Friday, August 31, 2012

Book Tour: Mrs. Jones by B. A. Morton Interview

Mrs. Jones by B.A. Morton

Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing
Date of Publication: April 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-1468116885

Number of pages:256
Word Count: 88.000
Cover Artist: Bradley Wind

Book Description:

A British girl with a secret.

A New York cop with a past.

And a mob that wants revenge

In the slickest, sexiest novel to come out in a long time, ruggedly tough and honest cop Detective Tommy Connell picks up an English girl, Mrs Jones, who claims to be the witness to a murder, and falls in love with her. Well, Mrs Jones, whoever she is, must be very attractive because an awful lot of people seem to want to get their hands on her if they can get her away from Connell's determined hands, including some organized crime boys along with the Feds.

Detective Connell definitely has his work cut out for him if he wants to end up with the body of Mrs Jones, dead or alive, that's for sure. All-in-all it's probably safe to say he hasn't a clue what is going on. It is probably equally safe to guess that Mrs Jones does. Not that 'safe' is quite the right word to use here.


1) Where did you get the idea for the novel?
2) Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
3) Which came first, the title or the novel? 

I’ll answer the first three questions together. I was listening to Michael Buble’ singing Mrs Jones and I got to thinking about these two people with other lives and commitments, who meet, despite knowing they shouldn’t and fall in love in spite of everything. Being a crime writer, of course I had to add all kinds of secrets and complications to the mix and being a fan of the movies I quickened the pace and had my two main characters running for their lives. The Buble’ kindly provided my soundtrack as I wrote the book and the title Mrs Jones just seemed right.

4) Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?

Mrs Jones came second in the Yeovil Literary Prize, a UK literary competition, in 2011. It was the first competition I’d entered, so to be successful was a great surprise and honour. From that I was invited to attend the annual Brympton Festival as guest speaker and met some of my own favourite authors such as Alison Weir and Sophie Hannah.

5) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?

I’m currently reading a quirky little book that I picked up for my kindle, entitled The Midget’s House by Anita Bartholomew. It’s a spooky kind of romance, a little different and I’m enjoying it.

6) What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?

The very first book I wrote as an adult was a dark thriller. This was in the days of floppy discs and I’d all but forgotten about it, until quite recently when I discovered the dusty disc in the bottom of a drawer. I had to buy a gadget to enable me to download it to my netbook. I have to say the writing was atrocious, but the story had merit. I’ve just resurrected it and I’m enjoying bringing a decidedly bad leading man, back to life.

7) At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 

It really depends on what they want. Some people just want my name and the date, others like it personalised. I don’t mind either way. I actually like the face to face contact with readers. I’m a bit of a chatterbox and like to hear about what else they might be reading and why they chose my book. I chat about the story, anything really to put people at ease.

BA Morton

Excerpt Chapter One 

She answered the door on the sixth knock.

He knew that because he had counted.

Six knocks, thirty seconds between knocks, three minutes.

He’d raised his hand to give her the seventh, seeing as how seven was his lucky number and three and half minutes was as long as he was prepared to wait, but she’d beaten him to it. All the same, six knocks.

These weren’t palatial penthouse apartments, they were studios. What
had taken her so long? Delays in answering the door in this neighborhood were usually accompanied by the sounds of a hurriedly flushed toilet. On this occasion there was silence.

When the door finally opened, she left the chain on, which he supposed was sensible, but didn’t make his job any easier or quicker.

He had a hot date waiting. He checked his watch. If she was still waiting. Taking out his badge, he flashed it through the crack in the door.

“Ma’am, New York Police Department, Detective Connell.” He made an
effort to speak slowly and clearly, wondering if they were old folks and whether that could explain the delay in answering.

“You called in a report about a hit and run. I’d like to speak with you, ask you a few questions.”

