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Friday, October 17, 2014

Guest Blogger; Alexa Bourne



Settings: Why Should Readers Care?
I believe settings make a huge difference in the pleasure readers can get from a story. I know for myself I love trying to visualize the cities or mountains or moors the characters visit. When the author adds in details, I feel like I’m right there with the characters. I strive to do the same thing with my own writing. Each of my books is set in a place I’ve visited or lived. My goal is to paint a picture for my readers. It almost feels like it’s my responsibility to give them a chance to “see” a place they may never see in real life. 
With my new Hidden Destiny series, I set the stories in Austin, Texas. I have been here quite a while and there is so much to love. South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, University of Texas (Go Longhorns!), eclectic shops, various festivals, Tex-Mex food and a ton of other interesting places. We are the live music capital of the world. What better place to set my not-so-ordinary paranormal stories than a not-so-ordinary city?
Wake Me is the 1st book in the Hidden Destiny series, a group of stories all revolving around Trinity Tavern, a fictional pub in the city center, and a band of friends who must learn to accept and control their paranormal abilities. I’m excited about this story, of course, but I’m really looking forward to continuing to paint that picture of Austin. With the connected series books, readers should hopefully have an accurate depiction of life in Austin and maybe, just maybe, some of them will book a vacation to our unique Texas city!

Alexa is giving THREE prizes throughout her Wake Me Blog Tour! Leave comments in any (or all!) of the tour stops and you will be in the running! So for this stop, where do you think I should set my next set of stories in & why?
The rest of the tour is here:


Wake Me
Bio:

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her stories with readers everywhere.
When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV, and thinking about exercising. Okay, she also spends way too much time interacting with readers and writers on social media sites. But don’t tell her editors! Find out more about her and her books on her website, www.alexabourne.com.





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Blurb:
Her psychic dreams come true.
Sarah McKinley’s attempts to take her foreknowledge of crimes to the Seattle Police Department marked her as a troublemaker and were never taken seriously. Starting over in Austin, she plans never to reveal her gift, but shortly after she arrives, the dreams begin again, and the local police want to know why she has knowledge only the killer could possess.
Detective Jesse Cordell watched his mother con people with her “psychic ability” all through his childhood. He hones in on Sarah, who has means, motive, and opportunity to have murdered the victim in his current investigation. Instinct tells him she didn’t commit the crime, but she definitely knows more than she’s letting on.
Can he put aside his doubts and join forces with her, against everything he believes in, to find the real killer? Or will he do his job and put her behind bars? After all, there’s no such thing as the “psychic ability.” Or is there?

Excerpt:
The buzz around her head grew louder as more students joined the crowd. Yellow tape secured the crime scene several yards away, but limbs still stuck over the cement edge of the water fountain.
A guy in plain clothes ducked under the tape and ventured toward them. A gold shield hung from his belt. “Can anybody tell me what happened?”
“She can!” a male voice from behind called out.
Hoping to take attention off herself, Sarah joined the other students in whirling around to see who the guy meant. Several voices rushed toward the man, accosting him with different versions of the crime. Sarah floated through the sea of people, away from the crowd.
For the nine months, she’d lived in Austin, she’d never mentioned a word about her so-called psychic gift. Almost a full year had passed. She’d started to think she would be normal again.
But a brand-new dream reminded her she would always be different.
Heading toward the street, she picked up her steps. Don’t look back. You’ve done enough damage.
“Miss! Hey, wait up!”
“Damn.” She slowed her feet. No point in trying to run. She’d look guilty of something then the cops would have a reason to haul her off the school campus in cuffs.
Turning, she came face-to-face with the striking plain-clothes cop. “I’m Detective Cordell with Austin Police.” He stood at least six inches taller than she, his jet-black hair sheared in a standard cut for police. The bulk of his chest stretched the material of his short-sleeved dress shirt. With dark eyes and sexy confidence, he was all sorts of captivating. If he hadn’t been such a threat to her freedom, she might even have called him handsome. “Do you have a minute? I’d like to ask you some questions.”
There died his charm.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Spotlight on A Model Hero; guest blogger Sara Daniel


Please welcome Sara Daniel. Her new book, A Model Hero, releases September 1st and is available now for pre-order!
Thanks, Sara, for sharing.


