Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Roll ~ Learn More About Me and My Process

Happy Monday!

I was invited by Benjamin Moore to participate in a Blog Roll. It's always fun to talk about the writing process, and what I'm working on, so I was happy to accept. 

Benjamin was asked to participate by Christa Yelich-Koth. I met both of them at the Southern California Writers' Conference in San Diego. This is a wonderful conference that is held in San Diego every February. If you've never been, and have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it!

In this blog roll writers answer five questions about themselves, then introduce three more writers, who in turn roll the questions to three more.

1. What am I working on right now?
I'm currently writing book 4 in my Time for Love series, 15 Minutes. This book details the relationship between Brock, a self-made man who raised his brothers and his parents' death, and Victoria, a spoiled debutante who wants nothing more in life than to be a trophy wife. It is such a blast for me to write a character who readers have hated in the first three books, and try to get them to not only understand her, but to root for her HEA. 
I'm also finalizing a short story that I'm contributing to a Mermaid Anthology. A group of authors are putting it together in hopes of a December release. All proceeds will go to charity. It's a lot of fun to combine my love of contemporary and fantasy, like I did when I wrote Nissa: a contemporary fairy tale

2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?
I like to write about realistic situations, not just kids going to college and living on campus. In fact, only one of my New Adult books takes place at college. I love those books too, but not all people attend college, and I think there is a market for these books as well. I experienced a little bit of everything at that age: I attended a University, went to Community College, worked various jobs, and eventually entered the military. I try to incorporate a little bit of everything into my writing.

3. Why do I write what I do?
I love writing about relationships. In my YA books I focused on the friendships, siblings, and relationship between parents and children. I also incorporated Romance, which is a fundamental theme in everything I write. 
In my NA books, I've focused on the relationship between the couple, but there is always a supporting cast of friends. I love to write about multiple characters and interweave their stories into each book, that is why I think writing series is so much fun.
Like I said, I love to write about realistic situations. I also try to come up with story ideas that mean something to me. I've written about a single parent, child abuse, domestic violence, cheating, and separation, but I've also covered lighter topics. 

4. How does my writing process work?
I basically get an idea, then sit down and start writing it. I write in sequential order, but I don't outline. I let the story flow through me as it comes. Sometimes I get ideas for the direction I'd like the story to go, and I jot those down in a notebook, but I don't sit down with a concrete storyline. 

5. How does my writing process not work?
I don't have an outline set up, so sometimes the story ebbs and flows. Some days I sit down and write a couple chapters, and other days I don't write a word. I just take it as it comes and don't put pressure on myself. After all, I do this because I love it, so I don't treat it like a task or chore, I look at it as an outlet.

Well… that's me! Check out the three writers I picked to see how they answer these questions.

1. Kristi Strong is a fabulous writer and wonderful friend, stop by her blog to check out her work.

2. Nikki Jefford is a sweet friend and amazing writer, check out her answers to the five questions. 

3. Leigh Talbot Moore is an amazing writer and friend, check out her blog. I especial like her post on being an Independent.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blog Tour ~ After Star by Ashley Lavering

After Star Release and Giveaway
YA Paranormal Romance
by Ashley Lavering

 Will Tayla and James
find their happily-ever-after?



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Blurb

After Star book three in the Curse of the Beast Series by Ashley Lavering:

A Choice was Made
The Curse was Broken
Yet the Wolf Remains


Tayla’s life changed forever the day she became a werewolf in James’ pack (aka Beast). Now they must flee their Wyoming home to escape the increasing wolf hunts caused by Kyle. With
James, her alpha and intended mate, she finds refuge in the remote area of Crouch, Idaho. 

Now that she's settled in to her new home with the man of her dreams by her side, Tayla wonders if she’s finally found some peace, but it doesn't take long for enemies to find her. They taunt
her with secrets from James’ past, and revenge stalks the pack at every turn. 

When James is severely wounded with an unknown poison, it is up to Tayla and her best friend, Chel, to solve the mystery of the poison’s origin and find a cure. Will they be strong enough to handle the truth they discover and defeat their enemies? Or will time run out and werewolves die?

