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BBF: Tantalizing Teasers and Fun Freebies From Greta Buckle

Blogger Book Fair: 5th and Final Day!


For those of you just finding your way to my blog for the BBF, welcome! Feel free to head over to my regular website to learn a bit about me and my writing and to enter a chance to win a digital copy of my first two novels in the Alex Crocker series, Unforeseen and Unveiled

While we’re talking giveaways, I’ve the pleasure of hosting author Victoria Pinder, pen name Greta Buckle, on the blog today. She’s the last of my BBF guests, and she’s been gracious enough to share not only two excerpts but a link to a complete free short story. So read on and enjoy!

Make Up May Change Your Life

by Greta
Buckle

Published by CreateSpace
(Indie)

Space Opera Romance

Short Story Contains elements of aliens and comedy

Heat Level: Steamy

Length: 32 pages


Free during the Book Blogger event
Available at:

Amazon – Makeup
May Change Your Love Life (Zoastra Origins Series) by Greta Buckle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006PBBX9U/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_G4t4rb0VYQK3C 

Blurb:

Marcus Aurelius planned on remaining a battle General for
his career in space. He worked hard all his life, sacrificed a personal life,
and stayed focus. He kept himself away from love.
 

Rosemarie joined EarthSeekers to follow Marcus. Her
parents started the program after exposing how humanity formed in the first
place. She kept her crush silent, until one day when she bought makeup.

Rosemarie put on the make up assuming that like all make
up, it made a woman feel beautiful. She didn’t believe the story that this make
up makes a man fall in love.

Excerpt:

Chapter 1

What’s a Little
Fairy Dust
 

Planet Persia

   Second Lieutenant Rosemarie Mortlock thanked her new
acquaintances again for the personalized tour of the city. Brigadier General
Aurelius had granted her request for the tour earlier today, when it was
offered to her at the first-contact meeting on ship.

   The people of Planet Persia were advanced. And
Brigadier General Aurelius said meetings were both a nice gesture to show the
aliens that they came in peace, and to allow the senior officers a chance to
indulge in fresh air. Meeting aliens who looked, smelled, and talked like
humans struck a deep chord within her.

   When her shift on the ship ended, Rosemarie raced to
the planet for the tour with her guide, Aladenia. Rosemarie had talked to
Aladenia for days and days, and already thought of her as a friend. Now,
finally, they were meeting. They’d hugged when Rosemarie made it to the planet,
although the beginning of the day had to be formal.

   Aladenia had led the tour. Rosemarie followed along
with her shipmates, including Brigadier General Aurelius, who she’d had a
secret crush on all her life. The Earthlings were shown some museum pieces, and
other antiquated communication attempts that Aladenia’s people had created
throughout the years.

   When they finally left the museum, the groups split
up. The men decided to go off together, and Rosemarie had freedom to talk to
her new friend without interruption.

   Aladenia had promised her some girl time. Once they
said their goodbyes, they headed to the marketplace. Shopping became fun,
especially since she was on an alien planet.

    “You are
the only female on your ship not married, correct?” asked Aladenia.

    Rosemarie
felt like she was talking to an old girlfriend from her hometown, Splendid. “I’m
not the only one,” she answered with a smile. “But I want a career.”

    “No one
man interests you?”

    “I want a
man. But I’ve yet to find one who likes the idea of me being on a space ship
for years without him.”

   Adadenia led her to a store on their left. “Then marry
someone on your starship.”

   Rosemarie refused to let her mind wander. “There are
rules against fraternization.”

    “That
didn’t seem to stop Majors Peter and Grace Newman.”

   Her married friends on the tour with them. Rosemarie
nodded. “True, but I’m not equal in rank to men that I’m interested in. And
besides, the men on the Zoastra lack a certain ‘bad-boy rule-breaking’
mentality.”

    “So there
is someone on your ship that you wish would break a few rules for you?”

   Yes, Marcus
Aurelius
. Rosemarie quickly quashed her silly daydream. It’s not going to happen. So why wonder when
she’ll only make herself unhappy in the end?

    “You need
Dilorithum Dust,” Aladenia said.

    “Dilorithum
Dust? What’s that?”

    “I apologize.
Dilorithum Dust is a topical cosmetic many of us put on our faces. It promises
that an interested man will make himself known to the girl. It’s supposed to
drive men crazy. Unfortunately for us, the product doesn’t actually work as
promised. It makes the face sparkle very nicely, though. Would you like to try
some?”

   Rosemarie nodded yes. “The cosmetics companies on our
world used to promise women the same thing.”

    “Our
worlds have much in common.”

    “If my
father is right, we’re all from the same ancestors.”

    “Our
legends also speak of star people.” Aladenia added. “Your people look very
similar to us, except that Earthlings have a variety of skin colors.”

   Rosemarie glanced at her alien friend. Aladenia looked
white, but the Persians had no coloring under their skin. No olive or pinkish
undertones. They seemed more like ghosts. Rosemarie felt glad to be human. Her
Asian and Irish ancestry gave her dark hair, and a temper to match anyone’s.

   Rosemarie bought a package of Dilorithum Dust, because
the smell made her feel heavenly.

***

Youtube: http://youtu.be/1hsow-vuCik

 

Mything You

by Greta
Buckle

Published by CreateSpace
(Indie)

NA Fantasy Romance

Contains elements
of action, adventure and comedy

Heat Level: Steamy

Length: 258 pages


Available at:

Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Mything-You-Heroes-Greta-Buckle/dp/1479156671/

Blurb:

He wasn’t
looking for love. He only wanted to prove he was worthy of being a king’s son.

