Saturday, January 28, 2012

Blog tour/award/and more!!

I'm three days into my blog tour and the responses have been great! We're still not released yet, but my editor and I are working our tushes off to get it done. For all who either come here or visit any of the blog stops, I am giving away a basket full of goodies!! The winner will be picked at the end of the blog tour and posted here. In the meantime, as soon as Secrets of Jenkins Bridge is released, I will begin giving away free ebook copies :)

Next up, I was one of ten nominated to receive this here The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award from my awesome friend and critique partner, Calisa Rhose! Thank you :)

The rules to being able to accept this award are simple. I have to pick 10 blogs to award and post 7 things about myself others may not know.

So, first are the 10 blogs I'm nominating:

Empty White Pages

Leovi's Abstract Photos

Spunk on a Stick

The Tardis Scribbles

Coming Down The Mountain

Following The Whispers

Alyssa Fox

Talli Roland

Cheryl Yeko

Ye Olde Inkwell

And now for the 7 things others may not know about me:

1) I grew up and lived in Connecticut up until 8 years ago when we decided to be adventurous and move here to South Carolina where we knew no one.

2) I had gone to college for Pre-Med. Unfortunately, family circumstances caused me to stop going. I was going for Pediatric Oncology.

3) I'm a country music girl. My favorites are Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Toby Keith.

4) I used to smoke those yucky cigarettes, but it's been nearly two years (March) since I quit.

5) My husband and I have fish for pets. Koi, goldfish, Shubukan, and kissing fish!

6) I used to be a HUGE Nascar fan (As typical, life gets in the way and priorities change). My favorite? Richard Petty. When he retired, I cried :(

7) I'm a Big Bang Theory junkie. Absolutely love these guys, especially Sheldon. He cracks me up.

There you are. Now I have to get back to edits so I can get this book released!!

AVAILABLE NOW @ Soul Mate Publishing: The Swan Cove Murders Release Date January ? Secrets of Jenkins Bridge

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Blog Tour Schedule

 I'm sorry I have been lacking on my blog posts. The edits for Secrets of Jenkins Bridge has gotten away from me. We're cutting it extremely close. May not even be able to release on the 25th. But, if I get it back for final edits in the next day or so, I'll stay up all night finishing them if need be.

Here are my blog tour dates and places. Be sure to hop along!

Jan 25th: Cheryl Leko
                 Callie Hutton

Jan 27th:  Michelle Miles' Ye Old Inkwell

Jan 30th:  Rebecca Grace's My Writing Corner

Feb 1st:    Meggan Connors

Feb 2nd    Adriana Ryan

Feb 3rd:   Mandi Casey's Paranormal Blog
                 Casey Wyatt

Feb 4th:    Ann Montclair

Feb 6th:    Nas Dean's Romance Book Paradise

Feb 7th:    Riya Dean's Romance Reader
                  Calisa Rhose

Feb 9th:    Rebecca Heflin

Feb 10th  Tammy Winbush

Feb. 13th  Karin Shah

Feb. 15th  Elizabeth Craig

Feb. 17th:  Secrets of 7 Scribes

Feb.29th   Shelly Bell

AVAILABLE NOW @ Soul Mate Publishing: The Swan Cove Murders Release Date January 25th: Secrets of Jenkins Bridge

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Karina Buchanan is in The House!! Woot!!

I'm so excited to have Karina Buchanan here on my blog today with her new release, Daring To Love.

Welcome Karina. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Karina Buchanan and Daring to Love is my debut novel. I live in Northern Ireland with my husband and two boys. I'm a stay at home Mum, so the writing stops me from going completely insane.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other or anyone has done for you?

A couple of years ago, for our anniversary, my husband bought me a new engagement ring to replace the old one which had worn away to nothing. The new one has three diamonds and he told me they represented our past, present and future together. Actually, I think I wrote that into a story somewhere…

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

Will I get thrown out of the writers' club if I say no? Lol I do like to wear comfy clothes though, when I'm writing.

What are your pet peeves?

Rude people. I can't stand people who are plain nasty.

Cats or dogs?

Definitely dogs! I have a six year old collie cross called Maisie who is slightly mad (like the rest of the family).

White wine or red?

