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Friday, 28 February 2014

Feature Friday & Give-Away ~ The Kitchen Dance by Geri G. Taylor

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Welcome to

Feature Friday

The Kitchen Dance

A Novel

by

Geri G. Taylor



                                       Publish date: January 28, 2013                                       
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Book Genre:  Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

The Kitchen Dance is a slice of fiction with a serving of mystery, a side order of suspense, a
dash of crime and an extra helping of romance for dessert.

According to Rene Descartes, no two bodies can occupy the same space at the same time and any physical motion of a body involves moving other bodies from the space they occupy. In my first work of contemporary fiction, Joule and Allen create their own movements in THE KITCHEN DANCE.
Joule Dalton, a successful interior designer with a prestigious architectural firm, lived her life choreographed by her loved ones until a tragedy forces her to learn her own steps. Allen Brooks has endured his own share of manipulations and all his hard work and sacrifice has left him with nothing. He wears his troubles like the too large overcoat he picked up at a mission while living on the streets. This coat brings them together in an unexpected way. Joule takes the misfortunate Allen into her home in hopes of turning his life around. She gives him a place to live, a job, even introduces him to her wealthy friends. What she does not give him is her trust. This he must earn. The two combine their dreams and create a wonderful relationship. Then Allen gets a call that will challenge his sense of responsibility. He makes a choice, one that Joule cannot begrudge. Allen struggles with his decision while Joule goes back to her old life until they both realize what they really want.

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Author Bio:

With three college degrees and quite the gift for gab, you’d think Geri G. Taylor was a CEO of a major corporation, but she’s got more than that on her plate.  By combining her talents as an artist, an actress, and a published author with her debut novel, The Kitchen Dance, her job of they day might be as simple as for whatever she is in the mood, which usually, it is NOT being a housewife.

She is well known as an artist for the Santas she creates on gourds and cypress knees although she is known to put her artistic touch to a number of things including award winning set designs and as an assistant to an award winning theatrical costume designer.

           As an actress, she had expanded her range from stage to film, but says her favourite roles have been with a professional dinner theatre where the characters interact with the audience. 

Being an author fits seamlessly into Geri’s other talents. She drew stories before she could write and has always had a passion for being a storyteller.  At the age of forty, she decided it was time to write and started with screenplays and stage plays. A college professor advised her to publish her screenplays in book form first, and then peddle the screenplay, in order to keep the stories and characters she had created her own. She finally took his advice, and ten years later, The Kitchen Dance was ready to be published.

What does she do in her “spare” time? Geri is a substitute teacher and says she does it because she knows the teachers need someone who really enjoys being with the students and is capable of teaching their class. She also works for TNTP (The New Teacher’s Project) Academy that trains and certifies teachers who have received their college degrees in something other than education.  Her job is to film the teacher with her class for video observations and proctor student evaluations.

Her husband and two sons keep her busy and their current project, a lake house that they are completely renovating, has given her the chance to wear her carpenter’s “hat” once again.

One of the questions she is commonly asked by people who have read or are interested in reading The Kitchen Dance is, “Would you take in a homeless man?” For several years, Geri and her family have hosted many international students, so the answer is, “yes”.

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Author Interview: 

Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
I am working on several things but mostly; I am working on a mystery/suspense novel and another women’s fiction. I predominantly write women’s fiction and I have several screenplays and plays that I will be turning into manuscripts, and as they say, the book is better!
  
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Create your platform first. Start your blogs, write short stories, develop your fan base on Twitter, Facebook, and your website before you publish your book so that you will have an initial audience for which to promote your book. I wish I had known a year ago what I know now.

Also, join your local chapters of national groups. For example, I joined Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime AFTER I published The Kitchen Dance. Had I joined before, I would have had a lot more support and understanding of the publishing process.

And third, join any authors helping authors support groups online. You’ll get a lot of great advice and if you share their work, articles, websites, etc. They will share yours.

