Thursday, December 12, 2013

Scarred Beautiful: Cover Reveal Awesomeness

Okay...so I'm a teensy bit late...but I am so excited to be participating in author Beth Michele's cover reveal for her new book: Scarred Beautiful. This is Michele's third book, and follows on the heels of two amazing debut books: Love Love and Lovely.

Scarred Beautiful comes out January 28, 2014.

Genre: N/A Contemporary Romance with language and mature sexual content (Thanks, Beth!)

Cover Design: The lovely and talented Regina Wamba at Mae I Design and Photography 

Synopsis:

Love believes in second chances.
Francis Heller lives with two truths. Love hurts and beauty is only skin deep.

With midnight black hair, moss-colored eyes, and traceable curves, Fran is the picture of beauty and confidence...on the outside. But deep down she is tormented. Not just by the jagged scars that line her body, but by the horrible memories that cloud her mind and haunt her dreams. The ones that make her want to flee from herself and from the devastating pain. The ones that cause her to placate herself with sex. Anything to make her forget. But for Fran, there's nowhere to hide from the darkness that swallows her whole. 
Matt Dixon is the gorgeous brother of her best friend's fiancée. He's suffered losses of his own and isn't willing to let anyone in until his unexpected encounter with Fran Heller, the girl who challenges him and causes him to take a second look, not only at her, but at his own life.
But Matt has scars of his own.
Together can they help each other discover that second chances really do exist? That love doesn't have to hurt? Or has the damage they've both suffered cut too deep to ever heal?

And now...for the beautiful cover...Ta-da! Isn't she just dreamy?

About the Author
I am a wife, mom, an author, and a lover of all things chocolate, well, anything sweet really.

While stuffing chocolate in my face, I enjoy reading young adult and new adult novels furiously, and spending time with my husband and two adorable children who keep me on my peppermint pink painted toes. Those same children who inspire me to tell silly stories that cause hysterical giggle to tumble from their bellies.

I love to laugh and love to have a good cry, especially after reading a novel that stretches my souls, one that makes me feel, and lingers in the corner of my heart.

I'm a hopeless romantic and a happy ever after fanatic, and I love to write about LOVE.

I began writing when I was in middle school, penning anything from short stories, to poetry, and then later moved on to write children's books. I have now endeavored into New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels and am loving every minute of it. My first novel, Love Love, was released in May, 2013.

Connect with Beth
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Thanks for letting me share in this amazing Cover Reveal with you, Beth! Can't wait to read it now! 
 
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Woman Who Lit the Match

Welcome to PART TWO of the Ignite Blog Hop Blast & Book TOUR

Visit THIS ARTICLE if you are looking for my treasure hunt word, links to the other participating blogs, and LINKS TO OVER 40 PRIZES -- including a Kindle Fire and Vegas trip! 

By now you know I'm buried up to my thigh-highs with the Book Blast & Blog Tour for the light erotica anthology Ignite. One of my favorite things to do during a book tour is an author interview. It helps readers connect with the book on a much more intimate way when they hear, see, feel (well, you know what I mean) a writer up close and personal.

Today, I am thrilled to have the esteemed owner of Brickstone Publishing with me on my blog. Author Lori Verni-Fogarsi not only wrote a saucy little story for Ignite, but she's also its executive editor and kicks off my week of showcasing several different authors from the anthology and getting to know them better. But first, let's get started today with the big cheese! Welcome, Lori. I am so honored that you're starting off this great big blog tour shebang here on my humble (but super dope) blog. Let's jump right in and get wet together.

Q: You have a story in the Ignite anthology called "Just Like Old Times." Is this your first pass at writing tasteful erotica, or have you written in this genre before? Your other three books ("Momnesia," "Unexpecting," and "Housetraining Puppies & Adult Dogs") are definitely not erotica! 

A: This will be my first published erotic story. I like the idea of we women cultivating, maintaining, or sometimes rediscovering our sexy sides. It's so easy to get caught up in work, parenting, and taking care of everyone else!
 
Q: What inspired your story? Is it complete fiction, or did you draw on any personal experiences for inspiration? 

