Self Publishing with Elodie Nowodazkij

Elodie NowodazkijI think most self-published authors go through the fear of hitting publish. As authors we are mostly loners tucked away in our bat caves writing and fighting with our characters (who always know better then us what they want) so we hardly ever get to talk shop with other authors. Author Elodie Nowodazkij talks about that scary butt clenching moment right before you hit publish.


As a self-publisher, I get to decide when my book is ready. I get to hit the “publish” button. But it never gets easier. And in my view, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.


Because being nervous in this case means that I care about the book, and I care about their journey. And yes, I need to work on being less anxious, but sometimes I also need to embrace it.

Emilia and Nicholas—Em & Nick—are two characters who are close to my heart. And letting them go in the world could probably be compared to when our parents let us go out of the door on that first day of class. They know it’s not going to be all pink and happy and laughter. But they are also convinced that we deserve the best.

Well, Always Second Best going out of the door, getting ready for the world, and I know Em & Nick will not only receive praise and love but there’s a big part of me that crosses my fingers that most of the world falls in love with them. Just like I did.

Part of the pre-order process on Amazon is that you need to upload your book 10 days before and in the self-publishing world, everything usually comes out faster, and I’m always scared out of my mind that maybe I should have just re-read it one more, maybe I should have just ask somebody else to give me feedback, maybe I should have scrapped the entire thing. And I’m the only one making that decision at that moment in time. (well, I do reach out to my friends in freaked out text messages or GChat for reassurance and they rock :P)

I keep my head high and my “delete” finger in check and I re-read the comments, and I make sure my little book is ready for all kinds of weather: for the negative reviews storm, for the positive reviews blue skies, for the “I loved this story” rainbows…

And I make sure I’m ready for that to: reaching out to friends, getting a hug from my husband, eating chocolate, watching a movie, going out, reading…

And then I hit “publish”…

And today, Always Second Best is available around the world.

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Sarah Castille Presents, Sinner’s Steel

Book cover Sinners SteelSinner’s Steel (Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club #3) by Sarah Castille
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: October 6th 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance


He’s Hell On Wheels.
Tall, dark, and dangerously handsome, Zane “Tracker” Colter is the strong, silent type of tattooed muscle biker who drives women wild. But as a master of strategy for the outlaw MC club, Sinner’s Tribe, he doesn’t have time to play around with groupies and biker chicks-especially when he can’t stop thinking about Evie, the girl who got away…

She’s Playing With Fire.
Evie’s been in love with Zane ever since they were children-until he broke her heart and disappeared. Now he’s back in her life, bigger and badder than ever. Zane is stunned by how beautiful and confident Evie’s become, using her artistic talent to customize motorcycles. He wants her so bad, he’d ride through fire to win her back. There’s one problem: Evie is dating his deadliest rival-the leader of the Black Jacks-and if Evie and Zane hook up, there’ll be hell to pay…

Sarah Castille’s Sinner’s Tribe series is:

“Raw, rugged, and romantic.” -Eden Bradley, New York Times bestselling author
“A sexy and dangerous ride!”-Roni Loren, New York Times bestselling author

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Sarah Castelle

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. She is the author of the Redemption series, the Sinner’s Tribe MC series, and the Legal Heat series. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and travelled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home on Vancouver Island.

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“What about you and me?”

Her mouth went dry, and her stomach churned. “There isn’t a you and me outside of Ty. I have my life, Zane and you have yours. We don’t have anything in common anymore.”

“And you and Viper do?” His voice dropped to a growl, so fierce and low the tree frogs stopped croaking, silencing the night. “How’d you wind up with that piece of shit?”

“He came to the shop for some paint work. I didn’t know much about the Jacks so I thought he was just another biker. He was charming, intelligent . . . probably the most interesting guy I’d met to since coming to Conundrum. When he came back a third time for a touch-up on his fender, he asked me out. Bill told me who he was and said I should be careful.”

“Probably made you want him more,” he said quietly. Continue reading

Wrong by Jana Aston

Wrong by Jana AstonTitle: Wrong by Jana Aston
Publication date: October 7th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy


I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.

Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.

But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong?

Wrong is a full-length, standalone novel by Jana Aston

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Jana Aston works a really boring day job. Really. Boring. In her spare time she loves to read sexy romance novels, especially if they involve an alpha CEO. Wrong is her first novel.

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Luke flexes his jaw and rubs the back of his neck. It occurs to me now how stupid my fantasy crush was. This is the longest amount of time I’ve spent with him, and the only time without a counter separating us. Still, I can’t help being attracted to him. I know it’s wrong. Fucked up. Delusional. I’m already wondering if my future career will pay enough to cover the therapy I obviously need.

Marie is back and places something wrapped in heavy-duty plastic on the tray. The object makes a thud as she sets it down before taking up her seat beside the door again, sticking her face into an old copy of Good Housekeeping.

“Lie back on the table, Sophie.” Luke’s face is unreadable as he walks over to the exam table. He wraps a hand around my wrist and raises it over my head, his eyes passing over my face briefly before he sets my hand on the table.

His fingers move to the gown covering me. Do not be turned on, do not be turned on, do not be turned on, I chant to myself. I snap my gaze away and focus on the ceiling.

There’s a motivational poster on the ceiling right above the exam table. I burst out laughing just as I feel Luke’s hands on my breast.

“Sorry, are my hands cold?”

“No, your hands are perfect,” I blurt out without thinking. I think I detect a slight smirk on his face before I revert my gaze to the poster on the ceiling.

“The poster.” I gesture upward with my free hand. It strikes me funny that there’s a motivational poster on the ceiling. Like that’s gonna take my mind off where I’m at. Or is it meant to motivate me to stay on this table? I giggle again. Luke tilts his head and looks at the ceiling.

Shit, are my nipples hard? That’s normal, right? He’s not doing anything erotic, but his hands are on my breasts. Yeah, my nipples are hard. His fingers are flat against the sides of my breasts now. He’s rotating them around in what feels like a spiral pattern before lightly pinching my nipple. I have to stop myself from moaning a little. His hands feel good. I’m sure they’re not supposed to, but they do.


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10 Things to do in Iceland

Photo of Hannah Clark, authorToday’s guest post is by Hannah Clark, author of Uncovering Cobbogoth.

I’ve never actually been to Iceland in real life, but I have been there many times in my imagination and through research—I think I’ve even been there once or twice in my dreams.  If I could actually go there, however, these are the places I would visit.

1)      The Blue Lagoon.  This is Iceland’s most famous geothermal pool, and you can bathe in it.  It’s huge and is fed by mineral rich seawater that is heated by a nearby geothermal plant.

2)      Camp out in the middle of Iceland’s unpopulated tundra, away from all city lights just to watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky.

3)      Visit Gullfoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall.  Take a picnic and hope for a rainbow to show up in the midst of the falls—better yet, get lucky and see a double rainbow, and then ponder about what it could possibly mean. :-)

4)      Hike Mount Hekla and know once and for all what the “Gateway to Hell” really looks like.

5)      While in Southern Iceland, so close to Hella, visit Aegissida farm along the Ytri-Ranga river and check out the 12 Caves of Aegissida—yes they really do exist.  These caves look like little houses squished up against a hill side, and were believed to be made by Irish monks before the Vikings even settled Iceland.  There are even Celtic markings on the walls of the caves.

6)      While in Hella, stick around for the Icelandic horse races.  Just southeast of town is a race course where Icelandic horses (mini-versions of our horses) race.

7)      If the thrill seeking type—which I am not—visit Iceland during a volcanic eruption.  That could be pretty cool, and possibly life altering—literally. :-)

Volcano eruption in Iceland

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8)      Visit the Black Volcanic beach in the town of Vik, located on the southern coast of Iceland.  The black sand on the beaches is made from volcanic eruptions over the years, and the mountains close by the shore look incredible!

