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Good Morning, Booklovers!
Please give a warm welcome to my guest J.C. Conway!

How do you take your coffee, John?

J.C.: I like it black, although these days I usually start my day with a low-carb Monster (energy drink) instead. It's a little easier on my nerves.

Ally: Since my coffee pot is magic, it can produce anything! :)  I'll fix our drinks while you show readers your bio.




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Bio: J. C. Conway is a romance, science fiction and fantasy author, writing novels and short stories for adults, young adults and teens. Hearts in Ruin is his debut novel. He is a grand prize winner of the Yosemite Romance Writers Smooch contest. He will have short stories published this summer by The Colored Lens and Comets & Criminals. His writing passion began with a grade-school assignment to write anything he liked, which, at the time, included dinosaurs, robots, army heroes and alien invaders. Since then he's added deep simmering passion, tense internal conflict and emotional dilemmas. To learn more, visit his website at http://jcconway.com, his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/J.C.Conway.Writer, or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jcconwaywriter. Also feel free to visit http://HeartsInRuin.com, the website dedicated to his debut novel.  

Ally:  Can you add something personal about yourself?

J.C.: My hobbies include Chess, Computer Programming, and Backpacking. I'm an attorney. I used to teach high-school math. I'm a proud grandfather of a bright second grade boy named Jack. I'm the Vice President of the local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) and an advocate for mental health, improving treatment for mental illness, and reducing or eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness. 

Ally: Thanks for helping those who really need it.


Ally:  Shall we switch to a little book talk? How did you get started writing romantic suspense?

J.C.:   I am chiefly a science fiction writer, and I realized quite a few years ago now that much of what I was writing was romantic suspense. With that epiphany, I added a new group of stories to my repertoire—suspenseful stories with male and female protagonists and a reduced science-fiction profile. My latest book, for instance, has a speculative element in the construction of a forgotten, ancient pre-Clovis culture. But that's it for the speculative science. The rest of the story is contemporary romantic suspense at an archaeological dig, and I find it a very refreshing and useful genre to express a good story.   

Ally:  Do you find it more difficult to write from the female or the male point of view? Do you have someone read it to check the female perspective?

J.C.:  I don't find either gender difficult to write, per se. I think what is at the core of personality is something that transcends gender. Although it is more difficult to set social situations properly and reflect internal dialogue where the character would have a substantially different background and perspective than me. So yes, I do have people read for red flags and reality checks.

Ally:  Describe your journey to publication. Were you an (1) overnight success, (2) persistence pays off, or (3) somewhere in between?

J.C.:  My path to publication is a story of persistence. I've chipped away at it, and am still chipping. Every story is different, and every publisher is different. There is no easy path that I am aware of, and I have learned to approach writing like a marathon rather than a sprint.

Ally:  What are your best marketing tips for new writers?

J.C.:  I'm not a good marketer yet, so I don't know how good my tips can be! But I know this—if you are going to write professionally, you have to market. I think personal contact goes a long way. Tell everyone and anyone about your book. Be proud and share the information. Have a card to pass out. Make connections. And take that same attitude to the on line arena as well.

Quick answer questions:
  • a. type of car you drive vs type of car you'd like to drive:  I drive a Honda Accord V6 Hybrid with good power and a crappy air conditioner; I'd like something with more power and better air
  • b. your last vacation destination:  South Dakota for a reunion.
  • c. favorite after five drink:  Oh, my gosh, that varies. But Woodford Reserve sure hits the spot.
  • d. an item on your bucket list:  Alaska
  • e. last movie you watched:  American Hustle

Ally: I'm fascinated by archaeology. What kind of research did you do for this book? Have you been on a dig?  

J.C.:  I'm fascinated, too, and I wish I'd been to a dig. But to flesh out the story and setting I had to rely on a lot of people that have participated in digs. I did that anywhere I could—in person, mail, reading blogs, following dig progress … everything I could hear, read, or find. I also had to brush up on present theories of human occupation of North America, refresh my memory about academic conflicts, and study the process of protecting an archaeological site (including the interests that oppose such protection and their reasons). It was really a fun bunch of information to "dig" into.

