Friday, January 30, 2015

Indie Spotlight: R J Loom

Today's spotlight is on R J Loom:
R.J. Loom was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, where she still resides with her husband, two teenage children and two spoiled dogs. She loves books, music, travel and anyone with a great sense of humor. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, looking for more books to add to her “to-be-read” pile or spending time with her family.
The Ilia Stone 
Nia Williams could never have imagined the way her ordinary life would be turned upside down after the death of her grandfather. A chance find unwittingly has her discovering the truth of an ancient Greek myth, plunging her into a world where the legends she only read about in her history books become her reality.
Plagued with a strange link to others’ past, she follows the path of an ancient artifact around the world and throughout time as it reveals its story to guide her to contain powers once thought lost to the rise of modern religion.
Two men affected by the artifact vie for her allegiance; Gabriel, a man haunted by his own past, and smooth talking Viktor who wants Nia to embrace a life she never imagined.
A love sacrificed… An impossible decision…
As lines blur between right and wrong, how much will Nia be willing to sacrifice?
http://www.amazon.com/Ilia-Stone-Book-One-ebook/…/B00MSBKEAA


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Besieged by Rain FAQ and cover

Sometimes, I look back at my old post posts and have a chuckle to myself. I want to pat myself on the head and go, "That's nice dear." As I get ready for the release of Besieged by Rain I'm having one of those moments, in relation to this post. I remembered vaguely mentioning that I was writing Clay's side (okay, so it was a little more vague that saying it was about an alternate character's POV) and I hinted a little more at the full details in this post. Now that it's getting closer, I want to talk a little more about Clay's POV.

Now, the original post I did still holds true, mostly, except for the fact that there will be four books not two. What can I say? Clay is a talkative fellow once you get him on the right subjects. Let's address a few FAQ about it shall we (okay, so only some of these are FAQ, the others are arguments that I can hear people silently levying at me when I talk about Clay's books, even if those arguments are only in my own mind) and before I go on, I'll warn that there may be some light Through the Fire spoilers if you haven't read that yet (and if you haven't you totally should! Hear Evie's side before Clay opens his gob):

Why are you writing his story anyway, isn't it told in Through the Fire? Have you read Through the Fire? If yes, you should easily be able to see why Clay's story needs to be told. There are big gaps in Evie's knowledge, huge parts of Clay's world the he can't share with her, this book will shed light on some of those gaps. It will introduces the Jacobs clan in a way that will hopefully shed some new insight into their lives and why they (especially Clay) thinks the way he does.

So it's not just a repeat of Evie's books? No. And again, this comes down to the question of have you read Through the Fire. There are some cross-over scenes, naturally, because Clay's story involves Evie as much as Evie's story involves Clay. But Clay's family is very close, and so he spends a lot of time with them as well. For obvious reasons, this time isn't reflected in Evie's story.

So you're not just trying to release more books without any extra effort? *Laughs* Okay, were was I? Oh, that's right . . . *laughs again*. Seriously though, writing a book from another character's POV isn't easy. There is so much that you have to get just right. There is the massive danger that the motivations you thought were solid through one person's filter are completely wrong when examined as the POV character. Thankfully, I didn't have this, although I did learn that sometimes people lie when they're in a certain situation! You have to watch all the little details and make sure everything is done just right. Is it night in the first story? You better make sure it's night in the alternate POV, and that the time-frame for the other person matches up with no inconsistencies.

Why four books? Would you believe that I started this whole process thinking that I might maybe end up with a novella to match up with Evie's book 4.

I read Through the Fire, and I didn't particularly like the things that Clay's family did, why are you writing the story about the "bad guys"? Because all humans (and perhaps most nonhumans) are complex. None of the Jacobs crew are necessarily inherently bad. Yes some of their actions leave a little to be desired when viewed from Evie's point of view. However, without them, and other Rain like them, the world would be a more dangerous place. Clay's books will hopefully shed some light on this, as well as introduce some creatures that were lots of fun to write.

