Beneath the Surface Blog Tour + Giveaway

I love Blog Blitz! It’s like a dash to the finish. ūüôā And I’m totally lovin’ this cover.

She’s fighting to stay independent–he’s determined to protect her no matter what…

Brooke Richards survived the earthquake that took her parents and most of her leg, but she needs time to regroup. A trip to Florida for a state-of-the-art prosthesis and to visit her best friend Linda seems ideal. But the trip turns traumatic when Brooke witnesses Linda’s boat disintegrating in a fiery explosion.

Police Officer Garrett Ciavello believes the blast was intentionally set to hide something Linda found on a dive. When Brooke offers her expertise in underwater archeology, Garrett accepts her help with the investigation. But since his fianc√©e’s death years ago, Garrett has become overprotective, and as they are drawn to each other, Garrett realizes he will risk anything to keep Brooke safe.

Brooke is fiercely independent. Garrett is fiercely protective. Will they heal each other’s wounds and find a killer…before it’s too late?

Available at Barnes & Nobles || Amazon

Excerpt!

For the first time since the accident, Brooke forgot about her leg. Forgot about all she’d lost and focused on the way Garrett made her feel.

She knew she needed to stop him. She should find a way to resist the temptation to be with him. But for a few minutes, she could enjoy the taste of him, the feel of him, couldn’t she?

He dropped his hands to her waist and softened the kiss before trailing a line of kisses down her neck. A weak cry slipped from her mouth. ‚ÄúGarrett,‚ÄĚ she whispered.

She should stop this now before it got any more intense.

He lifted her chin and forced her to meet his brown eyes, smoky with desire. Heat spiraled to her middle and she caught a whiff of his sawdust scent.

‚ÄúI‚ĶI can walk you back to your own room before I head to mine.‚ÄĚ His voice broke as he whispered.

She swallowed hard. She couldn’t do this right now with him. Too many obstacles stood in their way. But as she looked in his somber eyes, she realized none of those complications were bigger than her need for Garrett.

‚ÄúLet‚Äôs go to your room,‚ÄĚ she said, her voice shaking. She moved her hands inside his shirt and ran them over his tight abs and chest. Heat soared through her body at the feel of him. ‚ÄúTogether‚Ķ‚ÄĚ

About the Author

Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines and her debut novel, BENEATH THE SURFACE, a romantic suspense, released in January, 2012. LOVE DELIVERED, a contemporary romance, is also now available.
Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere. www.joyafields.com

Find Joya on Twitter: @joyafields
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Joya-Fields/e/B006N2UIX8/
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5395700.Joya_Fields

Giveaway Time!

This is a Half-year Birthday Celebration for Beneath the Surface.

Joya Fields is giving away an ecopy of the book, along with Beneath the Surface Romance Trading Cards and a signed bookmark to one commenter at each blog (10)

TO ENTER: Leave a comment along with your email.

Additionally, a grand prize drawing of a Beneath the Surface tote bag filled with goodies for one commenter, drawn randomly, who comments on all 10 blogs that day: $25 Amazon gift card, autographed copy of Beneath the Surface, Beneath the Surface apron, notepad and pen, Romance Trading Cards, and autographed bookmark.

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The Haunting at Blackwood Hall Blog Tour

See… this is why I wasn’t big into babysitting as a child. First it starts as a part time job. Next thing you know, you’re a nanny or governess and trapped in a house with a homicidal maniac.


Title: The Haunting at Blackwood Hall
Author: Barrymore Tebbs
Genre: Historical fiction, Paranormal, Thriller, Romance, Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: self-published
Ebook
Words: approx. 63,000

Available at Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble

Book Description

Blackwood Hall is a house shrouded in silence. Nine-year-old Alice Fenn communicates only through her music. Jonathan Fenn and his sister Judith guard a terrifying family secret. The servants refuse to discuss the mysterious disappearance of a former governess. A drawing room séance attempts to make contact with the spirit of Elizabeth Blackwood. And when a diabolic madman holds the residents of Blackwood Hall hostage to an insidious reign of terror, governess Claire Ashby finds herself in a living nightmare of drug addiction, pagan rituals, and murder.

