Friday, April 25, 2014

Author Showcase & GIVEAWAY CONTEST - Dina Redmon

Welcome, Dina Redmon!

1.  For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the reader’s a little about yourself? How you got your start in the writing business?

(Dina) Hi! I don’t know if I can stop at a little about myself, but I’ll try. :) How about we start with a quick rundown of the basics? I’m 43 years old, live in the fingers lake region of upstate New York, have 108 tattoos currently and counting, have traveled all over the U.S. and then some, was a foster mom for years, former art and life skills teacher, owned my own tattoo studio for a while, crochet, sculpt, draw, paint (heck, anything to do with art), bake, cook, sew… I think you see where I am going with this. I am passionate about art in all of its many forms. As far as my start in writing? I needed to heal. I actually wrote my first book, “To Speak of it Again” (soon to be released through Beau Coup Publishing) as a cathartic purging and never thought anyone would read it other than my close circle of friends. Through their encouragement, I decided to keep going. It’s highly based on my life story and that of those around me. When I finished, I cried. Not because of the release of the painful memories or the reliving of the happier ones, but because I felt as though I found my true calling in life. I haven’t stopped writing since. I mean, honestly, I need to write like people need to breathe. I’m usually working on three or more writing projects at one time and drive my family insane with reading aloud to them as I go. Aww smack… there I go again, getting all wordy and stuff. *wink*

2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.

(Dina) I hold no fear. Gosh, that sounds so silly, but I truly don’t when it comes to writer’s block. As I said, I have more than one project going at a time, so should the block hit me in the head, I simply switch up the project I’m working on. Sometimes, I push the laptop aside for a while and just crochet. It’s one of my favorite past times and I make a lot of my own swag packs and thank you gifts with it.

(KAM) That's pretty amazing. My mom tried to teach me once, twice....okay a hundred times but all I could make was a rope. :)

3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glamor. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?

(Dina) *puts gum in my mouth and blows a new bubble* Oh, not me. My life is full of glitz and glamour! :) Why, just yesterday I was rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s finest, and of course, I did it in the perfect designer gown and shoes with diamonds dripping from my neck and ears. Then I woke up and folded a pile of laundry that was sitting in a basket waiting for my attention for over a week. Stupid wrinkled clothes! Why couldn’t they just fold themselves? *giggle* I’m just the average chick when it comes to everyday life. I put off the cooking and cleaning as long as I can while I mess around on the internet, draw tattoo designs or go comatose in front of the television while watching a movie. Right before it absolutely has to be done, I jump up, soak the dishes in the sink, wipe down the bathroom, wash the dishes, vacuum all of the floors (Yes, even the hardwood ones) and spray some air freshener so it smells like I spent all day cleaning. Oh, and if I remember, I make the bed because my grandmother used to say, “No matter how messy your room is, if your bed is made, it’ll look clean.” Thanks grandma!

4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?

(Dina) Oh yeah, they know I write. LOL! I read to them ALL THE TIME! You can actually hear their eyes rolling when I stop and say, “Hey, listen to this!” and just start reading aloud to them. My mom is my biggest fan and she always loves listening to me… even when she doesn’t want to. I love you Mom!!! <3

5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.

(Dina) I must start with Nathaniel Hawthorne. I read “The Scarlet Letter” at a very young age and it stuck with me my entire life. I have owned multiple copies of it because it falls apart from reading it so much. I still have my first one though. Um, wow… ten? Okay fine *pouts* I guess I would have to say next would be Margaret Mitchell. I mean really, is there a person alive that didn’t love “Gone with the Wind”? Swoon inducing romance at its finest! I love all of the classics. Sandra Love and Liberty Blake are two of my favorite romance authors. They are both truly talented and their passion for the written word shines through in their work. Sable Hunter is phenomenal as well. Her stories suck you right in and hold you there. Be warned… It’s hard to put her books down once you pick them up! Robyn Peterman Zahn will make you laugh so hard you’ll wet your pants! Her style is the definition of unique and one cannot help but wonder if she sold her soul to the devil in return for her writing abilities. OH! Mike Faricy! His crime fiction novels, starring the very sexy Dev Haskell, will make you laugh and swoon at the same time! Yes, definitely check him out! Want pure romance? Read Melody Anne’s works! I promise you won’t be disappointed. SC Cluff is an extremely talented and imaginative author and his writing is geared toward middle school aged children and adults alike. His book, Newt Newsberry, Black Ops Campaign, had me rolling in the aisles with laughter and at the same time, made me feel for the “underdog”. Oh no, last one? Eeek! SO hard to choose! Um… OMG! Alicia Sparks! Who else could mix zombies and romance together so well and come up with a novel that will blow your mind? Well, there it is- my list of ten.

