Monday, January 28, 2013

Entangled Anniversary YA Hop & Celebration

To celebrate Entangled's upcoming one year anniversary, I am giving away one signed paperback during I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and BookLove101's Young Adult Giveaway Hop. (INT)
You can download Entangled for FREE instantly, part of the anniversary celebration. Available for ebook at Amazon, Kobo, Apple iTunes, and Smashwords.

"Entangled mixes Sabrina, the Teenage Witch with Freaky Friday in an intriguing, entertaining story with characters the reader will both love, and love to hate. Fast-paced and filled with page-turning action, Entangled is a must-read for lovers of young adult paranormal." - Misti Pyles,

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For more YA book mania, check out the full list of hop participants HERE.

What's that you say? More offers?

Duplicity (Spellbound #2) will be discounted at 99 cents FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, two days only during the Books for a Buck hop this coming February 8 & 9.

Enchantment (Spellbound #3) is nearly finished. Sign up for a release day notification and save up to 75% off the cover price during a one day only release day discount. TBA

If you happen to be hitting this right you can get the entire trilogy for only $1.98!

Want a signed Entangled bookmark? I will send bookmarks to anyone who reviews Entangled or Duplicity. Just shoot me an email with a link(s) to your review(s) (Amazon, Goodreads, Apple, etc.), along with your mailing address and I'll send you a bookmark. (Extras for cross-posting.) Any rating receives a bookmark so long as the review is honest and respectful (re: not "it sucked"). International welcomed. Contact me at: nikki_jefford (at)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Interred Tour Stop & Review

New Release!
Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1)
Marilyn Almodóvar

The cover was created by the amazing Devan Edwards of Nimbi Designs.

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and the ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.

Find Interred at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.

Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.

Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, was published by Iambe Books on 01/22/2013. Fissure (Chronicles of the Interred #2) is scheduled for release on 06/22/2013.

Ways readers can connect with Lyn:


I was touched to find my name mentioned in the Interred acknowledgements page. Lyn was one of the first bloggers to express enthusiasm for Spellbound back when it was a novella briefly published in an anthology titled Death by Chocolate. When the story turned into a novel and then series, she showed tremendous support. I’m excited to turn the tables and be a part of her debut release. 

I want to start out by expressing my cover love. Interred is hands down one of my favorite covers of 2013. (And lucky me signed up for a cover reveal.)

Interred is a tricky novel to classify. It’s YA, yes, and it involves magic, but I wouldn’t call it a story about witchcraft. Time manipulation is at play, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a tale of time travel, either. In some ways it reminded me of the NBC series HEROES, especially the part about absorbing abilities from other magical beings – stealing them in a sense. *shivers*

One thing’s for certain, Marilyn Almodóvar has mad writing skills. Her language is all kinds of fun. I picked out a couple of sentences that particularly stood out to me:

I help Mom put away the dry dishes in silence. For one, I don’t know if I can talk to her right now, and two, the vein in her forehead is about to give birth.

I need to think, to grasp everything that has been going on, and to push fear down my throat and into my stomach where it can camp until I’m taken away for Interment.

Baxter is a kick-ass heroine (and I love the name). She’s brave and sarcastic; kind to her younger siblings, mother, and even step-father; good to her friends; funny; and has some cool abilities that include bending time. I have to say I really like Baxter, her family, and friends.

Interred begins in picturesque Vermont during a snowstorm. The setup is eerie and you get the feeling that everything is about to change. Then it does when an estranged British relative, Fred, shows up at the front door and basically barges his way in.

Things go haywire during the Interment with certain parts reminding me of The Hunger Games with the fireballs exploding in the woods and other members of the Interment Ceremony turning on each other.  
Tragedy and betrayal befall Baxter in the end, but luckily there’s a silver lining in the form of the hunky, and also magically inclined, Jack Ashdown.

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Don’t miss out on the great giveaway (open internationally)! You could win a signed paperback, autographed tote bag, a pendant and pin inspired by the book, and lots more!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Suckers

One of my Spellbound Street Team Members, Lili at Lili Lost in a Book, made these fun page corner vampire bookmarks. She sent me some, too. :) They're so cute - and really handy - and they even say Aurora Sky on the back. At some point in the future I'll give these away...perhaps at a future book signing like the one I did on Orcas Island.

For now, Lili is giving 5 away at her blog - 5 days left to enter.

