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Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop

What was the best book you read this year? One of m favorites from this year was “Twenty-Five” by Rachel Hamm! 

Scroll down below and enter to win an ebook copy of Rachel Hamm’s romance novel, Twenty-Five. 

More about Twenty-Five: 

Abigail Bronsen is sure her life is going nowhere when she turns twenty-five and realizes she hasn’t done anything on a list of goals she made for herself as a teenager. Ben Harris is looking to find “the one” after his last girlfriend cheated on him. When they crash into each other, it appears they’ve both found exactly what they wanted. A year of firsts follows: first date, first kiss, first “I love you’s.” The first fight is inevitable, but neither of them saw a breakup coming. When Abigail is offered a job overseas, they’ll discover that no relationship is perfect and even true love sometimes finds itself separated by time and distance.

Meet the Author

Rachel was born in Buffalo, NY but grew up in Burlington, NC. Raised by northern parents in the south, she likes to say she got the best of both worlds. Her writing is inspired by classic authors like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, as well as contemporary ones like JK Rowling and Claire LaZebnik. She loves to read and has been known to spend an entire weekend engrossed in the adventures of her favorite characters.

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Cover Reveal: Wicked Hunger

COVER REVEAL & ARC GIVEAWAY

by DelSheree Gladden

Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Wicked Hunger, the first book in the  Someone Wicked This Way Comes series. Get ready for this mouth watering adventure that will hit shelves on April 1, 2014. Check out below for more information on Wicked Hunger and don’t forget to enter the exclusive giveaway for a digital ARC of Wicked Hunger. 

“Love, love, love Wicked Hunger. It is deliciously consuming from beginning to end. My mouth is already watering for the next installment.” 
– Elizabeth Hathenbruck (Author of When The Apple Falls.)
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.

Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.

Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a

potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.


As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.

Wicked Hunger is the first book in the all-new paranormal series, Someone Wicked This Way Comes.

GIVEAWAY:


Enter to win an Advance Release Copy of Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden and a Clean Teen Publishing- Authors Are My Rockstars bracelet. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. The first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series, Wicked Hunger, is scheduled to be released through Clean Teen Publishing on April 1, 2014.

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Win a Year of FREE Books from Clean Teen Publishing

How would you like to win a year of free books? 

Clean Teen Publishing (the NEW publisher of Wicked Hunger!) is gearing up for their annual end of the year giveaway. Check it out!

WIN A YEAR OF FREE BOOKS! 

Now this is WINNING! We have been kicking around ideas to offer an epic giveaway to our amazing readers who have made our opening year in 2013 amazing for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing. We have given away gift cards, swag, free books, a Kindle Fire and more this year. We want our Holiday giveaway to be something big, something from our hearts. We want to offer our readers a gift that keeps on giving! That’s when we came up with A YEAR OF FREE BOOKS! Check out the description below to find out what you can win! 
1st Place: A YEAR OF FREE BOOKS From CTP! (Includes the 29 books currently published with CTP and any future books published throughout 2014! *Digital Copies) and a CTP SWAG PACK (Includes bookmarks, Authors Are Our Rockstars Bracelets and MORE Swagalicious goodies!) Prize pack is a $150+ Value including cost of retail books currently published and future books released! 
2nd Place: Readers choice of 5 CTP Books (Current or Future Releases) of their choice (Digital Copies) and a CTP SWAG PACK (Includes bookmarks, Authors Are Our Rockstars Bracelets and MORE Swagalicious goodies!)  Prize pack is a $15+ value not including the value of the swag! 
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And the winners are…

I hope all the authors and readers have enjoyed participating in this year’s blogfest. I want to thank all the amazing authors that introduced us to their characters as well as thank all the awesome readers stopped by and entered the giveaways!

And now that today is the final day of Meet the Characters, it’s my pleasure to announce the winner’s of all of our contests!

First up…What character won the Hottest guy award? 

DRAGON!

And the winner of a copy of Dragon’s book “Releasing the Dragon” by Stacie Simpson is…
Katy E.




Now, who won the title of Feistiest girl? 

Lynlee!

And the winner of a copy of Lynlee’s book, “Trolling for Trouble: MAUC Series” by Olivia Hardin is…
Lisa G.




Up next is the Cutest Couple. And the winner’s are…

Mason and Olivia!

And the winner of a copy of Mason and Olivia’s novel, “Invisible” by DelSheree Gladden is…
Dominique S.




And now, the winners of the Steamiest Couple Contest are…

It’s a tie! Prince Cole and Princess Sam tied with Santangelo and Nicola!

The winner of copies of both 
“Sugar Man’s Daughter” by Lucy Crowe… 

and “Fate War: Alliance” by EM Havens is…

Sherry H.







