Friday, November 29, 2013

Cover Reveal - All For Maddie


Release date: December 13th 2013.

Synopsis:

I believe in love at first sight... because I am a mother. A mother’s love knows no laws, no boundaries, and no remorse for anyone who interferes with the life of a child. 

I have lived a complete lie, holding on to a secret that could now cost me my daughter. I can’t lose Maddie. I couldn’t breathe without Maddie. Maddie is my life. 

The saying about dying for your child is the absolute truth. The other things you would do are comparable to that of death. I know, I did those things. I did unthinkable things, all for Maddie. I continued the lie, the secrets with the one man who had no right, whom I despised and wanted dead. 

I had no choice. I did it all for her... for my Maddie.


Excerpt:

I didn’t even notice him. Dana sat him in my section with his back turned. Him and his girlfriend or whatever she was, sat side by side and another couple sat across from them. I stupidly walked right up to the table with my green notepad. 
“Can I start you with some drinks?” I asked as my eyes landed right on Alex’s. Shit. 
“Do you have a wine list?” his female friend asked. 
I wanted to laugh at her. This was a camp ground not a five star restaurant. “We have a house wine,” I offered, pointing to the Moscato red wine. “We have beer,” I said, catching Maddie, scooting a chair to the fish aquarium. I turned to see my dad talking to some guests with his back to her. I looked to see Dana laughing and talking with some other guests as she rang them out. Somebody needed to pay attention to Maddie. 
“Excuse me,” I said, walking away as I watched her foot slip from the chair and hit the floor, followed by a loud shrill. 
“Why can’t you listen for once?” I asked, picking her up. She clung to me and wailed. “You’re not hurt. It just scared you,” I said, rubbing circles around her back. 
“Here, come to Papaw,” my dad said, trying to take her. She wailed again. 
“NO! I want my mommy!” she cried out as I carried her toward the kitchen away from the spectators and Alex’s scrutinizing eyes that I was sure was on me. 
“That thing has got to go,” I said, turning to my dad. I was so sick of that stupid fish aquarium it wasn’t even funny. “Are you hungry? I asked, trying to calm Maddie. “Do you want Jaron to make you a hot dog?” 
“I want ice cream,” she decided, wiping tears down her face with her little fingers. 
“No. No ice cream. How about a grilled cheese?” 
“I want ice cream,” she howled. 
“Take her,” I told my dad. I really did hope she wanted to go home with him. I needed to get turned up with some friends my own age. 
I was never so happy to see Dianna in all my life. She was taking Alex and his party’s orders. I was getting the hell out of there. I walked over to take some empty plates from my last table and offer dessert. 
“How was everything,” I asked as they moved their arms for me to take their plates. 
“Great,” they all replied with the two men rubbing their full bellies. 
“How about dessert? We have an awesome peanut butter pie tonight,” I offered. 
“Yes,” the men stated, deciding they weren’t as full as they had initially thought. The two women declined. 
“Would you like coffee?” I asked. 
I walked toward the kitchen with a full arm, not missing the stare from Alex or my daughter sitting at the counter with a bowl of ice cream. I shook my head at my father. He shrugged as I continued to the kitchen. 
“Can you get table 4 coffee?” I asked Dana as I placed the delicious looking pies on a tray. 
“Sure. I think, we’re kidnapping Maddie for the night. She got two new movies for her birthday. Papaw promised we would watch them and make popcorn.” 
“You can have her,” I teased, hoping she didn’t want to come home with me. 
I stood at the end of the counter while Maddie ate her ice cream, smothered in gummy bears. 
“I thought I told you no ice cream,” I said, looking up to see Alex’s eyes boring into me. What the hell? Maddie needed to hurry so we could get the hell out of there. 
“Papaw teld me yes,” she assured me as she popped a red gummy bear into her mouth. “Dem is hard,” she giggled. 
I smiled at her. She was so silly sometimes. “That’s because you froze them.” 
“Dem will get warm in my belly,” she assured me. “You have one,” she offered. I opened my mouth and took the candy from her fingers. 
“Yuck, Maddie. That’s gross. That’s like eating a flavored ice cube.” 
“That not a ice cube,” she assured me. 
“Are you coming home with mommy?” 
“No. I watch a movie wif Papaw and Gammy. I eat popcorn.” 
“You need to eat some supper.” 
“My belly full.” 
“Yeah, full of ice cream and candy. Are you done?” 
Maddie nodded and slid off the stool. I swear that kid was fearless. It’s a good thing I was standing right there to catch her. I was sure she would have been screaming again. 

