Young Hollywood premiering soon

Last year, (May 23), I had Young Hollywood, the 6th novel in my Family Portrait Series written and ready to send off to my editor. I felt that this was the strongest novel in the series. Don’t get me wrong, my novels are my babies, I have no favorites. As the series progress the characters reveal more of themselves making the drama juicer than ever!

I’d planned on handing over the manuscript after my evening walk. Then the unthinkable happened. While crossing the street a drunk driver plowed into me with his car, I was dragged 50 feet before he stopped.

After a year of recuperating and dealing with all the drama that comes with an accident of this magnitude, I had a lot of time to put things into perspective.

I went back and forth about releasing this novel or even writing again. My passion for writing was strangled by the accident, my life revolved around the what happened, and I didn’t want to deal with the pressure of the book launch, chasing reviews and promoting out the wazoo.

I re-read the manuscript cover-to-cover and felt that I needed to release it. That’s what I’ve decided to do. Release it on my terms. No Amazon, no editing, no major promotions.

If it gets read… GREAT! If not, I’m still doing what I love, which is to tell the story of these characters.

So, my dear readers, I’ll be releasing a new episode of my newest title Young Hollywood (Family Portrait 6) every 2 weeks on my websites. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Continue reading

About Best Case Scenario with Dirk B Sayers

Dirk Sayers interviewAuthor Dirk B. Sayers shares the behind the scenes action from his latest novel Best Cast Scenario.

Q: What’s Best Case Scenario about

A: It’s a contemporary New Adult/Coming of Age story following six months in the life of Nyra Westensee, a college graduate in Los Angeles’ South Bay. A year beyond graduation, Nyra is embroiled in the multi-faceted questions of personal and professional identity. On a professional level, she’s trying to sort out a career path, which stubbornly refuses to get started. On a personal level, much like her mother, Nyra’s had awful luck in love, despite being intelligent, witty and attractive. This continuing frustration has her second-guessing herself, even wondering if her mother’s loneliness is a predictor of her own. It is a theme that is one of the motifs woven into the story.

Q: Okay, let’s dive into the obvious. You’re a guy, writing about a young woman. How did you go about putting yourself inside Nyra’s head to write a convincing tale from a woman’s point of view?

A: Very, carefully! (Lopsided smile.) Seriously, I think writing a convincing story about anyone, regardless of gender, demands that the author care enough to want to understand. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been raised a woman who was a feminist, long before the term was in vogue. I’m also the beneficiary of some incredibly preceptive women in my author’s group, who keep me honest. Last but certainly not least, my editor is a millennial woman with a sharp eye for detail. It has been really gratifying to have my critique group, beta readers and editors all tell me they find Nyra believable and that they’re looking forward to more of Nyra’s journey.

Q: Where did the idea for Best Case Scenario come from?

A: It’s been brewing for quite some time. Best Case Scenario seeks to weave the contextual realities of our time—particularly the impact of sweeping and often bewildering change—with the challenges confronting emerging adults in the 21st century. Nyra’s journey is mirrors the complications of our age and the factors that help make the world today a more uncertain place than perhaps at any time in our history. Best Case Scenario, is first and foremost about one woman’s journey, but it’s hard to miss the inherent conflicts between the entrenched interests of the old ways and the evolving new. Each generation faces this, and I’ve tried to personalize those issues in Nyra’s struggles, both professionally and personally.

Q: It sounds like you’re signaling that readers should expect social themes to show up in Nyra’s story?

A: Yes. And right from the beginning. Nyra story is fundamentally about Nyra and the people in her life, but there’s no missing the social and economic implications implicit in her struggle. Anyone young or old can relate to those conflicts, but young women in particular are likely to relate to Nyra’s self-conscious search for her true identity. And I’m using self-conscious in its most positive, deliberate sense. One of the things I really admire about the millennials I’ve gotten to know personally is their consciousness of and sensitivity to the issues of our time. While Best Case Scenario doesn’t advance an agenda, there’s no missing the social thread running through the story. Continue reading

Ketley Allison’s Paper Dolls

Paper dolls book coverTitle: Paper Dolls (Falling Paper, #1) by Ketley Allison
Publication date: November 12th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


It’s too bad for Scarlet that no matter how sweet a person is, fate can still screw you over.

