Thankful for You Hop and Furiously Happy Giveaway #Thankful4You

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This week we’re letting everyone know just what we’re thankful for. And that includes…YOU! There’s a new giveaway at every single stop so be sure to hop around and visit your favorite blogs and find a few new ones to follow too!

So the purpose of this post is to tell you, my readers, why I’m thankful. Well yay! An easy blog topic. One with a lot of answers, but easy. I love my readers, because without them I’d basically just be writing for my cat, and the couple of writer buddies who are kind enough to cheer me on (Thanks, guys!). I love what I do, and I love to write because I love to read. I love all the feelings I have when fall head over heels for an amazing story. When I get email from a reader letting me know that I’ve made them laugh or cry or want more of a series, I am grateful because it gives me hope that just maybe I’ve come close to giving someone else that same amazing feeling I get when I fall in love with a story. I’m also thankful to my readers because when I write, I fall in love with my characters. The good ones, the bad ones, the alphas and the betas, they are all real to me. I see and hear them in my head, and getting to spend quality time with them is such a gift. Every reader who talks to me about those worlds, about Michelle and Dante’s struggles in Acts of Creation, or the emotional conclusion to Lee and Alexia in Hunter by Night, they become even more vivid, more real, and more alive to me. 

I’m grateful because writing can be a solitary activity. Sometimes depressing, sometimes anxiety inducing, and never as easy as it looks in the movies. If I were only writing into the void, and reading things aloud to my cat, I’d look even crazier than I’m sure I already do. 😉

I love my readers for making it possible to continue. It’s that simple, and that huge. Thank you so much to all of you. <3

**GIVEAWAY**

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Giveaway: One copy of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – gluten free cake mix has already been baked and consumed by me and my kids. 😉

GiveawayOne copy of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, and some bookmarks. I had the extreme luck of hearing Jenny Lawson speak about a month (maybe? I’m awful at time) ago about things like mental illness, and while I’m generally reasonably perky on social media, it’s something I struggle with as much as the next writer. Mostly, I deal with it quietly because I have trouble behaving like a human being when I’m in deep–as I’m sure is the case with lots of people. So if I feel like hell, I simply retreat and marathon Supernatural like a good girl. 😉

I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety since my early teens, and have have more trouble since having kids and starting writing. Lawson’s writing–her humor and her keep swimming attitude–was the sort of thing I needed. I keep her books by my bed and on my phone and pull one out when I need to remember I’m not alone and to give myself a good laugh. Sadly, due to time constraints I didn’t actually get to meet her the day she was in my town signing books, but I got to hear her speak, and some of the things she said touched my heart so much that it was worth the drive all the same.

So. The point of all the babbling? Someone on Twitter mentioned buying an extra copy of the book to give away to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford one, which I thought was a great idea – being the good procrastinator that I am, I’m just now getting around to giving my extra copy away. I needed to give something away for this blog hop, so here we are!

**I’m doing something different today for the giveaway. Typically to maximize social media exposure and whatnot, I set up a giveaway widget, and it gives bonus entries to folks who follow me on Facebook and and my Newsletter, or Twitter, or who Tweet about the giveaway. I’m not requiring that for this giveaway simply because I want to give everyone an equal chance. So while it’d be lovely if you joined my nutty tribe of followers, and I think it’s a really awesome giveaway so I would definitely appreciate if you shared the giveaway on Twitter / FB / etc, for this particular giveaway the deal is one comment, one entry, and I’ll choose a winner at the end by having my cat shine her laser pointer at the screen (or more likely a randomizer) (My God, is she always so wordy? Yes, yes she is).

Also, and more importantly, if you don’t already follow Jenny as “The Bloggess” on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog, you really are missing out.

SO If you would like a chance to win the book, leave a comment below. Make sure the blog comment doohickie has captured your email address or something so I can contact you if you win. Simple as that.  So comment below. And if you have the means and can’t wait to read Furiously Happy, go and get it. It’s so good, and full of taxidermy. Who can go wrong with Taxidermy? Lots of other folks are doing giveaways this week. Check them out:

Laughing Vixen Lounge Halloween Giveaway #LVLOCTGIVEAWAY

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time for the 4th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. 7 wickedly fun shops have come together to create one spooktalcular Prize Pack ($225+) full of Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Accessories and more! All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of other unique, handcrafted and custom designs. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below or visit the Main Giveaway Page on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE.

