Blogger Book Fair: Meet Lindsey Gray

Gray_lies_inside_coverLies Inside, by Lindsey Gray

Today we are joined by author Lindsey Gray, who is telling us about her novel Lies Inside.

Summary:

How do you say goodbye to the love of your life when you are only twelve years old? Finn O’Malley and Lucy Butler had to figure out how to do just that as Finn left his home in Clarkstown, New York for Two Roads School of Music in California. Being a young talented musician, Finn thought it best for his future but wasn’t sure about leaving Lucy behind.

Now, just one semester short of graduation and a promising future at UCLA, he throws it all away to return home. This leaves his family and friends questioning why.

The Finn that has returned home is not the same boy who left. He’s broken and withdrawn. Lucy and his sister Rylan want nothing more than to bring back the Finn they know and love.

From the moment Finn reconnects with Lucy, he feels the one thing he hasn’t felt in years—hope. As Lucy starts to bring him out of his shell, Finn begins to realize what real love really is.

When his past collides with his future, how will Finn deal with the love he needs and the love he despises? Can Lucy help heal what lies inside?

Excerpt:

Finn laughed and took a big breath. His nostrils filled with a strange scent and he recoiled. “What is that smell?”

Lucy sniffed at the air and wrinkled her nose. “I don’t know. Is something wrong with the car? Maybe you better pull o…ov…er.” Her voice wavered before fading out.

Finn saw Lucy slumped over in her seat. “Luce?” He squeezed her hand, trying to get a response. He pulled the car over to the side of the road and shut it off. He tried to lift his arm to check to see if she was okay, but it was too heavy.

“L—Lu—Luce.” The word came out of his mouth uneven and thick, like everything was in slow motion. He tried to keep his eyes open, but they were so heavy. He closed them and slumped back in his seat.

Finn heard the sound of a car coming up behind them and stopping. His mind swam with the hope that their friends had decided to go home. He heard two doors slam and the sound of footsteps coming toward the car. His hopes were dashed as he realized the muffled voices were not those of his friends. He tried to open his mouth and speak, ask what was going on and who they were, but his jaw wouldn’t move. He heard Lucy’s door open, the click of her seat belt, and the creak of her seat. Silence. He tried to scream, cry out for her, but his body didn’t respond.

A million things ran through his mind all at once, but they all converged to form one coherent thought. Get Lucy! The terror that rapidly engulfed his mind made him realize he would have to fight with every bit of strength he had to do just that.

He wasn’t sure how much time had passed, but the footsteps returned and a crisp chill entered the car as someone opened his door. He felt the release of his seat belt when a body reached across him. His nostrils took in the slightly musky scent of a cologne he would know anywhere. Panic and terror surged throughout his entire body. His mind screamed to react, do something, anything, but nothing happened. He was defenseless, numb while his head lolled against the headrest.

“Get his feet,” a male voice whispered.

He felt two hands grab his legs and lift them out of the car. One set of arms carried his feet and another set gripped under his arms. He tried to hold on, tried to listen to everything around him, but he couldn’t fight the darkness. He slipped into a deep tunnel, not even a thought of Lucy comforted him.

Unfortunately, it was a very familiar feeling.

Author Links:

Blog: http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://facebook.com/LindseyGray11

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyGray11

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lindsey-Gray/e/B004MSX224/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/9

Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Inside-ebook/dp/B004MDLKXC/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1373569844&sr=1-2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lies-inside-lindsey-gray/1102475583?ean=9781612130088

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lies-inside/id478865314?mt=11

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Lies-Inside/book-kjOSOLcQ_kCKWCd-ofQTxA/page1.html?s=hDeWx8ilJ0i0ilBHoqgXnQ&r=4

The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books/detail/11

Author Bio:  Lindsey_Gray_Small

Lindsey Gray dreamed of being several different things as a child such as a doctor, an actress, and a chef, but none held her attention like putting pen to paper and creating her own world through words. She has written three full-length novels and one short story for The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House and has taken the self-publishing leap with her novella, “Fireworks”.

A mid-west native, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading almost anything she can get her hands on, and making life interesting at each and every turn.

 Author Links:

Blog: http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://facebook.com/LindseyGray11

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyGray11

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lindsey-Gray/e/B004MSX224/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/9

Lindsey is also part of the RafflecopterGiveaway. See the details at this link:  a Rafflecopter giveaway Gray Writers coffee shop pic BBF02

This giveaway includes books from all of The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House authors participating in the 2013 Blogger Book Fair.

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Lindsey, thank you for stopping by. Lindsey will also be here tomorrow to talk about careers in her book Relentless.

Lindsey would love your comments below. Remember, by commenting you can enter into the drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Amy Saunders

aufd_final_smallThe Belinda & Bennett Mysteries,

by Amy Saunders

Amy Saunders, author of The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, joins us today to talk about how career choices affect her characters.

When my characters make career choices, drama happens. Work is a pretty natural place for life to go right – and wrong. And my series, The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, is no exception.

