Monday, March 28, 2016

Cover Reveal! Blur by #Author Xavier Neal





Title: Blur (A Senses Series Companion Novel) 
Author: Xavier Neal 
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016 
Cover Designer: Angie Merriam
 Model: Griffin Kodors








Aside from being a father, husband, and lucrative business owner, Logan "Unbreakable" Kellar is a retired MMA world champion. However, after a challenge is made that he can't refuse, stepping back into the ring will do more than warm up old routines and habits. Will Logan be able to withstand the punches pulled in and out of the ring or will everything he loves suddenly become just a blur?





Xavier Neal lives in Texas where she spends her time getting lost in writing, reading, or fandoms she recently discovered. Whether she is enjoying books or movies, she continues finding inspiration at every turn to bring more exciting stories to life. She also enjoys eating cupcakes, watching Netflix, and pretending to have Oprah interview her!


Twitter: @XavierNeal87

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tips On How To Write A Fabulous First Line In A Story That'll Grab The Reader.

The first page in a book is supposed to hook the reader. I know a lot of people, including myself, will read the first page and decide from there whether to buy the book or not. Sometimes I’ll even read beyond the first page and then make my decision. So in all honesty, not only does the first page need to kickass but the whole first chapter does as well. However, it’s imperative that the first page captures the reader’s interest.

But what about the first line?

Oh, God, yeah. That. The first line is most definitely the crucial part to the first page.

There are many examples of a best first line of a novel. Here are a few:

They shot the white girl first–Paradise by Toni Morrison

The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting–The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Cran

It was the day my grandmother exploded–The Crow Road by Iain M. Banks

So how are you going to write that fabulous first line to where a hand jumps out of the page, grabs the reader by the face, and yanks her into the story? What helps me is to read other author's opening pages. You can go on Amazon and read the first few pages of a book.

But then what?

Well, here are some tips for you that I go by . . .

* You need to write something interesting with a hook that sets the tone for the rest of the story. It doesn’t necessarily have to start out with action or conflict (it can though), but it has to be something important and relevant to the rest of the story.

* The main character is introduced.

* The story’s setting is revealed, but you shouldn’t reveal too much, just enough detail to tantalize some of the reader’s senses: sight, smell, hearing, and taste.

* You should end each chapter with a hook to engage the reader and set up the next chapter.

*Your pacing should be good and not bogged down by too much description.

* The first chapter needs to be the foundation for your story.

* You don’t need to reveal every character in your first chapter or every physical attribute or trait your main character has. Those things need to been woven in throughout the story.

* The first chapter does need to introduce the core conflict of the story, but the reader doesn’t need to know the details, just enough to pique her curiosity.

There you have. My first book (Beyond the Eyes) in my trilogy had won an award for the best first line in a book which was cool.

I hope my tips help you.


HAPPY FRIDAY!
 
 
 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

This is what happens when you get cocky

At the end of last December, my husband and I were bragging about not being sick in a long time. We were totally cocky about it.

Guess what?

In January, we both got really sick, and I'm sick again.









I wish my cat Church would take care of me like that. I've been running a temp. since last Thursday.

I feel awful.

Why oh why did we say we never get sick?

We jinx ourselves.

I've learned my lesson. I'll never do that again. It feels like some unknown assmonkey source heard Kevin and I bragging about how we haven't been ill in a long time, and a wicked grin crosses the source's face, "I can fix that." His long, thin, knotty fingers sprinkles black dust over our heads.

BOOM!

We're sick.

Lovely.

Thanks a lot asshole.

I'm going to go take a nap now.

*crawls up the stairs and climbs into bed*

Blog Tour! Saved by The Seal by #Author Diana Gardin





Title: Saved By The SEAL  (STANDALONE Battle Scars novel)

Author : Diana Gardin 
Genre: Romance 









He saved her life. She showed him how to live it . . .
When he sees a woman drowning, Grisham Abbot immediately leaps into action. The Navy SEAL forgets his training, his past, and the explosion that forever scarred his body and his mind. He can only remember what he was born to do. But saving Greta Owen is a complication Grisham is definitely not ready for. She’s stunning and gorgeouslike sunlight after months of darkness. Yep, Grisham is so, so screwed.

Greta knows that the smart thing to do would be to run from Grisham. He’s a wounded warrior, and his head is a big-time mess. The problem is that Greta wants to make him her mess. One kiss and she’s completely in over her head. And if this SEAL risked himself to save her, then she must find a way to bring him back to life . . .
































Diana Gardin was born and raised combing the coasts of Southeastern Virginia. She is now a happy resident of South Carolina as she married into an enormous Carolina-rooted family. She loves the beach, and even more than that she loves to read while sitting on the beach. While writing was always a passion of Diana’s, she enrolled in college to become an elementary-school teacher. After eight years of teaching in both Virginia and South Carolina, she decided to stay at home with her first child. This decision is what opened her eyes to the fact that she still very much loved to write, and her first novel was born. Diana is the author of several works of New Adult Romance, including The Ashes Series, The Nelson Island Series, and the Battle Scars Series.




Tweet me: @DianalynnGardin


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cover Reveal! Shredded To Pieces by #Author S. Donahue


Title: Shredded To Pieces
Author: S. Donahue
Photographer: Jessica Anhalt 








“I thought love would last, boy was I wrong. I gave my heart, my everything, to have it shredded to pieces. I didn’t think it would ever beat again, that was until I met Marco. To complicate things even further, my new roommate, Drew, came into the picture. My heart that was shredded is now torn. Who do I choose…the one guy who I will be safe with or do I take the ultimate risk? One thing is for sure, someone will end up hurt in the end.” -Molly
S. Donahue’s novel, Shredded to Pieces, is about lost love, lust and friendship. When they all come to the surface, decisions need to be made. Can Molly find happiness once again? Will she make the right choice? Shredded to Pieces coming soon to an online bookstore near you!

