He pulled his badge away just in time to avoid his hand being jammed as the door slammed closed. Rolling his eyes, he checked his watch again. She definitely wouldn’t be waiting now. She’d be on her way home and deleting his number from her phone. That was twice he’d stood her up; she wouldn’t be letting him make it three. And that was a shame - she was a looker, and no dummy either. No matter,
probably for the best in the long run.

He was about to give her the seventh knock, when he heard the chain being slid. Placing a hand on the weapon holstered under his left arm, he watched as the door swung slowly inwards. All he needed now was some geriatric cop-hater to come barrelling out with a sawed-off Zimmer frame, so he stood off to one side of the door, just in case.

Connell had drawn the short straw on this case. Everyone else on the squad had more important things to do on a Friday night than chase up old ladies who may or may not have seen an accident. He had more important things to do; he’d been on a promise, after all. But he was on dicey ground and his arrest rate was looking bad. He’d been spending far too much time on impossible cases and this looked like an
easy wrap. Find the old lady, confirm her statement and sign off on the case. Maybe his date would wait. Maybe pigs would fly.

“Honey, is your mom at home?” he asked the young girl who peered anxiously at him from behind the door. She was slender and pale, with a mop of unruly dark curls and wide dark eyes. Her feet, resting one on the other, were bare, her toenails painted a vivid pink.

She wore washed-out jeans with holes at the knees and a baggy grey Tshirt. Connell processed her slight frame in seconds and disregarded her. It was a necessary knack - identify and eliminate any risks - certainly in this neighborhood. “I’m looking for a … ” He pulled out his notebook and checked the name he’d scrawled down back at the station “ … Mrs.Jones, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones.”

The girl nodded, opened the door wide and he realized his knack for on-the-spot identification was slipping. She wasn’t a young girl; she was a young woman who looked like she hadn’t been sleeping too well and he knew exactly how that felt.

“I’m Mrs. Jones,” she said hesitantly in a soft, British accent. “You’d better come in.”

Connell wasn’t often surprised. In his line of work it was a necessary requirement to be unflappable and unshockable, or at the very least to present that image to the public, but she was definitely not what he’d been expecting. She was far too young for a start, didn’t look old enough to be Mrs. Anybody and she didn’t sound like the voice on the tape. The voice had been muffled, admittedly, but had sounded older and certainly not British. Either she hadn’t made the call or the voice had been deliberately disguised. He narrowed his eyes. The first of his inner alarm bells had just gone off.

He followed her into the room. If she wasn’t what he’d expected, then the room certainly was. It was typical of a thousand more in the neighborhood. Close your eyes, stick a pin in a map and you couldn’t fail to come up with a place like this. Short-term, low-rent housing where absentee landlords turned a blind eye and made a killing.

Author Bio: 

B.A. Morton is a British crime, historical and romance writer.

Her first novel is 'Mrs Jones'. The next in the series, 'Molly Brown', will be published during 2012.

She lives and writes on the Scottish Border.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Finding Alice Book Bash on 8/31

Cursed with an intense version of empathy Alice runs from a wasted life to start a new one somewhere no one will know her; Hell, Michigan. Alice works at a hole-in-the-wall bar in the middle of nowhere mostly keeping to herself to avoid the overwhelming emotions of those around her. Alice allows her best friend to convince her into taking a few college classes without realizing it would drastically change her life forever. From her first day of class she was hooked on him; his scent, his eyes, the way he talked to her inside her head. Throughout her struggles she learns about true love, true pain and the truth of her own heritage. Alice must quickly find out who she is because after all everyone else is out to find her. With Angels and Bounty Hunter’s in constant pursuit she finds protection within a group of Fallen Angels. These Fallen Angels vow to do anything to protect her; for it is their belief she will save their kind and all of mankind.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Tour: Bitten Shame by Olivia Hardin Interview & Review

 Bitten Shame by Olivia Hardin

Book 2 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy
Genre:  Paranormal/ Romance
ISBN-10: 0615645380
ISBN-13: 978-0615645384
Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 52,310

Book Description: 

     Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. 
     On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape…
      Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…


     This book was really good! It's exciting and fun. It's the perfect second book it the series. I really like that it switches between past and present with each chapter. You get to learn more about Jill and how she became a vampire while the story continues. I really liked Doc.     He was cold and locked up at first but once he got to know Jill (and we got to know him), he ended up being a kind and really caring man. One thing that I really liked was when the past and the present were tied together, then there were no loose ends. 
     But man after reading the epilogue, I'm dying to know what happens next!
4/5 stars.


