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Jul
11

Devon Monk Tin Swift Blog Tour & Giveaway

Devon Monk Tin Swift Blog Tour & Giveaway Today I welcome author, Devon Monk. She is here to share a chapter from her online-only novella, Hang Fire. Devon writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series, the Age of Steam steampunk series, and the occasional short story. She has sold over fifty short stories to magazines and anthologies in five different countries, including a Year’s Best Fantasy collection.  When not writing, Devon is either knitting strange things, remodeling the house-that-was-once-a-barn, or hosting a family celebration. HANG FIRE is a steampunk short story set in late 1800’s America. It takes place between the Age of Steam book #1, DEAD IRON and book #2 TIN SWIFT. The story is broken into 20 “chapters” and posted, one chapter at a time, on 20 awesome blogs. To read the whole story, start at chapter 1 at www.candacesbookblog.com and follow the “read the next chapter” links at the end of the post. GIVEAWAY: One luck commenter will win a special prize put together by Devon and the folks at ROC/Penguin Publishing. Details are at the end of the post. …read chapter 17 at: Dark Faerie Tales   HANG FIRE – Chapter 18 The only problem Cedar had was his brother. Wil limped out and stood in front of him, telling him by the lowering of his ears and hunch of his shoulder that he was not going to let Cedar hunt the gunman. Cedar scanned the trees where the shooter should be. He didn’t see anything, but he heard a cracking of underbrush and the distant rhythm of horse hooves fading off. Was the shooter riding off? He supposed it was possible Rose had hit the gunman, though Cedar didn’t smell blood in the air. It was possible the man had tired of trying to shoot them. But not likely. “Hurry, Mr. Hunt,” Rose said. “And bring Wil.” The curse put Wil in wolf form for much longer stretches than Cedar. And while the curse carried a much quicker healing time, Rose was right. Wil would not be able to run out of this forest on his own.  Cedar slung his rifle on one shoulder then bent and picked up the wolf, muscling him across his shoulders. Wil whined, but didn’t struggle. They made their way quickly out of the trees, Mae and Rose in the lead, both with guns drawn.  “Hold up there,” a man’s voice called out.  Both women pivoted, guns aimed at the speaker.   Bryn Madder, one of their...
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Jul
11

Contest Winner – Shirley Wells

Contest Winner – Shirley Wells I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for the guest post by author, Shirley Wells.  I also want to give a special thanks to Shirley for sponsoring the giveaway of Carina Press Presents Editor’s Choice Volume 2 and Dead Calm. Every person that commented was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winners were selected using random.org. The Winners are: for the Anthology: erin and for the novella, Dead Calm: Kretch1 CONGRATULATIONS!! If you left your email, I will contact you. However, if you did not leave your email for me, please contact me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com so that Shirley may send you the book. If I do not hear from the winners by Monday July 16, 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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Jul
6

Quickie Review: Dead Calm by Shirley Wells

Quickie Review: Dead Calm by Shirley Wells Dead Calm Author: Shirley Wells  Release Date: June 4, 2012 Publisher: Carina Press Dylan Scott Mystery #4 ISBN: #978-1426893889 Genre: Mystery, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book:       Detective Dylan Scott thinks cruising well above the Arctic Circle in November is nothing short of madness. He has zero interest in seeing the elusive aurora borealis, but agrees to the Norwegian holiday to keep his wife and mother happy. At least the biggest problem he’ll have to deal with is boredom. But that boredom quickly dissipates when the unpleasant elderly woman in the neighboring cabin is found dead.       Everyone thinks Hanna Larsen had a heart attack. Everyone except Dylan. Dylan is convinced there’s a killer aboard the Midnight Sun—a killer who may strike again… What I’m talking about:       The story opens with our reluctant hero, Dylan Scott, having a late night run in with the irritable woman staying in the cabin next to his aboard the cruise ship, Midnight Sun. Much to his (and everyone else) surprise, the miserable old woman, Hanna Larsen, is found dead the next morning in her cabin. Everyone assumes it was her heart problems and the stress of traveling that caused her death, but Dylan’s inner private eye sees it differently, especially after he knows he heard someone leaving her cabin at 3:00 AM. Soon Dylan has a fairly long list of suspects and is determined to prove there is more going on than appears.       Once again, Ms. Wells offers a wonderful whodunit with the most lovable Dylan Scott. Dead Calm has all of the ingredients that make each of the full-length Dylan Scott Mysteries engrossing and exciting. Even in this shortened format, the mystery is packed with viable suspects, multiple points-of-view, and a few surprising twists.       I have really grown to love Dylan over the course of reading three (of four) of his stories. He is truly a likable guy – he’s an average “joe,” complete with his own flaws and bad habits. He is annoyed by his mother, doesn’t want to be on this trip, and is obsessed with a dead woman, yet we know he loves his family and does what he can to make them happy. I enjoy reading his point-of-view and seeing how he works out the mystery. I find that I am always trying to solve the case before he does. And...
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Jul
6

