Thursday, July 31, 2014

Get to know Robin Bielman and enter to win a $25 gift card!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Thanks so much for having me here to talk about it. Veiled Target is my first paranormal romance and I'm so excited for readers to meet Hugh and Tess. Tess eliminates non-humans, or Veilers, as they're called in my book. She is gutsy, fearless, and unfortunately drawn to her next target - Hugh. Hugh is the total alpha male. A warrior, leader, and the man every woman wants. He's also a Veiler. When he and Tess are forced to fight side by side for their lives, they form an alliance that leads to consequences neither saw coming. The most complicated, of course, is that they fall in love. :

2. What makes your story special to you?

This is my debut paranormal release so that right there makes it really special. I also really love my characters. I was excited to write a tough, kick ass heroine and pair her with a hero who matches her in kick-assery, but also breaks down the walls she's built around her heart.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Oh gosh, I've always enjoyed writing. After college I worked for a film company and tried my hand at a screenplay, but I never finished it. Then I switched jobs and wrote infomercials and commercials and cable television programming. I really enjoyed that up until I had my first son. Then I did the mom thing and some freelance writing. It wasn't until a handful of years ago that I realized I wanted to write novels. And it's been such a wonderful gift.

4. What is a typical writing day like?

There is nothing typical about my writing days! LOL I have a part-time day job and a family and the cutest dog on the planet, so I write when I can. I do usually give myself a daily word count goal, especially when I've got a deadline looming.

5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?

Mountain Dew. Must have Mountain Dew.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?

I'm still learning so much! But probably the biggest surprise was that being published means there's a lot more to do than just writing the next book.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

So many writer friends have influenced me. I've been super lucky to be blessed with amazing friendships right from the start. And through my local RWA chapter I was paired with a mentor - Charlene Sands. She's been amazing!

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

 
My family thinks I'm awesome, of course. LOL Really, they've been super supportive, sweet, and understanding. Especially when we're having eggs and toast for dinner again. And I really wouldn't be here without my husband's encouragement and confidence in me. He's always believed I could do this.

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I love to read and wish I had more time for it. I also like to run and hike and spend time at the beach. Hanging out with my family is always at the top of my list, but my boys are older now so they don't want to hang out with my hubby and me as much any more. When the four of us can grab a movie, though, it's wonderful. (I love the movies.)

10. Can you tell us about what's coming up next for you writing wise?

Thanks for asking! My next book is actually releasing on August 11th. It's the first book in a new contemporary series and is titled Keeping Mr. Right Now. My hero is a pro surfer and I think he's pretty yummy. :

11. How can readers connect with you online?

I'd love to connect with your readers! ~waves~ I can be found here:

Website/Blog: http://robinbielman.com
Twitter: @RobinBielman
Facebook: http://facebook.com/RobinBielmanWriter




