Interview with @evan76grace

Friend and follow author Evan Grace has stopped by today to answer a few questions about her journey to writing and more. Be sure to keep reading for my 5 Alien Star Review of her book, Second Chances 😉

Non-writing life?

In my non-writing life I’m a scheduler in a large homecare agency. My day for that job starts at about 4:15 in the morning and I work till about six. I get me and my kids ready and out the door by 7:30. I work in the office from 8:15-3:15 and from there go burn off some stress at the gym. I then go home take care of the kids and hubby.

Writing life?

Having a full-time day job doesn’t give me a whole lot of time to write so sometimes I do at work when there’s downtime. I usually try to write on my lunch break and for at least a couple of hours at night. The weekend is my time to usually hit it hard.

Realizing about writing…

I realized I wanted to write about 6 1/2 years ago. I had begun reading a lot and I had this story that started going on in my head and a friend of mine encouraged me to start writing it. I haven’t stopped since.

When did you begin writing?

 I actually began writing about 6 years ago.

Favorite books?

Wow, good question. Julie Garwood For the Roses, Shayla Black’s Wicked Lovers series, Dean Koontz Odd Thomas, Maya Banks Be with Me.

Influence?

Hmmmm….There are probably too many to list. Whether it’s friends, family, musicians and other writers, I’m influenced by everything and everyone around me.

How long to write Second Chances?

It took me almost a year to write this book. Originally she was going to end up with Dylan, but the whole brother thing wasn’t sitting well with me. I would start to take the story in a certain direction and Stacy would scream at me that it wasn’t working 🙂 I’m glad though because I love that story so much!!

Where do I get my ideas?

I get them from a song that ends up being a part of the soundtrack, or someone will say something and I’ll think, “hey that’d be a good story”

Most important part…

Stacy’s body issues is important because too many of us have them. I wanted everyone to find her relatable and how Dustin was able to get her to see how beautiful she was inside and out.

 How many novels do I have planned for series?

I just finished Cash’s story(he’s Journey’s brother from book 3, Begin Again)I plan on doing at least 2 more full stories or Novella’s. No spin-off as of yet, but you never know. My favorite has to be which ever one I’m writing at the time, which sounds lame, but it’s the truth.

My journey to publication has been long and at times painful 😦

Starting Over got rejected by EVERYONE!!! I started submitting it to publishers three years ago and everyone passed. I had one publisher who said maybe so I did some rewrites and they still said no. They didn’t want all of the secondary characters in there and wanted to see it as a novella. I just couldn’t do it. So last December I sent it to the last publisher I was going to try, which was Limitless. If they said no I was going to possibly think about self-publishing. Right before Christmas my bestie asked if I had heard from them and as soon as she said it, my phone dinged. I checked my email and it was a email from Jennifer, the president telling me they were going to publish my series. I immediately started bawling and couldn’t believe it. I’ve been writing non-stop ever since.

Coming up projects! 

Like I said I just finished book 4 in my Starting Over series. I’m working on a new standalone romance and I’ve got lots of stories that I’ll be starting next year. I can’t wait!

 Advise for aspiring writers ❤

Write, Write, Write. Write what you love to read and find your voice. I tried to emulate one of my favorite authors and the book was garbage. Write for you, if you try to please everyone you’ll only be unhappy.

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Me

A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.

During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.

❤ SECOND CHANCES REIVEW  ❤ 

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5 ALIEN STARS:

The Stacy, Dustin, and Mark extravaganza began, and what a wild ride it turned out to be! Second Chances is a thrilling story and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Mrs. Grace has a way with adding action, intrigue, and passion into her characters that make them seem so real. No spoilers, but I am so happy with the way Mrs. Grace wrapped up Stacy and Dustin’s story. Bravo! Now I’m off to read book 3, Begin Again!

❤ STARTING OVER REIVEW ❤

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4.5 ALIEN STARS:

Starting Over is sexy new adult romance you won’t want to miss! The characters story tugged at my heart until the end. I simply wanted more and can’t wait to sink my teeth in the next story, Second Chances. Firstly, I read Starting Over in one afternoon. Secondly, The sex was hot, and the tension between these characters left me breathless from one page to the next. In the end, I found Luke’s ‘hesitancy’ to be a bit over-the-top, but over all this was a fun, quick read.
*SPOILER ALERT*

So, a quick run through: Bellamy, an adoring little sister falls hopelessly in love with Luke, her big brothers best friend. As much as he hates to admit it, Luke has watched Bellamy grow into a beautiful woman and one mind-blowing night together changes everything…

Years later, Bellamy finds herself back in the same town with the only man she’s ever loved. Bellamy’s life was never the same after they made love for the first and only time that night. His rejection, along with her broken secret continues to haunt her, still.

Luke thought after seeing Bellamy one last time he’d be able to get her out of his system, only he finds he can’t let her go instead. A push and pull relationship built on broken hearts, secrets and fear threatens their happily ever after.

Can Bellamy trust Luke again and in the end, will Luke be able to forgive her?

Book News & More!

Hey! I really suck at keeping everyone informed about, well, everything. So very sorry! Let’s catch up. Addiction (Distraction, #2) is set to release December 9, 2014. That also happens to be my youngest daughters birthday, so it’s a bit special for me. Gosh, they freaking grow up so fast! Geesh O_O

Anyway, Addiction picks up where Distraction ends. I’ve spoken with many of you about the way the first book ended. I know you wanted more and I’m hoping Addiction will satisfy what you felt was missing. Lots of stuff happens in this book! I’m currently editing the end now, making sure the story is as awesome as possible.

I’ve been asked how many books will be in the series, and the answer is 4. Originally Tristan and Elle had three books with a novella featuring Alyssa. However, Addiction threw a wrench in my plans.  I’ve added a surprise with Addiction and I can’t wait to share it with you! Here’s the list of books in order.

DISTRACTION

Distraction

ADDICTION

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INTERCEPTION

 

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Hope’s Deceit! I’m really, really, REALLY sorry! I know I’ve put Blain, Trinity and the rest of the gang on hold for way too long. I wanted to get Addiction finished so I could spend all my energy on these characters. HD2 is a bit more than half way written, so my new goal is to have it finished by THANKSGIVING! Which isn’t too far way (now I’m hungry). As for the number of books in The Fated series, I don’t know. I’ve planned for three the entire time, but you never know what may happen between book two and book three. Here’s a list of books, in order.

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AUTHOR EVENT NEWS

NOW! I have an author event coming up at the first of the year, in Austin, TX. There are a TON of really great authors attending. I’d absolutely love to see you all there! You can also purchase VIP tickets to come hangout after hours for cocktails and drinks. Yeah, I’m super excited about that!

Hurry, go grab your tickets, and come join me and a group of other authors (and models 😉 ) Feb, 7, 2015!

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YOUR SOUL TO TAKE with Sean Hayden Interview, Giveaway and More!

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A Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Your Soul to Take

(Rise of the Fallen, #2)

by

Sean Hayden

Published July 12, 2014 by

Untold Press (www.untoldpress.com)

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You know your life sucks when your sister’s a vampire, you’re a demon, and your girlfriend is literally an angel.
How could it possibly be any worse? Try having something ripping the souls out of your friends, ending up with a psychotic stalker, and having romantic urges for your best friend who also happens to be your demon mentor. Nobody ever said life was easy, but things went from bad to worse faster than you can say, “I sold my soul for a bag of Cheetos.”
Just to add insult to injury, the Fallen have decided to give me a new job. While being a Reaper might sound good on a resume, ripping the souls from monsters isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure what the Fallen have planned for me. All I do know is if they don’t get my wildly powerful magic under control and teach me how to stay alive when everybody wants to kick my butt…all hell could break loose. Literally.

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INTERVIEW 🙂

How many books are planned for the Rise of the Fallen Series? 

Honestly… I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing those. Those and my Demonkin Series will be ongoing. I love the characters too much. They’ve become almost like family. They are vampires and demons though, so they fit right in. The rest of my works are either stand alone novels or novellas, or maybe a trilogy here or there. 