(A clean Young Adult Paranormal Romance)
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After Star Except:

The house smelled like I’d just walked into a Tuscan Villa. Roasted tomatoes and pasta
with… I inhaled again, sautéed portabella mushrooms, yum. My stomach rumbled.
James bent over to get two plates heaped with yumminess out of the oven. The
sight of him in his cream colored apron and those tight Wrangler jeans made it
a toss-up as to what I was hungrier for, him or the pasta. He set the plates on
the stove top, and I closed the distance between us. I threw my arms around his
neck and kissed his throat. “I am so in love with you right now.”
His arms squeezed me closer. “Hmm, are you sure it isn’t the food talking?”
I laughed. “It might’ve added more to your charm tonight than usual.”
“That hungry, huh?” The silver streaks in his eyes conveyed his double meaning, leaving me at
a loss for words as my stomach fluttered, and I blushed.
“Eww you guys. Get a room,” Erika said, pushing us playfully out of her way. “So does the
teacher get any dinner? I worked hard, too, so stop ogling each other, and feed
me.” She grinned.
We chuckled, and he handed her a plate. She sat at the table and dug in. My stomach twisted in
hunger as I watched her. That blending-in-with-nature exercise was energy
zapping work. I hadn’t been this hungry in a while.
James stroked my cheek. “You better eat, too. Sounds like progress was made, and it carved a
hole in both of your stomachs.” The hopefulness in his voice made me glad I
hadn’t failed today’s lesson.
“I did have a little success.” I teased him with my vagueness. Smiling sweetly at him, I
grabbed my plate and joined Erika, who was smirking behind her glass of water.
“Out with it you two.” James sat next to us. “From the way you both are grinning, and the fact
that you are hours late tells me something big happened.”
“Go ahead,” I said to Erika, who was bursting to share the news.
“Tayla, blended with a fir tree! She did such a great job, I had to coach her back to her human
rhythm.” Erika plopped a forkful of pasta between her lips, her eyes glowing
with pride.
James’ mouth fell open. “No?”
Erika’s smile grew, and she swallowed. “I am so glad you found her and brought her into the
pack, James. I will finally have someone to teach all my secrets to.”
My lips stretched into a full blown smile. “James, did you hear that! We can train
together. This is going to be fun!”
Erika threw James a sarcastic smile, and they both looked at me with amusement. “What? I am
just excited.” Finally, I was good at something werewolf.
“We aren’t laughing at you, Tayla. I was just teasing James. You see he has talent, but
nothing like the raw skill you possess to master it like I have,” Erika said.
“I have never fully melded my rhythm with anything. I am excellent at mimicking, but could
never understand the depth Erika always spoke of. It is truly an amazing gift
you have, Tayla.” He touched my knee and looked at me with such admiration that
I blushed.
“Really, it was Erika. I couldn’t have done it without her guiding me. I’m not really even sure
I can do it again.”
“Oh, she’ll do it again.” Erika winked at me. “She’s experienced the high and is now addicted.
I don’t know, James, you might lose her to the forest.”
“Then I’ll just have to entertain her better.” He gave me a wicked grin.
“You’re in a mood,” I whispered, needing to fan my flushed cheeks and settle my fiery nerves.


About Ashley Lavering:

In addition to being a mother and
wife, I teach at a charter school and enjoy scuba diving. I love to be adventurous and try new and exciting things. Some of the things I have done are sky diving, glacier hiking, cave spelunking, and kayaking on the ocean. I want
to experience the world, but will never be able to see it all, so I write. It is like the world is at my figure tips when I open a word document and delve into another story.  Oh, the places
you'll go as Dr. Seuss says.



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Check out Ashley’s first two books in this compelling Young Adult paranormal romance series and retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf twist.


Book One
Curse of the Beast


Book Two
Star Cursed

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Now Available ~ Rout of the Dem-Shyr by Raine Thomas!

NEW RELEASE!

