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The CONduct Series Blog Tour Day Four

Today my romantic suspense series travels to three book blogs. These book lovers all read With Good Behavior, so check out their varied reviews! Each will offer an ebook giveaway, and readers who comment on every tour stop are eligible to win a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

1. Alexa Loves BooksBlog

2. Kelsey's Book CornerBlog

3. Ramblings From a Chaotic Mind Blog


And now it's time for the Author Blog Bounce, hosted by Omnific Publishing!

Poughkeepsie: Homeless No More + Giveaway

I'm happy to be part of the Poughkeepsie Blog Tour. I've heard amazing things about this novel by Debra Anastasia, and I can't wait to read it.


This is a story about homeless man and the young woman he meets at the train station. Her smiles sustain him though she has no idea of her impact on him.

I actually worked at a homeless center during my graduate training in counseling psychology, and I'd like to share that experience for the Poughkeepsie blog tour. At the homeless center, I did counseling, psychological testing, and led an anger-management therapy group.

One thing that struck me was the similarity between myself and individuals living at the center. Warmth, intelligence, and talent abounded in homeless people. One man was a gifted musician and another woman had gone to extreme efforts to protect her children from her abusive husband. But one big difference between us was their lack of safety nets. When times got hard for them, they didn't have friends or fa…

The CONduct Series Blog Tour Day Two

Today there are two stops on The Conduct Series romantic suspense blog tour:

Jessica Subject's Mark of the Stars. I share "My Writing Family", including all the friends and loved ones who have supported my writing HERE.

Lindsay's Turning the Pages. Lindsay gave With Good Behavior a great review and offers a giveaway HERE.

My First Blog Tour!

Excitement bursts within me for The Conduct Series Blog Tour, starting TODAY! That's right, my romantic suspense series is going on tour for the next two weeks, visiting 28 blogs. Julie from A Tale of Many Reviews is the gracious host for this virtual book tour.

Today's stops include The Unread Reader blog where I discuss what I do when I'm not writing.

There will be a giveaway of With Good Behavior or Bad Behavior at every stop, and a grand prize of a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card for a lucky reader who comments at every stop.

See the list of participating blogs HERE

Congratulations to the winner of the Gratitude Giveaway Hop:

Denise Z!
She wins a $10 Amazon gift card. Thanks to all who entered and shared what they're thankful for. We are all blessed in many ways.

Omnific Release Day: Poughkeepsie

Today is release day at Omnific Publishing . . .

Introducing Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia!
He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation sh…

Your POV on POV

I have a point-of-view issue. What's your POV?

I'm rather new to writing, and my initial fledgling efforts were from a third person omniscient POV. In my debut novel With Good Behavior, I do a bit of "head hopping" from character to character. As a psychologist, I'm fascinated by the motivations of each perspective, so third person omniscient worked well for me.

Reader feedback is always varied and interesting. Some readers loved hearing from each character, believing it enriched the story. Other readers (like author Darcia Helle) commented that the constant change in POV was confusing at first, and suggested trying third person limited POV in which I represent one character's perspective at a time (by section or chapter). Darcia shared how an agent asked her "Whose story is this?"--a tough question to answer when using third person omniscient POV.

I shared this feedback with my amazing Omnific Publishing editor Jessica Royer Ocken, and we discussed…

Gratitude Giveaway Hop

I'm so grateful to my readers, fellow authors, and followers! To express my gratitude, I'm joining Kathy and All-Consuming Books for the Gratitude Giveaway Hop.

Up for grabs is a $10 gift card to Amazon to a lucky U.S. winner.

To enter, all you need to do is to leave a comment including:
1) What you're thankful for
2) Your email address so I can contact you if you win.

(Edited the post to add I LOVE reading all that you're thankful for, everybody! Thank YOU for sharing your blessings).

Also, don't forget to enter to win a Kindle Fire by clicking on the link to your right! I'm joining with other authors for the Kindle Fire giveaway and all you need to do is provide your email address.

I'm also offering my romantic suspense novel With Good Behavior for only $.99 in November.

