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Oct
19

Blog Tour: Dark Pursuit Anthology

Blog Tour: Dark Pursuit Anthology Today I welcome the authors of the Dark Pursuit Anthology. They are each here today to share with readers a bit about her contribution to the anthology and tell us what is her favorite snippet or line for her story.  Please help me welcome Jessica Jarman, Bronwyn Green, Paige Prince, and Kris Norris… Jessica Jarman Tempted to Death Blurb: Months ago, Tara Wilcox ran away from Luca Castell and Oliver Gordon. She’d fallen hard for the pair of hunters and feared their growing feelings for her. But what truly terrified her was the possibility that they’d discover what she really is. That she’s the very thing they hunted. Luca and Oliver are partners, in every sense of the word, and their lives are spent running toward danger. Falling for Tara was the biggest risk they’d ever taken, and her vanishing without a word gutted them. But, she’s back, desperate for their help in hunting a vicious para creature. Despite the risks—to their lives and their hearts—reigniting the love they’d had is simple. But nothing is simple when, faced with an impossible choice, Tara reveals her true nature. Now that Luca and Oliver know the truth, Tara has another choice to make—run again or trust that their love is strong enough to look beyond the monster she fears they’ll see. Favorite Snippet: “I would, you know?” Oliver said, lips tickling the sensitive skin of Luca’s neck. “Hmmm?” “I would hold on to any shred of hope I could if it were you. If you were taken away from me.” He kissed Luca’s pulse. “And I would hold on until I saw with my own eyes that I shouldn’t anymore.” “I know,” Luca murmured. “I’d do the same. For you.” He squeezed his eyes shut then added quietly, “And for her.” Bio: Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she’s a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way. When Jessica’s not working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over my favorite shows or curling up with a good book. Social Media Links: Website : Blog : Twitter : Facebook : Tumblr Bronwyn Green Rising Blood Blurb: Vampire hunter, Harper Yovanoff, is not happy. Ever since her former partner vanished, she’d been content to work alone. Unfortunately, her boss doesn’t...
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Oct
20

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Christina Henry

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Christina Henry Top Ten Things I Like To Do in October by Christina Henry BLACK SPRING, the final book in the BLACK WINGS series, releases October 28, and there’s nothing better than your favorite Agent of Death and those Snickers mini bars you stashed in the pantry so the trick-or-treaters wouldn’t get them. We all love Halloween around my house. My family prepares for October 31 with lots and lots of immersion into the good, the autumn, and the scary. These are my favorite things to do in October, before the leaves have fallen and winter covers Chicago until April (or sometimes May, or June). 10) Make the pumpkin patch rounds. I like to go to all of them – and I do mean all of them.  This requires serious commitment, as most of them are only open for four or five weekends. 9) Attend all of the autumn/harvest festivals. 8) Find any event that doesn’t fall into the above two categories but might possibly have a candy apple bar, and go there. 7) Eat candy apples until I feel like I can’t look at another one until next October. 6) Hike as much as possible.  It’s glorious to be outside in the autumn. 5) Read Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson and Stephen King until I think I’m too scared to sleep, and then pass out anyway because the cold wind blowing in my window is so much better than air-conditioning. 4) Watch not-too-scary movies with my little guy. 3) Watch scary movies with my big guy. 2) Go camping. It’s the best time of the year. There are less people and it’s nice and cold at night so you can snuggle into your sleeping bag. 1) Find everything that has pumpkin in it at Trader Joe’s. Purchase and consume it. Purchase more and stash it so that I can have pumpkin pancakes in the middle of July. About the Book: BLACK SPRING (Black Wings #7) Publication date: October 28, 2014 ISBN: 9780425266786 A former Agent of death, Madeline Black now has everything to live for, most importantly, her unborn child. But Chicago has become ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, and only Maddy can stop the carnage… The mayor of Chicago has announced a plan to round up the city’s supernatural beings and put them in camps. With her due date looming, Maddy’s best move would be to lay low for a while. But not everyone is willing to...
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Mar
7