Adventurer Theseus had dreamed of meeting his father, King Aegeus.
As Theseus journeys to Athens, he
meets his match in strength along the way. But is it the will of a beautiful
young princess that puts this strong young man finally at his mercy? Or will he
be able to conquer the princess’s heart?
 

She had
settled for a life of unhappiness and believed a man who would love her for
herself was only in her dreams.

Princess Ari has followed her father’s dictates all her life. On
her way to meet her bridegroom, she is attacked. Saved by a handsome
adventurer, Theseus, she tempts fate and follows him on his journey to Athens. Being with Theseus opens up a whole
new world of opportunity for her. But will she allow her heart or loyal duty
choose her life for her?

Excerpt:

Theseus’ entire body must have been made in the nectar of desire
because she wished to bury herself in his arms. And he didn’t stop her from
running to him. She jumped when a crash cracked through the air. Blinking,
unsure of what happened, her body became rigid. Theseus pulled her into his
arms and onto the ground seconds before the giant flew over the pair of them.

He took his hand off her head. He had protected her. Again.

Staring up at him stirred something unique inside her that she never
believed could happen to her. She’d seen the plays and the tragedy that love
caused, but never understood temptation. The fire in her belly burned into
every part of her body from his smoldering eyes. He looked down at her as he
cradled her in his arms. “That was Sinus. I don’t think he’ll kill anyone else
ever again.”

“He won’t. How do you know his name?”

“He’s the reason I chose this path when I was fifteen. I had
planned to prove my courage to my father, and take out the biggest villain on
the road.”

“Check that off the list of goals then.” she said. “Good job.”

She continued to embrace Theseus, making her body tingle from
crazy stirrings. What would he taste like? She’d die a happy death if he put
his lips on hers. My, what was she thinking?

“I never believed you’d be here, or that my goal in that moment
would turn to protecting you.” he said, pulling her closer.

She shook off her desires. She needed to let him go. She focused
on logic instead of the male body in front of her. “I don’t know what to say.
Today has been the craziest day.”

“It’s the middle of the night, little one.”

“You’re right. I don’t know what’s happening to me anymore.
Theseus, this never happens to me.”

“What doesn’t happen to you?” he asked, smiling.

“I don’t know.”

He played with her hair, and straightened her clothes. “Your
innocence and desire are a siren’s call to me, Ari, and you don’t have a clue,
do you?”

“Who’s Ari?” She half expected to be disappointed with whatever he
would say.

“You are. It fits you much better than Ariadne. Ari trembles for
me.”

She licked her lips, wanting to kiss him. But she couldn’t.
Theseus embodied a man out of her dreams.

She looked away thinking of what waited for her when her father’s
men found her. “I don’t know my bridegroom. I’ve only ever known my duty.”

Theseus’ body tensed. “You’re betrothed?”

“I never agreed. The bride price, I’m told, paid for my father’s
upgrade to the artillery. In the morning or someday soon, I’ll be found. But…can
you do me one last favor?”

“What, little one?” His arms grew warm again, tightening around
her. She dared for a different life, where she lived with a chance of walking
next to him in life. Letting him go and going back to the life her father chose
sounded cold and dreary. She couldn’t, not yet.

“Kiss me, Theseus, just once.”

Taking a step closer to him, she looked into his mesmerizing eyes.
His strong hands framed her face, his fingers circled her mouth and his eyes
darkened with tenderness. When he leaned into her, her eyelids fluttered shut.
His light pressure sweetly opened her mouth.

Her secret wish had come true. The prison walls in Ariadne’s heart
disappeared in her soul, and today Ari’s lips ached.

He bent his head close. Then, she felt his strong lips on hers,
and she lost control.

***

Youtube: http://youtu.be/AgK0rkIjjgA

 

About the Author:


Victoria Pinder writing as Greta Buckle
grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the
Miami sun.
She’s worked in engineering, then became a lawyer. After realizing she hates
clients, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is fun, but writing is a
passion. She wrote one hundred and one fan fiction stories online before
deciding to transition into writing her own stories. Never ask her to republish
her fan stories from age eleven- horribly written stories of princesses. Victoria
dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a
walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Theseus story came to her when she
was a freshman in high school as her English teacher, the nun, told her how
life was hard and tragedy teaches lessons. In 2013, she stopped indy publishing
because she sold four novels to small presses and she’s super happy about this.
Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused. How is she crazy?
The voices in her head are characters in novels and she’s not insane.
 

Visit Victoria Pinder online at:

http://www.victoriapinder.com

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BBF: Spying on Author Margaret Taylor

Blogger Book Fair: Day 4


For those of you just finding your way to my blog for the BBF, welcome! Feel free to head over to my regular website to learn a bit about me and my writing and to enter a chance to win a digital copy of my first two novels in the Alex Crocker series, Unforeseen and Unveiled

But don’t board that ship, yet. First I’m hanging with sci-fi author Margaret Taylor who answered a few questions that I guarantee will have you chuckling!


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Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Oh, that’s an easy one.
Her name is *takes deep breath* Erika John Starr Sisko Killkenny Jackson
MacPherson, Princess Tecka to the Royal House of Mutarians! But, you can just
call her EJ, it makes things soooo much easier!