Belinda Kittridge, the main character, comes from a wealthy family. She’s never had to be career-centric, but when the series opens, Belinda is putting her money to good use (based on advice from her beloved nana) and getting ready to open tourist-driven Portside’s first-ever cupcake boutique with a twist.

It’s on wheels.

So she’s got a large learning curve ahead of her running a mobile cupcake boutique on top of all the mystery and danger she stumbles into all the time. (Courtesy of me. Sorry, Bels!)

Bennett Tate, on the other hand, leading man of the series, worked his way through school doing odd jobs. After a short-lived experience as a police officer, he started his own event security business. So he’s busy providing security – and lending his expertise to the police sometimes – at private parties and the many and varied events going on in Portside. And Tate Security is the reason Belinda and Bennett meet, so I daresay he thinks highly of his career choice!

I figured out that Bennett owned his own security firm when I first started working on the series concept. But Belinda was another story.

I didn’t know what her focus was. So I started thinking about her background and situation and personality, and it occurred to me that she could use her money to open a business. And I love to bake, and cake is one of my favorite desserts, and I pictured Belinda loving to bake and cook too. I’m also in love with food trucks, so I merged the two ideas and her cupcake boutique sprouted wheels.

It’s tough to balance the focus of each novel (solving a murder) with these subplots. But what happens with the main plot often leaks into their private lives, so their businesses and the murder investigation are not always mutually exclusive. The cupcake truck opened up new misadventures for Belinda and gave her a clear direction. And events in the course of the story affect both of their careers. So in the end, these career choices make the overall story much more interesting, and raise the stakes for everyone.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Auf’d (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book Two)

Belinda Kittridge hurried toward the waving hand (hurried being a relative term wearing heels on grass) with her red-headed friend coming in and out of view as people passed in front of her. Even in three-inch wedges, Victoria was still far below Belinda’s eye level.

It was May in Portside, Rhode Island, and Belinda inhaled the chilly air off the water, a reminder that the ocean hadn’t quite caught up with the air yet. Excitement and anxiety filled her bones. It was Belinda’s first time helping to organize a fundraiser event—a runway show specifically—and it was getting close to time for the attendees to start showing up.

“Our plan worked!” Victoria hopped up and down then stopped and grabbed her stomach in panic. “Is that bad, you think?”

“Maybe you should just stand there and I’ll hop up and down.” Afraid to actually go airborne in her heels, Belinda bobbed up and down on her knees so her friend, only weeks pregnant, could avoid anything potentially hazardous. “Our plan did work. That was much smoother and less irritating than last time.”

Victoria laughed. “Yeah, when we were both cursing the other’s existence because we didn’t have a planned meeting spot.”

“That’s not entirely true.” Belinda drummed her fingers along her jaw, staring up at the clear sky. “The planned meeting location was ‘whoever gets here first gets a seat and the other one finds her,’ which almost ended our friendship.”

“Thank goodness for Dan.”

“Thank goodness, indeed. If he hadn’t come and found me, I would have left the show and never spoken to you again.” Victoria’s husband saved the day, and then told them they were on their own next time.

“Runway show equals death of lifelong friendship.”

“Tragic.” Belinda kept glancing up and around whenever anyone passed her. She could blame it on her tendency to be distracted, but she knew that wasn’t quite what was wrong with her at that moment.

Victoria grinned. “Have you seen Bennett yet?”

“When they first got here to set up this morning, but we’ve both been too busy to talk. And we haven’t really dealt with each other the past week because of the show.” She’d recommended Bennett’s event security firm, thinking it would mean they could see each other more while the show ate up her life. At best, it just meant Bennett had no more free time than she did.

“Well, I daresay you should get back there then before anyone misses you.” Victoria winked. “I’ll be in these seats with my mom.” She handed Belinda a piece of paper with the row and seat numbers scribbled down. “Meet us there afterward and we’ll go out to eat.”

“Your new favorite thing to do.”

“My baby gots to eat.” She placed both hands on her stomach and laughed.

Across the lawn, a raspy bellow interrupted their joy about their future and coconut cake. Belinda looked over apprehensively, knowing what she was going to see. A man who reminded Belinda of a meatball with legs flailed his arms, his face visibly red from where she stood.

“Uh-oh.” Victoria glanced at her sideways. Belinda’s face drooped as she nodded. “You want me to find Mrs. Sykes?”

“I–I can handle this. I don’t want things to explode.” She smiled tentatively. Victoria squeezed her arm for encouragement and strolled over to the seats flanking the runway, glancing behind her every few seconds.

Belinda wove her way across the lawn away from the stage, which was set up on the mouth of PortsideHarbor so the audience faced the water. It offered a refreshing breeze (maybe too refreshing sometimes) and a view of the bay and bridge. A triple threat location.

The server on the receiving end of the bellowing saw Belinda and glanced at her pleadingly. Belinda straightened her back as much as possible as her heels sunk into the turf. She should’ve worn flats, but she faced more important issues than her balance right then. “Is everything all right?” she cut in, trying to raise her voice without screeching.