Why are you releasing Clay when there's still more Evie to be told? I want her next book! Okay, this one is a hard one. My publishers and I went back and forth over and over about the best order for release. It was already decided that we would do one book every four months--which was a doable timeframe for editing around the other books they have on their upcoming releases list. But then we had to decide whether to tell all of Evie's story and then come back for Clay's? Do we do two of Evie's, two of Clay's? What was the best for the story that needed to unfold between the two series and what was the best for each series individually? After a lot of debate and discussion, it was decided that there was no point getting to the very end of the series for Evie and then going right back to the beginning again for Clay. I know this puts 8 months between each book, but I trust it will be worth the wait. And because the books are pretty much written (7/8 are drafted to completion and the last is well under way), there shouldn't be any significant delays outside of what we've set. This isn't a series where book one is out and you don't know how long it might be before the next one comes out.

I can only read one series, which should I pick? I've covered this off before, but the way I think of it is Evie is the romance, Clay is the action. The biggest reason for this is that Clay's life is all about hunting monsters,

Let's get serious for a moment and ask the most vital question--is there more book boyfriend fodder in Clay's book? Yes! We get to be properly introduced to Clay's brother, Ethan, and according to my pre-reader, he's definitely book boyfriend material. The only problem is, she's claimed him and she doesn't share ;)

***WARNING*** Spoilers for Besieged by Rain & the Son of Rain series!!!!!!
Do Clay's books follow exactly the same timeline as Evie's? The short answer to this is yes. From the very beginning of Clay's first book to the very end of his last book will cover a very similar timeline as the first of Evie's to the end of Evie's (give or take a couple of months). However, the split between books will be a little different. Clay's books lag just a little behind Evie's.

So, if that's all your questions satisfied and you want to read Besieged by Rain, go add it to your TBR list on Goodreads!

Do you have any FAQ I didn't cover? List them below and I'll answer them (I'll try to keep it spoiler-free or at very least spoiler-lite).


Friday, January 23, 2015

Indie Author Spotlight - Renee Swann


Today's spotlight is on Renee Swann. Renee writes adult fiction as Renee Swann and young adult as C J Hart. Her facebook pages are here: 



CJ Hart has a new book releasing soon The Hunted. 


Summary: 

Just your average boy-meets-girl, boy-kills-people story. 

The Native American Navajo tribe has stories of a monster so wicked, so blood-thirsty, that they are to be hunted down and slaughtered. But are they just legends? Or is something sinister lurking in the shadows? The Yee Naaldlooshi—skinwalkers—have the ability to transform themselves. And they can be anyone. Anything. 

The Hunters—a group dedicated to tracking the creatures—are hot on their trail and they won’t stop until every last one is dead. But are they all as evil as foretold? Seb, alpha of the Taylor, Arizona reservation pack, begins to question the acts of their kind. But he’s broken a rule and must choose between killing the girl he loves or risking everything to save her. Cassie must fight for her survival. The pack is after her. And they’re no joke. Cass is about to find out how sadistic they can be.

This book is currently available for pre-order here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S3EG16C

Renee Swann also has a book My Never: 

Summary:

Monique Cullen is turning thirty. She thinks a life of cats and singledom is ahead of her - until she runs into her high school sweetheart while vacationing in Cairns. Can their love be resurrected? 

Have you had someone in your life that you would do anything for? Monique Cullen did. And she regrets the day they went their separate ways. 

While holidaying in Cairns for her thirtieth, Moni runs into him. Troy DeGaris - single, handsome and irresistible. But can their love be resurrected? 

A little girl weaves her way into Moni's heart, making her second-guess everything she's worked for. And Moni must make a decision - should she follow her heart and stay in Cairns, or return to her home town and stale life? 

Family and friends rejoice at the possibility of these high school sweethearts falling in love again. But Troy's ex-fiancĂ©e, is on a mission to tear them apart. Will she succeed? Or will it bring her to breaking point? 

