Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it! And happy holidays for everyone else.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Let's Talk About Sex

Please note: This isn't a rant. It isn't a negative statement on anything. It is something I wanted to talk about after a few notes I've seen on reviews of Through the Fire, and that had been raised in conversations. It's not directed at any one person or any specific review. It's just an observation and a something to ponder.

Also, please note: There might be spoilers ahead for Through the Fire. If you haven't read it, want to read it, and don't want to be spoilered, please turn away now. In fact, I'll even break out my meme again just so that you are extra warned.




Now that's out of the way, shall we talk about sex. More specifically, sex with multiple partners (No, not all at once! Yes I'm looking at you. I know exactly where your mind went).

In a few reviews and conversations about Through the Fire, I've noticed a trend. A number of people have hinted that they weren't happy with Evie having more than one sexual partner over the course of the book. And I get that, I do. There is something a little romantic about finding 'the one and only' and having things work from there and they are your literal one and only. It was very clear to me very early though that Evie wasn't going to be the sort of girl to wait around forever for 'the one and only', especially when she's scared and vulnerable, and seeking love and acceptance. I'm sure there are many people who've made similar, and worse, decisions in that frame of mind.

To be honest, I didn't know how it was all going to go down, I rarely do when I start writing, but it was very clear early on that Clay wasn't going to be the one to claim her virginity. I think, given the circumstances, he would have been a bit of a douche if he had. I mean, just think about it . . . before events he would have been giving her a less than stellar surroundings for it and after events, well if he'd done that and left he would have deserved a junk-punch. But that's neither here nor there--I have a different point to make with this post.

Okay, so what is my point then?

It's this: not one review has mentioned that they wish Clay had saved himself for Evie. He made it quite clear in a certain scene that he's had other partners too, but no one seems to mind that. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my point. That's what I wanted to raise and discuss: why the double standard?

The thing is, this isn't something unique to my books or my reviews. How many countless books are there where the hero is an unapologetic manwhore and the woman is the virginal beauty just waiting to tame him with her patient love and understanding. All of which almost immediately turns him from from his womanising ways. It very rarely happens the other way around. I've seen it a few times, but it's definitely the exception rather than the rule.

I don't know what this says about authors, book readers, or even the community at large. Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. It's certainly something to ponder though, isn't it?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happily Evan After Release Day Blitz

RELEASE DAY:
 HAPPILY EVAN AFTER

Cover by Soxational Cover Art
Synopsis:
Evan is a reluctant cupid. Facing an unknown term of servitude to repay his debt to the world, it is his responsibility to guide couples together. Despite initial hesitancy, he has learned to handle every case with care and he now basks in the afterglow of new-found love and relishes in the energy it provides him. But his end goal is still the promise of paradise in return for his penance.

It's all going according to plan until he receives an assignment that is inconceivable to him. He has to find a mate for Becca, within whom lives the reincarnated soul of his one true love. Bound by his duty to find her a match, he must resist her charm and suppress his own desires. It is his job and he cannot fail, even if his own paradise now seems lost.

For a cupid, falling in love is against the rules.

Isn't it?
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Author Bio:



Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page. 

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Totally (Para)normal

Originally posted as a guest post on Books All things paranormal and romance 

Totally (Para)normal

I write paranormal romance, verging on urban fantasy. It is unabashedly the genre which I feel most at home in, both as a reader and as a writer. I think the biggest reason for this is that I am a big lover of fantasy at heart. I can't define exactly what it is about it that draws me in, but I think it's the same thing that led me to drama as a child. The idea of something bigger and better, waiting out there, just beyond the rainbow or out of reach. It's a world where the biggest problems aren't what the bully in class might do today, whether you'll be late for work, or where the next mortgage payment is going to come from. The sort of place where dragons can roam, people are more than just people, and fae abound. A place of heros and heroines, who take turns to rescue one another both physically and emotionally. It's somewhere where the drudgery of a regular, normal, day to day life disappears between the cracks in the pavement as danger and intrigue take hold. This is the sort of world I like to imagine, and is the setting which bleeds through into my stories. 

The world the characters live in is this world, our world, but different. Better in some ways, worse in others. It's not an epic Lord of the Rings scale fantasy (not that there is anything wrong with that), the setting is more urban. It is now. One thing I always strive for is an undercurrent of realism, that these creatures *could* be roaming in your backyard; if only you knew where to look and exactly what you were looking for. That the flash you saw in the corner of your eye wasn't just your imagination but something watching you . . . following you. Maybe something is lurking there to protect you, or maybe its intent is somewhat more nefarious. There's no way of knowing until the story is explored in greater depth.  