The meatball with legs, aka Mr. Sykes, shifted his beady eyes to her, his toucan nose bright red. Anger or sunburn? “No, Ms. Kittridge, everything is not alright. I want to know who authorized an outrageous payment to these imbecile caterers.” He glared at the server, waving an invoice in the man’s face.

Belinda looked apologetically at the server. “He didn’t mean that.” Mr. Sykes opened his mouth to protest, but Belinda cut him off. “Please return to whatever you were doing. Excuse us.” With nothing but sheer willpower, Belinda forced Mr. Sykes away and the server offered a short bow of thanks to her and ran for cover.

“What are you doing?” Mr. Sykes said. “This is none of your concern.”

“It is in every way my concern, sir,” she said firmly but with as much respect as she could muster. “You know I’m half of this fundraiser, and my family name is on this, too.”

“Did you know then that most of this event is coming out of my pocket!”

Belinda took a deep breath. She’d always been a tad afraid of Mr. Sykes. She’d never spent that much time with them, though one of their sons was in her grade at school. All she knew was he was a far cry from her own easygoing papa and she never cared for him. But Belinda had a show to put on, and this was no time for this conversation.

“No, I didn’t,” Belinda said calmly. “And I’m happy to discuss reimbursing you, but–”

“Albert!”

Belinda’s eyes fluttered. She’d hoped to calm Mr. Sykes down and usher him away before his wife—soon-to-be ex-wife—found him on the premises. But Belinda had just failed and felt her entire gut drop to her feet.

“Stop acting like a horse’s rear end,” Mrs. Sykes said in a harsh whisper. She organized the annual runway show/fundraiser, which benefited a different charitable organization each time. This year’s winner was autism awareness.

Mrs. Sykes had the fashion connections, and she brought Belinda on as her lieutenant this time to do basically everything else (including hiring the catering company, who would probably blacklist her now) as she came to realize too late. If only she’d talked to her mother before she accepted the position! Not to mention, the Sykes’ divorce had been more intrusive than she anticipated.

“This is little Bels Kittridge.” Mrs. Sykes placed a proverbial mama bear arm around Belinda. No one had called her little Bels Kittridge since she was like five. “She went to school with Aidan, for heaven’s sake.”

Mr. Sykes sighed and gave Belinda a shrug. She supposed that was his idea of an apology.

Mrs. Sykes, on the other hand, offered a verbal one, looking mortified. “Please go, Belinda. I’ll handle this.” She emphasized this like it was a mess to clean up and not her husband.

Belinda backed away, worried that the runway show might be preempted by the divorce apocalypse. But she couldn’t very well say that aloud, so she listened to them argue about when they should argue about the money until they were out of earshot.

Buy links:

Author Amy Saunders

Author Amy Saunders

You can buy the ebook edition of Cliffhanger, book one in the series, at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords (all of my books are on sale there throughout July!). It’s also available in paperback at Amazon.

Auf’d, book two, is out now at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Visit my blog at http://amyandthepen.wordpress.com for more info about my books!

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Amy, thank you for stopping by. This sounds like a great series. I’m sure Amy would love your comments below.

Follow our other career posts in this series: Here is the schedule.

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Reese Ryan

Making the First Move, by Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan has provided us with a guest post talking about her characters and their careers.  Take it away, Reese!

Revealing Character Identity Through Career ChoiceReese_Ryan Cover Small

In my contemporary romance, Making the First Move, Melanie Gordon’s and Raine Mason’s careers have become inextricably tied to their identities. Melanie is climbing the ladder at Jasper & Graevel Personnel Services—a top headhunting and personnel firm. Raine founded and runs his own charitable organization and has a passion for rescuing young men on the road to disaster. In a way, both of them are using their careers to make amends for the past.

As an undergraduate Mel majored in Art History and dreamed of living abroad and working at the Louvre. She spent countless hours wandering the galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art. However, her father persuaded her to pursue a more “sensible” career. He was the president of a major firm by his mid-thirties and later started a personnel firm with a friend. His ultimate goal was to start a family firm that would be his namesake. He groomed Melanie to continue what would be his legacy. His death prevented him from achieving his goal. After the loss of her father—whom Mel was extremely close to—and a devastating break-up, Mel opts to hide out from life and throw herself into her career. She pushes herself to achieve her late father’s career plan for her. Only somewhere along the way she’s forgotten that it was never her dream.

Raine wasn’t encouraged to pursue a career in philanthropy. In fact, his parents had much bigger plans for him than running a lowly non-profit. He’s driven to champion the cause of an underserved population. In order to achieve his vision of starting a charitable foundation that would help young, at-risk males he obtained the required education and worked within organizations doing similar work for several years before starting Focused for Life.

Their work not only plays a crucial role in their identities, but it is also what brings Melanie and Raine together initially. Melanie’s firm donates generously to Raine’s organization and she frequently refers job candidates who don’t meet Jasper & Graevel’s needs to him for training and other support services. While their careers play a major role in the story, Making the First Move isn’t an office romance since the fact that their organizations work closely together is what has prevented Raine from acting upon his feelings for Mel. It is her sudden promotion and impending relocation that prompts him to make the first move.

Characters don’t exist inside a vacuum. They have jobs, families, friends, and neighbors.  Revealing those elements helps readers (and the writer) to better understand a character’s identity and motivations. What a character does for a living is one of the many building-blocks of that character’s identity. That’s why my characters’ work often plays an essential role in a story. I enjoyed integrating Melanie and Raine’s careers into Making the First Move. Especially since I have a background in both talent acquisition and non-profit.

Identity and family are two primary themes in the story, but it also deals with secrets. The revelation of long-held secrets can either be destructive or freeing. As the story progresses, we unearth secrets from Raine’s and Melanie’s past that threaten to destroy their prospects for a happy future.

Making the First Move on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17800669-making-the-first-move

Summary:

Melanie Gordon has spent the past five years obsessing over her career to dull the pain of a devastating breakup and the loss of her father. Her effort pays off when she receives the promotion that could be her big break. Only it means returning to her hometown to face her past while leaving behind the man who could be her future.

Selfless (and insanely sexy) philanthropist, Raine Mason, is committed to his cause. But his passion for rescuing high-risk young males from the road to disaster is fueled by his own dark and tragic past.

When Raine is ready to take his casual friendship with Melanie to sizzling new heights, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is already booked. But a steamy night of passion leaves them both wanting more, even if Melanie is afraid to admit it. She reluctantly agrees to a long-distance relationship with no promises and no commitments.

Melanie may finally be ready to give Raine her heart…but then she discovers startling news that causes her to question everything she knows about him. Worse, he’s harboring a dark secret from his past that threatens to shatter any hope of a future for them unless he can convince her that their love is worth the risk.

Excerpt:

Thirty minutes later, Raine is standing in my doorway in a camel-colored cashmere sweater and a pair of Levi’s. A white, button-down shirt peeks underneath the collar. Chin-length, caramel-colored locs are pulled back at the crown of his head, with the remaining hair hanging free. He is, in a word, gorgeous.

My eyes trace the curve of his biceps. I lick my lips, cheeks flushed, and hope he hasn’t noticed I’ve spent the past five seconds checking him out from head to toe. Twice.

“I see you’re ready to go.” He nods toward the wrap draped over my arm and my clutch tucked underneath it.

“I am.”

“Then shall we?” Raine extends his hand in the direction of the narrow stairwell leading down to the first floor.

“Let’s.” I offer a nervous smile.

He slips his hand to the small of my back. I try not to notice the heat emanating from his hand. But it’s nearly impossible to ignore the jolt of electricity, which travels through his long, elegant fingers and enters the base of my spine.

I’m sure his hand has been on that exact spot when he’s guided me through a crowd or we’ve danced together at charity functions. His touch seemed incidental then. Tonight, there’s something about the placement and pressure of his hand that feels deliberate, significant. Or maybe I’m transferring my own well-guarded desire to an innocent gesture.

Raine guides me down the stairs, out the front door and into his car, his hand still on my back.

“Thanks for doing this,” I say. “I know it’s short notice.”

“I couldn’t leave you standing there dressed, with no place to go.” He tries to hide a smirk as he turns the ignition.

“How’d you know I was already dressed when I called?”

“You’ve never been ready when I came to pick you up. There’s not a chance in hell you threw this together in thirty minutes. You look…amazing.”

“Very clever,” I say. “And thank you, I think.”

“It’s too bad, actually.”

“What’s too bad?”

“That you were ready. I was hoping to catch you in a towel, just out of the shower,” he says, his eyes straight ahead.

My cheeks grow warm. I’m not offended, just surprised. Our social conversations have been mildly flirtatious, but never anything so easily decipherable. We prefer our flirtation so well-coded that only a world-class hacker has a chance in hell of sorting it all out.

I stifle a giggle. “Sorry to disappoint you.”

He smiles.

We ride in silence for a while. He pays strict attention to the road. I pretend to be fascinated by the houses and apartments that fly by my window. The same ones I’ve seen nearly every day for the past five years.

 

Buy links:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Making-the-First-Move-ebook/dp/B00CC68FMU/

B&N = http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/making-the-first-move-reese-ryan/1115148406

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/making-the-first-move/id653078144?mt=11

Bio: ReeseRyan_AutPicSmall

Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a happily ever after.

Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides in Central North Carolina with her family who tolerate her propensity to sing and dance badly. A self-proclaimed Bohemian Southern Belle, she treads the line carefully between being a Northerner and a damned Yankee–despite her insistence on calling soda pop. Reese gauges her progress by the number of “bless your lil’ hearts” she gets each week. She is currently down to two.

Visit Reese online at ReeseRyan.com. Follow her on Twitter @ReeseRyanWrites. Connect with her on Facebook.

