Friday, September 19, 2014

Guest Post from L.G. Kelso on her blog tour for Fierce plus a giveaway!

Morning, all!  Today I'm happy to welcome my friend and author L.G. Kelso on a stop of her blog tour for FIERCE!  Be sure to pick up her book, which is .99 cents right now, but also be sure to enter her giveaway!  Take it away, L.G...

Hello! Our wonderful host Jaycee has asked me to share how I got into MMA and why I like it. MMA is mixed martial arts, and incorporates various martial arts such as kickboxing and no-Gi grappling. When I talk about MMA in this post, just assume I'm using it as an umbrella term for not only MMA but also each discipline in MMA (boxing, kickboxing, BJJ etc).

What got me into MMA?

The short answer is that I walked into a cardio kickboxing class offered at a gym I was going to,  and fell in love with boxing. It wasn't any kind of martial arts gym, but they offered different types of classes throughout the week and one of them was cardio kickboxing.

I had always wanted to try some kind of martial arts, (I was obsessed with Xena and Hercules as a kid, and my brother and I used to play Power Rangers for hours beating each other up), and I had wanted to try boxing for a while.

I owe it to that class, really. This class was something special. I've tried other cardio boxing classes since then, and I feel confident to say that had one of those been my first exposure to boxing and MMA, I'm not sure I would have pursued it. Those classes are great for cardio, but there is very little of anything else, not much technique, not much instruction,  just a lot of "hit the bag" sort of attitude (in my experience). And that's great for exercise--seriously, those cardio classes kick some cardio butt! However, that wasn't what I wanted and that isn't the aspect of boxing and martial arts with which I fell in love.

Sure, I love the cardio and the exercise, but I fell in love with the technique, the way you move, the strategizing, the logic, the creativity, and the philosophy of it. That’s what that class exposed me to. I was lucky that the class I walked into that day was taught by a pro who not only knew what he was doing, but who also wanted to teach boxing and incorporate his MMA background. Yes, technically the class was a cardio class and there were limitations in what we could do in the class because of liability, location etc, but it was so much more than that. I got the technique education there that I get at an actual fighting gym, and the more invested I got (I incorporated the class into my schedule religiously), the more my coach taught me.

I eventually moved on to an actual fight gym and traditional dojo, and have expanded to other combat sports as well. Finding a gym was tough. It's almost like dating. Certain gyms click with you and others don’t. Most gyms have something positive to offer and often it's just a matter of "the right fit", but sometimes you also find gyms that aren't good gyms.

Why do I like MMA?

Fierce touches on some of the reasons, and the next novel will as well, so I won't get into major details here. But overall, here is why I love the sport:

It impacts you on so many different levels. It's physically and mentally stimulating. Seriously, you actually have to think. I know that's a shocker and a lot of people don't understand that, but it's true. For me, I have to be in my head and out of my head at the same time. There's strategizing involved, and intellect. I love putting the pieces together, and finding that combination that flows, or learning that technique that pushes me out of my comfort zone both physically and mentally. It's logical and incorporates science (think physics and physiology), and yet, it also offers opportunity to get creative. I tend to be pretty logical and methodical in my thinking, and it provides a fun platform for that thought process. You have to think ahead but you also have to make decisions in a heartbeat. You have to work hard. There's a certain honesty you get from other people, and yourself, and the relationships you make with your gymmates and coaches are pretty different than other relationships. You are your biggest challenge. I don't care who your opponent is, you are what is in your way. It helps keep my daily anxiety away and makes me happy. And, lastly but not least, let's not forget the adrenaline. There is a type of adrenaline that accompanies it that is its own entity, and so different than other adrenaline reactions.

Now, I want to hear from you! What do you like to do? What is it that keeps you doing it?

Thanks so much for having me, Jaycee!

Fierce by L.G. Kelso
Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.

With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.

With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.

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About the Author:

L.G. Kelso is a fantasy and contemporary novelist. Having grown up watching Xena and Hercules with her grandmother, she inherited her passion for all things magic, paranormal and mythological. She also has a probably unhealthy obsession with martial arts, and as a boxer she strives to give readers an authentic view of MMA in her contemporary sports novel.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My new release: My Only Escape, Book 1 in the Hiding Out Series!

Hello, all!

So I haven't posted about this because I've been having issues getting it up and going, but now that it looks fairly settled, I can.  I finally have a new release!

My Only Escape:  Book One in the Hiding Out Series
This is the first in a 6-book serial, with books releasing monthly.  You can see the tab above to get a look at the other covers.

My Only Escape
Genre:  New Adult Romantic Suspense
Word Count:  Approximately 15,000 words.


Ten days. Less than two weeks and I would have escaped my living hell at home and gone off to the college I'd worked my ass off to get into. Thinking I was home free, I got complacent and let my guard down at the worst possible moment. The situation started out bad and quickly escalated into something worse. 
The next thing I knew, myself and another were on the run from the law and hiding out in the small town of Coleville, Arizona. We had new names, new histories, and I had a new job, slinging hash at a diner for fifteen hours a day just to scrape by. It wouldn't have been so bad if the one I'd run with, the one I used to draw strength from, wasn't losing himself in a bottle and slowly being torn apart by paranoia. 
Then Bryce Curtis walked into the diner. He wanted to make me smile and chase the haunted look from my eyes. I tried to stay away, knowing I had no business dragging such a good guy into the train wreck that was my life, but somehow he maneuvered past the barricade tape around my heart and took up residence there anyway. It would have been the perfect set-up for a fairy tale if not for two inescapable facts: 1) he was a cop, and 2) he would stop at nothing to know all my secrets.