She’s a recurring
character in the Spi-Corp series but she was actually “birthed” from a
Role-Playing group I hung out with back in the day. My friends and I used to
play all sorts of RPG’s on a weekly basis and one of our favorites was the
original Star Trek when it came out from FASA (It was introduced just after The
Next Generation started making it big and was a blast to play.) Anyway, I rolled
up EJ one night and she’s been a constant in my life ever since.

I played her for years
and eventually she became “so powerful” in the game that I had to turn her into
a Non-Player Character, or NPC. I was saddened by that and always wanted to
revive her. Well, as things go, my friends and I parted ways and I never got
much of a chance to “play” her anymore so when I started the Spi-Corp Series I
thought what better way to bring my girl back around than to introduce her into
the Universe As I See it.

I wanted to keep her as
she had been so, I created an entire race around her and there you are. She’s
now the Switzerland of the Stars and enjoys helping our Hero’s and Heroine’s
eventually find their HEA’s.
 

She’s also an absolute
blast to write for! She’s snarky, sarcastic, blunt but at the same time kind,
caring, loving and very protective of anyone she considers family.

Where do you research for your books?

This is the beauty of
writing Sci-Fi’s and Paranormals. I don’t. I just make it up as I go. And to be
honest, I suck at research. It’s not that I can’t, I do in my everyday life for
the day job, but I hate it when writing. I’d much rather make up the
co-efficient of the ratio to the gravatronic field of a fourteen coil
Thallanuzian’s transport engine than look up a city in Illinois or the common
medical practices of the 1800’s…*laughs*

Now, that’s not to say I
don’t have the background info for the Universe I’ve created. I do. I have star
charts – actually the entire Universe is on graph paper hanging up above my
monitor – and I have notebooks full
of star systems, shipping lanes and planetary info, including the governments,
races and common cultural practices of each. But, I made all that up over the
years – some of it as I was writing the books themselves – so it’s not really
research if you know what I mean…

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

I do. Margaret Taylor is
my pen name. It comes from a couple of places. My parents are dead and I’m an
only child. So, when I decided to start publishing this year, I wanted to pay
homage to my parents. Margaret comes from my mother – her first name and Taylor
comes from my father – his middle name. I loved them both dearly and I only
wish they’d lived long enough to see me get here.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Believe it or not, I’m a
closet World of Warcraft junkie. I love that game and while I’ve set it aside
this year to get my publishing career off the ground, I plan to go back to it
eventually.
 

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

I’m answering this one
because it’s come up recently in some of the Yahoo Groups and on a couple of
Facebook groups I belong too.

I’m fortunate in that I
haven’t had any bad reviews, yet. But, I just had my first free days – Book 1
of the Spi-Corp Series was free from July 13th to the 17th,
so I know they’re coming.

And I look at any review
this way: If you loved the book, great, wonderful, I’m so glad you enjoyed a
peek into the strangeness that is Moi. If you didn’t, well, it’s honestly no
skin off my teeth. I don’t expect everyone to love my work. I don’t love
everyone else’s either. Some things just aren’t my particular cup of tea and I
know not everyone loves Sci-Fi’s or Paranormals.

Now, if you loved it and
want to post a glowing review, please do so! I’m the first to do a snoopy dance
around the room. But if you didn’t, then tell me why you didn’t. If it’s
something I did, I want to know. For example, if the formatting was atrocious,
and that’s why you didn’t like it, please tell me, so I can correct it. If it
just wasn’t your cup of java, tell me that too. As I said, I don’t expect
everyone to love me. (I would like it, what Author wouldn’t, but I don’t expect
it.)

Just don’t be mean about
it, because I guarantee you, I’ll ignore a “mean” review quicker than you can
take a Spi-Corp Long Hauler to Phenom and back again. But, I’ll listen to a
constructive one just as quick and make the corrections in the next book –
after all, I’m not perfect. I’m human just like every other Author out there.

Ok, ok, I’m not really.
Just don’t tell the Intergalactic Protection Agency that I’m hiding out here on
Earth, alright? There is a bounty on my head don’t cha know!

Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?

Sadly, Facebook. Damn you
Facebookians and your distractiveness with your posts and your status’ and your
cute, furry animuls! Stop it already! Must. Write.

Seriously, this is
probably my biggest time sink. I love hanging out on FB, chatting, making random,
fly-by comments to what other people are doing and just generally being silly.
Of course, I do some promotion, but not a lot. I hate getting spammed and would
much rather spend my time chatting and commenting with others than reading
nothing but promo posts. Oh, and that damned Candy Crush Saga! *shakes fist*
It’s almost as bad as Angry Birds for distraction ability!

And since I talked about
her, I’m going to give you just a peek at EJ. As I said, she gets introduced in
Book 2 – which is out now on Amazon and B&N. It’s called
Saving His Love and you’ll really get to
know EJ in Book 4 of the Series, but I thought I’d give you a taste here…

Excerpt – From Book 4 of The
Spi-Corp Series (As yet, Untitled.)

Former First Marine Gareth Mark had
hated to do that. He hated killing, really he did, but there was no choice. She’d
figured out he was a prisoner.

“Well, they can just add murder to the
list of charges against me,” he muttered to himself.

