Thursday, August 22, 2013

{COVER REVEAL}: Love and Other Games

I am SO excited to reveal this cover today!

Love and Other Games Book Blurbs:
LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and  Kara Leigh Miller.

Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze
Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running. Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium. With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.

Ana Blaze's: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier
US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.  Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she's not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way.  A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult.  Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?

Melinda Dozer's: Website | Twitter | Facebook

The Girl Behind the Gold by Aria Kane
Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans' hearts. “Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia. The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want - but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need. 

Aria Kane's: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller
Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player. Despite Brenna Jessup's abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she's hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn't want apologies -- he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it -- and her -- in the process.
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To celebrate the cover reveal, the authors are giving away a $20 gift card to the bookstore of the winner's choice. Check out the rafflecopter below to enter!




Tuesday, August 6, 2013

{GUEST POST}: A Day of Writing by J.E. Shannon

I'm happy to have YA author, J.E. Shannon on the blog today. She's talking about what her typical writing day is like. So, take it away, J.E....

On an average morning my day starts much the same way that every mom’s day starts; with my four year old pouncing on my head. Or the dog, sometimes they take turns. This usually happens around six-thirty in the morning. Then I’ll groggily drag myself out of bed, and spend most of the day trying to entertain my four year old daughter. Plus letting the dog in and out...and in...and out. At least one of those times I will open the door, the dog will look at me quizzically, and not move at all. I will tap my foot. The dog will look at my foot, then back at me, but still won’t move. This goes on for at least two minutes before she meanders through the door like royalty. Does anyone else’s dog do that, or is this just payback for the one time I accidentally shut the door on her head? I apologized profusely for that by the way.

            That’s how a normal day goes, but writing days...ah, writing days are special. I still get my head pounced on; I mean it could be Christmas and my head would still get pounced on, so writing days are no exception, but I get to lounge in bed for a little while longer. My husband takes care of the rest. I call this “thinking time” when really I’m usually dozing back off. Shhh....

            Then I’ll run a hot bath. I take a book in there with me, and it’s almost always one of The Hunger Games books. I’m not sure why, but I tend to write better after reading them. It gets my head in the game. Those books are where I want mine to be, so reading them before I go write inspires me to do my best.

            After the bath it’s a flurry of managing the house and getting myself ready. Inevitably, it also includes a search for something. I can ace a game of Harry Potter Trivia without blinking an eye, but for the life of me I can’t remember where I put my keys five minutes ago. Go figure.

            After that I leave the house, with my laptop stowed under my arm. If I tried to write from home I would be interrupted every fifteen seconds, which does not make for productive writing. Sometimes the wrong characters get killed off out of pure frustration. Which maybe isn’t such a bad thing. I mean look how great that works for George R.R. Martin.

            Anyway, nine times out of ten I end up a Panera. In fact the people there know me so well that they usually have my plate and my total waiting for me by time I reach the counter. I’m not sure if that’s really awesome, or really lame. Sometimes I want to tell them, “Oh, I was going to get something different today”, just to mess with them. But I really like those cinnamon bagels, so I never do.

            I know quite a few others also follow my Panera pattern and we usually exchange cheerful greetings. A lot of them are also writers, so we’ll talk about our projects for a little bit. Then I go find my seat. Most times I browse the internet while I eat my apparently predictable bagel. I’ll send a few fun Tweets, or a few funny Facebook messages. By then I’m in a terrific mood. I’ll open up my latest work in progress and then...write a scene where a major character gets half their face blown off. Isn’t being a writer awesome?

            I’ll sit in that place for a couple hours, or however long it takes to reach my word goal; which usually sits in the twenty five hundred range. When I really get into it I’ll have absolutely no idea what’s going on around me. The place could get robbed and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash. Those are my favorite days. When I wrote Awakenings, I could sit for hours and not move an inch. I love the characters in that book so much, even though I made them go through terrible things. I would get so caught up in that world of loss and revenge, new friendships and strong connections; I’d blink and three hours would have passed. It was amazing.

            I love what I do. I can’t imagine a better line of work. I cherish my writing days, but I also love coming home and having my head pounced on. I guess I’m weird like that.

LOL! J.E., this sounds so much like me it's scary. My dogs do that, too, and I have a cat that insists on walking over my lap (where my laptop sits) a dozen times until I make room for her to lay down. Okay, so, tell us about your new book, Awakenings.

 Evie Shepard awakens to a nightmare. She's been buried alive and has no idea how or why. As she struggles to remember what happened, she begins to notice changes -- heightened senses, as well as increased speed, agility, and strength. And her heart no longer beats. She soon makes a disturbing discovery: she wasn't buried alive; she was murdered. Somehow, she has come back...and she wants revenge.

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J. E. Shannon currently lives in Florida, but is a Missouri native. She spends most of her time reading, writing, and taking care of her small child and two crazy dogs. Visit her at You can also find J.E. on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.



To celebrate her new release, JE Shannon is giving away a Kindle with an ecopy of Awakenings (US only). One runner-up will win an ecopy of Awakenings (open internationally). You can enter here: