Thursday, August 25, 2011

Follow Friday #7

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop put together by two hosts:  Parajunkee and Alison Can Read as a way to help bloggers become aware of other blogs and bloggers. It's a great way to make new blogger friends.

Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

Definitely Faeries. I think out of all the mythical creatures, they are the only ones that wouldn't freak me out hardcore. I love vampires and shifters but if I were to ever come across one I would literally pee my pants and that's not sexy. 

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host {Parajunkee Alison Can Read} and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers-  Jenni Elyse & Caught In The Pages
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing on Parajunkee's blog.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Guest Post with Author Katharine Ashe and Giveaway

Today I am so excited to welcome author Katharine Ashe to the blog. Katharine is currently on tour promoting the release of her new book In The Arms of a Marquess. Also, Katharine is my very first guest to the blog and I hope you all will give her a very warm welcome.

Katharine Ashe: Danielle asked me to say something about how I came to write a second chance love story for IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS. I'm excited to!

But first, with the utmost respect to my lovely hostess, may I alter the term a bit? May I instead call this a "love lost" story? It sounds more dramatic.

You see, I like drama in books. No, I don't like it. I adore  it. Like Danielle, I am a complete sucker for a delicious love story. And I'm especially fond of a certain kind of love story, the kind that tears your heart out as you read and hurls it about the room then returns it to your chest with a big crash! while you weep tears of sorrow, fear, laughter and -- ultimate -- joy. Then it does that all over again. A bunch of times, until you're a soggy heap of gratitude for the delectably torturous roller coaster ride you've been on. Graphic, I know. Apologies for that. But I wanted to make sure we're all on the same page, the page that paints a story of love so deep and powerful, and so beset by forces that seek to keep the lovers apart, that there's no reading it with dry eyes and a heartbeat slower than the gallop of an Ascot contender.

That is my favorite kind of love story, so that is the kind I endeavor to write. IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS turned out to be impossible not to write like that. You see, it's about a girl and a youth who tumbled into first love...passionate love...forbidden love...only to be torn apart. The details of that tearing apart destine their reunion seven years later to be fraught with misunderstandings and mistrust, but also unquenchable desire, and -- this time -- danger.

But how exactly did I come to write the second chance story of these young lovers?

I first met Miss Octavia Pierce at the age of fifteen sitting in a chair with her long legs thrown over the arm like a thorough hoyden, reading and Atlas of the World. Immediately I knew she would travel. So travel she did, to the East Indies, a land of wonder and magic that fed her adventurous soul.

Shortly thereafter I met Lord Ben Doreé on a snowy night in the corridor of a country greathouse that I was writing. In that scene in the first book of my Rogues of the Sea trilogy (SWEPT AWAY BY A KISS), that hero told his lady that the work he did upon the sea saving others -- noble, honorable, perilous work -- had a wealthy patron. And (here's where it gets weird) there was Ben standing behind me while I wrote, telling me he was that patron, he the powerful man of mystery behind that noble work. And he said he wanted Octavia -- a girl whose heart matched his perfectly -- to be his heroine.

Yes, romance authors are nuts. But I swear to yo that is how it happened.

Well, I told Ben in no uncertain terms that Octavia was only fifteen and he had to wait for her to become a lady. He wasn't even twenty anyway, far too young to think of a life-long love (Oh, how naïve I was!). He suggested they meet upon the verge of her womanhood, three years later. (Impatient man.) So I told him if he met her too soon, he would lose her for a while after that. That's just how I do things. He glowered. (I'll admit I cowered a little. He's the dark and dangerous type, you know.) Still, I don't think he believed I was really going to do it.

I did it. Because when lost love -- powerful, passionate, undying love -- is re-found -- gloriously, crashingly -- the very stars collide.

I do love drama.

Do you have a second-chance story in your past? Young love rediscovered, or a change to a more satisfying career, or simply starting a gray day over again so that it ended up sparkling?

She had never forgotten him...

Miss Octavia Pierce is witty, well off, and shockingly unwed. Still, she is far too successful in society to remain on the shelf forever, and her family has hopes that Octavia will finally make the perfect match. What they do not know is that years earlier Octavia was scandalously tempted by the one man capable of sweeping her off her feet-the man now known as the Marquess of Doreé.

A third son, never meant to inherit, Lord Ben Doreé has abandoned his past and grown accustomed to his illustrious new position of wealth and power. But he has never forgotten Octavia, and now she desperately needs his helps in a most dangerous, clandestine matter. Although she claims she has put the memories of the passion they shared behind her, Ben is determined to once again have her in his arms-and in his bed.

Thanks Katharine for such a wonderful post. Everyone, Katharine and Harper Collins will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. So make sure to check out all of Katharine's tour stops to increase your chances of winning.

*Must answers Katharine's question above
*Must leave and email address
*You don't have to be a follower, but it is appreciated
*Open until August 26th

Sunday, August 21, 2011

KLB Virtual Journey Review and Giveaway: Decadent Dreams by Ty Langston

Beth Mason seemingly has it all. A successful bakery/café called Decadent Dreams, good friends, and a nice home in Stamford, New York.

 After her previous boyfriend dumped her six months before for not spending enough time with him, Beth decided that she had been through enough and wanted more in a relationship. Throwing herself back into the dating scene, Beth decided to go onto an online dating website called, ‘A Foreign Affair.’

Enjoying the different types of men from all over the world that ‘A Foreign Affair’ catered to, Beth became struck by a handsome man from Belarus named Yuri who was the former manager of the famed Rhapsody night club. After realizing that they had a lot in common, the two struck up a close, intense relationship.

Yuri, who’s been depressed since his nightclub burned to the ground and watching his best friend’s parents both die from a terminal illness, decided to take Beth up on an invite and join her for a fun-filled weekend in New York City. With both of them full of emotions, will the weekend be just what they needed or more than they bargained for?

I hate to say it but I really didn't like this book. I really tried to get into it but it was very difficult for me. I had a real problem with connecting to the characters and the story. It just seemed so far fetched to me. I just didn't really believe that the events of the book could really happen. Since I had such a problem with connecting to it I finally gave up and put the book down. Now that was a few weeks ago and I just haven't had the desire to pick it up again. Don't get me wrong, I'm more than sure others will most likely enjoy this book, it just wasn't for me.


Now for the fun part, the giveaway. The KLB ladies have so graciously offered up an E-Copy of Ty Langston's book Decadent Dreams. To enter, please leave a comment with an email address so I have a way to contact the winner. Also, you don't have to be a follower but it is appreciated. Winner will be chosen with Random.Org on August 28 at 12.01AM.

That's it! Good luck!!

Schedule of Events
8-28 Author Chat ((More Info to come)) *Giveaway