6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

(Dina) Time for a moment of selfishness. I would choose my own book “To Speak of it Again.” 

Casting? WOW! Haven’t even thought about that. (Why are you making me think so much? LOL!) The role of Maggie Reed, the main character, is screaming to be played by Channing Tatum in drag! Naw, I’m just kidding… but think about that one. *wink and giggle* Rachel McAdams would have to play grown up Maggie. She is such a talented and passionate actress, plus, I just want to meet her.

7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

(Dina) *Whispers* I’m working on the sequel to “Chasing Circumstance”, but Ssh, don’t tell anyone, okay? Stop, wait, hold up- I take that back. Please, tell everyone so they’ll read it! Oh yeah, and the sequel to “To Speak of it Again” and also the first book in a twelve book paranormal/romance series. You will have to turn on brighter lights and shine them in my face if you want any more information than that. Hey! I was just kidding! Turn off those lights! They’re burning my retinas!

8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?

(Dina) I can be found on Amazon. And yes, since I only have one book out at the moment, “Chasing Circumstance”, you should start there :)

9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?

(Dina) Let’s start with my website…

And then there is Facebook…

10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

(Dina) *steps into the spotlight* “Hey, could you cut that spot to a blue one please? It’s better for my complexion. Thanks. I would make the world a better place by…” HA! You didn’t really think I was going there, did you?

Well, actually - maybe just a bit.

I am a social media junkie! If I’m awake, my social media sites are on, at least in the background. I adore meeting new people, chatting and sharing stories. Virtual friendships, at least in my not so humbled opinion, can be just as strong as face to face ones. Know what I mean?

With that said, I’ve been seeing a trend lately that irks me to my core. Yes, I said irks. Why are authors and artists being bullied? I mean really. Aren’t we supposed to be supporting one another? We are a community and it doesn’t build anyone up to tear someone down. I wonder what these bullies get out of sitting behind their computers and picking on someone until they chase them away or make them cry. Does it make you feel better to hurt someone? Does your lack of self control make you a happier person? You obviously don’t feel very good about yourself if you feel the need to say such hurtful things to someone you don’t even know. What the hell is wrong with you? I pity you because you must not know what it is to love. If you did, you wouldn’t hate so easily. I mean really, why all the hate? Don’t you think our world has enough of that going on without you adding more to it? Please, stop. It really is that simple. If you didn’t like a book, that’s fine. Leave a constructive critique. It’s not that difficult, or… just don’t say anything. You know the old adage, if you can’t say something nice… shut the #%@$ up! Okay, that might not be exactly the phrase, but you get my meaning. How can you read about romance and love and still be so hateful? It boggles my mind. Please, don’t make me virtually slap you. *Okay, steps down from her soapbox.*

This was a blast and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Hit me up, let’s chat sometime. I’ll even make coffee and homemade goodies. Don’t forget… In everything you do, love yourself so you may love others and watch as the world benefits from it. Ciao Bellas.

 This week, I'm thrilled to announce we have multiple prizes to give to you courtesy of Dina. 

Before I show you the goodies, let me state the rules for any newbies. 

The contest will run from now until Saturday, midnight (central time). 

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below. 

Pretty damn simple. :)

Sometime Sunday, Dina will select a winner, comment below on this posting and be in touch. 

Good luck!!

Prize One - Swag Pack!!

The winner will be able to chose the color of the prize! Pretty sweet deal, huh! 

Prize Two - Free ebook! 

Chasing Circumstance [Kindle Edition] Purchase Link

What happens when you reach your breaking point?

Amia Durant was trying to figure that out.
At forty years old, Amia had it all. She worked for Millian’s, the third highest ranking ad agency in the world, and though her career was her life, she felt incomplete.
Turning to the internet for companionship, she meets Stuart Cairns. They laugh together over shared stories and help heal one another from mutual pains.

