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IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH Review by author Sarka-Jonae

05/10/2013 11:25

 

Here's my author friend Sarka-Jonae's review of my book, IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH.  You can read my review of her book, BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS--just scroll down a few blog posts.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed "It's Just a Little Crush." It's funny, it's believable, and it's got just the right touch of romance balanced with a compelling story of betrayal, scandals, and small town gossip. 

The book's heroine is a copy editor for a newspaper in a small town called Liberty. Lizzie Hart is your typical small town girl, well not exactly. She's smart, she's fun, and she's totally crushing on the new star reporter, Blake Morgan; she and everyone else in Liberty. When murder comes to her town, Lizzie takes off her copy editor hat and puts aside her crush to play detective. What sets this book apart is the believable way Lizzie goes about catching a killer. She's a bit of a bumbling fool at times, like Stephanie Plum but not quite as zany. Lizzie is exactly what you expect her to be, a real person with real fears and real needs. A few crazy things happen, think car bombs and office fires, but they happen in a believable fashion that is both funny and actually furthers the plot.

In the midst of this who dun it, readers are treated to a blossoming romance between a recovering womanizer and a woman who is learning her worth. The question of will Lizzie get her man is as compelling as will Lizzie catch her killer, and the two plot lines are masterfully intertwined.

 

 

IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH, now in paperback!

05/08/2013 11:39

I'm happy to announce that IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH is now available in print from Amazon!  After my free weekend promotion, IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH climbed all the way to #85 on the (paid) Humor Bestsellers List.  Thanks to all for your support!

 

 

Free weekend on Amazon!

04/28/2013 00:16

 

That's right, I'm giving away IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH for free--this weekend only.  Go here to get it.

 

At the moment, IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH is burning up the Amazon free charts.  Here are the stats so far:

#91 Free in Kindle Store

#2 Free in Kindle Store > Humor

#2 Free in Kindle Store > Women Sleuths

 

Woo-hoo!  This girl is pretty excited!

 

 

Launch Party!

04/25/2013 08:29

 

Join our LAUNCH PARTY today for author Lilian Roberts' third book in the Immortal Rapture series, ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL PASSION!

 

Paranormal romance author Lilian Roberts is releasing the third book in her fascinating Immortal Rapture series on April 30. Entitled ARIELLE: IMMORTAL PASSION, this third book continues the saga of a mortal woman, Arielle Lloyd, and her immortal lover, Sebastian Gaulle. Arielle possesses a mysterious amulet that prevents someone from harming her directly, but Sebastian's jealous exes are searching for ways around its protection, hoping to kill her and take her place. Now Arielle's friends may be in danger as well when the immortal up their game to take out Arielle and reclaim Sebastian. 
 
ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL PASSION is the third book following Top 40 Romance Best Seller ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL AWAKENING, and its thrilled sequel ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL SEDUCTION.  Make sure to get your copy of the entire series for Kindle, Nook, or in paperback. 
 
ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL PASSION Book Description
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 Brown, 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.
 
 
Add the paranormal romance novel to your Goodreads shelf, and check back on Amazon or Smashwords April 30 to get a copy. 

For more information about the Immortal Rapture series, join Lilian on Facebook and Twitter
    
 

Lilian Roberts Blog Tour

04/24/2013 21:01

 

I would like to welcome fellow author Lilian Roberts to my blog!  She is blog touring this month, and she will be here today and tomorrow promoting her books.  If you're a paranormal romance fan, you need to check her out at www.lilianroberts.com!

 

 

Lilian Roberts' magical paranormal romance novel, ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL AWAKENING, gets a new cover! The first book in the Immortal Rapture series reached the "Top 40" on two Romance Best Seller Lists on Amazon last month, and with a third book in the series on the way, it seemed like a good time to get a timeless cover to match the beautiful novel. And the new cover is...
 
ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL AWAKENING begins the story of college co-ed Arielle Lloyd. Arielle believes that she's a little different than everyone else. She can hear the thoughts of certain people, and sense their emotions. Little does she know that her gifts of telepathy and empathy are not the most unusual things in the world. She soon discovers that her best friend, Eva Winters, is a powerful psychic. She receives visions, sees auras, and communicates with the dead. When tragedy strikes, Eva falls deeper into her magical world, pulling Arielle and their other bestie, Gabrielle, in, too. Arielle's eyes are opened to a whole new world of paranormal activity, and just when she thinks she's seen it all, in walks uber-sexy Frenchman Sebastian Gaulle. The young Arielle is captivated by Sebastian's charms. What she doesn't know is that Sebastian is an immortal, a powerful being that is no longer human and will live forever. 
 
Arielle and Sebastian's story continues in book 2 of the series, ARIELLE: IMMORTAL SEDUCTION.  Arielle's life gets even more complicated as several of Sebastian's ex-lovers return to claim their former prize. Arielle and her friends must find a way to keep her safe. 
 

Get a copy of Lilian's books!  Choose your link below:

ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL AWAKENING Buy Links
Kindle 
Paperback 
Nook 

 

ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL SEDUCTION Buy Links
Kindle 
Paperback
Nook 

 

Check back tomorrow for news about the upcoming release of book 3 in the Immortal Rapture series, ARIELLE:  IMMORTAL PASSION.

 

 

 

The Worst Movie Ever: GI JOE: RETALIATION

04/22/2013 10:22

 

PLEASE BE ADVISED--THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!  QUIT READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE!!!

 

This weekend, my husband and I went to see the new GI JOE movie.  I have to admit, it was my idea.  Come on, Channing Tatum AND The Rock?  I was expecting some flexing, pec-popping, and general shirtless-ness out of two of my favorite actors.  But NOOOOOO.  The only shirt-taking-off was some scrawny guy and some girl.  SERIOUSLY?  You paid The Rock and Channing Tatum to be in your movie, and you didn't even let them do what they do best?!?  And what's worse, Channing Tatum was barely even in the movie, in fact he DIES about 30 minutes in!  WHAT THE?  In my opinion, if he's on the movie poster (see above), then he needs to at least make it to the 90 minute mark.  Oh, wait.  The entire movie barely made it to the 90 minute mark, but after sitting through it, I was incredibly thankful.

 

The acting was mediocre, at best, even though I'm sure they had to shell out some serious cash for Bruce Willis, who looked bored during most of his scenes.  And don't even get me started on the dialogue!  The lines for Zartan/The President were by far the worst.  The screenwriters just non-sensically strung random cliched lines together, and although the poor actor did a good job delivering his lines, the words still made absolutly no sense!  

 

On the bright side, I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.  It was so bad, that's about all you could do.  I don't know if it was intentional or not, but you could count on a "that's what she said"-inducing comment about every five minutes.  The dialogue that was supposed to be funny, wasn't (with the exception of a couple of scenes between Channing Tatum and The Rock that I'm sure were ad-libbed, because they were actually funny and sounded nothing like the lines in the rest of the movie), and the dialogue that was supposed to be serious was hysterical.

 

Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure that after he saw how fast the film was going down the toilet, Channing Tatum ASKED to be killed off.

 

 

BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS by Sarka-Jonae

04/20/2013 11:10

It's a couple of days late (totally my fault, life kept happening every time I tried to find time to sit down and update my blog), but here it is, Sarka-Jonae's stop on her BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS blog tour!  She asked me to do a review, which I was more than happy to do.  Between Boyfriends is enjoying some great kudos lately, climbing to #3 on the Amazon Humor Bestsellers List.  It's is on sale for $0.99 through April 23rd, so get on Amazon here or on your Kindle and get yourself a copy.  So, here it is, my review of Sarka-Jonae's Between Boyfriends.

 

 

Between Boyfriends

By Sarka-Jonae

5 Stars

 

Between Boyfriends is a great read.  It’s got everything you’d expect in a chick-lit book:  good friends, fun, and a little romance, but the thing Sarka-Jonae adds to this story is a journey.  The main character, Jan Weston, is at first a snobby rich girl who judges her worth by what her boyfriends think of her.  She is rude to her girlfriends, wastes money, and spends way too much time looking down on others.  As the story goes on, however, you realize that Jan is the way she is thanks to a lot of blatant disdain and lack of emotional support from her parents.  She’s only twenty-one and has already been written off in her parents’ eyes.

