Spring into Summer Blog Tour

When I found out Eden Baylee had a new book, I was like, what? I totally love the title (yeah… I know… valley girl gone bad these days)! Fall into Winter then Spring into Summer? I’m likin’ it. Today, Ms. Baylee is here to share with us her latest release.

Fire and Hot Showers

I’m thrilled to be on Reena’s blog to talk about my latest book, Spring into Summer—a book of four erotic novellas, two that take place in the spring and two in the summer.

Almost a year ago in an interview Reena did with me, I asked her what turns her on creatively. Here’s what she said, “ … whenever I write myself into a hole, a nice hot shower usually is all I need to find a solution.”

I’m very much like Reena in that way. I love hot showers because they help clear my mind and turn me on creatively as well.

I have a shower scene in “Summer Solstice,” the hottest novella of my book. It takes place on the shimmering waters of Cape Cod Bay with a private beach on the property. In addition to the water symbols, fire is also a key element in the story. Torches and firewood are used in a ritualistic pagan ceremony. It sets the mood for what happens next, and it’s HAWT.

If you’d like to read more about fire and hot showers in my book, I’d love it if you picked up a copy of my book.

Thanks Reena for allowing me to share with your readers. I really appreciate it.

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In Spring into Summer, a collection of emotionally-charged erotic novellas, four women explore their sexual limits, marked by love, lust, and loss.

Life for Claire Pelletier is changed forever when she meets a professor who teaches her a most important lesson in “A Season for Everything.”

Evelyn Sutton goes in search of a man in “Unlocking the Mystery” and discovers the key to her own heart.

With an open mind, Ava Connors attends a party but wonders if reality can ever live up to her hottest fantasies in “Summer Solstice.”

In “The Lottery,” Sierra Zhao sacrifices herself to numerous men to help a friend, fully aware of the consequences.

With locations in London, Dublin, Cape Cod, and Bangkok, these four women will seek pleasure to alter their lives and push their sexual boundaries.

Grab your copy at Amazon.com || Amazon.UK

In Fall into Winter, a provocative collection of erotic novellas, four women seek pleasure in unique ways and are soon swept up in maelstroms of lust, seduction, and obsession.

After Ella Jamieson trades self-control for a stolen moment of unbridled passion with a younger man, he surprisingly pursues her, leaving her wondering if he could become more to her than just a boy toy. After Stella Christy’s fantasy of a ménage à trois with two men comes true, the rules suddenly change; she finds herself excited and terrified in ways she never imagined possible. Leah Jones isolates herself in a cabin to complete her latest book, but is soon distracted from her goal when she reunites with a man from her past. Ten years after Elena Lee enjoys a torrid love affair while vacationing in Austria, she is back in historic Salzburg with doubts about why she left.

Knee-deep in steamy affairs, these four women will make choices that eventually lead each of them on an unforgettable sensual journey to ecstasy.

Contains graphic language and sexual content.

Available at Amazon.com || Barnes & Noble || Amazon.co.uk || Amazon.ca || Apple Bookstore || Chapters Indigo || Smashwords 
Now available at these Toronto retailers: Ben McNally Books || Good For Her || Toronto Women’s Bookstore

About the Author

Eden Baylee writes literary erotica and erotic romance. Her stories are both sensual and sexual, incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on. Spring into Summer is her second collection of erotic novellas.

Find Eden Baylee online!

Website || Blog || Twitter @edenbaylee || Facebook || Youtube || Pinterest

No Good Deed Blog Tour

Incubus you say? Now that’s a demon you might forgo taking to bed. 🙂

Today we have Bill Blais, author of No Good Deed, sharing with us a bit out his writing. I’m so lovin’ this cover art!

No Good Deed
Author: Bill Blais
Published: March 9, 2012

Kelly McGinnis has spent her adult life trying to do the right thing, but as a newly down-sized mother of twins and the wife of a man living with Muscular Sclerosis, she also knows that trying isn’t always enough.

While interrupting a scene of police brutality, Kelly unwittingly releases a real, live demon. After she manages to kill the creature through gut instinct and blind luck, she is approached to join a secret group of demon hunters who reveal an underworld of monsters and magic. Kelly’s mill town upbringing proves an unexpected asset and the pay more than covers her husband’s treatments, but the work begins to undermine her sense of right and wrong as she struggles to maintain her ‘normal’ life.

