Friday, December 30, 2011

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand Whirlwind Tour: Guest Post

Today I am happy to have Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted back with us. She has a very nice guest post to share. But first here is a little something about her:

Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.



The New Year is upon us. And if the Mayans were right, so is the apocalypse. Oh, man… Just when Earth was getting good.

Well if I’m going to go by flame, flood, meteoric collision, or zombie uprising, I think it’s best to be prepared. No, not with a flame retardant unitard or a well-equipped cross bow, but with mental resolution—with a calm acceptance of humanity’s plight.
Consider this a combo suicide note/ Dear John letter to the world. I might as well get a few final words in (just in case those Mayans knew what they were talking about). Pfffhew, here goes…

Dear World,
I wish I didn’t have to write this letter. We’ve been together some twenty-seven years, and that’s a long time. Sure, we’ve had our clashes. You’ve sent a fair share of inclement weather my way. Remember that thunder storm when the tree almost broke through the window of my apartment? I was so scared. That was totally not cool on your part. And tornados? I mean what’s that about. Control your temper!
But I know I’ve hurt you too. I’ve been frivolous with your resources and have sometimes even—gasp—littered. I bought a V6 when I could’ve bought a hybrid. In fact, I think my carbon footprint is a size 12 at least—and that’s a size you have to special order at the shoe store. Yeah, I’m not saying I’m perfect. We all do things we regret, but Earth, you know I love you, right? That’s why it’s so difficult saying what I have to say…
We can’t be together anymore. I’ve heard talk of a major problem. They say you’re going to die a horrific death, and since I count on you for protection, I’m gonna die too. I’d like to say we’ll be together in the next world, but do planets go to Heaven? I can’t say for certain, so I think I should say goodbye instead.
We’ve had a good run, you and I. And I never regret having loved you. How I wish I could save us both, but who am I to interfere with an ancient prophecy?
I’ll miss the way you spill light through my closed blinds in the early morning, gently telling me it’s time to start my day. And I’ll remember fondly the way the ground smells after a restorative rain shower—the way the pitter patter on my skin prickles like teensy weensy fingers giving me a massage, the way the earthworms come out of the ground and dance on the pavement. The songs of birds in the morning are my favorite; they always sound so happy. I wish I understood the lyrics to their upbeat symphony so that I could join in with them. 
And ice cream? I’ll give you credit for that, because the cows are yours, the vanilla bean is yours, the sugar is yours. The taste is magnificent! To never feel that icy sensation arouse my taste buds again is such a great shame.
I’m tearing up now just thinking about all our good times together. I hope you’ll remember me with the same fondness. No matter what    happens, I will ALWAYS love you.
Now it’s time to say goodbye. Go out with a smile,
 









Thank you so much Emlyn for stopping by and sharing that with us! I love the letter...very truthful.

If you haven't checked out Farsighted please do!!

Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he's blind. Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival--an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.


Sounds great right? This book is just yelling at me to read it! And I will be hopefully within this next week. But you should too! Right now you can get Farsighted  by Emlyn Chand for .99 cents at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. I am not the only one that thinks this books looks/sounds good check out the awards it has won:


*Overall Winner of the Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Best Young Adult Fiction, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Best Debut Author, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Winner of the Alternative Booker Award, 2011
*Winner of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, September 2011



Christmas Celebration with B.K. Walker ADULT DAY






Today we have one of Book Reader Addicts' really good friend Ms. B.K. Walker, author of Night Secrets and many more. She is here to tell us her New Years resolution and share with us A Night Secret's New Year. 


 

Bringing in the New Year


Can you believe how fast this year flew by? It seems like we were just worrying about whether the turn of the century was going to kill us all with the New Millennium, and we were all scurrying to the stores to stock up on water, bread, and lots of candles when we were doomed to be without power. Now here 2012 is knocking on our doors excitedly waiting to enter.

So with Christmas behind us, whew, we conjure up our Mimosas, gather with those we love, and watch the ball drop with glasses in hand. 5...4...3...2...1! Happy New Year! Slam that drink, kiss your lover, thank God for your children, and let's talk resolutions!

A vampires resolution? Try not to kill anyone by sucking them dry.
A werewolf resolution? Eat less meat *chuckling*
A witches resolution? Use magic only for good (no black magic)

Don't you just hate resolutions? Everyone is always promising themselves to lose weight, workout more, drink less, spend more time with family, make a million bucks! Does anyone ever really follow through with their resolutions? This year I'm making mine very simple.

My resolution? Write more.

Your resolution? I want to hear them.

Keara's resolution? Let's take a look at how her New Year may play out.

A Night Secret's New Year - *Adult Content*

I've been trying to stay away from Corbin as I try to work through my feelings on what we did. Irish Mistletoes are a magical thing, and after learning that my true desire was Corbin, our bodies melding together like they were made for each other, I'm now torn. Channing will be here any day now, and I have to face the fact that I cheated on him. Do I love him?

