Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blitz: Cora's Kismet by Cheryl Davis

 



Life was bad enough for twins, Cora and Viola Daniels, when suddenly their world was turned upside down.
When Liam Anderson shows up to save Cora and Viola from their situation, and to bring them back into their true family fold, Cora knows that there’s something special about him.
As she and her twin are being chased down by their, now former, guardians, Cora is finding out more and more about herself that she knew nothing about. Suddenly, they have loving parents, bound powers and a prophecy to fulfill, but first they have to find their soul mates that will help them through it all. All of this has to take place before their 18th birthday, which is only six months away.
Racing against time and deadly enemies, will Cora find her mate in Liam, or will all be lost? Will she be able to find herself in this new world and make it to the ceremony that will restore her powers, or will their enemies win, putting the world’s future at stake?


“Who are you?” Cora asked after they’d been sitting there for a few minutes.
      “My name is Liam,” he replied.
      “Liam, I’m Cora and that’s my sister, Viola.”
      “I know,” Liam told her.
      “How do you know who we are and where we live?” Cora asked. She knew that she should have known he would know who they were, since he’d been in their room looking for them, and had known who Patrick and Anna were, but adrenaline was making her thoughts scattered.
      “You will get answers to your questions Cora, just not now. Right now we have to focus on getting where we’re going, without Patrick catching us. I need you to trust me for now, so I can concentrate on protecting you and Viola,” Liam bit out, a little impatient. He wanted to explain things but knew that if he did, he’d be in deep trouble. It was not his place. He had his orders. Oh, but for her, he wanted to defy his orders and answer her questions. He wanted to soothe away the stress lines that had formed on her beautiful face.
      “You keep saying that. It’s getting on my nerves. I have no reason to trust or believe you. Why should I?” Cora responded. Her nerves were wound tight and it was evident in her voice.
      “I know you don’t, yet, but you’re going to have to,” Liam responded, with a calmness that he wasn’t feeling. She was beginning to irritate him and the urge to tranq her, like they’d done with Viola, was getting stronger by the minute, but the attraction that he felt for her kept him from harming her in any way.
      “Don’t even think about it!” Cora exclaimed a bit louder than she’d wanted to.
      Liam’s head snapped around to look at her. His eyes narrowed while he studied her. There was no way that she was in his head. “Think about what?”
      “Doing to me what you did to Viola,” Cora responded with an angry glare in his direction. “I could see it written all over your face that you were considering it and I won’t let you.”
      “Care to tell me how you are going to stop me if I decide that I’m going to?” Liam asked with slight amusement, that he didn’t feel, lacing his voice. How did she do that? He knew that he’d kept his face blank.

      “Trust me, you don’t want to know. Now, since there’s no sign of Patrick, can we go?” Cora asked getting impatient. All of a sudden she felt the need to move before something bad happened.





 

 
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Cheryl Davis is a wife and stay at home mother to two sons and two daughters who grew up in Akron, OH and eventually settled down on the Central Coast of California. She’s always had a love of reading and had a creative spark inside of her. She’s very active in arts & crafts. Creating things and stories is a huge part of who she is as a person.
Cheryl’s always had a bug to want to tell the stories of the characters that were always churning around inside of her head but never really thought that she’d be able to get those stories out into the world until she found indie publishing. The more research that she did, the more the idea to actually give her characters their spotlights grew until she just had to write.

Cora’s Kismet is her first novel ever written and published and holds a very special place in her heart. She’s currently working on a short story for an upcoming anthology that she’s a part of that ties into The Twin Destinies Saga as well as book two in the Saga and the first book in a whole new series.






Friday, November 15, 2013

Spotlight: Getting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood

 
 
 
 
Getting Rooted in New Zealand book description:
Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country's population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.
 
 
 

About the author Jamie Baywood:

Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.




