Release Blitz and Author Interview: “The Hustle” by Elizabeth Roderick


The Hustle

By Elizabeth Roderick


Blurb:


Liria is nineteen, homeless, and addicted to heroin…

She’s also determined to not end up dead—like her mother. But every time she tries to get clean, on her feet, and back on the employment train, everything falls apart. This time is different. This time, she knows there are only two choices—addiction or death. Once she gets clean, though, her life ends up even rockier than before.

Desperate for help, Liria goes to the one person she can count on for a safe place to stay and regular meals—her father, Cyryl Czetski. However, she soon learns Cyryl isn’t her real father, and he wants a very different kind of relationship. Liria ultimately rejects his advances and ends up on the streets yet again, this time working in an illegal strip club.

Finally taking control of her life, Liria lands a job in a Vegas nightclub, where she meets Arty—the woman of her dreams.

Arty is beautiful, funny, and rich. But when other nightclub employees turn up dead—including Liria’s best friend, Lee—Liria suspects the business might be a front for something far more sinister.

When Arty reveals Liria’s life is also in danger, she promises to keep her safe. But Arty’s acting strangely, and seems to know too much about the mysterious deaths. Is she really trying to save her, or is she holding her hostage, using her as a pawn in a game Liria doesn’t understand?

Liria thought she was used to always second guessing everyone’s intentions. That’s how life is. But if the drugs don’t ruin her, The Hustle will…

 



Author Interview:

 

1. In 3-5 words, describe yourself as a writer.

Crazy, obsessive lunatic.

 

2. Tell us about your book.

The Hustle is a tale of a young woman trying to escape her life of homelessness and addiction. She wants to find something to live for and someone to care about her, but everywhere she turns people seem motivated by self-interest alone. 

 

The Hustle is the first novel in my Other Place series, which is a magical realism series, but The Hustle reads more like a suspense novel than a magical realism book.

 

3. What/who was your inspiration for this book?

This book was inspired by my own adventures in homelessness and addiction. Parts of it were also inspired by my best friend Phoenix, who is one of the coolest people in the world, and has schizophrenia. His influence plays a bigger part in books 2 and 3 of the series, though.

 

4. What do you find is the hardest part about writing?

Marketing.

 

5. How do you overcome them?

Some days are easier than others. Most of the time, I just force myself to do somethingmarketing-related; other times, I have to just give myself permission to withdraw from the world a bit, because I literally “can’t even”. 

 

6. What do you find is the best part about writing?

The writing part.


 I love it when a story grabs me and I get to live in it.

 

7. Who are your favourite authors? Have they inspired you?

John Kennedy Toole; Lynda Barry; Hunter S. Thompson; Libba Bray; Carlos Castaneda. They’ve all inspired me in different ways. John Kennedy Toole inspires me to write complex characters, both realistic and larger than life, that create their own humor. Lynda Barry taught me about voice. Hunter S. Thompson taught me that tales of the underworld are tales worth telling (and that they don’t always have to be tales of woe). Carlos Castaneda taught me about how dreams interweave with reality, and Libba Bray taught me you can write weird YA.

 

8. How has your writing journey been?

This is really a loaded question in my case.  


I started writing in earnest about three years ago, when my husband’s career took me away from my job, friends, family, and the music scene (I’m a musician). I write pretty obsessively (I’ve written 14 novels and counting in those not-quite three years). I’m also am what my friends call a “method writer”; I sometimes do things that might seem odd to other people in order to research or otherwise “get into” my story. For instance, I go on impulsive road trips to the places my stories take place. I also befriended Phoenix – my schizophrenic best friend – when I was writing my books with the schizophrenic main character.

 

My marriage was already shaky, and my writing process ended up being too much for my husband to handle. But, right at the time we were splitting up, I got an offer on my first novel Love or Money. So maybe my writing will eventually get me out of the hole it helped dig me.

 

9. Any advice for aspiring writers?

Don’t give up, and never stop growing, no matter how hard it gets. These are the only things that separate success from failure.

 

10. What’s next for you?

More obsessive writing. 


I’ve started freelance editing to bring in some money to support my writing habit (maybe someday it will be self-supporting, but as yet it’s far from it). I’m looking for an agent with my YA magical realism romance, in hopes they can help me organize my life and inspire me in my marketing efforts.

 

11. Tell us more about you!

 

       ▪ Music while writing?

Not usually, but I have one character I have to listen to dubstep while I’m writing.

 

▪ Dark, milk or white chocolate?