Ally: That sounds like the perfect segue to introduce your book...


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HEARTS IN RUIN BLURB

Andrea had one goal in life, a quiet career as a mainstream archaeologist—nothing more nothing less—and she's one ancient secret away. When she is teamed with maverick prodigy Daniel Fuchs at his controversial pre-Clovis dig on tribal land, she soon realizes his wild theories may sidetrack her career. Her smartest move is to expose him and that is exactly what she plans to do. Except…he’s hot, sexy, and there is a chance his theories may be right.

As the dig deepens and outside forces mount, Andrea and Daniel find their careers and their shaky relationship on the brink of ruin. Who can she trust? To survive professionally and emotionally, Andrea must decide between what is expected and what she believes, because time is running out and the developers' bulldozers are poised to level the site.

Delve into the mystery and excitement of an archaeological dig in the New Mexico desert and experience the drive, determination, and passion surrounding the quest to unlock the Paleolithic past in this contemporary, romantic suspense. Hearts In Ruin…no shovel required to join this adventure to discover an ancient truth!

Book Trailer: http://animoto.com/play/5pG1bZft58SQ9nfFO2zIFA  

HEARTS IN RUIN is available at:

·         Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K4K6TME
·         Liquid Silver Books http://www.lsbooks.com/hearts-in-ruin-p904.php
·         Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hearts-in-ruin-j-c-conway/1119448532
·         Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/hearts-in-ruin
·         All Romance Ebooks (ARe) https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-heartsinruin-1499205-153.html



J.C.:  I love your site. Thank you so much for having me.

Ally:  My pleasure. You're welcome any time.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by today. Please come back soon!

 
 
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Reluctant Prince
Kingdom of Cymmera
Book One

By

Dani-Lyn Alexander


Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.



Now Available on Net Galley: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/show/id/53513

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Prince-Kingdom-Cymmera-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00NJ0VL56/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1410666954&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reluctant-prince-dani-lyn-alexander/1120341816?ean=9781616505677


                                                                                                     Advance Praise:

"A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!"
                                                                             ~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy

"Reluctant Prince grips you from the beginning and won't let go...fresh and engaging."  
                                                                                                                                    ~ Ally Shields, author of the Guardian Witch series

"A thrilling ride on a rollercoaster of danger that'll keep you gasping for breath with every turn of the page."
                                                                                                    
  ~ Laura Diamond, author of The Zodiac Collector

"Dani-Lyn weaves a tale of family bonds, untapped abilities and an alternate world of fantastic wonders, all discovered by a courageous heroine and a swoon-worthy hero I want to see again and again!"
                                                                                                                                 ~ Contemporary Romance Author, Theresa DaLayne

  “Reluctant Prince takes readers on a heart pounding journey through the realms. Fantastical world building and a captivating hero keep pages turning to the end.”
                                                                                                                           ~ Julie Anne Lindsey, author of Prophecy and Deceived


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About the Author:

Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.







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PictureKameo Ryndel



She is a dark elf from the privileged Elite class.
Her life, her work, her marriage are all mapped out for her.

But she has trained as a King's Guard 
and longs for excitement, something meaningful in her life.


PictureSeth Lormarc



He is a member of a rival Elite guild
that has been feuding with the Ryndels for centuries,

a sophisticated business man--on the surface--
who is satisfied with his elegant lifestyle...


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Until danger follows the illegal transports
taken through the magic portals that link the worlds
of men and elves...



And these two unlikely partners
are the only ones standing in its way.



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Book Blurb:


Conspiracy, murder, and magic…and the death of all they hold dear. 

