Come along with me on the first-ever
IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH Blog Tour!
Some of my writer friends have graciously agreed to host me on their blogs
from August 18-22. See the list below for all of the tour stops
and what we'll be discussing!
Follow the IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH tour to these great blogs!
August 18--Between Boyfriends blog--“Small Town vs. Big City Setting”
Out the Wazoo blog--“You’ve Written a Novel. Now What?”
August 19--Tales from Kerrie-Land blog--“Interview with Lizzie Hart”
DJ's Book Corner blog—“How to Add Depth to Your Characters”
Joe Cool Review blog--It's Just a Little Crush book feature
August 20--Sojo Gazette blog--“How to Balance Family and Writing”
Change the Word blog--Interview Swap with author Laura Chapman
August 21--Rantings from River Bay blog--It’s Just a Little Crush book feature
My Year on Vacation blog--“How to Successfully Mix Genres”
August 22--Angel Sefer author blog--Author interview
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson author blog--It’s Just a Little Crush feature
Lilian Roberts author blog--It’s Just a Little Crush book review
Congratulations to Louise W. from Arlington and Denise K. from Pittsburgh! They are the winners of my Goodreads book giveaway. They each won a signed copy of IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH!
Thanks to all who entered!
Sarka-Jonae is the final author in my author spotlight group.
She has been a very busy lady this year, and I think that her achievements speak for themselves!
BOOK DEAL WITH BOOKTROPE PUBLISHING
Sarka-Jonae has signed with Booktrope to republish the first novel in the Between Boyfriends series, as well as the second book. She has been working toward this goal since she finished the first draft of Between Boyfriends in 2005. For eight years she spent time querying, rewriting, self-publishing, and promoting…and waiting. It was all worth it when the Indie publisher offered her a contract.
Sarka-Jonae is anticipating the release of a Between Boyfriends paperback in September or October 2013!
In the meantime, Between Boyfriends is being sold as an eBook for Kindle and Nook. Booktrope will not be making significant editorial changes, so there's no reason to wait to purchase the novel for only $2.99.
SEQUEL TO BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS
Even better, Booktrope has also decided to publish Sarka-Jonae’s sequel to Between Boyfriends, Between the Sheets. Its release date will be announced in the future.
SJ PUBLICITY OPENS UP SHOP
Sarka-Jonae has launched SJ Publicity in hopes of assisting self-published authors get their own publishers, as well as to promote other Indie authors. SJ has a journalism degree and experience in marketing and public relations. She hopes to draw from her education, work experience, and personal experience of marketing her own book to serve her PR clients.
To learn more about SJ's book promotion services, please visit SJPublicity.com.
SARKA-JONAE’S CONTACT INFO
Amazon Buy link for BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS
A NOTE FROM CAROLINE
I met Sarka-Jonae in a review exchange forum on the World Literary Café website back in March. We reviewed each other’s books (see my review of Between Boyfriends way back in my blog on page 2) and chatted a little about self-publishing and marketing. We became fast friends. This summer, I began looking for a better way to market my book, and Sarka mentioned that she was starting her own publicity company. She had done so well with advertising her own book, and getting results, that I jumped at the chance to work with her! We’ve been working together for almost a month now, and my Internet presence is growing by leaps and bounds. This weekend is the big test—a huge sale promotion and blog tour. I’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress!
Lilian Roberts, author of the Immortal Rapture series, is in the spotlight today. Lilian’s third book, Arielle Immortal Passion recently reached the Amazon Paranormal Romance Bestsellers List. That makes three for three on the Paranormal Romance list! Congrats, Lilian!
An interlude in paradise...
St. Jean De Luz, in the south of France, is the gorgeous setting of one of Sebastian Gaulle's family estates. It is to this lush place that the Immortal takes his love, Arielle Lloyd, and her friends, to relax and spend their holiday exploring the surroundings and learning about his family's history.
A snake in the garden...
There is no safety in this paradise, however, as Sebastian's past continues to haunt him. The Immortal, Annabel, still lusts for vengeance on Sebastian and seeks to destroy his new love. While exploring, Arielle's life is endangered when she discovers dangerous hidden strangers occupying the house.
