Friday, August 15, 2014

Wide Awake in the Dreamscape by Georgi Bond #Interview

Wide Awake in the Dreamscape
Wide Awake in the Dreamscape
by Georgi Bond




“It’s not a game if it’s real.” 

Unlike her brother Alfie, 12-year-old Lily is not at all interested in video games. But when she wakes up in
the middle of the night trapped in another world where monsters from nightmares are real, Lily has no
choice but to immerse herself in a world far different from anything she knows. Lily must learn the rules
and play the game. An unsuspecting Lily is suddenly transported into the Dreamscape, which is overrun by monsters from Colony, the latest online gaming craze which Alfie is entranced by. Why does this
shimmering, digital dreamland feel equally familiar and strange to Lily, as well as extremely dangerous?
Inside the Dreamscape, Lily meets twins Felix and Serena, who are also prisoners of the game and have lost their brother to Colony. The threesome learns that Colony lures players in and takes over their minds, filling them with horrifying nightmares. Their brothers are possessed by “dreamons”, cunning and evil monsters from Colony. Lily realizes that it might be possible for video games to shatter the boundaries of time and space in order to invade the deepest recesses of the human mind. If Lily and the twins can’t find a way to defeat the dreamons, millions of Colony players, including their brothers, could soon find themselves
enslaved to the game they set out to enjoy.

Wide Awake in the Dreamscape pits human friendship and courage against the dark fusion of nightmares
and technology in a way readers have never seen before. This fresh, action-packed story for older children
questions the ethics of technological progression and further explores our modern fears over the exposure
of our young people to bullying. Georgi Bond’s ambitious narrative serves as a necessary warning to
children and adults alike that the Internet can prove to be just as treacherous as it is revolutionary, and
reminds us that one unkind act might be all it takes to breed very real and terrible consequences in both
our world and the digital realm. Wide Awake in the Dreamscape is a must-read for kids looking for an
intelligent, thought-provoking sci-fi fantasy novel.



Georgi Bond was raised in rural Devon, England before going on to study archaeology
and conduct postgraduate research at Durham University. Bond has worked as a technical writer, marketing
copywriter and copy editor. Her current home is the one she built for herself in Riga, Latvia, where she lives
with her family. Wide Awake in the Dreamscape by Georgi Bond (published by Clink Street Publishing, RRP
$9.99 paperback, RRP $3.99 ebook) is available online at retailers including amazon.com and can be
ordered from all good bookstores. For more information, please visit: www.GeorgiBond.com.

For a review copy or to request an interview, please contact:
Diana Rissetto, Marketing and Publicity Executive / diana@authoright.com / 646-664-4272





Tell us about your new book.

In Wide Awake in the Dreamscape, a young online gaming community collides with a magical world populated by nightmare monsters. Three tweens are plunged into danger as they find themselves trapped in this mysterious and hostile world. They must fight to survive, and find a way to reverse the deadly and hypnotic spell cast over the gamers. As time runs out, they soon discover that there’s much more at stake than just their own lives.



What genre is it?

Fantasy, middle readers / junior fiction, age 9-12



What kind of readers will it appeal to?

The story appeals to boys who are into computers and gaming, and who enjoy a good fast-paced adventure story with lots of fighting action. So far, it’s proven most popular with girls, who connect with Lily and Serena and relate to their blossoming friendship. It appeals to girls who enjoy a magical mystery adventure with a fast and exciting pace. If you like a story that is imaginative, original, modern, exciting and fast-paced, you’ll like my book.



Tell us a bit more about your main characters.

The main character is a young girl called Lily. She is shy, reserved, serious and very caring. Her love for her younger brother, Alfie, gives her amazing inner strength and personal growth as the story progresses. In trying to rescue him, she finds the courage to face and overcome mortal danger, whilst also tackling her own fears and insecurities along the way.



How much of your—or the person you wish you were—is in your main character?

Lily doesn’t run away from unpleasant or frightening situations. I wish I could say the same for myself!



Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve worked as a technical writer, copywriter, content writer and copy editor. But I never felt creatively satisfied. My mind kept wandering back to my childhood dream of writing a novel, so I took a career break and dived straight in. Wide Awake in the Dreamscape is the result. I’m also a yoga teacher, with a passion for all things connected with health and nutrition, and I’m particularly interested in raw-veganism and the healing power of foods.

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What’s next?

I’m currently working on the sequel to Wide Awake in the Dreamscape






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Right Song by Shane Morgan #Prologue #DreamCast

Book Blast: The Right Song by Shane Morgan

A young girl hopes to conquer her fears and experience the full force of love and music.


