Monday, November 25, 2013

{BLOG TOUR}: Entrusted

I'm extremely happy to welcome Connie Ann Michael to the blog today. She's out touring with her new young adult book, ENTRUSTED. (I've edited this book -- fantastic!!)  One her characters, Solomon is here to answer a few questions about him, his family, and the girl he loves, Emma. So, without further ado...

Could you tell me a little about how you first met Emma?
Well, I first met her when she was created as the vessel, but she was a baby and I didn't know it was her, so I guess that doesn't really count.  I was pulled into her dreams for a while before I actually got to meet her face to face, and that was at the Tribal Center.  It was the first time we got a chance to actually speak.  I'm afraid I wasn't as smooth as I would have hoped and was kind of at a loss for anything to say and kind of stared at her.  She takes my breath away.

What did you think of her initially? Love at first sight?
The minute I was pulled into her dreams and stood by watching her interaction with Raven, I knew she had my heart.  It was most definitely love at first sight and even today...every time I see her, I fall in love with her again.

If you had to describe Emma in three words?
Well her name means all-containing, I think that is a good word for her and what her purpose is...or was. I would also say compassionate, she cares so much for other people that she often times forgets about her needs.  And finally I would say beautiful.  Inside and out.

What's the hardest thing you've had to face together?
Well, the entire story of Entrusted is the fight we had to go through to get her away from Raven.  That would be the easy answer.  But I am going to say, from my point of view, the hardest thing I had to face was trying to convince Emma it I was worth fighting for.  That she could love me and except my love in return.  She can be stubborn and it took a lot to get her to see she was worthy of my love and of the life we could have together.  There was a lot of history she needed to be caught up on.  History she is a part of but not aware of.  It will take time for her to understand her part in it. But, more importantly, I need to be patient and love her while she questions who she is and what we can be together.

Okay, so your brother, Logan. He's a big part of the story and a friend to Emma. Give us a little dish on him. Will he ever find his heart?
Technically, he would be considered our cousin in your world.  We do not share mothers.  But we consider him a brother so that is fine to refer to him as that.  Remember, in our customs I can't tell too much about another's gifts so I will talk more general about him. Logan is my best friend as well as brother.  He has always got me and doesn't put up with my shit, as he says, not my words.  Logan is a free spirit.  That can be seen by his description.  He doesn't follow the traditional ways with his hair or jewelry but that's just him.  He embraces the modern world more than the rest of us, which makes it easier for him to work with the youth of the tribes.  He says I'm stuffy and scare the kids.  I prefer reserved.  Ha ha. Logan has a quick wit and loves to laugh, but he had a rough childhood and uses his humor to hide what is really going on underneath.  He won't talk about it, but I know.  Just like he knows things about me the others don't.  We have a weird connection that way.  I think Logan is a necessary force to offset Josiah's negative energy.  If anyone should find his heart, it should be Logan.  He has so much to give and I think if he found someone they might help him heal from his past.  And to answer your last part of the question.  I think Logan will definitely have his chance to tell his story later.

What's next for you and Emma?
I wish I could say we ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after but that isn't the way life works.  We got a reprieve at the end of Entrusted and hopefully we can take some time to get to know each other without worrying about Raven, but he's coming back.  We haven't won yet and until he is destroyed he will continue to fight for what he believes is his.  But the Great Spirit is giving us a small gift of time before I must leave.  Our time here is up and we are going to be moving on.  Emma needs to finish her senior year so we will be separated for a short time. I am hoping I can trust the friendships she has formed to help her during our separation.  Nick has some history he is unaware of that I believe will come in handy while I am gone.  You'll have to wait for him to reveal that, however.  Life is never guaranteed, but no matter what happens Emma and I are connected. I have no choice in that matter.  She has my heart.  I love her.  I'll do whatever I need to to make her happy.



Blurb:

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control.  Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her. 

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?

