Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jane Austen Lied to Me by Jeanette Watts - Book Tour and Giveaway



About the Book



What college girl doesn’t dream of meeting Mr. Darcy? Lizzie was certainly no exception. But when Darcy Fitzwilliam comes into her life, he turns out to be every bit as aggravating as Elizabeth Bennett’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. So what’s a modern girl to do?

Jeanette Watts’ satire pokes loving fun at Jane and all of us who worship the characters who shall forever be our romantic ideals.












Excerpt

I’ve been thinking about my conversation with Professor Jacobson over and over.  The thing about formulas and people.  It makes a certain kind of sense, but does it lack a romantic sensibility?

Ha!  Sense and Sensibility!  

This is the second time that Professor Jacobson has me thinking about S&S. Well, if I’m no Lizzie Bennett, there are worse things in life than being a Marianne Dashwood.  She had youth and beauty and high spirits.  She wasn’t good at the dating thing, either, and overlooked the better man at first.  Why was that?  Did Colonel Brandon seem unromantic at first impression?

Even though I’ve got an assignment due in Spanish, as well as the inevitable calc and chem homework, I grabbed Sense and Sensibility to take with me to read while I went to dinner. I wanted to read everything in the book about Colonel Brandon.

Anne spotted me in the dining hall while I was halfway through a tuna sandwich and a really big pile of potato chips.  “Hey, Roomie.” She slid her cafeteria tray onto the table across from me and plopped her book bag down beside it.  “You having a really bad day?”

“Um, no I don’t think so, why?” I asked.

“Usually, if you’re having a bad day, you pick up Jane Austen and read a little something before you start to study.  Since instead of sitting here doing your homework, you’re sitting here reading Jane Austen, I take it you had an exceptionally bad day today.”

Interview

Tell us about your book, what inspired it?

The title of the book is Jane Austen Lied to Me, so obviously Jane… 

I love Jane Austen, and it’s fun playing at JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America) events. But I do get this nagging question in the back of my head, even while adoring the works, the characters, and Jane’s unique and delightful writing style: how would her characters hold up, today? 

My favorite example of how different times are is looking at Mrs. Bennett. In the early 1800s, all that was expected of her was to produce a son. She failed. Under those circumstances, the only opportunity that life presented her was to marry off her daughters as well as possible. Think about what a narrow life that is! But the woman was something of a genius. Look at her machinations on several occasions to pull off her goal. She no doubt utilized the same skill to get herself married above her station in the first place.

Now, put that woman in 2017. With her understanding of human nature, and a world that gives women a few more choices than just marriage, she would be a pretty fearsome trial lawyer.

Applying that same line of questioning to the heroes of Jane’s novels is what gave me JAL2M. 


What is your favorite scene in the book?

The scene where my heroine throws herself at her college professor. I feel sorry for her, she was getting signals that she interpreted other than how they were meant. But her professor is a kind man, how was he supposed to behave differently? This scene is actually based on something that happened to a friend of mine, who really is a college professor. It’s a moment that is funny, and yet awkward and horrifying all at the same time.

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

It depends upon how you define “bad review.” To me, a bad review is one that demonstrates the reader wasn’t paying much attention. I spend something like $100 on a Kirkus Review, and I got back this lukewarm, mechanical, corporate paragraph that wasn’t too much different than a 7th grade book report. That, to me, was a horrible review, and I was irritated. Worst review I’ve ever seen. I get MUCH better reviews from people who just feel like posting on Amazon. I would rather get 1 star from a reader who says they don’t like my hero, and here’s 3 insightful reasons why. I love those sorts of reviews! It’s honest, and well thought out. When the next review gets posted, and it’s someone saying how much they love my hero, and here’s 3 reasons why, I’m absolutely giddy with glee. It proves that my characters are well-developed portrayals of real human beings. They are a collection of qualities, both good and bad. Not everyone should react to my characters the same way. If they do, I did it wrong.

Do you listen to music when you're writing?

I don’t know how people can do that! I don’t mind a fairly noisy hotel lobby, I like the sound of ocean waves or train whistles in the background. But how am I supposed to write when there’s a cha-cha playing in the background? I’m a dance instructor, whenever music is playing, I’m listening to it and filing it into what kind of dance or dances can be done to it. So no, never any music. Except for that internal radio all of us have inside our heads. Mine seems to be playing Vivaldi right now. Which is a nice change, it’s usually playing classic rock.

What’s something unusual or fun that most people don’t know about you?

Wow, you ask hard questions! I’m an extreme extrovert. I’ve never met a stranger. I also travel in packs, like a wolf. My dancers are all closer than family members: they can order for me at restaurants, pick my favorite songs, bring me wines they know I’ll like, nag me to eat more salt when I stand up and get dizzy from low blood pressure. They know me so well, they can tell me things about myself that I didn’t even know. And of course right now I can’t think of any examples… 


What are your ambitions for your writing career?

To write more books! I have so many stories trapped inside my head, beating on my brain yelling to get out. JAL2M has taken a long time, because of other demands going on in my life. Now that it’s out in print, I’m impatient to start the research on my next book. But first I’m taking a break for a couple of weeks, because I’m moving to Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m sad to leave my house and friends and dance groups, and excited to have a new adventure.

Any last words?

Two of them:
Serendipity. One of the most powerful forces in the Universe.
Defenestration. It strikes me as endlessly funny that this word even exists, because it really used to happen… which strikes me as even funnier. 


