Finding the Motivation to Start Writing: Guest Post and Giveaway from Susannah Scott, author of Stop Dragon My Heart Around

I’m so excited to have Susannah Scott here today, talking about writing and the latest novel in her Las Vegas Dragons series, Stop Dragon My Heart Around!
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Hi, Becky,
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today to talk about finding the motivation to start writing.
I’m the grateful mother of 3 small boys. They came in rapid succession because my hub and I were too busy enjoying DINK life, we ran-out my biological clock. Those baby years were hard and I started reading a ton, but the heavy stuff was too emotionally taxing. I found romance novels, and fell in love with the endorphins, and happily-ever-afters.
When my youngest turned two and I started getting more sleep, I started thinking I can this. I can write my own story.  Can I get a, “Hell yeah!” I know you writers out there had that same moment or you wouldn’t be reading this blog.
And you know what–I was right, I could do it–and so can you.
If cranking out words is a problem for you, set your bottom in a chair, or walk on a treadmill desk, and get to it. Set a timer and tell yourself, I am going to keep writing, without stopping for 30 minutes. Just keep going. You’ll be surprised how the words pile up. Stretch your intervals to one hour, do it every day (increase dosage as able). Make a commitment. Honor your promises to yourself just as you would honor them if you gave them to a loved one.
If you don’t meet your goals, don’t beat yourself up. But, DO have a serious and TRUTHFUL conversation with yourself. Why not? Why didn’t I do it? If it is timing, get up at 5 am. The witching hour is my most prolific and imaginative writing time. It is hard, but I love it. And I love how I feel for the rest of the day. Is it fear of failure? Get over it. You haven’t even written a story yet! No one is looking over your shoulder. Give yourself permission to be BAD. You’ll get better, I promise. You just have to keep writing.
Ask yourself, if not today, then when?
After you have a whole book of words, you’ll think they glow with fairy dust. That is natural. When I entered my first contest I thought they had made a mathematical mistake when my score came back 56%. I’m embarrassed to tell you I emailed the contest coordinator. Yep, 56% was right. That’s failing folks. Many tears were shed–BUT, here is the important part–I kept writing.
Eventually I published a book. It wasn’t my first book, it was my third book. But I know without a doubt that if I hadn’t written books 1 and 2, there would not have been a book 3, Luck of the Dragon, or book 4, Stop Dragon My Heart Around (which just released Monday).
If you are an aspiring author, keep in touch! I’d love to hear about your certain success 🙂 Come find me in the transmedia world!
All my best,
Susannah Scott
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Susannah Scott writes dragon-filled Paranormal Romance and lives with her family in Southern Missouri. She loves connecting with readers through Social Media—and almost always replies!

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Stop Dragon My Heart Around
by Susannah Scott
Entangled Publishing, Covet Imprint
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Release Date:  4.28.2014

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Lucky Leprechaun underwear ironed? Check.
Gold plated hearing aids? Check.
Pink doggy booties, times four? Check.

Tee is Vegas’s favorite casino hostess, ready to grant her high rollers their every quirky wish. But when her own wish to financially help her Paiute Tribe finally comes true, she decides to double-down with lady luck and go for a hot hook-up with her sexy boss, Leo. Unfortunately, Tee’s about to find out why their romance is such a long shot—Leo is a shape-shifting dragon.

Leo needs a proper dragon mate to save his waning dragon form, and despite their magnetic sexual attraction, he knows Tee is anything but proper—or a dragon. But when threats arise from Tee’s tribe, Leo’s protective instincts kick in. Can he give up his dragon form for the woman he loves—even if it means shortening his life? Or has Tee finally had enough of having her heart dragged around?

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The SUV lurched to the side again and above them, the steel roof opened like a can opener was prying into the vehicle. In the open space, Leo’s golden dragon roared. Flames licked the air above them and heat filled the cabin like a blast from a dry furnace.

Tee clung to the seat, reacting instinctively. The dragon landed on the roofless SUV and roared again. She put her hands over her ears to block the deafening sound.

“What the hell!” James yelled. He pulled her off the seat and put her between him and the dragon, shielding himself.

