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Interview with Katy Madison + Giveaway

October 31, 2011

My Q&A with Katy Madison:

Who are your romance “goddesses”? Do you have a top 5 of your favorite books?

Romance “goddesses” hmm. I’d have to count Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Georgette Heyer in my “goddess” category. And my top five favorite books, well, I read a lot of books, but reread very few. However there are a few I’ve read multiple times: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and then just to confuse people The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov and the Unofficial Guide to Disney World. Can’t go wrong reading about the happiest place on earth, but I also like to go there with a plan. While herding my kids around the parks, I earned the title, Sergeant Mom.

What makes writing historical romances so compellingly seductive to you? What do you look for when deciding to read a book?

I’m fond of history so historical romances are a good fit for me. As for what catches my interest when deciding what to read, lots of stuff. A pretty cover. An interesting premise. An author I’ve read and liked before. Honestly, I’ll read about anything. I just want characters I believe in and can understand why they make the choices they do. My reading mood will vary, as far as the angst to humor ratio I like.

Some authors say that their stories take them in surprising directions, or dialogue flows from some unknown place. Is it the same with you? Do your characters surprise you sometimes?

All the time. I’m fly into the mist writer. I can’t see where I’m going. I usually start with the premise and just one or two scenes in my head. I work to or from those scenes. I just try to understand the characters and what they want and why. Then usually they will surprise me by doing something I didn’t expect or refusing to do something I wanted them to do.

How do you like your heroes and heroines?

I just want heroes and heroines I can believe are real. I like men to be men, forceful and confident without being jerks, and women to be women, if perhaps a little more independent than women of their time might have been. I want my heroes and heroines to be people I admire and wish I could be.

What do you feel was the easiest part of writing ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION? What was the most difficult?

Writing is always such a jumbled up blur. It’s both easy and hard at the same time. I love a story that is in my head waiting to be written, I hate it when I get it on the page and it rarely lives up to how I envisioned it. I really love discovering the characters and learning who they are as I write. I usually hate revision, even though I know it makes the book better, and sending a book out without revision would be like going out in my underwear.

What are five fun facts about you or this book, that readers would love to know?

1) The original title was AN IMPURE BARGAIN
2) Plaster of Paris casts were used during the Crimean War 1853-1856. The same war that brought Florence Nightingale to prominence in nursing.
3) Originally Jack lost the lower part of his leg, but my editor made me fix him. So I found that a surgical repair of a shattered ankle with silver wire was performed in the mid 1850s. (Although it was more likely he would have had an amputation.)
4) The book Jack has in Chapter 24 is a real book.
5) The song that kept playing in my head while I was thinking about Jack and Caroline’s story was “Life in a Northern Town” by The Dream Academy.

What’s your favorite scene or moment from ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

I think my favorite scene is the epilogue, because I get to show the characters happy and in love. But I also liked the first time Jack and Caroline have sex because the scene is so awkward and cringe worthy. But it does get better.

What do you think that’s your best line of dialogue for this book?

I think my favorite line of dialogue belongs to one of the secondary characters. “The next time I accept an invitation to a hunt, I shall make quite sure I am not the prey.” Jack has some great thoughts, but he didn’t say them out loud, and there were a few fun exchanges, but out of context they probably won’t make sense.

Why do you think that readers will fall in love with your hero, Jack Applegate?

Jack is a great guy. He’s ambitious, hard working, yet extremely caring and patient, while perhaps a little too proud. He’s the perfect man to help Caroline heal.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

Up next is BRIDE BY MAIL a western-set (Colorado 1860s) mail-order bride story coming from Harlequin Historicals under the name Kate Madison.

And my last question that I always ask my interviewees: What makes a romance novel a great love story and would you define “romance”?

I think the characters are what make a romance novel a great love story and when you start rooting for them to have a happy ending that elevates it to a great love story. I would define “romance” not as the story of two people falling in love, but two people kicking and fighting against falling in love, because they believe it is the worst thing that could happen to them, but in the end they fall in love anyway.