Join us daily on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog during the giveaway for our Halloween Movie Marathon featuring the Guess the Movie Game and our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.

October is the perfect time for watching spooky movies. Along with the Halloween Movie Marathon each of our participating shops, and many of our blog sponsors, will be sharing some of their favorite movie choices with you.

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So… MY favorites?? I had to think about this one, because I actually don’t love horror a whole lot, and that’s what I usually associate with Halloween. I have to mention Nightmare before Christmas though, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Okay, not exactly movies to leave you shaking in your shoes but still must-watch Halloween classics. I AM on a massive paranormal TV binge right now, however – I just finished a Teen Wolf marathon and now I’m catching up with the Winchester brothers on Supernatural. I kinda figure all the spooky things that go bump in the night on those shows will put anyone in the Halloween spirit! And those shirtless abs go better with chocolate! What are your Halloween faves??

The giveaway runs October 18th – November 1st and is open worldwide. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack and 1 winner will win the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. Please visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog
HERE to see the full prize list, participating shops and daily giveaway events.

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The Hot Hometown Hunks are Here! #giveaway

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I’m super thrilled to be a part of this AMAZING boxed set, that includes seven amazing full-length novels from NYT, USA Today and bestselling authors. On sale now for only $0.99, you’re going to want to grab this 7-book e-box set while it’s hot (and hunky)!

Get it here! Amazon | iBooks | B&N Kobo

And stop by our Facebook launch party tonight, 10.6, from 3 to 10 EST to win many awesome books and other prizes!!

About the Hot Hometown Hunks Collection:

You know the guy. The hometown hunk who can make hearts race and knees shake with a flash of his abs or one crooked smile. From enemies to lovers to second chances, these sizzling, seductive, and satisfying full-length novels are guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.

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At The Stars by Elisabeth Staab

I was a normal teenager until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. Later, when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and curious stares. I decided to get in my car and go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.

Let Me Love You by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Miller

Winery owner Lucy Stone isn’t looking to settle down with one man. But when she wins a date with blazingly hot firefighter Joey Brackett at a charity event, everything changes. As things heat up between them, Lucy must choose between what she thought she wanted, and what her heart tells her she needs.

Second Chance at Perfect by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Charity Pineiro

Maya Alfonso was hopelessly in love with fellow pre-med student Alex Martinez, but their engagement came to an abrupt end filled with recriminations and heartache. Maya picks up the pieces of her life and vows never to make the same mistake again. But when Fate brings her a second chance at a life with Alex and his adorable daughter, Maya is willing to risk her heart for a second chance at perfect.

The Rebound Pact by USA Today Bestselling Author Eliza Knight

After a one-night stand with her older brother’s best friend Gabrielle Dane vows never to return to her hometown and the awkwardness one night of passion created. But several years later, she finds herself doing just that, running into the delicious Holden Bellamy. The attraction between them still sizzles… Having just experienced serious breakups, neither one is ready to start again. Instead, they make a rebound pact. Casual sex, no strings attached—don’t fall in love.

Unfinished Dreams by Amazon Bestselling author Amanda McIntyre

After leaving an abusive relationship, Tess is given a second chance at happiness, but will it come at the expense of the handsome cowboy she’s hired for repairs on the farmhouse she’s rented? Gabe knows the perky city girl isn’t going to last living the country life, but while he’s helping make her dreams a reality, he doesn’t count on wanting her to see her stay.

Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

Can a quirky bakeshop owner predict soul mates for bachelors in her magical batter? Investigative reporter Jason Levine is about to find out. Sparks fly when Jason tries to expose Emma Stevens as a fraud who has duped an entire town into believing that she can predict their happily ever afters, but logic goes out the window as he begins to fall under her spell.

