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Mar
14

Author Guest Post: Renita Pizzitola

Author Guest Post: Renita Pizzitola Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Renita Pizzitola. Renita writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. An avid reader herself, she has always enjoyed stories with witty humor, romance, and fascinating characters. Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing referee to her two typically adorable children. Renita is here today to share a bit about her new release Dream On (March 4, 2013, Lyrical Press). Please help me welcome Renita to That’s What I’m Talking About.  First off, thanks for having me on your blog! I’m excited to stop by and get a chance to talk about my new Urban Fantasy Romance, Dream On.  Dream On features a dreamwalker named Emory. Basically, a dreamwalker is someone who can separate their spirit from their physical body and enter the dream realm. Emory has taken this ability and turned it into a lucrative business. She spends her nights entering the dream realm and ending nightmares. Of course not all nightmares are the scary kind, but there’s not much she can’t handle. When a man enters her dreams asking for her help, she’ll face her most difficult challenge. Turns out he’s a fellow dreamwalker and has been body-snatched. Another spirit has taken residence in his body, leaving him trapped in dreams and he wants her help to lure the other guy out. Emory is used to taking on bad guys in nightmares, but this job crosses into her physical life, and eventually her emotional one as well.  I thought I’d share an excerpt from Dream On. This scene between Grayson and Emory takes place shortly after she’s met Alex, the spirit residing in Grayson’s body.   Excerpt: Closing my eyes, I practiced what to tell him, reminding myself not to mention the kiss. Over and over again, my mind replayed what I planned to say, all while envisioning a park. Sleepiness settled over me and I drifted off. I walked along a sidewalk and stopped, laughing at a funny squirrel. It was huge. I’d never seen such a large squirrel. “Interesting.” I turned at the sound of Grayson’s voice. He walked up beside me and tilted his head to the side, observing the chubby squirrel make his third attempt to climb a tree. “Do you think this is your subconscious way of telling you people should stop feeding the...
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Mar
11

Author Guest Post: Ruthie Knox

Author Guest Post: Ruthie Knox Hello Readers! Today I welcome back romance author Ruthie Knox. Ruthie graduated from Grinnell College as an English and history double major and went on to earn a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use. She debuted as a romance novelist with Ride with Me—probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story yet to be penned—and followed it up with About Last Night, which features a sizzling British banker hero with the unlikely name of Neville. Other publications include Room at the Inn (a Christmas novella) and How To Misbehave, book 1 in the Camelot series. She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. Ruthie is here today to talk about her newest title, Along Came Trouble which releases today! This is the second story in her wonderful Camelot series. Please help me welcome Ruthie to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away Ruthie… Hello, readerly types! I’ve come to talk about Along Came Trouble, which releases today from Random House / Loveswept. It’s the second book in my Camelot series. Your own lovely Nima called the first one (How to Misbehave) “a yummy first course” and gave it an A-; here’s hoping you all enjoy this one just as much. Along Came Trouble is a bodyguard book, but in kind of a sneaky way. To my way of thinking, it’s much less a story about safety and protection as it is about what happens when a woman meets the right man at the wrong time and has to decide how much of herself to give him when she doesn’t feel like she’s got any self to spare. And most of all it’s about how hard it is to find a balance between dependence, independence, and interdependence—and how love can lift our burdens and help us become better versions of ourselves, if we are brave enough to let it. In this snippet, the story’s hero, Caleb, is helping his sister, Katie, clean up after a family dinner at their place. (Yes, they live together. Katie’s in a tailspin, and Caleb’s letting her live in his place. He’s that kind of guy.) Here, you get an idea of what a caretaker Caleb is—or, put another way, what a worrier. Katie pulled the trash can out from under the sink and started shoving used disposable cups and cutlery in it, her mouth set in a grimace he’d seen too often lately. Between...
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Mar
8

