Tempted by a Rogue Prince ~ Interview with @felicityheaton & Giveaway

tempted by a rogue prince

Tempted by a Rogue Prince and the Eternal Mates series is set in the same world as the Vampire Erotic Theatre series, so if you’re a fan of that series, you will love Eternal Mates. Throughout this series, you’ll have a chance to catch up with the cast of the Vampire Erotic Theatre series and learn more about their world. In Claimed by a Demon King, you’ll get to visit the theatre, and some of the favourite characters in the Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

Here’s more about Tempted by a Rogue Prince, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 3)

Felicity Heaton

An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?

Tempted by a Rogue Prince is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/tempted-by-a-rogue-prince-paranormal-romance-novel.php


Vail lay face down on the black ground, each hard breath stirring dust that choked him, fighting to muster the strength to push himself up and find his feet again. He pressed his hands into the sharp rocks but his muscles turned to water and his bones ached so fiercely his head swam with the pain. He squeezed his eyes shut and focused on breathing instead, but even that was a struggle now.

He tilted his head to one side and stared at his left hand as he curled his fingers into a fist, clawing at the dirt.

He couldn’t stay like this. He couldn’t give up. Even when he wanted to surrender and find an eternal end to his suffering. If he stayed like this, he would fall asleep and the hold the nightmares had on him would grow stronger. Those terrible memories overwhelmed him too often now, dragging him deeper into insanity, until he found it hard to distinguish between reality and the past.

He couldn’t sleep.

Vail gritted his teeth and growled as he pushed himself up, his arms shaking violently with the strain, causing his entire body to tremble and his heart to race from the effort. He snarled and kept pushing, refusing to give in to the lure of sleep. His arms gave out and he hit the dirt again. The taste of blood on his tongue mocked him. He would have been strong enough to stand if he had been feeding.

He didn’t want to eat.

He didn’t want to sleep.

He just wanted to keep walking.

He didn’t care where, as long as it was away from his past.

Vail shoved his hands against the sharp tiny rocks and grunted as he forced himself up, not relenting this time, pushing past the pain and the fatigue, and the weakness invading him. Sweat dotted his brow and trickled down his back beneath the skin-tight scales of his black armour, and white spots winked across his vision, the exertion threatening to render him unconscious and deliver him into the arms of the mad beast waiting within him. It wanted out.

It wanted blood and violence.


Vail managed to make it onto his knees and slumped, his breath sawing out of his lungs and his head spinning, sending the ugly world around him twirling with it.

He clawed at the ground, bloodying his fingertips, aching for the connection to the earth that this despicable land refused to give to him.

Nature hid here, buried deep, shying away from the darkness and the demons.

He longed to feel her again, to sense her warmth flowing through him and the peace that came with being connected to her.

He shifted onto his backside, crossed his legs with effort, and laid his hands in his lap. He couldn’t have the link to nature that he craved right now, but he could find a sliver of peace through a different connection.

The one with his older brother, Loren.

Vail closed his eyes as they stung, the bridge of his nose burning with them and his throat tightening. He shoved aside the pain and focused on his blood, on his brother, and lifted the barrier he normally kept in place between them, shutting Loren out and making it impossible for his brother to find him.

The connection bloomed between them like warm sunshine, infusing him with peace and calm, with the constant affection his brother held for him despite all his sins and all the pain he had caused him over the past four thousand two hundred years they had been at war.

Four thousand two hundred years in which Vail had been a slave to a dark witch, forced to do her bidding against his will, whether it was massacring innocents, igniting wars between kingdoms, attacking his brother and his people, or things that were far worse. Unmentionable.

He rubbed at his arms, subconsciously scrubbing the feel of her hands from his body, the sickening lingering touches and the caresses.

And the other things.

Cold engulfed him, darkness rising from the pit of his soul as his mind travelled black paths that led him downwards into madness. He clawed at his arms and his armour covered his fingers, transforming them into sharp serrated black claws.

Vail brought his hands up and clutched at his head, digging his claws in deep and drawing blood, using the pain in the present to battle that in his past. His fangs grew longer, stabbing into his lower lip, and his pointed ears flared back against the sides of his head.

The warmth inside him increased, chasing back the icy cold, and he trembled with relief.


His brother was aware of him.

Reaching for him.

Tears spilled down Vail’s cheeks and he held the connection between them for as long as he could without risking Loren discovering his location, savouring it and using it to ground himself and anchor him to the present. The connection grew stronger, his brother reinforcing it from thousands of miles away, flooding him with love and affection, with memories of being with Loren back in their kingdom, and then even further back, to the old elf kingdom in the mortal realm, laughing like fools as they played as children in the lush colourful gardens of the castle.


Vail severed the connection, swiftly bringing up the barrier to shut his brother out, unable to bear any more.

He clumsily stumbled onto his feet, almost falling on his face again when his knees turned to jelly beneath him, and staggered onwards, heading for the horizon.

The gods only knew where he was going. How many days had it been since he had seen his brother?

Since he had protected his brother’s sweet mate?

Since he had felt magic around him again and sensed the presence of a witch?

Vail snarled, his lips peeling back off his fangs. He should have killed her. His fingers flexed at the thought of shredding her flesh, peeling it from her bones slice by slice while she screamed for mercy. He had no mercy left in him. No goodness. No kindness. No hope. A witch had made sure of that.

A witch had made him the enemy of all her kind.

They all deserved to die.

For every life that witch had forced him to take, he would kill one of her own treacherous, vile breed. He would wipe out their entire species, freeing the realms of their trickery and magic.

His thoughts flickered back to that moment on the battlefield, when Loren had stood before him, offering his hand.

Gods, Vail had wanted to take it.

He had been so close to placing his hand into his brother’s one and taking the comfort he offered, the acceptance and forgiveness.

A small part of him had even dared to hope that he could return to the castle in the elf kingdom and things could be as they were before Kordula had enslaved him and he had turned on his people, making an enemy of himself in order to protect them all from her, thwarting her plan to set herself up as their queen and enslave them all.

A fool’s dream.

Vail shuffled forwards, barely able to place one foot in front of the other. His ankles wobbled with each step and his muscles screamed in protest. His stomach growled, hunger riding him hard, dragging up replays of battles where he had gorged himself on blood, making himself stronger.

He denied it, too lucid right now to give in to its demands and risk awakening the beast within him, but he knew there would come a time when he blacked out again and woke with the taste of blood on his tongue. Rather things happened that way than while he was conscious. He didn’t want to remember the terrible things he did. There wasn’t room in his soul for any more of them. It was filled with the hideous, despicable things he had done, so black with them that not a speck of light could penetrate it.


Vail had seen elves turn. He had seen them degenerate into monsters, tainted by darkness, craving blood and violence.

He knew that his own turning was overdue. He should have become the embodiment of darkness millennia ago, his mind warped by the things Kordula had done to him, his soul blackened by the lives he had taken, and his body contaminated by the pleasure she had wrung from it.

Bile blazed up his throat. He collapsed onto his hands and knees and vomited, dry heaving until he shook all over and his heart laboured.

He meticulously blanked his mind, killing thought after thought, memory after memory, image after sickening image, until nothing remained but cold emptiness.

His heart settled.

He stared at the black earth and his vision swam out of focus.

He needed to stop thinking about the past. He needed to stop courting the darkness, leading it on a dance as it did the same to him, luring him ever deeper into the black abyss within his soul.

He needed to think about something else.

Vail dragged himself back onto his feet and trudged onwards, staring at the ground. He recited sonnets in his head, filling it with words to keep the shadows at bay.

The terrain grew hilly, challenging his limited strength on every ascent and his ability to maintain his balance on the descents.

At some point, he crossed a border.

Vail became aware of it the moment three large bare-chested demon males teleported in front of him. Warriors. They were mostly human in appearance, but the painted black tips of the grey horns that curled from behind their ears and their vivid green eyes warned him that he had wandered into dangerous territory.

The Fifth Realm.

The three demons advanced.

Vail stood his ground. There was little point in running, and he didn’t have the strength left to teleport or call his swords to him. He couldn’t even muster a telekinetic blast to drive them away from him.

They eyed him suspiciously.

The largest of them, a black-haired brute with a thick scar that cut a diagonal line across his muscular bare chest, stepped forwards and curled his lip.


Vail bit back his desire to point out that the male was stating the obvious. No other creature in Hell shared the appearance of an elf, and none other had the black armour he wore.