 
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Author Interview:
 
Anything you can tell us about yourself that your readers may not know.
I’m from California. In my mid-twenties, I had bad dating experiences in California and a dream to live abroad. I read in a tour book that New Zealand’s population had 100,000 fewer men than women. In an attempt to have some ‘me time’ I moved to New Zealand. Although I intended to have a solo adventure I ended up meeting my husband in New Zealand.  I've lived in five countries; America, American Samoa, New Zealand, Scotland and now England.  
How long have you been writing and who influenced you?
 
I was very lucky in New Zealand to meet a lot of talented people. I had the opportunity to write and perform for Thomas Sainsbury the most prolific playwright in New Zealand. I performed a monologue about my jobs in the Basement Theatre in Auckland.
 
The funny thing about that experience was Tom kept me separated from the other performers until it was time to perform. I was under the impression that all the performers were foreigners giving their experiences in New Zealand.  All of the other performers were professional actors telling stories that weren’t their own. At first I was mortified, but the audience seemed to enjoy my “performance,” laughing their way through my monologue. After the shows we would go out and mingle with the audience. People would ask me how long I had been acting. I would tell them, “I wasn’t acting; I have to go to work tomorrow and sit next to the girl wearing her dead dog’s collar.” No one believed I was telling the truth.
 
What inspires you while you were writing?
 
My book is a true story. My life has been so strange it sounds like fiction, but it is really too weird to be made up. My truth is stranger than fiction. I’ve been told by readers that Getting Rooted in New Zealand is making people laugh out loud.
 
Where is your favorite place to write?
I didn’t start keeping a diary or writing until I moved to New Zealand. I wrote to keep in touch with friends and family. I saved the emails that eventually became my book. I constantly make myself notes. This summer in Wales, I was scribbling stories on the backs of maps and Google directions as a passenger in the car of my husband’s car. I also send myself text messages or emails riding in trains or buses. It might not look like I’m writing a book if one was to observe me, but I am constantly watching, listening and thinking about writing.
What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband, friends and family make me laugh.
Dealing with visas and the UK Border Agency makes me cry.
What’s the last movie you watched and loved? 
Juan of the Dead.
One of your favorite quotes.
The gadget you can’t live without
My phone.
Top three things on your bucket list
I want to go so many places. The thought of living in once place for ever seems foreign now and makes me feel claustrophobic. It would be fun to be a tourist again rather than dissembling and reassembling my life and taking all my belongings with me when I move internationally.  I’d love to be able to tour around Europe.
I currently have to live in the center of England. I desperately miss the ocean and being warm at the beach. I really miss the warm, friendly nature of the people in the South Pacific. I would love to see more Pacific Islands, and travel throughout Micronesia and Melanesia.  I had the chance to visit Australia briefly after I lived in New Zealand. I would move to Australia or back to New Zealand in a heartbeat.
I've been to Costa Rica and Peru on short holidays; I would love to see more of South America and Central America.  I absolutely want to go to Yucatán peninsula in Mexico and see the Mayan ruins.  I’d love to go to the Caribbean.
As strange as it may sound, although I’m American I haven’t been to many States. I’d love to go to Alaska, New York, see the Grand Canyon, New Orleans, Miami, Austin, Chicago, Portland and Seattle. I hear Canada is amazing. It looks like I need to sell more books to buy plane tickets!
If your books were a movie what celebrities would be cast as the main characters?
It would be great if someone like Zooey Deschanel or Alexis Bledel played me.
 I would hate it if Kristen Stewart played me.
Coffee/Tea
Coffee
Android/iPhone
I have a Samsung which I’m addicted to, but the battery life is pathetic!
 
 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Determinism by LK Collins




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Blog Tour: Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney
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"It's an emotional story that will take the reader back to those feelings that made the late teen years such a powerful time."

Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life.
Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together in high school—the year of her sister’s death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through a coming of age. Was it just high school, or was it something more?

***The sequel, Disclosure of the Heart, released November 5**




Excerpt:

“No British literature. Isn’t this supposed to be an English class?” Adam asked.

