Blog Tour and Giveaway! Destiny by Andrea Buginsky (New Avalone #1)

Elena Baxter has spent her life desperately wanting to fit in. She’s used to being teased and taunted by the popular girls, but when she celebrates her sweet sixteen birthday and receives two amazing gifts—the power of telekinesis, and the truth about her heritage—she has high hopes that things will change. But her wish does not come true, and Elena is bullied just as she was before, only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand. When an explosion hits, chaos ensues and she learns that her new power just might be bigger than she is. 

She embarks on a journey to a secret island to learn how to control her powers, and she’s thrown into a different world, one where she just might be able to fit in. What Elena learns about her heritage forces her to face her past – and the demons it created – head on. 



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Elena was getting upset as she defended her family’s honor. She wasn’t thinking about where that might lead. She wasn’t thinking at all.
“Why, Elena, I didn’t mean to upset you.  I just meant that-“
“I know exactly what you meant, Barbara Thomas! You think your family is better than anyone else in this town. You always have. Just because your dad happens to be the former mayor’s son doesn’t mean you own this town and everyone in it! I’m so sick of your mock sentiment when all you really feel is that you’re better than everyone. You’re no better than the rest of us!”
As she yelled, things around her felt funny, and she realized she heard screaming. She looked around, and was startled to see everyone staring at her, horrified. She took a deep breath, and realized what had happened. She let her emotions get away from her, and her powers erupted.
The only words she could think of to describe the scene around her were total chaos.  Every locker had burst open, and the entire contents – books, folders, papers, pictures, mirrors, backpacks – had come flying out. The posters on the walls were scattered everywhere. Most of the students and teachers were picking themselves up off the floor. Elena knew her powers had gotten totally out of hand, and she made everything around her fly out of control, literally.
She heard footsteps walking toward her, the only sound in the hall. She looked up and saw her counselor, Mrs. Adams, walking toward her. She gently took Elena by the shoulder and guided her to her office. She looked back and saw Barb and the other Bimbettes staring at her, as well as everyone else in the hall.
About the Author:





Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea is currently working NEW AVALON, a YA fantasy series. Book 1, “Destiny,” is available on Amazon

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Tour Schedule:
24th October
25th October
26th October
28th October
Giveaway
1 Digital copy of The Chosen by Andrea Buginsky to the best reviewer of this tour
1 Digital Copy of Destiny

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Cover Reveal! Claiming Anna by Brynna Curry

Another gorgeous cover reveal! Read all about Brynna Curry’s upcoming book, due out next February….

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Claiming Ana

Brynna Curry

A Triple Star Ranch Novel

ISBN: 9781616502874

Release date: Feb. 3, 2014

Series: Triple Star Ranch, #1

 

“I’ll take you, turn you, until I’m the sun that warms you, the moon that calls to you at night.” – Howl Raven

 

Blurb: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…and passion that won’t be denied.

 

The child of a gypsy and fey, small-town veterinarian Dr. Anastasia Brannon has always hidden her magic for fear of ridicule. A red-hot encounter with the new PI in town makes their attraction impossible to deny. Throwing caution to the wind, she indulges her desires but keeps her secrets close.

A man with a shady past and secrets of his own, Howl Raven uses his feral talents and tracking skills to make a living, doing his best to lay low and hide the curse that haunts him every month. So far, so good…until an uncontrollable shift outside the full moon leaves him the victim of a werewolf hunter.

When she finds the enigmatic investigator wounded in the woods near her cabin during a storm, Ana provides medical care on instinct. She may be the only one who can banish the wolf from Howl’s blood, but at what cost?

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“The pleasure is all mine, Anastasia.” Howl turned, his golden eyes meeting hers.

God, his voice was like the finest whiskey. Rich, dark and damning as it rolled over her name. The air changed at his touch. He didn’t shake her hand, instead held it warm in his just a second longer than was polite. She didn’t miss the frown on Jace’s face. Even old lovers were territorial.

“Ah, yes. Likewise. Well, I hate to run, but I have to get going. Got a full day of appointments scheduled.” Flustered, she tugged her hand out of Howl’s. “Hey, Cade, tell Taylor to call me when she gets in. We need to catch up. Spa day.”