Author Links:

Website:  http://ReeseRyan.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ReeseRyanWrites

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/ReeseRyanWrites

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7048347.Reese_Ryan

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Reese, thank you for stopping by. You couldn’t have said it better. Characters can’t exist in a vacuum. Reese would loveyour comments below.

 

Remember, by commenting you can enter into the drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

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Blogger Book Fair: Meet Caitlyn Nicholas

Pursuit, by Caitlyn Nicholas

Caitlyn Nicholas joins us today to talk about her book Pursuit, due out August 1, 2013, from Momentum Books.

Legendary hacker, Dimity Pond, is on the run from the law.  

Her landlord’s sold her home, her money has disappeared along with her two-timing husband, a cyber-terrorist named Nemesis is forcing her to wreak havoc with a nasty virus and she’s developing a vile migraine.Nicholas_Cover

Six years ago, Nemesis framed Dimity for the collapse of one of Europe’s biggest banks. The money was never found, and the bank’s failure caused untold damage to its customers. She’s been living under the radar ever since. The only way she can clear her name and live a normal life is to uncover Nemesis’s identity, but he’s always one step ahead.

Since Lord Richard Summerhayes left the Special Forces he’s built the best disaster-recovery network in the world, known as The Bunker. Banks, militaries, airports and other major systems around the world rely on him as the last unshakeable digital fortress in the face of disaster. Richard has been keeping an eye on his neighbor who has a dubious hacking past. He doesn’t like hackers, and when someone nukes his network with an intriguing new virus he knows exactly who to blame. But when he confronts her, he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for.

When Nemesis commits an unthinkable act of terrorism, the last hope is an encrypted file that only Dimity can crack. Will Nemesis manipulate Dimity into helping him wipe out the world’s biggest financial center? Or can Richard and Dimity take Nemesis down once and for all?

Excerpt

When Dimity and Richard first meet its not exactly love at first sight…

The purr of a powerful engine made her glance around. A luxurious car cautiously made its way into the yard, its fat tires creeping through the mud.

A pitchfork leaned against the side of the stables. Dimity grabbed it and stepped out in front of the car. It jerked to a halt, and its driver stared over the steering wheel, as if deciding whether he could run her over and get away with it. Then, with a slow shake of his head, he turned off the engine.

“You’re Dimity Pond,” he said with grim resignation as he got out of the car. He was taller than she’d imagined, lean and dressed entirely in black. His hair was dark brown, same as his eyes, and he had the pale skin of a cave-dweller. There were deep lines of strain around his eyes.

He took a step toward her, keeping a close watch on the pitchfork.

She tightened her grip.

“And you’re Richard Summerhayes.”

This couldn’t be about the virus – it was untraceable – so she glared at him, though he didn’t seem to notice. Instead he glanced down, frowning as his black boots sank into the mud. There was a controlled rigidity about him, as if every movement was planned. He wasn’t quite what she’d expected.

Author bio

Caitlyn Nicholas began writing in 2005. Exhausted, pregnant and coping with a demanding toddler, she decided the time was right to embark on a writing  career.

To her family’s eternal startlement she is now the author of five novels and a short story.

Her debut novel – and the first manuscript she had ever written – Running Scared, was published in 2007. This was followed by Secret Intentions in 2009, The Danger Game in 2012 and, Drive Me To Distraction, also in 2012.  Her next novel, Pursuit, will be out in August 2013.

Author Links

You can find me online at: http://www.caitlynnicholas.com

My blog: http://www.caitlynnicholas.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CaitlynNicholas

Fb: https://www.facebook.com/CaitlynNicholasAuthor

Google plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/105412279044420141735/

Buy links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D8MYCTM

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D8MYCTM

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pursuit/id659158185?mt=11

Momentum: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/pursuit-2/

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Caitlyn would love your comments below. Remember, by commenting you can enter into the drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Olivia Linden

Jaded Hearts, by Olivia Linden

Today we are welcoming Olivia Linden, author of Jaded Hearts (The Jaded Hearts Club

First, here is the book blurb:Jaded Hearts

At 24 years old, Jade Spencer’s life has hit a brick wall. Haunted by the mysterious abandonment of her mother, she found it was easier to live in the shadows of someone elses expectations.  From the strict authority of her  grandmother, the unwillingly guardian to Jade and her brother, to a controlling fiance who she can’t seem to please, denying her feelings has been a necessary coping mechanism. Reality has suddenly come crashing in under the strain of denying her own dreams for so long, and for once, Jade is ready to live life by her own rules.

It’s time for a fresh start. Turning away from the disappointment of her past, Jade ditches her shady fiance and packs her bags for New York City. With help from her aunt, she looks forward to her new future, her fabulous apartment in the city, a new job, and new experiences. Two fated encounters complicate her world when they both lead to unexpected and powerful emotions. She struggles with her desire to embrace these new feelings, and her habit of denying what she truly wants. In this not so classic love triangle, with a hint of mystery, Jade learns the hard way that sometimes intentions can mean everything and nothing at all, and no matter how far you run from the past, it’s never too far behind.

