Thursday, July 18, 2013

TEASER: It's Not Over

I was tagged in a post that required that I post a teaser from page 70 in my work in progress.  If I didn't post the teaser, bad things would happen to me like perhaps gaining 10 lbs while writing or humidity on a rainy day, causing my hair to frizz.

So here it is, the first official teaser from It's Not Over.

This teaser is unedited and subject to change.  

You seem like a nice guy,” he started, “and it looks like she’s gotten her hooks into you.”

“Listen, motherfucker. I don’t know who the hell you are or what the fuck you want. So I’m going to tell you this once,” I said, straightening my shoulders and glaring at him. “I don’t think anyone, other than my mother, would consider me a nice guy. Leave her the fuck alone.”

He reached for a paper towel and laughed. “You’re out of your league. Frankly, I don’t give a shit if she fucks you or half the world’s population. At the end of the day, she’s going to fuck me when I want. End of story. Oh and by the way, remember, I’m old friend. You’re new friend or maybe more like friend for now.”

I clenched my fists, at least as much as my right hand would close. The rage that had seized me earlier took over as my shoulders tightened and my heart pounded. I could taste the fury that overtook me as I pinned him against the wall. “Old friend. Maybe you’re hard of hearing. I said leave her the fuck alone. You don’t know who the fuck I am.” I pushed back from him and ran my hand through my hair, trying to calm myself down.

Straightening his shirt, he came up to me with a fucking death wish. “I have what she wants. At the end of the day, I always win.”

This had to be one of those karma shit things, and I was getting a taste of my own medicine. I refused to believe I was anything like this asshole, even at my worst. 


Monday, July 8, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Present Perfect by Alison Bailey

Present Perfect by Alison G. Bailey

Release Date: August 6th, 2013
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Amazing Book Cover by artist Robin Harper of Wicked by Design


I’d been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant. 

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it. 

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.


Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.

Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn't allow herself to have him.

Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them...but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend? 

Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.

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About Alison

Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she would create (write) additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. At the end of 2012 a very talented author friend convinced Alison to go back to writing and see what happens. So she did and fell back in love with it. Present Perfect will be Alison's first self-published book. A few personal facts, Alison loves anything sweet, especially frosting, and is addicted to Diet Pepsi. Alison's philosophy: Don't let your obstacles define you. At times life can get pretty overwhelming, but with a great support system and a lot of humor you can get through them. If you have humor in your life your spirit stays strong and you can tackle anything.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

It's Not Over: Chapter 4-6

There was a slight speed bump in the writing process.  Book Bash, Life, and Out of Breath  got in the way.

But have no fear, I'm back in the saddle.  Nearing 21,000 words, It's Not Over  is coming to life.

A new character is re-introduced from Madison's past, Alex Santana.  We first met Alex briefly when Madison and Rick were feeding the homeless.

Her head reclined on my chest. She moved against my body with such ease and confidence. It was a fucking turn-on, and she could feel it. She loved having power and control over me.
“You two should get a room.”
We both quickly straightened, startled out of whatever the hell that was. Where the fuck was my head?
“Alex, it’s been a while,” Madison said. “Rick, this is Alex, an, um…old friend.”
Old friend, my ass. He was a fuck buddy. That son of a bitch was salivating as he eyed her from head to toe.
I reached out my hand. “Rick Marin, new friend.”
I wasn’t a fuck buddy, and I had no plans of ever being one. I might cop a feel here and there, but that was it. This guy was an asshole. I should know. I was Asshole Extraordinaire.
“Alex Santana. I’ll see you later, Madison.” He winked at her and walked away.

It was then that I realized my arm was still wrapped around her waist. I let her go. I ran my hands through my shower-capped head and cursed that damn thing. 
~Chapter 38 from The Do Over

I'm tempted to post a teaser so that I could let you know more about Alex.  All I'll tell you is that Alex has ties to Madison and a long standing connection. He may hold the "key" to what she thinks she wants, and he has no problem whatsoever in using it to get what he wants. 