Sitting up, he set the plaz-pistol
aside and stared down at her lifeless body. She was pretty he had to admit
that, in an off-handed and commanding sort of way. Her red hair had
splayed out wildly around her, floating downward to lie still against the deck.
Her eyes had been a beautiful, dark green and under any other circumstances he
might have been tempted to mate with her. But the circumstances weren’t
different. He was a prisoner. A wrongfully convicted one, mind you, but still a
prisoner. And she’d said she was a Commander. Not a good mix…

He sighed, hanging his head. He hadn’t
wanted to kill her, but he wouldn’t go back. This was his only chance at
freedom. He muttered a curse, reaching for the uniform again and eyeing the
pool of blood spreading out beneath her body.

He’d have to dispose of it somehow,
someway but he didn’t know this ship. He’d never seen its design before and he
staggered upright, weaving from lack of food and blood loss. Scooping up the
medical kit, he limped his way toward what he hoped was the bridge.

***

EJ’s eyes snapped open and she groaned.
Sitting up, she rubbed at her chest, scratching the already healed wound. “Well,
I’d call that definitive proof,” she growled. She looked down, spying the hole
left from the blast. “Damn, this was one of my favorite t-shirts too!”

She poked the hole, working a finger
into it to press at the skin of her chest. He’d shot her. The bastard had
shot her and it’d hurt! Son of a…

She cut off the curse and rose.

***

“You know, where I come from its
considered bad form to bite the hand that feeds you.”

Her voice startled Gareth an hour later
and he spun around in the captain’s chair. The laze pistol came up, leveling on
her chest. The hole left from the first blast gave him an eerie flash of white,
perfectly unmarked skin. He blinked several times but it was still there. She
was leaning in the doorway, arms folded casually across her chest, legs crossed
at the ankles. The hat she’d worn earlier had disappeared and her flaming red
hair floated about, almost as if it had a life of its own. She smiled slowly,
though it never quite reached her eyes.

“It’s also an offense punishable by
death.” She waved a long-fingered hand airily. “At least according to the laws
I live by.”

He fired again, lifting the muzzle
slightly, aiming for her head. The bolt of energy never hit, though it parted
the cloud of smoke she left behind quite nicely. She reappeared directly in
front of him and wrenched the weapon from his hand before he could get off
another shot. He gulped as it disappeared from her palm, a smaller cloud of
sulfur dissipating in its wake.

He blinked in stunned silence. “What
are you lady?”

Gareth had heard of beings that had
access to things beyond his understanding, but this was the first one he’d run
into.

“I’m,” She paused, frowning slightly
like she was trying to find the right words. Then she smiled and the brilliance
of it nearly blinded him. “I’m complicated.”

He gulped. The feeling of nervousness
she inspired didn’t sit well in the pit of his stomach. “Does that really
explain what I just saw?”

She lifted her shoulders in a casual
shrug. “Not really but it’s the best you’re going to get.” She leaned close,
her nose almost touching his. “Why don’t we start at the beginning, hmm? You
can explain why you felt the need to shoot me.”

He narrowed his eyes trying to ignore
the sweet scent that wafted off of her. The coppery twang of dried blood
mingled with the smell of Kinza, a flower from his home world, rushed the blood
straight to his manhood. It stiffened, tightening against his jumpsuit and he
shifted uncomfortably.

“What’s in it for me? Why should I tell
you anything?”

She laughed but there was no humor in
it. She was pissed if the sparkle in her eyes was any indication. Not that he
could blame her. If someone killed him without a seemingly good reason it would
make for a very bad day in his opinion.

“Because if you don’t, I’ll send you
off into space to join your pistol.”

The words were said calmly enough but
he could see the truth in her eyes.

“Unlike me, I seriously doubt you could
survive deep space for more than a few seconds.”

“You’re a commander, isn’t sending a
prisoner off into space against regulations?” he asked.

Those deep, green eyes narrowed
calculatingly. “So you admit you’re a prisoner.”

It was a statement, not a question and
he nodded in response. “I am. As a commander, you can’t execute me without an
order to do so.”

She laughed again, without mirth and
stood up, crossing her arms over her chest. “And who said I was a commander?”

“You did,” he said, leaning back in the
chair. He had her and he knew it. He smiled confidently. “When you first
arrived on the Olakea, you introduced yourself as a Commander.”

She sniffed indignantly, waving a hand
in the air. “My name is Erika John Starr-Sisko Killkenny Jackson McPherson,
Princess Tecka to the Royal House of Mutarians.” The smile that graced her full
lips was smug. “I held the rank of Commander when I retired twenty years
ago.”

Thanks, Margaret, for providing the afternoon’s entertainment!

To connect with Margaret or to purchase her first novel check out her links:

To purchase A First Lovehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D5UWYC4


Social links:
Facebook: 
www.facebook.com/AuthorMargaretTaylor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AuthorM_Taylor
Blog: www.margarettaylorsthoughts.blogspot.com
Website: www.margarettaylortx.com

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BBF: Author Interview With Liss Thomas

Blogger Book Fair: Day 4


For those of you just finding your way to my blog for the BBF, welcome! Feel free to head over to my regular website to learn a bit about me and my writing and to enter a chance to win a digital copy of my first two novels in the Alex Crocker series, Unforeseen and Unveiled

Hang here first, though, for a little more Q & A, this time with YA author Liss Thomas.

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Here we go. Rapid-fire interview style. Lovin’ it.

Where is the weirdest place you found inspiration?

I usually find inspiration from books or
movies, thinking to myself, what would have happened if this changed or that
didn’t happen. My imagination seems to take one small scene and sends it down
the rabbit hole.

