Thursday, January 31, 2013

Big Bad Bite Blog Tour - Guest Post







Title: Big Bad Bite
Author: Jessie Lane
Release Date: 28 January 2013

Book Blurb:
What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.
In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.
As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species - never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.
Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world.

 

So now, onto the Guest post!


Our Top 6 Favorite Paranormal Movies That Inspire Jessie Lane

Hi everyone! We’re grateful that _ let us stop by today to chat with you all! In case you hadn’t heard, we’re releasing a new book at the end of January! Big Bad Bite is a paranormal romance that features a kick butt heroine who’s not quite what she seems, and the dangerous Alpha wolf who wants her. As writer's,  we draw inspiration from everyday facets of life. Books, music, and movies provide some of the biggest sources of ideas for us to draw from. Here is a short list of our favorite paranormal movies that have inspired us (and perhaps made our hearts pitter patter a tad faster in our chests). 

Crystal’s Picks:

Underworld – Someone had to guess this one was going to show up! There are so many reasons to love this movie. Kick butt heroine with an equally awesome name of Selene? Check. Super-hot hero in Michael? Check. Equally super-hot villain in Lucian? Double Check. Action, romance, and superb special effects. This series is by far one of my favorite series of movies of all time. The husband has learned he’ll just have to deal.


Interview With The Vampire – I think of this movie and all I want to say is, “Oh my God it’s a harem of smokin’ hot, dangerous men”! They’d be quicker to kill me than keep me, but a girl can dream, right? Add in the fact that it’s a movie based off of one of the greatest paranormal reads of our time and you just can’t lose.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992 version) – le sigh. A depraved story of a vampire and the beautiful human woman he longs to possess. He’ll do anything to obtain her too. Creepy or unbelievably romantic? 




Melissa’s Picks:


(Crystal always takes the good ones…*sigh*) LOL. We are too alike for our own good.

Queen of the Damned - Which is my FAVORITE Anne Rice novel and one of the female leads in the story is Jesse. This character is where we get part of our writing name from, we just happen to spell it a bit differently. The movie is actually remarkably different from the book, but I still love to watch Stuart Townsend parade around without a shirt on. Normally I don’t like the skinny guys but at least he’s cute. Jesse is a strong woman who won’t let anything stop her from following her heart.

Blade Trinity - A half-naked Ryan Reynolds playing Hannibal King. Need I say more? Plus, as Crystal so pointed out to me today “Hey aren’t you naming your kid Blade anyways?” “No goob, it was Deacon like Deacon Frost from the first Blade movie.” To which she said “whatever dork, same thing.” God I love my sister-in-law.




Underworld Evolution - Love it that Selene kicks butt in this one more so than the first movie. Plus, Michael is a hot hybrid that kicks some series booty too when he comes “back from the dead” so to speak. I’m a graphics and animation nerd, so I tend to pay more attention to the mechanics of a scene the first time I watch something. So then, the next time I watch it, I can actually pay attention to the storyline. Or whoever is currently gracing the screen at said time.




We hoped you enjoyed our little list of favorite paranormal movies! If it’s got vampires or werewolves in it, (played by drop dead gorgeous guys of course) then we generally glue ourselves to the television to watch it, sometimes to our husbands’ dismay. They just want to watch the blood and gore and could care less for the good stuff, like the romance, but we love them anyways. So now we’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite paranormal movie? Please feel free to share in the comments section below!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Touching Stone, Promo & Giveaway





Author: Amber Garr
ISBN-10: 1480021598
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
Published Date: November 1, 2012
Book Links : Amazon Kindle | Paperback    Smashwords
Read the First Chapter.

With one touch, Leila can see it all.

Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancé is murdered. When Detective Garrick Pearson enlists her help with a difficult case, she is thankful for the distraction and the opportunity to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant. Leila and Garrick delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while discovering their own growing attraction to each other.

Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target.

Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.


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 About the Author

Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire.  Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids.  Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell.  She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

 
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My Trickster - Guest Post

Serafima Bogomolova – Fame or Fortune?



