Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Variants by Michelle C. Reilly: Interview + Giveaway




Variants (Anathergians Trilogy #1)
by Michelle C. Reilly

Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy with Romance
Number of pages: 270 print, 325 Kindle

Sworn to Protect the Very People Bent on Destroying Them

POWERFUL

Auden, the king of the immortal Anathergian race, came to Earth five thousand years ago when he and his people escaped from their destroyed planet. His power is immense, but is threatened because he has yet to take a Lifemate.

WITCH

With the blood of an Anathergian and a witch running through her veins, Leah is a force to be reckoned with. After leaving her foster family to learn how to master her new-found powers, Auden finds her. With him, she discovers her heritage, her strength, and her love.

VARIANTS

An Anathergian is using variant strains of his DNA to turn humans into Anathergians. This enemy’s goal: use the Variants to take over the world and take Auden’s place as king. Auden and Leah’s goal: Stop the enemies and discover what connections Leah has with them.

Available at Amazon and CreateSpace


 
Michelle C. Reilly is a single mom of two wonderful boys. She spent ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Preventive Medicine Technician, which meant she was actually attached to or stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps. She has a Masters in Science in Public Health, but she is generally an IT geek and a geek of many other things as well. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, with her two cats, Meowdy and Moose, and her dog, Katie aka “The Old Lady.”

Make sure to visit her website www.michellecreilly.com for more information about her and her upcoming books.

Feel free to visit, ask her questions, and hang out with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/michellecorareilly

And if you’re a tweet-a-holic (or even if you’re not), follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MichelleCReilly

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/michellecreilly


Q & A with Author Michelle C. Reilly

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Auden came to Earth over five-thousand years ago when his planet, Anathergia, was destroyed.  He, and all other Anathergians who have gone through their transition, is immortal and powerful. However, Auden is the king of his race and the most powerful of all the Anathergians. When his race came to this planet, they took a sacred oath to help protect humankind. Because he’s lived so long without finding a Lifemate, he’s starting to lose control of his powers and his thoughts. The man is stubborn, obstinate, and old fashioned. He doesn’t have a lot of humor because, with his job, there isn’t a whole lot of things to laugh about.  As the king, he is an ultimate leader. And an ultimate Alpha.

Leah starts off as a sixteen year old. School pretty much bores her because she has a photographic memory and is extremely smart. She lives with her foster family and has a falling out with her foster father. She ends up hurting the man, but she doesn’t know how she did it, so she runs away. But it breaks her heart because she absolutely adores and loves her brother, Ceadan. When she leaves her home, a group of witches find her and tell her she’s actually a witch and they’re going to take her to teach her how to use her powers. Four years later, she had another incident at the school, and the head teacher notices Leah used powers that witches don’t have. Only Anathergians. Auden takes her away to his complex for training. He’s intrigued and curious about her. She is annoyed with him because she’s perfectly content, and doing very well where she is, thank you very much. But, when she realizes that Auden’s complex is back in her home city of Las Vegas, she realizes she can kill two birds with one stone: get even better training and have her brother close to her once again.  She, like Auden, is stubborn. When she loves, she loves deeply and forever, but it takes a while for her to trust and take someone in, probably because she has a hard time trusting.

Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
There are SO many! I love writing the scenes where Leah is tiffed at Auden. Then there are the battles, which I find so fascinating. Nothing like killing people without really killing people. Of course, there’s always the sex scenes. And, boy, my books have some H-O-T sex scenes. :)

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
That often depends on what’s going on with my other jobs. I will write as much as I can. I can write pretty fast. I’ve done 40k words in two weeks. If I can, I like to go to a coffee shop (preferably the ones in bookstores) and write. I like the background hum. I have a Microsoft Surface RT that I love. I take it with me everywhere I go. This is what I write on. So, if I have a few minutes while waiting in my car for something (a drive thru, even), or while waiting for a movie to start, or an appointment, I can pull it out and punch in a few paragraphs or pages.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
That’s an interesting question. I think I would’ve started writing much earlier, but imagination wasn’t a big thing in my family. So, I kind of dampened the voices in my head to a dull roar. But, there are some very specific people who, I believe, helped me tremendously. The first is my third grade teacher, Mrs. Richardson. She had red hair and was very pregnant when, on Christmas, she gave us all wrapped up presents. Mine was a copy of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. I could not believe there were stories like that. I must’ve read it at least ten times over and over again. I daydreamed about it, imagining myself as Meg. It was absolutely amazing! When I was a teenager, I started picking up my mom’s romance books. She always went for the blonds (I’m a fan of dark hair).  It was through these books that I learned a lot of my history. Then, I had another wonderful teacher in eleventh grade who challenged me with my composition.  I wanted to prove to myself that I could excel at this, and I did. I started my first book around 1991. I wrote the first few chapters and gave copies to my co-workers. During that time, I worked in a large casino, so I would see these friends (and others who’d they’d shared my writing with) in the hallways and they’d always ask where the rest of that book was.