Also a nighttime combination of grape
soda and snacks seems to create the craziest of dreams.

Who is your favorite character from one of your novels?

While I love all of my characters. I’m
quite fond of a few of my minor characters. One in particular is Belinak the
troll. He’s a small player in my first novel, Finding Monsters; however he was such a fun character that I
created a major role for book five. He has a great backstory!

Who is your favorite character ever! And why?

So many good characters! Since I’m fond
of YA books and a few MG, I enjoyed Dan and Amy from The 39 Clues. It’s amazing
that several authors wrote the series. I love young kids that do extraordinary
things.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

I would be like The Phoenix (The X-Men)
but without the crazy insanity.

Self-publish or traditional? Why?

I can’t really say I tried traditional. I
may have sent my manuscript out to maybe twenty literary agents with
rejections. I’m sure I hadn’t tried long enough but I researched self-publishing
and saw the opportunity to manage my own author career.

If you have a spouse/partner, do they read your work? How do they
react?

My hubby doesn’t read my manuscripts
until they are complete. My sister is the one that I badger to read my works as
they are developing. Both often help me work out hiccups in my scenes or throw
crazy work-a-rounds at me until one sticks!

What is your favorite mythical creature?

I love dragons! I would have one if I
could get one. But alas, I don’t necessarily like lizards or reptiles!

Wind up and short Pitch your book to the audience

Squee! Here is the short pitch for Finding Monsters

Monsters are real but they’re not what
we’d expect. Their realm lays hidden only to be found in darkness. They watch
their humans, the little ones and keep them from the dark portals leading to
their world. To touch is forbidden… but not all follow the rules.

Missy has been fighting to live her
entire life, but when she finds herself in a realm of unique and sometimes
deadly monsters, she discovers just how much of a survivor she really is.
Accidentally transferred to this mysterious realm by her monster and only
friend, Charlie, he finds himself weak and unable to protector her. The only
way she can defend herself and him, is to become a monster herself. But an
unknown dark stalker watches her progress and if he steals her power, he will
unleash a scourge on both his world and the world she left behind.

What is your current WIP?

I’m currently working on an online serial
novel called Beyond Pacifica that
involves mermaids and time travel

I’m also working on the sequel to Finding Monsters, entitled Becoming Monsters. I’m hoping to meet my
deadline release of October this year.

What do you do when you need a spark of creativity?

Listening to music usually helps. Sometimes
the lyrics stimulate scenes in my brain.

Liss’s debut novel:


About the Author:

Liss Thomas currently lives in sunny
Florida when tornados and water spouts are not popping up in her backyard. She
loves Young Adult Fiction and writes fantasy in that genre. She released her
debut novel Finding Monsters in
October of 2012 and is planning to release the sequel, Becoming Monsters in October 2013. She also plans to release a
novella from the same universe entitled, Hidden
Monsters
sometime this year. 

Get to know her characters and her style
at www.lissthomas.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/lissthomasauthor

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Girliegeek3152

WEBSITE http://lissthomas.com/

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/122Uzz5

 

Liss’s ONLINE SERIALS

HIDDEN MONSTERS: http://lissthomas.com/serial-novels/hidden-monsters/

BEYOND PACIFICA: http://lissthomas.com/serial-novels/beyond-pacifica/

 

Thanks so much for visiting, Liss!

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Asking a Favor at the Midweek Check-in for the Blogger Book Fair

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We’re halfway through the
BBF and my tank top pretty much sums up my feelings so far. (Yes, I actually
own this and wear it in public.)

 

I’ve had a great time
meeting new authors and welcoming them to my blog. I hope readers have enjoyed
visiting new blogs to read my posts as well as reading posts and excerpts from
other authors here.

If you’ve missed any of
the guest posts I’ve hosted, just scroll on down the site to see them all. If
you’re looking for my posts here are the links for Monday’s and Tuesday’s:

Hazel at Craves the Angst’s reviews of both Unforeseen and Unveiled

Excerpts from the books  at Kayla Curry’s Paranormal Lounge

“Reasons
Why Love is Better in Books” at author Nicole Zoltack’s blog.
 

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“Confessions & Explanations of a Vampire Chick” on fellow author Liz Long’s site

An author interview at PepperWords 

“A Late Bloomer’s Defense of Fantasy” on author Kate Lutter’s blog

Now for a favor, okay favors: part of the BBF fun are the Readers’ Choice Awards
hosted on Shut Up and Read. Please take a minute and vote for the books in the
Alex Crocker series. If it’s a slow day at work, harass, I mean politely
request, your coworkers do the same. ; ) 

Unveiled
and Unforeseen are listed under
fantasy—new adult.

http://poll.pollcode.com/6c6wf

“Unknown” is listed under
short story—fantasy

http://poll.pollcode.com/zu3c5

Also, on a related note,
my book trailer for Unveiled is on
You Gotta Read This for July’s video contest. A vote of support here would be
appreciated, too!

http://yougottaread.com/vote-for-your-july-2013-favorite-video-now/

So, what have I got to
give in return, aside from my undying appreciation (not being sarcastic for
once, you guys are the best support team ever!)? Well, the
link to numerous free and 99¢ books
, for starters, and a reminder that you
that you can enter to win both books in the Alex Crocker series on my Rafflecopter
giveaway
.

Thanks a million! I hope
you enjoy the remainder of the BBF.