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All About Seduction

by Katy Madison

December 1st 2011 by Avon

Caroline Broadhurst is about to take a lover— At her husband’s command. For fifteen years, Caroline has done everything her much older husband has desired—except provide an heir. Now he has given her an ultimatum: seduce a suitable gentleman and bear a son. Caroline would never think of bowing to such a shameful order, but then she meets Jack Applegate.

Jack has longed for the beautiful, untouchable Caroline for years, but the chasm between a lady and a laborer was too wide to ever dream of crossing. Now, fate and passion have thrown them together, but the potential scandal threatens to smother their love. And when a violent secret comes to light, only a terrible sacrifice will prevent the flame of their affection from being snuffed out forever …


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Katy Madison and Harper Collins will be giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Go check the other stops and the more you comment, the better your chances of winning!

Goddess Fish PartnerPrevious/ Next TOUR STOPS:
October 31: Reading Romances
November 1: Reader Girls
November 2: Seductive Musings
November 3: Romancing Rakes
November 4: I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

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SBBG4 Winners!

October 30, 2011

Thank you to all the 2 900 people who entered to win the awesome prizes!

And the SBBG4 winners are…

The first winner will choose 15 items from the prize list
 Entry #2270desi reilly
 
The 2nd will choose 13 items after the 1st winner has chosen 
Entry #678sue brandes/katsrus
 
The 3rd will get 12 items after the 2nd winner has chosen 
Entry #846Martina K
 
The 4th gets 10 items after the 3rd winner has chosen
Entry #82 LJ Kentowski
 
The 5th gets 10 items after the 4th winner has chosen 
Entry #4116Orsayor L. Simmons
 
The remaining books and/or giftcards will be given to our hosts.

And the giftcard winners are…
 
$25 gift certificate to Amazon or The Book Depository
Entry #4062Kulsuma
 
$15 Barnes & Noble eGift Card (US & Intl) or Gift Card (US)
Entry #3054Mary Preston
 
$15 in books from the Book Depository
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$10 in books from the Book Depository
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$10 gift certificate to Amazon
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A big thanks to our hosts and all the following featured authors:

 

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Want to be the first to be contacted when the sign ups start? Leave your info here and you’ll receive the information about the 5th edition: November 18 – 25.  


LIST OF PRIZES (SBBG4): 

$5 gift certificate to Changeling Press for a book of the winner’s choice
(x2) $ 5 gift certificate to Amazon
BOOKS:
* with the option of being signed with Kindlegraph (for the Kindle ebook version).
Fractured Time by Alan Draven (ebook)
Ghost on Black Mountain by Ann Hite (paperback)
Grey’s Lady, Carte Blanche Series Book One by Natasha Blackthorne (ebook)
Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood (paperback)
(x2)Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance (ebook)
Heart of Glass by Christy Hayes (ebook)
Heiress by Susan May Warren (paperback)
(x3)High-Risk Reunion by Gail Barrett SIGNED(paperback)
How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart by Donna Alward SIGNED(paperback)
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (paperback)
(x4) Justice For Emily by Sandy Wolters (ebook)
Misconception by Christy Hayes (ebook)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (paperback)
Notorious Eliza by Barbara Monajem (ebook)
*Off The Clock by Donna Alward (ebook)
One Night in Milan by Michelle Reid, Kate Hewitt, and India Grey (paperback)
Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James (paperback)
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (paperback)
(x4) Secret Bloodline by Talia Jager (eBook)
Shoe Strings by Christy Hayes (ebook)
Sunrise in a Garden of Love and Evil by Barbara Monajem SIGNED(paperback)
Tastes of Love and Evil Barbara Monajem SIGNED(paperback)
(x3) Tempted By Trouble by Liz Fielding (paperback)

