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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

EXCERPTS from 'Voices' by RE Rowe

RE Rowe's VOICES released in February and with the follow up WHISPERS coming out later this Spring, I want to give you a sneak peek into the first chapter of VOICES...


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Forty-three minutes without a heartbeat—a little longer than a sitcom. About the time it takes for first period at Theodore High. It’d been five years since I’d seen Grams. She looked amazingly happy, considering she was dead.

After waking up from heart surgery, the first words I uttered in the recovery room were “Did my team win?”

“Miracle, miracle,” a nurse whispered. I guess she thought I’d have brain damage.

Another nurse cried. A male nurse asked me if I’d experienced anything strange. He said some patients have what they call a “Near-Death-Experience”—NDE for short. After all, I’d been officially pronounced dead before the doctors brought me back to life.

I told him, “No, nothing worth mentioning.” Lying was easier than telling the truth. There’s no way I’ll ever talk to anyone about those forty-three minutes—especially not Mom or her boyfriend, Hank. What would I tell them? “Hey, remember when I was dead? Well, I hung out with Grams on a bright day at Uncle Pete’s pond.”

Not a chance. I’d get tagged a wacko and locked up at Willowgate, just like the crazy kid from school.

The nurses told me it’d been a miracle that I had survived with only chest compressions until I arrived at the ER. I agreed, of course, but I knew different. Grams had said, “It’s your choice, dear. Stay here or return.”

Being a track star and honor student, I wanted to return.

And so I did.

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Can You Hear the VOICES?

Voices by R.E. Rowe
The Reincarnation Series #1

Publication date: February 27th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

In a small town in Arkansas, two lives that seemingly have nothing in common will converge and change each other forever.  A brilliant but tormented street artist and an ex-track star whose career was cut short by a heart condition.

Aimee DeLuca had a promising athletic career before her heart gave out during a high school track and field contest. Aimee struggles to find her way after spending time with a deceased grandmother during a near death experience. Reizo Rush is a street artist whose torment fuels his desire to add color to the gray walls of the city. But Reizo’s tagging and the two voices only he hears land him in perpetual trouble with both his teachers and the law.

During a chance encounter, the two quickly find out they have much more in common than love. When they stumble upon a century-old storm cellar hidden underground on Aimee’s uncle’s ranch, they unearth a cellar full of artifacts and a hundred-year-old Will. Once the news of the discovery leaks out, a drug-dealing teen and a mysterious soul named General are determined to bury the truth along with anyone who gets in their way.
 
 
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AUTHOR BIO:
 
When Rick isn't dreaming, you'll find him trying to discover why, figuring out how, uncovering ancient mysteries, writing a crazy fun middle-grade or young adult novel, inventing something seriously cool, or learning something new. He enjoys participating in science camps, writing conferences and talking to groups about creative topics such as the process of inventing, building worlds for science fiction and fantasy stories, and the importance of dreaming big.

Rick is a lifelong inventor and a named inventor on over one hundred patents. He has degrees in Avionics Systems Technology, Computer Science and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. His experience includes a wide range of engineering, technology development and management roles ranging from aerospace systems to gaming systems. He is a proud member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Author links:
http://www.rickrowe.com
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Special TUESDAYS TUNES with an Author's Writing Soundtrack

This week I've got a very special list of songs from Author Caroline Batten for TUESDAYS TUNES... This soundtrack list comes from Caroline's new novel NEARLY ALMOST SOMEBODY and includes some of personal favorites!! Enjoy!!


1.       Take Me to Church – Hozier >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-tW0CkvdDI

2.       Chandelier – Sia >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vjPBrBU-TM

3.       Whispers In the Dark – Mumford & Sons >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNaM-N1NdGo

4.       Dog Days Are Over – Florence & the Machine >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWOyfLBYtuU

5.       Lover’s Eyes - Mumford & Sons >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWNq89joPrI  

6.       You And I – Lady Gaga >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9YMU0WeBwU

7.       Say Something – A Great Big World / Christina Aguilera >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U0Ivkn2Ds

8.       Read All About It – Emeli Sandé >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q03E7oTc5qo

9.       I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGKfrgqWcv0

10.    Budapest – George Ezra >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrLPs3_1Fs

Meet Author Caroline Batten - INTERVIEW


 Caroline Batten is the author of #Forfeit and Nearly Almost Somebody, contemporary romances she likes to call “Chick Lit with Edge” – forget shoe-shopping and cupcakes, expect binge drinking, eating disorders and Class A drug-taking.
 
