Guest Post: Musckross Folly

Today author J.L. Austgen stops by and gives us a little insight into his life as an author. His second book of the Evelyn Morgan Series, Muckross Folly, is available now. Enjoy!

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Reeling from the destruction of her team at the hands of her deputy, FBI agent Evelyn Morgan vows revenge against her nemesis, the assassin that planned the operation, Omar Ben Iblis. The trail leads to an old friend, well-connected and well-placed in Washington’s political establishment. When he refuses to help, Morgan must scramble to find the pieces to the puzzle. While investigating, she discovers a vicious new menace, more cunning and deadly than anyone she has ever faced. Trained and mentored by Ben Iblis, this new threat has already struck her family, and if Morgan doesn’t act quickly, she’ll be the talented protégé’s next victim.- Goodreads

 

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GUEST POST

Thank you very much for hosting me today!

One of the greatest things I enjoy about being an author is engaging with readers. It was a little strange at first, shortly after my first novel was published, getting used to the idea that people were interested in asking questions and discussing characters and issues I created. With the publication of Muckross Folly, though, I’ve grown used to it. Invariably, one of the most frequent questions I get when speaking with readers is, “How do you write a female heroine?”

I was taken aback the first time I heard the question. I mean, I get the idea that I’m a man, and men may not always understand women, but as an author, I understand characters. And while my wife may argue I view Evelyn Morgan as more than a character, at her core, that’s what she is. That’s where I started. It was the transformation and development of this character into a woman which sometimes surprises even myself. That’s a rather long-winded expansion on my standard answer, which goes something like, “It’s a challenge.” Which it is. But I’m not sure it’s anything particularly special. Of course, I have several fantastic female editors, who I can’t thank enough. Particularly my wife. On several occasions, she’s read initial drafts of passages, shaken her head, and said, “There’s no woman in the world who would say that.” Or do that. Or think that. So I suppose a lot of my success in crafting Evelyn goes back to the ongoing education I receive from all of my female friends, my editors, and my wife.

I suppose I should start preparing myself for the inevitable “How do you write a female villain?” (Because there’s a nasty one in Muckross Folly.) But I haven’t gotten that question yet, and the novel was published over sixty days ago. I’m not sure what that says about how women are perceived.

I sincerely hope you enjoy Muckross Folly, and please read the first novel in the series Keyser Run. I would also love to hear from you at http://www.facebook.com/jlaustgen, on Goodreads, or on my site http://www.jlaustgen.com.

 

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J.L. Austgen grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Brebeuf Jesuit High School where his love for writing fiction took root. After graduating, he moved to Colorado to attend college and study creative writing. An information technology engineer, Mr. Austgen created Evelyn Morgan out of a need for a creative outlet.

He spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and spending time with his family. Married, with two children, Mr. Austgen currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Wanted: Wife Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Author:  Gwen Jones

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:  June 4, 2013

Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers  and Literati Author Services

 

Synopsis

 

Andy Devine is advertising for a wife on a utility pole, and interviewing him is the last thing TV reporter Julie Knott needs. Especially after her cheating fiancé just tweeted their disengagement. Now she has got to choose: get the story—or become it?

Wanted: Wife

Landed, Financially Secure 40-Yr-Old Male

* Handsome, but with old-school communication skills and a secret past *

Seeks Healthy, Athletic Female

* Preferably a pretty reporter with a messy love life who has never spent a day in the woods *

For Marriage and Family

* What could possibly go wrong? *

If you love the humor and romance of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, don’t miss the fabulous debut of Gwen Jones

 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16089225-wanted

PURCHASE LINKS  (Paperbacks not available until July 2)

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 INTERVIEW

Q. At what point in your life did you realize that being an author was no longer going to be just a

dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?

A. I once had someone say to me that anyone could be an author, but it takes a lot of sweat and

perseverance to be a writer. Calling writing a “dream” minimizes the amount of effort needed as

it’s truly hard work, and if you don’t throw yourself into it whole-heartedly, you’d never get

anywhere. All writers, at least the ones that take themselves seriously, know that, and the truth is

it’s an ongoing process only as good as your last book.

