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Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop

7 Feb

romance is in the air

Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
Featuring Young Adult & Clean Adult Romance
February 8th to 14th
I’m really excited about this giveaway hop because of it’s theme–romance. Can you live without love? I can’t. I’m surrounded by love in all forms and shapes, from the sun’s gold upon the world to the butterfly dance, to the soft touch of a hand. For as long as I can dig down the memory lane I loved, starting with kindergarten (and yes i still remember the boy’s name ;). I’m a sucker for books, all things romance and the road to finding love. I believe that love colors our lives, conquers all fears and makes us better individuals. I believe in its power to heal and make us stronger, unlike any other emotion. And a heart without emotions it’s a stony one.
I celebrate love in all my books, helping my heroes to find love and fall in love because as the Beatles song says, “All we need is love,” right?
And since today’s giveaway must feature YA & clean adult romance, I have the perfect books that fit the requirement. I’m giving away one e-copy of my historical romance Born In Vengeance (Dacian Legends–book# 1) and Born In Sin (Dacian Legends–book# 2). 
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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 YOU FAVORITE ROMANCE NOVEL?

The Writing Process Blog Tour

18 Nov

Ever curious about how writers and authors write? What inspires them? How do they hone their stories? What drives them?

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I’m an author myself and often wonder how my fellow peeps do it. Do they all hear voices like I do? Do they write one story at the time or multiple? I assure you it’s different from one individual to the other. About a week ago I was asked by Ana Calin, a dear friend and fellow author if I want to participate in what it’s called The Writing Process Blog Tour. This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process and I am happy to be a part of this cross promotion. Ana posted hers last week. You can check out her writing process @ Fiction Online by Ana Calin.

On with the questions…

What are you working on?

If fighting with my characters is called working, then yes I’m working on my next novel tilted (for now) Me Tarzan—You Jane. I began writing it after attending a writers’ conference last year, the heroes and the story line so clear and easy to delve into, I thought it would be done in a few months. Then another story (Born In Sin, Dacian Legends, book# 2) popped in my head and it forced me to set the novel aside to write the new story. I finished and published Born In Sin end of May of this year. Took a short break from writing to promote my new novel then returned to Me Tarzan—You Jane. All went well until about six weeks ago when I found myself staring at the computer and unable to move the story from my head onto the screen (if only my fingers would collaborate!). That won’t be too bad considering Me Tarzan—You Jane won’t come out until spring of 2014, but the constant fighting with my characters drives me crazy. I’m also okay with them taking over my brain (gave up on that fight long ago), but I have so many other stories either in work or outlined that those characters become impatient. Can you imagine what would happen if my ancient warriors would pop in my head at the same time with my modern alpha male but can’t-chop-an-onion heroes? My poor brain would explode for sure.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I took a big risk writing my Dacian Legends—Born In Vengeance, book #1, Born In Sin, book #2—from the hero’s perspective which is unusual for a romance. The reason I did that was because the male heroes were the ones embarking on the journey to love, not their women. I have no regrets going that route, not only very rarely done in the romance genre, but also because love is seen and experienced so differently by men and women. As for my other novels (Hidden Heart, A Word Apart) I stayed away from the usual formula (man meets woman but conflict keeps them apart until they are reunited for their happily ever after). Real life doesn’t happen that way and, while I do write fiction, I like my stories to be believable and help readers identifying themselves with my characters. In general I like to bring two people together, build their relationships then train-wreck their lives. Whether their relationship is strong enough to stand trial or not it’s to be found out in the end.

Why do you write what you do?

For as long as I can dig down the memory lane I loved, starting with kindergarten. I’m a sucker for books, all things romance and the road to finding love. I believe that love colors our lives, conquers all fears and makes us better individuals. I believe in its power to heal and make us stronger, unlike any other emotion. And a heart without emotions it’s a stony one.

How does your writing process work?

My writing process is different from one story to another. It took me nine months to finish the final draft of my debut novel, Hidden Heart. Only ten days (and nights) for Born In Vengeance. Usually the story line or at least the major milestones flow fast and easy. Building my heroes—it depends, some easier to draw, some harder.

I usually read one or two chapters before starting a new one. It helps me reconnect with my heroes before I write the next scene. I transformed a guest room in my office by setting a desk in front of the window. I have several grammar books next to my computer. It’s total silence around me and the only “person” allowed in is Bella, my dog.

Thank you for visiting and reading my post. You can check out the writing processes of my wonderful and talented friends Cindy C Bennett, Juli Caldwell and Sherry Gammon on November, 25th.

 

Author In the House–Sherry Gammon with her newest release UNBELIEVABLE. REVIEW

23 Apr

Today I welcome my dear friend and critique partner Sherry Gammon with her newest release Unbelievable. I had the pleasure and honor to read the novel as she wrote it and jumped at the occasion to write a review for it. There is also a giveaway associated with her book tour. For your chance to win click here.