Milk.

 

▪ Red or White Wine?

Either, as a chaser to my whiskey.

 

▪ Cat or Dog?

I love them both.

 

▪ Morning person or night owl?

Well, I get up at 2:30 in the morning…I guess that makes me a morning person, except I’m up before night owls go to sleep.

 

▪ What kind of dancer are you?

LOL, a REALLY BAD one. I love going to raves though.

 

▪ What’s your favourite movie?

I’d have to say Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

 

▪ What’s your secret favourite movie (that you’re too shy to admit)?

I’m basically all out there, not shy to admit all my foibles. But my guilty pleasure movie? Uh…Thor probably 

 

▪ Funniest date?

I’ve only been on one date, when I was 16. It was funny, it was the worst, it was all of those things.

 

▪ Worst date?

See above.

 

▪ What is your weirdest writing habit?

See above…getting up at 2:30 a.m. (or earlier), going on wild crazy lunatic adventures while chasing a story, etc.

 

▪ If you have one week left on this earth, which of your characters would you spend it with?

Justin from The Other Place series.

 

▪ If you have been kidnapped, which of your characters would rescue you?

Pers Cavanaugh, from my Tales from Purgatory series, which hasn’t been published yet.

 

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Blog: https://elizabethroderick.wordpress.com/

 

Website: http://www.talesfrompurgatory.com/



 

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Release blitz “Get Lucky” By Lila Monroe

Title: Get Lucky
Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: May 26, 2016
Blurb

What happens when you wake up in a hotel suite next to a gorgeous naked man with absolutely no memory of the past twelve hours?

I guess it’s true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I’m stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He’s arrogant, infuriating, and I can’t keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.

A pair of matching tattoos. A cheap wedding veil. Half an empty box of glow in the dark condoms.

What the hell just happened?

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Author Bio
Amazon bestselling author, queen of the short-reads, and expert at playdough, Lila Monroe loves to read and write tales of sexy Billionaires. Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote her first serial, The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.
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“All the Waters Of the Earth”

Title: All the Waters of the Earth
Series: Giving You… #3 
Author: Leslie McAdam
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
 Release Date: May 15, 2016
Blurb

Romance novelist Lucy Figueroa lives a life of the imagination. While her stories are filled with fictional alpha male heroes, her real life is filled with nothing but Mr. Wrongs. As a sassy, strong, single mom, she doesn’t need anyone… except maybe a new book idea. And to forgive herself for the mistakes of the past.

Lucy’s sexy new neighbor, Jake Slausen, looks like one of her characters come to life. While he fits the heartthrob part, he doesn’t act it, too distracted by his cell phone and his job for any relationship. Damaged by his childhood, he’s ignored his true calling and goes through his days on autopilot…until he meets Lucy.

First drawn together by chemistry, then by a fierce need to protect each other even from themselves, will Jake and Lucy learn to accept their pasts or will they convince themselves that happily ever afters only exists in romance novels?

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Author Bio

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement (that’s what editors are for!).

Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.

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Released Today! “Hopelessly Imperfect” and Author Interview with Gabriela Cabezut




Hopelessly Imperfect

The Imperfect Series, #1

Cancer is a beast.

 

It’s ugly, savage, and has no mercy.

Cassie learned this all too well while watching her mother slowly deteriorate, one agonizing day at a time…

 

With the desire to make her mother’s last year the best it can be, she works to be the perfect daughter. Every character trait, witty joke, like and dislike—Cassie molds herself to be what her mother would love most. 

 

But in the end, it still isn’t enough…

 

After years of pretending, Cassie has no idea who she really is. When her mother slips away, Cassie falls into a deep depression, and thoughts of suicide become her most pressing threat. After a failed attempt, she seeks help, and is eventually able to return to life at home.

 

Going through senior year as the girl whose mom died sucks…

 

With her father picking up the pieces of his own heart, and Cassie back in school, she’s able to make a few new friends—one of them being Nathan Rivers. A little quiet, strong, and with inner demons of his own, Cassie can’t help but be intrigued. And as she grows closer to Nathan, the reasons for their mutual attraction slowly unveil.

 

Pain sometimes feels impossible to cope with. It’s consuming, saturating, and all-encompassing. 

 

As Cassie and Nathan struggle to heal, can they learn to forgive and accept the past, and possibly find happiness in being Hopelessly Imperfect…?