Electra Editorial Launch & Giveaway

Electra Editorial Launch & Giveaway Hey! VampBard here! 🙂 Jen has been nice enough to let me introduce to you the fabulous team of wordsmiths that have come together to create Electra Editorial Services!  We come from a bit of an eclectic background, but we all have a love for words that unites us in our common goal: to bring affordable, quality editing services to authors. Learn more ABOUT US on our website. Keep reading to learn more about our staff and enter to win some Amazon Gift Cards in celebration of our debut. About our Staff: Electra Editorial specializes in the romance genre. Why would a group of editors focus on romance?!?!? Well, here’s our response to the question, What do YOU love most about the romance genre? Mia Francis: There’s so much that I love about romance. Hunky alphas; strong, spirited heroines; almost impossible odds that the couple has to fight against to bring them to their Happily-Ever-After—all of it is a great setup for a story. My favorite thing about the genre, though, is meeting new characters. I feel the happiest when I’m reading a novel and it feels like a totally new experience because the characters are completely unique and have strong personalities. I love it when I’m reading a story and I can say to myself, “Man, it’s nice to meet these characters. I love them. I’d like to stay with them for a while.” Paige Prince: What do I love about romance? Wow, that’s such a broad question. And my answer is probably equally so. I love the possibilities in romance. There are so many sub-genres that I could pick up one novel and read about a post-apocalyptic world where vampires are the good guys, or grab another set in Regency-era London following a thief on his quest for revenge only to stumble into love with the daughter of his nemesis. I love the journey that the author takes you on in each book. I love watching two characters overcome what seems to be insurmountable obstacles to be together. I’m a sucker for a happily-ever-after ending in a world where real life HEAs aren’t all that common. Escaping into a good book takes me to my happy place. Elise Hepner: My favorite thing about romance novels is their ability to soothe and comfort me on my worst day. They continue to show me that through the power of intense emotions and sometimes scrambled communication, anything is possible. Plus,...
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Oct
15

The Secret Lives of Booklights by Nima

The Secret Lives of Booklights by Nima Today Nima brings us a bit of weekday fun with her tale about the secret lives of booklights… I hope you enjoy!  Back in 1939, James Thurber exposed the secret life of Walter Mitty in a short story, printed as one of several in a collection of short works.  Danny Kaye brought Mr. Mitty to life on the big screen in a very different adaptation of the same name in 1947.  Broadway took Walter to the stage in 1960.  It appears that Ben Stiller is scheduled to do the same this Christmas with an A-list cast that includes Sean Penn and Kristin Wiig.  Oprah convinced us to read all about the secret life of bees and it too was made into a movie.  Television brought us the secret life (or not so secret life) of the American teenager. So here’s what I’m wondering, is there a best seller and multi-million dollar movie contract out there for the secret life of my booklight? Since the proliferation of the tablet, booklights have fallen on hard times.  They used to be our partners in crime.  Mom would turn out the light, tell us we needed to go to sleep, and as soon as the door was closed, we would pull out Judy Blume and stay up well past our bedtime reading.  Our booklights were right there with us, word for word. Like vampires, booklights are creatures of the night.  We keep them tucked in dark drawers during the day and they don’t come out until well after dark.  Then we feed them a steady diet of fantasy, supernatural, and science-fiction romance.  And when we don’t need them anymore because we’ve gotten a sleek new e-reader, is it any wonder that they run away from home in search of adventure and true love?  That’s What I’m Talking About reviewers Ang, Vampbard and myself have had lengthy discussions about where our booklights have gone and the lives they now lead.  (You didn’t think we had normal conversations did you?) It’s a sad, cautionary tale.  It started when Ang’s hot pink booklight ran away while she was chaperoning a high school band trip to New York.  It wanted to see its name in lights—it wanted to be the lights.  Alas it fell in with the wrong crowd, started spotlighting pole dancers for extra cash to buy fresh batteries.  Finally it became a former shadow of itself, not even worth clipping to the dash of a...
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Jul
29

Author Guest Post: Nicky Peacock

Author Guest Post: Nicky Peacock Today I have author Nicky Peacock visiting the blog to talk about our reactions to fear and being afraid. She’s also telling us about her new book, Bad Blood. Please help me welcome Nicky to That’s What I’m Talking About… Embracing the Fear. When I was a little girl I relished gory movies, horror books and ghost stories. Something in me would just come alive – couldn’t explain, although it hasn’t been till now that I actually wanted to. So what makes us like to be frightened? Why are horror movies and books so popular? I believe it’s down to safe scares; after all a book can’t really hurt you (unless someone clocks you with it!) and horror movies show us scenes that, thankfully, most of us will never experience in our real lives. This is taken further by supernatural horrors – the more fantastical the threat, the less likely it is to actually happen. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, mutant ninja turtles (come on, they had weapons, they’re scary!) the odds of any of these creatures being real are slim to none. Serial killers on the other hand are very real – personally I find movies and books like: The Silence of the Lambs, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of 100 Corpses, Exquisite Corpse – soooo much scarier. In fact in a study back in 1998, it was found the ‘seven deadliest movies’ were: The Shining, Scream, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Exorcist, and Poltergeist. 5 out of 7 had serial killers/ mass murderers in! Part of the appeal of horror is that you also get the relief when it’s over – it’s the sense of ‘I made it’ which can spur you on to put yourself through such blood curdling ordeals in the first place. When you first start dating someone new a horror movie is a popular venue choice as it also creates a bond with the person you’re with; a kind of shared semi-traumatic event which links you together. From a biological perspective, the fight or flight response will kick in if you feel fear, but if your brain decides that there’s no physical danger then all you’re left with is an adrenaline rush – no wonder pop up Halloween attractions do so much business! Also I think that the era you’re in affects the notion of scariest. Here we are in the 21st century and hasn’t everything be done? Aren’t we just re-hashing and...
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Jul
24

