Friday, October 24, 2014

Return to Emerald City by Sofia Grey and Allyson Lindt - Spotlight and Giveaway


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Return to Emerald City

A Collection of Sci-fi Romance Novellas Inspired by The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy’s Red Shoes

There’s no place like home… Dorothy is already feeling homesick for Emerald City, and wonders if taking a job halfway around the world was a mistake. When her love life crumbles–again–will she run for home?

His Replay Girl

If he only had the nerve… Ten years ago, Quinn made the best choice of his life, and the biggest mistake. It’s true, his band, Lionheart, is one of the biggest in the world, but how much does it mean if he can’t tell the woman he loves how he feels?

His Reboot Girl

If only he had a brain… Scott woke up with his head spinning and not much else going on up there. Now he’s a suspect in a terrorist plot, and on the run. One woman insists she's the key to his past and his freedom. Too bad he doesn't remember her.

His Rewind Girl

If he only had a heart.... Cam is as much machine as man. There are days he loathes the CyGes implants that saved his life but couldn't do the same for his family. They replaced his limbs, but now he needs someone to mend his heart.

Enjoy an excerpt:

My thoughts swirled and darted in random directions. The big Christmas party, the one for all the Wellington employees, was next week. If I wanted to make a real impression on Matthew, that would be the place to do it. I was flying back to Emerald City for the holidays, but that wasn’t until a couple days later.

How about if I dressed up? Wore a slinky evening gown instead of my usual black slacks and shirt, put on fuck-me heels instead of flip flops, and got my hair and makeup done beforehand? My heart beat a little faster. Could I do it? The women he dated were always well groomed and elegant. That was why I thought he liked me—I was different from his normal floozies—but maybe that was where I was going wrong. I had no idea. I needed a guy’s perspective, but who could I ask?

“Hey.” The familiar voice came from behind me. “You look miles away. You okay?”

Ben. Standing beside me at the cart. How long had he been there? I watched, dazed, as he dug into a pocket, before holding out his phone to pay for his drink. Unlike most of the programmers I worked with, he had nice hands—with long slender fingers and neat, clean nails. I pulled myself together.

“Yeah, just thinking.” Ben was the closest I had to a male friend. Could I trust him?


About the Authors: Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.

Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together. Find Sofia online at

http://www.SofiaGrey.com
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6906923.Sofia_Grey
https://www.facebook.com/Sofia.Grey.Romance.Author
http://www.pinterest.com/sofiagrey1/
https://twitter.com/SofiaGreyAuthor
https://www.amazon.com/author/sofiagrey
http://sofiagreynz@tumblr.com

Find Allyson Online at

http://allysonlindt.com
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http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7024176.Allyson_Lindt
https://www.amazon.com/author/allysonlindt

The authors blog at http://www.GeminiGirls.com.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blood Brothers by Dean C. Moore - Q&A and Giveaway


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Welcome to It's Raining Books and thank you for agreeing to answer our questions. Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I guess I’m still a kid at heart who’s determined to fly, teleport, move objects at a distance, read minds, shape shift, be in several places at once… and I’ll be damned if anyone tells me I can’t. I’ve always believed reality is just someone else’s fantasy that has been unjustly imposed on me, rather effectively so, thanks to defective parenting, and people in authority insisting they know things that are facts when really they are just superstitions and particularly infectious memes. But, of course, shedding all that early life programming to open my mind to my actual potential takes work. Hence why I write in the genres I do, not just to transform the reader, but to transform myself as well. I don’t want to be Moses pointing the way to the Promised Land; I want to step onto it with you.

What research or world building is required?

It really depends on how you approach the genres. For sci-fi, if you expect your near future and far future stories to be at all prescient, there is quite a lot of reading. It’s rather endless, actually. You have to be a voracious consumer of hi-tech news, because the pace of change is accelerating all the time. And you have to read across the board, from professional journals and online sources, to novels, and stuff that isn’t ready for publication yet because the research is so cutting edge. The trick is to allow this bottomless well of knowledge to enrich and enliven the story as opposed to bog it down.

With fantasy, the potential stumbling blocks to be avoided are a bit different. There, it’s not the need for greater scientific accuracy that will trip you up, but the inordinate amount of world building that’s required for the genre. Too often writers fail to dole this out in bite size chunks, and instead they do data dumps. So the pace of the story is slowed, even stopped entirely, while the writer paints us a never-to-be-forgotten slice-of-life image from whatever alternate dimension their story is taking place in. Curiously, many fantasy readers seem to be more patient with this than you might expect, as I can think of any number of best-selling fantasy writers who are entirely guilty as charged. But as for myself, with the background I have in screenwriting, where—above all else—you must keep the story moving, I could never do that to my readers.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

Blood Brothers essentially has four protagonists, two heroes, after whom the book is named, and two heroines (their wives.) Each taught me quite a bit about how different people come at life and how those contrasting views and values can enhance relationships.