Carolina Heat by Christi Barth

Investigative journalist Annabelle Carlyle goes undercover in Charleston when her best friend disappears. Before she finds a single clue, she runs into a sexy man she can’t shake. Tall, dark and charming, Mark Dering is happy to show the gorgeous Yankee his hometown. Soon they’re knee deep in a mystery that goes all the way back to the Civil War. The stakes grow higher when a body is discovered. With a killer on the loose, it’s the worst possible moment for Mark to try and unlock Annabelle’s heart. Or is love exactly what her life’s been missing?

Get it all seven books for only $0.99! Amazon | iBooks | B&N Kobo

***GIVEAWAY***

Since it was pointed out that I accidentally closed the Rockin’ Reads giveaway early, and since it IS a release day, I’m giving away a fun swag pack with bookmarks, key chain, some fun stuff I’ve picked up from other authors, etc to one person below. ALSO don’t forget to stop by our Facebook launch party for tons of other Amazing prizes!! Oh yeah, and grab the box set, because it’s an effing awesome price for a great bundle of books, and you know you want to. 😉

 

Rockin’ Reads Hop #Giveaway

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So I guess today’s blog hop is about books we read that rocked? I tried to come up with books about rock – as in, rock star romances – except it turns out I haven’t read too many of those that really rang my bell. So if you’ve got some recommendations for those or any other books that rocked your world, please leave me a comment!

So I LOVE to talk books, and I love to share books that have really made me swoon, so that’s what I’m doing with this hop today. Share yours in the comments, and I will give one poster a signed copy of one of my paperbacks, plus some swaggy things!

Now – my recent fave comfort reads:

The Bollywood Affair – I had the pleasure of hearing Sonali Dev talk about her book at last year’s WRW Reader/Blogger Luncheon (we’re doing another one on October 10! You should totally be there!) and it just sounded so fascinating I had to check it out. I got so engaged in the richness of the story and the drama of it that my husband started making fun of how I wouldn’t put the book down. Given the way I read, that’s really saying something.

The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen (new adult, male/male) – another author mentioned this book in a discussion, and I eventually grabbed it and read it over and over. The love story is so sweet and it makes me actually want to watch college sports, which isn’t even usually my thing. The whole series is great. If you’re a purist about starting with book 1 of a series, you’ll actually want to go here.

Forgotten Sins – Rebecca Zanetti is always awesome, and I mean – a fiercely loyal superhuman soldier with amnesia, and the woman who loves him. Need I say more?

The Siren – this envelope-pushing erotica novel by Tiffany Reisz is one I go back to again and again not simply for the sexy chemistry between the characters but because I love Reisz’s lyrical writing style so damn much. <3

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson’s “mostly true memoir” isn’t romance and apparently isn’t even entirely fiction, but I swear to you that you will laugh until you can’t breathe. Worth the price of the book, even though I typically bristle at paying more than ten bucks for an e-book. She has a new one out also, even better I’m told, though I haven’t had the joy of checking it out yet.

(For some reason I can’t get the linky script working that shows all the other hop participants, but for a full list you can go here: http://theherdhops.blogspot.com/2015/09/rockin-reads-giveaway-hop.html or try #RockinReads on Twitter, etc.)

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Giveaway: Win your choice of paperbacks (from my Evergreen Grove or Chronicles of Yavn series), plus a little swag:

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Acts of Creation Release Day Giveaway

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Cover design by Babski Creative Studios ~ Photo by Michael Stokes

    

Every book release is special. I mean,  you work and type and have nightmares (I do, anyway), and cackle maniacally when you think of something brilliant only to decide later that it’s the stupidest thing ever (and then later that it’s fucking brilliant again, depending upon your blood to caffein/alcohol ratio). I love what I do, and I’d do whether I made buckets of money or none at all (buckets of money are nice though, at least so I’m told). *ahem* Point is, I said my last release was special, and I’ll probably say it next time. 😉

ACTS OF CREATION is a book I cherish for a lot of reasons. The deeply emotional and personal nature of the Evergreen Grove series, for one thing, made this series a both a challenge and an amazing journey for me. I owe a huge thank-you to Lori Wilde for the brief time she spent mentoring me, and the advice she gave to try writing something more emotional. Well, I did. While neither At the Stars or Acts of Creation were at all about me, I drew on my experiences as a survivor of assault in writing about Cassie’s experiences in At the Stars–and to some extent, Michelle’s experience in Acts of Creation.

