Roanoke Author Invasion

Have you bought your tickets to RAI?  Roanoke Author Invasion Saturday April 11, 2015

TICKETS ARE FREE!!!

Roanoke, VA

Check us out on this featured post with some other amazing Authors!

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Robbed of Soul Blog Tour Guest Post

For many authors, the setting of their book is just as
important as one of the main characters. The setting creates the
mood, influences characters’ behavior, affects dialog, adds an emotional
response,  and plays a part in the plot
of a story. The setting can be a friend to the protagonist, an antagonist (think Hemingway and the
sea), and even a mentor.
In my latest mystery, Robbed
of Soul
, the setting is both friend and foe. The book begins in solitary
confinement in Tehran. (Definitely an antagonist.) Then the setting moves to
Kanab, Utah, where my protagonist finds healing in her small-town surroundings (after solving both a modern-day murder and one that occurred 100 years ago.)
I set my book in Kanab because I needed an area with wonderfully
rich scenery to contrast the earlier setting of solitary confinement. Kanab
is also full of legends and myths, which complemented the  mystery and eeriness of my plot.
Here are a few things to think about to increase the characterization
of your setting:
  • add
    specific, unique
    details of the area (even down to using actual names and locations)
  • mirror or contrast the mood of the plot with the setting of a chapter or
    scene
  • as you write, think of your setting in terms of “having a personality”    

What are some of your favorite books? Can you recall
the setting in them?  Probably. That’s part
of the reason they are  your
favorites. So give it a try. Take a little time and think about your setting in
the book you’re writing. Can you make it into another character? One that
influences your protagonist for good or evil?

Do you like books? Do you like Zions National Park? Join
the ROBBED OF SOUL book launch giveaway and you may win 3 nights in a
vacation townhome in Kanab, Utah.
(Thirty minutes from Zions.) A $450 value! (Or a $100 Amazon gift card if preferred.) 
 

 

Rescued
but psychologically damaged from a failed mission, ex-CIA officer Maria Branson
takes the job of police chief in the quiet town of Kanab, Utah. Rest and
relaxation are the doctor’s orders. She gets neither. Instead, a missing mayor,
the spirit of a dead Aztec warrior, and the over-confident-yet-attractive head
of Search and Rescue await her in a town whose past has almost as many secrets
as her own. As Maria investigates a modern-day murder, she disturbs a world of
ancient legends and deadly curses. Yet most lethal of all is Maria’s fear
someone will discover just how empty her soul really is.

 

Available at AmazonSmashwords, and Google Play.

 

Photos from some of my adventures in Kanab

A fun shot during a photo shoot for the cover.

We didn’t end up using it, but just look at the background! What a settting!

 

Real pictographs at Moquith Mountain, one of  the

places in “Robbed of Soul.”

 

Overlooking an amazing canyon, 20 minutes north of Kanab.

Defcon Darcy Release Tour

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synopsis

Fisher Stanton, Valley High School’s Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy Walker to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. Thing is, this body has secrets…and Darcy’s mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest. Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible who has eluded them for years, but Darcy doesn’t solve crimes for free anymore—especially where Jaws is concerned. Knowing Darcy’s Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails Darcy into working for him.

In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head—Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. Haunted by a past that shaped her present, Darcy will stop at nothing to get answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend, Dylan Taylor, in the process.

DEFCON DARCY gives Darcy’s demons a name and ties up loose ends that made Darcy into the verb that she is. What she thinks she knows as truth, isn’t. What she wishes wasn’t true…is.

The problem is, when your life goes DEFCON 1, not everyone lives to tell about it.

Defcon Darcybuy links

Amazon US: http://tinyurl.com/oophc88

Amazon UK:http://tinyurl.com/om9jre3

iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/mkuw6zm

KOBO: http://tinyurl.com/nrmx4es

Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/nux4blt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22873806-defcon-darcy?from_search=true

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When you’re a verb, you don’t always plan your excursions; they just sort of happened. This was the first trip, I admit, that I had to plan. The time ticked at eight o’clock. Murphy and Marjorie had just pulled into the driveway from a trip to the library. To safeguard against getting busted, I clocked in with Murphy five minutes ago and told him I was with Dylan. I clocked in with Dylan and told him I was with Murphy. Wearing commando-black, my lucky hat, and Chuck’s, I quietly lifted my second story window and shimmied my way down the bare maple tree. Jogging to the entrance of BTCC, the air cut through me like a sharp knife on butter.