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EXCERPT

She woke to a click, but didn’t move or stir or budge. The bed was sooo comfy and cozy and maybe if she stayed still, whatever had caused the click would go away.
“Tess,” said an endearing masculine voice. “It’s time to wake up.”
Her eyes opened wide at the sound of the deep, rugged announcement. “Go away. I’m not talking to you.”
“I’ve got a couple things for you,” he answered, ignoring her no-talking policy.
Darkness still filled the room and she wondered what time it was. It felt like she’d had a solid eight hours sleep so it couldn’t be too early. In fact, she felt more rested than she had in a long time. She stayed motionless and quiet.
“I’m coming in.” The downlight above her head turned on.
She didn’t care. His actions didn’t mean she had to act.
Wait. He’s coming in? She sat up, bringing the covers with her. She told herself he didn’t have x-ray vision, but that didn’t stop the tingles popping up all over her body. She was naked, and Hugh was coming into the room.
He wore jeans that sat low on his hips and a plain white T-shirt that clung to his lethally sexy chest muscles. His hair was mussed, like he’d showered and then ran his fingers through it. His face was clean-shaven. His blue eyes deeper than the waters she’d scuba dived in Australia. God, did he have to look so irresistible this morning?
“Good morning.”
She stayed quiet. Because she was mad about being locked in the room or because he took her breath away, she wasn’t sure.
“This no talking thing could work to my advantage.” He stepped closer.
To her nakedness. Did he know she wasn’t wearing anything underneath the sheets? And oh geez, what did her hair look like? Going to sleep with it wet surely meant she had a rat’s nest thing going on.
When he got to the edge of the bed, she watched him venture a peek toward the bathroom. Her eyes followed his and there in plain view were the blue dress and black lace undergarments on the floor.
She pulled the sheets tighter against her. “What time is it?” Talking might get her mind off her birthday suit.
“She speaks.” His eyes held hers with the same mixture of heat and desire she’d noticed last night. “It’s eleven.”
“Eleven? Holy shit. I never sleep this late.” And note to self: Don’t look into his eyes anymore.
He smiled. “Guess you needed it.”
“More like the lack of window space kept the room dark. You’ve got some nerve, you know that?” She ran a hand through her hair to feel what it looked like. Not too bad.
“Do you blame me?”
Admitting she didn’t would not work in keeping him at bay, so she lied. “Yes. I do.” She frowned for further effect.
He dropped something on the bed. “Well, maybe this will make up for it. Clean clothes. And your phone.”
Relief and forgiveness overcame her. Wait. Her phone? “You went through my purse?” It would’ve been a lot better if he’d plopped her bag on the bed, but he was only acting the same way she would have.
“Again, I don’t think you’re surprised. You’ve got some major arsenal in there. And your driver’s license picture doesn’t do you justice.”
He looked less and less sexy by the minute. “You looked through my wallet? Who the hell do you think—”
“I think I needed to confirm you are who you say you are. Tess Elizabeth Damon.” A grin that would have made her fling the sheets to the side and shout “take me” had she not been so pissed at him for snooping flanked his handsome—no, not handsome!—face.
“I’m a P.I.E. eliminator. What makes you think that license is real? I could be Tess one day and Betty the next.” Tess Damon was her real name, but if anyone looked her up, they’d learn only what P.I.E. wanted them to.
Hugh continued to grin. “You don’t look like a Betty.”
“Screw you.”
“I thought we’d been over that, but I’m willing to revisit it if you—”
“I want you the hell out of this room and away from me.” Her blood boiled. Hugh Langston was goddamn annoying.




Book Blurb:

Never take Fate along on a date. The kiss goodnight could be deadly.

Tracking down Veilers—non humans—is only a sideline for Tess Damon. Vengeance for her fiancĂ©’s murder is her reason for living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she fails to eliminate her next mark, she’s dead. She’s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too bad fate has a really bad sense of humor.

Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one thing: mine.

Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her up. Especially when Hugh figures out he’s her next target and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all the laws against their attraction. Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by the minute, it becomes clear Tess’s only hope of living to see another day—and finding a murderer—lies with the one man she’s supposed to kill.

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Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and coffee drinks. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She writes contemporary and paranormal romance and loves to connect with readers. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Perfect 10:

INN AT LAST CHANCE - Hope Ramsay 
Last Chance Series 
Perfect 10 
Grand Central's Forever 
ISBN: 978-1-455-52231-6 
April 2014 
Contemporary Romance 

Last Chance, South Carolina - the Present 

Spinster Jenny Carpenter quit her job as a schoolteacher, took a huge risk and used all of her savings to buy and restore the Jonquil House on the edge of a swamp outside the small town of Last Chance. She is ready to embrace the life of a perpetually single woman, but wants company. If determination can do it, the Jonquil House will become a successful bed and breakfast because Jenny is one of the best cooks around. It is January, and a storm is turning the roads icy causing the late delivery of her furniture, plus her sewing circle cannot meet to make curtains for the same reason. 

