Mid-Month Commentator Giveaway Winner & News

I’ve decided to phase out the Mid-Month Commentator Giveaway, but before I do that, we have one last winner. 🙂

So the prize?

A book of your choice! (kind of)

  • The book must be by an author featured during the giveaway period.
  • You must have commented on the post which features the author.

And the winner is!

Mary Preston

You have your choice of any book from an author featured between June 16 – July 15. An email will be sent shortly.

In other news

I’ve been thinking of other features for this blog. I really enjoy promoting other authors, but I’m struggling to find the best way to do so. The blog tours are fun, but lack of time prevents me from reading all the books and promoting effectively. So what I’m thinking is joining some meme posts. That way I can share my current reads with folks.

So share with me. What’s your favorite meme?

Two Giveaways End! Did you win?

It’s time to wrap up giveaways. 🙂 Did you win? Well, let’s see the lucky readers are. First up!

Last week, we featured L.K. Rigel durning the INDIEpendence Blog Fest. We gave away a copies of her Apocalypto series. Today it’s a free for all.

What was up for grabs?

One winners will receive his/her choice of a book by L.K. Rigel.

And the winner is!

MaryLynn Bast

Find works by L.K. Rigel at Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords || The Book Depository || Amazon

Next up?


Last week ended the review drive giveaway. Basically, share the giveaway or leave a review, and you were in for the prizes. After much tallying we have a winner.

What was up for Grabs?

Winner’s Choice

  • $50 Gift Card from Amazon
  • $50 Gift Card from Barnes & Nobles
  • $50 worth of books from The Book Depository
  • $50 worth of books from Smashwords
  • A combination of books or gift cards from the retailers listed above (Amazon, B&N, TBD, SW) equal to $50

And the winner is!

Tina Brown

Emails will be sent out shortly. Congratulations!

My works are also available at Amazon US, Amazon UKAmazon DEAmazon FRBarnes & NoblesSmashwordsDieselKoboSony StoreiTunes or The Book Depository.

By the way, if you haven’t tried out my works, what are you waiting for? I have it on good authority Smashwords is having a sale on my books. Check it out!

INDIEpendence Day Blog Tour: LK Rigel + Giveaway 2

It’s the last day of the INDIEpendence Blog Fest!

Anyone interested in finding out the winner of the last giveaway? I am! What was up for grabs?

Two winners will receive his/her choice of one of the Apocalypto books by L.K. Rigel: Space Junque, Spiderwork, Firebird, or Apocalypto (which includes all three stories).

And the winners are!

Barbara (Basia’s BookShelf)

and

Julie S. (Has complete collection and passed her prize to…)

Sarah Dixon (Runner up!)

Congratulations! Emails sent.

Along with another giveaway, we also have another special treat for you. L.K. Rigel is back for an interview! Woot. 🙂 So… here we go.

Reena Jacobs: It seems like forever since I had you on last. I’m so glad you’ve joined us in the INDIEpendence Day celebration!

L.K. Rigel: Thanks so much for having me!

RJ: Okay. I stalk you. Don’t look behind you, but I do. Your Apocalyptos series was my first introduction to your work. I absolutely fell in love with the story line. Of course, you’ve been busy busy since then with quite a few different types of works. Share with us what’s been going on with your writing!

LKR: I’m so glad you like the Apocalyptos. You were one of the first people to blog about them, and your reviews were incredibly important to my self-confidence. There are several more books to come in the series.

This past year, I’ve brought out The Loves of Leopold Singer, an epic family saga set in the 1800s, and a decidedly not epic contemporary romance novelette, I Ruined His Life, which was a lot of fun to write.

Lately I’ve been absorbed with a new series (Tethers) about fairies and witches. Give Me – A Tale of Wyrd and Fae is the first book.

RJ: You got me… I’m a fan of “Once Upon a Time” and can’t wait for season two. The saying is, if you like “Once Upon a Time” give the Tether series a try. Of course, your novel Give Me came well before the series. How did you come up with the idea?

LKR: It’s a little embarrassing, but I was trying to write an erotic romance and failed. I started by asking what would happen if the spirits of two lovers were trapped in a magic object, and the only way they could be together was to possess other people’s bodies? And what if two people found themselves madly attracted to each other, but they couldn’t be sure if their feelings were real or magically induced?

The more I explored the idea, the less smutty it became—though I still find it erotic. Characters and factions started showing up, and an entire world unfolded. Readers have liked the result and asked for more, and I’m happy to keep writing about Dumnos, a land of mist and rain.

RJ: You’ve teased us with excerpts on your blog for the sequel to Give Me (Bride of Fae). Do you have a quick synopsis for us?

LKR: You really do stalk me! That’s awesome.

Bride of Fae is the story of Cade Bausiney’s mother Beverly who was possessed by Elyse in Give Me. She gets involved with Prince Dandelion, the rightful king of the Dumnos fae, but there’s no future for a human with an immortal fairy. Besides, fairies don’t fall in love—and anyway, Dandelion has troubles of his own trying to reclaim the throne from Idris.

Bride of Fae takes place before and after the time line of Give Me. It focuses more on the fae than on the wyrd, and we’ll get to find out more about Lily’s mother and father.

RJ: I’ll be snooping around for a release date. 🙂 Random question: Have you managed to get Peter Coyote’s wife pregnant in one of your novels yet?

LKR: Har! Once in real life was enough.

RJ: Be our little birdie… what do you have planned for us in the future?