Oh yes, and I'm keeping one for myself! I have it in Duplicity now. I've had to look up a few things as I finish Enchantment. So close to finished I can taste it! Hopefully I'll have this weekend to do the first read through and ask Seb to correct the French. Also need to double check the Spanish and little bit of Russian and German. Gray's going international! ;)

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book for a Buck Preview (2)

Pefection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion

Regularly: $2.99     a     Hop Beings in 15 days

Royal Palm Literary Awards 2011, Winner
Next Generation Indie Awards 2012, Finalist
Hollywood Book Festival 2012, Honorable Mention

About the Book:
Two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, the other to escape it. 

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted--a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives--the in vitros, clones, and mutants--collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab's search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

Professional, Award Winning, and Best Selling Authors Coming Together for Two Days to Offer Their Books at 99 cents:

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- 10 Winners (INT)
- Choose any 99 cent e-book featured in the hop
- Winners will be chosen February 7th so that they can look through the hop titles and let me know which one they want. I'll be gifting these through whichever online retailer the author is selling through.
- Winner must choose an e-book before the end of the event February 9th.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Come, the Dark! Rebecca Hamilton Cover Reveal

The time has come to reveal the cover for Come, the Dark! You may have seen some placeholder covers for this one floating around the web before today, but finally you get to see the real deal and learn more about the book!

Come, the Dark

to be release Winter of 2013
"Whatever you do, fight." A Rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.

Rose was just a teenage girl carrying her father’s baby. A teenage girl who desperately wanted to escape. Womanhood in Salem, Massachusetts 1692 wasn’t what she had in mind.

As Rose attempts to save her newborn daughter, Anna, from both her father and the dark spirits that haunt her life, she is thrust from Georgia, 1962, into the start of Salem’s infamous witch trials, leaving her daughter hopelessly out of reach. Here, the townsfolk call her Abigail, while a strange man in the woods calls her by the name she gave herself as a child: Cordovae. A name she's never shared with anyone else and no one else could have possibly known about.

All she wants is to find her way back to her daughter . . . but going back isn’t an option. Not until she faces certain death to stabilize the dark spirits that plague Salem before they possess the town. If she doesn’t move them in time, not only will human civilization be destroyed, but she’ll be forever trapped in this strange new place, unable to see her daughter ever again.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will leave her forced to choose between the only man who’s never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.
All those signed up for release notification will automatically be entered to win a free copy of the book!

And there's still time to win a copy of The Forever Girl, courtesy of Rebecca Hamilton. 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Books for a Buck Preview (1)

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

Regularly: $2.99     a     Hop Beings in 17 days

About the Book:
Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a rare birth defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Things from the darkest depths of the human psyche never meant to exist in the world.

Olivia can pickpocket the soul.

But she can't control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust.

About the Author:
Ripley Patton recently returned from a five-year adventure in New Zealand and now lives in Portland, Oregon with two teenagers, a cat, and a man who wants to live on a boat.

She won a 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Award for her writing, the same award Pter Jackson won for Lord of the Rings, but Ripley's is newer.

Ripley's first novel, a YA paranormal thriller titled Ghost Hand, was released in November 2012, and is the first of a three book series.

Ripley's Website:

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- Choose any 99 cent e-book featured in the hop
- Winners will be chosen February 7th so that they can look through the hop titles and let me know which one they want. I'll be gifting these through whichever online retailer the author is selling through.
- Winner must choose an e-book before the end of the event February 9th.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Obsidian Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway

11 days into the Obsidian Blog Tour! Today we are being hosted by Nikki Jefford, and by we, I mean myself and Alani Kalei. Alani is Ava Tanner’s best friend in Obsidian.

Before we get to the never posted online excerpt in which we meet Alani, We’re going to reveal the October Calendar Page! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

 Here is the first instance in Obsidian where we meet Alani!