A knock on my door.

"Keara?"

Corbin was ready to talk, tired of me avoiding him. "Come in Corbin."

The door opened and Corbin walked through. The very sight of him took my breath away as the memory of our love making flooded my minds eye. I think the mistletoe was right. I do desire Corbin. I felt the heat rising in my body as my cheeks flushed. I stood up to face Corbin, my heart racing. My hands trembled as I slowly walked towards him. He stood staring at me, both of us unsure what I was doing. I kept moving towards him, my feet moving without me even thinking about it.

Standing in front of him, so close to him, a chill ran through me. He reached for my chin, lifting my face to look into his eyes. "Keara, I understand you may be confused, but please don't avoid me. It's killing me."

As my brain tried to fight against my labido, I thrust myself into Corbin, crushing his mouth with mine. Our tongues danced as he lifted me, carrying me to the bed. Clothes flying, some ripping, landing on the floor, Corbin hovered above me planting soft kisses down my neck. Right from wrong pushed against my need, as wetness pooled between my thighs. Running my hands across his bare chest, my womanhood throbbed with anticipation. Our breaths coming in pants already, I found Corbin hard and guided him between my legs. Slowly he slid his shaft into my wetness as I molded around him. Our bodies slapped together as we became drenched in sweat, finding our rhythm. Thrust, moan, thrust, moan. Lifting my legs over his shoulders, he pushed deeper and harder until we both fell over the edge, him planting his seed.

We both lay trying to catch our breaths. When I felt like I could talk, I turned to look at him. "We need to stop doing this."

"Keara, Channing will be fine."

"He won't be fine sharing me. I have to end it with him before he gets hurt."

"Just promise me that we will be together in the new year."

His fear of losing me bled through in his voice. Pressing my lips to his, "I promise."


Team Corbin or Team Channing? If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Night Secrets yet, here's your chance to win a copy for yourself. I would love to hear your resolutions for this year, and which team you're choosing too. Keara has some choices she needs to make this new year, I hope she chooses wisely.

Thank you Cynthia for having me today. I love creating these quick little shorts with these characters.

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe and happy!


Thank you so much B.K. for stopping by and sharing that! Let's see...my New Years resolution is to finish writing my book. And for me I am totally Team Corbin!
So what about you? What's your New Years resolution and what team are you on. Comment below for your chance to win a copy of Night Secrets. Giveaway ends on 6th!

Keara Crosby had the perfect life. Her family was not hurting for anything. When her parents are suddenly killed, Keara must learn to live without them. After mourning their death for two months, Keara starts to live again. She follows her favorite band, hangs with her best friend Jared, and falls for the new kid on the block.


When her favorite band is playing at Night Secrets, a new club downtown, she takes her first outing since her parents death and finds this mysterious boy watching her. Mesmerized by his lapus blue eyes, she can't help but feel drawn to him. Her body responds to him in ways she never thought possible, and she needs to figure out why. What is it about Channing that has her yearning for his touch?


Not only is Keara drawn to Channing, but the owner of Night Secrets seems to be drawn to her. Giving her special treatment, she can't help but wonder what he's hiding, and the sense she's seen him before. When she's attacked in the parking lot, her world turns inside out, literally. Keara will soon learn that secrets of the night, just may be the death of her.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand Whirl Wind Tour: Interview


Please welcome Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted here today. She is here with an interview for her Whirlwind Tour.


Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.


Q: What was it like writing from the viewpoint of a blind, teenage boy? Were there any parts of Alex’s personality/life you found hard to come up with?
A: You know, it wasn’t as hard to write blind as I initially thought it would be. It didn’t take long to begin “seeing” Alex’s world the way he does. I wrote the entire story without knowing what anyone or anything looked like (except for Alex himself). When it came time to shoot the book trailer, the directors were asking me questions about the scenes and which props they should bring, and I really, really didn’t know what to tell them!
As I got to know Alex better and better, it became easier to tune into his way of seeing things. I read books about coping with blindness in a school setting and spent a great deal of time pondering how I might behave if I couldn’t see. In the story, Alex has always been blind; he’s always known the world to be a certain way. Not everyone understands that, and they have trouble talking about it with him. I gave Alex a tendency to overcompensate. He knows who he is and what he’s capable of, and he wants the world to know it too, so sometimes he overdoes things a bit.