Release date: July 31st 2014
Publisher: TSW Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon

Pain never truly goes away, until you find something deeper and meaningful that cures the heart and fills it with love. That is what eighteen-year-old Aurora desperately wants to believe. That somehow her music can save her, or even touch the unreachable heart of the guy she has liked for years. Rora yearns for his attention and wants to experience this so-called love that could possibly end her long suffering and inspire her to chase after her dreams. In deeply understanding the feelings of others and herself, will Aurora give up on ever finding true happiness, or will an intriguing soul teach her about the greatest song ever written?

 

  About the Author
Shane Morgan is a twenty-something bestselling author of Young Adult and New Adult Fiction. Shane lives in the beautiful town of Narragansett, Rhode Island, where she spends her days blogging, reading, and escaping in her stories.



The crowd roars. Some chant my name while others sing the lyrics to the song that brought me to this moment. It sets off a wild party of butterflies in my stomach. My heart starts racing and my knees shake. The music rises throughout the arena—my cue to take the stage.
I look behind at the guy that inspired me to reach this point, giving his hand a soft squeeze. He smiles, then nods approvingly for me to go for it.
A wave of confidence washes over my body; I slip out of the safety of his grasp and walk out in front of the many eager fans waiting to hear me sing.
Taking center stage, I clasp my hands around the microphone stand, close my eyes, and inhale a deep breath.
As the electrifying guitar riffs blast off, accompanied by the haunting melodies of the keyboard, I part my lips and allow the words to seep out of my heart.
I open my eyes to glance over the crowd. A smile makes its way to my lips as I notice they’re singing along with me.
We escape into the lyrics, united in this moment of bliss. It warms my heart, knowing I’ve touched theirs.
This is why I’ve worked so hard. I’m here now. And it’s only the beginning.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan -

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The Cinderella Theorem
By Kristee Ravan

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The Cinderella Theorem (The Lily Sparrow Chronicles)The Cinderella Theorem
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #1)
by Kristee Ravan
YA Urban Fantasy
Paperback, 367 pages
March 17th 2014


Fairy tales are naturally non-mathematical. That is a fact, and fifteen-year-old Lily Sparrow loves factual, mathematical logic. So when her mother confesses that Lily?s deceased father is (a) not dead, (b) coming to dinner, and (c) the ruler of a fairy tale kingdom accessible through the upstairs bathtub, Lily clings to her math to help her make sense of this new double life (1 life in the real world + 1 secret life in the fairy tale world = a double life).

Even though it?s not mathematical, Lily finds herself being pulled into a mystery involving an unhappy Cinderella, a greasy sycophant called Levi, and a slew of vanishing fairy tale characters. Racing against the clock, with a sound mathematical plan, Lily attempts to save her fairy tale friends while proving that normality = happiness.


Excerpt

     Mom smiled at me. "How was school?"
     "Not enough math." I munched a pretzel. "What time are we going out tonight?"
     "Going out?" Mom's voice was quieter, distracted. She was sinking back into her novel.
     "For dinner? For my birthday?"
     Eyes fixed on her computer screen, she answered, "No. Matt is bringing dinner."
     "Matt? Matt who?" I quickly ran a mental index of my mother's friends, acquaintances, and contacts for a Matt.
     Mom gasped, covered her mouth with her hand, and mumbled, "Oh! It was supposed to be a surprise! What am I?"
     "Mom!" I grabbed her shoulders, crushing a pretzel in my palm. "Stop. Who is Matt? Explain logically."
     She nodded. "Okay. Let's sit down." She led the way to the living room, and sat beside me on the couch, patting me on the back. "The thing is, Lily, I don't want to explain too much without your father. He..."
     "Wait. What?" I interrupted. "My father?"
     "Oh! Fiddlesticks! I did it again! Matt's going to kill me. I do fine for fifteen years and blow it on the last day. Why am I?"
     "Mom!"
     "Right. Well," she took a breath. "To begin, I should say that your father is not dead."
     "But, he is dead. You told me that he died, that the train he was on hit a cow."[i]
     "No, Sweetie." She patted my knee. "He's not dead. He is alive and he's coming to dinner."
     "I don't understand. The train wrecked, the cow died, Dad died. You showed me the news story."
     Mom sighed. (Why is she sighing? Did she think that I would automatically understand? Did I miss the Lily, your dad is not dead memo?) "There was a train wreck, a cow did die. And it was on the news. But your father was not on the train."
     I took a deep breath. "Okay. Where was he?"
     "He wants to explain all this to you, and he should be the one to do it. Can we just leave it at: he's not dead, and he's coming to dinner tonight?"
     "Why did you tell me he was dead?"
     "It was safer for everyone if you thought that. But, Lily, your father can explain this a lot better than me." She stood up. 'Now, I need to work on getting the prince to fall in love with the princess, and you should probably get your homework done before dinner. I'm sure you're going to have a lot to talk about with your dad." She turned to go back to the office.
       Are you kidding me? That's the end of the conversation?