“Uh.” My ancestors would’ve been proud of the jolt of American patriotism that hit me.  “There was a revolution two hundred years ago. We write our own books now.”

He leaned back in his seat with a smile. “I think I heard about that.”

“We still share the same language.”

“Sometimes I’m not too sure.”

“I bet not.” I could imagine what he thought of a Texas accent.

 He picked up the list of books again. “What about Catcher in the Rye?”

“I read it a long time ago when I was, like, eleven. I laughed a little as I remembered how I’d first come to read it.

“Is there something funny about that?

“Yeah. My father had suggested I read it then. The book is the classic coming-of-age story. Clearly, he wasn’t really thinking about whether or not it was appropriate for an eleven-year-old.”

“Really? Why?”

“Well, for one thing, the main character is a guy who swears a lot.”

“I suppose I swear a lot.” He cracked a sly smile. “At least compared to you Yankees.”

“Yankees? You’re in the South.” I laughed.

“What else is inappropriate about the book? Now I’m interested. It can’t only be a few swear words.”

“No, it’s not just that. It’s…” I hesitated for a moment as I realized I was about to bring up the topic of sex with Adam Kincaid. What the hell, I thought. I should be matter-of-fact about it. He had a girlfriend and would never want anything with me. I could hide I thought he was hot, so I shrugged. “Holden, the main character…he’s a little sexually frustrated.”

His eyes twinkled, and it felt as if my words hung in the air. I wanted to squirm in my seat. ‘Sexually frustrated’—like me checking out Adam Kincaid.

His proper upbringing showed again as he sidestepped the issue, yet he smirked. “That sounds like an adventurous book to be on an American high school syllabus.”

“Like I said—it’s considered an American classic.” I laughed. “I guess some things are sacred.”

“But of course.” The gleam appeared in his eye again, and he turned toward me in his seat. “Teenage sexual frustration is sort of a rite of passage, if you will.”

There went the good-English-boy manners out the window. His tone, the look in his eye, his body language—was he flirting with or taunting me? I decided the former was impossible, and if the latter, I wasn’t going to back down. With two parents who were lawyers, debate was a family routine.

“A rite of passage? More like a biological fact, isn’t it?” I asked, casually clicking my pen. I raised a brow. “Especially for guys.”
“You’re right about that,” he said with a grin.



 
 
 
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Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

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Book Blitz: Rose of Thorne by Mia Michelle

 


When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the young age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills. 

Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop intimate relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life. 
Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away… The one person he hates… his father.

Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams. 

Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.

But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?

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                                       Character Interview- Sebastian and Lucas

So I am sitting down today with Sebastian Thorne from Mia Michelle’s new book Rose of Thorne.  Thank you so much for joining us today, Sebastian.

Sebastian:  Thank you for having me today.

So, Sebastian you are well known for your wealthy bachelor lifestyle.  You have dated hundreds of different women over the years. Tell the readers what makes Skylar Rose so special?

Sebastian: Yes, it is true. I have had more than my fair share of beautiful women over the years. But no one, and I mean NO ONE, can compare to Skylar.  From the moment I laid eyes on her, I wanted her and only her. However, sometimes what we want isn’t the right thing.  Sometimes we have to tell ourselves ‘no’ to protect the other person.

I see.  Well, can you elaborate on that last part? What does she need protecting from? Is she in some sort of danger?

Sebastian: I will never allow her to be in danger of anyone or anything ever again. When I say that, I am including myself.  If there is anyone she needs protecting from, it is me. I wish I could stay away, but I can’t seem to fight this incredible magnetic pull between us.  It is absolute torture seeing her everyday knowing that I can never have her.

Why is that exactly? 

Sebastian: She doesn’t really know the real me. No one does actually.  She deserves someone she can love and trust and I am simply not that man.  All I want is for her to be happy, even if that isn’t with me.