His fangs itched with a need to sink into their flesh. It wouldn’t appease his hunger. Demon blood tasted wretched. Toxic.

The darkness in him began to push, filling his head with visions of attacking these three males. They couldn’t give him life through their blood, but they could give him something far sweeter. Something that had eluded him for so long now.


He snarled and launched himself at the leader, slamming into him and knocking him back into the other two. They immediately attacked him, pummelling him with powerful blows that only served to unleash his hunger for violence and bloodshed, giving it free rein. He turned and took on the weakest of the three, slashing across his chest with his claws and raking them down his arms, cleaving flesh and spilling blood. He laughed as the scent of it drove him onwards, pushing his fatigue to the back of his mind.

The demon blocked his next strike and delivered one of his own, a powerful punch that cracked the left side of Vail’s jaw and snapped his head to his right. His vision wobbled and pain blazed a path across his face, numbing it. The demon struck him again, harder this time, and Vail’s knees crumpled beneath him. Darkness encroached at the corners of his mind.

He shook it off and tried to shove to his feet, but large hands clamped down on his shoulders, two on each, and the third male grabbed his arms. Vail cried out as the leader twisted his arms behind his back, almost popping his shoulders out of their sockets with the force of his actions.

“We take him and put him with the others,” the leader growled in the demon tongue behind him. “The king will be pleased we have an elf. He will want to question him about the war and the Third Realm.”

They thought he was part of Loren’s army that had attended the war between the Third and Fifth Realms on the side of the Third, under the banner of King Thorne.

Vail struggled but it was useless. His strength gave way before he could wrestle himself free. The darkness rose within him again, the mad beast snarling for freedom, caged by his weak body just when he would have embraced it and used it to escape and goad these demons into killing him.

A black hole appeared beneath him and he dropped into it with the demons still holding him. They teleported him into a dark stone room that smelled of fetid things, the odour so foul that it choked his lungs.

“You think we should remove his armour?” one said and Vail growled and used all of his limited strength to fight their hold.

“It needs to go. He’s dangerous with it on.” The leader this time.

Vail shook his head and refused to relinquish it as the three demons set to work on him, trying to slip their fingers into the neck of the black scale-like armour. He snarled and mentally commanded it to form his helm, forcing their hands off him as the scales crawled up his neck. They thickened and smoothed as they covered the back of his head and chased across his forehead, forming a point above his nose and then sweeping back over the top of his head into a series of curved spikes that flared backwards like dragon horns.

“Get it off him.” The leader released his arms and pulled at his helmet, jerking his head with the force of his attempts.

Vail snapped and lashed out at him, catching him across his chest with his claws, adding more scars.

He wouldn’t let them take his armour. It was his only protection right now when he was so weak. As wrecked as it was because he didn’t have the strength to repair it, his claws were still intact and he needed this small connection to his people. His armour was his talisman. He had never been without it. He had always cherished it. It was his sole connection to his past.

To better days.

It kept him sane.

The leader grabbed a heavy black club and swung it at him. It connected hard with his left arm, fracturing the bone. One of the others followed his leader, picking up another of the clubs. Vail ground his teeth and desperately blocked their blows, snarling through his fangs as they beat him, stripping away the last of his strength as his tired body began to give out under the pain and damage.

The third demon, the one he had mercilessly clawed, punched him square in the face, breaking his nose. Blood streamed over his lips. His vision distorted. No. He couldn’t pass out. He couldn’t give in.

His mental link to his armour fragmented. He managed to muster the strength to call a pair of black trousers to encase his lower half before the scales peeled away, rapidly running over his body, and disappeared into the twin black and silver metal bands around his wrists.

Vail collapsed onto the dirty slick stone flags, a black void rising up to swallow him.

The last thing he heard was the leader ordering the others to take him to the cells and have him healed.


He snarled, but barely squeezed the sound out from between his bloodied lips before he sank into the black void, into nightmares filled with horrific replays of Kordula and the cruelty she had inflicted upon him, a torture of mind, body and soul.

Vail swore an oath.

If this healer was a sorceress…

He would kill her.

Tempted by a Rogue Prince is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

Book 1: Kissed by a Dark Prince

Book 2: Claimed by a Demon King

Book 3: Tempted by a Rogue Prince

Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar – coming in 2015

Interview with Felicity Heaton

1. When and how did you get started writing?
I wrote a little in school when I was a teenager because we had to write the opening chapter of a gothic horror and it really got my mind working, and my teacher liked mine so much that she read it out to the class. I wrote more for it, had a whole plan for the story, but then schoolwork took over and it fell to the wayside.
I didn’t write until 2003 after that. I got really into writing fanfiction for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and was running my own fanfiction website for my stories. A friend who was writing the same genre as me convinced me to give writing something original with my own characters a go. I took a little convincing but I took the leap and really loved it. I began indie publishing my books back in 2006 after being with an e-publisher for a year. It was just something I came to naturally. I didn’t set out to be a writer. It just sort of evolved into my career. I was happy balancing a full-time job with writing in my spare time. I never really believed that I would make enough money each year to be only a writer. I was shocked when I found I could quit my day job back in 2010. I went full-time writer in 2011 and I still can’t believe this is my job!

2. Who has been your greatest influence personally?
Probably my family. My husband is amazing. He’s really supportive and when I was debating whether I could do this as my full-time job, he wanted me to go for it because he knows how passionate I am about my writing. My mum is always asking me how everything is going too. My readers are fantastic too, really supportive and always hungry for more from me, which inspires me to keep writing!

3. What authors/books have inspired you the most?
I don’t really get inspired by other authors, but I do love reading authors in the same genre as I write. I absolutely love Lara Adrian’s books. I also love to read series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Larissa Ione, and sometimes Christine Feehan and Lynsay Sands, and also Gena Showalter.
I’ve recently discovered Elisabeth Naughton too. I finally read the first book in her Eternal Guardians series in July and devoured a few books after that one, and I’ve bought the rest of the series. I also like to dabble in Donna Grant’s dragon shifters too. When I have time to read, I pretty much devour books one after the other, mixing up the authors and series.

4. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
I’m never sure how the ideas come. They just come! I get inspired by anything. From a song, to something on TV, to something I read, or even just taking a walk. I have a very hyperactive muse and he’s always throwing new story ideas at me and inviting new characters to wander into my head. I rarely have to think hard to come up with anything. I save the thinking hard for when I’m actually plotting the book and trying to get it all to work out, with maximum tension, passion and action.

5. I know authors typically love all their books, but do you have one that is extra special to you?
Tempted by a Rogue Prince, my latest release, is special to me. I’ve been in love with the hero, Vail, since I started the series last year with Kissed by a Dark Prince. He’s a little broken, and very tormented, but not beyond redemption. I liked the raw emotion in Tempted by a Rogue Prince. It’s a very emotional read, and a very powerful romance between Vail and Rosalind. Writing it made me cry a few times and readers have told me the same thing. I’ve had them all in tears with this book and falling madly for Vail.

6. Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?
No, not really. I’m a pretty straightforward person, which I guess is because I’m a very logical person. I know that sounds at odds with being a creative person too, but it’s the way I’m put together. I have a logical mind, which is great for when I’m building websites and newsletters and books, as I’m good with programming languages and other things. But I also have a very creative mind. I think my logical and creative sides are at odds sometimes. My quirkiest habit would have to be the fact that despite being a creative person, I cannot work when I’m surrounded by mess on my desk. It has to be nice and clear and neat… which I suspect is my logical side shining through.

7. What appeals to you about the paranormal world?
I think the big appeal is that the possibilities are endless in paranormal romance and if you set your mind to it, you can create something unique that stands out from the other books out there. You can make whole worlds of your own and pull readers into those worlds. Plus, I find the characters in paranormal romance are often more detailed, more real, and ones who will stay with you and make you care about them. I love to read what I love to write, and I always go for the sort of authors who write the same style of paranormal romance as I do.

8. Is there anything you’ve never been asked in an interview that you’ve always wanted to share?
No. Lol. I think I’ve been asked everything now. I’m waiting for the day that I get asked something that really makes me sit back and think, because I haven’t been asked it before.

9. How do you like to connect with fans?
If they love paranormal romances with passion, action, emotion and drama, then I would love for them to check out my website and maybe come and visit me on my social networks to learn more about my books, my characters, and my worlds.
Website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk
Blog: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/felicityheaton
Twitter: http://twitter.com/felicityheaton
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/felicityheaton
Mailing List: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/newsletter.php

10. What can we expect next?
I’m about to release the next book in my Her Angel series on October 11th. Her Avenging Angel is Nevar’s story and it’s packed with action, twists, suspense, emotion and passion. It’s a real roller-coaster ride of a book and very dramatic. Huge things are happening in that series right now and I’m really excited to see what readers make of this book and the turn the series is taking!

