Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! Any vegetarians out there? I saw this fake ad for organic, free-range tofurkey on Conan and busted a gut laughing:
I'm thankful to all my readers. The fact that people actually use their precious time to read my words means so much to me. Last weekend I hosted my third book signing in Columbus, at my favorite wine shop.
Thank you to friends for stopping by to support me! It was great hanging out with friends from: * Book Club * My current psychologist job * My former psychologist job * Swimming
The Blocked cover cookies aka shirtless man cookies were a big hit. Thank you to Eric and Poodle for the flowers!
Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. Outside the US, happy almost Friday. :-)
I'm excited for the new release by Lisette Brodey, author of the fun rom-com Molly Hacker Is Too Picky!
Desert Star is book two in the YA Paranormal Desert Series, and this theater drama sounds intriguing:
Larsen Davis isn’t afraid to stand up to those who bully him, but in a two-against-one situation at Mystekal High, it’s never easy. When classmate River Dalworth witnesses the abuse and intervenes, the two seniors become good friends. Larsen explains that he’s fighting another battle at home: his own mother, Raylene, bullies him for being gay.
When Larsen meets River’s mother, Arielle, and learns she is overseeing the renovation of the Desert Theater, he shares his dream for a career on stage. Soon, Arielle offers Larsen a job as her assistant, but Raylene is dead set against the idea of her son doing what she considers “gay work.” After Raylene gets a new boyfriend, Reggie, the bad situation at home worsens and Larsen has no choice but to leave.
Now working at the Desert Theater, Larsen feels the unearthly presence of someone in the long-abandoned theater. Meanwhile, as the theater nears completion, a talent show is scheduled for opening night. As it becomes more evident that the theater may have a ghost, it also comes to light that someone may be sabotaging the renovation and the show. Is the ghost real or just the handiwork of someone with a grudge?
Opening night at the Desert Theater sets the stage for a crime, never-imagined reunions, long-awaited explanations, and otherworldly miracles.
River was just leaving school for the day when Gina caught up to him. “Hi there, River.”
“Oh, hi, Gina.”
“I was just wondering …”
“What? If I’m as good-looking close up as I am from a distance?”
Gina giggled. “Well, maybe.”
Just as River was about to respond, Larsen appeared at his side. “Sorry to interrupt. I was wondering if I could speak to you for a minute. Before you head home.”
Gina looked disappointed. “Guess I’ll talk to you another time, River.”
“Sure thing.” River turned to Larsen as Gina walked away. “Let’s go outside and hang a left. I think they spray for bullies there.”
“Ha! I think they do. Thanks, Riv.”
As soon as they walked around to the side of the school, Larsen leaned against the wall and exhaled. “Man, it’s been a bad day.”
“I’m really sorry about Jax and Antonio.”
“They cornered me right after Ms. Carrow’s class.”
“Sucks, dude. Sorry I wasn’t there.”
“Listen, River. I wanted to thank you for standing up for me. People rarely do. I wasn’t so sure Jax wasn’t going to punch you out.”
“I wasn’t worried.”
“I really appreciate what you did. I just don’t want you to get caught up in my nightmare.”
River shook his head. “No. It’s everyone’s nightmare when nobody stops bullies.”
“I sure wish more people felt like you did. Wish they had your courage. I should be able to stop them without any help.”
“Reinhardt’s a big guy. Antonio is a body builder. We all need a little help now and then. Just try to go home and chillax.”
Larsen looked down and kicked the dirt. “Home. That’s a joke. I’m gonna tell you something, Riv, because I know I can trust you.”
“You can. What’s up?”
“Let’s just say that being at school is better than being at home most of the time. And considering I’ve got two jerks bullying me, that doesn’t say much, does it?”
River looked dumbfounded. “School is better than home? What’s going on?”
“I’ve got a mother who’s the biggest bully of them all.”
“Your mom bullies you for being gay?”
“That’s about right.”
Who Is Lisette Brodey?
Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.
She is the author of five novels. Her first-published book, Crooked Moon (General/Literary Fiction) was published in 2008. Her first-written, second-published book, Squalor, New Mexico (General Fiction/Literary Fiction) was published in 2009. Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (Women’s Fiction/Chicklit), was published December 1, 2011.