*I ❤ this series! Here’s to hoping we get more!*

Are your characters based on anyone in reality? 

Connor and Caelyn in the Rise of the Fallen Series. I named them after my own kids. I will say that they are LOOSELY based on my own kids, but more with how they interact with each other than anything else. They fight like cats and dogs…er…vampires and demons. Some of my other characters have a lot of ME in them. Which isn’t surprising since they reside in my head amongst the cobwebs and spiders. I really do need to get in there and do some dusting.

Then the rest of the characters are bits and pieces of friends and family. A LOT of Jen is in Jessie. Who else would I base an angel on? A lot of interactions between Jessie and Connor are little things that I say to Jen, or things that she says to me, too. Makes me smile when I’m writing.

*Awwww, super sweet! Jen is a lucky gal*

Jess and Conner’s relationship really took off, but so did his and Clarisse’s. Can you share your thoughts to which female interest Conner may be leaning toward? #TeamJess or #TeamClarisse? 

#teamreadbook3 #whenitcomesout 

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In all seriousness though, what makes you think that Connor will ultimately choose? Who’s to say I won’t add a THIRD interest. You know. Because I suck like that. 

This is one of the best parts of being a writer. If people keep bugging me about it I may go all George R.R. Martin and plan a wedding.

*Dang it! I guess we’ll just have to wait for Book 3 😦 *

Angel vs demon, with a twist! I loved it. New characters were also introduced, will they play a big part in the next installment? (please list some of your fav new characters to tell about)

Raven will be back. I like her. She’s dark and mysterious and I have big plans with her. I won’t go into too much detail or give anything away, but things will start getting more serious in the next few novels. When you tip the balance of power between “GOOD” and “EVIL”, something is going to have to happen to either balance the scales or…

*Cool!*

Can you give us an insight to what we can expect in book 3? Do you have a title?

I’m leaning toward YOUR SOUL TO SAVE, but that could change without provocation at anytime. I never plan my stories out in advance. I shoot from the hip. Write from the seat of my pants. Go with the flow. Let the stories write themselves. And a whole bunch of other colloquialisms. Sometimes… I even pick a title and write the story around it. We shall see. I have the first two Demonkins to re-release, and the third one to finish. After that I’ll be revisiting Connor and Caelyn.

*I LOVE Your Soul to Save! Fingers crossed for that choice*

Caelyn was very tricky at the end, and by the way, what a cliffhanger! Any clue to what happens in her future?

Of course I do.

*Not fair!*

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Born the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire. His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive creativity. Writing is his latest endeavour

Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in this genre, he found, fell in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He has always wanted to rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity.

Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author. He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a starring role in his own television sitcom.

Website: www.seanhayden.org

Blog: shaydenfl.wordpress.com

Twitter: @shaydenfl

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I must have cried myself out. The tears stopped falling and I breathed in through my nose. I stood up and looked down at my baby sister lying there. I kissed my fingertips and touched her forehead.

“Goodbye, brat,” I whispered.

“Stop calling me brat.”

Caelyn’s eyes opened. Her irises were blood red. She gave me an impish smile and bared her fangs.

Little sisters suck.

I should have felt five million things, relief that my sister was still alive, sort of, being the foremost. The only thing I could really think about was how to tell my parents. Um…Mom, Dad, your daughter’s a vampire…Yeah, that probably wouldn’t go over too well. As awkward as it was, I reached down and hugged her for all that she was worth.

“Are you insane? Get off me!” She squirmed in my hug and got her hands on my chest. When she tried to gently push me away, she ended up throwing me halfway across the room. I skidded to a stop on the linoleum floor without crashing into anything. Caelyn sat up on the morgue table with a horrified look on her face. “What just happened?”

She looked around and knew. She knew where she was and why she was there. She stared down at her hands. Sure enough, she’d grown talons just like Brett had when he became a vampire. Caelyn knew exactly what she was, but the look she gave me begged for me to tell her something different, that she was wrong.

I couldn’t. I gave her a slow nod, confirming her fears and completely destroying the last bit of hope she might have had.