Felicity, thanks so much for the interview! I didn’t realize you got your start with fanfiction. I’m so glad you blessed us all as you ventured out with your own stories!

felicity heaton

About the Author ~ Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:
Website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk
Blog: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/felicityheaton
Twitter: http://twitter.com/felicityheaton
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/felicityheaton

Giveaway Time!!!

Felicity is offering an eCopy of any installment in her HER ANGEL series (winner’s choice, international, except HER AVENGING ANGEL which hasn’t been released yet).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Reading,


Love Unfeigned ~ Promo & Interview with Nadine C. Keels

Love Unfeigned

Title: Love Unfeigned
Author: Nadine C. Keels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date Published: February 27, 2013
Pages/Word Count: 126 pages/34,340 words


Love to the chords of a classic jazz band… From the first time Lorraine, a plucky and competitive girl, contends on the playground against Isaiah, an impish boy whose smile gleams in more ways than one, the two of them can’t help knowing each other. Neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining the path to young adulthood, and when the breakup of Isaiah’s family disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, grave trauma, and abandonment. As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite these two companions in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time? “Everything didn’t have to turn out perfect. I just wanted you there.”

Amazon * B&N * Apple * Kobo * Smashwords

Interview with Nadine C. Keels

1. What got you started on this path as an author?

I’ve been a bookworm all my life, and my love of writing stemmed from the many books I read as a child, from authors like Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. Hence, I’ve been writing stories since I was seven or eight years old. Then, during the few days of a horrific experience I had when I was thirteen, a novel saved my life: John Nielson Had a Daughter by Ruth Livingston Hill. That whole experience is a long story, but my purpose for writing books (beyond writing for my own pleasure) was first awakened there. I now write to help people: to bring hope, to change minds, to expand imagination, to provide entertainment, and to save lives, all of which other authors’ books have done for me.

2. Was there a specific inspiration for this book?

Firstly, on a major note, I was inspired by my conviction that imperfect people can, should, and do experience perfect love. Secondly, on a minor note, I was driven by my years of longing to one day publish a book with a lot of RED on the cover, red being my favorite color for the passion it represents. For the first time, I designed a book cover before I had a story or plot to go along with it. I only had a title, ideas for the cover, and a desire to write about love. Once I finished designing the cover, the story began to take form, drawn from over twelve chronicled dreams, unrelated story bits with plots too incomplete to even be called “short stories,” and little nuggets from my personal history. What I weaved together from all of that became Love Unfeigned.

3. Is there any specific place you like to write?

I prefer a quiet room indoors, sitting at my laptop. If it’s sunny outside, I like to sit where fresh air and lots of sunlight can come in, but I don’t necessarily want to go outside while I’m writing. Too many pleasant distractions out there.

4. Do you have any interesting quirks while you’re writing?

I have a tendency to physically play out some of the scenes in my fiction, either to get a feel for the way I’d like to write them, or to make sure I’ve written them the way I see them playing out in my head. I’ll take on the role of a character or two: standing in their positions, quoting their lines in my best renditions of their voices, doing my best to make their facial expressions and to use their body language, whispering, yelling, crying (sort-of)–whatever gives me the best sense of the scenes. Songs I know or musical scores I’ve made up accompany most of my fiction, and if it’s the scene for it, I’ll hum the music in the background if none of the characters are talking. I’ve a list of classic jazz songs that inspired me while writing about Isaiah and Lorraine in Love Unfeigned, including (of course) “Sweet Lorraine.” http://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/love-unfeigned-extras/

5. You have quite a few books out. I know authors love all their babies, but does any one particular book stand out for you?

Each of my books stand out in different ways, to me. Yella’s Prayers stands out because, although it’s not the first book I published, it’s the first one I ever wrote and finished, my first novel, and to this day, it’s still the longest book I’ve ever written. I wrote it when I was seventeen. I must mention that The Movement of Crowns stands out to me as well, since it’s the kind of epic story I’ve always wanted to write, and the idea for the particular story came to me at the same time Yella’s Prayers did, back when I was in high school, though it would be some years before I’d grow enough as a writer and as a person to be able to write Crowns the way I wanted.

6. What authors/books have influenced you?

Besides Ruth Livingston Hill and John Nielson Had a Daughter, which first inspired me to help people with my writing, I’m also heavily influenced by Henry James for his command of language and by L.M. Montgomery for her beautiful descriptions and timeless characters. James and Montgomery may be the two writers who influence me the most outside of myself; the writer I will be someday ultimately inspires me the most, pushing me to keep on writing. I don’t wish to be the next James or the next Montgomery, but I do wish to be the best me.

7. Are you reading anything now worth sharing?

I’ve started Her Grace in Disgrace by independent author Claudia Harbaugh. It’s funny, while many readers, quite logically, use book covers, blurbs, reviews, and sample chapters to determine which books they want to read, I usually just have a sense of when I want a book. I didn’t read Her Grace’s book blurb or customer reviews or sample any of the story; I don’t think I’d even seen the book cover yet when I first heard Harbaugh mention her novel and I told myself, “I want that book.” Book titles are great too, though I’m prone to procure and enjoy books with corny, hard-to-market, or even forgettable titles as much as I do books with “good” titles. I decided I wanted Harbaugh’s book, and when she ran a contest to name her then nameless blog, offering a copy of Her Grace in Disgrace as a prize for the best blog name, I put my oar in with “Tipping Back the Hourglass” and won the copy of her book.

8. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

In addition to being a bookworm, I’m quite a film lover. It stems right from my love of fiction, of storytelling. I don’t watch much television at all, but I do watch a few television shows and a good deal of films on DVD. I thoroughly enjoy going out and seeing plays when I’m not immersed in literature and films, which I usually am, and I won’t be surprised if going to hear symphonies or going to the opera or the ballet become pastimes for me in the future.

9. How do you like to connect with your fans?

The foremost way I wish to connect with the people who read my books is through my writing itself. This could be the product of my favoring many books by either long-deceased authors or really famous ones I don’t have a way of talking to. Literature speaks, and souls and society respond to the written word, which is a vital and lasting connection that outlives any author. With that said, any form of communication with my readers suits me just fine, whether it’s through my blog or social media, talking with them face to face, or what have you.

10. What can we expect next?

My first attempt at writing Chick Lit longer than a short story and the beginnings of another tale in the world I built in The Movement of Crowns are both in the works. I’ve written some self-help and poetry, and even released a spoken word album last year, but I’m pretty sure what I put out next is either going to be Chick Lit or Epic Fiction.

Thanks, Nadine, for sharing with us today! I loved your comment, “I don’t wish to be the next James or the next Montgomery, but I do wish to be the best me.” I agree wholeheartedly that we shouldn’t try to measure ourselves up against each other, but against who we have the potential to be ourselves.” ~ Alison

About the Author ~ Nadine C. Keels

Nadine C. Keels

Nadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”
Spreading hope to her readers and listening audiences, author, editor, and speaker Nadine C. Keels of Seattle, Washington is well-known for The Song of Nadine, the powerful lyrical poetry seen in four of her several books and found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. Drawing from her lifelong passion for highly enjoyable and transformational fiction, Nadine has written a number of novels and novellas, including Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series. In response to inquiries from other aspiring authors, Nadine put together a simple reference entitled Write Your Genius, Genius! A Rather Quick Guide to Book Writing. Being the founder of Prismatic Prospects, a communication company based in Seattle, Nadine has served as editor and co-editor for a number of titles, and it is her aim to be a proven wellspring of inspiration for creativity and innovation in the marketplace.

Author Links

Author Website: http://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/nadine_keels

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nadine.keels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nadinekeels

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NadineTimes10

Happy Reading,


Don’t Forget to Breathe ~ Review & Interview

Don't Forget to Breathe


For most, breathing is second nature, automatic, instinctive. But for Jules Greene, a daily reminder is unfortunately necessary.

Why, you ask?

For starters, her highly dysfunctional family taught her at a young age that an excessively large bank account, and a high ranking role in Atlanta society, makes everyone either completely unsuspecting of a family’s deep, dark secrets, or they just don’t give a damn.