Now before the main giveaway, we have a couple of runner up prizes to giveaway as well

Winner of an ebook copy of Susan Stec’s “The Other F Word” is … Sheri B.
Winner of a signed paperback copy of Susan Stec’s “They’re so Vein” is …Lisa B.
Winner of a signed paperback copy of Susan Stec’s “They’re so Vein” is …Shadow K.
Winner of an ebook of Raquel Lyon’s “Kiss the Tiger” is …Shelley S.
Winner of an ebook of Raquel Lyon’s “Kiss the Tiger” is …Tom R.

And Finally…

The Winner of the main Meet the Characters 40+ Book Giveaway is

LARA T!!!!


Thank you again to all the fabulous authors who helped make this event such a big success!!

Thank you as well to all the amazing readers to stopped by to comment and vote and support their favorite authors and characters!

We’ll be back next year with more characters and more books to giveaway!

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

As a part of the 4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of my new book, Wicked Hunger, along with a great prize pack of swag! 

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Wicked Hunger

Book One in the 
SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes Series

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious. 

Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories. 

One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.

Wicked Hunger 
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·         Amazon Kindle US
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·         Amazon Kindle UK
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Feistiest Girl Contest

It’s once again time to vote! Last week you started voting for your favorite Hottest Guy. This week you can vote on your favorite Feistiest Girl from some fabulous new books! 

And the nominees are…


SYNOLA HARPER—YOU’RE BUSTING MY NUPTIALS, BY AUTHOR ANN EVERETT
Synola Harper is a sassy mouth. Tequila drinking, twenty-six-year old Texan who is never at a loss for words, especially when it comes to local bar owner and private eye, Jinx Monroe. She never backs down from any situation regardless if it’s a gun-fight or doing a strip tease for a bunch of clowns. She works part-time at Sweet Thangs Bakery and writes snappy hang-tags for Luscious Legs Jeans Company.




PERSEPHONE — PERSEPHONE BY KAITLIN BEVIS

Persephone begins the series as a shy sixteen year old living in Athens, Georgia. She’s not well liked by the girls of her school, but luckily her best friend Melissa does all the fighting for her. When not in school, she works at Demeter’s Garden (her mom’s flower shop), has a crush on the hot new senior, Joel, and a passion for the “Dusk” series. Her plan in life was to go to UGA, marry the rock star Orpheus, have twin girls named Harmony and Melody, and move into the house with the white picket fence on South Lumpkin  street.
         
All of that falls apart when her mother announces that Persephone is actually a goddess.  Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. The only place Persephone will be safe from Boreas is in the Underworld. But the only way to get there without dying is to become Hades’ wife. After Hades assures her their marriage won’t mean anything beyond granting her the ability to come and go from the living realm, Persephone agrees to wait out the winter in the Underworld. While there she learns how to control her powers and explores her growing feelings for Hades. But when Boreas takes her best friend hostage, Persephone knows the time to hide has come to an end.



LAYOL — THE OTHER F WORD BY SUSAN STEC
Fun moments with Layol from sections of the book:

Layol yelped a laugh, sent her tray flying, and cherry juice drizzled down Soahc’s face, onto her saffron dress, and pooled around the silver belt cinched at her waist.

Everyone’s eyes got big.

Soahc froze, a red droplet hanging off the tip of her nose. She glared at her.
The lunchroom began to burble with giggles, and rolled into boisterous laughter.

“Karma’s a pixie. You shouldn’t’ve laughed at Dek when she fell in the restroom,” Layol said, and tucked a smile between her teeth.

“Yeah, how’s it feel?” Dekram blurted, body shaking, wings dusting yellow sparkles. O’mifairygodmother! Did I just say all that?

“You wingless little…little gremlins!” Soahc rocketed toward the bathroom, her minions in frantic pursuit.

“Exit time!” Layol grabbed a rolled-up romaine leaf stuffed with cream cheese and dates with one hand and Dekram’s arm with the other.


VANESSA ROTH — WICKED HUNGER BY DELSHEREE GLADDEN


Name: Vanessa, but please don’t call me that!
Nickname: Van is much better, thanks
Hobbies: Dancing, mainly ballet and hip-hop. I know, I know, it’s shocking given how moody and crazy everyone thinks I am. I’m learning Jeet Kune Do, but don’t tell Grandma or she’ll kill me!
Biggest fear: Losing any more of the people I love. 
Favorite food: Black Forest cake, but only Grandma’s. Everyone else’s is gross compared to hers. 
Worst habit: Biting, but I’ve mainly got that under control now. 
Quote: “People who don’t know me well think I’m a moody, dark teenager. I’m really just trying not to kill them.”

JAYDEN — DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL BY EM HAVENS

Jayden Schroeder is a spoiled, self-centered brat. Even facing purgatory, demons, and her final judgment she doesn’t have a problem mouthing off to the very people who can keep her safe. The only people who she will have contact with while in limbo. Through her journeys, she learns to be a demon-slaying badass, pulverizing them with her favorite sawed off shotgun. When bullets run out, she’s quick to hack them up with a machete. When the battles make a surprising turn, not only is she willing to break the rules, but she has no problem questioning the “man in charge” and standing up for what she believes is right. She also isn’t shy about her attraction to Marshal Britton, the sexy Marine who is 50 years her senior…but not really. With the time paradox, she’s robbing the cradle. Neither matters to Jayden. When her mind is made up, she’ll do or get what she wants, and not even heaven or hell will stand in her way.


