Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Inside the Writer's Mind with Joleene Naylor

Welcome to another edition of Inside the Writer's Mind with Joleene Naylor, author of the Amaranthine series.

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Same DiNamics Books: Writing can be a daunting prospect, what made you decide to share your story with the world?
Joleene Naylor: Thanks so much for having me! I actually planned to just squirrel it away until I randomly posted a chapter on MySpace (that dates this!) and a friend read it and wanted the rest. I finished the book for her, and then she and another friend convinced me that it was really worth doing something with. He even made a mock up paperback and author website to show me how great it would all be!

SDB: Who has influenced you as an author?
JN: VC Andrews for one. I love how she can take a sinister setting and throw something happy into it (like shelves of plushies or the famous construction paper flowers in the attic) and that happy thing somehow makes the whole thing six times more sinister because of the contrast. I also love how her characters are never good and bad – the grandmother is “bad” but later when you get the book in her point of view it turns the tables on your perceptions of her. CG Coppola is another one I try to emulate. I originally didn’t pay much attention to where my chapters ended, then I read her books and noticed that I literally could not put them down. Part of it is awesome writing, and part of it is because she ends almost all of her the chapters in an “I must know more!” moment.

SDB: What is your writing method? Do you outline first or do you purge your brain on paper until your story is told?
JN: I have a vague idea of things before I start, for instance on the next book I sort of know what the general end has to be – who they need to defeat – and I have a couple of deaths in mind, and I am playing with three different outcomes for some side characters that might or might not happen, but that’s about all I have. I usually use the events I KNOW have to happen to map backwards – like if they need to fight Lilith it means they need to find Lilith, so I ask myself “How will they find her” and work backwards. There’s also a lot of improvising.

SDB: How long does it take you to write your story, from getting it down on paper to publishing?
JN: Sadly I manage about one book a year. I’m hoping to have two this year – Patrick’s prequel novel needs edited and I hope to have it all done by October, and then Goddess of Night will be released March 31, 2017. 




SDB: Can you tell me a little bit about your book(s) without giving away too much? Why should I read it?
JN: Amaranthine is an adult vampire series – no sparkles here – but it’s not erotica. Sure, there’s romance, and there’s some sex, but there’s a lot more; battles, death, betrayal, mystery, suspense, ancient legends, and a hint of mythology, all painted in the color of shadows and scented like blood.

SDB: How much of yourself is in your character(s)?
JN: I suppose there must be some of me in all of them or I couldn’t write them, though that’s a scary thought. Katelina and I are actually getting more alike as she progresses, but there are still a lot of times when I roll my eyes and think “seriously”? My favorites to write are Verchiel (the enigmatic redhead that drives everyone crazy) and Malick (the megalomaniac). Hopefully they’re not the most like me!

SDB: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
JN: Don’t aspire; do. We all have things we’re “going” to do – someday I will learn animation for instance – but we put it off and use excuses to mask the fact that we don’t think we’re really good enough. If you have a story inside you, then it IS good enough and YOU are good enough. Write it. Even if you have to text it to yourself in pieces. Don’t let fear stop you. Sure, there are going to be people who don’t like it, who don’t like you and who don’t like whatever publishing method you choose, but what matters more than those who don’t is those that do. And someone will.

SDB: Is there anything else that you'd like to share?
JN: I love to download free reads, and I love to put out free reads. Sadly, Amazon doesn’t like to price things to free. The first book in the series (Shades of Gray) is free everywhere, but some of the other stories that are meant to be free are $.99 on Amazon. So always check Smashwords’ price before you download any of the supplemental materials (like the Vampire Morsels short story collection or the Tales from Island Collection) to make sure you’re getting it at the cheapest price.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Saving a Legend by Sarah Robinson Release Blitz




Title: Saving a Legend
Series: Kavanagh Legends #2  
Author: Sarah Robinson
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 14, 2016



Blurb

Praised by Penelope Ward as “a unique story line with multiple layers to it,” Sarah Robinson’s Saving a Legend goes another round with the brooding Kavanagh brothers: MMA fighters who won’t call it quits in the ring, or in romance.