Secondly, when you work hard your entire life toward a certain goal, only to have your hopes and dreams smashed to bits the very first time you dare to put yourself out there…well, Jules knows firsthand that a blow like that to the ego will definitely leave you gasping for air.

And third, Jules happens to be madly, hopelessly, unrequitedly in love with her boss, whose devastatingly good looks and hidden charm manage to leave her breathless on a daily basis.

So, there you have it.

But now at twenty-four, Jules is tired of everything being one-sided. She’s tired of being scared, and she’s tired of living and doing everything for everyone else. Jules is finally ready to take a stand, but is she willing to lose everything she loves, everything she’s ever known, to finally start living her life on her own terms?

The answer is yes. She most certainly is.


1. What do you enjoy most about writing? – Hmmm…there are so many things to love about writing, but I think the most enjoyable part for me is the escape it provides. I appreciate the occasional break from reality, the opportunity to see the world through different eyes. I think it helps make me stronger, more compassionate and it always feels good to work my imagination in any way that I can.

2. What do you struggle with most in the writing process? – I’m too much of an over-thinker, especially when it comes to dialogue. I feel like I over-analyze dialogue to a point where I’m probably ruining it in a lot of cases. Conversation is everything to me in books that I personally read, so I find myself making a huge fuss over it when I write. I’m also a very disorganized writer – no outline and I write things as they come to me, so the end of the process is kind of an undertaking, trying to piece everything together. Efficiency is definitely not my strong suit.

3. With this being your second book, did you find the whole process easier this time? – Maybe not easier, but definitely different. I wrote my second book while going through a somewhat difficult time in my life. This book was harder to write than the first, but a lot more cathartic, so I enjoyed it more in some ways. I did hope publishing the second book would be easier, since I had already been through a lot of the typical ups and downs with the first. But I can see now anxiety will always be a part of this process, mostly because there’s a bit of my heart and soul in every story. And sharing those small, albeit very vulnerable parts of yourself is no easy business.

4. Do you have a particular author(s) that influences your writing? – I am a VORACIOUS reader, and I will read most anything. So, even though I write romance novels, I feel like I pull from all sorts of influences. But most of my favorites are definitely love stories, always a sucker for the “happily ever afters”. A sweet, Southern girl at heart, I appreciate the innocence and chivalry you find in a lot of 19th century love stories. Give me Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters, and I’m in heaven. I’m also really drawn to authors with good wit and intellect. Jessica Park is the first person that comes to mind. I think she’s brilliant. And of course I’m not afraid to admit I do enjoy the steamy romance novel on occasion, my latest obsession being Remy from the “Real” series by Katy Evans. Yummm!

5. Who are a few of your favorite authors? – Oh dear. This is like trying to choose a favorite kid! Okay, so besides the ones I mentioned above, I also enjoy fantasy stories quite a bit – authors like J.K. Rowling, Brandon Mull, Christopher Paolini, Becca Fitzpatrick, Richelle Mead, Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare, to name a few. As for other romance writers, there are too many to choose from, but I like Nicholas Sparks, Abbi Glines, Jennifer Weiner, Shelly Crane, Colleen Hoover, Gina Maxwell, Lauren Blakely, Sawyer Bennett, Heidi McLaughlin and the list could go on and on and on and on…..

6.Do you have a set schedule you follow when writing? – Again, I’m definitely not the most efficient writer. Plus, I can’t really stick to any kind of schedule because I don’t write full time. I have to get it in when I can, which is typically at night, when the house it quiet and I can find a private corner somewhere. When I start a story, it is almost always one particular scene that I get down first and then the rest of the story kind of forms around it. Basically, my writing schedule and style are totally chaotic like most everything else in my life it seems, so I guess it makes perfect sense. It’s chaos, but it’s my own special brand of chaos, and I’m not sure I’d enjoy it any other way.

7.What do you like to do when you’re not writing? – I love to read, read and read some more. I like all sorts of crafts, but my ADD usually kicks in, making my house feel like one big, unfinished Pintrest project. I love anything having to do with music and theater – going to concerts, seeing plays or even going dancing. And I also love to crochet. My mom taught me when I was young, and as I’ve gotten older, I find it very relaxing and therapeutic. Wow. So, in summation, I like to read, do crafts, listen to music and crochet. Yeah. Officially negative on the scale of zero to cool.

8. Do you have a specific social media outlet where you like to connect with fans? – Continuing with the whole “not cool” thing…I have to admit I find social media to be kind of overwhelming at times. As if the crocheting mention wasn’t enough, right? Just go ahead and make me a reservation at the nursing home now. I know. But on a serious note, overwhelming or not, I will happily talk to my fans in any way that I can. Chatting with people who have read and connected with my stories somehow is one of the most humbling things I’ve ever experienced. So Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, email, whatever your flavor, just bring it on. My door is always open.

9. Do you have any advice for someone thinking about tackling their first book? – That’s simple. Write. Just write. Don’t think about it, especially not at first. Just get it out. And be honest. Even though it may be tough, try not to hold back just to please others. It’s a given that not everyone will like what you have to say, but you can’t let that scare you. Believe in yourself and believe in your story. That’s all you need.

10. What can we expect next? – I had so much fun with my first book, “You Never Know”, that I’ve decided to make a stand alone series out of it. The next installment in the series will be out early 2014 and will be another fangirl adventure, this time following one of my favorite characters, Rose. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m pretty passionate about my fangirling, so I couldn’t be more excited to delve back into this world. I’ll be releasing more information soon, so please stay tuned!

Melinda, I’m right there with you. Reading and crafts – that’s about as exciting as my life is, too. Thanks so much for the interview!!


My ****4 Star**** Review

Reading the opening pages of this story, I really wondered if I was going to like it. Jules seemed to have a lot of animosity, and it was a little annoying. BUT, that seemed to quickly fade, and I even made a little note to myself when I hit page 62 that the story had become rather intriguing. Then I found myself laughing – a lot. Jules’s internal dialogue went from whiny to hilarious.
As for Andrew, well he was just the perfect guy, but he had one serious issue. He knew how he was handling things wasn’t okay. I think it was taken just a bit far for my liking, and Jules had a huge problem with it, too. Other than that, he was so incredibly sweet, and I couldn’t help but turn to mush alongside Jules. On the flipside, Melinda did a great job with the evil characters, too. This all built up a great conflict! I enjoyed that the conflict was more than just a situation between Jules and Andrew, too.
With the fast pace, fun characters, and intense conflict, this was a great read. I really connected with this one. I recommend this to all you contemporary romance lovers. I personally look forward to reading more from Melinda! ****4 Stars****
Warning: Contains strong language and sexual content ~ not appropriate for minors.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris
Melinda Harris is an aspiring author, currently residing in the great state of Georgia with her family. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend rainy nights with her nose in a good book and sunny days on a playground chasing her son. And most anytime – rain or shine – she can be found engaging in her favorite pastime, which of course is eating ice cream…lots and lots of ice cream.





Happy Reading,


Camp Christmas ~ Book Blitz, Interview & Giveaway

Camp Christmas banner
This is my stop during the book blitz for Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) by JK Rock, Camp Christmas is a novella which is part of the Camp Boyfriend series and is free to download on the publisher website . While it is part of the Camp Boyfriend series it can also be read as a stand alone. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours . The book blitz runs from 17 December till 21 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours. So far this series contains 3 book: Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5), Camp Boyfriend (camp Boyfriend #1) and Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5).

Camp Xmas cover 2Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Release date: 17 December 2013

Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?