Guest Post – Jessica Lauryn

Guest Post – Jessica Lauryn Today I welcome back author Jessica Lauryn, who is here today celebrating the release of her new title, Dangerous Proposition. Please say hello to Jessica… —— Thanks for having me back, Jen!  It’s great to be here, on That’s What I’m Talking About, sharing a bit about my latest release, Dangerous Proposition.  The third installment to the Pinnacles of Power Series, Dangerous Proposition starts off in mountainous North Conway, New Hampshire, but things quickly take a turn and hero and heroine find themselves in the middle of the city that never sleeps, New York City. Though we readers don’t often consider it, setting plays a major role in both the plot and overall feel of romance novels.  A novel’s setting can teach us something about the characters as we observe them in a place that is familiar to them. The same can be true when we observe characters in a place that is unfamiliar.  In Dangerous Proposition, when heroine Julia Dyson heads to the big apple to rescue her missing father with his presumed abductor Colin Westwood, she finds herself in a new place, one she lived in briefly, a long time ago. Julia quickly discovers she must adjust her behavior, her street-smarts, and even her wardrobe in an effort to keep from sticking out like a sore thumb.  Her obvious resistance tells the audience a lot about who she is, and who she isn’t, and it makes for some very humorous moments along the way. Just as setting can create a dangerous and suspenseful feel, it can create a romantic one as well. Think about some of your favorite romance novels and what time and place in which the chapters are set. If you especially enjoyed them, you may remember the sights, sounds and smells described in a favorite chapter, all elements of setting, all of which are key to creating a memorable mood and feel. “Romantic” is typically the mood we feel in romance novels, but you might be surprised to discover just how many romantic settings are described in each one. Unlike my last novel Dangerous Proposal, Dangerous Proposition is a cutting-edge suspense, which is driven by the danger that is lurking in the shadows.  Both stories are suspenseful as well as romantic, but in one, romance spurs from misunderstandings, and in the other it comes from two characters being thrown into dangerous situations, which force them to rely on each other.  This is not to...
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Jul
19

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Sidney Bristol

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Sidney Bristol Today I welcome back one of my favorite peeps, author Sidney Bristol. She’s here today celebrating her new book release, The Harder He Falls, the second title in her So Inked series from Ellora’s Cave. Take it away, Sidney… Hello, and thanks so much to the ever lovely and beautiful Jen for hosting me ON MY BOOK RELEASE DAY! I’m sorry, that was a little too much excitement, wasn’t it? I’ll try to tone it down, but I make no promises. The second book in my So Inked series from Ellora’s Cave releases today. The series focuses on a team of female tattoo artists slinging ink and making a name for themselves in Texas. The Harder He Falls is the second book in this series and follows one of the shops owners, Kellie, as she makes some hard decisions, faces down her worst nightmare and finds love in the arms of a man she never expected to win her over. But that’s the sales pitch. Why don’t we talk about something fun? Did you know there are different styles and even schools of art when it comes to tattoos? While most tattoo artists can do all types of tattoos, everyone has something they’re naturally good at. Well the girls at the So Inked tattoo shop are no different! With The Harder He Falls I wanted to dig into the well-known Japanese elements of tattooing we see everywhere. From t-shirts to phone cases to even your underwear, tattoo art is showing up in all sorts of new places and a lot of it harkens back to the art brought from Japan by artists like Ed Hardy, Yakuza gangsters coming to America, service men stationed in Japan and tourists. Almost every culture has a history of tattooing unique to them. From geometric designs dating back to the first humans, to markings to denote tribes and designs to evoke the power from the art, tattoos have said a lot about us since the earliest of days. Japanese tattoos are a language in and of themselves, that isn’t always appreciated by its American audience. Each traditional element can be manipulated, combined and placed to call upon different powers, mean something specific or say a particular thing about the wearer. For example, a Koi fish depicted swimming up water means that the person is overcoming something. Combined with other flowers, elements or symbols, it can become more specific, speaking to the fragility of life,...
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Jul
12

