I am so grateful to the readers and authors I've met since starting this crazy publishing journey in 2010. To express my gratitude, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. Enter on the Rafflecopter. Note: This hop is supposed to have only one entry so please choose ONE only way to enter. I welcome you to return to the blog on 12-2-15 for the celebration of the release of ACED (Blocked #2), New Adult Sports Romance. I'll be hosting a giveaway here and joining 25+ authors for the Facebook release party. a Rafflecopter giveaway Check out these grateful blogs as well: <!-- end LinkyTools script –>
Early reviews for ACED have been fantastic! *dances* "Lord forgive me for I have sinned and lusted over the hottie known as ALEJANDRO. Yup, dibs he's all mine, chicas." ~Nelly from Romance Bytes "The plot is so well paced, I was reading until the wee hours of the morning." ~Karie from My Reading Reality "Blocked captivated my attention from start to finish and Aced does not disappoint. Hotheaded Alejandro meets his match in stubborn and confident Maddie." ~Aaliyah from Goodreads
If you want to meet Alejandro, please join us for the review tourstarting December 2 (release day). Reviewers who post on Amazon on release day enter a special $25 gift card giveaway. Here are the amazing blogs and Facebook pages that have signed up:
Welcome to November's Insecure Writers Support Group, where we share insecurities and bolster confidence. Join us at Alex Cavanaugh's blog HERE.
How goes the writing battle? My struggle recently has been my impatience. I have a new release ACED (Blocked #2) on 12-2-15. I wanted to get the ARC out to readers earlier, but life doesn't always cooperate.
Fortunately my awesome editor and book designer kicked into overdrive and the ARC is now ready. (Contact me if you're interested in a copy!) And we were able to get an excerpt from the third book in the series (SPIKED) at the end, happily.
Some things were out of my control but I tried to communicate as best I could to resolve misunderstandings that delayed the process, and that seemed to help. What helps you deal with the waiting game?
A.M. Willard brings you a romantic comedy with a touch of contemporary romance and a dash of chick lit, which takes you on a journey of friendship.
Frosted Sweets is the first installment of A Taste of Love Series in which we follow the lives of Morgan and Jayden, who are discovering life is anything but what it seems.
Morgan Lewis, the owner of The Polka Dot Café & Bakery, is about to wed the man she’s spent the last four years building a life with. What she doesn’t know is, that’s all about to change. Can her life move past a wedding disaster? Can her crazy friends help her pick up the pieces? And what's in store for this sweet baker? Along with a booming business, the Christmas holiday rush, and her friends, Morgan is really sent into a spin when Jayden Rivers moves to town.
Jayden’s focus is on his career in production, but what he wasn’t expecting was to be knocked off his feet by a woman in the park. Sparks fly, but he’s not sure if she’s truly available or taken. With a severe sweet tooth and an addiction to Morgan Lewis’s treats, he can’t seem to stay away.
Will it turn into sugar and spice? Or a friendship over some frosted treats?
A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life.
A.M.'s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn't looked back.
Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances Series, Love on the Screen, and everyone's favorite, the One Night Series. She's also had an article published in the Writer's Monthly Review Magazine and was just accepted into the Romance Writers of America organization in May of 2015.
A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens...
You can connect with A.M. Willard on her website at www.amwillard.com or subscribe to her newsletter for the latest releases, teasers, and sale alerts: http://eepurl.com/bb-Cd1
Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in Jennifer Lane’s Blocked series, it could be her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love.
Medical student Alejandro’s hot Latin looks get him plenty of attention, but his deep faith and admiration for his father keep him on a righteous path, with no time for something as frivolous as love. He strives to do the right thing—study diligently, take care of his siblings, represent the family well—so why does he feel so unfulfilled?
Enter Lucia’s friend and teammate Maddie Brooks, who shines at blocking the ball and acing the serve. Too bad this graduating senior isn’t so confident about her life off the court. Her longtime boyfriend has just bailed on her, and med school applications loom large. Oh, and a nerve-wracking tryout for Team USA also approaches.
Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits Lucia at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.
Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.
I’d only seen Alejandro on TV, but his presence seemed magnified in real life. He was Jaylon’s height but probably weighed thirty pounds less. He moved like a panther, sleek and long in a black suit “dressed down” with no tie. His short black hair shone in the arena lights, and he appeared freshly shaven. Hot damn! He sure looked more suave than any college boy I’d encountered. Was that the typical dress for medical school at Johns Hopkins? Probably not. Something told me Alex did things his own way.
As Alejandro approached, Lucia stood to hug him, shaking her head. “Hey, what’re you doing here? You didn’t tell me you were coming.”
He smiled. “Could we go somewhere to talk?”