I believe keeping the underlying question of "what if these creatures were real" in my head with every turn is a big part of what helps infuse realism into my stories. It's thinking through the logic of exactly how, for example, the fae world might interact with our own. Does it operate on it's own plane of existence, and if so, how can we access it when we need to? It's looking at the many stories and folktales that exist about a particular paranormal creature and trying to extract the "real" elements of that. I don't want some giant, three-headed beast in a story unless that three-headed beast is able to exist, at least hypothetically, within the laws of our world. It still allows for a wide scope of what might be. Sometimes it just requires putting on your thinking cap to work out how. And that's the fun part. 

I'm Your Man Blog Tour

I’m Your Man
Joanne Rawson

Blog Tour December 8-14, 2014


Bottom Drawer is proud to present I’m Your Man by Joanne Rawson, a rising star in the chick lit genre.

Book Details: Novella
Genre: Contemporary Chick Lit
Author: Joanne Rawson

Summary

Ruth Jones loves her boyfriend Justin. He is handsome, has a killer body, and the sex is awesome. He does have one major fault though. He travels so much with work that she only gets to see him once or twice a week, and that is his reasoning for always wanting to . . . stay in. At first she’s happy that he only wants to be with her, but over time, his habit of jibbing out at the last minute for every family occasion, work function, or any bloody occasion that involves socialising, really does her head in. All she wants, for goodness sake, is for people to get to know her boyfriend. Okay, so she wants them to see she has a hunk of a boyfriend, but is that so wrong?

When Ruth wakes up in a hotel room one morning suffering from a major hangover, she tries to piece the events of the previous night together. Feeling let down by yet another no-show by Justin at a work function, she headed to the bar and ordered a drink. The last thing she remembers is sitting next to an average-looking guy with a nice accent and large hands, and wondering just what those hands could do given half the chance. When the bathroom door opens and Mr. Average walks out, she realises that at the ripe old age of thirty-three, Ruth Jones has experienced her first one-night stand.

A one-night stand that is about to send her world into utter turmoil.


Author Interview

How long have you been writing? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

My first attempt at public writing was a competition at school when I was about eight or nine with John Miller my next-door neighbour, we wrote a funny short story that won us a Magpie badge. (Magpie was a 70’s kids programme).

While most girls wanted to be Farrah Fawcett, or marry Donny Osmond, I on the other hand wanted to be Enid Blyton. I always had my nose stuck in a book, and dreamed that one day when I was older I would be an author.

However, I had more important things going on in my life. Studying, dreaming of the boy in the sixth form who drove a motorbike, college, marathon dating. Work, dating a string of no-hopeful men, work, falling in love, work, marriage and work.  Before I knew it, I was thirty-nine. Then my husband and I shocked our family and friends by taking early retirement. People asked me how I was going to spend my time. I just knew this was the right time to put my dream into a reality. It took me eighteen months to write and get my first book published. Now I have an Australian and American publisher, and ten published books. I wouldn’t say I have achieved my goal just yet; there still is a lot of work ahead.

What inspires you in your writing?

I have no idea where my inspiration comes from. I have a weird technique that involves playing scrabble while listening to music and drinking wine with my hubbie, I hear a song and something in my head sparks a character, a book title, or a plot for a story, so I grab my notebook and jot down my ideas. It’s surprising what you can achieve after a few glasses of Blossom Hill. (Should have had a few glasses before I did this interview!)


I am also a very nosey person, I love to people watch, this is a great way to build up characters, and yes, I admit I have an awful habit of listening to people’s conversations. Rude I know, but you would not believe what useful information you pick up. So, be warned, if you are ever at a table near me, I may be using you in my next book!

Do you have a favourite place to write?

I used to write at the kitchen table, not really an ideal place, but now I have converted our spare bedroom into an office. From October to April, my husband and I spend a lot of time in South Goa, and I find sitting outside a bamboo hut, looking at the sea and sand inspirational.

Music while you write, yes or no?

Yes!

What is your current favourite book? Or if you can’t name just one, what was your last five-star read?

The Lady Killer by Martina Cole
Part of the DI Kate Burrows stories
Also, Peter Kay.
He is without doubt the funniest British comedian and talented writer. He has a fantastic ability at observing people, and making it hilarious.  Ideally, we would combine his skills of witty observations and my romance, to create an awesome romantic comedy film!

Tell me a little about I’m Your Man.

It all started one Friday night, Scrabble and Music night in the Rawson House.

A bottle of wine, a game of scrabble and Michael Buble crooning, when all of a sudden I started to listen to the words of I’m Your Man, and it suddenly struck me, this is what Danny wanted to say to Ruth, but couldn’t.


