Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Release: How to Seduce a Fireman by Vonnie Davis #romance

Hey guys! It's release day! One of my favorite authors has another book out. I for one can't wait to get my hands on this one. 

How to Seduce a Fireman


Available at Amazon


BLURB:

The heat is on…

Book 1 in the ‘Wild Heat’ series – the hottest new fireman trilogy of the fall!

Cassie Wolford has crushed on fireman Quinn Gallagher ever since he moved to Clearwater three years ago. There’s just one problem: he’s always made it clear dating is out of the question. But once a Wolford sets their sights on someone, that person doesn’t stand a chance! Cassie decides it’s time for Quinn to get a dose of his own medicine… and sets out to show him what he’s missing!

Quinn knows only too well what Cassie’s up to but he can’t give her what she wants. He isn’t good for anyone, much less someone as sweet as his angel. Fighting her off hurts like hell, but giving her false hope of a happy ever after would be damn cruel. That’s why he has to leave Clearwater.

Unfortunately, someone from his past has different ideas and when Cassie’s life is threatened this former CIA operative is staying put, prepared to crawl through hell and back to keep her safe. And it looks like he might just have to.


EXCERPT:

Quinn Gallagher was dead meat.  

Cassie Wolford marched to the side door of Fire and Marine Rescue Unit Thirty-two in Clearwater, Florida. She swiped the entry pass she’d purloined a year or so ago from her oldest brother and yanked the handle when the light in the security lock turned green. Propping her hip against the door, she maneuvered the large box containing the remainder of her birthday cake through the doorway. Quinn better have a damn good excuse for being a no show at my party last night.

She’d asked him twice if he was coming and, both times, he’d used that wicked smile on her before claiming he wouldn’t miss her twenty-first birthday for the world. So unless he was inside hobbling on crutches with two broken legs or wore a body cast from face to feet, he was about to get his jaw jacked. I don’t care if he does have a body built for sin and I want to be his number one sinner.

With both of her brothers serving as firemen in this top-notch unit, Cassie knew her way around the building. She crossed the threshold into the firemen’s living quarters, slapped
the cake on the large dining room table and pivoted toward conversation floating in from the TV area amid the battle sounds of a warrior game on Wii.

Masculine laughter, deep and sensual, slithered straight to her core before spreading out to spark all her nerve endings. Quinn Gallagher did that to her, no matter if it was his laughter, his voice, or his eyes that fluctuated between blue and grey. Why Quinn? Why not a guy who is as crazy for me as I am for him? But no, I have to fall hard for Mr. I-Could-Give-a-Shit.


One quick glance in his direction, and she sucked air. Quinn, in his typically jovial manner, was recanting a story to her youngest brother, Jace, and a new fireman she’d yet to meet. All Quinn wore was a white towel slung low around his narrow hips. Water drops lazily forged a trail down his tanned and toned body. Moisture dripped from his freshly shampooed dark hair, trailed over his perpetual five-o’clock shadow and plopped onto his collarbone, splatted onto his hardened pecs and washboard stomach, before skiing the hills and valleys over every ridge of his abs. Oh, to be a droplet of water.


About Vonnie: 

Vonnie Davis is an award-winning, international author who writes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance, often with strong elements of suspense.  She likens herself to a croissant: warm, crusty, wrinkled, a tad flaky—and best served with strong coffee.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Promo and #Giveaway: The Art of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside @brendawhitesid2 #TWRP

Thanks so much for having me today, Joanne. I’m excited to have your readers learn about my latest release, The Art of Love and Murder, the first book in my Love and Murder series. I hope everyone enters the Rafflecopter drawing for a tote bag of items that relate to the book. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win. This link will direct you to all the blogs on my tour: http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/p/contests-and-give-ways.html

Blurb:

Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband.  A husband who wasn't what he seemed.  Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.   

Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice.  When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible.  As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.

Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past...until Chance's connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love.  Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?

Excerpt:

Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn’t she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father’s, the professor’s eyes were a startling green shade.