 Ava’s cab arrived at Alani’s house after a short drive. Ava paid the cabby and tipped him before quickly going to the front door. It was twelve-thirty, but she had to knock anyways. She had nowhere else to go. After a few seconds, the window illuminated and Alani finally made it to the door.
“Ava! Oh my gosh!” Alani squealed. She gave Ava a big hug. “What happened to you? I’ve been trying to find you for days. I went to your house a few times but you weren’t there, and the Herrick-Peyton building is no longer Herrick-Peyton. At least that’s what the guy at the gate said.”
“It’s a long story. Can I come in and explain everything?”
“Of course! Get in here!” Alani pulled the door open wider.
Ava stepped inside and went to the couch. Alani started water for hot tea and then went to sit on the couch. She was already in her pajamas, which consisted of a bright green tank top and a pair of colorful printed shorts. Alani’s black hair hung just below her chin and flared out a little. She was thin like Ava but had much more tone to her build. Alani’s dark eyes were curious and weary.
“So, where were you?” Alani asked.
“Well, it all starts the day that the satellites went down. I went to dinner with one of my clients, Tom Walker. He’s the head of the Hawaiian branch of Psytech.”
“Oh, yeah, I remember him from when I worked at Herrick-Peyton.”
“The guy at the gate was telling the truth, Herrick-Peyton no longer exists. Psytech bought the building. I knew about it before everyone else because Tom told me when we were at dinner. I went on a date with him.”
Alani gasped, “You actually went on a date! I’m so happy for you!”
“Wait ‘til you hear the rest of it, you’ll wish I hadn’t gone on a date, at least not with him. There was a big meeting on Wednesday and that’s when Herrick-Peyton sold the building. Tom told me that I could work any position I wanted at Psytech and to meet him at the warehouse when the news broke.”
“What about everyone else?”
“Psytech had jobs for them too, but everyone was to be accessed and then place in a position that suited them if they wanted the job. But anyways, I went to the warehouse after a staff meeting with the shareholders, and this is where things get really crazy, Alani.”
“Okay, let me get the tea really quick and you can finish.” Alani got up and poured the hot tea into two cups. She handed a cup to Ava and sat down again. She looked at Ava, ready for her to begin, but she hesitated.
“You can tell me, Ava. I’ll believe anything you say,” Alani pressed.
Ava sighed. She took a minute to think about how she could tell this part of the story. “Well, I went to the warehouse and there were these corporate men there. They were video chatting, Alani. They had a device that made the internet work for them.”
“Wow, why haven’t they released it to the public?”
“Because Psytech is responsible for the satellite viruses.”
“Oh my gosh! Are you serious? Why haven’t you gone to the police?”
“They asked me to stay and work for them. They wanted me to be like them.”
“What do you mean ‘be like them'?”
Ava took a deep breath and prepared herself to tell the truth, even though Alani might just throw her in the nut house if she didn’t believe her, “They are vampires, Alani. The whole Psytech Corporation.”
“What? Like figuratively speaking?”
“No, I mean they are vampires. They drink blood and everything. They planted the virus in the satellite so that they could control humans and make us give them our blood in return for technology.”
“What? You can’t be serious. That’s impossible,” Alani said slowly.
“That’s what I thought, until Tom tried to change me. He was coming at me with fangs. I tried to get away. I stabbed him with my pocketknife but it only distracted him. I climbed up a ladder in the warehouse and I found these big crates with the all the shareholders in them. They were alive but they were just lying there. The vampires were feeding off them.”
“How did you get away?”
“I didn’t. Tom convinced me to come down. He said he’d wait three days to change me. He wanted me to see things his way. It bought me time, so I agreed. They put this wristband on me that would inject me with vampire venom if I tried to go too far from Tom. So I spent Thursday and today with him and his plan was to change me at midnight. I’d earned his trust, so when he took the wristband off I made up an excuse to go up to the room I was using and I slipped out the back.”
“And now you’re here. I’m so glad you got away!” Alani said giving Ava another hug. Then Alani pulled away and looked at Ava’s face. “You seem like something else is bothering you though.”

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You can see the Obsidian Tour Schedule HERE to see what you've missed and what is coming up!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Demon Lover Review (WWRC, 2)

I got this book by mistake. Not the kind of mistake where I click to read more about a book on my Kindle and inadvertently buy it while screaming, “Nooo!”

I saw Demon Lover on NetGalley, clicked to read more and was told my request had been submitted. Another “Nooo” moment followed not because I didn’t want the book (I so did!), but because I never thought Ballantine Books would approve the request. A couple weeks later they did. Win!

This is like nothing I’ve ever read before. From page one I was pulled in. I mean, how could I not? A dark and handsome incubus appears by the light of the moon to ravish women and give them mind blowing orgasms! <fans face>

The Demon Lover is so much more than an adult fantasy or romance novel, though.