When the first wanderer—a common elf who isn’t authorized to use the portal—is spotted on the streets of New Orleans, the king assigns Kameo Ryndel to assist in the elf’s capture. But before she can intervene, humans with guns shoot the wanderer and steal his body. When Seth Lormarc, an Elite elf from a rival guild, appears at the scene, Kam suspects he is involved. 

Seth Lormarc is in New Orleans to find out who was behind the portal breach, and his best lead is the intriguing Kam Ryndel. When he stakes out her apartment and finds her sneaking out in the middle of the night, dressed in black and leaping to the top of the nearest building, he knows there’s something unique about the beautiful elf. That kind of feat requires magic. Ancient magic. 

As their paths cross during their investigations, they develop an irresistible attraction, although there’s little time for romance. The portal breach is tied to an illegal smuggling operation that has come to the attention of the human CIA. But the stakes are raised when Kam and Seth discover a band of conspirators and a rebellion deep in Elvenrude that promises nothing except destruction of their world.


                     Pre-Order at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Keys-Ally-Shields-ebook/dp/B00NSR0OT4/   
                                   Available at other online booksellers on October 3, the date of official release.
 
                                               Pre-release Book Trailer on Youtube:   http://youtu.be/2GgI4-50QfA



 
 
Have you been waiting for The Zodiac Collector since Laura Diamond showed us a sneak peek on August 27th's Coffee Chat? Your wait is over ~ it's out now!

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For almost-16 year-old Anne Devans, the annual Renaissance Faire means three things—her dad spending weeks in the smithy, her bipolar mom doing some manic costume making, and another ruined birthday for her and her twin sister, Mary.

This year, Anne wants things to be different, and she’s going to do things her way.

On the eve of the Faire, Anne (along with a reluctant Mary) conjures up a spell that will make their 16th birthday party a whirlwind event. Little do they know that it’s a literal request.

After the mini tornado in their room subsides, the girls realize they’ve invoked the power of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. That’s the good news. The bad news is they also caught the attention of a sorceress named Zeena who has been collecting children born under each Zodiac Sign to enhance her power. Once she captures Anne and Mary, Gemini twins, the entire Zodiac—and the world—will be hers.

Anne leads the fight against Zeena, but her one-sided decisions could throw them into a world so far from home, even the Renaissance Faire would seem like a brilliant vacation. Between managing their new Zodiac powers, dodging their manic mother and trying to stop Zeena, they’ll get a 16th birthday they’ll never forget.

 
Book Details:

Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Paperback, 328 pages
Published by Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: September 23, 2014

  Advance Praise:

  “I knew this novel was promising when I read the blurb on Goodreads, and it far surpassed my expectations. A dystopian with mounting suspense, tons of conflict, and an interesting theme, this novel was hard to put down! Anything but predictable, Laura Diamond had me guessing what was going to happen next, throughout!” ~April Wood, blogger of A Well Read Woman

Purchase Links:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Zodiac-Collector-Laura-Diamond/dp/1937053636
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zodiac-collector-laura-diamond/1117668070?ean=9781937053635
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-zodiac-collector


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18689408-the-zodiac-collector?from_search=true


 
 

Although I can't provide you with the book...just yet, it is available for pre-order while we're working to make it perfect.

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A vision. A lost talisman. A dangerous journey through time...

A month after their bonding, Ari and Andreas are still adjusting to married life when they learn the hard way that the O-Seven, the terrifying and brutal vampire elders, still have them in their sights. A three million dollar bounty hangs over each of their heads, and there’s no lack of assassins eager to collect.

When the local seer has a terrifying vision of the destruction of Riverdale, it’s up to Ari—as usual—to keep everyone safe. Only this time, an enemy from the past has bound her fire powers, and the city’s string of arsons seems connected.

Daron, the vampire prince in Toronto, has information that two of the vampire elders are on their way to Riverdale. Which can’t be good. Only a risky and unprecedented journey through time can provide the help they need. But that will leave Andreas to face the O-Seven alone...




Available for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Fire-Guardian-Witch-Book-ebook/dp/B00NWX6Y7K/
                                           (It will be available from other booksellers on the day of release.)