Evil that will not die...
Trapped, threatened, and nearing her last breath, Arielle must call on the powerful magic of her friend, Eva, for help. Sebastian must rally his Immortal friends and family to protect his love and expel the evil before his paradise is forever lost.
About the author:
Lilian Roberts was born in Athens, Greece. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, and their two golden retrievers. She is an avid reader and loves to read novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality. "Arielle: Immortal Awakening" and "Arielle: Immortal Seduction" are the first volumes in the "Immortal Rapture" series of romance thrillers. The third volume, "Arielle: Immortal Passion," was released in April 2013. Lilian is working on the fourth volume.
Twitter Profile: @lilian3roberts
Buy her books here!
Lilian in the News:
Jun. 29, 2013 - ATLANTA -- Paranormal romance author Lilian Roberts recently had her third triple-digit sales day. Books from the novelist's Immortal Rapture series have made it onto two Amazon best sellers lists in 2013. Her debut novel, Arielle: Immortal Awakening, was published in November 2012, and just a few months later she had her first triple-digit sales day on March 25, 2013. The novel made it to #32 on the Paranormal Romance list and to #37 on the Fantasy & Futuristic Romance Books list.
On May 24, Roberts repeated her achievement, selling more than 100 copies of her second novel, Arielle: Immortal Seduction, and getting back onto the two Amazon best sellers lists, this time at #48 and #53. On June 2, she had her third triple-digit day and was once again on the Paranormal Romance best sellers list.
The author recently published her third book, Arielle: Immortal Passion, on April 30. Her fourth book in the series, Arielle Immortal Quickening, was published on July 4, 2013. The fifth book, Arielle Immortal Journey, is expected to be released December 5.
Aug. 7, 2013 - GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Lilian Roberts's third novel, Arielle Immortal Passion, graced the Amazon Paranormal Romance best seller list on August 7, becoming the third book in Robert's Immortal Rapture series to do so. Robert's first novel, Arielle Immortal Awakening, made it to #32 on the Paranormal Romance list and to #37 on the Fantasy & Futuristic Romance Books list in March 2013. In May, Robert's second novel, Arielle Immortal Seduction, appeared on both lists again, this time at #48 and #53 respectively.
Here’s my first of three author spotlights this week. Today’s author is Angel Sefer, author of SPELLBOUND IN HIS ARMS, which last week reached #14 on Amazon's Romantic Mystery Bestseller List! It was also #23 on the Kindle Romantic Suspense list and #26 on the Romantic Suspense Books list. Angel was also featured in the Greek Herald online newspaper. Congrats, Angel!
A mansion full of secrets…
From the moment investigative reporter Jackie Alexander steps foot inside the mansion dominating the Demiris estate on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, her suspicions are on high alert. This is no ordinary assignment… The life of her beloved cousin, Aphrodite, is in grave danger, as the heirs to the incredible fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris die one after the other, under mysterious circumstances…
A man with secrets of his own…
The only person who can help Jackie is Michael Apostolou, former Special Forces Officer and one of the finest detectives on the Athens police force. Soon enough though, Jackie realizes, that despite her simmering desire for him, she can’t really trust him, as the seductive detective seems to be investigating those mysterious deaths for reasons of his own…
Trusting the wrong person can be deadly…
Jackie and Michael are forced to work together, but the suspicions and unanswered questions are devouring them, just like their rising passion for each other. In games like this, the stakes are high and the players are ruthless… When Jackie is kidnapped by the most dangerous player of all, time is running out, as Michael is forced to choose between jeopardizing his mission and personal quest for justice, or the life of the gorgeous intruder of his heart…
About the author:
Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece. She has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics, and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: reading and writing romance, mystery and adventure novels.
She lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life – her son and her husband – and her wonderful and supportive family.
Angel is a member of several writers groups.
Note from the author:
The Greek islands—alluring destinations which cast a spell on the visitor from the very first moment—are among my favorite settings. I’ve written a whole series of romance and mystery novels—The Greek Isles Series—each taking place on a different island.