SUSAN — THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD BY SUSAN STEC

From Marcus’ mouth (after all, turnabout is fair play):
Susan is definitely feisty… and difficult, controlling, loud, cantankerous, and, well, being her mate is often exhausting, and quite trying at times. However-
Susan interrupts: Really, Marcus? You’re using a twelve letter word to describe me?
M: I assure you, darling; I used the word cantankerous in a most endearing manner.
S: Uh-huh, controlling and difficult as well, I assume.
M: There are not enough assertively problematical adjectives in the human language to describe your…unique comeliness, II mio amore?
S: You know I’m lookin’ those words up later, right?
M: We will do it together, Luv.
S: Speaking of togetherness, we’re not totally mated. I haven’t made up my mind, remember?
M: We most certainly are mated. The moment we became so will forever be engrained in inferior temporal cortex of my mind…my brother’s mind, half the team at BAMVC, and every member of your family. Do you remember the night, darling? Five cars full of immortals, all following us down the highway at seventy-five miles an hour, and you lowered your beautiful lips-
S: Shut up! It was very embarrassing.
M: Never-the-less, we did mate and nothing can change-
S: Look, we may share blood…and-
M: Excuse me, Darling. Did I interrupt you during your post about my sexual prowess last week?
S: Well, no, but…
M: I think you’ve taken up enough of these lovely readers time. As for your feistiness, I rest my case. Let’s take the rest of this intermezzo upstairs, shall we?
S: Can’t you speak English? You are so going to get it when we get up there!
M: One can only hope, darling.

LYNLEE — MAUC SERIES BY OLIVIA HARDIN

Name: Lynlee Lincoln – She’s a wand-wielding witch with an extra dose of spunk.
Profession: Lynlee is a Neutralizer. It’s her job to keep MAUCs (Magical And Undead Creatures) out of sticky situations. Are you a witch who’s spells go awry?  What about a vampire who’s last bite dug a little too deep?  Are you a werewolf with a hairy problem?  A zombie struggling to survive in a sea of pretty faces?  No matter what kind of MAUC you are, she can keep you out of trouble in the human world.
Method: She once got rid of a troll by donning a maid’s costume and cleaning up his pigsty. Trolling for Trouble (MAUCs Series One)
Friends and Family: Her BFF is a werevamp/doctor, the love of her life is a human who isn’t quite sure about magic and she’s quickly adopting a young nymph and her non-magical brother into her heart.
Strengths: She has a big heart even if she does try to deny it. She’ll drop everything for those she cares about.
Weaknesses: She doesn’t trust the powers that make her who she is, and she’s afraid to just let go and be herself.
Feistiest Quote: “Seriously? You stopped taking your potion so your friends would learn to like the ‘real you’? Do you really think this little twit won’t mind that you have the ass of a goat and horns in your head?” Tangled Up in Trouble (MAUCs Series Two)
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STEIN — EXTRACTED BY SHERRY FICKLIN

Stein has been a Rifter for as long as she can remember. No mission is too dangerous, no assignment too crazy. With Lex by her side, they are the undisputed leaders of the Hollows, a group of rogue time travelers bent on destroying the Tesla Institute and everything it stands for. Quick witted, ferocious, and bold Stein is every bit a warrior in her own right. Stein is always busy saving the world, changing history, and beating the living crap out of anyone who gets in her way, all while in her signature corset and top hat.

SARAH CORBEAU — COPPER GIRL BY JENNIFER ALLIS PROVOST
Sara Corbeau, the main character of Copper Girl, is quite the feisty girl.
She lives in a world where magic exists, but has been outlawed. This is problematic for Sara, since she’s a member of the Raven clan, one of the most powerful magical bloodlines in history. She’s also a metal Elemental, which means that she can mold metal—especially copper—to her will.
Sara tried to blend in with the non-magical populace; she worked at a boring office job, and lived in a small, government-issue apartment. She always waved politely at the drones whizzing overhead, and readily presented her official paperwork when asked.
That was in public.
Sara, along with her best friend, Juliana, downed a bottle of wine one afternoon and cut the government tracking devices out of their arms. Sara currently wears hers in a watch, and has been known to leave it where she was “supposed” to be.
Where does she go, you ask? She sneaks into the Otherworld, searching for her father, who went missing after the magic wars, and brother, who was arrested shortly afterward.
Then, she pulled a sexy elf into her dreams, and the two of them set out to rescue her family, take down the Iron Queen, and destroy the government.
If anything, calling Sara feisty is an understatement.
CORRINE LAMB — HUSH PUPPY BY LISA T CRESSWELL