In October 2013, Lisette’s fourth novel, Mystical High, book #1 in a YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series, was published. In November 2014, her fifth novel, Desert Star, book #2 in The Desert Series was published.
In January 2013, the author edited and published a book of her mother’s poetry (written 50 years earlier) called My Way to Anywhere by Jean Lisette Brodey. The author’s office website is: lisettebrodey.com. In addition to information about her books, Lisette blogs, hosts guest bloggers, and interviews fellow authors on a weekly basis.
Where can I get it?
The Kindle edition of Desert Star is available for $2.99. The paperback edition will be published in the near future, and Desert Star will soon be available at other major e-tailers. Also, don’t forget to check out Mystical High, the first book in the series, now only 99c!
You can find Desert Star (Book 2 of the on Desert Series) on Amazon.
I'm pleased to welcome author Georgina Guthrie to the blog for a review of her debut novel The Weight of Words. Stick around for the interview and giveaway! The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth What a thought-provoking romance! It's rare for me to feel such fondness for the hero and the heroine, but I loved both Daniel and Aubrey. It's also rare for me to understand Shakespeare, but Georgina Guthrie provides an excellent guide to the Bard in this story. Aubrey Price starts her last year at the University of Toronto with a tight budget, a set of close friends, and a passion for all things Shakespeare. She works as an assistant to Dean Grant in addition to taking a heavy course load. The TA for her Shakespeare course is Dean Grant's son Daniel, who's scruffy and gorgeous. Aubrey tries to suppress her attraction to Daniel's forbidden fruit due to the anti-fraternization policy. (Good luck, Aubrey.) Daniel is a puzzle. He crisply calls her "Miss Price", at times seeming standoffish and pompous. At other times he smiles warmly and appears impressed by her depth of knowledge and wit. Daniel had been livid with me, which was definitely not without its strange appeal. Angry-Daniel was something to behold. But then he was Tail-Between-His-Legs-Daniel, followed shortly afterward by Tiny-Piece-of-Heart-on-His-Sleeve-Daniel. The episode was rounded out nicely by Dimpled-Smile-and-Lip-Biting-Daniel. Smorgasbord, right? Aubrey has no idea how he feels about her until Dean Grant invites her to a family dinner and Daniel unexpectedly shows up. When he has one drink too many, he reveals his true feelings. O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts! ~William Shakespeare, Othello Hehe. Before Daniel makes a total beast of himself, he attempts to rein himself in, though it's tough to avoid Aubrey's charm. The secret that likely drives him to drink that night also ups the professional stakes to dangerous levels. Aubrey has a winsome sense of humor which her roommate Matt draws out of her: "I didn't know you guys were headed in that direction," I said. "I knew you liked each other. Some nights I could tell you really liked each other." I rattled the headboard, and he shot me a poisonous glare. Matt also made me laugh: "I had to get up. My brain was screaming for Advil," he groaned. "And I have the worst case of the zacklies." "What the hell are the zacklies?" "You know, when your mouth tastes zackly like your ass." The banter between Aubrey and Daniel kept me grinning. Her F-bomb explosions surprise and delight him. His pair of jeans with a hole over the knee makes Aubrey swoon. "Now tell me," I said, eager to lighten the tone. "Am I going to get a look at one of those sweet knees tonight?" Daniel sighed again. "Don't worry. Mr. Ratty Pants will be making an appearance this evening." Instructors getting it on with students is abusive and wrong. But this story never feels icky that way. Aubrey is a strong, independent woman and Daniel does his best to exhibit self-control. Can they keep their paws off each other until semester's end? I look forward to finding out in the next two books in the series! A very little thief of occasion will rob you of a great deal of patience. ~William Shakespeare Coriolanus, Act II, sc. 1
View all my reviews And now onto the interview:
Jennifer Lane (JL): Thanks for visiting the blog, Georgina!
GG: Thanks for having me, and congratulations on your recently released Blocked!
JL: I obviously loved The Weight of Words. And I understand I have two more awesome books awaiting me in the series?
