Saturday, 18 February 2017

Rock stars are just something out of a romance novel, right?

Gabby knew Nate was hiding something- 

she just never expected it to be that he was a rock star...

Gabby Denis, a struggling fashion designer, is not stupid. There is something off about Nate Cooper. She just doesn’t know what it is. Not many men are willing to take a girl out shopping and pay for her new clothes. She’s also never been out with a man who seems to have women recognize him. Or one with friends that need a formal dress made. Of course, she doesn’t turn down the chance to make it!

Gabby likes Nate for who he is, not because he lends her a car and pays for some of her things. For the first time in ages, she meets someone who supports her, and she genuinely enjoys his company. But he never tells her what he does for a living...until she sees him on the front page of the news.

Although, for Gabby, rock stars are a trope from movies and romance novels, she's going to have to decide if she's willing to give a real life one a shot at loving.

“How’s work?” she asked, trying not to give away that she was prying. 
“It’s been slow, but that’s not always a bad thing.” He eyed her carefully. 
The elevator dinged, and the doors opened. Both Gabby and Nate stepped off the elevator and fell into pace together, but she made sure that he was leading the way because she had not fucking clue where she was going. 
It didn’t take long to get to a door that Nate unlocked and opened. He set Gabby’s suitcase down by the window. 
Gabby stared out the window, her eyes widening at the scene in front of her. The lights lit up enough for her to see almost everything, but the dark made it prettier. I can’t believe I’m in England. 
“Why did you do this?”
“Why did you do this for me?” Gabby turned to look at him, waiting for an answer.
“I didn’t do it for you.” 
Her heart dropped. Gabby stared at him, trying not to show her hurt. 
“The truth is I missed you. I wanted to see you. I wanted to make an impression and give you a reason to want to see me again.”
Gabby was left speechless for a couple of seconds. “You really think I don’t have my own reasons for wanting to see you again? I promise you. Me wanting to see you again has nothing to do with you flying me here, as much as it means to me. I want to see you again because I miss you.” 
He stared at her, slightly taken aback based on the look that crossed his face. He looked away quickly. 
“Thank you.”
He said it so softly she hardly heard it. Gabby crossed over to him and touched his back softly. He stepped toward her, still facing away from her. Gabby didn’t say anything. She just stood there, her hand against his back. She tried to figure out if she should say something or not, but she couldn’t think of anything worth saying, so she just kept her trap shut. A few seconds passed but not long until Nate turned and gave her a smile. 
“I’ve got to admit I don’t have a lot of time to hang out with you, but I figured I could at least bring you out here, and we could spend some time together, and then Paige and Kenda would love to hang out, I’m sure. If you don’t mind hanging out with them.”
“No, not at all.” It wasn’t quite a lie. She wanted to hang out with Paige and Kenda. She was just nervous to do it. From what she could tell, Paige and Kenda were best friends. Although Paige had been really nice to her when it was just the two of them, she wasn’t sure she would be with a friend around. 
Don’t worry so much. Paige doesn’t seem like that kinda girl. 
Trying to shove the thought out of her mind she padded over to the bed and sat. 
“Does that mean I won’t get to spend much time with you?”
“Sorry, but no. I’ve got a lot of work to get done.” 
Gabby bit her lower lip. She nodded, not liking his answer but understanding it. 
“I’d try to get out of it, but I know I can’t.”
“No, I don’t want you to put off work because of me. I don’t want to be that kind of girl.”
A smirk spread over his lips. “See this is one of the reasons I love you.”
His words shocked her. Gabby snapped her head up, and she stared at him with wide eyes. Had she just heard that right? 
Nate’s eyes were wide as he stared at her. “I mean…” He struggled to find words, looking scared.
“I know. I mean you don’t mean you love me.” She cut him off. Of course he didn’t love her. “That’s way too soon.”
“Yes. Yes, right. Still too early for love. I just meant—” 
“I know.”
“Yes. Good.” 
Nate ran his fingers through his hair with a sigh. He refused to meet her gaze. She wasn’t sure what to say next. Just play it cool. Pretend it didn’t even happen. She cleared her throat. 
“So, you’re not going to take me sightseeing.”
“Sorry, no. I can get the girls to, though, if you’d like.”
“I’d love that.” Maybe a little girl time would be good for her.