The dragon tilted his head, a slow, calculated movement in the center of the chaos. His golden eyes flared and in that moment, Tee thought she saw a hint of Leo in the beast. Leo. Leo the dragon.

Leo would save her.

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New Release Review: Stop Dragon My Heart Around by Susannah Scott

Susannah Scott’s visiting the blog today, offering advice for aspiring writers. Check out her guest post here–and enter her blog tour giveaway while you’re at it!

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Review:

When I finished the first book in the Las Vegas Dragons series, Luck of the Dragon, I was already anxious to read Leo and Tee’s story. Stop Dragon My Heart Around definitely did not disappoint. In fact, I think I like book two better than book one!

For one thing, it definitely doesn’t hurt that Leo is described as looking like Thor.

You know, THOR.

“It’s that hotty superhero with the hammer.” The brunette still pointed at Leo. Her mouth hung open to show a brass tongue piercing.

“Thor,” the blonde beside her whispered and smacked her gum again. “I bet he has a big ole hammer too.”

Beside her, Leo smiled and shrugged, like he had some superhero secret he couldn’t share. Ridiculous.

“This is not Thor,” Tee said with an uncomfortable laugh. Next to the diminutive young women, she felt gawky. She straightened her stooping shoulders and stretched to her full height. Then, she gave the two a smile she hoped conveyed patient helpfulness.

“Tell them you’re not Thor,” Tee said.

“Good day, ladies.” Leo poured on his Australian accent and the two shrieked like schoolgirls. “I’m actually Leonidas Ryan, head of Casino Operations, but people often say I look like that actor.” He looked at her in question.

“Chris Hemsworth,” Tee said with an eye roll. “You’re nothing like him.”

“Yes, he is,” Trixie said, staring at Leo like a carb-dieter drooling over a loaded pizza. “Those eyes, those shoulders. That accent. I bet you have a six pack too.” She smiled at him and twirled her blonde hair around her finger.

“I guess that makes me the God of Thunder.” Leo patted his flat stomach and winked. “With a vee-rry large hammer.”

Mmmmmm.

Sorry. I was distracted by thoughts of Thor’s biceps. And his…hammer.

Ahem. Anyway. Back to the review…

Stop and Luck are similar in that they both feature male dragons who are in danger of losing their dragon forms if they don’t find a mate…and it becomes apparent that those chosen mates just might be–oh, the horror!–human.

Leo and Tee, though, already have a very strong attraction to each other before their book begins. They shared a steamy kiss backstage at the casino, a kiss neither one can get out of their heads. The page practically bursts into flames every time the two of them are together, and Leo’s begun looking for his dragon mark on Tee every time he sees her, hoping against hope. Tee, who has no idea what he’s doing, notices that he appears to have an odd fixation with staring at her hands and wonders at it. Is he trying to read her palms? Strange.

Each time Leo looks, though–there’s nothing. No mark.

Leo begins to contemplate giving up his dragon form for Tee. His mate may never show up, after all, and his attraction for the beautiful casino hostess is getting to be too much to deny. Can he? Should he?

Tee’s got her own problems, however. At the same time she finally decides to launch “Operation Leo” (because, gosh darn it, it’s time he stops dragging her heart around and they do something about their explosive chemistry!) she runs into a heated conflict with another casino employee. To complicate things even further, tensions are running high between the older and newer generations back at the Paiute reservation where her father is chief. Will this “thing” with Leo help solve her problems, or add to them?

And what the heck will she do when she learns the truth of who Leo is and finds out that she’s been living surrounded by dragons and didn’t know it?

Yeah, I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to read it for yourself.

It’s okay. You’ll thank me.

Stop sets up the next book in the series nicely–fellow casino employee Jane is next in line to find her dragon mate.

Poor Darius, however, apparently will still be waiting for Mei to stop her slow torture of him and accept the reality of their mating.

For the third book in a row.