Q: Your cast of characters has international flavor? What’s behind that choice?
A: I don’t see why my characters all need to belong to the same culture or ethnicity. What fun is that? Culture shapes our characters in a big way, so by diversifying my cast, I was able to hit on more types of personalities and situations. Grandon is based on my hometown; it’s small and kind of boring. I couldn’t wait to escape and move on to bigger and better things. My home town was mostly Caucasian, but somehow I ended up with a very diverse set of friends even though they made up less than 1% of the student body. Fast forward a few years, and I end up marrying a man from India. He’s from New Delhi, like Simmi. I’ve always been fascinated by other cultures; I even decided to pursue my Master’s in Sociology for this very reason. I credit two early life influences for this attraction:  1) My adoration of A.C. Slater in Saved by the Bell, 2) Disney’s Aladdin being the best movie ever.

Q: What was the inspiration for Farsighted?
A: Everything started with a single image—my face in these tacky oversized sunglasses reflecting out at me from the car’s side mirror. I was daydreaming while my husband drove us across Michigan for my sister’s wedding. Something about my image really struck me in an almost horrific way. I felt the glasses made me look blind but found it so weird that there was still a clear image within them; it seemed so contradictory. At the time, my book club was reading The Odyssey, which features the blind Theban prophet, Tieresias. I started thinking about what it would be like to have non-visual visions of the future and began forming a modern Tieresias in my mind. Lo and behold, Alex Kosmitoras was born. I didn’t want him to be alone in his psychic subculture, so I found other characters with other powers to keep him company. Thank God for my poor fashion sense. :-)

Q: What would you like readers to take away from Farsighted? Is there a different message for adults than for teens?
A: First and foremost, I hope that readers will enjoy themselves. My primary goal is to tell an interesting story that people will find entertaining and be glad they read. Secondly, I’d like to infuse contemporary Young Adult fiction with a bit more diversity and teach readers about the beauty of other cultures and other ways of life. I also hope that Farsighted is a book that leads to introspection—what would I do if put in Alex’s place? Did Alex ever have a choice or was this path his destiny? What would it be like to see the world the way he sees the world?
I like to think of anything I write as being kind of like a Disney movie, in that the primary audience will be children, but there are extra tidbits for the adults too. Farsighted has been infused with a great deal of research about runes, classic mythology, and Eastern spirituality, but you don’t need to understand any of that to be entertained by the story.

Q. There have been articles written this year about YA being too dark for teens. What are your thoughts on this?
A: I definitely agree. I want to get back to the core of the YA genre, and I attempted to do that with Farsighted. I also think that paranormal has gotten a bit too out there. One thing I hear from readers quite a bit is that the paranormal seems normal in Farsighted. They don’t question the existence of the powers, and it doesn’t seem out there like some other books of the genre do. That was important to me. I wanted my story to be run by the characters, not the fantastic elements. This is a story about Alex, not about a blind psychic.

Q: What motivated you to structure the book around the runes?
A: Remember how I said my Master’s degree is in Sociology? It’s actually Quantitative Sociology. I’m a numbers person as well as a word person. I love things to be organized just so. If you set a stack of papers in front of me; I’m going to fuss with them until they are lined up in a perfect stack. It’s just the way I am. Shaping each chapter around a rune gave the story order, which made me feel happy and comfortable. Whenever I got stuck and didn’t know what should happen next, I was able to learn more about that chapter’s rune and get the inspiration I needed to continue. The runes themselves tell a story, one that is successfully completed. I felt that boded well for Farsighted.


Q:  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?
A:  I LOVE YA—I read it, write it, love it! My favorite author is JK Rowling. The more I read, the more I realize how brilliant she is as an author. If you remove the dialogue tags from Harry Potter, you still know which character is speaking, and Rowling managed to create an intricate beautiful world without allowing her character development to suffer, which is tremendously rare. I consider her literary God. Suzanne Collins, and JD Salinger are classic faves.
My all-time favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, definitely. The novel has so many layers and entertains on so many levels. Also the characters in that novel seem more real than those from any other I’ve ever read. It’s just beautiful—that’s the only word for it.

Q: If you had to be stuck on an island for a year with three literary characters, who would they be?
A: First up, we’d obviously take Robinson Crusoe. He knows what he’s doing, and he can be the provider. I’ll also take Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games—if we get in any kind of danger, she’d be a great protector. Lastly, I’d take Ron Weasley. Ron and I can live the good life, while the other two make sure we all stay safe and well-fed. I know I would never get bored with Ron around—he’s just 24/7 entertainment.

Q: You’ve taken a risk by going with an unconventional ending. Without spoiling the story for your readers, can you tell us why you made this choice? Are you glad you did this? Do you feel it’s been successful? Why or why not?
A: Yeah, I ended with a cliffhanger, which goes against traditional publishing wisdom. But you know what? I. AM. INDIE! Being indie means taking risks and breaking the mold and, boy, am I excited to do it. The ending is kind of polarizing, people either love it or wish there was more there. The joining thread is almost everyone mentions looking forward to the next book in the series. Farsighted demands a companion, and people see that. I think it was a good decision since this is the first in the series and since I enjoy toeing the line of convention. It’s fun to shake things up.