In the tradition of the great Gothic Romances, The Haunting at Blackwood Hall is a thrilling ghost story brimming with bold new twists on the beloved conventions of a bygone era.

Excerpt

It was early, but I felt myself growing sleepier by the moment. I hadn’t been given laudanum since I was a child, and the effects were completely foreign to me. My vision grew dim, and I found I could barely hold up my head. Alice, bless her heart, came to me and pecked me lightly on the cheek, then made an effort of drawing a blanket over me.

I fell into a strange and troubled sleep. I dreamed of a line of monks marching solemnly through the ruined abbey by moonlight. Their torches cast dancing shadows against the crumbling stone walls. Then, I saw a rider on horseback, a proud black stallion which I recognized as Nigel Kent’s mount, only the face of the rider was an ugly, twisted visage like the face on Alice’s doll. Alice was there as well, and her mother came and took her by the hand and the two of them disappeared behind a stone arch and Alice was lost to me forever.

I struggled up from the nightmare and looked about the room. Alice was asleep and the fire had died down low. It must have been the dead of night. But I distinctly heard the sound of the door handle turning, and when the person on the other side of the door realized it was locked, the handle began to shake and rattle so loudly and with such force I thought the door would be torn asunder.

‚ÄúStop it! Stop it!‚ÄĚ I yelled, and with great difficulty I hauled myself from the bed. The moment I was on my feet the shaking of the door ceased abruptly. I went to the door and laid my ear against it. I listened for a moment, but heard neither dog nor man on the other side of the door.
Satisfied that what I had heard was only a figment of my imagination, or the remnants of that horrid nightmare clinging tenaciously to my mind, I turned to go back to bed…

…And distinctly heard the sound of footsteps running down the hall.

About the Author

Barrymore Tebbs is a photographer and writer living in Cincinati, Ohio. His writing draws on a long Gothic tradition from the cult TV classic Dark Shadows and Hammer Films, to 20th Century Gothic writers known for deep psychological undercurrents such as Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier, and Thomas Tryon, to create the Psychological Gothic, all served with a liberal dose of black humor. Very black. He is the author of Night of the Pentagram, The Yellow Scarf, and the psychological thriller Black Valentines.

Find the Author 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‚Äôt have to be eloquent¬†or written like a New York Times review. It could be a simple¬†statement like, ‚ÄúGreat read! My favorite part of the book was the¬†first kiss. I can‚Äôt wait for the next book in the series. I highly¬†recommend!‚ÄĚ

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, ‚ÄúBut there are already a bunch of reviews for¬†this book. What difference can I make? There‚Äôs nothing I can say that¬†other reviewers haven‚Äôt already said.‚ÄĚ

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‚Äôre 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 ‚Äėhelpful‚Äô votes by other readers. If you‚Äôre 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 ‚Äėlike‚Äô your¬†review. You can even earn ranks on Amazon as star reviewers or ‚Äėvine¬†voice‚Äô. 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‚Äôt 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‚Äôs your duty to give people a ‚Äėhead‚Äôs up‚Äô? 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‚Äôt get half way through the¬†book and find that there is content they‚Äôre 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

INDIEpendence Day Blog Tour + Giveaway

Yeah! You made it! So apparently, I’m here to share with you some indie books. Well, I’m ready if you are!

I wish I could tell you how I found this lovely lady, but for the life of me, my mind draws a blank. What I’m thinking is she found me. I do know after I read her books, I wanted more. And today, I’m going to share her with you!

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.

It’s me again… Reena. ūüôā As if you didn’t know. So I have a giveaway, or two, or three… maybe more planned this week. But this is also one of those times everyone wins (and has nothing to do with me). You see, the first book I’m introducing to you to is actually a free read on Amazon last I checked. But you better hurry. Who knows how long it’ll remain free. This is where my adventure with Rigel books begin.

The DOGs want to destroy the world. The gods want to make a new one. The trick is to survive both.

The world is on the brink of ecological cataclysm set off by the Oil Spill of 2010 and the Great Sea Level Rise of 2070. Hydroponics agronomist Char Meadowlark has become a recluse since her fiance was killed by a terrorist bomb and her twin sister Sky went underground to protect a top secret alternative energy project. Warned about an impending eco-terrorist attack, Char tries to get off planet, but the Defenders of Gaia strike while she’s at the airport. Shuttle pilot Jake Ardri might offer her only hope.¬†

When the DOGs’ onslaught goes global and the material world threatens to implode, the ancient gods reemerge to take control over humanity. Through the ensuing chaos, Char must juggle two men, a world on fire, and a goddess with an agenda for a new world order.

