Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Rookie Love by Skye Turner

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Rookie Love
by International Bestselling Author Skye Turner
August 30, 2016
 

Blurb:

Jase Stevens has a life and career that are heading in one direction… up. His career as the pitcher for the Baton Rouge Gris Gris, the baseball farm team, is garnering him national attention as a major league contract seems to be rapidly approaching. His love life is also not lacking. His devilish good looks and southern charm have women flocking to him both on and off the baseball diamond.
Cally Cooper loves her life and takes pride in the fact that she helps animals that otherwise might be lost due to irresponsible owners and neglect. She runs Love & Paws, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue center. The animals fill her life with purpose and her heart with love, though lately she finds herself yearning for the love of a good man as well.
After one night of celebration, Jase is arrested and charged with a DUI. Community Service at the Love & Paw’s animal rescue center is part of his sentence.
Neither Cally nor Jase are happy about the situation, but neither have a choice in the matter.
Both have preconceived ideas of what the other is like, but as they spend more time together, a spark of attraction takes them by storm. Will they realize that maybe they misjudged each other?
When two people find something they didn’t know they needed, will they embrace it or run from it?
Are they willing to take a chance on love or will the idea of opening yourself up to something you never expected have them both running from Rookie Love?
***This book is intended for those 18 and older. It contains explicit sex, graphic language, and adult content. Those against those things should NOT read!

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Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 kids, and 4 fur babies. When she's not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), or catching up on her family oriented blog.



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Monday, 29 August 2016

Adventures in self-publishing: errors and perceptions

This week Donna of Words Turn Me On promotions pointed out two errors in The Bonus, my first Zeta cartel novel. The first, a spelling mistake, turned out to be a false flag due to my UK English and her USA English perspective.  But the second was a doozy.  See if you can spot it.

     As I said earlier, I have a talent for terror. They gave me a couple of tough cookies to debrief, and I went at it hammer and tongs. Don't ask me exactly what: it would make you lose your lunch.
     You might think that people like me are evil. From my point of view, I'm a fighter, so there's no point in talking to me about the 7th commandment. No point in talking to me about the Geneva Convention, either. When you pick up a gun and threaten my country, I'll do what it takes to stop you, and I'll play by the rules. But if you use terror tactics, then the gloves are off, and you can expect to get what you deserve.

This is Kyle, my dark hero talking.  Did you see it?  If you didn't, not to worry because The Bonus has been out since November 2013.  It's been beta-read by several people and edited twice, once by an amateur proofreader and once by a pro. I've sold over 5000 copies and Donna was the first to mention it.

The mistake that Donna pointed out was that the 7th commandment is the one about adultery.  It's the 6th that discusses killing.

For me, this is an interesting point. Not because of the error but because Donna was worried about pointing it out. People, she said, can be upset when you point out errors.

And that's what got me thinking.

Writing is a joy, a wonderfully fulfilling creative process. Editing is soul-sucking horror and thanks to e-publishing where mistakes can be corrected easily and universally, the dratted process is endless.

I've been writing 20 years and in this time I worked with traditional publishers on print books before venturing into self-publishing so I've experience of both worlds. 

One of the joys of working with a huge team in a big publishing house is that they organise the proofreading and editing.  Small presses tend to stick to one pass but the bigger ones will do one to two passes in-house, then one or two with the author.

Even so, I've seldom seen a book emerge without errors. Longmans, Marshall Cavendish, MPH - they're all terrific companies, they do a superb job always, but they'll be the first to agree that there will be a typo or bit of dodgy punctuation somewhere.

I see correcting errors as part of business. It's not personal. However, I do see a difference in how readers approach errors.

Let's take a classic as an example. In Georgette Heyer's Black Sheep, one of the characters remarks,
"You're as fat as a flawn, Nally!
A flawn is a custard tart so the sentence makes no sense. It might be "flat as a flawn" or "fat as a fawn", but we'll never know because the error appears in every edition, from it's first publication in 1966 until today, with publishers like Bodley Head, Arrow, and Sourcebooks Casablanca failing to correct it.

