Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Believe by Emily Fuller

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! This week on Coffee with Colette, please welcome fellow Sweet Cravings Publishing author Emily Fuller! (I told you I was sweet.) I am so excited to introduce this debutante and her YA Paranormal Romance Believe. Check it out...

About Believe

Seventeen-year-old Addisyn Parker is used to being different. From an early age, she’s had the ability to see otherworldly creatures with shimmering skin and glowing irises that are completely imaginary to everyone else. Her sporadic hallucinations continually haunt her to no end.

Addisyn’s life takes an unexpected turn when an absurdly handsome stranger, Drake Carpathia, reveals a sudden interest in her. Despite her best efforts in evading him, Drake’s unwavering advances are not something that can be ignored. There’s something different about him—an entrancing secret that Addisyn finds hard to resist.

Unexplainable events start to unfold as Drake submerges her into a world full of possibilities that Addisyn thought only existed in myths and legends. Strange, paranormal events start happening around her, including frequent visits from one of the ethereal beings who seems hell-bent on stalking her. With all of the supernatural chaos, Addisyn literally has no option but to believe the impossible or risk living a life shrouded by insanity.

Now Available from Amazon for Kindle and Barnes & Noble for Nook and in all eBook formats from the Sweet Cravings Store.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Scott Cairns' Amazon Breakthrough Novel Interviews

Author Scott Cairns, a fellow Semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (in the General Fiction category) for his novel Silver, is biding his time awaiting our fate by interviewing other contenders, including yours truly!  He asked me about myself, my writing, and my own ABNA Semi-finalist, All My Tomorrows....

ABNA: The Rest of the Field (Romance)

By Scott on April 27, 2013

Continuing my obsession with the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, I thought I would continue by checking out the rest of the opposition in the other categories. Bad idea…..
I’ve thrown stuff at the wall and uttered some unforgivably bad words so this free publicity is really just atonement. I would like to thank Colette Saucier for her time to complete this interview. Good luck in this round but if we meet in Seattle….the gloves are off!

In keeping with this digital world of brevity, tell us about yourself in no more than 50 words. 
I am married with three grown daughters and two crazy dogs. Every day begins with strong coffee and ends with robust wine. I’m addicted to history, literature, and outrageously expensive cheese. I love reading, writing, and world travel. My dream is to become a best-selling author and live in Tuscany.

Your book ‘All My Tomorrows’ is one of the final five novels in the ‘Romance’ category of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Can you tell us a little about the book and why you think it has made it this far.

All My Tomorrows is the story of Alice McGuillicutty, the head-writer of a long-running soap opera who would do anything to save the show from cancellation. When a scandal forces film star and Hollywood bad-boy Peter Walsingham onto the set of 'All My Tomorrows,’ Alice hopes that the aggravation of dealing with this prima donna, who believes himself above soap operas and everyone associated with them, will ultimately be rewarded by keeping the show off the network chopping block. The novel also includes some chapters of a book-within-the-book, as Alice reads an old melodramatic absurdist novel for inspiration and allows that story to influence her own.
As far as it making it into the ABNA Semi-finals, no one could have been more surprised than I.       Continue reading.......

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

All the Appearance of Goodness by Maria Grace

Coffee with Colette
Good morning, dear readers!  My guest this week for Coffee with Colette is Maria Grace, another fellow Austen Author whom I had the pleasure of meeting last summer in the sweltering Atlanta heat with an entire JASNA ensemble. If you haven't read her work before, you're in for a special treat because her first novel - Darcy's Decision - is FREE for Kindle through Saturday! She just released her third novel, All the Appearance of Goodness - which I cannot wait to read - but today she is also going to tell you how hummingbirds figure not just into her writing but also in her getting a couple of black-belts as well! Maria is a true Renaissance woman you will definitely want to meet....

I just released my third novel, and I’m on blog tour to let people know. Thanks, Colette, for inviting me to share with your readers!

I have to admit, it is such a strange thing to hear myself saying thing like I released my third novel; I am an author; I am writing full-time right now. I’m still looking around and trying to figure out how I got here. I am standing in the middle of it all and still not quite sure how it happened.