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Shirley Wells

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Shirley Wells Hello Readers! Today I bring you mystery author Shirley Wells. Shirley was born and raised in the Cotswolds (England) and after time spent living in Cyprus and on the idyllic island of Hoy in the Orkneys, she’s now lucky enough to live in the beautiful rolling hills of the east Lancashire Pennines. It’s no surprise then that her mystery novels are set in the area as it saves on research trips. She’s a dog person and her husband is a cat person. They have two of each which means chaos rules in their house. It also means Shirley has plenty of company during the day. She says that the cats’ computer lessons are coming on well. They now know all there is to know about the fun to be had with the delete key… Shirley is here today to talk about what types of books she does (and does not) like to read. In addition, Shirley is offering TWO prizes to some lucky commenters. There’s one digital copy of Carina Press Presents Editor’s Choice Volume 2 and one digital copy of her Dylan Scott mystery, Dead Calm, up for grabs. Details for GIVEAWAY are below. Please help me welcome Shirley to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away Shirley… A huge thank you to Jen for letting me take over the blog! I ‘met’ Jen through Twitter and she generously offered to review the first book in my Dylan Scott mystery series, Presumed Dead. Was I nervous? Hell, yes. You see, I knew she was a paranormal romance junkie. Not only did she love my book though, she asked (yes, asked!) to read more in the series.  Me? I read mysteries, mysteries and more mysteries. When I need a break from murder and mayhem, I read contemporary romance. But we readers are strange creatures. I’m often heard to say “Oh, I read anything. Well, except science fiction. I hate science fiction. And fantasy. I hate that too. Oh, and paranormal. Can’t bear that.” Then, when asked for a list of my all-time favourite books, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams is always in the Top 5. Yes, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul is a fantasy detective novel featuring holistic detective Dirk Gently. I think it does us good to have a change of reading diet now and again but, more often than not, we have to be forced into taking a risk on...
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Jun
30

Contest Winners – June-July Book Giveaway

Contest Winners – June-July Book Giveaway image from http://openclipart.org/ I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for the June-July MEGA Book Giveaway. A special thanks goes out to my new and continuing Google Connect Followers.   Every person that commented was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winners were selected using random.org. The Winners: Set #1 LadyVampire2u Set #2 Dannielle L Set #3 Na  Set #4 lostinsidethecovers Set #5 Felicia the Geeky Blogger Set #6 Susan T.  Set #7 erin CONGRATULATIONS!! I am sending the winners an email to contact me with their full name and mailing address. Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com with your information so I can send you the books. You have until Friday July6, 2012 (end of day) to contact me. If I don’t hear from you by then, I will draw another winner. Note: due to my vacation, books will NOT be mailed until July 16, 2012. Thank you and Happy...
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Jun
25

June-July Book MEGA Giveaway

June-July Book MEGA Giveaway Welcome to SUMMER and my June-July Book Release MEGA giveaway! image from http://openclipart.org/ Hello readers… Happy SUMMER! Do you have any exciting plans? At the end of this week, I pack up the minivan, and my family and I drive to visit my parents in Michigan. It’s a wonderful trip – they are on a lake. I usually get in some great reading time as well. And speaking of summer reading, I have a huge stash of June and July releases to giveaway!  How do these titles sound?  Set #1 My Lady Mage by Alexis Morgan The Mage by Jean Johnson Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine Set #2 Night Seeker by Yasmine Galenorn Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur Messenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden Set #3 Blood Kin by MJ Scott Bleeding Out by Jes Battis Blood Before Sunrise by Amanda Bonilla Set #4 A Hunger So Wild by Sylvia Day All Spell Breaks Loose by Lisa Shearin Cursed by Benedict Jacka Set #5 Charmed by His Love by Janet Chapman Accidentally Dead, Again by Dakota Cassidy The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman Set #6 Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks Jacked Up by Erin McCarthy Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook Set #7 More Than a Stranger by Erin Knightley The Scarlet Bride by Cheryl Ann Smith The Casanova Code by Donna MacMeans That’s right – SEVEN (7) lucky winners will win some great books.   The Rules: To be entered, please leave a comment telling me about any fun summer plans you have AND which book set (#1-7) you prefer if you win (I will do my best to accommodate the winners’ first choice; you may list more than one set). You do not need to be a google friends connect follower of my blog, but it is always appreciated. Contest is open from June 25, 2012 until Friday June 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM EDT. If your email is not part of your profile, please leave it so I may contact the winners.  One entry per person. Contest is restricted to US and Canadian mailing addresses only. Seven (7) winners will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail. Note: due to my vacation, books will NOT be mailed until July 16, 2012. Thanks and Happy...
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Jun
23

Contest Winner – Benedict Jacka

Contest Winner – Benedict Jacka I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for the guest post by urban fantasy author, Bendict Jacka.  I also want to give a special thanks to the publisher, ACE/Penguin, for sponsoring the giveaway of CURSED by Benedict Jacka. Every person that commented was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winner were selected using random.org. The Winner is: Carin 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 Thursday June 28, 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
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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