From Jared I learned that no matter how much seemingly omnipotent outside forces try to manipulate us and keep us down, using technology and twenty-four hour spycams and supervision, people will always find the one loophole in the system and use it as a way out from under the oppressor’s thumb. Every time. And I’m not just talking about the exceptional among us; I’m talking about the least among us.

From Clay I learned that people can have extraordinary, even paranormal abilities, and still have no idea what to do with them, or any inclination to use those abilities. It’s not until life puts them in a situation where they have to that they will realize their full potential; until then, they may not recognize they even have wherewithal.

From Ellen I learned that the ugly things in our lives don’t have to scar us. Even when we are caught up in alien and hostile situations beyond our control, for which we are clearly not to blame, if we make the most of those circumstances, they can be the springboard to enlightenment instead of to greater suffering.

From Myrna I learned that motherhood too can be an unexpected jumping off point to higher awareness and short of that, some very surprising paranormal abilities that otherwise lie dormant in us. Her willingness to make her kids the chief focus of her life, to do everything possible to foster their imaginations, is what ultimately gets her to own the magic in herself.

And when the couples were together, fighting, clawing their way back to closeness past all the factors in their lives which instead bred alienation, they taught me something special. There is a magnetism in the dance between soul mates that can cut through all of the superficial stuff that gets in the way if only we can own what’s deep inside us. I learned, moreover, that couples who live together a long time, even if they don’t start out as soul mates, do just that, clear a path to what’s essential, in each and everything they do, even if it’s transpiring on an entirely unconscious level. In fact it’s what makes marriage sacred and miraculous.

Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

I have these busts and full-figure wood carvings I’ve collected over the years. They’re positioned around my room like guardian angels. Perhaps they function also like steersmen helping to guide me from this realm of consciousness and this reality into so many others. They keep an eye on me from every corner, nook, and cranny in the room. Some would find this a bit spooky. Sort of like inviting ghosts to hang around and be your friends. But to date, looking back on my prolific output over the years, I’d say they’re worth their weight in gold. Superstition? Or Super-reality?

Plotter or pantser?

A bit of both. I need to have enough of a sense of the story structure in my head before I begin to know I’m not writing aimlessly and that I’m not going to run out of steam half way through. It’s sort of like a painter laying down the charcoal drawing. But come time to color things in, the characters do that, and in so doing bring the narrative to life. If I didn’t let them take over, my life would be so much shallower and less interesting! And not just my virtual life, because the things they teach me enrich my real world relationships as well.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

A book by Caleb Carr, called The Alienist. Perhaps my favorite novel of all time. It’s out of place, of course, like so much else in the room. It sits before a tower of audiophile electronics that opens a passageway to endless sensorial realms I couldn’t get to without. And stacked above that is my wide-screen TV. And right next to that is a window into an enchanted forest in the backyard. Clearly I’m all about portals into other worlds.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

Nano Man is the tale of the first human to be infected with Nano, thus opening a gateway to any number of paranormal abilities and superpowers. But if you look beyond that, you’ll see that what this story is really about is: what does it mean to be human amidst all this technological largess? Is it harder, easier? Is there something better to look forward to that we’re evolving into? And in the end is it really the technology which will shape us more than anything else, or the old standbys of love, family, and friends? And maybe the ability to get a little distance on ourselves? Or will it be some confluence of factors? Will the two forces of emerging technologies and the emerging consciousness which arises with them forever co-create and reshape one another? My books tend to be thematically rich, so I’m certainly not saying that the reader couldn’t miss these thrusts altogether in favor of another focus that grabs their eye. After all, all great stories boil down to great characters and the conflicts between them. And it is the reader who must decide what the story ultimately means to them.

Do you have a question for our readers?

I find that as we head into the future, the sci-fi and paranormal fantasy genres are merging more and more, as with the example of my novel, Nano Man, mentioned above (debuting in early 2015 incidentally, if not sooner). There are certainly plenty of other offerings I could cite: The Fantastic Four movie franchise for one; the recent Forever and Extant TV series; and things like X-Men, Wolverine, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Is this your feeling too? If so, I and my books may well be ahead of the learning curve. If not, I may be going down a road less traveled.

Fraternal twins are separated from birth, and raised to be assassins. They were never meant to meet. But even when kept apart, they’re just too powerful. Their paranormal abilities cease to be an advantage when they can no longer be controlled. So they are scheduled for cancellation.

Their paths cross before they can be taken out. It is only then that they discover the true depths of their betrayal. Not only are they stronger when they’re together, they’re half-breeds, sired by an all-powerful warlock.

The question is, are they strong enough even together to take him on now that he’s coming for them?

They have an ace up their sleeves they are not aware of. Drawn to the same kind of women, they find themselves married to a pair of sorceresses whose magical abilities are only now surfacing.

But one encounter with dear old dad is all it takes for them to realize, they’re still the underdogs.