[i] If I seem a little slow to understand what my mom is telling me, keep in mind that fifteen years of believing my dad is dead is greater than 3 minutes of hearing he is alive.

Kristee Ravan
Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, "I want to be a writer when I grow up." She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected - in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Shadows in the Curtain by Cami Checketts - a bookblast!!



Every stage actress wants fans, but what happens when one goes too far?
Emmy has the perfect life— a house on the beach, a successful career headlining the local theater, and love. But when a brutal murder brings unimaginable grief, Emmy’s world comes crashing down. As she tries to pick up the pieces, she can’t seem to avoid Josh, the new fireman in town.
Emmy does her best to fight the sizzle in her chest when Josh is near. But with the stalker still out there, terrorizing her and those she cares about, she can’t fall for anyone—especially Josh, a suspect in the murder investigation.
If Emmy allows a man to get close, it’s not just her heart she puts at risk, it’s her life.

“Cami Checketts can spin a tale like no other. Love, suspense, thrills, she has it all, and Shadows in the Curtain is no exception. What a thrill ride! I highly recommend this book. 10 stars!!”
Sherry Gammon, author of the Port Fare Series
“I’m a sucker for the exciting parts, and this book has scenes that had my eyes racing my heart to the end of each page!”
 Amanda Tru, author of the Yesterday Series

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Cami Checketts' books Poison Me and The Colony are only $.99 for the length of the Shadows in the Curtain blog tour -August 4th - 9th.

Poison Me 
Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.
But secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.
The Colony
To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.
Lance, Brinlee's attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.
While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.


Excerpt from Shadows in the Curtain

Timothy stuck to her side while people surged passed with compliments, hand squeezes, and the occasional hug. Emmy searched every eye, but only saw excitement from a fun performance or weariness from sitting too long. If anyone had murder in mind, he was as good at putting on a fake face as she was. 
No one piqued her curiosity. Until he came. She had no clue what his name was, but the past few weeks she’d seen him almost every morning at the gym. He was much too good-looking, with his rippling muscles and deep blue eyes. She always avoided looking directly at him, though she knew that was as obvious an indicator of her attraction as staring would be. She couldn’t avoid him now. 
The wide entryway, which featured plush, faded carpet and wood-planked walls, shrank as he drew nearer. The babble of the crowd faded. He reached for her hand, staring deep into her eyes. Her hand fitted itself into his like he was a magnet. Her entire body leaned toward him. 
“You were amazing. So passionate.” He smiled and the room swayed.
Emmy was quite sure the passion she experienced right now had nothing to do with singing or acting. She should draw away but couldn’t force herself to. “Thank you,” she managed, embarrassed by the huskiness of her voice as she tried to catch a breath.
The crowd pressed forward, and he was forced to release her hand and move to the side. His blonde date gushed over Emmy for a second, and then they were gone. 
Emmy continued greeting other patrons but couldn’t forget the allure of his blue eyes. He didn’t seem like the creepy stalker type, but she had to wonder. Could he be the one sending the notes?

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Guest Post #Writing Elixir by Ted Galdi

Welcome to Colorimetry...

Elixir
Elixir
by Ted Galdi

Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy. However, Sean wishes he could just be normal.

But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.

For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he’s 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.

Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.


Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ofmjw5SC_I
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21947952-elixir
Three-chapter preview: http://www.elixirthebook.com/preview.html
Advance reviews: http://www.elixirthebook.com/reviews.html


Balancing Plot, Relatability, and Message

The three major components of the quality of any novel are plot, relatability, and message.  Unfortunately, there is no optimum formula for weighing and mixing them, which is why so many books fall flat.  Here is what each means:

·         Plot = The events happening in the world of the story.  Ex: a crook preparing to rob a bank.

·         Relatability = The ability for the reader to emotionally connect with the characters involved in the book’s events, and thus, care about the plot.  Ex:  we find out the crook is robbing the bank because he needs the money to pay for his son’s college education.

·         Message = The implied commentary on the “world” that the author makes at the end of the story, based on how things have settled plot-wise.  Ex: the crook gets killed during the robbery, which stresses the universal message: Crime doesn’t pay, even if your intentions are good.  On the other hand, if the robber were to get away clean, pay the tuition bills, and then safely retire from his criminal past, the message would be quite different: Crime may be worthwhile if the ends justify the means.

Clearly, all three of the components are intertwined.  The success of the “message” depends directly on the end state of the “plot,” and the only way people care about the plot – and finish the story – is if “relatability” is built into the characters.  Many books do a great job with one of the components, maybe two, however, unless all three are working in harmony, the net effect is always underwhelming.

