Writing Wednesday #7: A Street Team?

Yep, that’s right! I have a street team now. No, I don’t have a ton of books under my belt right now and no, I don’t have a lot to give in giveaways or other awesome street team incentives, but I have one!

It’s a big deal for me because I wanted to be able to tell peeps ASAP and not have to wait until the scheduled blog post comes up. For instance, the team was actually set up on Feb. 14. A whole week has passed and now you guys know. It’s sad, man.

What do I have going on in the street team? Well, I’m doing my fiction via poll there! I loved it so much in the event that I have pushed it there after the event ended. It’s a big writing motivator for me and I haven’t seen other authors do this at all. I figured it’d be a fun way to see how I work with others and how others see me.

So, yeah… join my street team, here, if you want to be updated well before the blog post. It’s okay if you don’t. I’ll still like you.

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Blog Tour: Bleeding Hearts by Dana Provo

Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

I received a copy of Bleeding Hearts via the Read It Write Author Services for the blog review. What follows below is my honest review.

EXCERPT:

My arm trembles as I grip the cool handle of my pistol, keeping a firm grasp to ensure it doesn’t slip out of my sweaty hand. It usually stands sentry in my left nightstand to scare the nightmares away. But this isn’t a dream. The room is dark and hides the face of the man whose intent is to kill me. But I know who he is. A metallic taste fills my mouth; I want to gag. My blood drips off the blade in his hand in slow, steady beats on the carpet. My arms shake as I lift the barrel and point it in his direction. He doesn’t move. His heavy breaths alert me to the meager distance between us.

We’re at a stalemate.

A soft glow from the lamppost just outside my window casts a sliver of light on his face. His dark, beady eyes that I have grown to know rake over my body like I’m another one of his many victims. He lifts the edges of his mouth into a smile. My heart plunges into my stomach. I know what that sinister expression means, and I think back to all the times he had looked at me like that before. I had been so blind.

Before I react he lunges at me, grabbing onto my waist and twisting me to the ground. I shriek as my head slams against the bed frame. Black spots flood my vision. I squeeze my hand only to find it empty. My gun is gone. The sound of the knife clattering on the floor gives me slight hope. Not much though. He climbs up my body trying to pin my arms to the floor. I thrash my fists around, desperate to knock him off.

“Get off!” I scream, pulling on his shirt and kicking him off balance. Wrapping his hands around my arms, my attacker cuts off the circulation of blood. Rug burns flare across my skin as he drags me across the carpet. He closes his hands around my neck, shutting off my air supply. I pull at his hands but it’s no use; he has always been stronger than me. My pulse drums a frantic beat in my ears. The air slowly leaks out from my lungs, killing any hope I may have left. I search for the gun around the room; it may be my only savior now.

“Why are you doing this?” I struggle to get the words out. He squints his dark eyes. I’m wondering if there might be a chance that he will stop this madness. I am wrong.

“It’ll be over soon, sweetheart.” His hands again tighten around my neck, blocking the air from entering my lungs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dana Provo has always loved books and reads everything from young adult fantasy to adult historical romances. When she’s not reading or writing her next novel, Dana can be found riding her horses and getting ready for competition. Dana lives with her husband and two house plants in Richmond, Virginia.

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Book #11: How to Ensnare a Highlander by Michelle McLean

When Lady Elizabet Harding’s family is targeted by the notorious Highland Highwayman, she finds herself wounded and an unwelcome guest of the charming outlaw who’d ruined her reputation earlier that day. Elizabet only wants to get even for her family’s downfall, but the more time she spends with the scoundrel, the more complicated her feelings become.

By day, Laird John MacGregor graces the court of Charles II. By night, he exacts revenge on his enemies – one of whom is betrothed to the fiery heiress who has, quite literally, fallen into his arms. The daughter of one enemy and promised to another, Elizabet should be the last person John wants. Yet even as she exasperates him, she is all he has ever desired for himself. When her life is put in danger, he will do anything necessary to protect the women he never expected to love…even if it means they cannot be together.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. All that follows is my opinion and mine alone.

I have a thing for Highlanders and Highwaymen. I’m just going to put that out there. So, obviously I really liked how this book had both. John/Jack is a man filled with revenge. He wants to find the evidence to tear down the very men who are ruining the lives of innocent people. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for a spunky woman. A woman who is the daughter to one of his enemies.

Elizabet was a character I very much liked. There was a femininity to her, but not to the point that she was complacent or a door mat to the men in her lives. She understands that as a woman she doesn’t have much of a choice, but she isn’t resigned. She finds ways to get out of the poor marriage her father has promised her to.