She glanced at me. “I don’t want to leave Maddie. I dragged her here, so it’d be rude to abandon her.”
“So this is the famous Maddie.” When Alejandro reached across to shake my hand, his dark eyes burned into me. “I’ve seen you play, but it’s good to finally meet. I’ve heard great things about you.” His handshake was firm, but his hand was soft and warm, zinging a surprising thrill right through me. I realized that for at least a few moments, I hadn’t thought about Jaylon. Alejandro let go all too quickly.
His expression sobered as he looked back at Lucia. “I want to talk to you about something in private.”
She folded her arms across her chest as they both sat. “I already said no, thank you. I can’t right now.”
He frowned and squared his shoulders. Then he leaned in to Lucia’s ear and spoke to her in Spanish. She bristled next to me.
“How dare you?” she hissed.
I leaned back. What had just changed my sweet Rez into a pissy hellcat?
Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.
Jen adores creating sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Aced launches in December 2015.
A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the free New Adult novellaSwim Recruit.
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.
Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.
Excitement abounds for this new release by Kishan Paul! I loved her debut novel, Blind Love (see my review HERE) and this psychological thriller sounds amazing.
Title: The Second Wife
Author: Kishan Paul
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Length: 82,000 words
Cover Artist: Syneca Fetherstone
If you want to live, you must let
go of the past...
psychologist, Alisha Dimarchi, is abducted by an obsessed client and imprisoned
in his Pakistani compound for over two years. Forced to change her name and
live as his second wife, her life is filled with trauma and heartbreak. Thrust
into a world of violence and oppression, Ally must fight not only to keep
herself alive but to protect the lives of the people she now considers family.
At night, she retreats into her memories of the only man she has ever loved—a
man she believes no longer loves her.
handsome surgeon, David Dimarchi, has spent the last two years mourning the
disappearance of his wife. After a painful and isolated existence, he begins
the process of healing. It is then he is visited by a stranger, who informs him
that Ally is very much alive and needs his help. In a desperate attempt to save
her, David enlists the help of a mercenary. Together they find themselves in
the center of more than just a rescue mission. Will he be able to reach her in
time, and if he does, will she still want him?
He eyed the
therapist. There was something calming about Tom. Kinda reminded him of his
dad. Funny. After working hard to forget Ally and their life together, in a few
short minutes, this stranger had forced those doors open. If she were here, she
would be clapping her hands like a stupid seal right now. “I’m willing to give
it a try.”
“Do you feel
comfortable sharing what happened?”
He took another swig
of water. “She disappeared two years ago. No one’s heard or seen her since.”
“How have you
survived her disappearance?”
Dave fiddled with the
lid of the bottle and focused on the paisley area rug. “It’s been hard. Really
hard.” His voice sounded hoarse even to his own ears.
It had been a while
since he’d talked about the disappearance and opening Pandora’s box hurt like
hell. Yet for some reason, he found himself prying the lid, wanting to let the
“She was beautiful,
and God, I loved her. She used to tell me to take her off the pedestal. That I’d
wake up one day and be disappointed. After eight years of marriage, I still had
it bad for her. How many husbands can say that?”
“I was so proud she
was mine. She was amazing in every way…as a wife, a friend—smart, funny, the
whole package, and there was nowhere on earth I’d rather be than with her.”
He blinked back the
emotion and fast-forwarded to the morning two years ago. “She disappeared on
March twenty-third. I got home from work about four thirty that morning to an
empty apartment. At first, I thought she’d left me again, but that didn’t make
any sense. So I made some phone calls, then drove to her office. Her Lexus,
purse and keys—even her shoes—were in the parking lot. But no Ally.”
As many times as the
story had been shared, he should be able to recite it automatically, but today was
different. His voice cracked and the waterworks he thought were over tried to
rush to the surface. Dave slammed his lids shut and pushed the words through. “I
called the police. The rest is history.”
“How have you held up
Dave rubbed the wetness
away and continued. “No words. I keep thinking if I’d been home that night this
wouldn’t have happened.”
“Do you believe you
could have prevented it?”
“No, probably not.
But I let her down. Didn’t protect her.”
He accepted the
Kleenex Tom handed him and wiped his face dry. His head lowered and voice soft,
he recounted his hell. “They investigated her clients, everyone had an alibi.
People came in and out of the house for weeks. The media plastered information
everywhere. Calls poured in about bodies, and each time, I wished I were dead.
I couldn’t sleep. Eat. Breathe. My life was gone. Two years later, here we are,
no news, no leads, nothing. She vanished from the world.”
Emotion sat heavy on
his chest, choking him and making it impossible to speak. After an eternity of silence,
Tom’s firm hand gripped his arm.
“I can’t imagine how
hard that must have been for you.”