My sister and I hadn’t gotten along since she was two. Giving her horrible news had always been one of my favorite recreational sports. Hey, Cae, Mom found that test you were trying to hide. Hey, Sis, Dad found out you kissed Chuck. That sort of thing had given me more satisfaction than my PS3 ever had. Unexpectedly, that one simple nod, telling my sister her worst fears were true and that she was a vampire, made me feel a little sick to my stomach. “Cae, I…”

Her face crumpled into a mask of anguish. I heard the first tear hit the metal table beneath her before the first sob escaped her lips. I was back across the room before the second one fell. The first hug I had given my sister was awkward. She didn’t want me hugging her. This time she collapsed in my arms and accepted it. Maybe even needed it.

“What happened?”

Her question kind of threw me off guard. “We thought you were dead,” I said, thinking she meant how she ended up in the morgue.

“I swear, Mom and Dad dropped you when you were a child. I know why I’m here. I meant why am I alive? Why do I have talons? Am I a vampire like that asshole who broke into the house? Am I going to stay this way? What am I going to do now? More importantly, what the hell are you? I saw you! You had wings? Connor…”

“Wait! Slow down,” I said and pulled away. I leaned against the table and she tightened the sheet around her. “I don’t know how you became a vampire. I’ll be honest. It’s not supposed to happen that way, but I’m glad it did. I’d rather have a fangy sister than no sister.” I gave her a little smile and she rolled her eyes. Typical Caelyn.

“What do you mean it’s not supposed to happen that way?”

“Vampires. What happened wasn’t how it was supposed to happen. Somebody can wish to become a vampire, but they can’t make anybody else a vampire against their will. It doesn’t work like that.”

“What doesn’t work like that? What the hell are you talking about and more importantly, what the hell did they turn you into?”

Dad’s cough from outside the door stopped our conversation.

“Listen, Cae. I promise to tell you everything as soon as we get out of here and I figure out what to tell Mom and Dad.”

She nodded and wiped the tears rolling down her cheeks with the back of her hand. “Okay.”

I needed help. “Stay right here. Play dead,” I added with a small, sad smile that actually made her give a short bark of laughter.

“I think I can manage.”

I nodded and made my way to the morgue room doors. I glanced through the window and saw Dad standing in the hallway looking like… Well, looking like his daughter had just died. I pushed the door open and he looked up from the floor. “You ready to go, Connor?”

“Dad,” I said and looked him right in the eye. “You need to wait here for a moment. Do not go into the morgue.” I used my power just like Clarisse had taught me to. He would obey. He didn’t have a choice. His eyes glazed over and he stared straight ahead.

I ran through the halls of the hospital to the waiting room where I’d left Clarisse and my mom sitting and crying. Clarisse saw me–or felt me–as soon as I entered the room. I gave her a panicked smile and whispered, “I need you,” as quietly as possible. I knew she would be able to hear me. She gave a small, almost imperceptible nod and patted Mom’s leg.

“I’ll be right back, Mrs. Sullivan. I need to use the restroom.”

I slipped back out into the hall before my mom could see me and waited for her.

“What’s going on?” She sounded halfway between hopeful and worried.

“You’re not going to believe this. Follow me.”

“Believe what?”

“Don’t ask. Just follow me,” I said and led her back to the morgue.

Clarisse barely gave my father a glance as we entered. Caelyn was lying back on the cold metal table completely unmoving. She looked dead again.

“Connor. I already said goodbye…”

Cae’s eyes opened and she let out a little, “Boo!”

“Well, shit,” Clarisse said deadpan.

SENIOR YEAR BITES with J.A.Campbell Interview and More!

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Senior Year Bites
Series: The Clanless, Book 1

by

J. A. Campbell

Genres: YA Urban Fantasy

Published: July 7, 2014

Untold Press www.untoldpress.com

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SYBSenior year is supposed to be fun: boys, dances and graduation. It’s significantly harder to enjoy it when you’re dead.

Thanks to an innocent game of Truth or Dare, I wound up sleeping in a graveyard. Probably not the brightest thing I’ve ever done, but thanks to a couple of well-placed fangs, I’m here to tell the tale.