My name is Corrine Lamb and my tombstone better not read “Born, lived and died in Carolville, North Carolina”. If I don’t get outta this redneck town, go to college, and see the world, I’ll be a complete failure. I’ll join the Peace Corps if I have to. I live with my grandma, who’s about as protective as it gets. I guess she’s trying to make up for my mama running off and leaving me after daddy died. I had my whole life figured out before Jamie showed up, romancing me with his poetry and books. I never met such a crazy white boy. He’s so wicked smart, but he plays like he’s dumb so his redneck daddy won’t know. I never thought I’d fall for a white boy in a million years. He thinks he can’t go to college, but I’m gonna enter him in a writing contest for a scholarship and he’s gonna win. I just know it. He might be kinda mad when he finds out I took some of his writing, but when he wins, he’ll forget about that, right? I can’t sit by and let him waste his life. It’d be a damn shame.

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PHOEBE — LIE TO ME BY ANGELA FRISTOE

Taking crap from her sisters or from her arch-enemy is not on Phoebe Matlin’s list of things to do. Ever. Hooking up with said rival’s ex boyfriend? Well, that is definitely something Phoebe has plans for. But a new boyfriend isn’t the only thing Phoebe is dealing with. Her gift of Truth Telling has finally kicked in and she’s realizing that her best friend Tonya is in major trouble. Even when everyone around her doubts what she knows is happening, Phoebe isn’t about to let her friend end up hurt, or worse.

LIBBY SPARKS — THE DESTROYER TRILOGY BY DELSHEREE GLADDEN

Name: Libitina Sparks or Cassia The Destroyer
Nickname: Please just call me Libby
Hobbies: I love anything to do with art. Drawing, painting, pastels, charcoal…it takes me away from all the insanity. 
Biggest fear: Becoming the person everyone thinks I am. 
Favorite food: Godiva chocolate. Don’t touch my chocolate! 
Worst habit: Breaking bones. Mine, not other people’s…well, most of the time anyway. 
Quote: “I just want to get through high school and live my life without people trying to kill me.”
SADIE NAVARRO — BELIEVING IN HORSES BY VALERIE ORMOND

People call me feisty when they don’t agree with me. I prefer the term persistent. One of my mentors nicknamed me “Moxie,” which I liked. But I’m not special. I just do what I think is right.
I’m part of a military family which makes me different. We move every few years and start over – new schools, friends, and routines. Change strengthens people. I reach out to people because most people don’t do that to the new kid. I explore and experience new things.
My dad goes away a lot, and I worry about him. He’s my hero. But I don’t want to talk about Afghanistan, so let’s not.
I discovered ten horses going to auction last year, which is bad. I committed to saving them and contacted horse rescues, a State delegate, a TV station, stables, and others to find homes. I can’t tell you the outcome, but it’s in the book “Believing In Horses.”
My persistence doesn’t please everyone. I’ve faced horse abusers, kill buyers, and horse thieves. I could have run away or not. But I believed in my mission, so the choice was easy.
 And when I’m thirteen, I plan to keep doing the right thing. 
LARA — IN MY OWN SHADOW BY SUSAN ROYAL

     I’m Lara, and I work downtown in the Metropolitan Building. I’m not really all that good at talking about myself. Just ask my good friend, Carrie. She thinks I’m antisocial. Sometimes I give in and let her drag me to some party, so she’ll get off my case for a little while. Once there, she circulates like the social butterfly she is, while I lurk around the edges of the crowd.
     Carrie and I have been BFFs for a long time, even though we are total opposites. She’s cheerful. I’m sarcastic. She’s outgoing. I’m a loner. She’s always been there for me. I just wish she’d quit trying to fix me up with some guy she thinks is my Mr. Right.
     People tell me I should have been a model, and I always assume it’s because I’m 5 foot 10 in flats, tall enough to intimidate some men. It’s funny. That’s one of the first things I noticed about Rhys. My height didn’t seem to bother him a bit. His rugged good looks were another thing.
     Everything happened so fast it was a blur, but after Rhys dragged me through a portal to another world, I realized he wasn’t the blind date Carrie had set me up with. He really was out of this world. I know you’re thinking this sounds like your typical ‘guy rescues girl from danger and takes her to another world, where they fall in love’ scenario, but you’d be wrong. Rhys treated me like an unwanted responsibility, nothing more. And I let it get under my skin. Why? Because even though I refused to admit it, I had feelings for the man.


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Character Interview: Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plans by Dee Ernst)

Welcome, Kate Everett, star of Dee Ernst’s novel, A slight Change of Plan. 

