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BLOG TOUR: Destiny’s Shadow by Ann Gimpel

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Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this promotion. I have the author of Destiny's Shadow and Out of the Shadows, Ann Gimpel, sharing her life as a writer. Welcome!
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The Writing Life
Isn't anything like I thought it would be. I suppose I had this romanticized picture in my mind of curling up in front of my computer and turning out, well, stuff. That part has come true. I do write stories--and novels/novellas, too. I truly love that part. There's nothing better than being lost in the creative process where characters are alive in my head and the other world--the real one--fades into insignificance.

There are all those other parts, though. The ones I really didn't know much about beforehand. I've taught myself to be a better self-editor. I've gotten better at researching markets for my stories. Not much point in sending a sci fi short to a market that publishes predominantly horror. Also not much point sending high fantasy t…

REVIEW: Destiny’s Shadow by Ann Gimpel

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Recap:Moira is a park ranger and she throws herself into work to escape her cheating shaman husband, but inadvertently runs into an old flame. She and Tim split under less than stellar circumstances and running into him again has old feelings stirring again. During a horrific winter storm, they’ll rediscover their love, and find they’ll need Tim’s druid heritage if they want to survive both the storm and her husband’s vengeance.
Title:  Destiny's Shadow
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Ann Gimpel
Approximate Book Length:  75 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:This was kind of a neat read. The druidic magic vs shaman magic was a little vague, but still pretty cool. The suspense created by Moira’s predicament was great, and her husband is the kind of villain you have no problem hating.

I did have some mixed feelings though. Moira seemed a little shallow, having left Tim in the first place simply because he wouldn’t sleep with her. I get that t…

BLOG TOUR: The Witch Hunter by Nicole R. Taylor

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Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm promoting The Witch Hunter today while the author, Nicole R Taylor shares her advice to writers. Welcome!
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Advice for Beginning Writers
A blog topic that comes up a lot is advice for beginning writers. What advice could I give someone who wants to write a novel? Or just start writing short stories or even in a journal…

I would tell you to just write. Because that's all it is. Of course there's grammar, plot, characterization and a few other things. You can't even begin to think about those until you've written something down. Just start writing and see what comes out. Practice. Read. Write and live life. Stories come from observations, people you meet, things you see. Don't just sit back and observe, participate. Then write it all down.

Journal, scribble, make a mark.

I've been writing ever since I can remember. I'd read all the books I'd get my hands on. …

BLOG TOUR: Redemption by Erica Hayes

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Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Erica Hayes, author of Redemption, here today. Welcome!
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Greetings, and thanks to Buffy for hosting me today! I'm Erica Hayes, and I'm a paranormal romance author. Or maybe an urban fantasy romance author. What's in a genre, anyway? It's all in the same section of the bookstore, right?

But there's nothing more disappointing and annoying as a reader than when a book turns out to be different to what you were led to expect. Even if the book is great, it can really taint my enjoyment. I've had many a quiet rant on the subject. That cover model looks nothing like the heroine! I say, or That back cover copy is nothing to do with the story!

Some authors strike it lucky. I really like the covers of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. Mercy looks just as I imagine her, and the details are evocative of her world. I also love Larissa Ione's US covers for her Lor…

BLOG TOUR: Paramount by Nadia Scrieva

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Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm promoting Paramount today by Nadia Scrieva. Happy reading!
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A goddess hell-bent on revenge...

Pax Burnson is the descendant of devas. She has vowed to live her life without practicing her powers, but recent events have overturned her entire existence. Thorn Kalgren has been the love of her life since she was fourteen -- he helped her to heal after the loss of her parents. As a close family friend, he is one of a select few who understand and share her unique heritage. His recent betrayal has released a violence within her that she cannot restrain.

While her first instinct is to escape and forget, her aimless road trip is interrupted by a childhood friend in need. An idea strikes Pax as she sees her own pain reflected in Thorn's sister, Amara Kalgren. She is suddenly filled with a new, all-consuming purpose: vengeance. She believes there is nothing else left.