“Yep. Thanks.”

“Any time.” She retreated to the safety of her Jeep, but couldn’t resist a second look toward the door before driving away. He was watching her through the glass. She still felt his touch and ached for more. Howl Raven was a flash fire. And she was a moth to that flame, begging him to consume her.

Claiming Ana releases February 3, 2014.

For information regarding this and other books by Brynna Curry, please visit www.brynnacurry.com

 

Backlist Buy Links (print & ebook): 
KOBO     BARNES & NOBLE     AMAZON     ITUNES    OMNI LIT/ALL ROMANCE

 

Author Bio

Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line with a full moon overhead on a hot summer night. After moving all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her sanctuary during the hardest times in her life.

Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity. When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read, at the park with her children (when she can wrangle them into it) or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure.

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Spotlight New Release and Review: Prevailing Life by Amaris Chapman (Book one of Angels Mercy series)

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Prevailing Life
by Amaris Chapman

Blurb:

Maggie is a teenager with a secret. The strangest part of her life isn’t that she works in a graveyard—it’s the fact that her best friend is an Angel named Dina. They have lived thousands of years together, but as a mortal, Maggie must die, leaving Dina to find her in each new life and start again.

Someone has been setting fires, and the town is ablaze—literally. Someone or something is fueling the flames, and one of the suspects is the devilishly handsome Justin. With the memories of past lives coming back to her and Justin vying for her attention, Maggie may get more than she bargained for.

 

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I felt as weightless as if I were made of light. I gasped and felt us drifting, and then the cool salty smell of ocean air washed over me. I looked down. We were sitting on the rail of a lighthouse overlooking the small dots of light, which marked a town nestled in the hills. Then I looked up and gasped. Stretched out above us was a vast expanse of glowing sky, each star as bright as a lamp sweeping across a great black expanse. My mouth fell open as I gazed in wonder at the universe stretching out above me. How was this possible? The sky felt unlimited.

“Where are we?” I asked still gripping her hand and holding on to the rail as tightly as I could with the other my face turned up to the pale moon above us.

“We used to live here. This is the tower you were talking about.”

I looked back at the twinkling lights, which ran from the water’s edge and up what looked to be, in the dark, a hill surrounded by mountain terrain.

“This is the town from the fire painting you are making.” I could make out the main street, which snaked through the hills. The line of lights at the bottom must mark the dock and jetty, which had doubled in size from the time that Dina remembered it in her painting.

“But this is in another country. We came here, my family and I, when I was little. It took us a day to get here by plane.” I looked at her in awe. Knowing she was an angel was one thing; I had even seen the ghostly shape of her wings. But to be at home one minute then, as fast as I could think it, be in another country almost sitting in a sky that seemed to just envelope us was unbelievable.

“I’m light, remember?” she said, her strong voice hushed by the wind that raced up from the waves. “I travel as light and air.”

“But I’m not, how did…no, I don’t care. This is incredible.” My voice trailed off as I took in the true magic of where I was. No lights obscured the sky, and the stars stretched out in a blanket of white light above us. Dina closed my mouth with a finger under my chin. I laughed but didn’t take my eyes from the sky. In all my life I had never seen anything so beautiful. My blocked head and fever forgotten, I sat surrounded by the sounds of the ocean and air crashing together. It was as I shivered that I remembered I was ill.

“I’ll be back in a moment,” Dina said.

Before I could ask what she was doing she had launched herself from the railing. I rocked forwards to catch her in a reflex and almost fell from the narrow rail. As I watched, the light shape of her body rose, the ghostly outline of her wings bright in the night sky. Her light darted to the town so fast she looked like nothing more than a reflection in the lighthouse’s turning lamp. I watched until the town’s lights swallowed hers then gazed out over the sea.

From my seat, I could hardly make out the white of the waves breaking on the rocks at the base of the small island the lighthouse stood on.