Kelly D. Smith is a 21 year old romance writer from Canada. After being homeschooled all her life she got her GED and has been pursuing her passion- writing- with the hopes of turning it into a full time career.

Smith is a personal improvement junky and loves excelling at challenges. She is a country girl at heart and loves spending the day outside with her 3 dogs and the cat!

Friday, 17 February 2017

How I Got my Agent: Brenda Drake PLUS Giveaway

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.


Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

How I Got My Agent

The journey that led me to my current agent was filled with missteps, heartbreaks, and frustrations. Before signing with the fabulous Peter Knapp of the Park Literary Group, I’d had another agent. My relationship with my previous agent had soured. Mistakes were made and the confidence in her ability to represent me waned. She’d convinced me into signing a book deal that wasn’t in my best interest. Thankfully, her agent contract had an end date. So when it expired, I took the opportunity and didn’t resign with her. Many of her clients left her at the same time. They all had similar issues as I had had with her, so I felt confident in my decision. 

I hold writer contests on my blog and host the quarterly Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag #PitMad. Just a few weeks after I’d left my agent, there was a #PitMad. I’d spotted Pete on hashtag favoriting tweets, which is a request to read more by agents. He’d been starring middle grade books, and I had one I was about to query. I invited him to be an agent in one of my contests and warned him I’d be sending him a query. He said he looked forward to seeing it. Since I’d already been agented before, I made a narrow list of six to seven agents that I would want to work with and sent them all queries. 

The next day, along with three other agents, Pete asked to read the full manuscript. Thirteen days later, he said he enjoyed reading it and wanted to talk to me on the phone. After an awkward phone call on my part, he’d offered representation. It took all my control not to scream in his ear. I had to notify the other agents of the offer and then wait for their responses. In the end, I chose Pete. I knew he was the agent for me on that first call. It was refreshing to have some who was calm and professional in my corner. 

With Pete’s help and support, I was able to get out that publishing deal. It was tough and I was scared, but I had to jump. And I’m so glad I did. Because a few months later we inked the deal with Entangled Teen for the Library Jumpers series. Though I’d had a year of disappointments, it all worked out in the end … with a slight detour. 

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Giveaway Information: 

·        $50 Amazon Gift Card with Guardian of Secrets swag pack  *International winners will only get $50 GC*
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Saturday, 4 February 2017

For the Love of Books Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the
Love of Books Giveaway Hop
February 4th-14th

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(1) Paperback Copy of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins  from The Book Depository 
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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

How I Got my Agent: Jennifer M. Eaton PLUS Giveaway #month9squad

I am so excited that EMBERS IN THE SEA by Jennifer M. Eaton releases today and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Jennifer M. Eaton, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), and an Alien Charm Necklace US Only courtesy of Jennifer & Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: EMBERS IN THE SEA (Fire in The Woods #3)
Author: JenniferM. Eaton
Pub. Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Alien scientist David has dealt with disappointment his entire life, but failing to breathe life into the planet Mars is his greatest regret. Out of options and in need of a new home for their people, the alien Caretakers rekindle their plan to inhabit Earth. First they will have to eliminate the human race, including Jess, the only human David holds dear.

Humanity has one final chance at survival. David needs to emulate Earth’s precipitation on Mars. But the catalyst to make it rain lies in the fathomless depths of Earth’s ocean.

The clock is ticking down to humanity’s last hours as Jess and David face a world more alien than either of them can imagine. The sea hides secrets, but some secrets don’t want to be found.

How I queried one book and ended up with a three book deal!