Using ancient magick and …

BLOG TOUR: The Telepathic Clans Saga by BR Kingsolver

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Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have BR Kingsolver here with a character interview of Rebecca from The Telepathic Clans Saga. Welcome, and happy reading!
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Rebecca Healy is with us today.

Buffy: What is the name of the book where we'll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?

Rebecca: (Smiling, with a flip of her hair) I’m in all of BR Kingsolver’s books, The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, and Succubus Rising. I’m very popular. I’m the sidekick to Brenna O’Donnell, the richest, most beautiful telepath/succubus in the world. I’m her bodyguard and best friend.

The Succubus Gift is about a young woman’s (Brenna) coming of age and discovering her telepathic powers. She’s looking for love but also trying to deal with people who want to kill her. Succubus Unleashed is a continuation of the story. As Brenna becomes comfortable with being a succubus and integrates into the Clan, her adventures and loves make up the story. I…

BLOG TOUR: Prophecy of the Flame by Lynn Hardy

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Thanks to Book Trailer Showcase for hosting this blog tour. I'm interviewing Lynn Hardy, author of Prophecy of the Flame today. Welcome!
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Have you always wanted to be an author?
Actually, I wanted to be a journalist. My college instructor told me that I couldn’t catch my typos so no editor would ever hire me. (This was before WORD) He told me to change my major.

I dropped out of college, giving up my dreams to become a housewife.

What inspired the idea for the Prophecy of the Flame series?
My husband and I were going through marriage counseling. The shrink asked me to write from my earliest memories with as much detail as I could manage. I handed her ten pages, single-spaced, typed, twice a week. A few months later she said, “I have to tell you: I’ve asked my patients to write for me for the last 20 years, but this is the first time I want to sit down on the couch with a cup of tea and see what happens next in a clients life.”

Soon after that I had t…

BLOG TOUR: Frost by Taryn Kincaid

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Thanks to FMB Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm promoting Frost by Taryn Kincaid. Happy reading!
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Dagney Night, a sought-after succubus, is no stranger to blazing hot sex. But as Valentine’s Day approaches, she longs for something more. When oddly erotic paintings arrive for display at her art gallery, arousing everyone who views them, she wonders about the mysterious artist who created the works.

Maxwell Raines, a fire-sex demon, lives a life of solitude and seclusion behind the walls of his compound at Sleepy Hollow, channeling his lustful impulses into his art—until his muse deserts him and his temperature rises past the danger point. He needs sex. Now.

When Madame Evangeline arranges a torrid Valentine’s 1Night Stand for them, will the flames of their encounter be too hot to handle?


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~EXCERPT~
Dagney followed her sister’s glance, and her heart flipped like a gymnast unable to nail a vault. Dar…

Big Cocks and Shamrocks Giveaway Hop!

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Big thanks to Close Encounters with the Night Kind and Read Between the Lines for hosting this giveaway hop! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Now I would really like to offer up St. Patty's Day themed books, but I honestly haven't read many. So I'll just offer up any book of the winner's choice from my 3 Star and 4 Star reviews. If none of those interest you, I'll offer up a $5 Amazon Giftcard.

Just enter the Rafflecopter below and you're golden! Open to US/INT since it's digital copies up for grabs.
a Rafflecopter giveaway There's also a Grand Prize up for grabs on this hop. The Basket Full of Naughty contains the following in a Cabal of Hotness Tote:

Tickler/Flogger (one on each end)
Penis-shaped sour candies
Flask that reads "girls with class don't need a glass"
G-spot vibe
Oral sex "essentials" kit
Glow in the dark erotic dice

Also included is a $30 gift card and a Cabal of Hotness t-shirt.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Thanks for …

BOOK PROMO: After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue

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Thanks to Reading Addiction Blog Tours for hosting this promo blitz. I'm sharing an excerpt from The Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue. Happy reading!
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The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now — broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions …

BLOG TOUR: The Chronicles of Kerrigan by WJ May

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Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm promoting The Chronicles of Kerrigan today while the author, WJ May talks about watching the waves at Myrtle Beach. Welcome!
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Watching the Waves
It’s March Break in Canada (well, in Ontario) and our family heading down to Myrtle Beach for the kids spring break. It’s awesome, in so many weird and memorable ways.

