Thursday, April 24, 2014

Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Son of a Itch by S.D. Skye



Welcome to my stop on author S.D. Skye’s Virtual Book Tour for Son of A Itch, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions.  Please leave a comment or question for Ms. Skye to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway (Sorry – U.S. only) by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.


From Working in Intelligence To Writing Suspenseful Thrillers - How I Made the Leap by S.D. Skye

How I fell into writing is really a miracle to me. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved reading and I’ve loved writing. I’ve kept diaries and journals from an early age, many of which I still have today. But I never really connected my love of writing…and becoming a writer. Never made the connection. Never imagined for one second that that a major publisher would ever buy my book and publish it, or that I would walk into a Walmart and see my name and book on a shelf. For me, writing had always been a means of escape. When my world was going topsy-turvy, I could grab a journal and pen and write away the tornado of emotions going through me. It’s funny because if you ever read my journals, you’d think I never had a happy moment in life, I only wrote in them when something had gone wrong. I didn’t share too many happy moments.

Anyway, this love of writing got me excellent grades in school and college and helped land me my first real job…a government job with the FBI. I started as a File Clerk in a unit responsible for supervising Interstate Theft investigations.

What’s that?

Well, you know how on The Sopranos, the mafia soldiers used to steal tractor trailers and fence the goods? Yep, that’s what my unit did. It was my first exposure to organized crime investigations and La Cosa Nostra. After about a year, I was moved to the National Stolen Art program in which I did some really cool stuff—even had 15 seconds of fame on 60 Minutes with Morley Safer. Then I applied for a job as an Intelligence Analyst. Well, Intelligence Research Specialist—same diff. And that’s what I would do for the next 8 years of my career. I started in the Russian program and ended in the Russian program, but I always had a feeling in my gut that intelligence work wasn’t where my career should end. I had the unsettled feeling that I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing. So I took a job contracting, thinking I could try a bunch of different things until I figured out what my calling was.

For the next 8 years, I would bounce around to a variety of positions. I took one on the Joint Staff working for DIA. I used to write briefings and newsy type articles for senior Pentagon and U.S. government officials. My first assignment was writing the “POTUS” brief. I had no idea what a POTUS was as I’d never had to use the acronym. For a month I wrote briefs for the President and had no idea who my customer was. (True Story). I ended supporting Iraq War intelligence efforts. Left there and took positions with U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence and finally the Director of National Intelligence before I figured out that while I’d had an amazing career, this wasn’t my calling. 

Still that unsettled feeling.

In the midst of all this I tried real estate, loan origination, and publishing my own community newspaper. All major #FAILS in that they didn’t settle the feelings I had inside. 

It wasn’t until after a major break-up someone who I thought was “the one” that I discovered my true gift was writing and I was meant to be a novelist. In the midst of my depression, I found my old friend again—writing—and I wrote what I knew. Heartbreak…but in that hysterically funny way. And this time I turned my feelings and emotions into a work of fiction. I’d never worked so hard to finish anything in my life, yet I’d also never worked so hard at something never for one single second felt like work. And we’re talking 12-14 hour days (on the weekends). 

After four months, it was done. I spent a year editing it and trying unsuccessfully to find a literary agent before I self-published it. Four months after I released it, it was discovered by the editor of a major publisher and ended up as part of a 2-book deal with Simon & Schuster. My very FIRST EVER attempt at writing a novel. If that wasn’t a sign from God that I was a writer, I don’t know what was.  

After writing two mildly successful rom-coms, once again I felt restless. The name J.J. McCall came to me in a dream and somehow I knew that I was meant to turn all those years of experience in the intelligence field into a series featuring this character. So, that’s what I did. Had no clue about how to write a spy novel. I just wrote the story as it came to me. And I’m excited to see where this character and this series will end up.

