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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wanderlust by Roni Loren

July 28th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour No Comments »

RoniLorenAuthorHeadshot2Rock and Roll fans & Romance Book Lovers you must check out Roni Loren’s newest novella, Wanderlust! It is a fun, sexy romp but it does deal with some heavy subject matters. Overall, Roni’s stories are wonderful! Wanderlust was released on July 19, 2016 from InterMix/Penguin. Want to know my thoughts? Check out my review after this post or by clicking here.

One lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card at the end of this post! A huge thank you to Roni Loren for today’s giveaway!

About Roni:

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

You can visit Roni around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Wanderlust Excerpt

Setup: Aubrey is at a strip club with the band. She’s a reporter and is following them around, but Lex is being difficult. So he made her a bet that he assumed he’d win. If Aubrey won, she’d get interview time with him. But the other band members tagged on another part of the bet—loser has to do a striptease for the other.

Lex narrowed his eyes at Aubrey, still stunned that she had won. He could accept that maybe she knew Van Halen—who didn’t? But, there was no way this chick listened to old-school Nine Inch Nails or eighties hair metal. He’d bet all his money on that.

She lifted her hair off her neck and piled it on top of her head to fan herself before letting it fall back around her in a dark flood. Lex flexed his fingers, wondering what it’d be like to run his fingers through it—or wrap it around his hand when he . . . He shook the image from his head before his blood flowed too far south.

“No, you can’t let him out of the bet,” Jared complained.

“Really, I don’t need that,” Aubrey said quickly.

Her posture shifted, her edge of nerves almost a taste in the air, and Lex’s lips curled into a grin. “Oh, no need to let me off the hook. I don’t punk out on a bet. You’ll get your show.”

A fleeting expression of panic skittered across her face, but she quickly covered it and grabbed for her drink. She was probably wishing she had alcohol in it now. Lex knew that Jared had intended for the bet to humiliate him, but this was going to embarrass Aubrey much more. He was used to being the center of attention. Performing on stage in front of people was his lifeblood. Aubrey, on the other hand, lived in a safe, neat world. She was probably used to men who observed the personal space rule, men who waited until the third date for a chaste kiss. Men who would never dare push her boundaries. Lex rose and swilled his beer.

Aubrey lifted her palms. “Seriously, Lex, I don’t want you to do this. We need to keep things professional.”

Her tongue darted out and swiped at her lip. Her knuckles were white against her drink. His gaze traveled to the flush creeping up her neck, and a slow smile spread across his mouth. Well, would you look at that. Little Miss Reporter was lying through her pretty white teeth.

She wasn’t protesting because of professionalism. He may not know her well yet, but he was an expert at recognizing the signs she was inadvertently throwing his way. Ms. Bordelon was terrified for the best possible reason—she feared her physical reaction to him. He remembered distinctly how she had quivered beneath him when he had touched her onstage, the look in her eyes when he’d brushed his lips against hers.

Oh, this was going to be fun. “Don’t worry, I’ll still respect you in the morning. Your professional status will be intact. Just remember, you can’t touch the stripper. It’s against the rules.”

She pulled her expression into one of utter boredom. “I’ll try to restrain myself.”

He laughed and then gripped the sides of her chair to pivot her away from the table to face him. He let his gaze slide over her from her head to her feet, taking his time, wishing he’d won the bet so he could watch her dance for him. She crossed her legs and folded her arms over her chest, pinning him with her glare.

Damn, she was cute when she was pissed.

A new song pounded through the club, and he began to sing the lyrics to her as he circled her chair and placed his hands on her shoulders. Her muscles stiffened under his touch. He bent his head next to her ear, the honey citrus scent of her hair cutting through the smoke and alcohol of the bar. “You’re going to have to relax a little or you’re not going to be able to enjoy this.”

He grabbed the collar of her black blazer and slipped it off her shoulders, forcing her to unfurl her arms. She allowed him to take off the jacket, revealing her fitted green tank top underneath. He let his eyes linger a moment on her neckline.

“That’s better,” he said. “I don’t want you getting too hot.”

