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Feb
15

Author Guest Post: J.R. Blackwell

Author Guest Post: J.R. Blackwell Hello Readers! Today I bring you author J.R. Blackwell. J.R. is the Creative Director at Galileo Games. She has edited the anthologies Gimme Shelter, Have Blaster, Will Travel and The Blood Red Sands anthology. She has been published in Escape Pod, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and a range of short fiction magazines in print and on the web. Her first book, Shelter in Place, won the Judges Choice ENnie award in 2012. Today J.R. is here to talk about an important charity project to benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. Several talented authors have gotten together to create a special anthology with all proceeds going directly to City Harvest. Please help me welcome J.R. to That’s What I’m Talking About.  The Lost… The Lost anthology is a set of stories about hope, tragedy, and the people from which the world turns away. From a young woman struggling with addiction to a streetwise Santa looking out for his friends, these stories range from literary to magical realism. The Lost is an anthology of stories that confront issues of homelessness and the people our society ignores. The Lost features a great group of writers who have created daring, elegant stories of loss, redemption, and love. The Lost  features stories from: Kathryn WattersonC.J. MalarskySarah NewtonK. H. VaughanMegan EngelhardtStephen D. RogersMeg JayanthPeter WoodworthShoshana Kessock Jeff Himmelman is the artist for the cover, and the writer of Kingdom of Nothing, the game which inspired The Lost. The Campaign to benefit City Harvest is currently underway and will be ending on March 15, 2013. We have a variety of rewards for people who donate, from a $5 reward which gets you a single story from The Lost, to a “Fiction Bundle” for $40 that gets you all of our current anthologies. Click HERE to read more and donate to this impotrant cause. About the Charity: City Harvest (www.cityharvest.org) is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. This year, City Harvest will collect more than 42 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout New York City by a fleet of trucks and bikes. City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers that...
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Feb
13

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Serenity Woods

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Serenity Woods Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Serenity Woods. Serenity lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes fun, flirty, and sexy romances in a variety of romantic sub-genres. She’s won several writing competitions and is a member of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. She would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it’s not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies. You can check out all her books at www.serenitywoodsromance.com. Today Serenity is here to talk about first kisses and her latest release, Mr. Insatiable (Lyrical Press, Jan. 28, 2013, Contemporary Romance). Plus… Lyrical Press is offering a copy of Mr. Insatiable to one lucky commenter, details below. Please help me welcome Serenity to That’s What I’m Talking About.  The First Kiss is the Sweetest… Hi there, thanks for having me on your blog today! Kisses are, arguably, the most important part of a romance novel. From sweet romances to erotic, most have lots of kisses, because we all recognise that the moment when the hero and heroine first kiss sets off the chain reaction of events that will eventually lead to the happy ever after we all desire. When I first started writing romance, I submitted to the magazine My Weekly that, at the time, was accepting novellas for their Pocket Novels line. A fellow writer told me she’d had a rejection from them because “it doesn’t have enough kisses” and I thought ah, there’s the secret! And that little tip has stayed with me through all the twenty-plus stories I’ve written. No matter whether I’m writing a sweet story or a racy one, readers want kisses! And the first one has to be long, slow, and hold all the promise of the relationship to come. I’ve often compared writing about the hero and heroine to writing about ice skaters. Do any of you remember Torvill and Dean? They were the British ice dancers who were the highest scoring figure skaters of all time during the 1984 Winter Olympics. For me, the reason they were so fascinating as ice dancers was that whereas other couples would often separate to opposite corners of the rink and do their thing, Torvill and Dean remained glued to each other, and although they weren’t romantically involved, they had real chemistry on the ice. This is...
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Feb
5

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Anna Hackett

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Anna Hackett Hello Readers! Today I bring you romance author Anna Hackett. Anna loves action movies, sci-fi shows, short stories, writing her own romantic adventures, her wonderful husband and her little man.  As a teenager, she raided her mother’s romances and her father’s action adventure books, so no surprise that her stories combine both. She especially loves reading and writing short stories—the perfect intense read to fit into a busy lifestyle—and teaches the writing workshop, Short Story, Big Impact. When she isn’t wearing boots and a hard hat, she’s at her computer drinking too much Diet Coke and working on her stories. In celebration of her newest release, Soul Stealer, Anna is here to talk about her favorite comfort reads. In addition, Anna is hosting a GIVEAWAY for a $25 Amazon Gift Card and 3 Carina Press ebooks of the winner’s choice (details below). Please help me welcome Anna to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Top 5 Comfort Reads Reading reduces stress faster than any other method of relaxation. Studies have shown that reading reduces stress by 68%! Just six minutes of silent reading lowers the heart rate and relieves tension. I was a reader long before I was a writer. A voracious, read-whatever-I-could-get-my-hands-on-reader. I worked my way through my mother’s Mills and Boons, my aunt’s collection of Nora Roberts and even my father’s action thrillers. I’ve found that while reading is always a pleasurable, relaxing experience, it is also my escape from the day-to-day pressures of real life. We’re all busy and we all have our ups and downs, and I think it’s wonderful that reading a great story can whisk us away and give us a little downtime. Now, for me, that doesn’t mean I like a slow read, just the opposite! I like my reading fast, furious, action-packed and always breathtaking. I especially love my action to come with a big hit of romance. And of course, only happy endings are allowed! Today I thought I’d share five of my comfort reads. Those books I always come back to…especially on a bad day!  Ooh, I feel a little like I’m flashing something private…or baring a little of my soul (-: Okay, here they are: Naked in Death by JD Robb – a tough heroine, a to-die-for hero and a thrilling murder mystery. I always love being whisked away to futuristic New York. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh – Ms. Singh knows how to write emotion and all...
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Feb
4