So the leap from Intelligence to Writing certainly wasn’t a planned one. Nor was it expected. But I sure feel like I stuck the landing. I love writing books. And whether I write 10 books or a million, I know it’s what I’ll spend the rest of my life doing. I guess my life lesson from all of this is that if you have an unsettled feeling like you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing—then you’re probably not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. Find out what your gift is, tap into it—and then LEAP!  


Son of A Itch
By S.D. Skye
J.J. McCall, Book 2

Publisher: Frankie V. Books
Release Date: February 6, 2014
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Length: 323 Pages
ISBN: 978-0983920250
ASIN: B00H5WQ1O0



About the book: 

On the lam from the FBI, the ICE PHANTOM continues with plans to defect to Moscow but not before seeking revenge on J.J. McCall. Meanwhile, the FBI commences Task Force PHANTOM HUNTER, a team ordered by Director Russell Freeman to track down suspected Russian illegals within the U.S. Intelligence Community—and not a moment too soon. An agent of the Russian Intelligence Services is targeting the nerve center of U.S. national security, taking the lie-detecting FBI Agent and her cohorts’ next mole hunt to the highest echelons of the U.S. government.

J.J. and her co-case agent lead the motley crew of spy catchers while she struggles to deal with sobriety, conflicting feelings for Tony and Six, and an egotistical Secret Service agent whose jurisdictional stonewalling complicates her every effort to identify the culprit before he gets away—with murder.
Excerpt

Tony’s wannabe girlfriend bounced in the door with all the cheer of a drunken valley girl, gazelle graceful in her four-inch stilettos and body-hugging cranberry-colored pantsuit. After flipping her irritatingly thick Pantene hair behind her shoulder, she smiled and sang a bright, “Good morning!”

J.J. grabbed a handful of chocolate with the quickness of a hungry toddler. “Gia, you made it,” J.J. replied in a flat tone, offering a polite but grudging head nod. Her ears and cheeks warmed as she soundlessly growled and narrowed her eyes. “Please make yourself comfortable,” she said as the words “on Mars” flitted through her mind. She stuffed a handful of M&Ms in her mouth and waited for the next arrival.

“Wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Gia replied, carefree and nonchalant, full of herself because in the contest for the heart of Tony Donato, she’d scored a major victory over J.J. by all appearances. A flirtatious grin edged the corners of her lips upward when Tony arrived seconds later, in all his muscled Italian glory. A towering hunk of olive-colored fine. Her voice bounced as she sang, “Ciao, Signore Donato.”


Show off, J.J. groused as she shifted in her chair, cocked her head to the side and shook it in disbelief at Gia’s shameless pandering. J.J. had sensed an attraction between the two. Her fears were confirmed by Tony’s first lie.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

S.D. Skye is a former FBI Russian Counterintelligence Program Intelligence Analyst and supported two major programs during her 12-year tenure at the Bureau. She has personally witnessed the blowback the Intelligence Community suffered due to the most significant compromises in U.S. history, including the arrests of former CIA Case Officer Aldrich Ames and Robert  Hanssen. She spent 20+ years supporting military and intelligence missions in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Skye, an award winning author, is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. Skye is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of this exciting series.



Twitter: www.twitter.com/sdskye1 



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway for Break for Me by Shiloh Walker

Break for Me

Secrets & Shadows #0.6
19283098
by Shiloh Walker
Release day April 22, 2014

Jensen Bell had twelve happy years before her mother disappeared and her whole world went to pieces. Since then, she's become a cop—one who takes great pride in her work, and in helping keep others safe. The saving grace in her own life has been Dean West, the only man who can make her burn with desire and help her through her burdens. But when a shocking discovery turns her life upside-down, even being wrapped in Dean’s arms might not be enough to keep her out of harm's way.

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A little about Shiloh:
ShiShiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003 and since then, has tried her hand at digital publishing, traditional publishing and self-publishing. Her publishers include Hydra Publications, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain, Berkley, Random House and St. Martins. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.