 

As a result of a comment made by her ex-boyfriend, plus the fact that studying bores her to tears and she’s convinced herself she’s destined to fail anyway, Jan drops out of college and enrolls in a massage school instead.  Neglecting to mention it to her parents, who are footing the bill for her tuition as well as for her over-the-top lifestyle, Jan gets herself in a bind when they find out her little secret.  Jan is cut off, and now she is not only boyfriendless, but she’s also penniless and hopeless.

 

We start to see a real transformation happening in Jan, starting with her promise to herself to stop the madness of dating to focus on herself, her friendships, her studies, and her future career.  She’s humbled time and time again by horrible bosses, bad hair days, and her dwindling bank account.  Jan finally realizes that to get anywhere in life, you have to give of yourself and put others first, which is a foreign concept in her family.

 

I highly recommend this book.  Jan is a little hard to take at first, but give her a chance.  She’s got a long way to fall from her lofty pedestal, and the ride down is a bumpy one.  The good news is that every time Jan gets knocked down, she gets back up again stronger, and with a little help from her friends, she finally finds a happy place…Between Boyfriends.

 

 

News of the Day

04/17/2013 09:28

 

Come check out my blog tomorrow (April 18th), where the lovely and talented Sarka-Jonae will stop by for a guest post on her BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS blog tour!  I'm in the middle of reading BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS right now, and I'm loving it.  If you haven't read it, get yourself a copy!

 

Also, take a look at  STEVE CARESSER'S DAILY , an online newspaper supporting ebooks and indie authors.  Steve was kind enough to help me promote my book by posting a link to my blog.  Thanks for the recognition, Steve!

 

 

Three Guest Authors to stop HERE on their Blog Tours!

04/11/2013 08:29

 

I am excited to announce that I have three, yes, THREE, fellow authors who are going to be guest blogging right here on my website!  These talented ladies will be stopping here on their spring/summer blog tours to promote their new books.  I can't wait!  

 

Here is the schedule:

April 18th    Sarka-Jonae, author of Between Boyfriends www.betweenboyfriendsblog.com/  www.sarkajonae.com/

April 25th    Lilian Roberts, author of Arielle: Immortal Awakening and Arielle: Immortal Seduction  www.lilianroberts.com/

July 23rd    Diantha Jones, author of The Oracle of Delphi series, plus many more books  www.diantha-jones.com/

 

Don't miss out on the fun!  See you next week!

 

 

I suck at blogging regularly...

04/10/2013 08:46

 

I don't know if it's a creative person thing (I'm a writer as well as a musician, so I'm doubly cursed) or a busy mom thing, but I just can't seem to keep all the balls in the air at once.  If I decide to really get ahead in my writing, which I did last week and this week, churning out over 2000 words a day, then my marketing plan suffers.  If I focus on marketing and getting my book out there in the public eye, which I did two weeks ago, I go through a weird writing withdrawal, and absolutely crave writing, much like I crave chocolate at times.  It's not pretty.  

 

And to add insult to injury, literally, or more correctly, add injury to insult, I have recently developed the dreaded "writer's butt".  When I write, I sit down at my desk and generally don't get up for hours.  I get in kind of a zone, and, if bothered, might come across a bit crabby.  Just ask my husband.  The problem is, when your butt doesn't leave the seat for a considerable amount of time, it doesn't get enough circulation, and you can get a breakdown in tissue similar to a bed sore.  Gross, right?  But it's a thing, and I think I may have the start of one.  I think it's high time to get out the stability ball I never used for exercise and make that my new executive chair.

 

So, I'm trying this week to do a mix of marketing and writing and see how that goes.  Can I do both each day and find a good balance between business and creativity?  I honestly don't have the answer to that question.  I think the main problem is that there just aren't enough hours in the day, and that's one thing I can't change.  I suppose if I were selling millions of copies of my book and royalties were coming in by the truckload, I could hire someone to do the marketing for me, but until then, it's just me, myself, and I, and between us, myself and I are kind of slackers.

 

 

 

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