 Did you know that you have a chance to win $100 just by commenting on this post? Well, you do!!! Comment on this post and you will be put into a drawing to win $100!! Also, if you comment on the post that was up on the 26th and the one that will be up tomorrow you will have 2 more chances! Who couldn't use an extra $100? I know I can!

While you are at it, go to  http://www.novelpublicity.com/farsighted-whirlwind/  and vote for Book Reader Addicts. All you have to do is put in your email address, select Book Reader Addicts, and click vote. If you have multiple email addresses use them! Spread the word...get your friends, family, and book loving peeps to vote. The Blog with the most votes by Saturday morning wins! If Book Reader Addicts wins the prize will go straight to the page for a future giveaway. If you have multiple email addresses use them you will NOT get emails.


 Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he's blind. Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival--an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.


Sounds great right? This book is just yelling at me to read it! And I will be hopefully within this next week. But you should too! Right now you can get Farsighted  by Emlyn Chand for .99 cents at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. I am not the only one that thinks this books looks/sounds good check out the awards it has won:


*Overall Winner of the Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011


*Best Young Adult Fiction, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Best Debut Author, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Winner of the Alternative Booker Award, 2011
*Winner of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, September 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Celebration with Brea Essex


Today I would like to introduce you to Brea Essex, author of the brand new book Foreshadow. She is here to tell us her goals for the upcoming year. Take it away Brea!


New Year, New Series
            Well, Christmas is behind us and New Year's is fast approaching. I can't believe 2011 is almost over! It's been a whirlwind of a year for me—I moved, signed my first contract, and published my first book among other things.
            In honor of the new year, I'm going to be working on a new series. My current series, The Shadow Imperium, will be continued, but I will also be working on another called The Zayin Chronicles. Some of you may have already heard me talking about book one of The Zayin Chronicles, called Ouroboros. Here's the blurb for it:
Imagine waking up in the hospital to find someone in your room that only you could see.
When eighteen-year-old Rhiannon wakes from a coma after a rock-climbing accident, she finds a strange guy in her room.  He seems to be invisible to everyone—and he needs her help.
Zac is a Zayin, one of an elite fighting team.  The problem is:  he’s dead.  He needs Rhiannon’s help to find his body so he can stop the self-proclaimed Prince of Death—The Necrovorst. Can they stop The Necrovorst before he unleashes his demons and destroys the world?
            With a new series, comes new goals. 2012 is my year of a million words. That's right, I'm planning on writing 1,000,000 words of fiction next year. It breaks up to approximately 2,740 words per day, if I write every single day. Think I can do it? I have my calendar, I have my gold stars. I'm going to use them as a reward system, because I'm very visual/spatially oriented. It would drive me crazy to have a pattern messed up.
            So, those are my goals for next year: one million words, current series, new series. What about you? Any goals? Any resolutions? After all, new year's is the perfect time to make them...

 Thank you Brea for stopping by! My goal for the next year is to finish my 1st YA book. 
If you haven't check out Foreshadow please do. I will be reviewing it shortly. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Astrea Press for $2.99.

Imagine discovering that your boyfriend was out to kill you—and that the annoying boy from school was your guardian angel.

Rae Davenport has already lost her mother. The only thing keeping her sane is her new boyfriend, Andrei—that is, until she finds out that he wants to kill her. Andrei is a devil, and he wants to use Rae as a sacrifice to get back into Heaven. The only one who can save her is Logan, her guardian angel. He’s only annoyed her in the past, but now he will be her savior.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand Whirl Wind Tour: About the Book and Excerpt




Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he's blind. Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival--an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.


Sounds great right? This book is just yelling at me to read it! And I will be hopefully within this next week. But you should too! Right now you can get Farsighted  by Emlyn Chand for .99 cents at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. I am not the only one that thinks this books looks/sounds good check out the awards it has won:


*Overall Winner of the Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011

*Best Young Adult Fiction, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Best Debut Author, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Winner of the Alternative Booker Award, 2011
*Winner of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, September 2011
 Did you know that you have a chance to win $100 just by commenting on this post? Well, you do!!! Comment on this post and you will be put into a drawing to win $100!! Also, if you comment on the other 2 post that will be up later this week you will have 2 more chances! Who couldn't use an extra $100? I know I can!