You can find Camp Christmas on Goodreads
You can download Camp Christmas for free on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website: http://www.spencerhillcontemporary.com/Downloads.html
Or you can grab your copy for $0.99 from amazon



A male voice in my ear made me jump.
“I thought you gave up the mean girl act at camp last summer.”
Turning slowly, I faced the only boy at Northstar Academy who knew I attended camp in a remote corner ofthe Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina every year.
“I thought we had a deal never to speak to each other,” I shot back, nudging my bag higher on my shoulder. I didn’t follow my friends since I didn’t want to be seen talking to Julian Berwick.
“Really?” He grinned, surprising me with a flash of white teeth and humor. “I think a ‘deal’ implies agreement between both parties. You barking at me to keep my mouth shut when we were ten years old doesn’t count.”
He strode away toward the main lodge, his long legs covering ground in a hurry. What was he, like six-foot-four? He’d been tall and gawky forever. Now, he seemed tall and…built.
“Wait,” I called, following him toward the building and hoping none of my friends watched from the windows.
Thankfully, thick holiday wreaths covered most of the windows anyway, the whole place decked out for Christmas.
He stopped. Turned.
I took a breath, ready to launch into a tirade about keeping his distance. But seeing him through the falling snow, his longish dark bangs half covering one eye, it was like looking at a stranger. When had he quit carrying a dopey fake sword with him everywhere? He’d worn a cape for as long as I’d known him, whether he was with a bunch of rich kids from Manhattan at Northstar or he was at camp with his geekster squad of science-lovers and video game freaks.
“Where’s your cape?” I asked, sounding like an idiot. I cleared my throat, grateful I had pulled down my goggles earlier, since they hid half my face. “I mean, you’re not trying to turn normal or anything, right? Because I think it’s too late for you to fit in.”
Why did I feel awkward around Julian of all people? It made no sense. Maybe I was just regretting the showdown with Missy since I’d hoped to have fun on Christmas Eve instead of the endless battle to maintain social status.
“Same old Hannah.” He heaved a sigh and shook his head. For the first time, I noticed some kind of tattoo on his neck, half hidden by a scarf. “Guess the camp rumors about you had it wrong.”
He turned to head inside by the time my ears caught up with what he’d said.
“Excuse me?” I tugged his sleeve to pull him away from the door, away from a red-cheeked family wearing matching wool reindeer sweaters and clutching paper cups of hot cocoa.
Julian glanced at my hand on his sleeve and frowned. For a second, my gaze darted to where my snowflake-decorated fingernails rested on his wrist just above his black leather glove. Flustered, I let go.
“If you have more insults in mind, I’m going to leave.” He spoke clearly, as if he was talking to an eight-year-old. “Otherwise, I’m listening.”
I pulled off my goggles, wanting a better look at this semi-normal-seeming boy who’d taken the place of Julian the Super Nerd. My hair snagged in the hinge though, and I accidentally yanked it. When Julian reached to help free me, I pulled back and tugged out enough strands to hurt.
“You can’t talk smack about camp rumors and then walk away. What gives?” I loved camp. No one there knew about my mom, serial dater of rich men. No one at camp noticed if I wore last year’s clothes. Or if I forgot to be too cool for campfire songs and trilled a chorus of “Kumbaya” with the girls in my cabin.
I really missed them.
“Nothing. I just thought…” He folded his arms across his chest, taking up way too much space for a boy I’d always thought of as gangly. He started to lean against the side of the lodge, until an underclassman approached and handed him his lift ticket. “Thanks, man. Would you mind getting Hannah’s, too? You can take a turn down the mountain with my video camera.”
The younger kid looked at me, nodded at Julian and then ran off as fat snowflakes fell all around us, a waterfall of icy lace.
“Thanks,” I said, figuring my friends weren’t going to miss me too soon anyway. Better to give Missy a little time to cool down. “So what’s the deal with camp? And who’s trash-talking me behind my back?”
I hadn’t been the reigning queen bee of our cabin, Divas’ Den, for the last seven years by letting the rumor mill get the best of me. I worked the system, not the other way around.
“No one.” Julian reached toward me and I tensed. But he just lifted the heavy bag with my skis off my shoulder and propped it up against the lodge. “I just saw you hanging out with the Munchies’ Manor girls at the end of camp last year. The word around camp was that you’d made peace with your nemesis.”
Leave it to Julian to make it sound like the rival cabin was from the Klingon Empire. Not that I would ever admit to familiarity with Klingon culture. It was one thing to lust after Chris Pine. Another entirely to admit I’d ever attended a Star Trek convention in my own brush with nerd-dom.
“Oh.” Last summer at camp had been weird. But then, it wasn’t easy being fabulous all the time, especially not when other girls were letting down their guards and having fun.
Not when that was exactly what I wished I could do, too.
“Maybe. But Northstar Academy is a long way from Camp Juniper Point.” My eyes went to his neck where I’d seen a hint of a tattoo. Something dark green and black. I was curious.
“Seven hundred seventy miles.”
“That’s not what I mean.”
“I am aware of that.” His brown eyes studied me in a way that made me self-conscious. And not because of last year’s clothes. “I’m telling you, it’s not that different here.”
“You wouldn’t understand.” I grabbed my bag again, ready to be done with this conversation. Since when did Julian-Freaking-Berwick get to judge me? “It’s different for me and you know it.”
“Because you’re a girl?”
I rolled my eyes and remained silent while my phone started to vibrate. My friends must have finally noticed I was missing.
“Do you think I’ve never felt like an outsider?” Julian asked.
Perfectly serious.
I forced a laugh as I pulled my phone from my pocket. No way was I letting him see how much that question got to me…

Interview with Joanne and Karen Rock

– How did you come up with the inspiration for the Camp Boyfriend series?

The brainstorming process is so fluid and fast-moving sometimes it can be tricky to trace where an idea originated! But we talked about writing a “summer” story since so many interesting changes happen over a summer when you are in high school. From there, we jumped to the possibility of summer camp, and the idea for Camp Boyfriend started developing. We were both inspired by our own experiences at summer camp.

-Who is the main character in the Camp Christmas book and what was the inspiration for her?

Hannah is the main character, which we’re very excited about because it can be interesting to write a character who is viewed one way and sees herself in another way. The girls in Munchies Manor see Hannah as a mean girl. But we wondered… are they right? Is she really mean and if so, why? We ended up really connecting with Hannah and we hope readers will too. She goes on to have some interesting roles in future books, too.

– What does the main character in camp Christmas like to do in her spare time?

Hannah has a secret geeky side and she knows way too much about Star Trek, but she would die before she let that particular bit of information get out! But for the right guy, she does let her guard down so we can know her better.

-How many books will the Camp Boyfriend series contain?

We have three books planned and three novellas, so six stories in all. We’ve staggered the releases to that there is a free novella to precede each book.

-Who designed the covers for your books and how went the process of developing them?

The tremendously talented author/designer Jennifer Rush designed the first two covers in the series. You can see more of her work here. Since Jennifer’s writing career keeps her plenty busy these days, we’ve been working closely with our publisher, Spencer Hill Contemporary, to maintain the spirit of her wonderful layouts in the rest of the artwork.

-Which scenes do you find the easiest to write?

K- I’ve always loved writing dynamic scenes full of interesting action with lots of dialogue and a bit of fun thrown in.

J- Scenes with a lot of action and momentum. When a lot is going on, words fill the pages in no time!

-Which scenes do you find most difficult to write?

K- Deeply emotional scenes are sometimes the most challenging, but ultimately the ones I love the most! I feel so strongly for these characters and if it’s a breakup scene or a setback, I agonize with them. If it’s a love scene, I want to make sure that each word sound real, raw and genuine, not clichéd or expected.

J- Any scene where I’m not sure of the character’s goals or motivations. To which, of course, I tell myself to *stop writing* until I know those things . But sometimes I’ll be excited about a scene because I know the basic action and I think it sounds fun to write. Then I get midway through and realize I’m losing focus because I forgot a story element that’s really fundamental and needs to be in there.

-What do you like to do in your spare time?

K- I read… surprise  I love all genres including fantasy, horror, contemporary, supernatural, sci-fi, suspense, dystopian, romance… you name it- I’ll read it. Or at least give it a chance. I have to admit that once I start a book, even if I don’t really like it, I feel like I should finish it just to see how it ends.

J- I watch a lot of hockey games with my husband and sons. None of them play hockey competitively, so the sport is pure fun for me and there are many, many cute players to sigh over. I’ve written a couple of romances with hockey player heroes, you know, so I put all the fun to practical use!

– Are there things you have in common with your main characters in the Camp Boyfriend series?

K- I think I see a bit of myself in every character in the series. If I had to narrow it down to one or two, I would say Kayla and Emily. Kayla, the main character in the third book of our series, CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT, describes herself as a girl who speaks her mind IN her mind- but never really says what she’s thinking for fear of offending her friends. She wants to blend in with the crowd and not be judged, picked on, or left out. I felt like that a lot as a teenager. There were times that I wished I’d been truer to myself, or stood up and did exactly what I wanted, instead of going along with my friends. Kayla’s not a bad person, and neither was I. But we both needed to get a voice and speak up for ourselves, whether people wanted to hear what we had to say or not. Emily reminds me a bit of my adult self because once I’d learned not to care so much about what other people thought of me, I got in touch with my goofy, real personality. Emily cares a lot about the girls she supervises, much in the way I cared about my students when I was a teacher. Yet I never forgot that it was important to have fun while doing activities and to encourage kids to be kind instead of mean, interested instead of apathetic, and act goofy instead of cool because there isn’t anything fun about being cool- too much pressure!