What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us? 
Actually, I am not reading…after being on my laptop most of the day…my eyes need a rest. So, I am enjoying the audiobooks of Alan Bradley’s “Flavia de Luce” series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (2009) and The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (2010). Since I am doing a lot of traveling for my job over the month of February and March, I am listening to A Red Herring Without Mustard (2011) and then I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (2011).

I am thoroughly enjoying these audio books. I’m not sure I would have actually picked up and read the books, but Jayne Entwistle’s choices of character voices are so appealing that I am rather addicted to the audiobooks, and look forward to hearing more of Flavia’s adventures.

Do you have a favourite quote, if so what is it?
“A real writer knows when to hit the delete key.” Geri G. Taylor 2003

How do you come up with the Titles for your novels? Do you decide on your book title first, or do you write the book and then the title is decided later?
I usually go through a few titles. The first one is the one that inspired me to write the book. For example: The Kitchen Dance was originally The Coat, then The Lake House but that title has been used before so, when I wrote the kitchen scenes (screenplay) I decided I liked The Kitchen Dance and it grew on me, especially when I found the Descartes quote that really brought the story together.

Are you a morning person or a night owl or an inbetweener?
Both,  morning and night owl because in the afternoon…I am a NAPPER!

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
EDITING!

How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?
“A” novel? That’s the tough part. I tend to work on several at once until I narrow it down to two, then I go back and forth until I am well into the one that I am ready to get published.

I am always finding something that makes me think, “I have a character that would do that!” or “What would my character do if that happened?” However, it is usually not a character in the novel I am currently working on so, I have to go make notes on another novel. Over all, it has taken me over ten years to get The Kitchen Dance from a screenplay to a published novel.

How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?
When I am trying to create a schedule, I plan for one hour and then see how it goes. Some days, I can’t get to that one hour, but on other days, I will write for five or six.

If you didn’t write or you went through a dry spell (aka a bit of writers block), what would you do to fill the creative void instead?
I’d be acting, or painting, or redecorating my house.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I have a story that I want to write in the YA genre that takes place on a tropical island. I would love to visit a tropical island with my teenage son while I finish the novel. Is that really asking too much?

If you had a choice  – a dream come true - which would be your preference: Your books serialised  -  a weekly show or made into movies?
I have one novel I’ve been working on that I would love to pitch as a television series.

Can you tell us why you think we’d love to read your novel?
The Kitchen Dance has a lot of truth in it. As much as I love a handsome hunk and a gorgeous women love story, my novel is more about real people with real problems and their pursuit of happiness in spite of their challenges.

Finally, what 7 words best sum up your novel? 
A man, a woman, and an opportunity.

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Book Excerpt:

Chapter Two

Joule

I slid gingerly into the back seat of the musty cab with the overwhelming scent of cherry air freshener failing to mask the stench of human body odor saturating the cab’s interior. I considered changing in one of Elaine’s guest rooms, but knew Philip and Mr. Monroe would disapprove of my breaking the enchantment of the party. Seeing me in my work suit may remove the ambiance of celebration and remind the party-goers of the daily grind.

I looked out the cab’s grungy window. I could feel an old familiar wave of depression washing over me again. Tears filled my eyes and I caught a glimpse of their glisten in my reflection in the window. I searched my handbag for a tissue only to come up empty. I dug in the carryall and found my decorative clutch. I pulled a delicate linen handkerchief from my small bag, careful not to disturb the business cards tossed in with the lipstick and breath mints.

I dabbed at the mascara stinging my eyes. Waterproof, I thought. Tears activated the waxy foundation staining my thin handkerchief.

“I’ll get out up there.” I asked the cab driver to stop in front of a well-lit diner a couple of blocks from my loft. The surrounding street and buildings were dark, damp, and a vicious cold settled over the street and steam danced around above the ventilation grates along the sidewalk. I was accustomed to seeing several homeless people who gathered in the alleys and doorways around the diner. Tonight they were few, most having found refuge from the chill elsewhere.

