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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."  #NA #romance

"A sexy montage of art, beauty, lust & love as colorful as any artist’s canvas."-Share my Destiny #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

Book Trailer

Sale! This week only, grab the first two in the series:
The Star Child and The Fallen Stars for just $1.99!
Amazon | B&N

“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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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentines Hop to Celebrate Crystal Collier's Moonless paperback launch!

Today is the start of Crystal Collier's awesome Moonless Release/Valentine's Blog Hop. Isn't the banner pretty? She's celebrating by doing a huge giveaway of the books above, so make sure to enter the Rafflecopter below. My novella, Model Position is the one on the right. 
Here's a teaser about Moonless:

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

Valentines blog hop question: If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, who would you beg your parents to set you up with? Why? 
For me, smart is sexy, and I've had a crush on... wait for it... Niels Bohr for a while. Who the heck is he? He was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist (won it in 1922) known for discovering how quantum theory applies to atoms: that electrons move inside atoms in orbits, and that they can "leap" from one to another orbit. Also, that they travel both as particles and waves at the same time. I know, sci-fi, huh? That's what I LOVE about theoretical physics. Plus, the guy was handsome. So, I totally would've tried to talk my parents into meeting him--we would've had to travel to his native Denmark, and I'd have to have met him before his wife did (hehhe). Want to see a picture? 'Course you do. 
Niels the looker
Niels doing seriously hard math equations

Here's a cool Bohr quote: "When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images."
Who would you have begged your parents to set you up with in an alternate universe?
Find the rest of the hop below, plus the Rafflecopter!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Swag peeks for the upcoming Model Position tour & a chance for you to promote too!

I'm so excited! Model Position releases on February 20, in just two weeks! 
Leagh over at Romance Novel Promotions is throwing a huge launch party on February 21, which I'd love for you to pop into. She'll have LOTS of books to give away from all kinds of writers. Here's where you come in! If you have a romance-ish novel out, you can promote your book by giving away a copy in the launch party for Model Position. Leagh has an easy-peasy form to sign up, and heres' the link.

Kel over at Literary Nook has a Model Position tour scheduled for March 3 through 25. She's designed a really cute banner, don't you think? We'll be giving away all kinds of swag, including coffee mugs, wristlet bags and a Kindle with a pastel-blue cover. Niiiiice.

And my publisher, Inkspell is organizing a review-only tour. Thanks, Inkspell!

I have the first swag in my hands: a coffee mug, and here it is with its first hot cuppa joe in it. Sweet, huh? 

What fun activities are you up to?