Vampires might stalk pop culture, but they’re just myths, right? Yeah. Not so much…

Everything seems a lot more difficult when you’re a nocturnal creature of the night, especially school. I was managing, but couldn’t keep it hidden from my friends. Steph decided that we should be cool, like superheroes, and fight crime.

I’m a vampire, not a hero. Living in a sleepy New England town, crime is a little harder to come by. At least it is until a serial killer moves into the area. He’s got the authorities stumped, but then again, the cops don’t have a teenage, blood-sucking, non-hero on their team. It doesn’t take long for me to discover the world is full of monsters. I may be one of them…but will I turn out to be the hero, or the killer everyone is looking for.

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Chapter 1

I had plans for my last year of high school. I was going to find a boyfriend, go to a few dances, and though I hadn’t told my mom yet, take some beginning paramedic courses in the spring. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life– wasn’t that what college was for? I liked the idea of being a hero, like my dad, and saving lives every day. That had been the plan anyway, but a sleepover and a late-night dare had changed everything.

A lot…

 

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interview Q & A 🙂

Where did you get the idea for SYB?

Way back in the day I had a dream about a girl who got turned into a vampire her senior year of high school. While chatting with a good writing buddy on IM I shared my fun dream. We had also been discussing the concept that two writers can take the same idea and write it, but what they come up with will usually be completely different. Both of us thought my dream was cool, and wanted to test the concept, so we both wrote a thousand words or so based on my dream. They did turn out quite differently, and I ended up continuing to write until the novel was finished.

Do you plan to continue this series and if so, how many will be included?

Yes. The sequel, Summer Break Blues, is available from a different publisher in ebook format. The third, and final book, still exists only in my head but I have it on good authority that I’ll be writing it this winter.

Was there a particular reason or meaning behind SYB?

Hmm, not per-say. I did want to explore the idea of friendships, and I borrowed heavily on a friendship I had in high school.

 I noticed that Meg, the main character struggled with being a “hero.” Was there something personal to her need to save ppl? 

She wanted to be a hero like her father. He was a firefighter. She felt she’d lost any sort of ability to follow her dreams once she became a vampire. Turns out she just had to look at things differently.

 The end was left open-ended, and while I loved the story, can you tell us hopeful romantics if Meg and Tad end up dating? 

LOL, well, they do go on some dates. You’ll have to read the second book to see how that turns out.

 Meg kicks serious butt! I loved her determination and vow to keeping her friends and family safe. I enjoyed the way you wove other mythical creatures into the your story. If the series continues, is it possible to see more Fey or Vampires or Elves?

More Fey, who are Elves in this world essentially, Vampires, a Werewolf, the Selkie.

 Anything you’d like to add, or share with your readers about you or your characters? 

Well, let’s see, I really like to write about strong friendships and not giving up on each other easily. I feel like the people you surround yourself with is very important and I tried to write some good friends for Meg. Friends I would have liked to have. Steph is totally secure with her life, well, as much as someone her age can be. She’s driven and very idealistic. Meg, she’s loyal, but really confused. Understandably. Ann is a good kid but she’s not nearly as secure in herself and doesn’t like to feel completely overshadowed. Alexander is actually fairly terrified of Meg, which is why he’s such an ass to her for a while. 

If there’s anything else anyone wants to know, feel free to leave questions in the comments. I’ll swing by a few times to answer them.

 

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“Hi, Johnny. How are you?”

“Fine. Mom tells me you’ve turned into a vampire.”
I choked. “What?”

“I can probably teach you some, but it will be different for you. Vampire society is more lethal. The Sidhe are not less dangerous, just less quick to kill. There are plenty of other things they can do to make your life miserable. Death is too easy. Vampires, well…they are killers. That’s what they do. Staying alive is a complicated dance through politics.”

~Alexander

 

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Author Bio:

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J.A. Campbell

Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor.She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult fantasy series Tales of the Travelers. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers of America Association and the editor for Steampunk Trails fiction magazine.