I knew I looked awkwardly out of place with the hem of my cocktail dress visible beneath my overcoat. I fumbled with my evening purse while balancing the containers of food and my bags from that morning. I fished out some bills from the wallet in my handbag and paid the cab driver. I approached two homeless men and offered them something from one of the containers, handing them a colorful napkin from my coat pocket and giving each an appetizer of meat and cheese and piece of cake. I walked farther down the street. I sat on a bench and looked in my carryall for a comfortable pair of shoes. How I thought I could make it home in these heels, I did not know. Suddenly, a young boy grabbed one of the containers and ran. I stood as if I intended to pursue him.

“Hey!” I called after the young boy, “I would have given you something.” I watched as he slowed, gave me a quick glance and then disappeared into the alley. “At least bring back the container!” I yelled uselessly to the empty sidewalk before me.

Defeated, I sat back down and changed my shoes for my walk home. I should have allowed the cabby to drop me off on the larger street around the corner from the loft. I made it a habit not to get out near the smaller entry door on the narrow and rarely used side street. I preferred in the evening hours to go by the way of the short alley where the rear garage door was located.

I was busy putting on the more sensible pair of shoes and stuffing my haughty stiletto heels in the carryall when I lost track of what was going on around me. Suddenly I sensed someone approaching me. I quickly grabbed for my bags and the other container.

A ragged, fierce looking man stood over me. He slowly extended his ungloved hand, chapped and dirty, cracked by the cold. In his hand was my purse, my delicate glistening evening bag in a filthy hand. I tentatively took the purse from him. “Thank you.” I opened the purse and looked inside.

“I didn’t take anything, Ma’am,” he assured me. “You dropped it back there.” He jerked his head back down the street where I exited the cab.

“No, I didn’t mean that.” I did not intend to insult him. “I just wanted to give you something.”

“It’s okay.” He dismissed my gesture. “I didn’t do it expecting something in return.”

“This purse was a gift. It means a lot to me.” I handed him a twenty, one I kept in the zippered pocket of the small clutch for general mad money purposes.

“No thank you, Ma’am.” He hesitated as if he wanted to accept the money.

He stood over me, his face in shadow, as I scrutinized his thin frame, long dingy hair, and scraggly beard. His jeans and work boots looked extremely worn and not in a fashionable way. He was wearing an oversized tan trench coat that I suddenly recognized. I froze, as if my heart jumped into my throat and I coughed to release it. The coat was like an ethereal being taking the form around this thin, pale, scarecrow of a man. I grabbed the sleeve of the coat and found the stain on the sleeve. It was Daniel’s trench coat.

“Where did you get this coat?” I blurted out almost accusingly.

The poor man attempted to pull free. “Look lady, I didn’t steal it if that’s what you think.”

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Well that's my blogging week over, I'll be back early next week as I'm away for a few days R&R.

In the meantime, many thanks to Geri for sharing her novel with us today and for her excellent interview.  I do hope you enjoy The Kitchen Dance and don't forget to enter the Give-Away for a chance to win a copy!

Have a great weekend


Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Thursday Book Promo featuring Hailey's Comments by Kristy Tate

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Welcome to

The Thursday Book Promo 

featuring 

Hailey's Comments 

by 

Kristy Tate




Blurb

From some secrets, just like from some men, there’s no escape.
 
No one knows that sassy but shy Emma Clements is the voice of her grandmother’s advice column, Hailey’s Comments, until handsome Ryan Everett discovers the truth. To avoid his teasing questions and his you-can’t-fool-me remarks, Emma and her ugly dog Wyeth flee to sparsely populated Lister Island in the Puget Sound, where Emma intends to devote the summer to her painting and art.
 