Will Alex Santana come between Madison and Rick?

PS: In case you're wondering if this is a triangle, the answer is a big fat NO.  


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan

Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Last fall, my friend, Daisy, told me that I had to read The Breathing Series. She was visibly torn up. She begged me because she needed someone to understand what she was feeling and someone to go through the journey with her.

I reluctantly picked up Reason To Breathe because I was selfish. I didn't want to go through an emotional journey. I wanted clean and neat, but being a good sport and friend, I started reading.

I fell in love with Emma and Evan. Their story was powerful. I read, I paced, I cried, I cringed. My heart pounded in my throat. My kindle nearly came to an untimely death as several times it was nearly flung against the wall. But hope carried me through until the story came to an end and my world came crashing down around me. How on earth was it possible for an author to create an experience that would shatter me? This wasn't just a ugly cry thing. This book reached in and grabbed my heart. I fell in love with Evan Matthews. I was on Team Emma Thomas. I rooted for them, believed in them, hoped for them.

I also thanked God that Barely Breathing was already on my Kindle. I immediately started reading. Why stop? I needed to know. I needed peace. I needed resolution. I clung to hope. The earth's rotation had shifted and life as we knew it was quickly coming to an end.

And then Rebecca Donovan did something that I didn't know was possible. She reached further into my soul, grabbing a part of my heart that wasn't available to fictional characters, and owned it. {insert profanity}. I hated this story. I hated what was happening. I hated Emma's choices. I hated the interference. I hated that Evan wasn't more present. I hated it because I loved them. I wanted them happy and whole. I wanted them healed. I wanted them to live happily ever after. But what I got was reality and it wasn't always pretty.

I read that book with my heart, pounding in my chest. The angst in this book was so intense that I questioned my sanity for wanting more, but I did. I was so invested in their lives that there was no way I could abandon them. I believe in them. I believed in love. I believed that at the end of all of this there was the hope that they would find the life they deserved. And then another crushing blow. I mean, I was certain that the planets would be colliding and the end of the earth was imminent.

I waited patiently...who am I kidding? I wasn't patient. I needed to know what happened. I didn't want to wait. My heart was ripped open, and I needed resolution, healing and closure. I needed peace. I needed to be okay. At the same time, Rebecca Donovan proved to be an unpredictable author. I didn't know what Out of Breath would bring. I was truthfully scared.

What kind of author has the ability to take a reader down a journey where you are scared to the point where you aren't sure that you'll be okay if the book ends any other way? One that has the talent to draw you in and make the characters so real to you that you feel like you know them, not just know them, but also love them.

Out of Breath downloaded onto my Kindle on July 2. I lay in bed, thinking I would start reading for an hour before I proceeded to continue working on my own novel. What I didn't realize was that I was so wrapped up into the story that before I knew it, it was 5am. I questioned whether or not I should continue reading or try t get a couple hours of sleep. I opted for sleep, but the story kept running in my head. My Kindle didn't rest. At work, I had it opened and continued reading. I couldn't stop.

For those who know me, they know I was Team Evan from the get go. In fact, I was Team Jonathan can go to Hell and take Analise with him. When I started reading and saw Emma a shell of herself in college, I was saddened. Then, the box that held Emma's memories tightly hidden deep within the crevices of her own heart was opened and the pain rushed over her. She needed to stop feeling and to forget. The partying started along with what I considered to be REALLY BAD CHOICES. What the hell was she doing?

Enter Cole. Ahhhhh. Team Evan. Remember? Oh yeah. Cole comes into the picture. Rebecca Donovan did something that I didn't know could be possible, she made me like him. I mean, I didn't think it was possible, but I did. Even though I saw that Emma found an escape with Cole, he was a good guy. It could've been much worse. I also think that Cole was a substitute Evan.

I PMed while reading the book. I shared with Savanna that I liked Cole and didn't want him getting hurt.

