Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop

20 Dec

A great way to end the year with yet another giveaway called Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop and hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Bookhounds. This hop runs from December 21st to 31st.

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My prize is a $10.00 Amazon gift card. The winner will be announced January 1st, 2015.
For your chance to win all you have to do is FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL by clicking on the button to the right called “Sign me up!” (atop all images) and leave your answer to the question: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY? I’ll go first and say, despite the fact that I don’t like snow and HATE being cold, Christmas is by far my fave holiday.
Good luck everyone!

VBT–Begin Again by Brittney Mulliner. Author Interview

17 Dec

I’m A Reader Not A Writer presents: Virtual Book Tour:

Begin Again by Brittney Mulliner

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BLURB: Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each want her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declare himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. How will she navigate her new life while she’s still haunted by her past?

I invited Brittney for an interview and she graciously agreed to it. 

Brittney, thank you for stopping by my blog. Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Brittney Mulliner.

Since I’m finishing my last semester of my undergrad I’m pretty busy. I have another ‘real’ job that takes up most of my time PLUS school PLUS getting my book out PLUS getting my second one written PLUS trying to have a life and say hi to my husband. It’s a crazy time right now, but I love it. I thrive off being busy, although my grades are the ones that suffer the consequences. My days usually go something like: gym, school, work, write, homework…sleep? Repeat.

I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog. When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

I love that your dog is your person. I’m a dog lover as well. I can’t handle many distractions (TV or other people) but I must have music. I have the Sara Bareilles Pandora station so customized to my taste that I can turn it on and zone out for hours writing and not realize it.

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

Sometimes I finish a scene or thought that flowed out so naturally then I stop and stare at the screen as it taunts me. The most intimidating thing is a blank page or a new chapter. I’ll sit staring at the screen or the wall for minutes (or more) trying to come up with something. It’s the worst!

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

It became public while I was on my way to work, so I bought breakfast for myself and my manager and we had a mini celebration including a lot of jumping up and down and squealing!

What hobbies do you have?

The only thing I really have (or make) time for is going to the gym. It doubles as my reading time since I bring my kindle to read while I do cardio. Hopefully once I graduate I can get back into crafts and sewing, but I’ll probably just write more.

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

My friends that have read it have told me they definitely see my sense of humor and sarcasm in Aubrey, my main character. I didn’t necessarily plan that but it’s hard to avoid putting part of yourself into the story. 

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Write for the love of writing. This process isn’t easy or for the faint of heart, so do it for yourself and the stories you have to tell.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?

I was told by one of my beta readers that basically everything about the book was wrong. The characters were unrealistic as was the plot, etc. For every bad critic there is a positive one. I’ve learned that I’m not going to please everyone and not every reader will love my stories, but there are people that love it and I’ll keep writing for them.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I was admittedly late on the ebook bandwagon because I refused to give up my paperbacks. My friend converted me last year and now I would never go back. My kindle doesn’t leave my side. No matter where I go I have it in my purse/backpack. It’s so convenient to have all my books with me and I love being able to bookmark and highlight things.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

I’m participating in NANOWRIMO this year and I’ll be writing the second book to the series. We’re going to find out more about Aubrey’s stalker and there will be more romance in this book. I’m planning for it to be out early next year. I have a notebook with 11 or 12 stories I have outlined and planned, so I’ll be working on those after the Begin Again series is done.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck on your writing journey!

To find more about Brittney please visit:

FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brittney-Mulliner/843484579016627

Website: http://www.brittneymulliner.com

Twitter: @Britt_mulliner

Pinterest: Brittney Mulliner

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Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 12/29/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Addicted. Taking a rain check on curing myself, thank you very much.

14 Dec

Existential questions have always been on my mind: why am I here? What’s the purpose of life, my life? What am I supposed to do?

Most of these questions remain so far unanswered while I grow … wiser one day at the time. But I do try to live my life in a way that it has purpose. I take each day as a brand new chance at something to create, something to leave behind so when I’m long gone people will remember me.

