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Meh for Monday

Really. I hate when the weekend has to end. I had a fantastic two days! I read. A lot. I was actually rereading and worked my way through *thinks* well, a lot of books. I loved it since I don’t get to do that very much anymore. For me, reading helps clear my head in order for me to write. I don’t copy what I’ve written, styles or anything, but it helps quiet the characters talking in my brain enough for me to sift through them until I find the one I need.

That doesn’t make me crazy, by the way.  A lot of authors hear their characters in their heads. Right?

But it’s Monday which means I have to get back to my story. And I’ve finally figured out where to start it. That’s always the hardest part for me. The start of a story. I know how I want the whole thing to go, know what I want in the middle and how I want it to end, but making sure you start at the right moment in order to hook the reader is the most important part of a book for me. If you don’t get me in those first three chapters, I won’t continue reading and I don’t want anyone to pick up one of my books and do the same thing.

So that’s what I plan to start on this week and work through the weekend doing. I love having a plan!

Oh and the Saints lost. Booo! That’s all I have to say about that.

Um, what else? Oh! I remember! I am going to hold a 1000th blog post giveaway here on the blog and I’ve recruited several writer friends to help me out. One thing I can say about the writing industry is that it’s close-knit and helpful. I’ve met some fantastic people in the five years since I started this journey. From people I’ve only talked to online to those I’ve had drinks with at conferences, there are some fabulous people in this industry and even better, they’re always willing to make friends.

I called upon several of them and my rafflecopter is going to be massive. Just sayin’. The giveaway will start on November 20th and run until November 27th and I hope to see y’all here!

On that note. Try to have a happy Monday!

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Jayne Kingston Series Tour

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Tour long Giveaway: $25 GC to Ellora’s Cave and a “key party” beaded key chain
Dates: 10/15 thru 10/25
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Legal Information:

– Entering this contest means you have read, understood, and agree with all rules and regulations stated.- Entrants must be 18 or older (or age of majority in your country) to enter and to win.- No purchase necessary.- Void where prohibited.- All stated rules are subject to change without notification or reason given.- Chances of winning vary widely based on the number of entries received.- Prize is as stated. No substitutions or exchanges.

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– Winners are final.- Contest Starts 00:01EST October 15th, 2013 and Ends 12:59EST October 25th, 2013 and open to International participants- Winners will be notified via email, twitter, or facebook no later than 12:00EST October 29, 2013 -Respond by date to collect prize is 14 days from notification date.

Key partyKey Party- Book 1

Blurb:

After five years of living abroad, Rachel has returned to Chicago. As a welcome-home present, one of her best friends throws a ‘70s-style key party. A night of mingling and anonymous sex with one of Petra’s hunky friends seems perfect.

Petra knows about the crush Rachel had on Ben in college, and she rigs the game so Rachel ends up with the very fine young doctor. But Petra doesn’t know the whole story. Rachel never told her friend about the scorching-hot make-out session that is now Rachel’s go-to sexual fantasy.

And neither of them could know Ben is more than looking forward to showing Rachel every carnal moment she missed when she left without finishing what they’d started that night.

Buy Link:

Ellora’s Cave:http://www.ellorascave.com/key-party.html

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Key-Party-Mischievous-Matchmaker-ebook/dp/B00D93NN40

cupids choiceCupid’s Choice- Book 2 

Blurb:

Bree knows she’s next on her friend Petra’s list of so-called accidental setups, but when Cooper washes up on her doorstep during a vicious thunderstorm, he’s the last man she is expecting. Despite her long-standing grudge against the hunky doctor, she can’t deny the sight of him soaked to the skin and looking sexy as hell is making it hard for her to turn him away. 

Mother Nature forces them to seek shelter from the storm together. With her most debilitating fear exposed, Bree finds herself in Cooper’s arms, setting off a moving chain of events that ignites white-hot passion more all-consuming than either of them has known. A passion that is fragile due to the secret hiding in their history.
Buy Links:

Ellora’s Cave:http://www.ellorascave.com/cupid-s-choice.html 

Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Cupids-Choice-Mischievous-Matchmaker-ebook/dp/B00E1NXKM2/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374622520&sr=1-2&keywords=cupid%27s+choice 

All Romance eBooks:https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cupid039schoice-1247144-340.html

luck of the drawMischievous Matchmaker Book 3 

Turnabout is fair play. Or maybe karma is a bitch is more fitting. 