~Lauren

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BBF: Peppered With Questions (Nope, couldn’t resist the Pun)

Blogger Book Fair: Day 3


For those of you just finding your way to my blog for the BBF, welcome! Feel free to head over to my regular website to learn a bit about me and my writing and to enter a chance to win a digital copy of my first two novels in the Alex Crocker series, Unforeseen and Unveiled

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Hang here first for a little Q & A. 


This afternoon’s BBF post is in the
form of an interview. Author M. Pepper Langlin is has offered up some answers
about herself and her writing. As with all good stories, it makes sense to
start at the beginning.

So, what did you want to be when
you grew up? 

I wanted to be Steven Spielberg. My plan was to make movies. But
then I got into writing, and for some reason it was a long time before I
realized screenwriting might be something I’d like to do. And then, even after
getting a film degree and working on some movie sets, I shied away from
screenwriting because it just seemed so hard to break in. But I’m having some
success there now, which is really exciting. I won a screenwriting competition,
and one of my scripts has just been produced by Contagion Films and is in
post-production.

Was there an author, teacher, or other influence in your life who
inspired you to write?

My second grade teacher Miss Babicki
had us do writing prompts every Friday. I remember that distinctly. I was
already an avid reader, but I’m pretty sure Miss Babicki’s class is how and
when I started writing.

With a name as interesting as M. Pepper Langlin, I’m guessing you
use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

I do. My real name is the same as a
semi-famous literary sleuth, so I manipulated my name a bit to make me easier
to Google. Otherwise, all the hits when you look me up are for this character
and her book series.

Smart. Let’s hear more about your writing. When or how do your
ideas usually come to you?

This is kind of strange, but I’ll often
get ideas while lying on my bed with my Patrick Puppy from FAO Schwartz. That’s
where I go to develop my ideas, too—I go lie down with my stuffed dog and just
daydream . . . Another way I get inspired is by driving around listening to
music. 

Do you ever suffer
from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I take
a walk, or go lie down with my stuffed dog, or try to work on a different
story. 

Tell us about your latest book.

The one
I’m finishing up now is St. Peter at the Gate,
the sequel to St. Peter in Chains. St. Peter in Chains is a novella, but St. Peter at the Gate just keeps going .
. . People kept asking what happened with Peter and Charles, so I decided to
write another one. (And the screenplay version of St. Peter in Chains is the script that won an award; it was given a
professional table read at Sundance this past January.) 

When you set out to write your book, did you have a specific
audience in mind or did the story just enfold that way?

I write so many
different things, and I’m told by my manager that I’m making it difficult for
him to market me because the stuff I write—like, there’s not much audience
overlap. I have some Sherlock Holmes stories that have been bestsellers, and I
have the Peter Stoller stories (about a gay British spy) and then The K-Pro is a contemporary fantasy
novel . . . I’m all over the place! But I just write whatever story comes to
me. I don’t worry too much about targeting an audience.

I’m sure they are few and far between, but how do you react to a
bad review of your book?

I try to remind myself that it’s
impossible to please everyone. Still, it hurts. I do get a bit depressed.
Because I kind of want to say, “Why not just leave it? Why go out of your way
to write a bad review?”

And rejection letters?

I burn
them.

Hmm. I could save a lot on heating
bills if I’d thought of that. Is there anything else you find challenging about
writing?

The
discipline required. I’m easily distracted.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve
ever done in the name of research?

Once,
back in high school, I accosted my physics teacher and began asking him about
bombs. In retrospect, I now completely understand his apprehension at the time
. . .

Poor guy. Speaking of borderline
behavior, where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or
erotic content?

I don’t
write horror and I don’t write explicit sex. Just not my thing. Maybe it’s the
years of thinking in terms of TV: “pan away” or “fade to black” or whatever.
Let the readers/viewers use their imaginations.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to
do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

London. I actually am hoping to live
there some day (at least half the year). 

Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?

In “Little London,” which is what we
call my home office. 

Do you have any special routines or rituals?

I do a 3-card Tarot draw each morning.
Can’t say it really makes any difference in my day, but I’d feel weird if I didn’t do it. 

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

I think any given character in my work
has some facet of myself in him or her. 

Finally, do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?

Read the kinds of things you want to
write and write the kinds of things you like to read. Write every day, even
just a little. As with everything, practice makes you better at it. Or, if you
rather, exercising your writing muscles will strengthen them. And as I
mentioned before, don’t expect everyone to like what you write, and try not to
feel too down if you get rejected or badly reviewed. That’s easier said than
done, I realize. But it bears repeating and remembering. 

Great advice! Thanks for stopping by. I
hope my readers will check out your site to learn even more about you and your
books!


M Pepper Langlinais official site: http://pepperwords.com

Twitter: @sh8kspeare

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/M-Pepper-Langlinais/e/B008FBOSPE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1


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BBF: Stranded With Author Liz Long

Blogger Book Fair: Day 3


For those of you just finding your way to my blog for the BBF, welcome! Feel free to head over to my regular website to learn a bit about me and my writing and to enter a chance to win a digital copy of my first two novels in the Alex Crocker series, Unforeseen and Unveiled


First, though, grab a frozen (deserted) island beverage, and come chill with author Liz Long.

10 things I would need if I were stranded on a
deserted island – Liz Long

1.  My
laptop – though I don’t think I’d have electricity once the battery dies. Does
a spare charger count as two things?