 

PURCHASE LINKS: 

Kindle US: http://amzn.to/1TbC3il

Amazon Paperback US: http://amzn.to/1sl0AeD

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1sl0BPx


Author Interview:  



1. In 3-5 words, describe yourself as a writer.

Hopeless romantic, but a funny one 

 

2. Tell us about your book

Hopelessly Imperfect is the story of a girl who has just lost her Mom. They had a complicated relationship and the slow cancer process made it worse. Now, she has to learn to live on, with the help of a new friend and a mysterious boy. She’s trying to heal as the people around her do the same, all in their own way. Nathan Rivers is an unlikely friend, but the only person that understands her. Can they both overcome their demons?

 

3. What/who was your inspiration for this book?

I started to write this book in a way to cope from my Mother’s loss. It’s not an autobiography, but there’s a lot of me in it. 

 

4. What do you find is the hardest part about writing?

I guess with this particular book, was the part of letting go, of putting into words how I was feeling at the moment. Yet, with other books, is trying to convey what I feel about certain character or scene in a way that my reader might relate to. 

 

5. How do you overcome them?

I push myself to write, and rewrite, and maybe do it all over again, until it feels right. 

 

6. What do you find is the best part about writing?

Imagining this world and letting everyone else in it. I love the way you can create scenes that make you laugh, cry or swoon over. 

 

7. Who are your favourite authors? Have they inspired you?

I have many. Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Julia Templeton are the ones that come to mind. I always loved Jane Austen because all her stories end up in happily ever afters. I read to get away from real life and I don’t like to feel anguished at the end of a book. JK Rowling was amazing at creating this complicated world and fitting all the pieces as in a puzzle and Julia Templeton made me fall in love with a ghost and be terrified at the same time. She’s awesome. 

 

8. How has your writing journey been?

It has been easy in a way. I started on Wattpad, creating stories that I hoped anyone that knew me wouldn’t read (HA!) with a nickname and in secret. Then, one of my stories got really popular and I had to come clean with my family and friends, when a publisher contacted me. Now, getting other stories out there hasn’t been that easy, but I can’t complain. Ten years ago, I thought being a writer was an impossible dream for me. 

 

9. Any advice for aspiring writers?

Be brave and quite patient. Write for yourself. Always write to please you. I repeat that, because it’s really important to fall in love with your story, to do what you like. I feel that passion is reflected throughout your story as well. 

 

10. What’s next for you?

I don’t know! Hahaha. I want to finish my Imperfect series and then, I’ll see what comes to mind. I’d like to query an agent, so I guess that’s my next step. Also, I want to start writing in Spanish, too. 

 

11. Feel free to answer a few or all of these:

 

▪ Music while writing? YES! Can’t write without it!
▪ Dark, milk or white chocolate? Dark, bitter chocolate.
▪ Red or White Wine? Red wine. Although I drink both. 
▪ Cat or Dog? Dog.
▪ Morning person or night owl? Both. I can work better in either time. 
▪ What kind of dancer are you? A lousy one! Hahaha I have zero coordination.
▪ What’s your favourite movie? Harry Potter. Pride and Prejudice. Northanger Abbey.
▪ What’s your secret favourite movie (that you’re too shy to admit)? The avengers. 
▪ What is your weirdest writing habbit? I have several notebooks, post-its, stashed throughout my house. You never know when inspiration might strike.  
▪ If you have one week left on this earth, which of your characters would you spend it with? Emily and Scott. Definitely. 
▪ If you have been kidnapped, which of your characters would rescue you? Nathan, from Hopelessly Imperfect. He’s such a gentleman.

 

 

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LIMITLESS PUBLISHING: http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/gabriela-cabezut/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ShyGabs/

NEWSLETTER: http://bit.ly/GabyCabezutNewsletter

WEBSITE: https://gabrielacabezut.com/

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7143599.Gabriela_Cabezut_Shygabs_

 

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Released Today! “All the Waters of the Earth” by Leslie McAdam


RELEASE BLITZ


Title: All the Waters of the Earth

Series: Giving You… #3

Author: Leslie McAdam

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 15, 2016

 

BLURB

 

Romance novelist Lucy Figueroa lives a life of the imagination. While her stories are filled with fictional alpha male heroes, her real life is filled with nothing but Mr. Wrongs. As a sassy, strong, single mom, she doesn’t need anyone… except maybe a new book idea. And to forgive herself for the mistakes of the past.

