Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Crossroads by Annie Rose- Win a $15 Amazon Gift Card!


  Synopsis
How do you get there, darlin’? Well, na’, you start by taking Brighten Place. Follow that road all the way down to Marigny Street. After you travel a little distance you’ll come to an old Red Dirt Road, and that road will take you even further, to Lotus Blossom Lane, but you’ve already been that way. Na’ you’re exactly where you should be, darlin’. You’ve arrived at The Crossroads of your life.

Gabriel Roberts is the most famous movie star in the world. He has everything one man could ever want. He has everything except the one thing he feels will fulfill his purpose and complete his life. Raphael Rose is dying of pneumonia. As he waits on the waning clock of mortality to chime, he has a story to share. One of star-crossed lovers he has never lost hope for. Two doors down, Madam Catalina has her own story – a shocking past, a love of a lifetime left undone. Locked behind the doors of Charity Hospital during Hurricane Evangeline, the tangling of souls has unraveled and left each of them at the crossroads of their life. And in the end, whichever road they choose will lead them home.
Meet the Author
annie rose welch 
Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty- one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her writing career began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightening bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn't stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm. 

When she's not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. She currently (still) resides in the big shake (although her southern roots are calling her home) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent). For lagniappe (a little extra), a virtual cup of café au lait and beignets, please visit Annie's website: www.annierosewelch.com She can also be found on Facebook & Twitter. Social Links
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Falling for Books Blog Hop

In honor of this fantastic blog hop by Lily Bloom Books, I've dedicated this post to books I've fallen for! These are books that I couldn't get over when I finished because they had such an impact on me, or because I missed the characters or the world so much. Check them out and see what you think. Maybe you should add a few to your TBR list?

If you stick around until the end of this post, you can enter a giveaway to win one of my books- a book that you will fall for- I hope!

Books That I Fell Hard For:

1. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro  
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
3. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
4. The Light ages by Ian R. Macleod
5. The Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
7. Life as We Knew It y susan Beth Pfeffer
8. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
9. If I stay by Gayle Foreman
10. What Happens to Men When They Move to Manhattan by Jill Knapp

Now for the Giveaway!!!

One lucky winner will win an ebook of my latest release from HarperImpulse!!

An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants... but the one thing she needs!

Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy's most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself...

Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony's latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can't even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.

Only, there's one Italian attraction that Carly hadn't quite expected to be a part of the tourist route...
Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly's morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he's a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?

Please visit the other blogs on this hop to win more prizes! 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal for The Parisian Assignation by Bev Elle

COVER REVEAL THE PARISIAN ASSIGNATION By Bev Elle Adult Contemporary Romance - Standalone Expected Release Date: Fall 2014 Image Credit: Forgiss
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Stephen has lived most of his life believing he was an unassuming Cranford, son of Anne, a housewife and Douglas, a local family practitioner. He has finished college, begun a career, and is engaged to a swimsuit model. What more could an All-American Boy ask for?

On his twenty-eighth birthday, Stephen learns he is the sole heir to the fortune of Étienne François Masson, the legendary philanthropist and CEO of Masson Enterprises. To claim his fortune, and guard it against a hostile takeover by his father’s half-brother, he has to move to Paris to learn all the ins and outs of the empire his late father left him. 

The company hires an assistant for him before he arrives, one who is fluent in both English and French, and is someone with whom he shares an intimate past—someone he’d sooner forget.

American born Nicole Parker has studied abroad since she was in grade school, and is an MBA and expert linguist. She is excellent at what she does, but for some reason she rubs Stephen Cranford, entirely the wrong way.

Will this Parisian assignation prepare Stephen to be an international tycoon, or will his assistant drive him to distraction, in more ways than one?
 
 
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Author Bio: 

Bev Elle the author of sweet and spicy, contemporary romance. A lover of books--many already written, and those she harbors in her very active imagination. Writing is a passion she's had for many years, but was unable to act upon. Until now. Bev Elle is the mother of three human children and two canines. She is also the lover of one husband :) When Bev isn't writing in her spare time after work, she is thinking of doing so.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Game of Thrones Panel at the Granite State Comicon Today!