On the other hand, that has been the story of most things in my life. A stray idea comes zinging past,
a pretty little humming bird zooming through the wildflower fields of my mind. Oh, look, a pretty bird! And I’m off chasing it down with bulldog tenacity, usually not stopping until the pretty little birdy is perched on my nose and I’m wondering how in the world did I get here?
That’s how I ended up a college professor. I was halfway through my graduate program, sitting in a meeting with my dissertation chairman. He got a call from a local community college looking for an instructor. He looked at me and the pretty birdy zoomed right past and I was off. That adventure lasted for sixteen years.

My eldest son’s first year in middle school brought his first real experience with bullying, so we enrolled him and his brothers in martial arts. I was invited to attend the first week of classes with them. Guess what, that same little birdy popped his head in and five years later I have two black belts and a Chinese fighting fan on my wall. I never, ever thought I would do martial arts and never pictured myself as a black belt. I’m still not sure how that all came together, since I am still the same klutzy mom I was when I started.

Writing has pretty much followed the same path. My little buzzy-bird friend appears, often while I am out running, and he makes me follow him. Crafty little creature hates established paths and would much rather pick a trail through the woods where no one has gone before. So, the Austenesque stories I write are also a bit off the beaten path.

My academic training in sociology, economic, psychology and education makes me fascinated by what influences people and how a change in circumstances or a change in the way one responds to them can make a huge difference. So my little muse-y bird offers all sorts of pretty possibilities in the form of what-ifs.

For my first series, the what if was inspired by Darcy’s speech to Elizabeth after she accepts his proposal. He says he was given good principles but left to follow them in vanity and conceit. “What if he had someone to help him follow those principles from the beginning? What would have happened then?” That was all I needed! I took off with that story and ran with it.

In the first volume, Darcy’s Decision, Darcy’s good principles are challenged by the discovery of his father’s darkest secrets. (By the way, Volume I, Darcy's Decision is FREE on Amazon for Kindle Tuesday through Saturday!)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

#ABNA Semi-finalist!?! For Once I Am Speechless...

Welcome to the Sneak Peek Sunday for April 21st, 2013!

For anyone who read last week's Sneak Peek Sunday, I was excited enough to have All My Tomorrows selected as a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

I had it all figured out. You see, I had just finished production on the audiobook for Pulse and Prejudice (and it sounds amazing!), so I was naturally anxious to get started on the audiobook for All My Tomorrows as well. Of course, as long as it's a contender in the ABNA contest, I can't do anything with it; so I have been waiting patiently for April 16th for it to be eliminated so I could go forward with auditions for the audiobook. The best laid plans of mice and men!

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I found out that All My Tomorrows had actually been selected one of the FIVE Semi-finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest (out of 500 Quarterfinalists - and 10,000 entries overall)! Plus, it received a lovely review from Publishers Weekly - a portion of which I have included below.  So needless to say, the audiobook will have to wait awhile longer.

Thus, it seems only appropriate that this week I offer another excerpt from the little novel that could, All My Tomorrows. In this excerpt, Alice and Peter and friends are at a karaoke bar in New Orleans (and Alice hates karaoke).

     After the first round of salt/shot/lime, they pulled Alice inside where the strains of karaoke music echoed throughout the crowded bar. A table had been held for them, and their appearance provoked points and stares, which Peter ignored. Somehow Alice ended up between Peter and Dirk, but after the next round of salt/shot/lime, she didn’t care.
     Then the moment she had dreaded arrived – karaoke. Eileen and Evan begged and cajoled, but she wouldn’t budge. They were the first of them to go on stage with a ridiculous rendition of “I Got You, Babe” that had the audience howling.
     Later, as Eileen and Dirk launched into “Summer Nights,” Peter said

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bound in Evil by Marie Rose Dufour: Coffee with Colette

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! This week on Coffee with Colette, fellow Secret Cravings Publishing author Marie Rose Dufour has dropped by to tell you about her new paranormal romance trilogy!  She's kicking it off with Bound in Evil, and she has included a sexy, super-hot excerpt at the end of this post for adults only! (You have been warned.) Do you like witches? I bet you've never seen witches like this before!