Author Bio:

I hate author bio’s, so I’m just not gonna do it. I’m a rebel. I chose to ask my readers what they would like to know about me and this is what they came up with.

Vikki Ryan—I love that your books have a dark edge to them, what made you choose to write in that genre rather than romance.
I have tried to keep it PG, Vikki. I really have. My mind doesn’t seem to be able to keep it that way and quickly turns into rated for DG. (Dirty Girls Only.)

Monica Robinson—Oooohhh...What's your favorite naughty movie?
Well Mrs. Monica, the only one that comes to mind would be Original Sin with Angelina Jolie.

Danielle Chako—1) what was the first thing you ever wrote? Any age. Could be a short story, monologue, article...etc.
2) Do you get inspiration from other authors and if so who?
The first thing that I ever wrote was for a Christmas contest in the third grade. I won a very proud blue ribbon for that gay little story. I try not to read a lot when I am in writing mode. It turns out to be a disaster because I will change my whole writing style to whatever I am reading and end up rewriting A LOT. I do love to read, and I have many inspirations. CJ Roberts is one of my all-time favorites. I guess I like to read a little on the dark side as well.

Tiffany Abel—who is your favorite book villain and why? Does this character affect how you write a villain?
Oh, I’m a bad girl, but I have to say Caleb from Captive in the dark series. I hated and loved him at the same time.

Danielle Chilcott—what was going through your Mind when you were writing All for Maddie?
Maddie is quite the little character. Some of the things she said and did came from my own three kids, growing up. It made me reflect back to the toddler years and feel just a hint of nostalgia. I wouldn’t want to do it again, but they are so honest at that age.

Katie Cramer—Jettie ...hmmm. What makes u write the way you do? Personal experience? Desire? Dreams? What’s your inspiration?
You’re my inspiration Katie Cramer because you love my books. You ask why I write the way I do, I assume you mean the edge of my writing. I’m a dirty girl. That’s what I like to read and write. Personal experience? Hmmm. I did say I would answer truthfully, didn’t I? A lot of what I have written, like the things that Drew did in Underestimated was from fantasy and I am sure a lot of what I write comes from experience. You don’t stay married for 24 years by doing it missionary style. J

AMY NEASE—your books seem to always have a toy or two of ten. How many toys do you own with batteries?
Oh. Geesh. Good lord. A few.

Kayla Weiner—What do you have to have to write? (music, food, drink, etc...). What is always on your desk?
Coffee. Definitely a cup of coffee. A far as music, I am sort of living my second childhood. No. Wait. I haven’t grown up yet. Anything Pink, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, some rap, Adam Lavine, and anything with a nice beat.

Kaleigh Knight Jordan— if you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? And Why?
Hmmmm, that’s tough. I’m going to say CJ Roberts again because I would LOVE to get in her head, just to see if it’s as crazy as mine.

Crystal Barr—Where is your favorite place to write, and do you have a certain time that you prefer to write?
I have a beautiful desk that my husband bought for me overlooking an amazing view and I sit at my kitchen table, usually. I have an adjustable bed, so I write in bed a lot too with my hospital looking table and I write a lot at work as well. I tend to be most inspired early in the morning for whatever reason.

Candy Simpson—Who inspires you to write? What keeps you writing?
Hmmmm. I have many inspirers. My mom, my sister, Author M. Robinson, Crystal at A writers helping hand, Natalie, Alicia, Amy E, Megan, Julie Kerr, everyone who loves my writing and help me in any way they can, I guess. I keep writing because I love to write, I eat, sleep and breathe writing. I’m sure I would do it if everyone hated what I wrote.

Jessi Venture—You said you would answer anything sooooo. When you are writing you very steamy sex scenes, do you tend to get a little aroused yourself? I do reading them. I was just wondering if it has the same effect when you write about.
You’re a dirty girl. Definitely. That is probably a good thing for my readers. How do I explain this? It’s easier to talk about my characters. Put it this way. The friskier I feel, the kinkier the scene will be for you. J

Author page – https://www.facebook.com/JettieWoodruff
Blog - http://authorjettiewoodruff.blogspot.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/JaywoodJettie
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Jettie-Woodruff/e/B00AYLK46K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1385393226&sr=8-1


Book Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhwZWUCr7rQ&feature=youtu.be

Mirage blog tour

Abbii can’t remember a time when Shadows weren’t chasing her.