Winners of November Giveaway Hop

Congratulations to our two winners of the November Giveaway Hop:

Mary from Sweeping Me Blog
and
Kalea from En Route to Life Blog
Mr. Darcy was their favorite historical romance hero. He's quite popular with the ladies!

Mary wins an ebook of Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2). Remember, you can get With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) for only $.99 in November!

Kalea wins an ebook of A Love By Any Measure by Killian McRae.

Congratulations to you both, and thanks to everyone for all the lovely comments and follows.

November Giveaway Hop

Kathy from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, and Tristi Pinkston are hosting another great giveaway! We all have things we're thankful for, and we all have goodies to give away too.

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For this international giveaway, enter to win one of TWO romance e-books:

1) Historical Romance: A Love By Any Measure by Killian McRae. 11/8/11 is the official release date for this angsty Irish bodice-ripper! You can read an excerpt at the end of this post.

2) Romantic Suspense: Bad Behavior, book two of The Conduct Series by Jennifer Lane. (Book one, With Good Behavior, is on sale for $.99 the month of November.)

You can also enter to win a Kindle Fire on the right side of my blog. (No joke---I'm joining other authors to offer a brand spankin' new Kindle Fire to one lucky reader, and this giveaway is international).

Entries now closed. Stay tuned for the winners' names!

From “A Love by Any Measure,” by Killian McRae
                Tulipe Noire Press, 2011 Accusatory, hostile glares tr…

A Great Week in Review

Lots of fun things happening on the blog this week--sales, guest posts, and giveaways galore!

I'd love for you to check out my debut novel With Good Behavior and we're making it easier than ever to read it. Omnific Publishing features a Veterans' Day Sale in November. Buy With Good Behavior for only $.99 here!

My review for the historical romance pirate adventure Cat O' Nine Tails is just below this post. Author Patricia Leever and I had a swashbuckling interview, and one reader won an ebook and swag.

Congratulations,  ROBIN
More giveaway winners abound. Winners of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop receive ebooks of With Good Behavior:

Hooray for KIM and JESSICA
And the Romance Girls Gone Goblin Winner of a $10 Amazon gift card is . . .

BRENDA PANDOS!
Congratulations to the winners. Bummed you weren't one of the chosen ones? Follow my blog tour starting November 28th to win books and prizes.

And, we're offering yet another chance to win my book if you comment HERE.…

Review, Interview, and Giveaway: Cat O’ Nine Tails by Patricia Leever

Sexy, Swashbuckling Female Pirate Wins Your Heart and Your LootIt was quite a pleasure reading Patricia Leever’s Cat O’ Nine Tails. I love the idea of a female pirate, Aeron Lynch, with fiery red locks and intense green eyes. Handsome pirate hunter Orrin Walsh is determined to put a stop to Aeron’s thieving ways, but is there more than meets the eye with this sassy lass?Indeed, things are not always as they seem, and there’s instant chemistry between the pirate and her hunter. Aeron has an intriguing backstory involving the queen—the same queen who has commissioned Orrin to hunt down Aeron. I really liked how Patty handled Aeron’s post-traumatic stress. Orrin isn’t feeling so confident himself due to his first wife leaving him. (Stupid wench!)I think Patty did a great job of world-building in this historical romance—the island jungle, the ship sailing on an open sea, the rich language. Here are some of my favorite quotes: She was a most unusual pirate: she did not take what she wanted…

Win a Kindle Fire!

eReaders and eBooks are hot. So hot, they're on fire! The Kindle Fire, that is.
I'm delighted to announce I'm participating in the "Reading Next to the (Kindle) Fire" holiday giveaway. The prize? A brand, spankin' new Kindle Fire and 20+ eBooks in Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, mystery and YA!

How do you enter? Simple.

1. Join my blog, and/or any of the blogs of the participating authors.

2. Click the Kindle Fire pic in this post or on my sidebar to be taken to official entry form. Fill in the required information (it's just a few smidgens of info), and you're entered! While you're over there, check out the full list of participating authors and books to be given to the winner.