A few years ago, I was in full query mode, sending out Fire in the Woods to agents and editors, getting rejections (as all authors do) then revising, rinse, repeat.
I was lucky enough to meet and speak with the YA editor of a Big Five Publishing house, who asked to read the first fifty pages. She rejected as well, but with wonderful feedback stating: “I loved the story, but the voice was not authentic enough.”
I chewed on the feedback for a while and made a frightening decision. I decided to draw on my acting training from high school, and I pulled myself into the character of a seventeen year old girl. I locked myself in there, started on page one, and I let Jess tell the story in her own words.
That meant breaking rules. And in writing, I am not one to break rules, but I figured it was worth a try.
Immediately I began to see a difference in the interest in my novel. Then, one day, the editor of Month9Books tweeted: (paraphrasing) “I just started a YA sci fi with such a unique voice”. I held my breath and watched her twitter feed closely. I became a mess when she started talking about “can’t put it down” “aliens” “action”. I bit my nails down to stubs over a week, and then the tweet came… I think it was about 1:00 in the morning, and she said something about a book hangover, and that she’d be offering on this amazing manuscript tomorrow.
The next day I woke to not only an offer for Fire in the Woods, but a contract offer for a three book series based off book one.
So, if you are a writer, my advice is to keep trying, keep revising, and take feedback seriously. You never know when you are going to hit that sweet spot.

About Jennifer: 

Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her. While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)
During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.

Who knows where we’ll end up next?

Giveaway Details:
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.

(1) winner will receive an Alien Charm Necklace, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
1/30/2017- Sharon Lee Hughson, AuthorExcerpt
1/30/2017- Dani Reviews ThingsReview

1/31/2017- Hidden Worlds BooksGuest Post
1/31/2017- The Fearless ReaderReview

2/1/2017- So Few Books- Interview
2/1/2017- The Starving BookwormReview

2/2/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)Guest Post
2/2/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview

2/3/2017- Wishful EndingsInterview
2/3/2017- Bookish HollowReview

Week Two:
2/6/2017- StephanieCassidyBlogInterview
2/6/2017- iamnotabookwormReview

2/7/2017- Read Coffee and TeenExcerpt
2/7/2017- BookCrushinReview

2/8/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
2/8/2017- fallxnrobinReview

2/9/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsExcerpt
2/9/2017- Book-KeepingReview

2/10/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview
2/10/2017- Read, Coffee, and TeenReview

Friday, 27 January 2017

How I Got my Agent: Shaila Patel

I am so excited that SOULMATED by Shaila Patel releases today and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Shaila Patel, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: SOULMATED (Joining of Souls #1)
Author: Shaila Patel
Pub. Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family's standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother's ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam's father isn't convinced Laxshmi is "The One" and Laxshmi's mother won't even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one's own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

I actually signed with my agent, Amanda Leuck, after pitching Soulmated to her in person at a Romance Writers of America conference in New York City. I chose her from a list of agents we could schedule a pitch session with, and when I went for my appointment, I couldn't believe how calm I was—which I took to be a good sign! 

My pitch went so smoothly that we had time to talk about my other projects, and it seemed we hit it off. (At least in my mind we did! Lol!) That's when I knew I really wanted to work with her. I had picked up a random appointment spot with another agent that had been on my wish list, but we didn't connect face-to-face at all. There just wasn't a spark. Agent #2 had requested some pages from me, but I trusted my instincts enough to know that I wouldn't have been happy working with her if she wanted to represent me. 

So I did what they always say not to do—I put all my eggs in the "Amanda" basket—and sent her the chapters she'd requested. I got lucky my gamble paid off. Two weeks later, Amanda emailed me an offer of representation while I was in Ireland doing research for my book, and I've been happy ever since.