Website: www.writerjacampbell.com

Blogs: http://writerjacampbell.wordpress.com/blog/

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/J.A.Campbell.Author

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Twitter: @Pfirewolf

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Writing Process Blog Tour

The wonderful Claudia Whitsitt invited me to join this fun blog tour: My Writing Process. I’m super excited to give you a tour inside my head, but first let’s learn a bit about Claudia. Writing from crazy personal experience, Claudia’s written a string of fabulous mystery romance novels: The Samantha Series: IDENTITY ISSUES, INTIMACY ISSUES, and INTERNAL ISSUES. Word is, another novel, THE WRONG GUY is to hit shelves soon! Exciting stuff going on, so be sure to check out her blog: http://www.claudiawhitsitt.com.

What am I working on?

Not going crazy? Just kidding, well, kind of… Seriously though, I’ve a new series slated to come out this summer. DISTRACTION is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. I’m super excited to get Distraction out to readers! Unfortunately, this meant Hope’s Deceit (The Fated, #2)  has been on the back burner, but the story is coming along nicely. I’m hoping to finish HD2 early this summer! *Encouraging messages are always welcome 😉 *

 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hope’s Decree is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance dealing with Greek mythology. Sounds like every other YA PNR out there, right? Or perhaps not… I really wanted something fresh and chose Pandora’s Box. Not too many stories expand on this particular myth. Hope’s Decree is an extension of Pandora’s Box; HD more or less tells what happened after Pandora released a ton of bad juju on mortals. Mix in high school drama, smexy Watcher(s) and bad-ass Rogues, a destiny to fulfill, falling in love and you’ve got one hell of a story.  DISTRACTION is about going after what you want. Taking your own path instead of the one chosen for you. I LOVE Distraction, like so hard. Born and raised in TEXAS, football is a big deal and so Distraction was born. HD took 3 years to finish and Distraction took 2 years. Woohoo, I’m getting faster, eh. O_O *head —> desk*

 

Why do I write what I do?

I write romance and will always write the gushy stuff, because I’m a hopeless romantic. My poor husband, nah, he’s pretty good. Aside from writing romance, I love writing angst, push-pull types of relationships. Why? Because life is about the up’s and down, and coming out better for your struggles in the end. Not everything in life works out the way you plan. You fall, pick yourself back up, and start over. I’m a big supporter in women finding who they are on their own, falling in love but not losing the person they are due to a relationship. Instead, both people work together as equal parts of a whole. <~ I told you, gushy stuff.

 

How does your writing process work?

I have to work with music and I’m a bit superstitious. Like, if I have an idea about what’ll happen next and a song from that particular WIP’s playlist comes on the radio, I then run with my idea. I’m weird like that. I can write just about anywhere. I have three kiddos (not including husband) so I’m used to noise and chaos they provide. I have a few different beverages while I work: coffee, water and sometimes a glass of wine for the emotional scenes. I’m a fly by the pants type of chick. Ideas flow and I write, but I can’t jump to the end. I have to write in order which really sucks sometimes.

Coming up next week:

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Fellow Untold Press author and friend, Lynn Vroman is super sweet and everyone should be sure to follow (okay, stalk) her. With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She writes fantasy, dabbling in literary, both novels and short stories. She and her husband are also busy raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. Her debut novel, TAINTED (Energy, #1), releases winter of 2015 with Untold Press.  Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website

 

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Evan Grace is a Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. Evan’s Starting Over Series: STARTING OVER,  and SECOND CHANCES heats up every page with sexy characters and crazy good dialogue.  Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

Gabbie Duran

Gabbie Duran is a Southern California native who lives with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it. Gabbie and I are recent pals who just happen to live in the same crazy town! Super fun and fabulous, Gabbie writes nothing but awesomeness in: WITH ME, and from her Unspoken Series: UNSPOKEN MEMORIES, and UNSPOKEN PROMISES. Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter 

 

 

Holiday E-book Giveaway Author Spotlight: Jen Wylie, Sean Hayden AND Julie Campbell

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Life has been such a crazy mess and I’ve had the worst freaking headache which is why I’ve been absent the last few days. So sorry, y’all 😦 Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win some amazing e-books for Christmas. Only one day left to enter (click >here<). Since I’ve lacked at promoting, here’s not one, but 3 authors and their exciting books donated to the pile of goodies.