     Hello everyone! First off, I’d like to thank Colette for hosting me here today. I’m here to promote my newest novel, Bound in Evil. It’s the beginning of an eerily creepy erotic romance trilogy about three families of powerful witches and their fight against an ancient evil that has awakened after centuries of slumber.

     It makes me laugh that my new novels are in the paranormal genre because anyone who know me, knows I’m the biggest wimp there is out there. All I know is that if I was in a house and it whispered, “Get out” to me, it wouldn’t have to ask me twice. My dust would rival the Road Runner’s running away from Wile E. Coyote. I’m not even kidding. As a kid, my parents used to judge how scary something was by the distance

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - All My Tomorrows

ABNA Quarter SEMI-Finalist!

Welcome to the Sneak Peek Sunday for April 14th, 2013!

Today I am sharing a snippet from my contemporary romance All My Tomorrows (blurb below). Last month, it was selected as one of the 500 Quarter-finalists (of 10,000 entries!) in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition! This is in addition to being voted a Top 10 Romance Novel of 2012  and Austenprose naming yours truly  "Debut Author of the Year" for 2012!

UPDATE:  Tuesday, April 16th, Amazon announced that All My Tomorrows has been selected as one of the 25 SEMI-FINALISTS in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition!

French Quarter, New OrleansIn this excerpt, despite all her efforts to avoid him, Alice has found herself once again thrown into the company of movie star Peter Walsingham as he is filming in New Orleans, and he has joined her at a patio bar in the French Quarter one hot August night...

     Nothing felt right. Nothing felt real. Conversations continued around her, but she heard all of the voices as if she were underwater. Her skin waged a shoving-match with the atmosphere, the heavy, floral-scented night air covering her like a warm, damp blanket. She had already had three cocktails. She must be drunk from the alcohol and the humidity. She drank the mint julep then fished two ice cubes from the glass and put them on the nape of her neck. She closed her eyes as the ice melted into a cool rivulet down her back.
     “Are you okay?” Peter asked, and she opened her eyes.
     “Yes, I really am just hot and tired and – oh, my God.” At the sight of the scurrying creature on the wall, she spoke low but wanted to scream.
     “What is it?”
     “What was in this drink? Please tell me I’m hallucinating.” He followed her line of vision. “On the wall. Right there. Running on the wall. Is that a…a rat?”
     “Do you mean with the white fur?”
     “Well, yes!”
     He turned back to her. “No, I don’t see anything. I think you are hallucinating.” He stuck two fingers into her glass and retrieved more ice. He leaned toward her and ran his hand beneath her hair and held the ice against her skin.
     The nearness of his mouth made her dizzy and her heart race, and his holding the ice against her somehow made her warmer. “Then how did you know it was white?”
     “Oh, the white fur. No, that’s not a rat. That was a cat.”
     She narrowed her eyes at him. “I don’t think I believe you. Eileen?” But by the time she got Eileen’s attention, the ivy-covered walls were critter-free.
     “Do you want another drink?” Peter asked.
     “Are you trying to get me drunk?”
     The ice had melted, but he still held his hand against her damp neck, his fingers gently massaging the base of her skull. “I think I’m too late for that.”
     He’s trying to seduce me.  He’s trying to seduce me, and it’s working.

I hope you enjoyed that little tidbit from All My Tomorrows. (Click here for more.) Amazon has the first chapter of all quarter-finalists available for download for free (please note, All My Tomorrows has a book-within-a-book, so it opens with the melodramatic novel the heroine Alice is reading - "The Edge of Darkness"), but naturally I would rather you read the novel in its entirety (the eBook is only $2.99 in any format). PLUS the free Kindle sample gives you more than just the first chapter!

By the way, I just happened to notice that Amazon also has the paperback on SALE for 10% off, for all you anti-eBook readers. Not sure why or how long it will last!

You can find more Sunday snippets from other amazing authors by using the Twitter hashtag #SneakPeekSunday.