Author Guest Post: Nerine Dorman

Author Guest Post: Nerine Dorman Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Nerine Dorman. A South African dark and contemporary fantasy author, fiction editor, newspaper sub-editor and writer, Nerine is also a full-time snark, and is very grumpy most of the time (unless she has coffee and/or cupcakes or gets her hair brushed, in which case she purrs). She is the editor of Bloody Parchment (eKhaya, Random House Struik); editor of the upcoming Dark Harvest anthology (Dark Continents Publishing) and occasionally reviews books. She blogs regularly and her editorial regularly appears in South African newspapers. Today Nerine is here to talk about the Karoo region of South African and her latest release, Camdeboo Nights (Lyrical Press, Feb. 4, 2013, Paranormal YA). Please help me welcome Nerine to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Magic in the Camdeboo…  I make no secret of the fact that I love the Karoo. For those of you who don’t know where or what the Karoo is, it’s the somewhat desolate semi-desert that makes up the interior of South Africa. Roughly divided into the Little and Great Karoo, this is a land of big, starry skies, sun-bleached vistas and sometimes the occasional rusty squeal of a wind pump can be heard over the harsh sound of cicadas. Small farming communities are often joined only by a dusty dirt track lined with prickly pear and blue agave, and myths and legends abound. Turn a corner and you’ll find a rusty Buick sagging into the dirt, or pick up bits of Blue Willow pattern china. One Karoo destination that is my heart’s rest is a small Eastern Cape community of Nieu Bethesda that’s part of the Camdeboo region. When people ask me where this is, I happily tell them “exactly in the middle of nowhere”. And that’s precisely the way I like my holidays.  What drew me to Nieu Bethesda initially was the Owl House, a creation of the artist Helen Martins during the 1950s to 1970s. She spent many years building hundreds of cement sculptures of owls, camels, pilgrims, mermaids and more, and covered the inside of her home with mirrors and lamps. The walls were painted bright colors and covered in crushed glass, which would reflect the light from the many candles at night. It was an altogether magical place, and has long fascinated me. Naturally, whenever I do have spare cash lying around, I make my pilgrimage to Nieu Bethesda to get away from everything. I wrote a large chunk...
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Jan
25

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Loribelle Hunt

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Loribelle Hunt Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Loribelle Hunt. Loribelle is a former Army MP who traded in her combat boots for motherhood, flip-flops and all the Diet Coke she can drink. (She almost misses the combat boots.) She’s the author of more than twenty books, none of which her children are allowed to read. Ever. Visit her website, www.loribellehunt.com, or Facebook,  www.facebook.com/loribelle.hunt, for information on new releases. In celebration of her upcoming title, Warrior (Feb 5, 2013, Samhain Publishing), Loribelle is here to talk about what inspires new ideas. In addition, Loribelle is hosting a GIVEAWAY of anyone of her titles, including Warrior (details below). Please help me welcome Loribelle to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Inspiring New Ideas Hey y’all! Thanks for letting me visit today!  I love playing with what if scenarios. This is the way I come up with most of my new ideas and The Elect series was no different. I wanted to stay away from shapeshifters for this one, and I didn’t want to try to come up with a new vampire idea. That just left humans, so I wondered what I could do to make them different.  What could I throw at them to make them something more than an average person down the block? Make them more than human? I liked the possibilities. Would they be human with extrasensory talents or something else entirely? What would make them different? I loved the idea having a new species, evolved from humans, living in our midst. How would a new species ensure its survival? I figure they’d have two choices basically. Secrecy or aggression.  In my new series, The Elect have opted for secrecy. They look and sound human, have the same feelings and desires, but that is where the similarities end. The Elect are stronger, faster, and smarter with the instincts of a predator, as if nature knew they’d have a tough fight for survival. (Never mind that fits my obsession with writing alpha males so well lol!) But the Elect have cooler tricks up their sleeves. What’s the point of making up a new species if they don’t have nifty powers to go with them? So far I’ve written characters with telepathy, telekinesis, a truth reader, and a fire starter (well, technically she’s human). They were a lot of fun and I can’t wait to write more. Thanks for sharing with us today, Loribelle! Here’s more about Loribelle’s upcoming book… Warrior:...
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Jan
21