First up we have Julie Campbell. Julie has become such a great friend and i have no idea what I would do without her kick ass technical skills….I have NONE. Julie, thanks for being fabulous 😀 Back to her books: Not only has she agreed to giveaway Sabaska’s Tale, but also a great bundle of stories you won’t want to miss called Steampunk Trails. Each author has added their flare of imagination and cleverness. The creativity continues to stay with me, I simply adored Steampunk Trails. I’m not a steampunk junkie, but Julie and her cohorts have driven me to places I never knew existed, and isn’t that what books are for? So, I’d jump on this bandwagon of goodies quick! As far as Sabaska’s Tale, I can’t express how much I loved this adventure. Be sure to check out my review on Goodreads to learn more!

Second author spotlight is Sean Hayden. First I’d like to say how honored I am. Sean took a chance on me, an unknown, and helped make my dream a reality. Sean, thanks and I’m super glad we’re friends…you’re still a nerd 😉 (Now back to being professional and stuff)  Sean’s sense of humor is endless and his donated book, My Soul to Keep, hands-down showcases his unique, corky personality in each of his characters. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the MC, Connor, is a 15 year old boy….smart-mouthed and all. He and his sister’s relationship cracked me up and is VERY accurate to real life interactions between siblings. Demons, Angels and Vampires, Oh my! <<<sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Anyway, I think you’re gonna love My Soul to Keep….be sure to give Sean a shout out on his FB page, along with a little nudge to help him finish the second book in this series 😉 *insert evil laugh here*

Last but certainly not least, we have Jen Wylie. What to say about her that I haven’t said before? She’s great, not only is she an amazing editor (my boss), but she is a fantastic person and friend. Jen, I have NO idea what I would have done without you. Your brilliance helped Hope’s Decree shine bright like a diamond (I’ve seen this logo on way too many shirts today while shopping. Shoot me now!) I’m so glad to call ya a friend 😀 You so Rock! On to her book: Jen has donated Broken Aro (The Broken Ones, #1). I could go on and freaking on about how much I adored this book, but I won’t bore you with my thoughts…um, yes I will. Aro is a young girl who is forced from one terrible situation to another. Devastation and heartache fill the pages early on, but not to worry, good (amazing) stuff happens, too. Aro bonds with a group of unexpected heros who eventually become her adopted family. To say this book is good is such an understatement. Broken Aro will have you running out to grab the second book in this series, Broken Prince (a-freaking-mazing) to find out what happens next.

So, long story short, Sabaska’s Tale, Steampunk Trails, My Soul to Keep and Broken Aro are all amazing reads and YOU have a chance to win one! Wahoo! Click >here< to enter.

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Holiday E-book Giveaway Author Spotlight: Katy O’Dowd

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The fabulous Katy O’Dowd is just awesome and is one of our many authors who have generously donated to the pile,The Lady Astronomer. The Lady Astronomer graces our book giveaway with its spunky characters and witty dialogue. Wanna read this steampunk masterpiece? Click >>>here<<< and sign up. Don’t forget to like Katy’s page as well!

Also, if you’ve read Katy’s work before and loved it, she’ll have a new story out in the spring/summer of 2014! See below for a sneak peak 😉

YAY! Congrats, Katy! Much love to ya this holiday season. Thank you so much for adding to my pile of books to giveaway 😀 

~BREAKING NEWS~

MEMENTO MORI

Take tea with the Victorian Mafia – organised crime has never been so civilised

They say revenge is a dish best served cold – in the Lamb residence it is more likely served out of a fine bone china cup.

The untimely demise of Thaddeus Lamb (murdered, poor fellow) leaves his son Riley in charge of Assam and Earl Grey, prostitutes and extortion. Under the watchful eyes of a street philosopher who prints everything he hears, Riley and his family grieve for Thaddeus in the best way possible – retribution.

To make matters worse, the assassin O’Murtagh is leaving a trail of bodies behind, which pave their bloody way to the Lamb’s highly glossed front door.