For instance, we’ve all read a mystery where we’re dying to turn each page and can’t wait to find out what happens next.  However, once we get to that final page, and we find out “whodunnit,” the book immediately leaves our minds; we can’t even remember the name of the protagonist the next morning.  Stories like these do a good job with plot, but fail with relatability and message.

Moreover, we’ve all been recommended a book with funny and quirky contemporary characters we fall in love with.  However, though their jokes may be great and they remind us of people we know in real life – maybe even ourselves – it doesn’t seem like they’re actually doing much but sitting around and talking, even if what they’re saying is interesting.  These books are high on relatability, but low and plot and message.

Finally, we’ve all had an experience with a well-intentioned book aimed at tackling some major social issue.  It makes big, sweeping claims for a moral revolution, however, by the end, we’re just not that motivated to get behind the cause.  We got the feeling we weren’t experiencing characters in their own world, but rather, listening to the author talk to us directly in his or her own words.  Though these books may be putting forward a great message, it doesn’t have any bite because we haven’t been convinced of it by the actions of characters we care about – hence, a lot of message, but no plot or relatability.

Yes, certain genres of novels lend themselves more toward certain components, and it may be difficult for authors to blend each.  However, truly great books – from any category – are able to find a distinct harmony among the three.

When a story is able to succeed with the right balance, the results are extraordinary.  For instance, Kurt Vonnegut does a terrific job achieving equilibrium between the three with his classic, Slaughterhouse-Five.  Not only does the plot move fast and through various interesting, unique settings, but we care deeply for our innocent/crazy/regretful/hopeful hero, Billy Pilgrim, throughout all the action.  By the time the story ends, Vonnegut’s message about war is crystal clear and powerful.  And that message – and the book itself – has had a lasting effect on generations.



Ted Galdi is the author of the novel Elixir, to be released in Summer 2014.  Learn more at www.elixirthebook.com.


Elixir is Ted Galdi's first novel. He's a graduate of Duke University. Currently he's twenty-nine years old and lives in Los Angeles. He can be contacted at ted@elixirthebook.com.

Author bio: http://www.elixirthebook.com/author.html
iHeartRadio author interview: http://www.spreaker.com/user/arroe/author-ted-galdi-elixir
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/elixirthebook

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Guest Interview Post: Whip Smart by Kit Brennan #SexyRomp


Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards (Whip Smart, #1)
Whip Smart
Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards
by Kit Brennan

A wild and sexy romp through history based on the real-life adventures of the audacious Lola Montez. It is 1842, London, and the gorgeous, ever-capricious 22-year-old Eliza Gilbert, (aka Lola Montez) is in deep trouble and seeks escape from a divorce trial. Desperate to be free, Lola accepts an alluring offer of a paid trip to Spain, if she will only fulfill a few tasks for Juan de Grimaldi—a Spanish theatre impresario who is also a government agent and spy for the exiled Spanish queen, Maria Cristina. Lola soon finds herself in Madrid, undercover as a performer in a musical play. But when she falls dangerously in love with the target, General Diego de Léon, Lola becomes a double agent and the two hatch a plot of their own. Disaster strikes when the plot is exposed, Diego is captured, and Lola is forced to flee on horseback to France, with a dangerous group of Loyalists in hot pursuit.


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Interview with Kit Brennan:

What got you into writing?
I started out as an actor, and had been working professionally for a number of years when I was asked to write a play for children, to be toured through elementary schools. It sounded like fun, so I gave it a go. At the same time, I was becoming interested in the thought of writing plays for adults, partly prompted by my desire to write some really good roles for women. So I did a Masters of Fine Arts in Playwriting and by the time I’d finished that, I realized that I’d become more interested in writing than I was in acting. I’ve worked as a playwright for almost twenty years, and my plays have been produced across Canada and internationally. I teach playwriting and storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal. I became very curious about writing fiction after I’d written a short play about Lola Montez and realized that her particular voice and her adventures were more suited to the broader canvas of a novel. So I dove in.

What is your new book about and what inspired you to write it?
Whip Smart: Lola Montez Starts a Revolution is the third novel in my Whip Smart: The Lola Montez Series. They are Victorian-era adventure novels starring a feisty heroine (based on the real historical figure Lola Montez), with lots of derring-do, romance, thrills and comedy. This one encompasses the historical Lola’s most notorious adventure: becoming the mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, gaining the title of Countess of Landsfeld, and possibly igniting the Revolution of 1848.

The inspiration for the series goes way back, and has two sparks. As a teenager, I came across the character of Lola in George MacDonald Fraser’s second Flashman book, Royal Flash. I thought she was really funny and intriguing. In that book (and the film, Flashman, with Malcolm McDowell), Lola Montez is first seen practicing in a field with a sabre. In another scene, she beds Flashy, with a hairbrush as a spanking accessory. I loved Fraser’s novels, every hilarious one of them, and later thought that it would be great fun to write a kind of ‘female Flashman’.