Wild Fire by Liz Fielding (ebook)

 

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Amongst the Ruins by Saewod Tice

October 29, 2011

Amongst the Ruins

(The Chronicles of 2020)
by Saewod Tice

In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth’s population have survived and thrived after the Nuclear Disaster of 2020.
With the collapse of modern society, the population has regressed into eight clans.
Amongst these clans, an unusual girl grows from child to adult.
Raised on the run and in hiding, Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women. But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure, and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for.
Training as hard as a soldier would, in order to free herself from social constraints, she finds herself faced with an offer from a new clan–an offer that provides her with what she desires. But her recently found independence brings discovery, and discovery brings two very different men from her past—and each of them is determined to claim her.
One is obsessed with owning her, the other desires her as the only person who can make him love again.

About the author:
Saewod Tice lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.  A self-proclaimed foul mouthed, book nerd who loves reading genres ranging from Young Adult to Horror to Erotica.
To escape the structured, methodical confines of her day job, she delves into her overzealous imagination producing dystopian worlds and romances.  When not writing or spending time with her family, she embraces her Computer Geekdom through the internet. Including being a member of Writing.com, TextNovel writing forums, and RWC group.
Website / Facebook

My Thoughts:

I love reading sci-fis focused on “the end of the world”. How would the possible survivors live? What would be the cultural effect and what would change due to the circumstances? Here we see the story of Shilo, and accompany her growing up to adulthood. She’s the only POV we see through the story and her journey starts when she’s still only 12 – and right from the start we face the numerous issues her family has to go through. I won’t say much not to spoil the book, but the romance was straightforward in some places and, at other times, it lacked emotion and didn’t succeed to show the bond and feelings between the characters.

In my opinion, I wouldn’t consider this read a YA book mainly because of the way the author chose to approach sexuality. I’m not sure I would think that a few situations would be 100% believable, but for that we’d have to see where the series will take us. I could find a few homophones and missing words, and that’s something that bothered me a few times. However, it was a very enjoyable read and I loved the setting and the groups we got to see, I can’t wait to read the next book! I believe this series will be a trilogy, exploring the other members of her family that were so important to the protagonist. The development of the main character was great and I found it very clever the elements the author used for that. The dialogues and the sex scenes could improve a lot, and I’ll expect that when I read the following title. Amongst the Ruins is a story full of action with a hint of mystery and romance that won’t get out of your head for days after you read it. Let’s wait and see what Saewod Tice will present to us next time…

Rating 4/5

This ebook was received through Sizziling PR in exchange for an honest review.

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Order Of Chaos Giveaway Blitz

October 27, 2011

The Order of Chaos

by Rhonda L. Print

One man possessed her heart. The other possessed her soul.

Both had betrayed her.

Leah Wolfe, a federal agent for SINS, Supernatural Investigations of Non-Human Species is determined to move on with her life and master her own gifts, including the ability to speak to the souls of the dead. Her ex-fiancé, Joaquin Wildhorse, was unable to accept her gifts and gave himself to another. Ian Nightwalker was more than willing to soothe her broken heart.

With a prominent member of The Marquis, the vampire ruling council, intent of coming to Leah’s hometown, the threat of Chaos touching everyone she loves brings her down a path to work with both Joaquin Wildhorse and Ian Nightwalker once again.

The Order of Chaos grabs the reader on the first page and leads them on a journey full of romance, action and suspense as it follows Leah into her first official case with SINS.  Leah is a strong-willed, kick-ass heroine who has conquered a life full of adversity with grace.

Buy It Now!

And if you’re not convinced, here’s a short excerpt:

After one particularly long night, I poured myself a glass of wine and filled the tub. As I was about to ease into the rose-scented water, the bathroom light went out. I reached for the gun I had left on the counter before I realized that only the bathroom light had gone out. The hallway was still lit and I could still hear the soft music I’d left playing in the living room. The bulb had to be broken.

