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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Contest Reminder: Want to win a copy of Fancy Free or other books? Check out the Labor Day hop here.
Woohoo! It’s almost time for a new release from me. Feeling the Buzz is book three in my Fancy Free series, and it’s a naughty contemporary ménage a trois
Third in the Fancy Free series.
Jen Alexander is intent on fulfilling a promise to her mother. She’s heading back to school to finish her education, but a remote controlled vibrator shoves her on a detour.
For her ex-boss Wayne Garrett, the night of Jen’s party is a revelation. Now he’s seen her sexy side, he plans on seduction big time—a private party for three. But worried his feelings for Wayne could spoil their friendship, his business partner Sebastian Lang refuses to play.
Wayne wants Jen. Sebastian wants Wayne. Jen doesn’t want any man since her boyfriend ditched her by text minutes before the party. It’s going to take a lot of laughter, fun and hot seduction before the three can decide exactly what they want and how to get it.
Available from Ellora’s Cave on 21 September
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And now, a random question for you: At present I’m trying to get through the day without eating any snacks, but my fantasy snack to have while reading would be a cup of coffee and a piece of shortbread.
What is your favorite snack to eat while reading?
Friday, August 31st, 2012
Starting 9/1 through 9/15, Romance at Random, & the participating sites below, are hosting a blog hop with FREE books! Enter your name into the Rafflecopter & you could be chosen to win:
•A Free Romance book! (10 winners in all)
•Be one of 5 winners to win a prize pack from author Elisabeth Barrett (check out her new release, BLAZE OF WINTER, below)
•Grand Prize is a $25 eGC
PS – Comment on this post – tell me what book you’re reading at present, and you’ll go in an extra draw to win downloads of either my contemporary erotic romance, Fancy Free or Christmas is Coming. I will be giving away at least five copies, more if there are lots of comments. I’m thinking positive here :)
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Monday, August 27th, 2012
Monster in My Closet is a first person urban fantasy. It’s fun and original and charming. I was hooked from page one when Zoey hears an intruder in her kitchen—who turns out to be closet monster Maurice—and grabs a toilet brush to defend herself. When she finally confronts Maurice in her kitchen, he’s cooking muffins and reading the newspaper. She warns him he better not have done the crossword and things advance from there.
I chuckled and grinned my way through this charming story. Yes, I repeated the “charming” bit, but this is the perfect description of Monster in My Closet.
I’m not going to say much more about the plot, except to say I enjoyed it very much. Zoey is the perfect heroine. She’s open to the impossible, she’s kind and brave and sometimes scared stiff. Heck, she’s charming too. Zoey is the kind of heroine I’d like to have living next door. I adored closet monster, Maurice. Hey, Maurice – you’re welcome to visit one of my closets any time. And that wife of yours – wouldn’t know good sense if it bit her on the backside. Fancy leaving you for a bridge troll!
Monster in My Closet is the perfect light-hearted urban fantasy to while away a few hours. It’s fun and charming, dammit! Highly recommended.
I understand there are more Zoey adventures in the pipeline. If they’re half as charming, readers are in for a real treat.
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
I’m thrilled to be part of Ciara Knight’s Weighted release day blitz. Weighted is a young adult post-apocalyptic with paranormal elements. It is a prequel novelette to The Neumarian Chronicles. Book I, Escapement, is due for release in 2013.
Here’s a Teaser:
Tick-tock…tick-tock…I clutch the sides of the steel bed in my cell and push up on my elbows. The clock, with its bronze rim, hangs high on the wall, taunting me. The long black arm of the second hand struggles up the side of the enormous disc, ticking away the last few moments of my life.
Page 1, Weighted
Weighted (Prequel Novelette)
The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.
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Ciara writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy and paranormal books. Her debut novel, The Curse of Gremdon, was released to acclaimed reviews, securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Also, book I, Rise From Darkness, from her debut young adult Battle For Souls series, secured glowing reviews and won July Book of the Month from Long and Short Reviews.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.
Ciara is extremely sociable so please feel free to connect with her at her blog, website, Twitter, Goodreads, or Facebook,
Upcoming books in The Neumarian Chronicles:
Escapement (Book I) – Early 2013
Pendulum (Book II) – Mid 2013
Balance (Book III) – Early 2014
Other books by Cara Knight:
Battle for Souls Series
Rise From Darkness
Fall From Grace
Ascension of Evil – Coming in October
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Woohoo! Another Middlemarch Mates story is coming out in print. This one is an anthology of three of the shorter stories, Scarlet Woman, Blue Lady and Lightning Strikes Twice.
Feline Lovers goes on sale on August 10 at Ellora’s Cave, The Book Depository, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Friday, July 13th, 2012
I’m thrilled to introduce Olivia Boler and her new release The Flower Bowl Spell. Olivia’s book is a blend of genres and elements and is a fun read. I’ll let her tell you about her book and the inspiration for one of her rock star characters. Over to Olivia.