S. Donahue is a romance author who resides in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, with her husband and their four-year-old son. She has two book series entitled The Heart Series and The Boston Kirkpatricks, a holiday romance titled One for the Holiday, and a stand- alone titled Provoked. She is currently working on several novels to be released, including the follow up to the newly released title Shredded to Pieces.
When she is not writing, Donahue loves shopping, reading, and spending time with family. She loves to connect with her readers, so feel free to find her on Facebook or visit her blog at https://shannshops.wordpress.com/









Sunday, March 13, 2016

GOAT CHILDREN A #YA Novel with a touch of #Fantasy By #Author Jordan Elizabeth & #Giveaway!

Blurb:

When Keziah’s grandmother, Oma, is diagnosed with dementia, Keziah faces two choices: leave her family and move to New Winchester to care for Oma, or stay in New York City and allow her grandmother to live in a nursing home miles away.

The dementia causes Oma to be rude and paranoid, nothing like the woman Keziah remembers. Each day becomes a greater weight and love a harsher burden. Keziah must keep Oma from wandering off or falling, and try to convince her grandmother to see a doctor as her eyesight and hearing fail, but Oma refuses to believe anything is wrong. Resentful of her hardships in New Winchester, Keziah finds herself drawn to Oma’s ramblings about the Goat Children, a mythical warrior class. These fighters ride winged horses, locating people in need while attempting to destroy evil in the world. Oma sees the Goat Children everywhere, and as Keziah reads the stories Oma wrote about them, she begins to question if they really exist.


GOAT CHILDREN will be released March 25, 2016 from CHBB.

This story means a lot to me. Many of the events are taken from my own life when I helped out my grandmother. She was one of my best friends and in many ways, my world. It still hurts to think about how the dementia made her suffer.

As she would have said: without further ado, I present the cover for GOAT CHILDREN. The talented Rue Volley created this cover.



I can’t wait to share this book with all of you! You can mark it as TBR today on GoodReads.



About the author: Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history behind her, she is now diving into the world of writing. It happens to be her most favorite one yet. When she’s not creating art or researching her family tree, she’s updating her blog. Jordan is the vice president of the Utica Writers Club. She roams Central New York but loves to travel.


Win a paperback copy of my first novel, ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.

All winners will be notified after verification of entry at the end of this promotion. Prizes have been supplied by and the responsibility of delivery are solely that of the author and/or their representatives. Blogs are not liable for non-delivery on the part of the author. No purchase necessary.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Release Blitz! Carnal Recovery by #Author Victoria Bright





Title: Carnal Recovery 
Author: Victoria Bright 





I thought no one could tame me until I met him… 

My life revolved around two things— sex and power. As a sex therapist, I helped couples with their intimacy issues while appearing to lead a typical single life. Although I lived a civilized life during the day, by nightfall I transformed into my sadistic, dominating persona. 

When a session with my submissive left him severely injured, I found myself sitting in Xavier Bennett’s office for court-ordered therapy. It was one thing to reveal the skeletons in my closet, but it was a different ball game to confess these demons to my colleague. Little did I know, he harbored dark secrets of his own. 

After receiving an invitation to assist Xavier with his marriage retreat, I soon learn his intentions weren't what they seemed. What I thought would be a relaxing work-related vacation turned into a mental bloodbath as we both fought for dominance. Walls will come tumbling down and someone’s bound to get hurt. 

There can only be one Master. 
Who will come out on top and who will surrender?











Victoria Bright is from a small town in North Carolina and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina. You can usually find her hoarding bottles of Cool Blue Gatorade, playing The Sims when not writing, or obsessing over Camaros.



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blog Tour! Down To You by #Author Addison Kline



Title : Down To You 
Author: Addison Kline 
Genre: Romance 









Book 1 of the Love on Edge series

Holly Edgemont used to love celebrating Christmas, that is, until her whole world was turned upside down by an unexpected divorce from her college sweetheart Brant. This year, not only is she divorced, but the kids are going out of state with her ex Brant, leaving her utterly alone. Holly's party-girl friend Sloane tries to break her out of her frump by dragging her along to holiday parties where Holly meets cute and available Chris. But when Holly realizes that she still has feelings for Brant, she has a decision to make: Learn to trust her long time love who broke her heart, or move on for good. 

Brant Edgemont is a divorced father of three, and hopelessly in love with his ex-wife, Holly. He made the biggest mistake of his life walking out two years ago. Despite his pleas to reconnect, Holly still resists him. Is it too late to rekindle their love? Or will Holly move on for good, leaving Brant himself heartbroken and alone?

Down To You is not just a romantic love story. It is a story of familial love, friendship, betrayal, redemption, and the magic that can happen at Christmas time when friends and family join together.











Black Horse
 Free on Kindle Unlimited for Limited Time only




  

 Broken Road 
 Free on Kindle Unlimited for Limited Time Only

 

Black Horse Duo 
 Free on Kindle Unlimited for Limited Time Only

 
Miles Away
Free on Kindle Unlimted
Amazon:



 Shadow Dancer 
 Free on Kindle Unlimited



Stolen Innocents 
 Free on Kindle Unlimited



Addison Kline is an award winning, best selling novelist who writes mystery,

psychological thrillers and romantic suspense novels. She lives in

Pennsylvania with her husband, their sons and two rambunctious dogs.

Addison has had a love affair with the written word since before she

entered school. Her grandmother taught her the glory of taking an

adventure in the pages of a book. When Addison isn’t writing, you can

find her reading, going for an adventure with her sons, or traveling

with her family.