Hello everyone – My name is Dee Ernst, and I’d like to introduce you all to the main character in my new book, A Slight Change of Plan, available this November 19th.  Kate Everett is 50-something, with grown children, and she’s decided it’s time to start her ‘Second Act’.  That includes moving out of her family home and quitting her job to change her career path.  But what I’d like to talk about today is her decision to look for someone to share her life with again.
DE:  Hello Kate.  Thanks for stopping in.  I hear you’re about to take the big plunge into dating.
KE: Hi Dee.  Yes, I’ve been a widow for eight years now, and I finally got tired of coming home to just the dog and the cats.  
DE:  Good for you!  You must be very excited.
KE:  I suppose.  You have to remember that last time I was in the dating pool, people hung around in bars to find their soul mates.  Things are a lot different now.
DE: Yes, I guess they are.  How is it going?
KE: My sister convinced me that on-line dating is the way to go.  She helped me with my profile, and has really been pushing – ah – encouraging me.  I was a little put off at first, but I have to say, it has a lot of advantages.
DE:  Such as?
KE:  Well, you can basically get all the small talk done in your jammies and slippers.  Sitting in front of that computer screen, chatting back and forth, is much better than getting all dressed up and driving somewhere to meet somebody that you know, after five minutes of conversation, you would NEVER consider dating. 
DE: Are you finding many available men in, well, your age group?
KE:  Oh sure, but are they interested in me?  Of course not.    All these sixty-year-old men are looking for women young enough to be their daughters!  Why is that?   I suppose these poor guys have already been through menopause with the first wife, so I guess I can’t blame them for not wanting to go through THAT again!  But honestly – what do they find to talk about?  Or do they talk at all?
DE:  But there are lots of success stories out there, right?
KE: Oh, yes.  In fact, my oldest friend, Cheryl, is dating three gentlemen that she met on-line.
DE:  Three?  That must get complicated.
KE:  That was my thought, but apparently she doesn’t actually spend much time with them in person.  She Tweets and texts a lot.  All three of them are more like virtual boyfriends, rather than physical ones.  She calls them her Tamagatchi boyfriends, like those little animated toys my kids used to have.  Of course, Cheryl is a very unusual person.  She’s always lived in her own little world, and she really likes it there.
DE: How has your online dating experience been?
 
KE: I could tell you a few horror stories, of course.  The week of Daves, for example.  Unbelievable.   But I finally met someone who seems fairly normal, has a sense of humor, and doesn’t live on the other side of the country.
DE: Sounds promising.
KE:  We’ll see.
DE:  You don’t sound very hopeful.
KE:  No, he seems nice.  Really.  It’s just that I got a wave from an old boyfriend of mine.  He’s on the same dating site, and I have a feeling that things could get complicated.
DE:  That sounds kind of exciting, though, to re-connect with someone after so many years.
KE: That’s what my sister says.  In fact, she insists that it’s fate, and we were always meant to be together.
DE:  And you don’t agree?
KE:  If we were meant to be together, then he shouldn’t have broken up with me in college and broken my heart.  He was the one, you know?  The guy you planned your whole life around?  The one you never quite got over?
DE: But aren’t you curious?  Even just a little?
KE:  Of course.  Who wouldn’t be?’
DE:  This could get very interesting.
KE:  Exactly.  Just when I have a nice little plan for the rest of my life, something like this comes along to shake things up.
Well, everyone, that’s just a bit of Kate’s story.  I hope you’re interested enough to read A Slight Change of Plan, and find out how it all turns out!

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Meet the Characters Hottest Guy Contest

Welcome to the Hottest Guy Contest!!! Vote now for your favorite character and enter for a chance to win their book!

Micah (Heal Me by Angela Fristoe
Micah was a typical guy all the way up until he became a teen dad. Denial or taking off never even crossed his mind. His daughter, Hannah, is his world and he’s determined to do something with his life so he can take care of her. That doesn’t mean though that he’s got everything sorted out. Being friends with Lily starts out as one of his better ideas. Changing it to friends with benefits might be his worst.


Bryan Sullivan (Arcadia’s Gift by Jesi Lea Ryan)
Name:  Bryan Thomas Sullivan
Nickname:  Just Bryan…NOT Byron! I am not some dead, Victorian poet.
Hobbies & Talents:  I love music, all kinds. I play piano and guitar.
Biggest Fear:  As a hemophiliac, the fear of bleeding has been drilled into me since birth. It was especially bad after my brother died from the same disease. Fortunately for me, my girlfriend, Cady, has discovered a way to protect me. It’s not a cure, but I don’t have to be afraid anymore. I feel, well, sort of invincible.
Favorite Food:  I’m a seventeen year old guy. If it’s edible, I’ll eat it.  
Where do you see yourself in five years?  I’ll probably be doing something with music. Maybe working as a music teacher during the day and gigging in a local band on the weekends. Heck, even if I’m playing guitar in bus stations for tips, I’ll be happy. My parents, probably not so much.