Learn more about Shiloh:

Giveaway Details:

A coach purse Signed books from my back list $20 Gift Card to Amazon or Barns & Noble ***Due to shipping & insurance, this contest will be limited to the US only*** Retail 
value $150

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Book Blitz & Giveaway for Legal Briefs by NM Silber



"Hot and sexy romance that will make you laugh out loud." Mimi Strong, New York Times bestselling author of the the Peaches Monroe Trilogy

Smart and sassy lawyer, Lily Adler, has been waging an epic battle with handsome and cocky Assistant District Attorney, Adam Roth since "the glitter incident" in preschool when they were four. Their friends' marriage, a mysterious neighbor, a federal trial, and some bossy big sisters guarantee they'll be spending plenty of time together. When they try to play nicely, will they discover that their reaction to each other is even more volatile? Can they manage to date without anyone sustaining injury? Can they avoid the mobsters trying to kill them without killing each other first? Find out in Legal Briefs.

NOTICE: This book contains explicit descriptions of sexual situations and adult language. It is intended for readers over the age of 18.






“Do you have an extra toothbrush?” I called out, heading for the bathroom.

“Use mine.”

“Use yours? That’s kind of gross.”

“Is the thought of my tongue in your mouth gross too? Because that could have an impact on our romantic relationship.” I guess he had a point there.

I went into the bathroom, washed up, did everything else that half a bowl of rum punch and three glasses of water made necessary, and then contemplated his toothbrush. Fuck it, I was going for it. I brushed my teeth and headed for the hall. I saw him lying on the sofa, punching a pillow to soften it up and I wandered in to say goodnight. Okay, and to ogle a little because he had taken his shirt off again and his body was beautiful.

“Goodnight,” I said trying not to stare. I wasn't succeeding very well and the amused look on his face told me that he had noticed.

“Goodnight,” he said, trying not to look at my boobs, bouncing around jauntily under McGruff the Crime Dog as I moved. He wasn't succeeding too well either, I might add.

“If you need anything I’ll be in there,” I said glancing off toward his bedroom.

“It’s my apartment, I’m sure I can find whatever I need.” He gave into temptation and let his eyes drop for a moment to my body. 
 “Whatever I need that it would be appropriate for me to have tonight,” he added, sounding frustrated. He grabbed his iPad from the end table, and settled into read.

“What are you reading?” I asked curiously.

“Espionage thriller.”

“Ah, I thought you wanted to read the rest of my…”

“I do, want to read them, but I couldn't handle that tonight with you here and half naked. I might forget my rules about women who have been drinking to excess. Now go get some sleep, because you’re getting me hard again, and if I practice any more self-love tonight, I might get carpel tunnel.”

“You mean you were…” I must have looked surprised.

“What did you think, I was just really hygienic?”

“I thought maybe you were taking cold showers,” I admitted.

“Hell, no. I don’t waste God’s gifts.”

In high school N.M. Silber was voted most likely to go to jail. Coincidentally, she went on to become a criminal defense attorney, and from there, it was an easy transition to smut peddler. Now, in addition to being the author of best selling sexy Romantic Comedies, she's the owner of her own publishing house, a proud Jewish mother, and an intellectual badass. You can find her on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/NMSilber unless she owes you money, in which case I don't where she is

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
So, that everyone knows up front what I write, I have prepared ...
Nadine's Writing Manifesto:
1) My characters don't cheat.
2) My male characters treat the women they care about with respect.
3) My couples communicate rather than react.
4) My goal is to make you laugh, swoon, blush and hide in the bathroom to read. My goal is NOT to make you to go through a box of tissues or throw your Kindle.
5) My couples will have fun, healthy, hot, and sexy sex. Nobody gets hurt - physically or emotionally.
6) My female characters will be strong, intelligent and unwilling to be involved with men who act like they are A) fifteen B) emotionally disturbed C) asshats.
7) There will be no amnesia, secret babies, dead parents, break ups over misunderstandings, book covers with Fabio on them or use of the words "throbbing manhood."
8) Despite all of the above ^^ I will still provide PLENTY of conflict and tension and sizzling chemistry between my characters.
THIS IS MY PLEDGE TO YOU DEAR READERS - because that's how I roll. Thus, ends our public announcement. You may now resume with your regularly scheduled programming.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Goddess Fish Super Book Blast & Giveaway for The Cowboys of Chance Creek Series by Cora Seton