From the back of the book: “The series is called Blood Brothers, but this adventure is really a family affair: the brothers, their partners, children and even their old man in a starring role as the villain. Think Disney's Incredibles, but in a violent and bizarre fantasy world.” Rob May, Dragon Killer

“With incredibly detailed world building and action scenes, this story seems like it would make a phenomenal film or TV series. Moore pulls out all the stops with dragons, telekinesis, shapeshifters and insurmountable odds in this battle of good versus evil - and a villain who just won't lay down and die.” Demelza Carlton, Ocean’s Gift

“When you read a Dean C. Moore novel, you can expect rich, original characters, witty dialogue and unexpected plot turns. Blood Brothers doesn't disappoint.” JC Gatlin, Designated Survivor
Enjoy an excerpt:

Just beyond the perimeter of the military encampment, Clay and Jared soared in with the F-14, still moving relatively slowly under the influence of Clay's telekinesis, the jet’s fuel long spent.

They observed the drama with the dragons breathing fire on the soldiers and having it deflected by the force field.

And then they watched as Rydell took out the two-headed dragons one after the other with blasts from his eyes, boring basketball-size holes through each of their hearts.

The beasts emitted agonizing cries as they fell. The first to land, the one with the more pointy snouts, managed to penetrate the shield with her heads as she landed on top of it. With her dying breaths, the fiery boluses she emitted took out a healthy allotment of soldiers already panicked and fleeing beneath the energy dome. Then, with her body limp and arched to accommodate the shield, she slid off.

As the second dragon crashed, it flicked its tail, penetrating the shield, and slicing any number of running soldiers in two, before the shield pushed it back out, resuming its perfect spherical shape.

The last of the second dragon’s heads hammered the ground moments after.

Jared took over the F-14, firing up the afterburners. “We're outta here.”

“And the defenseless women we're arriving like knights in shining armor to save?”

“We'll say a prayer.”


About the Author:
I write sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventures and thrillers, or some combination thereof—usually with a strong vein of dark humor. Though, my works are dramas first; the humor is there to take the edge off as with the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Transformers, and Jurassic Park franchises.

I wrote screenplays for a while, and while enjoying them, I found them a bit confining. After a while you just need the extra page count to flesh out characters better and do additional world building, especially when considering doing anything epic in scope. I also took a run at future forecasting and trend tracking, being as I always had my head in the future, things like Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. I also relished this, and can certainly see myself releasing a few titles accordingly in the nonfiction area. But since delving into novels, short and long, I’ve definitely found my home and my voice. For the first time I feel the restraints have been taken off of my imagination. I suppose all mediums have their limits, so I may end up doing a mix of things, but I suspect I will continue to spend most of my time with novels. Series add an additional dimension, allowing for even more depth and development both in the character and world building departments. But I remain at heart a divergent thinker, so, no surprise, I seem to have more series going than follow up installments at this point. That too may change over time; we’ll see. Until then, it may be best to just think of these books as one-offs if you’re fond of my writing style and some of the themes I work with.

My current catalog of twelve books represents a little over five years' worth of work. I'm currently averaging a couple books annually. Of my existing franchises with multiple installments, The Hundred Year Clone books can be read in any order, while the 5 books of Renaissance 2.0 must be read in sequence as they form part of a singular story arc (much as with A Game of Thrones.)

I live in the country where I breed bluebirds, which are endangered in these parts, as my small contribution to restoring nature's balance. When I'm not writing, or researching my next book, I may also be found socializing with friends, or working in my organic garden.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Book Blogger Platform by Barb Drozdowich - Spotlight and Giveaway

 

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Book Blogging - One of the Best Hobbies in the World!

Join thousands of book bloggers in expressing their joy of reading!

Are you a book blogger or do you want to be one? Are you having trouble handling the technical details of blogging? The Book Blogger Platform can be a "user manual" for your blog! A book written by a book blogger for book bloggers and that answers all your questions!

The Book Blogger Platform covers topics such as:

1. What a book blogger blog needs to contain
2. A step by step guide to manipulating images and videos
3. A description of all the common features hosted by book bloggers
4. A description of the social media aspect to a book blogger platform
5. Being Social - the social aspect of book blogging

If you are tired of always asking other bloggers questions

Let The Book Blogger Platform guide you painlessly. Over 80 color graphics lead you step by step through some of the more difficult technical issues that bloggers face.

Pick up a copy today and approach blogging with confidence!

Enjoy an excerpt:

Just as all book bloggers are different, their approach to book blogging is also different. Some book bloggers consider themselves primarily book reviewers. Some book bloggers consider themselves primarily promoters of books. Some book bloggers will only post about a book they have read. Some book bloggers will post about any book that belongs to a genre that fits the profile of their blog.

Book bloggers who consider themselves primarily book reviewers make their reviews the main focus of their blog. They often take their self-imposed “job” of reviewing books very seriously. They put hours of work into reading a book and then creating the right combination of words to best describe their thoughts and impressions. It’s a labor of love.