Yet if you look at the reviews, you won't see mentions of it. Discussions of the error are confined to specialist discussions of regency literature.

I've also got a Jane Austen somewhere with "recieve" instead of "receive" and a classic that has "wierd" instead of "weird".

While most books will have an error, I think that some readers expect to see mistakes in self-published works. This has two main effects.  First, it means they are more likely to notice an error in a self-published book than a big press book.  Second, they're more likely to flag errors incorrectly.

Me, I welcome readers helping me correct errors, and I'm not fussed if it's a false flag due to regional differences or other problem.

When it comes to seeing an error in someone else's work, I'll write if it's someone I know and like but otherwise I don't bother. After all, it's just fiction, a bit of fun. I don't mind the odd error.  All I care about is being entertained.

What do you think?

Sunday, 28 August 2016

After The One: Series Finale by Danielle Allen

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After The One, Season Finale
by: Danielle Allen 
Release Date: August 28, 2016
 
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The insta-love.
The perfect couple.
The enchanted fairy tale.
The concept of ‘happily ever after’ on reality TV is beautiful, but it’s complete B.S.
I mean, I get the appeal.
The One is the most watched reality TV dating show because it sells the idea that two people “randomly” handpicked by producers will fall in love and ride off into the sunset. We are expected to believe that after having a group of women embarrass themselves for the affection of a man on national television, the bachelor and the chosen one fall in love and they live happily ever after.
Let’s be honest.
Shows like The One are really about fantasy romance and must-see entertainment—not happily ever afters. That’s why the creators and producers don’t show what happens after the exotic getaways, lavish lifestyles, and over-the-top proposals. Even though reality TV relationships never last, they want us to buy into the fairy tale.
Truth is… when the cameras stop rolling, the number one killer of reality TV couples is real life.
And life just got REAL.

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The cattiness.
The fights.
The shaming.
I don't generally watch reality television, but I definitely don't watch reality dating shows. Besides the fact that it's completely staged, it's a horrible depiction of people -- women especially.
Women are pitted against each other to compete for the affection of a man they "fall in love" with after a week or two.
I call B.S.
It is complete crap.

So when my best friend, Koko, was hired as a makeup artist o the set of the most popular reality dating show, The One, I teased her mercilessly.
She told me that if I didn't stop teasing her, she would get me back.
And she did...
Which is how I ended up as a contestant on The One.

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Me I VotedDanielle Allen is a lover of football, fashion, film and fiction. From karaoke nights to vacationing and everything in between, she enjoys making the most out of the life in which she’s been blessed by living authentically and intentionally. Danielle spends her days teaching college students and her nights writing. And ultimately, she lives her life like it's golden.

Danielle Allen is the author of the Back to Life Series (Back to Life, Back to Reality, Back to December*), Love Discovered in New York, Autumn & Summer, the Heartache Series (Heartache, Heartfelt, Heartless*), Work Song, The One, and After The One.

*spinoff from series, featuring different characters, coming Winter 2016/2017
 

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

T. S. Irons sale


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Do you like smokin’ hot, taboo short stories? Then we have got a sale for you!

The very naughty author T. S. Irons is preparing to release Brat Out of Hell, the short story follow up to Stepdaddy Dom. To celebrate this event, she is putting all her books on sale for .99¢ This sale runs August 22 - August 28.

Let us show you what she has, but be warned, these titles may cause your e-Reader to melt!



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Stepdaddy Dom (Step Dom) -
An erotic taboo tale  by T.S. Irons
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My life was almost perfect. I had a job I loved that made me a ton of money. I had the perfect wife who was sexy, smart, and loved to play games in the bedroom. And then there was Riley, my eighteen-year-old stepdaughter, the bane of my existence. She was a spoiled brat that needed to be taught a lesson, and I was going to bend her into submission.