Cruel, Susannah Scott, cruel. 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Ransom by Rachel Schurig
Publication date: April 28th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

**The first book in a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Schurig. This New Adult Contemporary Romance novel is a complete story with no cliffhanger.**

Daisy Harris has no reason to suspect that her day will be any different than usual. She’ll go to class, alone. She won’t speak or make eye contact. She’ll spend her entire day doing her best to go completely unnoticed. That’s what life is like for Daisy now—an endless cycle of loneliness and fear. A life lived hiding behind the walls she so faithfully maintains.

Then she sees it. A magazine, left behind in class. A simple picture—just his face. And it changes everything.

It’s been a year since she’s seen Daltrey Ransome. A year since he and his brothers left town to pursue their dreams of rock and roll superstardom. A year since he left Daisy behind—left her to watch as everything she knew crumbled around her. She’s been running from Daltrey ever since, desperate to keep her secret.

But she can’t run anymore. And now that Daltrey has found her—the girl he’s loved his entire life, the girl he’d give up everything for—he’s determined never to let her go again.

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I wake up, alone in a dark hotel room, my heart racing, scared out of my mind. When I finally figure out where the hell I am, I rub my aching chest. I’m glad I’m not on the bus, glad there’s no one in here to see me like this. I’m pretty sure the wetness I feel on my cheeks is tears, and my brothers would never let me live that down.

Knowing sleep isn’t going to return anytime soon, I climb out of bed and head for the mini bar. I grab a cold beer, even though I could probably use something stronger. You’re too young for a drinking problem. So-called rock star or not.

I take the beer to the small balcony of my room and lean against the railing, looking out over the lights of Memphis. We played a kick-ass show, and I should still be on a high from it. The crowd was amazing. Everything felt right in the world, for a few brief hours. I could forget about the knowledge that I’d traveled halfway across the country without actually seeing any of it. Forget the fact that the tour bus, though more luxurious than our old van, was cramped and starting to make me feel claustrophobic. Forget about how tired I was and how my throat hurt pretty much every day now. When we played like that, when we somehow managed to tap into that almost magical, synched-up, out-of-body place I can’t even describe, I could forget about all the shitty stuff and remember why we were doing this in the first place.

I had felt that tonight, for the first time in weeks, and the sensation had been fantastic. I should have slept like a baby. But here I was again, drinking a beer by myself at three in the morning.

I keep having dreams about her.

Which is pretty fucking ridiculous because I haven’t talked to the girl in about a year. Daisy made it perfectly clear that, for whatever reason, she was done with me—just like that, years of friendship, gone. And I don’t even know what the hell I did.

Okay, so I left, but she always knew that was going to happen. We planned for it, for Christ’s sake. Worked for it. Both of us. She had every bit as much to do with our success as anyone in the band. She was our biggest supporter, our loudest critic. We never performed a song without her hearing it first, never played a gig without her there. She was with us on that first horrible so-called tour, riding around Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana to all those dingy dive bars. She helped us plaster the towns with our flyers and sell our homemade CDs, just waiting for our big chance.

And when it came, when we got the call from Grey Skies that they wanted us to open for them, she was there then, too. She sat at our kitchen table, just like she had a thousand times before, waiting with bated breath for my dad to get off the phone with their manager. When he finally hung up and confirmed that our big break had appeared, she was the first person I grabbed as the kitchen erupted around us. She was happy for me—not the fake kind of happy that you think another person wants to see. She was genuinely, honest-to-God, screaming-her-face-off-while-hugging-me happy.

The only bad thing about those hectic, heady weeks before the tour was leaving her. I wanted to tell her then, the thing I’d always known but been too afraid to say, but I didn’t. I couldn’t imagine saying those three words—finally saying them, out loud, not just in my head where I imagined it constantly—and then leaving. So I held my tongue, and my tears, as I hugged her one last time before heading for the airport.

Maybe I should have said it. Maybe then she wouldn’t have disappeared the way she did. But I had a plan, damn it. I was going to come back, take her to her prom, the way we always talked about, and drop the bomb that I wanted us to be more. The way it played out in my head was that she’d be so happy she’d be willing to leave with me. She would forget about the business school she never really wanted to attend to come on tour with us. I wanted to experience this with her. I wanted to show her the world.