In the spirit of duplicity, the sky was two-faced tonight like the moon. The east was cloudy, the west a midnight blue with a blanket of stars. I jumped up and down as the chill settled into my muscles, and at fifteen minutes past eight, Vinnie’s pink VW Bug sputtered to a stop in front of the big buffalo sign I hid behind.

This was what I liked about the misfits—when you told them to masquerade as someone else or break into private property on the sly, there were no questions, only a “What time?”

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review

OMG!! WOW!!! AJ Lape takes us to a whole other level with Defcon Darcy, which is the fourth book in this series. I had so many emotions going on while reading this story. I laughed out loud, I cried, and I was feeling everything Darcy went through in this book. Boy did Darcy get into a lot. Several answers were answered in this book and even those answers broke my heart. This book was well worth the wait. I have been reading this series since 2012 and I recommend it to everyone. This story is truly incredible and I wished I had the correct words to describe it without giving anything away, but I don’t. I am lost for words because the brilliance that this author has created has me in awe with her writing and creativity. Thank you, AJ Lape, for creating this series. This is a reread book for me.

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Finding Nathan Release Blitz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations on the Release of Finding Nathan to HJ Harley!

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synopsis

BRAND NEW CONTENT

The long-awaited honeymoon is over for leading man Nathan Harper and his feisty bride, Jordie. As they settle into their new home, Nathan feels confident enough with this fresh start to share with his wife the struggles of rediscovering himself. Now more than ever Jordie needs to be strong when Nathan gives her his journal and lets her see the darkest months of her life through his eyes. Will what he remembers make her wish she could forget?

THE LOVE LIES BLEEDING SERIES, in order
Finding Jordie
Finding Nathan
Finding Rachel

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Defcon Darcy Book Blast

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DefconDarcy-COLORRGB72Fisher Stanton, Valley High School’s Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy Walker to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. Thing is, this body has secrets…and Darcy’s mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest. Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible who has eluded them for years, but Darcy doesn’t solve crimes for free anymore, especially where Jaws is concerned. Knowing Darcy’s Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails Darcy into working for him.

In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head to see who can outsmart the other—Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. Haunted by a past that shaped her present, Darcy will stop at nothing to get answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend, Dylan Taylor, in the process.

DEFCON DARCY gives Darcy’s demons a name and ties up loose ends that made Darcy into the verb that she is. What she thinks she knows as truth, isn’t. What she wishes wasn’t true…is.

The problem is, when your life goes DEFCON 1, not everyone lives to tell about it.

Put Defcon Darcy on your TBR list! Goodreads

Buy on Amazon

 

AJ LapeAbout the author:

A. J. Lape is the Amazon bestselling author of the Darcy Walker Series. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola–and a lifelong love affair with bacon. If the FBI ever checks her computer, she’ll be wearing prison orange due to the various “wiki” articles she looks up…all in the name of career research, of course.
Find out more about A. J. at http://www.ajlape.com

 

Find A.J on:

Twitter | Darcy’s Twitter | FaceBook | Fan Club & Street Team | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

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Exaltation Hunter Scavenger Hunt & Review

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synopsis

Fate is a twisted b*$#@, at least his was.

Was one soul worth the lives of millions? The quandary was one that Rydell King had no choice but to face. No matter the answer, the truth remained—innocence was created to destroy him. She was beautiful…extinguishing her to save his people seemed impossible, and maybe it was. As an immortal, his focus was to destroy the curse upon his people, as he devoured the emotion that bore him—exaltation, no matter the cost. She made him question everything.

Mercy had never been crueler.

This is stop 17 on the #Exaltation #ScavengerHunt!