Something very peculiar is going on in Fairwick, NY. Fantastical, often weather related, occurrences besiege the town and campus. Creatures hide in plain sight, some in human form. Someone, or something, is sucking the life force out of students and even faculty. One student is doomed by a decades old curse. Can it be broken?

I absolutely adored this novel! I wasn’t expecting it to be a series so it came as a bonus to learn that book two, The Water Witch, releases NEXT month. Can’t wait!

Demon Lover goes on my favorite’s list.

Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge (2)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Entangled is Now FREE

Exciting news! 

To celebrate Entangled's One Year Anniversary next month I'm in the process of making Spellbound #1 free at all online book retailers.

Free copies are currently available at:

Apple iTunes Store      Kindle       Kobo       Smashwords

(I'll work on getting it free on Barnes & Noble this weekend.)

Now you have only to snap (or click) "buy" and presto! It's yours. Like magic. ;)

If you download a free copy and enjoy the book, please submit a review to whichever retailer you got it from and be sure to tell your friends.

Happy reading! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Spellbound Trilogy Nearly Complete

Once again I'm getting ahead of myself planning Enchantment's release party BEFORE I've finished the book. But it's close and I'm excited. What can I say?

I'm hoping edits will go swift and smooth. I wrote the first half of the book last spring and have been over it a dozen times. I took the past couple weeks to do the same with the rest of the manuscript and  just need to get on with the grand finale. The original felt anti-climatic so I called for reinforcements. The characters of Spellbound deserve to go out with a bang!

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The Key Inheritance Release Blitz

The follow-up novella to The Burning of Isobel Key is now available on Amazon! Buy your copy today and find out what happened to Lou and Brian ten years after The Burning of Isobel Key.
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Ten years after the trip to Scotland that changed her life, Lou is back in the misty, magical country. This time, however, she’s not on vacation: Lou is there to settle some distasteful and depressing family business. When Brian, her old Highland fling, turns up, Lou is forced to wrestle with a past that she thought was dead and buried. As tension between the former lovers mounts, something wicked is stirring in Scotland. Lou must use all her strength to handle the increasingly desperate situation, but will she be strong enough to battle both a vengeful ghost and her heart?

The Key Inheritance is a novella that takes place a decade after the events of The Burning of Isobel Key. This contemporary story crosses into the supernatural as Lou discovers evidence of a long-dead spirit who refuses to rest in peace. Lou may have thought that she was finished with the witch Isobel Key, but her inheritance is more than the young woman can handle alone. Cover Reveal: The Key Inheritance
 Read an excerpt from The Key Inheritance:
INTERLUDE: 1652 Alexander had left his wife in St. Andrews to travel to Edinburgh for a fortnight. The excuse he offered was weak, but Maggie was too young to question him. He whistled as he rode his horse, eager to get back to the thriving metropolis that he visited infrequently. His mother’s family had kin at court, and as a child, these distant relations had given Alexander an excuse to visit Edinburgh, but that wasn’t why he was bound there now. Alexander Nairn wanted to get stinking drunk. He could have gone out carousing in St. Andrews. His school friends were still about, and Maggie wouldn’t have stopped him. But his in-laws were alive, and Alexander felt their ever-watchful eyes whenever he set foot outside of his rooms in the village. It was positively disconcerting, and he was getting jumpy. So Alexander did the only thing he could think of: he fled the city and headed for Edinburgh, where no one would know about the scandal he had brought down upon the Keys. He arrived as night fell, after two days of traveling, and his horse steered him immediately to a pub. He made a note to give the beast some extra sugar, but his gratitude was lost by his second tankard of ale. “Why does the woman torment me?” He asked the other men around him, but none answered. Alexander stared into his cup. “She’s bewitched me. The woman is the very devil.” “There’s no such thing as witchcraft, man. Buck up.” A young man about Alexander’s age thumped his shoulder, and Alexander scowled. “You don’t know what you’re speaking of.” He flicked his hand as if shooing a fly, but the other man didn’t budge. “I do know. I’m a man of science, and I tell you, there’s no such thing as witches.” Alexander teetered to his feet. “Until you have been bewitched, sir, I don’t want to hear your cracked theories.” He staggered toward the door, but he only made it a few steps before the stranger leapt in front of him. “You dare to call me a crackpot?” Alexander grinned. “A man who does not believe in magic is either the biggest fool alive, or the biggest liar.” He didn’t see the first punch coming, but once his head stopped ringing, Alexander gave as good as he got. Finally, by the time the tavern keeper and a few strong lads pitched them both into the street, Alexander was missing a tooth and the young stranger had a black eye. They landed together, face down in the muddy street, and for a moment, they were still. The stranger started to laugh as he pulled himself to his feet. He held out his hand to his battered companion. “We’d best get you cleaned up. Witchcraft won’t fix that tooth.” It was then that Alexander’s friendship with Doctor Ferguson began.
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About the Author: Jen McConnel
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”). She is also an active reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.
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Monday, January 14, 2013