Everywhere she goes they are there, hunting her down.

Since discovering the magical powers in her grasp, she has fought against members of the Forgotten- those pulled into Darkness willingly- and her friends have fallen into danger. Innocent people have lost their lives and the Shadows have spread. Abbii’s friends have fought to remain by her side, but something inside of her has changed.

She is filled with regret and pain of losing her best friend Jake, though she keeps it hidden well- not even Nate can see the damage. Her lack of emotion pushes him to leave and he is thrown into his own spiralling destiny.

Abbii has a choice- to stay by her friends’ sides and fight to protect their home, or leave the realm she knows and search for those that she has lost. Her heart is broken but her friends cannot help her. She has to choose between searching for Jake in the Dark, or whether to return to Nate’s side and keep the Light burning brightly.


The question is, will Light be able to save her from the Darkness within?



Extracted scenes- why were they removed?

“The college grounds were closest to the group. It was as if they had returned, but the air still felt the same. Beyond the main building, various groups of houses and streets lined the ground. Abbii could see her own among them, causing a shiver to consume her skin. She realised that every one of the random houses in the centre of the arrangement belonged to each one of her friends- they weren’t random at all. Their memories would materialise as soon as they returned to their homes, Abbii knew it without a doubt. She glanced over her friends’ faces, seeing that they all feared what awaited them, and then focused ahead. The various homes lead into Pennyworth—the large church standing out like a rounded stone dropped to the ground randomly—and the surrounding beach signalled the end.’’
I have been told many times that I have a habit of telling rather than showing. Here is a great example. I tend to try and explain things in depth, without describing what is actually happening at the appropriate time. Here, I am removing this section- I don’t mention any of the group’s own emotions or that they’ve realised their homes are waiting up ahead. I should wait until they have reached the centre of the town, express their emotions of shock and confusion at finding their homes, and then show how their memories form, revealing what each one of them have lived through.

I hope that the scene which will follow will give the reader an extra insight into each one of my characters. I want it to be a surprise when they learn what some of them have lived through. A small hint like the one above isn’t needed, at all; especially when it doesn’t add anything to the story when I simply say ‘their memories would materialise.’ There’s no description, nothing. *Shakes head*


Unless I have described something completely wrong, most of the extracted scenes are removed because I tell rather than show. It’s a bad habit that I need to break!


Clemy was born in the UK in 1991 where she still lives, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.
Books and writing was an interest that she began to develop from the first years of secondary school, and on her thirteenth birthday, she began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. She finished secondary school with high GCSE's and then went on into further education to study English and all aspects of art and design. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, it was successfully completed, containing over 82,000 words, and self published in the first week of 2011.
With high expectations in herself, she immediately began to write a second novel in the series, while keeping her art and design a part of the process. The achievement of completing the first novel 'Purest Light,' allowed the ideas of the second to flow much easier and it was completed by early 2012. As she was writing the third and final book, New Beginnings, at the same time, the series was finished by its publication in 2013.
Writing is now a part of her everyday and she has now started her newest project, The Mirage, which is book two of three. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Twisted Views ~ Blog Tour






TITLE: Twisted Views ( Fate's Companion )
AUTHOR: T Gephart
RELEASE DATE: 10th December 2013
HOSTED BY: Forever Me Romance




SYNOPSIS:

Twisted Views delves deeper into the world of Lexi Reed, the feisty, career driven heroine from A Twist of Fate. This companion novella gives us additional information, backstories and insights of the main players told to us by the characters themselves.
A Twist of Fate pulled us effortlessly into the world of Lexi Reed - the feisty, smart, sexy and career driven PR manager whose world was turned upside down when she met and began representing her favourite rock band, Power Station. This opportunity of a lifetime not only capitulated Lexi into a new and exciting world but onto a hot and steamy path with Alex Stone, the band's lead guitarist. Their passion simmered as they tired to maintain their secret relationship, leaving both Alex and Lexi wanting more than the "no strings, sex only" agreement they had negotiated. Hearts and rules were broken as Lexi learned the hard way, you can't negotiate with emotions, least of all love.
In this companion novella, we get to examine what has happened behind the scenes from different perspectives, told to us by the characters themselves. Through the eyes of Alex and others we get a clearer view of how Lexi's arrival affects not only dynamics of the band but their personal relationships with her and each other. We get to know the main players more intimately as we are given access to interviews and personal accounts, learning not only about them and what makes them tick but how their world has changed since Lexi's arrival.






