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Christmas In July–Blog Hop

21 Jul


Merry Christmas Everyone! I know, I know it’s only July but who doesn’t like another Christmas middle of the year? Here we are for another exciting blog hop organized by Kathy at I’m A Reader Not a Writer and Laurie Here. This hop lasts between 07/22 and 07/31 with my winner announcement on 08/01.

Hop Rule:

Feature a Christmas Book or allow the winner to choose a Christmas book or provide them a gift card to a book store to purchase a Christmas book.

Easy rule, right?

Well, I’m gonna go the extra mile and offer not a book, not a gift card but a  . . .  DVD. I recently watched New Years’ Eve and absolutely loved the movie. If you haven’t watched it I encourage you to do so, you won’t regret it. Besides, Josh Duhamel and Zac Efron plays in it, along with a bunch of Hollywood’s fave actors and actresses.


For your chance to win this DVD ( giveaway US only) 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 fave Christmas movie? I go first and say it’s a tie between New Year’s Eve and The Holiday.

Good luck everyone!

Don’t miss out!

30 May

Celebrating 5 years of writing romance with yet another giveaway.

10 autographed copies + bookmarks.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A World Apart by Camelia Miron Skiba

A World Apart

by Camelia Miron Skiba

Giveaway ends June 24, 2014.

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at Goodreads.

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Goodreads Giveaway

28 May

Don’t miss out on this amazing giveaway for 10 signed copies + bookmarks!


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Hidden Heart by Camelia Miron Skiba

Hidden Heart

by Camelia Miron Skiba

Giveaway ends June 24, 2014.

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Fields of Elysium – Molly’s Diary Reveal Blog Tour

2 May
Day 4: Camilla
Camilla Baker attends Beverly Hills High. She’s an exotic, popular and over-confident pack leader in Molly’s class. She has her eyes set on the future and she doesn’t back down from anything to achieve her goals. She has more secrets than a teen girl’s diary and she can be very mean sometimes, but without her, Molly would be just an outsider.
Fields of Elysium
A YA romantic fantasy 

By the time school ended, I wasn’t ready for detention, but there was nothing I could do about it. After entering Mrs. Evans’ classroom, I took my place on a chair, the closest one to the door. Camilla arrived shortly after me and slammed her books down on the first desk in the middle row.
“This is lame!” she murmured, making a point of letting the legs of her chair scrape loudly on the flooring.
“Well, you know Mrs. Evans. She can’t stand when we talk.”
“You know what? I’m tired of not being able to talk when I want but being forced to talk when I don’t feel like it. This is bullshit.”
“A couple more years and you are out and can do whatever you want.”
“Oh, please. I never get to do whatever I want.”
“What’re you talking about? I’m sure you’re pretty much in control of your own life.”
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
“I’m just saying what I see. You’re confident and have style.”
 “Style, huh?” she scoffed, but not in a mean way. “Do you have any idea how many hours I spend in a day to look like this?” She motioned to her body.
“I don’t know. A lot, I guess.”
She scoffed again, shaking her head from side to side. “You have no idea how much I envy you.”
“Me? What do I have that you could possible envy?”
“For starters, you’re the new kid here. You don’t have any pressure on you to wear designer clothes or maintain your position in the school’s social circle. I do, because that’s how people got used to seeing me here. Can you imagine how much I wish I could dress down sometimes? Just throw on sweatpants and an oversized shirt and don’t use any makeup.”
“I thought you loved all this being the center of attention, and the lavish outfits.”
“No my mother is the one who loves being the center of attention. I just don’t have a choice.  She’s very controlling. You know what she said after we took a family picture?”
I shrugged, deliberating whether this was a rhetorical question or not.
“She didn’t say how good it felt for her to see us together or how proud she was of me. Oh, no. She told me that I needed to do a teeth whitening again because my teeth were getting yellow. Can you believe that? I don’t even remember the last time she gave me a hug. She pulls a little theater in front of other people and leans in for a fake hug, but she never embraced me, not even when I was a child. She was afraid that her tits would pop. …
“You’re the lucky one. Your parents are much nicer and they look like parents. My mother looks younger than I do from all of her plastic surgeries. Botox and what not. I can put on the best dress I have but she always has to one-up-me, so she can pocket the congratulations on how fantastic she looks for her age.
“We can’t even go to the beach because she hates the ocean, the sun, the sand, everything. How can anybody hate the beach? I don’t get that…. She has very white skin and she doesn’t want to go, that’s okay, but I’m not allowed to go either because she thinks the sun will make my skin age faster. I don’t even know who that person is. …
“She wasn’t always like this. She met my dad in college and their love produced me. Now I’m neither white nor black.” She sighed, looking out of the window.
“And that’s not all of it. After college she had a job as a babysitter, working for rich families, when I was only two. She met my stepdad by working for this family. Of course he’s white. Can you believe when we go somewhere? Everybody thinks that I was adopted. Sometimes I think even my mother’s ashamed of me.”
“How could she be ashamed of you? You’re one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever met. I’m sure you’ve got this wrong.”
“No, I don’t think I have. And that’s not even the end of the story. Last summer I fell for someone. I’m sure you already know who that person is. His mom’s white and his dad’s black, too. His parents didn’t divorce though; only his famous lawyer dad sleeps with every woman he can. Of course everyone knows about it. … He was so nice to me all summer. He did ask me to keep our relationship a secret, but that was okay with me. But when school started again he told me that he needed some space and now we’re just friends. And I have to watch him flirting with other girls and telling his friends that he slept with more girls than he can count through summer. He even flirts with you.”
“Are you talking about Chris?”
“Yep, that’s him. The legendary Chris Duncan. He’s trying to keep up with his dad even though I’m a hundred percent sure he’s ashamed of how his dad cheats on his mom. I remember once a kid made some smartass remarks about his dad and his mistresses and Chris beat the kid up so badly that his dad had to step in and probably spend a lot of money, just to keep him in school.”
“So how long have you known each other?”
She chuckled. “Since last year. I was the new student then.”
“Why don’t you tell him how you feel?”
“Are you out of your mind? You can’t show your real feelings around here, neither talk about them. People would destroy you, mock you to death.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah, like a hundred percent sure.”
“Well, I’m very bad at playing games. I don’t think I can pretend that I like someone if I don’t, or act unconcerned when I’m not.”
“If you want to survive here, you better learn then. By the way this conversation never happened. I don’t even know what got into me talking to you about this stuff. I guess you just have this innocent face. Trustable.” She rolled her eye at me.
“Don’t worry. I would never tell anybody anything.”
“Thanks. … And now it’s your turn.”
“My turn?”