While you are at it, go to  http://www.novelpublicity.com/farsighted-whirlwind/  and vote for Book Reader Addicts. All you have to do is put in your email address, select Book Reader Addicts, and click vote. If you have multiple email addresses use them! Spread the word...get your friends, family, and book loving peeps to vote. The Blog with the most votes by Saturday morning wins! If Book Reader Addicts wins the prize will go straight to the page for a future giveaway. If you have multiple email addresses use them you will NOT get emails.
Now here is a wonderful excerpt from Farsighted to get you even more excited about it:
“Did Dad tell you? A new tenant moved into the old pharmacy next door.”
“Really?” I ask, not letting on I already know. If I feign ignorance, Mom’ll divulge all the details. “What is it?”
“It’s a psychic shop,” Her voice crackles with excitement like a fire that’s just beginning to burn. “The All-Seeing Miss Teak. Isn’t that cute? Miss Teak, Mystic. Ha, I wonder if that’s her real name.”
I laugh. “That is funny. Never had a psychic in town before. What’s she like?”
“Oh, she’s very friendly. Why don’t you go over and say ‘hi.’  I’m sure she’d like to meet you.”
“Okay, I think I will.” I’m incredibly intrigued, because first off, it’s a psychic shop—how weird is that?—and second, its presence made Dad super uncomfortable—also very cool. I waste no time heading next door to check out the scene.
As I step cautiously into the new shop, a recording of soft, instrumental music greets me. I can make out chimes and a string instrument I don’t recognize but for some reason reminds me of snake charmers. The smell of incense fills my nostrils, which explains the burning I detected earlier.
“Hello?” I call out into the otherwise quiet room.
Nobody answers. I walk in deeper, sweeping my cane out in front of me in a metronome fashion. This place is new to me, so I need to be especially careful while moving around.
Thump! Despite my precautions, I stub my toe on something hard, big, and made of wood. Just my luck to stub the same toe twice in one day. I reach down to press my fingers into my throbbing foot to alleviate some of the pain. Something teeters before rolling off of the chest and across the floor; the sound it makes indicates a curved path. Suddenly, the object stops. Somebody’s stopped it.
“Hello?” I call again.
“Hello,” a deep, feminine voice responds, placing more emphasis on the first syllable than the second.
“I- I’m sorry I knocked that thing over. I didn’t mean to…” I hope she’s not angry. Probably not a good idea to get on a psychic’s bad side.
“That wasn’t just a thing, it’s a crystal ball,” she says as she walks over, sending my blood pulsing through my veins. I sense her looking at me for a moment before she places the ball back on top of the chest.
“Can it see the future?” I ask, allowing my curiosity to outweigh my uneasiness.
“No.” After a pause lasting several beats, she continues. “But I can see the future sometimes when I look into it.”
“Oh, okay.” I tighten my hand around my cane and turn to leave. It may not be the most polite thing to do, but all of this hocus-pocus stuff is freaking me out more than I would’ve guessed.
The psychic lady speaks again, stopping me cold. “Don’t run away, Alex Kosmitoras.” She must’ve spoken to Mom earlier today. That must be how she knows my name.
“I’m not running away,” I say meekly. “I’m just going back over to Sweet Blossoms.”
“Don’t run away,” she repeats—this time she speaks louder and with more energy. “Don’t run away from your abilities. They are gifts.”
“What?” I ask in confusion. What abilities is she talking about?
“You already know. Watch. Listen. Be open to your gifts.”
I turn to face Miss Teak, but find she’s already gone, returning to wherever she was before I got there.
Is it safe to leave? I trail my fingers across the wooden box I ran into earlier; a thick coat of dust clings to the tips as I pull away. If this shop just opened, why is it already so dirty? I wipe my hands over my shirt to get the gritty substance off. Shivers rock my whole body. Something about this place is wrong, and I’m not sticking around to figure out what. Tapping my cane along the floor, I’m able to find the exit without knocking into anything else.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Celebration with A.M. Sawyer


Merry Christmas everyone!!!!! So, I am a huge poem fanatic and I have TONS of poetry that I have personally written so I really excited to introduce you to today's guest, A.M. Sawyer! A.M. Sawyer will be sharing some poetry with us today. Enjoy!


Life is a poem, whether tragic or blissful, and we must play our parts in this rhythmic ballot for better or worse.  Merry Christmas, and welcome to my world, where you’ll find poems expressing the joys, and even the realities of this holiday season.  You’ll get to know me a bit, as an Author and a poet, and there are even some goodies for a few of you to enjoy.  So, without further ado, let us begin.

Merry Christmas
Frost on the windows,
A chill in the air,
The snow is falling,
And the trees are bare.
Yet warmth is rising,
Covering the snow,
The warmth of Christmas,
And its heavenly glow.
Across the land,
People laugh and sing,
About all the love,
Christmas can bring.
With joy in their hearts,
And faith to believe,
Families are together,
The greatest gift to receive.
So on Christmas day,
And every day after,
Remember the love,
The joy, and the laughter.
May the ones we love,
Always be held dear,
So let’s raise a toast,
Christmas is here!