In this series, while sharing with my readers the development of the romance between my hero and heroine and the unfolding of the mystery, I take the opportunity to also share with them the unbelievable experience of visiting some of the most enchanting Greek islands—places of impeccable beauty where nature exists lavishly in hundreds of shades of green and blue, and in which centuries of Greek tradition coexist harmoniously with cosmopolitan activity.
Spellbound in His Arms is the first novel in The Greek Isles Series, and it’s now available at Amazon. It’s a story of mystery and romance, taking place in Greece, on the beautiful island of Corfu, one of my most favorite vacation destinations in the Ionian Sea.
I’m now completing Love on the Greek Isles, the second novel in this series to be published soon. Love on the Greek Isles blends mystery, romance, and adventure on Myconos, one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. The picturesque setting on one hand and the unique way of life on a Greek island, which reflects the values and traditions of the Greek people, on the other set the background for this intriguing story.
Side note from Caroline:
Here are some of my own pics of the Greek island of Hydra, not one of the settings of Angel's novels, but you can kind of get an idea of just how beautiful the Greek islands really are.
Buy link for SPELLBOUND IN HIS ARMS:
Angel's Social Media:
I’m going to do a group of blog posts in the next few days spotlighting three of my author friends who have had some huge success in the past couple of weeks. These ladies are as lovely as they are talented. I have read all of their books (which are fantastic), and I will include buy links at the end of each post so that you can enjoy their works as well.
Angel Sefer Lilian Roberts Sarka-Jonae
Check back tomorrow for my first spotlight featuring
romantic mystery author Angel Sefer!
My author friend, Jami Deise, is taking over my blog today! Check out her new novel, KEEPING SCORE! Buy links are at the bottom of the post.
Thanks for having me on your blog, Caroline!
My name is Jami Deise, and I recently self-published my first novel, “Keeping Score.” “Keeping Score” is about divorced mom Shannon, whose 9-year-old son Sam decides he wants to play travel baseball rather than “rec” (recreation) baseball. My son Alex has been obsessed with baseball since he was 6 years old, and I have so many stories about what he went through on the road to becoming a college pitcher. In fact, it took him 2 years to even get on a travel team because he kept flubbing up at try-outs! The competition, the politics, the mean kids, the blind umpires… being a baseball parent is like living on a different planet. At the same time, all those trials and tribulations taught my son so many valuable lessons. How to control his emotions. How to persevere. How to get better and stronger. That’s what I tried to write about in “Keeping Score;” not just about the baseball stories or the competition between the baseball parents, but how sports can help shape a child’s character. Because a child who can walk back up into the batter’s box after striking out at his last at bat, or get back on the mound after giving up a home run, will be well-equipped to handle challenges off the field.
Below I’ve included one of my favorite scenes. Shannon isn’t an athlete – neither am I – and she does something for Sam I could never imagine doing for Alex: pulling on gear and catching a bull pen for him so he can get ready to pitch in a game the next day….
It was still early, so we headed home for a quick costume change, then hit the softball field at Chamberlin. Luckily, no one had grabbed the field for practice yet, so we didn't have an audience. I started to pull on the catcher's gear, but Sam stopped me.
"We have to warm up first. Then you can get dressed."
I dropped the catcher's gear near the dugout bench, and walked with Sam to the first base line. I stuffed my left hand into the mitt. The glove was so stiff, I could barely open it.
"I don't know how I'm going to catch with this," I said.
"Yeah. We should have bought you one that was already broken in. And a regular glove. That one's not really made for playing catch."
Sam pulled his arm over his shoulder, stretched out a bit, touched his toes. "Mom, you really should stretch first," he reprimanded.
"I'll be okay."
"I warned you…" He put on his glove, grabbed the baseball, and threw.
I put out my hand. I could see the ball coming toward me -- and suddenly, I couldn't. Where did the damn -- ouch! It crashed right into my shin. I knew I should have put the gear on right away.
"Mom," Sam scolded, "you have to keep your eye on the ball at all times!"
Baseball looks a lot easier to play than it actually is.