Book trailer on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/nGO1wudi7xQ

 
 
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It's time for coffee and books!

Kristy Tate is visiting the blog today with her book, Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent. She described it as a Teen Time Travel Romance with some kissing. :)

 Welcome, Kristy. May I pour you some coffee?

 KRISTY: I don't drink coffee, but I LOVE hot chocolate and drink it nearly every night. I sometimes spice it up with cinnamon, or vanilla or different flavored coffee creamers (I like hazelnut and Irish cream.)

 Ally:  Hot chocolate coming right up. While I fix our beverages, tell our readers something about yourself.


About the Author: Kristy studied English literature at Brigham Young University and at BYU's International Center in London. Although a long time resident of Orange County, California where she lives with her family, Kristy's heart belongs in her hometown of Arlington, Washington, AKA Rose Arbor--the fictional setting of her popular Rose Arbor series. Now that Kristy’s six incredibly bright, beautiful and heart-stoppingly awesome children are raised, Kristy hopes to start a Schnauzer farm.

Contact Kristy:

http://kristystories.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/KristyTateNovelist
https://twitter.com/kristyswords
http://www.amazon.com/Kristy-Tate/e/B005YF4ODA/


Ally:  I'd like to start with a question that authors frequently get asked, but I always love to hear the answers. Did you always want to be a writer?

KRISTY:  In second grade when I read The Little House on the Prairie books, I suspected I wanted to be a writer. In fourth grade when I read Little Women, I knew.

Ally:  Do you write in more than one genre or other forms, such as short stories?
Have you considered it. Why or why not?

KRISTY:  Growing up, I LOVED mysteries. I loved PBS Mystery. In junior high, I made a goal to read all of Agatha Christie’s novels, and I did. So, for years, I wrote mysteries. But I after I served as president of a women’s charitable organization and I saw firsthand some dark and scary situations, I couldn’t read mysteries anymore. The world became a darker place. I have a few published mysteries. I write mainly Women’s Fiction, but everything I write is, for the most part, light-hearted. I don’t want to add to the world’s darkness.

Ally:  Have you ever killed off an important character? If not, would you? What influences that decision?

KRISTY:  I have killed characters. In my yet to be published mystery, Shell Charms, I killed Billy. I hadn’t planned on killing him, but I got to a place where I knew it had to happen. I was sad for days and had a hard time refocusing.

Ally:  Who is/are your favorite book boyfriend(s)?

KRISTY:  I always fall in love with the heroes of my books, and so almost always, the hero I’m writing is the one I love the most, just like my favorite book is always the one I’m currently writing. But I have to say, Ian of A Ghost of a Second Chance is pretty much my husband, and I do love him.

Ally:  Tell us about your current work in progress.

KRISTY:  I’m currently working on a sweet time travel romance, where my main character and the man she holds responsible for the demise of her grandmother’s dress shop are sent back to Regency England. Jason West is the last person she wants to see or kiss! Even if he does look good in breeches.

Ally:  Let's run through a few quick answers questions.
  • Last movie you watched in a theater:  Defenders of the Galaxy. (Loved it.)
  • Favorite sport to watch on TV:  Gymnastics or figure skating
  • Manicures or pedicures:  Pedicures
  • Favorite jewelry:  My wedding ring, because my husband put my original diamond, my mother’s diamond, on either side of a larger diamond that he gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary.
  • A place you'd love to visit:  I want to go to Greece. I want to stand on Mount Olympus and talk to the oracles.


Ally: Thanks, Kristy, for having coffee with us today. Before you go, please show us your book.

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BLURB:

When Petra Baron goes into the fortuneteller’s tent at a Renaissance fair, she expects to leave with a date to prom. Instead, she walks out into Elizabethan England, where she meets gypsies, a demon dog and a kindred spirit in Emory Ravenswood.