Lola herself is the other inspiration. When I starting looking into her life, I’d often find belittling comments: “she was a terrible dancer,” “she had no talent,” “she was a gold-digging slut,” etc. This made me think a lot about what it must have felt like to be a gutsy, adventurous woman in strait-laced Victorian society. I wanted to write from her point of view, as an energetic, enthusiastic and amorous young person – like any other healthy creature, be it kitten or puppy or colt – filled with confidence and a bit of swagger and the desire to use her body to its fullest. Then she trips up, gets into trouble, and begins to learn… As the years go on, she gets knocked down, and gets back up, but she doesn’t succumb to despair. Lola, as a character, keeps dusting herself off and facing the obstacles, with courage and joie de vivre. I love that. Living like that is so much harder than it looks.

What are the challenges to being a writer? And what are the benefits? Have things changed lately?

There are lots of challenges! Finding your voice is one, finding the story that is burning to be written by you and nobody else but you is another. Then there’s getting published, finding the audience, etc. I think the benefits of being a writer are largely internal. The ability to live more than one life is a big one. Not that I don’t enjoy my own – I do! But it’s exciting to put yourself in the shoes of someone else, whether real or fictional, and to walk (or dance, or ride) with them, learn how they feel about different experiences, and also to try to reveal why they might feel that way—especially if it’s very different from the way you view the world yourself. You can’t carry a grudge against a character and have them feel fully-rounded: it’s crucial that you get inside each of their skins, for at least a little while, to find out what makes them tick. Everyone has a reason or a justification for what they do. And that can be eye-opening.

In the book world lately, things have changed enormously and very quickly. For authors and readers, ebooks are exciting developments—my series will be available much longer and is more easily found. I’m still getting used to the new world of technology, social media, and so on—but I like it!

What advice can you offer to struggling writers?
A great piece of advice from American playwright Marsha Norman goes like this: Don’t write about your present, write about your past—write about something that made you angry or afraid, and that, in all the time since it happened, you haven’t been able to forget. There’s power in those strong emotions. She’s right in that if we write about something that’s happening to us in the present, we often don’t have enough perspective on it and the writing will get vague and mushy, or sentimental, or trying to conceal something (perhaps from ourselves) and therefore not truthful.

You’ve also got to be passionately interested in your idea over a long, long period of time. You have to want to spend time with these characters, day after day after day, through all the rewrites as well as the initial inspiration. They’ve got to be that fascinating to you. You need to be in love with them—the bad guys as much as the good. You can hardly wait to see them again tomorrow!

What comes first, the plot or the characters?
For me, the initial spark is almost always a character. Maybe it’s because of my initial training in the theatre as an actor. But then, of course, you have to create something gripping and exciting and consequential for them to do, so plot follows along pretty quickly. I’ve never been a fan of plays or books where the characters just observe and describe. I like action.

Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb
Although Lola’s affair with King Ludwig I of Bavaria has gone down in the history books as something to be laughed at because of the age difference and Lola’s ‘gold digging’ repute, in fact, in my research I found a very sweet man, and a woman who longed to be loved.

Describe your writing space
I’m really lucky because in the summertime, when I’m usually struggling my way through a first draft, I can go down to the waterfront where we have a miraculous little cabin. There’s a rickety electric line that connects me to the internet and the wide world, but otherwise, I look out over the lake, hear the loons calling, watch the cloud formations, and dream Lola’s world. From the cabin, I can be in Madrid or Paris or Munich or San Francisco—and still go home for lunch with my sweetie.


What are you passionate about these days?

It’s the summertime, so… Hummingbirds!

Kit Brennan was born in Vancouver and grew up in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is a nationally produced award-winning playwright, and teaches playwriting and storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. The Victorian era and its personalities have always been a big interest for Kit. Her play Tiger's Heart explores the life of Dr. James Barry, who was a woman who lived her life disguised as a man in order to practice medicine, which was not an option open to women at the time. Kit divides her time between the vibrant city of Montreal and the quiet wilds and beautiful lakes of Ontario with her husband Andrew and a variety of animal friends. Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards ​is her first novel.


www.kitbrennan.com (website)

facebook for the series is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whip-Smart-The-Lola-Montez-Series-by-Kit-Brennan/370752359674993

Monday, August 4, 2014

Grand Finale: Reese's Cowboy Kiss by Kimberly Krey #TourAtAGlance #PrismBookTours

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The Sweet Montana Bride Series by Kimberly Krey is complete at last! Reese’s Cowboy Kiss is available now on kindle or paperback. Did you get a chance to check out the tour and enter the $100 Amazon gift card? If not, go check them out now!