 
So let's see what Caroline has to say about herself...
#Forfeit is the sordid tale of five friends who play a game of increasingly dangerous dares. Nearly Almost Somebody is filled with Wiccan love spells, murder and local scandal. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Anywhere I can. Music, films, the Antiques Roadshow.

Really?

Totes. It’s where I saw the antique forfeit ball that Daisy rolls in the book.

Tell us your usual writing routine.

I work full-time, we have a 6 year-old daughter and we’re renovating an old farmhouse - writing routine, you say? Lol. There isn’t one. When I’m in the zone, I’ll write whenever and wherever I can, but when I’m not... life does get in the way.   

Life? How much time do you spend procrastinating on Facebook?

Yeah. That.

Do you have a favourite snack when you are in your writing zone?

Does Prosecco with a sliced strawberry in count as a snack?

What was the first book you remember reading and enjoying?

Without a doubt, Jill’s Gymkhana by Ruby Ferguson.

Did you have a favourite literary hero/heroine as a child?

That would be the Jill with the gymkhana. The girl was a superstar. Practical, witty, sharp, utterly dismissive of all things soppy - including her own mother’s nauseating Enid Blyton style books. She dreamed of becoming the first female MFH and so introduced me at the tender age of nine to equality and sex discrimination. And she beats the rich girl in the gymkhana. Hurrah.  

What's the wine in that glass?

Er... Prosecco. Obvs. 

Have you ever given up on a manuscript because it just wasn't working?

No. A few times people told me to put Forfeit in a drawer and move on, but I couldn’t. I loved Daisy and Xander too much to give up on them and the story.

Do your sex scenes make you horny?

*Blushes* A wise friend once told me to write books that I wanted to read because chances are someone else would want to read them too. Another wise friend, Kitty French told me to write sex scenes as though no one would ever read them. Put the two together...
 



Zoe’s a bit of a loose-moralled minx–

She’s great, right? I loved writing her scenes.

Will we see more of her in your next book?

You’re not the first person to ask that.

And?

No. Sorry.

What can your readers look forward to?

Afterglow should be out later this year. It’s about backpackers getting up to no good in Bondi Beach.

You said, ‘should be.’ Does that mean you’re not in the zone yet?

*Is watching cat videos on Facebook* Sorry, what?

You went to a Book Signing earlier this year. Are you planning any more?

Yes. Dublin and Birmingham this July, then Aberdeen in August. Oh, and Dublin again in 2016.

Is there any of that Prosecco left?

Yes. But I’m not sharing. :p

Any advice for aspiring authors?

Drink less.

 

Sometimes All You Are is... NEARLY ALMOST SOMEBODY

Nearly Almost Somebody 
by Caroline Batten 
 
 
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
 
She’s nearly perfect – He’s almost the one

When Patrick’s caught in flagrante with a local beauty queen, his father delivers an ultimatum: one more newspaper scandal and Patrick will be out on his ear. Desperate not to lose his job at the family veterinary practice,
Patrick needs to avoid trouble – and girls like Libby.

The Broken Ballerina’s a headline waiting to happen, but mourning her short-lived career as a dancer, Libby casts a Wiccan spell to summon a new love: Good-looking, honest, non-brown eyes, English, good with animals… in a nutshell, she summons Patrick.

But fighting Libby’s love spell will be the least of Patrick’s problems when an old lady dies from a ketamine overdose – ketamine stole from his surgery.

Witchcraft, Scandal, Murder...

Will anyone find their perfect Somebody?

 
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AUTHOR BIO:

Caroline lives in the Lake District with her husband, small child and two Kune Kune pigs.

She daydreams of one day owning a pair of Louboutin's and having somewhere fabulous to wear them. Until then, she'll be found plodding up a mountain in her trusty hiking boots.

#forfeit is Caroline's debut novel. Her follow up, Nearly Almost Somebody is also available from Amazon.

 
 
 

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Monday, April 27, 2015

KISSING MADELINE - Author Giveaway


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More About the DEAREST Series by Lex Martin

DEAREST CLEMENTINE
Dearest #1 - Clementine & Gavin
by Lex Martin

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn't mind being called bitchy and closed off.
It's safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a
professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up
for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA
Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem
find some inspiration, even if that means making out...in the name of research, of
course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a
missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target.
Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has
to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

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FINDING DANDELION
Dearest #2 - Jax and Dani
by Lex Martin

When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday,
their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t
interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity
of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So
when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total
shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate's brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her
roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the
last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off
the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About
anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay
away from her, even if it means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces
at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart.

Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be
with her? And will she let him if he does?
 
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Kissing Madeline (Dearest, #3)
by Lex Martin
 
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design by: Krista Ritchie
 

What’s the worst thing about wanting a sexy NFL football player? Everyone else
wants him, too.

After catching my boyfriend getting deep-throated by a skanky cage girl, I’ve learned
my lesson – never date a professional athlete. Never. Besides, I have more important
things to worry about, like not blowing my shot to make it as a broadcast reporter. I
won’t let anything get in my way, not even the new “it boy” of the NFL and my hot-
as-hell neighbor.

What's the worst thing about getting death glares from his new neighbor? It
doesn't make him want her any less.

I’ve worked my ass off to make it to the pros. The last thing I need is the
complication of a relationship, especially since my last one was a total train wreck.
But I can’t stop thinking about the feisty girl next door with the smart mouth. And
I’d love nothing more than to show her what to do with that mouth.

Friends with benefits might be the best idea he’s ever had. Or the worst.

Kissing Madeline is a companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE
and FINDING DANDELION. Each book is a stand-alone.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE
(#1 - Clementine & Gavin):
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(#2 - Jax & Dani):
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About the Author

Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta
kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel
life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to
music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all
over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and
twin daughters.

Connect with Lex
Dearest Series Fan Group: http://on.fb.me/1oJN3mZ
Newsletter:  http://bit.ly/1CgVvUO

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's Inside 'Since Drew'? - EXCERPT


Sneak a peek inside Since Drew by J. Nathan in this excerpt from the novel...
 
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He approached the chair beside my bed and dropped down into it, keeping his eyes trained on mine.

“Hi?”

A devious smirk tipped his lips as he placed the bag on the floor and lowered my tray table in the space between us. He reached inside the crinkly bag, letting his hand linger. I’d give him props. He definitely knew how to pique my curiosity. His hand slid out grasping a shot glass. His eyes stayed on mine as he placed it on the empty tray table in front of him. Then he reached back in and pulled out a second glass.

“Thirsty?”
A slow sexy smile skated across his lips as he slid the glass across the table in front of me. But he wasn’t done. He reached back in the bag and pulled out a full bottle of vodka.
“Seriously?” I laughed.
He nodded. “You scared?”

“Scared I’m gonna drink you under the table.”
He threw back his head and let loose a shoulder shaking laugh. So carefree. So comfortable. So unbelievably breathtaking.
But once it continued much longer than necessary, I crossed my arms over the UNC printed on my powder-blue T-shirt. “Are we playing a game or just trying to get sloppy drunk?”
His laughter subsided as he dug into his pocket and pulled out a quarter, holding it up so the fluorescent lights in my room reflected off it.
“So, we’re wagering?”
He nodded. “And with the pain meds getting the liquor to your head quicker, you being drunk off your ass is just an added bonus.”
I swallowed down. Hard.

“Now if I win…” He twisted his lips like he really needed to consider the stakes. “I get to give you a sponge bath.”
He said it so matter-of-factly, it threw me for a loop. Then again, it seemed like a win-win for me.
“If you win,” he continued. “You give me a sponge bath.”
“Who said I’d want to give you a sponge bath?” I totally did.

“Seriously? Have you seen me?”
I almost choked on the arrogance floating around the room. But in all honesty, I liked it. Too much. A guy who knew who he was and what he wanted turned me on. It’s what I was drawn to. What I normally sought out. I nodded toward the vodka. “Where’d you get it?”
“My buddy Avery smuggled it in.”
“All in an effort to get me drunk?”

His smile spread wide. “All in an effort to get you drunk and give you a sponge bath.”

“Ever think of just asking?”
 
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Life Changes in a Blink... SINCE DREW

Since Drew by J. Nathan 
Publication date: April 23rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
All Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when a near-fatal accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.
 
Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.
 
One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.

AUTHOR BIO:
I'm a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning...even better. 
 
Happy endings are a must. Don’t leave me with an unexpected cliffhanger or someone dying in the end. I’ll be depressed for days.
 