If you want a lover
I'll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I'll wear a mask for you
And if you want a partner, take my hand
And if you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand, I'm your man
And if you want boxer
I will step into the ring for you
And if you want a doctor
I'll examine every inch of you
And if you want a driver, climb inside
If you want to take me for a ride
You know you can 'cause I'm your man
And if you got to sleep a moment on the road
I will steer for you
And if you want to work this street alone
I'll disappear for you
And if you want a father for your child
Or only want to walk with me a while
'Cross the sands, well, I'm your man
I've called at your heart
And I tear at your sheets
I said please, 'cause I'm your man, I'm your man
'Cause I'm your man

Scenes Inspired from the song.


Danny pulled me off the bed, apologising profusely to the sales assistant. “That’s great news, but he’s not going tonight, is he?”
My moment of elation plummeted to the floor like a skydiver with no parachute. “No. Jenny was right, sure as eggs are eggs, I’ll be dateless.”
Why did people always have to spoil things by being right? Why couldn’t I frigging well be right for once?
“I’m your man. I’ll come with you tonight.”
“Oh no, Danny, I couldn’t expect you to give up your plans. You’re meeting colleagues from work.”
“Shush... it’s a totally selfish gesture.”
~~~
“Thank you, Danny, for being my man.”
“Anytime you want me to be your man, all you have to do is call.”
Once again, our lips met, this time lasting longer, he broke away slightly. “I should go.” I nodded. “Can I call you in the morning, perhaps meet for breakfast and a walk in the park?”
“Yes, that would be nice.”
He kissed me one last time before walking away. Before he reached the taxi though he stopped and turned. “Still just friends?”
I smiled, but inside my heart I was aching. “Yes, just friends.”


The karaoke Scene:

In this scene, there could only be one song, Mustang Sally by The Commitments. A classic Karaoke song that after a few beers all men think they can sing perfectly. Once that music starts up, people cannot help clapping, singing and dancing along, regardless of how bad the singer is.

The intro to “Mustang Sally” boomed from the speakers. Vikki and Jenny shrieked, clapping their hands, boogying to the beat of the music.
Joining in, I moved closer into the room, tentatively clapping my hands, feeling certain Luke had pushed Danny to make him look like a fool, and that Danny may have bitten off more than he could chew.



What’s one thing you want people to know about the book?

I’m your Man has romance, comedy, and a heroine that my readers will be able to relate to in some form or another. Ruth is like every woman in this day and age, she is in a relationship but he is always getting out of things that are important to her. Then after one crazy, drunk night, she has a one night stand with a complete stranger, her entire way of thinking about her relationship and her life turn upside down.  How many of you can relate to that?

Describe the main character in three words.

Realistic, romantic, enchanting.

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About the Author

Joanne Rawson

Joanne Rawson was born and brought up in Derbyshire, England. After leaving college in 1984, she headed off to be an au pair in the Loire Valley, France for one year.
‪Returning back to England, she worked for Derbyshire Education Authority in special education, and then for Derbyshire Social services working with adults with learning and physical difficulties.

‪In 2005, Joanne and her husband decided to give up their hectic lifestyle, after ten years of managing branded restaurants around London's M25, and spend their time in England, Goa, and Malaysia. Now a published author, she writes romantic novels and short stories.

She can be found on her website: http://www.authorjoannerawson.blogspot.com

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Interview and Release Day Information - Brenda Cheers

Interview 

How long have you been writing? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I published my first picture book at age five. I was the author, illustrator, editor and publisher. I even stapled the spine perfectly. It was the story of a car. It possessed human feelings.
Yes, I always knew I’d be a writer, but there were obstacles—children, career, etc.
Several years ago I experienced an epiphany.  As a result I changed my life to accommodate what I’d always wanted to do. I undertook a course in creative writing and followed that with an advanced course.  I haven’t stopped writing since.
What inspires you in your writing?
A scene will come to me. I’ll see it in great detail. This is usually the opening of the book and the story flows from there. I am usually astonished and delighted by how the plot unfolds.
Do you have a favourite place to write?
No, just a practical one, which is my desk with laptop and a separate monitor. I also have a tablet at hand. With all this technology I can flick from screen to screen and move information around. The romantic notion of fine paper and flowing fountain pen only works when I’m composing difficult scenes and need intense concentration.
Music while you write, yes or no?
Only to block out noise, if necessary.
What is your current favourite book? Or if you can’t name just one, what was your last five-star read?
When Richard Flanagan’s “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” was first released, I downloaded a sample, read a page or two and didn’t buy it. The Man Booker prize announcement made me rethink that decision. I was at Tullarmarine Airport, about to board a flight for Brisbane. I downloaded the book within minutes of hearing of the award and began reading it on the flight.  Wow. I was totally captivated. It is some of the best writing I’ve had the joy of reading in years.
Tell me a little about The Secret Life of Julia Hawke.