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Step-daddy said I was a spoiled brat and needed to be taught a lesson. Well, two can play that game. If he wouldn’t play with me, I’d find someone else to take the dungeon. I didn’t plan on getting caught. Next, I was kicked out of the house, landed on the doorstep of the Church of the Brotherly Bonds. Pastor Damian was too hot to be a man of the cloth. Seeking salvation has never been more fun.

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They say everything is bigger in Texas. I witnessed it first hand: the men, egos, and lifestyles. I was smack dab in the middle of it. My name is Cassandra Wade. I gave up a successful modeling career to be the trophy wife of Jackson Wade, the famous oil magnate. It would have been great if it weren’t for Jackson’s twin sons, Derek and Damon. They were polar opposites: the angel and the devil incarnate. While Jackson offered me security, Derek and Damon offered something very different. Something I tried to resist, but the urge and desire was too strong and I succumbed to temptation. What will happen if Jackson finds out? It’s sure to be an epic battle of wills because losing isn’t a word the Wade men tolerate.



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My wicked stepsister—a tale of lust, seduction and surrender.

Drew Reynolds was the most beautiful woman in the world to me. We grew up together, and I’ve watched out for her since we were children. She was the Hollywood “It” Girl—flirty, outrageous, and always in trouble.
I’ve been her protector, her rock, her savior. I also happened to be her stepbrother, and completely infatuated with her.

Growing up in Hollywood, we’ve always had an unconventional family. Nothing is ever as it seems. When the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred, what’s a guy to do?
Should I push aside my feelings of desire or cross a line I’m not sure either one of us can come back from?

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I lead a charmed life on the Upper East Side of New York with a doting daddy who adored me.
Then one day it all came to a screeching halt. I escaped the only life I had known. In a new town with a new identity and no friends, I had two choices—wallow in pity or embrace my new life and the possibilities it could bring me. With the FBI in pursuit, I decided to stop worrying about things I had no control over.
I was free from the proper, privileged life I had lived. I was also free of a very boring, uptight boyfriend whose idea of sex was five minutes in missionary position followed by a shower to clean himself off. Now I could take a journey and follow my own sexual urges.
It was all fun and games until Patrick Shannon showed up with a beer and pizza and wanted to talk, which lead to him spending the night. As feelings brewed beneath the surface and the FBI closed in, I grew anxious. Should I take a chance with Shannon, who pissed me off just as much as he excited me? Or should I flee the man I was falling for to stay one step ahead of the FBI?



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She lives in Pennsylvania with her sexy husband and their crazy dog.
Her published works include Stepdaddy Dom (Step-Dom), Sibling Rivalry and My Wicked Stepsister.

Twitter: @TSIrons1
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Friday, 26 August 2016

The Boys of Syracuse, Kansas by Kristi Cramer

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BOSK boxed setTitle: The Boys of Syracuse, Kansas
Author: Kristi Cramer
Genre: YA Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 4
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An exciting, suspenseful trio of full length standalone novels that will keep you turning the pages, without running into language and scenes that make you cringe.

Last Shot at Justice: Detective Mitzi Reardon doesn’t know what she did to anger her boss, but he is gunning for her. Literally. Now a prostitute is dead, and she is the prime suspect with the law hot on her heels. With nowhere to run and no one to trust, Mitzi’s only hope lies in the hands of Blue Thomas, a chivalrous cowboy from Kansas.

Last Second Chance: An ex-con's search for a new start in a small Kansas town leads to a chance at a life and a love he never expected. But the life he left behind won't stay quietly in his past.

One Last Song: In a bold operation that leaves the tiny town of Syracuse reeling, Kylie and Jax are kidnapped. Getting nabbed for human trafficking would be bad enough, but their captors have an additional agenda.

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It might be somewhat out of style these days, but Kristi's heroes and heroines have lines that they don't cross, things that they won't do to save the day. They will find a way to achieve their goals that may take longer and be riskier, rather than cross those lines into doing "whatever it takes" and landing in the murk of questionable morality.

They are human, and they do make mistakes. They are practical people and if their loved one is in imminent danger and the only way to save them is to shoot to kill, somebody is going to die. But death and mayhem are never the first choice for Kristi's heroes.

