A blogger’s post for “cancer week”

Hello all,

A fellow blogger and friend, Leagh, has done a great post on ENTANGLED, at her blog. Please take a moment and stop by to comment and check out her blog.

http://romancebookcraze.blogspot.com/2011/10/lets-support-breast-cancer-research.html?zx=33a49dbe7f34e317

Thank you Leagh for taking part in my “cancer” week. If anyone else has done a post or is helping to spread the word let me know. And since is taking part in this week yep this post means another chance to win a copy of ENTANGLED. Now this giveaway is only for ENTANGLED, but you have to comment at Leagh’s blog then come back and let me know you did.

Thanks all!

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A visit with Collen Coble and giveaway *Cancer Week cont.*

Today it is with great honor I welcome an author I have loved for years, she is a dear friend, a great author, and a woman I admire. So please join me in welcoming Colleen Coble to My Book Addiction.

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Friendship is something we often take for granted. But we shouldn’t. It’s a rare gift from God Himself that needs to be treasured and nurtured.

One of the “girls” from our Girls Write Out blog, Diann Hunt, has been fighting ovarian cancer. She’s one of those friends we should all be so lucky to have. Di prays for me at the slightest problem, even though the battle she’s facing is so arduous. She is working on Secretly Smitten between bouts of nausea. Now that’s dedication! The book is a collaboration and she doesn’t want to let us down. When my Dave was diagnosed with prostrate cancer about the same time she found out she was facing another round of chemo, she cried for me, not for herself. And she’s the funniest person I’ve ever met. Just talking to her on the phone lifts my spirits and has me laughing. She has the funniest things happen to her. She is as close as the closest sister and our hearts are knit together in a very mystical way I don’t even fully understand. Only God can bring friends like that into our lives. J

She’s on a mission (and us with her!) to inform women about the need to early detection of ovarian cancer. Get a CA-125 as a baseline the next time you get a pap test. Monitor it yearly. Pay attention to any bloating you might get or pain. The symptoms can be vague. http://www.ovariancancer.org/about-ovarian-cancer/symptoms/ So I’ve made sure my girls are getting theirs checked. You do the same and make me and Di happy! J

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Di has been doing just a bit better. I called her today to suggest we all get together and sing a Smitten song in honor of the new book coming soon from the four of us: Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, Denise Hunter and me. Isn’t this the best cover ever? It’s like you’re about to step into a Disney movie. And I think you’re going to love reading it. We all wrote our own personalities into our characters, and our own friendship is closely interwoven into the book. Let us know what you think! It ships in December.

So get out there and get your CA-125 checked! And pray for our Di.

Colleen pub photo 2011smallColleen Coble, author of Lonestar Angel, shipping to stores right now.

You can find Colleen at her website, on twitter, and on facebook.

*Thank you Colleen for being our guest today, and we certainly will keep praying for Di, I’m so glad she’s doing better. She is a remarkable woman, as are you. Now readers because this post is part of my “cancer week” if you comment you will get a chance to win a “goodie bag”, again this bag will have a book, maybe 2(depends on what I have), some bath and body products, a tote that reads “fight like a girl”, a notepad (very cute with a pig on it) as well an ebook copy of ENTANGLED. Now because this is Colleen, I am also going to throw in a copy of SMITTEN as soon as it’s available(December or there abouts). So be sure to comment, and as Colleen says please please know the warning signs and be sure to follow Di’s advice get a CA-125! As before this giveaway is open to everyone. Good Luck!*

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A visit with Lisa Renee Jones & giveaway (Cancer week)

Hello everyone! It’ s almost November and I love November for so many reasons, namely the holidays. The holidays are about family, and celebration, and love and life. Love and life is about the good and the bad and the way we come together as we encounter those things.

Another reason to be happy this November is that I have THE STORM THAT IS STERLING coming out. Sterling has no family, having lost them all to tragedy. The heroine in the story has faced plenty of loss herself, and now she faces cancer. Writing this story touched my heart because Becca (heroine) becomes the love of Sterling’s life and once again, he is faced with losing someone he cares for. He is more ready to fight for her life, than even she is. This is a story of sacrifice and love. A story of a battle for life and love that thankfully ends well. I don’t promise the journey won’t be emotional though, but I can promise its one of passion, on all kinds of ways.

A short blurb: Sterling Jeter, Renegade Super Soldier, is fearless, powerful, and wildly unpredictable. His life-threatening mission is to save the beautiful, brilliant astrobiologist Rebecca Burns from ruthless villain Adam Rain. But their immutable mutual attraction threatens to put them in the path of death… or worse…

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What does November mean to you?

Tell me for your chance to win a “goodie bag” full with bath and body products, a notepad,a tote that says “fight like a girl” and books!

*As this is also part of my Cancer week winner will also receive an ebook copy of ENTANGLED*

You can visit Lisa at her website, on twitter, on facebook….

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As many of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is great, but I thought I’d take a week to do a “cancer” week. This week here at My Book Addiction and More we will be featuring various authors/friends and running a daily giveaway.

