Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cover Reveal: Tagged for Life by Sam Destiny

Title: Tagged For Life
Author: Sam Destiny          
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: Mar. 31, 2015

Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


A career. A perfect future. Everything he could wish for. That’s what Corporal Jesse ‘Jazz’ Connor thinks about his life. He can’t understand why his comrades feel the need to find a girl and settle down when the Army career latter has so many steps to climb. Up, up, up; that’s where he’s looking – and that’s the reason, too, why he stumbles over the only thing that maybe can change his view on life forever: Tessa.


No job. No plan. An open future. That’s how Tessa Connor likes to see her life as she starts a trip to see some friends half way across the world. And Jazz will be her first step to the new Tessa. Build up your confidence; show the world what you can do, that’s her new motto. The problem is that Jazz maybe turns out to be so much more than she could ever have hoped for – and still not be able to hold onto.

Together they need to find a way to make A and B come together with an ocean between them that threatens to drown everything – maybe even their love.


Author Bio: 

Once upon a time there was a young girl with her head full of dreams and her heart full of stories. Her parents, though not a unit, always supported her and told her more stories, encouraging her to become what she wanted to be. The problem was, young Sam didn't know what she wanted to be, so after getting her A-levels she started studying Computer Science and Media. After not even one year she realized it wasn't what her heart wanted, and so she stopped, staying home and trying to find her purpose in life. Through some detours she landed an internship and eventually an apprenticeship in a company that sells cell phones. Not a dreamy career, but hey. Today she's doing an accounting job from nine-to-five, which mainly consists of daydreaming and scribbling notes wherever she can. 

All through that time little Sam never once lost the stories in her heart, writing a few little of them here and there, writing for and with her best friend, who always told her to take that last step. Only when a certain twin-couple entered her mind, bothering her with ideas and talking to her nonstop did she start to write down their story - getting as far as thinking she could finish it. Through the help of some author friends, and the encouragement of earlier mentioned best friend, little Sam, now not so little anymore and in her twenty-seventh year,  decided to try her luck as an Indie author. She finished the story of the first twin, Jaden, and realized she couldn't ever stop. So, it is only after five that the real Sam comes out. The one that hungers for love, romance, some blood, a good story, and, at the end of the day, a nice hot cup of Chai Tea Latte.

And if the boys are still talking to her, she'll write happily ever after.


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Musical Inspiration

Okay, yes, I'm being lazy. But it's because I'm being productive. I'm writing. I just crossed over the 15K mark on my third book. WOOHOO!!!

So, for your enjoyment, the musical selection tonight will be one of my favorites: I Choose You by Sara Bareilles. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Through the Fire by Michelle Irwin

If you think your life sucks, met Evie...

Evie Meyers’ life is one spent on the run. Every minute of every day, her life is in danger if anyone should suspect the truth about her ancestry. Her father was willing to risk everything to keep the truth hidden, even from her, but the lies he fabricated were exposed when her high school crush, Clay Jacobs, inadvertently stumbled upon her secret. His discovery puts Evie at risk from a secret organization tasked with washing the world clean of nonhumans—and Clay is one of its deadliest soldiers. Forced into a war she doesn’t understand, all because of what she is, Evie is left with no choice but to flee with her father to escape persecution.

When Clay reappears in her life, battle scarred and mysterious, Evie is unprepared and terrified as he forces his way back into her heart. When the battle catches up with her, and a tragic accident tears apart the peace she discovered, she finds herself alone and without the protection of her father, or her lover. Now, she needs to keep her secrets hidden and learn to survive on her own in a world that wants her dead, all while searching for the missing piece of her heart.

My thoughts: This book seriously hit on so many elements that I love when reading. There was the obvious fantasy elements. Which Michelle does not dive right into. As the reader, you understand from her lifestyle that there is an underlying cause that is not "natural" but she weaves the actual revelation into the story. Brilliant! There is a portion of the book that is pleasantly more fantastical than other parts, mostly in the middle, and I enjoyed these portions, too. But the backdrop of the entire story might be the romantic relationship between Evie and Clay. The relationship between these two characters drives many scenes in the book - and even when he is absent from the page physically, the readers are always reminded, through Evie, of Clay and I really liked that. The book was paced well, no errors that I noticed, and great characters with good chemistry. And the end left me wanting more but this could easily be a standalone novel. But I don't think it will be.