His family’s gym has produced a roster of mixed martial arts legends, but so far Kieran Kavanagh hasn’t followed in their footsteps. After a brawl lands him in jail, Kieran is assigned to work at a center for at-risk youth. Though given a second chance, Kieran’s simply going through the motions—until he meets one very special kid, Shea Doherty, and falls hard for her very beautiful, very grown-up big sister, Fiona. The trouble is, Kieran’s best opening moves are getting him nowhere fast.

Fiona Doherty has too many responsibilities to fool around, especially now that she has custody of Shea. Sure, she’d love to find a devoted partner. But she won’t jeopardize her sister’s happiness—or risk revealing her tortured past—on a love-’em-and-leave-’em type of guy like Kieran . . . so it’s up to him to prove her wrong. As Fiona spends more time with Kieran, she starts to see a softer side of the reckless warrior. Now she must admit that when it comes to the possibility of real love, well . . . there’s a fighting chance.








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Sarah Robinson is the bestselling author of the Kavanagh Legends series, The Photographer Trilogy, and the Sand & Clay rock star series. A native of Washington, D.C., Robinson has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal psychology. She is married to a local police officer who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescue and foster animals.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Scandalous Redemption by Amanda Mariel Blog Tour



Scandalous Redemption
By
Amanda Mariel
Blog Tour
May 31 to June 4, 2016





Title: Scandalous Redemption
Author: Amanda Mariel
Release date: May 31, 2016
Heat Rating: 3



She never wanted him…
Ruined by scandal, Claudia Akford survived years of marriage to a cruel brute. Widowed, she is determined to regain her standing in society, but Lord Shillington personifies temptation. Kind and gentle, yet masculine and sinfully handsome, he would make the perfect lover, but he wants more than she is willing to give.
He needed her…
While Henry Shillington knows a little of the beautiful but notorious Lady Claudia Akford, he is struck by her kindhearted, accomplished, and witty demeanor. The more time he spends in her company, the more he dreams of a future with her. But the lady resists his honorable overtures, and a mistress will never do for him.
Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?





Lord Henry Shillington strode across the music room of Lord and Lady Morse’s country estate intent on locating his sister. The force of someone bumping into him sent him stumbling backward. He whirled around, auburn curls catching his gaze as he reached out to steady her. “Excuse me.” He offered a slight bow but did not release his hold on her.
The lady peered at him through narrowed, fierce green eyes the color of emeralds. “You should watch your step. Kindly unhand me.”
Henry met her icy glare. She radiated the sweet scent of champagne. It clung to the air around her filling his senses as if she had used it for perfume. “Good God, you’re foxed.”
Her earbobs danced and sparkled as she leaned in close, the fire in her eyes growing more intense. “My state is not your concern.” She jerked free of his hold and took a step back. Her blue jewel-toned gown swooshed with the sudden movement.
He grabbed her arm, halting her. His pulse pounded through his veins. “You cannot stay here in your condition. You will cause a scandal for yourself and our hosts.”
“What concern is it of yours?” She rounded on him.
He had to prevent her from causing a scene. “Allow me to escort you outside. We can stroll through the garden.” Part of him worried for their hosts, Lord and Lady Wexil were dear friends, but, if he were being honest, he would have to admit he wished to know more about this beauty. Something about her captivated him. Perhaps her unusual eyes or the misery he saw in them.
A slow smile spread across her full lips. “Very well.”
She swayed and clung to his arm as he led her out through the veranda doors and into the country air. What would compel a lady to become foxed so early in the evening? The sun had yet to give way to the moon’s glow. And who was she? Surely, they had never met before.
He turned her down a path lined with flowers and green foliage. The details of who she was and why she’d overindulged did not signify. She was clearly in distress, and he intended to help if he could. He studied the profile of her delicate face.
“Might we sit...what is your name?” Her exhilarating laughter floated through the empty space.
He had never heard a sweeter sound. “Lord Shillington. And yours?” He stopped in front of a cast iron bench. He couldn’t look away as she lowered herself onto the seat in a flutter of skirts. She was a mystery he wished to solve.
“Do sit with me, Lord Shillington.” She patted the bench next to her.
Henry positioned himself near her, but not too close. Being out here with an unchaperoned lady was scandalous enough. It was not his desire to compromise her--or himself. Given her state, he had no choice but to remove her from the gathering. However, he also had a responsibility to control the propriety of his own behavior.
A cool breeze ruffled her elegant skirts, drawing his attention to her body. Heat fanned through him as he studied her. She was tall and lithe, yet she possessed curves in all the right places. He offered a polite smile. “Your name, my lady?”
She looked at him through hooded lashes. “Lady Claudia Akford.”
His heart skipped a beat as his throat tightened. The notorious Lady Claudia Akford.