On Lister Island, Emma encounters a pistol packing priest, a pair of greedy organic food farmers, an octogenarian jail keeper and Ryan Everett. Soon, Emma is much more concerned about her heart than her art. After a series of disturbing coincidences, Emma suspects that the life of Helen Dunsmuir, Lister Island’s recently deceased grande dame, is tied to her own. As she unravels the secrets of Helen’s life—and untimely death—Emma learns that problems are rarely solved with a quip or platitude, and that it’s better to love than to comment.
 
Hailey’s Comments, a romantic suspense reminiscent of Mary Stewart, was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Contest.

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Kristy Tate writes Women Fiction with a dash romance, mystery and humor. Her debut novel, Stealing Mercy, was on Amazon's top 100 list of historical romance for more than fifteen weeks and spent two weeks as number one. Her participation in the Christmas on Main Street Anthology, an Amazon #1 bestseller, inspirational romance, made her an Amazon top 100 author for more than a month. Her novel, The Rhyme's Library, was a 2013 Kindle Review semi-finalist.
 
Kristy studied English literature at Brigham Young University and at BYU's International Center in London. Although a long time resident of Orange County California where she lives with her family, Kristy's heart belongs in her hometown of Arlington, Washington, AKA Rose Arbor--the fictional setting of her popular Rose Arbor series.
 
For updates on Kristy's upcoming novels, please visit her blog at 



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Other Novels By Kristy Tate:


Stealing Mercy

A Ghost of a Second Chance

The Rhyme's Library

Losing Penny 

A Light in the Christmas Cafe 

Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent 

Beyond the Hollow


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Thanks for dropping by today, and I'm back in the morning with another awesome author, so join me if you can!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Book Blast & $50 Give-Away for From Gods by Mary Ting

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The Book Blast 

for 

From Gods 

by 

Mary Ting

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From Gods New

From Gods by Mary Ting Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? Don't blame Mother Nature. Skylar Rome should have been having the best summer ever, before heading off to college. Suddenly her whole life changes while visiting her cousin, and meeting the Grand brothers; Mason, in particular. Though she's sure he is someone she should stay away from, the attraction was undeniable. Strange things begin to happen, throwing Skylar's life into turmoil. Implausibly, she gets caught up in a world where the descendants of ancient gods have super powers, and evil beings are after her. Not only are her discoveries difficult to accept, but now she is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her. Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?

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Praise for From Gods 

“A fast paced adventure full of mystery, action, magic and romance! Readers won’t be able to put this book down!” ~InD’tale Magazine  

“From Gods takes mythology to a whole new level of imagination with its incredible plot and amazing characters. It’s full of hotness that you never want to end!” ~Michele, Insane About Books  

“From Gods by the AMAZING AUTHOR Mary Ting is OMGods good!! If you even LIKE Greek Mythology, set aside some time because you will DEVOUR Mary Ting's Demi Gods and Vultures!!!” ~Mindy, Books Complete Me  

“This book is “electric” as it blends paranormal romance, mythology (which I love), action and suspense together for an amazing read. Mary Ting, you’ve done it again! This book exceeded my expectations and I was literally blown away as if I were struck by lightning!” ~Vanessa, Fairiechick’s Fantasy Book Reader


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Author Bio:

mary ting

Author Mary Ting Bestselling/award-winning author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.  

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 BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 3/23/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway 

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Thanks for stopping by today, don't forget to enter the $50 Give-Away.

I'll be back on Thursday with more fabulousness for you!



Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Saturday Showcase with Guest Author Karli Rush

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Welcome to

The Saturday Showcase


Featuring

Karli Rush

with

The Crescent Bound Series

If you haven't seen these books before, just to let you know that Crescent Bound has undergone a revision. In addition, the first four books in the series received  brand new covers, Crescent Bound, Raven Bound, Demon Bound, and Shadow Bound. The new versions with also be available in print in February 2014. 

