Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe Book Blitz with - Giveaway #ReadSwoonRepeat

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Welcome to this week's
Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!
This week features
Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe.
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After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama--her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.
Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.
add to goodreadsTitle: Life in the No-Dating Zone
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Author: Patricia B. Tighe
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About-the-Author
Patricia B. Tighe
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She's also a fan of British TV shows. Top Gear, anyone?

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Empty Cup Blog Tour: Ten Things You Don't Know About Author Suzanne Costigan


Today we're joining the EMPTY CUP blog tour by finding out more about author Suzanne Costigan.

First, a little about her book.

Title: Empty Cup
Publication date: November 3, 2014
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing Inc.
Author: Suzanne Costigan


Mom’s new boyfriend is creepy.

On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Raven finds out he isn’t just creepy, he’s dangerous. He leaves Raven broken and bleeding, but Mom blames her for what happened. She kicks Raven out of the house with nothing but a blanket to protect her from a frigid winter night.

Alone.

Devastated.

Abandoned.

As Raven struggles with the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal, she seeks solace in her imagination and a teacher who seems to understand her situation. She ultimately discovers that her world won’t change if she relies upon someone else to do it. Real change begins within.


“…Sure to prompt reflection and provocative discussions on important issues.”
-Allan Stratton, author of Leslie’s Journal

“Not an easy story, but an important one. Compelling, powerful, and engaging.”
-Eric Walters, author of Power Play.


 Suzanne has shared with us ten things we don't know about her. Check it out.

10 Things You Don't Know About Me
by Suzanne Costigan

1) I travelled to India with my sister and parents for five weeks when I was 10 years old. I have seen and touched the Taj Mahal. I've stood in the spot where the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea come together. I've seen mind-blowing hand-carved stone and marble architecture.

2) I have a full house: two of my own children, three foster children, one boyfriend who acts like a child, two dogs and five cats. You can see pictures of (most) of them on my blog, Living Lunacy
(suzannecostigan.com) (foster children are kept anonymous for obvious reasons).

3) I have two tattoos, and plans for more. I love tattoos.

4) Horror movies used to give me extreme nightmares and sleepless nights. Until I watched the remake of The Hills have Eyes. It did not freak me out. Not sure how, or why, but ever since then I can watch pretty much any horror movie with no issues. I prefer horror movies with a story line, and love psychological thrillers.

5) I use a treadmill desk. I can work at my treadmill desk, however, I have difficulty being creative while walking. So I outline and write first drafts with butt in chair (or in bed!). I am able to edit while walking though. So many people ask, "How do you run and type?" You don't. You walk s-l-o-w-l-y at about one mile per hour. It is very do-able. The idea is that you're moving and not stationary.

6) I recently went to a Winnipeg Jets hockey game and am now a real Jets fan. As NHL tickets are quite expensive, I watch the games on TV and love it. #gojetsgo :D The whole family has joined me in this new obsession and we all watch the games together.

7) I have an "addiction" to movie theatre popcorn. I love going to the movies and, occasionally, have been known to seek out a movie to go to because I'm craving the popcorn! So many good movies coming out in 2015 - it's going to be a fantastic summer!

8) I'm left handed and proud of it. Actually, anything one handed, I do with my left. Anything two handed (golfing, swinging a bat) I do like a right handed person would do. And scissors are weird - I use right handed scissors, but in my left hand. Hey - whatever works!

9) I viewed New York from the top of the World Trade Centre twice before 9/11. I visited the French Quarter in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. This makes me appreciative and sad.

10) I love amusement park rides and finally in 2014 took a dream trip with my two kids to Disney World and Universal Studios. The best roller coaster I've been on is The Hulk at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida.
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Monday, 2 March 2015

Fingers in the Mist blog tour: Interview with O'Dell Hutchinson @chapterxchapter @OtotheDell @month9books



Today we're joining the blog tour for Fingers in the Mist by chatting with author O'Dell Hutchinson. O’Dell was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers living there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific Northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst and at night you can either find him sitting at home, dreaming of random super powers he wishes he had, or directing plays and musicals at various theaters around Houston.

Hi O’Dell! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Thanks for having me! Aside from my obligatory, somewhat boring, third-person bio, here are a few interesting points about me.

  • I love cold weather.
  • I hate humidity (why do I live in South Texas?).
  • Horror movies typically make me scream like a little girl, yet I love them and I love freaking myself out writing a scary story.
  • I love dark chocolate.
  • I love dogs.
  • The site of blood makes me dry heave.
  • I love zombies.
  • I love road trips.
  • I love yoga and meditation.
  • I HATE snakes (and other reptiles). I can’t even watch them on TV. They creep me the eff out!
  • I love Oregon. I want to live there again.
  • I love to laugh.
  • I’m ridiculously loyal and very protective of those I’m close to. (I think I was a German Shepherd in a former life.)
  • I have a pretty wicked (and sometimes snarky) sense of humor.

