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Coming Up — Me Tarzan–You Jane — Virtual Book Tour+Giveaway

6 Feb

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It’s been a long time since I went on a virtual book tour for any of my books, mostly because I haven’t had a new release in two years. That doesn’t mean I haven’t written, quite the opposite. I finished 4 new stories since then, but I just can’t seem to find it in me to go again through the publishing and marketing phases which take time, effort, and energy, and I’d rather focus all of that toward the writing process rather than publishing (after all I’m a writer not a salesperson).

I love the flux of books published on a daily basis. Books in all genres, for old or young, everything for everyone’s taste, with the touch of a button. Wikipedia claims there were over 300,000 books published in 2013. That means there are over 800 books published daily. Add to that Amazon changing the  best-sellers list hourly, promotional adds, you can only imagine how easily books like mine get lost beneath the swelling tide of all other books.

Luckily for me there are people who organize book tours regardless of the publishing date. So I decided to re-invigorate my latest novel titled Me Tarzan–You Jane, by employing Giselle’s help at Xpresso Book Tours for a week long book tour.

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The tour starts next week on Monday Feb. 13 and runs until Friday Feb. 17. There will be reviews, excerpts, interviews and guest posts every day. The schedule is as following:

February 13th
Book Junkie Reviews >> Excerpt
Paradise of Pages >> Review
Dreamland Teenage Fantasy >> Top 10 List
The Book Sirens >> Review

February 14th
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang >> Excerpt
Musings From An Addicted Reader  >> Review
Mythical Books >> Interview
Between Books  >> Review
Haddie’s Haven >> Review

February 15th
Rockin’ Book Reviews >> Guest post
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
The Bookworm Chronicles >> Excerpt
underneath the covers >> Excerpt
Thoughts in Progress >> Top 10 List

February 16th
Writers and Authors >> Guest post
Book Addict>> Review
Les Chroniques Aléatoires >> Review
Loves Great Reads >> Excerpt
Fire And Ice Book Reviews >> Review

February 17th
Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews  >> Review
A British Bookworm’s Blog >> Review
blogs and coffee >> Guest post
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess >> Review

This is a great opportunity for all of you to find new blogs (maybe fall in love with them?), find out what others think about my novel, read an excerpt and maybe who knows, you’ll decide to get it for yourself. I’m also going to have a giveaway at the end of the tour consisting of 1 (one)  7″ Fire Tablet (U.S only)  or a $50.00 Amazon gift card (international entry) for a participant who:

  1. Leaves a comment here or on any other blog hosting my tour letting me know where they’ve done it 
  2. Signs up to follow this blog (see the “Sign up” button on the upper right-hand corner)
  3. Follows me on Twitter @CamiSkiba
  4. Likes my Facebook Fan Page 

 See you all next week!

VBT–Spotlight and Excerpt Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson

22 Dec

Rough Around the EdgesAround the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It’s about learning that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.

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The moment Kajsa saw Noah through the open door, she yelled out, “Daddy!” and came charging his way. Adelynn soon followed. As the girls barreled into him, Noah’s gaze caught Cassie’s briefly before she looked away. Another parent engaged her in a conversation as Kajsa grabbed Noah’s hand.

“C’mon, Dad, let’s go. I’m starving,” Kajsa said.

“Me too,” said Adelynn, grabbing his other hand.

Noah resisted, shooting Cassie another glance. “Why don’t you change out of your dance shoes first?”

“We can do that in the car. C’mon.” Adelynn continued to tug.

“But it’s wet outside, and you don’t want to ruin your new shoes, right? And besides, I need to ask your teacher something before we go.”

“What?” said Kajsa.

“Just a question,” he said. “So go take off your shoes and—”

“Miss Cassie!” Adelynn shouted across the room, interrupting the conversation between Cassie and another parent.

Cassie looked her way. “Yes, Adelynn?”

“My dad needs to ask you a question.”

The room became quiet, and all eyes came to rest on Noah.

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RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson

USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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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:

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Website: http://www.brittneymulliner.com

Twitter: @Britt_mulliner

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VBT–Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson. Spotlight and Giveaway

25 Sep

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thirty twoThirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson

Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.