Emory must thwart the plans of religious zealots. His mission is dangerous, his enemies are fanatical, and Petra Baron is a complication that Heaven only knows he does not need. Or does he? Although Emory is on Heaven’s errand, he learned long ago that Heaven does not always play fair.

As Petra slowly falls for Emory, she wonders if he really is who he seems, or if he is just as lost as she is. How can they have a future while trapped in the past? Or is anything possible Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent?

http://amzn.to/1tVRZeU








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             The Bird with The Broken Wing

                        signed book giveaway

 

Spring is here (in Australia) and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway. Australian based speculative fiction author D L Richardson is giving one lucky reader the chance to win an autographed copy of her first published novel The Bird With The Broken Wing. Night Owl Reviews reviewer said that they “…really enjoyed the twists and turns.” You can read the full review here http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Reviews/Cute-Writer-reviews-The-Bird-With-The-Broken-Wing-by-D-L-Richardson .

The contest is being run through Rafflecopter and it’s so easy to enter. All the terms and conditions are available on the author website and entry form. Good luck, and don’t forget to share this great prize with your friends.

Book Blurb:

When mortals make mistakes, they’re forgiven.

When angels make mistakes, they’re forsaken.

Angels may not reveal themselves to mortals...but when the mortal Rachael's watching over is hurting, how can she stay hidden in the shadows? Guardian angel Rachael becomes trapped with the mortal she's been assigned to watch over. Unable to watch him suffer, she decides the only way to free him of his inner demons is to break the rules about becoming involved, revealing her true identity, and applying divine intervention. But what choice does she have? Without her help, his soul will be trapped forever. Then a stranger appears, giving Rachael reason to wonder if his is the only soul in need of saving...


Can’t wait for the contest to be over to read the book? You can download the ebook immediately and it’s now reduced to $2.99 and available at all online retailers.

Amazon   Barnes and Noble

Author Bio:

D L Richardson has young adult teen novels published and one short story anthology. Her first two YA novels The Bird With The Broken Wing and Feedback came out with Etopia Press in 2011 and 2012. Her third YA novel Little Red Gem was self-published in 2013 and was runner up on Paranormal Books Best Standalone YA book of 2013 and the book trailer was featured on USA Today website. She is currently working on a serialised science fiction novel.

Author Contacts:

Email: dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog:  dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com

Website: www.dlrichardson.com   
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/D-L-Richardson/223019004391960?ref=hl   

Twitter:  twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1   

Also by D L Richardson:

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Little Red Gem

 
 
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Welcome to the Coffee Chat, our Wednesday book spotlight and interview with another author! This week's guest is romance writer, Chris Redding.

How do you take your coffee, Chris?

CHRIS:
With almond milk and a teaspoon of honey. Been trying to cut down on artificial sweeteners.

Ally: That sounds pretty easy. My magic pot can do anything. :) Tells us something about yourself.


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Bio:

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her one husband, two kids, one dog, and three rabbits. When she isn't writing she's chauffering her two boys to activities and working per diem in her local hospital.

Find me at my author site, my blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Amazon.





Ally:  Tell us what genre or genres you write, and how you chose them.

CHRIS: 
I write romantic suspense and romantic comedy. Romantic suspense chose me. I kept writing romance and finding dead bodies.

Ally:  What traits denote the perfect book boyfriend?

CHRIS:  He's the most considerate lover ever. He laughs at the heroine's jokes and he knows what she needs before she does.

Ally:  Describe your typical writing day: where, when, goals. Do you have a writers cave?

CHRIS: 
I don't have a cave because I have a laptop. What time of year denotes where I am writing, though lately it has been in my new kitchen.

Ally:  Who or what most influenced you to become a writer? Explain.

CHRIS: 
Not sure anyone did. I don't have any writers in my immediate family. 