  Q:  If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
Well, in this particular book, I’m not really sure. If I were a guy, I’d say Auden. Or Gunner. Gunner is a lot like me, but a guy. He’s an IT geek, fun, and laid back. I really love him.

  Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
Well, I was recently told I need to force myself to relax. I try to once in a while. It lasts for about ten minutes. I always have to be doing something. I do like some good TV shows (Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, to name just a few – can’t wait for Outlander!). I also love going to the movies. But, vacations are the big thing for me. I love to just get in my car, put on a good audiobook, and drive around this country. It’s so very beautiful and vast.

  Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Well, since I’m former military, I’ve been to quite a lot of places. But, I haven’t been to Russia yet. I’d love to go there.

  Q:  What book are you reading now?
I’m reading a few books right now.  I’m listening to Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy by Eric Van Lustbader. I’m reading SEAL Team Six Outcasts by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin and Gaining Ground, Phoenix Rebellion Book III, by Gail R. Delaney. I also just received The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen for a review, so I’ll probably start that within the next two days. Crazy!





 
August 18 Interview
Booklover Sue
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August 18 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt
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August 19 Guest blog
Valerie Twombly
http://www.valerietwombly.com/blog/

August 19 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair 
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August 20 Guest blog and review
Sister Sinister Speaks 
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August 20 review
Paranormal Romance And Authors That Rock
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August 21 Interview
Shut Up & Read
http://shutupandreadgroup.blogspot.com/

August 21 Spotlight
Roxanne's Realm
www.roxannerhoads.com

August 22 Interview and review
The Word at My Fingertips
http://ashjellison.blogspot.com

August 22 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

August 25 Interview
Fang-tastic Books
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August 25 Spotlight
Sapphyria's Book Reviews
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That's What HE Said #19: Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts


That's What HE Said
is a weekly meme hosted by Chapter Break  

where you share your favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. 

 You can find more information and how to participate on your blog HERE!
 

 

“This isn't a romance. You're not a damsel in distress and I'm not the handsome prince come to save you.”
- Caleb to Livvie

Title:  Captive in the Dark

Series:  The Dark Duet #1
Author:  C.J. Roberts
Dark Romance/Adult
ebook
, 276 pages
Published July 20th 2011

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

My Thoughts 
This is not your typical love story.  Caleb should be one of the last people Livvie thought of as her hero, but sometimes, you can't help who you fall in love with.  

Think Out Loud #19: Try by Colbie Coaillat

 Think Out Loud is a weekly meme created by
to break out of the blogging bubble. 

Consider your Think Out Loud posts a time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT!

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So, here is my Think Out Loud for this week!


I saw this article posted to Facebook titled "Colbie Caillat Is Tired of Being Photoshopped: Here's What She Did About It."  I admit, I don't usually watch videos or click on links like this through Facebook, but this one caught my attention.  

To summarize the article, Colbie Caillat made a music video to make a statement on unfair beauty ideals and the power of Photoshop on models/celebrities. 

I didn't want to post the whole story here (I wasn't sure about Copyright stuff), but here is the link so you can read it yourself.  It's very powerful. 
http://www.elle.com/news/beauty-makeup/colbie-caillat-try-video-makeup-transformation?src=soc_fcbks

At the very least, even if you don't want to read the article, watch this music video of her song "Try."  You'll love it, I promise!




Monday, 18 August 2014

Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

Blind Faith (Sin Brothers, #3)Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blind Faith is one adrenaline pumping, heart stopping, wild ride that I didn't want to end. The Dean brothers are definitely back with this smoking hot read.

Nate Dean, a genetically engineered, black-ops solider, escaped with his brothers from the secret military organization that created them. He is on a mission to retrieve the program and codes that are set to detonate the ticking time bombs embedded close to their spines. The commander wants the Dean brothers back, and he will do anything to ensure that. Nate will do whatever it takes to complete his mission, and hopefully destroy the commander in the process. He didn't expect to encounter the one person who could turn his world upside down. Audrey Madison is the daughter of the woman that helped to torture Nate and his brothers, but she is also the woman who broke his heart. A heart he didn't know he had to break. Will Nate be able to complete his mission? Could a second chance at love be in the cards for Audrey and Nate?

