Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful time and that you're able to share this beautiful day with your loved ones :) I'm looking forward to watching my children enjoy their egg hunts, and having Easter dinner with my family. On a side note, I'm also looking forward to eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups again. Gave them up for Lent this year...hardest thing I've ever done. LOL. Have a great day!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tour Stop! "Deep Connections" by Rebecca Graf

It is my pleasure to host author Rebecca Graf on her virtual book tour for Deep Connections! Rebecca is joining us today to share how she manages multiple writing projects, and I've gotta tell ya that I'm impressed--and a little jealous--that she can do this :) Enjoy!

Managing Multiple Writing Projects – by Rebecca Graf

Writers march to their own drummer. Don’t listen to any writer that says you have to write a certain way. Every writer has their own method, and it’s not always set in stone. It can change. This is especially true for multiple writing projects.
Most writers have ideas hit them every day of the year. They note them for future use, but a few get picked up by the muse. The creative torture begins.
You’ll find yourself writing the one story while another one pounds away in your head demanding to be let out. You want to focus on the story in front of you, but you can’t. The result? Confirmed craziness or multiple writing projects.
I get started on the main writing project. I get a ways into it before I pull up another project. Let me give you an example of what I’m doing now. I’ve got fourteen writing projects going on at one time.  This doesn’t include the editing that I’m doing.
My main focus is the final book of the Connections series. I’m at 39,000 words right now. In addition to that, I have thirteen other stories that I have up at all time. I typically keep them all up on my computer. When I’m in a writing mood, I set targets. I write a thousand words on my main story. I then move on to the others writing around a hundred words each. Then I repeat it.
Yes, it does sound confusing. It drives some of my writer friends crazy, but sometimes that is how my mind works. I don’t get confused on plot or characters. It helps me feel like I’m getting somewhere on all my stories.
Then there are the days when that just won’t cut it. My mind will not accept that method of managing multiple writing projects. There are some days that a story just does nothing for me. I save it and close it. Time for that story to ferment for a while. Then I step away from writing for a day or so and focus on reading.
Every author has her own way of managing multiple projects. She might only have two up or have a dozen. She might literally work on them at the same time or meet a goal on one and move to another. It all depends on the muse. Whatever the muse dictates, the author has to follow.




Today we are happy to present you author Rebecca Graf and her work DEEP CONNECTIONS, a thrilling Paranormal Romance.

DEEP CONNECTIONS:

 Quick Facts
Release Date: August 2012

Genre: Paranormal, Suspense, Romance

Formats: Kindle, pdf


Book Synopsis
Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.
PRAISE FOR "DEEP CONNECTIONS":
"Deep Connection is a unique thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Who is stalking Brenna and why? As the layers of mystery unfold, you will be pulled into the twists and turns Ms. Graf has so wonderfully written. Wrapped around the mystery is a love triangle between Brenna, the cute sheriff's deputy and the handsome Native American lawyer. Who will win her heart and save her from the evil stalking her? Read the book and find out. I had a hard time putting this one down. I am waiting for the sequel as I am sure it will also be a fantastic read.– Marianne Spitzer



The Author
Rebecca Graf is a transplanted Southern girl living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and three children. She worked for 20 years as an accountant before writing her first story and becoming a freelance writer online. She now writes full-time while going back to school for her history and English degree as well as run two online companies: Silver Tongue Press and The News in Books.
Learn more about the author at: www.rebeccagraf.com




Excerpt
Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in an older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. The old smell of the car was tainted with something repugnant and caused her nose to crinkle in response. Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind. Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, a gasp involuntarily escaped her vocal cords when she saw he was as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and what did he want with her?
Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.” Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. “No need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know you won’t jump out.”
She set her teeth and glared at him. Eyeballing her surroundings, she saw that there was no end to the trees that lined the road, no sign of civilization. She assumed they were still in the same state as when he grabbed her from the parking lot of the school where she taught. Deep down inside, she knew death awaited her no matter what. The look in his eye was not merciful. Yet jumping from the car to end her life seemed too selfish. As she was not one to keep such joy to herself, she quickly swung her body around and slammed into her abductor. Might as well let him in on the fun!
The force of her body colliding into his sent the car spinning out of control. She began fighting with all her might to prevent him from regaining control. Two sets of hands fought for control of the steering wheel. Profanities were shouted as the fight intensified. The car spun to the edge of the road where a small depression nestled in the forest. The tires left the ground when it hit the slight downward shift of the terrain, the car flipped and somersaulted twenty feet down the hill. As it took its final turn before slamming into a large pine tree, the passenger door flung open from the movement. Brenna thudded on the forest ground and barely missed a clump of trees. Stars exploded in her head and every bone in her body ached from the impact. She looked up to the fading light and let the darkness take possession.

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FOLLOW THE TOUR!