Love triangles and negative people are the bane of my existence. My family, friends, sangria, and watermelon margaritas are the light…

I love hearing from readers, so feel free to get in touch with me at:
 
 
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Stay tuned today for more sneak peeks at Since Drew by J. Nathan!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Searching for Weekend Reads?

Are you looking for something to read this weekend?? Well search no further!  Here we've got 4 excellent suggestions for you...

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Exposed: Laid Bare by S.R. Grey
(Laid Bare #1)
Publication date: April 5th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:
A sexy novella where things are not always as they appear. Enter the Laid Bare world only if you dare.

There’s something about Lucien Chambers. Something beyond his amazing success, his good looks, and his uncanny ability to turn everything he touches to gold.

In the eyes of the world, Lucien is a sexy and savvy business man. But when a naïve photographer, Dahlia Vaughn, is hired to take pictures of the hot entrepreneur, she discovers Mr. Chambers may be much more than what he seems.

Volume 1 of the Laid Bare novellas


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Add Exposed: Laid Bare (Laid Bare #1):  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23492027-exposed
Add Unveiled: Laid Bare (Laid Bare #2): (coming in June!) http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24911665-unveiled
 
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Vampire’s Bane by Suzannah Daniels
(Vampire’s Bane, #1)
Publication date: April 14th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
VAMPIRE’S BANE is a mature young adult paranormal fantasy/romance/action & adventure/post-apocalyptic story.  Now available for pre-order on Amazon…will be released on Amazon on April 14, 2015.
 
A lethal sword.
 
A dangerous mission.
 
A seventeen-year-old girl finding her way in a world that is nothing like she remembered.
 
When Maylin Kavanagh’s parents surrendered her to The Program, they swore it was for her protection. After being confined in a small underground cell for nearly two years, she is finally released.
 
But the world has changed.
 
Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it. When her group is kidnapped by a band of rogue vampires, Maylin realizes the decline of the human population has brought other races to the forefront—races she never knew existed. And now they’re all battling for survival and power.
 
In his father’s absence, Thane Warwick must lead his people. He has two priorities: find his father and find humans who can supply blood to his tribe. Immediately intrigued by his latest captive, he becomes interested in Maylin for more than just her blood, but he soon discovers that he must make a choice between his father and her.
 
Despite their attraction, Maylin and Thane each have an agenda, and only one can be the victor.
 
VAMPIRE’S BANE is the first book in the VAMPIRE’S BANE series. While it does end at a natural turning point in the heroine’s journey, it is an ongoing story, and not all questions will be answered. You will need to read this series in order.
 

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Mastered 2: Ten Tales of Sensual Surrender
Authors: Avery Aster, Cynthia Sax, Emily Ryan-Davis, Evangeline Anderson, Jennifer Leeland, Karen Fenech, Madelynne Ellis, Opal Carew, Portia Da Costa, Ruby Foxx, Saskia Walker, T.J. Michaels
Publication date: April 21st 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance
 

Synopsis:
On the heels of the wildly popular New York Times and USA Today bestseller, MASTERED, we bring you MASTERED 2, ten more tales of sensual surrender, plus a bonus short story!
 
“11 AMAZING NEW EROTIC ROMANCE STORIES YOU’VE NEVER READ!”
 
These scorching erotic romance books, plus a bonus short story, are all brand-spanking new and never-before-released, until now! One-click this anthology today at a low pre-sale price of only 99 cents. This won’t last long!
 
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Meet Me In The Dark (A Dark Suspense) by J.A. Huss
Publication date: April 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:

He’s empty, inhuman, dishonest, and cruel. She’s never wanted anyone more.
Sydney has lived in fear for eight years after freelance assassin, Merc, failed to rescue her from a cult-like militia group. Left in the hands of a sadistic man, she did whatever it took to survive. But Merc’s last words gave her hope. Hope he’d be back to finish the job.

 
After Merc is betrayed by her father, Sydney becomes his target. He wields sex, drugs, lies, and love like weapons. Merc knows just what to do with a fearful girl like Sydney. He’s in control. He’s always in control. 

But Sydney Channing is not what she appears. And Merc’s only redeeming act—the very one that made Sydney’s life a living hell—might just be his worst mistake yet. 

WARNING: Meet Me In The Dark is a STANDALONE, non-traditional, DARK ,CAPTIVE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE. It is not intended for sensitive readers.

MEET ME IN THE DARK IS A STANDALONE, romantic suspense novel ON SALE NOW:
 
 
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