Quote:  “Kissing you was the most fun I’ve had all year.” <— Total understatement by the way. Kissing Cady rocks my world.
Gavin Murrary (My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer)
Name: Gavin Murray
Age: Sixteen
Hair: Chocolate Brown
Eyes: Blue
Bio: Gavin used to be the high school track star until he mysteriously disappeared for a month. When he returned, he was different, his appearance on the verge of goth/emo but not extreme. He likes classic B movies and sweet potato curly fries with sour cream dip. He’s strong, courageous, and intuitive. But he’s got a quiet side that no one is quite sure about. 
Prince Cole (Fate War: Alliance by EM Havens)
The second son of the King of Arborea, Cole is free to use his title, wealth, and charm to get whatever he wants. His carefree living ends abruptly when his brother is killed. Though his rebellious spirit remains, he doesn’t want to see his country devoured by the Fate Army. He agrees to an arranged marriage to form an Alliance with the more technologically advanced country of Perspicia. He’s always enjoyed a good challenge of seducing a woman, but his new wife proves to be the ultimate mystery. He uses every tool in his wooing belt, including his knowledge of herbs to make her fragrant baths, making sure she always has chocolate, and giving her a horse.  Though he begins to uncover Princess Samantha’s true self, the process reveals truths for him as well. Not only does he find hard earned love, but he begins to understand himself better. While Samantha transforms into the woman of his dreams, he also changes; taking responsibility for his own actions and garnering a sense of loyalty and duty
Ketchup (Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden)
Name: ???
Nickname: Ketchup. I don’t think anyone remembers my real name at this point.
Hobbies: Picking locks, but I swear it’s not what you think!
Biggest fear: Losing Van.
Favorite food: French fries, meatloaf, pretty much anything I can put ketchup on.
Worst habit: Waiting instead of acting
Quote:  “Is it surprising that a guy thinks you’re beautiful and amazing? No, it’s not surprising. Everyone should be able to see that about you. Everyone should see you like I do.”
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Ty Madsen (Love and Other Games: Trouble with Gold by Melinda Dozier)

On the enormous television, Ty prepared himself, tightening his helmet under his chin, his longer hair curling over the edges and around his ears. He wore all white, ski pants, a long-sleeved white tunic with the Olympics logo on the front and a huge US flag on the shoulder.

Nadia smiled to herself as he placed his iPod ear buds into his ears and goggles over his eyes. Deep breaths caused his chest to rise and fall and it reminded her of when he kissed her last – his dark eyes on hers and that naughty smile. She bit her lip, excited to see him in action, but at the same time nervous for him. This could make or break a medal for him.

Sergei (Life on the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux)
Sergei Petrov is a figure skating coach from Moscow, Russia with a mysterious past. He left his past behind in Russia to start a new life in America, where he never expected to fall for one of his students, Emily.
Sergei loves to read and is a Starbucks addict, and he mixes the two by spending afternoons at the coffee shop, reading and discussing books with Emily. He also loves classical music, Italian food, and foreign films. He’s a romantic at heart and has been known to surprise Emily with a grand romantic gesture or two. Making Emily happy is more important to him than anything else.
Sergei came to America with big dreams, and his biggest dream is to coach Emily and her partner Chris to an Olympic gold medal. He works tirelessly on the ice day in and day out with them, and he also works hard away from the ice with a strict daily workout regimen. He has to keep his incredibly toned body in shape!
Get to know more about Sergei in the EDGE series books: LIFE ON THE EDGE, EDGE OF THE PAST, and coming November 5, FIGHTING FOR THE EDGE.
LIFE ON THE EDGE – AmazonBarnes & Noble
EDGE OF THE PAST – AmazonBarnes & Noble
Twitter: @LadyWave4

Dragon (Releasing the Dragon by Stacie Simpson)

Donovan “Dragon” Drake is the wildly sexy male protagonist in Releasing the Dragon, whose life was shaped by war and betrayal, an evil curse and the hope that an ancient prophecy would one day be fulfilled making him and his people whole again.    
To the human world, Dragon is the charismatic owner of the Myths and Legends Casino Resort, a supernaturally themed adult playground located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Appearing to be in his early thirties, this six-foot-three hunk of rippling muscles with black wavy hair and chocolate brown eyes has everything a woman could ask for in a man including money, fame and roguish good looks. All of which have landed him on the cover of every gossip magazine imaginable at one time or another.

To the supernatural world he is the Dragon King, a savage warrior, a commanding ruler and a fierce protector who owns and operates safe havens like Myths and Legends where supernaturals can hide in plain sight as part of the entertainment.

To the women of both worlds he is a body with strong arms, a muscular chest, broad shoulders and rock hard abs with enough stamina to fulfill their every desire. But to the woman who claimed his soul he is a loyal friend, a caring confidant and a passionate lover who consumes her thoughts and fills her heart with everlasting love.

And to anyone who threatens those he holds near and dear, he is a 700 year old dragon shifter-vampire hybrid with a penchant for incinerating his enemies.


