny For My Thoughts - Guest Post
December 1 - The Indie Express - Review
December 3 - A Life Through Books - Review
December 4 - Lustful Literature - Review
December 6 - Books Direct - Excerpt
December 7 - Books and Pearls - Guest Post
December 8 - Candy O'Donnell - Excerpt
December 9 - Benish Khan - Review
December 10 - The Word at My Fingertips - Review
December 10 - The Pen Muse - Excerpt
December 11 - Twin Opinions - Excerpt
December 12 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up




Tour Kick Off: Distorted by @TransmundnePres & @AlishaCostanzo #giveaway


Fantasy Anthology
Date Published: November 7, 2014


   
Tantalizingly bloody tales featuring human pitted against beast and gods, with the true majesty and horrors of the afterlife, with love and death and desire...


Eight writers modernize ancient mythologies in DISTORTED, proving that not every story has been told.




Alisha CostanzoAlisha Costanzo is from a Syracuse suburb. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she currently teaches English. She’s the author of BLOOD PHOENIX: REBIRTH and BLOOD PHOENIX: CLAIMED, and co-editor of DISTORTED. LOVING RED, a Broken World novel, is undergoing serious edits for its 2015 release. In the meantime, she will continue to corrupt young minds, rant about the government, and daydream about her all around nasty creatures.

Anthony S. Buoni
Having relocated from Northwest Florida's lonesome roads and haunted swamps, Anthony S. Buoni now prowls the gas lamp lit streets of New Orleans, playing moonlight hide and seek in the Crescent City's above ground cemeteries. Anthony is the author of Conversation PartyBad Apple Bolero, as well as the editor to the Between There anthologies.  His stories and articles have been featured in North Florida Noir and Waterfront Living. When not prowling, Anthony keeps it scary, writing dark fiction, editing, and watching horror movies.  In his spare time, he DJs, plays music, and conjures other worldly creatures with tarot cards and dreams.
Twitter: @TransmundnePres   @AlishaCostanzo

Things to Know About the Authors

Heidi Vlach:
-Heidi was born and raised in northern Ontario, Canada — but despite lifelong experience with snow, she hates cold weather.
-Heidi's parents are furniture salespeople: Heidi grew up with lots of big cardboard boxes to play in and transform with her imagination.
-She graduated chef training at age 18. There was tense discussion among the chefs before Heidi was allowed to attend the wine-tasting class, since legal drinking age in Ontario, Canada is 19.
-Heidi waited tables at a sushi restaurant for 3 years. Her favourite part of the job was encouraging nervous first-timers to try the raw fish.
-Heidi typically writes at her kitchen table, while drinking coffee, listening to electronic trance music, and snuggling one of her cats.

Catherine Edmunds:
-I'm a professional viola player. My string quartet was once kicked out of a shopping mall where we were performing by security because someone had complained our music was ‘too noisy’.
-My great-uncle worked with Albert Einstein.
-I took up ballet on my doctor’s suggestion at the age of three to cure my flat feet, and kept dancing until I was fourteen. Absolutely loved it. Still have flat feet.
-I appeared on national TV in 2013, painting in the Glasgow heats of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. My model was actress Sophie Turner—Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones.
-I was once bitten by a tadpole.

Alisha Costanzo:
-I like to teach, even when no body asked for a lesson. Sometimes, this can make me feel like a snob, but when people make mistakes and no one corrects them, they are doomed to be repeat offenders.
-One of my favorite jobs so far was working at a funeral home. Most often, I had the building to myself, the nights were quiet, and I got to read or write. Other times, I felt emotional, but ensuring a funeral goes smoothly is rewarding.
-When I role-play write, I often prefer to be the male. I don’t tend to hear objections.
-I love teaching barefoot in my classroom, even when it’s freezing out.
-I’m an environmentalist and anti-consumerist...until I walk into a bookstore.