Tour Schedule 
March 27: Black Lion Tour Blog: Introduction.
March 28: Kimberly Lewis Blog: Guest Post.
March 29: 
Makayla's Book Reviews: Review and Guest Post.
March 30: 
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer: Guest Post.
March 31:  
Bunny's Reviews Blog: Guest Post.
April 1: I know that Book: Interview.
April 3: 
Bella Online: Guest Post.
April 4: 
Laurie's Paranormal Reviews: Interview.
April 5: 
Clean Romance Reviews: Interview
April 6: 
Pure Jonel: Review and Interview.
April 7: 
Tina's Book Reviews: Guest Post.
           A Novel Idea Live: Live Interview.
April 8: 
Lindsay's Scribblings: Review and Guest Post. 
           A Novel Idea Live Blog: Promo.
April 9: 
Libby's Library: Review.
April 10: Deal Sharing Aunt: Guest Post.
            Black Lion Tour Blog: Wrap-up.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Giveaway!

For those of you who don't know, I'm holding book giveaways on my Facebook page when I reach certain "Like" milestones. My page reached its first milestone over a week ago and unfortunately the winner hasn't stepped forward yet. If she does I will definitely still send her a book since she is the original winner, but I have so many books and I'd really like to give some away :) So if you would like a free signed copy of "Zane" just hop on over to my Facebook page, "Like" me and either "Like" or leave a comment on the post I have linked below. I'll be announcing the winner at the end of the week! Thank you all so much for your support!


Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"Vain" by Jill Hughey Book Blast!



Today we welcome author Jill Hughey and her book "VAIN"  an amazing  historical romance.



Book Synopsis
Lily had her life planned, neat and tidy as thread on a spindle, until her mother died and her father snipped at the seams of her future by abandoning Lily in their shop. A nobleman unexpectedly gives her hope when he brings fabric for a special garment. Lily survives on his first payment, and immerses herself in sewing and embroidering an incomparable garment for him, as her tidy plan continues to unravel.
Theophilus, Lord of Ribeauville, takes his responsibility to his townspeople seriously and, therefore, does not dally with local women. Desire wars with duty when Lily glances up at him while adjusting the hem on his Easter tunic. As her deteriorating circumstances push them together, Theo and Lily learn that the path to his heart just might be through his wardrobe, though the exquisite outfit she creates is the only part of her that fits in his precarious aristocratic world.


PRAISES FOR "VAIN":
“I absolutely loved the story!” – Gina Ardito, Excellence in Editing
“Great character development.” – JeanSquires, beta reader


Quick Facts
Release Date: March 14, 2013.
Genre: Romance, historical, medieval
Formats: Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, iTunes, Kobo


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The Author
Jill Hughey has loved historical romance since sneaking peeks at her mother’s library years ago. She has enjoyed writing just as long.  She prides herself on deep character development, and settings that take her readers on long, satisfying journeys to places they have probably never been in a book before.
Jill lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her hobby is singing lessons, in which she studies classical soprano and some lighthearted works.
Learn more about the author at: http://jillhughey.blogspot.com




CHECK HER TOUR, STARTING ON APRIL 2nd!


Tour Schedule 
April 2: Black Lion Tour Blog: Introduction.


April 4: 
Love in a Book: Review and Top Ten List.
             Kimberly Lewis Blog: Guest Post.

April 6: Bunny's Reviews Blog: Guest Post.

April 7: A Novel Idea Live: Live Interview.

April 8: 
Deal Sharing Aunt: Review and Guest Post.
             A Novel Idea Live Blog: Promo

April 12: My Devotional Thoughts: Review and Guest Post. 

April 13: Tina's Book Reviews: Guest Post. 

April 15: Pure Jonel: Review and Guest Post. 

April 16: A Book Lover's Library: Guest Post. 

April 17: Black Lion Tour Blog: Wrap-up.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Changes

Yes, folks, once again I have changed the look of my blog. Wondering why? It now matches the look of my brand new website! So excited that I finally have it up and running! I'm still adding stuff to it and I may tweak it a little bit but the majority of it is done. If you'd like to check it out just go to www.kimberlylewisnovels.com or just click on the "return to website" button in the menu. Hope you all like it!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hello and  Happy St. Patrick's Day! Anyone have any fun plans for today? All of our St. Patrick's Day parades happened yesterday and because they were calling for rain we stayed home. Guess what? It didn't rain :) Go figure.

Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, March 11, 2013

When A Book Becomes A Movie

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Ain't it the truth? I love when I hear that a book I enjoyed is being turned into a movie. But I also have my reservations about it because I know darn well that they are going to end up leaving out one of my favorite scenes and replacing it with a scene I felt wasn't as great. If it ain't broke don't fix it, am I right?

Do you have a favorite book that you feel could've been portrayed better on the big screen?

