Monday, 31 March 2014

Blog Tour Author Interview & Giveaway - The Man Test by Amanda Aksel

The Man Test
Author: Amanda Aksel
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Language: English
Format: Paperback & eBook

Book Blurb:
Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancĂ© is having an affair. After nursing her broken heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adopts a new brand of thinking when she uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will do and say anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions. 

In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her new "boyfriend" beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?

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Author Interview with Amanda Aksel

1. What inspired you to want to become a writer?

I believe that being a writer is something you’re born with. It’s in your DNA. Writing has been part of my artistic expression since I was a child. Truth be told, I had no interest in being a writer even though I wrote a lot. But eventually, it caught up to me.  

2. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I’ve just published my first book, but before The Man Test, I ghostwrote a New York Times Bestseller titled Vision: Your Pathway to Victory. Seeing the book on the list was worth all the hard work we put into that project.

3. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

I would love to have a signed copy of Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin. She’s my favorite author, and she has a career that I aspire to.

4. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

I wish I could freeze time so I could get more work done, take a nap, or catch up on Grey’s Anatomy and not lose any time.

5. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

If you’ve ever questioned your man’s fidelity, then you relate to Marin’s journey in The Man Test.

6. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Yes, The Man Test is the first in a four part series. The next book, The Commitment Test, is expected to be out late this year.

7. Do you write as you go or do you have the book planned before you start the first draft?

I like to create a pretty basic outline of the story and the character arcs, then it’s just connecting the dots with words.

8. What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

I can’t wait for Emily Giffin’s new title in May and I’m really looking forward to watching The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz. It totally relates to my book.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

San Clemente, CA.

10. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

There are some similarities with Marin Johns and me. She’s determined and curious, but most of all she’s a romantic at heart.


About the author Amanda Aksel

Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couple’s therapist was her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way to solving love's most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. The Man Test is Amanda’s debut novel, and now she plans to solve love's most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.

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***Giveaway***

One lucky winner will win a A Lolita Flirtini Martini Glass! Click here to view the prize.

BOTW - WEEK 46 {Wattpad}

First Kiss & Broken Promises
Author: Neerunni
Genre: Teen Romance

Wattpad Book Blurb:
Seventeen year old Divya Narayan is a high-spirited young girl with an adventurous streak in her, who doesn’t think twice before taking a risk. She learns very early in life that broken promises by ones you love equals a broken heart. So she makes two promises – Never to fall in love and never to break a promise. 

One fateful night four years ago, Aryan Diaz not only broke Divya's heart but also her trust and their unique bond of friendship. When the charming heart-breaker returns next door to Divya, he holds more than a key to her locked heart; he has answers that can set her free to break the promises she made.

Click here to read the book.


The Awakened Magic (Light Seekers 1)
Author: Slayersoul
Genre: Teen Fantasy

Wattpad Book Blurb:
One young witch

One wrong spell

Three evil wizards

Her whole world is shattering around her. And her parents are suffering from her mistake. Will she be able to save them? Is she really having visions of the past or has she finally lost her mind?

If that isn't enough, two different guys from two different worlds are vying for her attention.

Can she overcome the absolute chaos that is now her life?

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Overseas
Author: ErisDecember
Genre: Teen Fiction / Short Story

Wattpad Book Blurb:
“I loved him but he loved her and she loved me.”

After all this time, they finally decide to send each other the letters they kept tucked under their mattresses.

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The Reprisal
Author: RoseSunshine
Genre: Teen Fiction / Mystery / Thriller

Wattpad Book Blurb:
Nineteen year old Jude Nelson has learned to fight. She has learned to stick it through thin and thick. Just when things are normal as they can be, she is falling downhill.

He is giving her tasks to complete. Devastating, shaking tasks which are complicating her beliefs of what she thought was true.. If Jude doesn't figure his game, it may be the end of her humanity.

After all, when a nineteen year old girl is forced to kill, it's not a mind of a sane devil. 

Suddenly, past is being retold to her, opening with it a Pandora's box of lies and Jude is getting to know of what dark answers might be boiling behind the lied truth of her whole life...

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Only Hope: A Journey to Salvation
Genre: Teen Fiction / Spiritual

Wattpad Book Blurb:
A story about courage and faith. 

Digory was born as the only child of his parents. Simple boy he is but so like the others. He is smart, kind, religious and simple person with simple dreams. He also have friends, some are seasonal, some are occasional while some last forever. As he grows up, he changed and faced many circumstances and challenges in his life.  Everyday in his life is the same thing but there comes times that he needed to make a choice and sacrifice some things.

Could he strengthen his faith in trouble times or will just abandon it together with his life?