Black sand beach Iceland


9)      Of course, one should definitely visit Iceland’s capital, Reykjavic.  I hear it’s one of the coolest cities in the Northern Hemisphere with great music, happy natives, and some amazing Viking museums.

10)  Finally, I would check out some of Iceland’s cool elf rocks and their elf/troll museum in.  I read an article once that Icelanders still believe that elves and possibly trolls exist, and that they live in the peculiar rock formations that have been created over years of volcanic eruptions and extremely harsh weather conditions.  Apparently, if superstitious Icelanders come across one of these rock formations while building a road, they won’t blast through the boulder, or even move it; they’ll build their roads around them. I find that fascinating in today’s world.


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Robert McClure Writing

Author of Deadly Lullaby, Robert McClure answers 10 questions.

Deadly Lullaby Robert McClureWhat is your writing process?

In a word, boring. I rise as early as I can to write, usually at 5:00 a.m. but often earlier. Don’t get me wrong, a lot is going on in my head when I write that’s interesting, weird even, but only to me. The mechanics of the process is boring to watch: I just sit at the computer and stroke the keyboard. That’s the one thing about writing that doesn’t beat being a trial lawyer: No one ever admires you while they watch you work, and why would they?

Describe your journey as an author so far

I had a few so-called scholarly articles published while serving on my law school’s law journal—the one titled Thy Shalt Not Kill (Thy Spouse): A Recent Exception to the ERISA Pre-emption Doctrine, should have given me a clue where it was all headed, but didn’t—and got a real charge writing a piece that someone else deemed worthy to print and sell. Combine that with my lifelong love for crime fiction and my overactive imagination (one my editor at Random House lovingly describes as “sick”), and my path to fiction writing was a natural one.

My first experimentation with fiction writing probably started in the mid-nineties, when I was an impossibly busy trial attorney with a big law firm and would write a scene every now and then, just for chuckles. I quickly became hooked, and after years of struggling to fit fiction writing into my crazy trial schedule, my beautiful wife, lover, and friend, Kathie, sat me down, looked me dead in the eye as only she can do and told me—no, ordered me—to quit practicing law fulltime and concentrate on learning to write crime fiction. Six months after that, in mid-2003 or so, Hardboiled magazine accepted my first story for publication—Leon’s Way, a story about a death row inmate awaiting execution for a murder his wife committed. I’m still in the law game solely to make ends meet, and fiction writing is my professional priority. I’ve had five short stories published in MudRock Stories & Tales, Hardboiled, the ezinew Thug Lit, and PlotsWithGuns.

My biggest break came shortly after the publication of the short story My Son in Thug Lit. The story caught the eye of uber-agent Nat Sobel and he contacted me, said he was a fan (the mere thought of this compliment still blows my mind) and offered representation. No one in human history has accepted an offer any faster. Nat read some of my other published shorts and urged me to write a novel. Shortly thereafter, “My Son” was selected for republication in Best American Mystery Stories 2009, so we settled on expanding that into a book. Before the BAMS edition was published, Sony Pictures & Entertainment contacted me and, to make a long story very short, purchased a nice five figure pption on the book. Sony extended the option once, let it expire than purchased a new option. After purchasing one extension of the last option, Sony let it expire last month. My agents wouldn’t be surprised if Sony negotiated another option yet again. That’s Hollywood, or at least seems to be in my case.

How do you stay motivated?

It’s all about the fiction writing process to me. I’m always striving to find the fundamental truth—the truth of the characters, the truth of the circumstances in which I’ve placed them inside the scene I’m crafting. If what I’ve written doesn’t ring true, I cut it and search some more. Crafting a scene that not only rings absolutely true but also blends into the mosaic of the rest of the novel is challenging, and often frustrating, but the thrill of getting it right once in a while keeps me coming back. Actually, the quest is downright addictive. Continue reading

Hiking Toward Heaven

Hiking Toward Heaven

A Novella by Ian Palmer, Ph. D.