Very sweet white wine.

Coffee or tea?

Very sweet white tea J

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate. What's the point in having vanilla?

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

An umbrella – the constant rain in Northern Ireland is the reason the countryside is so green here. Lipgloss – I'm not a real girlie girl but I like my gloss! And of course a notebook and pen – I prefer to do all my writing longhand and you never know when an idea will strike.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Laptop. Then I can curl up anywhere with it

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Sundays seem to be the perfect day for writing for me. Hubby makes Sunday lunch then he and the boys watch football on the telly, while I disappear into the bedroom to do some writing.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

I've had a long hard think about this one. At first I just wanted to jump in with the names of good looking men but I think I'll go with Jackie Collins – who could keep me entertained with celeb gossip, Bruno Mars – to serenade me and Joe Manganiello – for obvious reasons ;)

An actor you have a crush on?

At the minute, it is definitely Joe Manganiello. He plays Alcide, a werewolf, in True Blood and he is a major hottie.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?

My favourite show is definitely True Blood. Not only is it choc-full of eye candy but I love the paranormal element to it and it made me go out and buy all Charlaine Harris's books.

What made you decide to be an author?

I always enjoyed writing, even at primary school. It was the only thing I ever wanted to do as a career and it means I can work from home.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

Between my Gran and Mum, there was an abundance of romance novels available when I was growing up, I'm sure that had something to do with it. And I just enjoy a good love story with a happy ending – it makes me all mushy inside

Are you a panster or a plotter and why?

I'm a mixture of both. I start out with a rough idea of where I want to go but usually, as I'm writing, the characters choose a different path

Is there a particular author who may have influenced you?

I love the Irish author, Maeve Binchy. She writes lovely romances but she also manages to weave the lives of so many characters into her work that the reader cares about, it amazes me

What is your all time favorite book?

I would have to say, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I think it was the first 'proper' novel I read and one of the few books I would read over and over again. It has everything in it – mystery, drama, a brooding hero and of course, romance

What is your favorite sentence or quote in your new release?

That would have to be where Andrea tells Matt to turn around so she can 'slap the gold star on his backside for a job well done!' It's the sort of thing I say to my other half when he tells me he's washed the dishes like it's a major achievement

How much trouble did your characters give you while writing your new release? Which one?

I found Andrea pretty easy to write, she's a straightforward sort of girl who lives life by the rules so she doesn't get hurt. But Matt gave me a bit of trouble. I really had to dig deep to discover the reasons behind his daredevil lifestyle and what drove him on. I did torture him a bit…

Where do you get your ideas from?

Ideas come to me out of the blue. Sometimes it can be a tiny detail in a newspaper article that can weave a whole story in my head. Other times, a long drive in the country will give my imagination time to run wild because we have such beautiful scenery here that's the perfect backdrop for a love story.

How did you choose your title?

I started off with the title 'The Daredevil and the Dietician' and the ladies in my crit group, UCW, came up with the somewhat better title, Daring to Love, after a brain storming session.

How do you cure writer’s block?

When I'm really stuck, I leave the writing for a few days and do some reading. That usually gives me time to think and nudge me on. Failing that my UCW ladies usually get the whips out! Lol

Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?

Write! You won't get anywhere if you don't finish anything and with every ms you write, your voice will improve

What sacred advice have you been giving by another writer?

When I was in my 'I can't do it', whiny stage, a very wise author gave me a reality check. She said 'If you think you can really give up, do so'. As all us writers know, those voices in our heads won't let us quit. So, I stopped feeling sorry for myself and got writing.

Where can your readers stalk you?
I'm on Twitter @karinabuchanan1
And this is my blog where I am doing a giveaway of my book and a gift from Ireland

 Tell us about your new release

Daring to Love
Andrea Macleave is determined to lose her 'Miss Stuffy Knickers' nickname with a rappel down Ireland's famous Europa Hotel, for the hospital where she works. Risk taking goes against everything she believes in and it takes a kiss from her hunky instructor to send her on her way. With her wild side let loose, a one night stand with the action man seems the perfect antidote to her staid life.


"I should have known you couldn't handle your drink." With the devil in him, Matt pushed the buttons guaranteed to re-activate his Andie.