A wave of fear swelled in my chest as I looked down. My blood left my face and rushed to my heart. I took a deep breath to calm myself, telling my body that it was being silly and that Dina wouldn’t have brought me here if I could have fallen. My body rebelled; my pulse quickened, and I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. I fought to keep breathing, taking deep breaths to try to calm myself. I knew I should just look up or close my eyes, but I was too scared that if I looked away it might somehow make me fall. My hands tightened on the rail, the cold metal biting into my palms. In my head I called out to Dina to hurry up and get back. I couldn’t bring myself to look up and see where she was. My body was rigid, even the cool wind that had been soothing just moments before now threatened to knock me from my perch. My thoughts scrambled, as I imagined myself falling and smashing like porcelain on the rocks. I could see my body lying broken below, the waves knocking me off into the sea.

 Review:

Prevailing Life is a fairly short read–it’s only 130 pages–but oh, my goodness, there’s a whole lot going on in there. We’ve got supernatural creatures galore: angels, Death, and several others that aren’t precisely defined (and one that is, but I don’t want to spoil anything here). The idea of having a soul mate whom one can meet up with over and over again through the ages is explored. There were definitely some interesting ideas here, and I’m especially intrigued to see where the character of Justin will go. I don’t believe I’ve seen his like in paranormal fiction yet.

However,  have to say that much in this book could have benefited from a longer format. A lot gets thrown at Maggie in a very short time–and at the readers as well–and the bombardment of plot twists and information is hard to keep up with at times. Maggie definitely fares better under the onslaught than this reader did–at times it seemed she caught on and accepted things much more quickly than I would have thought possible, leaving me feeling rather left behind.

 The author’s website promises two more books in the series, which is good, because this one ends very abruptly, leaving readers hanging at that final “the end”. All of our questions are definitely not answered, so although no real clues are offered as to what books two and three are about, we can hope that we’ll find answers there–eventually.

In a nutshell: Promising series, but I need more to make a final decision. Hopefully books two and three will satisfy. C rating.

About the author:

Amaris lives in Canberra, Australia. She has written young adult fiction since a young age in order to give her characters a voice and ensure her stories end with a bang.

Currently working as a librarian, she enjoys reading fiction about strong heroines with kickass attitudes who don’t lay down and surrender in the face of a fight.

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Book Review and New Release: Down the Aisle by Christina Bell (Book 2.5 of the Dare Me series)

Title: Down the Aisle
Author: Christine Bell
Series: Dare Me
Genre: Contemporary romance
Published: 2013
Pages: 125
Format read: ebook
Rating: A-

Down the Aisle is the third book in Christine Bell’s Dare Me series–officially, it’s listed as book 2.5, since it’s a novella that continues the story of Lacey and Galen, the hero and heroine of book one in the series, Down for the Count.

(Which I haven’t read yet. I know, I know–but I own it, and fully intend to read it…soon. It’s definitely moved up the never-ending TBR, as has book two, Down and Dirty. I really can’t wait to read about the “misunderstanding” that Lacey and Galen have with another couple while in Puerto Rico the first time. It’s alluded to in this one, and seriously, it sounds too funny. Where can I get my hands on unlimited time to read? I’ve got a great gift idea: a month of uninterrupted reading time, with all obligations other than reading taken care of. Tropical location a lovely idea, but not required. A “staycation” could work here, if done right. Can I get that? Please? But I digress….)

Lacey Garrity and Galen Thomas are cohabiting, and their wedding day is fast approaching. All is not quite as it appears on the surface, though. They both have been looking forward to starting a family, and soon–only to discover that infertility might be an issue. As the big day looms closer, Lacey and Galen face internal struggles over the issue, both hesitant to broach the topic out loud. Will they be able to face their situation together, strengthening their bond, or will it divide them forever?

Oh, the heartbreaking angst in this one! Watching Lacey try to carry a devastating secret all alone so as not to “ruin” the wedding day and honeymoon for Galen was painful to read. Poor Galen–he can tell that Lacey is pulling away, but doesn’t know exactly why, nor does he know what to do about it. They were killing me with the drama–in a good way. Being a romance novel, I was fairly certain there’d be a HEA of some sort at the end, but yikes, there were some pretty dark moments along the way to it.

Galen has his own secret, though, and that’s what will bring on the happy ending. (Phew!) It was a bit on the short, sweet, and sudden side, but as it’s a novella, that tends to be par for the course. For fans of the series, Down the Aisle will give a satisfying glimpse into the lives of the couples from both books one and two, and show you the direction that book three will be taking. (Can’t wait to read it! Courtney and Rafe’s story sounds like all kinds of smexy fun.) If you haven’t read the rest of the series yet, you’re definitely going to want to–pronto.

In a nutshell: Angsty glimpse into the future lives of series characters. A quick but satisfying ending. A- rating.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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More Paranormal Goodness and Giveaways: It’s Also Release Day for Four New Ever After Novellas!

Pressed for time? As NaNoWriMo looms ever closer on the horizon, I know I am! Sometimes all you need is a short, sweet–and maybe a little spooky!–read. Ever After delivers today, with four new releases! Read all about them, and enter to win!

 

Find Your Ever After in Under An Hour


October is the official release month for the all new Ever After. Ever After features paranormal, sci-fi, and horror novellas, all with the romance you’ve come to love from Entangled–just in a shorter format. Ever After is celebrating in style with four new releases and great giveaways, including a Kindle Fire. Make sure to like their new Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter

 

Vampire Games by Tiffany Allee

Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #4

She’s seen the past…OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.The truth won’t stay buried…

Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous.
As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.

 

 

 

Ghosts of Kingston Cottage by Libby Bishop

She believes in ghosts.

Medium and paranormal investigator Arabella Pierce is sent with her crew to Kingston Cottage, a haunted Maine seafarer’s cottage on an isolated island, but for this investigation, her boss has stuck them with skeptical reporter Lucas Brown. Though he’s hot as they come, Arabella can’t trust a man whose sole job is to discredit her and the work she does. Not after what happened with the last few skeptics…

He believes in evidence.

But Lucas isn’t as skeptical as he seems—he wants the truth, no matter what that is. When the ghosts appear, he and Arabella must work together—in tight quarters—to convince the resident ghosts to move on before a storm strands the entire crew on the island. If Arabella can put aside her prejudices, she and Lucas just might have a shot at a lifetime.

 

 

Ghost of the Falls by Sarah Gilman

Determined to prove she’s fit for the family business, exorcist Jade Clarence knows the assignment waiting in Maine is her last chance. Born into a family of exorcists, Jade’s unorthodox ideas have gotten her into trouble in the past…and cost the life of a client.

After haunting a Maine state park for more than a century, Dutch Hutchinson will do whatever it takes to bring an end to his unfulfilling existence. When an act of arson brings a beautiful exorcist to town, Dutch takes corporeal form in order to spend his last hours in her company.

Jade quickly uncovers Dutch’s true identity and finds herself falling for the man behind the spirit. But when Jade’s legacy threatens their future, they will have to overcome the greatest of odds—life and death.

 

 

Less Than Perfect by Kelly Jensen

Mikayla’s read every book in her collection of post-apocalyptic novels at least twice. She thinks she’s prepared for aliens taking over Earth. She’s not.

Nor is she prepared for the attention of a good-looking refugee named Reg.

All Mikayla and Reg want is a safe place to see out the end of the world, hidden away from the aliens that call themselves The People, but cities of the depopulated United States not infested with The People are rife with gangs, the detritus of civilization and disease.

On a mission to restock their supplies, Mikayla and Reg are captured by The People and prepared for the procedure that will make them perfect, but no longer quite human. In order to escape, they need to rely on each other…if Mikayla can trust a man who seems too good to be true.


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Covet Release Day! Two Fabulous New Releases and Giveaways!

Woot! I’ve been looking forward to reading both of these titles–stay tuned for reviews! In the meantime, read all about them and enter the giveaways to win!

From the desk of Katie Clapsadl:

As long time readers of this blog know, I absolutely love all things Paranormal. So much so, that when the position for the Publicity Director of Entangled Publishing’s Paranormal Romance line, Covet, opened up, there wasn’t even a moment’s hesitation in knowing this position was perfect for me. Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about our titles, chat with authors, participate
in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow us on Twitter, and LIKE our Facebook page.

I love being able to combine work and play, so today I’m featuring our October releases. Make sure to check them out and enter the fabulous giveaways!!

