Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Release Day and Review: Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie



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Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

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Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish.Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

I thought this book was just incredible. It talked about a subject that most people try to avoid seeing in real life and it did it in a beautiful way. I also thought that the way Tessa portrayed the situations that Dean got into, and just the way he reacted to everything was pretty realistic. I just really enjoyed the book. I thought that is was great and I think that it was nice the way Tessa Marie developed their relationship. She didn't have them meet and just fall into love like in a lot of books these days. However she actually took time for them to get to know one another and learn to trust each other as well. And not only Anna's relationship with Dean grows but so does her relationship with her mom and Dean's with the guy from the bakery (sorry I forgot his name). Well I don't know what else to say without giving anything away so I'll stop here but really you guys should go read this book because it really was great. Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Spotlight and Interview with M.C.V. Egan

About The Bridge of Deaths
"M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions...it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self." Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot
5 out of 5 stars:  "An unusual yet much recommended read." - Midwest Book Review  
On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns ofNykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland.
With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.
The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve "one of those mysteries that never get solved." Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.
Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.
Get the revised 75th anniversary of The Bridge of Deaths on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
About the author
M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina VergaraEgan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.
From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo--mostly the story of how he died.
She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.
In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.
Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.
The celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

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Is The Bridge of Deaths really a culmination of 2 decades of research? Why are you so interested in WW II History?
Yes, at least a good eighteen years of research. I was so clueless when I began to dig around the plane crash that killed my grandfather in 1939 so I guess someone with a better historical background would have never taken that long.
I am embarrassed to admit that I had to look up almost every incident I came across even something as common knowledge as The Munich Pact.
I know I had to have studied it at some point in school or university but to be honest I know I did fail history at least once.

Why are you releasing a revised edition and what is different from the original?
When I released the original in 2011 I was so afraid that people would dispute some of the files I used that I carefully and meticulously added footnotes for EVERYTHING, over 200.
To my surprise some people loved that, mainly lawyers! But it felt like awkward reading for some, and it was understandable,especially in the e-book format as the footnotes can be distracting. In the revised version I added the necessary footnotes to the narrative and got rid of all of them. I also summarized two parts that were loaded with information and detail and added them to the back as appendices for the more curious readers.
The book is formatted in a very user friendly way so the reader can go from one chapter to the other or to the appendices.
To give it a more up to date touch, as the book takes place in 2010. I added an epilogue in the summer of 2012.
The new cover has the image of my grandfather’s watch which is part of the story.

Over 200 footnotes? So this is not a novel, or is it?
Oh yes it is a novel. It has fictional elements so it must be categorized as such. The characters that sift through the data are fictional even if two are strongly based on real people; one of whom is me!
I also used very “unorthodox” ways to research such as psychics and past life regressions; not my own, and that to many is fiction.

How did you use psychics and past lives?
I have two watches, one that was my grandfather’s and another sent to us by British Airways LTD. The use of psychometry is not that scoffed at, I mean the FBI has used it, so I thought, Why not? It was just amazing, with no photos or previous knowledge a psychic started describing the bridge and another the lettering on the wing of the plane.
The most shocking was that all described to a T another of the men who died for the second watch, no spoiler! I won’t tell you which but it was uncanny. There were five people gifted in psychometry who did this for me.
The individual who had the long past life regressions, five in total has asked to remain anonymous, but I was allowed to sit in and take notes, they were also recorded but the quality is horrible which is a shame because just like Maggie in the book, I did ‘go under’ and slept through one of them!

 What does your writing process look like?

It really varies, I try to be organized but at times it is just messy! I do use a tape-recorded and then type from that, I go for long walks toying with a concept and might record something. This is my current writing process, with The Bridge of Deaths I was (had to be) more organized as so much of it is real data.

Do you have any strange writing habits?

Other than the use of a tape recorder? I love composition notebooks and longhand is that strange?
I have been know to write full paragraphs on a napkin here and there! And if I am driving and do not have a recorder I call home and leave myself a message, wow, I just realized I am probably a little strange!
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

I do! I love the meaning of names and Maggie was going to be OLIVIA because she is a pacifist but it just did not feel right.Too obvious too cliché right? And then I found out the real person the character was supposed to be in a past life was a MARGARET, and I could not believe it.
I like that part in the book, when that fact floors Maggie.
The best thing is find a used book store and buy a baby namebook, those have the origins, meanings and variations in names. It is also a better tool than on-line, but do compare with online resources such as http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/ or http://www.babynames.com/

Do you have a certain time that you set aside to write?

Right now I am trying to do it while my son is at school, but I am a great night write and that is not good as I need to function during the day. At 55 I need a good solid seven hours of sleep to feel whole during the day, when I was younger it was a different matter.

What advice do you have to give to aspiring authors?