Q. How did you choose the genre you write in?

A. I write in several genres in addition to Romance, but the reason I write Romance is because I

love it. How could you not love something that makes you feel so good?

Q. How did you choose the title for Wanted: Wife?

A. That honor belongs to my lovely editor, Tessa Woodward, of HarperCollins/Avon.

Q. How did you get involved with your current publisher?

A. I met Tessa Woodward at a Liberty States Fiction Writers conference, at an editor/agent pitch

session. I CANNOT stress the importance of Writers Conferences enough to any writer with a

FINISHED manuscript who wants to get published. They WORK.

Q. How does your writing process look? Consistent with regular amounts of word counts

daily/weekly… or more sporadic with a gush of words all at once and then a dry bed for a while?

A. Every writer has a different method and there really is no one correct way. For me, when I start a

book, I work on it every day until it’s finished, with no fixed word or page counts. For me, this

works as the deeper I get into the story, the easier and more intensely it flows, and it’s a process

that’s pretty hard to stop.

Q. Is there a question you’d love someone to ask you, but they haven’t? If so, what is it, and how

would you answer it?

A. I would just love someone to ask me “How can you write so glowingly about New Jersey when

it’s really a stinking cesspool of toxic waste and corruption?” And I would say, “You keep

thinking that sweetheart, as it’s a myth perpetuated by its inhabitants to keep everyone else

OUT.”

Give us the 140 character TWEET description of your book.

A, Andy Devine’s advertising for a wife on a utility pole and reporter Julie Knott’s interviewing

him. But does she get the story or become it?

 


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Gwen Jones, after spending years writing several unpublishable novels, decided to learn what she was doing wrong or give it all up. So after earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University, she’s now so good they even allow her to teach there. An unabashed born-and-bred native of Southern New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, she lives with her husband, Frank, and the absolute cutest cat in the world, Gracie.

Visit my website – Gwen Jones Writes

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Blog Tour & Guest Post: The Upside of Letting Go by Nacole Stayton

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I’m honored to be a stop on Nacole Stayton’s tour for her book, The Upside of Letting Go. It is out TODAY!!! Nacole has been gracious enough to share with me her dream cast of characters. Be sure and enter my GIVEAWAY for a free e-copy!

 

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Haley Martin decides the only way to let go of her lingering nightmares is to literally move on. Taking a leap of faith she finds herself enrolling at a campus hundreds of miles away from home.

She leaves any thoughts of dating again in Jersey, that is until fate crosses her path with a blue-eyed stud named Kyler King. He is notoriously known for being emotionally unattainable, but his façade is only to hide the burdens he bares every day.

As Kyler and Haley’s physical attraction becomes deeper, the secrets of the past threaten to surface. When Haley’s past collides with the present, will her secrets prove too big of an obstacle hindering their happily ever after, or will letting go be the key that locks their bond forever?

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17189305-the-upside-of-letting-go

Dream cast:

Lucy Hale as Haley Martin

Kellan Lutz as Kyler King

Zac Efron as Jude Meyers

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Nacole Stayton was born and raised Christian “Nacole” Stayton. She is twenty-three years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state, Kentucky. She spends her days working at the local hospital and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos and iced coffee.

Author Links:  FACEBOOK | BLOG | TWITTER

Tour Schedule

April 14th     Literati Literature Loversovers

April 14th     Romance Schmomance

April 14th     Book Fanatic

April 14th     The Book List Reviews

April 14th     Book Crush

April 14th     The Little Black Book Blog

April 14th     Wolfel’s World of Books

April 15th     Becca the Bibliophile

April 15th     Choo Choo Tre

April 15th     Becca the Bibliophile

April 16th     Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost!!