“I thought you were the one who was supposed to take clothes off, not me.”

He stepped in front of her and unfastened the top button on his shirt. “As you wish.”

Her gaze fell to his chest, and she bit her lip as the flush on her throat crept up to her cheeks. He raised an eyebrow. Well, well, Ms. Bordelon. A wave of satisfaction moved through him. Maybe Jared’s plan wasn’t so ridiculous after all. Lex hadn’t believed that Aubrey would jump into bed with any of them. She had scruples, thank you very much. But the look on her face now was unmistakable. He’d been around enough women to recognize it. Desire, pure and simple. She may think he’s a jerk, she may hate him personally, but on some level, she wanted him.

The corners of his mouth tipped into a wicked smile. Maybe he could solve two problems at once. If he could get her in bed, not only could he force her to drop the story, but he could exorcise the ridiculous obsession to touch her that had been plaguing him since the body shot. Plus, God knew if any girl was in need of a wild, no strings romp in the sack, it was this one. He pulled open another button.

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Available July 19, 2016 from InterMix/Penguin

About this Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series and Off the Clock, a story of sex, love, rock & roll, and a reporter who’s about to learn a new meaning for staying on top of her assignment…
 
Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

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Blog Tour: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

July 27th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour No Comments »

mary e pearsonI can not tell you how excited I am about being apart of The Beauty of Darkness blog tour! If you didn’t know by now I am a HUGE fan of this series so much so that I would say it is my all time favorite series ever! We are hosting a fun read along for the series and we just finished reading The Heart of Betrayal! (If you’re interested there is a twitter chat tonight at 9 EST where we will have trivia, prizes and a fun chat! Check out the #TRCreadalong hashtag for more info!) But back to the matter at hand when I was approached about participating in the blog tour I was ecstatic. They had a few topics we could choose from and I chose to do the fan casting post! So check out who I imagine playing some of the characters in The Remnant Chronicles!!!

About Mary:

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams.  She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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I wanted to start off by saying that these picks are what I imagine the characters looking like. If the book was actually made into a movie I wouldn’t necessarily want these actors cast because for me personally I like new talent and I think all of these actors would be to old to be cast!

First we have to start with Lia. She is described as a girl with long dark hair and I imagine her with slight sun kissed skin. When I think of Lia I imagine that she has an innocent look to her but she also has attitude. So I choose Victoria Justice as someone that I think Lia would look like.

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Rafe is described as a man with sun streaked dark hair an unusual boldness about him. When I picture Rafe in my head he is of course gorgeous and kind and stern. In reality no one comes close to the Rafe I picture in my head but I feel like Ben Barnes looks close to what I imagine.

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Kaden is a described as a blond haired fellow with a brooding quality that clouded the air about him! When I picture Kaden in my head he is poised, hot and always has some kind of weapon in his hand!!! I think that Luke Mitchell captures the image of Kaden pretty good and he is so pretty!!!

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Pauline is also blonde and beautiful. She is such a sweet person and an amazing friend to Lia. In my head I picture a beautiful young women with courage and love shinning from her eyes. I think that Dove Cameron has a Pauline look!

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The Komizar is the villain in the Heart of Betrayal and he is described as a man with dark eyes, unkempt dark curly locks that sits right above his shoulders and a precise line of beard at his chin and a thin mustache. I have to admit that I have a slight crush on the Komizar even though he is pretty much as evil as they get. I think that Kit Harington looks a lot like the Komizar, especially when he is playing Jon Snow!

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I don’t know if there will ever be a movie for this amazing series but one can always dream right! Who would you like to see play some of the characters???

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Available August 2, 2016 by Henry Holt and Co (BYR)

About this Book:

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

July 26th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 7 Comments »

Alexandra SirowyPlease welcome author Alexandra Sirowy! Her newest ‘creepy’ novel is The Telling, a young adult mystery about a girl dealing with the death of her brother. Alexandra is here today to tell us about how she got the idea for The Telling. This novel will be released on August 2, 2016 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers! Want to know our thoughts on this book? Read the post below or by clicking this link.

