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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Dream Waters Book Series by Erin A. Jensen - Book Tour - Book Sale - Interview - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Erin A. Jensen and her new book series, “Dream Waters”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Erin and to increase your chances of winning!

Dream Waters – Book One in The Dream Water Book Series is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Dream Waters
Book One
(The Dream Waters Series)


Dream World
Book Two
(The Dream Waters Series)


Dream Sight
Book Three
(The Dream Waters Series)
by Erin A. Jensen

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GENRE: Contemporary Fantasy

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BLURB:

From Book One – Dream Waters:


All his life, Charlie Oliver has watched the people around him morph into creatures that no one else sees.  Unlike the rest of the world, Charlie remembers the Waters that transport him to the Dream World each night.  And he sees glimpses of people’s Dream forms in the waking world.  Condemned to spend his waking hours in a psychiatric facility because of his Dream Sight, Charlie doesn’t expect anything to change.  But everything starts changing the day Emma Talbot walks through the door in the middle of a group therapy session.

Haunted by memories of the events that led to her admission, Emma plans to end her life the first chance she gets.  But something about Charlie stops her.  From the moment they shake hands, his friendship feels safe and familiar.  As Emma begins to let down her guard, Charlie catches a glimpse of the fiery-eyed dragon that lurks behind her Dream form.  Each night, as Emma dreams of the man who’s been banned from visiting, Charlie searches the Dream World for the monster that shadows her.  But when Emma’s suppressed memories begin to surface, Charlie finds more monsters than he bargained for.

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EXCERPT TWO:

From Book One – Dream Waters:


By the time Benjamin reached us, I half expected the dragon to bolt across the yard and devour us but it turned and followed Emma into the building.

“So, I’ll catch up with you later. Bye.” I elbowed Nellie and nudged my head toward the door hoping she’d take the hint and go inside. I didn’t know what Benjamin wanted but I doubted he’d come over to make small talk. Nellie stayed frozen next to me and her head tilted up to look at Benjamin, the fact that he was standing while we were sitting seemed to magnify his menacing aura. And it didn’t need any magnifying.

Benjamin glared at old Nellie. “Walk away woman, I have no business with you.”

Scurrying from the bench without standing fully upright, Nellie dashed for the door without saying a word.

Benjamin towered over me, peering down and the longer I looked up at him, the larger he seemed to be. “What are your intentions toward Mrs. Talbot?”

Okay. I wasn’t prepared for that question. “Um. My intention is to be her friend and watch out for her,” I muttered, relieved my voice sounded much more confident than I felt.

Brow furrowed, Benjamin sat down next to me. “You don’t desire to become more than friends?”

Well sure, I’ve got desires. But I wasn’t about to admit it to this guy. “No, of course not.”

His eyes narrowed. “Why do I find that hard to believe?”

Because she’s the hottest woman I’ve ever seen. “I don’t know Sir. My intentions are pure. I swear.”

Benjamin let out a lingering sigh and coming from him, even that sounded menacing. “I’m not eager to be the messenger that tells Emma’s husband about your friendship but let me warn you, you don’t want to make an enemy of Mr. Talbot. He treasures his wife above everything else. You think I’m frightening?”

I nodded, before realizing it was a rhetorical question, so much for coming across as confident.

Benjamin continued as if he hadn’t noticed. Probably, because it was no great surprise. “He is what frightens me.”

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INTERVIEW:

Good morning Erin!  Welcome to Fabulous and Brunette!  We are thrilled to have you here and can’t wait to learn more about you and your new book series, “Dream Waters.”

What is something you’ve lied about?
I worked on my debut novel in secret for three years before its release.  The only people who knew I was writing a book were my husband, my sons and my best friend.  I work part-time as a pharmacist, and had to squeeze in writing time whenever I had a spare moment.  When people would invite me to go out during my precious free time, I usually said I had an online continuing education class or housework to do.  My house is never immaculate (I have to let something slide to fit in writing time) so, I’m not sure anybody ever bought that lie.  When my writing was a secret, I think people used to wonder what the heck I did all day while the kids were at school.  Now that everyone knows I’m an author, they ask how I find the time to write!