Georgina Guthrie (GG): Thank you, that's nice of you to say! Yes, you've read part 1 of a three-part series. Better Deeds than Words and The Truest of Words are books 2 and 3.
JL: So, Shakespeare! Aubrey and Daniel are both serious students of Shakespeare. How did you get interested in the Bard?
GG: I took an instant liking to his work after reading A Midsummer Night's Dream in ninth grade. Going on a school trip to see The Tempest at the Stratford Festival in tenth grade sealed the deal. When I was sixteen, I visited my hometown in England for a few weeks in the summer and traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time. This visit made Shakespeare's life so real to me. I was fascinated. My interest in his work grew exponentially from then on. I went on to study English in university, and spent a lot of time marinating in the Bard's lovely words.
JL: I really liked Audrey’s boss (and Daniel’s father) Dean Grant. Did you have kind academic mentors who inspired his character?
GG: I've had numerous mentors who have guided, instructed, encouraged and supported me over the years. Their impact has been inestimable. I don't know if David Grant is inspired by any one of those people. He's a bit of an amalgam of them, I suppose. Professor Brown, on the other hand, is definitely inspired by a particular person.
JL: What have been the pros and cons of writing a series?
GG: Well, I certainly know my characters. Lol. And that's wonderful...having the opportunity to flesh out characters, really explore what makes them tick and pull the threads of their stories to satisfactory conclusion. It's also great having relationships with readers who have become attached to characters and want to know "what next?" It's very gratifying to feel readers' affection for characters. One downside is it can be difficult to get yourself in a different head space when you've spent so much time with the same characters. I feared being a "one trick pony". I suppose that's one of the reasons that I continued to dabble with fic--to flex a different writing muscle. I also wrote a YA novel last year, and that was an excellent exercise in finding a new voice and tone.
JL: November 18th was the release date for book three, The Truest of Words! Readers: get it HERE. Please tell us about it.
GG: The third book in the trilogy allows Aubrey and Daniel to explore life after graduation. Without the ever present fear of being "caught," they're able to turn their attention to other concerns, namely, all the things that couples deal with at the beginning of a relationship, the baggage and personal quirks that can make or break a relationship. I also wanted to pursue the thematic ideas I had introduced in Book 1 and continued to tease at in Book 2.
JL: What’s next for you?
GG: I hope to be making an announcement about an upcoming project soon. I'll also be publishing my YA book next fall. Never a dull moment! :) Thanks again for having me, Jen.
Georgina and Omnific Publishing are giving away an ebook of The Weight of Words! To enter, leave a comment with your email address (or email me at jenniferlanebooks at gmail dot com if you don't want to leave your address on the comment).
On your comment, please answer one of these questions:
1. What's your opinion of Shakespeare?
2. Hot for teacher? How do you feel about teacher-student romance?
Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his
life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed
wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of
their past continues to crash down around them.
Yet with the
help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying.
He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to
live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.
can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake
and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve
just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real.
But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They
have to wrench it away from Satan himself.
Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.
your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of
the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint
as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love,
turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale
that calls to the good in each of us.
worried about tomorrow. I’m worried about right now, with you, under this
Christmas tree.” Blake supported her neck as he laid her on the floor.
turned her head. “You’d better convince me. So far you’ve talked about the dog
going to the bathroom, trash, and dirtiness.”
kissed her jaw and turned her head gently, kissing her mouth as she bit her
just convince you with my manly ways?” He wiggled his eyebrows.
of course, do just that—but she shook her head. She loved the playful sparkle
in his green eyes. His five o’clock shadow just made him more handsome, framing
his kissable lips with scruff.
He put his fingers at the bottom of her shirt, lifting it gently so he could
circle her belly button with his index finger. “You’re the sexiest, most
beautiful woman on this planet. So sexy, in fact, that I had to have you. I had
to make you bear my children because my universe and yours had to be combined.
Everything I’ve ever been needed to be buried inside of you, so deep, so full
of love that we created life. Twice.”
her shirt and kissed the tops of her breasts, whispering his devotion into her
skin. “And it’s never enough. Unless I can hear you coming, I can’t think of
anything else. All day every day. For years now. You’re that powerful, Livia.