Spotlight on A Model Hero

by Sara Daniel



It's a new month! Time to pull out your Calendar Men calendars. While you're doing that, I'll give you some background on how they came into existence…



Leonidas Russo is a former US Marine-turned-fashion model. He uses his connections in the fashion world to put a call out for models to be featured in a charity calendar he's put together to honor the memory of his brother, an Army soldier who died in the Afghan war. Proceeds for the calendar in the stories will benefit The Fallen Warriors Family Fund, a charity that gives scholarships and assistance to the families left behind.



All together now, flip the calendar page up and gaze in adoration and unabashed lust at the ripped physique and chiseled face of Mr. September. This is his story…



A Model Hero

Gretchen Meyers is a full-figured woman living in a model thin world. Desperate to end her mother's constant, nagging stream of dieting and fashion "advice," Gretchen tackles the challenge of reviving her mother's faltering modeling agency. All she needs is to woo back Kyle Ramsey, once the hottest model in the country.



Making the preemptive choice to turn his back on his career seemed Kyle's only option until Gretchen comes calling. He doesn't care what she wants to offer him, the answer is no. Still, he's intrigued by her refreshing personality and all her lovely, lush curves.



When tragedy strikes, Kyle finds comfort and healing in Gretchen's arms. But he can't trust her with his career-ending secret and she doesn't believe their relationship will survive the long term. He's perfect and she's not even close. Can the fragile ties holding them together survive Kyle's opportunity to become a true model hero?



Excerpt:



The restaurant scene, then, had done its job. Gretchen would have to send Jamie flowers. No, she'd send a box of fattening chocolates instead. "Did you enjoy your evening after I left?"



Kyle's gaze narrowed, he pushed himself out of the chair. "Did you arrange with Jamie to drop by our table?"



"How could I, when I had no idea where we were going for dinner until we were there?" Not to mention, she'd have preferred to sever essential body parts than ask Jamie Feldman for anything. But her irrational possessiveness was her own problem. "The important thing is you had a good time, and you're ready to make up for everything you've been missing over the past year."



"Those things aren't important at all." He advanced on her slowly.



She took a step back and came up against the door she'd closed a moment before.

Kyle flashed a predatory smile. He took her purse and briefcase from her shoulder, setting them aside. Then he rested his forearms on either side of her head and stared into her eyes, his lips a scant inch from hers as he spoke. "I'm here for you. Our date deserves another shot."



Her heart thundered. The thick eyelashes framing his gray-green eyes mesmerized her. He stood too near for her to formulate a coherent response. This much physical perfection and sex appeal should be outlawed. Her mind was not equipped to handle it.



"What do you say?" he asked.



Yes, take me. "I say, why me?" Her voice rose with an embarrassing squeak as she struggled to compose a rational argument and remind herself she was in her office, just feet away from her employees who'd never seen her anything less than one hundred percent professional. "I get why you went out with me on Saturday. You'd shut yourself away from the world, and I was the first woman to find you. But you've been reminded you can have Jamie or anyone else you crook your finger for. Why do you still want me?"



His gaze softened with a tenderness that pierced her heart. He brushed his thumb along her cheek. "How could I not want you, Gretchen? You're smart and funny and beautiful and not afraid to let a guy who has no idea what you like order for you on a first date."



Buy Links:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Model-Hero-Calendar-Men-ebook/dp/B00MYJPP5A/

Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-model-hero

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-model-hero/id911835986?mt=11

Decadent Publishing http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=980&osCsid=ikh5q70apmn539c8aasam1tp61



Sara Daniel writes what she loves-irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She lives her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband. Connect with her online at:

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