Do you want to join the party and help celebrate the latest YA Romance from Jamie Magee? Here is the link to the madness: http://goo.gl/uEKsnE

Our letter is (N)

And our question is:
Do teasers for books torture you, or get you by until the release you have been waiting on is there?

buy links
Kindle – http://goo.gl/iizYQq
ibooks – http://goo.gl/TL7ykd
Nook – http://goo.gl/ud9ezJ
Kobo – http://goo.gl/HJxdhB

review

Amazing how this author writes her books and they intertwine beautifully. You can read this story as a stand alone, but I advise you read all of her series because you will get the true meaning for all these characters. From the beginning to the end, this story will have you glued to your seat until you finish the book. This story has everything you need to keep you entertained, action, romance, suspense, paranormal and heartbreak. You get into each characters mind and feel the emotions they go through. The love triangle that happens is unlike any other because the guy who isn’t the real connected soul to Raven knows he will have to give her up once her soul mate finds her. Rydell still hangs in until the very end and protects her, when he was the one who was suppose to be who ended her. This story ends at the right place and it isn’t a cliffhanger, but I really can’t wait to see what comes next for all these incredible characters. Loved this story and every story that I have read by this author, which I have read most.

**ARC given in exchange for honest review**

Sarah’s Premonition RDL

 
Waking up with a feeling of dread, Sarah Lynn Dean attempts to go on with her day. Getting closer to her destination she is overwhelmed with such feelings of pain and sadness. It causes her to make a spur of the moment decision. A decision that not only changes her course but her life forever.
One day can change forever.
Adam Castiel Parker is stunned by the beautiful stranger. Compelled to follow her, he must find out who she is. Before he takes his next step the loud noise behind him steal his attention. Turning to find the source, he loses the beautiful stranger.
Will she be lost forever? Will he ever be able to thank her for the gift she gave to him without even knowing?
Never to be forgotten.
Sarah must learn that life must go on even on the darkest of days. A day that irrevocably changes the world!


 

I am married to the love of my life and have been married to him for twenty years. When I met my husband it was love at first sight so I am still a believer in love. We even got married three months after we meet. I am a stay at home mom of two wonderful boys who keep me on my toes.



As a stay at home mom, I became an avid reader who loves and reads most genres. The love of these books spiked my interest to learn more about the book world and the process it took to become an author. Learning as much as I can about the wonderful world of writing, I had to write my story. I’ve had this story building in my head for over a year and I just needed to share it with everyone. Educating myself in this industry has made me work hard to obtain my goals of writing and becoming an author. The learning process has also made me appreciate, what all these authors have accomplished and all the hard work they put in. I can’t wait to share my story with you!!! My novel is a Clean New Adult/Young Adult Romance. Hope you enjoy my unique story about love.



Sign Ups for Sarah’s Premonition Release Day Event/Review

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Waking up with a feeling of dread, Sarah Lynn Dean attempts to go on with her day. Getting closer to her destination she is overwhelmed with such feelings of pain and sadness. It causes her to make a spur of the moment decision. A decision that not only changes her course but her life forever.

One day can change forever.

Adam Castiel Parker is stunned by the beautiful stranger. Compelled to follow her, he must find out who she is. Before he takes his next step the loud noise behind him steal his attention. Turning to find the source, he loses the beautiful stranger.

Will she be lost forever? Will he ever be able to thank her for the gift she gave to him without even knowing?

Never to be forgotten.

Sarah must learn that life must go on even on the darkest of days. A day that irrevocably changes the world!

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Are you interested in participating in the Release Day Event of TR Lykins new book Sarah’s Premonition on Jan 30, 2015? Review opportunites are also available for a two week tour. Please contact me if you have any questions, but otherwise fill out the google document so I can send out the packets within the next week or so.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZVASa7Dnr-YI77cngS5XAbK1qyfwEqW1qhk_nhSuPFc/viewform
Sarah Long ~ PA to Author TR Lykins

HAPPY 2015

As 2015 begins, I personally want to thank each of my family, friends, and readers for making 2014 incredible.  Special thanks to my PA, Sarah Long, who helps me everyday in many ways and I love her for believing in me.  My street team also makes my writing journey that much easier and I love them for all that they do.  My first book in the Last Heartbeat Series was released in March 2014.  The second book, The Life Gift, was released in September 2014.  Each of you started this journey with me and I am honored to have you in my writing world.