Who is the last person you hugged?
My husband when we went to bed last night.  (It’s early in the morning on a holiday, and he’s still in bed while I’m answering these questions.)  I hug and tell my sons and husband I love them all the time because they’re the most precious things in the world to me, and I never want them to doubt that.

What are you reading now?
I’ve been reading Maya Angelou’s book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, for a while now.  I have every intention of finishing it, but I had to take a break because it disturbed me so deeply.  Her frank description of sexual abuse and rape during her childhood moved me more than just about anything I’ve ever read.  The fact that this was a factual story from her own past was hard for me to stomach.  She was incredibly brave to share the horrors from her past, her writing is beautiful and I do plan to go back to the book eventually.  In the meantime, I’m reading Desecration by J.F. Penn.  I started it at the hair salon while I was sitting in the chair waiting for my color to set, and I was practically in tears as I read the beginning where the main character goes to visit her daughter on hospice.  Stories about bad things happening to children break my heart, but Desecration is a fantastic read.  It’s a dark thriller with a heroine you can’t help but feel for.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?
There are two worlds in my series, the waking world and the Dream World.  As the characters fall asleep, the Waters carry them off to the Dream World, washing away memories of the world they’ve left behind.  That’s where the title Dream Waters (Book One in The Dream Waters Series) comes from.  Book Two is called Dream World because it delves deeper into the world of dreams.  Book Three is called Dream Sight because most of my characters can see people flip to their Dream forms in the waking world.  Book Three deals with a particular character’s issues with her Sight, but I can’t say more about that without giving too much away.

Share your dream cast for your book.
My books have always played out like movies in my head.  I’m such a visually oriented person that I pick actual actors to play the roles of my characters when I create them.  I keep pictures of them on my iPad to look at while writing a scene.  Sometimes, I’ll watch YouTube clips of their movies before sitting down to write, to keep their voice and mannerisms fresh in my mind.

I picture Rupert Grint playing Charlie and Amada Seyfried playing Emma.  Robert De Niro is old Bob and Richard Madden from Game of Thrones is young Bob in the Dream World.  Another actress from Game of Thrones, Sophie Turner, is young Nellie (crazy coincidence: I learned her real name long after I’d named another of my characters Sophie Turner).  Old Nellie is loosely based on a great-aunt of mine.  Benjamin is Samuel Jackson.  But if I could only choose one actor to actually play his character, it would be David’s character.  I’ve pictured Jason Isaacs playing the part since the moment I created him.  In fact, he’s the reason I decided to make David British.

My husband believes in my dream so much that he called me from work this past summer to tell me Jason Isaacs was going to be at the upcoming Comic-Con in Montreal, and he thought I should go and offer the actor a copy of my book.  As insane as that sounded, everyone I talked to agreed that I should do it.  As the manager of my store put it, “What have you got to lose?  Right now, the answer is no.  But if you actually go and offer him a copy of the book, there’s a chance he might accept it.”  I somehow managed to repress all my terror and awe (I may be slightly obsessed with the actor) and act like a relatively sane person as I told Jason Isaacs that I’d always pictured him playing the part of one of my characters and I’d like to offer him a copy of the book as a thank you for inspiring me to create David Talbot.  He accepted the book, asked if I’d sold the movie rights yet and got up from the table just to put my book in his bag!  I left there feeling like I could do anything after that.  Whatever comes of it, I’ll never have to look back and wish I’d done more to chase after my dream.  And who knows?  Maybe one day I will sell those movie rights and Mr. Isaacs will remember the author who took a thirteen hour round trip just to place her book in his hand and dream about “what if?”

Thank you so much for spending time with Fabulous and Brunette readers and sharing your exciting new book series with us!  We wish you all the best on your book tour!