Many book bloggers, such as myself, consider themselves primarily promoters of books. I began my blog posting reviews of books I’d read, and I worked hard to grow my blog’s audience. I am very proud of my blog and the work that goes into it. However, I have a full-time job and a family. I don’t have enough reading hours to review one book a day, so I fill my blog’s days with a mixture of reviews and promotions. I don’t post more than once a day, but I use the platform I have built to promote as many books and authors as I can that fit within my reading taste.

As I mentioned above, some book bloggers will only post about books they have read. They feel that posting about a book is a recommendation of that book and they don’t want to recommend a book they haven’t read.

Have I read all the books that are promoted on my blog? No. I fit into the other camp of book bloggers. I see promoting books, whether through blog tours, reviews, or other promotions, as simply sharing information. I leave it up to my readers to decide whether to read the book or not.

Another area in which people hold strong feelings centers on whether or not to post negative reviews. One camp feels that all book bloggers who review books need to post negative reviews. They feel that having an assortment of positive and negative reviews creates balance. It allows readers to read about what the blogger likes and doesn’t like and why. It is often said that reviewers who only post positive reviews risk having their honesty questioned.

I am of the camp that doesn’t bother to finish a book if I am not enjoying it. I feel no need to talk about a book I didn’t like. I have boxes and boxes of books to be read. My Nook (e-reader) is full of little gems waiting for my attention. Maybe it’s my age, but I don’t soldier on, I move on. I do, however, make it clear in my review policy that I only talk about books that I enjoyed reading.

This topic will come up again later; you do need to give some thought to your philosophy on book blogging. Are you going to only post reviews? Are you only going to promote books you have read? This isn’t necessarily something that will be decided on at the beginning and that you can never change. Many book bloggers change their views as time progresses.

Accompanying your philosophy of blogging is your view of how much of a platform you are going to have. I started my blog to express my thoughts about the books I’d read. It never really occurred to me that other people would read what I had read, let alone comment on it or share it with friends!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with creating a book blog to share your thoughts with friends—old friends as well as new. If, however, you actively seek out blog tour posts and post promotions of author’s books, you should also be actively growing your book blogger platform. If someone is paying to post on your blog via a blog tour, you should be able to share this information with as many people as possible.

Everyone starts out as a baby blogger. Everyone has a different view of what they want their blog to be. There is no right or wrong answer. Every blog should be a reflection of its owner and its owner’s tastes.

I hope to use this book to describe the Book Blogger Platform in its entirety. I hope to give you a lot to think about. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, and my blogs every day. My contact links will be listed at the end of this book. I love answering questions and chatting about books!

About the Author:
Social Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught at Universities and Colleges, trained technical personnel in the banking industry and, most recently, used her expertise to help dozens of authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books.

Bakerview Consulting (Business Site) - http://bakerviewconsulting.com
Author Site - http://barbdrozdowich.com
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Good Faith by Liz Crowe - Spotlight and Giveaway


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GRAND PRIZE: Kindle Fire pre-loaded with all Liz Tri-Desitny titles
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Strong personalities—volatile marriages—stressful careers—conflicting goals—difficult children.

Contemporary challenges facing close-knit families form the crucible that forges a new generation.

Brandis, Gabriel, Blair and Lillian emerge from the entanglement of their parents’ longstanding emotional connections, but one’s star will burn brighter – and hotter – than the others.

With a personality that consumes everyone and everything in its path, Brandis Gordon struggles to maintain control as he ricochets between wild success and miserable failure. His life proves how even the strongest relationships can be strangled by the ties that bind.

Brandis and Gabe Frietag are as close as any brothers, bound by both loyalty and fierce rivalry. The strength of their ultimate alliance is tested time and again by Brandis’ choices.

Companions from birth, Blair Frietag and Lillian Robinson share loner tendencies, but come to rely on each other through adolescence. As they mature, both are forced to confront their feelings for the men they knew as boys.

Somewhere between the tangle of good memories and bad, independence and addiction, optimism and despair, the intertwined destinies of the new generation finally collide, leaving some stronger, others broken, but none unscathed.

As a chronicle of three families navigating the minefields of teen years into the turbulence of young adulthood, Good Faith holds up a literary mirror to contemporary life with joys and temptations unflinchingly reflected. Its fresh, real-life voice portrays the sheer volatility of human nature, complete with the hopes, dreams, and unexpected setbacks of marriage, parenthood and “coming of age.”

Enjoy an excerpt:

That morning his father had roused him from a sound sleep. He’d blinked, confused, by the angle of the sunlight. He rarely slept much past eight since he usually had some sort of training or the other.

“Let’s go son. Time for lunch.”

Brandis had dragged himself up, his limbs feeling like they weighed a thousand pounds each. His brain buzzed with a strange sort of energy, his typical state, and not at all welcome considering it normally didn’t hit him until later in the day. The conversation his father began as soon as they were seated at their usual diner did not help.

“So, listen, Brandis. These girls…Katie’s friends from college….”

Brandis sipped his ice water, waiting for his father to finish the thought. His heart pounded, and his face flushed hot with embarrassment.