“Now you gotta tell me something about yourself that you’re ashamed to admit.”

Written and illustrated by A.B. Whelan

Thank you for reading,


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424 pages (book 1)
Fields of Elysium
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Fields of Elysium (a romantic fantasy, book 1)

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438 pages (book 2)
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146 pages (Novella)
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Safe and Sound (A Fields of Elysium Novella)
Price: FREE

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Ends 5/18/14

Open only to those who can legally enter and have a US postal address. 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 fromI Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

INTERNATIONAL WINNER will receive a Fields of Elysium eBook, Valley of Darkness Part 1 and Part 2 eBooks and a Safe and Sound eBook. 

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From the Author 

I’m a Hungarian born American writer, who was lucky enough to travel Europe, Africa, and The Middle East and live in Ecuador, Crete and Italy. I graduated as a computer engineer, thus if anybody tells you math and literature can’t walk hand in hand, don’t believe them. *smile*

I’m the author of the Fields of Elysium saga, which I like to call a young adult romantic fantasy. The first book of the series was inspired by amazing movies like Dirty Dancing, Avatar, and Twilight and earned praise from prestigious review companies and readers. I’m currently working on book three and four, and planning to write one more novella to finish the series, dedicated to another very interesting character in my story, The Prophet, the mysterious leader of the Arkanians.

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Book Blast–Destruction by Sharon Bayliss

21 Apr
Light always exists and will always return when missing…
Publication Date: April 14, 2014Series: The December People, Book OneGenre: Contemporary Fantasy 
David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green,
and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.
Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 
Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children. 
Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

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Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.

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Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop

16 Apr


4th Annual Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
April 17th to 24th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A WriterRead Now Sleep Later

This is going to be another fun hop with over 100 bloggers giving away awesome prizes for anyone stopping by. With Easter knocking on our doors I feel … playful. I personally am giving away one $10.00 amazon gift card. What do you have to do for it?

It’s simple: find the egg basket I hid somewhere on one of my pages and leave a comment below, letting us know where you found it. Then become a follower by clicking on the white button on the right side of the blog, atop all images called SIGN ME UP! Using random.org I’ll draw and announce the winner on April 26th.

I hope you’re having fun. Happy Easter everyone!

April Kindle Fire Giveaway

11 Apr

Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!

The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to bloggers who post about this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.

Kindle Fire April

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

All New Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)

Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

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1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7″, $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash.

Ends 4/30/14

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 participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Giveaways at Night Owl Reviews

2 Apr

A while ago Night Owl Reviews or NOR for short opened their doors for giveaways sponsored by authors willing to spread the love for their novels.

I recently decided to take on their offer and created 4 different giveaways, for each one of my books:

Hidden Heart

A World Apart

Born In Vengeance–Dacian Legends, book #1

Born In Sin–Dacian Legends, book #2 

The giveaways run for another 3 weeks (the first three) and a month the last one. They are also posted on NOR’s site. If you click on any of the above titles you will be redirected to their site and able to enter the giveaways.

Good luck!

