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Jun
20

Meet Brock at GraveTells…

Meet Brock at GraveTells… Hi there! Just a quick note to tell you I’m over at GraveTells.com and participating in their Midnight Breed (by Lara Adrian) Week. What is Midnight Breed Week, you say?  MBW is a special week-long event hosted by GraveTells that will introduce… or RE-introduce… the heroes of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series to all of you guys, then tell you a little more about each warrior and his spotlight book. Why do an event for a whole week for one series?  Well, they found that that had a box full of promotional copies of Kiss of Midnight (the first book in the series) and wanted a creative way to give them away!   I am introducing one of my FAVORITE Breeds… BROCK! He is tall, dark and handsome! Come meet Brock and enter to win! Click the image above or HERE to meet Brock! Happy...
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Jun
20

Contest Winner – Vicki Pettersson

Contest Winner – Vicki Pettersson I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for Nima’s review of THE TAKEN by Vicki Petterrson. I also want to give a special thanks to the publisher, Harper Collins, for sponsoring the giveaway of Vicki’s latest release. Every person that commented was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winner were selected using random.org. The Winner is: mrsworldwidewebb CONGRATULATIONS!! I am emailing the winner. Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com with your full name and mailing address so that the publisher may send you the book. If I do not hear from the winner by Sunday June 24, 2012 by the end of the day, I will select another winner. Thank you all so much for stopping by and Happy Reading!...
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Jun
19

Guest Post & Giveaway with Benedict Jacka

Guest Post & Giveaway with Benedict Jacka Today I have the honor of bringing to you Benedict Jacka.  Benedict is the author of the Alex Verus Series–an urban fantasy series set in Camden, London.  It follows the story of Alex Verus, a diviner with a dark past who runs a magic shop in the back streets of Camden Town. Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of Benedict’s newest release in the Alex Verus Series, Cursed. Benedict has lived in different cities and countries, but he says London’s the place he always comes back to.  Along the way he’s worked for a year in the Civil Service, taught English to kids of various nationalities in England and Romania before doing it full-time for six months in China, spent an interesting period working in North London as a bouncer, and most recently went back to college for a GDL/LPC in order to become a solicitor.  He’s also studied a few martial arts (boxing, Krav Maga, and ninjutsu), gone in for competitive ballroom dancing (yes, seriously), spent an enormous amount of time reading (especially Agatha Christie, Tolkien, Jack Vance, Jim Butcher, and Robert Jordan), and skated across most of London at one time or another.  He also loves gaming, both on computers (Final Fantasy, Suikoden, Fire Emblem, Halo, EVE) and tabletop RPGs (Star Wars, WoD, and especially D&D and GM too). Please help me welcome Benedict toThat’s What I’m Talking About.  The Writing Process – Day to Day My method of writing’s changed over the years.  When I was getting started (back in my school/university days) I was much slower than I am now, and it would take me upwards of a year to finish a book.  But writing is just like any other skill – the more you do it the easier it gets, and as I kept writing I got faster.  There was one period where I made it a kind of challenge to see how quick I could get, and the absolute fastest I ever managed to get it down to was one book which from start to finish took about two and a half months.  On the downside, I did absolutely nothing else in those two and a half months, and the reason I was able to do it that fast was that whenever I couldn’t think of what else to do I just copied the story from an outside template.  The end product wasn’t terrible, but it’s not my best either....
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Jun
16

Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop Winners

Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop Winners Thank you all for stopping by and entering the SHAMELESS SUMMER GIVEAWAY! I enjoyed all of your comments telling me which authors you’d like to meet someday.  Every person that commented was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winner were selected using random.org. Here are the winners: First Prize: the first three books from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s League Series: Born of Night, Born of Fire and Born of Ice – all SIGNED by Sherri herself!  Kelly Second Prize: A SIGNED copy of The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis AND a hand-crafted book mark made by Shannon K. Butcher. Rissa Third Prize: A copy of Guilty Pleasure by Lora Leigh AND a book cover flat and bookmark signed by Lila DiPasqua. Juana I am emailing the winners. Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com with your full name and mailing address. If I do not hear from the winner/s by Wednesday June 20, 2012 by the end of the day, I will select another winner/s. Special thanks to Jen at Red Hot Books, Brie at Romance Around the Corner & Michelle at Michelle’s Book Blog for sponsoring the Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop.   Thank you all so much for coming by and Happy Reading!...
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Jun
15

