Oct 20 2013

Winner of my stop for the Evernight Third Birthday hop is…

Shelly Hammond!

Shelly, I’ve contacted you on your prize fulfillment.

Thank you to EVERYONE who hopped by and said “howdy”!

Oct 14 2013

Spotlight on Raven McAllan and her new release: The Girl on the Bus

Welcome to my guest today, Raven McAllan, who is here to tell us a little bit about her latest release from Evernight, The Girl on the Bus. Take it away, Raven!

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tgotb1sStop the bus and join in the fun…

The Girl on the Bus is now published and yes I’m doing the chair swivel jiggle. As you do.

The title hit me, and I guess so did the story, as I watched a bus driver and a white van man get into a stooshie (Scottish slang for a row) in Glasgow earlier this year. They were blocking the road, and there was more than a few good old Anglo-saxon words bandied about. To say nothing of a few earthy Scottish ones. Stuck in front of me, was a drop dead gorgeous play your cards right mate and you can have me guy in a more than acceptable sports car. Top of car down, wearing shades and tapping his fingers to music. I was smitten.

I didn’t think too much of it at the time, until I suddenly (and no idea how or why) had the idea of how a guy sees a profile of a Girl on a Bus, tries to find her and can’t. Until later on he does, by accident.

Then it got complicated. As it does. Well what’s the fun if there’s nothing to cause a bit of angst? Nothing in life goes 100% smoothly, not really, so why should it in a book?

I reckon as an author, I’m incredibly lucky to be able to write my hero and heroine’s story. Okay it get’s a bit fraught at times, when I think that the story should go one way, and they (either or) are determined it’s going in another. I’ve learned to my peril to ignore them.

I write strong willed characters, with very definite ideas on what they’ll get up to. I’m their mouthpiece. I just write as I’m told. I have a very rough plot. I know—well I hope I know—where the story ends up, but not always how I’m going to get there. Just as real life throws you curve balls, oh so do my characters.

Do I mind? No not really. It all adds to the excitement. I love working out their problems for them. Then I have to hope, what I think is going to happen actually does happen.

So far so good.

Tying all the ends up, arriving at a Happy Ever After, is so very satisfying. Hopefully for my readers, my characters and me.

By the time I get to the end of a story, the population of the book are as well known to me as my own family. I know what their favorite food is, whether they prefer tea or coffee, and if they watch the soaps or prefer the gardening programs. I can describe their homes, their neighborhood and what car they drive ( or if it’s regency what horses they ride.)

Strangely the one thing I don’t go into great details with is my character features. Oh I’ll tell you height, and body shape and hair and eye color. Apart from that, it’s over to you.

Why? Because I had a reader tell me that telling her my hero looked like a specific person turned her off him and the book. Because in her mind he was totally different. So now you can decide your self. Johnny Doofer, Joe Whoosit or Richard Whatsitt. Over to you.

Now take Tay. Well no don’t take him, just drool…

Here’s the blurb…

Julia ran out on Tay five years ago, so she cannot be the face he sees on the bus. However, when she ends up being the one taking notes at his meeting, he knows he will move heaven and earth to make her his once more.

Will she agree, or will she run again?

And here’s Tay…

…his heart never engaged. He did everything proper, and not one sub ever realized his inner self wasn’t part of what he did. Yes, he’d scene, and no sub ever left unsatisfied. After all, many considered his wax play second to none. However never ever did he engage in a sexual way. Tay might have a screwed set of personal rules, but they were his and he kept to them. No false promises, no untrue declarations, but no one unsatisfied … except, perhaps him.

For five years it had been that way. It could well be the same for another five. Until he discovered why the one person he hoped might become important to him left without explanation. Was he now going to get his answer and find out?

It seemed not. As the bus turned yet another corner, he looked to where she’d sat. To see the profile of a shaven headed, tattooed bloke.

Tay nearly ran into a bollard. Fuck, shit and bollocks. When had that happened?

and Julia’s thoughts…

Her thoughts warred with each other. She’d run because of her relative innocence, and the revelation at how arousing and perfect the night had been. Even though she’d been well over the age of consent, the way she’d responded to his demands shocked the life out of her, and she’d been scared rigid. So after a perfect evening where she just begun to understand the beauty of submitting, she’d slipped out and raced back to uni.