Most of all, it was the moment when Cassie met Dante in At the Stars that told me there was something even deeper for me to explore in Evergreen Grove: An estimated 1 in 6 men are survivors of sexual abuse, and yet I feel that I see them rarely as romance heroes. When I saw Cassie befriended Dante in At the Stars– this proud, strong, Puerto Rican boxer who had been abused by his former coach–I knew I needed to write his story. What came out as ACTS OF CREATION was kind of frightening, because for all of my research I’m not a guy and I could only try my best to tell his story well. But Also, I honestly fell in love with Dante, and the story of him and Michelle falling in love and shoring each other up was, for me, heartwarming, romantic, and sometimes even humorous.

I hope you’ll fall in love with Dante and Michelle just like I did:

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About Acts of Creation:

He’s living a lie.

 Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.

 She’s living in the shadows.

 Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.

Regular price – 3.99.

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Excerpt – Dante’s POV – All rights reserved: 

I escape into the bright daylight, blinking and disoriented after the bleak, unnatural gym lighting. The warm afternoon should be breezy and refreshing, but instead I can’t breathe.

All of my lies are about to collapse on top of me.

I can think of one person I want to talk to about this. She was such a good listener, and how did I repay the favor? By sneaking away from her room at two in the morning.

I pull out my phone anyway. Perv that I am, I’m thinking about the way she felt when I slid out of bed last night. The way the moonlight from the window caressed her body. Asshole.

I’ve hit the “dial” button without thinking. I’m about ready to hang up and go deal with my shit like I’m used to doing, when she answers with the words, “I didn’t think I’d hear from you.”

Girl isn’t beating around the bush. Which is fair. I owe her an answer. One I’d be happy to give if I knew how to explain in a way that didn’t start out with, “The first thing I wanted when I woke up last night was to bury myself inside you and forget the rest of the world…”

“Dante? Hello? Am I talking to the inside of your pocket right now?”

Shit. I clear my throat. “I hear you. I mean…not my pocket. I’m here.”

“Is everything okay? Last night I thought maybe you were too overwhelmed or something. After what you told me. I didn’t mean to push you.”

Jesus. She’s apologizing to me. This girl’s got a better heart than anybody. If my mother were here, she’d probably tell me to marry her.

 

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EXTRAS: Want to share ACTS OF CREATION with the interwebs? Feel free to download one of these teaser graphics to post to your favorite social media locations:

 

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Dante and Michelle’s Playlist:

  • Human Touch – Bruce Springsteen
  • Immortals – Fall Out Boy
  • Ed Sheeran – Photograph
  • Dave Matthews – Crush
  • Tiesto – Red Lights
  • OneRepublic – Feel Again
  • Simple by Olive Carpet, at least I think that’s who it’s by. I heard this song performed by an a capella show choir when I was in college, and then later found it on Napster or wherever, because yes I was an asshole who downloaded illegal music in college and heeey, I had no idea one day I’d be a person whose livelihood also often got illegally downloaded by assholes so I guess that’s my karma. Anyway, I no longer have the mp3 of that song, and I don’t know where else to get it. I can’t seem to find it anywhere now, and there IS in fact a band called Olive Carpet, but Simple doesn’t seem to be one of their songs so perhaps I was drunker than I thought back at school. Nevertheless, I still love this song and it was in my head constantly while writing Acts of Creation – if you see me at a con or anything, I just might sing a little of it for you. 😉 OH – and if anyone can find me a recording of this, I’ll send them a signed book or a gift card or something.

Happy reading, everybody!! <3

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GIVEAWAY!! To celebrate the release, I’m giving away a $25 gift card from either Amazon or B&N – I apologize, but I’m making this a US only giveaway, because europe and even Canada has so many weird rules now–supposedly Canada requires a test of skill? I dunno. It’s all very confusing, and for now I’m trying to keep it simple until I can learn more. Thank you for understanding! I hope the fact that AOC is on sale for release week will assuage the irritation of my international readers at least a little. 😉