Romance Authors Sweet Fall Blitz THANK YOU!!

20130912-083250.jpgI wanted to take a few moments to say a BIG Thank You and hugs to the authors who participated in my First Blog Blitz!! I could not have done it without each and everyone of you.

They put up with my emails, misspellings, and crazy changes, not to mention they worked hard to help me put this on and it has been a BLAST!! So thank you ladies for having the Patience, Faith in me to pull this off and for the fun!! It has been wonderful getting to know each and every one of you, many who are new to me. I was hoping for a dozen authors, and I ended up with 18, so my expectations were blown out of the water.

Please take a few moments to check these authors out, the links to their pages ended up getting removed when I was in the process of posting, so I am sharing them here in one easy to find location. 🙂

A special thank you goes to Amy Bol, she put this idea in my head to do this after she remarked on my interview questions and that it was fun. Amy kept me motivated to do the Blitz and kept me focused when I was pulling my hair out, which some days was a lot, lol. Thank you, for the encouragement and fun. She also rounded up a few more victims aka authors for me when I thought I might come up short.

Thank you to the fans!! This would not have worked if it had not been for YOU to visit everyday and for supporting these authors and myself. Don’t forget to check out Rafflecopter and my blog page on http://facebook.com/StephsBookRetreat , for extra chances to win; Rafflecopter goes until 9pm PACIFIC time TONIGHT!! Winners will be announced as soon as I get my lists together.

~Stephanie

Amy Bol  http://www.facebook.com/amybolwrites

Angela McCallister http://www.facebook.com/AngelaMcCallisterAuthor

Bette Crosby http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Bette-Lee-Crosby/284499021568642

Brandy Rivers http://www.facebook.com/brandylrivers

Dana Delamar http://www.facebook.com/brandylrivers

Denise Flora http://www.deniseflora.com

Harper Bentley http://www.facebook.com/harper.bentley

Isla Bennet http://www.islabennet.com/

J.S. Marlo http://sites.google.com/site/jsmarloauthor

Jennifer Gavran www.facebook.com/jennifer.gavran

Justine Elvira http://www.facebook.com/justineelvirabooks

Natasha Echeverria htt://www.facebook.com/fallendesireseries

Nola Sarina http://www.facebook.com/AuthorNolaSarina

Perri Forest http://www.facebook.com/perrisplayhouse

Rinelle Grey http://www.facebook.com/rinellegreyauthor

Rosanna Leo http://www.facebook.com/rleoauthor

Ryshia Kennie www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Ryshia-Kennie/

Scarlett Jade https://www.facebook.com/scarlett.jade.author

Sharon Hamilton https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSharonHamilton

Whitney K-E http://whitneyk-e.blogspot.com.au/

BLOG TOUR ~ Making Connections ~ “Enchanted” by Judith Leger

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WELCOME everyone to my hop on this wonderful Blog Hop Stop for Judith Leger and her amazing novella, “Enchanted”. I am going to change up the format for day’s book review, so please hang with me.

Short Recap ~ She knows how to unravel secrets, but getting to the bottom of this one might just kill her.

Magic is for fools, television news reporter Caitlyn believes. And she’s no fool. She’s determined to prove master illusionist Shay a fake. Somehow though, with Shay the lines between magic and reality blur. Perhaps it’s his charisma, or being in Ireland with him, but now she’s dreaming of a magical place. One that seems oddly familiar…

Shay hides a terrible secret. He’s to blame for Caitlyn’s separation from her family and the world she doesn’t remember. She must go home to the Sidhe, and to recover his honor, he must be the one to bring her. He’ll willingly lose everything he is to help her break the curse binding her. But time is of the essence–the old evil has surfaced. He must make Caitlyn believe in magic, and his love, before she becomes its prey. (courtesy of goodreads.com)

When I first dove into ‘Enchanted’ I was enchanted by the realism of the characters and how likeable they were. where fantasy and love and mystery combine to make this delightful tale. The very first few lines had my attention starting with, “Caitlyn. Two weeks until her birthday. Two weeks until her death.” I started reading this, two weeks before MY birthday, so imagine the irony. That little tidbit put me in Caitlyn’s shoes, unintentionally, yet, it made the story a bit more personal for me.

Judith has a special talent for engaging her reader in a world of fantasy that is still based in realism as her characters leap off the pages and into your heart and endear them to you. The world of magic graces the reader as you fall into the story. Judith loves to use curses in her writing and ‘Enchanted’ is no exception, once again she hits it out of the park with this novel.