About the Author

Jeanette Watts had been writing historic fiction when the inspiration for Jane Austen Lied to Me hit her on the drive home from the Jane Austen Festival. The idea was simply irresistible, and she put aside other writing projects in order to focus on writing a satire, thinking it would be a "mental vacation." It turned out to take every bit as much research to write a modern story as it does to write a historical one.

She has written television commercials, marketing newspapers, stage melodramas, four screenplays, three novels, and a textbook on waltzing.  When she isn’t writing, she teaches social ballroom dances, refinishes various parts of her house, and sews historical costumes and dance costumes for her Cancan troupe.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hide and Seek by Desiree Holt - Book Blast And Giveaway



About the Book

Anything can happen when you let your guard down . . .

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard . . .

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion . . .







Excerpt

“And we’re working on the backgrounds of the Cole International execs. Do you have everything there you need?” 

Logan had his own personal weapons with him—a Glock 19, a Ruger LCP and his Kabar knife—but on the remote chance of an invasion he wanted to be covered on all fronts.

“More firepower. I’ll text you the list as soon as I hang up. How are you coming with the phone?”

“We’ve just gotten started with it. First of all, it’s not an ordinary cell phone. It’s made by a company like the one that makes ours.”

“So it’s ten times as hard to crack.”

“That’s right. We got past the factory restore and there’s data on it, but it also seems to have multiple passwords.”

Logan snorted. “Can you say paranoid? Now I’m sure there’s shit on it we need.”

“I’ve got Del on it. He’s got it hooked up to a bunch of different programs at the same time. If anyone can break it, that would be him.”

“Okay. Keep me in the loop on that.”

“Ginger’s been digging into Graham Cole with an electronic shovel. I want to know everything from the past ten years, personal and corporate. There’s a clue somewhere and I mean for us to find it. I’ll bet we find a lot of unpleasant crap there.

“I hope we find something soon,” he told her. “I don’t think they’re near done with her.”

“And that’s why you’re there, Mr. Marine.”

“Ooh rah.”


About the Author

Desiree Holt is the world’s oldest living published author of erotic and spicy romance. A graduate of the University of Michigan with double majors in English and History, her earlier careers include agent and manager in the music industry, public television, associate vice president of university advancement, public relations, and economic development.
She is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, a USA Today Bestselling author and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast,
USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times, The Huffington Post and numerous other national and international publications. She is also the Authors After Dark 2014 Author of the Year.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

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Monday, October 16, 2017

DEADSPEAK2 by Ruth Bainbridge - Book Blast and Giveaway



About the Book

DEADSPEAK2. The chilling new entry in the Deadspeak Mystery Series

Things look different when you're dead.

It’s Halloween and a group of teens throw a party at Harbinger Falls’ most celebrated haunted estate. It’s all fun and games until a session with a Ouija board guides the partygoers to the body of a young girl hidden in the attic.

Detective Kimberly Trent is assigned the case and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. First, there’s the connection between the death and a string of petnappings terrorizing the neighborhood. Then there’s the suicide note that only leaves more questions than answers. A visit from Kimberly’s ghostly friend Griff Lindon sheds an unwelcome light. It seems she’s had a run in with the newly deceased who tells her she’s been murdered.

This is the second in The Deadspeak Mysteries. The entries are meant to be read in sequential order and do not standalone. In each book, you’ll find a new murder for Kimberly Trent to solve. You’ll also find the continuing search for who murdered Kim’s sister Elizabeth. Each book will take you closer and closer to finding out the identity of The Hex Killer, the serial killer who ended Elizabeth’s short life. It will also bring you to the heart of the evil that’s come back to life to wreak revenge.



Excerpt

“This reminds me of when I was in summer camp and stayed up all night trying to contact the dead,” Julie Welch commented. 

Mia or no Mia, the time had arrived and the Ouija board was placed in the center of one of the folding tables. 

“You did that, Mrs. Welch?” Angie asked. 

“Of course,” Julie confessed with a giggle. “I lived for those summers, and the camp counselors had no idea what we were up to. They only wondered why we were all so tired in the mornings.” 

The atmosphere of the Halloween Party had changed. Ever since the announcement, things went from Party Central, to an eerie, expectant quiet. The music was turned off and the food lined up on the rented tables was bereft of pawing hands. 

The six rested their fingers lightly on the planchette. “Remember: no cheating! Understood?” Mrs. Welch warned. 

The participants nodded in agreement as the woman with the highlighted blonde hair inhaled deeply. 

“Hello? Is there anyone with us?” Julie asked, starting off the questioning. 

A soft scrape… and … movement! Infinitesimal at first, the planchette picked up speed.

Yes.

“What the—” Gen started. A loud moan interrupted the moment. 

“Yes, I’m here,” a deep voice bellowed. 

Fear spread quickly as attendees sprang up from their chairs and readied to run. Another unearthly groan penetrated the air. Angie latched on to Glenn’s hand. 

Footsteps. 

Someone was climbing the basement stairs. 

About the Author

Born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, Ruth Bainbridge has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life.

Ever since a child, she has consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved nothing more than to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury, and Edward X Delaney, becoming inspired by their brilliance. Hoping to emulate her writing idol’s achievements in dreaming up such characters, she started composing her own short stories.

However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime—on paper at least. Devoting herself to her marriage and the raising of four children, the empty nest syndrome gave her the impetus to return to her first love—murder.

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