She’d never stopped thinking about the night, and eventually realized how lucky she’d been with her first experience in a Dom/sub relationship. Even so, she’d never been tempted to try again with anyone else. Master T had spoiled her and she knew she’d be hard pressed to find that mesh of ideals elsewhere.

I hope I’ve whetted your interest…

If I have, The Girl on the Bus can be found at an eBookstop near you:

Evernight Publishing

Amazon

All Romance eBooks

Bookstrand

and check out Raven on www.ravenmcallan.com

Happy Reading. Love R x

raven avatarAbout Raven:

Ever since she won not one but two, Cadbury, ‘where does chocolate come from’ competitions in primary school, Raven was convinced, one day she would write a book. Her parents encouraged her. Her schoolteachers despaired of her. Flowery. Romantic. Not factual. Raven loved weaving stories about anything and anyone.

So what happened to her grand ideas?

Life got in the way.

So more years later than she wishes to disclose (hey a woman has to have some secrets) Here she is, an author. Not even that, a published author! Happy or what?

Married to her own hero, Raven lives on the edge of a Scottish Forest.

She writes on her laptop in her study, watching the birds on the bird table, the strange big black fluffy ‘ I’m pretending to be a bird’ cat, sitting on it and trying to convince the many birds he is invisible, occasionally seeing deer and red squirrel moving past. She is privileged.

As a non-closet romantic, sometime neurotic, and lover of words, Raven enjoys getting involved with her hero and heroines.  She hopes you do too.

Oct 03 2013

New Release Spotlight: A Mile High by Bethany Kris

amilehighWelcome to my guest today, Bethany Kris, who is here to tell us about her new release, A Mile High. First, let me introduce her to you, and then she’ll share her new book:

Meet Bethany:

Bethany-Kris is a twenty-three year old Canadian author, lover of much, and mother of two young boys, two cats, and two dogs who works more than she should, writes when she can, and loves every moment of it. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Blogger.

Take it away, Bethany!

Hello! Thanks for having me on your blog today and giving me the chance to talk about my newest release. A little information on the book first, and why it came to be… A Mile High was the product of my stressful work, upcoming vacation that wasn’t going to be arriving nearly soon enough, and my very hectic house. In the midst of all that chaos, I wanted to write about someone—Olivia—who also found herself working far too much and was in desperate need of a vacation. In the end, A Mile High was what came from that. I hope you like it.

Back of the Book:

Olivia wants a vacation, that’s all, but when the airline screws up her plans for a week getaway to the beautiful Barbados, instead putting her on a new path that intertwines with the handsome, funny, and charming Sal, she can’t say no to his offer of joining the mile high club. Their meeting is explosive, attraction intense, and when the flight ends, Olivia is unwilling to part ways but unable to voice her wants. Still, fate is at work with its own plan, and where it finishes just might not be where it ends up.

There’s nothing quite like sex at a mile high.

Excerpt:

“Doubt it,” Sal put in quietly. “Pilot’s all ready to go, we’re away from the gates, and there’s another plane bussing in to take off behind us right now, probably. We’re taking off. Her friend will likely give her some Gravol, set her up in their little section there, and we’ll be on our way.”

A quick, vague apology sounded over the plane’s announcement system, informing the passengers it would be another minute before takeoff. Given I had a bit of time to do whatever, I decided to use the bathroom. Excusing myself from our comfortable little cubby, I made my way through to the back of the plane, ignoring the questioning gazes of other passengers in coach who were likely wondering what had happened up in first class.

In the panic-worthy, small as hell bathroom, I washed my face and hands, checking my face out in the mirror as a ding sounded above me. I looked up to see the seatbelt sign had appeared just as the pilot’s voice sounded over the speakers, asking everyone to buckle up and ready for takeoff.

Making my way back to my seat as quickly as possible, I had just moved in to sit down—Sal drawing in his stretched out legs to let me through—as the plane jerked forward. I yelped under my breath, trying to catch myself but between the black, peep-toe pumps with a four-inch heel on my feet, and the sudden movement, I ended up on something warm…and hard. Something that breathed, chuckled, and touched me.

Sal.

My brown hair created a curtain over my face. Huffing a breath and blowing strands out of my line of vision, Sal laughed in my ear, rocking both our bodies. I felt his hands skim above my knees where the flimsy material of the skirt I wore had risen up. Gooseflesh pebbled at the motion and I tried hard not to shiver when fingers grasped tightly to my legs.