Review & Giveaway: The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

Review & Giveaway: The Taken by Vicki Pettersson The Taken Author: Vicki Pettersson   Release Date: June 12, 2012 Publisher: Harper Voyager Series:  The Celestial Blues #1 ISBN: #978-0062064649 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback, e-book, audio Book Source: Publisher About the book: Griffin Shaw used to be a private investigator, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped. Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie. Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife… What Nima’s talking about: The Taken is the first book by Vicki Pettersson I’ve read.  Without prior experience with this author, I had no expectations going in.  I appreciate fantasy because it makes me think; it’s like exercise for my brain to willfully suspend my disbelief and embrace the world created for me on its own terms.  I haven’t read a lot of urban fantasy, preferring to keep my vampires, changelings and werewolves in alternate universes, but I think it’s appropriate for religious characters like angels to cross over into contemporary scenarios. Pettersson introduces us first to Griffin “Grif” Shaw.  He’s dead.  Not something I expected in the first two pages.  Ok, I’m tentatively hooked. Grif is a low level angel tasked with the job of “taking” or escorting those who have died a violent death to the Everlast where their worldly worries, cares, and even bad memories are wiped away.  The first chapter describes the violent death of Nicole Rockwell; she is Grif’s Take.  It is during this Take that he does something against the rules and seals the fate of Nicole’s best friend, Kathryn “Kit” Craig.  As punishment for what he has done, Kit is Grif’s next Take.  We further discover in that first chapter...
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Jun
14

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Jess Haines

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Jess Haines Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Jess Haines. Jess says she is a workaholic who loves coffee and chocolate and can’t survive without books.  She’s originally from New York, but she currently lives in Los Angeles because it is suitably weird enough for the time being.  She enjoys karaoke and bad movies, and have a menagerie of animals to keep her company when she’s not writing.  As for her background, she’s worked office jobs from the bottom to the top of the corporate food chain.  She’s spent far too much time in the field of law.  Currently her day job involves technical writing. That pays the bills, while writing fiction keeps her (relatively) sane. She’s proud to call herself a gamer geek, and probably would have wormed herself into that industry eventually if she hadn’t turned herself into a Real Life Author. Jess is a featured author attending Author’s After Dark in New Orleans. For more information about AAD2012, click HERE.  Also, keep reading to learn more about Jess’s upcoming release, Stalking the Others, and enter to win a copy! GIVEAWAY details are below. Please help me welcome Jess to That’s What I’m Talking About. STALKING THE OTHERS BLOG TOUR Guest Post Stop 8: Vampiric Behavior – Part 2 By Jess Haines Hello there!  Jess Haines here.  I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W Investigations series (HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS, and the upcoming STALKING THE OTHERS).   Shiarra has been having a pretty bad time of things lately. She’s here with some of her friends (and otherwise) to tell you about it. The H&W gang are going to continue grilling Royce about some common misconceptions about vampires. (Head over to A Great Book is the Cheapest Vacation if you missed the first part.)  Over to you, Shia! ***** Shiarra: I don’t think you were very forthcoming with that last question. Royce: You’re not wrong about that. Sara: It’s funny how he thinks being obtuse is the same thing as being mysterious. Arnold: I maintain my position that he should be truthful about this stuff for science. The people deserve to know! Royce: Mage, you, of all people, should be more educated than the rest of this lot about my kind. Didn’t your mentor teach you anything about other supernatural creatures? Arnold: Of course, but the focus was on the ones I was going to be interacting with on a regular...
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Jun
14

Contest Winner – Melanie Card

Contest Winner – Melanie Card I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for my AAD Feature Author Spotlight and interview with Melanie Card, and I want to specially thank Melanie for stopping by and Entangled Publishing for graciously giving away one (1) e-copy of Ward Against Death. Every person that commented was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winner were selected using random.org. The Winner is: Froggy CONGRATULATIONS!! I am emailing the winner. Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com to verify your email address so that the publisher can email you the book directly. If I do not hear from the winner/s by Sunday June 17, 2012 by the end of the day, I will select another winner. Thank you all so much for coming by and Happy...
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Jun
11

