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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop, Tons of books!

It's time for the Raining Romance Books giveaway blog hop, hosted by Stuck in Books! Idea City's giving away a couple of juicy picks. Check 'em out below and see who else is playing!

The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes Paranormal Romance

Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves. Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper. Cali has been taken…

Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?

Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?

Model Position by Kitsy Clare New adult romance novella

In Manhattan’s glitzy gallery scene love and art are perilous games. Will Sienna dare to play?

All too soon, artist Sienna Karr will graduate art school and be flung out into Manhattan’s glamorous but cutthroat gallery scene. Luckily, she’s just met Dave Hightower, heir to the hippest gallery ever. He’s asked her on a date, and offered to introduce her to the gallery owner, his intimidating Aunt Lydia. Sienna’s excited! Now she’ll be able to climb the ranks and make those all-important art connections.
Trouble is, she’s falling hard for the sexy live drawing model, Erik, whose sizzling green eyes seem to pierce right into her soul. Dare she risk losing those potential art contacts for love? Erik insists that Sienna is a real talent and her painting stands out above all the others. But she worries that he whispers this come-on line to every pretty art student who flocks around him during breaks. And her friends worry, is Erik up to her pay grade? What kind of guy chooses modeling for a living? Who is he, really? Her choice may be her ruin… or not, but she must decide fast. Everything in Sienna’s super-organized life is turning to terrifying yet sweet chaos.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fresh New Fantasy Novels for Spring!

Today Idea City is featuring two new novels for spring. Bloodlust is by veteran fantasy author, Nicole Zoltack, and Finding Me is an urban fantasy by debut author, Angelica Brazil Steward.


Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack:

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy. Desperation…

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction. Betrayal…

Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal. Bloodlust…

Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

Buy Bloodlust on Amazon for Kindle and on B&N for Nook

Follow Nicole's blog, on Twitter, on Facebook

Finding Me by Angelica Brazil Stewart:

Sixteen-year-old Chloe Carmichael’s perfect world is in chaos. 

It’s not because she has a vision of her boyfriend murdered. And then he’s found dead exactly as she saw. It’s not because she suddenly has the ability to move objects when she’s upset. It’s kinda cool to close a door without touching it. It’s not her overbearing mother who only cares about appearances. Chloe’s grown accustomed to her families distance. So what has Chloe cringing in fear? 

It’s a love that defies reason. It’s a love that speaks to the heart. It demands attention. But Chloe struggles with a love that exposes the soul. What will her family think? What will her friends think? And is she worthy of his love. It’s having to become another person for a new group of people. Chloe knows she’s not perfect but apparently she was when she was Amanda in another life. Her new friends won’t let her forget. It’s the stench of death that hoovers over her every move. It’s the threat of finality as she tries to acclimate to a life of super human proportions. It’s an enemy she can’t see, doesn’t remember, and can be anyone she’s ever known. But her enemy knows her well. She’s the lone person with the ability to destroy him. But she doesn’t remember. 

And it’s never discovering who she really is before finality meets reality. 

Buy on Amazon for Kindle

Like Dawn on Facebook, follow her blog, follow on Twitter

Monday, March 31, 2014

Interview with Amy Kathleen Ryan on Flame

Now that my tour is over it's time to talk about other writers and books! I'm pleased to feature my friend Amy Kathleen Ryan and her wonderful space opera trilogy, and specifically the last in the series, FLAME. She's here to answer questions. But first, about Flame:

In the thrilling conclusion to Amy Kathleen Ryan's Sky Chasers series, Waverly, Kieran, and Seth struggle to survive on-board the New Horizon—and take down their enemies before it's too late.

Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have been scattered, and their home ship destroyed. Their mission to rescue their parents didn't go as planned, and now they're at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive. Kieran has been pulled under Anne Mather’s wing, but is she really trying to make peace, or just using Kieran to build her own power? Meanwhile, Waverly is taken in by a mysterious old man who wants to help her bring Anne Mather down—but the more Waverly cooperates with him, the more dangerous her position is, and the more at odds with Kieran she becomes.