As a reader, I believe in a certain level of ‘magic’; I know it exists to some extent, this novel brings that ‘magic’ and illusion to a new place.

 

Where to get this Novel??

Check out http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15738722-enchanted

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Enchanted-ebook/dp/B0091USBUQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1373921356&sr=1-1&keywords=enchanted+judith

Barnes and Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/enchanted-judith-leger/1112177274?ean=9781616504014

BLOG HOP ~ “Gilded Destiny: A Vesper Novella” ~ Interview with Nola Sarina

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Today’s Author interview is part of a blog hop for Nola, all the hop info is below our interview. Nola has a similar sense of humour to myself and she likes ‘not typical’ questions so we are perfect for each other in that regard; I was given a chance to review Nola’s novel “gilded Destiny: A Vesper Novella” a few weeks ago (my review is the blog entry dated April XX), and Nola and I have shared a few wonder exchanges since she gave me the opportunity to review her novel and she invited me to join this blog hop to promote her newest novella. Please enjoy our candid interview and don’t forget to check out the blog hop info as well as enter to for a wonderful prize.

 

 

1. Please tell me about, “Gilded Destiny: A Vesper Novella”. What or who inspired you to write it? What gave you the idea for the series??

Gilded Destiny is the story of a woman whose memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her. The series was inspired by my desire to craft new, darker creatures of the night to prey on the human race with a global importance that few humans were witness too. I love challenging myself to fall in love with a bad guy, so the Vespers are characters who are vicious, yet not as nasty as they could be, and just redeeming enough that I can love them (and hope the readers do, too!).

 

2. Who are some of your favorite authors and books? Did they influence or inspire your writing style and give you ideas?

I love Jacqueline Carey, Karen Chance, A. Meredith Walters. I won’t say they give me ideas, because the characters in my books are things I’ve dreamed up, people I’ve spent a lot of time with in my head, daydreaming, etc. But they definitely have taught me about structuring characters’ internal battles (A. Meredith Walters), balancing elaborate plot elements (Karen Chance) and pacing action with relationship tensions (Jacqueline Carey).

 

3. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What was the biggest compliment? Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?

I think the toughest criticisms always come from my personal fears. Putting your imaginary friends on paper is really exposing in a lot of ways, and I never find a story “complete” or “good enough.” Other authors, friends, family, readers, and my agent have been so supportive of my writing, I’ve never felt criticized by any of them in anything other than a productive way, and they often offer suggestions that dramatically improve a story. I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received, because without it, I don’t think I’d ever be totally sure of myself LOL.

The biggest compliment, so far, has come from readers who connected with the story on a deep, emotional level. Readers who felt the torment of Calli and Nycholas in Gilded Destiny, readers who experienced their love close to the heart.

While I really try not to base my choices in my next books on what is suggested to me, since it comes from all sides and I would never make any decisions if I tried to comply with all suggestions, it does influence the overall tone of a story. When a reader/author/reviewer gives a particular critique, I look carefully at it, try to see where it came from, and determine whether or not I need to apply changes in the present or future. Sometimes, I disregard the suggestions. Sometimes, they’re 100% correct and I take it to heart.

 

4. This or That – Chocolate or Vanilla?? Iced Coffee or Ice Tea?? TV or Movies??

Chocolate, coffee, movies.

 

5. When you sit down to write, are you at a computer or do you do it, the ‘old fashioned’ way with pen and paper? Do you prefer one way or another?

I write on the computer, but not until a story has really meshed in my head for a long time. I’m totally guilty of running 8 different concept changes of the beginning of a book by my husband before I sit down and solidify it in Microsoft Word.

 

6. What do you do in your down time? Do you pick up something from your ‘to be read’ stack?

I try. Down time as an author isn’t that common of a thing for me, because I quite like to fantasize about what my characters might do next, in my down time. So down time often becomes writing or plotting time.

 

7. If your protagonist was a real person, what would they think about you? Would they want to hang out with you?

Calli would think I’m pretty freaking cool, but offer suggestions for improvement on my tattoo choices. Nycholas wouldn’t glance at me twice, because he’s all eyes for Calli.

Or maybe he’d eat me. Hm, yeah, probably that. *Gulp* “Puny author.”

