Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blog Tour - Author Interview with Giveaway: Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell


Book info:
Title:  Wings Unseen
Author:  Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication date: August 22nd, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
To end a civil war, Lansera’s King Turyn relinquished a quarter of his kingdom to create Medua, exiling all who would honor greed over valor to this new realm on the other side of the mountains. The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations, but their ways of life are as compatible as oil and water.
When Vesperi, a Meduan noblewoman, kills a Lanserim spy with a lick of her silver flame, she hopes the powerful display of magic will convince her father to name her as his heir. She doesn’t know the act will draw the eye of the tyrannical Guj, Medua’s leader, or that the spy was the brother of Serrafina Gavenstone, the fiancèe of Turyn’s grandson, Prince Janto. As Janto sets out for an annual competition on the mysterious island of Braven, Serra accepts an invitation to study with the religious Brotherhood, hoping for somewhere to grieve her brother’s murder in peace. What she finds instead is a horror that threatens both countries, devouring all living things and leaving husks of skin in its wake.
To defeat it, Janto and Serra must learn to work together with the only person who possesses the magic that can: the beautiful Vesperi, whom no one knows murdered Serra’s brother. An ultimate rejection plunges Vesperi forward toward their shared destiny, with the powerful Guj on her heels and the menacing beating of unseen wings all about.
Readers of all ages will enjoy Wings Unseen, Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s first full-length novel. It is a fully-imagined epic fantasy with an unforgettable cast of characters.

Author Interview:
1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?

My writing process begins with a concept that intrigues me, whether that be the concept itself (for example, what would it be like to write a short story heavy reliant on smells?) or a character or plot element. I’ve had one character in mind since going on a swamp tour in Louisiana a few years ago. An older woman, somewhere in the progression of dementia, was on the trip with her daughter. Their dynamic fascinated me, especially how much personality the older woman displayed even when she wasn’t fully in the here and now. Once I get the chance to sit down with my memory of that woman, perhaps start writing a character profile of her, the story will likely spring to mind.
In terms of organization, I am a pantser at heart, but I’m getting better at keeping track of my characters, settings, and other details as soon as I’ve invented them. My memory is horrible, so I’d be lost without my own glossaries and character trees. When I’m writing, new ideas are constantly being created. Writing triggers my imagination and my mind jumps ahead of the task at hand. So I keep lists of scenes I’ve started to imagine and when I need inspiration, I pull one out of a hat – or rather, out of a notebook page.

 

2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

Dreams have given me a lot of imagery from which to base a larger story. My contemporary sweet romance novella, Maya’s Vacation, which came out a few years ago, began with a dream of frying chicken in a beautiful, small kitchen. I dreamt it on a few different nights along with impressions of the main characters. I took those images and created a charmingly little story about a reignited old flame. Most often, however, the smallest idea catches my interest and I’ll note it down, hoping to return to it someday. Currently on the list: rainbow fish talking about the good old days before human explorers, fairy tale bounty hunters, and the aforementioned older woman with dementia and lots of personality. 
 

3.  How long have you been writing? 

My whole life, for sure. The earliest writing I have is from second grade, where we would write fiction stories all the time in class. One of mine is inspired by a cutout of She-Ra on her horse, and I wrote it all about the day I made friends with a flying…horse. I have very fond memories of the Writers’ Workshop program in the 6th grade as well. Elementary through high school, I would jump at the chance to write a story or a play for homework. They didn’t always make sense, but I was certainly fascinated with the fantastic and spooky from an early age.
 

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
 

Discipline is key. If you don’t write regularly, you can’t improve your writing skills. Just like an instrument or a crafter’s technique, writing takes practice to hone. Which means you will always be getting better at it if you just keep doing it! That’s inspiring to me, as is the community of other writers from which you should learn. Start developing a thick enough shell to take critique – an essential part of writing – if you haven’t already. In time, you’ll learn what critique benefits your work and what critique to ignore. Trust your instincts, but only once you’ve honed your skill enough to know your instincts versus your beginner impulses. And after you’ve been at it awhile, don’t feel bad that your struggles are the same – I haven’t come close to mastering discipline. It’s a daily struggle for me.
 