His hand nudged her arm. “Lacy?”

She jumped. “Oh, yes.” She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.

He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood. When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.

He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. “Where is the chest?”

The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. “I’m having it sent. You’ve seen it before?”

He didn’t move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. “I’d like to show you something, Lacy.”

“All right.” She waited, watching his profile.

He turned and stared into her face a moment. “You’re so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form.”

His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn’t speak. Didn’t know what to say. She’d been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor’s intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Revising Risking It All—an insider’s look into my revision process. @JMStewartWriter #romance

Last week I talked about what I learned from my editor. I talked about how she’d wanted me to fully flesh out the story and what I’d learned during that process. This week, I thought I’d share an inside view into how I actually accomplished that.

My editor at Berkley actually called me on the phone for this. By the time we were done, I had two pages (front and back) of handwritten notes. Unfortunately, I seem to have tossed them, but they were along the lines of things like this:

Take out the “longing.” Clarify this. Extend this scene. Add scene in here. Add motivation and detail. Specific areas she wanted me to look at.

But mostly, it was a vague, general “over all” she wanted me to look at. She wanted more detail. The finite stuff.

To be honest? I was overwhelmed and I really wasn’t sure I completely understood, but I had the basic idea. She told me that 90% of it was that what I saw didn’t quite make it onto the page. She described it this way. She said most authors have this movie of their books playing in their heads. She said, “You live in this world.” But because I live in it, I can’t really see what’s missing, and what she wanted was for me to go back and, essentially, add it all in.

So, I took that notion and decided to run with it. I thought, I’m either going to fail spectacularly or she’ll give me the thumps up, but I didn’t hold back. I went through from the first paragraph and had to reset myself into the POV of the character. In the opening, it’s Kyle.

So, I thought, all right. What IS he thinking here? His best friend and the woman he’s in love has just shown up on his doorstep and told him she’s pregnant. Well, he’s in shock. He’s angry. Right?

Well, yeah, but then I thought back to that conversation with my editor and a little voice in my head whispered, “dig deeper.”

Okay. Put yourself in Kyle’s shoes, Joanne. What’s his day been like? What was he doing up until this moment? Where’s his head at when Ceci shows up soaking went and announces she’s pregnant?

He’s getting ready for work. And then I remembered that headache he has in chapter six, and suddenly my hero has migraines. And in explaining the migraines that had kept him up all night the previous night, I then learned he’s working on a tough case at the police department. Someone’s killing women and he can’t catch a break to save his life. And he’s tired (because he isn’t sleeping), and having to fend off his feelings for Ceci, on top of everything is just the icing on the cake of his day. And he works second shift, so his day is only just beginning.

I had to do some quick research for this area. I thought to myself, how do cops react to the horror they see every day? I found a fantastic article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/25/homicide-detective-lapd-daily-life

And my muse went nuts. I took in what she told me, processed, and thought, you know what? What the hell. I followed my gut, using what she told me as guidance. I was terrified when I finally handed it in. I have never in my life done revisions that large, that encompassing, before. She was either going to love it or hate it, but I was going all in, whatever the outcome. Turned out she loved it. Her email was really simple, just a “I loved it! Great job!” but honestly, I wanted to kiss her. lol

And lastly, here’s another before and after from the book. Again, I can’t share long excerpts, so I’m keeping it short, but hopefully you’ll see the level of detail that went into this. Again, this is the exact same moment in the book.

The original opening I sent to my editor:

“Kyle, I’m pregnant.”

Kyle Morgan’s smile slid from his face. Standing barefoot in the open doorway, his cheerful greeting lodged in his throat. Outside a mid-March storm battered the apartment building. The wind howled up the stairwell, gusts blowing past him inside, sending goose bumps shivering up his arms.