“You okay?” he murmured. “Because I think you’re just fine.”

I nodded, trying really hard not to be embarrassed. I didn’t want to show how turned on I was by his palms to my flesh and the suggestive tone to his words. “Yeah, just surprised. I’m so—”

“Don’t be,” he interrupted, voice turning huskier than I expected. “Unless you plan on moving, that is.”

Teeth cut into my bottom lip as I fought the urge to exhale harshly. “I have to. We’re just about to take off, right?”

The dismissive sound he made under his breath didn’t help the lust raging through my senses. Those warm hands of his skimmed a little higher under my dress, making me groan quietly, grinding my backside shamelessly against his jeans when he whispered, “You ever join the mile-high club?”

Where to buy the book:

Evernight Publishing

Amazon

All Romance eBooks

Bookstrand

Oct 01 2013

Happy Third Birthday, Evernight! Welcome to the Birthday Party Blog Hop!

Update:  Winner for this stop! Shelly Hammond!

EP3rdAnniversaryCelebrate like a ROCK STAR because Evernight Publishing is THREE!

In three short years, Evernight has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to readers like you! Evernight is pulling out all the stops and throwing an extreme BIRTHDAY BASH BLOG HOP in your honor!

That’s right! It’s Evernight’s birthday but YOU get the presents…

Prizes include:

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Kindle Paperwhite

Kobo Touch

$100 Evernight and Amazon Gift Certificates

Mega Evernight Swag Pack

Plus, each author on the hop will offer his/her own special prize!

As one of Evernight’s authors, I’m thrilled to share my stories with you, and Evernight helps make my books shine!

Did you know that I joined Evernight in its first year of publishing? That’s right. Evernight accepted my short story submission, “Last Chance for Love” for its 2011 Halloween anthology, Midnight Seduction, in the summer of 2011. The same day that I signed the contract, Evernight showered me with welcomes—they put me on their website as one of their authors, they invited me to join their author and reader Facebook groups. As a brand new author who had yet to publish anything other than a short story with a small and now defunct press that maybe five people read, I can’t tell you how giddy I was. I really felt like they a) liked my story and b) believed in me as an author. I still feel that way two and a half years later and am proud to be a part of the Evernight family.

As my way of saying Happy Birthday to equally wonderful Evernight readers, I’m offering the following prize to one (1) randomly selected person who leaves a comment on this post. Please leave your email address for me somewhere, either in the text of your comment or in the posting credentials. I’d also appreciate a like on Facebook (click for link), but it’s not required.

1 copy of any book from my Evernight backlist:

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and

Asbach Uralt Brandy Filled Chocolate Squares with Sugar Crust in Small Gift Box

to enjoy while you read, that I will have shipped directly to you. (Yes, brandy-filled so you must be over 21. If you’re international and there are shipping restrictions, I’ll provide an equivalent gift card from Amazon/vendor)513A8HV6WDL._SX385_

It’s the perfect time to buy the Evernight titles on your TBR list, as well as new gems you find during the event, because Evernight’s entire backlist is on sale at Evernight Publishing (40% off) and All Romance eBooks (25% off) through October 7th!

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Sep 24 2013

Hot New Release: Sam’s Learning Curve by Eve Meridian

Welcome to my guest, Eve Meridian. Eve is a fellow author from my latest Evernight release, an anthology called HIS. This is a Romance on the Go offering from Eve:

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Click to purchase from Evernight’s online store.

 

Blurb:

Sam is perfectly fine being single. She has a job that she loves and the company she works for is promoting her after she finishes her M.B.A. She has great friends and a newly found love of running.

Then she meets Ben, the sexy bike builder who just moved back into town and is unlike anyone she’s ever dated. Can she overcome her fear of getting hurt again and the fear of riding motorcycles so she doesn’t miss out on a great guy? Is it finally time for Sam to learn how to love again?

 

From Evernight’s Romance on the Go line, stories short enough to be enjoyed in a single sitting.

Buy the Book Here:

Evernight Publishing | Amazon | All Romance eBooks  Bookstrand

About the author:

Eve Meridian lives in a small Ohio town with her military husband, two daughters, a neurotic cat named Max and a Lab/Newfoundland mix named Freyja. She’s an avid runner. She loves writing (and reading) contemporary romances. Coffee and red wine are her two favorite food groups.

Find Eve online here:

http://www.facebook.com/evemeridian

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