Thursday, 28 March 2013

Jennifer Lane's Streamline Book Birthday Bash!

Jennifer Lane is one of the most fantastic authors I've ever met online. If memory serves me correctly, I think I met Jen during A-Z last year, though I could be very wrong lol! The important point is, her books are wonderful, and I am so happy to have found them! This week, it's the book birthday of Jen's novel, Streamline, and I signed up to be part of the celebrations! So, if you want to know more, keep reading! :D

Streamline turns one-year-old this week! We're celebrating with a giveaway.

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone.

Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line...streamline.

"What an emotional journey! I don't think I have ever cried over a character so much in my life."
~Dani from Paulette's Papers

"The issues that are touched upon in the story: family, substance abuse, teen relationships, trust, honor...they are dealt with in an amazingly realistic, unglossed manner."
~Andrea from The Bookish Babe

"Overall, Streamline is a wonderfully, emotionally complex story about the ones we love, the ones we hurt, the mistakes that break the human heart, and the unconditional love that puts the pieces back together."
~Dani from Refracted Light Reviews

Streamline at Amazon for $2.99
Streamline at Barnes & Noble for $2.99

Author Jennifer Lane is giving away one signed print copy of Streamline to a US winner and three ebooks to international winners. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Bloggy Burnout

Hey peeps!

I know it's been a while, but I needed to take a little time out to decide what I wanted to do, and say, before putting this post together.

Since... well, probably just after Christmas, I've been finding blogging harder and harder to keep up with. It's not because I don't enjoy it anymore, I still love connecting with everyone, sharing good news and helping to pick people up on the bad days. But the pressure I put on myself to comment on every blog post and reply to every comment has zapped some of the enthusiasm.

In reality, I know you all understand. It's hard to keep up with everything, and if some of you don't comment on all of my posts, that's fine with me. I don't think it means you like me any less, it just means real life has taken over. But in my head, I think, "If I stop blogging, everyone will forget me, my book sales will dry up, and when I get back to it, it will be like starting all over again." Some of that might be true. Out of sight, out of mind, and all that. But I will be way more prepared to start afresh if I've had a lengthy time out to focus on things I need to do for me. Namely finishing my next book, and spending some time in the real world.

So, I am going to be quiet for a while, and hopefully this time to recharge will give me a chance to get that new book ready for anyone who is still interested when I get back! :p You will find me around on Facebook and Twitter, and occasionally on my entertainment blog here (I have some events coming up!) http://starshinenews.blogspot.co.uk/

Take care, kids, and feel free to drop me an email if anything awesome occurs!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Carrie Butler's Strength Blog Tour!



 Today I am THRILLED to be here with a post for Carrie Butler's Strength Blog Tour! If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend you check it out! 

Take it away, Carrie!

 
Creating a Fictional Campus
Thanks for having me over, Kyra!

For those of you who don't know me, let me preface this by saying I'm weird about details. I keep color-coded binders, and I have spreadsheets for everything under the sun. That's just me. So, when I tell you how I keep track of things, it might come across as the slightest bit strange...
Setting is a big deal, especially when you're dealing with a series. Every detail contributes to the reader's mental image, and it's jarring when descriptions contradict each other. That's why I mapped out Wilcox's (fictional) campus while I worked on Strength.



I drew inspiration from every college campus I'd ever been to, including my own alma maters and a few I visited for band camp. (I know what you're thinking. Keep that band camp joke to yourself.) There are academic buildings, recreational areas, sports fields, residence halls, etc. It's a well-rounded atmosphere with plenty of room for growth—even though half of it isn't mentioned.

That's the other reason I keep track of everything; it helps me stay oriented. "Okay, Rena is leaving the Rec. On her way back to the dorm, she's going to pass the campus green, an academic hall, the student union, and the south quad. Will she run into anyone she knows at that time of day? Is it dark enough that she would hurry and take a shortcut? Where are the well-lit areas?" It becomes real in my mind, as opposed to, "Okay, transition sentence getting Rena from point A to point B...”

But like I said, that's just me. I'm a glutton for punishment and extra work. ;) How do you keep track of your settings? 

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Strength by Carrie Butler
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing   
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Release Date: March 07, 2013


Available at: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Nook. More retailers will be added in the coming weeks, i.e. Sony Reader Store, iBookstore, Kobo, etc.