If you would like to order a signed copy of The Telling visit Books Inc.

At the end of this post, enter for your chance to win a copy of The Telling, an origami swan necklace and The Telling swag (Laptop Stickers)!!! This giveaway is provided by Alexandra! This contest is open to US & Canada addresses only.

About Alexandra:

Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING and THE TELLING. Alexandra attended a women’s college for her undergraduate work in International Relations and later received her graduate degree in International Studies with an emphasis on the Middle East. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and exploring the foothills and woods near the Northern California home she and her husband share with their dog.

You can visit Alexandra around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

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I had the idea for THE TELLING while I was visiting a small island in the Puget Sound of Washington. I’d just sold my first book, THE CREEPING, and had just started casting my thoughts out to see what ideas would stick for my second novel.

This island was idyllic – indigo blue waters, bonfire-dotted gray beaches, a picture-perfect main street, rambling, green berry fields, and the white sails of boats cutting across the harbor. All of it was impossibly beautiful, and I started thinking, what’s under this glittering façade? What’s going wrong here? Who would want to escape this island?

I started coming up with the voice of a character – a boy who hadn’t grown up on the island but whose mom married a man with a daughter there. The daughter, the boy’s step-sister, became my protagonist. I wrote the fairytales Ben and Lana would tell each other as kids on this island where everything seemed enchanted. I drew on a myriad of sources for these short, dark fables, including Shakespeare, nursery rhymes, gothic horror, and bedtime tales my grandmother used to tell my sister and me.

I imagined the adventures Ben and Lana would have exploring the island’s windswept beaches and its forests. I pictured their friends and how they’d grow into teenagers. High school would treat them differently – one would excel socially and the other would grow quieter, trying to be small and unnoticeable.

In my head all of this was the backstory, the before the pages of the book would even start.

I wanted the after to begin with a mystery – the inciting incident in the plot that would send these kids spiraling toward something dark and twisted. Something that might have been hinted at in their fairytales and make-believe years before.

Then, one morning, while I was drinking what was not my first cup of coffee and watching sailboats and fishing rigs leave the harbor, I spotted a teenage girl in a row boat.

She was alone and paddling across the water, her strokes urgent.

And it struck me, what would Lana do if she lost Ben? Not only lost him, but if something dark and mysterious carried him away. How far would she go to look for him – or for his killer? With that, I had THE TELLING’s central mystery.

To learn more about Alexandra and her books visit www.alexandrasirowy.com or follow her on Twitter @AlexandraSirowy and Instagram @AlexandraSirowy.

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Available August 2, 2016 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Architect Song by A.G. Howard

July 25th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 26 Comments »

Hey guys! A.G. Howard wrote a new book and I am seriously so excited about it! It is called The Architect of Song and it will be hitting shelves on August 15th! As you probably already know, I am a huge fan of her Splintered Series so when I heard that she was self publishing a new adult historical story with paranormal elements, I was over the moon excited. I got to read an early copy and you guys Anita did not disappoint! I adored this book and would highly recommend it! My full review should be posting on the blog very soon!

I’m going to be honest, I was very curious to know why Anita decided to self publish instead of going the traditional publication route. And guess what? That is exactly what my guest post is about. Anita talks about her choice to self publish and her experience with publishing as a whole. I thought this was an excellently written post and if you are an aspiring author you should definitely check it out! Or if your like me and just want to know more about Anita then you should read it as well :D!

There is also a fantastic giveaway at the end of the post and there will be 12 winners so make sure to check it out!

About A.G. Howard:

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

You can visit A.G. around the web here:

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Why I chose to be a hybrid author…

For those who don’t know, The Architect of Song (think Pride and Prejudice meets A Certain Slant of Light) is the first book in my New Adult series. If you’d like to read more about my conception of the story idea, check out this post.

All four books of this series will be published by me under my own trademarked imprint: Golden Orb Press.

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You might be asking, “Why did A.G. have to publish this herself? Didn’t any traditional publishers want this series?”