I highly recommend this book to those who love Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Romance.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Spotlight: Sabrina Quinn's Can't Love You More

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?

Starting today thru Sunday Can't Love You More is free on Amazon.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

What's in a Name?

As a writer, I'm tasked with finding names for my characters. Much like new parents must do when they have a baby. That can sometimes be a very challenging request. So I've compiled a list of do's and don't when it comes to naming your book characters.

1. Don't overcomplicate the name. If the name is too complex that even you can't pronounce it then it's probably not a good idea to give it to your character. For instance, Haoilmclj - would be a terrible name for a character. And I apologize if this is your actual name. But what the ?!%! is that. If you want to try and be unique study authors like Suzanne Collins and J.K. Rowlings - they've created timeless characters that have very unique names.

2. Don't start all your character's names with the same letter. In my series, Finding Me, I had to make a few changes to names after I'd written the book and a few of my beta readers stumbled on the names a few tines. I had Chris and Christa and Chloe and other "C" names thrown in there. It was too much. So, I went back and changed the names so each character would be totally distinct.

3. Don't give every single character a name. In our every day lives we encounter many people. Just standing in the grocery line I can strike up a conversation with someone but I never know that person's name. If a character is only filler, a small background person to set the scene, has no distinguishing story arc, does not advance the plot whatsoever, don't give them a name. Or give them a describer name. For instance, in my book Finding Me, my main character takes quick inventory of people standing in line in front of her. One such character never speaks a word but she describes her action, her noise is bleeding and she's holding a piece of tissue to it. And thus "nose bleed girl" is how she is referred to throughout the scene. She's only in this scene as filler, like background noise to set the mood but she has no significant role.

4. Do creative things with names. My series is urban fantasy so my characters names are common. But I gave many of them nicknames like, CC, Tee, Em... I also had other characters make up his/her own funny names for characters in my book Enlighten Me. For instance, he gave main character, Chloe/Amanda the name Sybil - because of the multiple personalities...later he even shortened it to Syb. He does this a lot and it's a great way to show how a character feels about another character in the story.

Do you have a unique spin on how you name characters? Do you enjoy to read books with characters that have difficult names?

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Setting Myself Up for Success

I plan my goals each year and reflect on them every few months to see my progress. Instead of me calling the list I made a few days ago my list of resolutions, and even in place of the word "goal," I see this, list and time, as an opportunity to set myself up for success.

Did I accomplish all I wanted last year? No. But I did accomplish most and for that I'm happy. I do question why didn't I accomplish all my goals? The short answer is: not everything is in my hands. I had other people I had no choice but rely on and sometimes things came up. I couldn't control every aspect of everything. But I tried, I really did. And all that got me was heartburn and headaches.

Yeah, I got upset? Faster than the Grinch tried to steal Christmas. But I realized my errors (yeah, there were many). The main reason some of those goals failed was because I set the bar too high. I'm a short lady in stature and I had created goals that even my handy step-ladder wouldn't allow me to reach. Why? Because I was trying to push myself into a coma to be successful. I took on too much, too soon. There was never any way for me to accomplish all I'd tried to do without cloning myself. So all I really did was make myself unhappy and create unnecessary chaos in my already disarrayed madness (also known as my life).

Another thing I did wrong was, I focused on other people's goals too much. What I mean is, I read dozens of posts by other authors and tried to copy their goals. I figured if they were doing it, I should be, too. Wrong! A goal is a unique, individual thing. So what was right for that writer might just spell doom for you and me.

Okay, lessons learned. So, I went into this year with a level head, clear expectations, and a heaping of optimism (because what's the use of setting myself up for success if I don't even believe I can do it). I envision myself at the start line of a race. I look to my left and I see an opponent. I look to my right and I see another opponent. Each opponent has something in common: they're both me.

So, I'm not going to list my goals here today. They're mine. Get your own. But I will admonish you to be thoughtful in your setting. To be brave. And above also be uniquely you!

Have you set goals? How did you go about it?

Have a great day. Read a book and laugh.