Author Guest Post: Avery Aster

Author Guest Post: Avery Aster Today I have Ellora’s Cave erotic romance author Avery Aster here at That’s What I’m Talking About. (Insert crowd roar here) Avery lives in New York City and has started a new series called The Manhattanites. Avery is here to share a bit about the first book in her debut series, Undressed. Please help me welcome Avery… Avery! I have two questions for you before you get started with your post today. Your debut novel; Undressed, is the first in the series. Tell us a little bit about the book.  Avery: I started working on the series about two years ago. There are three full length novels coming out in 2013 and two more novels for the series in 2014. The Manhattanites focuses on relationships. Each novel may be read as a standalone and are written in third person. In The Manhattanites you have three women and one gay guy who grew up together in boarding school. They’ve moved in to NYC to go to college and the series picks up when they are all in their late twenties. The characters are outspoken, successful, wealthy, vulnerable, and all looking for true love. The novels celebrate their experiences while they holiday, climb the corporate ladder, and pursue their romantic interests.  Twimom227: What has the reader response been like to the first book in the series?   Avery: Undressed is well…dirty and funny. One reviewer said it was mommy smut to the max and the most intimate novel she’d ever read. I was shocked because it doesn’t have any BDSM. She said it was because the heroine; Lex Easton was sexually aggressive, smart and thought a lot about sex. Readers have enjoyed Lex’s internal dialogue. I’ve found that if readers have a sense of humor about sex, then they’ll love this book.  An excerpt from Chapter Four: Adrenaline Junkie’s Temple of Doom Set up: Lex Easton and Massimo Tittoni have just driven in his racecar to the airport. They are getting ready to jet off to Milan from his Mediterranean island. Now is an appropriate time to start popping Xanax. Lex tried to settle her stomach from the car ride as she stepped away from the roadster. The dried clay left a film over her shoes with each step. The tarmac, situated at the island’s highest peak, overlooked the village, the palace and even Sicily. She walked over to the edge of the cliff to clear her head. Inhaling aromas from...
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Mar
4

Author Guest Post: Taryn Kincaid

Author Guest Post: Taryn Kincaid Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Taryn Kincaid. Taryn lives in beautiful Bora Bora. Or wishes she did. When she’s not parasailing up and down the Hudson River, taking care of her aging pet walrus, or volunteering at the local animal shelter [oh, HELL, no], she loves to arrange her voodoo doll-pin collection and practice chanting. At this moment, Taryn is busy adjusting the tin foil to throw the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) off her trail. She hangs around a lot on Facebook and Twitter with her trillions of fans and pops in at Goodreads from time to time. You can catch her on her website, and her blog, where she lives for comments! Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Earlier today I reviewed the third book in Taryn’s Sleepy Hollow series, Frost, from Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand line (review HERE). Now Taryn is here to tell us about the fourth story, Blizzard (Decadent Publishing, The Edge Series, February 20, 2013). BLIZZARD By Taryn Kincaid A short story from Decadent Publishing’s The Edge erotica line BLURB: Mandy Malone ditches her pharmaceutical convention and the married male colleagues hitting on her to hurry home to her waiting family. But she doesn’t bank on the blizzard that forces her off the road, into a deserted rest stop, and the rugged arms of the snowstorm’s only other road refugee.  Jack Manning is totally unprepared for Mandy’s unvarnished proposition, but intrigued by the erotic offer promising a night of no-questions-asked sex. But when Jack notices the wedding band on Mandy’s finger, will he forego the lure of a torrid clandestine affair, or give in to the fantasy of blazing hot sex on the sly?  EXCERPT: “Is this what you’re looking for, lady?” Mandy glanced up, startled by the deep, rumbling baritone that seemed loud in the fairly quiet building. Even more startled by the tall, gorgeous hunk of manhood bundled into a down parka and standing next to her table.  I could totally jump him. Right here. Right now.   From nowhere, steamy erotic images of what she wanted to do with the man leaped unbidden into her head. Beneath her sweater, her breasts swelled, her nipples hardened with need. She’d never felt such instant attraction to anyone, such a frantic desire to get naked and get fucked. Maybe it was a reaction to her frightening experience on the Thruway. Or maybe something else created the overpowering chemistry. ...
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Feb
20