Her villains, however, are under no such restraints. With each novel, Kristi goes deeper to create characters who have real motives, goals, and backgrounds that give the reader a glimpse into the heart of darkness. Villains who hold life cheap, and leave chaos in their wake.

The end result is nail biting, edge of your seat suspense that will keep you turning pages, rooting for the good guys and that happy ever after ending.

Kristi's YA books (as Kristi L. Cramer) are good, clean excitement, with an uplifting message you'll be happy to share with your young ones--and enjoy yourself.


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Monday, 22 August 2016

AJ Adams, review of The Loft by Elizabeth Lister

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I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review by the BDSM Goodreads group
 
This was a really nice surprise. I was expecting porn and instead it's a wonderful erotic novella with terrific, rounded characters and a beat-the-monster plot - with an HEA! 

I liked Tate, the young, impetuous hero of the story, James the Dom who is totally sane, experienced and tough, and Sebastian their sweet, sensitive, kind third. They're very human, very attractive, and there are hints of flaws and breaks in their complex relationship that will make a fine novel or two. The writing's good, the pacing excellent, and there's a real sense of time and place.

The only thing I didn't like, and it's really nitpicking, is that visit to the doctor towards the end. I know some readers demand "messages" but all the condom talk and technical information came across as stilted. I'd fiddle with that a little, probably reduce it to a very short paragraph.

But like I said, nitpicking. The Loft is definitely recommended!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

AJ Adams interivew: Drue Hoffman with DRC Promotions

Curious about book promotion but didn't know who to ask?  Check out this interview with Drue Hoffman from DRC Promotions!

AJ Adams: How long have you been running book promos? And what got you into the business?

Hello everyone I’m Drue Hoffman with DRC Promotions.  I’ve been marketing books for authors for over 4 years now.  Prior to that I was a reviewer/blogger.  DRC Promotions provides a variety of author services, including Facebook Advertising, Graphic Design, Book Formatting, Web Design, Blog Tours, Publication Assistance and more.  A dear friend and author persuaded me to give marketing a shot, she was having trouble finding reliable, organized promotions for her books so I gave it a try and the rest, as they say is history.

AJ Adams: What is a blog tour, and what does it do for an author?

A blog tour is the virtual equivalent of a book tour, instead of going physically from bookstore to bookstore though the stops are virtual and go from blog to blog.  I think blog tours provide a lot of exposure for authors and put the book being promoted in front of many eyes.  I do not however believe they have a lot of impact on sales – at least not immediately they are merely one step towards that.

AJ Adams: What is a review tour, and what does it do for an author?

A review tour is much the same as a blog tour with the exception that it includes the option for blogs to receive a free copy of the book being promoted in exchange for an honest review.  Review tours are great for getting your review numbers up on retailers.  Let’s face it the opinion of others matters when it comes to products we purchase and a book is no different, people will be less likely to purchase a book with minimal reviews as opposed to a book with a good number of reviews.

AJ Adams: There are lots of tour operators, how do I pick one that works for me?

I think this is a personal choice.  I think the way the tour operator and author work together on any project ultimately determines the success of the project.  I tend to be more hands on and personal with the authors I work with.  Many I know by their real names, I have actually talked with on the phone or met in person.  We have non book related discussions I know about their family, pets, vacations, etc.  I think this is important to be vested in what you are promoting, after all if you as the promoter do not believe in the works you are promoting how are you to convince strangers to believe in it?

AJ Adams: What kinds of books and authors do you most like to work with?

I work with Indie, Hybrid and traditionally published authors primarily in the Romance Genre but I am not limited to that genre.  I also have a few clients in Suspense, Mystery & Fantasy. I will give nearly any genre consideration when looking at promoting a book, but there are a few I just do not have an audience for, like Teen or YA.

AJ Adams: How is Amazon's new policy of stopping book tours impacting Indie authors and your business?