Jack sighed, as if exasperated that Brandis didn’t pick up the thread on his own, leaving him to carry on with the awkwardness about to ensue. Then he leveled his gaze, his face open, not angry or judgmental. “I think that you may be in for some…I mean, they’re…shit.”

“If you are gonna tell me where babies come from again,” Brandis said, after deciding to ease his father’s obvious distress. He cocked an eyebrow and half a smile. Jack seemed to relax somewhat as Brandis continued. “Don’t bother. I already know.”

He flashed his brightest smile up at the middle-aged woman who stood at their table, coffee pot in hand. She blinked rapidly at him, and at that precise moment, Brandis got his first flash of…something…about his power. Up until now he’d merely been “Brandis the trouble maker, the causer of strife.” Suddenly, he felt strong, amazingly so, stronger than even the man sitting across from him, a taller, older version of himself. His body tingled all over, as he tested the smile out again on the woman, making her slop some coffee out onto the table. His father frowned, but then chuckled as the woman walked away after they gave their orders.

“Son,” he said, leaning back and cradling the coffee mug to his chest. “Your adventure has only just begun.”

“Huh?” Brandis picked up his cup but didn’t drink any. He hated coffee, but had ordered it in a burst of need to be more like Jack. As he sipped the bitter stuff, he was transported back years before when he and his dad would spend every single Saturday morning together, eating breakfast at this very diner. He had adored the man, he remembered distinctly. His chest hurt at the simplicity of their relationship then. He looked away from Jack’s deep blue, knowing gaze.

The subject changed of its own accord, and Brandis let it. Although part of him wanted to ask for advice, a much bigger part would not allow the words past his lips.

They ate, discussing the upcoming football season and Brandis’ part in it. The recruiting company Jack had contracted last year to video his every move would start up with the first game. He’d made varsity again, technically as backup quarterback to a senior boy. Brandis didn’t see this as a setback and had every intention of starting under center by the second or third game.

Finally, when they pushed their empty plates back and sat looking at each other, Brandis felt more comfortable in his father’s presence than he had been in a long time. Jack said, “I am pretty sure at least one of those girls sleeping in the basement is determined to change the status of your virginity for you probably as soon as tonight.”

Brandis choked on the last sip of lukewarm coffee. His face burned, and his body tingled again. “I’m…it’s…uh….” He clutched the napkin in his lap unable to meet his father’s eyes.

“No need to say anything. Let’s just say your mother is an astute reader of female intent. While I was busy admiring your sister’s friend’s ass, she apparently read the girl’s mind or something.” Brandis’ face flushed even hotter.

He resisted the urge to protest, to proclaim his innocence of such things. Because he wanted it back—those mornings between them, father and son, man and boy, not this awkward, man and almost-man bullshit. Because while the thought of one of his sister’s college friends popping his cherry remained a pleasant fantasy, it also made him feel older than he wanted to be right then.

“So, I bought a box of condoms this morning,” Jack went on. “Put some downstairs in the side table drawer and the rest in your room. Use them please.” He sipped the last of his coffee, looked as if he were about to get up, then leaned forward, touching Brandis’ wrist. “Have fun. Don’t be an asshole to women. Let every experience teach you…something. Because you are nothing as a man if you don’t learn from every woman you…love.” Jack looked out the window onto the nearly empty parking lot. Then he turned back, tightened his grip on his son’s arm. “God, you are so…young.” His face fell a moment, then he perked up again, his eyes twinkling. “Okay, so, your mother told me to tell you not to let them corrupt you. But all I’m gonna say is this: always wear protection, no matter what, no matter how much you don’t want to. And don’t let your mom catch you in the act. I’ll handle her otherwise.”

Then he let go, stood and smiled, draping a friendly arm around Brandis’ shoulders as they exited the restaurant.

“You really didn’t tell me you were admiring Katie’s friend’s ass, did you, Dad?”

“No, son. I most certainly did not. You obviously misheard me.” Jack winked as he stood by the passenger’s side of his classic Corvette convertible and tossed the keys to Brandis. “Remember what I told you. Don’t ride my clutch.”

About the Author:
Amazon best-selling author, beer blogger and beer marketing expert, mom of three, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe lives Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

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Confessions of a Self-Help Writer by Benjamin W. DeHaven - Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Lessons I've Learned from my Character