My book, Last Heartbeat, was suppose to be a stand alone book, but when I finished the first book, one of the characters said “I need my story to be told and you must write it”.   I had to listen to this character and that is how, The Life Gift, was brought to life.  While I was finishing The Life Gift, another story came to me, which isn’t apart of the Last Heartbeat Series, so I had to write this story after I finished my second book, The Life Gift.  I dreamt about Sarah’s Premonition and as soon as I woke up, I quickly wrote down the idea.  Sarah’s Premonition bugged me until it was written and I wrote it in seventeen days.

After finishing Sarah’s Premonition, I had two more characters from Last Heartbeat Series too tell me that their story needs written and now I am getting ready to write these two character’s story.  When I have these complete, Last Heartbeat Series will have four books total.  This series started from one story and will end as four.  This journey started from 2014 and in 2015, we will see what happens with each new story I write for my many readers who follow me.

I am excited about what 2015 has to hold for my many stories.  Sarah’s Premonition will be out late January.  Last Heartbeat and The Life Gift will be out in audiobook in late March.  My next two books in the Last Heartbeat Series will be coming soon.  Since it is a New Year, I will give you the names of those books of Last Heartbeat Series to come.  One More Life (Last Heartbeat Series #3) and Gabriel’s Many Gifts (Last Heartbeat Series #4) will be out spring and summer of 2015, that is my goal.

I hope many blessing for each of you who reads this post.  May 2015 be the year, you follow your dreams and make them happen.  Only you can make your dreams come true.  Happy reading!!

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Coming Soon!!

Nix & Scotlyn The Wedding Release Blitz

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The Custom Culture guys, Nix, Clutch, Dray and Rett, are back for one final novel, and you’re invited!

Nix Pierce has been in love with Scotlyn James since long before he met her, and now he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. But is Scotlyn ready?

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* 1 WINNER FOR $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD*
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*1 WINNER FOR *SIGNED* PAPERBACK OF NIX & SCOTLYN: THE WEDDING BY TESS OLIVER *
About Author

I write romance for young adult, new adult and those of us past the ‘new’ stage. My stories take place anywhere from 19th century England to 21st century California. And you can count on a super alpha in each book.

Tess Oliver is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Custom Culture Series. She lives in sunny California with her husband, kids and a herd of spoiled pets.

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Sarah’s Premonition Cover Reveal

 

Title: Sarah’s Premonition
Author: TR Lykins
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 2015

Waking up with a feeling of dread, Sarah Lynn Dean attempts to go on with her day. Getting closer to her destination she is overwhelmed with such feelings of pain and sadness. It causes her to make a spur of the moment decision. A decision that not only changes her course but her life forever.

One day can change forever.



Adam Castiel Parker is stunned by the beautiful stranger. Compelled to follow her, he must find out who she is. Before he takes his next step the loud noise behind him steal his attention. Turning to find the source, he loses the beautiful stranger.



Will she be lost forever? Will he ever be able to thank her for the gift she gave to him without even knowing?



Never to be forgotten.



Sarah must learn that life must go on even on the darkest of days. A day that irrevocably changes the world!

 

Come check out all the Authors that are stopping by for the Cover Reveal on Facebook:
I am married to the love of my life and have been married to him for twenty years. When I met my husband it was love at first sight so I am still a believer in love. We even got married three months after we meet. I am a stay at home mom of two wonderful boys who keep me on my toes.As a stay at home mom, I became a avid reader who loves and reads most genres. The love of these books spiked my interest to learn more about the book world and the process it took to become an author. Learning as much as I can about the wonderful world of writing, I had to write my story. I’ve had this story building in my head for over a year and I just needed to share it with everyone. Educating myself in this industry has made me work hard to obtain my goals of writing and becoming an author. The learning process has also made me appreciate, what all these authors have accomplished and all the hard work they put in. I can’t wait to share my story with you!!! My novel is a Clean New Adult/Young Adult Romance. Hope you enjoy my unique story about love. 