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway – Unplanned Motherhood by Lena Sledge

unplanned motherhood
Unplanned Motherhood

Unplanned Motherhood is a non-fiction collection of short stories written by moms and dads about their funny inspirational or motivational journey as a parent. Unplanned Motherhood is based on the web series created by Lena Sledge.

Unplanned Motherhood is a comedy web series for perfectly imperfect families, starring Lena Sledge as Layla, a wife and mother of five that gives parenting advice on her real life mommy blog. Her unique parenting style contradicting with her perfect parenting advice lends to a distinct brand of humor. With each episode we see Layla teaching her kids life lessons as she discovers more about herself and the advice she gives to her readers. Unique to this web series is the actual blog that Layla writes where she gives the perfect parenting advice and after many of her posts, follows the tag line; to see how I really handled the situation watch this week's episode.

This web series is special because the viewers of the web series and the readers of the real life blog get to interact with Layla and let her know if her advice is on the money or share their own parenting advice. To follow the Unplanned Motherhood blog go to www.lenasledge.com. Stay tuned. Unplanned Motherhood debuts March 28th!!!!

If you'd like to submit a short story to be included in the book Unplanned Motherhood, send 500 words or less tosonnybrookfilms@yahoo.com. Short story must be clean, family friendly as well as funny, inspirational or motivational.
 
 
Sneak Peek:


Unplanned Motherhood Cast

Unplanned Motherhood Cast
Starring Morgan Hamilton as Sonny, Stefani Colvin as Brooke, Grayson Kilpatrick as Deacon, Aidan Heuer as Spoon, and Ari Heuer as Ari.


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Lena
About the author Lena Sledge

Lena Sledge is an awarding winning author. Her first book, a collection of short stories called If I Had My Way, won the 2012 African American Literary Award for Best Short Story/Anthology. Her short film, Grandma's Hands, won 3rd place at the River City Film Festival in March 2014. Her most recent project, a comedy web series called Unplanned Motherhood debuts on March 28th on Youtube. Lena Sledge has collaborated on many literary projects as well as tv and film projects. She offers advice, resources, and tips on writing, navigating the independent film industry as well as reviews and highlights about upcoming books and authors. Lena Sledge also enjoys photography, you can view some of her photography work on her website as well as Flickr.


Flickr ¦ Pinterest ¦ Blog ¦ Goodreads ¦ Amazon




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***Giveaway***

$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.

Ends 4/21/14.

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

BOTW - List #46 {Wattpad}

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway - Stray Ally by Troy Lambert

About the author Troy Lambert

Troy works as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. He writes historical site characterization reports for those performing remediation on former resource extraction sites, software instruction and help guides, and edits the research of others as well. His true passion is writing dark, psychological thrillers. His work includes Broken Bones, a collection of his short stories, Redemption the first in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Temptation the sequel to Redemption, along with the horror Satanarium, co-authored with Poppet, a brilliant author from South Africa and published by Wild Wolf Publishing. His next novel, Stray Ally, will be published March 4th by Tirgearr Publishing. The final in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Confession will be published May 1st.

Troy lives with his wife of twelve years, two of his five children and two very talented dogs. He is a skier, cyclist, hiker, fisherman, hunter, and a terrible beginning golfer.

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Guest Post: Dog People

Anyone ever tell you if your dog doesn’t trust someone, you shouldn’t either? But if your dog likes them then they are probably okay? There is no doubt that dogs have a sense about people. They can tell when you’re scared, hurt, angry, or in need of their unique companionship. In fact, science now proves what those of us who are dog lovers have known for years: our brains are linked. (See this article for details on the study http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26276660 )

In fiction, it really is no different. Sparky forms a special bond with Todd Clarke in Stray Ally, and immediately it tells us something about both of them. Sparky is a good boy, and Todd is a good man. If you are like me, and apparently some of the women I dated before I found my wife, you’ve used your dog to help you size someone up.

Now you can use Google and other services to search, find ‘facts’ about someone from their credit score and criminal record to their grades in high school. This history often doesn’t reveal to you their whole story, or who they might have become through those experiences. If you based buying my books or our friendship on that kind of information, you would find less than stellar credit scores, an arrest record (albeit without major violations or convictions), and mediocre grades in high school, followed by a checkered and mediocre formal education history.

It’s hardly the sum of the man. Regret is a killer, and while I might change some things about my past, I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without them. I can tell you this: from the time I was very young even until today, you introduce me to your dog? Be prepared for him to have another friend for life. And if your dog trusts me, surely you have to. After all, he’s a good dog, isn’t he?


Stray Ally
Author: Troy Lambert
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Publusher: Tirgearr Publishing
Language: English
Format: eBook
Release Date: March 4, 2014

Book Summary:
A strange accident on the freeway, accusations of murder, and an encounter in the Idaho wilderness all propel Todd Clarke into a new friendship with a dog named Sparky. But Sparky is no ordinary dog, and there is more going on than Clarke could have imagined.

