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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Blitz: Twisted Lies 2 by Sedona Venez + Giveaway!

Warning: content below is meant for 18+ readers!

Twisted Lies 2 by Sedona Venez 
Series: Dirty Secrets #2
Publication Date: May 19th 2015 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Sinthia Michaels has nearly lost everything. Unwittingly, she’s signed over the majority of her couture fashion line and lost the support of her retailers in one fell swoop. Behind it all is the one man she is undeniably attracted to.

Core McKay, a wealthy and legitimate businessman, is after one thing only—his mother’s murderer. When his intel leads him to a corrupt politician connected to Sinthia, Core will stop at nothing for his own version of justice—even if that means using Sinthia to get what he wants.

Continuing the story of twisted lies and dirty secrets, Core and Sinthia both have an end game, but their feelings for one another could be their undoing.
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      “Damn. Shit just got real,” I muttered under my breath.  

       The throng moved again. McKay was checking me out with unveiled interest. 

       I tried to calm my beating heart, but to no avail. Biting my bottom lip, I drank him in. Jesus. He looked smoking hot. If you looked fuckable up in the dictionary, McKay’s name would be right there next to it. He sizzled in a shawl-collared tuxedo paired with a crisp tailored white shirt, black silk bow tie, black leather shoes, and a Panerai watch. Ram was looking flawless in a white tuxedo. It was masculinity at its finest. 

      McKay’s eyes flashed as he arched his eyebrow at me. I stopped and turned so I was facing Jade and my back was toward McKay.  

      Jade curiously looked at me. “What’s up?” 

      “Don’t look. That’s McKay by the bar,” I hissed. 

      Of course, Jade did the exact opposite of what I’d asked and stared boldly in his direction. 

      I wanted to choke her. “Really? What part of ‘don’t look’ was unclear?” 

      Staring over my shoulder, Jade whispered loudly, “Which one?” 

      “In the black tux with the black silk bow tie. He’s staring at me like I owe him money,” I responded. “Because I do.”

      “Damn! Look at that face.” Jade blinked and then blinked again. “He’s crazy hot.” 
“No. He’s just crazy.” I turned back around, glaring at him. Okay, he was hot, but I’d be damned if I acknowledged the way my cunt pulsed under his scrutiny. 

Sedona Venez is a romance junkie with a dirty mind. She lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby—hooah—and their furbaby. She loves writing sizzling, sexy complex stories about strong but broken characters who push boundaries, overcome their fears, and risk it all for love.

To learn more about Sedona Venez and her collection of contemporary and paranormal romance novels, visit her at www.sedonavenez.com
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly | Author Interview + Giveaway!

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to the SERIOUSLY WICKED by Tina Connolly blog tour!
Today is my post day and I will be sharing with you all an author interview I've done with Tina and there is a giveaway below. Enjoy!

Author: Tina Connolly
Pub. Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Genre: YA - Paranormal, Fantasy

The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too? 
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1. Tell us a little about yourself?

Sure! I live with my family in Portland Oregon, but I’m originally from Lawrence, Kansas, which is a lovely little college town. I used to do a lot of theatre, and I still occasionally work as a face painter (a really fun job!) but mostly these days I focus on writing and podcasting and small children-wrangling.

2. When and how did the idea for Seriously Wicked come about?

I started this book pre-children, at a time when I had a goal to write 500 words every day. Ideally the words would be on a current project, but they could also be on some random new project. One day I sat down and this Rapunzel-ish story about a girl who lives with a *seriously wicked* witch just jumped onto the page.

3. What was your favorite part about writing the book and is there a character you had the most fun with?

I loved getting to write a book that was just flat-out fun. So my favorite parts all had to do with that. I loved thinking up the funny-horrible stories about terrible things the witch does to Cam (like turn her fingers into noodles) and I loved writing all the side characters. One of my favorite side characters is Kelvin, my sweet, clueless 4-H boy who tries to tutor Cam in math.

4. Personally I love books about teen witches, are there any you enjoyed reading and what ones are they?

I also love teen witches! One of my all-time favorite books is probably technically about pre-teen witches – Diana Wynne Jones’ Witch Week is so lovely and hilarious. Also I have to give props here to the movie Teen Witch, which my friend and I watched obsessively one summer (dancing around to all the songs.)

5. Will Seriously Wicked become a series or is it a stand-alone book? If a series, can you tell us more about it and what plans you may have for them?