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 Bestselling, Amazon All Star author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.
Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Waking Up in Vegas Book Review



Synopsis:

When what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there…

It was supposed to be a wild weekend spent celebrating her best friend. But Kiera didn’t count on running into him. He was an annoying blast from her past, hell bent on pushing all of her buttons. But when sparks begin to fly, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about this man and herself. Business. It was always about business. When Andrew travels to Las Vegas for a meeting, he never counted on her. Some things never changed and it seemed like Kiera was still stuck in the past. But as things heat up, he starts finding ways to mix business with pleasure. And after an amazing weekend, he needs to find a way to convince the feisty red head that not everything needs to stay in Vegas.

Can Kiera and Andrew overcome the ghosts from their past in order to find a future together or will they bet on love and lose everything?


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Sexy! Beautiful! Fun! Smart! Those are just some of the words that come to mind when describing this book, Waking Up in Vegas. 

Sarah King has the ability to write and make you fall in love with the characters in her books. Her approach to writing stories is simple, take the reader on a wonderful and exciting ride while falling in love. 

Waking Up in Vegas is her sexiest book, yet. I was immediately taken to a new world (one that I've never been in, in real life) and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I just have one things to say "Andrew F****** Taylor!". When you read the book, and you should, you'll get that reference. 

I loved the relationship between friends, Keira and Michelle, and completely felt the reality of that friendship. It wasn't an over-the-top, often unrealistic expectations of friendships between women that I read about in other books. Their friendship was real and one that I connected with. And really, I wanted to be in Vegas partying with them. 

Waking Up in Vegas is a great summer read by the pool or at the beach. Be sure to take a hand fan with you to fan yourself because, damn.... some scenes will leave you sweaty and not because of the heat. 

Do I recommend Waking Up in Vegas? Oh I absolutely do! It's delicious! It's sexy! It's fun! And, it's hot! 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Lady's Protector by Emma Prince Blog Tour



The Lady’s Protector
(Highland Bodyguards, Book 1)
By
Emma Prince
Blog Tour
May 19 – 29






The Battle of Bannockburn may be over, but the war is far from won.
Her Protector…
Ansel Sutherland is charged with a mission from King Robert the Bruce to protect the illegitimate son of a powerful English Earl. Though Ansel bristles at aiding an Englishman, the nature of the war for Scottish independence is changing, and he is honor-bound to serve as a bodyguard. He arrives in England to fulfill his assignment, only to meet the beautiful but secretive Lady Isolda, who refuses to tell him where his ward is.  When a mysterious attacker threatens Isolda’s life, Ansel realizes he is the only thing standing between her and deadly peril.
His Lady…
Lady Isolda harbors dark secrets—secrets she refuses to reveal to the rugged Highland rogue who arrives at her castle demanding answers. But Ansel’s dark eyes cut through all her defenses, threatening to undo her resolve. To protect her past, she cannot submit to the white-hot desire that burns between them. As the threat to her life spirals out of control, she has no choice but to trust Ansel to whisk her to safety deep in the heart of the Highlands…


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Emma Prince is the Amazon All-Star and Bestselling author of steamy historical romances jam-packed with adventure, conflict, and of course love!Emma grew up in drizzly Seattle, but traded her rain boots for sunglasses when she and her husband moved to the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Emma spent several years in academia, both as a graduate student and an instructor of college-level English and Humanities courses. She always savored her "fun books"—normally historical romances—on breaks or vacations. But as she began looking for the next chapter in her life, she wondered if perhaps her passion could turn into a career. Ever since then, she's been reading and writing books that celebrate happily ever afters!Visit Emma's website, www.EmmaPrinceBooks.com, for updates on books, future projects, inspirations, newsletter sign-up, and more!