Seth's situation is worse. After setting out from the Empyrean on his own, with only a vague strategy to guide him, he's a fugitive aboard the New Horizon. He's doing what he can to challenge the power of Anne Mather, but he's hurt, and getting sicker. All the while, unknown to him, the terrorist Jacob is making plans of his own. Will Seth ever see Waverly again? Will his health hold out long enough to help her topple their enemies? And will Waverly find a way to unite with her friends before they all fall? 

And now, take it away, Amy.

Tell us about Flame, Book Three of The Skychasers
Flame is the conclusion to the series. The Empyrean has been destroyed, and our heroes Waverly, Kieran, and Seth are now forced to live on the New Horizon with their enemies. After a lot of conflict between the central characters, suddenly they need to find ways to work together if they’re going to survive.

Give us your favorite line from Kieran
He felt he was in a trap, but he couldn’t see the walls or feel the chains, as though Mather had somehow gotten him to lock himself in.

From Waverly
She would always remember that nebula as a graveyard for so many of the crew of the Empyrean, people she’d known her whole life. That’s where I died too, she thought. Waverly Marshall the innocent is buried there.

From Seth
As the guards pushed him into the captain’s office, he understood finally what his life had been about: Revenge for his mother’s death. To be a hero. To save her. To undo it somehow. To bring her back.
Was this clarity, or delirium? His fever ate through his thoughts. When had it gotten so bad?
“No wonder I’m so fucked up,” he said under his breath as the tall office chair at the desk swiveled around, and he was face to face with a matronly, plump old woman who could only be Anne Mather, the anti-mother.

Watch Amy talk about the villain!    Click to watch

What first attracted you to write about space travel?
The setting! A space ship is a pressure cooker for a story. You’re in the middle of nowhere, and no one can come help you if you’re in trouble. You’re essentially in a life boat, and you have to make it work with the people who share it with you, even if they are loathsome. It narrows the choices your characters can make about how to deal with their situation. They’re trapped.
Book Two


Book One
Tell us an important lesson about writing a trilogy
The second book is twice as hard to write as the first, and the third is twice as hard as the second. If I ever write another epic, I want to have the entire story written before I sell the first book. It will help to make the story tighter.

What truly inspires you and fires up your vision?
Reading! Reading anything by anyone. I get good ideas from brilliant novels as well as from so-so books. Reading feeds right into the part of my brain that wants to make up stories.

Where do you write?
I’ve got three young children, and they dominate my house. I start out my writing session during naptime, but eventually the house gets noisy, and can be distracting. It took me a long time to figure out the best place to write: In my master bedroom closet. It sits right next to my master bath, so I can close three doors between me and my little hellions. If I run the bathroom fan, I hardly hear them at all. It’s cramped in there, and not glamorous, but I get a lot done. (If I turn off my internet connection that is!)

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I like to garden. I have a sizable plot. Not picturesque and riddled with weeds, but I get delicious produce out of it. I also watch too much TV, but I’ll confess some of the best writing I’ve seen lately is on the boob tube. I recently binge watched Breaking Bad and I am so impressed with the writing on that show.

Which aspect of crafting a novel is most challenging? Most fun?
Most challenging? For me, getting it to where I think it’s good enough. A lot of self-doubt goes into that process. I’m actually afraid to be too confident because then I might not feel that burning fire that makes me keep working. Most fun? I love writing the first draft. Finding my way through the story is always just like playing with my imaginary friends. It’s a rocking good time.

A hint of what you’re working on next?
It’s about a shoplifter. Her father abandons his family at a crucial time, and it sends ripples of shock through every character, making them all act out in different ways. It’s about how a split second decision can change the rest of your life forever.

Buy the Skychaser series! Amazon, Indie Bound, B&N

Find Amy on the web  Website & Facebook

About Amy: Amy Kathleen Ryan is a graduate of the New School Writing for Children MFA program. She lives in Colorado with her family. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Indie Girl March Hop & What's Up for Spring?!


The Model Position tour is over. If you missed any posts the tour schedule is here. Thanks so much to the lovely Kel over at Literary Nook, and my publishers over at Inkspell, who both helped tour my novella. You did an admirable job. I've made some great new online friends and have a fledgling, but growing flock of new readers. Thanks, readers!!! 
In the next week or two I'll post a couple of my fave top 10 lists, and feature some authors.
In the meantime, there's tons of new activity pushing into the light like the purple crocuses below.