A Note from the Author:

 I am an independent author from Melbourne, Australia my debut novel was released August 27th, 2013. Tired of not being able to identify with the current leading ladies portrayed in the fiction I was reading I set out to create a story with a strong, independent and confident young woman. The story is fast paced and follows Lexi Reed a smart, sassy brunette who dominates in her chosen career field while still being sexy and feminine. She pulls no punches, isn't afraid to kick some butt, boasts a spectacular designer wardrobe and has a major weakness for shoes. A Twist of Fate is book 1 in the three part Lexi series and was released August 27th. Book two - A Leap of Faith was released October 1st with Book 3- A Time for Hope scheduled for release January 2014. I am also currently writing a novella/companion book "Twisted Views : Fate's Companion which will be December 10th. (Pre Sale available on ibooks) 




OTHER BOOKS IN THE LEXI SERIES 


A Twist of Fate (Book #1)




Lexi is a successful PR manager for a multinational firm, based in Melbourne, Australia. She is an energetic and impulsive soul whose passions sometimes control her life. Through a twist of fate she is chosen to represent a famous client, catapulting her into a new life in New York – fulfilling her in a way that she had never imagined. When Lexi meets Alex, sparks fly. Their chemistry is explosive and they can’t get enough of each other. Her role as the PR manager for his band, Power Station, means that they have to keep their arrangement secret and this proves to be a complication for both of them. The story follows the twists and turns of six months in Lexi’s life, exploring the complicated rules she creates to govern her relationships and the friends that help her realize that life is more fun when you throw out the rulebook and that love is a major part of being happy. Currently it is being offered as an ebook on various retailers in various formats, including iBooks, Amazon, Nook and Barnes and Noble. It's free! Here are links for where it can be downloaded: 







 A Leap of Faith (Book #2)




Book 2 of the Lexi Series. A character driven narrative that follows the Leap of Faith that Lexi Reed (our feisty, career driven heroine) has to take to open her heart to a once in a lifetime love. In this second installment, Lexi faces the demons that have prevented her from having lasting relationships, confronting her family and her own ideals so that she and Alex can build a future together.Lexi is in uncharted territory as her steady relationship with Alex develops. Their passion shows no signs of waning, but the road is by no means easy. While Lexi loves Alex, she struggles to retain her individual identity while being a partner in a high profile relationship.On her first international tour as Power Station’s publicist and Alex’s official girlfriend, Lexi is initiated into the crazy lifestyle of life of a rock-star.Despite all the pressure, Lexi realises that their relationship is worth fighting for and she no longer wants to be alone. In order for her to move forward with Alex she needs to reconcile her past and exorcise some demons that she thought were best forgotten.Is their love strong enough to survive the tests that family, distance and time provide?

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A Note from the Author:

 I am an independent author from Melbourne, Australia my debut novel was released August 27th, 2013. Tired of not being able to identify with the current leading ladies portrayed in the fiction I was reading I set out to create a story with a strong, independent and confident young woman. The story is fast paced and follows Lexi Reed a smart, sassy brunette who dominates in her chosen career field while still being sexy and feminine. She pulls no punches, isn't afraid to kick some butt, boasts a spectacular designer wardrobe and has a major weakness for shoes. A Twist of Fate is book 1 in the three part Lexi series and was released August 27th. Book two - A Leap of Faith was released October 1st with Book 3- A Time for Hope scheduled for release January 2014. I am also currently writing a novella/companion book "Twisted Views : Fate's Companion which will be December 10th. (Pre Sale available on ibooks) 



AUTHOR BIO:

T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.
With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary.

They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have travelled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley the wonder dog.
An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate.

She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.
T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colourful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!
Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

T self-published her first two novels through Smashwords, is currently writing a novella and the third and final book in the Lexi Trilogy.


AUTHOR SOCIAL LINKS:


Twitter @tinagephart  https://twitter.com/tinagephart

Website  www.tgephart.com



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