Ally: Let's try a few quick answer questions:

  • An item on your bucket list:   See all of the SR-71 Blackbird still in existence. There are 21. I've seen 3.
  • Your favorite TV show:   Big Bang Theory.
  • Do you sing in the shower?   No and anyone within ear shot is thankful for that. 
  • What did you do for your last birthday?   Went to a gun range and a spa with my sister.
  • Writing attire:  Depends on if I've gone for a run. If I have, then it might be sweats. Otherwise whatever is handy. :)

Ally: I like your birthday activities! Thanks so much for sharing with us today. Before you go, let's take a look at your book.


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Book Blurb:

Madison West appears on Peter Quincy’s doorstep as expected, when her husband, Charlie, disappears. Peter had been her husband’s best man and had promised to take care of Madison if something happened to him. Neither Madison nor Peter are what they seem, but will their lies to each other to save the world, instead fail to save them from each other?


The buy link is: http://amzn.com/B00M9O0QZ4











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                                            NEW RELEASE!

Title: Saving Sullivan

Genre: Romantic Contemporary

ISBN: 9780992091231

Book Blurb:

Sullivan Hope is a total screw up. He finished university with the help of his father’s donations to the school and an ultimatum: Straighten up and join him in the family business, or screw up again and he’s cut off for good. This summer is his last chance to live it up before walking the straight and narrow in the fall, and the lure of a good party and, even better, alcohol is more than he can resist. Besides, he’s never met a situation he can’t handle or talk his way out of, or a pair of panties he couldn’t talk his way into. That is, until he meets Abby, the nursing student full of sarcasm and sass.

Flying half way across the country to do her practical nursing placement at Stone Cliff Resort hadn’t been part of Abby Claire’s plans for the summer. When her first appointment, which would allow her to stay at home and care for her family, falls through, it’s either pack up and go or risk not graduating. Meeting the rich, God’s gift to all things on earth playboy, Sullivan Hope wasn’t in her plans, either, but the more she’s around him, the clearer she sees the man who hides behind the parties and liquor.

When a summer fling turns into more than either of them had bargained for, Sullivan’s world begins to crumble and Abby gets dragged down into the rubble. He can’t let her in despite her healing touch. And Abby can’t risk getting too close and finding a reason to stay and save Sullivan.


Saving Sullivan is a new adult romance novel set in beautiful Banff, Alberta. It is the fourth book in the Summer Lovin’ Series, however, it is a standalone novel.

Purchase links:

Google Play  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes  | Amazon

EXCERPT:

Smoulder is chatting with the stewardess. I’m trying my best not to notice but curiosity gets the better of me. She’s smiling and laughing, hanging on his every word—which thankfully, I can’t hear because of the movie. I’m sure he’s full of lines. Meanwhile, he’s calm, cool and collected. It’s not long before he gets up and heads for the bathroom, and she follows, glancing once over her shoulder to see if anyone is watching.

 Yes, lady, I am.

He emerges eleven minutes later. Not bad, Hero. Not ninja style or anything, but I suppose eleven minutes would be forever to a lot of women. I roll my eyes as he stops to tuck his polo shirt in before sitting down. I snatch my ear buds and pull them out. I can’t help myself; I have to say something now. “Really?”

He turns to meet my smirk. “I’m sorry? Did you say something?” His lips curl into a smile, the same cheeky smile I’m sure he’s turned on many unsuspecting females—only I’m prepared for it. It would take a lot more than his smile and his chiseled cheekbones and abs to make me lose my panties for him.

“The flight attendant? Could you be anymore cliché?”



About the author:

Sara Hubbard is the author of young adult books. Her debut novel BLOOD, SHE READ released fall 2012 and was a NEORWA Cleveland Rocks winner and a RCRW Duel on the Delta finalist.

Sara was born in Australia to British parents, but has lived in Nova Scotia, Canada for the majority of her life. She began writing when she was ten years old; and her poetry earned her a spot as a young author in a local competition. After that, she moved on to writing short stories about a group of crime-fighting preteens called the Super Sleuths. She loved the time she spent writing, but took a detour from it while in junior high and high school.