Indie Girl March Hop is going strong until the end of March! The brainchild of Escaping One Book at a Time's Tiffany M., it's a festival of interviews, giveaways and posts of great indie authors. Pop over to Indie Girl March Hop and enter the giveaway to win FREE COPIES of my futuristic thriller, Ruby's Fire and Model Position, my romance novella.
To see the entire schedule click here.

I'm over at A Little R & R today, and Ren's running a great giveaway, so hey, more freebies to be had!!!   Here's the link.

April brings flowers and also the A to Z challenge. This April I am posting about fabulous fantasy creatures with my Untethered Realms buddies. My days are H and R, but every day will being a cool new critter with a cool new picture! So think about following our Untethered Realms blog to catch lots of these posts.

It feels good to actually have a moment to write a new blog post! I've missed all of you. So, what are you up to this spring? 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Model Position on Tour with mega-prizes!

The Model Position tour kicks off with Inkspell and Literary Nook! We have great giveaway prizes: a Kindle, a $50 gift cert, Art of Love swag and pretty Nicole L. bookmarks. Stops include guests posts that discuss the new adult genre and how it got started. I also have fun top ten lists, including the top ten reasons why artists and writers are hot and my most quirky work habits.

But the main thing is to celebrate the release of Model Position, and the most meaningful thing you can do to help celebrate is to buy a copy. For us hard-working indies this helps a lot! If Model Position rises in the rankings more people will learn about it. It's a digital-only book, so please, load up your ereader of choice. I'm at work on the 2nd novella, and I hope you'll want to travel with Sienna further on her journey. Guaranteed it'll be a wild ride!

Model Position on: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Inkspell

TOUR SCHEDULE (Links go live the day of-click blogs to visit)

March 3 My Devotional Thoughts-Top 10 Fun Things to Do with Your Lover List!, Seeing Double in Neverland-Feature
March 4 XoXo Book Blog-Review, Lusty Penguin-Top 10 Quirky Work Habits List!
March 5 Some Like it Hotter-Excerpt, Brooke Blogs-Top 10 Teaser Lines List!, Writer's Alley-Guest Post
March 6 My Nook, Books & More-Feature, Urban Girl Reader-Excerpt, Cherie Reich-Review
March 7 The Girl Bookaholic-Review, Seeing Double in Neverland-Review
March 9 Deal Sharing Aunt-Feature
March 10 Marked by Books-Review
March 11 Living in a Bookworld-Review, Harlie's Books-Top 10 Reasons why Artists are Hot, Hot, Hot!, Book Reviews by Xunaira-Excerpt & Feature
March 12 Crazy Four Books-Review, Mythical Books-Guest Post All About NewAdult Lit!, Ramblings of a Book Lunatic-Feature
March 14 Queen of the Night-Excerpt, Spiced Latte-Review, Ashelyn Drake-Review
March 15 Donna Galanti-Review, Ramblings from this Chick-Spotlight/Review
March 17 Literary Nook-Review, Boekies Reviews-Review
March 18 Battery Operated Book Blog-Review, We Love Kink-Review
March 19 Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears-Guest Post, Reading Cafe-Interview
March 21 Aspired Writer-Guest Post on Tips for Writing New Adult Lit!, Jody's Book Reviews, Giveaways & Tours-Feature
March 24 The Phantom Paragrapher-Review, Crystal's Many Reviewers-Review
March 25 Lustful Literature-Feature, A Little Bit of R & R-excerpt & giveaway, Escaping One Book at a Time-feature & giveaway!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Release Day for Model Position! Party & More

OMG! It's actually happening. Model Position has launched. A huge thanks to everyone helping with features, tweeting, joining my street team, or who has donated a giveaway item to the launch party. I also want to thank the blog community in general because you've all helped keep me going with your posts and blogs and savvy author talk!

