Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Origin by Emilia I. Rutigliano

Contemporary / Women's Fiction
Date Published:February 14, 2014
Alexandra Kamin is everywoman. At 42, she has a loving family, terrific children, a great career with a superlative income, a gorgeous face with a terrific figure, and a loving boyfriend. Most impressive is that she is in complete control of every ambit of her life.

Where do you go when you are at the top?

ORIGIN takes you back to the beginning… the beginning of Alexandra’s life in America, the beginning of the truest of love affairs, and the beginning of an entrepreneurial life. Through a series of flashbacks and conversations, Alexandra explains every nuance that made this beautiful family a dynasty that you want to root for.

Schooling, work, child rearing, and family affairs are all under Alexandra’s Order are all accounted for as the years go by.  GNO, love affairs and the truest of loyalties are best second time around.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Absolutely!  Just not for me.  I don’t see it as a career for me.  I see Writing as a means of telling a story, and I have always loved telling stories.  I’m privileged enough to be able to do it, and grateful that there are people who enjoy hearing the stories I tell. 

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Actually sitting down and Writing.  The stories are all there in my head, and it is just a matter of physically getting them onto the Word Document.  My kids make fun of my writing in that I’ll usually sit down someplace arbitrary and type without looking at the screen and carrying on a side conversation.  There is no control of the story in my head.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Because everything I write is based on the REAL world around me… everyone and everything inspired me.  Although the characters are fictional, they are absolutely based on real people.  Those “similarities” are entirely intended (and permission was sought and granted from each of the INCREDIBLE characters in my life).  When I get stuck with a location or a situation, I make demands from the universe, and am kindly whisked away by incredible friends to wherever I need to go for inspirations (like GNO at bars and weekend trips to London). 

#4 – What is next for your writing?
There are FOUR books in the ORDER series.  I’ve written two, and am working on the third, ORIENT.  Because it takes place in the ORIENT, my husband is taking the family there for the month so that I can experience it.  The fourth book is ORACLE… can’t wait to see where he takes us then…

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I do have an addiction to reading.  I am an admitted bibliophile, too.  But it is always about the story with me; the deeper, the better.  I am following the Blogs’ recommendations in the Women’s Contemporary section.  I also like the Business, Marketing and Inspirational sections.  In fact, I prefer them all being blended into one.  I LIKE my heroines to be able to bake a soufflĂ©, treat the kids for lice infestation, deep-throat and swallow, change a tire, manage her own portfolio and invests in designer shoes for comfort.  There I said it!

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
Smart women, great men, family, wealth, GNO and kink… it’s better the second time around

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?
I’m an Apple Girl.  iPhone with personalized ringtones, and many distinct playlists.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
Why Choose?  My favorite flavor is called Cherry Mania.  I discovered it in Slovenia:  It’s Vanilla Ice cream with black Cherries and pieces of Dark Chocolate Wafers.  Yeah…. Ahm, what was the question again?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
Crispy French fries… with truffles and pecorino Cheese.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?
Comedy.  DEFINITELY.  Just not the slapstick.  If you don’t see the humor and irony in every situation, you’re missing the Drama.  It’s all comedy to me!

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Danielle Steel.  I’ll give you that Sparks is a “better” writer… but Steel’s stories are incredible.  She has the absolute ability to create the world and the characters.  See… stories over writing.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
Reality.  I find Life has every element of every world ever created… with just as many fantastic characters, places and situation as any ‘made up’ world.  I’m blessed to be able to see situations (everyday) that make Soap Operas and Talk Show “titles” seem like child’s play.

#7 – Call or Text?
Text, actually.  Calls are too restrictive.  You need to contemplate purpose of the call, state it succinctly, receive a response and then conclude the call.  Texting… on the other hand… is not time restrictive.  Most people actually think before forming a question or responding.  I love it.