5.  How important are names in your books?  Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning?  Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Naming is a lot of fun! And in fantasy, of course, there is plenty of naming to be had. Often, it is the sound of a name that enchants me, and when I fall in love with a particular construction, it can be easy to create other names with a similar feel as long as they are coming from the same linguistic base. The rhythm of words is important to me in crafting a story, so a name often naturally comes to mind as I’m writing that fits the current rhythm I’m working with. I also play games with naming, in that I’ll come up with names that are tributes to the characters of others that inspire me or that I’ve just always enjoyed. Sometimes I’ll change a few letters of the name’s spelling so it’s not immediately evident to the reader that it’s a tribute. Other times, I’ve combined the names of characters I love into something that fits my world. Rarely does a name stay exactly the same in my work as it was in the original, but Lorne in Wings Unseen is an exception to that rule. He was inspired by the demon Lorne from the television series Angel, though he’s not a carbon copy. But he has the playful personality and charisma you can’t shake off.
In short stories, the meaning of a name can be more important, even if the reader never looks it up. Short stories thrive on packing as much meaning into every word as possible, so I’ll often use baby naming websites or websites that study name etymology like Behind the Name. Through that research, the name I choose might recall certain themes or images perhaps subconsciously in the reader. For example, in my horror/Weird West novella “Good Genes,” available at the Future Fire, the character Carl is so named because Carl may be a derivative of Charon, the ferryman on the river Hades. That could be an early clue to readers in the know that SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE.

 

6.  Some favorites:
 

Books/authors/genres
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Banjo by Claude McKay, Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens, Wild Seed by Octavia Butler, The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien, A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.
 

Movies/TV Shows
My all-time favorite television show is Battlestar Galactica, the remake – I’ve never seen the original series! It is closely followed by Game of Thrones, Veronica Mars, and General Hospital. That last one has been with me since the cradle.
 

Music
My current favorite musician is Langhorne Slim, followed by Darren Criss. Their music always brings me joy. Queen is my all-time favorite band, and I love them with Adam Lambert singing lead almost as much as I love Freddie Mercury’s legendary voice. My favorite genre of music is 1960s folk rock, although musicals come close.

Food/Writing snack
Is absinthe a snack? I don’t drink it often, but I do find it to be the best lubricant of the mind when I’m in a late-night need for productivity. Perhaps it helps me imagine myself as one of the great expatriate mid-century writers.
Because I also write about food and drink, I consider the entirety of cuisine to be a writing snack for me. 😉 But chips and homemade salsa or guacamole bring me the most joy when I reach for them in a peckish mood.


Thank you for hosting me, Lisa Loves Literature!


Author Bio:
In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe sea captain was the right choice after all. Currently marooned in Oakland, CA, Becca is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her short stories, which run the gamut of speculative fiction genres, have been published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Pulp Literature, the Future Fire, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and an upcoming story in theDark, Luminous Wings anthology from Pole to Pole Publishing among others. Maya’s Vacation, her contemporary romance novella, is available from Clean Reads. She is thrilled to have Meerkat Press publish her debut novel.
Becca’s food, drink, and travel writing, which has appeared in local media in CA and NC, can primarily be found at her blog, The Gourmez. For a list of all her published work, fiction and nonfiction, check out her author website at RebeccaGomezFarrell.com.

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Release Blitz: Money Can't Buy Love by Ali Parker



Money Can’t Buy Love
by Ali Parker
Release Date: August 22nd, 2017

Sometimes love demands a second chance, but it will never be bought, no matter the amount.

Michael Carrington promised himself after losing his wife that he was done with love. No more investing in anything he wasn’t capable of walking away. Sex and high-dollar business deals would become the center of his world. Throw in a touch of danger, and he has all he needs outside of a new assistant.

Rainey Foster has finally graduated college, and as a struggling single mom, she just needs someone to give her a chance. She’s willing to go all in with the right employer, as long as the buck stops there. He can have her time, her commitment and her attention, but no one will ever have her heart again. She thinks she has things figured out until she comes face to face with the illustrious Michael Carrington.

Powerful. Confident. Sexy as Hell.

Lust might ignite the flame between them, but love will have its way.

#Powerful #Confident #Sexy #Hot #Alpha #KU



Cover & Teasers:

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Excerpt:

“You taste good, Rainey,” Michael murmured against my lips. I leaned into him and indulged in the delicious feel of his tongue rolling past mine.

When he broke the kiss, I tightened my grip on him, not wanting this to end. He moved out from under me and forced me to turn, forcing me to fall on my butt. He propped himself over me and started kissing my neck, dragging his lips along the slope of my neck.

I sucked in a breath when his fingertips slipped under my shirt and brushed over my belly button before moving up to my breasts. Thankfully I had on my best lacy bra and panties set. Funny enough I’d bought them from the clearance section. A million questions ran through my mind as warning bells went off. He was my boss. I needed this job. Fuck. His fingertips slipped under my bra and he cupped my breast, kneading it as I lost the capacity to breathe.

There were so many lines drawn between us that I’d already crossed but there was one in particular that I wasn’t ready to do just yet. If I let him continue then I wasn’t sure I’d have the willpower to stop this from going all the way. “Michael,” I said breathlessly. My mind and body were at war with each other. My body wanted him to keep touching me forever. But my mind warned that we couldn’t go too far or else there would be serious consequences.

“What is it?” He licked just under my ear, and the world melted. I wasn’t going to be able to force him to stop. Shit. I had to. I needed the job way more than I needed a great lay.

