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The Beginning of Us Tour: Interview with Sarah Brooks and Goals

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I am excited to be a part of the Virtual Book Tour for The Beginning of Us. After reading and reviewing this lovely book I was contacted and offered a spot on the tour and a chance to interview the author. This wonderful opportunity has yielded a great interview that will give you an inside look at both this amazing book and the talented author behind it. Thank you Riptide Publishing and Netgalley for providing both the interview and a way for readers/reviewers like me to the opportunity read a variety of talented authors.

Sarah Brook's Interview

Hello!  This is Sarah Brooks, author of The Beginning of Us.  Thank you for joining me on my blog tour this week! Every comment you make on this blog tour enters you in a DRAWING for a $25 Amazon gift card!  Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on February 2nd, and the winner will be announced on February 3rd.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. 
1. How do you feel about the (type of) LGBT literature/books that are circulating t…

Book Review: Unpretty by Kevin Richey, Grimm and Express Yourself Meme: Self-Improvement

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Title: Unpretty, An Unloved Ones Prequel by Kevin Richey
Genre: Horror, YA
Source: Amazon
Purchase: Amazon


Summary on Goodreads: What if you could become thin overnight?
Katherine Blythe is an overweight teenager who, on her sixteenth birthday, wishes to be thin, only to find her wish coming true with alarming side effects. As she loses over half her weight in the span of a week, she finds the world is a different place when you look the way you’re told you should.

But is her wish responsible for all this? Or is there something else going on—something distinctly supernatural?

Review: Katherine starts as an unhappy overweight teen weighing almost 300 pounds. Her friend Sarah is excited to go out to the beach along with other teens from their year but Katherine dreads it. After a tearful breakdown Sarah takes her home from the mall and gives her a cupcake to wish her happy birthday. Katherine blows out the candle and wishes to be thin. This is when the real drama starts.
The world is diff…

Getting Personal: January 2014 and Celebrate Today

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Photo Credit: erdenebayar

January has been a great month so far. A recent event with a family member dampened it a bit but I'm still determined to look forward. A whole bunch of things have made this month great including my upcoming book release and Deadly Luxury's Cover Reveal next month. I have also won multiple Amazon Giftcards and have bought multiple e-books for my kindle which include both indie and traditional bloggers/writers we know. Including Switched, Witch Fall and Don't Get Mad...Get Even: Vol. 2. I'm so happy when I can purchase a book by a fellow blogger and help support their work.

I am also looking forward to getting the covers for my other novellas done and with a current ghost writing gig online I just might be able to splurge on a cover in March/April. So excited about that since I haunt those websites anyway. Anyone know Phat Puppy Art and Lady Symphonia? All my past covers were under $50 and while they're very good, I want to go wild on at l…

Express Yourself Meme: Chores you hate and love

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Name a chore you dislike and one you love to do?

Chores I hate:

Dusting

Ironing

Sweeping

Late Night Cooking 

Chore I love:

Stacking Books, Re-arranging bookshelf

Cooking quick meals

So there you have it folks. And yes I love books, food and have a dust allergy. You know me so well. See you tomorrow for my first Getting Personal post for 2014.

Deadly Luxury Sign-Up Reminder and Last Week

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Please Note: My next post will actually be on Wednesday not Tuesday. I corrected that error in this post.

First off I'd like to remind you about about my cover reveal coming February 17. Thank you to all who have signed up so far and I can't wait to put out the second novella cover for The Sacrifice Series on display.



Last Week

You might have noticed last week that my presence on my blog was rather spotty. I had planned to blog at least four times last week but then circumstances got in the way. I felt so bad about my lack of blogging that I decided not to post again until I could get my online act together. It never feels good for me when I post but don't comment on other blogs. I am sorry about being so absent even though I know most of you already forgive me. Thank you for all your support and I'll be ready to post again on Wednesday.


Photo Credit: Acrylic Artist

Book Review: The Beginning of Us and Cover Reveal: Road to Somewhere

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The Beginning of Us

Genre: Romance, LGBT,

Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Riptide ebooks

Publisher: Riptide Publishing



Summary: Eliza, where are you? I'm listening, watching, waiting for you. I need you. How dare you run away? Where’s the courage, the fearlessness I fell in love with?
I don’t know what else to do but write. It’s dark in my dorm room, and the wind rattles the panes of my window, and I’m supposed to be driving to my parents’ right now for winter break, but I can’t feel my arms or my legs, and my chest aches because I don’t know where you’ve gone. Or why.  I know I shouldn't have fallen in love with my professor. But you inspired me when you stood in front of the class, telling us to find our authentic selves. And I did—with you. How could I know that you would be so afraid of this, of us? That you'd be so terrified of . . . yourself? Wherever you are, Eliza, hear me—and come back to me.  Love (yes, I'll write that word, Professor), Your Tara
Review: It's…

Chasing Anya Cover Reveal and Express Yourself 2014

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Today I'm sharing the cover for Chasing Anya by J.L. Campbell. I'm a day later than the official reveal but it is never too late to help a friend and fellow author/blogger.