Welcome to my stop on The Cowboys of Chance Creek by Cora Seton Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions.  My stop will feature The Cowboy Imports a Bride.  Please leave a comment or question for Ms. Seton to let her know you stopped by, she will be awarding a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly selected commenter.  Please make sure you leave your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of this tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

The Cowboy Imports a Bride
By Cora Seton
The Cowboys of Chance Creek, Book 3

Publisher: One Acre Press
Release Date: January 17, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Length: 281 Pages
ISBN: 978-1927036440
ASIN: B00EY2UDR0

Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo |iTunes

About the book: 

Rob Matheson's a fighter. Flattening enemies with his fists or with his legendary practical jokes, he's a tough enemy, and a troublesome friend. But Rob doesn't know how much longer he can keep up the act. As his buddies get married one by one, he's left with his lonely life - and the sinking feeling he lost more than his dreams when he traded them for a thick skin. Now Rob's father has issued a challenge - he'll give 200 acres of prime Montana ranchland to the first of his four sons to wed. No conditions, no meddling. Could this be a chance to become the man he really wants to be?

Morgan Tate's worked for years to climb the ladder to a top job at Cassidy Wineries, but Duncan Cassidy, the boss' son, always stands in her way. Now he's issued an ultimatum; marry him or he'll make sure she never works in the wine industry again. Morgan wants marriage - and a family - but not with Duncan. A certain cowboy in Chance Creek, Montana, has stolen her heart.

When Rob offers Morgan a proposition - marry him and split the land - they both find themselves with an ethical dilemma. They don't know each other well enough to wed, but they can't lie about their intentions before God and man, either.

Now they've got sixty days to fall in love, and a passel of family and friends determined to keep them apart. The victims of Rob's previous jokes are lining up to get their revenge, and Morgan's half-sister, Claire, is stirring up their mother's past.

Will it take the biggest practical joke of all to convince the world - and themselves - that they're truly meant to be man and wife?



Excerpt

“It isn't a joke,” he said softly. “I want a chance to change. To be the man I know I can be. I wish I could say that I love you, that I want to spend every waking moment of my life with you, and ask you to marry me for real. I think I will be able to say that to you someday soon. I think…really soon.” He swallowed hard at the very thought. “But we've known each other for so short a time, I can't say it yet. I'm sorry.” He got to his knees again, ready to stand up and head right back out the door. He never should have said anything to Morgan. Now he'd probably blown his chance with the only woman he thought he could fall in love with someday.

“I understand,” Morgan said calmly, freezing him in place. “I appreciate how honest you've been. Sit down again for a minute. Can I tell you what I want?”

He sat down, wrapped his arms around his knees and waited, his heart pounding at what she might say. This was by far the strangest conversation he'd ever had. The most liberating, too. “Definitely.”

“I want three things and I'll do just about anything to get them.” She looked him straight in the eye, though he had a feeling it was hard for her to do so. “First, I want a winery—which means I need a vineyard.” She held up one finger. “Second, I have some money saved up, but even if I had some land, I'd still need about twenty-thousand dollars more to buy rootstock and get it started.” Another finger. “And third…”

“Third…?” Rob held his breath.

“I want a baby.”

Heat blossomed inside him the moment his brain processed the concept of making a baby with Morgan. Images of her in his bed, writhing beneath him, gazing at him as he joined with her, clouded his head until he couldn't think straight. Morgan wasn't saying no to his proposal. In fact, maybe she was saying… “A baby with me?” 



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!


Blog: www.coraseton.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/coraseton



Don't forget to leave a comment or question for Ms. Seton to let her know you stopped by, she will be awarding a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly selected commenter.  Please make sure you leave your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of this tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.