    Tell our readers a bit about FINGERS IN THE MIST.
    Sixteen-year-old Caitlyn Foster never believed in the legend of the Redeemers.
    That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking them as a sacrifice.
    With the entire town wrapped in a suffocating fog and all the roads washed out after an earlier storm, the residents of Highland Falls find themselves trapped with no way to communicate with the outside world. Over the next seven nights, the Redeemers will terrorize the small farm town, ripping their victims from their beds to settle a decades-long debt.
    As Caitlyn’s friends begin to disappear, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Desperate for answers, she uncovers an evil secret masked by the town’s church. Even more disturbing is the link between Caitlyn’s family and the Redeemers. She alone may have the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.

    How did the idea of the story come to you?
    The seed was planted several years ago when I was talking about the rapture with an old roomie. There was talk of seven days of darkness and creepy rapture monsters out for blood. That seed sprouted a few years later when I was out walking my dog one morning and the fog started to roll in. It was dead quiet out and as the fog grew I kept wondering if creepy monsters were going to come get me while I was out waiting for my dog to do her business. Random? Yes, but it sparked the story. :)
    Are you a plotter or a pantser?
    A bit of both. I tend to start with a loose plot with specific plot points that are important to the overall story. The rest of it is total pantsing. I like to just see where things go. It’s like getting in the car and just driving somewhere. You know where you want to end up, but the unknown between here and there is the best part. Anything can happen.
    What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
    Finding time to actually sit and write is often a challenge. I have a day job that keeps me very busy. Once I do find the time, I have to wrestle with getting in the groove. I am easily distracted, so I have to turn off the internet, the TV and the phone and just focus. Anything can distract me, which is bad for a person whose worst enemy is procrastination.
    What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
    I typically have a cup of coffee and something to snack on.
    What are you reading right now?
    Right now, I’m reading Megan Shepherd’s Her Dark Curiosity. It’s been on my list for a year, but I’ve finally gotten to it. I’m loving it.
    If you could have any super power, what would it be?
    I only get one? Hmmm, this is probably the toughest question I’ve been asked. I’ve always wanted a super power.  I guess it would be a toss-up between flight and time travel.
    What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
    That’s a really good question. I Google a lot. I’m a very curious person. Can I take a pass? It’s probably safer that way.
    Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
    working. (or sleeping)
    Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
    Of course I have to thank my family and friends, as well as everyone who reads my books. I also have a special spot in my heart for the book blogging community. I did it for two years and miss it a lot. I just wish I had more time. You’re all so great and supportive. I also need to thank Georgia McBride and the entire Month9Books crew for getting this book out there. They’re awesome!

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    Friday, 27 February 2015

    Interview with Michael Gibney, author of The Three Thorns


    We are pleased to be joined by Michael Gibney, author of The Three Thorns: The Brotherhood and the Sheild! Here's a little bit about this new MG fantasy!

    THE THREE THORNS (THE BROTHERHOOD AND THE SHIELD #1)
    Publication date: February 24, 2015
    Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books, LLC.
    Author: Michael Gibney

    Three brothers born to a once powerful King were abandoned at birth and cast out into the old world as orphans - alone and unaware of the other's existence or their royal heritage.
    In the new world, by order of the false King, three of the most lethal assassins are sent to kill the children before they come of age and avenge their father’s throne.
    But when the brothers find one another, Benjamin, Tommy and Sebastian must resist the temptation of magic and power if they are to defeat the unspeakable evil that has threatened them since birth.

    The Three Thorns is book one in an exciting children’s fantasy series called The Brotherhood and the Shield from debut author Michael Gibney.


             
                   

    Hi, Michael! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell our readers a bit about THE BROTHERHOOD AND THE SHEILD: THE THREE THORNS.

    Three princes born to a powerful fallen King have been abandoned at birth and cast out into the old world known as “Earth.” By order of the current false King, three of the new world’s most lethal assassins have been unleashed to kill the orphans before they come of age to avenge their Father’s throne. Following the search, a lone protector is sent to retrieve the Brotherhood back to the new world. No one knows where the children are, and they have no knowledge of one another. But all is set to change when Benjamin, Tommy and Sebastian join together to face an unspeakable evil and the temptations of magical powers. The Three Thorns is book one in this exciting children’s fantasy series.

    The Brotherhood and the Shield series is in the same category of such beloved children’s books as C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Without giving too much away, The Brotherhood and the Shield tells the story of a group of orphans growing up in a borstal home in London at the turn of the 20th Century. The series centers around three main characters - Benjamin Brannon, Sebastian Cain and Tommy Joel and their progression from childhood to adulthood.