Several years ago, while on yet another quest to figure out who I was, I began writing. Doubting every word I wrote and myself a story took form. The more I wrote the more this fountain of creative juices rose inside me and before I knew what’s happening, I became addicted. My debut novel titled Hidden Heart was published in March of 2011. Since then three other novels spread their wings for the world to read them: A World Apart, Born In Vengeance and Born In Sin. Me Tarzan—You Jane is my latest novel out on December, 6th 2014. Several other stories are in process of being developed / edited / finished.

From an early age we learn that addictions are bad: drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling—you name it. I’ve long acknowledged that writing is my addiction. But I’ll be damn if I ever try to rid myself of it. No rehab, no treatment, no therapist or counselor would ever convince me this addiction is bad. You know why? Because unlike all other addictions writing nourishes my heart and soul. Writing gives me purpose, part of me as my very heart and, “until my moment comes / I’ll say… I, I did it all…”~ I lived by One Republic.

Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop

10 Dec

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Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Bookhounds
December 11th to 18th 

Featuring favorite book or books of 2014. For this particular hop I’m giving away 5 (that’s right, five) e-copies of the anthology titled SAY SOMETHING. Inspired by A Great Big World’s song “Say Something” this anthology contains 7 short stories, including my own titled Meant To Be. Contemporary to paranormal to historical, enjoy a wide variety of characters and settings, all with the same basic theme: say something. 

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What you have to do to win it: It’s simple: FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL by clicking on the button to the right called Sign me up!” (atop all images) and leave your answer to the question: What book your read in 2014 and you loved it? I start first and say that my fave book I read this year (aside from my own LOL) was The Companion by Susan Squires.

Good luck everyone!

Book Blast–Daisy McDare and the Deadly Legal Affair by K. M Morgan

8 Dec

Daisy McDare

Welcome to Cozy Creek, a quaint tourist town nestled along the Pacific Coast.

Daisy McDare is busy nursing a broken heart, trying to build up her interior decorator business, and baking cookies when murder strikes Cozy Creek.

At first she leaves the investigation to Chris Crumple, the local bumbling police detective. But when Crumple arrests the wrong suspect, Daisy takes the investigation into her own hands.

Cracking the case won’t be easy. She’ll need help from her pastry-baking best friend Samantha, her wise-cracking Granny Annie, and her trusty West Highland Terrier Shamus.

It’s up to Daisy McDare to find the murderer in Cozy Creek before they strike again.

 

Author K.M. Morgan
K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

Praise for the Book

“Quick and pleasant reading.”
Barbara J Tobey

“I can’t wait for the next one to come out!”
Connie Correll

Just Released: Me Tarzan–You Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba

6 Dec

Ladies and Gents, Boys and Girls,

Today I give you…. 

ME TARZAN–YOU JANE

New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Blurb:

Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.
When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.
Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.

Get your copy @ Amazon today. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity and novel.

Enjoy!

5= 5+1= more to come

3 Dec

I know, I know 5 = 5 + 1 = more to come looks wrong, but I guarantee there’s nothing wrong with my title, or my math. Continue reading and you’ll see why.

I can’t believe December is already here and before long we are gonna say goodbye 2014, hello 2015. 

Somehow this year seemed to be here one minute, (almost) gone the next. It’s my second time since starting writing when I have two releases in the same year, less than a week apart: Meant To Be, a short story part of the Say Something Anthology released on Dec. 1st along with six other tremendous authors, and Me Tarzan–You Jane, a full-length NA contemporary romance novel coming to you on Dec. 6th (only a few days away; available for pre-order now @ Amazon).

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 To say I’m super excited and proud of my accomplishments would be un understatement. Here I am, a Romanian immigrant turned American citizen following and living my dream–to write and leave something worth remembering behind me. Five years since I began on this writing adventure, five novels released + a short story, endless hours in front of the computer, typing until my fingers cramped, lost nights plotting the next story, the next scene, having full-on conversations with imaginary friends, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I don’t know what tomorrow brings or even if tomorrow will come for me. But if it does, I’m going to keep on doing what I love most: write.

Did you get my math?