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AUTHOR BIO:


Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds.  She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.  In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.

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CONNECT WITH ERIN:

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BOOK BUY LINKS & BOOK SALE INFO – DREAM WATERS – BOOK ONE:


**Dream Waters – Book One in the Dream Waters Book Series is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!**

Goodreads Book Page:

Amazon Kindle:

Amazon Paperback:

Amazon Hardcover:

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo:

Apple iBooks:

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BOOK BUY LINKS – DREAM WORLD – BOOK TWO:


Goodreads Book Page:

Amazon Kindle:

Amazon Paperback:

Amazon Hardcover:

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo:

Apple iBooks:

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BOOK BUY LINKS – DREAM SIGHT – BOOK THREE:


Goodreads Book Page:

Amazon Paperback:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Erin will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Edges by Kenzie Macallan - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Kenzie Macallan and her new book, “Edges”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win an All-New Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Kenzie and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Please note that this giveaway is only available to US residents.  Sorry INTL – please check out other giveaways on this blog.


Edges
by Kenzie Macallan

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Leigha Luccenzo is a strong, confident woman who has her life perfectly under control. But her nightmares have returned after a long absence. They are kept hidden from everyone. She comes home to find her apartment in shambles, the possible doing of her ex-lover Sydney. Layers of lies start to peel away. Her world begins to shift and unravel.

Dean is a hard edge man who has an appetite for beautiful women, fast bikes, and shattered souls. His secrets bind him, keeping him from any real relationship. They latch onto him from his past like locked chains. He sees behind Leigha’s armor. Convincing her he can help becomes his mission. He hopes she’s strong enough to handle what lies beneath, unlocking his guilt.

Through events out of her control, Leigha’s forced to face her demons.

As other people’s secrets get entangled in her own, she struggles to get to the meaning of her nightmare. Can Dean help her uncover her truth?

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EXCERPT TWO:

He said something to Leigha in a language she didn’t understand. His eyes glassed over. “My little angel,” he repeated in English.

Her nerves came undone at the sight before her. Was this the him her father warned her about? She tried to mask her fear. “How can I help you?” Her soft voice didn’t carry far in the empty space.

He stretched out his hand, motioning her to two chairs. “Please, come. Sit down. We have much to talk about. I mean you no harm.”

“Who are you?” The words forced out of her mouth of their own volition. She started to freak out. Her hands shook as she smoothed them over the top of her head.

She had no choice. The option to run left the minute his men locked the door to the studio. Something poked from the back of her brain. His face seemed familiar somehow, but she couldn’t quite place him.

They sat down across from each other in two oversized chairs. He leaned into her space with his forearms on his knees. Caging her in, he demanded her full attention. His eyes had lost their glassiness. He looked at her like a rare piece of artwork, tilting his head to the side.

“I have only ever seen you from a distance. You are even more beautiful up close.” He raised his hand to touch her face but then let it drop.

Jesus, he was a stalker.

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GUEST POST:

Evolution of My Writing Habits and How I've Grown Into a Better/More Experienced Writer

I’ve learned a tremendous amount since I first started writing. Because writing is such a creative process it changes and grows over time. There are very few writers who come out of the gate knowing all the elements of excellent writing. There are also very few excellent and gifted writers. For the rest of us, we can be good, working to get better. I’m in the latter category. I always look for ways to improve. One of the things that I have done over the years is rely more on an outline.

An outline can help in a lot of ways from characters development to plot. Finding the right outline format for you is the key to success. There are many out there from Michael Hague to Debra Dixon. Some writers have put together hybrids to fit their needs. Goals of an outline include: staying on tracking with your plot line, character development and arc, pacing, internal and external needs of the characters, black moment(s), antagonist/protagonist, and conflict. Once I have this etched out, I can move more easily through the writing process. I can also see where I have holes or elements that are not working.