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Excerpt:

Slowly and deliberately, Solomon began to kiss my shoulders, turning me so he could run his fingers lightly over the bruises on my back. I could feel the warmth of his touch become more intense as he transferred the wounds of my body to his own. His kiss, his touch, sent shivers through me, taking all my worries and fears away. He turned me again and placed his mouth over mine for a long, soul-stirring kiss.
“I think you should watch those healing skills of yours.” I was breathless.
He smiled mischievously. “It’s my touch that heals. I thought I would try something different this time.” He continued to trail kisses across my shoulders.
“Well, I give this technique high marks, but have to wonder how the older men would like it,” I stuttered, trying to keep my thoughts coherent.
 I felt him smile against my bare skin. “I’ll reserve it for you.”
“Does it hurt you?”
“Not as much as it does you.” His hands moved softly over my bare arms. I watched the bruises appear on him, and then slowly fade away.
“But I can heal you here.” I ran my fingers over the raw sore on his chest.
“Yes,” the word caught in his throat. “You already have.”

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About the Author:
Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State.  She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books.  She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family.  Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.
You can find Connie on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.
 

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Friday, November 22, 2013

{COVER REVEAL}: Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash



Blurb: Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they're no longer pretty pieces of jewelry -- they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One.

She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.



About the Author:
Stacey grew up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards. Full of history and culture, it provides wonderful writing inspiration. After dabbling with poetry during her teen years, Stacey stopped writing until after university when she was married with young children. Now she loves nothing more than spending her days with her children and writing when inspiration strikes.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

{COVER REVEAL}: Phasms by Barbara Garren



Blurb:

Kelsi always Knows when bad things are coming, but even she never thought she’d lose her husband at only twenty-three. Since he died, she’s been living her worst nightmare.

Her nights are filled with dreams of a Dark Haired Man, but her days are full of guilt, because the Man fills her with longing and confusion, promising to give her all she needs, all she wants, all she feared she’d never have again.

 If only the dreams would stay in her head where they belong.

Kelsi starts seeing the Dark Haired Man in her waking life, shadowing her wherever she goes.  And when her mysterious new neighbor, Aiden Hardt, knows about the Man in her dreams, Kelsi worries she can’t trust her own mind.

He’s not what he seems.

But even Aiden’s cryptic words don’t frighten her as much as the way she feels around him. Kelsi must sort through her emotions and figure out what’s real before she can ever hope to have a normal life again.





About the Author

Barbara was born and raised in Southern California, but left to explore the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy. After traveling the world, she forced herself to live a humble life in in San Francisco, New York and Norfolk, Virginia. She now calls San Diego home and you won’t pry her out with a crowbar.
She would be the first  to tell you her husband, Henry, is the inspiration for all the romance, and the real Charlie - who is as cute as he sounds in her books - is a terrorist. When not working for the U.S. Navy, she can be found running, reading or writing. She firmly believes a well rounded diet consists of coffee, scotch, chocolate, popcorn and Luna Bars. In that order.
She's a graduate of CUNY and Penn State - and manages to write a decent line here and there despite those burdens.
Social Media Links
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http://nofilterinstalled.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/NoFilterBetweenBrainandMouth

Monday, November 11, 2013

{BLOG TOUR}: Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale

I'm happy to welcome author, Cindy Ray Hale to the blog today. She's stopped by to answer some questions and share her new release, DESTINY.
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1. Welcome, Cindy. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have an amazing husband and four kids and I live thirty minutes south of Nashville, TN. I grew up on eight acres of the most beautiful woods you can imagine in Chattanooga, TN. I was number three out of seven kids in a big, crazy Mormon family. I love to travel. If I had more money, I'd travel the US and then the world with my husband and kids.
 