 

 

Bad Cop by Angela McCallister

 

Bad Mouth Sequel

 

A cop who tosses the rulebooks to get his way…Vampire Ian McCready doesn’t care for Alice Capshaw’s opinions about his version of justice. Her humanity makes her off-limits, but that does nothing to lessen his overwhelming desire for her. To Alice, Ian is just another bad cop as detestable as the one who destroyed her family. She’s attracted to him, yes, but he threatened his way into her agency’s murder case and has too many secrets.When a new case resurrects ghosts Ian believed long dead and buried, his law-bending ways might result in his execution. The second Alice becomes a target, his cold heart flares into blinding existence. But following the law for her sake may end with devastating results.

 

 

Four Weddings and a Werewolf
Seattle Wolf Pack #2

To have and to howl…

Logan Black, former Marine and bodyguard for the Seattle Wolf Pack, hates weddings and has no plan to walk the path to matrimonial misery. But when he’s hired to protect a hot-to-trot wedding planner with a werewolf stalker, he’s forced to put his feelings aside. Not such an easy task when the damsel can turn him on with a single smoldering glance.

Wedding planner Veronica Vale knows werewolves exist, but hates them. One bit her sister, changing their lives forever. When a sexy Marine shows his gorgeous face at one of her wedding appointments, Veronica finds it hard to focus on the task at hand.

The chemistry drawing Logan and Veronica together seems fated, but with Logan’s playboy attitude, Veronica’s hatred for werewolves, and a stalker lurking in the shadows, these two need more than passion to keep them together.

 


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What I’m Reading: A Week in Review as NaNoWriMo Approacheth…. (10-26-13)

We’re getting us some culture! 😉

Mini Moe #2 and I are headed over the border today–to the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake to see Our Betters by W. Somerset Maugham. It’s kind of last minute–a friend had extra tickets. Their website says it’s similar to Downton Abbey, which we’ve both watched and liked…well, MM#2 liked it until she saw the season finale last year. Since then she’s been a little bitter; hopefully nothing like that will happen this afternoon. It’s recommended for ages 14 and up–fingers crossed that I won’t have to spend too much time covering her eyes.

NaNoWriMo begins this Friday! Don’t worry–still plenty of time to panic! (And sign up, if you haven’t yet. Just go here and join the insanity! And then add me as your writing buddy–my NaNo name is beckymmoe.)

On to the books…

This week I finished Hunter’s Moon by Lisa Kessler–loved it and reviewed it here. Lisa stopped by the blog on Friday with an awesome guest post–make sure you check it out if you didn’t already! Next I read Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris–very cute! My review is here. I moved on to Last Chance Book Club by Hope Ramsay next; it was the latest read for Harlequin Junkie’s HEA Book Club…this is definitely one series I’m going to be reading more from. Absolutely loving the small town vibe in it. I then moved on to Prevailing Life by Amaris Chapman, a YA paranormal. I’m almost finished–review coming later on this week.

Next on my TBR: Down the Aisle by Christine Bell, Falling for the Marine by Samanthe Beck, and Four Weddings and a Werewolf by Kristin Miller because I love the title. And I’m going to squeeze in Kristan Higgins’s new book, The Perfect Match, if it kills me. Must. Read.

In audio, I finished Emmaso I must be ready for NaNo, right? Right?

Finally, I started Rick Roirdan’s latest in the Heroes of Olympics series, The House of Hades. MM#2 has already finished it, and assures me there won’t be an agonizing cliffhanger ending to this one. She’d better be telling the truth, or she’s grounded for sure.

What are you reading this week? If you’re participating in NaNo, tell us about your novel!

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Books on Sale! Barnes and Noble and Amazon Have Scary Stories on Sale

Barnes & Noble is having a Nook Book Sale on scary reads right now–it’s a pretty eclectic mix. There’s a few Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Wendy Corsi Straub, and Heather Graham, among many others. There’s even children’s books (a Berenstein Bears classic and Scaredy Squirrel, one of my favorites), middle grade books (like Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go), and YA (Caroline Cooney’s Fatality). All together there’s 117 books–you’re sure to find something. They’re all under $5–many are $.99 and $1.99–so you shouldn’t break the bank too badly, at least.

I’m considering picking up the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Paranormal. For $1.99, it can’t hurt to be prepared.

