Interview with Miv Evans

Miv EvansMiv Evans is a British national who relocated to Los Angeles. Miv writes film reviews for Entertainment Magazine and online, she has also written a comedy drama which was commissioned by BBC TV, sold her short film to REN Media International in 2007, has two screenplays optioned by two Hollywood heavyweights, and published her debut novel How I Exiled My Inner Bitch in August 2013! Phew! I was lucky to rope in this super busy lady to participate in a 10 Q. Enjoy!

How would you describe yourself?

I’d describe myself as very independent, optimistic, outgoing and stubborn. I’m a Scorpio and possess all the good and not-so-good traits of that sign.

Why did you relocate to the US, and why LA?

I had sold my business and I was looking for a new adventure (translation: I was bored!). I had been writing as a hobby for many years so the creative capital of the world seemed to be a natural choice. I’d been on holiday to New York and Florida and loved how friendly everyone was. Yes, I know what everyone says about New York, but I found the opposite to be true.

You moved to the US in 2005, what has been the biggest adjustment for you? For me it was a bit of a culture shock. I’m still adjusting after being here for 15 years. 

Adjusting to the healthcare system has probably been the most difficult to deal with. Driving on the wrong side of the road was also a huge challenge, and the bodywork of my car is testament to that fact. Turning left was a major event for the first year. I’m used to two lanes – LA has seven! (OMG YESSSS I totally agree with you Miv) Continue reading

Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith

Uncharted Redemption Title: Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

Synopsis

Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own.

When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver justice and restore the woman he loves. As tradition stands in the way of redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists.

Romantic, suspenseful, and filled with adventure, Uncharted Redemption weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.

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10 Things to do in Washington State

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I grew up in Federal Way, Washington, a smallish city south of Seattle. And here’s the first thing you need to know about Washington State. It’s really, truly beautiful! I promise, flying into SeaTac airport will take your breath away. Providing, of course, that it’s not a rainy day. Oh wait …

  1.  Go to Pike Place Market (note: it’s Pike Place, never Pike’s Place!), but for the love of God, don’t you dare go on a weekend! Seriously, it’s one of those touristy places that’s truly worth seeing, but you’ll be miserable if you tackle it on a Saturday when the crowds are out!
  2. While you’re at Pike Place, check out the original Starbucks!
  3. Go wine tasting in Walla Walla (about four hours east of Seattle). It’s a darling little town, every single winery is friendly and approachable, and it’s much less expensive than Napa.
  4. Mount Rainer. Even if you’re not the nature-loving hiker type, you’ll find yourself a little slack-jawed at how pretty it is!
  5. Take a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands, even if just for a day trip. So much green!
  6. If you’re lucky enough to be in Seattle during the summer (August is the best month), you can’t go wrong with a Mariners game at Safeco field. The garlic fries alone are worth it.
  7. Check out Snoqualmie Falls. It’s probably the prettiest thing you’ll see in Washington State that’s within an hour drive of Seattle (where most people stay).
  8. Eat at the top of the Space Needle. Full disclosure, the food’s not amazing, but the restaurant slowly spins while you eat, which let’s face it, is just COOL.
  9. For you shoppers, the Premium Outlet Malls are worth the trek. I go for the Kate Spade store alone!
  10. Grab a cocktail at Oliver’s Bar in the Mayflower Hotel (Seattle). It’s old-school and lovely. Especially fun during the holidays when you can people-watch all the shoppers!

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Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey # 2) by Sawyer Bennett

Garrett book coverTitle: Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey # 2) by Sawyer Bennett
Release date: February 17th, 2015
Published by: Loveswept

Synopsis

USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett hits the ice with the story of a playboy athlete whose winning ways lead him to a beautiful woman with a lot to lose.

Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.

Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.

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Brandace Morrow Book Specials

Forgetting Popper Brandace MorrowTitle: Forgetting Popper by Brandace Morrow
Genre: Romance New Adult
Release Date: February 18th, 2015

Synopsis

*Intended for readers 18+*

**Can be read as a standalone novel**

Being a celebrity makes people think they know who I am. Just because I can’t leave my house without a camera in my face, doesn’t mean you know me.

The sad part is that for so long, I thought of myself the same way everyone else does. Screaming to mosh pits, I personify Popper, lead singer of the band Chimera.

But I have a secret life. A life where I’m a hero, where people look up to me. When my fake celebrity world comes crashing down, and I’m left with not only my secret, but others as well, there is one man standing behind me.

The only thing is, he has the biggest secrets of all.

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Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule

Sidney Halston photoSidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain, or even simpler, “Just Do It” Nike. Sidney talks about the Alpha female, my kind of girls, read on.

Of my five novels, Francesca, the heroine from Below The Belt is by far my strongest female. Her personality is a hodgepodge of female fighters I have personally met throughout the years. It fascinates me how these women who train among men, fight in a male dominated sport, and are physically as strong as most men, can be so soft and sweet when they are outside the arena of the sport. At least that has been my experience so far.

Take Ronda Rousey for example. If you don’t know who she is, she is one of biggest names in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). I’d argue that she is THE biggest and best. When she’s training or fighting, she is a warrior.

UFC Females

But then off the ring (or out of the cage) she is a woman—just like you and me.  Okay…maybe not like me (look at her amazing body!).

This is what I love. How multi-faceted these women are. They’re breaking stereotypes and kicking ass. Some are mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends…etc. They are most certainly feminine.