Patricia J. Esposito:
-Some of my hardest laughing comes when roughhousing with my constant companion, an eighty-five-pound Golden Retriever who thinks nothing of pouncing full-body on me.
-The crystal bowls I received as wedding gifts contain polished stones from the shores of Lake Superior.
-At home I prefer to drink only water, at the coffee shop, only chai tea, and at parties, only Courvoisier.
-I often have to work at home till late at night due to lost time making snow forts or playing ninjas with the neighbor kids (and my dog, of course). Fun is a distraction I encourage.
-Despite the convenience of iPhone music, at all times, my purse is weighted with the music CDs I can’t live without; after all, if I were to get stranded on a desert island, at least I could hold the CDs against me and imagine their sound.

Rebecca Lynch:
-I loathe cooked tomatoes.
-I can boast a library of 1000 books.
-I never graduated high school.
-My original major was nursing.
-I met my husband at an outdoor barracks party during a tornado.

Autumn Lishky:
-I made more as a pizza delivery driver than I have as a professional.
-I hate Twinkies because of the marshmallow filling. However, I like marshmallows. Go figure.
-I’m that snob that judges your grammar on Facebook and Twitter.
-My husband and I have watched hundreds upon hundreds of horror movies, and only one has made me stop eating—Cradle of Fear by Cradle of Filth.
-When I feel completely lost, I consult my Magic 8-Ball.

Christian Bone:

-I currently reside on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom, a small place cut off from the rest of the country. It is somewhat like the Village from The Prisoner but without the sinister brainwashing (I hope).
-I possess an unhealthy obsession for all things Sherlock Holmes. So much so that I own three copies of the same book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. We all do silly things when we're in love.
-I have a fond memory of once meeting Neil Gaiman, a very nice man who greeted me as a 'fellow writer.' I'm still thinking of a way to put that event on a T-shirt.
-I've always had a great interest in writing, but for a brief time when I was younger, much to grown-up me's disbelief, I wanted to go into football/soccer. It is a period of my life that I cannot explain.
-The first story I remember writing was about some kid detectives who stopped a pair of ghosts from stealing buried treasure. Clearly, I've never been one for genre boundaries.

Anthony S. Buoni:
-I'm a DJ, specializing in goth, punk, trance, new wave, and house.  I also play guitar, sing, and write my own music and electronic loops.
-I believe in all the spooky things I write about.
-I bought my laptop based on how easy it was for me to type on it.
-I'm pagan. I love growing plants and studying the moon, planets, and stars.

-I've sat through entire college classes without getting credit because I was interested, not because I was grade or degree driven.


November 18 - Where Books Lead Us - With Interview
November 19 - One Guys Guide to Good Reads - With Guest Post
November 20 - Deal Sharing Aunt 
November 21 - Gothic Moms
November 22 - Mythical Books 
November 23 - Ashley's Paranormal Book Blog - With Guest Post
November 24 - Chosen by You Book Club
November 25 - A Life Through Books
November 28 - The Book Lovers Lounge - With Guest Post
December 1 - Texas Book Nook


December 1 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up





Tour Kick Off: Coming Home to Love by @TompkinsFalls



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: September 24, 2014
   
With his health deteriorating and his spirit dying, Justin Cushman has come home to Tompkins Falls in the Finger Lakes to assist his injured nephew Joel. Sick of accumulating wealth for its own sake, Justin knows that his life is meaningless without a loving relationship and a purpose for his billions. On a whim, he visits Joel’s spa, looking for a massage to relieve his pain. Gianessa Dupioni is a gifted masseuse who knows what ails Justin, and she starts him on a journey of health and happiness. Too bad for Justin that Gianessa is devastated by personal losses and strictly focused on rebuilding her career. Justin may be a master strategist in the financial world, but can he persuade Gianessa to let love in?







Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at charming inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she is a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she is a passionate author of warm-hearted romance. She is hard at work on book four of the Lakeside Porches romance books and novellas.