 

8. Do you always want to be a writer?? What drew you to writing?

I did always want to be a writer, but I took a good deal of time away from it, concerned I wasn’t “good enough” to make it in this industry. I later learned this process is so organic… in five years, I’ll see fifty thousand ways to improve my writing that I don’t understand today. But a few years ago some characters in my head grabbed my heart, and I couldn’t walk away. Writing has always been a part of me, from telling stories to my stuffed animals as a kid to writing for newsletters as a teen. Eventually, it just evolved.
9. What has been your favorite part of being an author? What has been your least favorite?

My favorite part is the supportive community, the amazing readers, fellow authors, bloggers, and agents in this world who help each other out at every turn. But my least favorite would probably be the less-supportive folks, the competitive nature of some individuals who don’t take the time to pay things forward or acknowledge when they’ve received a good deed. I believe in the helpfulness of the industry, and the goodness of people, and the value of every step on the journey that we all take side-by-side.

That, and the fact that sitting in a chair all day long writing and editing has done NOTHING GOOD for the shape of my ass. *shrug*

 

10. When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?

I first look for a New Adult section. New Adult is SO important to the reader community, since I think YA has gone WAY too far in maturity, sexual content, casual drug use, etc. Some sexual content in YA, sure, I get it that teens do it, but I’m offended when the first chapter of a YA includes blatant or public oral sex, etc. That stuff needs to be classified for the New Adults – 18-30, is who I think the genre appeals to. I also think that stage of life between YA and Adult is so important… the time of life when you make decisions that really matter with a mindset of setting up your future, rather than living in the moment. The way a New Adult considers consequences of action is different than the way a teenager does, and the category needs to take off and be in every bookstore, everywhere, to give these 18-30’s the fiction they crave, and the characters with whom they need to identify.

 

11. Did you get to quit your ‘day job’ and become an author, or do you have a ‘day job’ and writing is something you do for fun?

My day job is as a mom, and writing (and all the components of networking, editing, assisting other authors, being a part of the community, etc) take up at least 6 hours of each day. I’m lucky that my kids are at a good age to understand that even though I’m home, I’m still “working” – and I love what I do, so hopefully I’m not TOO crabby while I do it.

 

12.  Where do you go to write? Any particular place give you inspiration?

I write wherever I can get comfortable. Inspiration comes from anywhere – a riverside, a barren landscape, the shower, a dream, a song. The mood of a character sweeps me into a scene and I just immerse myself into their moment, and try my best to translate that in the story.

 

13. What is your favorite junk food vice?

I’m not too bad with junk food, but I’m a coffeeholic. I actually said this week, “I’m not drinking enough coffee. I’d better up it this week.” Like it’s a freaking vitamin or something. But it could be worse, that’s for sure.

 

14. Is their any movie you have seen that was based on a novel, which you think lived up to the novel?? What made it live up to the novel?

My opinion about movies made from novels is that each is an artistic interpretation of that particular story, done on a different canvas. I don’t compare them for accuracy of storytelling, or whether the actor meets my mental expectation of a character’s appearance or demeanor. A movie is a completely different artistic medium, like new arrangements of an old song, or a photograph translated into a painting, and I appreciate the screenwriter/director/producer/actor and all their individual expressions of that art.

 

15.  If you could step into the shoes of your protagonist for one day, would you? What would you like to experience or see during that day?

If I were Calli for a day, I would probably do exactly what she did: wear pants that are easy for Nycholas to take off. 🙂

 

16.Did you have any teacher(s) in high school or college that encouraged you to write? Did you take their advice?

My teachers were always encouraging, but (I’m totally not trying to be arrogant here) I was kind of ahead of the class in all things writing/English related. It wasn’t until I wrote as an adult and began to get involved in the community of editors/agents/experienced authors that I really was given specific direction for improvement until after high school. College is something I have not yet done in my life, and for now, my kids take priority over pursuing higher education.

 

17. What type of ice cream could I find you eating on a hot summer day?

Something with giant, orgasmic chunks of cherries.

 

18.If we snuck a peek in your purse right now, what would we find?

Can you find my purse? I would really appreciate it if you can. I’ve been carrying a wallet stuffed with cards and receipts for a year now. I know my purse probably has some tampons and, like, my Costco card or something, but it’s likely in my closet, I’m not sure… hmm…

 

19. What do you like on your pizza?? Thin Crust or Thick?

I like just about anything. Veggies, meat, gobs of cheese. Thin crust, unless it’s Pizza Hut, and then the way they smother it with grease is just… YUM. 

 

20. When you read for pleasure, what is your choice?? eReader or Paperback or Hardcover? Any particular reason??

I read New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, and hot Romance. I read any format I can get my hands on, but my time for reading lately has been far less than I’d like.

 

21. This or That – Christmas or Your Birthday?? Chocolate or Flowers?? Cell Phone or No Phone?? Quality or Quantity??

My birthday is New Years Eve, so it kinda blends with Christmas. Chocolate in my hand, flowers in the ground. I’m glued to my cell phone and tablet, and quality over quantity.

 

22. What do your friends and family think of your writing? Have they been supportive?

I am AMAZED by the support and encouragement I get from my family and friends. It must be SO annoying to be friends with an author. I mean, I LOVE my author friends, but for non-authors, how sick they must get of me yapping about people that aren’t the room! I’m lucky, really lucky, that everyone has been so awesome, encouraging, and helpful every step of the way. ❤

 

23. In 4 words, describe yourself.

Loving, imaginative, goofy, dedicated.

 

24.  Is their anything else you would like to share or say to the blog hoppers and followers today??

Just an enormous thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can hardly believe I’m actually doing this, putting out a book for others to read… I wouldn’t be here without the support of readers, authors, friends, family, my agent and bloggers, and I’m so honored I could squeee. So I think I will. *SQUEEEE!*

 

http://thebookenthusiast.net/gilded-destiny-by-nola-sarina-blog-tour-schedule/

 

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Making Connections Promo

Release Day Book Blast
Author H.D. Gordon
For Release: March 15th

Shooting Stars Synopsis

Once upon a time, a common boy fell in love with a princess. It was a hopeless, forbidden love, grown in a world where sorcery and magic rule over all. Now, dark times are brewing, and destiny will bring them together, while fate works to keep them apart. Extraordinary battles will be fought, and extraordinary choices made. Join the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga for the beginning of a tale of star-crossed lovers and magic, of hope and love and loss, of desperate wishes made on stars.

Book Info
Title: Shooting Stars (A Surah Stormsong Novel #1)
Author: H.D. Gordon
Publisher: ShareAread
Release Date: March 15th, 2013
Formats: E-book
Goodreads TBR: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17453446-shooting-stars
Cover Artist: Regina Wamba

Early praise for the author

“From the very first sentence the author has you hooked and wanting to read more.”
Tt ~Goodreads

“This debut novel from H.D. Gordon has everything what I love in ya. Romance, suspense, action, kick ass heroine and of course smokin hot Kayden. I loved every moment of this book and I found it extremely difficult to put down. “
Patrycja ~ Goodreads

“She keeps the reader’s attention throughout the novel with unique twists in the ever unfolding plot.”
Tiffany {A Purrfect Read} ~Goodreads

Blood Warrior has one of the best Chapter One opening and ending I’ve ever read.
Cecilia Robert ~ Goodreads

About the Author

H. D. Gordon is the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held a spot in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for over a month. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series and H. D. plans to complete Alexa’s tales by the end of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released as well. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.
You can follow H.D. Gordon at:
Blog
Author Facebook Page
Twitter
Goodreads Author Page
H.D.Gordon Facebook page
Webpage
Goodreads Fan Club

The Alexa Montgomery Saga
Blood Warrior:
When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa’s instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.
Buying Links
Amazon Kindle
Kobo
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The Alexa Montgomery Saga
Half Black Soul:

In the past few weeks Alexa Montgomery has had her entire world flipped upside down. She’s gone from living a semi-normal teenage life to a life full of vampires and werewolves who all expect her to deliver them from the control of an evil dictator.

Alexa is the last of her kind; a Sun Warrior, and now she has left the safety of Two Rivers to search for her mother, but she’s left her sister behind to do so, and Nelly is the one person that she was told that she must always protect. Kayden, a vampire who is Alexa’s other half, has followed her on her journey. But, secrets are about to come out, relationships will break and danger lies just up ahead. Will Alexa be able to get through all of this and make it out alive? And, will she be able to protect Nelly from danger when she is so far away?
Buying Links
Amazon Kindle
Kobo
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The Alexa Montgomery Saga
The Rise:

The supernatural world in which Alexa Montgomery has found herself is on the brink of war. She is charged with the task of raising an army, defeating an evil dictator, and struggling to contain the bloodthirsty monster that lives within her.