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On a tranquil evening, twelve year-old KARA is exploring with her younger brother JADEN an arroyo in Albuquerque, when she is kidnapped. In a tense confrontation, her grandfather POPPER is at a loss to help when a stranger walks out of the sagebrush, and delivers an ultimatum to the kidnappers. KARA is rescued by the stranger, MICHELLE, in an unusual way.

MICHELLE agrees to meet with POPPER in Santa Fe, where she reveals that she is a coangel, sent to earth to learn more about humanness. At the Loretto chapel, Michelle unveils another coangel, who in 1880 built a marvelous staircase but then disappeared without payment. The “Miraculous staircase” has become quite famous. Continue reading

Eggtastic Review

Eggtastic boxI absolutely love eggs and I eat them everyday, even when eggs got a bad wrap I still ate them. When the opportunity came to review Egg Tastic I was  eggstatic! I was given this product for my honest review and is not receiving any monetary compensation.

Now as we have the legalize out of the way, let me tell you about Eggtastic. Here is the product description on Amazon:

Make cooking your favorite egg recipes a breeze and mess free with the Egg-Tastic ™ Microwave Egg Cooker and Poacher. Crack your egg right in the ceramic pot, mix in ingredients of your choice and microwave to enjoy fast, fluffy, flavorful eggs every time right in your microwave! The vented lid allows steam to escape while the unique ceramic pot circulates heat for even cooking! No extra dishes. Prep and enjoy your meal in the same dish. Egg-Tastic is dishwasher safe to make clean up quick and easy. Nonstick coating allows for no additional oils, fats, or grease.

From the box: EggTastic Ceramic Microwave Egg Cooker. Fast, Flavorful & Fluffy Eggs Every Time … Right In Your Microwave. Then it goes on to show you that you can make Poached Egg, Scrambled Egg Whites, and Egg Sandwich.

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My Review

The product comes in a really nice box, very sturdy, attractive, bright colors and very clean looking.  I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the box and was pleasantly surprised. First off, it is a very attractive product, it looks great, has some heft to it so it feels like something of quality in your hand. Continue reading

Sarah Elle Emm’s 20 Reasons to Love Florida

Sarah Ellie EmmAuthor of the Harmony Run Series Sarah Elle Emm tell us 20 reasons why she loves Florida.

I’ve only been here about four years, but here we go…

  1. You can wear flip-flops year round.
  2. The same is true for sundresses or shorts.
  3. You never have to dig your car out of a snowdrift in your driveway.
  4. You can have fresh, local fish in nine out of ten restaurants.
  5. Shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops are acceptable attire most everywhere in Florida.
  6. You are always within driving distance of a beach, and that means beautiful sunsets and or sunrises, depending on which side of the state you’re on.
  7. It is the SUNSHINE STATE for a reason. It is rarely cloudy. And those rays improve the mood.
  8. It is never cold. All of you cold weather wimps, this place is for you.
  10. We have LEGOLAND. (My kids prefer this to Disney World).
  11. You can visit Winter, the real life dolphin from the movie Dolphin Tale.
  12. We have an abundance of wildlife from land to sea, if you’re into that sort of thing.
  13. We have an annual python-hunting contest in Southwest Florida if you’re the adventurous type. (There I go mentioning those reptiles again).
  14. We have airboats that will cruise you through the Everglades to see alligators and more.
  15. You can rent a boat or go on a guided boat tour through the Ten Thousand Islands.
  16. We have loads of outlet malls for all of you shopping fanatics.
  17. We have manatee, and you can go swimming with them in Crystal River.
  18. We have the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, which is worth the trip!
  19. We have lots of “tourist destinations”, so even if you’re local, you can throw a quick vacation together in no time. Sand in between your toes, people.
  20. We have excellent growing conditions, (lots of water, warmth, and sunshine), so that patio garden you always wanted can bloom something most of the year.

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Excerpt The Name Of The Game (Something New #3)

Name of the Game coverTitle: The Name Of The Game (Something New #3) by Jennifer Dawson
Release date: September 29, 2015
Published by: Zebra


Some people follow the rules. . .