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, she’s stunned. Wallace Blake is everything she’s ever wanted in a man—except he can’t touch her. His uncontrollable strength, a so-called gift from his bloodline, makes every interaction dangerous. And with a secret, supernatural war brewing among his kind, there’s no time to work it out. To keep Wallace in her life, Rena will have to risk a whole lot more than her heart. 


 
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Monday, 18 March 2013

Writers 4 Writers - Spotlighting...ME!

Good morning, friends!

I am sure you have all heard of the awesome Writers4Writers Group, set up to help indie authors spread the word about their books! Well, this month, they very kindly offered to add me to the list of writers they want to help!

The mission is simple. If you want to give me a hand and shout me out - all you have to do is share my work via your social media networks, and for those of you who are short on time, I've even set up some tweets and FB posts for you to copy and paste! I do have three books, so you can promote them all, or just one or two. I will be grateful for any help you can give!

Game On
NA Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
After swapping her small town life to work for one of the top soccer teams in the U.S, Leah Walker thought she could finally leave the ghosts of her past behind. However, when she meets serial womanizer, Radleigh McCoy, the memories of her old life come swarming back, and she is forced to ask herself whether she has really changed at all.

FB Post: #W4WS supports indie authors!  Come and see Kyra Lennon's NA Contemporary Romance, with hot soccer players and a feisty heroine! http://www.amazon.com/Game-On-ebook/dp/B008LVCKI0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1363600929&sr=8-7&keywords=game+on



Tweets: Game On by   is a #NA contemp romance with hot soccer players & a feisty heroine! #W4WS http://www.amazon.com/Game-On-ebook/dp/B008LVCKI0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1363600929&sr=8-7&keywords=game+on

"OMG, Radleigh..WOW. He made my knees weak!" - Amazon reviewer of Game On by Kyra Lennon

What happens when a feisty Brit chick meets an egotistical soccer player? Find out in Kyra Lennon's Game On!  


 
Game On by Kyra Lennon offers sun, soccer, and sexiness in this #NA Contemporary Romance set in L.A! #W4WS http://www.amazon.com/Game-On-ebook/dp/B008LVCKI0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1363600929&sr=8-7&keywords=game+on


Blindsided (Game On Book 2)
NA Contemporary Romance
Blurb: After a successful first soccer season in L.A, Jesse Shaw heads to London with his best buddy, Hunter, but his world is turned upside down when a dangerous prank threatens his career and his blossoming relationship with Hunter’s cousin, Isabelle.

Isabelle Mills lives in Notting Hill with her parents and her twin sister, Georgia. When she finds out her cousin is coming to stay, along with his famous soccer player friend, her first instinct is to hibernate until they’ve gone. However, once she meets Jesse, everything changes. He’s everything she ever wanted, but with so many obstacles in their path, can she really risk putting her heart on the line?
FB Post: #W4WS supports indie authors! Check out Kyra Lennon's sweet NA contemporary romance, Blindsided, the second book in the Game On series! http://www.amazon.com/Blindsided-Game-On-ebook/dp/B00A510VDU/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363601547&sr=1-5&keywords=blindsided

Tweets: Soccer star Jesse Shaw heads to London & finds romance, drama and danger in Kyra Lennon's NA novel, Blindsided! #W4WS http://www.amazon.com/Blindsided-Game-On-ebook/dp/B00A510VDU/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363601547&sr=1-5&keywords=blindsided

When a soccer star meets a sweet Brit chick, romance blossoms, and sparks fly in Kyra Lennon's Blindsided! #W4WS http://www.amazon.com/Blindsided-Game-On-ebook/dp/B00A510VDU/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363601547&sr=1-5&keywords=blindsided

Check out Blindsided, the sequel to Kyra Lennon's debut novel, Game On!#W4WS http://www.amazon.com/Blindsided-Game-On-ebook/dp/B00A510VDU/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363601547&sr=1-5&keywords=blindsided

"It's an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end" - Amazon review of Kyra Lennon's Blindsided! Check it! #W4WS http://www.amazon.com/Blindsided-Game-On-ebook/dp/B00A510VDU/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363601547&sr=1-5&keywords=blindsided



If I Let You Go (novella)
NA Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
Madison Connor is about to lose it. Her job, that is. For three years, she’s taken care of Dominic Hartley’s five year old daughter, Tilly, but her world is flipped on its head when Dominic tells her his latest promotion is taking him to New York. With Tilly having a meltdown over the move, Madison and Dominic get into a fight that changes the entire nature of their relationship, causing Madison to ask herself a big question. Can she let him go?