These days, many people say that it’s wrong to wish people a Merry Christmas, suggesting that we just say Happy Holidays to prevent offending anyone.  Well, I have many friends that don’t believe in Christmas, and every single one of them has told me that they like it when I wish them a Merry Christmas.  Of course, not everyone would take it kindly, but why should we change our beliefs just for a few that take offense?  You can’t make everyone happy, so why should we be miserable too, by changing our beliefs?  That works both ways though, meaning that if someone wishes you a Happy Chanukah, you can’t say no.  As with me and my friends, they wish me a Happy Chanukah, or Happy Kwanzaa, and I just smile and say “Thank you”.  Below is a poem I’ve written exclusive to this blog, so read on and enjoy.
 
I Say Merry Christmas
During this wonderful season,
We shouldn’t need a reason,
To spread this incredible joy,
To every girl and boy.
I know that some don’t share,
With the beliefs that I care,
That doesn’t mean I hate,
When I openly celebrate.
Whether Hindu or a Jew,
They can celebrate too,
And share what they believe,
With all the joy they receive.
When I say Happy Holidays,
Faith falls into a haze,
And since we’re all free,
Why can’t we let it be?
Go out and spread the word,
Share the faiths that you’ve heard,
This world won’t become muss,
Because I say Merry Christmas.

You know, with all the hustle and bustle that the modern Christmas season brings, something seems to have been lost.  I’m not talking about giving, because most of us are still blessed with this in our lives, but we’ve lost some of the laughter.  Yes, there are funny songs, but you hardly hear them on the radio.  Yes, it’s still in our hearts, but we’re so rushed these days, it doesn’t get shared nearly enough.  On that note, my third poem to share with you is a bit on the lighter side of things.

Yellow Snow
With all the beauty the winter can give,
And all the warmth this season can show,
An important warning to which you must live,
No matter what avoid eating yellow snow.
A silly warning this must seem to be,
For a different color surely means no harm,
But there are horrors that you cannot see,
And the taste is enough to cause alarm.
The difference is noticeable even in the dark,
When touched a disgusting warmth you will know,
For its clear that someone else has left their mark,
In the case of eating yellow snow!

As an Author from the great state of Michigan, I wrote my first poem at age 12.  Producing a nice sized collection over the years, I finally decided to try and enter the world of writers.  In 2005, I was able to get a poem published in a coffeehouse collection entitled “Twilight Musings”.  Riding that small success, I put together 82 poems and created my first book of poetry.  I was blessed to have that published in October of 2006.  Since then, I have written several novels of my own, and have even done a couple paid projects for others.  My very first Novel, entitled “Lord of the Mullets” is due to be released as an E-book in early 2012.

“The Disaster that is Emotion”  

 

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Now for the fun part:
A drawing for some cool stuff.

1 person will receive an Autographed copy of my poetry book, and framed copies of every poem in this blog.
1 person will receive framed copies of every poem in this blog.
3 people will receive 1 framed poem (Merry Christmas)

I am so jealous to anyone who wins this! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends the 30th.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Celebration with Cynthia Garcia


Today's special guest is...ME!!!! Taa Daa! I will be talking to you about why I like reading and what were some of my favorite books that I read in 2011. So, get ready cause here we go!

Why do I read? People get asked this all the time and I always like to see their answers. But for me, I don't read to escape or because I am looking for something better than my reality. I read because it lets me travel...it lets me have an adventure that I would never be able to do or have. One day I could be in India trying to break an ancient curse, the next I could be traveling different dimensions trying to save a city, or I could be in the future trying to protect me and my family from the tragic changes that has happened around us. With each new book I never know what part of the world I will be and what I may encounter and that's what makes me excited about reading.

Reading has also allowed my family and I to become closer. When I read the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins I constantly talked about it to them. Telling them how lucky we all are compared to what the characters in the book are going through. I offered my husband, who doesn't read at all, to read him him a couple chapters a night before bed. One night when we were half way through the 1st book I was too tired to read more than one chapter. When I closed the book he grabbed it and ended up reading the whole series in a week. Eventually my son and step son decided to read it. My step son is currently on the 3rd book and my son is almost done with the 1st one. Now we all have something in common to talk about.



Some of my favorite reads from 2011 are:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Tigers series by Colleen Houck

Embody and Image by Jamie Magee

The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (adult)

The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole (adult)

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Powertools series by Jayne Rylon (adult)

The Fitzgerald Family series by E.B. Walters (adult)

Those are just a few. We would be here all day if I listed all of them. But those are my TOP tops.

Now for a giveaway for all of you that have lasted through my ramblings lol. I am offering 1 person a book of their choice up to $10 from the Book Depository for Christmas. **Warning** It will not be ordered until the beginning of January. To enter just fill out the Rafflecopter below. I may ask you to like my authors page or the pages of the books I listed just to show some love :)

I hope everyone has a safe, warm, and happy Christmas!



Thursday, December 22, 2011

Blog Tour with Andy Holloman, Author of Shades of Gray





We are the next stop for Andy Holloman's blog tour for his book Shades of Gray. Today he is here to talk to us about why he enjoys the creative process.