I understand that Skylar is currently caught the eye of Lucas Drake, CEO/CFO of  Drake Corporation.  How exactly are you handling the idea of the two of them dating?

Sebastian: Yes, I am well aware of Lucas’ interest in Skylar. He is an alright guy I guess, but Lucas is like me, he has quite the history of being a ladies man. I am not sure if I like the idea of him using Skylar that way.  So my answer is no, I definitely don’t think that he is the right man for her.

Lucas: Oh really…and I suppose that you are implying that you are then?  Hello everyone, I apologize for my lateness. My flight home from New York was delayed because of the weather.

That is fine Lucas. Thank you for being able to join us today.  As you probably heard, we were just discussing with Sebastian about your interest in Skylar Rose.  Would you care to elaborate on your relationship with her?

Lucas: Let’s just say that Skylar has my complete and undivided attention and I plan on keeping it that way.  Don’t fucking roll your eyes up at me, Thorne!  I can’t help it that you let her slip through your fingers. Not that you were any competition to me to begin with.

Sebastian: Don’t fucking tell me that you have any serious intentions with her.  I know you all too well my friend.  You don’t give a damn about anyone but pleasing that dick of yours!

Lucas:  FUCK YOU! You have no idea what I feel for her! Besides that, aren’t you a fine one to talk?  If you care so much about her, then why did I see you leaving Driskill’s the other night with that blonde?  I bet you thought long and hard about Skylar when blondie was riding your dick! You are one selfish arrogant son of a bitch, you know it?

Alright gentlemen, please settle down!!  Mr. Thorne! Mr. Drake!  Please sit back down!  We don’t want any violence in here.

Lucas: I apologize for getting out of line here at the studio.  But Thorne you better back the fuck off or I swear to Christ that I will take you down! You know I am not afraid of you! Skylar is mine now, not yours.

Sebastian:  Yours?  Give me a fucking break!  You barely know each other and you act like you are already in love with her.  She isn’t yours Drake and she never will be!

Lucas:  Really? Then I guess we will just have to see about that then won’t we? 

Sebastian: Yes!! Yes, we will!  And then maybe you will finally understand that she has and always will be mine.

Lucas: You fucking asshole!  She will NEVER be yours! 

Alright folks, that is all we have time for today.  We appreciate our guests joining us….Wait! I said NO FIGHTING in here!  PLEASE!  SECURITY!!!!!

 
Lucas: Thanks for letting me join you guys today.  Sebastian is good to see you again, bro.

Lucas, I’m going to start off by asking a similar question that I asked Sebastian earlier.  For someone who has a reputation with the ladies, what makes Skylar different.  Has she tamed the wild playboy?

Lucas: It is true, I certainly loved the ladies.  I used to laugh at my grandfather when he told me that one day I’d have the breath knocked out of me by some girl.  I laughed at his words until the day I had met Skylar.  For me, she is ‘that girl’.  I have never been happier in all of my life. She is amazing in every way.

 


 


Mia Michelle

Mia fell in love with the literary world at a very young age and began putting her active imagination to pen and paper at the age of six. Over the years, she has filled up numerous shelves with her notebooks and journals of her favorite stories. Twelve years ago, Mia began drafting The Thorne Series and through encouragement of a close friend, decided to finally take the leap of faith to bring her dream to life.  She openly admits to having a hopeless infatuation with her Kindle and suffers from the one-click book addiction (No intervention required). 

Mia is currently a stay at home mom who has mastered the fine art of making a PB&J sandwich in between laundry and shuttling kids to ballet and school.   In her spare time (“What spare time?” She laughs), she enjoys photography, traveling, and having a girls night out with her pals.   She enjoys the simple things in life, such as sleeping more than 3 hours per night and 10 minute showers without being interrupted by children yelling “mommy” from the other side of the bathroom door. 
Mia Michelle resides in Tennessee with her soul mate and husband of 18 years and their 2 beautiful young children. She is currently drafting her new Chase series.    

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