LKR: After Bride of Fae there will be at least two more books in the Tethers series. The next one is War of the Wyrd and then The Goblin King. The Apocalyptos have at least four more books in planning. Copperhead is next, then The Third Dagger (working title), which is the battle between Mallory and Lady Bron for control of Garrick, and an untitled book after that about the showdown between the followers of Asherah and the followers of Samael.

I also have a romantic suspense story knocking around in my head and a campy vampire series planned – I need 72 hours in a day!

RJ: I had no idea there was more to Apocalyptos. You’ve got me all excited. Get a move on it… this fan is waiting! Anything you’d like to say to readers?

LKR: Thank you! Thank you so much for taking a chance on a self-published author. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. Fan mail does more good than you can know. After all, that’s what it’s all about – a writer isn’t a storyteller until a reader makes it so.

About L.K. Rigel

L. K. Rigel lives in California with her television-watching cat, Coleridge. (His favorite show is Castle, but he is enthralled by Game of Thrones.) Rigel wrote songs for the 90’s band The Elements, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock ‘N Roll News. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway.

Rigel writes the postapocapunk “Apocalypto” series where human reproduction is threatened and fertile women rent their wombs to the highest bidding kings.

Her short story “Slurp” about an author with muse problems is included in DEADLY TREATS, Anne Frasier’s Halloween anthology published by Nodin Press.

Her latest book, GIVE ME, is an adult fairy tale about possession, self-sacrifice, redemption…and fairies. The sequel, BRIDE OF FAE, is coming soon.

Find works by L.K. Rigel at Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords || The Book Depository || Amazon

Giveaway Time!

One winners will receive his/her choice of a book by L.K. Rigel.

How to enter? Leave a comment telling us what the biggest surprise you’ve had when reading an indie book? Don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.

Giveaway ends: July 7, 2012

Stay tuned! The review of What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn will be posted soon, along with new winners and a giveaway.

Novel Review: What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn + Giveaway

As soon as I finished What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn(see review here), I couldn’t stop myself from purchasing What a Boy Needs. I just loved the first in the series so much. I’m a hopeful one. Could Nyrae Dawn do for Jay what she’d done for Sebastian? Let’s cross our fingers she did. Before the review, the blurb:

Jaden Sinclair knows he’ll never amount to anything…so why would he deserve a girl like Priscilla Mendoza? 

Since last summer, things have been screwed up between Jaden and Pris. He knows it’s his fault, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go a few rounds with her new boyfriend. He also knows he’s the loser his dad calls him, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

After getting a huge bomb dropped on him, Jaden lashes out and lands himself in jail. Everything in his chaotic life is turned upside down and to make it worse, his mom kicks him out in order to side with his dad. Yeah, he’s totally a prize for a girl like Pris. 

Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris are all going places in their lives…and he knows he can’t keep tagging along for the ride.

The group has one last chance for The Epic Adventure they’ve been looking for: a road trip to New York, where Jaden’s friends will be going to college. Unfortunately, the more time Jaden hangs around Pris, the harder it is to keep the carefully constructed walls between them so she doesn’t find out what a train wreck he really is. 

When the trip ends, Jaden has to decide if he’s ready to say goodbye to his friends, and the girl he loves. He knows what he needs, but will he be man enough to go for it?

Available at Barnes & Nobles

I’ll just come out and say it. What a Boy Needs was another great read. Not sure if I liked it more or less, or the same as What a Boy Wants. I do know I liked the beginning a lot… a lot more than What a Boy Wants, which is saying a lot, because I liked the beginning of What a Boy Wants A WHOLE LOT! The middle maybe about the same and the ending a little less. Still all around good and 5 stars.

So now that I’ve ruined the surprised, what exactly did I like about What a Boy Needs.

The Boy Jay: “Fake it till you make it” seemed to be his motto. The words he verbalized were so different from what he truly felt inside. My heart broke for him. I know what it’s like to put on a smile when downer emotions are twirling inside. It’s tough. And Jay did it every single day. I don’t know how he managed some days. I could see myself barring the door to my room and shutting the world indefinitely.

I loved Jay’s struggle with his home life. Well… not gleeful he had struggles, but what his struggles did for the book. I was lucky to land parents who believed in me and encouraged me. It’s easy for me to get wrapped in my own little world and be oblivious to the struggles of others. Nyrae Dawn made Jay’s home life real. Despite my background, I could understand the trials he faced… I truly felt for his situation. *I* wanted to encourage Jay and tell him he was important, loved, desired… that he had a future.

Because Jay had real problems… emotional problems, not just “get the girl” like in What a Boy Wants, the story meant more to me. I looked forward to Jay growing… finding and accepting his true self, trusting in others.

Definitely a worthy sequel to What a Boy Wants.

Winners of Last Giveaway

So I promised another giveaway, but first let’s knock out the winners from the last giveaway. What was up for grabs?

Three Winners: Will receive an eCopy of What a Boy Wants by NyRae Dawn.

And the Winners are!

Mary Preston

Desiree

and

Carrie A

Emails will be sent shortly.

Giveaway Time!

One Winners: Will receive an eCopy of What a Boy Wants by NyRae Dawn.
How to enter? What a Boy Wants was more New Adult than Young Adult. Nyrae Dawn mentioned on her blog that she’s coming out with another New Adult book. So this time around, leave a comment telling us your favorite New Adult book or a New Adult book you’re dying to read.

Giveaway Ends:July 7, 2012

If you haven’t entered the second giveaway on the INDIEpendence Blog Fest tour, what are you waiting for? Go do it!