Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hot Crush, Awful Confession & More

Blogging consistently has always been an effort for me, but I’ve decided to faithfully post one day a week for the rest of 2013.

Please refrain from making any jokes about the best laid plans. One day a week is possible. Really it is. Right?

Monday Mashup

Hot Crush:


I first noticed Tom Hardy in Layer Cake. Granted I paid more attention to Daniel Craig in that 2004 movie. In the TV version of Wuthering Heights, TH reminded me why Heathcliff is my absolute favorite antihero.
"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger darling."

He continued to show his acting chops in Inception, but also showed far more (to my delight) in Warrior.

I had no idea he was the villain, Bane, in Dark Knight Rises, until the scene where there is a close-up of his eyes and he sheds a tear. He never ceases to blow me away with his hot body ability to reinvent himself.


 Upcoming Movies:

Just when I thought we didn’t need another Superman movie, I’m excited this version might be one my son will enjoy when he’s old enough to watch it.


I have a confession and it’s awful. I didn’t like The Great Gatsby when I read it years ago. Are you done cringing or gasping in horror? Yes, it’s an American Classic. Shame on me.

I rather enjoyed the original movie version. But I think I’ll LUV this new one by Baz Luhrmann. BL’s directorial style is one you either love or hate, there’s usually no in between, and DiCaprio’s intensity in this trailer left me swooning.

In case you missed it, I picked two winners instead of one from my last giveaway.
Congratulations, Maleficent M. and Sarah H!

Do you have any hot crushes? What movie are you looking forward to? Read an American Classic you didn’t fully appreciate?


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

Host: I AM A READER and Martha's Bookshelf

Prize: Excerpt from my paranormal romance Kindred of the Fallen, signed bookmark, and $10 Gift Card from Amazon, B&N or the Book Depository

How to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be announced: Friday January 25th

Return to hop list: HERE

Friday, January 11, 2013

You Decide & More

Today I need a little help. My editor emailed me saying I have to change the title of Kindred Book 2 because there is already another book coming out with the same title. Oye!

Coming up with a "reel 'em in" title is not my strength. The second book picks up exactly where the first book ends. I can't give anything away because I don't want to spoil the first one for readers. Let's just say things are about to get very ugly for Serenity and Cyrus.

Originally, book 2 was titled Keeper of the Flame. It's a reference to the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet. The goddess protected the good and annihilated the wicked.

Flame is also used by Kindred in reference to one's life. Based on the way things unfold for Serenity and Cyrus, it was an apt title.

So, I've decided to let you all help me decide. Below are some contender replacement titles.
Vote for one in the comments section or even suggest a new one. If I pick a new one recommended by a commenter, that person will receive a shout-out on Facebook, Twitter, my blog of course, and a huge thank you in the acknowledgement section of the book.

A. Curse of the Blessed

B. Lady of Flame

C. Guardian of the Flame

D. Leave a suggestion in the comments.

I sent out my first newsletter this morning. I offerred 3 e-ARCs to the first three people who requested one. Within less than an hour, I had about ten mails asking for one.

The lucky winners are:

Celina K., Holly, & Isabelle F.

So what should be the title of Kindred Book 2?
You Decide!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Guest Spot, Interview & Exclusive Excerpt

Today is another busy day as I continue to celebrate the release of my paranormal romance, Kindred of the Fallen.

My fab buddy, Brinda Berry, is hosting me over at her blog. I'm playing a little game of Finish the Sentence. I decided to drag along my hero and heroine, Serenity and Cyrus. Stop by for a little fun.

I also have an interview on Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's.

As I wrote Kindred of the Fallen, the first draft was for me. I revised with readers in mind, whittling away the fat and tightening up scenes. In doing so, I cut the prologue. It explains how Cyrus found his kabashem or the mate that is literally the other half of his soul and why he handles the situation with a strategic approach.

No one has seen it, not even my editor. I considered sharing it with you all today, but decided to save it as an exclusive for my newsletter mailing list, which will go out within the week.

Yeah, I'm a bit of a tease :). Sorry. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy Release Day & Giveaway Winner

Woo-hoo!!! This day has finally come after winning contests, querying agents and waiting to hear back on an offer from a publisher.

Happy Release Day Kindred of the Fallen!