After months of communication, Stuart asked Amia to be his. Doubt filled her mind, but she knew she had to try. There was only one problem. He lived in Scotland and she in New York.
An unexpected opportunity delivers Amia to Scotland and she finds herself falling in love with him after spending a blissful weekend together before she returned stateside.

Will this fairy tale continue or will it fizzle out in the waters of the ocean between them?

Two of my very favorite things in the whole world are hot cocoa and biscotti. When combined, the experience of dipping the cookies in the thick, warm chocolate and munching on them relaxes me. And today – I needed to relax. Taking my cup to the desk, I settled myself in the chair and opened my laptop. Since my relationship with Stuart had ended, the computer had been something I avoided. I connected it with him, I guess. But no more – it was time to take the next step in my life.

So, I set up an online dating profile on Sizzling Singles to find what I needed. Most of the men on these sites only wanted one thing anyway, and since I was looking for the same thing, what did it matter where they came from?

Pushing a lock of hair from my eyes, I got down to business. “Let's see, Amia Durant, forty years old, five foot six inches tall, red hair, green eyes and a professional career. There, that should do it.” I posted my picture and waited anxiously for the responses to start coming in.

During the evening, I made myself comfortable, watching a little TV and reading a romance on my e-reader. No matter how involved I was in my book or a show, I kept one ear open for that ‘ding’ which would tell me someone had taken notice of my post. It didn’t take long before I received my first reply. A smile crossed my face as I leapt from the couch, went to my desk, and pulled up the man's profile to scan it. I thought it would be a good idea to take a test drive before I jumped into a caravan of conquests. Gary Morgan looked to be the perfect crash test dummy. He was forty-four years old, good looking without being playboy handsome, and had been on the site for over a year. I knew that would make him a bit desperate. I stared at his photo. He reminded me of an older Tony Danza with his graying temples, soulful brown eyes and those attractive dimples that framed his smile.

Retrieving my laptop, I nestled down in the couch and tucked my feet up under me. This was going to be fun. “Hey, Amia, I was perusing the new members and came across your picture and profile. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but you’re beautiful. If you’re interested in chatting, please feel free to message me back.” Gary’s message was so stereotypical I could’ve almost read it with my eyes closed.

“Well, hello there, Gary. I hadn’t expected a response to my profile so quickly. Thank you for your interest. Please, call me and let's get to know each other. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.” I typed in my phone number, hit the send button, sat back and waited for the phone to ring. I know it was a bit reckless for me to give out my phone number so early, but I was ready to do this. Besides, I’d had enough of this online crap to last me a lifetime, and cell phone numbers were easy enough to change if necessary.

3... 2... 1...ring. As if it were a scene written in a screenplay, the phone rang on cue. This was going to be easy. We chatted for a bit and made plans to meet at a restaurant near his office for dinner the following night.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review of "Hope Ignites" - Jaci Burton

When a movie crew asks to film on his cattle ranch, Logan McCormack doesn’t expect Desiree Jenkins, the young, sought-after star, to be so open, so down-to-earth, or so intimately interested in him. But the last thing a loner like Logan needs is a distraction like Des, who wouldn’t understand what it’s like to live peacefully off the land.

But it’s Logan who doesn’t understand. What Des wants is an escape from paparazzi and gossip columns, and she’s found it at Logan’s ranch. Now it’s up to her to prove that she’s like any other girl looking to be accepted for who she is. And she’s hoping that it’s by this real life cowboy who has everything it takes—and more—to give her the kind of happily ever after that can’t be found in the movies.

~ Review ~
Do you love cowboys?
Do you love when a woman takes charge and speaks her desires?
Oh yeah, I do too. 
I loved how Des flirted with Logan. Literally came out and said she wanted him in her bed. That is hot! 

Colt, her best friend and movie co-star, oh he was quite dreamy too. I hope him and his boyfriend Tony make appearances in future releases because I believe their story has just begun.

Heart rating system - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Author Showcase & GIVEAWAY CONTEST - Alicia Sparks

     1. Welcome, Alicia Sparks. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the reader’s a little about yourself? How you got your start in the writing business? 

     (Alicia) Hi. Thanks so much for having me here. I’m a Southern girl who doesn’t live in reality most of the time. I got my start by writing all the thousands of things that run through my head every day. Some people have imaginary friends. I write about mine. 

2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it. 

(Alicia) Ugh. Not very gracefully. I mostly mope. Then I get back on the proverbial horse. Usually when I get writer’s block with one project I switch to another one.