When she encounters Umber, a compelling incubus with an unexpectedly human story, Kelly learns that the truth is far stranger and more terrifying than she imagined.

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And now a few words from Bill Blais!

Creating Stories with Hard Truths

Author Bill Blais opens up writing stories where he places his characters against some tough odds and why it’s necessary to do so.

I tend to put my characters into some pretty difficult situations, psychologically as well as physically, so I also have to find a way to get them out. In most cases, the difficult situations come from the characters themselves (through their choices, fears and desires), rather than from some deliberate choice on my part (when I’m doing well, anyway). Similarly, the characters have to get themselves out of a given situation; my job is to keep my eyes and ears open and stay out of the way.

Note that I said ‘in most cases’, earlier. There are still plenty of cases where I intentionally reach well out of the characters’ experience to find a difficulty. I consider this the ‘life happens’ principle, like being rear-ended in the parking lot by a teenager texting on their cell phone, or the call you get from your brother on a perfect Sunday summer afternoon telling you your mother has just had a heart attack. No matter how prepared we think we are, life will prove us wrong.

However, since my lies are best when based upon truths, these ‘life happens’ difficulties usually echo some element in my own life, whether directly or indirectly. This is the case with the Multiple Sclerosis that Kelly’s husband Shawn has. While it served a purpose in the plot of the story (giving her a believable reason to give the idea of demon hunting a chance), it also stems from some personal experience with long-term illnesses I’ve had the questionable luck to share.

Having a personal connection tends to make writing about that situation both easier and harder — easier, because it is familiar; harder, well, for the same reason. In both cases, however, it compels me to be honest with the situation, neither sugarcoating nor exaggerating it to suit a particular plot point. To do so would not only undermine the believability of the story, it would also be a slap in the face to those with such difficulties, which is something I cannot do.

As for overcoming such difficulties, the unfortunate fact is — as many of those in such situations know — that it’s very often less about ‘overcoming’ the illness than it is about finding a way to still live one’s life. This is by no means a positive or even satisfying answer, but this is real heroism.

Thanks to Reena for having me here today and thanks to you for reading!

About the Author

Bill Blais is a writer, web developer and perennial part-time college instructor. His novels include Witness (winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Fantasy) and the Kelly & Umber urban fantasy series. Bill graduated from Skidmore College before earning an MA in Medieval Studies from University College London. He lives in Maine with his wife and daughter.

Find Bill Blais Online!

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Guest Post: Desiree Finkbeiner

So I like to check out the authors who visit my site. Sometimes I find the most amazing things… Take Desiree Finkbeiner, for example. She’s not only an author but also a talented artist. I spent so much time surfing her artwork, it cut majorly into my writing and editing time. *sigh* One of these days I’m going to take art lessons so I can at least pretend to be an amateur artist.

The Importance of Writing Reviews
by
Desiree Finkbeiner

So you’ve just read a great book and you’re about to move on to the next title in your kindle library… but wait! Did you really enjoy the book you just read? Then why not write a quick review?

What’s that? You’re not much of a writer, and you don’t think your review would do the book any justice? I couldn’t disagree more! Authors work hard to create the worlds you fall in love with. They sacrifice time, sleep, resources and other activities to bring entertainment your kindle or library shelf. Why not give them a pat on the back for their efforts? Believe me, it means a lot for writers to hear from their readers.

First, it gives them encouragement to keep writing. Second, your feedback lets them know what they’re doing right, and what they can improve on. There’s nothing more discouraging for a writer than to feel that their work is not appreciated by someone out there. Even if there are already fifty reviews on their Amazon or Goodreads profile, your voice is unique, and they want to hear from *you*.

Not only are your reviews important to the author, but they are important to other readers too. Your review is social proof that the book is worth taking the time to read. It doesn’t have to be eloquent or written like a New York Times review. It could be a simple statement like, “Great read! My favorite part of the book was the first kiss. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend!”