The truth is, I didn’t *have* to. My agent and I originally sent this out to several publishers who passed for reasons I’ll address later in this post. But, there were still a lot of publishers remaining that we could’ve approached, and a referral on which we never followed through. There were options available that I scrapped to go this route instead.

So the question becomes not why I had to do it. It’s why did I *choose* to?

I’m going to answer that today, in hopes to discount the “authors self-publish because their writing isn’t good enough to meet the standards of a traditional publisher” misconception that still seems to pervade certain circles. It’s just not true.

Some authors choose to self-publish so they’ll have more control over things like covers, edits, deadlines and launch dates, while others (like me) do so because their story breaks genre rules, and doesn’t fit into a traditional publishing box.

My books have always been difficult to label. In 2006, my first novel, a romantic fantasy called INFINITY’S POND—about an elemental witch set in the colonial era and how she’s persecuted for her abilities—won honorable mention at a writing conference and the attention from an editor at Kensington, yet later received a hundred agency rejections because no one knew exactly how to sell it. After two years, I put it aside and started querying my third book to agents, a dark vampire fantasy called THE WISDOM OF BLOOD, about a powerful clan of female halfling vampires.

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In 2009, I met my first agent. She really liked my writing in THE WISDOM OF BLOOD, but the literary quality of my prose paired with the horror/fantasy and romantic aspects gave her pause, because she wasn’t sure how to sell such a combination. She ended up falling in love with my fourth book, titled FORGOTTEN SILENCES (now known as THE ARCHITECT OF SONG), because it felt closer to a traditional romance. After signing me, my agent submitted the manuscript to publishers as a historical single title romance.

Here is some of the editor feedback we received:

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In essence, my book was turned down, not because the writing wasn’t good enough, but because the overall plot and story didn’t fit romance guidelines. They wanted the romance faster paced; they wanted third person dual heroine and hero POVs; they wanted only one hero who’s consistently in the story from the beginning—so the reader knows who the heroine will end up with from the get-go.

To put it simply, my book didn’t fit into their box. Could I have rewritten it to make it work? Well, yes and no. I could’ve, but it would have shattered my author’s vision and crumbled the story’s foundation.

The first person POV is pivotal in this book. The reader has to be isolated and engulfed by Juliet’s deafness for the very reason voiced by one of the editors: “the magical, haunting quality of the story stayed with me, rather like a complex chord in music”.  That haunting magic would be lost were there also a “hearing” POV in the story, such as the hero’s, to break the spell. And on the subject of heroes, both of them are crucial. The mystery and tensions fall flat with only one of them there.

As painful as it was to think of my book never being published, I refused to compromise, because I knew this story needed its uniqueness—those very things that set it apart from traditional paranormal romances and kept it from being “sellable.” So, I moved on to writing other books that my agent didn’t know how to sell for their uniqueness.

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Three books and two years later in 2010, I parted ways amicably with my first agent (deets about our breakup are here) without finding publication. Within months, I had signed with my present agent (the fantastic Jenny Bent) with book number seven,  an Alice in Wonderland spinoff, and a few months later we sold SPLINTERED (which itself had 23 publisher rejections for being “hard to place” before it went to auction).

Once the dust had settled from my YA series, some five years later, Jenny and I sent out THE ARCHITECT OF SONG to publishers again, this time as a mainstream women’s fiction entitled GHOSTFLOWER. The feedback from editors?

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On this venture out, so many of the perceived pros and cons contradicted one another, proving subjectivity played more a role than genre boundaries. Yet still, once again, they couldn’t decide where the book would belong because it straddled lines between literary and commercial fiction, and YA and adult.

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Out of the handful of mainstream submissions we sent, I ended up getting a referral from one of the editors to the romance-based imprint of their publisher, because they were “huge fans of A.G. Howard” there. As flattering as that was, it felt like coming full circle to the prior experience I had with my first agent in the romance venue.