If you like romance, stories about art and artists, and tales about striving to live out your dreams, please consider loading your kindle or iPad or Nook with Model Position! It's a fast-paced novella, inspired by my actual days showing my paintings in NYC. Now I'm writing Private Internship, the second in the series, and hopefully it will be a series you'll want to follow!

Find Model Position here: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Inkspell

In Manhattan’s glitzy gallery scene love and art are perilous games. Will Sienna dare to play?

Sienna is a beautiful, talented artist poised on the precipice of soaring into the glamorous, yet cutthroat Manhattan art scene.
Dave Hightower is a hooked-up, handsome heir to the hippest gallery in NYC, Gallery Hightower.
Erik is the live drawing model with his sizzling green eyes fixed only on Sienna.
Three’s a crowd, so Sienna must make a choice: date Dave and ride the fast track to landing a show at Gallery Hightower and hobnobbing with the art glitterati, or follow her heart and take a chance with Erik, the stunning male model who’s stealing her heart. But Erik has some worrisome secrets, and who in their right mind would make live modeling their career? 

"Kitsy Clare paints a provocative picture with words - a sexy 

montage of art, beauty, lust and love as colorful 
as any artist’s canvas."  -Share my Destiny, romance book blogger

"A captivating and sensual work of art!" -Jaycee DeLorenzo, 
author of The Truths About Dating and Mating

Here are the bloggers helping to celebrate:
Christine Rains' blog
Nevaeh's New Adult Books
Books Books Books!
Lexa Cain
Karen Pokras Toz
***more bloggers to come & tour in March!

Also I invite you to PARTY & WIN MAJOR SWAG today, Feb 21 at a Model Position party on the  Romance Novel Promotions blog There will be multiple giveaways and fun Q&A, so do pop in! Click on the invite to join us!
The Friday party lineup:
9 am CST : Kitsy Clare
10 am CST: Piper Malone
11 am CST: Kennedy Layne
12 PM CST: Elizabeth Arroyo
1 PM CST: Lee Strauss
2 PM CST: Lisa Casia
3 PM CST: Stephanie Keyes
4 PM CST Lisa Voisin
5 PM CST: Final post from Kitsy Clare

Here are two tweets to choose from if you feel like tweeting about the launch. Thanks in advance!

"I imagine myself posing with him. It has me blushing as permanent rose as the paint on my palette." http://tinyurl.com/oetbu8o  #NA #romance

"A sexy montage of art, beauty, lust & love as colorful as any artist’s canvas."-Share my Destiny http://tinyurl.com/oetbu8o #NA #romance


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stephanie Keyes Star Catcher, Sale & Prizes!

Today on Idea City I have a fellow Inkspell author, the fabulous Stephanie Keyes, with a focus on her Star Catcher novel! Plus the first two in the series are on sale. Enter the Rafflecopter below for these prizes: One Complete E-book Set of the Entire Star Child Series (INT) & Multiple e-book Copies of The Star Catcher (INT). How cool is that?!

Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves.

Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper.

Cali has been taken…

Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?

Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?

Buy the book! Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo
Find Stephanie: Stephanie's Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

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Sale! This week only, grab the first two in the series:
The Star Child and The Fallen Stars for just $1.99!
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Excerpt
“I thought I’d never see you again.” Cali’s voice sounded small.
“There’s so much to tell you, I don’t even   know where to begin.”
“I know.”
“Marry me. For real this time.” The words came out in a rush, but I’d never wanted anything more. I didn’t plan on being apart from Cali ever again. “No Faerie attacks, no fleeing the country.” I didn’t know how to sum it up properly. “Just be mine.”
Cali smiled and pushed her warm body even closer against me. “Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.” Her yeses jumbled together as we kissed again. “I will marry you. I will.”
We had so much more to share, but I wouldn’t think past this moment, past today when I had Cali in my arms, finally, with our never-ending life lying ahead of us. I asked her to marry me. Promised it, in fact. I would keep my promise. Somewhere in the middle, I’d have to tell her the rest of what had happened. But today, in this infinitely glorious time, we were finally together again.

About Steph
Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel.  As a teen, her family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination.” Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.
Still a resident of the ‘Burgh, Steph is now Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she's best friend to her incredible rockstar of a husband. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author for Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle e-magazine.
Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.

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