    In The Three Thorns, the orphans struggle to survive in tough upbringings before terrestrial forces call upon them for help from a world beyond their own, which offers answers to their past. They discover this new world called Abasin that has been overrun by a false king who has ruined most of what was good and magical about it and are landed with the burden to put things right due to a birthright each share.

    The characters form a Brotherhood together and are helped by many of Abasin's last survivors, most of them magical creatures. Through their journey to rid the new world from evil, the Brotherhood meets friends and foes. Some set out to protect and train them into warriors, while others are on a mission to hunt them down and kill them.

    Not all things are what they appear to be in the story of The Brotherhood and the Shield.

    How did the idea of the story come to you?

    The whole subject of abandonment narrowed this particular book for a younger audience, but as I got to book 3, The Lost Prince, it progressed into something else. It became both a children’s series of struggle and victory and an adult book of reflection and loss. Some of my main characters have been based on real people I have met. 

    The less central characters I created myself. But I got the initial idea from a friend who lost his parents at a very young age and I felt like writing a book for people like him and using this sense of loss and abandonment but giving such characters superpowers to compensate for that loss, that maybe it would give some comfort to such readers. 

    A lot of the second book deals with one particular character that I believe most readers will relate to. His initial character in The Three Thorns is that of a loveable heroic underdog but his character changes later in the story.

    Are you a plotter or a pantser?

    A bit of both. I don’t believe in making a story up as it comes to me because my nature is always to pre-plan and be cautious of decisions I make, both in writing and in life. I have a great deal of foresight, which I use my story and its structure and continuity, however when a great idea comes to me out of left field, I utilize it and incorporate into the story where best suited. I also do not believe in ignoring a potentially amazing concept just because it wasn’t planned. Sometimes the most genius ideas don’t come from us planning anything. I believe they’re given as a gift we sort of download from a higher source or frequency beyond ourselves.

    What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

    Having the motivation as all writers but mostly when I’m writing, it flows naturally for me. I’m lucky. My biggest challenge is having the mental energy. Using so much brainpower and exercising a muscle like the brain can take its toll on the human body’s energy levels. So having no coffee is the hardest part of writing for me, personally.

    What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

    Coffee or a strong cup of British tea and a selection of favorite classical film scores playing in the background to get me in the zone.

    What are you reading right now?

    Stephen King’s Carrie and Philip Pullman’s The Subtle Knife.

    If you could have any super power, what would it be?

    The gift of flight. I feel this superpower was best executed in the movie Chronicle. This is taken for granted with most comic book characters, but if you think about it, if one could fly in reality, it would be pretty incredible. I’ve always wanted to be able to fly. I think nothing would compare to such an experience, hence why I included it in The Brotherhood and the Shield sequels.  

    What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

    The Paranormal. Both stories and testimonies.
      
    Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ... writing in my head. 

    Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

    The God of Jacob for giving me the opportunities and talents to create such a daring series as this. My Grandfather for passing down the gift of literature and the ability to write it. My parents who have supported me the most with my career in writing. My agents Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris of Liza Royce Agency, for believing in this book and pushing it all the way. Tina Sims for being the first person in the Literary industry who saw my potential as a writer and saw the vision in The Three Thorns novel. My editor Jennifer Rees for taking a chance on my debut novel and for doing an amazing job at editing it. My Publisher and everyone at Tantrum Books who have been working hard to promote and get The Three Thorns into the hands of every child and adult fan of the fantasy genre. And to my loyal friend, supporter and advocate, Film Composer, Music Producer and Songwriter, Van Dyke Parks.

    ABOUT MICHAEL GIBNEY:

    Michael Gibney began working in restaurants at the age of sixteen and assumed his first sous chef position at twenty-two. He ascended to executive sous chef at Tavern on the Green, where he managed an eighty-person staff. He has worked in the kitchens of Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work alongside cooks and chefs from many of the nation’s best restaurants, including Alinea, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Bouley, Ducasse, Corton, wd~50, and Momofuku.

    In addition to his experience in the food service industry, Gibney also holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

            




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    Excerpt of Hunted by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

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    Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
    This week, we are revealing Chapter 2 of
    Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
    presented by Month9Books!

    Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

    Hunted
    HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki. 
    It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed. Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better. But can anyone really be trusted? 
    Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
    In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted. Lives will be lost. Dreams will be crushed. Fears will be realized. Secrets will be exposed. 
    When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything. 
    Forever. 
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    #Sinnersfandom
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    Title: Hunted (Sinners #2)
    Publication date: March 31, 2015
    Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
    Author: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
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    You can read Chapter Two HERE!
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    Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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