Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Guest - Allyson Lindt - Conflict of Interest

I'd like to welcome my fellow author, the very talented Ms Allyson Lindt - take it away. pinkhairedgirlsIt's that time of year. Time to dress up, visit friends, and share tricks and treats. So in the spirit of how we celebrate Halloween, I'm visiting all sorts of blogs this week, in costume, as my characters, and they're talking about how they feel about the holiday. They're writing the posts, and I'm giving away the treats. No tricks. And to one random commenter on today's post, I'm giving away a copy of Diane's book, Loving Lydia (Diane didn't know this until she read my post, so, *surprise*, Diane!)

Riley (Toeing the Line)

I get to say whatever I want here? Serious? Can I draw a picture? I'd rather draw a picture to show how I feel about Halloween. And there would be a couple of sexy guys, and it's possible they wouldn't be wearing anything... Possible. But apparently, I have to talk instead. Oh well, win some, lose some. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Riley, and I have an identical twin sister. And I can tell you, Kenzie and I dealt with all the stereotypical responses growing up. And while we don't have a lot in common, neither one of us likes hearing a guy say "Twins? That's so hawt." So that's why I always embraced Halloween. The rest of the year, if I said "I don't want to took like Kenzie," people wanted to know why. But that one day a year it was all right to be someone other than my sister's twin. You'd better believe I took full advantage of it. So tell me, am I the only one who likes shedding their image for a day and just living as themselves for once? * Don't forget to visit me all week long, for a chance to meet my characters, and I'm giving away a different book every day, with a grand prize $15 gift card and a copies of my books Unconventional Fling, Conflict of Interest, and Toeing the Line at the end of the week to one commenter across all the blogs (you can earn an entry for each site you visit) October 28: Gemini Girls http://www.geminigirls.com October 29: Shiloh Saddler http://shilohsaddler.blogspot.com/ October 30: Diane Saxon http://dianesaxon.blogspot.com/ October 31: Eva Lefoy http://writery.wordpress.com/ toeingtheline

Blurb

Riley tends to fall hard and fast for the guys she dates, and it never ends with the wedding bells she expects. Tired of the heartbreak and unsure if she even knows what love is, she swears off unreliable things like dating and trying to find that elusive happily-ever-after spark. Focusing on her art seems like the perfect distraction, except she’s missing the physical side of being half a couple. Fortunately, her best friend, Zane, is happy to model for her drawings and tie her up in the bedroom with no expectations. Zane’s granddad raised him with the belief that people who bring joy to the world should be protected at all costs. For Zane, his best friend Riley is one of those people, and he definitely doesn't mind when making her happy involves helping her pursue her creative dream and some sport sex with a hint of kink. They can have fun, and he can keep her from falling for the next idiot who comes along while she searches for her Prince Charming. Regardless of her resolution, as things heat up between them, Riley finds herself falling again. She needs to decide if she’s in love with the idea of being in love, or if—despite Zane’s insistence that she deserves someone better—what she feels for him is the real thing. If she can’t learn to trust her heart and convince Zane he’s exactly what she needs, it will obliterate a lifelong friendship. Buy Toeing the Line: Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com/toeing-the-line-p820.php Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EN8QAMM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00EN8QAMM&linkCode=as2&tag=itsalwabothej-20 ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-toeingtheline-1269561-149.html Find Allyson Online Website: http://allysonlindt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllysonLindt Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllysonLindt Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7024176.Allyson_Lindt Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/allysonlindt   AllysonPicture3About Allyson Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack, and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.

Monday, 14 October 2013

I've Been Tagged

I was tagged for this blogspot by the lovely Kimber Vale and appreciate the opportunity to join in the fun.

You can find her post here : http://kimbervale.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/i-got-tagged-hard/




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The idea is I answer some questions - oh dear. Not being one to be pinned down, this may get a little sticky, but here goes.


What are you working on right now?

Hah, well. For anyone who has followed me on twitter you may know that I have just completed a challenge with fellow authors Eva Lefoy and Allyson Lindt. When I say completed, I am currently re-hashing some (I think they term that as editing) and hopefully will be sending it off by the end of this week. It is a skew from my normal genre, but really, when I read it back, I haven't lost my core story. It's still romance and it still has a Happy Ever After.