Title: Rout of the Dem-Shyr

Series: Ascendant Series #2

Author: Raine Thomas

Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi Romance

Audience: Ages 17+



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Book Blurb:

Touted as the future ruler and savior of worlds, Ascendant KyrVawn is ready to put her growing power to good use. She intends to begin with her home planet of Alametria, where hints of corruption have infiltrated the highest levels of the palace. It’s a monumental task, but one she won’t undertake alone.
By her side is her personal bodyguard and secret lover, Dem-Shyr TaeDane. Together, they’re determined to uncover the truth behind the changes that occurred while they were off-planet…changes that violate long-standing Alametrian laws.
But it’s hard for them to champion the rules when they don’t live by them. Their love is forbidden by official decree, and with every illicit touch, they edge closer and closer to discovery and disaster. Despite their good intentions, they’ll find out that sometimes love doesn’t conquer all.
In fact, it might just be the very thing that destroys them.

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About the Author:

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Release Day Blitz for Hot-Blooded by Kendall Grey






Title: Hot-Blooded (The ‘Ohana Series, book 1)
Author: Kendall Grey
Publish Date: July 14, 2014




‘Ohana is everything…

When an accident claims her mother’s life, Keahilani Alana must take charge of her `ohana(family) or risk losing what little they have. With an underage brother to care for and no education, she has few options. The door to a heavenly hellish opportunity opens when she stumbles upon a valuable secret her mother left behind on the slopes of an extinct volcano—a legacy that tempts the family with riches beyond their wildest dreams. But the secret is much bigger and more sinister than they realize. As reality unravels and exposes eerie truths about the ‘ohana that should have remained deep under the mountain, Keahilani must either resist the call of her blood or risk being consumed by its darkness.

Blake Murphy is an assassin working to infiltrate a new Hawaiian cartel. His investigation reveals that Keahilani, the sexy surfing instructor he pegged as an informant, is much closer to the drug ring than he thought. Passion ignites between them in the bedroom, but their ironclad ties to opposing interests pit them against each other everywhere else.

When tensions reach the breaking point and her ‘ohana is threatened, the only cure for Keahilani’s hot-blooded fury is a loaded clip with a body bag chaser.

They don’t call her Pele for nothing
WARNING: HOT-BLOODED does NOT end with a happily ever after. It contains drug use and graphic sex, language, and violence. The story is intended to entertain, not to condone or glorify illegal or immoral activities. This book is unsuitable for sensitive readers and those under the age of 18.

*Written in 3rd person with multiple POVs.







1. HOT-BLOODED is a cross between Point Break, The Sopranos, and Twin Peaks. So, if you like surfing, gangster-style grit with a side of psychological suspense, this one might be right up your alley.

2. HOT-BLOODED’s heroine, Keahilani Alana, is a Hawaiian surfer chick with skeletons (and some other dark, bump-in-the-night baddies) in her closet. She’s strong-willed, independent, and more than willing to use force to get her point across.

3. The tagline for HOT-BLOODED is “‘Ohana is everything,” and boy is it EVER! ‘Ohana means “family” in Hawaiian, and this book explores the nature of family—good, bad, and deadly—on many levels.

4. It’s set on the lush island of Maui where every color of the rainbow rules—and where terrifying shadows exist in places you least expect them.

5. HOT-BLOODED is loosely connected to Kendall’s JUST BREATHE urban fantasy series. You don’t have to have read those books to enjoy this one, but JUST BREATHE readers who do a little digging may notice some subtle connections. There’s a reason for that. Stick with the ‘Ohana series to find out more! :-)




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Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/hot-blooded-11
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Kendall Grey is the self-appointed past, present, and future president of the Authors Behaving Badly Club. A whale warrior and indie freedom fighter, she spends summers in the corner (usually with a dunce cap on her head) and winters hunched at the peak of Mt. Trouble, fiery pens of fury (complete with invisible ink) flying across the pages. She has a big set of cajones, and she's not afraid to use them. In her spare time, Kendall speaks your mind so you don't have to.