1) Where did you get the idea for the novel?
     When I introduced Jill in my first book, Witch Way Bends, I began to wonder where she had been for the almost 15 years that she and Devan were parted.  That story didn’t fit into that first book, so I thought perhaps a short story for Jill.  Then I realized how important she was and how much her story could affect the bigger picture for Devan and the others.  That was when I decided on the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy and the second book, Bitten Shame. 

2) Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
     The title for this book actually has a goofy story.  I love 80s music and one of my favs is “Human” by Human League.  Well, you know how sometimes you hear a song over and over and you don’t really know the actual words so you make some up?  There’s a part in there where the female singer pops in and I always heard her say something to the effect of “They’re all to hide my bitten shame”… didn’t make much sense probably, but to this day that is how I hear the song.  I knew from the moment I decided to tell Jill’s story that “Bitten Shame” would be the title and usually when I find a good title, I stick with it.

3) Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
     I would have to say the most exciting thing occurred when I put Bitten Shame out for beta readers.  I had a fabulous gal offer to beta read and she provided some very useful insight and comments.  After the book went live on Amazon she wrote the most heart-felt, intimate and wonderful review I could ever have hoped to ever receive.  Somehow my little book touched her in some deep part of her heart.  That lady and I have become very good friends since then and what more can a person ask than to share a piece of their soul with someone, only to receive a part of that person’s soul in return.   (Thanks, Melissa Lummis)

4) Which came first, the title or the novel?
     The title… I think.  I knew Jill was a vampire so even though I had no idea what her story would be, the title Bitten Shame still fit.  When I wrote the final sentence of the book and looked back at that title I knew without a doubt it was still perfect.

5) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
     I just read a book that knocked my socks off.  It is called The Accidental Siren by Jake Vander Ark.  It follows a twelve year old boy through the summer that changed his life.  The summer he met the most “beautiful girl in the world.”  The writer’s ability to make you feel twelve years old again was remarkable even when the subject matter turned very, very adult.  I highly recommend it.

6) At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
     I haven’t had any official book signings, but I’ve been privileged to sell a good number of paperbacks.  I decided I wanted a catch-phrase for each one of my books.  For Witch Way Bends I write “All of it fits… Olivia” and for Bitten Shame “End’s gift is destiny’s beginning… Olivia”  Both of those have relevance to the heart of the books and I hope people who buy them will enjoy discovering the meaning when they read it!

Author Bio:

Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement.

With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she's generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.



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Cover Reveal: Hunter Moon by Cait Lavender

Hunter Moon

Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires. While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing her heart and everything she ever loved

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August 2012

Hard Bitten / Chloe Neill
Tempest Rising / Nicole Peeler
Born Wicked / Jessica Spotswood
Bloodfever / Karen Marie Moning
Enchanted / Alethea Kontis
Just For Fins / Tera Lynn Childs
*Mark of the Witch / Jessica Gibson
*Biting Oz / Mary Hughes
*The Corpse Goddess / Kristi Jones
*Bitten Shame / Olivia Hardin
*A Destined Death / Lisa Rayns
*Demon Hunt / Christine Ashworth
*The Marriage Bargain / Sandra Edwards
The A-List / Zoey Dean 

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Book Tour: For Ever By C. J. Valles Guest Post

For Ever by C.J. Valles


For Ever starts now 
Sixteen-year-old Wren Sullivan doesn?t want to know what other people are thinking about her?because most of the time it sucks. Too bad since that?s what happens every time she looks into someone?s eyes.