Amazon’s Daily Deal has “24 thrilling mysteries and other scary stories” on sale today. I’ve never read, nor am I even familiar with any of them, but felt I would be remiss if I didn’t even mention it. I would imagine they’ll also be price matching the Nook sale too, if you’re a Kindle-only reader.

Sadly, though, I have to run out for my super important nail appointment and don’t have time to check right now. Otherwise my nails will be scary enough to put even Stephen King to shame.

What’s your favorite scary story?

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Rambling About Series: Guest Post and Giveaway with Lisa Kessler, Author of Hunter’s Moon

Rambling about Series

 

Hi everyone –

 

Big thanks to Becky for the blog spot today! 🙂

 

I’m a big time rambler, usually about books too! Since Hunter’s Moon is the newest addition to my Moon Series, I thought it would be fun to chat about series in general.

 

I’m a huge series reader. When I love a book, it makes it that much sweeter when I see it’s part of a series. It’s like knowing you’ll get to travel back to this same world again, sometimes even visit with the same characters you’ve grown to love. It’s addicting!

 

And as a writer, I now have two series out. The Night Series is my Mayan vampire series and now the Moon Series which is my werewolf and jaguar shifter series. There were some challenges I never expected when writing a series though.  Both of my series feature VERY different heroes, as well as different writing styles. The Night Series is written in third person point of view with mysterious immortal heroes, and my new Moon Series is writing in alternating first person with a very contemporary set of heroes in the Pack.

 

Sometimes when I’m editing a book in one series while trying to write a book in the other series, it takes me a while to shift gears in my head to get the feel! LOL.  However, it’s so much fun to have the freedom to write in both worlds!  I love it! 🙂

 

So as a reader, do you enjoy reading series?  What do you like (or hate) about series?

 

Thanks for chatting with me!

Lisa

 

Thanks, Lisa–great post! I love to read books in a series–when you “meet” characters from previous books in later ones, it’s like seeing old friends again; and when you really love a series story, it’s great to know there’s more where that came from!

In case you missed it, I reviewed Lisa’s newest book, Hunter’s Moon (book two in the Moon series) earlier this week–you can LisaKessler_HuntersMoon_1600RGB (1)read my thoughts here. Spoiler alert–I loved it!

(But seriously, check out that cover. How could I not love it, with inspiration like that in front of me? 😉 )

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Author Interview and Giveaway! with Angela Smith, Author of Burn on the Western Slope

Today I’m excited to host Angela Smith, author of Burn on the Western Slope, as she talks about books and writing! Don’t forget to read all the way down to the end, because Angela’s giving away an Amazon gift card to a lucky reader!

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Burn on the Western Slope
by Angela Smith

Blurb: 

Reagan McKinney is on a mission to discover more about a deceased uncle who mysteriously left her a sizable inheritance, a condo in the mountains, and a stash of stolen jewels. With both her graphic design career and her love life in shambles, the opportunity to begin a new life couldn’t have come at a better time. When she becomes involved with the sexy FBI agent next door, she finds her struggle is not only to keep her heart intact, but her life. Grief stricken after an undercover investigation ends in the death of his partner, FBI Agent Garret Chambers goes home to find solace in the arms of his mountain retreat. That is, until his boss assigns him to investigate the spirited brunette staying in the condo next door. He is assigned to investigate Reagan’s involvement with a large jewel fencing organization, but his investigation becomes compromised when his attraction to her heats up. Will his discovery destroy everything he has come to love, including Reagan?

An Interview with Author Angela Smith:

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  1. Tell us more about your book—take us beyond the official “book blurb“.

Ah, the book blurb is hard enough , to write, haha!  Basically, Reagan inherits a stash of stolen jewels, is accused of heisting those stolen jewels, and falls for the sexy FBI agent investigating her.  She leaves everything she knows and moves to the condo she’s inherited, hoping to release some of the old burdens she’s collected in her life.  But amid extreme mountain adventures, murder, priceless jewels, and falling for a man she knows nothing about, she discovers there are some burdens she just can’t escape.

Sorry to add the extra pressure 😉 Seriously, though–sounds like a fun read!

 Give us more info about your main characters—who are they?