3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glamor. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time? 

(Alicia) Eating bon bons and shopping on Rodeo Drive. What do you mean it’s not glamorous? LOL. I have four boys, so they keep me busy.

4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts? 

(Alicia) My friends and family know that I write but I do try to keep everything separated. I teach high school. Before that, I taught college for twelve years (thank you higher ed cuts). The last thing I want is for my students to read my work!

5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten. 

(Alicia) All time favorite? Well I mentioned I taught college English, so I’ll start with the classics: Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville (his short stories are amazing), Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Chuck Palahniuk, Beartrice Small, Sandra Hill, Margaret Mitchell.

6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts? 

(Alicia) Everyone wants to see the Black Daggars on screen. We are obsessed with those books. So I would love to see that whole series make it to the big screen. I’d cast Jason Momoa as Wraith, Chris Hemsworth as “Hollywood,” Tom Hardy as Butch, Wentworth Miller as Zsadist, Tom Hiddleston as V. That’s as far as I’ve gotten. I’m sure there’s a part in there somewhere for Alex Pettyfer too.

(KAM) I'm a huge fan of the series, too!! 

7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further. 

(Alicia) I’m working on the follow up to Penalty Kill, called Sin Bin. I love hockey and I love hockey romance. I’m also working on book 3 in the Primitive Series, Timbre’s story, Primitive Craving. Soon, I’ll have a non traditional zombie romance called Soulbound 1: The Fallen.

8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order? 

(Alicia) I’m on Amazon. Primitive Fix, Primitive Need are the two Primitive books out now. Primitive Craving will be out soon. Penalty Kill is the first in the Memphis Mayhem series.

(Kam) Also available now!! 

 April 7, 2014

Start the Soulbound Series with Book 1 

When Genesis Martinez went into Lake Ponchartrain and died, her nightmare was just beginning. Resurrected and soulless, she falls victim to wandering souls seeking a body. Cassius Ramirez went into the Lake sixty years ago and knows he died, but when he woke up in the morgue, everything has changed. Something is killing people in New Orleans, and Cass knows he’s responsible. But when he meets Gen, he knows he will do anything to protect her. Cass isn’t the only man who feels a connection to Gen, and when his brother Craven catches her scent, all bets are off.

Detective Brick Parker has seen a lot of things in his years with New Orleans Police, but he's never seen anything quite like what's happening now. Bodies torn to shreds, brains missing, creatures roaming the night, victims with human teeth marks in their flesh. Worse of all, his partner, Jules, has been throwing around a Z word usually reserved for late night horror movies.

As creatures roam the streets of New Orleans, Gen's very existence is on the line. She's unleashed a creature unlike any other and now she may have to pay the ultimate price. There's a cure, but it may cost her even more than her soul.

9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you? 

(Alicia) I’m on facebook at thealiciasparks.

10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours. 

(Alicia) I love connecting with the fans and welcome messages, emails and of course reviews. I also want to know what kind of stories they want to see from me next. Thanks so much for the opportunity to stop by!

Ladies and gents, here's the part of the show where we announce the giveaway details.

If you don't know the drill, let me state the rules.

The contest will run until Saturday - midnight, central time. On Sunday, Alicia will announce the winner here on a comment and be in touch with you so have your account set to receive messages.

PRIMITIVE FIX – Meet two brothers, tiger shifters, and the women who bring out the beast in them.

Part 1 - Kenyon

Sage Villalobos has been destined to marry Kenyon Maddux since the day she was born. As the second-born in her wolf clan, she came into this world owing a debt to the family of shape-shifting tigers who rule the Louisiana swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin. Kenyon is the only man she’s ever wanted, the man who sets her blood on fire, but she’s tired of being indebted to his family for something she didn’t do. She wants him to choose her because he loves her, not because he owns her. When Kenyon’s brother, Nik, is taken prisoner, Kenyon turns to Sage for help. Using her unique skills, she knows she can help him free his brother, but there will be a price. If she agrees to do this, she wants Kenyon to release her from her debt. However, the only thing Kenyon wants to do is hold on to her and never let her go.
Part 2 - Nik
After months of captivity as part of a roadside attraction, Nik Maddux is finally able to escape. Injured and at death’s door, he makes his way through the swamp only to collapse near Juliette’s home. Juliette pulls the naked man into her cabin and begins nursing him back to health, marveling at the black stripes which cover his body and the feline features of his face. She knows he’s not quite human and realizes she may have found a kindred spirit, someone whose secrets are as deadly as her own. When Nik awakes, his attraction to Juliette is instant. While she heals his body, he wants to heal her soul. But danger is lurking in the swamp, and the longer they stay together, the more likely they are to lose everything.