Taking another sip of beer, I wonder—not for the first time—what in the hell I could have done to piss her off so much. She stopped taking my calls about three months after we left for California. By then we’d recorded our album and started to tour as the openers for Grey Skies. I used to call her every night, eager to tell her all about life on the road in a proper tour. We had a lot more free time back then, and I was actually getting a chance to do things in the towns where we stopped. Was that it? Was she jealous?

But that wasn’t like Daisy. I cannot imagine that she would throw away a thirteen-year friendship out of jealousy. It didn’t make any sense. But one day, she didn’t answer when I called. And didn’t respond to my voice mail. Or my increasingly panicked text messages. My emails went unanswered, too.

I tried for weeks to reach her, calling her house, her phone, her dad’s phone. He told me flat out she didn’t want to talk to me, but I still couldn’t accept it. Even when her cell number was disconnected, when my emails started to come back with the message that there was no such address, I didn’t get it. It wasn’t until she finally called me to cancel our prom plans that I realized what she’d been trying to tell me: She didn’t want to have anything to do with me.

I replay those weeks all the time, wondering what I could have done differently. I always come back to the same thing: I should have gone home. I should have told my dad to screw himself and gotten on a plane. They could have managed without me for a few days. Even if they couldn’t, even if it would have jeopardized our chance to open for Grey Skies, I should have done it anyway. Daisy was worth it.

But I didn’t. And now she’s away at college, probably having the time of her life, forgetting all about her old friend. I can see her so clearly, sitting on a green lawn, surrounded by friends, like some fucking commercial, her brown curls blowing in the breeze as she laughs. The image makes my chest ache again. She’s gone, man. Accept it.

I look out over the city again, my beer bottle empty. She is gone, hundreds of miles away, totally out of my reach. And I’m here, alone in the middle of the night, haunted by memories of the only girl I ever loved.

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High School Could Be the Death of You…LITERALLY: An interview and Giveaway with Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye, authors of The Midnight Spell

Magical puberty has got to be so much worse than the regular kind…

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Thank you both for agreeing to be with us today! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Rhiannon: Let me see…I have three teenagers in my family, so I listened in on a lot of their conversations to make the voices in The Midnight Spell authentic. I live in Texas, so the setting of the story felt natural. I’ve been writing since I was ten years old, but I didn’t become a professional writer until 2008. The Midnight Spell is my first foray into YA, but I really loved it a lot. And finally, I would love to write more about these characters. They’re just awesome.

 

Kody: I am a huge advocate for equal rights for everyone in all facets of life; I am very outspoken about my sexuality and mental health issues; I suffer from Bipolar Disorder 2, PTSD and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and seek to inform people of the issues surrounding such conditions; my name is pronounced ‘boy’ (like the gender); and I’m a crazy cat lady in the making who cries whenever he sees kittens (no joke.)

 

Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? 😉

Rhiannon: Well, I wrote for Christy, so I will talk about her. Christy is an average girl in many ways. She always laments the fifteen pounds that she just can’t seem to lose and dresses very casually. She comes from a long line of powerful witches from a world that used to exist in the shadow of ours, but was destroyed. She’s just about to hit her witch puberty when the book starts, and longs to finally have powers. Christy has also had a very long crush on a boy named Ian, who she is painfully awkward around.

As for the desert isle, well, she’s a witch, so she’s got it covered.

Hmmm. That seems a bit like cheating… 😉

 

Kody: Adam’s your typical teenage kid. He has an annoying little sister, a mom whose obsession with shoes borderlines on insanity, who’s faithfully loyal to his friends, and despite the hardships of growing up gay in small-town Texas knows that there’s something better on the other side of high school. If he were stranded on a desert isle, he would bring Christy (who would, hopefully, be able to conjure other things.) If people aren’t allowed, then probably an umbrella.

Umbrellas do have many uses. Though admittedly the witch would be more useful.

 

 

If your book were being cast as a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

Rhiannon: Wow. This is a tough one, since Christy is only in her mid-teens. A much younger, rounder version of Ellen Page would be a good pick.

 

Kody: Seth Green, from the time in which he played Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Excellent choices!