As a kid my folks took us here for years during every spring break. Other families from the area I grew up in came also. The first year we came, my folks didn’t have a ton of money. I was a kid so I never knew but it’s neat to look back at it now. My dad’s passed away and I would give anything to go back to the first trip.

It’s about a fifteen hour drive so we stopped half-way and stayed with six of us in a motel that probably had seen more murders than Agatha Christie. We didn’t know (though my sixteen year old brother probably did :-) He was pretty ticked. My other brother b…

BLOG TOUR: The Odin Blood Series by Ronnell D Porter

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Thanks to Juniper Grove Book Solutions for hosting this blog tour. I'm promoting The Odin Blood Series today while the author, Ronnell D Porter talks about his cast for Dagger Heart. Welcome!
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Your book has just been contracted (hypothetically) to become a movie. Who would be your first choice to play the lead role(s)?
If I had to pull a cast for Dagger Heart out of my pocket, it would be:

Erica: Scout Taylor-Compton (who was fantastic as Lita Ford in The Runaways) or Kat Dennings.

Paul: Dane DeHaan, Ezra Miller, or Grey Damon.

Finn: Thomas Dekker or Douglas Booth.

Krieger: Dean Geyer or Michael Graziadei.

King Úlfur: Anthony Hopkins or Ian McShane - it is a fantasy cast, after all... ;)

Mother Selma: Tilda Swinton, though a huge part of me (mainly the Twin Peaks fan) would love to see Mädchen Amick or Sheryl Lee return to the big screen...

Folkvar: I'd like Thore Schölermann, but he's still quite young (28) and looks it. But by the time the …

BLOG TOUR: The Shadow of Black Wings by James Calbraith

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Thanks to FMB Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I have James Calbraith, author of The Shadow of Black Wings, here to talking about women of Japanese history. Welcome!
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GREAT WOMEN OF JAPANESE HISTORY
I strive to have strong female characters always present in my books, so I found it very inspiring to discover that, for a society so stereotypically patriarchal, Japan has had its share of great and famous women, almost from the beginnings of its known history.

AMATERASU

The legendary history of Japan begins with a woman: the goddess of the Sun. The chief of the second generation of Japan’s Gods (born from Izanagi the Creator’s tear), Amaterasu is the most important of Japanese Gods, her Sun mirror worshipped in the famous shrine of Ise. But her main claim to fame lies in being the legendary progenitor of Japan’s Imperial Dynasty, through her grandson Ninigi and his great-grandson, Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan. According to official mythology, even…

BOOK PROMO: Cheers by Vallory Vance

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Thanks to FMB Promotions for hosting this blurb blitz. Here's a spotlight on Vallory Vance's Cheers. Happy reading!
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As a successful Sales and Catering Manager for the posh Hayden Court Hotel located in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, Darcey St. Claire is absolutely thrilled to be working on New Year’s Eve. The commission and bonus, she’ll receive from the two day Guidry Construction event will not only fund her spring trip to New York City, but buy a cute pair of shoes for the plane ride!

Her enthusiasm quickly turns to barely disguised irritation when Vincent Guidry arrives hours early for his scheduled check-in demanding access to his suite. After he slashes the budget for the event, not even the crystal blue eyes of the former quarterback can quell the anger surging in her chest. That is until he walks into the Chat Noir where she is trying to regroup after her irksome day.

In the private enclave known as the Cristal Room, Vincent willin…