Saturday, July 23, 2016

Great Summer Countdown




Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” has won writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she is a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions and her six children. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.







Q&A With the Author:


5.    What is your favorite part of writing?
The first few chapters of the rough draft are the most fun. Usually that evil little voice hasn't started talking to me yet--you know, that little voice that whispers it's not good enough? Yeah, that one. Getting a jump on it is great for my ego. The first few chapters of a rough draft is also the point where I have not yet realized that I don't have a very well thought-out plot. Ah, that part is bliss.

6.     Do you have any advice for other writers?

1. Don't listen to that evil little voice. 2. Finish the rough draft before you begin revisions. 3. Accept advice and critiques with grace and humility, even if you don't plan to do what they suggest you do. 

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"Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril.                                                 Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone. Jocelyn will do anything to clear her father’s name, even if that means working with Grant. Time is running out. The future of England hangs in the balance...and so does their love."


~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK


Snippet:

“How can I thank you properly?” Jocelyn said.
Mr. Amesbury blinked as if unaccustomed to such an outpouring of gratitude. “No need. Their safety is enough. I enjoy administering a bit of justice now and again.”
The corner of his mouth twitched and an unholy gleam shimmered in the hardness of his eyes. For a fleeting moment, a vision of Grant Amesbury hunting down the criminal who’d attacked her and exacting some form of vengeance upon him flashed through her mind. He was like a rogue knight with his own code of honor and his own methods of justice.
Jocelyn studied Mr. Amesbury’s profile, fascinated with his cautious probing. He was so solemn, so intense. If only he’d smile. But no, perhaps it was best he didn’t. He’d probably be so handsome she would be rendered unable to utter an intelligent word.
When the butler opened the door to announce dinner, she said quietly, “I hope you don’t mind, Mr. Amesbury, but I’ve seated you next to me.”
He blinked as if he’d forgotten she stood next to him. “Why would I mind?”
She huffed out a self-deprecating laugh. “You seemed a bit ill at ease yesterday when you came for tea.”
His pale gray eyes passed over her. Again came that intensity. His hard edges softened. “Not because I object to your company, Miss Fairley.”
It was ridiculous, really, the warmth that wrapped around her like a blanket at his words. She probably grinned like some kind of silly schoolgirl. His crusty, protective barrier returned in his posture and his expression. How long would it take her to break open his emotional armor and find the real Grant Amesbury?


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Authors With Southern Charm SIGNING!!!!



Crazy Chaotic Book Babes is thrilled to be hosting the upcoming book signing, Authors with Southern Charm, on July 23, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina!


The Authors with Southern Charm Event will be taking place at the Charleston Marriott on Saturday July 23, 2016. The event features many authors who will all love and adore!

The list is amazing! Who wants to laugh with L.A. Fiore? Get a hug from the one & only Harper Sloan? Take pictures with the dynamic duo, Kindle Alexander? This is the place for that and to meet so many more! Complete list of Authors at the bottom of this post!

To stay up to date on all the latest information regarding this signing, please follow the Author with Southern Charm Facebook page and join the public group! 
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorswithsoutherncharm/
Public Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southerncharm2016signing/

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TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! 

Purchase your tickets today! 
You don't want to miss out on the event that sure to be one of the best this year! 

There are five different tickets, so be sure to read over them when purchasing. 

The event will be held 10 am to 5 pm with an hour break in between for author lunch and break. 

The AM portion of the signing will be from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you intend on attending this portion of the event, be sure to purchase the AM event ticket. 

The PM portion of the event will be from 2 PM to 5 PM. If you intend on attending this portion of the event, be sure to purchase the PM event ticket.

Want to spend the whole day at the event? No PROBLEM! Be sure to purchase the ALL DAY event ticket so you are able to attend both the AM & PM events. 

There is also a VIP ticket! Yes, you can be exclusive. We are hosting a Southern Belle VIP Author & Reader dinner! You can attend the event all day and spend the event partying away at this catered dinner for both authors & readers! There will be fun, dinner, dessert, some good reader gossip and a photo booth to capture the evening! If this sounds like your cup of tea, be sure to purchase the VIP ticket for the event!

TICKET PURCHASE LINK:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/authors-with-southern-charm-tickets-17111344492
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VIP SOUTHERN BELLE DINNER!
Spend the evening eating, drinking and talking books with some of your favorite authors! The dinner will be catered by the Marriott hotel. Be sure to purchase your VIP ticket today!