Launch - The Emerson Brothers
Some of you have already read Cassie and Shane’s love story. Some have read Jade and Gavin’s tale too. Now for the first and final book of the series. That’s right – first chronologically, and final in order of release. In Reese’s Cowboy Kiss you’ll find out just how Reese and Blake’s romance begins. From that first, tender kiss to the conflict that threatens to tear them apart, their story is filled with passion, romance, and action too.

Kelly P's Blog - Interview
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Reese: Genuine, Tender-hearted, Flirtatious, Spunky, Charming
Blake: Loyal, Hard-working, Honest, Masculine, Passionate


It has been an absolute pleasure to read comments about the setting for my Sweet Montana Bride Series. Emerson Ranch has willing protectors, welcoming folks, and all the beauty a land can possess. Oh, and let’s not forget about the good-looking cowboys...

I Am A Reader - Dream Cast
As a writer, I know just what my characters look like. Sometimes I can picture a certain actor who fits the bill, other times it requires a little more thought. With Reese Taylor, it was easy. She’s a Texan pageant girl who defies the stereotype in many ways. She’s loving, kind, and looks for the best in others. While she’s beautiful and bold and loves to flirt with the guys, at twenty-four years old, Reese has never been in love.

"The romance in this book is sweet and clean (with much kissing!), and the suspense near the end of the book is very exciting. The main characters in the book are well-written and the secondary characters are good supporting cast members. The story is a quick, cute read."

Musings of Immortals - Spotlight

Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima - Recipe for Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket
In the Sweet Montana Bride Series, the Emersons like to welcome newcomers with a nice, big meal. So when Reese came with a family recipe of her own, they were thrilled to serve up the savory beef brisket. In the book I refer to it as Texan BBQ, but I always had this delicious dish in mind. It is one of my favorites, and definitely worth trying at home.

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
Yes, actually! I’ll be doing a few novellas connected to the Sweet Montana Bride Series. The first one, Rough Edges, is about Allie (the Emerson Brothers’ cousin). After her divorce, she reconnects with her ex-husband’s old high school friend, Braden Fox. Braden is a carpenter, and though he has always liked Allie, he has hard feelings about Allie picking Terrance over him. It’s called Rough Edges, and it will be about Braden’s ability to smooth out the past.

Wishful Endings - Review
"If you're looking for romance with some suspense and plenty of laughs and sizzle, then you'll definitely like Reese's Cowboy Kiss."

"I loved this book and I recommend it to everyone that likes a clean romance with a dash of angst, a cupful of looming danger, and a whole lot of cowboys."

"Loved this book! Romance and suspense! Well written and easy to follow. Clean little romance that you will love as well!"

"This book is everything I love–clean romance, mystery, comedy–all rolled into one. And I can honestly say that this book is just a notch below my favorite."

The Written Adventure - Dodging An Unwanted Kiss
"We all know what it’s like to go out on a date only to find the chemistry isn’t quite what we hoped for. But what if our date has a different view? What if, at the end of the evening, he leans in for a goodnight kiss? In Reese’s Cowboy Kiss, Reese, our Texan bombshell, has to deal with this very dilemma when Rowdy, one of the ranch hands, asks her out. Sadly, she’s already fallen for the foreman of the ranch, Blake Emerson, so the guy doesn’t stand a chance."

Sarah's StoryLines - “Helping” Him Notice
Relationships can be rather tricky at times. Men are often clueless as to the time and attention we women need. In novel Reese’s Cowboy Kiss, Reese realizes the truth of this when Blake, the man watching over her in witness protection, spends hours late into the night out on the land. And though the two have had a connection, he continues to leave her to either eat alone, or go against his wishes and invite the ranch hands to join her for dinner.

"I loved watching the romance blossom and the suspenseful element was fantastic! I was on edge reading through those parts--very romantic and very creepy. The author did a great job in drawing me completely into the story."

Southern Chelle - Review
"I loved this book! I’m a huge sucker for a good cowboy/country/western book anyway, but Reese’s Cowboy Kiss was an absolutely amazing read!"

Bookworm Lisa - Review
"Kimberly Krey does an amazing job at creating a story that is fun and entertaing. Reese's personality takes the cuteness and fun factor for a female MC to a fantastic level."

Reese's Cowboy Kiss (Sweet Montana Bride Series #1)
Reese's Cowboy Kiss
(Sweet Montana Bride #1)
by Kimberly Krey

Adult Romance
Paperback, 307 Pages
May 13th 2014 by Candle House Publishing

Texan pageant winner, Reese Taylor, has a former classmate who wants her dead. Now she must leave her friends and family to enter a protection program on Emerson Ranch. A group of good-looking cowboys awaits her, but Reese has her eye on Blake Emerson, the one man too busy with the ranch to give her a chance.