**Content Warning: May contain graphic content and sexual situations. Intended for 18+ Audience

She looked up at him as soon as he stepped into the room, and his heart stopped. Faded blue jeans replaced her business skirt and a white tank top took the place of her button up shirt. She was sitting with her feet dangling off his bed, her lips parted, her chest rising and falling. Her hand immediately went to her throat and he could smell her arousal, could sense it from across the room. Whatever she thought about him, at this moment, she wanted him, and there was no way she could deny it.
Wordlessly, he stalked over to her, aware of the way his cock hardened beneath the towel, pretty sure she could see the evidence of what she was doing to him. When he stood over her, his legs spread, arms across his chest, she looked up at him, and he knew he could take her here and now. Could, but wouldn’t. Not yet. Not until he had driven her beyond crazy with longing for him, not until she had felt a portion of what he had felt all those years she had been gone.
“Feel better?” When the words came out, he didn’t miss the raspy tone of her voice, the way it was thick and needy, filled with the same kind of longing coursing through him.
“No. Just clean.” It only took one more step and he was standing between her legs, pushing her thighs apart to make room for his body.
“Shh. No words. I just want you to feel.”
She sucked in her breath when he reached out and pulled her flush against him, her core connecting with the towel, connecting with what was under the towel, sending a growl through his body that ended up vibrating from his lips. His hands still on her hips, he leaned forward and pressed his forehead to hers, his eyes holding her the entire way. Her tongue darted out across her bottom lip, and it took every bit of strength he had not to nip it with his teeth, show her the alpha beast he had living inside him. But he didn’t. Instead, he let the rumbling in his throat do the talking for him, the purring sound filling the room, surrounding them both.
When he felt her shiver beneath him, he knew he had her, knew she was his. She could talk about freedom and family tradition and wanting to let go all she wanted, but he knew she was his and she would never be able to walk away from what they had.
“Get off me.” Her hands were on his chest, pushing against him, but the movement wasn’t very spirited. She couldn’t have swatted a fly away with that gentle touch, but it was enough to cause his cock to jerk in reaction.
“Not until you admit that you’ve missed me.” He nuzzled against her ear with his lips, resisting the urge to take the lobe between his teeth and bite her, demand her submission. It was part of their mating ritual, of what they had always done, of how they had always been. She remembered. The way her body was calling out to him, her scent permeating his brain, he knew she remembered and wanted him as badly as he wanted her.
“If I admit it, will you go away?” Her nails grazed against his shoulder, her actions in opposition to everything she was saying. A low moan escaped her throat, followed by a gasp, as if she had stopped herself—or tried to stop herself—from reacting to him.
“You’ll never get rid of me. Even if you live to be a hundred and you disappear into the Colorado wilderness, I will always be part of you.” He nipped her ear this time and was rewarded with another gasp, another moan. “You want me, Sage. You haven’t seen me for three years and your body needs me like it needs to breathe

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review of "NYPD Red 2" - James Patterson

NYPD Red—the task force attacking the most extreme crimes in America's most extreme city—hunts a killer who is on an impossible mission.

A vigilante serial killer is on the loose in New York City, tracking down and murdering people whose crimes have not been punished. The number of victims grows, and many New Yorkers secretly applaud the idea of justice won at any price.

NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald are put on the case when a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections disappears. Zach and Kylie have to find what's really behind this murderer's rampage while political and personal secrets of the highest order hang in the balance. But Kylie has been acting strange recently—and Zach knows whatever she's hiding could threaten the biggest case of their careers.


It's getting harder and harder for me to review JP books. Why? Well, he seems to be missing the crucial "mystery" in his mystery books. In this story, we knew exactly who were the Hazmat killers. 

For fans of JP, do you remember "Cat and Mouse" and "Jack and Jill"? 

Those he wrote with suspense. I miss that. 

Since I had to leave a review on a negative note, I will say this...... I'm happy to see Zach and Cheryl are moving forward in their relationship. They are a fun, sexy couple. 

Heart rating system - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤

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