Never carry baggage
The best things are usually done on impulse.
It’s good to ask questions that make people uncomfortable.
A true friend is someone who accepts your faults and collaborates in their realization.
In the face of perfection, unity is a lost soul
Sometimes you only need a taste of success to realize what you've been missing.
If you second-guess your intentions, she will know.
Don’t trust actors.
Don’t let People you hate conform you
When you feel nothing, only death or incarceration gives you a rush.
Escape is impossible without knowledge.
If you’re not ready to receive the message, you will not hear it.
Ninety percent of success comes from showing up.
Give up control or you will surely fail.
Your reality can be as beautiful as you imagine it.
It’s easy to sell people with a glimmer of hope.
There are signs everywhere. The secret is reading them
Sometimes you feel like you don’t have any place to go, even when you’re home
There are some doors that can’t be shut once you’ve opened them.
If you can’t talk to people, you’ll never get anywhere.
It's a bad sign when you are less scared of death than someone who is actually dying.
Everything has a loophole.
Peace is found with honesty among wicked men. #confessionsofaselfhelpwriter
If you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. #confessionsofaselfhelpwriter
A favor that involves money creates change.
Self-destruction is inevitable because existence is a full-time job. #confessionsofaselfhelpwriter
Killing someone’s spirit is worse than murder, but setting someone free is close to divine.
It’s a freeing experience when u realize u teach people how to treat you.
When you bargain with yourself, you always lose
You must accept that your actions hurt everyone @realmichaelenzo
Beware of people who offer advice about problems that aren’t theirs; they usually don’t know what they’re talking about.
It takes no strength to fall in love, but more than most have to keep it.
You have to let guilt go. It’s your past that makes you who you are.
Not everybody can be what he or she wants to be. Suck it up

A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo, who some sources credit with ghost-writing more than 108 self-help books on behalf of celebrities, politicians and business leaders. After failing to make what he considered to be a positive impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him including Benjamin DeHaven, the author of this book, and former collaborator. Defrauding an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people's insecurities and profiting from them, more than likely these friends contributed more to the field of self-help, while profiting from it, than they will ever know. Believing they could only understand people's problems by suffering along with them, they lived on the razor's edge. If you've ever picked up a tell-all biography of a celebrity or a title from the self-help section at the bookstore, certainly you would question the source.This is an inside look at the mind of Michael Enzo and it is the author's hope that people will start helping themselves again after reading it. Discover what turns someone from preaching salvation towards seeking its destruction. You won't believe this could be true.

About the Author: A Graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Benjamin DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost cried out for acceptance in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of the Nola Shopper Newspaper, a free art newspaper and the 2nd largest monthly paper in the New Orleans, MSA. . He also has a "shout out" in a Jay "Z" Song.

DeHaven, who currently resides in Las Vegas began his writing career with Stone United, a Chicago based Film Company, which works primarily in independent film. As an unknown fiction writer, he feels the best description of himself is a sarcastic one and is as follows:

Benjamin W. DeHaven was born on a pool table after a Waylon Jennings' concert in 1977. His personal success is outweighed only by his stunning good looks and adherence to unwritten moral guidelines. He has been described as a thinking man's Tucker Max as well as an idiot's Hunter S. Thompson. His goal is to die from an unwavering commitment to be more like Hemingway.

He and Michael Enzo were friends.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Landslide by Robin Mahle - Interview and Giveaway


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Welcome to It's Raining Books and thanks for stopping by. Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I absolutely love to solve problems. It’s kind of my thing. Well, except math problems—not so much. So, I’ve always been drawn to reading mysteries and suspense novels. I love the tension those types of stories create. That tension keeps me hanging on to every word the author writes. It was a natural progression for me to continue in that genre, writing to give the reader the thrill of the chase.

What research is required?

Most of my stories exist in the world of crime. Corporate crime, murders, kidnappings, you name it. These require quite a bit of research. I spend a lot of time learning about true crime investigations, both online and through various former professionals in the industry. In fact, a very good friend of mine is married to a retired police captain. I’ve bounced more than a few ideas off of him just to ensure they were at least in the realm of reality. For this latest book, Landslide, I had to study existing court cases involving white collar crimes, embezzlement and such. It’s really very fascinating.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

To be honest, I’ve learned a great deal from all of my heroines. All of my novels include very strong female characters. In this latest book, I can tell you that Claire McKenna ends up being a very courageous woman, perhaps putting herself in more danger than I would ever consider. Most women would do just about anything to protect their families. She takes that to a whole new level and if I could absorb a fraction of her audacity, then I’m going to be just fine.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

You know, I wish I did. It would make me a much more interesting person, but no, I really don’t. My kids and husband go off every morning, doing their thing and then I write, all day, until they come home from school or work. I suppose the closest thing I’ve got to a quirk is that I need to have my curtains open so I can see my back yard. I must admit, I love the beauty of my back garden. It’s soothing to watch as I think of my next paragraph, chapter or whatever.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

I believe I’m what you would call a hybrid. I loosely outline my story. I create backgrounds for my characters and then I start writing from Chapter 1, rarely deviating from chronological order. Most of the time, my final story ends up looking nothing like my outline. However, it does give me a starting point and then my characters tend to take me where they want to go.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

For the moment, my husband is sitting next to me. It’s a lovely Saturday morning and he works weekends, but hasn’t left yet. Later today, I’ll take my son to his soccer game and do some grocery shopping. Fairly routine, some might say boring, but it’s my life and I’m very happy. In fact, my husband and I just celebrated our 15th anniversary last week. Hey, I’m a writer. If I want excitement, I just make up stories!

Anything new coming up from you? What?