With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?

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 Praise for Thirty-Two Going on… Spinster

“Oh my, oh my. I have just finished wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes. This is seriously funny.”

~Julie Darley (Never judge a Book by its Movie)

“This was a refreshing change of pace for me to read. Some good clean romance was found in it’s pages and that is a rare find these days. It was some great chick-lit. I would not have thought this was Becky’s debut book, it was so well done.”

~Liberty Ann (SnifferWalkBooks)

 

Becky MonsonAuthor Becky Monson

By day, Becky Monson is a mother of three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful time will last… But it probably won’t. Becky runs a large book club on Facebook called “This Chick Reads”.

 

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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.

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+)
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Synopsis

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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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.

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In the Spotlight!

27 Sep

Since beginning of September two incredible and talented authors–Rosie Amber and Stephanie Hurt have created a bridge between the UK and US by promoting each day one author from across the globe. I’ve followed ROMANCING SEPTEMBER ACROSS THE WORLD TOUR on a daily basis, interested in learning about other writers, their craft, novels and writing journeys. And each day I learned something new, added books to my TBR list and chose to follow and befriend quite a large number of these authors.

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Today is my turn to be their guest and I thank them both for giving me the opportunity to meet their readers. @ Rosie’s I talk about myself and my novels. Want to know how a born and raised Romanian made it to the US and when writing became my second skin? Stop by at Rosie’s blog and find out. @ Stephanie’s we talk about the challenges of writing romance in todays’ society. Curious how I face those challenges? Stop by at Stephanie’s blog and find out more.

To Write or Not To Write– Guest Post by Sherry Gammon

4 Sep

In preparation for the upcoming virtual book tour for THE EXPERIMENT (come back tomorrow 09/05 for more details about it) by Cindy C Bennett, Sherry Gammon and Jeffery Moore I invited Sherry to stop by with a guest post. She graciously accepted picking a very interesting subject to talk about: To Write Or Not To Write.

Interested in finding out how an author began writing? Then have a seat, maybe a cup off coffee and enjoy!

To Write or not To Write-Guest Post by Sherry Gammon

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Okay, maybe it is not the question, but it may be one you wrestle with. I know I did. I began writing when I was in sixth grade. My family had just survived a traumatic event, and my twelve-year-old mind was struggling to comprehend it. I couldn’t understand why it had happen, and why the people involved even allowed it to happen. It took me years to finally figure that one out, by the way.

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I still remember to this day what inspired me to write the poem that came out of that mess. Highlights (for kids), remember that fun little magazines from your childhood? I was skimming through the magazine, reading my favorite sections—probably Goofus and Gallant ;} when I came upon a selection of poems written by kids; I was mesmerized. I
pulled out a pencil and began writing. I probably wrote a few Roses are Red type poems first knowing me, I’m not sure, but I do remember writing the poem that started it all. I wrote my feelings about what had happened, not going into detail, but more or less summarizing it in general terms like Love, and Pain and Confusion. It gave me great comfort to just write it all down. I showed it to my mom, she didn’t believe I’d written it. My mother has never been big on compliments, mind you, so her surprised at how well the poem had turned out gave me encouragement.

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Next, I wrote a few poems for a seventh grade English class that were well received by my peers. In college, I graduated to writing a short story about a young boy who’d committed suicide. His death troubled me so deeply I couldn’t get it off my mind.  I wrote about his struggles, adding some of my own details since I didn’t know everything that contributed to his ultimate surrender to death. My teacher raved about the story and encouraged me to publish.

For me, writing became a way to deal with things that weighed heavy on my mind. To this day if something bothers me, I write about it. Most of the time my writings do not enlighten me with any big revelations, or life-altering tidbits, but writing my thoughts down helps me sort through it and come to peace with whatever it is.

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So my advice: Write! If not for others, write for yourself, at least at first.  You may begin writing and before you know it, a novel is born! There just may be a Les Misérables inside of you begging to be published…then they’ll make a Broadway play out of your book… then a movie starring Liam Neeson…

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You never know until you try!

For more about Sherry and her books visit her at http://www.wordpaintingsunlimited.com/