Behind the Scenes with LT Shade

LT Shade blog tourToday I’d like to welcome L.T. Shade. Shade is the author of the romance novel Under Her Authority.  Below she talks about the behinds the scenes of her book. Enjoy

If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? 

Hmm, this is a hard question because I want to spend time with all my characters! But if I had to narrow it down to only one, I would love to spend time with Rose’s best friend, Olive. Olive is just so much fun to be around. I really enjoyed writing scenes with her. She’s great at making people laugh and helping Rose get through tough situations. She’s a genuine friend. I think everyone should have a [someone like] Olive in their lives.

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with and why?

Oh, this is easy. Simon, Rose’s ex-fiancé. Simon is one of the antagonists in the story. His motivations for doing what he did (*no spoilers*) aren’t as clear as say Matthew Moreno’s motivations, who acts as the main blockade in Rose/Shane achieving their goals. With that being said, and maybe I’m sticking my foot in my mouth confessing this, I can’t help but feel sympathy for Simon. He did something unforgivable, and Rose was right to be angry at him and take certain actions because of it. But, at the end of the day, situations are never as black and white as they seem. Rose realizes this once she confronts Simon for the last time and it helps her move on.

Tell us about your book cover and how it came about.

I’d like to think my book cover is somewhat unique in a genre where most covers are of openly suggestive. Erotic romance usually isn’t subtle in its book covers, and they’re mostly male-focused. Not that I mind. I love some eye-candy and those covers make for great marketing. I just wanted to go with something different, subtle, where the female can shine. Both characters are obscured on UHA’s book cover, the female especially, but anyone who sees it knows who is in charge. Rose. Thus the title Under Her Authority. That’s why I chose the cover photo with a background of Charlotte, where it takes place. I have the amazing cover artists at Totally Bound to thank for putting my idea into something tangible.

How do you choose the names of your characters?

My brother. No, seriously. I asked my younger brother to pick two names he liked and that is how the names Shane and Rosemary came about. You could say it’s my way of giving tribute to him and putting a piece of myself into the story.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Wow, I haven’t even thought about it. No one comes to mind when I think of the actors/actresses I know.

I think I wouldn’t be so focused on appearances (i.e. who plays who) as I’d want the embodiment of the characters’ personalities to be spot on. For instance, whoever plays Shane needs to be able to have his same country-boy gone city charm. He’s cocky and arrogant but at heart, he still holds onto those small-town, gentlemanly, principles. Rose is a special character. She is someone who takes a huge risk and opens herself up after falling down again and again. Her courage to face her obstacles, even her own confusion, and doubt, is endless. Whoever plays Rose has to be as special as her. Continue reading

James L Weaver Presents, Ares Road

Ares Road James L WeaverSynopsis for Ares Road

With his days as a mob enforcer behind him, Jake Caldwell’s trying to go straight.

But it seems his past won’t let him go.

His first job working as a private investigator turns up a teenage girl screaming down a dead man’s cell phone, and Logan, his mentor and the only man with answers, beaten into a coma.

Now Jake’s taking it personally.

The only clues Jake has to unravel the mystery are a Russian with a stolen, silver briefcase and three names: Snell, Parley and Ares. Teaming up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff of his hometown, and an attractive FBI agent, Jake quickly discovers they’re not the only ones looking for the briefcase and its deadly contents.

It’s no longer about seeking revenge.

The thrilling second book in the Jake Caldwell series is a heart-stopping ride that won’t disappoint fans.

Title: Ares Road (Jake Caldwell, #2) by James L. Weaver
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: March 2nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Thriller Continue reading

An Interview with Author Philippa Jane Keyworth

Philippa Keyworth photoPhilippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel, Fool Me Twice (Madison Street Publishing, 2016), is a Georgian romance that has just been released.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be?

This is a tough one! There are quite a few characters from Fool Me Twice that I would love to spend time with, but I guess if I’d have to choose, I’d want to spend the day with Lady Rebecca Fairing. She’s the best friend of my main character Caro Worth and the life of the party. I like her because although she’s a privileged lady of society, she also has a lot of heart and a good sense of humour!

