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Bad Behavior at the Sizzling Summer Giveaway

Whoops! I traveled to Hilton Head Island today for a long weekend vacation with my family, so I hope it's not too late to tell you about an opportunity to win book two of The Conduct Series: Bad Behavior.


Cover Reveal: Hold Tight and Embrace by Cherie Colyer

Wow! *gushes* I absolutely love these covers for my pub sister Cherie Colyer! Here's my review of Embrace, and I can't wait to read book two in the series: Hold Tight.


Title:Hold Tight (Embrace, #2)   Author: Cherie Colyer  Publisher: Omnific Publishing  Genre: Paranormal Romance  Age Group: Young Adult  Expected release date: August 20, 2013 
Sixteen-year-old Madison Riley and her friends discover they aren’t the only supernatural beings in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These new creatures are more dangerous than ever, and this time Madison risks losing more than just her friends.



This is the new cover for Embrace, book #1, to match Hold Tight.

Title:Embrace (Embrace, #1)  Released: December 2012   
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It's responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison me…

Writing Addicted Characters: Guest Post by Lisa Daniels

Today I welcome Lisa Daniels to the blog. Her guest post shares tips for writing characters who are addicted to drugs. What fun! Take it away, Lisa: Writing Addicted Characters One of the first pieces of advice you hear when starting to craft stories is 'write what you know'. The obvious way to interpret this is to focus on things you're already familiar with such as your local neighborhood, jobs you've held and people you've known. There is nothing wrong with this approach and it can lead to some inspired writing. However, if you want to include elements in your story that seem a million miles from anything you've ever experienced, such as a character who is an addict, you will need to adopt a broader interpretation of that advice in order to achieve authenticity.
Effective research When it comes to writing fiction, research can mean a number of things. It can be from a textbook in a college library, a session typing things into an internet search engine, or g…

Cover Reveal: Faythe Reclaimed by Lisa Sanchez

Yay!! Here it is! The new cover for Faythe Reclaimed (Hanaford Park #3)


Our very talented author friend, Carol Oates created the cover, and I'm in love!

Blurb:

Running through a strange forest with a bloodthirsty demon hot on her heels wasn’t Taylor’s idea of a rockin’ evening. Then again, neither was soaring backward through time and space. Time travel chafed and left a rank, nasty aftertaste. So, when she finds herself floundering amidst a sea of Commandment-loving holy rollers who fling accusations of witchcraft and bedevilment like hotcakes in a diner, finding her way home jumps to the top of her to do list. Too bad she can’t remember who she is or where she came from. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Taylor realizes she's falling for the mysterious Latin warlock living on the edge of Salem Village, Gabriel Castillo.

Battling an identity crisis and lost in a time that’s not her own, Taylor is determined to find her way back to twenty-first century Hanaford Park. But f…

Bad Behavior Excerpt

As I head into a day filled with psychotherapy clients, I decided to share a brief excerpt from Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2).

In an unconventional move, Sophie and Grant's parole officer ordered the naughty parolees into couples counseling sessions with psychologist Dr. Hunter Hayes. Here, they process a lovers' spat after Sophie falsely accused Grant of betraying her:


Cover Reveal: Trisha Wolfe's Of Darkness and Crowns

Of Darkness and Crowns (Goddess Wars #2) by Trisha Wolfe Release Date: September 1, 2013 Cover artist:Steven Novak Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

***WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK ONE***
Summary from Goodreads: The moon goddess has taken up residency within Prince Caben, darkening his mind and soul. Now he hunts the very women he sacrificed his life to save, his conflicting desires for love and power raging a battle within him. Kaliope possesses the key to setting Bale free, and Caben will stop at nothing to see his goddess restored. Even if that means destroying the kingdom he’s sworn to protect, and the infuriating woman who torments his thoughts.

Kaliope, now the leader to the newly formed Nactue Guard, has vowed to save Caben. But with a traitor lurking among her people, and powers she’s unable to fully control, Kaliope’s mission becomes shrouded with doubt. Her new role as watcher over Caben’s kingdom brings a burden she’s unable to bear alone, and appoi…

IWSG: Nicki Elson's Divine Temptation

The more insecure you are, the more you the devil can tempt you (or something like that).

Welcome to June's Insecure Writer's Support Group, started by Alex Cavanaugh! Author Nicki Elson introduced me to IWSG and has helped me with quite a few of my own insecurities through her warmth and support.

When I discovered Nicki wrote a paranormal romance, I was nervous. One of my insecurities is that I seem to be one of the few readers who's not into paranormal.

But happily, I LOVED Nicki's book Divine Temptation! A book about angels and demons seems more spiritual and less paranormal to me, I guess. And I do enjoy romance novels.

Hop over to Nicki's BLOG where I interview her about her insecurities, and stick around to read my review of her fantastic novel!

Divine Temptation by Nicki Elson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deep and Affirming

Nicki Elson, author of the fun and flirty college romp Three Daves, heads in a different direction for this adult spiritual romance. I loved th…

The Best Book Ever Giveaway Hop

I realized I hadn't participated in a giveaway for a while, so I just signed up for The Best Book Ever Giveaway Hop hosted by The Best Books Ever and I Am A Reader.


I'm new to the Best Books Ever meme, but it sounds fun. It's a place for readers to vote on the best books in a genre.

My vote for Best Love Story is a novel I recently finished: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I cried buckets reading this adult novel (here's my review).

Do you enjoy emotional reads about older teens? I'd like to put my NA/mature YA swimming romance Streamline up for two best books genres: emotional reads and older teen reads. (I am NOT claiming Streamlineis the best book in those genres--just putting it up for your consideration!)

You can win an ebook of Streamline by completing the Rafflecopter form.
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Now hop over to these participating blogs to WIN STUFF!