Today is my day, tomorrow author Lisa Renee Jones is visiting, Wednesday author Colleen Coble is stopping by, Thursday is author Donna Grant’s day, Friday is author Caridad Pineiro’s day, on Monday we’ll have author Cynthia Eden for the final Cancer week visit and author Jodi Thomas will be here as well.  Now each day from today, October 17th, until Tuesday,October 25th, 2011 we will give away a copy of ENTANGLED, an anthology that was released by some great authors and the proceeds from every sale is going to Cancer Research, here is a link to ENTANGLED, http://www.cynthiaeden.com/books/entangled/.

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Now for my blog post. Today I wanted to kick off this week by telling you a bit about my mother-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Whitley Keel. Now I know there are jokes about mother-in-laws and how bad they are, and while mine could drive me nuts, I loved her. She was truly like another mother, she’d get mad at me, she’d tell me things that hurt, but she loved me. She treated me just like her son, same as my mom does. My mom loved her as well. When me and my husband married we really did merge our families. My mother-in-law, who I always called, Mrs. Ann, was a great woman. She left behind a husband and only one son, my husband, and 2 grandchildren. She passed away too young.

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The image above is Mrs. Ann, my husband, and my father-in-law, Ray, it was taken on our wedding day, June 22, 1996.

Mrs. Ann battled breast cancer 15yrs earlier and won. Then she got a different form of cancer that took her life. She was a strong woman who battled this disease with grace and courage. I’m including various images of her. I’ve battled with what to write, she wasn’t perfect, but she was Mrs. Ann. She was a good woman, had her faith, and loved her family. I miss her still today. She knew before the doctors ever told her that she had cancer and that this time she wouldn’t win the battle, but she still fought it. We so wish she’d have won that battle, there are times when anger will peek it’s head up for all of us, anger that she died so young, anger that a cure hasn’t been found, anger that she didn’t fight harder. While we know she did all she could, I’m not gonna lie and say it’s not there. Here is one of my favorite images of Mrs. Ann, this is her as a little girl,

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02-03-2008 02;16;32PManother favorite image of mine, Mrs. Ann with my husband a little boy. I just love the look of this image.

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The image above is one most say looks the most like her,she was a smoker and there was nothing we could do to change that, and nope Lung Cancer wasn’t what took her life.

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The above image is hazy but this is my mom and Mrs. Ann on our wedding day. Me and my husband are extremely lucky we didn’t/don’t have one mother who loves us we have two. They both love us and can get angry at us, and don’t always take their child’s side in moments but through all we know no matter what both of these wonderful amazing woman will always love us. We are their children and for that we thank God. He couldn’t have picked better mother’s for either of us. Thank you God for giving us the mothers you did, we treasured our time with Mrs.Ann and miss her. We know each day is a blessing with my mother and pray we get to keep her for a LONG time.

If you would like to share your stories with us please do so. We will be featuring various authors later this week, some may talk about cancer, others not. I hope you will enjoy these posts and that you will learn things or find hope. I’m including a link to various resources for Cancer if you’d like to help out, help us promote ENTANGLED so tons of money can be given to research.

American Cancer Society

National Cancer, How to find Resources in Community

Susan G Komen for the Cure

Cancer Centers of America

There are so many more links I could provide. If you all would like me to, please let me know. For now I’ll give you details on how you can win a copy of ENTANGLED, ebook format only.

Giveaway

If you would like to win a goodie bag with some bath and body products, a note pad, a tote(says “fight like a girl”) and a few surprises, along with an ebook copy of ENTANGLED, all you have to do is comment here.I’d love it if you tweeted about this post and this week, helped us spread the word about ENTANGLED but I’m not making it a must. Just comment and you’ll be given a chance to win. This giveaway is open everywhere. Good luck and I hope you all will come back the rest of this week.

hugs,

WendyK

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WINNER!WINNER!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS OF DONNA GRANT’S UPCOMING RELEASES:

LADIES DUE TO IT WAS OUR ANNIVERSARY HERE AT MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE

WE ARE GIVING EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED THIS WEEKEND A(1) FREE E-COPY (WINNER’S CHOICE) OF “PRIMAL HEAT“,”FOREVER MINE” , OR  “MESMERIZED”.

Please email us at tarenn98@yahoo.com

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FEATURE & UPCOMING RELEASES FOR DARK,SEXY,PARANORMAL ROMANCE AUTHOR:DONNA GRANT…

UPCOMING  RELEASES FOR AUTHOR DONNA GRANT,BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF DARK,

SEXY,PARANORMAL ROMANCE:

From author’s website:

DONNA GRANT’S BIO:

Donna Grant is the award winning author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance – Scottish Medieval, historical, dark fantasy, time
travel, erotic, and paranormal.

Donna was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica and Mexico. Growing
up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Her childhood dream was to become a professional ballet dancer and study under the amazing Mikhail Baryshnikov. Though she never got to meet Baryshnikov, she did make it to New York City and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Later, Donna’s love of the romance genre and the constant stories running through her head prompted her to sit down and write her first book. Once that book was completed, there was no turning back.