FB Post: #W4WS supports indie authors! Check out Kyra Lennon's sexy NA contemporary romance novella, If I Let You Go! http://www.amazon.com/If-Let-You-Go-ebook/dp/B009MJ0M4Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363602113&sr=1-1&keywords=if+i+let+you+go

Tweets: Looking for a sexy NA contemporary romance? Try If I Let You Go by Kyra Lennon!#W4WS http://www.amazon.com/If-Let-You-Go-ebook/dp/B009MJ0M4Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363602113&sr=1-1&keywords=if+i+let+you+go


Kyra Lennon's novella, If I Let You Go, is full of sweet, sexy moments, and the leading man is a hottie! #W4WS http://www.amazon.com/If-Let-You-Go-ebook/dp/B009MJ0M4Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363602113&sr=1-1&keywords=if+i+let+you+go


You never know what you've got until you're about to lose it. Check out Kyra Lennon's novella, If I Let You Go! #W4WS

Also, if you feel like helping out a little more - you are more than welcome to direct people here to my blog OR... I have a brand new website! I would love to know what you all think of it, so take a look if you a have time! :D

Phew! That was harder than it sounded LOL! Thanks in advance for your support! And thanks to all the hard working organisers of W4WS for allowing me to be one of March's spotlighted authors!

You can help out Angela Brown - also spotlighted - here!



Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Christine Rains: Romance in 1304 The Harbnger


Christine Rains is continuing her theme of romance in the 13th Floor Series over here on my blog! Take it away, Christine!

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1304 – The Harbinger
By Christine Rains

MEIRA & SAM

Life is wonderful for modern day harpy Meira Harper. Her jobs consist of wearing designer shoes and fetching souls for Zeus. Well, it's wonderful until she gets the command to collect the soul of the man she loves. She's willing to do whatever it takes to save Sam, even if it means him rejecting her for never revealing her true self and being turned into a poodle by Hera.

Sam Wright loves the simple things in life. Family, good people, and his beautiful girlfriend. When he dies saving a woman and her daughter, his soul is claimed by Zeus. What Sam discovers when he's taken to Olympus is that Meira managed to get him a chance to live by participating in three challenges set up by the gods. He may be a hero, but the gods never play fairly.

Meira and Sam have been dating for a few months. Their chance at a life together is taken from them, and though Meira believes she'll never get him back, she's going to make sure he lives. It's bad enough that Sam sees her true form as a harpy with her ugly bird feet, but he wants a simple life. No drama or lies. It's one thing to have her heart broken when Sam states he couldn't handle her lies, but to know that they could've never had a life together even if he didn't die tears her up inside.

It was a big challenge for me to not let this story turn into a tragedy. Meira and Sam go through the wringer more so than any other couple in the 13th Floor series. The gods are merciless, but so are the actions taken by one with a good heart. Pick up The Harbinger and discover if Meira and Sam find their happily ever after, the gods get what they want as usual, or if everyone ends up as yappy little dogs. 

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Title: 1304 The Harbinger (The 13th Floor series, #4)
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: March 13th, 2013

Blurb:
Meira Harper loves both her jobs: talking about beautiful shoes and fetching souls for Zeus. But the Thunder God threatens the harpy's loyalty to her job when she receives the call to bring the soul of gorgeous Sam Wright. Meira pleads with her boss to let him live. Zeus agrees, but Sam must fight for his life. If Sam can win three challenges, he can keep his soul.

The gods never play fairly, though, so Meira needs to find ways to help Sam with the challenges. She cannot outwardly cross her master, but she refuses to let the man she loves lose his soul. They haven't even had a chance to start a life together.

Sam's soul is on the line. Meira's will be too if she's caught, but that's a risk she's willing to take.


Author Bio:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has five novellas and eighteen short stories published.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinerains
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@CRainsWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4017568.Christine_Rains

Here are the purchase links for The Harbinger:
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/The-Harbinger-13th-Floor-ebook/dp/B00BPE7O54
B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-harbinger-christine-rains/1114768579?ean=2940016351216
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/292455
Kobo - http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Harbinger/book-nrwmA6Z_y0CZgcK6l7J0Yw/page1.html?s=SQlrLbZyHk6IBygEmPBkog&r=1
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17381141-1304---the-harbinger 



Happy Wednesday, y'all!