After high school she completed a degree in business, a graduate diploma in human resources and recently completed her degree in nursing. She didn't return to writing until about five years ago, soon after the birth of her two children.

When she's not procrastinating, she spends her time mothering her two children, writing, and working as an RN in the military.

 
 
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Welcome, Booklovers.

We're ready to begin this week's author interview with our guest, Lindsey Loucks.

Pull up a chair, Lindsey. How do you take your coffee?

LINDSEY:  With cream and sugar, refrigerated and then poured over ice. Yum!

Ally:  While I fix our coffee, this would be the perfect chance to show readers your bio.



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Bio:

Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she's not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she's dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she'll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

She's been with her significant other for almost two decades.

Something unique or unusual:
I still sleep with two stuffed animals: a monkey and a cougar.

Check out Lindsey’s website.
Follow Lindsey on Facebook.
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Ally:  Now that we're settled. Let's get straight to the questions. Have you always written YA? What brought you to this genre?

LINDSEY:  I write whatever the characters in my head want me to write. Sometimes they’re of YA age, and sometimes they’re not. I used to have a bumper sticker that read “I Do What the Voices In My Head Tell Me To.” I’d say that’s pretty accurate.

Ally:  Describe your writing day: time, place, etc. Do you have a writer's cave?

LINDSEY:  Most of my writing is done on the weekends, because when I get home from work, I feel like a toasted zombie. Afternoons are my favorite time to write, and I pound away at the keyboard in my cat’s bedroom. Yes, he has his own bedroom. He allows me in there only if I feed him.

Ally:  How is your marketing different than if you were writing adult fiction? Do you have any tips for other YA authors?

LINDSEY:  I’m not sure marketing to the varying age groups is all that different. I still put myself out there, interact with readers, and try to crank out the next book as fast as I can, no matter the age group I’m writing for.

As far as tips go, I’ve found that Goodreads giveaways are great for getting your book visibility. I also try to stay on top of social media without blasting about my books all the time, but rather just being present.

Ally:  Let's talk about setting. What is the setting of the book you brought today? How did you choose it? How important is it to your plot?

LINDSEY:  A large chunk of both The Grave Winner and the second book in the series, What Gifts She Carried, takes place in a cemetery. The setting kind of chose me when the title of the first book leaped into my head. The cemetery is integral to the plot because the dead aren’t behaving themselves and staying in their graves. My main character is one of the few who can do anything about it.

Ally:  Now for some quick answer questions:
Last tv program you watched – Sons of Anarchy (I’m only on season 5)
Favorite way to spent a quiet evening – watching a movie with my boyfriend and cat with a chocolaty dessert at the ready
Visit an art gallery or run a marathon – art gallery
An item on your bucket list – go to Rome!
A favorite non-fiction book – Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural by Stephen Addiss

Ally:  It's been a pleasure having you visit, Lindsey! Before we finish today's chat, let's take a look at the books you brought, including your brand new release...

Blurb for The Grave Winner:

Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead -- just like the prom queen did.

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom's things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what's so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn't, she'll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead - herself.
The Grave Winner Links:

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Blurb for What Gifts She Carried:

Leigh Baxton just wants to pick up the pieces of her life—if you could call it that—but someone keeps resurrecting the dead. These new zombies have a knack for spilling Leigh’s precious blood, something she was warned about by a certain pair of undead sorceresses.

Desperate to find out why they’re here so Leigh can put the nightmares behind her, she must learn more about the gifts she carries. With Tram’s training sessions and clues from her mom’s past, Leigh begins to piece together what she’s capable of.

Too bad there isn’t a Cliff’s Notes version to saving the world.

The zombies have teamed up with followers of the darkest sorceress who ever lived, and they’ll play a wicked game until she’s freed from her prison inside the earth. When the battle to the death begins, Leigh must rely on friends, crushes, and even her enemies to win the war, but not the grave.


What Gifts She Carried Links:

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