What is it they say about insanity? It’s doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

As far as I could tell, the romance genre still had the same strict rules, and even if they took on my book, I suspected things that I knew were necessary would have to be compromised during edits to make the story more “sellable” from their perspective. By this time, I’d had two agents believe in this book enough to champion it, glowing compliments on the beauty of the writing from editors who read hundreds of manuscripts a month, and many beta readers who loved the story itself. I knew it was sellable as is. So, I never followed through on that referral.

I wasn’t going to let the “process” hold me back any longer. Not when I had an advantage I didn’t have before. The biggest hurdle for a debut indie author is finding a readership. And I’d already earned mine with The Splintered Series.

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And to sweeten the pot, now there was a category that fit my book’s “somewhere between adult and young adult” quality: New Adult (NA)—a genre in which many authors were already finding self-publishing success.

However, even while sharing some likenesses with NA, my book was still going to be different. Most  NAs are contemporary or urban fantasy. There aren’t many gothic historicals with paranormal elements. Also, NA has a reputation for more graphic love scenes, bordering on erotica. And my prose—having a literary quality—doesn’t quite meet that expectation. Sensual, yes. Erotic, no. But this time, since I was planning to indie-publish, those peculiarities could be a good thing, because it gives NA readers something different to read in a rather new and limited genre. So instead of needing to change what makes my stories hard to place, I could at last embrace it.

In the back of my mind, I’d always toyed with the idea of being a hybrid author one day . . . publishing both traditional and indie books each year to lessen the wait between titles for my readers, and this series would be the perfect springboard to my indie career.

I was free. No more trying to land a traditional home for my non-traditional, genre-crossing, niche story.

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In case you’re wondering, my agent was and is fully supportive of my decision. In fact, Jenny’s written an inspirational blog post about self-published authors here: Think of me as a conduit, not a gatekeeper.  Although I’m in charge of domestic publishing, Jenny is helping with foreign sales, audio sales, and film/TV rights, etc… So, my agent is still aiding in my career, even on the indie side.

If you’re an aspiring author, and you’ve had outside reads from legit readers (not just friends & family) who love the story, yet you’re being rejected consistently by agents or traditional publishers who seem hung up on “how to place the book”—all the while complimenting your writing—you don’t have to trunk that manuscript for life. Self-publishing is a viable option for those willing to put in the work. In an upcoming post on this tour, I’ll be sharing some online tools I’ve found very helpful during my own experience.

If you’re a reader who’s been looking for unique stories, but shies away from self-published books because you think it somehow reflects on the skill of the writer, I hope you’ll reconsider. Today you’ve been given a behind-the-scenes look at the obstacles some authors face while trying to put their hard-to-label well-written stories into your hands.  Check out the reviews of other readers; they can serve as the acquiring editor / gatekeeper in this instance … they’ll let you know if the book is well-written.

Traditional publishing will always have its place—for books that can be branded; but there are wonderful stories that get turned away for no other reason than editors don’t know where to shelf it; and now, thanks to indie publishing, those stories have a place, too.

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I hope you enjoyed learning about my journey to being a hybrid author. Now, onto the exciting portion of the tour: the prizes!

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At each guest post, I’ll be spotlighting one of the above prizes to give you a closer look. Today, the spotlight is on The Architect of Song paperback.

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Over the next two weeks, I’ll be giving away two signed paperback copies, (and also three e-book versions!). That’s five chances to win a book (INTL).

So be sure to enter the rafflecopter, and join us during the rest of the tour where there will be reveals, excerpts, and reviews to give you glimpses into the characters and settings of my NA gothic historical series!