Don't forget to come back Wednesday when Marie Rose DuFour stops by for Coffee with Colette!

About All My Tomorrows

All My Tomorrows is losing the ratings war.

For headwriter Alice McGillicutty, the past year has had enough drama. Her mother passed away, her last relationship ended in disaster, and now poor ratings are catapulting her long-running soap opera toward cancellation. For comfort and creative inspiration, she begins reading The Edge of Darkness, an old melodramatic paperback she found among her mother's belongings.

When scandal rips Hollywood bad boy Peter Walsingham off the tabloids and into her studio, Alice doubts the small screen is big enough for his ego - or his entourage. In their battle of pride and prejudice, will Peter's vanity and arrogance compel Alice to write him out of her script, or can she find a role for him in All My Tomorrows?

“5 out of 5 stars: All My Tomorrows has solidified the thoughts I had after reading Pulse and Prejudice, in that Saucier is a master storyteller. Her ability to keep the reader engaged throughout both works is fantastic.” - Kimberly Denny-Ryder for Austenprose

Monday, April 8, 2013

Bloodsucker Races with Ciaran Dwynvil

Good morning, dear readers! We are starting the week off right with a Monday edition of Coffee with Colette. I know I complain about my "soul-sucking day job" regularly, but I actually had to work an hour late on Friday! Now that's just wrong. So to kick this week off on the right foot, Ciaran Dwynvil - the bard of gay erotic paranormal fantasy himself - is here to get our pulses racing even if you <gasp!> drink decaf!                              ~Colette

Thank you, Colette, for having me as your guest today. I'm very excited to be here to tell you about my newest gay erotic paranormal fantasy, In Blue Poppy Fields. The book will please not only all fans of Belial, the Prince of Trickery, the Lord of Lust and the Antilight... aka Guardian Demon, but all readers who love vampires.

Though... perhaps not all, as vampire stories differ greatly. Some have gloomy, horror atmosphere, some are full of blood and violence, still others brim with dark sensuality. How should you know ours would be to your liking? Apart from reading a sample chapter on Amazon or Smashwords to get a feel of the tale, you can learn about various aspects of a vampire's life in our world during the In Blue Poppy Fields release tour

Let's first take a look at the book and then we will move on to our topic for today:  Races of Bloodsuckers

In Blue Poppy Fields In Blue Poppy Fields Blurb:

     A victim to another man's cruelty, talented and beautiful theater actor Adhemar Lebeau learned not to trust and not to love anybody but himself. Falsely accused of his master's murder, he has to accept assistance of mysterious Count Sanyi Arany to later discover his savior is a vampire. Forced both by a fatal illness and aftershocks of torture experienced during his unjust imprisonment, Adhemar agrees to the only possible cure. Rebirth.
      Healed in body but not in mind, he guards his independence, free will and heart. He is not able to give love, only the fulfillment of lust. Yet, satiation of sensuous longing is not enough for his Sire and he knows it. When an eerie malady strikes and seems to deplete Sanyi's life energy for unknown reasons, Adhemar understands his fears and agrees to keep a street boy, Reyach, as a pet for both of them in hope it will soothe the unspoken worries.
      Out of necessity he finds himself in the role of the only hunter in their company, and out of attachment he accepts the responsibility readily. Indulgence in blood and carnal pleasures fill his nights and vampiric powers give him the feeling of safety. Until the evening when he carelessly falls prey to High Demon Belial's plays that quickly turn into more than either of them has bargained for.
      In spite of a hard start, Adhemar feels burning urge deep in his heart and no matter how much he denies it, the cause of the strange sensation is a budding seed of affection brought to life by the insufferable demon. But letting Adhemar learn to love somebody other than him is not what seemingly innocent Reyach plans.

So, the blurb only revealed the book is about vampires. But what kind of vampires? Read on and learn about the different bloodsucker races inhabiting our world.