Now she’s jaded, half of her torn away and the remainder flesh and bones. In her grief, all Scarlet wants to do is to rebel against the life that betrayed her and her roommate provides the perfect lure…

Scarlet awakens when she enters the New York City underground, where vice and fortunes thrive. Hustling, trickery and savagery allow her to discover her true self—-her forgotten soul reemerging. She just can’t promise it’ll come back pure.

It won’t matter that there is a shadow in her periphery. Theo Saxon thinks he can save Scarlet from a world she craves and protect her from the very elements he’s spawned from. But it’s through his unwitting instruction that Scarlet will become a part of his league and find the danger he wants so badly to keep to himself.

Scarlet thinks the stakes are within her control. But she won’t just be betting her heart on Theo and his seductive sins. She will wager her life.

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About the Author Ketley Allison

Ketley Allison began her creative career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.

The writing bug never left her—and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write—so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.

As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through—especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.

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Gina Robinson Talks About Crushed

Crushed by Gina RobinsonCrushed by Gina Robinson (The Rushed New Adult and College Romance Series, #2)
Publication date: October 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Some loves can’t be… Crushed

Have you ever done something stupid? Like get drunk and hookup with a guy because your heart was broken by someone else? Like his best friend. And then done something really dumb, like fall in love with your hookup? Hookups aren’t stick-around guys. I’m hoping Dakota will be different. But hoping has gotten me in trouble before.

The absolute last girl I want to see in my court-ordered alcohol and drug information school, the girl who landed me here in the first place, walks in. After we hooked up, I thought I’d gotten Morgan out of my system. So why is my pulse racing? I can’t afford to screw up right now. I know I should avoid her. Morgan has a way of messing up my life. But she’s the only one who understands.

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Charity Ferrell’s Author Journey

Today’s guest post is by Charity Ferrell. Charity recalls the first time she hit publish on Amazon, you know that terrified feeling, kind of like “OMG what the hell did I just do?” I get it everytime I publish a novel. It never goes away (I hope). Enjoy!

Charity FerrellMy journey as an author has definitely been a prodigious experience and I can’t wait to find out where it’s going to take me. I still find it crazy when I refer to myself as an author, see books on shelves that I’ve written, and receive messages from readers.

Writing has always been a release for me. For years I said, “When I get older, I’m going to write a book.” Then one day, I asked myself why I was waiting. Why was I waiting until I was necessarily older? There’s no age requirement for when you can put your work out there. I sat down, opened up my computer, and started writing. I found myself staying up all night, tapping away at my keyboard, because I couldn’t stop a scene. I couldn’t sleep because characters were screaming out and telling me to let their story out.

I started my first novel, Beneath Our Faults, in October 2013 and finished it at the end of that year. I wrote every single day. And still almost do. When it came time to release it to the world, there were so many emotions running through me. I was anxious, terrified, and elated all at the same time.

I told myself I would’ve been satisfied with only selling a few copies. I’d be able to say I put it out there, tried, and didn’t give up. I still to this day remember the first book I’d sold. I got a message from Amazon telling me my book was live on their site. That’s when I saw I’d already sold my first book. I looked over at my boyfriend and said, “Oh my gosh, I’ve already sold one and I haven’t told anyone to buy it yet!

My debut novel, the one I was terrified of releasing, made it into the Top 100 on in the New Adult & College and the Coming of Age genres on Amazon, which was exciting as a new author. My second novel, Karma, was released in June.

The most satisfying part about becoming an author is the feedback. I love getting messages from my readers telling me they cried, laughed, and fell in love with the story. It’s the best feeling in the world to know I evoked all of those emotions out of somebody. Readers are most sincere people and I can’t wait to hear more from them. They are the reason I put my work out there.

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Found In Us – Book Promo & Giveaway

Found in us blitz banner Found in us by Layla HagenFound In Us (Lost #2) by Layla Hagen

Publication Date: July 24th 2014

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

Synopsis All Jessica wants -as a college graduate — is to be a good girl. She landed the job of her dreams at a museum and is trying to eliminate temptations. No more short skirts (when she can help it). No wild parties. And no men.

She particularly excels at that last thing. . .

Until her path crosses Parker’s. Again. Jessica remembers the last time their paths crossed very well. She was left with a seriously bruised ego. She knows it would be best to avoid him altogether. But the charming Brit makes it hard for her to elude his electrifying pull. He is as irresistible as he is captivating. And enigmatic.

Because underneath the sleek Armani suit and the sweet British accent that makes her crave his touch, Parker isn’t the perfect gentleman everyone thinks he is.