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

7/25/2016- Dark Faerie Tales– Guest Post-Hybrid Author

7/25/2016- a GREAT read– Review

7/26/2016- Lisa Loves Literature– Review

7/26/2016- Bookfever– Review

7/27/2016- Fiktshun– Character Interview

7/27/2016- The Cover Contessa– Review

7/28/2016- The Reading Café– Review

7/28/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Review

7/29/2016- Please Feed the Bookworm– Review

7/29/2016- 21st Century Once Upon A Times– Review

 

Week Two:

8/1/2016- Once Upon a Twilight – Exclusive Excerpt

8/1/2016- Ramblings of a Daydreamer– Review

8/2/2016- My Friends Are Fiction– Guest Post- Fashion

8/2/2016- Sarcasm & Lemons– Review

8/3/2016- Cornerfolds– Review

8/3/2016- BookHounds YA– Review

8/4/2016- Bookiemoji– Exclusive Excerpt

8/4/2016- Owl Always Be Reading– Review

8/5/2016- Mundie Moms– Review

8/5/2016- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post- Playlist

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2 – signed The Architect of Song paperbacks

3 – The Architect of Song e-books

1 – heart locket necklace

1 – Architect of Song poster

1 – faux leather journal

1 – 5X7 musical print

3 – The Architect of Song swag packs

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The Architect of Song

Available August 15, 2016 by Golden Orb Press

About this Book:

A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

July 23rd, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour No Comments »

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nalini“New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…” I’m super excited to bring you today’s giveaway and the newest release from Nalini Singh! Rock Wedding is the last book in the Rock Kiss series and completely wraps up this wonderfully emotional series! Rock Wedding was released on July 19, 2016 from TKA Distribution. Check out my review after this post or by clicking here.

One lucky winner will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! A huge thank you to Nalini and TRSOR Promotions for this giveaway!

About Nalini:

Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her websiteSlave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

You can visit Nalini around the web here: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Want to read more from Nalini Singh?

Rock Addiction Rock Courtship (Rock Kiss, ...Rock Hard Rock Redemption Rock WeddingAngels' Flight (Guild Hunte...Angels' BloodArchangel's KissArchangel's ConsortArchangel's BladeArchangel's StormArchangel's LegionArchangel's ShadowsArchangel's Enigma (Guild H...Archangel's Heart (Guild Hu...Wild Invitation (Psy-Change...Slave to SensationVisions of HeatCaressed by IceMine to PossessHostage to PleasureBranded by FireBlaze of MemoryBonds of Justice (Psy-Chang...Play of Passion (Psy-Change...Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changelin...Tangle of Need (Psy-Changel...Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Cha...Shield of Winter (Psy-Chang...Shards of Hope (Psy-Changel...Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Ch...Wild Embrace (Psy-Changelin...

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Excerpt from ROCK WEDDING by

Nalini Singh

Plowing his gloved fists into the punching bag in front of him on the morning of the fourth day, Abe blocked out the other sounds in the gym and attempted to lose himself in the rhythm of the mindless action. It worked for about a minute before his mind filled with Sarah again. Her shy smile when he gave her a compliment. The way she’d sit curled up under his arm and read to him on lazy summer days.

Hard on the heels of that memory came one of him throwing her books in the pool in a drug-fueled rage. She’d been sobbing as she tried to save them.

“Fucking bastard,” Abe muttered, talking to his past self. He punched the bag so hard that it threatened to swing back right into his face. He didn’t care. He deserved to have his face beaten in.

Ripping off his gloves afterward, he showered, then went straight to a bookshop.

It was too little too late, but now that he’d remembered his asshole behavior, he couldn’t just leave it. Ball cap pulled low, he wandered the aisles… then realized most people here didn’t care who he was; they were more interested in the volumes that lined the shelves. He spent an hour inside the murmuring quiet of the store, searching for the titles he remembered seeing on their bedside table. She’d definitely read him Jane Austen.

He couldn’t remember which one though, so he bought the entire set.

And there was this one romance novel she loved and had read over and over again. He’d teased her it would fall apart in her hands one day. She’d just smiled and read him a paragraph that she’d told him was part of her favorite scene. What the hell had it been? Yes, that was it. In the end, it turned out the store didn’t have that book in stock, so he bought her a bunch of new releases featuring people with dogs or puppies on the covers. He definitely remembered seeing covers like that in their home

After spotting it in a display, he added in a nonfiction book about a woman who’d set up her own company while nearly flat broke and who was now a millionaire. At the counter, he paid extra to have the books wrapped up and packaged.