Wanting to repay the favor she did for them, Petra’s friends throw her a key party to help her move on from a months-old heartbreak. While she is not interested in falling in love again, getting her stunted sex life back on track doesn’t sound like a bad idea. 

Except someone sabotages the key drawing before she gets her turn. Instead of spending the night with the ultra-hot doc her friends intended to “accidentally” set her up with, she winds up drawing her good friend Alex’s keys instead. 

A night with Alex is coveted among players. Petra quickly finds out the reality of Alex far exceeds his legendary reputation. The moment they kiss they discover a chemistry so combustible it’s positively nuclear. Instantly engulfed in a red-hot haze of passion, neither of them sees it coming when Petra’s ex returns, repentant and threatening to ruin their newfound happiness.

Buy Link: 
Ellora’s Cave:http://www.ellorascave.com/luck-of-the-draw.html

Check out the other stops on the tour!

Unearthly Musings 10/15- Tue
Illustrious Illusions 10/16- Wed
I am a book addict…and proud of it 10/17- Thur
Lusty Penguin Reviews 10/18- Fri
Literary Nook 10/19- SAT
Kick Start Your Heart Romance 10/19- SAT
The Jeep Diva 10/21- Mon
For the Love of Bookends 10/22- Tue
AJ Jarrett 10/23- Wed
All I Want and More 10/24- thur
Anya Richards 10/25- Fri

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That Old Monday Feeling

I had grand plans this weekend. I love how I think “I’ll just work on Saturday, knock out some of the things I’ve been putting off, go grocery shopping after, read over my WIP and then write the rest of the weekend!” and really expect it to happen.

You know what really happened this weekend? I worked on Saturday and read over my WIP. That’s it. I didn’t go grocery shopping the way I’ve been doing every weekend for years. I was too tired and it was too hot. Saturday and Sunday. No, okay Sunday I was too tired to go and slept most of the day. So much for writing, huh? But I did think about my story a lot and realized I’m not so far from finished as I thought.

This just means I have a whole week to get myself in order before I leave for RomantiCon. Thinking about everything I have to do in order to be fully prepared makes me cringe. I have a box of things to pack and ship out before I leave so I don’t have to stuff my luggage, people to contact about taking care of my girls while I’m gone, food to throw away so it doesn’t spoil…what else? I’m sure there are a million things left to do. Hopefully I won’t forget any of them.

So exciting, don’t you think? *snort* Really, the life of a writer isn’t as exciting as they made it seem in Jewel of the Nile or Romancing the Stone.

What’d y’all do this weekend? I lost in both of my fantasy football leagues, by the way. This doesn’t exactly add to Danica’s happy Monday feeling.

Oh and in case you didn’t realize, I’m holding a Fan Appreciation Giveaway every month on my Facebook fan page. This month the prize is a Danica Avet T-shirt. If I hit 500 likes, I’ll pick two winners. Please share the page with your friends and lets hit 500 before the end of the day today when I draw the winner!

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Amielise Gable’s Scavenger Hunt

Genre: Contemporary Light Romance
Flame rating: Warm
Released: April 30, 2013
Word count: 60K
Tour long Giveaway:  $25 GC to Amazon, 3 ebook copies of ‘The Good Sister’
Dates: 7/5/2013 thru 7/19/2013

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Super Duper Important- Scavenger Hunt Instructions:

There are 10 (ten) stops for this Scavenger Hunt. Each stop contains a picture/button with a letter on it. All 10 letters form a message or phrase that is associated with the book. The letters are scattered randomly to the hosts. You will need to collect all 10, unscramble them, and then enter the decoded message in the Rafflecopter for the ‘extra entries’. Good luck!

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Bio:

For as long as she can remember, Amielise Gable has been a fan of books, writing her first book on fruits and vegetables at age seven. Ever since, she has remained a voracious reader, and later, a book reviewer.

