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What I Do and Why I Do It

Thank you to my friendly, funny critique partner Nicki Elson for tagging me to answer four writerly questions! (That's her gorgeous self, on the left.) Nicki is the author of 80's romp Three Daves and sexy angel story Divine Temptation. And I'm really stoked for the upcoming release of her hilarious chick lit, tentatively titled Vibrizzio (a buzzing Italian lover hehe).

Onto the questions...

What am I working on?

I'm nearing the finish line of writing Blocked, a college volleyball romance. Spike! The story features a forbidden romance between the offspring of candidates for US President: Lucia Ramirez, daughter of the Republican nominee, and Dane Monroe, son of the Democratic nominee.  Lucia and Dane are freakishly tall scholarship volleyball players who think the opponent's political philosophy is FAIL. But they can't deny their attraction to each other.

Swimmer Matt Grevers, who's 6'8", inspired the character of Dane Monroe:

How does my writing …

Blog Tour: Son of Set by @KelseyKetch

YA Bound hosts the book tour for SON OF SET! See the tour schedule HEREand be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Character Interview: Seth
Today, we’re honored to have Seth O’Keefe—Setemple’s prince of chaos. 
Hey, Seth. How are you today?
SO: *Gives a swoon worthy smile and runs his fingers through his copper hair.* I’d have to say well, being here with you.
*Blushes.* Always the Charmer, aren’t you? What do you think it is about you that makes you so irresistible?
SO: Most girls tell me it’s all about my eyes and their hypnotic color. But I’m sure there are other reasons as well.
Mm hm, and what is it about Natara Stone that makes her so much more appealing than the bevy of beauties that constantly surround you?
SO: *Laughs.* Where to start? Her amazing amethyst eyes; her smooth, bronze skin; her beautiful, raven-colored hair; the sway of her hips as she walks; and a figure that could rock—
Okay, okay. A girl could get a complex listening to how you rave about her, but …

Spring into Romance #Giveaway

I've joined quite a few lovely romance authors to give away THREE Amazon gift cards! 
** TWO $50 gift cards**
**one $25 gift card**
Enter the Rafflecopter HERE
Thanks to author Dawna Raver for organizing the event.

Review: Hard Time by Cara McKenna

Hard Time by Cara McKenna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hot for Prisoner

Since Shawshank Redemption and the time I met hero Michael Scofield from the TV show Prison Break, I've been fascinated by prison stories. While this novel captured some of the thrill of a forbidden prison romance, Eric Collier is no Michael Scofield.

Annie Goodhouse is woman in her mid-twenties who recently moved from her hometown of Charleston to a town near Detroit. There are two reasons for her move: 1) a new job as a librarian in Michigan and 2) an ex-boyfriend who abused her in South Carolina.

"I'd needed a change of scenery. A place with snowy winters, where the men spoke in honest, sharp-edged Northern accents, incapable of glazing their empty promises in sweet Southern honey."

One day a week, librarian Annie teaches and mentors at a local prison. There she meets tall, handsome, and quiet inmate Eric. When she helps him with his learning disability, he practices how to write better by penning he…

Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Development of a Criminal...The Development of a Good Man?

What a fascinating psychological study! This epic story begins when Theo Decker is 13 years old and ends when he's twice that age. Wow, does the author torture him in this story. What does not kill us, makes us stronger? I'm not so sure that's true in this case. Tragic events weaken Theo and it's unclear if he will ever regain his strength.

Theo lives with his mother in New York City after his alcoholic father abandoned them. His beautiful, fun mother has to take him to a late morning disciplinary meeting at school, so they stop in an art museum on the way. Then a terrorist's bomb explodes. The blast rips Theo's life apart when it kills his mother. In the ensuing surreal melee, a dying man insists Theo take "The Goldfinch": a famous painting.

The painting haunts Theo for the rest of the story just like the story has haunted me.

The characteriz…

New Release: Son of Set by Kelsey Ketch

Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2) By Kelsey Ketch Release Date: May 2nd, 2014 Upper Young Adult Fantasy Summary from Goodreads:“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”

 Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra.

 Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; s…