He’d called his car service earlier; the driver shot him a funny look when he put the package in the passenger seat and gave him Sarah’s address. “I’m a courier now?” the stocky middle-aged man asked, having worked long enough for Schoolboy Choir that he was a friend. They’d all missed his calm demeanor and total trustworthiness when he broke his leg recently and had been out for a while.

“Best in the business,” Abe responded.

The other man snorted. “I’ll get it to her now.”

Blowing out a breath after the gleaming black town car pulled away, Abe went to where he’d parked his SUV and got in. He didn’t want to go home to his empty house, but he didn’t want to barge in on his friends either. David and Thea, Noah and Kit, they needed time alone. As for Molly and Fox, while the newlyweds were back home after a short wedding trip, having postponed their honeymoon until later in the year, Abe wasn’t about to bust up their love nest.

Gabriel and Charlotte probably wouldn’t have minded the company since they’d been doing the sightseeing thing, but the other couple had flown back to New Zealand twenty-four hours earlier—after inviting all of them to their own wedding.

His phone buzzed right then.

Picking it up, he saw a message from Fox. Molly and I are at that Thai place with the noodles you like. We saved you a seat if you want to join us for lunch.

Damn, he loved his bandmates. On my way, he messaged back.

Starting the engine, he tried not to obsess over if Sarah would call him after receiving his long overdue gift. Hell, he’d be content with her throwing the books at his head. All he wanted was for her to talk to him, to let him show her he wasn’t that guy anymore, the one who’d destroyed them both.

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Excerpt #2 from ROCK WEDDING by

Nalini Singh

Sarah sat on the floor of her living room, books spread out all around her.

Having worked nonstop for days, she’d given herself the afternoon off. First, she’d gone to see her son. The anniversary had rolled around again, and though she hurt, this month wasn’t one of the bad ones. She’d talked to him, told him about her day, left him with a kiss.

Her plan for the rest of the day had been to get into her pj’s and curl up on the couch with Flossie to binge-watch a favorite television series. Then had come the buzz at the gate that made her heart thunder and her skin flush… and the delivery of a most unexpected package.

I hope you’re doing okay today. Say hi to Aaron for me. I’m sorry I threw your books in the pool. I was a dick. – Abe

Sarah stared at the note card again, still not certain she was reading it right. The first two lines, they turned her throat thick, but the rest… He’d been so high that day that she’d have bet her business he had no memory of the ugly incident. Sarah had never forgotten it: she could still feel the wrenching ache of the sobs that had overwhelmed her as she tried futilely to fish out books that had been well and truly drenched.

Abe, meanwhile, had moved on to throwing the pool furniture into the shimmering blue water.

Her fingers trembled as she picked up a leather-bound copy of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It matched the other Austen novels he’d sent her, the set a lovely reissue packaged for collectors. Beside the fancy collector’s editions lay cheerful paperbacks with laughing couples and/or dogs on the covers.

She stifled a wet laugh. He’d clearly chosen those at random, but it was cute that he’d remembered she liked romances with animals in them. Half the time when she’d read to him or talked to him about her favorites, she’d thought he was mostly asleep. It hadn’t mattered—she’d just liked being with him.

The most surprising book in the package was the one about the entrepreneur who’d gone from rags to riches on stubborn grit and sheer determination.

It gave her a funny, fluttery feeling in her tummy to realize Abe really did take her business endeavor seriously. It wasn’t mockery, not when he’d gone to the effort of choosing these other books with her likes specifically in mind. He’d thought she’d like the book because she was an entrepreneur too.

Her eyes burned.

Her hand went to her phone, but she hesitated, the memories of her awful loneliness while she’d been with Abe holding her in place. Curling her fingers into her palm, she picked up the television remote instead.

She had to keep her distance if she was to have any chance of protecting her battered heart. Because this Abe? The one who sent her flowers and books and who dropped by to make sure she was all right? He was more dangerous than the man who’d broken her to pieces.

© Copyright 2016 by Nalini Singh

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One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

rock wedding by nalini singh

Available July 19, 2016 from TKA Distribution

About this Book:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss  series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

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