Author Guest Post: Tracy Cooper-Posey

Author Guest Post: Tracy Cooper-Posey Today I am pleased to introduce you to romance author Tracy Cooper-Posey. Tracy is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author who writes erotic vampire romances, hot romantic suspense, paranormal and urban fantasy romances.  She has published over 50 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award.   She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year and Byzantine Heartbreak was a 2012 winner.  She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at MacEwan University.   She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together.  In her spare time she enjoys history, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line. Tracy is here today to give us the top nine laws of time-travel in romances. In addition, she tells us about her latest title, Kiss Across Chains, the third story in her Kiss Across Time series.  Please help me welcome Tracy toThat’s What I’m Talking About. The 9 Laws of Time Travel in Romances A tongue-in-cheek and (very) generalized look at the genre of time travel romances. 1. There will be no mechanics, gears, wheels or electronics to aid the time travel. The traveling through time will happen spontaneously, without the need of equipment, tools or machines…or Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. 2. The traveller will experience very little disorientation upon arrival in the past/future. There will be no side-effects from the traveling, and when the traveller arrives, they can figure out very quickly where they are, and what has happened.  They accept the idea of traveling through time without question. 3. The traveller will instantly understand the local language, dialect and idiom. Even if the locals are speaking a northern Italian early medieval version of Latin, the traveller will be able to both understand, speak and write in that language.  Ancient English dialects present no barrier at all. 4. The traveller invariably meets someone famous in the past. Time travel authors can’t help themselves.  The historical personage not only appears in the story, but they are usually enamored with the traveller and their “advanced” thinking… 5. The traveller will find the contemporary clothes of the time they are visiting suits them perfectly. There is never any disorientation about how to...
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Jul
10

Urban Fantasy Summer Reading Celebration-Kristen Painter

Urban Fantasy Summer Reading Celebration-Kristen Painter Welcome to the Urban Fantasy Summer Reading Celebration here at That’s What I’m Talking About!! original images by marin & papaija2008 at FreeDigitalPhotos.com banner designed by Jennifer from Books Make Me Happy The celebration runs from July 1 through July 12, 2013, with guest posts, author and series spotlights and lots and lots of GIVEAWAYS!! In fact, each day there is a new post, there is new giveaway to enter! CLICK HERE for more information. Today my special guest is blogger, Jennifer from The Book Nympho. Jennifer is here to share her love for the House of Comarré series by Kristen Painter. In addition Ms. Painter is donating a signed copy of Blood Rights to give away, details below. Take it away, Jennifer… Full disclosure: I’m part of Kristen Painter’s House of Pain Street Team. But that doesn’t sway my feelings about this series. I started reading before the street team was born. The House of Comarré series by Kristen Painter is an Urban Fantasy series with a mix of supernatural creatures; Fae, Fallen Angels, Varcolai (shifters), ghosts, Comarré and vampires. All these creatures live in secret from the humans.  What the heck is a Comarré?  They’re a human hybrid species especially bred to serve the blood needs of the noble vampire race. There are different vampires with Painter’s world.  Noble Vampires – Powerful vampire race that are born of fallen angels Anathema – noble vampires that have been outcast. Fringe – a lower race of vampires. Series Setup There is a bond that forms between a vampire and a Comarré. The vampire is known as a patron, a noble vampire that buys the blood rights of the Comarré. Once patron bond is formed they are the only vampire with the rights to feed from that Comarré.  Comarré need to release their blood or they can become sick. Their bodies produce large amounts of blood so if the do not have a patron they must bleed themselves.  The main character, Chrysabelle is on the run for killing her patron. This leads her to meeting Malkolm, a Anathema vampire. He is cursed to hear the voices of all the humans he has killed. After he was cursed any human he killed becomes a ghost to haunt him, so he will not drink from anyone so that he will not kill them.  The two decide, after much heated debate, to work together to bring down the big bad of the series and to...
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Jun
24

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: PJ Schnyder

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: PJ Schnyder Today I have the honor of bringing to you one of my favorite people, paranormal/ sci-fi author PJ Schnyder. Born and raised in the North East, PJ spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every fantasy and sci-fi novel she could borrow from the local and school libraries. She scored fairly high in the verbal portion. She was introduced to the wonderful world of romance a decade later by her best friend at an anime convention in Seattle. She now lives somewhere temperate watching the seasons go by with her two dogs and super stealthy ninja kitty, writing her stories and gaming. PJ is here today to talk about her new release, Bite Me, the first book in her new London Undead series. Keep reading to learn more about her book and enter an awesome GIVEAWAY! Please help me welcome PJ toThat’s What I’m Talking About. Werewolves, hunting zombies, in London! As a writer, I tend to keep an eye on calls for submissions, especially when they’re from my editor.  Back in fall of 2011 and likely earlier, Mallory Braus included a request for a “zombie hunter romance” in her call for submissions via Carina Press. On reading that, I giggled. And then I had an idea. That idea almost became a whole bunch of different things. The final result, though, evolved into the London Undead series and I am very happy Mallory and Carina Press acquired it. I’m elated to celebrate the release of the first book in the series, Bite Me. The moral here is to have fun imagining what you’d do in a zombie apocalypse and also to keep an eye on those calls for submissions. You never know when inspiration might lead to a great match. 😉 Blurb: Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that’s not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself despite her disability only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her. Maisie can’t help but admit that she’s attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She’s drawn to Seth’s strength and ferocity,...
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