Rhonda Rousey

Francesca is tough as nails. She isn’t afraid to go toe to toe with anyone who stands in her way. She’s very confident in her own skin. Being the owner of Worth the Fight Academy, an MMA training academy, she has to be tough or else she will not get the respect she deserves. The only woman among a sea of men. She was raised at the gym and knows how to fight just as well as any of the guys; she’s a black belt in jiu jitsu and was a world champion when she was younger. But, at night, she like to kick off her shoes and dive into a pint of ice cream or a bottle of wine. She enjoys girl talk just as much as going for a long run along the beach.

So, what happens when an alpha female, such as Francesca falls for an alpha male? Heads will butt. Tempers will flare and someone ultimately has to back down a little. Will it be alpha female, Francesca or professional MMA heavy weight winner, Tony Marino? Continue reading

Kimberly Kincaid Presents Fire Me Up

Fire Me Up Kimberly KincaidTitle: Fire Me Up (Pine Mountain # 4)  by Kimberly Kincaid
Release date: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Zebra/ Kensington

Synopsis

IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT…

Teagan O’Malley can handle a crisis. She’s a paramedic, it’s her job. But she never expected to land in the kitchen of her father’s pub, with no notice, no cash, and no room for error. The kitchen is not her favorite place. Lucky for her, she just scraped a bad-boy chef off the pavement after a motorcycle accident—and something about him says he can turn up the heat in more ways than one.

Adrian Holt has had a rough few years, and he’s not eager to get tangled up in anything more complicated than a good risotto. But with a broken arm and a head full of bad memories, he needs a challenge to keep him sane. Teagan’s dare-me attitude and smoldering mess of a bar are just what the doctor ordered. And the two of them together might cook up some even better medicine…

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About Kimberly Kincaid

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Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book.

Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Her digital Line series is all about the hot cops and sexy chefs of Brentsville, New York. She is also the author of the Pine Mountain series, which follows small town singles as they find big-time love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

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LA Cotton Presents … Loyalty and Lies

Loyalty and Lies book stackLoyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls #1) by L A Cotton
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30th, 2015

Synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Savanah Parry just moved three thousand miles across state to escape. The memories…the whispers…the pain.

Chastity Falls Academy is supposed to be her fresh start; her salvation. And when Ana meets mysterious Jackson, she begins to think it is. She hasn’t smiled in almost sixteen months; not since the night her life changed forever, and despite her guilt…her loyalty, Ana can’t deny that Jackson is breathing life back into her. With Jackson by her side, Ana wants to believe she can heal and move on. But she isn’t the only one living a lie, and the small private Academy has secrets of its own. All is not what it seems, and Ana is about to find herself in a tangled web of lies; fighting for survival, again.

Loyalties will be tested, lies will be told. Welcome to Chastity Falls.  Continue reading

Lavinia Kent talks about Bound by Bliss

Lavinia KentLavinia Kent talks about Bound by Bliss

When I began writing Bound by Bliss I had only the vaguest idea of what the story was.  I had characters I loved and I knew that they belonged together, but I wasn’t quite sure how to get them there.  Lady Bliss Danser was the younger sister of my hero in Mastering the Marquess.  All of society has decided that she is a spoiled brat and she sees no reason to disillusion them – if everyone is waiting for her to cause a scandal, why not give them one?

Stephan Perth, the Earl of Duldon, sees Bliss differently.  He remembers the sweet girl he grew up with and wants to find her in the woman Bliss has become.  He knows that society sees him as staid and proper, and he needs to find a way to show Bliss that he is anything but – in fact, his thoughts are as far from proper as possible.  Proper gentlemen don’t imagine tying down ladies and dripping hot wax.

But how to get them together?  Duldon knows he wants to marry Bliss, but Bliss has no desire to marry and she certainly cannot imagine marriage to the man she thinks of as Dull Don.

I played with a couple of ideas – a forced marriage, a societal scandal, a snowstorm trapping them together – before I decided to let Bliss take the lead.  Once she decides that she wants her chance for adventure and that she is going to persuade Duldon to be her guide, the fun begins.  After a slight misunderstanding, the two of them enter the back halls of Madame Rouge’s Club for Gentlemen of Taste, where all the rules that bind their lives fall away, and Duldon is finally able to show Bliss exactly how “boring” he is. Continue reading

First Ever Valentine Author

Karen Anne StewartThere are so many reasons why I chose Karen-Anne Stewart to be our first annual Valentine Author. By the end of this post, I’m sure you’ll agree.

ME: How did you come up with the idea for Jensen and Saige’s story?

KAS: I wanted to do something a bit different than my prior novels but knew I still wanted a powerful love story. Psychic abilities have always fascinated me, so I decided to write a new adult romance novel with a slight paranormal feel to it. Saige goes through hell being able to sense death and feel the emotions of those near her, and Jensen does his best to protect her. He spent his childhood kicking everyone’s ass who hurt Saige, until he was the one who hurt her the most by sending her away. I also haven’t written a story about second chances before, so I loved being able to weave pieces of Jensen and Saige’s past together while they rekindled their love.

ME: Jensen and Saige are seriously my favorite book couple. It brought to mind that old saying we hurt the ones we love the most. I loved that Saige was such a strong kick-ass female, she was an outcast and a loner and I was rooting for her all the way. Even tho Jensen protected her, he did so without smothering her. I think that was so beautiful.

You touched briefly on their family, and that was enough for us readers to form an opinion of them, great job! That’s hard to do. What was your process in creating them? Continue reading