The Forever Girl Character Giveaway Tour



I'm super thrilled to post the giveaway tour schedule for the fabulous and talented Rebecca Hamilton, author of The Forever Girl. (See my review here.) 

These have got to be the most wicked prizes in the history of tour prizes. Rebecca has also offered to give away a Forever Girl eBook to one of my kick ass followers. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to enter through Rafflecopter. But first, look at all the goodies!

January 14th

Meet Valeria at Jennifer Sosniak Books!
Prizes include: Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust, NARS lip gloss, and NARS eye shadow!

January 15th

Meet Circe at Megan Likes Books!
Prizes include: Blood Transfusion Mason Jar Sippy, BUXOM eye shadow, and Rainbow Skull Bracelet.

January 16th

Meet Lauren at Bookish Things and More!
Prizes include: Vera Bradley Purse, SkullCandy Headphones, and an iTunes Gift Card.

January 17th

Meet Callista at Rainy of the Dark!
Prizes include: Bram Stocker Quote Necklace, Metal Headband, and a Leather Bound Journal.

January 18th

Meet Red at Girl who Reads!
Prizes include: Bird Themed Earrings, Bird Eggs in Nest Necklace, Bird Eggs in Nest Ring, and Bird-Themed Purse.

January 21st

Meet Ophelia at Sweet and Sassy Reviewz!
Prizes include: Forever Girl Soy Candle, Black Romance Bracelet, and a Bull Skull Necklace.

January 22nd

Meet Thalia at A Life Among the Pages!
Prizes include: Vampire Blood Mason Jar Sippy, Love Spell Body Spray by Victoria's Secret, and Steampunk Lace Gloves.

January 23rd

Meet Ivory at Lindsey R. Louck's Blog!
Prizes include: Smashbox Icon Eye Shadow Kit, Wave Magnetic Polish in Metallic Raspberry, NARS lip gloss.

January 24th

Prizes include: Vera Bradley Purse, Organic Blue Eye Shadow, and Organic Midnight Blue Nail Polish.

January 25th

Meet Paloma at Apocalypse Mama!
Prizes include: Mystic Dreamer Tarot Cards and Book, Dream Catcher Bracelet, and a Whimsical Metal Headband.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

3 Review Writing Tips

2013 Goal: Review Every Book I Read

One of my goals for the year 2013 is to review every book I read even if it’s just a few sentences to say I really enjoyed the story. I find this easy to do at Goodreads with their instantaneous rate & review box that pops up the moment you finish a title.

I am especially grateful for readers who cross-post reviews at Amazon, and I don’t just say that as a writer, but as a shopper. I don’t read reviews at Goodreads, 1) cause there’s a lot of junk on there, and 2) I don’t shop on that site. If a title interests me I go to Amazon and it’s mega helpful to have all the reviews in one place for me to pour over.

Review Writing Tips   h
Here are three tricks that work well for me:

Keep a Journal Handy to Jot Down Notes

I try to keep a journal and pen beside me while I’m reading. The reactions I have as I read will all too likely be forgotten when it comes time to sit down and type out my thoughts. (Not to mention it’s extra work to try and dig up those initial reactions after the fact. I don’t like extra work.)

Here’s a picture of notes I’m making as I read an eARC of Interred by Marilyn Almodovar for a review tour stop here on January 27th.

Start Writing the Review Before You Finish the Book

I keep a Word doc going of reviews and start composing my thoughts before I finish the book. This is also where I type in comments from my review journal. It's much less daunting to finish a review that's already been started.

Here’s something I started for the book The Demon Lover, by Juliet Dark even though I’m only 15% in:

This is like nothing I’ve ever read before. From page one I was pulled in. I mean, how could I not? A demon lover who appears by the light of the moon to ravish women and give them mind blowing orgasms. <fans face>

Write the Review As Soon As You Finish

If I have skipped the above steps, which keeps happening with Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror Series – they’re just so good I can’t be interrupted! – then I make sure to type out a review as soon as I finish. The more I wait, the more writing the review will begin to feel like a chore. But if I write the review the same day or the following, it's still fresh in my mind.