Saddles & Spells Cover Reveal

Saddle your horses and get your spell books out because the reveal for Saddles and Spells is happening right now!


Saddles and Spells is the first book in a standalone series – Saddles and Spells.


Every witch needs a good cowboy to hitch her broom to.


Saddles and Spells by M.R. Polish
A Saddles and Spells Novel (Book 1)
Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: January 13, 2015


~Blurb~
It was the Curse’s fault. There was no other explanation why Alice Young woke up married to a complete stranger.
After generations of witches in her family succumbing to the Legend of the Lonely Witch, aka the Curse, Alice refuses to surrender her magic to the land. And that’s exactly what will happen if she doesn’t find true love. Stupid cliché hex anyway.
Reese Mahoney doesn’t understand what he’s doing in Nevada. He should be on his way back to Wyoming. Back to the land he loves. But one night in Vegas changed everything. Now he’s torn between his dream of owning his own ranch and doing what’s right.
Only problem is that his dreams are changing and he’s determined to help the woman he can legally call his wife be happy. Except, it’s a little hard when she turns down every attempt he makes.


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Saddles and Spells is available for Pre-Order now! PLUS, there’s a bonus. If you Pre-Order Saddles and Spell you will receive a Valentine short story with Reese and Alice for FREE! But, ONLY Pre-Orders will receive this free story, and after January 13th it will not be available for free on any digital format.


About the Author
M.R. Polish was born in Idaho, a long, long, long, maybe not that long time ago…. Writing has always been there for her. Growing up, her mind was filled with stories, some she shared and others she filed away to write down later in life. It wasn’t until 2011 that she decided to publish her stories for everyone to enjoy. Her first award and when writing became more than just an idea was in the 5th grade. She won the scary story contest for the school newspaper. It is one story she still has tucked away for memories. Her teacher told her she could be anything she wanted and that she had a talent for writing, being creative and drawing people into her stories. M.R. took that to heart and continued to write, although mostly in secret until recent years.
She lives in Nevada and enjoys life with her family – wrangling her four kids, setting traps in the house with toys for unsuspecting victims (aka, her husband) and writing down all her crazy and fun stories.
M.R. is the author of the Young Adult Paranormal Romance Wolf Trilogy
(Wolf Spell, Wolf Dream, Wolf Fate)
As well as the Ageless Series, a Fantasy Romance.
me.jpg“Life is too short to stand by and watch everyone else live your dreams. The bigger the dream, the bigger the adventure!” ~ M.R. Polish


You can find M.R. online: www.mrpolishauthor.com


And sign up for her newsletter so you don’t miss a single cliffhanger…. ummm…. I mean, be the first to know all her happenings, including new releases!


Wanna read more about Saddles and Spells?
Here’s a fun witch hunt for you….
Each blog participating in today’s cover and blurb reveal has a special treat just for you! Down below is a list of participating blogs (They are ALL awesome) STAYING IN ORDER, start at the beginning, and by the time you get to the end you will have the FIRST WHOLE chapter! (It’s not even released yet so this is HUGE!
Amazon doesn’t even have a preview yet!)


Start at the top and work your way down…

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Witch Hunt #7
            As she unlocked the door, the man on
the bed shifted. She froze, waiting for his snoring to return. There was no way
she wanted to have the awkward morning after talk. The reassurance of the
steady sound of a pig rummaging through scraps left his throat. Slowly, she
opened the door and slipped into the hall, careful to not let the door shut
heavily.

She did it. She made it out. Alive.
She’s had to escape a lot of things
in her life, but this was by far the scariest yet.
Now she had to figure out how to get
out of a marriage she couldn’t stay in. If there wasn’t true love then her
magic would fade. Stupid cliché curse. True love’s kiss. Psh. Whatever.

 

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