Night Owl Reviews Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt

Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a while… I’ve been in my writing cave.. I promise, there’s good stuff coming soon! THIS month, even… (gnashes teeth because I can’t say anything quite yet…)

In the meantime, check the button on the left. There’s an awesome “scavenger hunt” going on over at Night Owl Reviews, and you can enter to win a ton of fun author-assembled gift baskets. My basket is called cocktail hour, and will have lots of fun happy hour-inspired swag, and maybe a few ebooks, too, in honor of Men and Martinis! Check it out!

Meet Author Emma Hart

I’m excited to host a friend and fellow author today! Meet Emma Hart, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and fellow mom! Here’s her official bio:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

Her new book, The Right Moves, comes out this week. To help promote it, Emma agreed to answer a few questions for me!6451162

In what part of the country do you live? From what part do you originate?

I live in southwest England and I’m a born and bred Devonian.

Do you have siblings? Where do you fall in the pecking order and do you think it’s influenced your life?

I have an older brother. There’s eighteen years between us, so he’s more of a best friend than a brother. We’ve never fallen out.

How did you meet your best friend?

He messaged me on Facebook saying “Fit as!”

We now have two kids.

When did you begin writing?

When my daughter was about one. I needed an outlet for my post natal depression, and writing became it.

What has surprised you most about the process of being published?

The amazing support of the indie community. The friendships built are definitely life-long.

Is writing your “day job”? If not, what else do you do?

It is my day job. If you ignore the two tiny people that take up the rest of my time.

What Jelly Belly flavor is your favorite?

I’ve never eaten a Jelly Belly in my life… Wait. What is a Jelly Belly?

If you sat down at a bar at this moment, what would you order to drink?

Zinfandel rose.

What was the last book you finished?

Writing – Late Call, my first adult erotic romance. Reading – Forever With You by Laurelin Paige.

What has been your favorite writing project to work on?

Hmm, probably Late Call. It pushed all my limits as a writer, and my MC Dayton, is a blast.

Are there any characters – yours or another author’s – that have stayed in your head after you’ve finished their book?

Yes. I still live with Abbi and Blake in my mind every day because their story is so close to my heart.

What performance would you drop everything to see if it came to your town? (Band, artist, opera, ballet, whatever…)

Really, I’m not sure. I’d like to see a real ballet one day.

Give us a couple of your favorite lines from your WIP…

From Late Call, since I’m revising:

“Your game is very, very dangerous, Miss Black.”

“And you get to play it for a whole six weeks. Aren’t you lucky?”

He curls his fingers around mine at his belt. “The only luck here will be if we leave Vegas without me f*cking you against every wall of our suite.”

Thanks, Emma!

Here’s the info for Emma’s book, The Right Moves, and don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom!

The Right Moves UK CoverHer past is wrought with demons.
His past is full of heartbreak.
Yet he’s the one person that can remind her what it means to live.

Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that’s housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten everything Pearce put her through.
She knows there’s only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet – and Julliard – becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.

Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he’ll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.

But he doesn’t expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he’s seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can’t fight his need to save her from herself.

Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they’re too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they’re the healing the other needs.

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Validation of My White Trash Roots

I have a feeling my mother will take offense at this title… I didn’t actually come up from white trash (although – does anyone who genuinely falls into this category believe that they are white trash? So maybe we are, Mom. Maybe we are…) Though since both my parents are pretty well-educated and made a point of ensuring that my brother and I valued things like travel and tax-planning… I’m thinking we’re not. ANYWAY, none of that is the point of this post. Damn, I get off topic easily. No wonder I can’t finish the book I’m working on.

The point of this post is simple: BOXED WINE.

I joined in a Facebook chat last night with some authorial types to promote Melanie Harlow‘s awesome upcoming book Frenched. And there were slanderous words bandied about (yes, that’s right, they were being bandied I tell you!) And these harsh and derogatory words had to do with something close to my heart. Boxed wine.

You know that I write about wine a fair bit. The Wine Country Romance series is my special little literary gift to the world (yes, this is sarcastic)… but I was a wine writer for a time and I sold wine for a French importer. (so I know just enough to be obnoxious, my husband says). And one of the things that I know — and pay attention because there are not many — is that sealing wine in a bag (inside your box) is a great way to avoid many of the problems that affect bottled wine (cork taint, for one, which affects 10% of bottles). Or as Forbes.com so succinctly put it:

boxed wine stays fresh a minimum of four weeks, it’s shatter-proof, portable, will never have cork taint, and is more environmentally conscious. In fact the total energy used to produce one box is about 1/3 the energy required to produce a glass bottle, leaving a carbon footprint one-half the size that of a wine bottle.

Now add to that the fact that many well-respected producers are putting wine in boxes, and it just plain makes sense. Forget that there are four bottles in one box and pay no attention to the simple glee that comes from pouring yourself a glass of wine from a little handy-dandy spout… Boxed wine can be darned good. Forget the Franzia and Gallo… we’ve moved on and if you’re not on board, I say you’re missing the boat.

Check out the Black Box wines – Chardonnay is decent and the Shiraz is pretty good. The old Bonny Doon Big House wines are in boxes now… I keep a box of Big House White around through the summer months as a rule. Anyway, no need to take my word… there are plenty of other people extolling the virtues of the box. Check it out.

So as I sit here, sipping a glass of fresh-from-the-box, I make a simple plea: Stop marginalizing boxed wine. Especially if you haven’t tried one in a while.

Thanks. :) Cheers.