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How about a little giveaway for the Ticket Purchasers? 
One winner from those who purchased a ticket will win an amazing basket for some signed paperbacks and other goodies! Be sure to enter on the rafflecopter below!

Mobile friendly link: http://gvwy.io/qnbzszd

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Booking your hotel room?
Planning to spend the weekend in Charleston? No problem! We have a room block set off at the Marriott. The rate is $129 a night! That's a steal for being right in the heart of the city! 

To book online go to, http://thecharlestonplazahotel.com and use group code: BOOKSG

We are still using the Plaza room code as that is where the event was originally supposed to be held but due to renovations, we transferred to the Marriott! BUT rest assured, all reservations made past or present with the Plaza, will ALL be transferred over to the Marriott. They left booking info and code the same at both places to avoid confusion! But booking at the Plaza will guarantee your room at the Marriott!

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Be sure to join the group to get all the pre-orders from these awesome authors!

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COMPLETE LIST OF AUTHORS AS OF 4/14/2016:


A.M. Willard
Addison Kline
AF Crowell
Alex Grayson
Aly Martinez
Ambrielle Kirk
Amy Stephens
Anna Paige
A.M. Myers
Barbara Stewart
Cambria Hebert
Carly O'Shea
Cayce Poponea
Chelsea  Camaron
Christa Lynn
Christie Corbin
C.N. Faust
Debbie White
Elizabeth James
Erin Trejo
Felicia Lynn
Ginger Voight
Harper Sloan
Heather C. Leigh
Holly Kelley
HS Strickland
J. Asmara
J.B. McGee
Jacquelyn Ayres
JC Santo
Jennifer L. Allen
Jessica Prince
Jessica Florence
Jillian Anselmi
Josie Kerr
JR Grant
Julie A. Richman
K.C. Lynn
K.M. Scott
Kate Stewart
Kim Black
Kindle Alexander
Kris Hack
L.A. Fiore
L.P. Dover
Lani Lynn Vale
Leigh Ann Lunsford
Leslie Tall Manning
Lora Ann
M.R. Joseph
Marisa Shor
Mary A. Wasowski
Melissa          Andrea
Michelle Lee
Niki Krauss
Ranae Rose
RC Boldt
Renee Kennedy
Rie Warren
Roz Lee
S.M. Donaldson
Salem Archer
Sapphire Knight
Sara York
Sarah O'Rourke
Shanora Williams
Stacey Mosteller
Stacy Kestwick
Stephanie Hoffman McManus
Tabatha Vargo
Tabetha Thompson
Tara Brown
Teri Riggs
Tyffani Clark Kemp
Violet Howe
Zeia Jameson



Friday, July 22, 2016

Great Summer Countdown




I am retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.
I also conduct Medieval/Short Story Writing Workshops in Elementary/Middle School classes. Contact me if you are interested in holding a workshop for students: ccarpinello@mac.com.

Q&A With the Author:


5.    What is your favorite part of writing?

When I’ve finally figured out the path that my characters need to take, and I get the rewriting finished.

6.     Do you have any advice for other writers?


Keep plugging along even when what you envisioned isn’t working. There is a path to the solution, you just have to keep writing and thinking.

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At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history…. 



She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. 


For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? 

However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not. 






~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK


Snippet:

Guinevere stood by the door.  In between glares at Cedwyn, she kept looking out into the bailey courtyard.
            "Hurry up, Cedwyn.  Merlyn’s going to leave without us,” she whispered, not wanting to wake Brynwyn.
            "I'm comin'," he replied, pulling on his other shoe.
            Ready at last, the two hurried toward the castle gate and Merlyn.  The sun was just starting to peek over the horizon.
            "Humph!  About time!" Merlyn said as they reached him.  "Not able to get enough sleep?  Maybe dreaming of dragons?!"  He chuckled as Cedwyn's expression betrayed the fact that he had had a very restless night.  "Well, it's daylight now.  Dragons sleep in the light so we should have a very uneventful trip.  All we have to do is find King Pellinore and that darn bratchet dog!  Let's hurry up now.  We have plenty of forest to cover and who knows what we will come across," he finished as he marched out of the castle gate and toward the forest, his long strides threatening to leave them behind.
            "Do dragons really sleep in the day?  Merlyn, how come you said we would have an unev'ntful trip when we don't know what we will come across?" Cedwyn asked as he and Guinevere hurried after Merlyn.
            Merlyn just chuckled and motioned them to follow.  "One never knows what the forest will reveal, but at least it won't be dragons!"
            "What does he mean, Guin'ver?"  Cedwyn asked, confused by Merlyn's double talk.
            "I'm not sure, but let's not let him get too far in front."  She glanced ahead.  Merlyn was just ducking under the edge of the forest canopy.  Nervously, she looked around, mindful of the last time that she and Cedwyn had been in the forest.  Thankfully, nothing appeared to be moving in the tall grass on either side of them.
            "Do you think we’ll run into that wild pig again?  Will it remember that you were the one that shot it?"  Cedwyn asked.  He had additional questions, but Guinevere turned and put her finger to her lips.
            "If you keep talking so loud, it will find us.  So be quiet and hurry.  Merlyn's already out of sight."
            Cedwyn looked up the path, but Merlyn was nowhere to be seen.  He started to panic.  Once they stepped under the dark green forest canopy and out of the sunlight, Merlyn’s flowing grey robe appeared just ahead of them.  Cedwyn heard Guinevere's sigh echo his.
            Merlyn waited until they caught up before choosing a hidden path through the scrub brush.  The trio moved in deeper in the forest, Merlyn in the lead.  Guinevere came next.  She followed somewhat hesitantly, her and Cedwyn’s run-in with the boar still vivid in her mind.  Her heart raced faster at the thought of meeting another one.
            Cedwyn came last, at times having to run to keep up with Merlyn's pace.  Of course, it would have been easier if he hadn’t kept stopping to investigate the brown and green vegetation all around.  He wasn’t looking for the bugs, worms, or small creatures common around the castle.  No, what Cedwyn watched for was whatever Merlyn referred to when he told them that he didn't know what the forest had in store for them.  He wanted to be ready, but for what he wasn't sure.
            "Guin'ver?" he asked as he caught up to her where the path widened.  "What do you think Merlyn thinks might be in the forest?"
            "I don't know," she replied, catching herself looking around.  "Let's just stay close.  Merlyn can take care of anything that comes near.”
            "Now, I wouldn't be so quick to say that, Lady Guinevere,"  Merlyn said as he stopped.



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Broken Pieces

Title: Broken Pieces
Series: Broken Series #4
Author: H D'Agostino
Photographer: Kelsey Keeton of K. Keeton Designs
Cover Models: Cameo Hopper, Grant Lorscheider, and Eric Wadkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance Love Triangle
Release Date: July 11, 2016

One drunken night a nameless one-night stand changes everything for Alison Tanner. Her world suddenly turns on its side, and she has a whole other person to consider. One that will rely on her for everything and love her unconditionally. One that will cause her more guilt that she can imagine because she can’t answer the most important question of all… where’s my daddy?

Time passes and Ally moves on, finding love in one of the most unlikely places. But things are never that simple. What happens when the nameless stranger comes walking back into their lives? How will this affect their child, and is this new love strong enough to weather the storm?
Our hearts don’t always want what’s easy. Sometimes they send us on a path that will eventually break us. Which path will Ally choose, and who awaits her at the end of that journey? Join Ally and the rest of the gang in Broken Pieces, the final book in The Broken Series.
**NOTE: This is NOT a menage romance, it is a love triangle**

“Emotions are involved, hearts are broken, and clarity comes to light but in the end...:” 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Star from Author Skye Turner
“Stress, Agony and lots of hot Weston scenes made the book a great read!!!” -  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Star from Twinsie Talks
My Review:
I've really enjoyed this series so far. And Broken pieces left off in a way that says there ill be more. I have to say I will be awaiting the next. This book is Alison's story.
After a little fun me time Ally gets a major wake up call, 6 of them actually. One with lines, one with a plus sign, one with the actual word: PREGNANT. What?! Ally freaks out. Alone (it was a one nighter), in school, and her mom will not be happy.
One year later her life is turned upside down yet again. She has begin dating Joey, a really nice guy that works at the gym that her best friend owns. One night she decides to take the risk with him, and goes to his place for dinner. Ally has also decided tonight is the night shell tell him about Caleb. Suddenly their movie night is interrupted by none other than his brother. and her one nighter! Of all the people in the world to have walked through that door.
My only complaint with this story was it felt a little more repetitive than the others. Both repetitive of previous books, and the back switching POVs. A little less repetition would have, made it perfect..
I received this book in exchange for an honest review

 
Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shatter Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.          
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.

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