I wondered why so much of the book was spent on Emma's life sans Evan. Even though I was okay with Cole, I hated that Emma's life was a mess. I hated the choices she was making. I hated her state of mind. I hated that my focused, determined and goal-oriented friend was a walking disaster and quickly slipping down a very slippery slope to self-destruction.

Not everyone's path to recovery is pretty. Emma's was downright FUGLY.

Enter Evan. You'd think that the earth's axis would return to it's correct angle, but you're wrong. Say what? Oh yeah, there was no instant reconciliation. NO fucking way! Yup, I used the F word.

I couldn't stop reading. I needed more. I needed healing almost as badly as they did. One thing was clear, they loved each other and needed to find their way home.

After so much damage, so many hurt feelings, so much emotional wreckage, can true love survive? When do you let go and move on? Can you? How do you breathe when you're holding your breath?

In Out of Breath , Rebecca Donovan takes us down the bittersweet journey of our beloved Emma and Evan. I sit here with tears welling in my eyes, missing them and wanting more.

I sit on the swing, hanging from the old oak tree and hold tight to the hope that when I can't breathe, someone will breathe for me.

I LOVED this book. It wasn't what I had expected, but what I needed. The Breathing Series goes down as one of my favorite series of ALL TIME.

A must read!
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Monday, July 1, 2013

BOOK BLITZ: Who Has The Heart?

Who Has The Heart?
By Tania Eddingsaas

Book Description

Who Has the Heart? is a novel of three intertwined romantic tales. Rob Walker, a college athlete, Bridgett LeMond, a reclusive author, and Duncan Adams, a British actor, share in their own words their personal stories of romance.

Rob Walker

My plan was to avoid women and lay low my senior year. I just wanted to focus on winning a basketball tournament, graduating, and getting drafted into the NBA. But as the saying goes, as soon as you stop trying to meet someone, you’ll meet someone, because out of the blue I met Beth LeMond. It’s weird, but ever since, my life is looking like the complex story-line in The Tale Trilogy novels and it’s killing me! All I need now is patience, as I wait to see how my ‘Tale of Romance’ will end.

Bridgett LeMond

I secretly made a fortune writing The Tale Trilogy under a pen name. But even with all my success, I find myself struggling with insecurities. I finally managed to leave my old boyfriend and get a place of my own, because I don’t mind living alone. However, now it seems my new good-looking neighbor has taken an interest in me. Yeah right! I don’t believe it for a second! Why would a hot professional quarterback be interested in me? I know for a fact relationships in real life can never live up to the romantic story found in my novel.

Duncan Adams

 I was a completely unknown actor when I was discovered in a tiny theatre in London and offered the lead role in the Hollywood blockbuster series entitled, The Tale Trilogy. Once I moved to Los Angeles and filming began, I've become a huge star, and now my life is absolute madness! For instance, after the break-up with my beautiful co-star, my Director had the gall to arrange these ghastly public appearances for me. Why isn't it obvious to the Tale fans that this is all a publicity stunt? What a load of rubbish! Thank goodness my new personal assistant isn't a complete nutter. She has introduced me to a talented musical composer and as a result I have found my true passion in life. Now I have to find the faith to follow my heart.

When the three come together on the live television morning program, The Lucinda Michaels Show, secrets are revealed and second chances are offered in the surprising conclusion that will leave readers wondering: Who Has the Heart?

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Author Bio

Hello! I write contemporary romance stories. My first novel is a self-published, 3-part contemporary romance called Who Has the Heart?
At this time, my second novel and one other work-in-progress, may or may not include the following: a womanizing record producer, opposite-minded photographers, a ranch in the Grand Tetons, a woman that gives relationship advice on a radio talk show, a physically and emotionally scarred unlucky-in-love musician, a finalist in Cleveland's Hottest Bachelor Contest, a cruise ship traveling Alaska's inside passage, a beautiful non-judgmental young woman, and a handsome rich prince - (not necessarily in that order). 
About me: I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I now live just west of there in Brookfield with my husband, two very active boys, and a lazy cat named Pablo.