Category: Guest Post

Jan 21
{Exclusive Guest Post+Pre-Order Contest} Author Victoria Scott #TITANSThursday

{Exclusive Guest Post+Pre-Order Contest} Author Victoria Scott #TITANSThursday

Are you guys as excited for the release of Titans by Victoria Scott as I am?? I have already read the book and I am telling you, it is EPIC-ALLY GREAT! With Titans releasing in only 6 weeks, Victoria is hosting #TitansThursday, with different fun guest posts and events each Thursday, and I am beyond excited to have Victoria here on the blog today talking about some of her favorite books featuring animals. Be sure to check out the hashtag #TitansThursday to see more of the posts, and don’t forget to check out the details of the pre-order contest at the bottom of this post! ———————————- You may have guessed that I like animals. Probably because I’m allergic to every living creature on earth except humans. I’m seriously waiting for the day when my husband makes me sneeze. It comes as no surprise that I love writing books with fuzzy, furry creatures in them. Pandoras? Here you go! Steel horses? I got you! A kitten for one Dante Walker even… Read more »

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Dec 15
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo @AlyssinWnderlnd

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo @AlyssinWnderlnd

Today I have Alyssa Palombo here to talk about her first passion in life- music. I really enjoyed this guest post and I hope you do too. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below to win a copy of Alyssa’s book- The Violinist of Venice. 🙂 The music of my life By Alyssa Palombo  Given that I wrote a book called The Violinist of Venice, and that that book is largely about music and its effect on a life, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that music is and has been a big part of my own life. I heard lots of great music growing up thanks to my parents: Led Zeppelin and The Who and Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Sarah McLachlan – the list goes on. Another really formative musical experience for me was going to see the movie Nightmare Before Christmas when I was four years old. To this day it’s still my favorite movie and soundtrack/score of… Read more »

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Dec 09
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Sweet Bliss by Helena Rac @HelenaRacAuthor

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Sweet Bliss by Helena Rac @HelenaRacAuthor

Today I have the author of Sweet Bliss- Helena Rac, here to talk about finding your passion. (a topic that I love hearing about) Find Your Passion … then Follow It “How did you ever find the time to write your novel?” is one of the questions people ask when I tell them that my debut contemporary romance novel, Sweet Bliss, is being published. To answer that, I have to rewind a bit. Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield, used to be, and still is, my go-to song. I like to think of life as an unwritten book — blank pages that you get to fill in with whatever storyline you dream up. Almost ten years ago, that dream was to become an accountant. I know what you’re thinking: Borrring. Well, I became one, and for a few years I was content and passionate about my career of choice. I had job security, a great paycheck, yada yada yada. But… Surprisingly, or perhaps not at all, I realized being an accountant wasn’t… Read more »

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Nov 27
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

What Makes a Swoon-Worthy Romance Hero? With so many characters in a romance novel it can be hard for a hero to shine, especially if the book is part of an ongoing series. But he’s the lead, so he needs to be a man the reader can and will fall head over heels for. Whether he’s a firefighter or a cowboy or a vampire, there are things we look for in a man when it comes to happily ever after. Abs. Yes, a swoon worthy romance hero will have rippled abs the heroine itches to run her hands over. If you’ve seen the cover for Controlled Burn, the second book in my Boston Fire series, you know my hero, Rick Gullotti, doesn’t lack in the sexy abs department. But Rick, who’s a lieutenant with the fire department, is a lot more than his looks. One of the things I love most about him, and about most of the heroes from favorite books, is his sense of family. Besides having a… Read more »

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Sep 16
{Guest Post+Review+Giveaway} The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick @HuntleyFitz

{Guest Post+Review+Giveaway} The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick @HuntleyFitz

Welcome to Day #8 of The Boy Most Likely To(ur)! To celebrate the release of The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (8/18/15), 10 blogs across the web will be featuring exclusive content from Huntley, as well as a chance to win a YA Goodie Basket in the Grand Prize Giveaway! ——————————– Today, Huntley shares her favorite scenes from The Boy Most Likely To and My Life Next Door! 5 Favorite Scenes from BMLT and MLND FIVE FAVORITE SCENES IN THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO—with a line or two that shows why 1. The scene where Tim comes home to find Alice asleep in his bed-and she kicks him: “You can get under the covers, you know,” I whisper. “Better not.” Her voice is low. “You’ve never been safer with me than you are now.” Her quiet laugh shakes the bed, but not painfully anymore. Alice shifts, her wavy hair tickling my cheek. Warm skin, soap, damp hair that smells like rain and leaves…All the rain sheeting down…it’s like we’re… Read more »

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May 13
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Sophie’s Time by C.S. Minsky

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Sophie’s Time by C.S. Minsky