"Why I Enjoy the Creative Process."

The most enjoyable part of writing a novel, for me, is the beginning. This is the part that I call "laying down the tracks". During this part of creating a story, I'm jotting down plot points, dilemmas, deaths, murders, and the general mayhem that I want to occur.  Once I have laid down my "tracks", then I proceed to fill in the gaps that connect the
pieces of the track together.

In the midst of this process, the story percolates in my brain at a rapid pace. Action scenes, dialogue, and exposition invade my thoughts and beg to be written down.  I remember very vividly jogging in one of my favorite parks and suddenly arriving at a most wonderful solution for one of my character's "difficulties". Having these creative moments, for me, are truly thrilling and satisfying.
 
On another occasion (also during a run!), I found myself puzzling over a particularly difficult piece of my story where I needed to "connect" pieces of the track in a way that made sense AND did not foreshadow too much the events that were to transpire later in the book.  This eureka moment forced me to cut my workout short and jog to my car to jot down notes on my idea in a story notebook that I always keep handy.  I love filling up this notebook.
 
I'm certain that the main reason artists the world over love to "create" is for the same thrill that I experience when I'm solving these plot problems. I would venture to say, for me, that there is a creative "high" that occurs when I discover an intelligent and unique part of a story. 
 
So I say to all my fellow artists, relish the creative process.  Heaven knows the other parts of the process can be a real drag (sometimes) !!!
 
 
Thank Andy for sharing that with us! As long as you keep working out or jogging I think you will always have something to write LOL!
I suggest everyone to check out Andy's book, Shade of Gray at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Also, you can find him on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.



How far would you go to save your child's life?  Could you break the law?                                 
 
What if your  business was suddenly in danger of going under because of 9/11 ?        
    
A single father decides to partner up with woman from the opposite side of the tracks.                                                                                                                                                                             Can their partnership deliver the cash they BOTH desperately need?                                                                                                                                           
Could they fall in love?                                                                       
 And will they survive to see the Summer of 2002?    





Christmas Celebration with Tonya Kinzer ADULT DAY

ADULT DAY!!!
(18+)

I am really excited about today! Today we have Tonya Kinzer, author of the smoking hot series The Boss's Pet. Let me tell you....This is one series that I wish I could be written into!! I want to share her little warning after each description of the books then we can get on with the interview:
WARNING:  Reading this book may cause multiple orgasms. Please keep both hands on your e-reader at all times!
LOVE IT!!!!


 
1. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book(s) and what genre(s) it/they fall(s) into?

I write erotic romance for adults and would be happy to answer any questions about them from the adult readers in the group. Nick introduces Sondra to a lifestyle she’s never been a part of and finds she is intrigued with the mental aspects of the lifestyle as well as the physical. Light bondage does play a strong part of all the books in the series…not meant for the average reader.

2. What would you say has been your greatest triumph as an author?

The greatest triumph would be finally seeing my books available for sale and actually being purchased by the public! I choose to self-publish my books. I’ve not submitted to an editor or publisher so I’m not self publishing because I got rejected by them. I’m a bit of a control freak - yes, hubby would vouch for me on that - and I like to do my own covers the way I want and design them the way I want. Being in charge of when my books will be released is another good point of why I do this myself. I’ve missed my personal deadlines a few times only because I also have a day job - we own our own business - and that takes priority over my writing at this point.

3. If you were stuck on a desert island with one of your characters, who would you want it to be, and why?

That would have to be The Boss in my books…but I have my own Boss so can I take them both?? *wink* I’ll behave here!

4. Just for fun, where is the most exotic or strange place you've ever traveled to?

We’ve been to Palm Springs CA a few times, not that it’s an exotic city, but when you’ve heard how wonderful it is and how many movie stars have and do live there, it was nice to visit our friends who live there now and be able to say we’ve been there. It’s a beautiful valley and Palm Springs is only one city among many. There are street fairs downtown, flea markets and great restaurants and shopping centers!

5. How long have you been writing? Have you always known that you wanted to write?

I’ve been writing for many years and also write under another name in another area of romance novels. I keep both names separate so not to get my readers confused…or my kids! I began writing when I found so many of the romance novels weren’t written as well as I’d have liked them to be and thought to try my hand at it. Whether they’re better than what’s out there, I can’t say, but I’m gaining a readership and they like what I write.

6. What is your favorite movie of all time, and why?

Being a romantic and a lover of anything set in England, Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood will always be on my shelf. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it. I love the castles, the gowns, the accent - Englishmen could sweep me off my feet!

7. Speaking of movies, if a big-shot Hollywood producer offered to turn your latest book into a motion picture, who would you want to play the lead roles?