A: Honestly? My story was inspired by my own ongoing desire to keep things fresh in my own marriage. I'm always looking for ways to do that. I thought to myself, "What would be a huge turn-on?" The date in the story was one we actually had when we were dating. As to re-creating it now? That was the fictional, fantasy part. 
 
Q: What readers may not know is that you juggle about ten different hats when it comes to "Ignite." You are not only the owner of Brickstone Publishing (which is the publisher of "Ignite"), but you also contributed your own story to the anthology, selected and managed ten authors, juggled PR and marketing, oversaw cover design, coordinated logistics such as interviews, blog hops, prizes, and giveaways, and much, much more, I'm sure.
How do you manage all of that, and does it leave any time for romance in real life?
 
A: You're right, it has been a lot. But it's work that I enjoy and having done it for three books before, it's become easier due to not having as much of a learning curve. As for romance in real life, I think my husband Mark and I do a pretty good job of it. We dedicate a lot of effort to our four children, but we also make it clear at times that we are having a glass of wine and watching our own movie (or whatever). Also, because this is our second marriage, we do have every other weekend without the kids, which gives us time to just be a couple and stay connected.
 
Q: What was the motivation or inspiration behind Brickstone Publishing's venture with the "Ignite" anthology? What "sparked" the idea to tackle such a large undertaking and in such a spicy genre?

A: I really feel strongly about the need for we women--and moms in particular--to take care of the "woman" inside of us. It's so easy to put passion on the back burner when in the throes of parenting, working, cleaning, and all else that we do. I'm hoping that "Ignite" may be a way for moms to stay in touch with our sexy sides. To have a little something for our selves.
 
Q: Now that you've published in this genre, have you been bitten by the erotica bug, or was this a one time toe-curling dip in the pool?

A: I already have plans in mind for another book! I'd like to do a book of erotic short stories about couples keeping their relationship hot! I'd like to title it "Rekindle." We are waiting to see how well received "Ignite" will be before formally moving forward with the submission process.
 
Q: I have to ask, as I do with all my interviewees: Are you a fan of thongs or bikini panties?

A: I am a thong girl all the way. I mean really, what it all boils down to anyway is less fabric giving you a wedgie!
 
Q: What's one quirky writing habit you have?

A: I have no plan. At all! When I write, I just write as the muse flows. Then, at other times when the story is not flowing, I use that time to work on organizing, editing, etc.
 
Q: Do you have a favorite writing quote for inspiration?
 
A: It may not be a writing quote so to speak, but this quote applies to just about everything in life: "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." ~Getty Lee, from the band "Rush." In fact, I feel so strongly about this quote that not only do I refer to it in my own life, but it's referred to (with permission) throughout my novel, "Momnesia!"
 
Q: You were once a newbie, too. Any advice for beginning writers?
 
A: Yes, and it's very simple. Just write your book! Don't worry about what you're going to do with it later. If it's not written, it can never be published! Also, for those who are self-publishing, use a professional editor before releasing your book to the public. It will pay off tenfold.
 
(Eh-hem...I'd have to agree ten-fold. But I promised no money changed hands for that ringing endorsement of using quality editors...like, I don't know...maybe the Grammar Babe? Just sayin'.)
 
Q: Other than a much needed break, what can your fans expect next? Do you have any novels in progress as we speak?
 
A: Yes, and I'm very excited about it! My novels, "Momnesia" and "Unexpecting" do really well as stand-alone books, but they're part of my Find Yourself series. I've been working on the next book, "The Husbands." It's about three men, three marriages, and their three ways of making it all work out. It will be released in spring 2014.

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! I will look forward to getting to know your readers...maybe in the comments section below?

And thank you, Lori for being so open and honest about your writing, your next steps, and a reader favorite, your underwear! You ROCK!

Want more?
 
Support Indie. Buy Ignite today while it's on sale, too!

OTHER AWESOMENESS & PRIZE MENTIONS:

VISIT BRICKSTONE PUBLISHING'S Web site for the Rafflecopter giveaway to win one of over 40 different prizes, as well as a full list of participating blogs to get all of your treasure hunt words.