Lucy’s sexy new neighbor, Jake Slausen, looks like one of her characters come to life. While he fits the heartthrob part, he doesn’t act it, too distracted by his cell phone and his job for any relationship. Damaged by his childhood, he’s ignored his true calling and goes through his days on autopilot…until he meets Lucy.

First drawn together by chemistry, then by a fierce need to protect each other even from themselves, will Jake and Lucy learn to accept their pasts or will they convince themselves that happily ever afters only exists in romance novels?

 


 

GOODREADS LINK:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29744218-all-the-waters-of-the-earth

 

 

PURCHASE LINKS:

 

US:  http://amzn.to/1TP0gND

UK:  http://amzn.to/1T0cggq

 

 

ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE GIVING YOU… SERIES


#1 The Sun and the Moon

 

US:  http://amzn.to/1S6rihu

UK:  http://amzn.to/1MDTGnA

 


#2 The Stars in the Sky

 

US:  http://amzn.to/1TP0gND

UK:  http://amzn.to/24TcGdx

 

 

AUTHOR BIO

 

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement (that’s what editors are for!).

Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.


 

 

AUTHOR LINKS

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lesliemcadamauthor

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/LeslieMcAdam

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1pzM3dn

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14542197.Leslie_McAdam

Join Leslie’s Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/981750415193781/

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Red Night Release and Author Interview

I was lucky enough to chat with Author RK Close, whose Paranormal debut novel, “Red Night” comes out today!

1. In 3-5 words, describe yourself as a writer.

 

Can I have an example? *laughs* A little dark, funny, romantic with strong-characters. See what I did there? *winks*

 

2. Tell us about your book “Red Night“.

 



Falling in love is dangerous.


Nobody knows this better than, Samantha, a young private investigator who inadvertently captures the attention of a mysterious vampire, an unassuming college professor and a sadistic killer with a taste for beautiful young blonds.

 

One man can’t stay away from her. Another must face his the past he’s been hiding from to be with her. And an unstoppable killer views Samantha as a golden opportunity for revenge.

 

Sam must choose who to trust and who to love because the stakes are high and any mistake could be her last. 

 

RED NIGHT – #NA, #PNR, #UF

 

 

3. What/who was your inspiration for this book?

 

I really don’t know. I simply picked a situation and added a couple characters and went with it. I had no idea beyond the initial situation and the first two characters’ personalities what would happen. I think the character’s sort of take over from there. 

 

4. What do you find is the hardest part about writing?

 

Editing. I can write and write but editing takes me forever. Oh, and maybe time management. I’m extremely unorganized. I could use a personal assistant. *laughs* And some money to pay them.

 

5. How do you overcome them?

 

I have a new plan to try. I’ve found that I get easily distracted (characteristic of ADD) and an entire day goes by and I haven’t written the first sentence. My biggest distractions are social media & a huge list of things I could be doing around the house. To combat these two issues, I’m going to start going to the library to work. There I’ll have quiet but no internet. I tried this once last week and it worked great. Then I can close up my laptop for the day and focus on my busy family, still having accomplished my writing goals for the day. Check back in a couple of months to see if it’s working. 


6. What do you find is the best part about writing?

 

It feeds my creative side. I love to read and get lost in a story. Writing is very similar for me except that it satisfies a part of me that has needed to be stimulated for a long time. I’m so much happier since I started writing. It’s like there was a part of me that was missing and now I’ve found it. I’m balanced now. I found my center. Hahah, I sound like a yoga instructor.

 

7. Who are your favourite authors? Have they inspired you?

 

I’ve enjoyed so many authors but the ones that stick out in my mind are Ann Rice, Dean Koontz, Karen Marie Moning, Charlene Harris and yes, I completely enjoyed the Twilight series, so Stephany Meyers to name just a few. 

 

8. How has your writing journey been?

 

My writing journey looks so much different than most. I started my first story on Wattpad November 20, 2014. I finished the rough draft of 83,000 words three months later. Wattpad featured my story the first of June 2015 and the last week of December 2015 Limitless Publishing offered me a contract to publish the Vampire Files Trilogy, starting with Red Night which will launch next month. I’m still waiting for someone to figure out that I don’t know what I’m doing and take it all back. *laughs like a crazy person*

 

9. Any advice for aspiring writers?

 

I’m guessing the only reason I can actually write an entire story is because I’ve always loved to read and I’ve read a great many books. And reading does not come easy for me. I’m painfully slow which is why I don’t offer to read other authors stories very often. For that very reason, I try to lend support in other ways. So I would say read all the time. It will make you smarter and a better writer.