Through a series of informants who, unfortunately, have to be disposed of; a nasty turf war over brothels and dollymops; and somebody who is depleting the coffers, life in the Lamb household falters but does not crumble, and retains its genteel veneer of calling cards, tea shops and chocolate sponge – all the social niceties, etiquette and manners that come as part of being in the upper echelons of London Victorian society.

Riley slowly starts to unravel the terrible deception that has been carried out against the Lambs, but betrayal, murder and heartbreak make for uneasy bedfellows, and he and his family can never truly rest easy, even when the Lambs have carried out their own law. 

And when the cadavers start piling up, Riley and those he loves find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have anticipated.

Honestly, it’s enough to drive anyone to drink – one lump or two? The matrons of Regent’s Park will never be the same again.  

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Another Day, Another Author Spotlight for the Holiday E-book Giveaway: Joanne Wadsworth

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Joanne Wadsworth is such a sweetheart and I’m so glad to have her as a friend. Aside from creating one of my favorite YA romance series, Joanne is busy shuffling 4 kiddos from here to there while working in the day….I wonder when the woman finds time to write such wonderful, no-sleep-because-you-have-to-finish-reading-her-book stories 0_o? Joanne has donated Warrior, the second book in the Magio-Earth series. Warrior picks up where Protected (book, 1) finished, but this time starring Hope, Faith’s twin sister. Just as in Protector, soul-bound mates hook you in the early pages and leaves you wishing for MORE in the end. Enchanter (book, 3) is set to come out in the next year and I’m sure the story will be just as, if not more wonderful than the first two. Below is a quick blurb as well as where to find more of her books! Don’t miss out on your chance to win this fantastic book in the giveaway.

~Merry Christmas and Happy New Year~

Warrior Book Two in the Magio-Earth series.

To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Hope Wincrest calls the Outback of Australia her home away from home. She is a princess of Dralion from the planet Magio, where the two leading nations are at war. While in the Outback, Hope is warned by her warrior father–who holds the prophetic ability of forethought–that she is about to meet an enemy protector. She doesn’t expect him to be her soul-bound mate, a man she must now work with to piece together her unknown mother’s lost heritage.

Peacio’s Silas Carver follows the calling of his soul to Australia, only not all goes as planned. Discovering Hope is his mate has him demanding his release from their bond. She agrees, but only if he first helps her learn about her mother.

Hope must lay her life in Silas’s hands during a journey which takes them deep into foreign lands. Waging a battle of the heart, and of the land, can the young mated pair find their place with each other?

A Lyrical Press Young Adult Romance

Book One: PROTECTOR
Book Two: WARRIOR
Book Three: ENCHANTER

VISIT JOANNE WADSWORTH AT: http://www.joannewadsworth.com

Buy WARRIOR at:
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Magio-E…
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/warri…
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/warr…
Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/warrio.

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7 Days till Christmas Holiday E-book Giveaway Author Spotlight: Amy Maurer Jones

Tonight I’m hosting Amy Jones, author, mom, teacher and well, super woman. Amy has graciously donated Wildflower (Wildflower, #1) for the giveaway. Wildflower is a fun historical romance read. Be sure to check out what a few fellow GR reviewers had to say below.

“Amy Jones you make me Moan! Lol ew that’s gross, but anyway WILDFLOWER was intense, intriguing, emotional and amazing! I absolutely loved it!” ——Amanda (Hootie) Clark (Goodreads)

“Wildflower is a very sweet high-school romance story with a historical fiction paranormal twist!” ——Tess (Goodreads)

Be sure to check out Amy on her blog, or follow her on twitter @AmyJonesSQ Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win Wildflower today!

Blurb

Love can be tragic.

17th Century America:
A Shaman’s daughter falls in love with an Englishman,
only her hand has been promised to a warrior.

Tears fall.
Promises are broken.
Rage is unleashed.

Souls are bound or shattered.

Present Day:
Laney Stillwater dreams about a boy she has never met,
but she longs for the attention of the ever popular and gorgeous, Jordan Stone.

Time tempts change.
Destined souls awaken.
Love gets a second chance.

Souls are bound or shattered.

What will destiny offer this time?

Reconciliation or more despair?

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