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Melanie Card

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Melanie Card Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Melanie Card. Melanie has always been drawn to story telling. In fact, she says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t telling a story in her head or on paper. In grade school, she had journal writing time which she turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that she loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that she nurtured this love and started her journey as a writer. Melanie writes fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join her on her tales of magic, adventure, and romance. Melanie is a featured author attending Author’s After Dark in New Orleans. For more information about AAD2012, click HERE.  Also, keep reading to learn more about Melanie’s release, Ward Against Death, and enter to win an e-copy! GIVEAWAY details are below. Please help me welcome Melanie to That’s What I’m Talking About. Twimom: Melanie, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Melanie: Thank you so much for inviting me here today. Twimom: You’ve recently started a new YA/Adult paranormal series, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, with the first book, Ward Against Death. Can you tell us a bit more about this intriguing world you’ve created? Melanie: The story takes place in a world reminiscent of 16th century Europe in Brawenal city. Brawenal is a major hub for culture, politics, industry, commerce, religion, and crime. The port city sits on the side of a dormant volcano, in tiered rings down to the sea and has an ancient history that’s left a maze-like sewer system beneath it and a strange cemetery on it’s outskirts. In this world there’s magic and mystery, assassins and necromancers. Twimom:  And what is up next for the Reluctant Necromancer? Melanie: Book two, Ward Against Darkness, where Ward and Celia get into even more trouble with more undead creatures and evil necromancers and there relationship gets even more complicated. Twimom: Do you enjoy writing genres outside of the fantasy and paranormal genre? If so, what other genres do you enjoy writing? Melanie:  I haven’t written outside of the fantasy or paranormal genre. I’ve tried, but something magical always seems to slip in. The thing I love about fantasy and paranormal is that there are elements of other genres within it. Certainly there’s action and adventure, in...
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Jun
8

RAGT Wrap Up and Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop

RAGT Wrap Up and Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop Well, I’ve had a few days to process the whirl-wind trip that was my weekend in Ohio, and I’m here to give you the highlights AND to giveaway some GREAT prizes! Keep reading for the giveaway details! There are two big reasons I made the trek to West Chester, OH to the 2012 Lori Foster Reader – Author Get Together. The first is to visit my dear friend (and review teammate), Nima. As you may recall from hilarious post last year (HERE), she lives very near to the event. So of course, I had to jump in a plane and visit… and BONUS, our friend, Ang, was also visiting at the same time. I got myself 2-for-1 friend action! Second reason I made the trip: my amazing book friends and blogging tweeps. After meeting so many of you in Philadelphia last year, I had to take this opportunity to see you again (and hang with some of the Sisterhood of the Werefly!). I landed in the Dayton, OH airport about 10:30 AM on Friday June 1st and was back there by noon on Sunday June 3rd. It was a quick but wonderful visit! I got to spend time with Nima and Ang (who could not attend the event because Nima’s daughter was graduating high school), and I got to get in lots of author and friend time at the event. So, here are some of the highlights of my trip… Friday June 1: First of all, if you’ve never been hugged by Bells from Hanging with Bells, you are missing out! She alone was worth the trip and I miss her already! I got to meet up with many of the friends I’d met in Philly: Bells, Mandi (from Smexi), Danielle (Lush), Penny, Dren, Marq, and Jaime Saare. I also got to meet several of my tweeps for the first time… Like Colette (aka A Buckeye Girl Reads), Liza (MsLizalou), NikiBrandyberry, Penny’s sister: QueenCityE, Bridget Locke, Jackie (Literary Escapism) and Nicole (aka Adam S. Walker – or as you would know her, Admin for Shiloh Walker). And bonus… I got to hang with Trelaina again (after meeting her in August when I was in Chicago). LOTS OF FUN! That night there was a book signing and I took advantage… I got to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon… Yes THE SHERRILYN KENYON!! She is so sweet and I would have loved to talk with her longer, but there was a line and...
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Jun
7

Contest Winners – Adrian Phoenix

Contest Winners – Adrian Phoenix I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for my AAD Feature Author Spotlight and interview with Adrian Phoenix, and I want to specially thank Adrian for stopping by and for graciously donating one (1) e-copy of Caught Forever Between AND a SIGNED COPY of any of her backlist. Winners can choose from The Maker’s Song series: A Rush of Wings (#1), In the Blood (#2), Beneath the Skin (#3), Etched in Bone (#4) or from the Hoodoo series: Black Dust Mambo (#1) or Black Heart Loa. (#2). Every person that commented was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winners were selected using random.org. The Winner of the ebook is: BookaholicCat The Winner of the signed book from back list is: lostinsidethecovers CONGRATULATIONS!! I am emailing the winners. Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com to verify your email address, and for the winner of the paperback: email me with your choice of book, full name and mailing address so that Adrian can mail you the book directly. If I do not hear from the winner/s by Sunday June 10, 2012 by the end of the day, I will select another winner. Thank you all so much for coming by and Happy...
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