 

10. What’s next for you?

 

I’m working on wrapping up the first draft of book 2, RED MOON and I’ve started the prequel to the series for #CampNaNoWriMo. I’m not meeting my goal but I did get it started. I’ll be mostly focused on editing RM so that I can submit it to Limitless and hopefully have it published before the end of the year. And of course book 3 still needs to be written. I have an idea for a new series but don’t know if I will have time to start that before the first series is complete. Who knows, maybe I’ll suddenly become an organized over-achiever and knock them both out simultaneously. Miracles do happen—my novels are being published. *sheepish grin*

 

                 11. Feel free to answer a few or all of these:

 

▪ Music while writing?   Only if its instrumental. I can’t think if I’m listening to lyrics. It’s an attention issue I struggle with.
▪ Dark, milk or white chocolate?  I choose dark because I’m always health conscious but I’m addicted to any chocolate. Add peanut butter and I’m in heaven. 
▪ Red or White Wine? Red, all the way. I will do a sweet white, like a dessert or Riesling.  
▪ Cat or Dog? I have and love both. I’m a big animal lover in general.
▪ Morning person or night owl?  I’m a natural morning person. I have to load up on espresso to survive a night on the town.
▪ What kind of dancer are you? The kind that thinks they can dance after a couple glasses of wine. So pretty much comical but I still love to dance. 😉
▪ What’s your favourite movie?  For years is was Aliens. But now my favorites are all of the Lord of the Rings, Matrix, most all of the superhero movies that have come out and even the Twilight movies. I loved the novels so much that I could ignore the bad acting and just enjoy the story.
▪ What’s your secret favourite movie (that you’re too shy to admit)? It’s two shows – Highlander and Game of Thrones. I have to hide in my bedroom with the door locked so my kids don’t walk in and ask to watch it with me.
▪ Funniest date? My girlfriend Dayna set me up on a blind date once when we were late teens and promised that her dates friend was better looking than her date. I was in her bedroom when the guys arrived and she came to the room with a nervous face and said he brought a different friend. Needless to say I tried to leave out the back door and my girlfriend tackled me and wouldn’t let me leave. It was not a fun night but it’s a funny story when we talk about her wrestling me to the ground to make me stay.
▪ Worst date?  A co-worker asked me out and I said yes because I’d always thought he was cute. He planned a really nice evening and I was impressed. He taking me for drinks at a trendy bar, out to dinner at a local hot spot and then to a play. I was a little shocked when he tried to kiss me after we had a couple of drinks. I stopped him and said I couldn’t change gears that fast and that it was a bit early for a kiss and he seemed like he understood. He tried to kiss me again after dinner and again I stopped him and reminded him this was a first date and it hadn’t even ended. By the third time I new we wouldn’t be having a second date. We never went out again and never talked about the date.
▪ What is your weirdest writing habit?  I’m sort of boring. I don’t think I have any. Is it too late to invent one? *winks*
▪ If you have one week left on this earth, which of your characters would you spend it with?  That’s easy! One of my characters is based on my best friend, Dayna. I would spend it with her but I’d be dreaming about Adam or Gabriel. 
▪ If you have been kidnapped, which of your characters would rescue you? I’m going to say Adam but Gabriel is also qualified and Sam is very capable. I just wouldn’t want to wrap my arms around Samantha while she carried me out of said situation.

RED NIGHT 
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Mother’s Day Hop!

Mother's Day Hop

From Friday, May 6th at 12:30am EST until Monday, May 9th at 12pm EST, 133 authors and blogs have come together to offer prizes on every page PLUS the chance to win part of the grand prize through the giveaway below.

Don’t miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

Most of all…have fun!

The Mother’s Day Hop Starts Here:

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Romantic Guestures: Size Doesn’t Matter By Guest Blogger Samatha Harris

By Guest Blogger Samatha Harris


In the world of romance we love a good romantic gesture. We swoon and sigh when the hero/ heroine makes a that amazing declaration of love, but what makes a gesture romantic? What is it about doing something for your significant other, no matter how small, that makes them and us as readers fall to pieces?

My rule for these acts of love is simple, MAKE IT MEAN SOMETHING! 