He’s exactly what Jessica doesn’t want, but desperately needs. A bad, bad boy.

*No cliffhanger * This novel is recommended for 17+ due to sexual content and mature themes.*

*The first book in the story, Lost in Us, tells the story of Serena and James, and is also on sale for $0.99 for a limited time. Each book can be read as a standalone.*

Purchase Found In Us (Lost Series) on Amazon US | Amazon UK |  B&N | Kobo | iBooks

About the Author

My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author. I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough.

Contact the Author

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The Banovic Siblings New Cover and Tour News

We are celebrating the release of the sexy new cover for the digital version of The Banovic Siblings with a new blog tour. The cast and I hit the virtual road from August 4 to August 30.

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This is your opportunity to chat with Adriana about her eclectic fashion sense. Learn 10 things about Leighann, get to know Zax Banovic, or chat with Haze about growing up multi-racial in America. You also have the opportunity to ask the cast whatever you want.

The books

A new adult novel written by Gillian Felix

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this new adult novel you’ll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana’s father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother’s disappearance.

You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack.

You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

The Banovic Siblings new coverCollege 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.

The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving. This is the second book in the Family Portrait novel series.

Bastard's Brew Book coverWhen 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. Suitable for adults 18+

Read what people are saying about the Family Portrait series and be sure to download the first book in the series FREE.

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If I wasn’t an author by Elisabeth Grace, author of Picture Perfect.

Elisabeth Grace, Author

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If I wasn’t an author my dream job would be to be a song writer/music producer. Think David Foster.

First, I’d love to have the talent to evoke an emotion and tell a story in so few words. Think about it…a songwriter gets a whole idea across in fifty to two hundred words. When I write a book? It takes me 75,000-90,000.

I’ve always enjoyed the creative process of making music. Not because I’ve known it in my own life, but I’m a bit of a music documentary junkie. I think it’d be a great balance between using my creative side and my business side. Deciding what feel to give the music, when the performers need to pull back and bit and when they need to give it their all… every day would be different and you’d get to work with a multitude of different people.

Lastly, because I just LOVE music! My husband and I try to attend at least one music festival a year. The last one we went to we drove seventeen hours to get to! We allot many of our entertainment dollars toward concert-going.

So, you’re probably wondering if I’ve tried my hand a writing a song since I write books. The answer is yes…and I failed miserably! LOL

About Elisabeth

I have a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! I currently live outside Toronto, Canada with my hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share my love of reading and writing with others.

My debut New Adult Contemporary Romance, Rumor Has It (Limelight) released December 6, 2013.

Connect with Elisabeth

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Picture Perfect book coverPicture Perfect (Limelight) by Elisabeth Grace
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Being the daughter of a big-city mayor, twenty-one year old Skye Summers has giant shoes to fill in her first real job out of college. With the public spotlight on her family, and her dad’s expectations running high, she jumps at the chance to work side-by-side on an important project with her sexy new boss.

Playboy entrepreneur Landon Steele has built a successful entertainment PR firm and broken more than a few hearts along the way. He’s counting on his enthusiastic new assistant to help him expand his business into LA… until he discovers she’s a pampered rich girl who’s in the public spotlight as much as his famous clients. Still, he agrees to give her a chance, and soon the two are heating up the bedroom as well as the boardroom.

But when Skye’s ex-boyfriend threatens to reveal a dangerous secret from her past, her job, relationship with Landon, and her father’s career are suddenly all on the line. Will she be forced to leave Landon? Or will she pursue her heart, regardless of the cost?

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Weak For Him by Lyra Parish

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Weak for Him by Lyra Parish
(Weakness #1)
Publication date: January 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Weak For Him is a New Adult read with sexual content.

“Have you heard the saying, ‘sex sells’? Well, I’m the supplier.”

Finnley Felton sells sex.
Jennifer Downs is a virgin.
With the help of lady luck, the two meet.

Money. Bright lights. Sex.

Jennifer is made an offer: sell her virginity to the highest bidder and transform into one of Finnley’s girls. But she finds herself weak for him, and doesn’t fully realize what she’s agreed to until it’s too late.

Will she rise to the challenge and play by the rules in a land where money is king and love is prohibited? Or will she lose herself and values in the attempt? Continue reading…

Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa – Book Blitz

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Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult


Becca Trent lived her childhood next to a cruel woman—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple of years later, things ended up in tragedy.

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, but that only work during the days when the nightmares didn’t come back to haunt her. Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now, she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

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