I hunted for the ball and found it underneath the dugout bench. My shin must be a lot more rigid than I thought. I walked back toward Sam, swung my arm back, and threw.
The ball dribbled out of my hand and landed about three feet in front of me.
Sam exploded in laughter, doubling over and holding his stomach. It was the snorty, spitty kind of laughter that sometimes leads to a pants wetting.
I sulked. “It wasn’t that funny.”
"I can't believe you're like fifty years old and no one ever taught you how to throw!"
"I am nowhere near fifty and who would have taught me?"
"Maybe Coach Kevin should give you a pitching lesson!"
After Sam got his laughing under control, we started throwing again. He gave me a few pointers -- something about keeping my elbow up, and using my glove to point at him. When I followed them, I could get the ball to go a little further. But he was still biting his lip to keep from giggling by the time we were done.
Sam helped me strap on the catcher's gear. The leg guards were obvious, but the chest protector had hooks and fasteners and other things I couldn't figure out. Then, when I put on the mask, I was done. I couldn't see a damn thing. How could anyone catch and throw a ball wearing this thing?
"Just stand first," Sam instructed. "Don't crouch down yet."
I had completely forgotten about the crouching down.
Sam stood a few feet in front of the mound and threw me the ball. I couldn't see where it went. Until -- bonk! It hit me right on the head. I was grateful for the helmet.
I thought that would send Sam into another cascade of giggles, but instead he just looked at me. At least, I think he was looking at me. It was hard to tell underneath the life-saving helmet.
"Mom, we're going to have a problem."
"I can do this. I can."
And I made myself do it. If no one else could help my son get in the work that he needed, then I would. I missed a bunch of balls, and when I crouched down, it was even worse. The ball hit me on top of the head, on the mask, on the chest protector, and even in the neck -- which really hurt, because there's no protection there. But little by little, I started to see the ball.
Of course, when I finally got the glove on it, the ball popped right back out.
"You have to squeeze it, Mom," but I thought I heard a small note of pride.
I had only caught about five real pitches when Sam said it was time to pack up.
"I have an actual game tomorrow," he said in a tone that was almost patronizing. "I can't waste everything tonight."
As we walked to the parking lot -- with me still in my catcher's gear -- a team of older boys and their parents were there, unpacking baseball equipment. A few of them gave me a very strange look.
But boy did I feel proud when I heard one of the dads say, "Now THAT is a real baseball mom."
Links to buy KEEPING SCORE:
Smashwords (Nook, Sony reader, iPad)
My Social Media:
LinkedIn: Jami Deise
Today, my author friend Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is doing a cover reveal for her latest book, UNBREAKABLE BONDS, due out in November. I read the first book in the Angela Panther series, UNFINISHED BUSINESS, and loved it! (See my review 2 posts down from this one.) You can win a free copy of UNFINISHED BUSINESS, see below for details.
An Angela Panther Novel
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
When Angela's best friend Mel thinks her husband is having an affair, she turns to Angela for help. The two come up with the perfect plan to catch him in the act but to make it work, they'll need help from Angela's mother, Fran.
There's just one teeny, little problem.
And since Angela's psychic gift is currently out of service, connecting with Fran is a little complicated.
While Angela searches for a way to fix her psychic radar Fran and a multitude of other ghosts continue to try to make a connection. And it's driving Angela crazy.
But Fran won't let her daughter's problem stop her from helping someone she loves and she sets out to catch the cheater on her own, using a few tricks and tools from the afterlife to get it done.
Book two of the Angela Panther series will be available November, 2013 in e-book and paperback.
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I loved the way the author told this story. The underlying subject matter was serious, but her funny, snarky tone lightened the mood to make it a very enjoyable read. The author has a great sense of humor, even about death, but when the story called for it, she was reverent and empathetic in the way her characters handled each other.
I really identified with the main character—she’s just a mom, trying to do the things she needs to do to keep the family on track. She’s not an overbearing supermom by any means, but she will do anything to keep her kids safe, even siccing her ghost-mom on her daughter’s frenemies.
I highly recommend this book if you like chick-lit, especially if you want a book with more substance than most. I would love to read more by this author.