Donna sold her first book in November 2005 while displaced from Hurricane Rita, a storm that destroyed portions of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, Donna has sold novels and novellas to both electronic and print publishers. Her books include several complete series such as The Druids Glen, The Shields, The Royal
Chronicles, the Sisters of Magic, and the Dark Sword series.

Despite the deadlines and her voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two young children, three cats, and one long haired Chihuahua. She’s blessed with a proud, supportive husband who’s learned to cook far more than frozen chicken nuggets.

Fun Facts

Some of Donna’s Favorite things:

  • Color» Burgundy
  • Food» Italian
  • Drink» Wine
  • Place» Scotland
  • Time Period» Medieval
  • Movie» LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy
  • TV Show» Supernatural, Spartacus
  • Organization » The Humane Society

Visit Donna Grant at: http://www.donnagrant.com

Connect with Donna on: facebook,twitter,Good Reads and yahoo groups

OCTOBER  E-BOOK RELEASE:

DESTINY STONE
anthology
Oct 18, 2011

Destiny of Love

Re-issued novella

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Release Date: Oct 2011

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DESTINY OF LOVE
After discovering a magical stone, an impoverished noblewoman cannot find peace until she stops the impending murder of a handsome laird.

Cambria of Stoneglade wants only to live in peace, but when she finds a mesmerizing stone, her life takes a dark turn. Wearing the stone allows Cambria’s dreams to become more vivid, more real and when she sees a handsome lord being murdered, she must decide if its just a dream or a foretelling of what is to come…

DESTINY’S FORTUNE

When the man she despises is really the man of her dreams, it can only be . . Destiny’s Fortune.Samantha Covington wants to become a respected archeologist in Victorian England. Making life even more difficult is the constant success of the infamous and handsome treasure-hunter, Dex Diamond. He’s beaten her to every major find, ensuring both that her success remains elusive and that she despises him with every bone in her body. No matter–she has her dreams to comfort her, and the leading man at night does nothing but make her heart soar. When she sets her sights on an ancient Celtic legend, she not only has Dex Diamond to contend with, but the powers of a strange malachite stone.

DESTINY’S GUARDIAN
When your new secretive client has the same face as the lover in your most erotic dreams, it can only be . . . Destiny’s Guardian Beth Winfield is an uptight real estate agent who prides herself on her dedication to her career. That is until she received a package from her maternal grandmother and learned she was appointed the next guardian of her family’s greatest secret, the Destiny Stone. Soon she finds herself plagued by nightmares and the most erotic dreams she’s ever had. Between stress at work, money troubles and lack of sleep, she’s sure
her perfect life is about to fall apart. That is until her dream lover walks into her life.

NOVEMBER E-BOOK RELEASE: 

SHADOW MAGIC
Sisters of Magic
Re-release
Nov 1, 2011

Sisters of Magic, Book 1

Re-issued

ISBN 13: 978-1600883484
Release Date: Nov 2011

 eBook will be available at:

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With a past soaked in sin and darkness slowly closing in around him to claim his soul, Drogan only wants to live his life in solitude. Years in the king’s service and his numerous deeds directed by the crown have left Drogan with horrendous nightmares and immeasurable guilt…

Serena is a witch, cursed and forever alone. She accepts her future. Until she meets Drogan. With Drogan a passion deep and unyielding awakens inside her. She is willing to sacrifice herself for his love, but can he put his past to rest and embrace the future?

DECEMBER E-BOOK RELEASE:

Sisters of Magic, Book 2

Re-issued

ISBN 13: 978-1600883835
Release Date: Dec 2011

To be available at:

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 ECHOES OF MAGIC
Sisters of Magic
Re-release
Nov 29, 2011

Hiding a secret so awful that his only hope for survival is to remain hidden, Grayson has lived most of his life pretending to be someone he isn’t. After years serving as a commander to his lord and friend, Grayson can no
longer hold back the past. He leaves in search of answers only to find evil awaits him. Until he discovers an achingly beautiful woman who stirs his deepest passions and all-consuming need.

Adrianna knows what her future holds for her as a witch – loneliness and heartache. She has accepted that. Until she discovers Grayson near death in the forest. Saving him is her only choice, and even as she falls
deeper into the attraction surrounding them, can her magic be enough to stop Fate or the evil that awaits them.

DECEMBER/JANUARY 2012 E-BOOK RELEASE:

DANGEROUS MAGIC
Sisters of Magic
Re-release
Dec 27, 2011

Sisters of Magic, Book 3

Re-issued

ISBN 13: 978-1600883996
Release Date: Jan 2011

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Never tempt magic…

With the darkness holding firmly onto his soul, Cade knows he’s destined for Hell. Men like him don’t perform the deeds he has, regardless if they came by order of the king, and not elude the darkness…

A loner, Cade takes what the land provides and vows to keep the two men he thought of as brothers alive from the great evil after them. He knows his time is short and the evil is looking for him, but there is just enough
humanity left in him to aid his friends. When the flame-haired witch finds him, Cade is instantly spellbound by her beauty. He can either forget her – or give in to the reckless, impossible love that could destroy her…

JANUARY,2012 RELEASE:

DARK SWORDS SERIES,BOOK 6

DARKEST HIGHLANDER

Warrior Info

Name: Broc MacLaughlin
Born: Apr 1309
Turned: 1328
God: Poraxus, god of manipulation
Warrior Color: Indigo
Abilities: Can find anyone, anywhere

DARKEST HIGHLANDER

Dark Sword Book 6
St. Martin’s Press
Jan 31, 2012

Book Info

Dark Sword, Book 6
St. Martin’s Press Mass Market paperback

ISBN 10: 0312533497
ISBN 13: 9780312533496
Release Date: Jan 31 2012

In the acclaimed Dark Sword series, the darkest, fiercest warriors of Scottish legend finally meet their match—in the brave, fiery hearts of the women they cherish…

HE IS HER SALVATION

For years, Broc has watched over her, protected her—and hidden his love for her. But when his beautiful Sonya finds herself in a hopeless situation, the Highlander flies to her side to save her. Unfortunately, before the Druidess can thank him, Broc is captured by his enemy and destined for eternal pain…

SHE IS HIS DESTINY

Sonya vows to help her noble warrior, though he is imprisoned in a mountain of pure evil—bound in chains of the darkest magic. With Sonya’s own magic fading, she must summon the greatest power of all to save the man she loves. But even if these two hearts are united, will they be strong enough to defeat the heart of darkness? Or will their undying love doom them for all eternity…?

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***GIVEAWAY*** 

THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!!

For this weekend only, we are giving 1 lucky commenter, an e-book copy of “FOREVER MINE, PRIMAL HEAT,OR MESMERIZED”winner’s choice. Must comment on rather you have read any of Donna’s e-book releases or not….. **THESE ARE E-BOOK COPIES ONLY***Giveaway will run today October 15 and October 16,2011 ONLY…. **Winner will be emailed on Mon,Oct. 17**

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A VISIT WITH REBECCA ANN COLLINS AUTHOR OF “EXPECTATION OF HAPPINESS”…

WELCOME, REBECCA TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY…..

REBECCA ANN COLLINS

Rebecca Ann Collins is the pen name of a lady in Australia who loves Jane Austen’s work so much that she has written a series of 10 sequels to Pride and Prejudice, following Austen’s beloved characters, introducing new ones, and bringing them into a new historical
era.Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, this series has been extremely successful in Australia with over 80,000 books sold.

Thank you for inviting me to contribute to My Book Addictions – it’s a pleasure to speak directly to you and your readers.

 

MBA: Rebecca, tell our readers a little about yourself?

RAC: Apart from being a writer, I am a reader, a teacher and a librarian, with a lifelong interest in both History and Literature. Like most readers, I have my favourites, but I read and collect an eclectic range of books, which includes the classics, memoirs, history and sociology as well as children’s stories. In the field of Fiction, I have specialised in eighteenth and nineteenth century English literature, from Fielding, Austen and the Brontes to George Elliott, Mrs Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Thackeray and Galsworthy. While I enjoy the work of all these writers, I confess my addiction to Jane Austen started early and continues to this day. My other loves are Music, Art and gardening and I live in Canberra, Australia’s beautiful capital city, which affords me many opportunities to indulge all these passions.

 


MBA: What if anything made you decide to write “Expectations of Happiness”?

RAC: Having concluded the Pemberley Chronicles Series ( which took  ten years  from 1996 to 2006 and then three more years working with Sourcebooks on the reprints of the series) – I was playing around with an idea I had had for a companion volume to “Sense and Sensibility”, which of all Austen’s novels, is the one that most
leaves the door open to a sequel. As I explain in the introduction to the book,  the original novel ends without a completely satisfactory conclusion in the case of Marianne Dashwood and also leaves open the question of the future of the youngest sister- Margaret. I found this inviting and using the clues to the characters left by Austen herself, decided to work out a credible storyline  for a companion volume. By a happy coincidence, Sense and Sensibility was published in 1811- so it seemed appropriate to have Expectations of Happiness- released
exactly 200 years later. The title is taken from a line in the original novel- “ that sanguine expectation of happiness, that is happiness itself.”


MBA: Were you always a Jane Austen fan?

RAC: Ever since I read “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility”, which I received on my twelfth birthday, which was a long time ago. Since then I have studied all of Jane Austen’s work, read her letters and early fragments of her writing and collected everything I could lay my hands on about the author, her life and times. I became fascinated with the period before during and after her tragically short life and at University, I made a special study of both the History and Literature of that era. I find that I am quite comfortable with the
values of Miss Austen and feel great empathy for her characters, particularly the strong women, who in that era were mostly denied  the right to participate in  society as fully as we do today, yet despite this, many made remarkable contributions to their communities.


MBA: If you had to describe your writing, who do you think you best write like?

RAC:  This is a difficult question, because I do not think I consciously try to write like any one in particular. As a general rule, I do not think it is wise for new writers to model themselves on other writers – far better to develop one’s own style. I certainly did not set out to imitate the mannered literary style of Jane Austen; that would have been presumptuous indeed!