Right now for me it hasn’t impacted anything much.  My authors have had some reviews disappear but not a significant amount which I am thankful for.  I think we all have to just hang in there during this transition to whatever the heck it is Amazon is trying to accomplish and then move on.  And we must all be vigilant and stay within Amazon’s TOS policies when posting reviews.

AJ Adams: What are your stalker links?

I can be found on facebook anytime

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Hiring Fair by Laura Strickland

THE HIRING FAIR
part of The Wild Rose Press' "Help Wanted Series"

by Laura Strickland
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical Romance



Brutally dispossessed during the Highland Clearances, Tam Sutherland comes to the hiring fair at Oban, Scotland hoping to find a job for the season. But his maimed right hand, inflicted by the same cruel factor responsible for his parents’ deaths, means he’s one of few men available when the beautiful woman makes her surprising announcement: she’s looking not for a hand but a husband, not just for the season but forever.

Annie MacCallum is under threat from a brutal factor also, back at her home farm—one who preys on unmarried women. If she’s to protect all those who rely on her, including her beloved animals, she must have a husband, if only in name. Secretly glad when the attractive Tam takes up her proposition, she doesn’t realize she’s dragging him into a situation that will trigger old demons. Nor does she expect to give him her heart.


In a low tone he asked, “This marriage you ha’ in mind, will it be legal wi’ no banns being read?”

“Father Alban is an old friend of my uncle, and I ha’ spoken to him of this. He will accommodate me.”

“Aye, and what will your uncle think o’ this scheme of yours?”

“Very little, I imagine. He is dead.”

Sutherland contemplated that without comment.

St. Lyon’s church loomed ahead, appearing all at once out of the swirling snow. Annie turned to Jockie.

“You lead Old Rake round back and join us inside where you can get warm, eh?”

Jockie nodded and clattered off.

Annie turned to Sutherland and looked into his face, only to be struck again by how handsome he looked. But that had naught to do with anything, and she could not let it sway her good sense, not when she’d come so far.

“Before we go inside, I want to be sure I ha’ your understanding. This is no’ an ordinary marriage but something more in the manner of a hiring, which is why I came to the fair in the first place.”

He inclined his shaggy head toward her slightly. “A hiring wi’out wages. That is against the law, you do ken.”

She swept him with her gaze. “And are you a man to adhere to arbitrary laws? I confess, I did no’ get that impression.”

“And,” he returned, “are you a woman who needs to hire a husband?” He echoed her. “I confess, I did no’ get that impression.” He returned her stare, slow and attentive. “You are certainly bonnie enough to snare a husband the usual way.”

To her surprise, Annie felt a wave of heat course through her. “I do no’ want a usual kind o’ husband. I want one who will tak’ my orders and stay clear o’ my bed. Be sure you are that man before we go inside and speak these vows.”

One of Sutherland’s eyebrows quirked up. “I was right at the outset; you are mad.”

“So we ha’ already determined,” Annie agreed, beginning to grow edgy again. What if he refused at this late moment? Where would she find a substitute, with the market now deserted and the snow falling? Besides, she discovered she did not want a substitute; for reasons she did not quite understand, she wanted this man and no other.

“There is a story behind this,” he said mildly. “I confess, I would like to hear it.”

“Perhaps you shall, but not now—there is no time.” Annie drew a breath and sought to deny the fear rising inside her, the fear that he might walk away from her after all.

But that curious smile crossed his lips again.

“Are you coming wi’ me?” she pressed.

“It seems a damned clever way to secure the services of a farm worker whilst paying no wages,” he said. “But aye, for all that, I will come along wi’ you.”



Born in Buffalo and raised on the Niagara Frontier, Laura Strickland has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. To her the spunky, tenacious, undefeatable ethnic mix that is Buffalo spells the perfect setting for a little Steampunk, so she created her own Victorian world there. She knows the people of Buffalo are stronger, tougher and smarter than those who haven’t survived the muggy summers and blizzard blasts found on the shores of the mighty Niagara. Tough enough to survive a squad of automatons? Well, just maybe.