Rebecca Zanetti really delivered with this installment. She grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn't let it go. It had me on the edge of my seat with all the non-stop action and twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Nate is the defender of his brothers. He is the one that made them a family. The chemistry between Nate and Audrey was at times sweet but always steamy. I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to see what happens next.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Devil’s Jukebox by Marcel Feldmar: Interview + Giveaway




The Devil’s Jukebox
by Marcel Feldmar 


Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Pop Fiction

Publisher: Peabo Productions (Self-Published)

Date of Publication: July 8th, 2014  

Number of pages: 294  

Cover Artist: Sam Soto 









A group of friends are reunited after twenty years to learn that their destinies are entangled with the immortal Muses and a mysterious lost jukebox.  

From Vancouver to a New Orleans cemetery, roaming through Los Angeles to Las Vegas; it’s a supernatural road trip laced with rock ‘n’ roll.


Available at Amazon iTunes BN Smashwords

If you order the paperback version of The Devil's Jukebox through CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/4324532 between now and August 31, you'll get 20% off!

Just use the following discount code: RR5RTBTN 
 and the magic will happen.

Marcel Feldmar was born in Vancouver, moved to Boulder, ended up in Denver, went back to Vancouver, moved to Seattle, and ended up in Los Angeles. He is married with three dogs, and enjoys well made cocktails. He is also a coffee addict and an ex-drummer for too many bands to mention. He recently traded in his drumsticks for a couple of pens, and proceeded to complete his first novel. The Paranormal Pop Fiction tale entitled The Devil’s Jukebox.

http://www.marcelfeldmar.com
http://www.facebook.com/jukeboxdevil
https://www.goodreads.com/MFeldmar



Q &A with Author Marcel Feldmar

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
There was a definite shift in the characters while writing later drafts of the novel, a few characters were completely cut, a few fell into more supporting roles, and I even ended up combining two characters into one. Initially, the main character was Martin Church. He was on the New Wave tip in the 80’s, playing drums and falling in love with Charlotte Holiday. He’s a bit of a loner / romantic. Grew up surrounding himself with music and even though he tried entering into relationships with other people he never let Charlotte out of his heart. As the story progressed, I think that Jonathan Satori became more of a main character, in that he’s the one who finds himself caught between helping his friends find the Jukebox or following his darker desires and working with the evil Pandora. Jonathan is the one who can actually communicate with the dead (through music), while Martin only has that non-verbal connection with Charlotte.

Charlotte and Phillip. They are both Immortal, and not Vampires. The comparison never bothered Charlotte, who has always had a taste for the darker side of things, but Phillip, who has been around a lot longer, is tired of it. “Not a vampire.” is becoming a catch phrase for him. All he really wants to do is collect his toys, and let someone else protect the Muses. Charlotte is still a little unsure of her position as a protector. She never thought she would be able to live forever, and is still enjoying the idea of that. Falling in love with Martin puts a little damper on that idea though, as she knows he won’t be around as long as she is. Still, she can’t say no when her heart is saying yes. Whatever problems arise in the future, she’ll deal with them then.

Annie Archer is a quiet character, but she seems to hold a lot of importance, even behind the scenes. Heartbroken and aching to be part of something bigger—Annie is chosen for something that she had only dreamed of. Even though those dreams could easily become nightmares, Annie turns out to be one of the strongest in the circle of friends.

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
The Devil’s Jukebox is my debut novel, so honestly—I haven’t had a lot of experience in working with artists. I was very fortunate to discover that I knew someone who was comfortable with graphic design, and was riding along the same wavelength as mine in terms of visualizing a cover that fit with the story inside. Sam Soto, who I would definitely work with again, only had to work on two variations before we both knew we had it. I feel like being allowed to choose the artist I wanted to work with was a great gift. It was, at least this time around, a fairly easy process. I wanted something that was very open ended—open to various interpretations. I knew that I didn’t want a visual representation of any of the characters, because I want the reader to form their own pictures of who is in the book.