However, when writing the Pemberley Chronicles Series, I was aware of the need to suit the style to the material, the period and characters I was writing about and I developed a generic nineteenth century narrative style, which flowed naturally, without being contrived or stilted.


MBA: What is on the horizon for you and your writing?

RAC: While a writer always has some creative ideas floating around- I cannot write to order, so I shall take some time out to enjoy what my readers have to say about “Expectations of Happiness” before I get back to working on an interesting project  about which I am not at liberty to say more at this stage.

 

MBA: Now, Rebecca, tell us where to find you and your books.

RAC: All my books are available through Sourcebooks Inc.  or through amazon.com and other booksellers online and in book stores.

For more information about the books, the author, reviews and readers’ comments please visit our website at www.rebeccaanncollins.com

 

Thank you again for inviting me to write for your blog and I would welcome your readers’ comments either via your blog or the “Contact” page on my website.

Rebecca Ann Collins/ October 2011.

Expectations of Happiness

REBECCA ANN COLLINS

Pub. Date: October 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated

ISBN-13: 9781402253898

ISBN: 1402253893

 

Product Description
Acclaimed for historical accuracy and emulation of Jane Austen’s voice as well as the depth of her depictions
of the complex and evolving society of the day, Rebecca Ann Collins imagines three sisters dealing with what happens when a spirited girl grows into a scandal-prone young lady who defies society’s rules and must then pay the consequences.

Thank you Rebecca for taking the time out of your busy scheduled to visit with us today…

Readers,if you are a Jane Austen fan,check out Rebecca Ann Collins available books at….

Amazon

Sourcebooks,Inc.

Barnes & Nobles

 

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A VISIT AND GIVEAWAY WITH CASSIEL KNIGHT,AUTHOR OF RELIC DEFENDER: KEY OF SOLOMON….

WELCOME,CASSIEL,TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY…..

INTRODUCING CASSIEL KNIGHT, AUTHOR OF RELIC DEFENDER: KEY OF SOLOMON

WELCOME,CASSIEL….

Author’s bio:

In a job that pays the mortgage and allows her to indulge in her real passion, writing, Kim Wollenburg, writing as Cassiel Knight, works for Clackamas County in the beautiful state of Oregon. Crazily passionate about the writing industry, Kim published a paranormal romance with Samhain Publishing and has a post-apocalypse novella coming in early 2012 from Lyrical Press. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythology – just a few of her favorite things. Kim is the proud current president of Rose City Romance Writers, a feisty bunch of talented writers who are just as passionate about writing as they are about helping each other succeed.
When she’s not writing or doing writing-related things, Kim enjoys spending time with her patient and loving husband of 20 years and thrives with the adorable companionship of her three Shih Tzus, Ginger, Abby and Chloe.

MBA: What made you decide to write?


“Relic Defender: Key of Solomon” if anything? Well, it’s been a while and the story has gone through
several incarnations, but what I remember that put the spark for this story was the now defunct Silhouette Bombshell line. I’d written one futuristic romance targeted for that line because I love heroines with kick-assitude (hence the tag line) and when that was finished, I wanted to write about a hurting woman
and a fallen angel – another subject I found interesting. Plus, I was watching Tomb Raider and Relic Hunter and really thought about how to combine the two. It didn’t actually work out that way – the story is light on Tomb Raider and Relic Hunter elements, but I did write about angels and demons which I also
wanted to do – long before they became popular. Oh, and I wanted to mix mystical historical details as well and Egypt. So, basically, I had a soup of wonderful ideas and Relic Defender series is how I combined them, with Key of Solomon as the first book.

MBA: How many books will be in “Relic Defender” series?

Actually,I’m not quite sure. I have at least three. Book 2, The Death Skull, is in progress and scheduled to come out next August. Book 3 is outlined and I know the story. I haven’t thought much beyond that. Yet. I love the world I’ve created and would enjoy staying there. I don’t foresee getting tired of it and there are certainly enough story ideas that it could keep going. I hope the readers will tell me whether they want the series to continue. I would certainly enjoy continuing to write it. In fact, if readers want to get a taste
of book two, they can visit my blogsite specifically set up to launch Relic Defender.

MBA: Do you feel a deep connection to your characters? Why? 

I’m not sure how to answer this. I know other writers have felt passionate about their characters and feel as if they are “real” but I’ve never quite got there. I do feel something for them. I tend to think of them long after I’ve moved on. For example, I find myself thinking of Lexi and Mikos which could be a factor of connection
or the fact I’m writing book 2. The book I’m currently shopping has a heroine I adore. Her name is Mia and I think about her a lot. However, again, this could be in connection with the fact I’m still revising the story based on feedback. I really love all my characters, even the villains. I think I have yet to write about one who is that deep connection. I think the closest I’ve gotten is this futuristic I’m working on and that’s the hero. He’s so dark and tortured that I want to finish his story and give him his happily-ever-after because he really
needs it. Good question – I’ve never thought about this before. J

MBA: Can you give our readers a few tidbits about your next project?