November 18 - Texas Book Nook
November 19 - A Life Through Books
November 20 -
November 22 - Andi's Book Reviews
November 23 - Books Are Love
November 24 - Obsessed by Books
November 24 - Queen of All She Reads
November 25 - Reading Shy With Aly
November 26 - Twin Opinions
November 27 - Bunny's Reviews
November 28 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up



Release Blitz: Take a Chance by @CaridadPineiro #excerpt




New Adult Erotica Romance
Date Published: November 17, 2014

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Three sexy novellas about risking it all for a chance at love and passion . . .

JUST ONE NIGHT
Jason Hart has just one night to prove to his best friend's older sister that anything is possible . . .
Nicole de Salvo has been in love – and lust – for her little brother’s best friend for years. For years she’s watched from afar and done nothing about her attraction for Jason Hart only now their time together is almost at an end. On their last night together will she find the courage to do something about her feelings, or will she live with regret for the rest of her life?

ONE SPECIAL NIGHT
It's been nearly six months since Tommy de Salvo’s fiancée cheated and left him in the midst of wedding preparations because up-and-coming businessman Tommy was all work and no play. The last thing Tommy wants or needs is to be attracted to another woman who won’t be around for too long. A woman just like Navy Corpsman Jasmine Reyes. She’s rough, tough, and determined to go it alone, but Tommy knows that if he passes up this opportunity, he may regret it more than the loss of his fiancée . . .
Jasmine “Doc” Reyes is both emotionally and physically scarred after her tour of duty. Wounded in battle, all she can think about is rebuilding her life and continuing with the career that she’s dreamed about since she was a young child. She has no time for rich sexy men who’ve never had a care in the world and wouldn’t understand her determination. But Tommy’s charm is seductive and she knows that she has to explore the attraction, even if it’s only for this one special night.

ONE LAST NIGHT
It's been over a year since Marine Lieutenant Trevor Mason and his father have spoken. After nearly losing his life during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan, Trevor wants to end the rift between them so he can return to active duty with some peace of mind. But a visit to his father’s office only serves to show Trevor that his father isn’t as eager to reunite. If not for the intervention of Samuel Mason’s spunky and very sexy intern, Trevor would probably be returning to Afghanistan with his one wish unfulfilled.
Trevor Mason had used to do all kinds of things to Maggie Sullivan’s insides when she worked at the country club his family used to attend. Five years later, there is little left of the teen she knew in the stoic Marine who only wants some time with his father. When Trevor’s father backs out of his son’s dinner invitation at the last minute, Maggie does the only thing she can: she goes to Trevor’s apartment to deliver the news, but she can’t leave him alone on his one last night before returning to duty.
Thrown together, Trevor and Maggie can’t ignore the sexual heat between them. As they satisfy one set of needs, another slowly develops as passion breathes life into other emotions. Will Trevor and Maggie’s one last night together possibly lead to many other nights in the future?




EXCERPT

"What's up, Jase?  Why did you almost drag me out of the party?" she asked and leaned against one of the thick pilings for the boardwalk.

He braced his forearm just above her head on the support and shifted until her warm breath spilled against his face.  She smelled of something flowery and of Nicole and he inhaled deeply to memorize that aroma.

With his free hand, he brushed away a windblown lock of her hair and then skimmed his fingers down her smooth cheek.  She trembled beneath his touch and he hardened as he imagined how smooth the rest of her skin would be and how she would shiver against him while they made love.

"I want you, Nickie."

Her eyes widened in surprise and the words rushed from her.  "Hell no.  I don't believe you."

"Believe it, Nickie.  I've wanted you for a long time," he said and moved ever closer until his body was pressed to hers.

At that touch, she sucked in a shaky breath and closed her eyes.  In a husky voice she said, "Don't play with me, Jase."

He chuckled and her eyes snapped open to meet his gaze.  "Babe, I am so not playing with you.  At least not yet," he said and dropped his hand to trace the rounded swells of her breasts visible above the bodice of her killer dress.  It was the kind of dress that invited him to touch and to see.



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