How about you? Got any review tricks up your sleeve?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sign-up for an Enchantment Release Day Alert

The first draft of Enchantment (Spellbound #3) is nearing completion.

Whenever I set a goal like say, End of THIS week! it seems fate works against me to throw curve balls such as pet emergencies (less than 24-hours after I took my mom's dog from her to sit for 3 weeks), plumping & other household delights, book tour intervention, a 10-year old computer that's starting to die, event planning, yada, yada.

Our new house rental is very cozy, except for the sewage smell that wafts into this office. I finally have my own office and I'm gagging on stink fumes while trying to write. Someone was supposed to check on it at 2 yesterday. I waited outside for half an hour in the cold with the dogs. (It's easier than having them go ape shit at the door when someone shows up.) Anyway, no one showed, no one called - typical island "service".

Back to the book. I'm sad to finish the series, but also can't wait to share Graylee's latest adventures with readers. Gray and Charlene have reunited and are headed to Paris for the book's grand finale.

I like to call this one the "Twins' of Belleville. Click here to watch at YouTube.

If it doesn't happen at the end of this week, I'm confident I'll have the first draft done next week - even if I have to tie a handkerchief over my face!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

99 Cent Event & Giveaway

Bestsellers * Award Winners * Hot New Releases

I am pleased to announce that I am hosting my first blog hop as part of the 2nd annual Blogger Book Fair - February 7th - 10th - The World For a Shilling (and Books for a Buck!)

Savor the Savings

See full hop list with book covers at Shop the Hop.

Better Than Chocolate Pre-Event Giveaway
Thank you for helping spread the word!

- 10 Winners
- International
- Choose any 99 cent e-book featured in the hop
- Winners will be chosen February 7th so that they can look through the hop titles and let me know which one they want. I'll be gifting these through whichever online retailer the author is selling through.
- Winner must choose an e-book before the end of the event February 9th.

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Hop Rules for Authors:
Rather than do a linky list, I'm collecting info. ahead of time and will organize titles by genre. Participating authors will be emailed the full list with hyperlinks at the beginning of February for easy copying and pasting.
- Authors must list book(s) for 99 cents at one or all of the following online book retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Smashwords February 8-9, 2013. This means changing your price BEFORE this date so that it will update in time for the event dates. (Reminder: Amazon takes up to 12 hours, make changes early to be on the safe side.)
- Authors need to use the 'Better Than Chocolate' graphic in their post on February 8, 2013.
- Book(s) offered during the event should normally cost more than 99 cents. This is a discount event for books usually listed over the price of 99 cents (not a hop to highlight books that are always listed at 99 cents). But! Feel free to mention other books you may have listed free or at 99 cents in your hop post so long as you have one book specially discounted for the event.
- Make sure to include a purchase link in your post (and check that the price has updated to 99 cents before the event).
- Include the full list of participants at the bottom of your post during the event or include a link back to the post with the full list of event participants. (I will email all participants a Word doc all ready to copy and paste into a post.)

The sign-up form is now closed. Please check out the event titles at Shop the Hop.

The Secret Circle Review (WWRC, 1)

Sign up for the 2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge at Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf.

The Secret Circle by L. J. Smith 

First of all, oh my god!, the dog is named Raj in this book. When I saw that in the first chapter I started laughing.

This was fairly fast and entertaining, which I like. I simply wasn't overly fond of the main character, Cassie or the insta-love between her and Adam. There were several instances in which Cassie showed potential strength only to revert back into a pansy ass pushover. I like characters with a little more spine.

I bought this at full price in paperback from Barnes & Noble and was surprised that the HarperTeen editors missed three sections where the book slipped from third to first person and went on for paragraphs this way before switching back just as suddenly. She, she, she. I! Say what?

Overall I was entertained, but don't feel compelled to continue on with the series. This book actually contains the first part of book two (The Captive Part I). I know cliff hangers can be frustrating, but half a book? Really?

If you've ever wanted to check out Secret Circle, it's now only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle. The reason I bought it in paperback back in September is the e-book was listed for the exact same price of $8.99. Damn! Happens to me all the freakin' time.