What was your favorite scene to write?
My absolute favorite scene was actually one that I ended up cutting. I saved it, and it will appear in the future, but it just didn’t fit. It was a conversation between Phillip and Martin about not playing music anymore, and Martin had this great monologue. It ended up shifting and feeling too forced in the story, so away it went. The best scene still in the book? I think (for me) it was writing about Jonathan wandering around a cemetery in New Orleans. A place I’ve been to, but just trying to remember how it felt was fun to write. I also really liked writing about the memory of the strange summer night that occurred twenty some years ago. High school kids looking for something “fun” to do—and getting in a little too deep. Another place where I built upon memories of my high-school days.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Unfortunately, writing is not a job for me— I actually have one of those office type 9-5 jobs, which makes the act of writing a little harder. Work pays the bills, writing pays my soul. Or something like that. I find the time where I can— little creative moments where I could finish the Devil’s Jukebox, spaces of emptiness where I can work on book number two… it’s really shot in bits and pieces and then pulled together over weekends. I have scraps of paper and notebooks of scribbling all over the place, and I actually write a lot in my head before it hits the paper. This way I can “write” even when I’m getting ready for work—or stuck in traffic on the way home.

Describe your ideal writing spot.
A fantasy, right now. I wish I had an ideal writing spot… but at the moment I’m just working with comfortable writing spots. Ideally it would be a little corner table at the back of a dimly lit and very empty bar with a fantastic jukebox playing only songs that I like. A bar with a friendly bartender who could make a really sublime Old Fashioned.

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I think the old adage of “write what you know” holds true in some respects for me. I grew up in Vancouver, lived in Seattle and Denver, and now Los Angeles—so I would say that city life has definitely colored my writing. I don’t think I could write a great story about country living if I tried. My upbringing—I come from a very artistic and literate household, and all forms of creativity were appreciated and applauded. I think that without the support of my family in all of my creative endeavors my writing would have suffered. I can’t say I wouldn’t have been a writer, but I can say it would have been much more of a struggle.

What is the best advice you have been given?
The best, simplest, most effective piece of advice I have ever been given in regards to the writing of a book was: “Get an editor.” Words to live by. My first draft was about three times too long. Seriously. Also, I’m not sure if this qualifies as “advice”—but I was told by my father at a very young age that “There is no such thing as safety.” Take that how you will.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
I like to listen to music. I used to play music - nothing was more unwinding than playing drums for a couple of hours, but that doesn’t happen anymore. So now, it’s listening to music - and also just sitting on the couch, watching TV with my wife and our three dogs. It’s a little bit of bliss. Oh—and going to Hawaii. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting at La Mariana Sailing Club at sunset with a Mai Tai.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I have two answers for this question. New Orleans and Paris. I have been to a lot of places, and there are plenty I’ve never been to - but those two cities are in a constant battle for “number one favorite place to go.” New Orleans - it’s a city that has a lot of extremes, not all of them good, but the people that I’ve met, plus the food, the cocktails, the history - it feels like home every time I go. The cemeteries are truly magical, and the streets hold a strange magical nostalgia that no other city even comes close to. Not even Vancouver, where I lived for about twenty years, has that same power. And Paris—even though I don’t speak French (yet). That city is like a beautiful movie that you can actually live in.

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you choose and why?
Growing up—Vampire. No question. Now, I’m not so sure. I’ve always had a fascination with the concept of immortality, but as I get older, I don’t think I could handle the idea of a never ending life. There are plenty of people I wouldn’t mind feeding on, but still - it can be such a mess to deal with. I think now the idea of a magician—not like an illusionist, but working with real magic—might be the way to go. Keeping the balance between white and black / good and evil. Grey magiks? I think this is something that might come up in my next book…

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
I definitely prefer a solid paperback, although I find ebooks are definitely better to read while traveling - I’ve got a few loaded up for plane rides, hotel rooms, and even sitting on the bus.

What book are you reading now?
This should be more like “What books are you trying to read…?” because time is not currently my friend. It feels like the older I get, the less time I have to just bury myself between the pages of a book. Recent amazing favorites… Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus, Neil Gaiman - The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Danny Bland - In Case We Die, Richard Kadrey - All those Sandman Slim books (Can’t wait until I get my hands on The Getaway God). Currently I am trying to work my way through a few— Geek Love by Katherine Dunn is one, and I’ve got Stephen King’s Joyland waiting in the wings. Oh, and also Carsick by John Waters.





August 18 Interview
Shut Up & Read
http://shutupandreadgroup.blogspot.com/

August 18 Top Ten Songs on the Jukebox
Darkest Cravings
www.darkestcravings.blogspot.com

August 19 Guest blog
Roxanne's Realm
www.roxannerhoads.com

August 19 Interview
Eclipse Reviews
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August 20 Spotlight
Books and Tales
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August 20 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
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August 21 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair
www.pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com

August 21 Spotlight
Lisa's World of Books
www.lisasworldofbooks.net

August 22 Guest blog
Mythical Books
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August 22 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt
www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

August 25 Interview
The Word at My Fingertips
http://ashjellison.blogspot.com

August 25 Spotlight
Fang-tastic Books
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