I actually really liked this story and am wanting to read the first in the series (this is the second). However, this is a standalone. So, you aren’t going to be confused if you read this. The first book deals with John’s cousin and that relationship.

I gave this book a four star because it was just what I wanted and needed at the time of reading. It made me happy and it pulled me in fast.

 

Book #10: Complicated Us: This is Just Beginning by Ashlyn, Raju Jana, Khushboo Rani Mahato

They started off under strange condition. Things were complicated since the very beginning. From pity fights to painful breakups and typical long distance relationship, almost everything has to tried to pull them apart, but this couple has survived it all. Read the heartwarming story of Khushi and Ashwin. Although they began as an impulsive couple, see how things changed for them. Experience the transition from teenage and crazy to adulthood and maturity. 

 

 

 

I received a copy from the author for an honest review. There was no compensation for this review and what follows is my honest opinion.

I wish I could say I liked this book. There are good things about them, but I couldn’t really get into the story itself.

The good? Well, the story is a contemporary romance between Khushi and Ashwin, two young adults in India. I couldn’t find errors in the grammatical or punctuation sense and that’s great. That said, I feel the story has great potential. The romance is there and the characters are sweet, but…

The bad? It was telling not showing. Now, I know that confuses people, but if you are reading this (which I’m assuming you are since you are here), this is me telling. I’m telling you I didn’t care for the book. I’m not showing. Showing helps the reader be in the book. However, I felt like I was listening to someone tell me a story and not being in the middle of the action.

It felt lacking, needless to say.

Because of that, I had to give it a two star. I couldn’t get into the story and stay with the characters. No matter how adorable and interesting the romance was. So, like I said, the book has potential.

Book #9: The Billionaire’s Reluctant Fiancee’ by Jenna Bayley-Burke

After her father’s untimely death, the only things Lily Harris is left with are debt, scandal, and loneliness—and her late father’s business partner, Jake Tolliver, looking over her shoulder. Lily isn’t interested in being another one of Jake’s many conquests, no matter how attractive he is. But after weeks of frustrations, she’ll consider accepting his help…until he reveals the promise he made her father.

Before Jake Tolliver’s friend and mentor died, he asked Jake to take care of his daughter…forever—not that Jake had to be asked. For years, he’s desired Lily Harris, and he has a well-deserved reputation for always getting what he wants.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. Everything that follows is my opinion and mine alone.

I have to say, I was hoping for a more comedic or romantic read. Jake, our male lead, is… well, I don’t know how to explain it in one sentence. He says he cares about Lily and has even tried to get her hand in marriage via her father once, but according to Lily, they don’t really know each other. This wouldn’t be a big deal except…

The way he tells Lily that she would be better as his wife and mother of his children. This woman has some potential for drive, but she seems to falter just slightly.

I didn’t really care for this book, but I know there are others who would. Not a favorite when romance is in question.

Writing Wednesday #6: RELEASE DAY!! Capture by Various Authors

“Bloodlust” by Casia Courtier

You see that gorgeous teaser poster? That’s for my story!!! Yes, today is the Capture release day! Enchanted Anthologies has released two paranormal romance anthologies today. I’m in the first one, but I also highly recommend getting the second one as well. I’m super excited to share this with you all and if you haven’t pre-ordered because you were waiting to see some teasers, that’s fine.

Here are the other wonderful stories Capture vol.1 has….

“Caged Hearts” by Erin Lee

“Cursed Roots” by Mila Waters

“Darkest Depths” by Yolanda Allard

“The Game” by Rena Marin

Check out the book in Amazon! And if you guys do get the book and read it, please leave a review. The review is an author’s bread and butter. Thank you all so much!

 

Blog Tour: Nefarious IV: The Dirigible Airship Disaster by Lucille Moncrief

Tired of written dreck and sparkly vampires? Sink your teeth into the Nefarious series and get a bigger bite out of fiction.

Described as “captivating,” and “hauntingly beautiful,” the Nefarious series is a sophisticated, enthralling, and well-written tale of intrigue and devious desires. Set in a lurid, southern gothic world, follow the undead Talcott Henderson as he engages in a battle of wits with his intended, Elyse Delafayette.

But wait, what’s this? Half-ling dhamphyrs armed with hawthorn stakes, a blood-witch coven torn apart by infighting, and a corpse-like, ancient vampire king with an agenda of his own?

Enhanced with custom illustrations, this fast-paced steampunk series will leave you on the edge of your seat and hungry for more. If you are sick and tired of wimpy vampires and the flood of terrible books on the romance market, grab your copy today of the Nefarious series and relearn what a true escape into fiction is all about.