Gemma Whelan, aka "Yara Greyjoy"
Miltos Yerolemou, aka "Syrio Forel"
Finn Jones, aka "Ser Loras Tyrell"
Daniel Portman, aka "Podrick Payne"
Josef Altin, aka "Pypar or Pyp"


 What they look like in Game of Thrones:

 So, I thought it would be really neat to buy my husband surprise tickets to see the Game of Thrones panel this weekend at the Granite State Comicon. The best part was getting to see all of them happy with smiles on their faces! (Game of Thrones and be so dismal and everyone is always mad at each other and trying to kill each other!) But here they were all laughing and answering questions. I was surprised how funny Gemma Whelan is in person- because she is definitely NOT funny in Game of Thrones. Each of them had a little of their character in them, so it was fun to see why the casting directors chose these people for the roles they did. The actor who plays Loras Tyrell said he originally auditioned for the part of John Snow, but I can see why the directors chose him for the other part. He had the biggest personality of all of them and was so happy to be there. One of the girls in the line for questions asked him if he'd marry her, and he said said and came down and proposed on one knee. Then, gave her a big hug.

One of the funny questions people asked was, "Who would you kill off in the next season?" Finn Jones said he'd love it if the writers did something so shocking it would throw everyone off-like killing Daenerys. He said it would be fun to pick someone who lives in the books to shock everyone who thinks they know what's coming next. And Gemma Whalen said to kill Hodor- everyone was shocked.


My husband and I had a great time. Here we are waiting in line for the panel. (although he was a little freaked out by all the people in costumes.)

This guy had trouble fitting through the door:

I'm not sure what he was- a transformer? He did manage to fit after ducking way down and getting each shoulder in one at a time. Everyone applauded when he made it through. Pretty funny.

Here you can see some of the other people dressed up. There were a lot of Dani's with white blonde hair, and a lot of guys wearing furs like guards of the Night's Watch. If you look closely in the picture below, you can see a pretty good Littlefinger costume (with matching goatee) in the far left corner. The funny part was- the Dani's were all eyeballing each other to see who had the best outfit. I didn't know how competitive this thing got! Good thing I just dressed as myself!

Overall, it was a unique experience and a great thing to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon. We got a lot of walking in, which is always good. And I managed to pick up a few Christmas presents for the people in my family who like comics.

Writing Update With Word Count

Total Word Count For The Year So Far: 176,185
Word Count for August: 29,981
Word Count so far This Month: 9,566

So, my lovely editor granted me a reprieve on my deadline and I have an extra month to finish Orphan's Blade, the sequel to Minstrel's Serenade! (Phew!) I also worked on edits this month to Diva's Handyman, the sequel to An American Girl in Italy. I added 1k to that manuscript developing the characters and their transitions (character arcs) a bit more, especially the diva's transition from a snob in a bubble to a more kindhearted, worldly soul at the end. I'm very happy with the results.

I've very excited to report that I'm one rating away from 900 on Goodreads! Yay! I never thought I'd get up that far, so this is a great milestone for me. It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that 900 people have read (and rated) my books. Of course, some ratings are from the same person, but just think about the number of people who read books and don't leave ratings....which means probably more than 900 people have read me books. It's astounding. 

I also received my royalty reports from Entangled Publishing and Inkspell Publishing and they were pretty good this time. I sold 190 books at Entangled Publishing last quarter- most of them Pan's Conquest because it was on sale for .99. And I sold 68 books at Inkspell Publishing last quarter- all of them my Paradise Reclaimed series with Colonization, Reconnaissance, and Alliance. Minstrel's Serenade did not sell any books (that I know of) during the week of the book blast. :( 

Overall, it's been a good month for writing. I've joined a bunch of book touring companies to boost the readership to my blog, and my page stats have gone up from about 100 views a day to 150-200. It hasn't impacted sales much, but at least I have some traffic looking at my books. 

Wish me luck on finishing Orphan's Blade


Friday, September 12, 2014

Bespoken by Marie Michelle Coleman and a $20 Gift Card Giveaway!

Bespoken
A Nightangel and Daydreamer Novel
Book One
Marie Michelle Coleman

Genre:  paranormal romance//urban fantasy
Publisher:  Suburban Island Publishing
ISBN:  978-0991146628
ASIN:  B00IXA9UKK
395 pages on Kindle
368 pages in paperback
Word Count:  92,000
Cover Artist:  Doug Pecht

Book Description: 

Nobody ever told Casey how dangerous a little daydreaming could be.

Casey Sloane appreciates the power of a good daydream. It’s the perfect antidote to the pressures of her hectic life as an associate attorney at a high-powered Washington, D.C. law firm. When the nightangel Gabriel takes up residence in those dreams, Casey is more delighted than surprised. Gabriel is the perfect mixture of danger, otherworldly beauty, and out-and-out temptation required to throw her daydreams into a state of perpetual overdrive.