A frown, a purse of full pink lips and she took the bait. "I'll have a whiskey if you're buying." The determination to prove him wrong blinded her to the goggled looks she garnered and the sudden quiet at the table.

He couldn't help his smile getting wider, the more irritated she became. "One whiskey, coming up. Jimmy give me a hand getting these in, will you?"

I've a good mind to get you fired!" Matt hadn't noticed Andrea following him over to the bar. At the sound of her sexy, pissed-off voice, he slowly turned his head.

She stood, ram-rod straight, giving him clear appreciation of long, lean legs. They seemed to go on forever in those spiky black heels she had swapped for her trainers, even if she still had to look up at his six foot four frame. The figure-hugging jeans would bring a grown man to his knees but he would prefer to see her in something to better show off those pins.

The rose tint in her cheeks gave away her embarrassment at being so openly admired and coming across as a letch was not how he wished to be perceived. Nevertheless, he did enjoy throwing her off guard.
"You should be thanking me really." He wound her up and let her go.

"Thanking you?" She crossed her arms across her chest, drawing the V of her top down to give a tantalizing peek at her cleavage. "I should have you arrested for the way you behaved, never mind getting you fired."

"It got you over the edge, didn't it? You were so caught up, being ticked off at me that you didn't have time to think about what you were doing."

"In that case, turn around."     


"So I can slap the gold star on your backside for a job well done! Do you seriously think that's a good enough reason for your behavior? Is that the way you carry on with all your clients?"

"Only the pretty, obstinate ones. As for having me fired, well," he backed his elbows onto the bar, "I do the charity rappels voluntarily. It's difficult to replace a trained instructor willing to work for free but if I caused you so much offense, do what you must."

Her delicious mouth opened and closed and he was assaulted with memories of tasting her. And how good it would be to do it again.

"Since it's for charity and all, I suppose I'll let the matter drop. Forget it happened." The defensive arms slackened and fell to her sides. With the thaw setting in, Matt impulsively stepped forward, to invade her personal space.

"Are you sure that's what you want, Andie?" If he could forget his rules for one night, she could stop pretending she didn't want him.

Instead of seeing the look of longing staring back at him, her pupils narrowed. "Where do you get off calling me 'Andie', anyway? My name is Andrea." She lifted the tumbler of the finest whiskey from the bar, knocked it back and stalked back to her friends.

Matt King never was one to back away from a challenge.

 Thanks Donna, I had fun 

 You are so welcome, Karina. I had fun too! Daring to Love sounds HOT! Thank you for being here today.

AVAILABLE NOW @ Soul Mate Publishing: The Swan Cove Murders Release Date January 25th: Secrets of Jenkins Bridge

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Insecure Writers Blog Post: Edits and Editors

 It's the beginning of the month which means it's time for The Insecure Writers Blog. I'm close to two days late, so for that I'm sorry. Been a lot going on in the family and outskirts. My life I can honestly say is never boring.

This month I'm blogging about edits and editors. As I'm working through my edits for Secrets of Jenkins Bridge, I have a couple of huge insecurities I'm facing.

The first one would be getting these edits done on time. At 186 pages, it is a rather daunting challenge to work through these. Between the full time job, having been sick and now my son is sick, my BIL in the hospital and that's not looking good at all, the edits become even more daunting. But, I am taking it one page at a time and trying not to sweat it.

The second insecurity is what if my editor hates my edits? What if I added more than I needed to? What if I changed something that she wanted me to change, but it wasn't exactly what she was thinking? All the 'what ifs' could be the death of me yet. And I know, it's my book. And no, she's not asking for anything unreasonable, like totally revamping the story (which is good because I've heard some horror stories). But, still I want her to be happy with the ending result as much as I will be. After all, she's investing a lot of time into me and my book. I think I'm just driving myself nuts.

I need to just breathe and attempt at relaxing a little.

Today as a little giveaway to make us insecure writers smile, I'll pick 5 random commenters to receive a The Swan Cove Murders bookmark!! Be sure to leave your email or access to where I can reach you, so I can get your snail mail.

AVAILABLE NOW @ Soul Mate Publishing: The Swan Cove Murders Release Date January 25th: Secrets of Jenkins Bridge