He couldn’t move, couldn’t think for that matter. For one heart-pounding moment, he could only stare at the woman on his doorstep. She was drenched from top to bottom. Her light brown locks, normally shiny and bouncing around her chin, now lay plastered to her head, water dripping from the ends. Her arms hung limp at her sides, her hands having gotten lost in the sleeves of the thick white sweater that now drooped on her slender form.

What it became:

“Kyle, I’m pregnant.”

The smile Kyle Morgan opened his front door with slid from his face. The cheerful greeting he’d worked hard to drum up lodged in his throat. For a moment, he could only stare, stunned, at the woman on the other side of the threshold.

He’d woken in a bad mood this morning. Another blinding headache had grabbed him last night and hadn’t let go. A detective for the Puyallup Police Department, the homicide he and his partner, Marsha, worked on reached another dead end. Four women had died in the span of two days, all left with the same calling card, and they weren’t one step closer to finding their killer. The perp had evaded them every step of the way so far. It made sleeping impossible and had put him in a foul mood.

Namely, because he couldn’t stop thinking about her. On the other side of the threshold stood the only woman capable of tying him in a million knots. Cecelia Anton had been his best friend since he was ten. Three years ago, hell, even six months ago, he might have picked up the phone and called her. He might have gotten home from work at two in the morning, but he knew damn well she’d have answered. She’d have known exactly what to say to talk him out of the angry regret and failure wound tight in his stomach. Except the thought of talking to her now left him more conflicted than this damn case. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Risking It All Release Day Giveaway Winners

Hey everybody! 

The giveaway for a copy of Risking It All is now over. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated!

And the winners are...

Robin D.
Cheyenne D.
Kaylee L.
Joseph H.
Mackenzie Crowne

Winners have been notified privately. Thank you again to everyone who participated! Thanks for making my release fantastic!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Moonbeams and Magic boxed set -- 4 Books for the prize of 1! @AuthorAubrie


FOUR Books for the Price of $1.99!
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Comes out September 23rd

Antithesis by Kacey Vanderkarr

My name is Gavyn.

Liam doesn’t care that I only have one arm. He actually likes my red hair and freckles. I might forgive him for kidnapping me.

My name is Gavyn.

I lost my Liam. I’ve lost them all. And now it’s my job to make sure they don’t show up again.

My name is Gavyn.

I had a life with Liam, but he couldn’t give me what I need. Then I killed his father. I don’t expect he’ll forgive me for that.
 

Bewitched by Mark Jay Harris

Is it love or is it witchcraft? He’ll never find out if he kills her first.

The first time Darren saw Samantha, she was floating above his high school gymnasium during a basketball game, invisible to everyone but him. Next time he sees her, she's sitting in front of him in class, wowing his friends and causing unexplainable things to happen that only he seems to notice. But things really get strange (and complicated) when his dying grandfather tells him that he is part of an ancient order, the “Pessum Ire,” whose duty is to destroy witches. What does he do now, since he’s almost positive Samantha is a witch…and he’s crushing on her pretty hard?
 

Colonization by Aubrie Dionne

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.

Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer
assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.

But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.

Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.

The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night. 

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. When the sudden death of his Gran takes him from the East coast to the rugged cliffs of Western Ireland, all that changes. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning
tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.


Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?



Praise for The Star Child:
"Stephanie Keyes is a wonderful voice for a new generation of YA readers. She has skillfully blended mythology and faerie-tale into an original and enthralling story. Pure magick! I'm looking forward to more. - Helen Hart, author, The Black Banner

Praise for Colonization:
Best of 2013 by Paranormal Sisters “Wow, this dystopian kicks butt. Like action packed nonstop and I was hooked from the very first page.”

Praise for Bewitched:
This is an amazing story. Full of Magic and twist and turns, full of action, and secrets and many surprises. It sure left me wanting more. It’s very well written too.” Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books

Praise for Antithesis
“I just want to say, I loved this book. It’s nonstop action from page one, Gavyn is awesome and Liam is hotter than a tin roof in august. Nothing got done yesterday, because I had to read this book.” Goodreads Reviewer.

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