Customer testimonials are the number one way of convincing other consumers to purchase new products. If the author wrote something you liked, then make it your mission to tell the world! You might be saying to yourself, “But there are already a bunch of reviews for this book. What difference can I make? There’s nothing I can say that other reviewers haven’t already said.”

On the contrary, the more voices that laud a product, the better. Seeing those review numbers builds the confidence of other consumers who only have so many dollars to spend, or so much reading time to devote to new books. So your voice, joined with the voices of others, only sing a louder refrain which reaches more ears.

Post your reviews where it counts: Amazon, Goodreads, your personal blog etc And be sure to share the book on your social profiles as well. There are people out there that are hungry for something new to read, so why not be the messenger bearing good news? Recommend books you like to your friends and they will be so glad you did… and so will the author.

No matter how small your network, your voice matters in the grand scheme of things. Even if only one more reader picks up on that book because of your efforts, you’ve done a great service to the author who worked so hard to deliver that work into your hands.

But if you’re interested in writing a more in-depth review, here are a few pointers that might help. There are six main points to a review that will earn you ‘helpful’ votes by other readers. If you’re not familiar with what I mean, take a moment to look at reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. You can see where people can vote or ‘like’ your review. You can even earn ranks on Amazon as star reviewers or ‘vine voice’. That means your reviews were helpful to other readers and they voted you up with points. Not only is that an honor worth bragging about, but you might even start getting free books from authors who want you to review their books! Who wouldn’t love getting FREE books?!

Better yet, why not devote a blog to your book reviews? Then post them to Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari etc. It won’t take long before word gets around that your reviews are honest and helpful, and you’ll get flooded with review requests from authors and publishers… and that means FREE books!

Here are the six components of a good review:

  1. First, start by describing why you chose to read the book. Did someone else’s review influence you? Did you see a post about it on a blog, or see a book trailer online? Was it recommended by a friend? This lets the author and/or publisher know where their promotional efforts are working.
  2. Describe what hooked you. Was it the hero or the plot? Did a single unique element jump out and grab you? What kept you reading? This helps the author know what they’re doing right, and helps them develop the quirks that reeled you in. You might be inclined to reveal some spoilers here, but that is up to you.
  3. Without getting too much into spoilers, try to describe what your favorite aspect(s) of the story was. Could you relate to the characters? Did the plot flow well? How was the world-building? Were there some good surprises, or was it predictable?
  4. Was there anything that bothered you about the book? Was there any repetitive word use, shallow characters, a hole in the plot, a scene that left you hanging? Or was it written to perfection, enough to make you eager for the next installment? This is your chance to give constructive advice to the author on how, in your opinion, the book could have been better.
  5. Sum it up. Is there something you think other readers need to know? Was there a lot of swearing or graphic content? Do you feel it’s your duty to give people a ‘head’s up’? Was the romance a sweet romance or steamy with lots of skin? Think of the summary in terms of movie ratings. Was is PG or Rated R? Why? The summary will help other readers know what to expect so they don’t get half way through the book and find that there is content they’re uncomfortable with.
  6. Finally, your recommendation. Who do you think will enjoy the book? Think demographics: age, sex, genre. Why would enjoy this book?

Now what are you waiting for? Go review that book you just read!

About Desiree Finkbeiner

Desiree Finkbeiner attained a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Missouri Southern State University (2006) with a heavy background in business, marketing, music and fine art– She was heavily involved in campus affairs and served actively in several committees focusing on campus entertainment and events.

She performed with musical acts/bands in rock and electronic genres, released seven studio albums, performed in 11 states and has written hundreds of songs. Her band, Carbon Star, was a finalist for VH1’s “Bands on the Run” reality TV show in 2000. Then she performed with Pointy Teeth until finally leaving the music industry for the quiet life. http://finkart.yolasite.com/

Find works by Desiree Finkebeiner on Amazon

Pack of Lies Blog Tour

My introductory into the paranormal romance genre began with Sherilyn Kenyon. I had no idea there was a genre out there which mixed two genres (romance & paranormal) I’d spent so much time reading while I was younger. And to think… a whole world full of characters to explore. 🙂 Well today we have Staci Weber and Sara Dailey with us to share how they’re applying a similar concept with a YA theme.