Summary: Been there. Done that.

Feisty and independent, Anya Davies lives by her own rules. The one thing she's hell-bent on avoiding is a conventional relationship, thanks to her abusive ex who refuses to stay in the past. As far as she's concerned, romance is a no-no. 

The second complication in her life is a secret that condemns her to constant guilt and a solitary life. A series of near misses and escalating threats are a third and worrying factor. Only a special man would understand or live with Anya's challenges and demands.

Casual sex...so not having that.

Enter Christophe Mondesir. Two years ago, Anya dumped him without explanation. An accidental meeting shoots Anya back on Christophe's radar. He refuses to be denied and plans to breach the fortress Anya has built around her heart--if sh…

Deadly Luxury Cover Reveal Sign Up and Bad Blood Cover Reveal

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While I think the mock cover above is beautiful it's time to reveal the date for Deadly Luxury Cover Reveal. That date will be Monday February 17, 2014. Below is a link for all those interested in signing up. Thank you to everyone who has been behind me on my writing journey and I can't wait to show you another beautiful cover. Please let me know if the linky gives any issues. Also there'll be no Saturday book review so see you on Tuesday.




Bad Blood Cover Reveal

In December I showed you the cover for her novel Stakeout, now Nikki has another beautiful cover to share. Enjoy the deliciousness for the eyes.


BOOK & AUTHOR INFO: Bad Blood by Nikki Jefford 
(Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #3) 
Publication date: May 2014 
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Description
Aurora Returns Spring 2014!

BAD IS THE NEW GOOD

Aurora returns from boot camp to a new assignment, an unwelcome roommate, and the increasingly amorous attentions of a certain vampire hunter.

College is starting, and…

IWSG: To 2014 and the Worrywart

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A new year and another IWSG post. In keeping with posting no resolutions I'll just chat a bit about what I have concerns about. This meme is hosted by the wonderful Alex Cavanaugh by the way.

1. That my public writing life and pseudonym will clash. I have to designate writing time and both are demanding.

2. My plans to enter JCDC writing contest this year has to be put aside. At least when it comes to entering a novel. I decided that just this moment. I have too much on my plate and I already have Snow planned for next year and the novel I had wanted to finish in time for JCDC is going to be a serial unlike Snow which is one book. Both are set in Jamaica and star a female character. Though in Snow, she is both the protagonist and antagonist.

3. That when I get an agent I'm wondering if they'll be willing to represent both my YA/MG interests when the latter has just one book. Maybe ever. But at the same time these are 2015 concerns as I'll be focusing on self-publishin…

Writing News: Sacrifice HER Cover Choice

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Hi everyone! Last week was another iffy internet situation leaving me unable to leave much comments which is why I decided to hold off any new post til the Weekend/Monday. Last year I posted Book News: The Sacrifice Series  and discussed changes I was getting done for the Sacrifice HER cover and about Deadly Luxury's upcoming cover reveal. While the sign up will be coming this week for those wanting to take part in February, I've decided to not add Sacrifice HER's new cover to it. I'll show you right now.

 I have a choice between two covers and can officially only use one. I'd like your thoughts on which looks better. I miss the red smoke but would have to pay extra to get the duplicate replacement I had wanted and I'm on a tight writer's budget. Langao has done an excellent job working with me to improve an already wonderful cover and I'm so glad she slugged through my designer inexperience including learning to find images without dark backgrounds for…

Book Review: The Cruel Path

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The Cruel Path
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon


Summary from Netgalley:

Dystopian Novella in a High Fantasy Setting


In a society without love, three brothers develop an unbreakable bond; in a land without mercy, only a handful of boys like them are allowed to reach adulthood. The three brothers take on the pitiless test of the Green Path, knowing that even if they win, one of them must die. But which? Having to make that terrible decision proves crueler than anything else the Green Path can throw at them. 
Review: Prequel to The Narrow Path series, three brothers bonded by loyalty and love have to face the one thing that can tear then a part, The Cruel Path. This competition uses different methods to whittle down the Ascor males to a select few who'll get to hide underground in shelters which protect them from the scorching sun for the few days when living above ground becomes impossible every year. With limited space it is impossible for there to eve…

Happy New Year! 2014

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Photo Credit: Efi
It's 2014! Another year to accomplish new goals, help others and live a life more fulfilled. Happy New Year everyone.