Fame or fortune, which would you prefer?
by Serafima Bogomolova

I would prefer fortune. Fortune seems to encompass a lot more than fame: luck, status, success, money, chance. Fame can be so short lived, one day you have it, the next it is gone, but when you have fortune you will always have something to look forward to or enjoy. If you run out of money then with a bit of luck you can gain it back, if you have status then you may attract success more easily, if you have money you can reinvest it back and strengthen your success, if you have success then status comes with it too, and if you have a chance and use it in a right way then you can gain success, money, and status in one go.
Fame, on the other hand, does not always equal success or status, or money, or luck. One can be famous for wrong reasons, and then fame becomes a curse rather than luck. People might talk about you and recognize you, but that does not mean you have got status or wealth. Fame does not offer chances, it is something out of your control, something that others create and spread, yet you are in the centre of it and at the same time, you become a puppet of the crowd.
So, I will stick with fortune.



 




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Genre – Suspense / Psychological Thriller
Rating – PG13
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Showcase Sunday #18



Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea 






I haven't done one of these in a very long while! So I decided I might as well do it, since it IS Sunday, so here goes the books I've gotten this past month.
Here's a video:



Books I Bought:


Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
What's left of Me - Kat Zhang
The Selection - Kiera Cass





Rebel Angels - Libba Bray
Checkmate -  Malorie Blackman
Innocent Darkness - Suzanne Lazear




Books I Received as Gifts:

 


The Iron King , The Iron Daughter & The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa



Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Friday, January 25, 2013

Robin L. Sanders – Mistakes in Beginner Writers (Guest Post)

Hello everyone! Here's another guest stop! I am finally done with my exams so here's more content on my blog for you. I realized before I haven't been doing much of these when I join a tour, so I'll have another one by the end of this month as well as this one. There will probably be more in February so keep out. I'm also going to be working on reviews in between my tour stops.



Robin L. Sanders – Mistakes in Beginner Writers


What are the mistakes you see in beginner writers?
by Robin L Sanders
One of the beginning mistakes that we all make as writers is having the idea of writing a great story but not knowing how or where to start.  I would often have times of imagining an epic battle but haven’t a clue where to place the scene in the middle of my story.  Some people would prefer to write a story from beginning to the end, which is practical but not possible for many.  Other writers would start off by breaking their story into outlines so whenever they’re lost, they could figure out where to go next or start somewhere else then come back to the scene later.  There was one method I learned from a screenwriter about writing the scenario that you’re most passionate about and begin from there whether forward or backwards.  When I started I had this belief that if you didn’t start from the beginning then you’re not doing it right.  Truth is there is no actual rule of how to start writing a novel, you could just do it the way you feel the most comfortable.  It’s your work so do it the way you feel, do what you want to do, that’s what I learned.
Another big mistake that most writers often do is fail to develop a tough skin.  Writing is considered a literary expression in visual art; the writing industry is filled with critics that live by an established modern code.  Whenever they see something that is of the ordinary, they would either praise or insult the writer without any warning.  Some critics can be spiteful and would wake up every morning with their eyes set on any literature they disliked especially if it was a person. In other words develop the strength to accept criticism.  Constructive criticism is very important and can help sharpen and hone in on your writing skills as well as style.  Actual criticism whether good or bad could be harmful but knowing when and how to handle it could be a big step to becoming a fearless author.  Some writers developed the ability to use negative criticism as a source of fuel to produce more positive work while others are capable of weighing the differences of good and bad criticism.
Horribly written and edited work is a big mistake when publishing a book; placing commas, periods, and proper use of words into sentences without producing fragments are essential elements to having a good novel.  Even if you’ve written over a hundred thousand words in an epic novel it wouldn’t make any difference if you’ve spotted over thousands of errors.  Finding a professional editor can be hard and expensive especially if he’s a real good one.  Finding the right editor is also difficult and could take a long process if they’re real busy or accepting inbox mail from other clients.  I remember being rejected by professional editors from left to right over a years span and when I found one he wasn’t a real good one.  Later I had a friend who was a freelance English teacher who had taught English overseas and decided to edit my work with pay of course.
There can be many major set backs in the writing industry but the greatest mistake that could be ever made is to tell someone about your ideas without copyright protection.  Plagiarism is definitely a crime and is seen as literary suicide in the writing world but that doesn’t stop any money grubbing backstabber who can spot that as a business opportunity.  Working on a story while brainstorming new and creative ideas is definitely hard work.  The lands filled with characters that we created are apart of our lives, as we constantly have to live the roles of each and every one of them.  The stories that we create have an emotional connection with all of us and to have someone take that away from us is not a good feeling at all.  That is why it is very important on having your writing protected by any means as possible.  I’m not stating that it’s bad to exchange any ideas, instead keep the ideas that you want and give some of the ones you’re not interested on keeping to good use.
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Genre – Young Adult / Fantasy
Rating – PG13
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