 

 

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

Rhiannon: I’ve been writing since I learned to write, but I started writing actual stories when I was around ten. I wrote my first novel by thirteen. I’ve been a storyteller since I learned to talk, so it was pretty much inevitable that I would end up a writer. I have always loved books with all my heart.

 

Kody: I’ve been writing since I was seven, professionally since fourteen. Kenneth Thomasmas (a writer of Native American fiction) was the first person who truly inspired me to write.

That’s fantastic!

 

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

Rhiannon: The best part about being a writer is when I hear from readers who love my stories. It’s very rewarding to take a world and characters from my imagination and spin them into stories that other people love. The most challenging part of being a writer is just finishing the book! Starting is easy. Finishing is always hard.

 

Kody: I love being able to express myself. The most challenging part is making a steady (and comfortable) income from it.

Finishing is hard! But a bit necessary, in order to accomplish the steady income bit…

 

 

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

Rhiannon: I’m presently working on In Darkness We Must Abide, a story in serial form. The first two seasons are already out and I’m writing the third. It’s like a television show for your mind. Later this year, The Mesmerized will be released by Permuted Press and next year Dead Spots is published from Tor.

 

Kody: I’m working on an outline for my agent for a novel I can’t discuss right now. But, as to what’s coming out within the next year, that would be the fourth Brotherhood novel, Rebel.

Sounds great!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

Rhiannon: Agatha Christie was a huge early influence, as was Laura Ingalls Wilder. I didn’t get into the horror genre until my teens, so those two female authors had a big impact on me when I first developed my love of reading. Later on, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the book that drew me into the horror genre and helped me find my niche. My all-time favorite book is Jane Eyre.

 

Kody: I did a big blog post on this detailing some of my big inspirations, but in no particular order: Stephen King, Poppy Z. Brite, Jennifer Haigh, Tristan Egolf, Tamora Pierce.

Awesome—Christie, Wilder, and King were all a big part of my childhood too! And having us read Jane Eyre was one of the few things my junior year English teacher did right all year.

 

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

Rhiannon: I just wrapped up reading J.L. Bryan’s The Unseen and I really liked it. It reminded me of the horror movies from the 1970’s. It was a lot of fun.

 

Kody: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I love the realistic portrayal of PTSD, especially in a young person such as Katniss. It’s refreshing to see that, especially as someone who suffers from the condition.

 

 

If you had to “sell” this book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Rhiannon: Wow, that’s tough! “Christy is a witch. Adam is gay. Together they face the perils of the supernatural and high school.”

Nice!

 

Kody: High school could be the death of you. LITERALLY.

So, so true—though in case the Mini Moes are reading this—just kidding! (Not really, though. High school is definitely hazardous to your health!)

Thank you both so much!

 

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Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

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Website: rhiannonfrater.com
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Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye began his writing career with the publication of his story [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge at the age of fourteen. Published nearly three-dozen times before going independent at eighteen, Boye has authored numerous works—including the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the epic fantasy series The Brotherhood Saga. He is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media Agency.

 

You can visit him online at kodyboye.com

 

 

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The Midnight Spell by Kody Boye and Rhiannon Frater
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

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SEARCHING FOR PERFECT by Jennifer Probst
April 29th, 2014
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SEARCHING FOR PERFECT Synopsis:

The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . .

Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?

 

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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

 

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New Release Spotlight and Giveaway: How We Lived by Erin Butler

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Book Title: How We Lived
Author:  Erin Butler

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Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Larkin’s parents uninvited her to her brother’s funeral. She just wanted to wear jeans and a T-shirt—the clothes Kyle would’ve wanted her in—not wrap herself up in death. So she watched the funeral from afar, like an outsider. Which is just how she feels. Chase came, though, just like she knew he would. Until a few months ago, the three of them had been best friends, and then Chase made a mistake that shattered both families. But when Kelsey looks at him, she doesn’t see her brother’s killer. She sees the boy next door who’s always taken care of her. She sees home.

When Chase tells her his feelings run deeper than friendship, she can’t help but get lost in him. In Chase, she finally has the closure she’s been unable to find anywhere else. But the boy she’s falling in love with is still hiding secrets about the night Kyle died. Secrets that could destroy everything they have…again.

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Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.

She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.