Monday, March 4, 2013

Quote of the Day

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” 
― Charles William Eliot

Saturday, March 2, 2013

"Coinage of Commitment" by Rob Costelloe Book Tour Stop!

It is my pleasure today to be hosting author Rob Costelloe on his book tour for Coinage of Commitment! Please enjoy the following guest post from Rob!


Surprise Your Mate into Loving You More

My books feature characters who want more from love that what they see all around them. Something stronger, something higher, something worth pursuing. Part of that pursuit is usually an effort to understand love. We can’t make it soar higher or make it last longer unless we figure out how it works and what can harm it. This usually means the characters need to take a thinking as well as an emotional journey to attain the romantic altitude they seek. And this opens up all sorts of story paths to explore. What conditions in their lives produced a hunger for such fulfillment? And, of course, what are they going to do about getting what they want?

But what I wanted to do today is open up musings over how to make it last. Not just last as in the marriage surviving, but how to keep it fresh and vibrant? How to do that over time despite the combined toll taken by parenting and career? I think you have to start by wanting that kind of success. So many couples lose sight of the dream and lapse into a yawning ho-hum. But even wanting it is probably not going to be enough. It takes planning and work and being willing to prioritize your romance near the top of the list.

But although planning is crucial, spontaneity can play an important role. It can be a tremendous energizer for the magic. One reason I write love stories for readers is because of what my wife has taught me about love. And more than anyone else, she’s shown me how to use surprise gestures to ignite the magic.

How about a real life example? When my wife and I had been married a few years, we were still living love’s bloom, but struggling to keep it sweet amidst job stress, kids and the sheer pace of it all. One day, I was coming home from work in pouring rain via carpool. As we turned onto my street, the driver let out an exclamation that silenced the chit chat. There ahead, in the rain at the curb, stood a woman, holding an open umbrella. “Is that your wife?” the driver asked incredulously. I don’t remember answering because the magic of her gesture was already affecting me.

“What made you do this?” I asked, after we had walked huddled beneath the umbrella’s shelter to our apartment.

“I saw the rain and I thought of you on your way home. And then she just smiled.

It’s smile I’ve never forgotten.





Here comes 2008 National Indie Excellence book award's finalist, Coinage of Commitment.

From a hardly typical romance writer, that is R. Costelloe we have a story where characters are looking for something higher, richer, and longer lasting...

Quick Facts
Release Date: January 6, 2013.


Genre: Romance (1960´s)

Formats: Kindle, Smashwords, Epub, PDF

The book is PG-13 rated.




Book Synopsis
Wayne and Nancy grow up on opposite sides of the country, each certain they must have love better than what others will settle for. Something stronger, something richer, something worth searching for. During the turbulent nineteen-sixties, they meet while he is attending blue-collar Drexel, and she is at neighboring, Ivy League Penn. Although irresistibly drawn to each other, they must overcome obstacles posed by the class and social differences that separate them, as well as opposition from both families, and later, a twist of fate that will be the cruelest test of all. Can they reach the emotional heights they seek? Can they overcome time's downward pulling inertia? Coinage of Commitment is dedicated to all who ever wondered about the altitude love might soar to.






Excerpt
Setup: Late Friday night, 1968, at Philadelphia’s 30th St. Subway Station. Wayne is looking from the trolley station, where he stands, to the adjacent subway train (El) platform.
As he watched absently, the girl from Sullivan’s came down the El station steps opposite him. She paused at the foot of the stairs, getting her bearings. Although adequate lighting bathed the platform, most riders took stock of others in the vicinity for safety’s sake. It was a natural precaution, instinctive for most, and especially important this late at night. She saw him, signaled recognition by a parting of her lips that was not quite a smile, then she lowered her gaze, turned, and strolled slowly out of sight to the other side of the stairway.

Seeing her again pricked him with an off-kilter joy, uplifting and refreshing, partly because she recognized and acknowledged him, but also because she seemed so buoyantly out of place down here, her bright beauty undefeated by the dank-smelling gloom of the subway. He smiled, turned away, and sauntered to the south side of the trolley platform. The minutes dragged, but no trolley car arrived. He began mentally composing a theme paper for his International Politics course, the only non-technical one he had that semester. Ideas came to him, prancing, and he thought of getting a notebook from his bag.


“Police! Help! Help me!” A woman’s screaming and it came from the El platform.
Thinking frantically of the girl, he ran to the north edge of the platform and jumped the foot or so that got him down onto the trolley tracks. A steel grate fence separated the two transit systems, but it had seen better days. A section was ajar, just ten feet to his left, and he swung it open enough to squeeze through.


