Thursday, October 2, 2014

Special Halloween Interview with Author Eva Pohler





1.   What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever heard/read/seen? It can be from a book, movie, or from the campfire at night…

The scariest thing I've ever experienced happened in real life about ten years ago. I was emailing with a man I met at a book fan site. I mentioned that I was writing a book, and that, among other things, I took pleasure in tormenting my characters. He said he was writing a book and also tormented characters. He wondered if I meant I tormented real or imaginary people!
He said he was working on a project where he would meet a woman online and then incorporate the experience into his novel. He sent me what he had written so far. It was a story about a woman he had met at a genealogy site. It ended with him stalking her in person and moving within a five-mile radius of her home!
I stopped emailing with him after that. He hounded me with emails. Then I received one saying he was traveling through my hometown and hoped to meet me! I had never divulged my information, but it was easy to find on the internet.
The emails continued to come, often with subject lines like "The Pro Celery Stalkers of America." I talked to both the police and FBI, but there were no laws in place back then to protect individuals from cyber stalking. My stalker warned me that when we next met, he would be using a different name! I was terrified and suspicious of anyone new in my life for months.
Even now, ten years later, I'm worried I am making a mistake by posting this online. Maybe he will see it and hunt me down! But I'm sharing it so that others might learn from my mistake. Be careful out there!

2.   Who would you like to bring back as a zombie? Why?

I think it would be fun to bring back the actor John Candy as a zombie! He was hilarious as a human, and would probably be even more fun as a zombie!

3.   What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

As a fantasy lover, I totally enjoy having one day of the year when it is acceptable by the rest of American society to dress in costume!

4.   What was your best Halloween costume?

My best costume is one I plan to make this year for the trick-or-treaters who come to my door. I'm going to get a large poster-sized piece of cardboard and cut out the center, leaving a three-inch square frame. Then, I'm going to cover one side with do-it-yourself tint (like you put on your car windows). I will wear a dark drape or sheet and hold the "mirror" facing outward. When I answer the door, I will look like a mirror. But then, I will turn on the flashlight so that my image appears "inside" the mirror. And, of course, I'll be Bloody Mary!!! Bwahahahaha!

5.   Is there an author out there that you’re pretty sure is a witch? Tell us who and why you think so!

I'm pretty sure my good friend Alison Pensy is a witch. First of all, she grows all her own food and herbs, which she no doubt turns into potions. While we were roomies at Penned Con, she told me she takes special food supplements that give her amazing powers. One power she has is to WILL a parking spot to be available, close to the front of wherever she needs to park. She can also make traffic lights change to green!

Thank you, Eva!!!




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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Special Halloween Interview with Author Jill Cooper




1.   What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever heard/read/seen? It can be from a book, movie, or from the campfire at night…

There are so many, I don't think I can pick the *scariest* but I can pick the first one that pops into my mind. For me that would be when we lived in a haunted house, for serious. The growling noises, coming from the basement at 2AM every night probably are what did it for me.

2.   Who would you like to bring back as a zombie? Why?

I'd probably have to pick an ex-boyfriend or two. So I could chop their heads off!!

3.   What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

As a kid, getting dressed up and getting free candy! Now that I'm older, pumpkin carving with friends and watching my daughter's excitement as she gets older.

4.   What was your best Halloween costume?

It was an inflatable SHOWER costume, which included a faucet that dangled water confetti over my head. Ahh, the 1980s were awesome!!

5.   Is there an author out there that you’re pretty sure is a witch? Tell us who and why you think so!

Bonnie Paulson because she is *scary* good at writing incredible rich novels and seems to be able to whip them up in no time flat! I wish I had some of her hidden talents!

Thank you, Jill!!!


Dream Slayer is currently Free on Amazon! It's a YA Urban Fantasy, and is the first in a series of seven books!


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop ~ Confessions of an Alli Cat by Courtney Cole



I love this Blog Hop idea! 
The purpose is to highlight a book that I loved that I want to introduce to more readers.
Who doesn't love sharing books, right???

I looked through my bookshelves, physical and virtual, to find a book that I wanted to get in the hands of more readers, and when my eyes landed on Courtney Cole's, Confessions of an Alli Cat, I knew I had the book I was looking for. 

Now, Courtney Cole is a wildly successful write, and her Beautifully Broken series is off the charts. But before If You Stay, there was, Confessions of an Alli Cat, and that is the book I'm urging readers to give a chance. 

Funny, sexy, and all kinds of dirty, Confessions of an Alli Cat is the kind of book that will have you laughing out loud, while you're squirming in your seat. 