That’s a tough question…I’ve not thought about it but hhmmm…the female role could be Sondra Bullock and The Boss could be Pierce Brosnan, perhaps…there are several who would fit the bill, I’m sure.

8. Do you have any strange habits or rituals when you write?

Some authors can write at Starbucks or a coffee shop but I prefer to write in my office at home or take my laptop out on my covered deck in the shade with the smell of lavender in the air from my gardens. When I’m surrounded by quiet, my imagination takes off and my fingers fly over the keyboard!

9. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love working in my yard, trimming the bushes and trees, pulling weeds and planting more flowers. The peaceful sound of chirping birds calms my mind; there are 15 bird houses in our yard so they wake us up early! I love hearing them; what a way to wake up, to the sound of happy birds in the back yard. If I get stuck writing, I head outside and as I work, my characters come back to me with new scenes and things to write about. Sometimes new characters show up wanting their own book written about them. That’s when it’s fun to write. Many times my characters have changed the story on me, too. I will be writing what I want and they tap my shoulder and tell me different!

10. Last, but not least, SELL IT! Tell us why we should read your book(s). (The heat is on, buah ha ha!)

Writing in the erotic genre is getting more fun as the story lines can go in any direction. Some are hot, spicy love stories between a man and woman, while yet other stories get downright steamy and the pages could burn your fingers. I hope my stories will pull you in to be a silent character alongside mine as they make their way through one adventure after another. My characters get to extend their adventures into several books in the series. If reading about soft bondage isn’t your reading pleasure, then you won’t like my books…just a light warning for those new to erotica.

I’ve included a few tips for those who are writing now and wanting to sell - In order to sell your books, you have to make sure your website has the proper content to pull in the visitor, then make them want to stay on your site and roam around. If the pages are too busy, the visitor gets annoyed and closes the page. Besides your main website, you have to be willing to be a part of the social networking that’s out there. Today, that is a must. Get your Twitter account going and post so others can see your name, but more than that, your posts must be something others want to be a part of - again, pull them in with your words and make them want to visit your websites. Facebook is another must. Many don’t like to ‘waste their time’ but that is where the readers learn about who the author is because so much is posted out there. I try to be careful and not put my entire life on my sites. Post articles of interest on your blogs; make them something readers want. I do many author interviews such as this on my blog and more readers are visiting my pages.

Building your platform as an author is what will pull the readers in and want to know more about you. Even those with a publisher behind them have to do a lot of their own marketing to get their name out there. It’s a never-ending task of being seen on the internet and in print. Write more books, do more interviews, be available for chats. Your readers want to know you so give it to them. If you’re good at writing helpful articles, get them posted where several can get to them. I’m on many, many websites and yes, it takes a lot of time, but I love the marketing aspect of the business.

I’ve gone off on a tangent here, sorry. I have a few links on my site for authors who need to know a bit more to get started in the business so feel free to roam around there. Take an hour a day and get your name out there…it’ll take time, but it WILL happen.

Thank you for having me here today, Cynthia! I think I chatted past some of the topics but I love the biz and my excitement takes off. I love helping other authors and I love talking with readers. Please visit my sites, comment on my blog and follow me on the net.

Thank you Tonya for stopping by and for writing the steamy books! Tonya is also giving away a mouse pad to one person for Christmas. Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. Giveaway ends in the 28th.
If you haven't checked her books please do so. BUT remember these are ADULT books...so that means 18+

 Before the end of 'The Contract'  ..Sondra will make her decision. Does she trust Nick enough to proceed with such a huge step in their relationship for as new as it is? They are getting closer outside the office and get along well. Both of them are workaholics so the time constraints can be tough to squeeze in a getaway here and there. Nick is enjoying the fact that he can sway her toward his lifestyle but can she handle all that may entail?



Sondra agrees to humor her Boss and takes their lifestyle into the office but they are the only two aware of it. She told Him she would agree to their deal if no one else would ever find out. He torments her the entire day with sexual comments, inspections at His whim as He sees fit and undressing her with His eyes every time she passes Him in the office.
     Before the day is over, she gets herself in trouble then has to deal with His disappointment and punishment once they get home. Is she prepared for what He has in store for her? 

  Join Nick and Sondra as they move on to more of Sondra's training and introduction into the other 'lifestyle'. Nick furthers her training by proving to her that she can train her body to accept what once was unacceptable and introduces her to friends who can share so much more with her.
     Will Sondra get past some of the 'normal' things that are acceptable in this lifestyle that would never be acceptable in the vanilla world she came from? Sondra will soon realize Nick has created a need in her....that she can no longer control!

 I don't have a release date yet that I can share with you but know that I am working on it. Please visit often and check here or my News page for more information. Thank you so much for your continued support and for sharing my links with your friends!

      In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my new cover as much as I do! Thank you so much to Jimmy Thomas - this cover has his personal approval! Muah!