Friday, October 20, 2017

Foster An Author: A Season For Bliss - Jacki Kelly

It’s a Christmas love affair for Bliss and Marc if their past doesn’t get in the way.
Bliss is summoned home to help her mother with the family Christmas traditions. When she arrives she finds out plans have changed.
Marc isn’t fond of the holidays. He just wants them to be over so he can get back to his regular life. Then Bliss showed up and so did all the memories he wants to forget.
Does this May—December romance stand a chance?

Jacki Kelly has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.

Jacki loves to read almost as much as she likes to write. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s walking her adorable cocker spaniel or on the golf course. Her idea of bliss is squeezing all this stuff into one day. Happy Reading!

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Blog Tour: Wicked Beginnings - L.A. Cotton

Wicked Beginnings (Wicked Bay #1)

The first book in a brand new YA/NA crossover series from the author who brought you Chastity Falls

Lo thought moving to Wicked Bay was the worst of her problems, but as life begins to unravel around her, she’s going to find out it’s only the beginning…


Thank you for agreeing to this interview!  First, can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hi, thanks for having me! I’m Lianne, I’m 32 and I write contemporary romance and a splash of paranormal / fantasy / sci-fi romance. I live in the UK, have two small children, and spend my days at the laptop writing (but mostly procrastinating).

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Driven, Perfectionist, Chaotic
(I know it’s hard to believe you can be a perfectionist and chaotic, but it works, kind of 😉 )

If someone wrote a book about your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, horror or science fiction/fantasy?  What would be the title?
Ooh, this is a hard one. Probably something Bridget Jones-esque but with a younger slant. My life isn’t quite as interesting and comical as Bridget’s but there have been some stand-out moments throughout the years.
As for a title, let’s go with something like: Nobody said it was easy.

If you could have unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
Hmmm, coffee? But it has to be those Nescafe 3-in-1 sachets. I’m obsessed!

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
Hmmm early twenties, I think. Things were a lot easier back then.

If you could have dinner with three people, past or present, who would it be and why?
Let’s go with: Anne Frank, I read her diary when I was a young girl and have always been interested in that period of history. Shakespeare, since he’s created some of my favourite love stories (even if they are tragedies) of all time (Romeo and Juliet, and Othello). And lastly, Amy A Bartol because she dreamed up my favourite book boyfriend: Reed Wellington and I’d love to pick her brain.

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“Ariba. Ah, crap. Did I swim the wrong way again?”
He’s looking for Mexico … and he’s lost!

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
When I was younger a lot of my inspiration came from strong female film characters: Clarice Starling, Lara Croft, Nancy Thompson (from Nightmare On Elm Street) … I wanted to make my mark on the world somehow (probably not fighting treasure hunters, cannibalistic psychopaths or scary-faced monsters but you get the idea). I was also a huge fan of the Spice Girls back in the day.
Since entering the book community, I’ve been inspired by so many fierce ladies doing great things in indie publishing, it really is an exciting place to be.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I didn’t really ‘want’ to be a writer, I kind of fell into it. Four years ago, life was throwing me some challenges and I turned to reading as an escape. But it started to consume me. I was reading 1-2 books a day and was pretty checked out of life. One day, after finishing Wanted by Kelly Elliot, I had a lightbulb moment and wondered if I could channel my energies into writing as opposed to reading. So, I put pen to paper and started … and four years later, I haven’t stopped.

What draws you to this genre?  Are you interested in writing other genres?  If so what ones?

It’s strange because until four years ago, I’d never read a romance book. Ever. I was into thrillers like Dan Brown and Kathy Reichs. I loved anything with a religious twist or a good conspiracy theory. And then I stumbled across indie authors and gobbled my way through paranormal romance series’. Then I discovered New Adult … and, well, you get the idea. It made sense, I guess, to write what I was enjoying reading at the time. But I always laugh when I tell people I write romance, because I am the least romantic person I know.

What genre wouldn’t you write?
Historical anything. The research must be immense. And I’m a pretty quick writer so that whole ‘getting the facts’ right process would frustrate me (I think).

If you could change one thing about this genre, what would it be?
I wish more people would take it seriously. I’m proud to write and read romance.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Honestly, I feel like I learn something new every day. But when I very first started, I did not know self-publishing was even a thing … it was eye-opening. I also had no idea how big and amazing the indie community is.

What do you like to read in your free time?
I tend to read YA/NA romance – contemporary, PNR, fantasy, dystopian. But I enjoy all kinds of romance.

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
I like books which give insight to topics that we’re usually so quick to judge. For example, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma really left a mark on me. The lines of love are not always black and white and cannot always be confined to what’s deemed acceptable in the eyes of society and even the law. It’s such a powerful story.

Do you listen to music when you write?  Is there a certain type you like to listen to?  Do you put your playlists on Spotify for listeners?
Yes, I am a HUGE spotify fan. I have playlists for every project I work on and then general writing play lists. And it’s pretty eclectic. I love music, all kinds!

If you could spend time with a character from your books who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Hmmm … Probably Evan from Liar Liar and we’d take Eli (his younger brother) out for the day. Visit the fair or amusement arcades. Eat donuts and drink milkshakes. He’s a complicated guy but he’s all about family, and I love that.

What character in your books are you least likely to get along with?
Briony from Chastity Falls. Kendall from Liar Liar. Caitlin from Wicked Beginnings – there’s a theme here. The self-entitled mean girl.