April 16th     Up All Night Book Blog

April 17th     Book Nerds Anonymous

April 17th     Angela’s Smexy Book Reviews

April 17th     Laura’s Review Bookshelf

April 17th     Sugar and Spice Book Reviews

April 18th     Always YA at Heart

April 18th     M&M Book Blog

April 19th     Seductive Romance Reviews

April 19th     Suddenly *Not So* Single Journey

April 20th     Novel Seduction

April 20th     Pezz Rambles

April 20th     Tiffany Talks Books

 

Out of Reach Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Today Jocelyn Stover stops by to promote her Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy novel Out of Reach. She introduces us to one of the characters, Ben. Be sure and stay tuned and enter for your FREE e-book copy of Out of Reach (Wanderer #1).

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You can’t escape who you are, but no one ever stops to explain to you the cost of discovering such knowledge. By the time Gwen learns that her fiery red hair marks her as more than just a bad temper on two legs it’s too late to make a choice. Catapulted into a realm she doesn’t understand thanks to the actions of those around her, Gwen is forced to embrace an unknown legacy and rely on the word of an old friend who is more than he seems. Will the price of self-discovery prove too much for Gwen to bear? And how do you save the world when everything feels just out of reach

 

CURRENT RATING AVERAGES (AS OF 3/5/2013)

Goodreads.com  –  4.50 Stars

Amazon.com  –  5.00 Stars

Barnesandnoble.com  –  4.50 Stars

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GUEST POST

Meeting Ben

Introducing a new character is fun… sometimes. Often the story is moving along and where characters enter feels set in stone. They pop up simply because you reach the scene where they are supposed to be. That doesn’t mean their introduction won’t be phenomenal, but every once in a while you get a character whose introduction isn’t scripted. They can insert themselves almost anywhere. I love those moments, it gives me a chance to play and indulge my sense of humor. I have this tendency in life, if I can make something funny, I’m going to try.  That’s what happened with Ben’s introduction and consequently it’s one of my favorite parts of the story. He’s absolutely an essential character but he could have chosen to make his debut almost anywhere in the first half of the book.  I got to have fun choosing where to stick this over six foot, lithe, blonde, blue eyed fireman who reminds this author a lot of Alexander Skarsgard.

The whole scene, of which I’ve given you a snippet, was constructed on a whim so I could make light of my favorite fireman clichés, the calendar and that joke about rescuing cats that’ve gotten themselves stuck up a tree (which appears later). My sense of humor is a little off, I know. What’s even funnier is after Out of Reach was published a neighbor of mine made an offhand comment and I was reminded how many firemen I actually know! It’s a lot. To set the record straight, while I am a sucker for the whole uniform thing Ben isn’t based off of anyone I know. Sorry to disappoint but this sexy man candy can only be found in the pages of Out of Reach.

Sigh… meet Ben:

Halfway through my old-school impression of head banging, I overhear the women next to me say, “God, I hope he’s in the calendar this year.”

“Yeah, Mr. February can pay me a house call anytime,” her friend chimes in.

“February? Why February?”

“Because silly, it’s my birth month and those wintery blue eyes are to die for.”

Giggling, their storm of compliments continues, spreading around the bar like wildfire. Lifting my head, I run my fingers through the unruly strands of my hair, smoothing them back into place as best I can after my recent dance exploit. I don’t even have to glance up into the mirror: I know exactly who those women are talking about. My fireman has arrived.

Reaching into my purse, I grab my lip gloss and apply a fresh coat of shine. Sitting up straight on my stool, I take a deep breath then silently count to three before gazing into the angled mirror above us.

The firemen have most certainly arrived, and every woman within spitting distance of their table is on high alert. While most of them are casually dressed, sporting jeans and their navy logo t-shirts, a few of them are rocking the uniform. It’s the work of a moment for my brain to dismiss most of the party and lock onto to the face of one uniformed man sitting with his back to the window.

Yes, his eyes are a soft wintery blue; the woman next to me got that much correct, but there’s so much more to them than that. From my perch at the bar, I’ve seen frost in those eyes on occasion and, let me tell you, the reflection of the winter storm can be just as glorious as the friendly glow they’re exuding tonight.