Will she find love or will she leave a trail of jaded hearts? Love, secrets, and lies are all on the menu.

I gave authors several options, and Olivia chose the question and answer format.

Q: Olivia, tell us about your characters and their careers.

First there is Jade. A year after graduating from college with a Communications degree, Jade finds herself between jobs. She wasn’t happy with the cutthroat atmosphere of the magazine she was writing for and quit. This doesn’t sit too well with her fiance, and she winds up taking an offer from her aunt to work as an image consultant for a PR company in New York.

Not knowing what to expect, she finds that her client list is eclectic ranging from very successful businessmen to  musicians who are just starting out. She is pleasantly surprised by the level of freedom she has over her business affairs, since her company is client focused. Her office is great; her assistant is awesome; and her paycheck is substantial.

Then comes John. John is a young successful lawyer, who is very focused on moving his career forward. He isn’t one to pass up an opportunity and or above working after hours and on weekends.

Last but not least, Julian enters the picture. Julian is a young business owner with two popular nightclubs and various other ventures. His father is a well known businessman with questionable connections who relocated to Cuba years prior to the start of Julian’s career. Even though he has only used help from his mother, everyone assumes that it’s his father’s connections that got him to where he is now.

One of his ventures is helping to manage his mother’s boutique with Jade’s cousin Jackie. Even though Jade is new to the New York scene, her aunt and Julian’s mother have a history that she will soon learn has affected her life in a huge way.

Q: Are your characters settled in their careers, or still restless?

Both of the men are doing exactly what they love. Jade is still trying to find her way.

Q: Is this an office romance? Why or why not?

Sort of. Well this story is sort of a love triangle, but Jade meets John, who is a lawyer for one of her more successful clients. They meet during an introduction to one of her international clients, Hector Delgado. He is trying to expand his brand by selling tequila, and Jade is helping to create his image in the US. They also develop a working friendship and partner up on a few more clients together. Eventually they become more than friends.

Jade is working with Julian to help promote the boutique that his mother own’s and her cousin runs. They are introduced during a launch party for the boutique at one of Julian’s nightclubs. Their chemistry is explosive and hard to deny. Even though this scares Jade, she finds that she can’t stay away. When Julian has to leave the country without an explanation, Jade takes it hard. This makes it difficult for her to focus on her work until she is confronted by Edward, Julian’s uncle.

Q: What was the most difficult part about incorporating a career theme in this novel?

Trying to make it seem realistic. With most of the character’s under the age of thirt

Author Olivia Linden

Author Olivia Linden

y, I had to find vocations that I could intertwine, and that would also have a certain level of success. No one is rich, but no one is struggling to get by. I wanted a balance between work and personal success.

Q: Did you use any personal experiences when building this career theme?

Not at all! I have never really mixed business and pleasure and made sure to write about subjects that had nothing to do with my own experiences!

Excerpt:

My nerves surged as I sat poring over my client’s background to make sure I would be well informed on his business, and my aunt walked in with the two men.

Hector Delgado was tall, with a head full of salt and pepper hair that framed his face. His dark serious eyes assessed me and the tight reserve of his jaw loosened up.  I was glad I decided on a taupe colored dress suit that had a short bolero styled jacket. He uttered a phrase in Spanish to the man my aunt introduced as his lawyer. John Benson was an equally tall gentleman at about 6’2 with short brown hair highlighted with golden flecks; a nice tan gave him a golden beige complexion and warm hazel eyes that looked like I was staring into my own.   He reminded me of a mix between David Beckham and Clark Kent. I smiled expectantly waiting for him to translate for his client who was now also smiling at me.

 “Mr. Delgado is thankful that you are easy on the eyes Ms. Spencer.” He said.

 I blushed as everyone laughed at his observation.

The meeting which should have been relatively brief lasted almost two hours. It seemed as if my client wanted to ensure that I fully understood his vision for expanding his empire, and the translation lag did help to extend our encounter. I was impressed not only with Mr. Benson’s fluent Spanish, but also his patience with all of his client’s questions and mine as well. I wanted to be certain of my responsibilities and the expectations of my customer.  John had a laid back demeanor that made me feel at ease.  After we wrapped up our session John handed me his card.

“It was a pleasure meeting you Miss Spencer. I have a few clients who have expressed interest in your company. I would like to set up a meeting to discuss the prospects. Also it never hurts to have a lawyer on hand when you are new in town.” I took his card and we shook hands.

“Please, call me Jade. I would never turn down a prospective client so I will have Donna set something up with your office,” I said.

He shot me an all American smile. Very Nice.

“OK, Jade. I look forward to it,” he beamed.

I exchanged universal goodbyes with Mr. Delgado as they walked out. My aunt turned back to me with a look of sheer pride and a high-five.

“I knew you would be perfect for this. I also told you that handsome available men come a dime a dozen,” she bragged.