I just finished edits for my post-apocalypse romance coming out from my new publisher, Lyrical Press, in
February. The Lyrical page isn’t up yet, but if you want to read an excerpt, you can visit my blog at www.CassielKnight.com. I’m 200 pages into The Death Skull, book 2 (after Key of Solomon), and I’m revising a third book, the first of a separate series which I like to say is Tomb Raider meets the Librarian and is about the half-immortal children of the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. I also have a futuristic romance about 2/3 complete I’d like to finish. Yes, I have a lot on my plate, and I love every minute of it.

MBA: What advice do you have for any aspiring authors?

My favorite from a quirky movie called Galaxy Quest with Tim Allen – Never Give Up, Never Surrender. I almost did with Key of Solomon. I had actually pulled all references to Relic Defender from my computer and
archived. But the story kept talking to me and I finally found the right editor and publishing house. And that was scary because I almost didn’t follow-up with my new editor. When I did, when I gave it one last shot, I learned she’d never seen the full. So, here’s another piece of advice – don’t hesitate to nudge. Give it the proper amount of time but then nudge. I would not be published and on my way to a career as an author if I hadn’t nudged my editor. Talk about scary.

MBA: Tell our readers a little about you, Cassie?

I’ve been a writer ever since I can remember. This, I’m afraid, isn’t as far back as most writers seemed to remember. The first time I put pen to paper to write fiction was after reading The Flame and The Flower by Rosemary Rogers. At the time, I was in high school and thought being able to write such a terrific story must be the most amazing thing in the world. Turned out it was; however, I wasn’t the writer. I still kept writing. But not fiction. I wrote for newsletters, drafted publications in the military, training outlines, business
letters and more. Everything but fiction. It wasn’t until AOL came along that I found fiction again. Actually, it was a combination of AOL, Moondust and Madness by Janelle Taylor (futuristic romance) and a dream. After I read Moondust, I fell in love with futuristic romance and started telling myself a story in my head until I went to sleep at night. I “wrote” the whole first chapter in my mind and then one night, while my husband was stationed in Guam, I didn’t stop writing the story after I feel asleep. I remember the next
morning waking up and knowing I had a story and that I had to write it. At the same time, I discovered the romance section of AOL and knew this was my dream. So, I put fingers to computer and wrote my first book, Written in the Stars which I still have and no, not sure I plan on publishing. It didn’t matter though. I was hooked on writing romance and have been hooked ever since.

MBA: How/where can our readers find you?

I do. I’m working on regularly updating my main website, www.cassielknight.com. I also periodically post on www.relicdfndr.wordpress.com and talk  about the Relic Defender series with Samhain. I’m posting tidbits of information about the series, deleted scenes and other information. The site I currently do the bulk of my posts is through www.seejanepublish.wordpress.com.

Where you can find and follow Cassiel Knight:

Author Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook Profile
Goodreads Profile

Buy the BOOK at:

Amazon.com – Kindle
Amazon.ca – Paperback Pre-order
Amazon.co.uk – Kindle
Barnes & Noble – NOOKBook
Samhain Publishing
Lulu – eBook

 Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, Book 1 by Cassiel Knight – NURTURE Book Tour Schedule:

 Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, Book 1
Author: Cassiel Knight
Genre: Fiction – Paranormal Romance
Published by: Samhain Publishing (March 1, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ for sexual situations & some violence
Format: eBook (Pre-order the paperback – February 7, 2012)
ISBN 13: 978-1609284138

Relic Defender:  Key of Solomon, Book 1 by Cassiel Knight

Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away. Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a hawk—complete with wings. Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demon attempts the mother of all prison breaks. No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion forbidden by Heaven.

 ***GIVEAWAY***

Thanks to Jadis and the author,we are offering 1 lucky commenter an e-book copy of “RELIC DEFENDER: KEY OF SOLOMON” by Cassiel Knight. Giveaway open globally. Giveaway will run from today October 13 until October 20,2011.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

SOURCE: Received for review from the author…

MY THOUGHTS:

RELIC DEFENDER: KEY OF SOLOMON by Cassiel Knight is an exciting,fast paced paranormal/fantasy novel. Relic Defender Book 1. With a dark,sexy fallen angel,demons,a kick ass belly dancer,magical characters,suspense,danger, a bit of romance,ancient documents,bit of historical facts,mythology,archeology,shape shifter rock that has a fondness for 1920 gangster and a quest to save humanity. With strong characters, and a strong subplot,a kick ass heroine(Lexi)who is feisty,and sensual and a develish,dark sexy fallen angel(Mikos)who is looking for redemptation,no reader can go wrong. Oh,yell and a few demons thrown into the mix. “Relic Defender: Key of Solomon” is fast paced,page turning story with twists and turns. This is a must read for any paranormal,fantasy,readers who enjoy mythology, archeology, shapeshifter,demons and fallen angels. Received for review from the author. Details can be found at Samhain Publishing, Ltd. and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 4.5

REVIEWED BY: April Renn

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A VISIT WITH AUTHOR SUSAN MAE WARREN…

Good morning Susan and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today…

SUSAN MAE WARREN

Thank you!  I’m so delighted to be here!
MBA: First, Susan, tell our readers a little about yourself?