The Second Wife is one of those
rare novels that will lurk in the back of your mind for weeks. With stunning
precision, Kishan Paul throws the reader into a world of clandestine
organizations and brutal politics. The gripping characters wrench your heart and
make you cringe with fear. A rollercoaster of suspense and emotion not to be
missed. --Aubrey Wynne Author of Dante’s Gift and
Paul’s writing shines in this beautifully written psychological thriller filled
with heart-gripping emotion as the heroine unearths an inner strength she
didn’t know she possessed. – Cait Jarrod, Bestselling Author
Second Wife is a poignant story of love, domestic violence, and mental
strength. It grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until you've finished
the last page. No wait, it doesn't let go at all… I had the pleasure of
betareading it, and the wide range of emotions it stirred in me are still right
under the surface." – Lea Bronsen
award winning author of The Perfect Shoot
“This is a gripping
story, brilliantly woven from start to finish. I’ll never forget Ally. She’s as
real to me as anyone else because her story isn’t some forgettable fictional
work. No way you are walking away from this one the same way. I actually took a
break between this novel and my next one. I wasn’t ready to begin another
journey just yet. Amazing work, Kishan Paul.” – Kristen Shanchez, reader
From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the
day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul’s brain is always in the “on”
position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would have
graduated with honors. Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend
for over seventeen years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she
balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without
sinking into insanity. Her novel, Blind Love, is currently available through most major ebook sites
and through Samhain Publications.
Thank you to Kathy from I Am A Reader for hosting! There are over 200 blogs participating.
October is a special month for me since I'm revealing the cover for my next novel ACED (Blocked #2), a college sports romance series. I'm also a big fan of all things Halloween. My Twitter avatar features my favorite Halloween costume of me as a carrot. Why? Who knows.
To celebrate all things spooktacular, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card, an ebook of my college volleyball romance BLOCKED, and an ARC of ACED (Blocked #2, due 12-2-15).
Check out ACED's cover reveal at our Facebook party on 10-20-15 HERE. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Hop on over to all these fantastic blogs. The more you enter, the more you win.
Join us for the Insecure Writers Support Group, hosted by Alex J Cavanaugh HERE. We vent about our worries and support each other through the lonely journey. After writing for nine months, I'm excited for the fun part: releasing a novel! We are editing ACED (Blocked #2), a New Adult volleyball romance. We hope for a release date in November of 2015. The cover for Aced showcases hot Latino med student Alejandro Ramirez, and I'm eager to share it with the world. Want to help me with the cover reveal on 10-21-15? Sign up HERE. Over the weekend I attended the book signing, *Sassy in Savannah*. There was a huge turnout despite the rain plaguing South Carolina, and I had a blast meeting readers like Becca.
What's your favorite book swag? I have bookmarks, of course, but I like to offer something more creative. I decided to buy volleyball key chains and print them myself, and they were a big hit.
After the book signing, we headed south for some sunshine in St. Augustine, Florida. It was beautiful visiting America's oldest city. I am covered in mosquito bites. *itches*
And create a cover for the sequel: ACED (Blocked #2). Book designer Coreen Montagna and I have one thing to say:
Check out whether we aced this challenge by joining us for the cover reveal for Aced. If you have a blog or Facebook page, you're ready to post the cover, spread the word, and enter giveaways. The cover reveal is WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015. To sign up, complete the form below or go HERE.
And please join Mitsy Princell and me for a Facebook Cover Reveal Party the day before on 10-20-15 HERE. Over 20 authors will give away stuff!
The End. What two glorious words! They feel so wonderful to type.
I recently finished my sixth novel: Aced(Blocked #2). Blocked focused on political differences. Aced explores racial differences. I'm uber excited to launch Aced into the world in late 2015. Here are actors I envision as heroine Maddie and hero Alejandro:
Reader Selene said Alejandro has a lot of work to do to win her over. I love that challenge! So what's Aced about?
Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in Jennifer Lane’s Blocked series, it could be her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Medical student Alejandro’s hot Latin looks get him plenty of attention, but his deep faith and admiration for his father keep him on a righteous path, with no time for something as frivolous as love. He strives to do the right thing—study diligently, take care of his siblings, represent the family well—so why does he feel so unfulfilled? Enter Lucia’s friend and teammate Maddie Brooks, who shines at blocking the ball and acing the serve. Too bad this graduating senior isn’t so confident about her life off the court. Her longtime boyfriend has just bailed on her, and med school applications loom large. Oh, and a nerve-wracking tryout for Team USA also approaches. Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits Lucia at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance. Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.
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Hi, I'm Jen, psychologist/author (psycho author) in Columbus, Ohio. I write sports romance and romantic suspense. My latest release is college volleyball romance BLOCKED. I love laughing, swimming, and Grumpy Cat.