He kissed me again and it took every ounce of strength for me to speak between kisses. “I um—I don’t think—”

He sat up and looked at me. I wanted to melt into his blue eyes. A hint of worry flashed over them. “We shouldn’t do this. You’re right.”

“Wait. I didn’t say-” He nodded as comprehension dawned. “No, but you were thinking it, and you’re right. Forgive me. I got lost in your eyes.”

God. Did I really just mess this up? I did. I hated myself all of a sudden.
He lifted my chin with his finger. “It’s all good. You’re right.” He adjusted his body until he was sitting up, propping his feet on the ottoman as I had. He pulled me closer to him and wrapped his arm around my shoulder. “Let’s set us back on course.”

“Okay. Yeah. I’d like that.” I sounded like a teenage girl who was caught sneaking out of the house. Ugh.

#Powerful #Confident #Sexy #Hot #Alpha #KU


Ali Parker
Ali Parker is a full-time contemporary romance writer who left a life in Corporate America to try living a dream. She loves coffee, watching a great movie, and hanging out with her hubs. By hanging out, she means making out. Hanging out is for those little creepy elves at Christmas. No tight green stockings for her. She's in Texas, but they've pulled up their roots and have gone nomad across the country for the next 14 months. She might be coming to a city near you... be on the lookout!
 
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Cover Reveal: Keeper (Harris Brothers #3) by Amy Daws




Keeper by Amy Daws releases on September 7th!

Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent.

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Full Blurb

They were best friends until they became roommates.
Booker Harris has spent the last several years pushing himself to become the best goalkeeper in the Championship League. Tired of living in the shadows of his headline-splashing brothers, he has finally carved a path of his own.
As a child, Poppy McAdams was content in her own little make-believe world, until the boy next door with dimples and pained eyes came barreling into her makeshift fort demanding all her attention.
Best friends for most of their lives, everything changes when Poppy abruptly leaves London for University.
Now she is back, and gone is the awkward girl from Booker’s youth. She has been replaced by a stunning woman with secrets. Secrets that Booker is desperate to know.
Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent.


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About the Author:
Amy Daws is a lover of all things British and her London-based love stories bring the incredible city to life on every page. Read all about hot British men, hilarious heroines, and unforgettable and original ensemble casts that pull out all the feels. For more of Amy’s work, visit www.amydawsauthor.com





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Blog Tour with TWO Giveaways: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell


Book info:
TitleThe Last Magician  
Author:  Lisa Maxwell
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Release Date:  July 18th, 2017

Synopsis:
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.


In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


About the Author:
Lisa Maxwell is the author of The Last MagicianUnhookedSweet Unrest, and The Gathering Deep. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and has a PhD in English. She’s worked as a teacher, scholar, editor, writer, and bookseller (at Little Professor Book Center in Alabama). When she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She now lives near Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Twitter @LisaMaxwellYA or learn more about her upcoming books at Lisa-Maxwell.com.


Links:
Author Website: www.lisa-maxwell.com
Book Website (with special content): www.thelastmagician.com
Twitter: @LisaMaxwellYA
Instagram: @LisaMaxwell13


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Giveaway #2:
  • Signed copy of the book with a bonus swag pack that includes a few extra things

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Release Blitz: Slam (A Colorado Smoke Novel) by Andee Michelle


Title: Slam: A Colorado Smoke Novel
Author: Andee Michelle
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2017
 

Bryant “Slam” Nash is known for three things… 
His intensity on the field, 
His drive to win the World Series, 
And scoring on the first date. 
Gearing up for the biggest season of his career, Slam is determined to focus on his game, calling a time out on anything considered a distraction. Including Layne Scott. 
Layne Scott doesn’t do complicated. 
Independent and focused on raising her daughter, Layne is a woman running a business dominated by men. Managing the sports bar her father left her, she has no time for the arrogant ball player who keeps strutting through her door. With chiseled good looks in baseball pants, Slam Nash is a temptation she can’t afford. 
Game on… 
**Content Notice: This book contains adult themes, strong language and sexual situations. Recommended for readers eighteen (18) years of age and older.**

5 Stars from I Don’t Get Sundays Book Blog - “This sports romance will keep you hooked until the end. The writing and the characters are so likeable that you will love the flow of the story. You will fall in love with dysfunction that is real life.”

5 Stars from Shawn on Goodreads - “ I couldn't put it down. It was refreshing. It was a fun and light story that had just enough drama.”
5 Stars from SBR Reviews - “Slam is the first novel of Andee’s that I have read and I am happy to tell you I enjoyed it.”
Although Andee grew up a military brat and traveled the world with her family, she has made her home in southwest Idaho with her husband and two sons. Working in the legal field, shuttling her boys around, chasing her two crazy dogs and reigning in her adrenaline junky husband keeps her busy. She has always had a passion for reading and writing, even as a child. Andee loves a great glass of wine, reading late into the night, and spending time in the mountains with her family and friends.


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