Click HERE for the Kindle Fire Giveaway.
Click HERE for the Las Vegas Giveaway.
Click HERE to order any other Brickstone title for the reduced rate of $1.99.

Buy Ignite on Amazon.
Review Ignite on Goodreads.
Share Ignite on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy (and I mean OOOOOOOOO so happy) reading!

Come on Baby Light My Fire

* CAUTION * THIS POST IS FOR READERS AGES 18 & UP *

Welcome! You've arrived at the Ignite Blast Hop & Tour!


"Whether you’re a woman who has put passion on the back burner, or you’re a hot mama who has been keeping things aflame, these stories are sure to light your fire!"  

I always love a BIG...challenge. So, I was one of the first to wave my hand (I volunteer! I'll be a tribute!) to be an ARC reviewer and blog post stop when I found out about Author Lori Verni-Fogarsi's unique and intriguing erotica anthology. Let me preface this by saying, if you know Lori, you know that she's done it up right and it's tasteful while not holding back any of the spice on us. She's managed to serve up a hot little book with a wide range of temptations and fantasies for all types of women.

 
Ignite is published by Brickstone Publishing, with ten separate light erotica stories specifically geared toward busy, overworked moms in desperate need to find and protect some much needed alone time. 
 
You can read my full reviews of Ignite over on Goodreads and Amazon.

The ten participating authors are a mix of established, published authors, new writers who publish under other pen names, and clean, spankin' new erotica-writing virgins! Now how's that for some toe-curling fun? 

Treasure hunt word: curling (as in: toe-curling, 'cause these stories will cause your toes to curl!)

The authors featured in Ignite are: Michael Braken, Alice Bright, Katherine Crighton, Jen Lee, Lori Verni-Fogarsi, Julianna Darling, Shennoah Caroll-Brad, JR Reed, Kelly Lawrence, and Lizzie Richards.

In the following days, I'll be highlighting one new author a day on my blog and sharing some light biography facts and links to how you can find out more about the author or connect, so stayed tuned for that as well.

I also get to share a fun little cheat sheet with you. During this week's festivities and ultra awesome kick-off party on Facebook, "Ignite" will be only 99 cents until the 8th.

http://www.amazon.com/Ignite-Light-Your-Fire-Series-ebook/dp/B00GT1WH96/ref=cm_cr-mr-img
One of the things Lori--the book's executive editor as well as a contributing author--did exceptionally well, was to find a nice blend of stories that all compliment each other while being diverse in their approach. Some are softer and more of a body-worshiping style of making love, while others are made from lusty moments of scuffles across a boss's slick desk when the moment can no longer bear another ounce of electricity before clothes are flying off.

The common theme is this: These are all normal women, normal mothers--just like you and me. They are all driven by the primal need to feel sexy again, rekindle romance and passion in their lives, and find a missing part of themselves in some way. 

The situations in this book are for those over 18 years of age, they are heterosexual (only) stories, and they are BDSM-free. It's a rare glimpse into the lives of others and what lengths women may go to in order to re-IGNITE their passions.  

Stay tuned for professional reviews, author interviews (including mine today with Brickstone Publishing's own author-editor extraordinaire: Lori Verni-Fogarsi), and a TREASURE HUNT (as mentioned above). Here's what you do:

1) Grab a pen & paper.
2) Visit each of the blogs listed below to see their reviews, interviews, and articles. 
3) While there, write down their treasure hunt word!
4) Scroll down to the prize entry form below and get tons of extra entries for inputting the treasure hunt words. 


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*** To Enter in the Rafflecopter prize giveaway for OVER 40 AWESOME PRIZES, click here to get to the Brickstone Publishing web site and scroll to the bottom of the page to enter your information into the Rafflecopter form.***

PRIZES & GIVEAWAYS:
Click HERE for Ignite Kindle Fire Giveaway.
Click HERE for the Las Vegas Giveaway.
Click HERE to order any other Brickstone title for the reduced rate of $1.99.

Buy Ignite on Amazon.
Review Ignite on Goodreads.
Share Ignite on Facebook and Twitter

And don't forget your treasure hunt word: curling for a chance to win cool prizes! Happy (and I mean OOOOOOOOO so happy) reading!