When she moves to Portland, Oregon, after her parents? divorce, Wren?s just hoping to get through the rest of her junior year unscathed. Instead, before the end of her second day in school, she wakes up in the hospital after her very own freaky demonic-possession incident. Wren can?t remember much. But soon she finds out that her ?episode? happened right after she locked eyes with the one classmate who happens to have gone missing.

Wren starts digging through people?s heads for the truth about him, and finds ? nothing. Godlike hotness? Yep. But nobody knows who Ever Casey really is. Even weirder, they don?t seem to care that he just disappeared. So, when he randomly shows up again in her first period class, she?s determined to get some answers. He may be perfect on the outside, but with one look into his eyes, Wren discovers his mind is also perfect ? perfectly empty.

Or is there something he doesn?t want her to see there that will put her and anyone near her in danger?

When For Ever ends, Never begins.
Never, the second book in The Ever Series, is coming soon.

Guest Post:

Being an Author; Reality and Illusions

Here are my (now popped) illusions:
1. I kinda thought being an author would magically transport me to a land of bunnies and rainbows.
2. I thought someone else would do the hard parts, like the promotion.
3. I thought I’d get to quit my day job immediately.
4. I thought I’d spend all my time writing.
5. I thought the hardest part was finishing the book.

The realities are:
1. No bunnies, no rainbows -- yet.
2. I’ve been learning about promotion on the go, although I’ve found a great resource in my SupaGurl Heather, who put me on this blog tour!
3. My day job gets in the way of my writing all the time, which is especially frustrating when I’m 90 percent done with the sequel to For Ever. Grrr.
4. Even when I’m writing, I think I spend more time staring at the computer screen than actually typing.
5. The hardest part is putting years of hard work out there for critical review.

What do other people think being a writer is like?
LOL. I honestly don’t know! Very few people who know me are aware I’ve even published a book. Some people know that I write fiction, so they mostly think it’s a hobby. And particularly with indie/self-publish, I think there’s still a pervasive feeling that it’s not real. I’m just glad to be writing, and I’ve gotten some very rewarding feedback from people (who I never would have met otherwise) saying they enjoyed the story. That makes me feel like a real writer!

About the Author:

I grew up in Southern California before moving to Northern California for college, where I majored in English and psychology. I've been a professional writer for more than a decade, but I just finished my first novel in 2008 -- for fun and practice. Then I wrote the second one -- For Ever -- which is for sale on Amazon. When I'm not writing fiction, I work as a freelance public relations writer. I live in Portland, Ore., with my husband, the saint who spent an entire weekend reading For Ever.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Tour: Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson Promo

Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson

Abigail Tate was a normal human girl. Until the day Bronx the vampire barges into her life and turns her against her will. Held captive while forced to deal with never ending cravings for blood, Abby prays for a way to escape. Only when an opportunity arises, it's with the aid of an innocent human named Tyler--except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby quickly learns this human has secrets of his own...secrets that can either help her or get her killed. Only Abby discovers that she was the one with the biggest secret of them all.   **June 2012 Extras added to the e-book version only (including the first chapter of the sequel Crimson Flames (book #2 of The Crimson Series)

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Naked: The Blackstone Affair Part 1 Release Party 8/29

Brynne Bennett is living the good life. An American art student at the University of London and part-time photographic art model, she’s putting her life back on track with school and lots of hard work. When ultra successful London businessman, Ethan Blackstone, buys her nude portrait, he isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. He wants Brynne in his bed and makes plans to keep her there no matter what. His dominant nature captivates and ensnares Brynne despite the demons she carries inside her. But there are secrets in this relationship. Huge secrets. Can Ethan free Brynne from the torment that has marked her? Will Brynne let him or will the specters from her shameful past resurface to destroy the naked passion that consumes them? Get Naked...and find out in The Blackstone Affair...

 We're celebrating the release of this amazing book August 29th  from 12:00-4:00 PST on the event page. The theme is the Olympics!! It's going to be so much fun. Hope you all can make it!!