2.  My
Kindle – same concept with that battery thing, but still. You gotta read on the
beach!

3.  Journal/pen
– you know, for when the laptop dies.

4.  The
biggest bag of Skittles you can find (but only because chocolate would melt in
the island sun)

5.  A razor.
If I’m getting sun on my pasty pale skin, I’m going to have smooth legs,
dammit.

6.  Actually,
could we make that a big shower kit? A slight cheat, sure, but a girl’s gotta
stay clean for when she gets rescued.

7.  Toilet
paper. You know you don’t want to use palm tree fronds.

8.  At least
one change of clothes (it doesn’t have to be a prom dress – gym clothes and
flip flops are kind of my go to in real life, anyway!)

9.  Books –
yeah, I know I said Kindle already, but at some point that sucker’s gonna die.
If I only get one, I’d go with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but I’d
really prefer the entire box set.

10. If I can’t bring my dog (because obviously the food
and stuff would put me over 10 things), I want to have a photo of my dog.
Because really, his face cheers me up anytime – like say when I’m stranded on a
deserted island.


About the
Author:

Liz Long is lucky enough to have a dream career in magazine publishing as
an editor and writer, yet still have time to create adventures on the side. If
you catch her staring off into space or talking to herself, don’t worry – it’s
just her imagination at work.

Liz graduated from Longwood University with a BA in English, though her
professors might be disappointed to hear she reads more fantasy fiction than
literary novels. She also loves action and thriller genres. Her books probably
won’t change your life, but she hopes they steal you away from reality for a
while. 

Her newest release, Witch Hearts, will be for sale on Amazon on
April 30th. Her first book, Gifted,
a Donovan Circus Novel
, is also available for paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

To learn more
about Liz, visit her website: http://lizclong.com

 

Author Links:

Website: http://lizclong.com

Twitter: (Handle: @LizCLong) https://twitter.com/#!/LizCLong

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/lizclongauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LizLong

GIFTED


Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.

Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be—new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.

When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world. 

GIFTED LINKS:

Amazon (ebook): http://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Donovan-Circus-Novel-ebook/dp/B007VT34J2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336675611&sr=8-2

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13601567-gifted


WITCH HEARTS

How does a witch stay safe if
a killer can get through her protection spells?

Witches like Ruby and
Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s
world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of
Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other
witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s
High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.

If that wasn’t awkward
enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s
place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts
Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins
to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that
could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she
discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.

Purchase links:

Amazon (ebook): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CIKKEV0

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17616067-witch-hearts

WITCH
HEARTS Special Excerpt

       Cooper
and Ruby hopped on his bike and drove back to her place. She even managed to
peek out from beneath her helmet to see the city whip past her in a blur. When
they finally came to a stop, she untangled herself from him – albeit a tad
regretful about it – and handed him back the helmet.

       “Thanks
again for everything tonight. I know it wasn’t the most fun you could have, but
I want everyone to be safe,” she said.

       “I
understand. I’m glad I went, too. I don’t want anyone else in danger. Plus, you’re
good company.” He stood up as he said it, hooking the helmets on his bike.

       “You
don’t have walk me in or anything. I don’t want to keep you any longer than you
need.”

       He
snorted. “You’re not keeping me from anything. I want to do it, but especially
because I want to make sure you’re safe.”

       Ruby
bit her bottom lip. Her nerves fluttered a bit at the thought of a possible
goodnight kiss. She could hardly believe how immature she sounded in her head.

       It’s
your best friend’s brother. This is Cooper we’re talking about
, a
voice in her head screamed at her.

       Another
voice spoke up. Yeah. It’s Cooper. And your thoughts about him have
never been exactly brotherly. 

       Shaking
both voices away, she swiped her key fob by the entrance door and Cooper held
it open for her. They took the stairs up to the second floor and walked around
the corner to her apartment. Ruby stopped as soon as she saw her door.

       “Something’s
wrong,” she said.

       “What?
How can you tell?” He looked up and down the hallway.

       There
was a barrier when I left. Remember I checked, put my hand on the door when we
left? My spell was in place.”

       “There
was a soft glow on the door,” he said absentmindedly, as though remembering.
His eyes narrowed and Ruby could see his veins throb in his neck as his jaw
tightened.

       “Only
witches would be able to see it, but it’s not there.” Ruby took a few steps
forward, placing her hand on the door, which was now simply cool and wooden.
She retrieved her key and turned the lock, but Cooper stopped her.

       “I’ll
go in first.”

       He
swung the door wide open; he held his hands up in case of a fight or a spell,
but silence greeted them. Cooper did a quick sweep of the apartment while Ruby
waited in the entryway. He returned with Aziza in one arm and a letter in his
hand.

       “This
was on your coffee table,” he said grimly. “Aziza was hiding behind the couch.
She hissed until she realized it was me.”

       Ruby
took the note from him. As she opened it, Cooper stood beside her to read over
her shoulder.

       “Not
all witches are equal. Some are born with extraordinary gifts; anyone can
practice, but few are truly powerful. You are one of the lucky ones, Ruby. I
apologize about your friend Courtney. She was powerful, but nowhere near your
capabilities. I’m afraid that in order for my powers to thrive, yours must come
to an end. I’ll be seeing you very soon. –X

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BBF: Lady of the Knights With Nicole Zoltack

Blogger Book Fair: Day 2


For those of you just finding your way to my blog for the BBF, welcome! Feel free to head over to my regular website to learn a bit about me and my writing and to enter a chance to win a digital copy of my first two novels in the Alex Crocker series, Unforeseen and Unveiled


First, though, dust off that armor and ready your steed as YA fantasy author Nicole Zoltack introduces us to her heroine in a character interview and a great giveaway. Welcome Nicole and Aislinn! 