#8 – Public School or Home School?
Where do I begin.  I’m not a fan of Public Schooling, for several reasons.  I hate that the curricula is chosen for a mass populace, and doesn’t take a student’s learning into account.  It’s also based on an outdated system that is no longer in place.  Home Schooling is appropriate in some situations… but not in a majority.   Group education has a social component that is necessary.  Humans need to relate to other humans.  But either way, they shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.  Home Schooling should continue after Public Schooling is done for the Day.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
Coffee.  Real, un-fortified, Organic, Black, properly pressed, aromatic coffee.  The kind that you could smell from a room a way, that you can taste with each sip (not gulp), that wakes you up after half a cup and that you could remember for an hour or two after you’re done.  (Therefore, this precludes the stuff that we pour into Venti or Trenti cups with fake cream and fake sugar.)  Apparently I feel strongly about this… LOL.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?
 (Wow, this is tough.  You’re talking to a girl who saved for two years to purchase Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary – Original).  eBooks.  It’s a matter of time and the world we live in.  eBooks are just more convenient.  They are more accessible and they are pleasurable.  You can refer to them and copy and paste, if need be.  There is nothing offered by a paperback, that an eBook doesn’t deliver.  I would get a “book” for sentimental purposes, or to keep on a nightstand for inspiration or decor.  I have several “Coffee Table” type books on my nightstand.  But for actually “reading” – eBook.  

Emilia I. Rutigliano is an attorney who writes about people that she finds interesting.  Although her books are fiction, she weaves in a lot of the events of her own life, practice and travels.  She lives in New York City with her husband and three precocious teenagers (who occasionally acknowledge her existence when the internet is malfunctioning). 
ALEXANDRA’S ORDER is Emilia’s second book series, and is geared toward readers who enjoy a full story about multi-dimensional characters.  Because ORDER takes place in many locations with many different cultures, Emilia doesn’t write it unless she visits each location and meets the people who speak, think and act the same way as the characters in the book.  It’s a tough life, but she perseveres…

September 1 - Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview
September 2 - What is That Book About - Excerpt
September 3 - XOXO Book Blog - Excerpt
September 4 - The Indie Express - Review
September 5 - Book Suburbia - Excerpt
September 6 - Novel Notions - Excerpt
September 7 - Simplistic Reviews - Excerpt
September 8 - Book Lover 2.0 - Excerpt
September 9 - A Life Through Books - Review
September 10 - Bunny's Reviews - Excerpt
September 11 - Sapphyria's Book Reviews - Excerpt
September 12 - Life's Unfiltered Ramblings - Excerpt
September 14 - Cruising Susan Reviews - Review
September 16 - Books Direct - Excerpt
September 17 - Mythical Books - Interview
September 18 - Texas Book Nook - Review
September 22 - My Reading Addiction - Review
September 23 - Sue's Reveals and Promotions - Excerpt
September 25 - Twin Opinions - Excerpt
September 26 - Steamy Side - Review
September 28 - Book Publicity Service - Interview
October 1 - Eskimo Princess - Excerpt
October 7 - Cici's Theories - Review
October 10 - Sweet and Spicy Books - Excerpt
October 14 - Books A to Z - Excerpt
October 17 - D'eBook Sharing Reviews - Review
October 18 - Dalene's Book Reviews - Review
October 19 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

Tour Kick Off - Backstrokes by @4DylanMadrid #giveaway

Gay / Contemporary Romance
Date Published: June 15, 2014
After almost being expelled from a prestigious Chicago music conservatory for a prank gone wrong, twenty-two-year-old pianist Crawford Paul returns home to Northern California for what he predicts will be another boring summer. Concerned his scholarship is now at risk, Crawford accepts the only job he can find: accompanying a glamorous seven-year-old named Isabella to a community swimming pool for lessons. There, Crawford is befriended by a nanny named Nina, an aspiring fashion designer who finds it difficult to hide her disdain for children.

When Crawford meets Armando Leon, a lifeguard and Isabella's swimming instructor, he accepts Armando's offer to help him overcome his fear of water by way of private swimming lessons. As friendship turns into a summer affair, their lust for one another turns to love. When Crawford receives a chance of a lifetime audition, he is torn between returning to Chicago or staying in California to start a new life with Armando. As the end of the summer inches closer, Crawford and Armando fear they will be separated forever.

Dylan Madrid is the bestselling author of the gay romance and suspense novels Mind FieldsLove in the ShadowsBackstrokes, and Star Dust Lullaby. A California native, Dylan grew up in the Bay Area. He opted to backpack through seven countries before heading to college and spent a year living in Europe, primarily on the Greek island of Ios. When he's not dreaming about living on the Italian Riviera or running away to Belgium, Dylan teaches college courses in writing and the arts.
Twitter: @4DylanMadrid
Instagram: @AuthorDylanMadrid