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Book Tour: The Corpse Goddess by Kristi Jones

 The Corpse Goddess by Kristi Jones
Genre:Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Number of pages: 274
Word Count: 79,034 

Blurb/Book Description: 

Party girl Meg Highbury wakes up the morning of her twenty-first birthday with one hell of a hangover – and a walking corpse in her apartment.  Meg turns to her straight-laced neighbor Armando for help and together they discover that Meg is a Valkyrie. 

What’s more, her first duty is to trade places with the corpse.  But Meg is being sent to her Death Duty too soon. In a race against time, Meg frantically tries to find a loophole to her gruesome fate, but while Meg is determined to live whatever the cost, Armando's strict moral principles keep getting in the way of her plans for escape.

Can Meg walk the 'right' and narrow path, possibly sacrificing her mortal life, for love? And if she can, will Armando have the stomach to love a rotting corpse of a girl who is falling apart in more ways than one?


I found this story really interesting and really good! I have never read another book like it (if I have, I can't think of it right now..oh well). It was exciting and fast-paced. It was also fun and a bit witty. I love that it started out with her waking up to a zombie, it didn't start at the beginning beginning. It started at the part where the problems started for Meg. Then it did give us background and all the info we needed to know.
One thing I have to say is that I knew, KNEW, there was something weird about Emma. She was just weirdly quiet at some points in the book. 

4/5 stars. 


1)Where did you get the idea for the novel?

I’ve been interested in Valkyries since going to German school when I was young. I think all the new zombie fiction and The Walking Dead started to coalesce in my mind to create a world where zombies serve a purpose.

2) Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
I came up with that title. The original title was Meg Highbury and the Curse of the Valkyries, but my publisher thought it was too long!
3)Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Getting a five star review and an email from a perfect stranger. There’s nothing better than hearing that someone really loves your work!

4)Which came first, the title or the novel?

Oh, definitely the novel! Always the novel. I have a hard time coming up with titles and really don’t settle on one until the first draft is written.

5) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?

I’m reading The Zombie Playground by Astrid Yrigollen, but after that I have to take a reading break…the kids go back to school on Monday and then it’s writing time! I can only read non-fiction when I write. Reading fiction, especially great fiction, while I write is just too distracting!

Author Bio:

Kristi Jones spent her childhood exploring European castles, crumbling manor houses and ornate cathedrals, always looking for secret passages and hidden rooms.  She holds a degree in European history and loves to throw ‘ordinary’ characters into extraordinary circumstances. 

She currently lives in south Texas with her husband and two children, who inspire her daily.  She is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and Romance Writers of America.  She loves old movies, being a Mom, the feel of paper in her hands and things that go bump in the night.


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Friday, August 24, 2012

Book Tour: The Lust Garden by Billy Jolie

The Lust Garden

By Billy Jolie

Here is an excerpt from the book:

Rachyl Salinger, a beautiful model with an affinity for nose candy, makes her debut on the catwalk…

Rachyl staggered off to the side of the velvet curtain that cloaked the runway. She peered out to the eager crowd. The house was packed. Not an empty seat. She felt her adrenaline begin to surge through her veins. She wanted this crowd as much as they wanted her. And she was hungry.

“It’s time,” Jason announced to the metropolis of people backstage.

“Rachyl, you’re a go in 5-4-3…”

Seconds after he uttered the last number, the red curtain lifted and exposed Rachyl Salinger to the starving crowd. Her applauding minions instantly jumped to their feet and screamed for her to walk. She stood at the beginning of the runway for a moment basking in their adoration. The beat of the music began to thump behind her. Her signature song was playing over the crowd. Lords of Acid’s “The Most Wonderful Girl.”

With a single step forward, she stalked the runway setting off an explosion of light bulbs. Rachyl was on fire and blazing bright for all to see. Giving them what they wanted, she shook her hair wildly and opened her mouth to scream for them. The crowd chanted her name over and over again in unison.

Rachyl was laughing, eating it up.

These extras worship me.

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