Thank you so much to Shelley Munro for letting me guest blog today. How cool to reach an international audience from my San Francisco, California home base!
My novel, The Flower Bowl Spell, is about a Chinese American witch named Memphis Zhang, who, after abandoning magick for two years, suddenly finds herself pulled back into that world when a fairy shows up while she’s waiting for a Metro train. She’s also a journalist, writing kind of fluffy articles about music, movies, and entertainment. It just so happens, one of her interview subjects, a rising rock star named Tyson Belmonte, is connected to her past, and she finds herself drawn to him despite the fact she’s in a “normal” relationship…with her former high school French teacher. Admittedly, the love triangle is not the main focus of the novel, but there’s definitely a tension there.
Tyson has become a fan favorite, I’ve noticed, so I thought I’d tell readers a little bit about the inspiration for his character. He is Asian American—Filipino, to be precise—and the lead singer of an alternative rock band. As I came up with Ty’s back-story, I thought a lot about guy friends I’d grown up with in San Francisco, many of them Asian (if you didn’t know, San Francisco has a big Asian population—I myself am mixed race, half Chinese and half Caucasian). Many of these guys were cool, smart, athletic, funny, and sexy—just like Tyson. One of my goals for the novel was to spotlight my community without getting into heavy issues (e.g. racial tensions). In general, I find myself creating characters that are like the people around me.
Anyway, one day, my husband was watching TV and I heard this song come on that’d been getting a lot of play on the radio. I glanced up from my book and lo and behold, there was this good-looking Asian guy singing his heart out in a music video. I found out later hat he was Doug Robb of Hoobastank and the song was “The Reason.” I hadn’t seen a lot of Asian lead singers outside of Asia, and to discover Doug was such a gift for Memphis’s story because in that moment I knew that Tyson was a rock star. So, in addition to everyday life influences, I also got a little inspiration from the world of pop music. In a way, “The Reason” is the perfect song for The Flower Bowl Spell’s soundtrack.
What about you, readers? What songs do you imagine hearing when you read or write? How do songs inspire your creativity?
THE FLOWER BOWL SPELL
by Olivia Boler
Journalist Memphis Zhang isn’t ashamed of her Wiccan upbringing—in fact, she’s proud to be one of a few Chinese American witches in San Francisco, and maybe the world. Unlike the well-meaning but basically powerless Wiccans in her disbanded coven, Memphis can see fairies, read auras, and cast spells that actually work—even though she concocts them with ingredients like Nutella and antiperspirant. Yet after a friend she tries to protect is brutally killed, Memphis, full of guilt, abandons magick to lead a “normal” life.
The appearance, however, of her dead friend’s attractive rock star brother—as well as a fairy in a subway tunnel—suggest that magick is not done with her. Reluctantly, Memphis finds herself dragged back into the world of urban magick, trying to stop a power-hungry witch from using the dangerous Flower Bowl Spell and killing the people Memphis loves—and maybe even Memphis herself.
Praise for THE FLOWER BOWL SPELL:
"Olivia Boler’s The Flower Bowl Spell is a genre-bending ride with sexy rock stars, Californian witches, children with potentially otherworldly gifts, and the occasional fairy. But it is also a story of identity, of the sometimes warring facets that make and shape a human being. Beautifully written, witty, and brimming with both ordinary and fantastical life, The Flower Bowl Spell will charm readers everywhere." — Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone
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Book Trailer http://youtu.be/tq2bMQNyLeY
Olivia Boler is the author of two novels, YEAR OF THE SMOKE GIRL and THE FLOWER BOWL SPELL. Poet Gary Snyder described SMOKE GIRL as a "dense weave in the cross-cultural multi-racial world of complex, educated hip contemporary coast-to-coast America…It is a fine first novel, rich in paradox and detail."
A freelance writer who received her master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis, Boler has published short stories in the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) anthology Cheers to Muses, the literary journal MARY, and The Lyon Review, among others. She lives in San Francisco with her family. To find out about her latest work, visit http://oliviaboler.com
Monday, June 11th, 2012
This is a photo of me cycling back to camp after visiting a crocodile farm. Hard work in the heat!
Savvy Authors did a spotlight on me and asked some great questions. Read the full interview here at Savvy Authors.
A few days ago I received a lovely email from an elderly gentleman who told me how he’d seen Ellora’s Cave mentioned on the Howard Stern show, and he’d gone off to check out their books. He chose to read Fancy Free, and he wrote to tell me how much he’d enjoyed it. He made my day with his lovely note.