August 31 - Erotic For All- Excerpt
September 1 - Bunny's Reviews - Guest Post
September 2 - Zipper Rippers - Excerpt
September 3 - What's On the Bookshelf? - Review
September 4 - Twin Opinions - Guest Post
September 5 - V's Reads - Review
September 9 - The Butterfly Reads - Review
September 10 - D'eBook Sharing Book Reviews - Guest Post
September 11 - Book Publicity Services - Interview
September 12 - Smile, Somebody Loves You - Excerpt
September 15 - The Lindsay Show - Interview
September 16 - Dee's Book Blog - Review
September 19 - Booklover 2.0 - Excerpt
September 20 - Books are Love - Review
September 21 - Books Direct - Excerpt
September 22 - Books A to Z - Review
September 23 - Sue's Reveals and Promotions - Review
September 24 - Leanne's Book Reviews - Review

September 26 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

Tour Kick Off - Their Rigid Rules by @ChristinaPOV #giveaway

Contemporary / New Adult
Date Published: July 11, 2014
Their Rigid Rules, the 3rd book and prequel in The Chemical Attraction Series, can be read first or last in the series.

Taylor Valentine, a senior at Western Michigan University, has had her life planned out since kindergarten. After her parents died while she was still in high school, she had perfected it to make them proud. Now with the help of her best friends, Joe and Eva, she focuses on graduation and a career with romance in the far distant future. However, when the visiting professor enters the lecture hall to a four-weekend Civil War seminar, her perfect plan hits a snag.
As a handsome history professor and former marine, Dr. Stuart Morgan has his own set of strict rules especially with infatuated students. He enjoys his boring yet pleasant life until he starts receiving death threats. With his unwanted bodyguard in tow, Stuart is unnerved by his reaction to Taylor. Their rigid rules discourage all but a flirtation.

As the death threats become evident, the FBI believes Taylor’s the culprit, hindering their budding romance. When Taylor inadvertently becomes the target, Joe and Stuart whisk her away to protect her. Meanwhile, Joe struggles with his feelings for Taylor. He’s loved her since grade school. He won’t let her go and stands in Stuart’s way. The men push her to choose between the lifelong love of her best friend and the true love of her new boyfriend.

With the threats from family and foe pulling them apart, Stuart wonders if they can sustain the stress. Trusting their love, he must somehow convince Taylor to break her rules and embrace a new plan.

After retiring from acupuncture and massage therapy, Christina found a new passion. She enjoys writing about the emotional workings of our mind and heart and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions. Her background in Traditional Chinese Medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways. The healing power of LOVE is incredibly profound.

September 1 - Bunny's Reviews - Excerpt
September 2 - Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview
September 3 - Twin Opinions - Excerpt
September 4 - eBooks Galore - Excerpt
September 5 - Books and Pearls - Review
September 6 - Sweet and Spicy Books - Excerpt
September 7 - Eskimo Princess - Excerpt
September 8 - Mythical Books - Review
September 9 - Book Suburbia - Excerpt
September 10 - The Pen Muse - Interview
September 11 - LibriAmoriMiei - Review
September 12 - Sue's Reveals and Promotions - Excerpt
September 13 - Cici's Theories - Review
September 13 - Sapphyria's Book Reviews - Excerpt
September 14 - Em & M Books - Excerpt
September 15 - Smut and Bon Bons - Excerpt
September 16 - Readsalot - Review
September 17 - Em & M Books - Excerpt
September 18 - Book Publicity Services - Interview
September 19 - Books are Love - Review
September 20 - Books Direct - Excerpt
September 21 - Genuine Jenn - Review
September 22 - Ramblings of a Book Lunatic - Review
September 23 - Illuminate Caliginosus - Interview
September 24 - Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock - Review
September 25 - Dalene's Book Reviews - Review
September 26 - Smile Somebody Loves You - Excerpt

September 27 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

Tour Kick Off - The Rocket Girl's Tale by K. Hippolite

Steampunk Romance
Date Published: August 8, 2014

In the demesne of Hillvale, a young scientist with a perfect memory struggles to gain admission into the Academy of Stars when she stumbles across documents many dark powers seem to be interested in. In the midst of this turmoil, a handsome young man named Arthur Galenden seems to want to sweep her off her feet.

“She loved him. She loved him not. After the flames of infatuation burned out, what would pull a rocket scientist and an oil baron together?”

September 1 - A Life Through Books
September 2 - Steamy Side
September 3 - Texas Book Nook
September 4 - The Pulp Den
September 5 - My Reading Addiction
September 10 - Illuminate CALIGINOSUS
September 11 - The Indie Express
September 13 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up