Don’t be afraid, write and be flexible, willing to let a story flow and change, keep the original it might come in handy and remember to use YOUR original voice, do not try to copy anyone, that always comes through and kills the authenticity.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Promo: Blue Moon Ride Series by Anne Marsh

Blue Moon Brides Boxed Set
Books 1 – 3
By: Anne Marsh
Releasing September 2014

Discover New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anne Marsh’s sexy Blue Moon Brides series! This boxed set includes the first three Blue Moon Brides books: TEMPTED BY THE PACK, PLEASURED BY THE PACK and CLAIMED BY THE PACK.

Once in a blue moon… the Pack hunts for mates.

For Rafer Breaux, life in the Louisiana Bayou is harsh, violent—and deeply sensual. The Cajun werewolf lives for his Pack and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his brothers safe. The longer a wolf lives without a mate, the harder it becomes for that wolf to shift back. To remember that he is a man—and not a monster. And those mates can only be found during a blue moon. When a blue moon finally rises, Rafer will need every weapon in his sensual arsenal to tempt one special woman into his arms and the heart of the Pack.

Fighting to keep her family farm, Lark Andrews isn’t looking for love. Even if the very sexy Breaux brothers make her dream of hot bayou nights spent in their arms. When the blue moon leads Rafer to her door, however, Rafer has her rethinking her position on all work and no play. Now, the bayou nights are heating up as Rafer fights to convince her, one sensual touch at a time, to give love and passion a chance. But Rafer isn’t a one wolf deal. Is there room in Lark’s heart—and bed—for Rafer and his Pack?

Dre and Landry Breaux do everything together. Fishing, fighting—and loving. A whole lot of loving. When the blue moon leads these Cajun werewolves to their fated mate, however, they’re ready to reform. Now, they’ll fight to keep the woman of their dreams safe from the evils lurking in the Louisiana bayou—and to tempt her into taking a chance on two of the bayou’s sexiest bad boys.

Mary Jane Johnson is no heartbreaker. Running from a troubled past, the bayou captain wants only to be left alone. When she takes a pair of bayou bad boys on board, however, Dre and Landry have her rethinking her need for space. These two big males have promised to take orders—all of her orders. Suddenly, she’s dreaming of getting as close as possible… to both of the Breaux brothers.

Alpha to the bone, Cajun shifter Dag Breaux must find his Blue Moon bride to preserve his humanity. Each passing day sees him lost further and further in the shift, more wolf than man. Emotions and feelings are foreign territory for Dag and all he has to offer his newfound female is raw, passionate sex and protection from the centuries-old vampire stalking the Louisiana bayou.

Bayou mechanic Riley Jones stands on her own two feet. Always. She doesn’t need or want Dag’s infuriating brand of protection. Plus, she has secrets of her own that she’s desperate to keep. But there’s no denying the passion that burns between them and in the arms of her rough and tough shifter she discovers a darkly sensuous, no-holds-barred loving. When the vampire threatens Riley’s nearest and dearest, she must ask herself if resisting Dag’s mate claim is worth losing everything she cares about… or if teaching her wolf to love is worth the risk.

The Blue Moon Brides series:

Book One: Tempted by the Pack
Book Two: Pleasured by the Pack
Book Three: Claimed by the Pack
Book Four: Taken by the Pack
Book Five: Captured by the Pack  (Oct 2014)

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I live in Northern California with my husband, two kids and six cats. After ten years of graduate school and too many degrees, I escaped to become a technical writer. When not planted firmly in front of the laptop translating Engineer into English, I enjoy gardening, running (even if it’s just to the 7-11 for slurpees), and reading books curled up with my kids. The best part of writing romance, however, is finally being able to answer the question: “So… what do you do with a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures?”

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Tour: Hold on to Love by Roberta Capizzi


Hold On To Love
By: Roberta Capizzi
Releasing June 13, 2014

Three weeks. All Alyssa O’Riordan needs is three weeks away from her wealthy life in New York City, to clear her mind and decide what she wants from her life. A dude ranch in Wyoming seems like the perfect place for a temporary escape from the cage her life has become. What she doesn’t expect is to come face-to-face with a handsome cowboy, who’s just as grumpy and rough as he is good-looking. All of a sudden, the promise of a relaxing, invigorating holiday seems long gone.

Three weeks. For Sean Maclaine, three weeks around the new guest feel like an eternity. After his first-hand experience with the upper class, rich daddy’s girls have become his worst nightmare, so when Alyssa O’Riordan shows up at his family’s ranch, he knows the time won’t go by fast enough. All he has to do is stay away from her, and count the hours until she finally goes back to New York.

Three weeks. Will three weeks be long enough for them to get over their prejudices and start looking beyond the surface?