Some people think of romantic gestures have to be big and extravagant, but they don’t have to be. What makes the act romantic is the meaning behind it


For example: I frequently tell people that the most romantic thing my husband has ever done for me is get a vasectomy. Now I know what you’re thinking it sounds like a joke, but I assure you it’s not. My husband and I both come from single parent households. As those of you who are single parents can understand money was usually tight and our parents time was often spread thin between work and taking care of us and our siblings, this left little time for extracurricular activities. I always wanted to learn to play an instrument or take dance classes. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t afford it and while we appreciated everything our parents did for us it was something I always wanted to do


So as my husband and I were planning for our future we both decided that if we had a kid we wanted to only have one, so that we could ensure they would be able to do have the childhood we couldn’t afford. (So far it’s been Karate, Drum lessons, Cheerleading, Dance, Swimming, and the list just keeps on growing.)

After the birth of our daughter, he put our plan into action and went through with the procedure despite his own fears and reservations. To me this simple act of love ensured that our little family would stay little as we planned and it showed me the faith he has in us and our marriage. Now this example is one that is specific to me, but it goes to show you that there is no secret formula for the romantic gesture. 

It is doing something that shows your love for another person. 

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Another example, in my novel SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN, Drew Collins is in a tight spot. He’s head over heels in love with his best friend Alex, but terrified to lose her. He can’t tell her how he feels, so he has to show her, and he does so in small gestures throughout the book. Dancing her around their spot in the square to her favorite song, showing up to her office with her favorite flower even though her office was already full of flowers from someone else, and ignoring his own feelings to be the one thing she needed most in the world, a friend. Small acts with big meaning. 


When writing a romantic gesture, think about your characters relationship. Is there something that symbolizes their love? Do they have an inside joke? A song? Something personal to them, something that makes them unique as a couple. Big or small size doesn’t matter. (tee hee)


I can give you a million examples of romantic gestures big and small but the best advice I can give you is whether you are writing a gesture for your characters or planning one for someone you love, if you want to melt their heart make it personal and meaningful, no matter the size. 


Kisses, 

Samatha Harris


About The Author:


Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Samathaharrisauthor

Twitter: @samathaharris08

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN (Madison Square #1) 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Alexandra McCabe is disconnected from the world, grieving the loss of her parents…

Content with studying and keeping to herself, Alex has no interest in the campus playboy, Drew Collins, trying to get close to her. But even dousing him with beer doesn’t deter the easy-going charmer, and against her better judgment, the pair falls into a reluctant friendship.

Drew is bored with college life, and Alex’s romantic rejection intrigues him…

Their friendship is good for both of them, but Drew is used to getting what he wants, and he’s tired of shallow sorority girls. He’s much more interested in the feisty redhead, but despite his growing feelings, Alex keeps him firmly in the friend zone.

Old heartaches and new tragedies deepen a complicated relationship…

Whatever life throws their way, Alex and Drew remain best friends with their own traditions. Drew is Alex’s family, her rock, and Alex keeps Drew grounded, always challenging him to better himself.

When years of buried feelings rush to the surface, they threaten to change everything…

Drew promised his mother he’d tell Alex how he feels, when the time is right—but how will he know when that is? Alex is terrified to reveal those ‘three little words,’ certain Drew doesn’t feel the same, and she’ll lose the only family she has.

Getting what you want might be as easy as being brave enough to ask for it. Should Alex and Drew open their hearts, and risk being crushed? Should they be satisfied with a deep, lifelong friendship?

Or does the only chance for happiness lie…

Somewhere In Between?

AMAZON: http://amzn.com/B01786S4QK

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Preorder “Cold Feet Fever” by Maureen Fisher


 COLD FEET FEVER

A Romantic Crime Mystery with Tons of Humor

 

Secrets and Crime Have Never Been So Much Fun—or So Romantic!

 

A bad boy gambler with a lazy streak and commitment issues:

Owning Kinki, Atlantic City’s first paranormal nightclub, isn’t as easy—or as much fun—as Sam Jackson anticipated. Someone’s trying to shut him down before he opens, he’s on the verge of bankruptcy, and his matchmaking granddaddy has hired a sexy event planner with a mysterious background, bossy disposition, and criminal ties.

 

A mortician-turned-event-planner with big secrets:

A job as event planner offers single mom, Katie Deluca, her last chance to escape her past. Turns out party planning is more difficult than organizing funerals. Plus, the nightclub owner, although perfect for awakening her sensuality, couldn’t be more wrong for the stability she craves.

 

Forced to collaborate, they overcome obstacles and fight crime:

Katie is the one person who can salvage Kinki—and heal Sam’s emotional wounds. Together, they tangle with a goofy dog, exploding trucks, an unfortunate synchronized swimming episode, homicidal thugs, a corrupt building inspector, disappearing corpses, a kidnapping, and the threat of live cremation, all to deliver a kick-ass grand opening.