But when the nightangel sheds his wings and arrives in the real world for a real-time relationship with Casey, she gets a quick education on the unforeseen consequences of secret daydreams.

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EXCERPT ONE:

The Gabriel of a thousand shaded daydreams drew her back toward him in one firm, proprietary movement. Hard against soft. Dream against dreamer. He fit himself against her so her breath was his and the pounding of her heart must have echoed in both of their ears. His eyes drank her in as she stood wide-eyed in her wet, black dress, trying to relegate his appearance to nothing more than the hallucinatory aftereffects of too much rolling around on petal-strewn beds with make-believe nightangels when you had sworn off them. She felt like she’d gone on a bender after being in a sort of daydream rehab outpatient program that required total abstinence in order to stay free of nightangel-induced complications.
Where was Dr. Drew when you needed him?
The angel tore his gaze away from her image in the mirror and sought out the smooth cream of her shoulders and neck. He marked the place where they curved together with a single shattering kiss. The power of that kiss rendered her motionless within his hands. He’s not real anyway, she told herself. She was not going to squander what was a pretty fantastic not-real moment by over-examining it.
She dropped her head back against the nightangel’s shoulder instead; her face lifted up and away from him, her neck turned and bared. His cool breath fanned the anticipation that heated her skin. She closed her eyes. She waited. Casey knew the spot where his mouth would touch next. She knew it without looking. He pressed his lips against the sweet spot where her pulse beat so Casey almost cried out and then he rained a brutal storm of soft kisses down upon her. They poured along the places where the damp wisps of hair clung to the nape of her neck, across the heat of her flushed cheeks, against the corners of her open breathless lips—rushing, pausing, traveling forward again. He smoothed her brow with these kisses before releasing another hungry deluge of them along the other side of her neck.
She was soothed and panicked by the frosted, urgent pressure of those lips. She could either scream “stop” and see what happened next, or stay still and silent while he kept making her weak in the knees with this onslaught of kisses. She went with not moving or speaking. She had released herself to the moment. She had given herself over to something that could not be happening anyway.
Soft-eyed vampires, sharp-mouthed angels—these were the things of dreams, not reality.
“It’s only a dream.” She murmured the sentence out loud, some of her fear melting under the icy sweetness of his kisses on her skin and her own reassuring words.
Her imagining lifted his head. He smiled at her in the mirror with a certain new understanding. Casey produced a small, nervous smile in answer without meaning to smile at all. The exquisite illusion—even more dazzling than in any of her daydreams—buried his face in her sable hair. His mouth was parted and sighing as it brushed against the silk of it. She thought he might speak. She did not want him to speak. Because if he spoke, he would be real. And if he was real, she was so screwed.
“Casey,” the vision breathed her name.
She was so totally screwed.

About the Author: 

Marie Michelle Coleman is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author whose book, Bespoken, is the first in the Nightangel and Daydreamer series. She's been in love with the written word since she was old enough to turn the pages of her first book. She's always had a fascination with vampires and angels. Sitting down at the keyboard and turning on the paranormal blender was a natural next step.

Marie lives in the Washington D.C. area. She believes in the power of a compelling dream, the therapeutic merits of loud music, and the benefits of always being in the middle of reading a great book. Marie has a soft spot for a good romance and likes to laugh. Jane Austen is her favorite author. She'll probably always be a little in love with Mr. Darcy.

She grows roses in her garden but no matter how hard she tries, they don't look anything like the ones in Casey Sloane's daydreams.








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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blog Tour: The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani


Posting a note of remembrance in honor of September 11th, 2001





The Luthier’s Apprentice (Violinist Detective Series, Book 1)

Book Synopsis:
Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…  

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice.  But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms. 

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma's family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?  

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him.  And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier's apprentice…

Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
Tag Line: When a psychopathic violinist starts kidnapping other violinists around the world, 16-year old Emma must hunt her down before her own beloved violin teacher is killed.
Release Date: May 15, 2014 ebook; August 15, 2014 print
Formats Available, e-book, Paperback, Hardback: ebook and paperback
Publisher Information or Self-Published: Twilight Times Books
ISBN Numbers:
*Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-029-6
*eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-028-9
Prices of Each Format: ebook $2.99, paperback $15.95
Author Information
Author Name: Mayra Calvani

 
Author Bio: Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium.

Agent & Contact Info: Nadeen Gayle, Serendipity Literary
Publisher: Twilight Times Books