A professor of forensic anthropology, James Donovan is the reasonable sibling among the passionate, impulsive Donovans. But there’s nothing reasonable about his reaction to baker Gracie Roberts. She’s all wild curls and mouth-watering curves, as deliciously tempting as the sugary treats she’s famous for–and twice as irritating. But before long, James decides that getting a taste of her is one indulgence he can’t pass up. . .

Some people play to win. . .

Independent, smart, and sexy, Gracie’s year-long dry spell has her itching for a man. Responsible, health-obsessed James? Not in a million years! She needs a guy who knows how to let loose! But when James sets out to show her just how satisfying a disciplined man can be when pleasure is at stake, she learns just how sweet–and spicy–he really is.

Have James and Gracie found the recipe for love?

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Chapter Four

Gracie pulled up to the Donovan family’s brick bungalow and turned off the ignition. The modest house was located in a tight-knit neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago and looked nearly identical to all the other bungalows lining the street, except for the brightly colored balloons next to the door.

She got out of the car and walked up the steps. Today’s event was at Shannon Donovan’s house. The mother of the groom had wanted a close-family-andfriends celebration before the official engagement party tonight. Gracie blew out a deep breath. Another day with the Donovan clan, and a new opportunity to change her ways with the professor.

As she’d been here before, she knocked on the door and then walked in. Continue reading

My Review of Delirium by J.F. Penn

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“Those who the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”

LONDON. When a prominent psychiatrist is found murdered in the old hospital of Bedlam, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke finds herself investigating the history of madness to fathom the motive. Blake Daniel, a reluctant psychic, helps her to research the case, only to discover that his own family are entwined with the shadowy forces that seek to control the minds of the mad.

As the body count rises, and those she loves are threatened, Jamie discovers that the tendrils of conspiracy wind themselves into the very heart of the British government. Can she stop the killer before madness takes its ultimate revenge?

A thriller with an edge of the supernatural, Delirium is a story of love for family, revenge for injustice and the question of whether we all sit on the spectrum of madness somewhere.

My Review

J.F. Penn’s Delirium is like Nancy Drew on acid. J.F. delivers a sensory overload on this one, by that I mean the way she describes everything from the oil slick on the street to the smell of rotted bodies, really takes the reader to that place in the story. At times I felt like there was too much information that didn’t really move the scenes forward but other times they worked really well. These books are not for the faint of heart, if you really get engaged in a book to where you smell and see the locations you’re in for a treat.

I would have loved to learn more about Blake Daniel, I loved his character from the first novel in the series, Desecration. We got a little teaser about him when we found out that his estranged father was dying and he returned home. We even met his mother, but all of that was glazed over.

Blake has special powers that allows him to see the history of an object by holding on to it. Neat right? Not so much if you’re Blake, some of the things that he sees are absolutely horrendous! One scene that stuck out in my mind was of him seeing demons opening his dying father’s skull and eating his brain. Blake finds his father’s grimoire, and of course I wanted to know more, but Blake was kidnapped and that was kind of the end of that.

I would have liked to see more interaction between Blake and Jamie, they have such awesome similarities; they are both such broken characters and it left me yearning for them to turn to each other. Their paths crossed when Jamie asked him to help her on a case she was working on (Jamie is a detective), but Blake declined because he was dealing with facing his dying father who treated him like a demon seed all his life. By the way, his father was a man of the cloth. Jamie and Blake meet again towards the end. I’m not going to say more on that because I don’t want to give away anything. I would have prefered to read more about Blake than the politician. I love the way it ended, it had me shouting “you go girl!” about Jamie’s character’s making the decision to make her own destiny.

Overall I enjoyed this story but it didn’t connect for me like Desecration. Thank goodness I bought the next book in the series, Deviance I started reading it right away. It is the final book in the trilogy and I can’t wait to see where J.F. takes it.

One of the things I really love about J.F.’s novels are the research that she puts into it to make sure everything is accurate. At the back of the book she shares her experiences and I really appreciate that. Thank you J.F. for reminding us that we all have a little “crazy” in us and that is quite normal.

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