A military commander he investigated for Aryan activity and links to domestic terrorism is after him, and he’s not sure why until another chance encounter provides the answer.
With Sparky and the help of his canine friends, will he be able to figure out the Colonel’s plan and stop him in time? All Clarke knows for sure is none of it would be possible without the help of his Stray Ally.

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Stray Ally Excerpt

The woods came alive.

Yellow eyes stared at his every move. Something panted right behind him.

Something was there; he didn't even have to look. Half mile to the chopper, and safety. He ran, his breath coming in ragged gasps, legs on fire with every step.

Tripping over a root, his arms spun for balance. He grabbed at a tree for support, a weak young sapling. It bent under his weight, slowing his fall, whipping from his hand as he released it. As his palm brushed a fallen log, a splinter pushed deep into it, causing him to cry out. 

A bark followed by a growl sounded, close. Too close.

Picking himself up, he continued to run. Were the others with him?

He didn't care. Colonel Anderson possessed a well-founded fear of canines, and panic took over his mind. 

There it was. The chopper. He crossed the clearing and leapt inside.

Safe.

"Chief, get this bird in the air!"

No response.

"Chief?"

He crawled forward.

The pilot's throat was torn wide open, canine teeth marks surrounding the wound, blood saturating the front of his uniform. From behind him, he heard a deep growl. Pulling his sidearm he turned to face his worst fear.



***Giveaway***

$25 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to the person who writes the best story of a dog (Stray Ally) they rescued or that helped them through a hard time.

Send your story to author@troylambertwrites.com by March 29th for a chance to win this amazing prize. Winner and story shared on the author's blog Monday, March 31st. Share your story today.

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Bookvie: The Monuments Men - out February 7, 2014

  

Who's in it:
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray

What's it all about (book blurb from Goodreads):
At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. 

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

The Monuments Men Official Trailer


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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway - Road to Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny Morris



About the authors Jenny Morris & Kelley Lynn

Jenny S. Morris is a YA author who loves all things geek, may have a Kdrama addiction, and prefers the rainy NW to any place she's ever lived. Road to Somewhere is her debut novel.


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Kelley Lynn was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.


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Guest Post by Kelley Lynn: What Is my Muse?

Alecia, thank you SO much for hosting a stop on our release tour for ROAD TO SOMEWHERE!

The question Alecia proposed for this guest post is: What is my muse? When I first read her email, I was like everything!

But that wouldn’t make for a very interesting guest post…

So I thought a little deeper.

ROAD TO SOMEWHERE is a coming of age story of two sisters, written in alternating point of view by myself and my collab partner, Jenny S. Morris. So for this story in particular, one of our biggest muses was our own relationships with our sisters. I wrote the part of the younger sister, Lucy, but I have never been a younger sibling (I’m the oldest of the two children in my family.) It was fascinating to try and look at everything from a younger sister’s point of view. And seeing Lucy through Jen’s characters eyes (Charlie, the older sister) felt so realistic. Even though these two girls are just in a book, their relationship, their decisions, their hopes and fears, seem so real to me.

ROAD TO SOMEWHERE also had other muses. Part of the book takes place in LA, the other part in Texas. I love music. I used to sing in a band, actually. So depending on the location of the chapter I was writing, I’d have Pandora on a certain station. Country, for when the girls are flirting with their cowboys, mucking out horse stalls and swimming in their grandparent’s pond. Pop/Rock when Charlie and her best friends are trying to make it big as a singing group in LA. To tap into Lucy’s professional piano training, I’d turn to the classical station, or pull up some crazy hard piano piece on YouTube. Music, and the words within it, really helps me get into a character’s head. And once there, who knows what’s going to happen.

No matter which book I’m writing (ROAD TO SOMEWHERE is not my first), people are the ultimate muse. I travel a lot for my day job, spending time in airports, airplanes, different cities, and different hotels. I’m constantly watching people and analyzing why they act the way they do. I make mental notes of the way people stand, talk to others, what they’re wearing, how their hair is done. I jot down notes about people’s habits, the tone of their voice, whether they look at a person when they’re speaking to them. I’ll never go ‘Taylor Swift’ on anyone and put a replica of someone into my stories, but bits and pieces of people I meet and observe are in the characters I create. People are just fascinating.

Maybe that’s a long winded answer to say “everything” is my muse. But now you’ve got a look inside my writerly mind. Hopefully it wasn’t too scary.

Thanks so much for having me, Alecia!