Will there be any room for love in flagrante apocalypto?

Available at Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords || Amazon

I’d never read a space opera before. Was a bit skeptical about the whole sci-fi thing even. But Space Junque was more than a space opera. It had a little paranormal, romance, and dystopian apocalyptic goodies splashed in the mix. My verdict of Space Junque? a fun, interesting, and surprising read (See my review here).¬†So if you haven’t read Space Junque, get a move on it and pick it up!!!!

After Space Junque, I delved into the next in the series.

Her fate was to hold the world together. His destiny was to tear it apart.

As a child, Durga was chosen by the goddess to save humanity from sterility and extinction. Soon she’ll be eighteen and have to serve as a chalice – to provide natural-born heirs to kings and more souls for the universe. Khai, the scion of Luxor, has different ideas about the new world order. When he falls hard for Durga, he isn’t afraid to show it. Khai offers Durga the love she thought she could never have – but accepting him will destroy everything she’s been commanded by the goddess to build.

Meanwhile, Jake Ardri now heads an emerging city-state and desperately wants Char Meadowlark to be his queen. But as king of his city, Jake is commanded by the goddess to provide natural-born heirs. Can Char share Jake with a beautiful chalice, trained to take Jake to the heights of sexual ecstasy?

Available at Amazon

Spiderwork too me out of my comfort zone. I have to admit, I went into culture shock with this one. It was one of those books which really got me thinking, and got me more than a little angry with society. My verdict? The entire book was unpredictable (see review here). I still love that cover!

Then we have Bleeder… well, it was Bleeder at the time I read it. Today it’s sporting the name FireBird.

The King of Garrick wants to kill her.
The King of Allel wants to love her.
And shapeshifters stole her baby’s soul!¬†

Mallory is a chalice, a rare fertile female after nuclear war and environmental cataclysm wipe out most of the earth’s population. She lives under the protection of Red City, which contracts with the kings of the Concord Cities to provide natural-born heirs.¬†

It’s a pampered life – until Mal is caught up in King Garrick’s scheme for world domination and her forbidden feelings for Edmund, king of Allel, grow too strong to deny.¬†

When Mal discovers the significance of her firebird totem, she’s forced into a dangerous level of world politics she didn’t know existed – but her love for Edmund could destroy the game itself.¬†

One thing I have to say about L.K. Rigel, her writing grows with each release I’ve devoured.¬†

Available at Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords || Amazon

As I sit here thinking about Firebird, I can’t help but feel a bit melancholy. I could totally see a future earth similar to the one in Firebird. It wasn’t pretty, but so realistic it makes my heart ache. My verdict? A book which delves deep into human rights and politics (see review here).

Over all, Apocalptyo is a wonderful series! Definitely recommend. You can pick up copies piecemeal at the links above or just dive in and gather the entire series in one swoop.

One special note I feel the need to add. Not all these books are romances. I say this because there are some readers who only want happily ever afters (HEA). If you’re that person, I highly recommend picking up the complete collection (Apocalypto Omnibus). Why? You might not get your HEA in the first or second book because this series is really meant to be ¬†read as a whole. You’re HEA will come by the time you hit the last book.

Available at Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords || Amazon

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

Giveaway Time!

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

How to enter? Leave a comment telling us your favorite Indie Book or Author. New to indie books? Tell us a book you’ve heard great things about and are dying to read. Don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.

Giveaway Ends July 4, 2012

So I mentioned multiple giveaways this week? Check out my review of What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn¬†(also a great indie book). ūüôā ¬†You’ll find a giveaway for copies of her book also.¬†If you want to stay on top of the giveaways this week, be sure to check the button “Notify me of new posts” when you leave a comment. If I’m not mistaken, there are 5 separate giveaways happening this week.

Stop by on Wednesday for an interview with L.K Rigel and see who won today’s giveaway… plus I have feelings there will be another giveaway that day too. ūüôā

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