This made me start thinking about the books I’ve read recently. I’ve read some really good ones, like Divergence by Veronica Roth and the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. Books that have left a real impression on me and made me think about my own writing. I thought of how my fan letter made my day, and I came to a decision. Authors work so hard on their books. If I enjoy a book in the future, I’m going to take the time to show my appreciation in some small way.
So how will I do this?
Here are a few ways you can help out one of your favorite writers:
1. Send them an email and tell them you enjoyed their story. Most authors have a contact address at their websites.
2. Tweet them and tell them you enjoyed their book.
3. Tell your friends about the great book you’ve just read.
4. Tell the author on their Facebook page.
5. Write a review at your favorite online store – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Publisher website.
6. Mention the book on your blog.
7. Create a Pinterest board of your favorite books and maybe some of the elements that fit with the stories.
8. Subscribe to their author newsletter so you won’t miss their next release!
What do you do after reading a book you’ve really enjoyed? Do you contact the author or spread the word in some way?
Monday, June 4th, 2012
This is a photo of me after a day of trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. As you can see the boots are off, and I’m sitting on my bed, exhausted after a day of walking up hill and down. This little fellow belonged to the owners of the accommodation and wanted to be in the photo. The kids we met were always so cute!
And now on to today’s topic. During my recent travels through the blogging world, I’ve noticed a lot of authors and readers talking about free books. It seems everyone is getting in on the act and giving away their books in an effort to boost sales. At present there are offers of free ebooks in every direction I turn. A glut of free books!
The thing is, why would a reader pay for a book if they can have their choice of free books?
When I first purchased my iPad, I downloaded mega free books, and I haven’t had time to read many of them. They sit on my iPad, unloved. Poor things! These days I’m very picky about which books I download for free, almost as picky as I am when it comes to buying a new book. I have that luxury because there are so many available, and I’ve been wondering if all these free books are actually hurting and devaluing the books that readers must pay for.
I think that free only works if an author has a large backlist or if the book being given away for free is the first in a series. From what I hear one of my books will be given away for free in July, so it will be interesting to see how this impacts on my sales.
What do you think about free books? Do you “buy” a lot of them? Do you actually read them? Has a free book encouraged you to buy a second book from the author? Any other comments?
Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Fancy Free is finally out in print at Ellora’s Cave!
Want to read a spicy romance?
A story about a woman who inherits a condom factory?
A story that’s sexy?
One that contains a little mystery?
A story that will make you laugh?
This is the story for you!
Here’s the blurb:
Warning: Condoms were tested and a few harmed during the writing of this story.
It’s not every day a girl inherits a condom company, and to say accountant Alice Beasley is astonished and out of her depth is putting it mildly. For an almost virgin, she needs a quick education in all things condom because her inheritance is in danger. Someone is intent on sabotage and playing nasty, trying to destroy her new company.
Alice is suddenly getting down and dirty with charismatic James, the factory manager, all in the name of business, testing new condom designs. The sex is hot. Mind-blowing. It’s a dark thrill and an erotic journey. Yeah, it’s a hard job, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s gotta do.
The testing turns personal. Alice wants James. She craves his talented touch and sultry kisses, she desires passion and physical pleasure on a permanent basis but first she must convince bad-boy James to give up his fancy-free ways…
Purchase Fancy Free directly from Ellora’s Cave, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or the Book Depository
Monday, February 20th, 2012
London. It’s a place I dreamed of visiting after hearing the poem about Christopher Robin and Alice as a child. Do you know the one I mean? Here’s the first verse:
by A.A. Milne
They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
Alice is marrying one of the guard.
"A soldier’s life is terribly hard,"
Luckily I was able to persuade my husband that London was a good idea, and off we went on our overseas experience. Fast forward many years, and it was inevitable that some of my experience would find its way into my writing.
Today is the release date for Cat Burglar in Training, which is partially set in London. Eve Fawkner, my trainee cat burglar attends balls in various London locations and her receiver lives in Kensington, an area I’m familiar with since we lived there for several years.
Here are a few photos from the Kensington/Knightsbridge area. These are places Eve sees or drives past on a regular basis. (Scroll over the photos for info or click on them to enlarge.)
BTW – London was everything I dreamed it would be!
Here’s the blurb:
Eve Fawkner had no intention of following in her father’s footsteps. But when the thugs harassing him to repay his gambling debts threaten her young daughter, Eve is forced to assume the role of London’s most notorious cat burglar, The Shadow. The plan is simple: pull off a couple of heists, pay back the goons and go into permanent retirement. But things get messy during her first job when Eve witnesses a murder, stumbles across a clue that sheds some light on her past and, worst of all, falls for a cop.
Inspector Kahu Williams would be the perfect man, if Eve were looking, and if there wasn’t the little matter of their career conflict. The man is seriously hot—and hot on the trail of a murderer. A trail that keeps leading him back to Eve…
Purchase today from Carina Press
Is there a place you dreamed of visiting as a child?