Author Guest Post: KT Grant

Author Guest Post: KT Grant Hello Readers! Today I bring you author KT Grant. KT is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, she is a well-known book reviewer and blogger who doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion. A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and known for writing “out of the box” romances. KT has been mentioned in the Guardian.UK, Publisher’s Weekly’s Beyond the Book and at Bookseller.com. KT is a top ten best-selling author at Amazon, as well as being a multiple All Romance Ebooks best seller and a Night Owl Reviews Top Author Pick. KT is here today to share an exclusive excerpt of her upcoming lesbian paranormal romance, Sharp Bite of Pleasure (Book #1 in the Pleasure Bite series). Coming from Lyrical Press (http://lyricalpress.com/) on June 3, 2013. Please help me welcome KT to That’s What I’m Talking About.  About Sharp Bite of Pleasure:  Alexa Dangelis, the daughter of the vampire king of the vampire capitol of Vila Pluvia and the East Coast, has returned home after eight years to attend her father’s funeral. The public believes King Christophe committed suicide, but Alexa thinks he was murdered, possibly by her power hungry half-brother Bradley. She’ll make Bradley pay for his crime before he stops her from becoming the new queen. Werewolf, Penny Seiler and Alexa were once secret lovers before Alexa left her to marry the West Coast vampire king. Penny has never gotten over Alexa’s betrayal and now she lives in fear that Alexa will try and claim her again. When she and Alexa meet again, the sparks between them flares and Penny slowly succumbs to Alexa’s seduction. And now for the exclusive excerpt… The first time Penny and Alexa see each other again after eight years apart… The floral air brushed over her face, giving her the calming effect she required. She needed some sort of solace after her near breakdown in the bathroom. At least no one had witnessed her embarrassing reaction…well, maybe one had. She didn’t know what excuse she would give Lissa for running from the room like the devil was on her back. Lissa…Alexa… Her mind was still a jumbled mess and she needed to clear it before she returned inside and pretended like everything was fine. Unfortunately, her date and most likely her brothers would know something was off. They were tuned in to her...
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Jan
17

Author Guest Post: Louisa Klein

Author Guest Post: Louisa Klein Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Louisa Klein. Louisa lives in the UK but was born in Germany and brought up in Southern Europe by a German dad and an Italian and French mum, which made her a little confused at first. She has a degree in Medieval Studies and a postgraduate one in Marketing. She’s been working in publishing on and off since she was 17 and currently is a freelancer and an Urban Fantasy writer. At night she puts on a mask and fights British crime. She gets very little sleep. Louisa is here today to talk a little bit about some up-and-coming independent authors that she’s keeping an eye on. She’s also here to share a bit about her current release Supernatural Freak (November 14, 2012, self-pubished). Please help me welcome Louisa to That’s What I’m Talking About.  5 INDIE AUTHORS WHO WILL ROCK IN 2013!  1) M. Leighton OK, I admit it: I bought this book (Down to You) because of the cover. I understand that this does not make me look serious and professional, but look at that guy! I mean, he’s smoking hot. And I’m not made of wood. The book itself was a quick, entertaining read with some spicy scenes. I had a few issues with the MC since, as you know, I love strong female heroines, with a strong personality, able to make their own choices. Olivia is not like that. Still, I honestly think Ms Leighton is a very talented author and I bet she has a number of aces up her sleeve, some big surprises ready for 2013… Well, let’s keep an eye on her and see if this is the case!   2) Addison Moore OK, first, let me say that I am very partial to this writer: I LOVE the Celestra series.  I love urban fantasy and paranormal books (that’s why I write them!:) ) plus, I really enjoy long series where the story and characters unfold and develop. The first book in the series was OK, but nothing huge. Still, I decided to give this author a chance, since   there were a lot of good points in the story and the characters. Well, I wasn’t disappointed! The books of this series are, literally, one better than the other! Addison has now this new book out ‘Someone to Love’, a new adult romance. This is really not a genre I read very often still,  since...
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Jan
8