 How Do you get started with World Building? Sophie’s Fate, the prequel to Sophie’s Time, was the first YA novel I wrote. I created the story from an experience of my own. I met someone at a conference, and he seemed so familiar to me even though we had never met. I kept feeling I knew him but I didn’t. Months later I thought about that encounter and how sometimes a place I visit for the first time can feel like I’ve already been there. I played with those dèjá vu experiences in my head and began wondering how it would feel to discover you lived once before. I took my personal experience and from there, I built a story around it. I used places I know in the story so it felt familiar to me and created a girl’s life with her family adding a paranormal/supernatural element to it. After Sophie’s Fate, I felt Sophie still had something more to discover so I wrote Sophie’s Time, which continues a… Read more »

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Mar 06
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Man of a Thousand Faces by Jay Stritch

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Man of a Thousand Faces by Jay Stritch

Today author Jay Stritch is here to talk about: Where the inspiration for her books and worlds comes from This is a great question because world building is where you really have to start when writing a fantasy series. It’s from the world which you’ve built the foundations of that your characters grow as they have to be a product of this imaginary environment and the rules and way of life which flourishes there. With this book the inspiration came (as inspiration often does) from an otherwise unremarkable moment. I was killing time with some friends and we were reading out each other’s star signs of that week in the back of a magazine. We were all different ones and this meant that different qualities, futures and interactions were supposed to befall each of us. I looked around and suddenly thought what if we were actually governed by this? What if our star sign actually depicted the rules that we would live by and the qualities we possessed? What if… Read more »

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Jan 06
{Guest Post} Why Great YA Heroines Need Problems by @NatDRichards  & Release day for Gone Too Far!

{Guest Post} Why Great YA Heroines Need Problems by @NatDRichards & Release day for Gone Too Far!

Messing Them Up to Make Them Great (Why Great YA Heroines Need Problems)  By: Natalie D. Richards So, female leads. We all have our list of great ones. Personally I’m partial to JK Rowling’s Hermione Granger, Ismae from Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers, and of course, the Hunger Games darling, Katniss Everdeen. There are loads of lesser known heroines I adore too, and before writing this post, I tried to figure out what’s the magical formula for me. What makes a female character amazing? In a nutshell? Mess them up. I have a very difficult time attaching myself to main characters that are too perfect. Love interests, friends, parents—those secondary characters can get away with it a bit more for me, because I’m not in their skin. They might be good at hiding their flaws—super nice people often are. But the heroine? She can’t hide those things from me—it’s her story, and I should know her inside and out. Female leads that leave me flat are almost always just a… Read more »

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Dec 04
{Guest Post} THE MANY LIVES OF A TV SERIES THAT NEVER WAS  by D.J. Donaldson

{Guest Post} THE MANY LIVES OF A TV SERIES THAT NEVER WAS by D.J. Donaldson

  ABOUT THE BOOK Cajun Nights by D.J. Donaldson is the first novel in the incredibly popular Andy/Kit mystery series. Readers are thrown into the bayou with criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn, newly hired to investigate a string of murder-suicides plaguing the city. Her boss, chief medical examiner Andy Broussard (a super lovable protagonist and self-proclaimed foodie—a man after my own heart) accompanies her to the newest crime scene of yet another gruesome act. Throughout the novel, Kit and Broussard form a really fun team to follow, uncovering eerie clues linking the historic past of Haitian Voodoo and Sorcerers to the present. CAJUN NIGHTS AND THE CHARACTERS WITHIN: THE MANY LIVES OF A TV SERIES THAT NEVER WAS by D.J. Donaldson LIFE #1 Cajun Nights was my first novel featuring New Orleans medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his suicide/death investigator, Kit Franklyn.  A few weeks after the book was published, I got a call from my agent with the surprising news that, “There’s been a flurry of movie and TV interest… Read more »

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Dec 03
{Guest Post+Giveaway} West by Lizzy Ford @LizzyFord2010

{Guest Post+Giveaway} West by Lizzy Ford @LizzyFord2010

Award Winning and fan favorite author, Lizzy Ford, introduces us to a new time travel romance, with WEST , which Outlander fans are sure to love. If you could change history, would you? WEST is the first installment in a series of standalone novels in the History Interrupted series featuring four women sent back to different time periods to modify historical events. Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series will cherish this new series from Bestselling Author Lizzy Ford! Look for EAST, NORTH, AND SOUTH in 2015! Top 10 Time Periods I Would Like To Visit There are a ton of different eras of history I’d love to visit (but not necessarily live!) I’ve listed my top ten below in no particular order. 1. Mongol conquest era of the 1200s to see how 150,000ish warriors on horseback defeated millions and took over more land than any other army in history. 2. Pre-BC England-Scotland-Ireland to meet the druids and see if I could find any elves or fae. (Oh, and also to… Read more »

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