The heroine, Reagan, wants to find contentment more than anything.  She refuses to unpack for fear she’ll grow too complacent.  She never wants to settle again.  The mountains outside her window remind her she’s in one of the most unsettled parts of the United States and is just what she needs to begin her new life.  The hero, Garret, has gone home to Montana for a much needed break.  Right now, all he cares about are the jagged outdoor elements surrounding him and his brother’s bone-chilling cocktails.  He plans to find solace the only way he knows how:  in the arms of the mountains he’s grown up with.  That is, until his boss assigns him to investigate a woman staying in the condo next door.  They meet in his brother’s bar.  Garret has rules against becoming involved with Reagan, but attraction lolls in his stomach like an agonizing hangover the moment he lays eyes on her.

Excellent! Can’t wait to read more…

What scene in your book was the most fun to write, and why?

The fight scene between the Reagan and Garret.  Because I love getting two characters angry at each other, watching them hash it out, and seeing how they’ll make amends.  I also loved writing about the first time they met.  My favorite part of any romance novel is the reaction, the feeling, between the hero and heroine when they first meet.

I agree–I always love those first scenes between them! I can see how they’d be fun to write too.

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I was about nine years old when I discovered I wanted to be a writer, although I’m pretty sure I knew at birth.  My mom read so much to me that I could recite books before I was able to read, and then she gave me romance novels with words I could barely pronounce, must less tell you the meaning.  And yet I didn’t end up damaged.  I always thought I’d like to write but didn’t give it a try until I spent a week with my aunt, who wrote poetry.  She helped my sister and me pass the time with writing and told us it was okay if we just wanted to rewrite a movie that we loved and write it how we would want it to go.   Right about that time, I was diagnosed with diabetes, and writing helped me get through those first few years.  Writing was just something I knew I had to.

I love the idea of rewriting movies! There’s so many I know I’d love to change….

What do you like best about being a writer?

When I know the scene I just wrote was awesome and I’m surprised I wrote it. It doesn’t always mean the words flow, because sometimes it takes a lot of effort, but I know it’s awesome when it’s done.

That has got to be a fantastic feeling…and the next best would be seeing that awesome scene in print for the first time, I’d imagine!

 What is the most challenging part of being a writer?

Sitting down to write after a hard day at work, especially when the words don’t come.

Hmmm. Yes, just talk to me midway through NaNoWriMo month. I can feel your pain.

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m working on the last two novels in this series.  The next one is about Garret’s brother, and the next about a character we’ll meet in the second story.

What authors and/or books have inspired you as an author?

As far as the genre I write, romantic suspense, I’d have to say Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts, because they inspire me to write better and go beyond the normal.  Also, Heather Sellers in Page after Page and Stephen King’s On Writing are books I return to when I need writing inspiration.

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read Stephen King’s book–it’s awesome!

What are you currently reading?

Sandra Brown’s Deadline.

 Please share a favorite scene from your books with our readers.

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“I’m not sure I’m ready for that,” Reagan said, running her tongue over her lips as she rested her glass on the counter. “Skiing, that is,” she quickly added. He would never know she’d been thinking of kissing him, but she had to force herself to look away from his mouth. Nudging Naomi, she stood. “It’s time for me to go. I need to settle in. I haven’t even unpacked yet.” And she had no intention of doing so now, but it was a good excuse to leave. She wiped her hands on her jeans before extending her hand to his, praying hers weren’t clammy. “It was great to meet you.”

Garret grasped her proffered hand and nested his other on top, engulfing her hand. She burned. Everywhere. “Meet me on the slopes tomorrow?”

Reagan bit her lip and glanced at the floor. “Tomorrow? I don’t know. I might need a little more time to get used to this place.”

“We’ll start with sledding. You can’t not like sledding.”

She didn’t know, seeing as how she’d never done it, but cozying up to him at a hundred miles an hour would probably be amazing.

“I’m safe,” Garret said as he dropped his hand.

“You’re what?” she asked, meeting his eyes. Maybe he was a good guy in most people’s standards, but he made her heart beat too fast to be anything but dangerous.

“I’m harmless. Several people in town will vouch for me.”

“But I don’t know them either.”

Thanks so much for being with us today, Angela! 

Burn on the Western Slope is available right now–at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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