Debra Dixon’s Book Goals, Motivation and Conflict is a great place to start or go back to as a refresher. She offers a chart for mapping out internal and external conflict for you characters, ways to heighten conflict, the need for a big black moment, and reading recommendations. Her book always brings everything right back home.

After I read this book, I choose another author’s book and plotted it out according to the goals, motivation, and conflict. I happen to think Erika Kelly is an excellent writer who puts a lot of these structures into your writing. You can pick up any one of her books and map it out. It’s helpful to see how someone else has mapped out their storyline. It really works.

Lastly, there are many online resources that offer ways to connect with other authors, find a critique buddy, and sign up for online courses. Some of these include joining the Romance Writers of America www.rwa.org, www.scribophile.com, and an editing tool such as www.autocrit.com. But whatever you do, don’t stop writing. You can only grow through making mistakes and continuing on.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Kenzie lives with her husband in New England. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. They have all added to her overactive imagination especially writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and yours through secrets, strength, and passion.

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CONNECT WITH KENZIE:

Website:

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Goodreads Book Page:

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BOOK BUY LINKS & BOOK SALE INFO:

**Edges is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!**

Amazon Kindle:

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Kenzie will be awarding an All-New Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Crossing Quinn by Gail Koger - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Gail Koger and her new book, “Crossing Quinn”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Gail and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Crossing Quinn
by Gail Koger

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GENRE: Science Fiction/Romance

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BLURB:

Quinn Jones is a formidable Coletti warlord. His mission is to capture Xenia and bring her back to Tanith to be mated with a warrior the Overlord has chosen. Problem is, Quinn finds himself falling for the beautiful Farin. Her unusual “psychic powers, combat training and berserker abilities” make her the perfect mate for him. How does he convince Xenia and the Overlord that she’s meant to be his?

Xenia and her parents are relic hunters who just discovered the fabled home world of the Nabateans. She isn’t about to leave the greatest find of the century to hook up with some Coletti. Not happening. Ever. No matter how many threats the Overlord makes or that he’s sending his best hunter to apprehend her. Okay, she’ll admit she’s drawn to the handsome warlord and she loves the way Quinn’s heavily muscled body fills out his black battle suit, but the egotistical jerk is about to get his ass handed to him.

When the galaxy is threatened with annihilation, Xenia and Quinn join forces to stop the murderous Tai-Kok. Fate has brought them together and nothing will stand in the way of their victory or their love.

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EXCERPT TWO:

“My father says Coletti warriors mindlessly follow orders and are ball-less. Is he right?”
Quinn raised an inquiring eyebrow.

“Curious about a warrior’s body, are you, darlin’?”

I blinked in surprise. I had expected more threats, not for him to start flirting with me.
He grinned, pure devilry in his eyes. “Want a peek at my goods?”

For a brief second, I was tempted. His black battle suit displayed his heavily muscled form to perfection, but Papa hadn’t raised a fool. I plastered a love-stricken expression on my face and gushed, “Oh, I know exactly what you look like, lovey.”

I projected the image of a wrinkled, hairy body with sagging male breasts and thick clumps of fibrous warts obscuring the groin. “Dead on, right?”

Quinn laughed. “Clever girl. Detja said you were full of surprises.”

Why was he being so charming? Was it a delaying tactic? Did Quinn have a way to track my transmission? “A word of warning. No one messes with my father. Not even the Overlord.”

“Zarek’s eager to add a fire-starter and illusionist to the Coletti gene pool. What the Overlord wants, the Overlord gets. We can do this the easy way or the hard way,” Quinn stated, dropping his flirtatious manner.

Quinn had finally revealed his true self. A relentless hunter with a bit of a temper.

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AUTHOR BIO:


I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea of what a real emergency is. Take this for an example: I answered, “9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds have a tendency to do that, ma’am.” The woman screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am, but we don’t get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband? He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing.

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CONNECT WITH GAIL:

Website:

Email:
gkoger58@q.com

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle:

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Kobo:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Gail will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.