The last thing Allison Wright ever expected when she moved to Red Ridge, New Mexico was to come muzzle to muzzle with the wolf of her dreams.

Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind. Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before her erratic behavior gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left behind almost 20 years ago. 

Unfortunately, not everyone in Red Ridge is thrilled about Allison’s arrival, especially when she attracts the attention of the very handsome, very taken, soon-to-be alpha, Cade Walker. Little does Allison know, her mere presence is causing a rift in a once unified pack. Not only has Cade been forbidden from being with Allison by his father, the pack’s alpha, Cade’s girlfriend, Kendall Stuart, will stop at nothing to get Allison out of the picture. Well on her way to becoming the next alpha’s mate, Kendall expects to rule the pack by Cade’s side even if it means teaming up with a rogue werewolf with an agenda of his own. Determined to get rid of Allison permanently, when Kendall and the rogue join forces, all hell breaks loose and no one in the pack is safe, especially not Cade and his true mate. 

Available at Smashwords || Barnes & Nobles || Amazon

We would like to thank you for having us on the blog today.

We thought that we would share how the idea of our Red Ridge Pack series came to be. Over the years, we both were devouring young adult series books like crazy, but by the third or fourth book in the series, they all seemed to fall a little flat. We decided that we just got tired of reading about the same characters over and over. After writing our first novel, Sinful, we couldn’t even imagine writing another whole book about Michael and Elizabeth. We just wanted them have their happy ever after and move on to the next book idea. Why write about the same characters making the same mistakes over and over again? It became frustrating for us as readers, so we knew that we didn’t want to write a series like that.

We decided at that point that if we were going to write a series, we wanted each book to tell someone else’s story. We didn’t want our readers getting tired of our characters, and we didn’t want to get tired of them either. So, when the idea to write a werewolf series popped in our heads, we knew immediately that it would have to be centered around a Pack, and not just one couple in the Pack. We started out with a cookie-cutter family, mom, dad, two teenagers, but little did Allison and Aiden know, mom had one hell of a secret. And Pack of Lies was born. From there we knew we could build an entire series. What better way to be able to write about several different characters than have them be part of a Pack. Being that werewolf Packs are a tight-knit group and full of drama, we knew that the storylines could be endless. Our goal was to create a series much like many of the adult romance series that we have read, like Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Warren. While each of their books was about someone new, each novel in the series were connected in some way.

When we started Pack of Lies we didn’t have any idea who the next book in the series would be about, but the further we got into the story, it became clear. Aiden stood out to us from the start. We thought he was funny (we hope our readers do too), and since we decided that his werewolf abilities would progress much more slowly that his sister, Allison’s, we knew that book two had to be about him. We are currently hard at work on Aiden’s story and can’t wait for its release.

About the Authors

Both Sara Dailey and Staci Weber are avid readers, English teachers, friends, wives, and soccer moms. They have been teaching together for the past eight years, and writing together for four. Pack of Lies is the second young adult novel for this duo. 

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6/19 The Release Day ALL REVIEW Blitz
 Reader Girls
For The Love of Film And Novels
  Wonderland Reviews
 Bunnys Review 
 Cuzinlogic
 Doctor’s Notes
 Books, Books, and More Books
  T B R No
 Reading, Writing and More
  Words I Write Crazy 
6/25 Persephone’s Winged Reviews /Guest Blog
6/25 T B R /First Chapter and Give Away
6/26 Reading, Writing and More /Interview, First Chapter, Give Away
6/28 This Author’s Life /Guest Blog
6/29Ramblings of an Amateur Writer /Guest Blog
7/3 The Story of A Girl… /Review and Give Away
7/4 Close Encounters with the Night Kind /Review, Give Away
7/4 My World /Guest Blog
7/4 A Case of Reading Insomnia /Review
7/5 Book Lovin’ Mamas /Guest Post
7/6 Soliloquy /Interview and Give Away
7/10Red Headed Bookworm /First Chapter and Give Away
7/11Lissette E. Manning /Review
7/11 Readers Confession /Review and Give Away
7/12 Books, Books, and More Books /Bio/Book Synopsis, Give Away