Making a mental note to pick up some spare light bulbs tomorrow, I pulled matches out of a drawer and lit the scented candle on the counter. I sank into the tub as the candlelight flickered and the scent of jasmine filled the room. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. That’s when I realized I was no longer alone.

About the author:

Rhonda L. Print was born and raised in the Midwest. She relocated to the desert southwest several years ago with her husband and children.

The unlimited possibilities of the paranormal world, the beauty of the desert and her love of reading inspires Rhonda to write paranormal romances. Her books include Nightwalker: A Leah Wolfe SINS Novel, her newest release The Order of Chaos and Guardian, coming soon to Liquid Silver Books.

When Rhonda isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, camping and outdoor activites. She enjoys doing interviews with fellow authors and loves hearing from readers. They can reach at  http://www.RhondaLPrint.com

One of you will win an ebook copy of ORDER OF CHAOS! What do you have to do? No, you don’t need to follow me, add entries and fill out any forms – simply leave a comment (no need to write your email addy by the end of the comment)! The giveaway ends tomorrow!

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An Author's Scrapbook – Susan McKinney

Today we’re having the lovely author Susan McKinney over the blog! We’ll get to know her family, secret wish, guilty pleasure and all of her favorite things!

 

1- Favorite Books – Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Urrea

2- Favorite Authors – Luis Urrea, Lorrie Moore, Tobias Wolff, Sandra Gulland

3- Favorite Blogs:

-The San Miguel Writers Conference where I met my publisher!
Gina Hyams writer friend who just did a book on pies!
The Mirror- My Mexican middle school students writing imperfectly in English.

4- Favorite place to read – On the back of a horse.  Ha – not!  In a beach chair, really.

5- Favorite hobby – Riding with my daughters

6- Oddball Fact – My father was the 1981 NBA Coach of the Year.  He was with the Indiana Pacers.  His name is Jack McKinney.

7- Secret Wish – To give a reading with my father, who wrote Tales from the St. Joseph´s Hardwood: The Hawk Will Never Die

8- Favorite drink – You thought I’d say Margaritas, but it’s Micheladas! Take the largest beer mug you can find and salt the rim. Add ice,
Clamato, Tabasco, beer.  I blogged about it.

9- Favorite food – Tacos, tacos, tacos

10- Guilty pleasure – Snooki

11- Favorite Band – This dates me.  Talking Heads, B-52s.

12- Any curiosities about you/your blog/your book – The most frequently asked question I get from book clubs and audiences is “What did your parents think about your wish to stay in Mexico and be with a poor teenager?”  To find out the answer, read Flirting in Spanish!

You can find out more about Susan by visiting her Website, Blog and Facebook!

Thank you for sharing, Susan! Wanna be part of this feature? Read about it here and sign up now!

Image Credits
Lorrie Moore - http://www.google.com.mx/search?tbm=isch&hl=es&source=hp&biw=859&bih=390&q=lorrie+moore&gbv=2&oq=Lorrie+Moore&aq=0&aqi=g1g-S8&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=500l3797l0l6015l16l14l2l3l2l0l328l1672l0.1.4.1l6l0
Book Cover - Tales from the St. Joseph´s Hardwood -
 http://www.amazon.com/Tales-St-Josephs-Hardwood-Never/dp/1582619298/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318022445&sr=1-1
Snooki - http://www.google.com.mx/search?tbm=isch&hl=es&source=hp&biw=859&bih=390&q=snooki&gbv=2&oq=snooki&aq=0&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=1531l2359l0l4469l6l6l0l0l0l0l360l969l2-1.2l3l0#q=snooki&hl=es&gbv=2&tbm=isch&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=4bfc9f26a5403ea6&biw=1024&bih=560
The Hummingbird´s Daughter -
 http://www.amazon.com/Hummingbirds-Daughter-Luis-Alberto-Urrea/dp/0316154520/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318024640&sr=8-1

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