It is both a stand-alone and the first in a series! I really loved these characters and wanted to tell more stories about them, so I was pretty excited when my editor felt the same way. Wicked witch Sarmine always has a new clever plan to take over the world, and my heroine Cam has to stop her. So each story is a complete stand-alone story, and so much fun to write. I’m working on the second story right now and I can’t say much about it because I’m still in the middle of it, but I will say I’m having a lot of fun writing it and cackling gleefully. Oh, and I’m working on a Seriously short story as well, about a disastrous pool party full of witches. Hopefully we’ll see that later this year. :)

6. How long did it take to write the book and tell us a little about your writing process?

This book wrote itself very quickly! I think I wrote the first few chapters in a couple weeks, and then it was summer and I had a busy face painting season that year, so the book got put down for a bit. I came back to it in fall and finished it up in a month. So the first draft was really very fast, during the times I was working on it. It was really my first full-length finished novel. But then, it went through a LOT of drafts. And in between those drafts I wrote what would be my first published novel, Ironskin, and sold that trilogy to my publisher...and then did some more drafts on this book... So the answer is both very quickly, and a very long time.

And now I have two small children, so my current writing process is: think very hard about my next scene while pushing the baby in the stroller or making dinner or whatnot...and then, as soon as the kids are asleep, write like mad.

7. Who inspires you to write? Do you have a favorite author you look up to?

Oh yeah, let me mention Diana Wynne Jones again, as she’s one of my all-time favorite authors. And for some reason, I also always want to write directly after reading her books. Perhaps it’s because she’s one of those rare writers whose books you can enjoy at any age, and I discovered her young enough that her books are somehow inextricably tied up in my conception of what a book is.

(TL;DR: Diana Wynne Jones is marvelous and everyone should read her!)

8. Describe your book in 6 words.

In 5 words, I’ll give you the title the book had during the 2nd draft: Witch Girl Hearts Demon Boy.

Thanks for being here today on Bittersweet Enchantment. Is there any final thoughts you'd like to leave my readers?

Thanks so much for having me on the blog!

About The Author: Tina Connolly

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Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series, from Tor Teen. Ironskin, her first fantasy novel, was a Nebula finalist. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams' The End is Nigh series, and more. She runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.
She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where it is nice and green and wet. Photo credit Caroline M. Yoachim.

Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive a finished copy of SERIOUSLY WICKED! US Only.

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Tour hosted by: Rockstar Book Tours

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
4/27/2015- Pandora's BooksInterview
4/28/2015- BookfeverReview
4/29/2015- On Starships and DragonwingsGuest Post
4/30/2015- GenGen's Book Blog - Review
5/1/2015- Bookhounds ya- Interview

Week Two:
5/4/2015- The Midnight SocietyReview
5/5/2015- Alice Marvels - Guest Post
5/6/2015- Book BriefsReview
5/7/2015- Bittersweet EnchantmentInterview
5/8/2015- Stories & SweetiesReview

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My heart is broken! (sad news) | Small Hiatus

Hello everyone! 

The wonderful woman who I thought of as my second Mother, my Grandma passed away yesterday. She was 94 years old. For the past few months her health has been declining and most recently she was told she would have only a few short months to live. Well after 1 week of being given this bad news from her doctor she passed silently into the night, dying in her sleep. My family and I are heartbroken. I feel like my heart is missing a piece leaving me with a deep feeling of sadness and grief. I haven't be able to stop crying much for the last day and a half. While I know she is with God, her husband, and her parents/siblings I long for one last hug, one last kiss, one final goodbye. These I will never get again but I know one day hopefully a long time from now I will see her again. 

My Grandma's name was Lorriane Esther Voigts and she to me was one of the most kind-hearted, gentle, selfless, loving souls I have ever meet. She loved with her WHOLE heart and would do anything for the ones she loved. Everyone she ever meet loved her right from the start. Now she can be a angel in heaven watching over me, her family and all of those who loved her so. I could sit here and fill pages and pages about my Grandmother and how special of a person she was. While I'm deeply saddened and broken from this event I know in my heart completely she is home with her maker, where she belongs. She will never be in anymore pain or suffering. The one thing I can take comfort from is this and knowing one day we will see each other again. 

I love you so much, Grandma - Heart and Soul forever, and ever! 

My family and I are driving up with Illinois for her wake and funeral. She will be buried next to her husband, side by side. I will be gone for a week or two and will not be able to blog/post anything!! I hope everyone understand and I will see you all when I get back home to NC. Please if you would pray for us. I KNOW these next several days will be the hardest time in my whole life. 

Thank you for reading!
- Beckie

UPDATE: 5/4/2015 - There are a post or two that will be going up because they are already scheduled to but other than that there will be no other blog posts until I get  back home from IL. Also I will not be checking emails often so please anyone who has emailed me or will understand I won't be replying. 


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