My other WIP, which I had to push to one side for a short while to complete the challenge is now coming along nicely. Book 4 of my Atlantic Divide series. If you've read Finding Zoe, you'll know who my next hero is. If not ... sshhh I'm not going to tell. But he's about to meet a woman who is nowhere near his match. In fact, the poor man is going to be left wondering which way to turn as my quixotic heroine has more facets than a diamond.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?


The Atlantic Divide series is contemporary romance, but since Loving Lydia, where I introduced children and inadvertently there were everyday funny moments, it seems that I was destined to use humour. I can't see why not, after all I spend most of my time laughing at quirky things, so why wouldn't it creep into my books. They are not comedy, simply real life.

Why do you write what you do?


Romance ..? I've read romance forever. I remember picking up a Wilbur Smith book (When the Lion Feeds) when I was 14 and my dad asking my mum if I was too young to read it. She told him if I was I would put it down again. I never did and I have read every single book he has written and am normally waiting for the next one. I've spent a long time waiting in the car outside dance schools and gym classes and swimming pools with a book in my hand. But, it's only recently it occurred to me that I should be writing my own stories down. Just think how many books I would have by now if I'd spent that time writing. But think also of the amount of pleasure I have had reading romance and learning the craft through these books, through all the different authors I have read and the genres that I have enjoyed.

I currently write contemporary romance, I've dipped my toes into the water with a little bit of sci-fi and I have a lovely paranormal mulling away in my grey matter. There's a really gritty thriller there too. 

How does your writing process work?


I think I may have answered this one before. Basically a strong character comes into my head, he or she starts to demand my attention. I mull. I dream. I mull some more. Walk the dog. Sit. Write entire storyline - start to finish. Then I start to layer it. Other scenes may work their way in and there you go. I believe I may be referred to as a panster. But in my mind, everything is in order.

Finding Zoe is the third book in my Atlantic Divide Series and was only released on 30th September.





And now for my selection of tagsters


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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Series Expands - Atlantic Divide

With the release of my newest book in the Atlantic Divide Series, Finding Zoe, I thought I might take some time to sit back, reflect and have a little downtime. Then I realized there's no chance of downtime.

Flight of Her Life, my new romantic comedy will be released in November and I have just finished a humorous Sci-Fi which is currently being critiqued by my fellow authors Eva Lefoy and Allyson Lindt, not forgetting our faithful supporter Heather Hand. And I, in turn am critiquing their books - this is a first for me. And Flynn is calling ... Book 4

But reflect I will, if it gets me out of the housework.

I fell in love with my hero in FINDING ZOE when I met him in my first book, which remains unpublished. Mac was larger than life, funny and human and when he stepped into Bill's story, I knew he was going to gently insist on one of his own.








Diane Saxon Buy the Books http://bit.ly/164ccDv
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BAD GIRL BILL, Book 2, which was only released in July features the infamous Bill, Mac's younger sister. With a potty mouth and a serious attitude, she swaggered her way into a story and demanded the limelight. When I received the artwork for this book, I had a serious, "wow, did the artist get inside my head?" moment.



Diane Saxon Buy the Books http://bit.ly/164ccDv 
Liquid Silver Books http://bit.ly/13i3pgq
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Amazon.com http://amzn.to/1aKkGQG 




LOVING LYDIA, Book 1 of the serious has to hold a special place in my heart. Sam, my hero, was so strong and yet so gently persistent that when he weaved the story for me, I had no choice in the direction he took me. He introduced the humour, which I had not anticipated and I have him to thank in bringing that out in me.






Diane Saxon Buy the Books http://bit.ly/164ccDv
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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A Gentleman's Folly - Daisy Banks

Daisy,

Welcome to my Blogspot and congratulations on your new release, which incidentally coincides with the release of my own Atlantic Divide Series, Book 3, Finding Zoe.

I'm delighted to have you here and would love to hear about what you've been up to and hope you will give us a little teaser from your book, which from the cover holds the promise of being absolutely delicious.