J- I relate well to characters like Trinity and Brittany. They seem a little kooky on the outside sometimes, but only because their passions are a bit outside the norm. I feel like that was me as a teen because I my head was in a story half the time. I was more interested in Catherine and Heathcliff than anything that happened in social studies, and I may have come across as a bit spacey because of it. Also, I was mapping out diagrams of the relationships between the Greek Gods in my spare time or checking out twelve books on Italian art while at the library on my bicycle. I have a quirky side and that’s why I love Brittany for wearing fangs. If you have a passion… own it.

Earlier books in this series:
camp kissCamp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult

The Camp Kiss That Started It All…

Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer she’d dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a plan… if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldn’t interfere before she’s ready. She hasn’t even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? There’s only one way to find out…

You can find Camp Kiss on Goodreads. It is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website or you can buy it on Amazon .

camp boyfriendCamp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

You can find Camp Boyfriend on Goodreads

You can buy Camp Boyfriend here:
Amazon (kindle)
Amazon (paperback)
The Bookdepository

???????????????????????????????About the Authors:
Sisters in law Joanne and Karen Rock write Young Adult books under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. They bonded on a set of bleachers, watching their respective Rock boyfriends play baseball, and later, as young wives married into the same big family. Today, they have fun reliving teen drama on the pages of their YA books in their ongoing Camp Boyfriend series, which reviewers have noted for its authentic treatment of navigating relationships and self-identity. Individually, Joanne and Karen write adult romance books for Harlequin. Joanne is a three-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart winner. Her books have been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty different languages. Karen’s debut romance, WISH ME TOMORROW, has garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of a cancer survivor’s journey. You can learn more about their upcoming projects and previous releases at http://jkrock.net

You can find JK Rock here:
Series website
Joanne’s Twitter
Karen’s Twitter

There are two blitz wide giveaways!
One of the giveaways is US Only, here is what you can win: signed copies of J. Lynn’s FRIGID, Kimberly Sabatini’s TOUCHING THE SURFACE, J.K. Rock’s CAMP BOYFRIEND, journal, chinese lantern, pen, stickers, assorted bookmarks, friendship bracelets, Camp Boyfriend pen and mini-flashlight and Bath and Body Works Triple Moisture Cream in Aruba Coconut.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The other giveaway is open international and is for a 25$ gift card. You can enter the rafflecopter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Reading,


everything you know ~ Interview, Review & Giveaway



Images of a dark forest, a screaming woman and blood haunt Emma Mathews from the moment she meets Joe Castlellaw, and everything she thought she knew about life, her family, and herself is about to change forever.

Emma Mathews never believed she was like everyone else, but neither did she think herself crazy. Meeting Joe Castlellaw, Henry Dearborn High’s newest student, was like waking on a cold rock in a strange place, the world bathed in liquid moonlight. Everything is different now…and fraught. Visions of a dark forest, a screaming woman and blood haunt Emma’s dreams, and not only at night. But Joe’s lonely beauty makes her float on air, and she would follow him anywhere: out of high school and through the great tree, to a world of poetry and political savagery, of magic and murder, to a life that is entirely theirs and yet unlike anything they have ever known.

Interview with Mary Beth Bass

1. With this being your second book, did you find the overall process a lot easier?

I wish! The more you write the better you get at it (hopefully) and I’m definitely much more comfortable in my own writer skin now, but the process is never what I’d call easy. It’s a good kind of difficult, though. Working hard on something and having it turn out is pretty amazing.

2. What do you love the most about writing?

I love listening to a story unfold in my head and following characters to places I hadn’t thought about before they showed up. Being surprised by a character you made up is one of the coolest things about writing. It feels like actual magic.

And I love words. I love how they sound – by themselves or working together. I love how they look, densely clustered or surrounded by white space. And I really love that yesterday, last month, or 400 years ago some writer arranged 26 letters over and over again and shifted the perspective and the emotions of a reader he or she will likely never meet. Writing is a game with 26 pieces and two players, not limited by time or distance.

3. Do you struggle with any part of it?

I don’t like the first draft. I don’t like beginning or starting anything. I’m also a very slow writer. I have to tell myself the story and then cut out a lot of it. For anyone interested in the opposite view on the appeal of those beginning stages, Libba Bray (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, Going Bovine, The Diviners) wrote a hilarious love-note to the first draft: “Writing a novel, a love story.” (http://libbabray.wordpress.com/2008/07/15/writing-a-novel-a-love-story/)

I also have a hard time with the promotional aspect of writing. I don’t like asking people for anything. If I had to ask someone to change a light bulb I’d teach myself how to make a candle. I love to talk about other people’s books, though. I adore that part of social media. When a book I’ve been waiting months to read finally comes out, and I’m swooning through that story-born haze of bruised bliss, and dozens or hundreds or thousands of people feel the same way and want to talk about those characters and that world…well, that is awesome.

4. What authors/books have influenced you?

Gosh. I think almost everything I read influences me a certain level. Right now I’d say I’m most influenced by Amanda Quick, Susan Squires, Elizabeth Hoyt, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Ellen Kushner, Keats, Melville, Hawthorne, Dickens, and George Eliot. I love fairy tales, Greek mythology, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, the play Our Town. And I love biographies, especially The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery by Wendy Moore, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer by Richard Holmes, and Boswell’s Presumptuous Task by Adam Sisman.

5. Do you have any “weird” habits when writing?

I eat a lot of candy toward the end. Most recently I was eating (almost exclusively) handfuls of Good & Plenty all day, and black beans, rice and tofu at night. There may have been some brandy in there somewhere. And more than a few margaritas.

And I always end up with terrible, terrible revision hair. I have stormy-looking hair on a good day and as a deadline looms nearer I start to look like one of the witches from Macbeth.

6. Do you have any advice for those writers just getting started?

A few years ago Maggie Stiefvater (The Books of Faerie, The Raven Boys, The Scorpio Races, The Shiver Trilogy) wrote a great blog post about how she learned to write and paint and play musical instruments so well (http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/154727.html). She said, “you have to be able to listen to yourself suck.” I’d never heard anyone else say it quite that way and I think it’s true. Yes, you have to write all the time (and read all the time) but you have to be okay with sucking sometimes, especially at the beginning.

I would also say it’s important to know why you want to write and what you want to achieve. Be honest with yourself. You don’t have to tell anyone else why but you have to know. And take yourself seriously, even in the beginning, even if you’re terrified no one will ever want to read your stories. Stephen King says, “Never come lightly to the blank page.”

7. Can you share one interesting tidbit about yourself?

Hmmm, this is never an easy question to answer. Okay, here goes. Until I was around twelve years old (I wish I could say I was younger than that but…) anyway, until I was around twelve I thought if I tried hard enough I could go back in time. I remember walking up an enclosed staircase in a Revolutionary War era house where Lafayette had stayed, thinking I could feel him walk past me, and if I concentrated well enough I could follow him. My family visited a lot of historic sites when I was a kid – house museums, battle fields – and I was obsessed with old buildings. One summer I planted myself on the steps of an old hotel that was going to be torn down in my little North Dakota town, firmly believing that my scrawny ten-year-old self could stop a bulldozer (needless to say, the hotel was torn down and I wasn’t a real threat to the construction crew).

8. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I try to hike in the woods every day. I listen to loud music and sing very loudly in the car. And I love to talk and eat with my friends and family.

9. Do you have a particular social media outlet where you like to interact with fans?

I love twitter. And I love Pinterest, probably a little too much.

10. What can we expect next?

I’m working on a sequel that picks up where everything you know ends. And my agent is shopping The Language of the Thread, a paranormal romance set in three time periods about a Victorian poet, an eighteenth-century astronomer, and an old house with a dark secret.

My ***3 Star*** Review

I really connected with the characters in this story, and not just the two main characters, Emma and Joe, but with a couple of Emma’s siblings, too. I cared about them all. Joe’s character was missing a little something in the romance department, but it was easy to understand why he was the way he was. I also enjoyed the paranormal/fantasy aspects. I had no trouble picturing many of the places described. The story was unique and unpredictable.
On the downside, I found several scenes rather confusing. At times I couldn’t make heads or tails of what exactly was happening. Sometimes the point of view shifted without warning. These factors diminished the quality of the overall story for me.
Overall, it had some issues, but I still felt like there was a strong story there. And, despite the issues, I still strongly connected to the characters, and that was a big plus! I think this is a good story and with some editing could become great! So, 3 stars. I’d definitely read more from Mary Beth Bass, and I look forward to the sequel!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Giveaway Time!!!