Tyson Dawes (Redemption Red by Delancy Stewart)
Tyson Dawes was raised among the vines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, chasing his sister and brother down the rows under his father’s watchful eye. An idyllic past — one that was ripped from him by the time he spent as part of a forward-deployed Marine unit in Afghanistan. Tyson came home a changed man — angry, brooding and haunted by what he’d seen and done. He knows that something’s gotta give as he finds himself drinking and brawling through his days and nights. The question is whether it will be Tyson himself that breaks or whether he can find redemption in the very vineyards where he was raised. 
Redemption Red releases October 15th. It is available for pre-order on Amazon in paperback here: http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Wine-Country-Romance-Volume/dp/1492371440/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1380543388&sr=8-3&keywords=delancey+stewart
Marcus (The Ungrateful Dead Series by Susan Stec)
From Susan’s mouth:
I didn’t want him for a mate, he insisted. And he’s hot. It’s hard to say no when a muscled, sexy guy wants to rock your world for all eternity but I tried, oh how I tried.
So what’s my problem with having a vampire stud at my disposable day and night? Well, he’s bossy. He’s always trying to tell me what to do. Don’t fang JoAnn. Don’t stake Dorius. Don’t hold Christopher’s head in the toilet until the bubbles stop. Be polite, Susan. Listen to your mother, Susan.
Sh-yeah, right?
Really, I’m not sure anyone’s super large… (ahem) fangs are worth that kind of aggravation. But I decided I don’t have to stop, uh… taunting him until I figure out if I want to keep him. That’s fair, right?
Captain Jensen (Fate War: Alliance by EM Havens)
The muscle bound leader of the Sagewood Garrison, Captain Jensen is a fighter. His skills with the sword, gun, and in hand to hand combat are rivaled by only one. He has wisdom and insight gained by his quiet observance and the courage to question his Prince’s actions. He rushes fearlessly into battle to fight for his country and protect Princess Samantha. Are his actions simply his duty or is there more to his heroics? 
Chase Black (My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer) 

Name: Chase Black
Age: Seventeen
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Gray
Bio: Chase is new at school, so no one knows that much about him. His face is always stoic, and he’s never seen without his infamous black trench coat. He’s very tall, towering over most of the boys at school, and he drives way too fast. His voice is low and rumbles, like thunder before a storm.






Will Jameson (Steps to Karma by Jennifer Howard)
Name: Will Jameson
Nickname: Just Will, thanks.
Hobbies: Snorkeling, kayaking, wakeboarding, sailing–pretty much anything to do with water. I do live on an island, after all.
Biggest Fear: Don’t laugh, right? But I HATE clowns. They freak me out–always have. Oh, and don’t tell Karma. I’ll never hear the end of it.
Favorite Food: Ultimate Pad Thai from this little place on St. John called Rhumb Lines. That stuff is amazing!
Worst Habit: I swear a lot. And I’m a real smartass. Ugh, did I mention that I swear a lot?
Quote: “Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.” Jimi Hendrix
Website: Email: Facebook (author) : Facebook (Fan) Twitter: @HealingHeartJen and @WowJenWrites
Marshal Britton (Dark Night of the Soul by EM Havens) 

Marshal Britton is a Marine. All he’s ever wanted to do is save lives. His wish is fulfilled when he’s sentenced to eternity in Purgatory fighting the demons that threaten those still living. He’s content in the endless battle, until Jayden comes along. She’s irritating, juvenile, and most of all broken. Together they face the mistakes of their past and grow closer together. She falls for him and his sneaky dimple and he falls for her, but with the time paradox he’s much older in limbo. His sense of decency refuses to let him kiss her until her eighteenth birthday. While he waits, he gives her Hersey’s Kisses each day to remind her of his love. Still, he’s willing to give her and his happiness up if it means she can have a second chance at life.
Brian (The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel) 
When Brian graduated from college, he didn’t really have a career plan in mind.  He’d been a history major, and the summer after graduation, he took a job as a tour guide in the Scottish highlands on a lark.  Three years later, he’s still at it, and he’s realized this might just be the best job ever.  His smile is never forced, and everyone who takes his tours falls a little bit in love with him.

Brian loves everything about his homeland, and his bright blue eyes sparkle with excitement when he gets to share stories of magic and mystery with the tourists who pass through.  He’s tall, nearly six and a half feet, and he’s built like David Beckham; muscular, lanky, and strong.  He loves being outdoors, and he’s always up for an adventure.  Top it all off with thick red hair and ginger stubble, and he’s the hottest tour guide who ever lived. 

It’s been awhile since he’s dated anyone, but that doesn’t stop the girls on his tours from trying.  But Brian isn’t interested in the complications that come with dating a tourist…until he meets Lou in THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY.  