What are you working on at the moment?
I’m just wrapping up book two in the Wicked Bay Series which is called Wicked Rules (which release Jan 3rd), and then I’ll be finishing a Chastity Falls spin-off book called Absolution (which is coming end of Jan 2018).


Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns. 

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Foster An Author: The Baptiste Series - Jacki Kelly

Tracy Baptiste’s devoted her life to satisfying everyone but herself.  Now it’s her turn and nothing is falling into place. Her daughter is marrying and moving away. Her husband has become self-absorbed and callous. Her friends are preoccupied with their lives. This is not what she’s bargained for.  For now, she escapes the disappointment by daydreaming about her sexy Italian co-worker, Marco. 

Walter Baptiste’s job is in jeopardy and he’s bored at home. He’s found an acceptable outlet and she’s half his age and twice as fun. Playing house is the distraction he needs until the reality turns out to be more than he’s bargained for.

While Walter watches his house of lies crumble, can Tracy find the courage to follow her instincts and put her life back together.

The tentacles of infidelity are insidious, running long and deep and destroying everything they touch along the way. Crystal Davis can’t shake the images and whispered conversations she overheard as a child as her parent’s relationship fell apart. As a married woman she finds herself walking in the footsteps she abhors.  But once on that path, getting off is not easy and to set her life right may cost her more than she ever imagined.

Jacki Kelly has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.

Jacki loves to read almost as much as she likes to write. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s walking her adorable cocker spaniel or on the golf course. Her idea of bliss is squeezing all this stuff into one day. Happy Reading!

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Release Bltiz: The Manny - Piper Rayne

Title: The Manny
Series: Dirty Truth #1
Author: Piper Rayne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 19, 2017

Secrets and lies are a killer way to start any partnership—especially a horizontal one.

Now, I’m a glass half full kinda of guy, so, after the ‘you’re fired’ speech was directed at me, I figure now’s the time to be the screenwriter I came to sunny California to be. Unfortunately, there are about as many people trying to sell a script in L.A. as there are vegans in the pacific northwest. 

But lucky for me, a few weeks ago my agent found an investor for my script. Hooray, all my problems are solved! NOT.

Because the investor will only agree to fund my film if I use one specific actress. And that one specific actress? Well of course, it just has to be the same actress I screwed over only months before. But she doesn’t need to know about that one tiny detail, does she? All that matters is getting her to agree to do the film and I’ll do whatever it takes. We can leave the past, in the past, right?

I thought my charm would win her over. Never would I have been prepared for the terms she laid out on the table.

She needed a nanny.
I needed a lead actress.
Somehow I became The Manny.

The Manny is another knockout novel by the duo Piper Rayne.  I absolute love these two, I have read every single one of their books and I will continue to do so until they stop writing.  They are full of humor, love, and shenanigans.  I can’t believe it hasn’t even been a full year since I discovered them.  From the very first paragraph in their first book, I was hooked.  And things haven’t changed with their newest release.

Vance Rose (if you’ve read their Single Dad’s club series, you’ll have briefly met him in Sexy Beast) is a little down on his luck, sexy, and a bit of a dirty talker.  Actually, I think most of Rayne’s heroes are, which I LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I melt over a dirty talker and they have some good ones.  Anyways, back to the story at hand.  He gets thrown into the deep end and out of his comfort zone.  Layla is a hardworking, struggling single mom and actress.  The two of them have some serious chemistry.  They are also well-written.  Each of them has layers, flaws, insecurities, and abilities.  And the secondary characters are just as great.  Even if I want to throw Jagger off the nearest cliff…And I loved “seeing”  Charlie and Garrett again.

Yes, there is some drama.  But it’s not overwrought or over-the-top, it flows easily with the story.  I surprisingly teared up a little with this book but that’s what makes them so good.  They expertly weave the teary parts with the humor and leave you feeling a little off balance until the very end.  If you’ve never checked out one of their novels, this is a great one to start with.  Just be sure your wallet can handle it when you fall in love and one-click all their novels in one fell swoop.

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two established authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.


Blog Tour: Maverick - Karina Halle


Maverick by Karina Halle 

Release Date: October 17th 

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Maverick, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!

Maverick is a complete standalone novel and the second book about the rough and rugged Nelson brothers. Get ready for one wild alpha mountain man - Canada's never felt so hot!
Forget playing it safe.
John “Maverick” Nelson likes to live his life on the edge – literally. A crucial member of the search and rescue team in the mountainous British Columbian town of North Ridge, Maverick’s brash and bold attitude means he’s the first one to ascend into danger, no matter the risk.
When it comes to women, though, Maverick errs on the side of caution. For all his cocky charm, rugged good looks and sexual swagger, he remains as unreachable as the surrounding peaks. Hot, wild sex? He’ll tell you there’s no better way to spend a cold, wintry night. Relationships? He’d rather freeze.
That is until he lays his eyes on American Riley Clarke. Trading in the crippling expenses of Aspen for BC, Riley is North Ridge’s newest member of their search and rescue team and the only woman on the job, which means spending a lot of time with Mav in adrenaline-pumping situations.
With the chemistry between them hot enough to melt snow, keeping their hands off each other is detriment to the success of their team. Besides, Maverick’s her boss and she didn’t work her ass off in Colorado just to throw it all away for some mind-blowing sex.
But when the worst winter in years sweeps in, Riley and Maverick will have to battle the elements along with their attraction for each other. And if either of them slip up, both of them will be in for a deep freeze.


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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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