As a matter of fact, yes! I’m very excited to tell you that book three in my Redwood Violet series, Law of Five, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Its release date is 12/1 and I can’t wait to see what fans of the series think of it!

Do you have a question for our readers?

I think this is the first time I’ve ever been asked that and so, yes. I would like to ask your readers a question. As a reader, what is the most important thing you look for when choosing a book? The cover? Reviews? Does it matter to you if the writer is an indie? Ok, so maybe I had more than one question :-)

Author Robin Mahle is pleased to bring you her latest novel, Landslide. A corporate suspense/thriller that will pull you in fast and keep you holding on tight until the very end!

In the sprawling suburbs of Seattle, Claire McKenna finds solace in her perfectly ordinary life. With the daily struggles of raising a family and climbing out of debt, she and her husband Colin, work hard to hang on to what they’ve got.

So when Claire is offered an incredible opportunity to rise in the ranks of her firm, she jumps at the chance. Her joy, however, is short lived at the discovery that her close friend and colleague, Beth Graves has just been accused of embezzlement.

Compelled to see Beth’s name cleared, Claire soon stumbles on a larger, more dangerous conspiracy at the firm. One that involves people she once trusted. One that threatens to destroy her ordinary life.

Enjoy an excerpt:

An odor of car exhaust remained suspended in the parking garage and, when it mixed with the damp air, the smell was obnoxious. Claire reluctantly passed through the invisible cloud towards the elevators leading up to the lobby. Standing in the breezeway of the office entrance, she found that the doors were still locked. But when she looked through the tinted glass, she spotted Jim, the security guard on the night shift. No need for him to open it up for her. She held her magnetic keycard against the white box fixed to the wall. The green light at the top flashed and the doors clicked open.

“Good morning, Mrs. McKenna. You’re in awful early,” Jim said, taking a sip of his coffee.

Her high-heeled steps echoed on the marble floor, the lofty ceilings further amplifying the sound. “Well, good morning, Jim. It’s not often I get to see you. How’s the family? Denise doing all right?”

“She is and thank you for asking. What have I done to deserve such a fine sight on this dreary Tuesday morning?” Jim was a charmer to all the women in the building, but he’d known Claire the longest and seemed to hold a special place in his heart just for her.

She leaned over the high granite counter where Jim sat below the sign that hung on the wall. “Information Desk.” A knowing grin lit up her entire face. “I just found a major problem with one of our reporting systems.”

“And this is a good thing?” A perplexed look began to mask Jim’s previous warm-hearted smile.

“It’s a good thing that I was the one who found it.” Claire slapped the cold black stone. “A girl’s gotta find a way to get ahead in this world, Jim, and I think I just found my golden ticket. It’s going to be a good day.”


About the Author:
Robin Mahle lives with her husband and two children in Arizona. She found her passion for writing, which later became her second career, after spending 20 years in the construction industry.

Having always been a lover of books, Robin attributes her creativity to the wonderful overseas adventures she has shared with her husband of 15 years. Traveling throughout Europe and having lived in England, opened her mind and with that came a steady stream of story ideas inspired by her author-idols in the suspense/thriller genre.

Robin published her debut mystery/suspense novel, Redwood Violet in March of 2013. And in September 2013, the much-anticipated sequel, All the Shiny Things(Redwood Violet II), was released. Both have become Amazon Bestsellers! Now, Beyond the Clearing has also joined the list! Her latest novel, Landslide, was released in July, 2014. This exciting corporate thriller reveals Robin’s unique voice yet again.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Violca's Dragon by Leilani Love - Spotlight and Giveaway


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Violca knows life can change instantly. Her parents died suddenly, leaving her to raise four younger sisters and keep them safe ~ even from the golden-eyed stranger.

Chase knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King. What Violca doesn't know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.

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Opening the door, she steps onto the patio and smiles at Eryk. Her eyes are drawn to some movement behind him and she looks up to see Chase walking in from the woods. He is wearing his pants low on his hips and no shirt. Her breath catches as she notices his rippling muscles and the light traces of a six pack on his abs. When her eyes finally roam up to his face, she feels her cheeks heat up. His self-satisfied smile tells her he saw her checking him out.

Eryk clears his throat. “Good morning.”

Violca swears she must be beet red. She smiles at Eryk. “Morning, I just wanted to invite you guys in for eggs and sausage.”

Scott peaks his head out of the tent. “Did you say sausage?”

“Yep, do you want to join us?”

“Hell yeah,” Scott replies, crawling out from the tent.

Violca’s eyes widen. Scott is also in only a pair of jeans, no shirt, and Violca smiles thinking Linda and the girls would be mad to find out that she is the first to see him with his shirt off. She hears a growl and turns to see Chase watching her. “Be careful, I think there is an animal close by,” she says, wondering where that sound came from. “It shouldn’t be too much longer.”


