Tour – Karen Stivali – Moment of Clarity

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Kissing Scenes

There’s no doubt about it—kissing scenes are some of my favorite scenes to write. In most books, the first kiss is my favorite. I love first kisses. I love them in real life and I absolutely adore writing them. There’s so much tension and longing and anticipation. Sigh. There’s not a whole lot that’s better than a good first kiss.

Or is there?

What about a long awaited kiss that for one reason or … Continue reading

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Tour with contest: Debbie McGowen and Raine O’Tierney – Leaving Flowers

What’s the saddest book you’ve ever read?  Did it end happy?

Debbie: I had to think really hard about this, in part because I deliberately steer clear of sad books. I read George Orwell’s 1984 when I was still at school, and it was beyond sad. It was hopeless. When I reach the end of a story I want to feel uplifted, optimistic. I want to believe that the world can be a better place, and in some respects I believe authors have a responsibility to show us that it can. Of course, that was so far from what … Continue reading

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Guest post and contest: Zane Riley – Go Your Own Way

What’s your best/worst memory of high school? 

Sitting for the S.A.T. is probably one of the most daunting tasks for an American high school student. It’s an exam that everyone says can make or break a college application. One teacher told us it meant more than anything else we sent to a college, more than years of transcripts proving we could handle the pressure of maintaining good grades while being involved in half a dozen extra-curriculars and more than a stunning, well-written essay. S.A.T. scores were more important than remembering to sleep at night. Nothing else mattered.

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Tour: Angel Benedetti – Bits of Magic

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Blurb: There’s magic in the world, and its hiding in plain sight. Your friends, your neighbors, the guy who runs your favorite restaurant — any of them could be more than they seem. A man trick-or-treating with his son finds the courage to go after what he wants when he confiscates and eats some unwrapped candy. A park ranger who’s afraid of outing himself in public is reminded that his lover will — and can — protect him, no … Continue reading

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Tour with contest: Anthology – Butt Riders on the Range

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Hola! That’s Irish for “howdy-do” in Ukrainian. Kage Alan here. I’m the resident translator and one of many smart asses in the Butt-thology group of authors. Yes, you read that right. Say it with me…Butt-thology. T.C. Blue came up with the phrase because she needed something to wrap her tongue around. Isn’t that just a visual you’ll thank me for when you go to sleep tonight?

This is our fourth anthology in the series. As … Continue reading

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Tour and contest: Johanna Parkhurt – Every Inferno

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Dreams  by Johanna Parkhurst

I have ridiculously vivid dreams. I often wake up remembering them, trying desperately to figure out why my best friend would want to stand on her head and make fun of my dress at a party while that co-worker I barely know runs around us screaming at us.

Every Inferno was, in many ways, the product of a dream. One day I woke up remembering a dream that made no sense: a boy was … Continue reading

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Tour and contest: Shira Anthony – Blood and Ghosts

downloadVampires, Time Travel, and Hunters, oh my!

Shira Anthony’s Blood Series from Dreamspinner Press

Thanks so much for hosting me today! For everyone reading, please read down to see how to enter the Blood and Ghost Blog Tour giveaway on Rafflecopter. I’m giving away a cool Blood Series basket featuring a Dr. Who Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey pendant, a paperback copy of the first Blood Series book, and a vampire gel pen with the series logo.

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Guest post with contest: Lexi Ander – Sumeria’s Sons, Dreams of the Forgotten

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How Do You Plan Out A Series Such As Sumeria’s Sons?

2015-03-29 10.36.24Twin Flames was the first book I penned for publication making Sumeria’s Sons my first series. And I didn’t have a clue to what I was doing, which was okay because I was none the wise until like chapter three. ^_^

As a pantser, I wrote Twin Flames and Songs of the Earth by the seat of my … Continue reading

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Tour and contest: R.E. Nelson – Palace Dog

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We ask:  How did you research for a background of the Vietnam war?  

The research for PALACE DOG was essentially personal memories from my time there.  In many ways, I look at myself as being in the same place (Vietnam) at the same time (1971-1972) and doing many of the same things (teaching at the Armed Forces Language School, living in the barracks/downtown, hooking up with the locals) as my main character Michael Andrews.  Our individual … Continue reading

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