2. Tell us about your newest release. Feel free to include a short excerpt/blurb.
Destiny is about a young Mormon girl who falls in love with the headmaster's son of her Baptist school. She's a total goody-two-shoes in the beginning of the story and has a lot of issues with falling for him since dating guys outside the Mormon Church is against her parents's rules. Here's an excerpt: 
 
"We stood face-to-face as I stared up into his warm brown eyes. My heart was beating so fast I was sure it was going to explode. How many times had I hoped for this moment? I never in a million years had imagined such words would come out of Isaac’s mouth. His perfect, beautiful mouth. This was unreal, beyond my wildest daydreams. It was so hard to fight the desire to be with him. All my most unreachable dreams were suddenly, so unbelievably, about to come true. But they were forbidden. The right thing to do would be to pull away, turn from him, run back to the house. My head screamed at me to flee, but my heart begged me to stay." 

3. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a mom and an author.

4.  What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster?
I'm a healthy mix between the two. I've tried both, and I've found that there's a delicate balance you have to find. If you plot too much, you lose some of the creative process. If you're a total panster, then you may end up rewriting the story to fix the plot. I've been there, and it's not too fun.

5. What tips would you give others to overcome writer's block?
Honestly, you really have to just write through it. Get rid of all your distractions. Unplug your router or turn off your phone and hide it in your sock drawer if you have to. Then sit down in your writing spot and write whatever comes to your mind. Sometimes I have writers block because I'm upset about something else in my life. If that's the case, either resolve it or write your feelings down. Another reason I have writer's block is because I don't know what to write next. In that situation I'd suggest sitting down with a notebook and a pen somewhere out in nature (that always clears my mind) and scribble down ideas.

6.  What are your thoughts on critique groups/partners? 
They are absolutely essential. I don't know what I'd do without my writing buddies. There are times when they can be detrimental as well. Just because they shoot down your new idea doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Sometimes they don't see the same vision you do. 
 
7. What advice would you give to a new writer just starting out?
Write. Write. Write. Don't stop. Ever. If your first story is terrible, either rewrite it or move on to the next. It will get better. Read everything you can get your hands on about writing. Then read Save the Cat. It's a book on screenwriting, but it's absolutely fantastic for plotting out your book.

8. If your publisher offered to fly you anywhere to research your next book, where would you go?

I'd go to Parowan, Utah. That's the setting for my next book outside the Destiny Trilogy. It's this adorable little town in southern Utah just an hour from Zion National Park. I really wouldn't have to be flown anywhere for the Destiny Trilogy since the setting is my childhood home, and I only live two hours from there.



DestinyDestiny (Destiny Trilogy #1)
By Cindy Ray Hale
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Blurb:
Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.

As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.

But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?

Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

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Official Author picAbout the Author:

Wife. Mother. Writer. Cindy Ray Hale lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with her husband and four children. In addition to being a writer, she’s an avid reader and a social media junkie. She starts her morning by writing with a freshly-blended berry spinach smoothie next to her. She’s obsessed with Les Misérables, playing the piano, and stalking up-and-coming musicians on YouTube. Destiny is her first book and will be available for purchase November 2013.



You can find and contact Cindy here:

- Website

- Website for destiny

- Blog

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Google+

- Pinterest



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- A Destiny Swag Pack:including a signed copy of Destiny, a Destiny keychain, a t-shirt that says "I heart Destiny," a Destiny bookmark.

- a $25 Amazon Gift Card

- Camp Boyfriend Swag pack.



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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

{GUEST POST}: The Music Behind Adorned

Author, Georgeann Swiger has stopped by the blog today. She's here to talk about the music that helped to inspire her new book, ADORNED. Welcome, Georgeann! Take it away...

                Like every other writer on Earth, I’ve discovered music is a source of inspiration when I write.  While writing ADORNED, several songs played a big part in helping me create the characters of Micah and Anya.

Anytime I hear Viva la Vida by Coldplay, I picture Micah walking the border been Heaven and Hell keeping evil out of the Kingdom.  Viva la Vida helped inspire Micah’s background as a soldier of the Powers in Heaven.  It also set the tone for his perception that a Powers soldier is superior to not only humans but also guardian angels. The song also made me realize that Micah’s pride would keep him drawn into himself and guarded.
 