Redemption is always an interesting theme. Julia Hawke finds herself in a position where she must fight to win back the affections of those she loves. She has to redeem her reputation. That’s hard when she has so much to hide.
The bond between women is also fascinating. It can be an unequal relationship which causes hurt to one of the people involved. The friendship between Julia and Rachel is examined closely in this book. I wish I could experience the unconditional friendship of someone like Rachel.
What’s one thing you want people to know about the book?
The first draft was darker and very edgy in parts. Two of my trusted beta-readers said it went too far. I used the Stephen King method--taking notice if more than one person gives the same feedback. I rewrote four chapters.
Describe the main character in three words.
Naïve, spoiled, maturing.

Biography:
Brenda Cheers is a novelist living in Brisbane Australia.
Raised on a flat and windy farm in rural Victoria, where rain fell 24/7/365 (or so it seemed to her), and where there was no public transport, Brenda soon found that survival from a ‘death by boredom’ lay in books, which she began devouring at a great rate.
This was quickly followed by writing in many forms. Long letters, diaries and short stories were her main outlets at that time.
As a young woman, Brenda escaped the rural existence and moved to a suburb of Melbourne.  After twelve months she migrated to the warmth of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
A combination of motherhood and hard work curtailed her writing efforts for a few years. Eventually the itch to write became too much and she undertook classes in creative writing.
She had written several novels before the first was published. “In a House in Yemen” was printed in 2013 and this was quickly followed by “In Times of Trouble”.  Both these stories are action-packed suspense thrillers. Both feature strong-willed female protagonists.
“In Conversations with Strangers” was next off the presses. This was a breakthrough into literary fiction which has since earned critical acclaim. In it, Janine arrives home unexpectedly one day to find something so shocking that it propels her on a road-trip across Australia. During this journey we find out about Janine and the extraordinary forces that have shaped her.
“In Strange Worlds” was published in February 2014. The protagonist, Meg, wakes to find that everybody else has died in their sleep. What does she do? How does she feel? Where does she go? This is an enthralling story and many readers have complained that it is too hard to put down.
Brenda is now living in Brisbane with her partner and daughters. She is currently drafting the third installment in the “Strange Worlds” series.



Blurb:
Julia Hawke and her friend Rachel are celebrating the end of their final year of schooling. They deceive their parents and embark on an adventure to the Gold Coast of Queensland.
Many years later, Julia is still keeping secrets in an attempt to hide what happened during those few, fateful days. A series of events force her to realise that keeping these secrets comes at too great a cost. What can Julia do to regain the trust of those she loves?
“The Secrets of Julia Hawke” explores, not only the destructive nature of secrets, but also the miracle of unconditional friendship.



Links:
http://bit.ly/secretsjuliahawke      (Amazon for book)
http://bit.ly/brendacheers             (Amazon author page)

Social media links
Twitter:                                @bcheers

Facebook:           http://bit.ly/bcheersFB

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Slade Cover Reveal




Title: Slade 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Protectors Series Book #6

Release Date: 12/30/14

Publisher: Teresa Gabelman

Cover Designer: Ron Gabelman

Editor: Hot Tree Editing









Highly trained VC Warrior, Dr. Slade Buchanan’s, role between lifesaver and lifetaker has been a constant battle, but nothing prepared him for half-breed VC Warrior trainee, Jill Nichols. Slade realizes his struggles from the past were nothing compared to the difficulty of resisting the woman who could never belong to a man like him.



Being the only female VC Warrior recruit, Jill Nichols, has an uphill battle. Falling for the sexy doctor, Slade Buchanan, has not made the battle any easier, especially when he constantly reminds her and others there will never be anything between them. Working harder than any male recruit, obstacles are thrown in her path, and with each challenge, it becomes clear that the two things she wants most may never be.

Monday, December 1, 2014

New Release - Winter Wolf

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Katalina Winter has been living for eighteen years, with a secret hidden inside of her, a secret not even she knew.

With this secret comes consequences, expectations, one's she's not willing to fulfill; she'll give her heart to whom she wishes, even if he is, a Dark Shadow wolf...
Join Katalina as she navigates her way through this world at war, where the alpha is law, and only the strong survive. You will see the power of true love, and the length's people will go to destroy it.
**Please note this is a YA Stand alone novel, no cliffhangers**

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I've being reading books for as long as I can remember but I never thought about writing until I read Nalini Singh - Slave to sensation which is the first book in her psy-changling series.
At first I just wrote fan fiction until one morning I woke up with a story of my own. Lincoln and Lexia were born! I spent 6 solid months writing and re-writing and now their story is out in the world and I am currently working on the final book Holocaust due 2015.
After the birth of my 3rd child I wrote Winter Wolf a YA Paranormal Novel which is due for Release in November.
I have lived in England, New Zealand and currently live in QLD Australia but to me England will always be home.
I've been a dish washer, Admin assistant, horse groom and now spend my days looking after my 3 children and writing as often as I can.

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