Today I'm doing a release blitz and you'll be able to find me here:
CHANCE TO WIN $75 Gift Card
Character Interview: Meet Serenity Shaw, the heroine 
Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books
Books books the magical fruit
Book Liaison
Blooding Book Reviews

Sapphyria's Book Reviews
Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's
The Romance Writers Reads
Krystal's Enchanting Reads ...
Delphina Reads Too Much
The Solitary Bookworm
Andi’s Book Reviews
Hooked In a Book
Vivi Dumas
Pure Textuality
Also, congratulations to the winner of the I AM A READER New Year's Eve hop:

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ninja Guest Spot, Royal Interview & New Year Hop Winner

For those writers who also blog, I'm sure you know or at least hope you know The Ninja Capt: Alex J. Cavanaugh. He's awesome and I'm happy to be part of his ninja army. Today he has squeezed me in for a special guest spot. Woo-hoo! Check it out HERE. Thank you, Alex!

Today, I'm also fortunate enough to be hosted by Kay Dee Royal. She has an interview of me and a giveaway posted. Swing by HERE. Thank you, Kay Dee!

Now for the winner of the New Year's Blog Hop, hosted by Carrie Ann Ryan.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Kotkiewicz Hyatt! You have won an e-ARC of Kindred of the Fallen.

Carrie Ann will post the winner of the Grand Prize on her blog: http://carrieannryan.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Rockin' New Year Hop - $300 Grand Prize

Chance to win a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet plus $300 Gift Card

 I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. Every year I used to create this psychological test that I’d invariably fail. Perhaps it’s because resolutions are whimsical desires framed with negative words like lose, stop or quit.
About ten years ago, around the same time I met my husband, I changed the way I viewed life. Now I focus on what is most important, how to improve, and living authentically without regrets.

For me, I write down my top three priorities and I’m not afraid to say “no” to something not on my list.
Here are my top three for 2013:

3. Connect with readers. Since I’m currently promoting the upcoming release of my paranormal romance, Kindred of the Fallen, connecting with readers is vital for me. I also enjoy making real connections with people. I want readers to get to know me and I want to hear their thoughts on anything from my book to their favorite TV show.
2. Make time for my family. My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan, so it’s pretty easy to be a good wife right now, lol. I put together care packages with a few naughty pics, video our six-month-old son so hubby doesn’t feel as if he’s missing out on everything, and drop what I’m doing to chat when he calls unless what I’m doing involves the baby.

1. Be a good mother. Ultimately, if I can be a good mother, I’ll have absolutely no regrets.
I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year. And remember to live with no regrets!

One lucky reader will win an e-ARC of Kindred of the Fallen & a $10 gift card from Amazon or BN. The winner will be chosen using random.org on 7 Jan. To win my prize please enter on the rafflecopter.
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To be eligible to win the GRAND PRIZE below you MUST leave your e-mail address in your comment!
Carrie Ann ,the host of the hop, will pick 1 winner from all comments across all participating blogs on 7 Jan.  Everything except for the heavy swag is international.

What are your top three priorities? Do you live without regrets? How do you plan to ring in the New Year?

Kindred Chronicles, Book 1

Serenity’s soul-reading ability lets her easily create custom tattoos. Everything else in her life is a struggle, from trying to make it work with her best friend, Evan, to nightmares and visions that make her question her sanity.

Then she meets a man who sharpens her craving for something more, but her commitment to Evan means nothing beyond sparks can exist between them.

Cyrus has been watching Serenity, preparing to claim her as his Blessed mate—the other half of a split soul that, once reunited, is his only chance to break the curse that plagues his people.

One moment, Serenity is confronted by armed militants firing questions she cannot answer. The next, she is safe in Cyrus’s arms, reveling in his burning kiss…and learning she isn’t even human. She is Kindred, blessed with preternatural powers, cursed to suffer the twin horrors of the blood rage and the dark veil.

Their union is the greatest hope for redemption in a thousand years, but not all Kindred want to be saved. A dark secret could snuff out their lives before love has a chance to unite them…and redeem the Kindred for all time.

Warning: Contains a headstrong soul-reading tattoo artist, a sexy alpha hero who knows how to get what he wants, adrenaline-packed action, and explosive sex that literally shatters bulletproof glass.

   Samhain   Barnes & Noble
To return to list of participating blogs, click HERE.

Happy New Year Blog Hop

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Babs Book Bistro

January 1st - 7th 2013

This hop is international and super easy to enter.

You win a $15 gift card or $15 worth of books from The Book Depository.

Go to the Rafflecopter form to get started. A winner will be chosen on January 8th! 
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Click on the I AM A READER link at the top to return to hop list.

Happy 2013!