About the Author: Leilani Love is a proud mother of two very active boys. A military wife she loves getting to meet new people wherever they move. She loves to read books crossing many genres. Her love affair with dragons started when she was young and one day dreams of having her own dragon and black panther.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/missleilanilove

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Taste of Chardonnay by Heather Heyford - Q&A and Giveaway


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Thanks for stopping by It's Raining Books. Why do you write in contemporary romance? What draws you to it?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to read. Then and now, I read everything I can get my hands on, both fiction and non-fiction. Yet when I started writing, I never thought about genre. I didn’t even know for sure what the term ‘genre’ meant! I’ve heard it said that all good songs are love songs. Aren’t many classic novels just love stories, plain and simple? Don’t we enjoy Eloisa James or Kristan Higgins or Robyn Carr the same as we enjoy Margaret Mitchell?

That said, putting ourselves into specialties or categories is a universal phenomenon, maybe because the world is so big now that it helps us figure out our place in it. To answer your question. I write contemporary romance because I’m fascinated with the decisions we must make when we go out on our own. The actions we take…the gut-wrenching emotions we endure in our search for meaning and that happily-ever-after. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones, starting out with a strong foundation and a little money, you still have to figure out how to live your life, and whom you want to live it with. Nobody can do that for you. That makes for a great story!

What research is required?

My husband and I were on a dream-come-true trip to the northern California wine country when I got inspired to write The Napa Wine Heiresses. Rolling vineyards beneath blazing blue skies, live music, and barrels of wine to be tasted are why they call Napa Valley, ‘America’s Eden.’ Gorgeous wine mansions tucked into the luscious scenery had me oohing and aahing as we passed one magnificent structure after another, wondering what it would it be like to live in one of those grand homes. By the time we boarded the plane home to the east coast, my mind was overflowing with ideas.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

The Napa Wine Heiresses is about four sisters, and as I write, I see little snippets of myself in all of them. Though I certainly didn’t grow up rich, there’s a shade of my relationship with my father played out between Char and her Papa in A Taste of Chardonnay. Writing is great therapy.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

Where do I begin? I wish I were one of those people who can sit down to write with the bed unmade, but I can’t. I have to have order around me before I can concentrate. Not that I’m a neat freak or obsessively clean, I’m just very affected by my surroundings. It comes with being visual, I think. And I also envy writers who can work to music. I do better with quiet.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Definitely a plotter. Those writers who claim their characters speak to them? So jealous! I have to straddle my characters’ chests and pummel their stories out of them!

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

On the wall to my right is a corkboard filled with pictures and a whiteboard scrawled with notes for A Taste of Sake, Book 4 in my series, which I’m starting this week. Each St. Pierre sister has her own book: Book 1 – A Taste of Chardonnay; Book 2 –A Taste of Merlot; Book 3 — A Taste of Sauvignon. You’ll find Char, Meri and Savvy in cameo roles spread across the series.

Book 4 is a little different, though. None of Sake’s half sisters knows that she even exists until she literally crashes into Savvy’s wedding reception!

Do you have a question for our readers?

I’d love to know from romance readers: When asked what you like to read, how many of you say, ‘romance?’ Do you think there’s a stigma attached to the romance genre?

When the richly bred, poorly raised daughter of a notorious Napa Valley winemaker competes with Hollywood’s hottest man in an unlikely race to see who can do the most good, who will win?

Enjoy an excerpt:

A single black-and-white car, lights flashing, passed them going in the opposite direction.

“Thanks,” she said in a subdued voice.

“You can’t afford any more notoriety.”

Char lowered the ice pack and turned to him. “How do you know?”

Here it came. She braced herself for his accusations.

When he didn’t respond, she asked more sharply, “What about my notoriety?”

It was making her crazy, not knowing what he knew.

In the dark, he sighed audibly.

“My mom told me some stuff. She’s lived in Napa city all her life. She knows everyone. Hears everything.”

“Like what, exactly?” Char braced herself for the worst, taking scant comfort in the idea that he couldn’t be that outraged, or he wouldn’t be here, driving her home. Or—to wherever they were headed.

“It’s not important.” Whatever dreck he’d heard, he was downplaying it. That much was for sure.

“How’s your cheek? Keep that ice on it.”

“Just tell me what you’ve heard. I’ll tell you which parts are true or not.”

He slid down the windows, letting in the night air—unusually balmy for early June—and combed his fingers through his hair.

Char sat stiffly, waiting. But after a few minutes, the steady whoosh of tires on pavement helped normalize her heart rate, and her spine relaxed a bit. There, in the shadowy cab of his truck, his striking good looks were obscured. And he couldn’t see her, either…or her top-of-the-line running shoes…her one-of-a-kind silver jewelry. For the moment, he wasn’t an egotistical movie star, and she wasn’t an empty-headed heiress. For just this moment, she could almost pretend they were ordinary people with ordinary lives.


And ordinary, if powerful, feelings.

About the Author:
Born in the Northeast, Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”) While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes love stories, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic. She is represented by the Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA, @nyliterary) in New York City. The first book in her Napa Wine Heiresses Series from Kensington Publishing, A Taste of Chardonnay, is now available!

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