My Never (My Never, #1) is perma-free on all platforms:
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/dp/B00EMOA6UO

In addition to her Facebook pages, you can get into contact with Renee in the following ways:
Twitter: @Renee_Shearer

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Publisher Spotlight - Love is Love



Bottom Drawer Publications Showcase

Love is . . . love

As a romance publisher, we love LOVE! To us, love is love, and it is a beautiful thing, whether it’s between a man and a woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman . . . or a combination involving a delicious mix of 3 or more. It was so important for us when we started this publishing business that we didn’t split out and categorise separately our LGBT romances. You will find LGBT romance scattered pretty much equally with het romances across all of our genres. To us the key to our business is romance—whether it be sweet or spicy or erotic—but always with a great story attached.

Our characters find love on holiday, meet up with their first loves, find strength and passion while dealing with diversity, and sometimes they fight alongside the loves of their lives as they battle rebel forces in a dystopian world. But the key ingredient is love not gender.


  
            
The Groom
When Lyle Cummings is left standing at the altar on his wedding day, all of his carefully composed plans for the future come crashing down around him. The pragmatic doctor is left questioning his well-ordered existence and wondering if there isn't more to life than the achievements of wealth and career.

When he meets Katrina Giordano, a fiery lounge singer with more passion in her pinky finger than he possesses in his entire body, his mundane life is turned upside down. In Katrina, he finds everything his life has been lacking. With her, he will learn that what he thought was love really wasn't at all.

But will Katrina's dark past threaten the happiness that Lyle has found after so much heartache? With her life, and now his, hanging in the balance, Lyle will find himself tested when it comes to how far he will go for love.

Link: www.bottomdrawerpublications.net/TheGroom



Second Chances
We all know what it’s like to lose out in love . . . but what if you get a second chance at happiness? Will you grab it, or run? The Second Chances anthology is a collection of male/male short stories on finding love again.

Non-Negotiable by T. D. Green
Heart of Glass by L. J. Harris
Better Together by DaNay Smith
Dirty Martini by Bette Browne
Notice to Appear by C. C. Lorenz




I’m Your Man
When Ruth Jones wakes up one morning suffering from a major hangover, she realises she’s not in her London apartment but in the hotel where last night’s work function had been held. The last thing she remembers is sitting at the hotel bar 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, she has experienced her first one-night stand. A one-night stand that is about to send her world into utter turmoil. The problem: her boyfriend Justin. He’s handsome, has a killer body and the sex is awesome—and he would be perfect if only he didn’t keep standing her up whenever she needed him.



Mythica

Caiden Jones is part-selkie and lives an idyllic life by the sea in South Australia. He’s had his fair share of disappointments, like being kept out of the Navy due to his mythica status, but overall he’s got a pretty good life. Until he’s in the wrong place at the right time.

Cai steps in to subdue an out-of-control minotaur and in the process suffers a serious injury to his ribs. As Cai struggles to breathe, a gorgeous suit-clad sy’lph with mesmerising blue eyes races to his rescue. When it’s learned that the minotaur was poisoned, the sy’lph, Gray, makes it his personal mission to keep Cai and his family safe.

Cai has always harboured some resentment towards the sy’lph because of their easy acceptance into the community, so the attraction he feels for Gray takes him by surprise. But how can they find out what this might mean when the lives of Cai and his family are endangered by someone closer than they realise?



Stealing Serenity

Serenity, a photograph worth four million dollars, was sold at auction to an anonymous bidder, and stealing it will represent the largest payday Daniel will have ever had. To make that happen, he poses as a photography curator to attract the attention of Kearin, the auction house owner.