These are things Alexa can handle, but when the person she loves most in the world takes a turn for the worst, Alexa’s loyalty and determination will be tested in the most horrifying of ways. Will she be able to rise to the challenge, or will her love for her sister kill her once and for all?(
The Dwellers Saga books are now available everywhere eBooks and paperbacks are sold via Amazon.com. Also, David pledged when he started writing to always respond to his readers, and he loves getting comments and questions, so please contact him using one of his favorite social networking sites below. He loves to get in contact with readers.
Buying Links
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The Alexa Montgomery Saga
Redemption:

The final test is here. The war is no longer a worry of tomorrow, but a reality of today. Turning back is no longer an option. Maybe it never was. It is time for Alexa Montgomery to look fate in the eyes. Death waits there for certain. The only question is… for who?

Buying Links
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Other books by H.D. Gordon
Joe:

From the author of the Alexa Montgomery Saga, comes a book that will take you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people, and the world of a very special girl named Joe.

Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But in between these activities Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color to her life at any given moment. Joe sees things before they happen. Bad things, and the worst thing she has ever faced is just around the corner. Someone is planning a massacre at the college university that Joe attends, and the only person with a hope of stopping the psychopath is her.

Oh, the beauty of foresight. More like a curse. Joe has four days to figure out the mystery, make plans to take down the psycho, and save the lives of people. People like you and me. Ordinary people.

Buying Links
Amazon Kindle
Kobo
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Praise for this Title
was glued to this book, all the way to the very climatic end. ”
Literary Vixen

“ I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspenseful thrillers with a touch of the paranormal on the side. ”
A Goddess of Literature

“ Anyway, this story is told from the POV of JOE, and a third person POV of several more characters. ”
Vanya Petkova

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Steph’s Blog Interview

I did a blogger interview with Justin Bienvenue and our interview is up now. Go take a peek and us know what you think.

http://jbienvenue.webs.com/interviews.htm

~~~~~ Book reviews are currently being written, author interviews are out & I am reading. Thank you all for the prayers and positive thoughts, our family appreciates them.~~~~~

Gwen Perkins “The Jealousy Glass”

When Gwen contacted me sometime ago and offered to include me in her blog blitz, I was thrilled and today I get to introduce you all to her and share excerpt from her new novel “the jealousy glass”. Gwen has also graciously provided me a copy to review which I am currently in my free time [with the holiday season and a bit back logged on reading]. Please take a moment to check out Gwen’s info and links and extend her the warm welcome I know my followers her always give.

The Jealousy Glass

BOOK BLURB:

“We came to stop a war before it came to Cercia. And it seems the war has come to us.”

Responsibility and patriotism spur Cercia’s new leader, Quentin, to protect his beloved country at all costs and he assigns Asahel and Felix to serve as ambassadors and secret agents to Anjdur. Their journey quickly turns awry and Asahel and Felix barely escape a devastating shipwreck, walk a tightrope of political tension, and rescue an empress before they learn they must face an enemy closer to them than they thought.

Will they be able to uncover an assassin’s plot before it’s too late? Will Asahel be able to unearth a secret that is vital to their mission? Will Cercia survive its own revolution? In The Jealousy Glass, Perkins boldly continues a series of unforgettable characters and events that will leave you begging for more.

AMAZON PURCHASE LINKS:

The Jealousy Glass: Link forthcoming

The Universal Mirror: http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Mirror-Gwen-Perkins/dp/0615596517

GIVEAWAY:

In conjunction with the release of The Jealousy Glass, Gwen is running a giveaway for an autographed, first edition paperback of The Universal Mirror through Goodreads at: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/37726-the-universal-mirror

Please note that to make this giveaway valid for all bloggers on the blitz, this giveaway is available for ALL countries. This is an international prize so have no fears in promoting it—Gwen will ship the book and assorted swag anywhere. (The swag may vary, of course, depending on where the book ultimately ends up going.)

The giveaway officially ends on December 21, 2012—the author’s birthday and supposed date for the oncoming apocalypse.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

(short bio)

Gwen Perkins is a museum curator with a MA in Military History from Norwich University. She has written for a number of magazines, exhibitions and nonfiction publications. Her interest in history fueled the creation of the world of The Universal Mirror, inspired in part by people and events of the medieval and Renaissance periods.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website & Blog: http://artifactsofempire.com
Twitter: @helleder
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gwen-Perkins/227456783969902
G+: http://gplus.to/gwenperkins

Guest Blogging

Today I am guest blogging on Judith Leger’s blog. It was the first time I’ve done it and it was actually a lot of fun. So go take a peek and let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Author interviews and book reviews are coming soon as well as Holiday Questionnaires in Dec. I’m thrilled to get to share those with everyone.