Now things got difficult. The El platform was too high and far to jump to. The train tracks gleamed below him, the electrified rail closest, then the two steel tracks. He saw only one way to get there and didn’t slow down to analyze the risk. He threw his bag onto the opposite platform, then leaped forward, over the electrified rail, and down into the square trench that ran a foot and a half below and between the steel tracks. The platform loomed just above him, and the smell of ozone was stronger this close to the electrified rail—the one he must not fall back against. With his momentum still carrying forward from the jump, he kept moving, aware his footing and balance must be perfect. He reached up and grabbed the El platform edge, stepped up on the rail before him, then used his grip on the edge to lever himself up and onto the platform, landing on his right shoulder and side. Feeling no pain, he got to his feet and sprinted west down the platform toward the woman’s screams.


As he ran, he recalled what he had seen: the girl from Sullivan’s, a nondescript man, and three black youths: teens with their heads wrapped in dark bandannas, signifying…he knew not what. They were what fueled his urgency. Where was she? The commotion was still ahead of him.
He ran at top speed past the central vending area and spotted figures near the far steps. He could see her blond mane, somewhat disheveled now, and she stood with her arm across a shorter girl’s shoulder. The nondescript man ran up and joined them.


“He took my purse,” the other girl wailed. “I can’t believe I was so careless to let him get my purse that easily.”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” the blond girl said, her arm still across the smaller girl’s shoulder in comfort.
“All my ID. A credit card. And I just got my paycheck cashed today. How stupid can you get?”
Another woman came down the steps and joined the group. As Wayne approached and slowed, a balding, thirtyish-looking man passed him from behind, joined the scene, said he had heard the commotion from above, and that a companion had gone to the toll booths to get help. Then two of the black youths he had seen earlier ran up from the west.
“He high-tailed it onto the tracks,” said the shorter of the youths. “He’s got choice of Thirty-third Street trolley or Thirty-fourth Street El station, so it looks like we kiss that one good-bye. You know what I’m saying? The Fuzz’l never collar that dude now.”


As though on cue, a police officer, complete with German Shepherd, came down the steps and assumed authority. The third black youth also joined the crowd. Wayne held back, not seeing what he could contribute by his late arrival. The blond girl had seen his running approach. Or had she? Her gaze had flicked briefly in his direction, then back to her charge. The tension eased with collective relief, and the officer started questioning the stricken girl, unpacking a notebook as he spoke.


Wayne thought of how the blond girl continued to be too distracted to notice him, and he felt bemused by the irony of his situation. He had arrived about 7.2 seconds too late to be of any use, even to the wrong damsel in distress. His breathing slowed. Still not seeing anything he could contribute, he turned and walked slowly in the direction he had come. He needed to retrieve his bag from where he had tossed it onto the platform. When he got there, he picked up the bag and looked out over the gleaming tracks toward the trolley station. No way, he thought, realizing with a shiver the danger he had risked. The price of another transit token wasn’t nearly worth the peril. And then, as though to underscore the irony, his trolley arrived and then quickly departed. Oh well, might as well climb the stairs to the mid-level pay booths so he could get back down to the trolley station. He took his sweet time since he probably had at least a twenty-minute wait. He approached the corner of the stairway, trying to remember whether the trolleys discontinued service during the wee hours. Suddenly the blond girl stood in front of him, her eyes wide, her expression anxious.
“It just dawned on me,” she said. “How did you get over here?”


The Author
Rob Costelloe wrote fiction as a youngster, and completed his first novel a few years after college. But then the demands of family and career intervened, and his writing was mostly business or technical. But then in 2005, he read an Anita Shreve novel whose ending was so abruptly despairing that he felt outrage on behalf of so many abused readers. The result was two books, Coinage of Commitment, which became a National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist, and Pocket Piece Cameo, both published by Saga Books in the next three years.
Again he went off into nonfiction pursuits, but in 2012, he elected to rewrite both titles for the simple reason that he could make them better stories for his readers. Both titles have been published digitally, and are available from Amazon and other outlets.
Learn more about the author at: www.rcostelloe.com



FOLLOW THE TOUR:

Tour Schedule 
March 1: Black Lion Tour Blog: Introduction.
March 2: Kimberly Lewis Novels: Guest Post.
March 3: Makayla's Book Reviews: Guest Post.
March 4: 
Jody's Book Reviews: Guest Post.
March 6: Bunny's Review: Interview and Guest Post.

March 7: MK McClintock Blog: Interview.
March 11: Laurie's Non- Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews: Top Ten List.
March 13: Tina's book Reviews: Guest Post.

March 15: A Writer's Life: Caroline Clemmons: Guest Post.
March 19: Bookworm Lisa: Review and Guest Post.
March 22: My Devotional Thoughts: Guest Post.
March 24: A Novel Idea Live: Live Interview.
March 25: Laurie's Non Paranormal Reviews: Interview.
                 A Novel Idea Live Blog: Guest Post.
March 26: Books, books, the Magical Fruit: Interview and Guest Post.
March 30: A Book Lover's Library: Guest Post.
March 31: Black Lion Tour Blog: Wrap-up.


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