    Both Sanyi and Adhemar belong to the most known race: the true vampires of the night. Only its members can be destroyed by sunrays. That might sound unfortunate. However, this race is also blessed with powers the other races do not normally possess. One is the ability to fly, another is the gift of Rebirth, and the last is mind-to-mind communication with others of their kind and also with other immortals once a vampire gets beyond the beginner steps in telepathy. Some are naturally more gifted in this skill, some are less; but all of them are able to communicate on this level even if with different eloquence. All of them can also read thoughts of mortals. In some circumstances it can be a life saving ability, very much like the faculty for flying. But if an image of a bat crossed your mind now, let it go. True vampires of the night do not shift their shape into animal forms. Their flight is a sort of levitation. Very elegant but relatively fast if they so choose.

    The far less common race of bloodsuckers are Hunters. Hunters are warm-blooded vampires who aren't harmed by sunshine. Hunters don't necessarily need blood to sustain themselves. They can feed on meat as well. They do not typically indulge in telepathy, and if they do learn to

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - Pulse and Prejudice

Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday for April 7th!
I know, it has been a long time since I have posted a Sunday excerpt; but I have been dealing with my own March Madness, which has turned me into a very bad blogger.
I won't go into the gory details of the more stressful aspects of my "real" life, but on the plus side, I did complete a new romantic suspense - Alicia's Possession - which will be published in July by Secret Cravings Publishing!

I also just finished the "proof-listening" for the audiobook version of Pulse and Prejudice, my paranormal adaptation of Jane Austen's classic, which tells the story of Mr. Darcy - vampire. It is still in production but should be available early this summer, and it sounds amazing! At one point, I even got chills - and I knew what was coming! Of course, you don't have to wait for the audiobook, as it is currently available in print and all eBook formats.

These are a few lines I enjoyed hearing spoken aloud by the narrator, as Mr. Darcy contemplates immortality juxtaposed against (Spoiler Alert if you don't know the plot of Pride and Prejudice) his efforts to preserve Lydia's reputation to save Elizabeth from grief....

     In his restless early morning hours when he longed for the sleep that would bring a respite to his thoughts, Darcy’s mind often turned to eternity. What would it mean to live, or exist rather, forever? He found the very idea daunting. The last eight and twenty years had been fraught with pain, heartache, and death. Would he suffer the same wounds into the next century? The next millennium? Or in a sea of infinite time, would the significance of such events be diluted? Would he one day lose all affinity for those whom Wickham had labelled insects called the human race?
      For now, it mattered not. Although he inhered in eternity, presently he marked the days of his own lifetime. As the decades passed, the reputation of one silly girl and the happiness of one young woman might long be forgotten; but for the moment, these fleeting vexations guided his every action.

I hope you enjoyed that little tidbit from Pulse and Prejudice. (Click here for more excerpts) You can find more Sunday snippets from other amazing authors by using the Twitter hashtag #SneakPeekSunday.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Passions of Dr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Coffee with Colette
Good morning, dear readers! This week, fellow Austen Author, the beautiful and talented Sharon Lathan, has dropped by for Coffee with Colette. Sharon is the author of so many wonderful and popular Austen-inspired novels, she's going to tell you why her latest release - The Passions of Dr. Darcy - is her favourite! After you read it, maybe it will be yours, too. I was hooked the moment I heard the title, and anyone who knows me - or at least my tattoos! - is familiar with my fascination with India. You won't want to miss the thrilling adventure Sharon has in store for us!

Top Ten Reasons Why The Passions of Dr. Darcy is Sharon’s Favorite

Authors are proud of every book they write (usually), and I can emphatically state that I am immensely pleased with my previous seven publications. I strongly believe I have done Jane Austen proud with my continuation to Pride and Prejudice. Therefore, it isn’t a negative reflection upon The Darcy Saga when I declare that my latest novel, The Passions of Dr. Darcy - release date TODAY! - is my absolute favorite novel and the one I am the most proud of.

10.  It is the latest one. Okay, this is kinda true for all authors: The latest release is always the favorite!

9.  It is set in India. Yes, there are loads of places in our world that are exotic, so I could have chosen Hawaii or the Orient. Then I envisioned the Taj Mahal and centuries of Persian influence, mixed with the colorful clothing and tropical climes.... India won out.