 

Excerpt

 

With growing desperation, Katie managed to pry her purse from Rex’s jaws. He registered his disapproval with another howl ending in an eerie, wolf-like falsetto.

She prayed the couch’s occupants were far enough along in their bliss to ignore the interruption. Purse to chest, she silently backed away. She’d reached the main office when a man’s drawl flooded her entire body with apprehension.

“Much as I hate to break the mood, darlin’, I’d better check up on Rex. I don’t trust him near the pizza.”

Before Katie could flee, or dig a hole for herself, or better still, throw herself out the window, Sam Jackson, playboy and, if she believed the Internet gossip, all-around heartbreaker strolled out of the alcove. Buttoning an amber silk shirt the same color as his eyes and wearing a Stetson, he halted and scrutinized Katie across the gleaming expanse of conference table.

The grainy newspaper photos she’d studied online didn’t come close to doing justice to his masculine glory. Everything about him screamed sexy, from that chiseled jaw and those sculpted lips, to his streaky blond hair framing a face that belonged on the big screen.

Fortunately, pretty packaging didn’t interest her in the slightest. Nope. The man was a degenerate who enjoyed booze, gambling, and women, not necessarily in that order.

As he closed in, his gaze took a long, leisurely tour of her body before settling on her mouth. He exuded a hint of cologne, all woodsy and spicy and delicious, not that she cared. Was it her imagination, or did his expression hint at amusement?

“Howdy, ma’am. I apologize if my dog scared you, but I’m afraid you’ve got the wrong office.” His voice was a little raspy, steeped in moonlight and magnolias.

Katie cleared her throat. “I’m in the right place, thank you.” 

One side of his mouth kicked up a notch. “You must be here for our job fair. Try Room 204. That’s our HR department. In that outfit, you’d make a perfect Dracula’s Lair attendant.” A broad grin creased his cheeks, causing the corners of his eyes to crinkle.

“No, but thank you anyway.” Katie studied his face. “It’s obvious you didn’t touch base with your boss this morning.”

“Really? And all this time I believed I was the boss.”

 

Inspiration for Cold Feet Fever

 

I first met bad boy Sam Jackson as the younger brother of my hero in Fur Ball Fever. Sam issmokin’ hot, charming, and a serial womanizer. He’s also a deadbeat, gambler, and the bane of his brother’s existence. I enjoyed writing about Sam so much, I decided he deserved his own story. At the end of Fur Ball Feverhe buys a nightclub with his gambling winnings, triggering the premise for my next book, Cold Feet Fever.

 

What could be more fun than tormenting a player like Sam by including a woman who would drive him crazy while breaking down all his barriersSo I threw in a bossy event planner his eccentric Granddaddy Hiram (who also happens to be his business partner) hired to keep him in line. Since I delight in torturing my protagonists, I then proceeded to make Sam’s life a living nightmare by adding as many roadblocks to a happily-ever-after as I could think of.

 

About Maureen Fisher:



 

Transplanted from Scotland to Canada at the tender age of seven, I now live with my second husband in Ottawa, Ontario. After spending eons in the I.T. consulting world, I grew weary of  wearing snappy power suits, squeezing into panty hose, and fighting rush hour traffic. I made a life-changing decision—I would write books. Not dry, boring, technical treatises, but fresh, funny romantic suspense novels. 

How do I spend my time? Besides writing, I’m a voracious reader and volunteer for an addiction family counseling program. In addition, I’m a bridge player, yoga practitioner, seeker of personal and spiritual growth, pickle ball enthusiast, and an infrequent but avid gourmet cook. My husband and I love to hike, bicycle, and travel. I’ve swum with sharks in the Galapagos, walked with Bushmen in the Serengeti, sampled lamb criadillas (don’t ask!!!) in Iguazu Falls, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, ridden an elephant in Thailand, watched the sun rise over Machu Picchu, and bounced from Johannesburg to Cape Town in a bus called ‘Marula’.

 

Where to Buy Cold Feet Fever:

 

I hope you check out Cold Feet Fever. Better still, I hope you pre-order your copy while the price is discounted at $2.99!

 

Amazon:

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A paperback edition will also be available in May, 2016.

 

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Feminism: the Forbidden Word By Guest Blogger Nicole Collet

By Guest Blogger Nicole Collet

 

Since when did feminism become such an awful word?


I write feminist posts on my blog. But I never, ever use that word. Why? Because if I use it, many readers will immediately get into defensive mode and my message will be lost. People in defensive mode turn blind and deaf to reason. They will defend their point of view fiercely, and nothing else will matter besides proving themselves right.


I have learned to avoid the word feminism after sending out a tweet that used it as a hashtag. I tweeted the photo of a couple holding hands with my text embedded in it: “Feminism is not about hating men. It’s about loving women. Equal rights lead to harmony. Feminism = humanism.” I’ve got quite a few indignant replies. Did I sasomething wrong?


One guy derisively dismissed what I wrote (it wasn’t feminist according to him because feminism was not about equality but rather about privileges to women). One girl sent me a feminist flyer that mentioned something about “freeing men from the straightjacket of masculinity.” She found it ridiculous that feminists wouldn’t even leave masculinity alone. I politely offered that “the straightjacket of masculinity” probably referred to the social role imposed to men by forcing them to be always strong—a heavy burden to carry as I pointed out. In the end, the girl agreed with me and apologized, telling me she was on guard after butting heads with a radical feminist. We had a nice exchange after that.


So what’s the deal with feminism?


Women have suffered repression from centuries since the day we switched from a collaborative matriarchal society to a dominant patriarchal society. What triggered the switch was the settling down of nomad tribes and the resulting establishment of private property. From then on, it was crucial to keep women under control to make sure they didn’t generate illegitimate heirs.


Then came the fight for women’s rights and feminism was born. It was naturally an extreme movement because that’s human nature. When you are in one extreme, you tend to go to the other extreme until finding a middle term. Let me exemplify: if you have spent your life being unable to say no to people, once you decide to change, the only word coming out of your mouth for a good while will be no-no-no. It’s a learning process and also a defense mechanism to avoid the old unwanted pattern.


You have women under repression for centuries, and when they finally react, it’s going to be an extreme reaction. That doesn’t mean extremism is desirable. I’m mentioning it not to defend feminist extremism but to show it is understandable. Not all feminists, however, are extremists. And definitely feminism is not about hating men. On the contrary—it’s about loving men enough to want them out of that fabricated “straightjacket of masculinity.”


I recently watched a brilliant Ted Talk given by violence expert and social theorist Jackson Katz entitled “Violence against women: it’s a men’s issue,” which I highly recommend. Katz explains that when you define violence against women as “a women’s issue,” you remove the perpetrators from the picture, whereas they are the problem that needs to be addressed. Most violence in the world is perpetrated by men. Why is that? How can we change this situation? Those are the questions that need to be asked. Focusing on women alone won’t solve anything. When you address how society produces violent men through the media, entertainment, governments and institutions, you can address solutions to the problem. Let’s remember that most children and men subjected to violence are victims of the violence perpetrated by men.Men are conditioned to be tough soldiers and suppress their emotions (think empathy) whether they go to war or not. The video of Katz’s talk on YouTube triggered a deluge of enraged comments: its page became a battleground between women applauding Katz’s initiative,and men cursing him and the women who agreed with his message.


This is not about a war of genders, though, or at least it shouldn’t be. Those guys don’t realize how blind they are. They react according to a very human and flawed behavior pattern of wanting to “win” an argument at all costs. When you embrace that kind of behavior, you miss the chance to grow as a human being because you close the door to new ideas and to empathy, which is the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes. You limit yourself and the riches of your own humanity.


That applies to both men and women—the trolls lurking on that page and any extremist feminist out there. Men and women are equally victims in this patriarchal system that sends men to useless wars (forget about “justice,” it’s all for economic gain) and has one in four women being sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

That needs to change.

 

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Nicole Collet is a Brazilian-born writer and translator with degrees in journalism and cultural management. She has edited and translated works from authors as diverse as Ken Follett, Nora Roberts and Machiavelli. Nicole’s writing explores why people fall in love and what it takes for them to stay in love. Her plots invite readers to reflect on love in different ways, merging story with psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, music, and literature. Her debut novel RED: A Love Story received over two million hits on Wattpad and was released by Something Or Other Publishing in 2016. It was endorsed by Debra Pickett, former columnist of The Chicago Sun-Times and contributor to CNN, as “an intriguing first novel—a thinking woman’s Fifty Shades of Grey.”


Links:

Author website: http://www.nicolecollet.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicoleCollet

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8192176.Nicole_Collet

Amazon: goo.gl/7Y4Gmb


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