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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Master of Strathburn Blog Tour

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The Master of Strathburn
By
Amy Rose Bennett
Blog Tour

  A sweeping, sexy Highland romance about a wanted Jacobite with a wounded soul, and a spirited Scottish lass on the run.  

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 Title of New Release: The Master of Strathburn Publisher: Escape Publishing (Harlequin) Release date: May 15, 2016   Blurb: Robert Grant has returned home to Lochrose Castle in the Highlands to reconcile with his long-estranged father, the Earl of Strathburn. But there is a price on Robert’s head, and his avaricious younger half-brother, Simon, doesn’t want him reclaiming his birthright. And it’s not only Simon and the redcoats that threaten to destroy Robert’s plans after a flame-haired complication of the feminine kind enters the scene... Jessie Munroe is forced to flee Lochrose Castle after the dissolute Simon Grant tries to coerce her into becoming his mistress. After a fateful encounter with a mysterious and handsome hunter, Robert, in a remote Highland glen, she throws her lot in with the stranger—even though she suspects he is a fugitive. She soon realizes that this man is dangerous in an entirely different way to Simon... Despite their searing attraction, Robert and Jessie struggle to trust each other as they both seek a place to call home. The stakes are high and only one thing is certain: Simon Grant is in pursuit of them both...

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Amy Rose Bennett


Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favorite genre. She has a passion for creating emotion-packed—and sometimes a little racy—stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed heroines and rakish heroes always find their happily ever after. Amy is happily married to her own Alpha male hero, has two beautiful daughters, and a rather loopy Rhodesian Ridgeback. She has been a speech pathologist for many years but is currently devoting her time to her one other true calling—writing romance.   

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Inside the Writer's Mind with Tonya Brooks


Welcome to another edition of Inside the Writer's Mind with Tonya Brooks. She is the author of several books, that just by the cover they look oh so interesting, and she's here with us to talk a little bit about her books and writing. 

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You can purchase her books via Amazon. Here are links for the 3 books shown
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Same DiNamics Books: Writing can be a daunting prospect, what made you decide to share your story with the world? 

Tonya Brooks: I had always wanted to publish, but had no idea how to go about it. The thought of finding a publisher, agent and the like was all very intimidating. Then an author that I follow mentioned self-publishing in a Facebook post and I'd had no idea such a thing was possible. After a short conversation with her I decided to go for it.

SDB: Who has influenced you as an author?
TB: Johanna Lindsey, Judith McNaught and Sabrina Jeffries are some of my all time favorites.

SDB: What is your writing method? Do you outline first or do you purge your brain on paper until your story is told? 
TB: A little of both, actually. I do a basic outline, but then my characters will deviate from it and do their own thing at random intervals. Rarely does a story ever begin and end the way I planned it. I've discovered it's easier to go with the flow and let them do what they want to rather than trying to force it back to the outline. Invariably, it's the characters story and they tell it much better than I do.

SDB: How long does it take you to write your story, from getting it down on paper to publishing? 
TB: It depends on the story. And the character. Sometimes they put up a good fight and refuse to cooperate.  I'd say an average three months from start to finish since I only write part time.

SDB: Can you tell me a little bit about your book(s) without giving away too much? Why should I read it? 
TB: The Bad Baker Boys series is about a group of four brothers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They were raised in a small Southern town by their tough as nails father, Jed, a former Navy SEAL. The series deals with real issues that real people face and also how they find the strength to overcome them. It has a lot of unexpected plot twists and some dark moments  interspersed with humor. Like a goat. On a leash.

SDB: How much of yourself is in your character(s)?
TB: Probably more than I should admit. My snark and slightly skewed sense of humor is very much in evidence. My female characters are all strong, independent women, who have overcome (or are in the process of overcoming) some pretty traumatic events. There's a little bit of me in every one of them.

SDB: What advice would you give to an aspiring author? 
TB: Write, write, write! Read everything in your genre, then write some more. Take classes if possible. Find a critique partner with a similar style. Hire an editor who will be painfully honest. Never, ever, give up.

SDB: Is there anything else that you'd like to share? 
TB: Because of my penchant for the unexpected, an author friend suggested I step outside of my comfort zone and delve into suspense. So I have just started a new series featuring a group of former military men and women who have formed a private security company. Since its still in the planning stage I don't have any details yet, but it's gonna be a wild ride!