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About The Author

Lucille Moncrief, authoress of The Keystone Curse and the steampunk vampires series, Nefarious, was clearly a stodgy old librarian in a past life. She loves poring over history books and binge-watching PBS’s Secrets Of series. With an avaricious penchant for all things steampunk, Lucille’s breakthrough series, Nefarious, is custom-illustrated with exploding dirigible airships, and unnecessary gears abound.

When Ms. Moncrief is not yelling at the kids to get off her lawn, you can find her staring out her window pretending to be pensive. She’s usually in a good mood and readily accepts follows and friend requests to her Facebook page.

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Book #8: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

At first, I was hesitant about reading this book. Why did I pick it up then? Well, it was a club read, for one, but the club also helped convince me in an awesome game that a friend (and admin) thought of. So, I was convinced to read the book and decided to pick it up.

Luckily, my library had it.

That said, I really liked this book. It is filled with anger, hate, and action. The main character Jude, is a human stuck in a world of Fae. She is constantly scared, but hides that fear with being a troublemaking smartass. From the prologue on, I was interested in the book.

If you’re thinking there’s a romance in the book, don’t! There is no romance, but there are scenes that lead you to believe there would be. I could go into more detail, but I really liked how the ending went. And, dare I say it, I would be picking up book two from the library once it’s out!

Writing Wednesday #5: What I’m Discovering

Last Wednesday I told you guys about my Fiction Via Poll event. Well, so far it’s going great! I had a little hiccup finding a way to give out the chapters as they went, but I figured it out. Which reminds me, if anyone wants to see what the story looks like so far, check it out!

Just click on my Wattpad. I am updating the story titled “Fiction Via Poll” the same time I’m posting the chapters up for the event. So, you all can enjoy the reading if you wish.

That said, I have found that I am once again discovering new things about me as a writer. I would have to say it’s the same kind of break through experience I had during my first NaNoWriMo.

What did I discover? Well, two things actually.

  1. I don’t need an extensive outline. Not as extensive as I usually put on myself. I literally only need about two or three bullets. Just an event or two and an answer to a question from the previous chapter. This is really helping me just write on the fly and not feel constraints.
  2. I find that I like writing the chapters out in one document at a time. I thought at first that *Scrivener wouldn’t be a good idea, but now that I’m doing something similar (not really though because I don’t have Scrivener), I’m finding that writing a chapter at a time really helps. I’m not going through the other chapters and nitpicking. I’m just writing one chapter and moving ahead.

So, yeah, that’s what I’ve been discovering so far. I’m pretty proud of myself at how it’s going, but ultimately I’m thankful for everyone who is voting and/or reading the chapters as I go. They, you, everyone are a great help. I’m learning more and I’m having fun doing something that seems to be enjoyed.

I’m seriously thinking that I’ll have to continue the Fiction Via Poll thing. I might just have it so that the chapters are posted on Wattpad and have the polls there… or maybe on here. Either way, I’m definitely going to do this again (or continue)

*In case you don’t know what Scrivener is… it’s a writing processing program that organizes all your chapters and notes. You can basically have your whole writing bulletin on one program. This is a neat idea and I know it helps other authors, but I’m not sure it is for me. I tend to like to write by hand when it comes to certain things. Not saying I wouldn’t try it, just not sure if I would like it. I should probably just use the trial run for it and see.

Pre-Order Opportunity: Reborn (Rise of the Realms #1)

“This isn’t a place for beating hearts. This is death, and death is endless.” 

Five people. Five crossing fates. One person’s actions change their lives forever. 

Making a deal with the Fee has its price. In Katriane Dupont’s case, it comes with scales and an unlimited amount of power. The consequences of her actions unfold with crippling events, shifting the Realms. Shades cross the Death Realm, and an Angel, determined for answers, clips her wings. 

Can Kat control what’s within her? Or will it consume her?

“It’s nature, to fight to live, even until your very last breath.” 

Genre: Epic Fantasy (sub genres: dark fantasy, paranormal)
Erotic Scene?: Yes – one
Word Count: 60k | 265 pgs
On February 9th, 2018, Reborn (Rise of the Realms: Book One) will be published, but it is up for pre-order. I’m trying to help this author out and there will be a review of my opinion later this month so keep an eye out!
And when you’re done pre-ordering the book, check out the giveaway!
Might I add, I love it when I get to share book trailers. I really like this one!
About the Author
D. Fischer is a mother of two very busy boys, a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband, and an owner of two hyper sock-loving dogs and an attention seeking fat cat. Together, they live in a quiet little corner in a state that’s located in the middle of the great USA.
Reviewing for authors is a huge help to them. The more you read and review, the more they have to go with for future works.
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