Author Guest Post: Hanna Martine

Author Guest Post: Hanna Martine Hello Readers! Today I bring you paranormal romance / urban fantasy author Hanna Martine. Hanna left a decade of office work in order to show her daughter what it meant to go after one’s dream. She loves bar stools, books, travel and her friends. Though she and her family live outside Chicago, her heart resides in Australia. Hanna is here today to talk a little bit about paranormal romances and urban fantasies. She’s also here to share a bit about her new release A Taste of Ice (The Elementals #2, December 31, 2012, Berkley). Please help me welcome Hanna to That’s What I’m Talking About.  The label on the spine of my newest book, A Taste of Ice, calls it a “paranormal romance.” Some readers seem to think it’s more urban fantasy than paranormal due to its world-building and magic system. Truthfully, when I was dreaming up Liquid Lies, the first book in series–and the rest of the Elementals world–I just wanted to write a couple of novels about people with really cool powers who have hot sex and find the kind of passionate love that makes you shiver. At the time, I had just come from writing straight fantasy (the elves/dwarves kind, not the urban kind) so my brain wasn’t wired for vampires or shifters, angels or demons. When I tell people I write paranormal romance, I’m almost always asked, “So is it vampires, or shifters, or what?” Just a few years ago, I had no idea that there were such specific sub-genres within paranormal romance! (Now I’m a BDB addict, but that’s another story.) I’m ecstatic that the borders of paranormal romance (and urban fantasy) are expanding to encompass aspects that are “different.” I love that readers can find stories all over the place now, and that authors have more freedom to stretch their words. It’s a really exciting time to be a writer with a brain as crazy as mine. I get to write about a world of elemental magic existing within our own, and the mysterious men and women who play political games, tempt danger, and fall desperately, madly in love.  A Taste of Ice is near and dear to my heart because Xavier–the last of his race left on Earth–is the type of quiet, damaged hero I love most. And Cat–a water elemental unaware of her powers–is his perfect complement … and his most powerful adversary. It’s a wholly different story, and one I...
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Dec
27

Author Guest Post: Amanda J Greene

Author Guest Post: Amanda J Greene Hello Readers! Today I bring you paranormal romance author Amanda J Greene. Amanda is the author of the self-published Rulers of Darkness series. See Vampbard’s review of the second book, Caressed by Night, earlier today (HERE). When she is not writing, Amanda can found playing the role of a full time university student who works part time. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their sweet cocker spaniel. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.  Amanda is here today to share a chapter excerpt from her upcoming release Caressed by a Crimson Moon (Rulers of Darkness #3, January 25, 2013). Please help me welcome Amanda to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Caressed by a Crimson Moon Rulers of Darkness #3 January 25, 2013 Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years. To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire. Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption? Excerpt: Eva groaned when the clock on the mantle elegantly chimed three. She slid from the bed and began to pace the room again. She could not stop thinking about her encounter with the king. He was a powerful, mysterious, and all together lethal vampire, terrifying and undeniably sexy. She was struggling to find a logical explanation to her reaction but came up with nothing. With a sigh, she acknowledged that her confinement was not helping her bewildering thoughts and restlessness. She circled about the room. Though the space was large and stylish, she felt trapped. At her father’s village, she had been treated like a prisoner, always locked away, always caged. She craved movement and she wanted out. Now. She had not promised Falcon she would stay in the room....
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Nov
27

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Maggi Myers

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Maggi Myers Hello Readers! Today I bring you debut author, Maggi Myers. Maggi self-published her first title, The Final Piece, earlier this month.  Maggi was born in West Des Moines, Iowa and raised in Miami, Florida. She has a deep love for The Heartland and really good Cuban food. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading or singing into the end of her hairbrush. She’s a steel magnolia and a mischief maker, wrapped up and tied with a sarcasm bow. Currently she resides in Greensboro, NC with her incredible husband and sons. For more about Maggi and future projects, you can follow her on Twitter @Magnolia_B_My and Facebook.  Maggi is here today to share a little about The Final Piece. Keep reading to learn more about her debut title and enter to win a SIGNED copy! GIVEAWAY details are below. Please help me welcome Maggi to That’s What I’m Talking About. Thank you for having me here today! I’m so excited about my debut novel The Final Piece.  The story follows the tumultuous life of Beth Bradshaw and the cast of characters that come and go throughout the years. Her story is about overcoming a painful past and finding redemption in putting the pieces back together. Eight years ago the character of Tommy was born out of the grief of losing someone who meant the world to me. I wrote him a letter detailing all of the ways he shaped my life and how grateful I’d always be for his friendship. When I left that letter at his grave, I was overwhelmed with the feeling that my friend was there with me and I immediately heard Tommy’s voice in my head. It comforted me to create a character that possessed all the things I loved and missed about my friend; it still does.   Here is one of my favorite Tommy scenes: After dinner, Tommy grabs his guitar case and plops in sand by the fire. As he starts tuning the strings, I am unable to resist the pull of the notes and move to sit closer to him. He looks up at my approach, giving me a brilliant smile and begins strumming the chords to “Beth” by Kiss.  I groan in mock misery and throw my hand up to my forehead, “Doesn’t that ever get old?” I whine.  He stops strumming and kicks my foot. “Kiss hater,” he laughs, “have any requests?” I shake my head and wait...
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