I wouldn’t mind popping into Mr Negri’s confectionary shop in Berkley Square with her, just as she and Caro do in the book, and share the latest On Dits while enjoying a pistachio ice…

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with and why?

Here I don’t want to give too much away! But I think it would be safe to say I would never get along well with Mr. Rivers. He’s one of the cronies of a rather nasty noble, and I never like a person who will follow along with nasty people without their own principles. Continue reading

Grow Your Virtual Bookshelf with Smashwords

This week the popular online book retailer, Smashwords is promoting 1000’s of ebooks! Some will be free, others will be deeply discounted. The promotion runs from March 5 to March 11. This is a great way for you to discover new authors and add more books to your virtual bookshelf.

This year, in addition to Changes (Family Portrait Book 1) (which is always free), you can get two other titles from the series at a deeply discounted price.

Banovic Siblings Smashwords special

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Synopsis:

Blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving

College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him.

After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.

Reviews

“A fast fun read that will give you a soap opera feel and leave you wondering what will happen next.” – Mel

“Why, oh, why did this book have to end? Seriously, I was reading, reading, reading, and the inevitable “The End” comes. I literally was like “OMG, Gillian, you are torturing me!”- Jovon Tucker, Book2Buzz

“I was excited to read The Banovic Siblings after reading Changes. The way the Gillian Felix slowly builds her characters and intertwines all of their lives intrigues me.”  – Karen-Anne Stewart, Author, The Rain Trilogy

Synopsis: 

Bastards Brew Gillian Felix

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Everything we touch, we destroy.

When L’Wren’s ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L’Wren’s heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L’Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L’Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L’Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he’d be damned if he let her have his heart.

Reviews

The writing style is still very good and I think it is mostly that that draws attention to the book and makes it stand out in this genre. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good drama! – Jola

I really enjoy these books and Gillian Felix’s style of writing. – Bound4Books

Once again, I have to take my hat off to Gillian Felix for a book well written!  I stayed on the edge of my seat waiting for the next twists, turns and surprises.  She is undoubtedly a master at reeling readers in. – K. McCoy

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The Characters, The Fashion, The Boys, The Royals

With so many choices in what to watch, it is hard to find a show that’s truly binge-worthy, that’s why I am so glad I found The Royals.

I cannot remember where I first saw the preview for E! Entertainment’s first scripted drama, The Royals. You see, I don’t have cable, and I barely watch regular TV, so how I found out about this show is a bit of a mystery in my world. Anyhoo, I saw a preview somewhere and thought I would love to see this, it looked like a fun show.

It wasn’t until my sister bought me an Amazon Fire Stick to replace my aging Roku that I was able to see The Royals. That, coupled with Amazon’s free month trial of Prime put me on the path to my next obsession.

The Plot

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_royal_family

The Royals Cast

Photo: Fan Pop

Helena is the matriarch of a fictional contemporary British royal family who must struggle with both common and atypical family dramas while in the public eye.

Twins Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor enjoy the hedonistic pleasures available to them as royals, knowing that their older brother Robert bears the responsibility of being heir to the throne of England. But when Robert is killed, the family is thrown into disarray and a grieving King Simon fears for the future of the monarchy.

Unexpectedly next in line for the throne, Liam must adjust to his new role while navigating his attraction to Ophelia, the American daughter of the royal head of security. His self-destructive [twin] sister, Eleanor finds rock-bottom when her bodyguard turns out to be a conman.

Trying to preserve the status quo and keep the royal family under her control, Queen Helena allies herself with Simon’s brother Cyrus to preserve their way of life at any cost.

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Victoria Danann Book Tour + Giveaway

Victoria Danann bookSynopsis

When it came to the attention of the old ones that their creations, the Earth gods, had been playing games at the expense of humankind for millennia, they put a stop to it. But the rebellious gods were far too addicted to their games to give them up. After several summit meetings, they voted to use their own children as players and locate the playing field in the most treacherous environment in the known universe. High school.

To make it even more interesting, they would strip their children of their memories and withhold the rules of the game. The players believed they were ordinary kids until they were transferred to R. Caine High School. When odd things begin to happen, the players gradually realize they have special gifts or attributes. But that doesn’t mean they can’t die.