Santangelo (Sugar Man’s Daughter by Lucy Crowe)
John Santangelo has many passions but music is one of the foremost among them. His voice is smooth as Bailey’s over ice, and just as sweet – and although he has a gorgeous smile, it is not often in evidence. More to be enjoyed when it is!   
Tristan (Saksia Trilogy by Aoife Maria Sheridan) 

Name:Tristan
Age: 107 years old (Immortal)
Eye colour: Green
Hair: Black shoulder length
Height: 6foot 1 inches
Build: Broad
Job:  Guardian of King Morrick.
Associated Action:  Temper
Skills or abilities: Fire Affinity Level 3            
                              Air Affinity Level 3
The ability to freeze a person for a matter of seconds.
The ability to extract anyone’s gifts, thus leaving them powerless.
Fighting Skills:  Hand to hand combat                      mastered
                                    Sword fighting                         mastered
                                    Archery                                    mastered
Family:
None that we know of. Tristan was taken as a baby to be reared in the castle in order to become a guardian and future King of Saskia. 
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Meet the Characters Kickoff!

Welcome to the Meet the Characters Blogfest!

Readers, get ready for a whole month of some of the most interesting, hottest, attention grabbing characters in today’s YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal fiction! 

All month long I’ll be introducing readers to amazing characters through character bios, artwork, interviews, and contests. Check out the schedule below from what you’ll find each day this month. 

That’s Not All…

We’ll be having some fabulous contests, each of which has it’s own giveaway. Readers will get to vote on the characters, and one lucky voter in each contest will win a copy of the book the Winning Character comes from. The character giveaways will include: 

Hottest Guy Contest (10/4)
Feistiest Girl Contest (10/11)
Cutest Couple Contest (10/18)
Steamiest Couple Contest (10/25)

There will also be one MAIN GIVEAWAY starting today where 1 LUCKY WINNER will win a prize pack of 40 books from some of today’s hottest new authors. Additional winners will be chosen to receive runner-up prize packs as well. Scroll down and enter below! 

SO, WHAT CAN YOU FIND EACH DAY?

10/2 — Character interviews with Zadie Stonebrook (My Sister’s Reaper – Dorothy                      Dreyer), Tizzy Donovan (Laid out and Candle Lit – Ann Everett), Kristi Becker (A              Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord), Zander Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden), 
10/3 — Character Bios from Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord), Bryan Sullivan                    (Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan), Brandon James (Love and Other Games – Aria                  Kane
10/4Hottest Guy Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/7 — Character Surprise Posts from authors RH Ramsey and DelSheree Gladden
10/8 — Character Artwork from The Other F Word (Susan Stec) and Wicked Hunger                    (DelSheree Gladden), The Grateful Undead (Susan Stec)
10/9 — Character interviews with Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plan – Dee Ernst),                  Jean (In Polester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty), Ben (Twenty-Five – Rachel                    Hamm), Vanessa Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/10 — Character Bios from Kassia (Ice Magic), Maze (The Ballerina and the Fighter –                    Ursula Sinclair), Lucien (Smoke, Wings, and Stone – Marijon Bradley)
10/11Feistiest Girl Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/14 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Kara Leigh Miller, Sharon Kleve, Linda                  Budzinski 
10/15 — Character Artwork from On a Wing and a Dare (Linda Ulleseit), Invisible                            (DelSheree Gladden)
10/16 — Character interviews with David Corbin and Jon Reyes (Sign of the Throne –                    Melissa Eskue Ousley), Rosie (In Polyester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty),                        Ketchup (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/17 — Character Bios from Nadia (love and Other Games – Melinda Dozier), (Karin Rita                      Gastreich), (HL Carpenter)
10/18Cutest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/21 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Stephanie Wardrop, Lucy Crowe, Ana                    Blaze
10/22 — Character Artwork from Haunting Joy (Lena Goldfinch) and The Destroyer                        Trilogy (DelSheree Gladden)
10/23 — Character interviews with Rachel Blackstone (The Reluctant Medium – GG                        Collins), Nell (The King Series – Tawdra Kandle), Arcadia ( Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi                  Lea Ryan), Olivia & Mason (Invisible – DelSheree Gladden)
10/24 — Character Bios from (Karin Rita Gastreich), Sam and Cole (Fate War: Alliance – EM                    Havens)
10/25Steamiest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/28 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Susan Stec, Shauna Roberts, Lisa                          Cresswell
10/29 — Character Artwork from My Sister’s Reaper (Dorothy Dreyer), Twin Souls                            (DelSheree Gladden)
10/30 — Character interviews with Nathan Shaw (Reflection – Kim Cresswell), Nia (In the              Winds of Danger – Linda Ulleseit), Jayden or Marsh (dark Night of the Soul – EM                Havens)
10/31 — Winner’s Announcements!!!

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Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

As a part of the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader and Book Hounds, I am giving away a Kindle copy of George Orwell’s 1984

Out of all the banned and challenged books, I chose 1984 for the giveaway because it was the first classic I read as a teen that really shocked me and made me think about how different life could be and what living in such a society could do to a person. 

So…what is banned books week? 

“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.” 

Find out more at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

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