I have just finished my 30 days with Daisy blog posts on my word press blog http://daisybanks.wordpress.com 
Phew, my goodness some days I struggled. Finding time to write the posts, research information and find the images of the era I wanted to show people, proved hard. I am happy that so many people enjoyed the blogs, came and commented and even, bless them, asked me for more information.
The upshot of their requests has lead me to do some work on Pinterest to find more images relevant to the story. I’ll be telling people more about that on my blog in the next week or so.
At the beginning of the 30 day project I wasn’t sure if I’d manage to do it, blogging every day was something I’d never imagined myself doing. I’m glad now that I made the decision to go ahead with it. I have new friends because of it and more visitors to my blog. I’ve also had the opportunity to learn new things to improve my blogs and my work.
Every story I have so far written has gifted me something with its creation and I’m grateful to the characters for those gifts. My new book A Gentleman’s Folly published yesterday by Liquid Silver Books, has offered me so many opportunities to grow as an author I can’t list them all as it would make this post too long.
As ever my hope is that readers will enjoy the story.



Blurb 

Charles Leverret falls in love with his hired wife who helps him gain his inheritance. Katherine, his bride in name only, is his perfect match. Betrayed by a trusted lawyer who withholds Katherine’s promised fee, Charles struggles against evil and misfortune to persuade his stubborn bride his love is real.



Excerpt 

Mr. Leverret. A marriage, even of convenience, would be impossible. Our ways and worlds are far too different.”
“I disagree. I’ll marry you, madam, as was my intent. The world will know you as my bride. I’ll provide amply for your confinement and offer you the education of your child as recompense for your time.”
The proposition was generous up to a point. She swallowed hard, and in an effort to gain time to think, she fumbled in her pocket for her scented vinaigrette. “And for myself, Mr. Leverret?”
His expression hardened, his dark eyebrows drew together, and his eyes narrowed like his lips. “I’ll give you two percent of my fortune in coin.”
If she agreed at once, he’d think her weak. And, though, in truth, the changes in her body from the child within had made her tearful and unlike herself for days, she had to prove she’d be able to manage him if she needed to, for if she couldn’t, her life might become a misery. She shook her head. “If I agree to wed you, I must give up my life in Town, which means a great deal to me. I’ll do so for twenty percent and no less.”
His eyes narrowed farther, dark lashes entwined. “Five percent, no more.”
She turned from him and snapped open her fan. “Mr. Leverret, I think you’ve been toying with me this morning. Though, in truth, some need of a woman such as I must drive you to haggle so. I will have twenty percent of your inheritance in return for the price of my name in Town.”
“Do you have any fame in Town, Miss Bescell?”
“Should you care to seek, sir, you will discover I am a virtuous lady with an unblemished reputation. My activities here are known to the most select few. Every member of the monastery is sworn to a secrecy they would never give up. Therefore, if I become your wife in the eyes of the world, I expect to be paid. Where else today, this week, this month or next, will you find such a suitable candidate for your country estate? Twenty percent.” She plied her fan relentlessly, but her toes curled in her shoes.
His mouth firmed into a straight line, and a chilling coolness stole into his gaze. “My last offer, ten percent and not a farthing more.”
She swallowed, clenching the hand she dug in her pocket until the nails scoured her palm. “I agree, Mr. Leverret. I will marry you as soon as you wish.” Her laces creaked with her deep breath. Black dots danced before her eyes, and she stumbled back.
He grasped her firmly about the waist to stop her fall. With a nonchalant ease, he lifted her and strode to a nearby bench, where he placed her. “There, Miss Bescell, you may now fortuitously recover your wits.”
The sunlight dizzied her further, so flowers, tall grasses, and his form shimmered and blurred together. Gods help her, she’d sealed her fate.
“I’ll go and see Sir Francis and get him to send a woman to you. I’ll give him details of the arrangements for our wedding.” He bent toward her and touched under her chin, forcing her to gaze up into brilliant noon sunshine. “And, madam, I’ll see you at church next Friday morn.”




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To buy the Books

Liquid Silver Books   http://www.lsbooks.com/a-gentlemans-folly-p834.php

Amazon.com    http://amzn.to/1boCIJf

Amazon UK    http://amzn.to/15G3kpW