THE GOOD SISTER, a contemporary romance, is her first full length release.

In her spare time, Amie enjoys gardening, photography, and old black and white movies where the hero always gets the heroine.

Visit her blog at: http://www.amielise.com

Blog: http://www.amielise.com

Twitter @amielise

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amielise-Gable/306124566187099


Blurb:

The_Good_Sister_WEBSITE_USEAfter her mother’s sudden death, Ryanne Myers is home again. It has been fifteen years since she escaped Mount Pleasant and everyone and everything in it. Now she must oversee the closing of her mother’s affairs.

The only bright spot is Ryanne’s blossoming friendship with boarder CJ Richter. Ryanne senses that CJ just might be her soul mate, but the handsome excavator is somewhat of a standoffish loner.

After an unthinkable event, Ryanne’s life spins out of control, and she must deal not only with her grasping, selfish sister, but also a manipulative, wannabe suitor. CJ offers Ryanne a way out, but at what price? Beware: Everyone has secrets in Mount Pleasant…And they enjoy them!

Drama, romance, mystery, and murder, all centered around a little town. THE GOOD SISTER is an outstanding debut novel from Amielise Gable. Ms. Gable presents the reader with a unique love story with a cast of endearing  yet almost  misfits, who each have their own foibles as well as qualities that make them dear to the reader’s heart.

5 Stars TOP PICK

Night Owl Romance

Buy Links:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/The-Good-Sister-ebook/dp/B00CMX3V5Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367684987&sr=8-1&keywords=amielise+gable

ITunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id644389709

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115241143?ean=2940016699141

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Jayne Kingston 7/6- SAT
A.M. Griffin 7/8- Mon
Coffee & A Book Anytime 7/9- Tue
Anya Richards 7/10- Wed
For Whom The Books Toll 7/11- Thur
Lea Barrymire 7/12- Fri
AJ Jarrett 7/15- Mon
Unearthly Musings 7/16- Tue
BadBarbsPlace 7/18- Thur

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Guest Spotlight on Lashell Collins

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Lashell Collins- Pierced Trilogy Book 3

Pierced Ever After

Bio:

Lashell Collins was born and raised in a small Ohio town. And although her Midwestern upbringing gave her a very practical outlook on life, it didn’t stop her from daydreaming about romance and love and all the special little things that make life magical.

Lashell has always loved to write and often dreamed about pursuing her passion, but like so many of us, she allowed life and circumstances to lead her down a very different path for a long time. An avid lover of both animals and flowers, Lashell has spent the last twenty years working in Veterinary Clinics and Garden Centers before finally finding the courage to take writing seriously.

She lives in Ohio with her husband and their two four-legged children, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Ben and an American Bobtail cat called Spike. She is a hopeless romantic, a huge music fan, loves to laugh and loves a happy ending.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LashellCollins
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LashellCollinsAuthor
Blog:  http://lashellcollins.wordpress.com
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6948715.Lashell_Collins
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lashellcollins1/
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Pierced by Danger: Book 1

Close Encounters with the Night Kind 6/6- Thur
For Whom The Books Toll 6/7- Fri
Find Your Next Read 6/8- SAT
My Reading Obsession 6/9- SUN

Pierced by Love: Book 2

A.M. Griffin 6/10- Mon
MsRomanticReads 6/11- Tue
Cristal Ryder 6/15- SAT
Erzabet’s Enchantments 6/16- SUN
deal sharing aunt 6/17- Mon

Pierced Ever After: Book 3

Lea Barrymire 6/19- Wed
Unearthly Musings 6/20- Thur
AJ Jarrett 6/21- Fri
Tattooed Book Review 6/24- Mon
4 the LUV of SANITY 6/25- Tue
BadBarbsPlace 6/26- Wed
Book Reviews & More by Kathy 6/28- Fri

Blurb:

Brought together by criminal forces, heiress Samantha Colby and Detective Joshua Pierce have come through a harrowing Lashell Collinsordeal together and found love in the process. But now that their troubles are seemingly behind them and real life awaits, they each discover that being together is going to require a little give and take.