This. Us. It’s so intense that years haven’t cured me. I can’t stop wanting to
make love to you.”
Livia smiled and pulled his face back to hers, kissing him and effectively
stopping his beautiful words.
When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run; and she vows to catch the killer. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimoire that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.
Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn't enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high, and hate crimes are increasing. However, it's Blue’s growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her sexy Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.
While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?
Danger lurks in every corner, and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.
PRIMARY CHARACTER PROFILES
Bluebell Kildare: Blue is a Supernatural Homicide Detective and a gifted empath who has a pure spirit and a will of steel. She was orphaned at a young age and has had a tough life so far. Yet, she continually picks herself up by the boot straps and fights to do what is right, regardless of the cost. Just how high will the cost be?
Jack Tanner: He's Blue's sexy boss, the head of the Supernatural Homicide Unit in Crimson Hollow. Jack is very old and powerful Daylight Vampire with many layers. He is driven a little crazy by his desire to protect Blue in the face of her independence. Can he keep his cool when Blue needs him most?
Varg: He is a great grey wolf who comes out of nowhere and decides to be Blue's companion. He seems to have some mysterious magical abilities and uses them to guard Blue's life. Can he keep her safe?
Maud: She is Blue's dear friend and mother figure. Maud used to visit Blue in the orphanage and read to her as a child. She can't cook but she makes awesome Southern beverages. What color is her hair today? Is it blue, fuchsia, scarlet, or peach sherbet?
Alexis: She is Blue's comrade and neighbor, as well as the sassy owner of a store called Herbal Enchantments. She is gifted in earth magic and if she isn't busy feeding her friends, she's telling them what to do. Does she have her hands on her hips right now, or is she waving her finger at Blue?
The Villain: Can he get any more evil? No. He is about as evil as they come . . .
Lilo Abernathy is a somewhat eccentric, deep-thinking, warm-hearted young woman of at least 43 years. She started out as a restaurant chain hostess and worked her way up to the exciting world of global mergers and acquisitions. She has enjoyed an on again/off again relationship with formal education and has been affectionately referred to as information hound. In the evenings, she fills her writing breaks by scanning the internet for answers to provocative questions, such as: "What causes diamonds to be formed in different colors?"
One thing that never changes is Lilo's ongoing love affair with books. A born bibliophile, by age ten she finished all the children's books in the house and started devouring the adult section. By age 15, she was working her way through grocery store book aisles and libraries. Just as Picasso had his blue period, Lilo had her own periods of readership--urban fantasy, paranormal romance, Gothic novels, etc. Now she's planning on creating a bookshelf for you to enjoy.
What are YOU grateful for? Positive psychology research shows that acknowledging our gratitudes can make us happier. So I'm giving you the opportunity to do just that in the giveaway. I'm grateful for my two sisters. They're fun, smart, kind, and beautiful. One of these days I'll beat Laurie in Words With Friends (she cheats, I swear) and maybe I'll cave to Susan's constant cajoling for me to move near her in South Carolina. I'm blessed to have siblings I call my friends. It makes all the teasing from childhood worth it! And thank YOU, awesome readers, for making my new release Blocked a top seller among volleyball books. a Rafflecopter giveaway
I've LOVED the fun and insightful reviews from book bloggers and authors on the AToMR tour, and I want to share some of my favorites: Reviewer Hazel from Musings of the Bookaholic Fairiesmade the banner above (so cute) and said, "This book reads like a movie." It made her feel "happy, sad, and all gooey inside". Momina from Novelty Books said, "Filled with Sweet Romance, Pressure and Regrets, Blocked is a story of how two people with different beliefs put that aside and simply enjoy what they have." In addition to my giveaway below, Mo hosts an ebook giveaway HERE.