Currently it's only available on Amazon, and can be purchased HERE.

Be sure to check it out!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

Been a while, I know, but I jumped out of the woodwork to show off the cover for my girl, Juliana Haygert's cover reveal!  Congrats, girl!

Captured Love by Juliana Haygert
Publication date: November 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Warning: strong language, sex scenes
Word count: ~70,000

It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.
Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Win a free registration and $150 cash by attending Authors After Dark 2014!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover reveal of Tur and Elsker (re-reveal) from ST Bende!

Check out the awesome new covers for ST Bende's Elsker Saga books!

The Elsker Saga #0.5 
by ST Bende

Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all -- great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.

Some things are worth fighting for.

The Elsker Saga #1
by ST Bende

You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr.  Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting.  He’s an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth.  Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.  Her orderly life just got very messy.

Author Info:

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Have you registered for AAD? Well, why not? Check it out!

Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is going to be INSANE!

As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to attend….

First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than Alexandra Ivy! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite gargoyle, Levet on Friday! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!

Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like We will have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*

How about Parties? This year we have a special event called the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance. Cuffs and corsets encouraged.

J. Kenner, Liliana Hart, Carly Phillips, Janelle Denison, Jasinda Wilder and Lorelei James

The ladies will be talking more about this on the FB group starting soon!

New for 2014 is the Paranormal Party! Join over 20 Paranormal authors who will be giving away goodies, some books and hanging out with you to snack and chat! Wanna know what authors are involved? You will have to join the FB group to see!

And of course, we have the amazing Masquerade Ball! This year it’s the SINS AND VIRTUES BALL! Are you a sin or a virtue? Join us for a wild costumed event! Prizes for the best costumes, including a 200$ gift certificate to Lori Ann Costumes!

Your Sins and Virtues Sponsors:
Sin Lust
Boone Brux
Opal Carew

Sin Pride
BA Tortuga
Andrew Grey

Sin Envy
Stella Price
TJ Michaels

Sin Gluttony
Desiree Holt
Saranna DeWylde

Sin Greed
Ann Mayburn
Heather Long

Sin Sloth
Lizzie T. Leaf
Julie Morgan

Sin Wrath
Stacey Kennedy
Marianne Morea

Virtue Charity
Kerry Adrienne
Trista Ann

Virtue Chastity
Jenn LeBlanc
Annabel Jospeh

Virtue Humility
Milly Taiden
Donna McDonald

Virtue Kindness
CJ Ellisson
Alexandra Ivy

Virtue Temprance
J. Kenner

Virtue Diligence
Denise Grover Swank
Jenna McCormick

Virtue Patience
Lousia Bacio
Kallypso masters

And if THAT isn’t enough awesome that will be going on… This year we have an amazing off site costumed event… the Ladies on the Green event sponsored by the AAD Anachronistic Society! This will be an hour and a Half on the famous GREEN in Charlotte (a half block from the hotel). It will be a Costumed event (though Costumes are not required they are encouraged!) to celebrate Gothic, Victorian, steampunk dark historical literature! Your hosts will be: Sahara Kelly, Amanda McIntyre, Leanna Renee Hieber, A.L. Davroe and S.A. Price. Prizes and readings will happen, as well as photo ops!

And NEVER forget the Amazing Open bar with Mel Schroeder and friends! They have SO MUCH awesome set up for you just before the Bookies… you do NOT wanna miss that!

Getting excited yet? How about some info on the AWESOME mini events we have going on? Ready?

On Wed. Night,  Join Sasha White and Joey W. Hill for a wild party and Q&A, Also, the Blind Date Book Party will be open to start your con right! (If you have never done a BDBP, you are MISSING out! You need to attend, Get your blind date book, find the author that wrote it, and hang out with them!)

Thursday?  Panels up the wazoo, and the Bookie Awards----- goodies and books to be given out! The hangout with The GNO girls lead by CJ Ellisson and Boone Brux for some crazy fun! And if that wasn’t enough?  Readings and a Blogger Sleepover party as well!

Friday? More panels, a games carnival with Nina Gooden and Pals, Name that Author with Cat Johnson, and some other fun surprises!

Saturday? A few panels, the Big ass booksigning with 100 authors,  the Cowboy Stampede party, the Readers Mad Tea Party with Hildie McQueen, An after the bookies event with a special publisher sponsor, And Jess Michaels’ Birthday extravaganza!

SEE? SO MUCH AWESOME! All the authors that are involved with parties will be talking about their involvement on the FB group, so join up and get ready to rock.

Oh? You say you’re not registered for AAD yet? You need to be! All registrants get put in the hat for the welcome party prizes, and these prizes are AMAZING! Breakfast with authors, Booze and Books, side trips to Carrowwinds…. We have a minimum of 90 special prizes…. So…

You need to rock this con! And as if this wasn’t enough…. AAD will be giving away something really awesome to registrants…. Wanna know what?

How about 5 VIP registrations for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE 2015 in LAS VEGAS? YES… 5!


How about this… If we hit 100 more registrations from TODAY April 10th to June 10th, we will give away 2 AAD registrations for 2015…  2!!!!! So get registered, get your room and get ready for one HELL of an amazing year with us!