Book Blast–Unplanned Motherhood by Lena Sledge

29 Mar

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Unplanned Motherhood

Unplanned Motherhood is a non-fiction collection of short stories written by moms and dads about their funny inspirational or motivational journey as a parent. Unplanned Motherhood is based on the web series created by Lena Sledge.
Unplanned Motherhood is a comedy web series for perfectly imperfect families, starring Lena Sledge as Layla, a wife and mother of five that gives parenting advice on her real life mommy blog. Her unique parenting style contradicting with her perfect parenting advice lends to a distinct brand of humor. With each episode we see Layla teaching her kids life lessons as she discovers more about herself and the advice she gives to her readers. Unique to this web series is the actual blog that Layla writes where she gives the perfect parenting advice and after many of her posts, follows the tag line; to see how I really handled the situation watch this week’s episode.
This web series is special because the viewers of the web series and the readers of the real life blog get to interact with Layla and let her know if her advice is on the money or share their own parenting advice. To follow the Unplanned Motherhood blog go to www.lenasledge.com. Stay tuned. Unplanned Motherhood debuts March 28th!!!!
If you’d like to submit a short story to be included in the book Unplanned Motherhood, send 500 words or less tosonnybrookfilms@yahoo.com. Short story must be clean, family friendly as well as funny, inspirational or motivational.

Unplanned Motherhood Cast

Unplanned Motherhood Cast

Starring Morgan Hamilton as Sonny, Stefani Colvin as Brooke, Grayson Kilpatrick as Deacon, Aidan Heuer as Spoon, and Ari Heuer as Ari.


LenaAuthor Lena Sledge

Lena Sledge is an awarding winning author. Her first book, a collection of short stories called If I Had My Way, won the 2012 African American Literary Award for Best Short Story/Anthology. Her short film, Grandma’s Hands, won 3rd place at the River City Film Festival in March 2014. Her most recent project, a comedy web series called Unplanned Motherhood debuts on March 28th on Youtube. Lena Sledge has collaborated on many literary projects as well as tv and film projects. She offers advice, resources, and tips on writing, navigating the independent film industry as well as reviews and highlights about upcoming books and authors. Lena Sledge also enjoys photography, you can view some of her photography work on her website as well as Flickr.

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Flickr * Pinterest * Blog * Goodreads * Amazon

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Blast Giveaway

$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 4/21/14

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, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Virtual Book Tour– Andromeda’s Fall by Abigail Owen. Guest Post

24 Mar
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Title: Andromeda’s Fall
Series: Shadowcat Nation #1
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance (18+)

Andie Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will try to force their Mating, seeking the added power their union would provide.

Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to Mate the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors. The incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.

Andie is running out of options and out of time. But risking the life of someone she loves – just to save herself – goes against every instinct she has.

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Abigail Owen

Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe. 

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

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Guest Post–My Relationship With Romance

My love affair with romance has stayed strong and developed over decades. It started, of course, with Disney princesses. Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty. I loved watching them find their princes (still do). Even better… as I’ve grown up, the princesses have too. The prince now has to earn his princess’s love and trust – not just ride in on a white horse. And sometimes, it’s a sister’s love that saves the day, not a man’s.

When I hit about twelve or so, I realized that the stacks of books in my mother’s bookshelf were all romances – mostly historical… Georgette Hyer, Jane Smith, Marion Chesney. Mom wrote – on the inside cover of each book – the age at which I was allowed to read it based on the content.  Now, in those days, the racier content still wasn’t all that racy. Things have changed a bit. Lol. I went through all of my mom’s books pretty fast and wanted more.

Then I bought a stack of old romances from a used book store and fell in love with contemporary romance. Still the older stuff, mostly from the 70s – Betty Neels, Kerry Allyne, Dorothy Cork, Sheila Douglas. The stories then were sweeter, more innocent. I still love those authors, and buy their books from used bookstores whenever I find them. Just recently, I was thrilled to find that Kerry Allyne’s books are now digital on Amazon. Good thing too, because I’m on my 4th copy of Summer Rainfall. I keep rereading it until the pages fall out of the binding.

The older contemporaries led to the new contemporaries starting when I was in High School – Penny Jordan, Sandra Marton, Miranda Lee, Emma Darcy, Katherine Spencer. I read some of their first books, and many of those authors are still writing today. The women got more independent, and the men changed from domineering to commanding. (Yes there’s a difference.) I still read contemps regularly. These days, the love scenes are more explicit. (Not that I mind. Haha.)

It’s only in the last five years or so that I’ve added the paranormal romance category to my relationship with romance. When I’d looked for this type of book in the past, the stories were cheesy or mostly about the paranormal or science fiction plot line. But these days, more and more authors are writing these interesting worlds with wonderful romance added in. Does it get any better?

It’s been 25 years or so and I’m still reading great books and authors. Who doesn’t love to just escape into a story with strong heroines, alpha males, sassy exchanges, a growing connection, and, eventually, a happy ending. I think I’ll be 95 and still in love with romance.

What got you started?

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