Chanpreet from Confessions of a YA & NA Book Addict said, "I had no idea volleyball and politics could be so sexy!" Patty from Bookish Wanderlove said, "Both characters were amazing" and "The ending. OMG, I loved it!" I adore Leisha's reviews from RoloPolo Book Blog. "Blocked is a solid, entertaining and, character-driven read. From the moment Dane and Lucia meet face-to-face it is oil and water, cats and dogs, Republicans and Democrats." Michelle from Hot Guys in Books said, "I devoured this book in one sitting! Dane is a HOTTIE. He was just an awesome hero who made me swoon." Summer's Book Blog said, "The chemistry is so strong between these two. They play off each other very well. I love how they can help pick each other up after their weaknesses and secrets are revealed."
I want to THANK YOU with a giveaway.
11/11 is the LAST day to enter to win a $15 gift card and other goodies HERE.
Stay tuned for the Gratitude Giveaway starting 11/15.
What do a Hollywood playboy and a Disney Princess have in common? Not a lot, but they can fake it.
Jade Pratt is living a tough life, surviving paycheck to paycheck by working at Disneyland. She'd like nothing more than to be swept off her feet by her own Prince Charming.
Drew Malik is living what appears to be a charmed life: He’s the son of a famous actor and has money, women…anything he could want. But he's burning out in a life filled with booze and one night stands. When he finds out his trust fund is blocked until he either turns thirty or gets married, his friends plot to rescue him by placing an ad in the paper to find him a bride -- fast.
When Jade answers the ad, the pair meet up and agree to an arrangement that will solve both their problems. But when their fake marriage elicits real feelings and real problems, they're both forced to re-evaluate their deal.
Happily ever after was never the intention...but what if it's their destiny?
Recently I attended a writer/reader event, the Queen City Indie Con, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The author marketing panel was particularly good and I want to share their tips with YOU.
Book Marketing Tips
(The photo on the right shows authors Abbi Glines and Tara Sivec but I also learned from Tonya Kappes, Jayne Rylon, and MR Polish.) 1. Do you have a newsletter? (I don't at this time.) All the authors encouraged emailing a newsletter to your readers to inform them of new releases, giveaways, appearances, etc. If you rely on social media to spread the word, you give up control. For example, few Facebook fans now see posts on your page, and word on the street is that Twitter will also become more monetized. 2. Is your book on sale? How do you get the word out? Use Book Bub, a daily email alert sent to over one million readers. Getting a Book Bub ad is expensive but well worth it. Your book needs a certain number of reviews (including negative reviews!) to be accepted. 3. Is your ebook on Smashwords? If so, you can sell it to libraries through OverDrive. Check it out HERE. Most of my books aren't available on Smashwords but I just looked at my free novella and it's available at 36 libraries without my lifting a finger. 4. Will you attend a book conference? Partner with another author to purchase tote bags with your names on them. 5. Want to interact with readers? Schedule a Kindle chat, or post to the Kindle Author's Forum, like "Kindle Books Under $5.00 by Indie Authors". 6. Do you want to spread your swag around? Send it to Leena's Goody Room and they will share it with readers. 7. Want to engage readers? Host a giveaway to be a character in your book. 8. Do you want to offer unique swag? Where else can you get a shirtless man cookie? And I also have a swim cap for my swimming romance Streamline. What are some unique swag ideas you've developed?
So what marketing ideas did I miss?
There was also a book signing and I met some really cool authors! Author Jayne Rylon has published THIRTY-EIGHT books. Makes me feel insignificant with my paltry five. :-)
So my fellow writers, keep fighting the good fight to share your words with the world!
It's not easy being friends with rising rock stars - especially when you're the glue that holds them together.
Razes Hell has taken off in the charts, and Ellie can't believe her childhood friends, Drew and Jason Brooks, are on TV and drawing crowds after years spent playing in dodgy bars. From obscurity to overnight success, Ellie soon realises life in the public eye isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as dark secrets become headline news and old conflicts are re-ignited.
When a fake feud meant to boost the band’s popularity threatens to rip the boys apart for real, Ellie finds herself torn – a position which only gets more uncomfortable when her loyalty to Jason collides with her blossoming relationship with Drew.
Nobody knows how deep their issues run; nobody but Ellie. With friendship, a music career and a new love on the line, can Ellie keep their tangled pasts from ruining their futures?
Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.
Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.