Road to Somewhere
Authors: Kelley Lynn & Jenny Morris
Release date: March 11th 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark

Book Summary:
New! From Bloomsbury Spark, a sunny heartwarming story of discovery and sisterhood. 

A road trip. A singing competition. And super-hot cowboys. 

What could be better? 

For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn't just a vacation, it's life changing. While her parents think she's helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn't quite the summer of fun she imagined.

Add in a detour to her grandparents' ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin’, and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.




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***Giveaway***

3 prizes up for grabs: a Swag Pack, Road to Somewhere eBook and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.


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Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Forever Layla by Melissa Turner Lee


Forever Layla
Release date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: AltWit Press

Book Summary:
What if the woman you envied most is the person you are destined to become?

In 1994, high school senior David Foster was the lackey and soundboard geek for his best friend's grunge band. During spring break, the band lands a dream gig playing at a motel in Myrtle Beach, SC. David expected all the girls to ogle the guys on stage, but when a beautiful blond "Bond Girl" approaches him and calls him by name, he's shocked to find out she knows more about him than a stranger should.

She even knows about his notebooks and his visions of time travel.

What she thought was a quick time-travel-sightseeing trip takes a surprising turn when she meets the young adult version of the man she'd heard stories about as a child. His fairy-tale romance with the woman he'd loved, Layla, inspired her to accept nothing less than a love just as strong...but hopefully not as tragic. When she won't tell the younger version of him her name, he calls her Layla--and the world as she knows it changes forever.



About the author Melissa Turner Lee

Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.

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***Giveaway***

5 eBook ARCS of Forever Layla is up for grabs.

International contest.

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New Release Promo - Miss Mabel's School for Girls by Katie Cross


Let's welcome Katie Cross to the blog to celebrate the release of her YA fantasy, Miss Mabel's School for Girls, which releases March 27th, 2014!

For me, writing a book involved a lot of staring at a computer screen, slapping the delete button, pulling my
hair out, and Pinterest.

Oh, yes. You heard right. Pinterest.

The power of Pinterest comes from the images. I always find photos that I want to remember and have access to, so I pin them to a board for later reference. So, I thought to myself, Hey, I'm releasing my first book, Miss Mabel's School for Girls. Why don't I give the readers something to look at in anticipation of the book?
So instead of a boring interview where I talk about how great I am, I'm here today to take you on a visual tour to give you a few ideas of what you can expect to find in this exciting new young adult fantasy novel, Miss Mabel's School for Girls.


Wrought iron fence:
There's a wrought iron fence around the outside of the ancient manor that is Miss Mabel's School for Girls much like this one. It's known for creaking in the wind.


Potions bottles:
Potion bottles hold oh-so-many possibilities. Witches love potions, and the witches in Miss Mabel's School for Girls are no exception. These particular bottles contain a variety of spices and herbs, all of which you can win during the launch giveaway March 27th-30th!


Peacock feather:
Miss Mabel loves peacock feathers. They represent beauty and vanity: her two favorite virtues.


Green mossy tree:
Miss Mabel's School is located in Letum Wood, a lush, expansive forest that hides many secrets. Some of these secrets catch up with Bianca Monroe, our sixteen-year-old heroine, in the dark of the night.


Trees/forest:
This is another view of Letum Wood as you'll expect to find it in the summer. It's lush, gorgeous, and a little on the dangerous side.


Old book photo:
A grimoire is a book filled with magical spells, a kind of magical diary passed through generations. This grimoire is available to win during the launch day giveaway! Head over to www.missmabels.com to find out how you can participate.

Hopefully these photos gave you an idea of the exciting adventure you'll find in Miss Mabel's School for Girls! Now, get your Pinterest on and start spreading the word! Visit www.missmabels.com to find out how to enter the giveaway and win lots of free stuff!


Miss Mabel's School For Girls

Never underestimate the power of a determined witch.

Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home to the quietly famous Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse. Determined to break free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.

Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn’t expect, with lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, or will Miss Mabel’s sinister plan be too powerful?

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is the first novel in The Network Series, an exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the struggle to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you’ll never want to leave.





About the author Katie Cross

My world revolves around my husband (who is a major hottie), my Vizsla's, and the mountains.

I wear hiking boots instead of heels when I need to feel powerful, and on a bad day, I love a weightlifting workout. Actually, I love it on a good day.

I don't eat bread because my thyroid doesn't like it, although there are days I miss it. Especially ciabatta. Sweet potatoes are kind of my thing. Cookies too.

I write because I never stopped.



***Giveaway***

Go to www.missmabels.com and click on the 'giveaway' tab for more information. Enter to win a potions chest, an apothecary bag of herbs and spices, an old spell book that opens to hide apothecary herbs, amazon gift cards, and more! The giveaway lasts from March 27th at 7am to March 30th at 10 pm.