An Amazing New Adult Title from Sarina Bowen

I will probably gush when helping with the cover reveal for this one… but I got to read it a while ago, and have just fallen in love with this book. And the author is pretty amazing, too. This is far from your typical NA (at least if we’re talking about the hypersexualized, borderline abusive alpha, love triangle stuff I’ve seen altogether too much of.) This book is sweet and funny, sexy and so VERY real.

So… without further ado…

The Year We Fell Down

 

Here’s the official blurb:
She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.
Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.
Also, he’s taken.
Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else can quite understand.
They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.
Warm, funny, and often heartbreaking, The Year We Fell Down is New Adult contemporary romance. Contains: hot hockey players, too many pairs of crutches, gallows humor, Princess Bride references, and a slightly outrageous vibrator scene. (Sexual situations make the book suitable for ages 18+.)
The expected publication date is Monday, March 17th, 2014, on all of your favorite e-book websites.
Sarina Bowen writes contemporary romance and new adult fiction from the Green Mountains of Vermont. She lives with her husband, two children, eight chickens and an unwieldy pile of ski and hockey equipment.

 

Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya

I’m excited to help with the cover reveal for a new book from one of my Swoon Sisters, Tamara Mataya! If you haven’t read her sizzling book, The Best Laid Plans, you’re missing out! Here’s her upcoming:

JUST BREATHE

By Tamara Mataya

Just Breathe cover

A New Adult Romance

Releasing May 2014

Published by Swoon Romance

Twenty-one-year-old Elle Granger’s boyfriend broke up with her like a coward. He moved to another

city without so much as a “goodbye.” Devastated and embarrassed, Elle told friends the break-up was

mutual and she endured the heartbreaking split without support from the people she’s closest with.

Instead, she embraced her librarian job as therapy and spent her nights medicated by a thick cloud of

pot smoke. With her lungs, and heart, screaming for a break, Elle quits smoking cold turkey. Just when

she’s about to ask for support from her friends, and let them in on the truth of Jason’s humiliating

betrayal, her best friend moves to Spain.

Enter sexy-as-hell library patron Dominic, who literally knocks Elle off her feet during a memorable first

encounter. Can he help her forget Jason’s very existence? He can sure try, and Elle is more than ready

to let him. Dominic makes Elle feel wanted and special, and puts effort into coming up with dates that

don’t set off her Synaesthesia. Just when Elle is starting to feel whole again, Jason returns, determined

to reunite. His effusive apology and reasons for leaving are a balm to her battered ego, but she rebuffs

his attention.

But nothing good can last forever, and Elle catches Dominic in a devastating lie. How could she have

been so wrong about both Jason and Dominic? Is letting Jason back into her heart a safe bet since he has

already proven he can’t be trusted? The wrong choice could see Elle’s happy ending go up in smoke. But

when your only choices are the devils you know, all you can do is JUST BREATHE.

About the Author

Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons

and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed

with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn’t an

issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good

live show.

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Bloodlust – A Barbarian Love Story by Nicole Zoltack

Hi, everyone! Nicole Zoltack is a friend, and she’s asked me to help share with you the cover for her upcoming release. Ta Da!

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Isn’t it just beautiful? And it’s perfect for the story.

Here’s the blurb for BLOODLUST, a NA epic fantasy romance.

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.

Desperation…

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.

Betrayal…

Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.

Bloodlust…

Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

The cover is so fitting, am I right?

The story will be released on February 24th.

Be sure to look for it on Amazon on the 24th — but for now you can add it on Goodreads.

 

Bio:

Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially fantasy romance. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend

time with her loving husband and three energetic boys. She enjoys riding horsesNicole

(pretending they’re unicorns!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dress in

garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. To learn more about

Nicole and her writing, visit her blog.

Win a V-Day Prize Pack!

Valentine's Day Giveaway

 

Yesterday I posted a collage showing all the awesome Adult books you can win by entering the V-Day giveaway… (one of them is mine! Eep!)

What I didn’t mention is that author Melissa Petreshock – one of my Swoon Romance pub sisters — is also giving away a gorgeous bracelet to one lucky winner! Check it out: Bracelet

Pretty, no?

Here’s the rafflecopter where you can enter to win! Please remember that these are Adult and New Adult books and some of them may contain graphic content intended only for readers over the age of 18. By entering this raffle, you are stating that you are 18 or over.

The full list of books and prizes available to win:

Race to Kill by Rachel Kall

Love And Cupcakes by Susan Bishop Crispell

Men and Martinis by Delancey Stewart

Magic at Work by Sotia Lazu

Death of a Waterfall by Kara Leigh Miller (Signed paper copy, US only)

The Problem With Crazy by Lauren K. McKellar

Main Attraction by Ava O’Shay (Signed paperback, US only)

Changed by You  by Natalie S. Taylor

Yours, For Now by Siren Allen

Breaking the Rules  by Melinda Dozier

Chance by N.M. Lombardi

Operation: Cupid by Allyson Lindt

A Walk in Darkness by Jill Robi

Spiraling by Rachel Cross

Melt My Heart by Rachel Cross, Nicole Flockton, Debra Kayn and Holley Trent

Going Home Again by Abby Cavenaugh

Almost Married by Roe Valentine

At Your Service by Anais Morgan

A Late Thaw by Ana Blaze

1 $5 giftcard from AJ Mathews (Author of Goodbye to You, available from Swoon Romance Fall 2014)

1 “You are mine, and I am yours.” book quote bracelet from Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock

 

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