Alyssa stared at the man striding toward them in a pair of faded dark-blue jeans and a checkered shirt with rolled up sleeves. He wore a cream cowboy hat that half hid his eyes and gave her a polite smile when he noticed her standing behind the old driver.
“Miss O’Riordan, I guess?” the man asked when he reached them.
“Alyssa,” she said as she took the hand he’d stretched out toward her. His skin was rough against her palm and his squeeze was strong. She liked people with strong handshakes; she’d always thought it denoted confidence.
“I’m Sean Maclaine. My parents own the place, and I work here, too.”
He smiled and nodded a thank you as Aaron put down the smallest bag on top of her big suitcase. When he said goodbye and left, Sean grabbed Alyssa’s suitcase, and his eyes locked with hers from underneath the brim of his hat. Long, thick lashes a woman would kill for framed a pair of ice-blue eyes. It was hard for her to hold his stare, and she immediately looked away, feeling her cheeks start to flush. He looked much younger than she’d thought when he’d first approached her; his deep voice and slight drawl had tricked her into thinking he was close to forty but now that he was so close, she could tell he was probably only a few years older than her. She couldn’t see the color of his hair, but from the stubble of his five o’clock shadow she could tell it must be a dark shade of blonde, or perhaps a light shade of brown. Either color would make a nice combination with those striking eyes.
He turned his back to her, and as he lifted her suitcase as if it were empty, the muscles on his arms flexed. She winced inwardly when she caught herself checking him out. She blamed it on the jetlag and the long flight; she’d never really checked out a guy so blatantly before and she’d been here barely five minutes. No, this wasn’t what she’d come here for, she reminded herself. She’d put her life on stand-by for a reason, and she was definitely not going to mess it all up because of a man. She was probably just dazed by this new adventure she was about to embark on and he looked, well, different from the men she was used to having around. She was sure that was the reason why he’d caught her eye. She definitely wasn’t going to fantasize over him any time soon—that was certain.
Alyssa picked up her carry-on and Sean asked her to follow him inside. As he led the way up the five steps that led to the front porch, she had to force herself not to stare at what looked like a very toned and rock-hard rear. A hot flush colored her cheeks, and she felt like a silly teenager who’d never seen a boy before. Well, technically, she’d never seen a real cowboy before, so perhaps she was excused, but seriously, what was the matter with her?
She took a deep breath and tried hard to think of something that would make her heart slow down. When he turned around and invited her inside, she was confident her cheeks had gone back to their normal shade of pale.

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An avid reader since her childhood years and being an only child, Roberta always enjoyed the company of her fictional friends from the children’s books she loved reading, while she dreamed of writing her own stories one day.It was when she discovered novels by authors Rosamunde Pilcher and MaeveBinchy in her teenage years that she realized it was time she put down in words the stories she had kept well hidden in her mind until then.
What started as a hobby, soon turned into a real passion and a way of life, until she could no longer keep the stories to herself, and decided to get over her fears and share them with theworld.Roberta lives in Italy, but her dream is to move out of her country and live either in a thatched cottage in the Irish countryside or in a country house with a swing on the back porch, somewhere in the United States, where she would love to spend her days writing novels as a full-time job, and maybe one day even get as far as writing a screenplay for a movie.
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Blog: http://robertasdreamworld.blogspot.com/ 
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SligoRoo 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869696.Roberta_Capizzi

I honestly enjoyed this book. It was just one of those fun reads that made me smile a lot. The only thing that annoyed me about this book was the mother. I seriously wanted to strangle her at times. And like Alyssa thought in the book I don't know why she children. Other than that I loved this book. I really liked watching the developing relationship between Sean and Alyssa. I think the author just did an amazing job and would love to see her other works. I really liked this book and would recommend that everyone read it because it seriously was a good book.Overall I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Beast Part 4 by Ella James

If you read Beast part three, and you should have, since these are serials, I don't think I need to entice you to one-click this novella. Beast and Annabelle are f*cked - and you know they're f*ckING, too. Grab your guns and a few extra pairs of panties! We're on the lam, and it's sexier than ever.
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At twenty-one years old, third-generation movie star Cal Hammond was on top of the world. He had more money than God and more women than any man could need. But when a night of debauchery ends in tragedy, he forfeits a life of luxury for a ten-year prison sentence at La Rosa, California’s most violent prison.
Eight years later, a ruthless, cunning man runs La Rosa from the inside. He is known simply as Beast. All the wardens fear him. All the gangs obey him. He speaks to no one but his inner council. What he says is law.
Annabelle Mitchell’s stepfather is the warden at La Rosa. He deals as dirty as his trustees, and after years of smooth relations with Beast and the gangs he runs, Holt lands on the powerful prisoner’s hit list. That very afternoon, Annabelle pays a surprise visit to La Rosa, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When Beast sees her, he releases the warden and grabs the nameless girl who played a starring role in the worst night of his life. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.
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Continue the dark, erotic journey of Annabelle, the warden's daughter, and the man she's pined for since high school. No longer Cal Hammond, actor, Beast is a brutal man who runs La Rosa Prison's gangs from behind a shroud of secrecy and lies. Can Annabelle's love save him from his tainted past, or will his deceit ruin both of them?
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Return to La Rosa Prison as Annabelle tries to save Beast from his grizzly fate. Her tongue and hands are doing most of the saving.
Okay, not really.
There's suspense and a healthy dose of smut, too. You know that's how you like it...

About Ella James
Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.
Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.
To find out more about Ella’s projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, www.ellajamesbooks.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at ella_f_james@ymail.com.
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