Sure.  I live in the north shore of MN (where I’ve conveniently placed Deep Haven!) and I’ve been married for nearly 25 years.  I have four children, two in college, two who play football for our local team.  I love to drink coffee, read, write, swing dance and hang out online with my friends!  I’m also the author of 34 Novels, and run a craft and coaching community for novelists called www.mybooktherapy.com.

MBA: Hook,Line and Sinker is set in Deep Haven,can you tell our readers how many books will be in this series?

Already, we have four in the collection:  Happily Ever After, Tying the Knot, The Perfect Match, and My Foolish Heart.  Hook, Line and Sinker is a novella to complement these books by veering off into the
territory of one of the main characters, Noah Standing Bear and his wilderness camp.  There will be two more books in the Deep Haven collection:  The Shadow of Your Smile (out in Feb 2012) and You Don’t Know
Me (out in the fall 2012).

MBA: What made you decide to use the settings for both Hook,Line,and Sinker and Waiting for Dawn?

Hook, Line and Sinker is set in Deep Haven – an offshoot of the collection to enhance the stories.  Waiting for Dawn is actually the prequel to Flee the Night and the Team Hope series.  It’s set in Iraq.
MBA: Who do you credit your desire for writing to and why?

I think God puts in us the desire to use our passions and gifts – I am just trying to be a good steward of those.  I love to write, love to weave words and stories and meet the characters roaming around in my head.  It’s terribly scary how real they feel to me!  But once they step onto the page, I can’t help but want to see their story through and give them a happy ending!
MBA: Susan, what relaxes you after a long day of writing?

I love to go out swing dancing with my hubby!  And, if there isn’t any dance bands, then I’m happy to stay home and watch some football. J  And a hot cocoa is always a treat.
MBA: Susan, can you tell our readers what some of your next project(s) may be?

My next book out is the Shadow of Your Smile, the story of a woman who loses her memory of the past 25 years when she is injured during a robbery.  However, when she discovers the life she’s created, she isn’t sure she
wants to get it back!  Not only is she married to a man she doesn’t know, but the secrets surrounding the family just might destroy her.  And, when she discovers what they are, does she have the courage to face them or should she just start over? It’s a story about a broken marriage and just how far two people have to go to discover if they want to repair it.  It’s also set in Deep Haven, in winter, and it has all the characters I’ve introduced over the years.
MBA: Now, tell our readers how to reach you and where your books are available?

They can find them at their local bookstore, or online retailers.  For a complete listing, go to: www.susanmaywarren.com

Susan May Warren

2010  ACFW Mentor of the
Year

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HOOK,LINE AND SINKER

SUSAN MAE WARREN

Pub. Date: September 2011

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781414367026

ISBN: 1414367023

Product Description

The annual Deep Haven fishing contest draws professional and amateur anglers from across the country, but this year, Ross Springer is determined to win the top cash prize. In fact, he has no choice. It’s his last chance to leave a lasting legacy at Bethel College. He just never imagined his fundraising scheme would hook Abigail Cushman, the grad student who reminds him of all they’d had—and lost—every time she glances his way.

Abigail Cushman may not know the difference between a bass and a trout, but how hard can it be to catch a fish? She’s a quick learner, and she’s certain her smarts can net her a win over Ross Springer, the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.

In the ultimate showdown between brains and heart, will Ross and Abby reel in more than they bargained for?

WAITING FOR DAWN

A TEEN HOPE NOVELLA

SUSAN MAE WARREN

Pub. Date: September 2011

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781414366999

ISBN: 141436699X

Product Description

In this prequel to Flee the Night—the first book in Susan May Warren’s critically acclaimed Team Hope series—Lacey Galloway leads a rather predictable life as a contractor for the Department of Defense. But news that Sergeant First Class Jim Micah is missing in action leads her on a dangerous trek overseas to rescue the man who secretly captured her heart.

Although her DOD connections quickly cut through the red tape, she also enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend and Micah’s best friend, Lieutenant John Montgomery. As they hatch a covert plan to find and rescue Micah, Lacey’s feelings are once again torn between the two men.

Filled with romance and adventure, this twisty tale will hold you captive to the very last page.

Thanks Susan for visiting with us today……

Reviews at My Book Addiction Reviews for both Hook,Line & Sinker and Waiting For Dawn….

HOOK,LINE & SINKER REVIEW:

http://mybookaddictionreviews.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/hookline-sinker-by-susan-mae-warren-review/

WAITING FOR DAWN REVIEW:

http://mybookaddictionreviews.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/waiting-for-dawn-by-susan-may-warren-review/

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A VISIT WITH GABRIELLE KIMM,AUTHOR OF HIS LAST DUCHESS…

GOOD MORNING,GABRIELLE,AND WELCOME TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY..

“His Last Duchess”by GabrielleKimm

 

Good morning!

MBA:  Gabrielle,tell our readers a little about yourself?