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New Release and Giveaway: Out of Mind by Jen McLaughlin (Out of Line #3)

New from author Jen McLaughlin!

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Book Summary: 

Reaching for sunlight…

Finn survived the ambush and came home to me, but in his head, the battle is still raging. He’s falling apart and I’m trying my best to pick up the pieces of him, to find the us we used to be. I love him as much as I ever did, but love isn’t enough to fix this. I thought telling my father about our relationship would be the hardest thing we’d ever have to face. I was wrong.

Lost in shadows…

All I wanted was to be worthy of Carrie. One mission, just one, and I’d be able to give her the future she deserved. Then everything went wrong, leaving me tainted and broken. Carrie wants me to be who I was, but all that’s left is what they made of me. I’m no good for her. No good for anyone like this. I have to figure out how to move forward. Alone.

Sometimes love isn’t enough…

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OUT OF LINE (Book #1)

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OUT OF TIME (Book #2)

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OUT OF MIND (Book #3)

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Author Information:Jen McLaughlin

Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Website: http://dianealberts.com/

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DianeAlberts6

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6921962.Jen_McLaughlin

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Why Do I Like the Villain? Guest Post and Giveaway from Aderonke Moyinlorun (When Love Hurts)

 I’d like to welcome Aderonke Moyinlorun here today to talk about villains–and her latest book, When Love Hurts!

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Why do I like the Villain?

As a writer, I find that villains/antagonists are not easy to write. It’s like leaving a part of myself and becoming someone else. Of course, that is what a writer does when he writes every character, but writing a villain is even more challenging.

Let me explain. Bad guys think bad things and do evil things because it’s in their nature. But in most cases, those bad things are not in the writer’s nature. Creating that kind of character requires the writer to shut down his beliefs and be blind to what is right and wrong.

But as a reader, I find that villains are actually likeable. Over time, I’ve found myself falling in love with villains and actually wanting the bad guy to win. A good example is Walter White in Breaking Bad.

A good villain is a villain that you can understand. A villain that does not do bad things just because he loves to do bad things. They have real, understandable motives for what they do. It doesn’t mean the reader/writer necessarily agrees with the bad things they do, but it does means the character is human, and his anger and cruelty can easily be understood.

We know that, in reality, no one is entirely evil. People do bad things, and then, at other times they do good things. So, as you write your book, try to create a character readers can sympathize with.

Thanks, Aderonke! Excellent advice…which of course reminds me of one of my favorite villains, and my favorite villian quote:

Author bio:

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Aderonke is a self-published author who founded Adom Publishers at the age of 22. She has appeared on several bestseller lists, including Amazon Kindle.

Much of her works revolves around ordinary women who face seemingly insuperable challenges, but find their heart’s desire through unflinching determination. Compassionate and lively, and with future projects in the making, Aderonke is a woman with vision as she continues to blaze trails and inspire others around her.

She presently tours the country speaking about how to follow your dreams starting from a young age as well as encouraging other aspiring writers. A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, she is presently studying for a second degree at Indiana State University. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and working on her next novel, That Night (When Love Hurts, #3).

 

Author Links:

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Title: When Love Hurts
Author: Aderonke Moyinlorun
Release Date: September 28, 2013
Genre: Romance suspense

 

Blurb:

Tamara Price’s world is about to tumble down around her and the one responsible for it is none other than Raymond Brock, her ex-boyfriend. She hasn’t seen him in one year after he ran off to Paris and married her best friend.

Tamara is smart, intelligent, single and a divorce attorney. When Raymond asks her to be his divorce attorney, they rediscover a passion that never died and the lies that kept them apart. Only one problem exists- Tamara is better at fixing broken marriages than she is at dissolving them. Can Raymond and Tamara find a way to overcome the obstacle of his wife- short of murder, that is?