Shivering slightly, I hold my breath as my eyes continue to drink him in. He’s fair-haired with sculpted cheek-bones and lightly bronzed skin (the healthy kind that comes from spending time outdoors), tall enough that even I have to tilt my head back a little to look into the splendor of his face. Leanly muscular but not too bulky, his body moves with the easy grace of an athlete.

Shaking my head from side to side I sigh, looking down at my beer bottle for distraction. It goes without saying: I’ve been stalking this fair-haired Viking god of a man for quite some time. In fact, he’s the reason Melanie started frequenting The Spotted Dog on Friday nights.

AUTHOR BIO

I’m a thoughtful, sarcastic, work-o-holic, mother of four. I must thrive on chaos because I’ve certainly built enough of it into my life already! I write during the stolen mintures of the day when the children are in bed or at school. When I’m not writing you can find me up to no good with my kiddos, or outside soaking up the sunshine.

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Blogger Book Fair Day 2: Guest Post from Allison Blanchard

Day 2 of Blogger Book Fair I am honored to bring to you a guest post from Allison Blanchard, author of Forget Me Not! I hope you enjoy this wonderful post that she’s put a lot of time an effort into. Be sure and follow the Rafflecopter link at the end to a giveaway!

Guest Post:

So, I’ve always had a lot of reads ask me who I’d cast if “Forget Me Not” ever became a movie. After much thought and research, I think I have found the almost perfect people to play my beautiful characters. So, without further delay, I give you Allison’s made up movie cast. Enjoy!

Cole Dyami
Of course, I had to start with the sweetheart gentleman of the novel, Cole. For Cole, I pictured Tyler Posey, with his hair longer and curly, like Cole’s. Now, don’t mind me as I drool. Sorry I’m not sorry.
Adeline Jasley
For the female lead of my very lovely, but very stubborn character, I had to really think about it. But I feel that Kaya Scodelario looks like Addie and could play the insecure, stubborn loner that is Adeline. 
Chenoa Dyami
For Chenoa, I knew I needed someone beautiful, sophisticated, but also innocent. I think that Roseanne Supernault could play Chenoa well.
Elsu Dyami
Ever since “Forget Me Not” was born, I knew who’d I would LOVE to play Elsu. Eddie Spears is a great actor and I think he could portray the brewdy, older brother very well. So, Eddie if you’re reading this….PLEASE!!!!!!
Paco Dyami
I think that Gil Birmingham would great as Paco. I love the movies he is in and I think he  looks like Paco and could portray him well.  

Emma Jasely
Emma was another tough character to cast. However, once I found Gemma Arterton, I’d knew she looks like a perfect Emma. 
Henry 
Oh, Henry. I had to cast him. For Henry, I think that Micah A. Hauptman looks the part and could play the annoying sister’s boyfriend well.
Well, there you have it. A cast list for all the major characters of “Forget Me Not.” I hope you have enjoyed my blog post and I hope you all check out my novel, “Forget Me Not.” 
Cole Dyami is a mysterious boy with a dangerous secret. Adeline Jasely is a typical teenage girl. Living in the seemingly normal small town of Great Falls Montana, Adeline is confronted with everyday teenage problems by a not so normal beautiful boy. As Adeline and Cole’s worlds collide, the line between illusion and reality is blurred. According to a tribal legend, Adeline and Cole are no longer two friends, but two pieces in a complicated mystery. Suddenly, Adeline finds herself in a world she never knew existed. Along side Cole, she attempts to unravel the mysteries of the small Chippewa tribe in order to not only find out who Cole Dyami truly is, but who she is as well. As Cole and Adeline begin to uncover the secrets behind the legends of the Chippewa tribe, illusion slowly unravels into reality and friendship gradually melts into a mutual need of survival.”

About Allison Blanchard:

Allison Blanchard is currently a student at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia where she is pursuing her bachelor degrees in English Creative Writing and French. She is an active sister in Sigma Alpha Omega where she continues to grow as a woman in Christ. She writes everyday, drinks too much coffee, and is looking forward to the next adventure her characters will take her. 

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