I met her cliché with a confused glare.

“OK….price of tea in China, please?” I joked.

Both she and Donna laughed out loud.

“Just keep your eyes and your options open Jade,” was her reply.

Buy Links and Contact Information:

Amazon: http://ow.ly/mNw8K

Barnes & Noble: http://ow.ly/mNwkl

http://about.me/olivia_linden

Vialinden.com

olivialinden.wordpress.com

Olivia Linden on Facebook

Follow me on twitter: @mslissa2u

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Olivia, thank you for stopping by. What a love triangle! Both guys sound like great catches. I’m sure Olivia would love your comments below.

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Kerri Cuevas

Deadly Kisses, by Kerri Cuevas

Let’s welcome Kerri Cuevas, author of Deadly Kisses.  Kerri is letting her characters do the talking, so we will hear from her main character, Aiden Grant. The grim reaper is calling!

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Aiden Grant, here. I was invited by the awesome Lily Bishop, to tell you about my day job as a Grim Reaper. I have to admit that being a Grim Reaper is not all that it’s cracked up to be, but someone has to safely transport souls and get them to their destination. I often think about what would happen if I ascended to Heaven, but it won’t happen because I hold too much regret. And, hey, I became really good at quickly helping souls cross over!

The worst part of my job is that my next assignment is to reap Bee, the girl I’ve been head-over-heels for since I was a scraggly-looking kid. Seeing her again is best thing that has happened to me since I died, but my heart breaks that she will be snuffed out from the world. I almost forgot what a head-strong, smart, and hot girl she is. Just look at the cover of my book if you don’t believe the hot part.

Hey, did you hear that voice? I sometimes hear it when the pages of my story are opened. She calls herself Kerri Cuevas and she’s the author. Right now she’s mumbling how my story isn’t an office romance, but it might become one in book two, Deadly Darkness (WiDo Publishing, 2014). Are you intrigued? I know I am! Thanks for taking an interest in my job, but for your sake, I hope we won’t meet for a good long while.

About the Author:

Kerry Cuevas AuthorKerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.

Links to her books:

As a special treat, Kerri is offering Deadly Kisses free on Amazon during the week of the blogger book fair. Her buy links are below:

Link to Amazon: (free)

http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Kisses-ebook/dp/B00BFXT44E/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372816272&sr=1-1&keywords=deadly+kisses+by+kerri+cuevas

Link to Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-kisses-kerri-cuevas/1114691085?ean=9781937178321

Celery Tree

http://celerytree.com/home?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&category_id=22&product_id=160

Kerri’s Contact Information:

Kerri’s Blog http://www.kerricuevas.blogspot.com/

Kerri’s Website http://www.kerricuevasbooks.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KerriCuevasbooks

Book Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYrPIOgp52A

Twitter @ KerriCuev

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17156824-deadly-kisses

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Kerri, thank you for stopping by.  Aiden sounds like a great take on the Grim Reaper. I’m sure Kerri would love your comments below.

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Blogger Book Fair: Meet Haley Whitehall

Haley Whitehall joins us today to talk about her children’s books.

The Power of Love

As children we learn mannerisms, customs, hard lessons, and many other things which mold us into who we are today. But did you know as a child we also learn how to love? That is probably the most important. There are different relationship styles and the interaction children have with caregivers, neighbors, teachers, and even pets helps the child form their primary relationship style which will have a major impact on who they choose as a life partner when they are an adult.

Yes, love is that powerful.

I have written two Children’s stories: a picture book Who Tells the Moon to Sleep? and Journey to Glory: A Story of a Civil War Soldier and his Dog. Both of these stories revolve around love.

In Who Tells the Moon to Sleep? Tess learns from her mama that they are slaves and although they could be separated at any time the love they have for each other cannot be taken away.

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Picture book for ages 8 and up.

Having learned from Mama that the world is filled with things that do what they please like the moon and the cat, eight-year-old Tess wonders why she and Mama are constantly told what to do. They are told when to play, when to eat, and even when to sleep. Mama gently explains that they are slaves and are told what to do because they are owned by the couple in the big house whose fields they work. But Tess realizes that a person can never truly be owned. The master cannot control her mind or her heart.

This is a tender story that tells of the heartbreak of slavery and one little girl’s powerful plea for freedom.

This book is on sale for 99 cents during the Blogger Book Fair!

 

Links to buy Who Tells the Moon to Sleep?

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/262396

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Who-Tells-Moon-Sleep-ebook/dp/B00ALKJ40G

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/who-tells-the-moon-to-sleep-haley-whitehall/1113946215?ean=2940015721928

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Who-Tells-the-Moon-Sleep/book-A_a1sHy4PEiWcMzv6r-bMg/page1.html?s=yzQp96-d3U-l1K74bWS1tg&r=1

In Journey to Glory Ethan strikes out on his own and enlists in the Confederate Army thinking being a soldier will turn him into a man and maybe he’ll return a hero. His loyal dog Sam does not want to be separated from his master and follows him to war. The strong bond and love they have for each other gets them through many hardships and some dark hours.