Still haunted by a dark secret in his past, Joshua struggles with how to tell Samantha the truth as he deals with his unease about fitting in with her wealthy family, while Samantha endeavors to build an identity for herself that’s separate from her famous last name. Knowing that they come from two different worlds, both are determined to let their hearts guide them. Can they figure out how to meet in the middle and build the life – and the love – they both want so desperately?

http://www.amazon.com/Pierced-Ever-After-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00D3OHNQO

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Jayne Kingston Blog Tour

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Series: Mischievous Matchmaker Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Flame rating: Sorching
Released: 6/5/2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Tour long Giveaway: $25 from Amazon or B&N and one pdf copy of a title from my backlist
Dates: 6/5 thru 6/23/2013

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Bio:

When Jayne Kingston was growing up she spent many hours daydreaming about a time when she could flee the too-small town in Ohio where she grew up and run laughing for the sunny West Coast. Of course she stuck around and raised her family in that small town instead, and doesn’t regret it for a moment. Now she spends her days dreaming about the delicious fun two people can have while falling in love.

Find Me Here Links:
Website: http://www.jaynekingston.com
Email: jayne@jaynekingston.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaynekingston.writer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jayne_kingston
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5806691.Jayne_Kingston

Blurb:

After five years of living abroad, Rachel has returned to Chicago. As a welcome-home present, one of her best friends throws akeyparty_msr ‘70s-style key party. A night of mingling and anonymous sex with one of Petra’s hunky friends seems perfect.

Petra knows about the crush Rachel had on Ben in college, and she rigs the game so Rachel ends up with the very fine young doctor. But Petra doesn’t know the whole story. Rachel never told her friend about the scorching-hot make-out session that is now Rachel’s go-to sexual fantasy.

And neither of them could know Ben is more than looking forward to showing Rachel every carnal moment she missed when she left without finishing what they’d started that night.

Buy Link:

Ellora’s Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/key-party.html

Jayne’s Schedule:
Nina’s Literary Escape 6/5- Wed
For Whom The Books Toll 6/6- Thur
deal sharing aunt 6/7- Fri
MsRomanticReads 6/8- SAT
Close Encounters with the Night Kind 6/9- SUN
Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads 6/10- Mon
book boyfriend reviews 6/11- Tue
Lea Barrymire 6/12- Wed
Anya Richards 6/14- Fri
Erzabet’s Enchantments 6/15- SAT
A.M. Griffin 6/16- SUN
AJ Jarrett 6/17- Mon
Unearthly Musings 6/18- Tue
Book Reviews & More by Kathy 6/19- Wed
BadBarbsPlace 6/20- Thur
Illustrious Illusions 6/21- Fri
Cristal Ryder 6/22- SAT

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Excerpt:

Rachel watched a tall redhead nearly fill the foyer as he came in the front door. No sooner had she opened her mouth to tell Petra she hoped she got his keys later that night than he stepped sideways out of the foyer. He turned to laugh with the guy behind him and the words froze on her tongue.

Ben Richards—not quite as tall or broad as the redhead but long and great shouldered just the same—said something that made them both laugh harder as they made quite the entrance into the room.

Just like that, seven years vanished. Rachel could vividly remember what it had been like to be pinned beneath Ben on his couch, drowning in his mouth—both wildly lush and utterly masculine—as he kissed her freakin’ socks off. She shivered as she recalled the way his thick, black hair felt clutched in her hands, and how he hadn’t closed his rich-gray eyes but watched her while they kissed. And the way his long fingers had felt sliding under the hem of her sweatshirt to skim over her skin had been something she would never forget.

It was still the single hottest makeout session of her life.

And the last time she’d seen him.

Oh God.

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Amy Ruttan Blog Tour

Genre: Paranormal/shifter Erotic Romance
Flame rating: Scorching
Released: 6/7/2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Word count: 30K
Tour long Giveaway:  Bear shifter charm bracelet, ebook copy of Private Release and Mounted Release
Dates: 6/7 thru 6/28/2013
Rafflecopter Code:

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Interview with Jared Stevens of Private Release:

Danica: What is your real, birth name?
Jared: Jared Edward Stevens.