Title: The Game Begins by Victoria Danann
Publication date: February 27th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Continue reading

Degrees of Separation Trilogy

Forfeit book coverTitle: Forfeit (Degrees of Separation Trilogy, #1) by Allyson Young & Lydia Michaels
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

The debut novel of a masterfully emotional, high-stakes trilogy that will have readers forfeiting tradition to gamble with love…

December and Austin have a traditional, storybook marriage complete with defined roles. Married young, they’ve shared nearly a decade of passion and love. December’s submissive nature is perfectly suited for her husband’s authoritative, yet adoring personality and he seamlessly holds the indisputable role of head of the household.

But Austin harbors secrets, and the pressure of losing his job makes those festering skeletons impossible to ignore.

Turning to alcohol instead of his wife, Austin finally drives December into the arms of their closest friend, Cord, despite her intense loyalty. Cord has loved December since the day they met. His moral compass is challenged and lines are blurred when Austin steps aside and insists Cord take his place.

Forfeiting all, Austin must face a harsh truth. Take control of his life, or forever lose the woman he loves. 

WARNING: This book contains subject matter suitable for mature reading audiences. Some content may be offensive to sensitive readers. Degrees of Separation is a ménage trilogy with many emotionally graphic encounters and challenging situations that break the rules of traditional romance. Continue reading

The Russian Obsession Giveaway + Excerpt

The Russian Obsession Nikki NavarreTitle: The Russian Obsession (Foreign Affairs #3) by Nikki Navarre
Release date: February 21, 2017

Synopsis

Christabel Orlova remembers nothing before the night she woke in a Turkish bazaar with two passports, two governments on her tail, and no memory of her shadowy past. Armed only with keen wits, survival instincts and mad skills in the research lab, Christa has three goals. Stay alive. Stay one step ahead of her hunters. And find a cure for the Ebola bioweapon whose secret is locked in her brainbox—before it wipes out the human race. Gypsy, loner and wild child, her first rule of survival is never to trust.

Ex-Russian fighter pilot Max Vasylko is a gun-for-hire smuggler who’ll fly contraband cargo anywhere in the world, no questions asked. But he can’t fly far enough to forget the wife and daughter who died in an Ebola outbreak. When a bioweapon from a rogue U.S. program is to blame, Max’s mission turns personal. Find the scientist responsible for designing the super virus—and make her pay. The last villain he expects is Christa: a smart, sexy, scrappy survivor in hiking boots who’s lost her own brother to the virus.

Now Max is flying high above the African jungle with enemy agents in his six and a sweet redhead he’ll risk his backside to protect. Christa’s tempted to trust this hot-as-hell jet jockey with his wildcat courage and Mafia past. But the vaccine isn’t the only secret locked in her head. To uncover the truth, Max and Christa must win their toughest battle yet. The battle of hearts between them. Continue reading

J.B. Vample Presents, College Life 101

Book cover for College LifeTitle: College Life 101: Freshman Orientation by J.B. Vample
Genre: NA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: December 18th 2015

Synopsis

Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone.

Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control.

These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.

Click to add College Life 101: Freshman Orientation to your Goodreads shelf. Continue reading

Natasha D Frazier Presents, Shattered Vows

Shattered Vow Natasha FrazierTitle: Shattered Vows by Natasha D Frazier
Genre: Christian Fiction
Book Release Date: January 31, 2017
ISBN-10: 0988452197 | ISBN-13: 978-0988452190 | ASIN: B01MZ5IQMR

Synopsis

Rico gambled with his marriage when he cheated on Chloe. Breaking his vows and risking everything for temporary pleasure, he lost his wife’s respect and trust.

Rico returns to God, searching for a quick fix to win Chloe’s heart back, but his heart is the one that is changed. He is a self-proclaimed changed man, willing to go the extra mile to restore his marriage, but he just may be too late.

Has Chloe given up on him? She has forgiven him before, but this is different. “I’m sorry” isn’t enough when vows have been shattered. With the law and the Word of the Lord on her side, she finally gathers enough courage to walk away.

But then tragedy strikes. Is it enough to make Chloe stay, or will she start a new chapter in her life? Continue reading