As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever- after, Shaila’s younger self would finish reading Cinderella and fling her copy across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She enjoys traveling, craft beer, and teas, and loves reading books—especially in cozy window seats. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or connecting with other readers online at:
Find Shaila:

(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.
(10) winners will receive a SOULMATED Swag Pack, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
1/23/2017- Dani Reviews ThingsExcerpt
1/23/2017- I am not a bookworm!Review

1/24/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
1/24/2017- Book-KeepingReview

1/25/2017- Black Cat BlogGuest Post
1/25/2017- Omg Books and More Books Review

1/26/2017- Don't Judge, ReadGuest Post
1/26/2017- The Starving BookwormReview

1/27/2017- Hidden Worlds BooksGuest Post
1/27/2017- Book Review BeccaReview

Week Two:
1/30/2017- Jorie Loves A Story- Interview
1/30/2017- Drink Coffee and Read BooksReview

1/31/2017- Read Coffee and Teen- Interview
1/31/2017- The BookavidReview

2/1/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)Excerpt
2/1/2017- NovelKnightReview

2/2/2017- YA GuyExcerpt
2/2/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsReview

2/3/2017- So Few BooksInterview

2/3/2017- NetherreadsReview

Thursday, 19 January 2017

How I Got my Agent: Jennifer Bardsley

DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2)
Jennifer Bardsley
January 17, 2017

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

How I Got My Agent: Jennifer Bardsley

My agent is Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency, and she is exactly the type of champion a writer wants to make that jump from dreamer to published author. Liza answers emails promptly, cheers me on when I feel discouraged, and brings an enormous amount of experience and business sense to every conversation. Plus, Liza runs her agency like a little family and encourages her authors to help each other on the path to success.

I found out about Liza and LRA by looking in “The Book” from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. When a writer joins SCBWI, they have access to “The Book” which is a KidLit publishing encyclopedia. It tells you everything you need to do to get traditionally published, and a little bit of information about self-publishing as well. “The Book” has a section on literary agents. When I was ready to query my manuscript, I started alphabetically and emailed through the list. I no longer remember how many people I queried, but I think I was at the 15ish number.

Liza asked me for an exclusive full which meant she wanted to read my manuscript but also wanted me to pause on querying other agents while she spent time reviewing my work. When Liza called me up to speak to me about my project I was stunned. After all my hard work, I was finally talking to a real live person in publishing!

As soon as I hung up the phone, I cyberstalked some of Liza’s clients including Joshua David Bellin, Sarah J. Schmitt, Lisa Barr, and Darlene Beck Jacobson, and was impressed by what I discovered.  Liza represented a talented group of people.

A month or two later a beautiful legal-sized envelope came in the mail to me, direct from New York City. It was my contract with Liza Royce Agency; our agreement that Liza would represent me.

Whenever writer friends talk to me about their publishing goals, I tell them to join SCBWI, open up “The Book,” and grab a highlighter with determination. Stay persistent, have faith in yourself, and don’t give up!

Title: GENESIS GIRL (Blank Slate #1)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 280

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. 

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. 

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online. 

About Jennifer
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily HeraldShe also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.
GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel  will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.
Follow the Jennifer on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

Giveaway Details:
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
1/16/2017- The Avid Book CollectorExcerpt
1/16/2017- Sammeh Lurves ReadingReview

1/17/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)Guest Post
1/17/2017- I am not a bookworm!- Review

1/18/2017- Sharon Lee Hughson, AuthorInterview
1/18/2017- Bookish HollowReview

1/19/2017- Hidden Worlds BooksGuest Post
1/19/2017- Taylicious ReadsReview

1/20/2017- Bibliobibuli YAInterview
1/20/2017- AbooktropolisReview

Week Two:
1/23/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
1/23/2017- Jenn Blogs BooksReview

1/24/2017- Read Coffee and TeenExcerpt
1/24/2017- Michaela DaphneReview

1/25/2017- So Few BooksInterview
1/25/2017- Book Review BeccaReview

1/26/2017- QuillableGuest Post
1/26/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsReview

1/27/2017- LILbooKloversInterview
1/27/2017- The Starving BookwormReview