Danica: Do you have a nickname? What is it, and where did you get it? 
Jared: Well, I’m called Chief by my right hand man and my sister will call me a dunderhead. Unfortunately, Adele has picked up this habit as well if she’s annoyed with me.

Danica: What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Jared: Nothing *grins wickedly*

Danica: Where do you live? Describe it: Is it messy, neat, avant-garde, sparse, etc.? 
Jared: I live in Winnipeg. In a penthouse suite. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter. You don’t need to know the specifics.

Danica: What was your family like?
Jared: Loving. I had a happy childhood.

Danica: Who was your father, and what was he like?
Jared: My father was Chief of Beare Enterprises before me. He was formidable man, a loving father and a great Chief. It’s hard to feel his shoes.

Danica: Who was your mother, and what was she like?
Jared: It’s hard for me to talk about my mother since her murder. I loved her. So much. She was the best.

Danica: What was your parents’ marriage like? Were they married? Did they remain married?
Jared: My parents were happy enough. They were married. It was arranged and they remained married until they were killed.

Danica: What were your sibling’s names? What were they like?
Jared: I have a sister. Her name is Sheridan. She’s a perpetual thorn in my side *smiles* but I love her. She lives in Ontario now.

Danica: What’s the worst thing one of your siblings ever did to you? What’s the worst thing you’ve done to one of your siblings?
Jared: My sister duct taped me to a wall as a child. The worst I’ve done to her… left her alone to deal with that monster Levi. I’ll never forgive myself for that.

Danica: When’s the last time you saw any member of your family? Where are they now?
Jared: I saw Sheridan early in the year in Dawson City. Then I went to her wedding with Gordon Thomas in Winnipeg, before she moved to Ontario. She lives east of Toronto.

Danica: What tape or CD hasn’t left your player since you purchased it? Why?
Jared: I purchase MP3s and the last song I bought was Hurricane by Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Danica: What song is “your song?” Why?
Jared: Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash. *grins* I love Johnny.

Danica: What’s been your favorite movie of all time?
Jared: Walk the Line. See above.

Danica: What annoys you more than anything else?
Jared: These questions. Too personal.

Danica: What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
Jared: Adele.

Danica: What kind of weather is your favorite?
Jared: I love summer, when I’m not shifted. Winter when I’m wandering around as a bear.

Danica: What is your favorite food?
Jared: Caribou. *grins wickedly*

Danica: What’s your favorite animal? Why?
Jared: Polar bear. It’s a bit obvious isn’t it?

Danica: What was the worst injury you’ve ever received? How did it happen?
Jared: I was shot by Levi trying to protect my sister. It was painful and I couldn’t shift for so long.

Danica: What would you wish for if you found a genie?
Jared: What the hell kind of question is this?

Danica: What do you do when you are bored?
Jared: *Doesn’t say anything, just grins*

Anya Richards 6/7- Fri
Lea Barrymire 6/9- SUN
AJ Jarrett 6/10- Mon
Unearthly Musings 6/11- Tue
Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads 6/12- Wed
For Whom The Books Toll 6/14- Fri
Passionate Encounters 6/15- SAT
For the Love of Bookends 6/17- Mon
Close Encounters with the Night Kind 6/18- Tue
Tattooed Book Review 6/19- Wed
MsRomanticReads 6/20- Thur
book boyfriend reviews 6/21- Fri
The Jeep Diva 6/22- SAT
My Reading Obsession 6/23- SUN
A.M. Griffin 6/24- Mon
Bad Barb’s Place 6/25- Tue
deal sharing aunt 6/26- Wed
Cristal Ryder 6/27- Thur
Bookswagger 6/28- Fri

Bio:

Amy started writing at a very young age. Life and responsibility got in the way and writing was put on hold. It wasn’t until the birth of her second child and spending countless hours in a NICU she realized that life is precious and it shouldn’t be wasted.

Now years later –and a healthy baby later–Amy has realized her dreams. She was first published in 2007. Her alter ego, A.C. Ruttan writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy.

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 Buy Links:

COMING AROUND 6/1/2013

Excerpts:

COMING AROUND 6/1/2013

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