Blake Emerson has no time to go lookin’ for love. He’s got a ranch to run, positions to fill, and an ache in his heart from love gone wrong. So when he agrees to harbor a witness to help on the ranch, Blake assumes his first two problems are solved. But he never dreamed his new guest would be a woman. One he was destined to lose his heart to.

With sparks burning hot and danger around the bend, one question lingers in his mind: Has he only added to his list of troubles, or has Blake just found the woman of his dreams?

*While this book is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing and a few mild curse words.*



Other Books in the Sweet Montana Bride Series:
Jade's Cowboy Crush (Sweet Montana Bride Series #2) Cassie's Cowboy Crave (Sweet Montana Bride, #1)
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About Kimberly Krey

Image of Kimberly KreyI'm a writer of contemporary clean romance, a lover of home, family, & friends, & the ultimate hater of laundry.

A few of my favorite things: Diet Coke, Cafe Rio, and novels by Marcia Lynn McClure.

I do not go anywhere without: SoftLips Chapstick and Altoids Smalls.


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Friday, August 1, 2014

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Title:  Highland Honor
Author:   Angela Ashton
Published:  November 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Word Count:   119,000
Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended Age:  17+
Synopsis:
Darius MacDuff was at his zenith in the midst of a raging battle. He never expected his home would one day become his most treacherous battlefield…nor would his most lethal opponent come in the form of a shapely siren. Delicious deception, her weapon of choice.
Rival Scottish Clans. An ancient relic. One has possession. The other will stop at nothing to obtain it…
The honorable Clan MacDuff has protected the coveted relic for centuries. When rival Clan MacAlpin discovers the eldest brother of the MacDuff is to take a wife, their scheming materializes in the form of deceit as they kidnap Alick MacDuff’s betrothed and send their sister in her place.
Tegan MacAlpin has no choice but to pretend to want to be bride to her blood enemy. But once inside Castle MacDuff she fears her ability to procure the relic before Darius, Alick’s dangerously handsome and highly suspicious younger brother, discovers her treachery. When all is said and done, will she remain loyal to her clan in hopes of claiming her long-sought freedom, or bend to the bidding of a forbidden nemesis? In the end, it all comes down to a question of honor…

Excerpt from Highland Honor by Angela Ashton:
Something unmistakably lethal shadowed his eyes. Something only a fool would ignore. His austere gaze could turn rock to ash. What the hell was he about? Alick's laugh lacked any signs of humor. His eyes never left Darius as he addressed her, "Forgive my brother, m'lady. Dari has been far too long painting the bonny moors of Scotland with enemy blood and forgets his manners in the presence of a lady." There was no dismissing the subtle warning underlying his tone, though the smirk that flashed across Darius' face told her he planned to do just that. Tegan dare not look directly at Alick for fear he'd read the horrid fascination in her eyes. Surely he couldn't detest it any more than she. As if she could stop gaping starry-eyed at his wayward brother. If such extraordinary power were within her grasp, it lay dormant beneath a heavy cloak of fear-laced awe. She did, however, make the mistake of looking at the human magnet and flinched at the violent collision. The knowing leer on his face spoke enough volume to stuff a library from floor to rafters with cynical tomes. He'd seen the lust in her eyes as surely as she'd felt the seed take root and fester in her treacherous bosom. He was T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