Blurb:

Thirty-five year-old Allison “Alli” Lancaster has it all—a fabulous job, a beautiful 15 year-old daughter, a hilarious BFF and a gorgeous house with a pool and Jacuzzi in an exclusive Las Vegas neighborhood. What she doesn’t have is a husband, because she kicked her lousy, cheating ex to the curb nine months ago. Since then, Alli has paid her dues with seemingly endless self-improvement and seemingly endless mourning. Now she’s ready to move on and try new things. 

Alli’s idea of “trying new things” is nothing like that devil-of-a-best-friend of hers. Somehow, Sara, the devil of a best friend, talks Alli into trying out a sex toy, sleeping with a younger man and letting a stranger in a lab jacket put hot wax on a place that should never, ever, ever see wax. And that’s only the beginning. 

Alli never saw her life going quite like this. She also never thought she’d meet someone else who had the very real potential to change her life forever. 

But she did. 

Enter the new guy. He’s gorgeous, refined and mature. He’s also marriage material. But that poses a problem for Alli, who renounced the institution of marriage when she renounced her ex. What’s a girl to do? 

They say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what the heck happens when you can’t leave Vegas? Well, you spin the wheel, of course. You play the game and let the chips fall where they may. 

Alli just hopes she can find them all.

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Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write.
Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books... and when she didn't like the ending, she wrote her own.
Courtney loves hot pink nail polish, Mitch Albom and thunderstorms (not necessarily in that order).
She currently lives near Chicago with her real life Prince Charming, two sons, one daughter and small domestic zoo. To learn more about her, visit wwww.courtneycoleauthor.com

Release Day Launch ~ All Things Pretty by M. Leighton


I'm so excited to be participating in the Launch of ALL THINGS PRETTY by one of my favorite people in the world, M. Leighton.

ALL THINGS PRETTY is a Contemporary Adult Romance and the third novel in M. Leighton’s Pretty Series. Sig's book is here!

Just look at this beautiful cover!



Excerpt:

Her lips are still curved when she turns her attention back to me.  Something about the moment hits me like a punch to the gut.  I think for a second that I could stand here and stare at her, just enjoy her smile and her happiness for hours.  Days, maybe.  But I can’t.   We can’t. So, instead, I brush a clump of mud from the end of her nose. “Have fun?”

“I did. Thank you. This was so good for him.”

“And you.”

“And me,” she concedes.

“You can be the real you around me anytime.  I won’t tell a soul.”

“So you prefer this?”

“Oh, hell yeah!  I don’t need glamorous. Or proper.”

“I’m not proper.”

“You forget that I heard your…expressiveness that day on the side of the road.  And it didn’t consist of ‘darn’ or ‘golly gee’.  But I haven’t heard anything like that come out of your mouth since then.”

“Ladies aren’t supposed to talk that way, according to Lance.”

“I don’t want a lady. I want a woman.  One who knows her own mind. One who wears what she’s comfortable in, one who says what she’s thinking.”  I take a step closer. I can’t help myself. Her scent draws me in.  Even covered in mud, she smells like sexy sunshine.  “I want the woman who kisses like she’s on fire and makes me feel like I’m the only one who can put her out.”

“Sig,” she begins.

I break in to cut her off.  I know her objections.  And I know how much I don’t want to hear them.  “I’m just being honest.  I’m not even touching you.”

Her eyes are glued to mine, a damn near irresistible gravity pulling us together.  “It’s not like you can anyway.  I mean, we’re in public.  With my little brother.  What could you possibly touch?”

I reach down and smear my hand in mud.  With her eyes locked on mine, I reach between us and flatten my palm on her chest, right over her heart.  “This.  I’d touch this.”


ALL THINGS PRETTY Synopsis:

Pretending to be something they’re not, afraid to trust anyone completely, destined to tear each other apart– this is the story of unlikely love and unbearable consequences.

Sig Locke is a cop. He was raised by a cop and all his brothers are cops. He bleeds blue, believes in right and wrong, and sees in black and white, never in shades of gray.

But that was before he met Tommi.

Tommi, with her long legs and bright green eyes, she captured Sig’s interest from the moment he saw her. Even after he discovered who she was–the girlfriend of a drug dealer, the beauty behind a criminal–he still found her utterly irresistible. What Sig doesn’t know, however, is that she has a secret even a cop can’t uncover. 

Tommi Lawrence hasn’t had an easy life, and it only got more complicated the day she met Sig. She learned long ago that she can’t trust anyone. Her gut tells her that Sig is no exception, her heart tells her that he is. But that was before she found out his real identity.

Can love be forged in a fire of lies? Or will the truth destroy them both?

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M. Leighton Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, M. Leighton finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days M. Leighton enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

A note from M. Leighton: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined.
I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

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