Enter to win a $25 Amazon GC!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the Author ~ Mary Beth Bass

mary beth bass

More than a little obsessed with Keats and Moby Dick, and fueled by loud music and cold grey days, Mary Beth Bass is the author of young adult fantasy and romantic women’s fiction. Her debut paranormal-women’s fiction hybrid, Follow Me received the Book Buyers Best Award for Time Travel, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.

An occasional travel writer, Mary Beth has written about Paris, Bordeaux, and Yorkshire, where she hiked the moors to the legendary setting for Wuthering Heights and stood breathless in the parsonage room where Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Bronte talked out their stories with each other.

And if I seem a little strange, well that’s because I am.

Also loves octopuses.


Website: http://www.marybethbass.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18462422-everything-you-know?ac=1
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/everything-know-Mary-Beth-Bass-ebook/dp/B00FZX28J8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384359358&sr=8-1&keywords=everything+you+know+mary+beth+bass
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marybethbass
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/marybethbooks/

Happy Reading,


Peter in Flight Tour, Interview & Giveaway




Peter can tell you how to run a great marketing campaign. He can tell you everything there is to know about successful trade show programs. He can tell you stories about the thousands of people he has met, miles he has flown, hotel rooms he has stayed in, and ways to work the system to your advantage. Still, he can’t tell the woman he loves how he feels.

Peter in Flight is a novella by Paul Michael Peters designed to be the perfect read for a cross-country flight or extended layover. Life moves fast in this quick read about a “trade show guy” and a love he thinks he can never have.

Amazon * B&N * iBook * Kobo

add to goodreads

Book Trailers


I’m in Vegas staying at the Hilton next to the convention center. There’s a place in the hotel called Star Trek: The Experience, based on the television series and movies. There are games and a Star Trek-themed bar along with artifacts from the show and a “virtual experience.”
Two years ago during COMDEX, the largest conference I attend, I made friends with a bartender at the Star Trek Experience. Dressed as an alien character called a Ferengi, with a large prosthetic forehead and enormous ears, he stands behind the bar on a riser. Once he is off the riser to grab a drink or walk the floor you realize he is five feet tall at best. I only know him as Phil the Ferengi, but he may be the best bartender I have ever met. He also owns a string of car washes.
“Hu-mon,” he greets me in character, “what can I get you? Drink? Holodeck? Games?”
“Hello Phil, good to see you again.”
“Ah, yes hu-mon, I thought I recognized you. What are you drinking tonight?”
“I’ll have a gin and tonic please.”
He steps up on his platform with the drink when he returns. I know I can talk to him because it’s a slow night and I know his name.
“How are your travels, hu-mon?”
“They’re good, thank you. How is your car wash?”
“They are very profitable. All of this desert dust can eat away at a car’s finish. But there’s also a new city ordinance; I have to “go green.”
“What will that mean for you?”
“I have to add these tanks that collect used water, then filter it, and use it again. They call it gray water.”
“I can imagine why.”
“Are you sad, hu-mon? Or tired? You don’t look well.”
“I’m losing sleep. I’ve never had this problem before. I can usually sleep anywhere, but in the last week I can’t get a full night.”
“What’s her name?”
“It’s that obvious?”
“It is usually women or money. What’s her name?”
“Tatiana. She is both unavailable and my obsession.”
Phil grabs the bottle of gin and puts in on the bar in front of me. “Do you know Plato?”
“The philosopher? A little.”
“Through Aristophanes, who was a peer of Plato’s, we know this one interesting story about early hu-mons. Hu-mons were not separate from one another, but were made in pairs. They had two heads, four arms, and four legs. And they wouldn’t walk around so much as they would roll around tucked up in a ball.”
“This is not Star Trek?”
“No, ancient Greek philosophers describing the earliest version of humankind.”
“Go on.”
“So here they were—women and women, men and men, men and women—all sorts of these paired creatures rolling at great speed across the countryside of ancient Greece. The speed at which they move, the power they have, starts building confidence in humanity. The confidence turns to pride. And it’s with this pride, what the Greeks call hubris, that they decide they are better than the gods and try to overthrow them.”
A couple comes to the bar interrupting Phil and he takes their order. Once they are settled, he returns.
“So the hu-mons think they can conquer the gods. But when the hu-mons attack the gods, Zeus strikes them with such great power that he splits them all in two. Now the hu-mons are sad, desperate, and alone, and they start to kill themselves because they’re having a hard time without the warmth and comfort of one another. Some remove themselves from the community. Others get lost in the wilderness and are never seen again.”
“So what happens?”
“Zeus is wise. He and the other gods need the hu-mons to worship them. While they are asleep, he changes their bodies to what we know today, so that we walk upright and find it easy to reproduce.”
“Well, here’s the part that applies to you, sleepy hu-mon. After all of those changes, the gods left a memory, a longing inside each of them for their other half. That craving for the other half is instilled so deep inside, that we end up traveling the world searching to fill that absence. And when we are fortunate enough to find that other half, we know instantly—getting lost in the entwinement of friendship and love and intimacy—that we have finally found home. People like this will spend their whole lives together. If you ask them what they find attractive or appealing about one another, they can’t explain it—they just know it’s right.”
“It’s a beautiful idea, that something is missing from each of us, and we have to trust others to fill that. I guess the heart wants what the heart wants; there’s no getting around it.”
“Easier to say, but I like my story better.”
“Thanks for your time and the drinks,” I say, getting up.
“Any time, hu-mon. We’re always open.”


1.With this being your debut novel, what have you enjoyed most about the process?

For me the best part of writing is the resolution. There are challenges each character faces, the rise and fall of the plot, getting the language right and making certain it connects with the reader. Resolving these challenges are fun for me. They are emotionally rewarding. While “Peter in Flight” is the first thing I’ve published, I’ve spent years writing. There were times I would dream about certain characters after thinking about them all day. Or when something is complete, I’ll feel a real loss, just like when you read a good book and you don’t want it to end. I am writing about situations and characters I’ve come to enjoy and spend time with.

2.What have you enjoyed least?

While I enjoy the characters, plot, adventures, romance, and dialogue, I am not good at punctuation and grammar. It’s important. There are these rules that we all accept in a way to communicate with each other accurately, and I’m not good at them. I don’t have them memorized, and I can’t always tell what’s most accurate. It’s why I took time to find an editor that I liked, that I trusted, and that will be honest with me. I use Hollow Tree Literary Services, with Steve Bauer. It’s not something everyone would need or could use, but I do. Steve is someone I trust and can bounce ideas off of, and he is honest and generous in his feedback. He see’s things I don’t. Much of this comes from his time as a teacher, he has been witness to a lot of writing, and working with him I leverage experience I just don’t have.

3. Where do you like to do your writing?

For “Peter in Flight” in its final form, I was living in Toronto. Each weekend morning I had a ritual. First there was breakfast at this place called Hazel’s Diner. Canada’s idea of a diner is different than those in the US I find. Hazel’s had this small but wonderful menu. It was all about quality ingredients. This was in York Mills, a neighborhood on the North side of Toronto. A father ran the place with his daughter. It was small enough that I could listen in to other conversations over breakfast. I am awful for doing this I am sure, but some conversations other people have really make you think about what a character might say. How they perceive a situation. After breakfast, and some notes on where I left off, I would go over to a small coffeehouse and write for 3 – 4 hours straight. During the week, when I had free time, I would go back over what I’d put down the weekend before to clean up and reshape.

Today I do something similar, however I live in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is home to Zingerman’s coffee house, which for my money is the greatest coffee on the planet. I spend hours each weekend writing here, and then on weekdays, I go back over what I produced.
I’ve tried writing in other places, but coffee houses have a background noise that helps me to concentrate. The only other place I’ve found to be this productive is on a plane. During a four hour flight I can crank out lots of pages. It’s where I wrote the first draft of “Peter in Flight” over ten years ago. But it was a much different story in the early versions.

4. Have you looked to any particular authors as a guide for your own writing?

I have. After adding many books to my collection on writing, I find very few of them helpful. “Bird by Bird” was one of the first, and most helpful. After that I found them redundant. It was more productive for me to write. I wrote in different styles and formats, short story, novella, novel, and the more I write, the more I read, the better I think I get. But the books on writing were not insightful of inspiring outside of Lamott.