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About the Author:
As a child award-winning author Angela Ashton pulled anyone that would listen into her world of fantasy. Her love of the written language led to the desire to write her own novel. Her first labor of love, Amulet of Fate, combined her love of Scottish historical, time travel, and paranormal romances. Angela continues to write in an array of genres and has received rave reviews for her works. Happy to teeter between two worlds, she lives in the Midwest with her family and personal petting zoo by day…slipping into the enchanted land of tall, dark and handsome by night!
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Title:  Dreams in Green
Author:   K. D. Fisk
Published:  March 2012
Publisher:  Champagne Book Group
Word Count:   54,000
Genre:  Historical Romance
Content Warning:  PG-13
Synopsis:
With the death of her father, Lenna Keith is trapped between a king’s command and a land hungry guardian. Her luck improves none as she flees and winds up at the mercy of the Gunns, the very clan seeking to destroy her family, but, looking into the eyes of their Laird, her heart rebels at the thought that this man is her adversary.
Alax Gunn is intrigued by this spirited woman but mostly by the fact that she mirrors someone who has haunted him since youth. Curiosity and mistrust turn to attraction and desire, but swiftly she becomes so much more to him. What all will he sacrifice to keep Lenna safe and in his arms? Will a love between two destined enemies bring an end to a feud or to two ancient clans of Scotland?
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Excerpt from Dreams in Green by K. D. Fisk:
She let out what may have been meant to be a harsh laugh. “I should have taken you up on your offer of whiskey.” A tense, tight pain lodged in his chest. “It’s an open offer, lass. Take some now.” She shook her head. “After. Please. The water.” He secured the basin in her unsteady hands. She poured slowly over the wound. Old blood washed away and new came in its place. She set the water aside then bent her knee. A sharp cry escaped. He pressed the fresh bandages into her hand, and with eyes tightly shut, she began to wrap. Around and around she wrapped until no new blood showed through. Finally, she tied it off and collapsed back down on the bed. Eventually, a relieved smile blessed her pale, tense features. Streaks from tears ran down her cheeks. When had they fallen? Alax hadn’t seen her shed a one. She looked like an exhausted angel, one who’d taken a long tumble. He picked up the basin and knife, setting them aside. He reached to get a spare scrap she’d not used. Her soft hand stopped atop his. “Thank you.” He froze, not daring to move. “For what?” She slowly scooted down more until her head touched the pillow. “For helping me.” He covered her hand with his other. “Lass, an errand boy could have done what I did. " She carefully shook her head. “No, only you.” He watched her eyes begin to close. Her breathing slowed. A worry suddenly shivered through him. He caressed her knuckles then laid that hand on her chest. “Lenna?” Her name rolled off his tongue like song. Her eyes fluttered open. “Aye?” Her silky voice was just above a whisper. Alax cleared his throat. “No matter what you’re running from, you’re safe with me.” That soft smile started then she gave a slight nod, her eyelids lowering again. Her mouth began moving and he leaned closer to hear her whispered words. “…live to see the day, a Gunn could be so kind.” He felt the corners of his mouth turn up. Cheeky lass, even bone weary and half asleep, she sassed. His lips flattened and he sat back straight. Could that saucy tongue be why she’d been beaten? He knew women could be killed for less. The thought of how she’d gotten her bruises, the marks on her arm ran his blood cold. He was drawn to wipe loose strands of hair from her face. “You’re safe here, Hellenna inghean William, but who are you hiding from?”
 
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About the Author:
Dreams in Green is my first published novel. I’ve always loved the written word, stories and history. I live in Missouri with my soulmate, two overgrown puppies, two insane cats, and a small herd of guinea pigs. My writing has only just begun; the adventure of stories is my never ending addiction.
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Title:  Highland Promise
Series:  Sisters by Choice #2
Author:  Mary McCall
Published:  January 2012
Publisher:   Champagne Book Group
Word Count: 107,000
Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended Age:  16+ 
Synopsis:
Ordered by King Alexander to wed an Englishwoman, Laird Brendan Sutherland heads to England to find and wed the sister of his best friend’s wife to settle a debt. He intends to beget a few heirs and forget the lass. He has no use for love, and among his clanswomen, he is known as Stoneheart.
After being falsely accused of the Sin of Eve when she was twelve, Lady Faith of Hawkhurst hides her beauty beneath a hideous disguise. Due to a despicable penance given by a zealot priest, she believes she must enter a convent and live a life of penance or suffer perpetual damnation.
Learning her brother intends to ambush an approaching Highland party, Faith intercepts Brendan and his men and asks their aid in reaching the convent at Saint Bride. Brendan quickly sees through her disguise. Realizing she’s the woman he promised to wed, he agrees to take her with him when he goes home. After a court scandal, King Henry orders them to wed. Faith fears Brendan will never trust her when he learns of her deception. As they return to the Highlands with a killer on their trail, Brendan discovers he can’t remain aloof from the woman destined to restore his faith in love.
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Excerpt from Highland Promise by Mary McCall:
Falsely accused of the Sin of Eve at age twelve, Lady Faith of Hawkhurst hides her beauty beneath a hideous disguise and seeks help from a Highlander passing through her brother’s land. Laird Brendan Sutherland realizes she’s disguised but wants a good look at her, realizing Faith is the woman he promised his best friend’s wife he would marry if he could find her. After a court scandal, King Henry orders them wed, and Faith fears Brendan will never trust her when he learns of her deception; but they have bigger problems with a killer following them home to the Highlands.
 
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About the Author:
Best-selling Historical Romance author Mary McCall has been telling stories all her life. Now she writes humorous and adventurous historical romances set mainly in the medieval Highlands and England. She is a member of Romance Writers of America; Founding President of Hearts Through History Romance Writers; member of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers; member of The Golden Network; member of River City Romance Writer; member of Faith, Hope & Love, Inc.; and member of Savvy Authors and member of Fiction Christian Writers Association. She loves history, has a particular fondness for the Greek through Medieval periods, and is glad research for her books has finally utilized her ability to speak Latin. Weaving Celtic lore with Arthurian legend, Greco-Roman myths and fun characters makes her current project fun and exciting. She resides in Memphis, Tennessee with her Maltese, Regina Catriona, who runs the apartment.
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