 

Blurb:
Deliah Lopez Dreser’s in town to take care of family business. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but there’s more to Lilah than meets the eye. Cole’s in danger of losing his heart when this firestorm throws sparks his way. However, is she simply playing him for the fool in order to exact revenge for her brother’s murders?  
Maggie and Seth’s reaction when the truth is revealed pushes friendship to the limit. And this time around it won’t be a Dreser causing an uproar in Port Fare. It will be Cole’s good friend Booker. But does Booker have it all wrong? Usually not!
MY REVIEW:

Following the heroes from Unlovable, who become secondary characters in Unbelievable, this book celebrates a homecoming. As Cole (who in Unbelievable was a supporting actor) takes the stage, we see him grow from a clumsy doctor (yeah, believe it or not, doctors can be clumsy) into a young man with a heart willing to forgive, fight for the truth, and love despite so many obstacles.

Enter Lilah, a would-be villain turned heroin. She uses Cole as a ticket into his circle of friends. Her thirst for revenge turns against her when she least expects it. The more she plays Cole, the harder she falls for him. Beautiful arcs for both main characters lead to a well-deserved ending. Each chapter is written from either Cole or Lilah’s point of view, giving the reader a clear image of how their feelings evolve and change for one another.

Without giving too many details out, let me just say that the twists and subplots will have you jumping out of your seat (friendly warning: don’t get a manicure while you’re reading—you’ll end up biting your nails in a few very tense places).

Kudos to Sherry Gammon for giving Cole his own story. I look forward to Booker’s story, which is next… right, Sherry?

Author Bio

Unlovable was Sherry’s debut novel and quickly rose to many top seller lists on Amazon. She is pleased to announce that Unlovable is currently being made into a movie. She has added three more novels to her body of work. Souls in Peril, the poignant story of Max Sanchez who is on a journey to help the struggling JD Miller survive high school, and Pete & Tink, a fun, light-hearted novella of a manga-loving geek and and five-and-a-half inch fairy. And UNBELIEVABLE, Book 2 in the Port Fare Series.
Sherry and her husband, along with their children and a couple of crazy dogs, call Upstate New York home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping {:

Winners Announcement for the Feed Your Reader Giveaway Hop

30 Aug

Sadly for me there were only 6 people leaving comments on my post during the Feed Your Reader Blog Hop. While I had lots of hits, I guess not everyone was interested in sharing who is their favorite male hero 😦

I originally planned to give away 5 e-copies of my short story I Was Here Before You Came, but now there will be 6. And the winners are:

Darlene

Wendy

Janita

Karen A.

Michele L.

Tina B.

2nd Annual Summer Giveaway Hop

31 Jul

I’m beyond ecstatic. I’m officially on vacation. I’m almost packed, got my flip flops, my sunscreen and my hat, and two luggages filled with bathing suits, summer dresses, t-shirts and short pants. While you all stay behind, stuck in traffic in your way to work every day I’ll be on the beach in Bora Bora, a margarita in one hand, a hottie fanning me with a palm leaf and whispering in the sexiest voice ever, “Wake up. This is only a dream.”

Fine.

I’ll wake up. (party pooper)

The truth is yes, I’m on vacation, but instead of a beach in Bora Bora I’ll be locked up in my office with heroes from multiple stories I’ve started a while ago and which need an ending. And while I do that (if by any chance you see my muse wandering around in Bora Bora … send her my way–she has to help me out) you, dear readers, fill out the form below for a chance to win a copy of Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley, the sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind, the all-time best romance ever.

The giveaway is part of the 2nd Annual Summer Giveaway Hop once again organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer, this time helped by  Mary @ BookHounds & Forever Young (adult). The hop runs 08/01 – 08/07 with the winner announcement on 08/08.

Have fun everyone!

Indie Author Giveaway Hop June 13 – June 19

16 Jun

THE SHOW GOES ON WITH …

It’s Indie Author Giveaway Hop and I’m proud not only to be part of it but also to be one of many indie authors out there following a dream, making it happen and living it to the fullest.

My journey through writing and publishing had been a smooth one because I do what I love most–from the first letter to the very last dot on the page–giving life to the voices in my head, and turning them into flawed heroes, exciting stories, and endless love. I have (so far) two novels out and one short story (not self-published, but as part of the summer anthology It’s A Love Thing published by Prose by Design). With a few projects in the works I have no intention to stop. I’m here for the long haul, for as long as my muse shadows me and my heroes tell me their stories.

And since today is a day to celebrate indie authors, join me in celebrating myself as one of them with giveaways including my published work:

Hidden Heart – one e-copy

A World Apart – one e-copy

It’s a Love Thing – one e-copy

Interested?

Enter your info in the form below. Let’s party!

Indie Author Giveaway Hop

12 Jun

It’s Indie Author Giveaway Hop and I’m proud not only to be part of it but also to be one of many indie authors out there following a dream, making it happen and living it to the fullest.

My journey through writing and publishing had been a smooth one because I do what I love most–from the first letter to the very last dot on the page–giving life to the voices in my head, and turning them into flawed heroes, exciting stories, and endless love. I have (so far) two novels out and one short story (not self-published, but as part of the summer anthology It’s A Love Thing published by Prose by Design). With a few projects in the works I have no intention to stop. I’m here for the long haul, for as long as my muse shadows me and my heroes tell me their stories.

And since today is a day to celebrate indie authors, join me in celebrating myself as one of them with giveaways including my published work:

Hidden Heart – one e-copy

A World Apart – one e-copy

It’s a Love Thing – one e-copy

Interested?

Enter your info in the form below. Let’s party!