5.What are a few of your favorite books?

I am a bit odd when it comes to reading. No one has made me more interested in literature than W. Summerset Maugham, Steinbeck, Dickens, and Kipling. These are not the names many of my peers will tell you. Maugham was big, but it was generations ago. People today tell me they find him difficult to connect with. Maybe I was born at the wrong time as I connect with people from a different age.

6.What are you currently reading?

This is going to sound, I don’t know, pathetic was the first word to come to mind. But I am reading two books at the moment, Judy Bloom’s “Are you There God? It’s me Margaret” and “Night Owl” by M Peirce. The thing of it is, I don’t understand women. I would like to understand them better. I would like to be a better writer with a voice that reaches them. I never feel like I know what women want. I’m always concerned that what I write might be too pornographic when I was really looking for something steamy. This happened a few times in “Peter in Flight”, but in my current writing, “The Symmetry of Snowflakes” I am not letting this fear hinder me. I would rather have some one pull me back for having gone too far.

Fiction, literary fiction, is about escape. Readers want to forget about what’s going on that day, who they had to put up with, and what they have to go back to in the morning to pay the bills. Sometimes it’s the man in their life who doesn’t understand or get them, fails to rise to an occasion to meet the needs they have. For men, it’s similar, but I get what distracts them.

7. What is one thing that you’d like to share that most people wouldn’t think to ask?

Be nice to your fellow traveler. I travel all the time and it surprises me how many people think that because they have a first class seat, they are first class. Or others who are bubble people, those who only consider themselves when interacting with the rest of us. They don’t get that they are holding up others from getting off the plane because they need to adjust something, or can’t get their bag. People who are walking up a jet way, or in the airport, and just stop. It’s equal to being on a freeway and slamming on the breaks for no reason. We are all trying to get to a gate for departure, get home to the one’s we love, or to the bathroom because of all the water we drank on a flight. Be nice to your fellow traveler.

8. Do you have any advice for other writers hoping to put out their first book?

A lot of what I’ve done comes from practical experience. If I had the chance to write, “Peter in Flight” over, I would spend more time re-writing and get more people to provide feedback. Now that I’ve got a larger base of people I trust to read early drafts, I am using them for my next book, “The Symmetry of Snowflakes.” My friends who saw the early version of “Peter in Flight” were very kind and generous with their time, but I didn’t understand what I should listen to for comments or feedback. I have an editor at Hollow Tree, he has good advice, I should have considered it more, I should have taken more time to re-write. Part of that just comes with understanding the process, part of that is having enough confidence in what you are writing. You want it to be true and honest and good, but you need to make certain that is what the reading is gaining from it.

My first draft of “Peter in Flight” was over ten years ago. It was a very different story. I took into consideration what people said after reading it to shape the plot and characters into a better story. It’s an odd balance. You want to get it right, but you also want to put it out there. I could have spent another two months with the story, but I was also very interested in getting it out on the market.

9. What do you enjoy doing outside of writing?

Writing is my escape. I love writing. If I could afford to do it full time I would take it. Right now in my other free time, I am visiting all of the US Presidential museums. There are now two remaining on my list and I’ll have been to all of them. I’m doing this interview from Kansas City where I have just been to the museums for Ike and Truman, along with the WWI museum. My mom was a teacher, so every vacation had to include something educational, a stop at a historical sight, or something that would give you perspective in the world, like art appreciation, or science. So in my free time I like to learn or grow somehow. It’s just the way I was raised.

10.What can we expect from you next?

In the spring of 2014 you will be seeing a novel called, “The Symmetry of Snowflakes.” It’s about family.

Family is complex. The relationships we have with our family, the commitments we keep, and the choices we make to support that family is the heart of the story. There is a growing group of people who have parents on a second or third marriage. When they get together during the holiday’s there are multiple generations, several locations, and more expectations placed. Caring for these families can be complicated. The story is about John Hanson, who has a large family, and at times, the only one that others can turn to for help. He is trying to live his own life while helping his family during lean times.

Thank you for taking the time to interview me, and thank you for reading.

The pleasure was all mine! Thanks for sharing!! We’ll be watching for The Symmetry of Snowflakes!

Giveaway Time!!!

Enter to win one autographed copy of Peter in Flight for each tour stop!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the Author ~ Paul Michael Peters

Paul Michael Peters
Paul Michael Peters is an American fiction writer based out of Ann Arbor Michigan. After studying at the Second City in Chicago he spent extended periods of time living in Philadelphia and Toronto before returning home to his beloved big mitten shaped state. “Peter in Flight” is his debut work. You can follow him at paulmichaelpeters.com where he writes a blog called “Everywhere Man”.

Author Quote
“I wrote this story while I traveled extensively for work between 1998 and 2008 taking notes on the things that happened on each trip. I could not include all the good stories. Looking back on my time on the road, I always liked to think of myself as George Clooney from Up in the Air, but in reality, I was John Candy from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.”

Author Site * Blog * Twitter * Facebook


Happy Reading,


Wait by Ryan Ringbloom Tour & Interview


New Adult

Date Published: TBD

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to wait. High school is over and Tessa is done with the drama. She wants to wait. So what? Does that mean she’s destined to never be with anyone? Probably.

Sometimes it’s possible to wait too long. Cassie’s best friend just tried to kiss her. He should have tried a year ago. Not now. Does that mean they can’t still be friends? Maybe.

Tessa Jameson is determined not to fall victim to the same mistakes of her past. After meeting Tucker, she’s going to need all the help she can get.

Cassie DeMarco refuses to give her heart up to someone who is about to leave and start the next chapter in his life. So this summer it’s time to forget Mark, and focus on finding a fling instead.

*Warning Mature Content

Interview with Ryan Ringbloom

Is this book a stand alone, or do you have to read Fast first? Even though it is a series, these books are all intended to stand alone. You will keep seeing the same characters throughout, but each book will focus on a different set of character’s stories.

What books/ authors have influenced your writing? Any book that makes me feel the need to put it down and laugh or better yet call my husband over and read a line or even an entire paragraph to, influence and inspire me. When an author writes without holding back you can just tell and it comes across as so real. I love that and strive to do that in my writing.

What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you? Snacking!!! Why on earth do I need to snack so much when I write? I’ll be a thousand pounds when this series is over.

Where do you like to write? In my office, in front of the PC.

Do your fans influence your writing? FANS WANTED FOR INFLUENCING. Lol – I’m still kind of new, but I am definitely hoping for fan feedback to help me in the future.

Do you stick to a writing schedule? I am in front of the computer almost all day, but tend to do most of my writing in the morning.

What is your all-time favorite book? or a few of your favorite? The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory. The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines. And of course all of the Harry Potter books.

Are you participating in any book signings or other events where fans can find you? I wish! But you can always come visit me at my website… Ryanringbloom.com

Is there a particular social media outlet that you enjoy greeting fans on? Twitter. I love Twitter. When someone Tweets about my book or sends me a DM about it – I dance around the house like a lunatic.

What projects do you have planned for the future that we can look forward to? Right now I am finishing up book three in The Fast Series and it should be released early 2014. Book three is going to be the official crossover from YA to NA.

Alison – Thank you for the fun questions!!! Love, Ryan

Ryan, thanks so much for the interview! I’m personally looking forward to reading Wait!! I LOVE the excerpt! If it’s any indication as to how good the book is then those fans will be popping up quickly!! I can totally relate to snacking in front of the computer – UGH!! I was eating a Reese’s peanut butter cup while reading that – LOL!! You sound like lots of fun and I wish you lots of success with the whole series!!


“But last night, you thought I meant sex and you can’t even probably begin to know what I was actually thinking.”
“I made a mistake, but I thought about it and now I think I know what you really meant by going further.”
Tessa closes her eyes. “No you don’t.”
“I do. I should have grabbed your boob.”
“What?” she gasps, her eyes go wide. “Grabbed my boob? And then what?” Hands on her hips, she stands waiting for me to answer.
“Grabbed the other one?” I say unsure, raising my hands up with a scared smile.
The shock on her face makes me cringe. Her mouth hangs open, awkwardness lingering and then the corners of her mouth lift. “I don’t even know how to respond to that,” she laughs.

About the Author ~ Ryan Ringbloom

Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.

You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at RyanRingbloom.com . Feel free to contact her, she would love it!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fast-Series/205973969576654

Happy Reading,