As the story went on and Micah grew and changed, the song in my mind also changed. While listening to Secrets by OneRepublic, I imagined the deeper, darker side of Micah. The sad, melancholy beginning of the song reflects Micah’s true personality. He’s been hurt and made to feel alone during a big part of his existence. Even though he’s not willing to give all his secrets away, they eat at him and leave him seeming cold and brooding.



For Anya, the music that inspired me is just as beautiful and haunting as Micah’s songs. If I Die Young by The Band Perry is Anya’s theme song. The words of the song and the sweet voice of lead singer, Kimberly Perry, is the perfect representation of Anya, a 17 year old who finds out that when she dies she’ll return to her true identity as an angel.  The song sums up Anya’s innocence and her young, romantic heart as she's falling in love with Micah.
 


Wow, Georgeann, this book sounds darkly romantic. I can't wait to read it. Can you tell us a bit more about it?


Blurb:

When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s actually an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.

Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light. 

With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya.  Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.
 
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EXCERPT:

I step onto the back porch, trying to make out what’s going on in the dark. When another flash of lightning reveals three figures clinging together, approaching from the pasture, I yell, “Is that Micah with you?”

Celeste hollers back. “Yes, but he’s not well! Get some towels and a dry blanket!”

I run up the kitchen stairwell and grab three towels from the bathroom and the comforter from my bedroom. I make it back downstairs in time to see Simon and Celeste helping Micah into the house. He leans on their shoulders, shuffling his feet as he staggers through the foyer.

Dang, you look mangled.” Eli laughs, making it sound like a big joke When Aunt Celeste and Simon lower Micah to the couch in the parlor, he moans as he sinks into the cushions and falls to his side. His bare leg and muddy foot jut out of the wet blanket.

When Simon touches Micah’s forehead, the short uneven breaths Micah sucks through his teeth become even more pronounced.

You’re burning up,” Simon says. “How could you be so stupid?”

Give me the towels, darling, and put the blanket down,” Aunt Celeste says. “Shut the door as you leave.”

I want to know what’s going on. What happened to Micah?” I try to push past her to get to him, but she catches my arm, stopping me.

Micah will be fine. But he doesn’t have any clothes on,” she says. “You can come in when we get him settled.”

Eli puts his arm around my shoulder and turns me toward the foyer. “Oh, come on beautiful. I’ll wait with you.”

Eli closes the pocket doors and flitters around the foyer like a nosy little dog.

What happened to Micah?” I ask.

Oh, don’t worry about him. He’ll be fine.”

He didn’t look fine.”

Eli’s golden eyes twinkle. “Trust me.”

Who are you?”

He ignores me and noses around the foyer, putting his fingers all over the glass sculptures.

Is that Simon guy with social services or the police or something?”

He bends over and blows his hot breath on the crystal ball sitting on a pedestal near the front door. “Something,” he says. When he reaches out to touch the glass orb, a high-pitched scream coming from the parlor makes me freeze in front of the closed doors.

Eli slides past me and puts his back to the doors. “I think they’re done.” He pushes the doors open an inch and peeks inside, allowing a hint of a smoky odor to escape the room. When he opens the doors all the way, I can see Micah slumped on the couch with my comforter around him.

Is he okay?” I say.

Micah glances at me, then shuts his eyes.

I look at Aunt Celeste. “I want to know what’s going on.”

She fumbles with her pearl necklace and looks away, seeming to fight the urge to run to me.

Eli flutters to her side. “Celeste, you’ve done a fine job. But Micah can take it from here.”

Micah’s eyes pop open. His face turns as white as the daisies on my comforter. 

About the Author

Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV.  After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy.  Imagining interesting characters and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher.  She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.




 
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