Excerpt:

Chapter 1

Tamara Price didn’t want to get up from bed. As usual, she hadn’t slept well. Actually, she hadn’t been sleeping well for months now. She could cover up the dark circles beneath her eyes with makeup and hide the weight loss by purchasing smaller-sized clothes, but nothing could be done to offer her sanctuary from the forlorn feeling of being alone, a feeling she had known ever since Raymond Brock walked out of her life without any explanation or goodbye. And even though she had tried everything to avoid being alone, she still felt alone whenever she lay on this damn bed. She had worked hard, twenty-four hours a day seven days a week, until her colleagues forced her into taking this stupid vacation. She didn’t want this vacation, but her colleagues refused to listen. Perhaps, they could tell she was miserable.

Her bedside phone rang, disrupting her thoughts. Rolling onto her back, she stretched a hand to pick up the phone. “Yes this is Ms. Tamara Price…No, I’m on vacation until next week…I understand. Tell Drake to go ahead and handle the case. I’m certain he’ll handle it well…Thank you…That’s fine…Bye for now.”

She dropped the phone, seriously contemplating pulling the covers over her head and staying that way for the next three days. She’d done it before. That fateful morning when she woke up to the harsh reality of the other side of love. She had woken up from a peaceful sleep, on a Saturday morning, to a beautiful dawn. After breakfast, she’d sat down to watch TV when she heard the shocking news. She could still remember every word: Raymond Brock, host of the syndicated talk show, Hello America, is officially off the market after marrying Dahlia Taylor in a small wedding in Paris. For three days, she had stayed in bed without talking to anyone. Each day, the pain in her heart deepened.

Swallowing, she fought tears that seemed to come so easily every time she thought of Raymond. And even though it had been a year since the incident, it still hurt as if it was yesterday. Pain knotted Tamara’s heart. She drew up her knees as if that would make the pain go away. She had managed to lock up the pain all this while, and was still capable of keeping it locked, she told herself.

Almost when she finally decided to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed, she heard her door opened. Startled, she rose and sat up to see who it was.

“Drake, you scared me!” she screeched.

“Oh sorry,” Drake said, his voice not quite apologetic.

“You do not enter my bedroom! I thought it was someone else!”

He laughed, walking over to sit beside her on the bed. “You live in a gated, security-conscious neighborhood, and you’re scared of an intruder?”

She scoffed and tossed her hair over her shoulder. “Risks of the job, I guess.”

“Well yeah, risks of being the best divorce attorney in town! And with your track record of ‘fixing’ people’s marriages, the only thing they’ll ever be tempted to break into your house for would be to surprise you with a fruit basket and a bouquet of flowers. Unless, of course, your client is a mafia boss, then you’re looking at a horse’s head!”

“Okay, smartass! Why’re you here? You could have called.”

Drake grabbed her arm and pulled her out of bed. “I know you’re going to sleep away your three-day break. So I got you something to do instead.” He pushed her toward the bathroom. “Go get ready. Our last client, Tiffany and John, are renewing their vows today. You’re going to be there.”

She struggled. “Drake, you know I don’t like to attend such events.”

“Too late. I told them you’ll be there.” He pushed her into the bathroom and shut the door.

Tamara and Drake became very close back in high school, and then in college at University of Maryland in Baltimore. They went to law school together. After graduation, Tamara had decided to start her law firm, and Drake offered to join her. They had been together since then and been through a lot together. Drake was about six-four, two hundred pounds, with caramel skin. He was good looking and was good with women too.

“Alright, Tamara,” Drake said, raising his voice enough for her to hear him. “I’ve got to rush back to work. See you later.”

“Hey, who was that lady who called my home phone from the office? She said something about a client,” Tamara said, raising her voice, too.

“That must be Sherry. She’s an intern.”

“Are you kidding me? You hired a female intern?”

“Yeah. What’s the prob?”

“You can’t screw a colleague or a client. You know that, right?”

“I’m not planning to have sex with her. And FYI, Tamara, I don’t have sex with every woman I set my eyes on.”

“All those girls you screwed in college? I’ll say yes, you sleep with every woman you set your eyes on.”

He laughed. “I haven’t slept with you yet.”

“I’m your boss, Drake!”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Shut up, Drake,” she yelled. “And get out of my room.”

“Yes, boss.” He bowed sarcastically and exited her room.

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Entangled Ignite’s Release Day Blast and Giveaways! Naima Simone and Incy Black’s latest books!

Today I’m happy to be featuring Ignite’s April 28th Releases!

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Set fire to your passions with heart stopping suspense, adventure, and intrigue from Ignite. Each Ignite title features to-die-for heroes and kick-butt heroines on an emotional roller coaster ride toward love. With new books and new passions exploding every month, every Ignite novel is one you can’t put down until the last page is turned. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

 

 

 

Secrets and Sins: Raphael

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When Greer Addison finds her future husband in bed with another woman, she runs…right into the arms of dark and dangerous Raphael Marcel. Angry and hurt, she throws caution to the wind and spends a hot night with the sexy security specialist. But when her fiancé is found dead, Greer becomes the main suspect of a crime she can’t remember.Raphael is stunned and suspicious when Greer shows up on his doorstep claiming she’s carrying his baby. Worse, she’s the target of a stalker bent on making her pay for a murder she doesn’t recall. As Raphael begins to trust Greer, they must race against the clock to uncover a killer. Because Greer’s memory is returning…

 

 

Hard to Hold by Incy Black

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Anna Key Marshall is pregnant. Granted, it’s through a sperm donor instead of her ex-husband, but you can’t have everything. When she becomes the target for murder, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her unborn child—even turning to her ex, the Black Ops specialist who broke her heart. Nick Marshall can’t forgive the woman who betrayed him, but when she finds herself in trouble, he’ll do what he does best—protect her at all costs. Fueled by a powerful love he can’t leave behind, can he hold on to the woman he still loves?

 

Entangled Edge Release Day Blast with Giveaways! Lisa Kessler, Rosalie Lario, Tricia Skinner, Ally Broadfield, and Paula Altenburg’s latest books!

Today I’m happy to be featuring Edge’s April 28th releases!

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Edge, a digital-first single-title romance line from Entangled Publishing, takes its lead from their popular Select imprint but gives its novels an edge in the marketplace by bringing great stories to readers at reasonable prices in a quick-and-easy way. Whether sexy or sweet, traditional romance or love and lust with a women’s fiction bent, at the center of every Edge book is heart. From Urban Fantasy to Contemporary Romance to Science Fiction Romance, Edge has a book for all romance readers—and right at their fingertips! As they say, all’s fair in love and war. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

 

Night Child by Lisa Kessler
Night #4

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Issa is one of the original Night Walkers, a proud protector of the mortal world. Now, when the key to the survival of the entire Night Walker race rests on protecting an unborn child, Issa is the only immortal strong enough to defend Muriah and the prophecy. But Muriah’s headstrong spirit and soulful eyes awaken feelings in him that are best left buried. When the Egyptian God of Chaos sstrikes, Muriah and Issa must find the lost scrolls to trap him. But as the battle between love and chaos ensues, sacrifices must be made…

Call of the Siren by Rosalie Lario
Demons of the Infernum #4

 

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Siren-demon hybrid bounty hunter Dagan Meyers swore he’d never settle down. Tying himself to one woman is so not his bag. Until he meets the gorgeous angel Lina, and can’t think of being with anybody BUT her. The last thing Lina wants is to develop feelings for the smooth-talking man she knows will eventually leave her. But as they battle a growing darkness—a powerful dark fae who’s harnessed untold power—Dagan and Lina find that love may be their greatest weapon against the evil that threatens to destroy them all.

 

 

 

Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner
Angel Assassins #1

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When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when Katie fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. His twin, who he thought was dead, is very much alive…and sending him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: “You’re next.” Now, with Katie’s life in his hands, Cain must fight to keep them both alive. But Abel has just one goal: destroy his brother, starting with the woman he’s falling in love with.

 

 

 

Just A Kiss by Ally Broadfield

 

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Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title. Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

 

 

 

The Demon Lord by Paula Altenburg

Demon Outlaws #2.5

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The Demon Lord has conquered the mortal world and sampled
its pleasures. Now all he needs is to conquer the goddess who is meant to
complete him. The goddess Allia, however, has other plans. She is sent by her
immortal sisters to win the heart of the Demon Lord and make him her slave but
soon discovers that the Demon Lord’s heart is not easily given, and that in
order to win it, she must sacrifice her own.