Aislinn from Woman of Honor is a strong, feisty character who longs to become a lady knight in a medieval fantasy world. To say this is not an easy task is an understatement! We dragged her away from training to ask her a few questions.

  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

Convincing the king to let me train. I’m not exactly a page, not yet. I’m on probation. But I know I’ll be a knight someday! 

  • What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness? I’m not sure this is real. If I can ever get my horse, Dream Rider, to cooperate, that would make me happy. That horse definitely needs a new name.

  • Where would you like to live? 

I’m so happy living in the castle for my training! I haven’t thought about what I’ll do once I become a knight.

  • What do you most value in your friends?

Right now, I don’t have any friends. Well, except for Geoffrey. He’s a page. The others tease me. It doesn’t bother me…much. 

  • Whose are your heroes in real life?

The lady knights in the Order of the Hatchet. An entire order of lady knights! That’s how I was able to convince the king to let me train–by mentioning them to him. If they can be knights, why can’t I? I mean, I know that Order is in another country far away, but after my brother died… I wanted our family to be able to do our part. Christopher had just been knighted. I can one day take his place. 

  • On what occasions do you lie?

If I had to lie in order to become a knight, I would. I don’t lie often though.

  • How would you like to die?

On the battlefield, I guess. Heroically, of course.

  • If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? 

But people die and go to Heaven. Or Hell. We don’t come back from the dead.

  • What is your motto?

Never give up on your dreams!

Thanks, ladies! Enter Nicole’s giveaway here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

About the books:


Woman of Honor (Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy, book 1)

Available formats: ebook and paperback

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6370163-woman-of-honor

Blurb:

Aislinn of Bairbhe dreams of becoming a lady knight to honor the death of her fallen brother. To her mother’s horror, King Patrick grants Aislinn’s wish and she begins her long years of training.

Despite the mockery of the other pages, and the disdain of Prince Caelan who also trains to be a knight, Aislinn commits herself to her dreams and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and bravery. Through the years, Aislinn and Caelan grow from sparring classmates to good friends. They both know that someday Caelan will marry for the sake of the kingdom, but even that cannot keep them from falling in love.

The threat of war with the Speicans is a constant threat, and one that grows more frightening as she and Caelan train toward their eventual knighthood. Aislinn has committed herself to serving Arnhem, and has promised herself as King’s Champion when Caelan claims the throne. She is willing to give up everything… her childhood, her life, even her heart for Arnhem. No matter the pain it brings.

Purchase links for Woman of Honor:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Honor-Kingdom-Arnhem-ebook/dp/B0021L9YDK

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kingdom-of-arnhem-book-one-nicole-zoltack/1111374792?ean=9781612529905

 

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Knight of Glory (Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy, book 2)

Available formats: ebook and paperback

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7801193-knight-of-glory 

Blurb:

Ranulf, the Speican lord, is dead, and Arnhem is safe, or so the Arnhemians believe.


Sir Geoffrey and his companions have just completed a mission for Queen Aislinn when he receives word of the Speicans attacking Arnhem. Geoffrey and his party, which now includes exile Jenanna, split up and rush to different kingdoms to ask for aid. Even as he fights for his kingdom and his life, Geoffrey finds himself torn between his new friend Jenanna and the mysterious lady Celestia he left behind in Arnhem.


Enlisting help is infinitely more difficult than they anticipated and to make matters worse, rumors abound that the Speicans have enlisted a mage to work unspeakable, forbidden magic. The war between Speica and Arnhem has just begun. Will Geoffrey survive the battle to live another day and discover which woman he truly loves?

Purchase links for Knight of Glory:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Knight-Glory-Kingdom-Arnhem-ebook/dp/B003AKY5U8/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kingdom-of-arnhem-book-two-nicole-zoltack/1111929175?ean=9781612529745

 


Champion of Valor (Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy, book 3)

Available formats: ebook and paperback

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11150044-champion-of-valor 

Blurb:

The war between Specia and Arnhem now reaches the sea after the selkies discover the Mystical Conch Shell of the Sea has been stolen. Selliki the selkie sets out to find it, and Gabrael, the mage she loves. No union between a selkie and a human has ever had a happy ending, but neither can ignore their feelings. Each night, they experience terrible, real dreams that show how doomed their love is. Add the war, and their love is impossible. Only one kingdom will prevail; that is, if the world doesn’t end.

Purchase links for Champion of Valor:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Arnhem-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B004YTFGLQ

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kingdom-of-arnhem-book-three-nicole-zoltack/1103130624?ean=2940012459756

 

Coming Soon:

Black Hellebore, first in a new superhero romance trilogy – Heroes of Falledge

Expected release: October 2013

Available formats: ebook & possibly paperback

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing


About the Author:


Nicole Zoltack loves to write fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, historical, for adults and young adults, novels, short stories, and flash pieces. She doesn’t want to get boxed in by genre — she might be claustrophobic! She’s also an editor for MuseItUp Publishing and works as a freelance editor.

When she isn’t writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb.

To learn more about Nicole and her work, visit her website at www.NicoleZoltack.com or her blog at http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com.


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