Kearin takes Daniel under his wing to work in the non-profit branch of his business, but it’s a cover for his desire to see Daniel naked, bound, and needy for the camera. Kearin has a client interested in a very specific portfolio—filling the request would put him at the top of his field. Daniel thinks he can use the modeling to get closer to Serenity. What he doesn't expect is to fall for Kearin's brand of intensity instead. So does he go for the photograph or Kearin's heart? He wouldn't call himself a master thief if he couldn't steal both.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Series Spotlight - Daughter of Fire & Son of Rain


Through the Fire
(Book One – Daughter of Fire series)
Michelle Irwin

Bottom Drawer Publications had the great pleasure to release Through the Fire, a new adult, paranormal romance by Michelle Irwin, late last year.

Ever since Clay, a soldier for an organization tasked with ridding the world of non-humans, stumbled upon the secret of her birth, Evie's been on the run. Now he's back, and she's unprepared as he forces his way into her heart.


Book Details: Novel
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
224 pages - 83500 words


“Might be the best book I’ve read this year.”
J. A. Kenney - Author

“Irwin deftly creates the modern real world as well as the fantasy one.”
Bruce E. Arrington - Author

“This is a faced paced book with no dull moments and I am really looking forward to the next in the series... well done Michelle on a fantastic Debut!”
Jenny Schwartz - Author




Friday, January 16, 2015

Indie Author Spotlight - Sabrina Quinn

I'm going to start a little spotlight series for indie authors. Each Friday, I'll do a link to some great new talent both here and on my Facebook page. I hope you find some new reads and authors to stalk.



First up, we have Sabrina Quinn 
Sabrina's Can't Love You More is a new adult Contemporary Romance:
Braelyn Withers has been best friends with Aiden McCluen since she was just eight years old. The two of them had a special bond that only grew deeper the older they got. Their love was one of a kind, no one could deny that.
Everything changes in a blink of an eye after Aiden blindsides her by committing the ultimate betrayal on graduation night. Braelyn decides that leaving town is the only answer, especially now that she has a secret of her own. Little did she know that in doing so, she would change her own fate forever.
A year later, Braelyn decides to move back to her small Indiana hometown hoping to find that happy, free-spirited girl she left behind. The girl she no longer knew. She also just wants to forget what happened in Chicago. No one back home seems to understand why she isn't the same, which secludes her even more.
Gabe Murphy temporarily moved to Indiana in hopes to right his wrongs from his past in Georgia. Jaded from the life he knew, he no longer believed in love and had no desire to ever find it. All of that changed the moment those sad, icy blue eyes that belonged to the girl who lived above his new apartment met his. He was instantly drawn to her. After becoming friends with Braelyn, Gabe makes it his mission to help her out of the deep depression that has consumed her over the past year. He has seen first hand what it can do to a person and it is not pretty.
Will Aiden's confession now that she is back change things or will it ruin her forever?
You can find her on Amazon and Goodreads 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Let's Talk About Sex Redux

So a few weeks back (my gosh Christmas was crazy wasn't it?), I did a post about sex. In particular the acceptable number partners for girls versus the acceptable number of partners for boys, and the double standards therein.

Today, I'm going to talk about something slightly different. Sex in books.

I've seen a lot of conversations happening at the moment on Facebook about a book with too much sex, or not enough sex, clean versus erotica, and everyone has a steadfast opinion on it. The thing is, everyone is right. There is too much, or not enough, purely depending on the preferences of the reader.

Like many things in life, I come somewhere in the middle. I don't particularly enjoy books full of sex for he sake of it, but that doesn't mean I think less of anyone who does. I don't mind if there are sex scenes though either. I don't need something completely clean. For me, the driving factor in it all is the plot. If the plot warrants sex, I'm happy to read a sex scene. If there is a highly emotional scene where emotions of any kind will help the sanity of the characters, I'm happy for that emotion to come from sex. If the two characters are in the middle of a deadly serious murder investigation where one of them is being stalked by the killer and they take a few hours to explore one another's bodies . . . hmmm not so much.

That said, that is entirely my preference. I know others who love erotica, and prefer books that don't let their plots get in the way of good sex. Which is totally fine too.

It comes back to the same simple premise I try to live my life by, read what you want, read what you enjoy, don't judge others on what they like, and don't let others judge you for your preference.