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Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Mire is excited when war is declared and is eager to enlist in the Confederate Army. This is the defining moment of his generation and he wants his chance to achieve glory.

His loyal dog Sam won’t be parted from him. Though he thinks human warfare is madness, he becomes the mascot for the Georgia regiment. His job is to keep the soldiers company and raise morale until Ethan’s first battle gives him a more important mission.

Will Sam follow Ethan only to find the grave?
And who will achieve glory in this Civil War tale?

This story is written for a PG-13 audience and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

This book is on sale for 99 cents during the Blogger Book Fair!

 

Links to Buy Journey to Glory:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/336671

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Glory-Story-Soldier-ebook/dp/B00DXP90F0

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/journey-to-glory-haley-whitehall/1116054584?ean=2940148484820&itm=1&usri=2940148484820

About Haley:     haley_Author

Since the age of four, Haley Whitehall always wanted to be a writer. She went to Central Washington University and majored in her other favorite subject: history. She has social studies and library endorsements. Now she pairs her two passions into writing historical fiction set in the nineteenth century U.S.

She writes what she fondly calls “out of the box” stories. Forgotten history and the complexities of human nature inspire her characters and plots. Mark Twain serves as her writing mentor. Haley loves coffee a little too much. Perhaps that is why she is a night owl. Cats, good books, and a view of the mountains make her happy.

Connect with Haley:

Weblog: http://haleywhitehall.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LightonHistory

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/HaleyWhitehall

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752677.Haley_Whitehall

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Haley would love your comments below. Remember, by commenting you can enter into the drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

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Blogger Book Fair Characters and their Careers: Sara Jay

Hard as a Rock, by Sara Jay

Let’s welcome Sara Jay. Sara’s book, Hard as a Rock, is available from Changeling Press.

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

Canna is caught between a rock and a hard place. And she loves it!

Canna, an impish, flirty fairy, loves to service just about any client who enters the Pleasure Club, a futuristic sex club. But although the clientele is satisfied, Canna aches for the impossible. A sexy, larger-than-life gargoyle statue that happens to be a simple decor item… or is it?

Basalt has spent centuries wanting Canna all to himself. Though her nightly visits train her to be his perfect lover, will she still want him when she finds out who he really is?

SJ_HardAsRock_smallSara, tell us about your characters’ careers.

Being a faery makes your job outlook pretty wide open. Canna’s experience ranges from giving an extra set of hands to a gentleman in need to adding her assets to a group as needed. She’s always coming and going, helping male patrons rise to the occasion and female guests become regular customers. The owner of the establishment is a jerk, but Canna pretty much works for herself. He’d love to make her work for him and has all kinds of schemes to trap her into it, but she just won’t have it.

Basalt, on the other hand, doesn’t say much while he’s on sentry duty. Even though he doesn’t do much at the moment, it’s far from boring with Canna around. His stoic, stony form is akin to a member of the Queen’s Guard, which is fitting since his experience is serving people in power. The last employer he had gave him a pretty bad recommendation. After all, he did refuse to do his job after thousands of years of doing it, so now he’s pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place. Or perhaps he is both the rock and the hard place. You never know with gargoyles.

While Canna quite enjoys her job, her life just isn’t complete without a partner—and Basalt could certainly use a career change. Although this office is no traditional cubicle setting, these two definitely met on the job—or, at least, one of their jobs. Canna just doesn’t remember it.

A brief excerpt:

Her obsidian god stared back at her.

She shrank back down to human size and sighed.

The creature wasn’t real, of course. In fact, its purpose was mainly aesthetic. Few people climbed onto the fierce gargoyle guarding the doorway into the rest of the club. Canna certainly didn’t mind; it made him all the more her property.

Seven feet of black volcanic rock loomed over patrons’ heads. His mouth pulled back in a menacing growl, only partly open. Long black hair draped down his back as shiny and lifelike as any centaur’s. His half-extended wings nearly touched the floor. They flanked a trunk bulging with muscle and strength, scarred with streaks that must have been from being moved around over the years. Had he been a real gargoyle, the sculpture would undoubtedly lead his pride as an alpha.

She called him Goliath, like the giant brought down by a rock as solid as he was.

Hard As a Rock is available from Changeling Press.

https://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2063

Sara Jay’s Blog: http://sarajayserotica.wordpress.com/

Sara’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00DBOI5ZY

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Sara, thank you for stopping by and telling us about these unusual careers. This definitely isn’t your typical romance, but I have a feeling this magical world will draw readers in.

Sara Jay would love your comments below. Remember, by commenting you can enter into the drawing for one Amazon $10 gift card that I will give away at the end of the week. Maximum of one entry per day per reader. If you don’t want to comment on this entry, you can also can submit the feedback form asking you how you find books to purchase. The link to the feedback form is:

http://lilybishop.com/2013/07/22/amazon_giveaway-july-2013/

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