Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Victoria Smith's Cover Reveal - The Space Between!

Title: The Space Between
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Expected release date: April 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations; http://okaycreations.net/site/
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:

When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.
Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.
Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.
The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.

About the author:

Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

Author Links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Friday, January 18, 2013

Guest Post by Summer Lane on her release day of State of Emergency!

Guest Post from Summer Lane: 

State of Emergency is a story about the end of modern society. Not the end of the world, but the end of the world as we know it. In order to write the book, I had to make sure my facts were correct when it came to survival techniques, names and places and of course, the believability of the collapse of technology. If the world changed tomorrow, how would the average girl stay alive? I came up with this:

Survival for the Average Girl (or boy!)

My character had to be an exception when it came to dealing with an emergency. She had to have some sort of plan in place if everything went down. That would put her life expectancy above the other characters in the book. This is what I gave her:

• A Car.
• A Go-Bag.
• A Plan.
• A radio.
• Some serious spunk.

That’s literally all she needed to survive. An electromagnetic pulse would disable all forms of transportation, so I made sure that Cassidy’s car was from 1978 – which means the ignition didn’t have a starter with a computer chip. It would be unaffected by an e-bomb.

Strength in Numbers

I’ve read so many post-apocalyptic and dystopian books. For some reason they’re just my favorite stories. I know that for both fictional stories and for real-life survival, there is strength in numbers. You have a better chance of staying alive if you combine your skillset with someone else’s. This is why I gave Cassidy a companion/love interest in Chris Young. Chris is a former Navy Seal, so he would have the kind of experience needed to help keep Cassidy alive when everything goes to hell in a hand basket. And he’s just an attractive guy. * wink *

Making Non-Fiction into Fiction

Having the collapse of a country or a takeover by some sort of foreign enemy occur isn’t exactly a new concept for a story – it’s happened repeatedly throughout history. Greece, Rome, Poland, and Austria (the last two during World War II)…this is something that is real that I applied to the present day to create a dystopian story with adventure and romance. It came down to telling the story I loved and making it real for everyone else.

You can read the prologue for State of Emergency at: http://writingbelle.blogspot.com/

Blurb:  Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: A little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States, she's forced to kick into full survival mode when she gets separated from her father.

Yeah. Things suck.

But with the help of a handsome soldier named Chris, she just might find her dad without getting into serious trouble.

Emphasis on might.

Oh. And there's the matter of avoiding getting killed in a world that's quickly turned into an active war zone.

It's going to change Cassidy's life.

It's going to be a major pain in the butt.

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Summer Lane is the author of the YA/NA Dystopian Romance, State of Emergency. She is a freelance writer, editor and lover of all things feline. Summer is also the author of Snappy Social Networking: How to Dominate the Blogosphere & Everything in Between. In her spare time, Summer is the creator of the online magazine/blog, Writing Belle, in addition to being a frequent contributor at NA Alley, a website dedicated to all things New Adult.

Summer began writing when she was 13 years old, due to the fact that the long afternoons after school were somewhat boring, and writing stories seemed to make the time pass a little quicker. Since then she has written many books about jungle cats, secret agents, princesses and spaceships. She is also a non-fiction writer, but her debut novel, State of Emergency, is her favorite book yet. You can find Summer hopping around on the Internet by following her on Twitter @SummerEllenLane, or on Facebook: Writing Belle.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Guest Post from C.M. Brown to kick off her blog tour!

Before I do the post, I wanted to say sorry for not posting for a while.  I decided I needed a small break from the internet and have pretty much been lying low for a while.  I'll start posting more regularly soon.  :D

And now...

Thank you Jaycee, for having me here on your personal blog page today, I am so excited to have you open my Blog Tour, which will be running through until the end of February.

The Blog Tour has been given the title of ‘The Protectors of Aidensdein’ and is being conducted to publicize the recent release of ‘He Came For Mine’, Book Two in The Protector Series.

“He Came for Mine’, continues the love story of Jazz and Sebastian from book one, where Jazz has been abandoned by Seb when he returns through the portal, back to Aidensdein to help restore the damage inflicted on his home world.

During the blog tour, I will be visiting many sites, giving interviews, guest posts on the topics of The Writer’s 4 Writer’s (W4W’s), monthly hop, in which I am co-host with Steven Tremp, M. Pax and Christine Rains, paranormal writing, interviews and character posts by three of the main characters in the series.

There is also give-a-ways to be won!

A $25 Amazon Gift Card is up for grabs, when Stephanie Gamverona hosts me on her site on the 28th January and on my site (C.M. Brown) a Rafflecopter give-a-way is to be held for the length of the whole tour where ebook copies of both books in the Protector Series can be won, a book cover illustration by Rebekah Romani is to be one of the prizes and I am offering a chapter critique for another lucky entrant.

On the 22nd January, I am also offering 25 free ebook copies through ‘Goodreads’ with the ‘Never Too Old for Young Adult Group’ of both books in the Protector Series in their R4R (Read for Review) program. If you are a member of this group, you are welcome to enter to receive your copy for review, if not you can always become a member of both Goodreads and the ‘Never Too Old for Young Adult Group’, for your chance to gain a free copy of either book. Goodreads moderators connected with this group will be overseeing this offer on my behalf.

To follow The Protectors of Aidensdein Blog Tour, simply visit my site: C.M. Brown or pay a visit to The Blog Tour Exchange, run by Sharon Bayliss from Curiosity Quills, where book bloggers can join to become part of the exchange blog tour program.

Thanks again Jaycee, for starting this exciting tour!

And I hope you all follow along and enjoy the fun!


He Came For Me, Book One in The Protector Series

Jazz, lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia. She leads a normal teenage life busy with friends, TAFE College, a part time job as a waitress, surfing and searching for a boyfriend! Until one day driving on her way to TAFE she is passed by a red Mazda Rx7. The driver holds her attention and as they both wait at a set of traffic lights to change to green, a sexual tension passes between them. In the days that follow she finds that this guy moves into her life as she befriends him, his friends and family! But are Seb and his friends what they seem to be? A fantasy novel revolving around a love story between two young people, who should not by rights, come together. Crossing the dimensions of two worlds, this story embarks on a journey of love, duty and togetherness as the two young lovers fight to be together and keep each other safe. Overcoming many obstacles while fighting to protect one another this story will leave the reader intrigued and wondering what will happen next!


He Came For Mine, Book Two in 'The Protector Series'

Fending for herself for almost two years, Jazz worries she will never see Sebastian again.

A new man enters her life, but he holds a secret.

Will Jazz trust him?


Sebastian discovers an ancient ritual which must be performed on the Chosen One's son before his first birthday, or he will die.

He returns to Earth to find Jazz in the arms of another man.

A man he knows very well.

A man he does not trust....


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