Author Guest Post: Sidney Bristol

Author Guest Post: Sidney Bristol Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Sidney Bristol. It can never be said that Sidney has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.  I had the pleasure of hanging out with Sidney while attending AAD2012 in New Orleans and look forward to seeing her again. Today Sidney is here to talk about her latest release, A Kiss for a Cure (Lyrical Press, February 4, 2013, Sci-Fi Romance). Please help me welcome Sidney to That’s What I’m Talking About. Thanks so much to Jen and her team for hosting me! I had the great pleasure of meeting Jen last year in New Orleans at Author’s After Dark. Her pictures don’t do her justice, she’s way prettier. I’m just a tad bit jealous of her hair. I’m touring around the interwebz talking about my latest book, a science-fiction romance called A Kiss for a Cure. I’m really excited about returning to my science-fiction roots. Ages ago when I was a fledgling writer the first thing I wrote was bad sci-fi fan-fic based off the Predator movies, if you could make a romance out of aliens with mouths that look like the toothy entrance to the afterlife. What I wouldn’t pay to be able to have some of those pages back! A Kiss for a Cure is nothing like Predator! It’s actually kind of an awesome book, and here are five reasons why I think you should read it: 1) It’s – IN SPACE! Everything is better in space. Really. Just look at movies like Star Wars, anything Star Trek, Spaceballs, The Fifth Element, Aliens or a lot of other sci-fi horror movies. In space you can get away with a lot. 2) There are sharks. In space. No really, I worked out the fictional science for there to be sharks, several types of them, alive. In space. It’s like the futuristic version of Shark Week. In space! How cool is that? 3) My hero is hot. I feel like the book cover is awesome, but Cai is so much hotter. Long hair,...
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Feb
19

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Heather Massey

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Heather Massey Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Heather Massey. Heather is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for science fiction romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express. She’s also an author in the subgenre. To learn more about her published work, visit www.heathermassey.com.  When she’s not reading, she’s watching cult films and enjoying time with her husband and daughter. Today Heather is here to talk about her latest release, Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts (Lyrical Press, February 4, 2013, Steampunk/ Western Romance). Plus… Heather is offering a copy of Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts to one lucky commenter, details below. Please help me welcome Heather to That’s What I’m Talking About. Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts: A PrimerExpectations play an important role when starting a book. Even if you’re about to read a familiar genre you enjoy, there are still mysterious twists and turns a story can take. As in life, there are no guarantees in fiction. But what if a book covers unfamiliar territory? How will you know if it’s truly up your alley? You won’t always figure out the answer one hundred percent, but often it helps to obtain information beyond the cover and blurb. As a fan of some very niche subgenres, I know how important it is for readers to learn about new-to-them books/authors so they can make an informed decision. Steampunk romance is a recent phenomenon and readers are still trying to figure it out. Therefore, I’d like to present a number of elements I included in Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts, my new Western steampunk romance from Lyrical Press. This story has steampunk and romance, but what does it really tell you about what kind of reading adventure to expect from it? I will provide some of the (non-spoiler) answers in this post. To begin, here’s the least you need to know: Violet Whitcomb, an inventor’s daughter, joins forces with mysterious gunman Logan McCoy and an automaton gunslinger to rescue her father from the clutches of an evil overlord known as the Iron Scorpion. Edisonade influences The steampunk genre has roots in Edisonade–style stories. Victorian-era people were fascinated by technology and engineering and their interest was channeled into tales about inventors and their fantastical devices. Edisonade tales have a reputation for action/adventure and stylish trappings such as brass goggles, airships, and automatons. Steampunk can also include those elements but it isn’t solely defined by them. Two of the main characters of Iron Guns,...
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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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