I’m one of four sisters, raised in rural Sussex (on the South Coast of England), where I now live with my own family – I have two teenage girls.  I love country life – my dog and I walk every day, watching the seasons change (well, I watch the seasons change – the dog just sniffs and barks and runs around).  I play the piano and sing; I’ve been paid to sing a few times, but no one has yet paid me to play the piano …  I’ve been
a committed vegetarian for about twenty five years.  I have a Masters Degree in Creative Writing
and I’m a qualified English teacher.  I’m very untidy and forgetful – my main form of exercise is running upstairs to see if I can remember what it was I forgot last time I was there.

MBA: Can you tell our readers why you chose sixteenth-century Tuscany and Ferrara as the setting for “The Last Duchess”?

That’s easy. It’s all thanks to Victorian poet, Robert Browning.  I fell in love with his poem, ‘My Last Duchess’ – a dramatic monologue, narrated by the wonderfully sinister fifth duke of Ferrara, who smugly admits that he had his late wife permanently silenced because she irritated him once too often – and I decided that I simply had to write a novel, exploring what really happened.  The story clearly needed to be set at the time of the events of the poem – that is, Ferrara in 1559 –  because that’s where the duke lived, and when!

MBA:  How hard was it to find research during this era for your writing purposes?

After all the excitement of the initial idea had died down, and I had scrambled the bare bones of a plot together, I had a bit of a panic, when I realized what an enormous task I had set myself.  I knew SO little about the era and the place!  I started by browsing the British Library catalogue for likely titles of research books, and located about half a dozen, which I duly borrowed.  Several of those were really helpful, so I bought copies of them (not wanting to have to give them back!).  I trawled the internet, of course, and found masses of information there.  If I found a website I thought promising, I would contact the writer directly, and ask specific questions, and I was continually amazed by the feedback I got  – people are SO generous with their time and expertise.  I did a fair amount of hands-on research – flying falcons, consulting a herbalist, visiting the locations in Italy, and analyzing my duke with a psychiatrist friend.  And if something I badly wanted to know was just completely impossible to track down … then, being a novelist rather than a historian … I made it up.  (I love my job!)

MBA: How did you choose who was to be the villain and who the hero/heroine, or did they choose themselves in your mind?

Ooh, I’ve never thought of it like that.  I never really plan in advance what role my characters are going to play, as such – I wouldn’t want to pigeon-hole them.  In the early stages of a book, I just need to get to know them as people, and to see how they work together, and their roles become clear as the writing progresses.  It’s not always possible to predict how a character is going to react in a given situation – you know what you want them to do (because you plan it in advance) but when you get there, sometimes your characters feel quite
differently about things to how you expect them to.  This can be quite annoying when it doesn’t fit in with your plans!

MBA: Can you tell our readers a few tidbits about your future project(s)? 

My second book, ‘The Courtesan’s Lover’, which is a ‘spin off’ from ‘My Last Duchess’ will be coming out with Sourcebooks in May 2012.  This takes a secondary character from ‘Duchess’ – the duke’s long-suffering mistress, Francesca – and gives her centre-stage in her own story.  She is living in Naples, in
this book, and is working hard to achieve the prestigious status of ‘cortigiana onesta’ –‘honest’ courtesan,
though of course, things do not progress smoothly.  My new, third novel (it doesn’t have a name yet) is in the very early stages – and it’s still a bit too tender and delicate to allow outside on its own.   All I’ll say is that it will be set in seventeenth century Paris – in the time of Louis XIV, the Sun King – and that it opens with an execution!

MBA: Gabrielle, after a long day with deadlines, personal issues, family and of course friends what do you do to relax?

I hesitated about what to put here.  I thought about inventing something really exciting or interesting to entertain you all, but then I thought that I’d probably better admit to the truth. After a long day, I’m most likely to veg out in front of the TV, I’m afraid.  Hopefully a lovely historical drama, like Downton Abbey, or The Crimson Petal and the White, but I’m just as happy watching  rubbish when I’m really tired.

MBA: Now Gabrielle,tell our readers where to find you and your books?

Here are a couple of links which you might find interesting – my website www.gabriellekimm.co.uk,
and this one – http://royaltyfreefictionary.blogspot.com/2011/05/courtesans-lover-by-gabrielle-kimm.html  which will tell you more about the writing of ‘The Courtesan’s Lover’

 

THE LAST DUCHESS

GABRIELLE KIMM

Pub. Date: October 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated

ISBN-13: 9781402261510

ISBN: 1402261519

Product Description

The chilling story of Lucrezia de Medici, duchess to Alfonso d’Este, His Last Duchess paints a portrait of a lonely young girl and her marriage to an inscrutable duke. Lucrezia longs for love, Alfonso desperately needs an heir, and in a true story of lust and dark decadence, the dramatic fireworks the marriage kindles threaten to destroy the duke’s entire inheritance–and Lucrezia’s future. His Last Duchess gorgeously brings to life the passions and people of sixteenth-century Tuscany and Ferrara.

Thank you,Gabrielle,for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today..

Links to find “His Last Duchess”

SOURCEBOOKS

http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/his-last-duchess.html

AMAZON

http://www.amazon.com/His-Last-Duchess-Gabrielle-Kimm/dp/1402261519/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317750300&sr=8-1

B&N

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/his-last-duchess-gabrielle-kimm/1100076362

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