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Crescent Bound - Book I

Blurb:

Alyssa Worthington is the daughter and sole heir to the most prestigious coven in the witch world. Her childhood has been spent in the mundane human world learning to blend in and hide who she truly is, and it is here, during her last year that she meets a striking ex-high school quarterback from a small town in Montana who will turn her world upside down.

Alyssa holds the element of fire, unlike her best friends Lisa and Megan, who are both air elementals. It is the elemental powers that reside inside which require positive thoughts and positive actions in order to maintain this magickal connection. What would happen to a witch that let this get out of control? How can evil become the driving force behind revenge and death?

Dark secrets, dark magick and a desperate desire for revenge will bring Alyssa to the brink of destruction. She is being chased, but this pursuit is a silent one and her chaser has but one goal, Alyssa’s complete and total destruction. Will she overcome this dark threat and begin to live out her destiny? Will she survive and if so, will she lose herself as part of the price for being alive? Or, will her destiny rest on being crescent bound?

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Raven Bound - Book II
Blurb:
Alyssa and Marc are in love like no other crescent bound couple in history. All they want is to lead a simple life together, which unfortunately is not what fate has in store for them. A secret is being kept and this secret has found its way into the possession of a dark magick coven hidden below the already mysterious world of the witches who even now are among us. 
Some secrets are not meant to be kept and so it is with the dark brotherhood of the raven, in their reach for control of the witch world they find the secret leads them in pursuit of the daughter and heir to the most powerful coven in existence. Once they possess her the real challenge is to keep her. 
Being crescent bound has never been challenged like this before but the power of ice wields darkness and light, which will prevail, is the key to unlocking the secret that could put the entire world at risk. 
Will Alyssa unravel her own secrets, and will dark magick again take her to he brink. How will they survive this twisted ride of evil and will all the pieces fit? 


Warning: This book contains sex, naughty Language, graphic scenes, and Megan-ness.




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Demon Bound - Book III


Blurb:

My world just turned into a reality of my vision I recently foresaw. I now hang in the balance of agony in a pit of darkness. I am completely suspended in mid-air, restrained by some unknown force, and clinging to the emptiness that swallowed me into a continuum. Drained of all my powers, I can only abide my time and await my return.... 

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Shadow Bound - Book IV


Blurb:

Two kings, one Seer, who holds the fate of two kingdoms in her hands. Loyalty or love, she must choose, for Alissa can not have both. The King of Anvil is determined to keep an ancient curse at bay, even if it means betraying his own heart for the sake of survival. The King of Ulric has no qualms in pursuing his heart's desire. These peaceful kingdoms stand on the verge of turmoil, betrayal and destruction over the heart of a young Seer. Who will win? Who will survive? Only the shadows know.






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Author Bio: 

Karli has always blazed her own trail, whether popular or not. She has three wonderful sons - two of which are on their own building their straw and stick houses. She is contently married to a supportive husband in Oklahoma. Her passion outside of writing is photography and all things natural. She is an Autism advocate and enjoys Zumba, hiking, bike riding and family.

Karli was born deep in Cherokee Nation Indian Territory where she grew up loving everything paranormal and has even, first hand, witnessed a womanly spirit. The encounter, happened in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, at one of the top ten most haunted hotels in America, The Crescent Hotel. This experience captured Karli in ways that have expanded her beliefs about the possibilities of other realms.


As a teen, Karli was an avid reader, she sought out solitude for her passion in nearby Indian Graveyards. Although writing was something that has pulled at her most of her life, it wasn't until a recent visit to a Shaman, who saw her spirit's need for creativity, when she truly began down the path.


The Crescent Bound series is her first work which will consist of five books in all.
Karli's ideal world would be one of open-minded kindness from everyone.
And if she had a pet, it would be named Ooblar.


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That's it for the weekend, I hope you enjoy Karli's fabulous Crescent Bound Series and as Book I is free at the moment, what better way to start enjoying these novels!

See you next week, I should be here on Monday with a Book Blitz, join me then for another literary adventure

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