A pounding at the door introduces a belligerent Gabriel, or Gabe, Raintree, best-selling horror novelists and former owner of Jonquil House, the place his family abandoned a long time ago. He demands a room. Jenny informs him the inn isn't open yet. Gabe needs a room for three months because writer's block grips him and he wants somewhere quiet to get away from everything including his fans and his problems. He wants to stay at Jonquil House, and this mousy little sparrow of a woman isn't going to thwart him even if he has to buy the place back. In the town of Last Chance, he runs into Zeph Gibbs, the man who accidentally shot his older brother Luke twenty-five years ago. Gabe remembers nothing of the day, although he was there. Luke's death is the reason his grandparents and he moved away. Zeph tells Gabe to leave town. 

Jenny has a dream telling her she needs a cat when she wants a dog. Next morning a stray mastiff appears just in time to knock down a returning Gabe Raintree, injuring him. He ends up staying rent-free in her back bedroom, the room that had been Luke's. After that, many strange things begin to happen, including contention about whether Jenny or Gabe owns the dog Bear, whom Gabe names after Luke's mastiff named Bear. 

First, let me say that I don't normally enjoy ghost stories; however, INN AT LAST CHANCE grabbed me from the beginning and made me believe Luke haunted the Jonquil House. The romance between abrasive, disagreeable, and demanding Gabe and warm hearted, feminist-in-the-works Jenny is rocky. They are very different, but both are independent, stubborn, lonely characters who actively deny the pain of their respective pasts. The truth has been hidden from Gabe for years. The church ladies see Gabe as a demon, for how else could he write such books? Matchmakers abound. The hurling chicken scene where Jenny prepares dinner for the new pastor and Gabe is hilarious. INN AT LAST CHANCE is full of interesting characters, many from previous volumes of this undeclared series. References to Jane Eyre draw another parallel within the story. The ending is a melodramatic tearjerker, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the difficult but understated romance, the touch of paranormal, and the emotional scenes made this a Perfect 10 for me. 

Robin Lee

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Giveaway:


AVENGE ME by Maisey Yates
                                                        Book 1 of the Fifth Avenue series

TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.

Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York's elite would never believe it—especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father—risking his family name and those he loves—without any proof?

Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen's reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Susan Mallery book winner is....

Congrats to FEDORA.... she wins a copy of UNTIL WE TOUCH by Susan Mallery!!!!

Fedora, please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com to claim your prize and give me your mailing address.


A Perfect 10:

LETTERS FROM SKYE – Jessica Brockmole 
A Perfect 10 
Ballantine 
ISBN: 978-0-345-54262-5 
June 2014 
Historical Romance 

Scotland – 1912 and 1940 

David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Illinois pens a fan letter to a poet in Scotland expressing his joy in her book. That poet, Elspeth Dunn, lives in a remote village on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and the last thing she expected was a fan letter from anyone. She replies, and soon the two begin to exchange many letters over the next few years. Elspeth is married to a fisherman who doesn't seem to share her literary enthusiasm, so soon she begins to relish the witty, intelligent correspondence from the American. What is the harm? After all, he's far away and Elspeth never leaves the island because she's terrified of boats and the ocean. 

Within a few years, however, with the war affecting Britain and the Continent, Elspeth is not only worried about her husband and brother serving in the Army, but also now David has volunteered to drive ambulances in France. The letters continue, and their relationship expands. 

In 1940, Elspeth's daughter, Margaret, is in love with an RAF pilot, a young man she's known as a good friend for many years. Elspeth is terribly upset by this and warns Margaret of the dangers of wartime romance. Confused, Margaret wonders why her mother sits in the local cathedral each day. But all comes to a head when the Germans bomb the area and their apartment is damaged. Amid the wreckage of the house are hundreds of old letters that her mother had hidden away. When Margaret tries to question Elspeth, she is rebuffed, and then Elspeth disappears. 

LETTERS FROM SKYE is just that, a wonderful novel written in the form of letters. Letters to and from David and Elspeth, and later, Margaret's correspondence to her pilot, and, when her mother vanishes, to the relatives she's never met. The blossoming affection between Elspeth and David is sweet and poignant as the years go by. Their growing honesty with each other and the confusion Elspeth experiences is beautifully written. 

Short and profoundly moving, LETTERS FROM SKYE is delightful. I loved it. 

Jani Brooks