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Friday, September 26, 2014

Blog Tour: Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander

   Hello lovelies,

   Today we have a special guest on the blog: S.B. Alexander, the author of Dare to Kiss. Ms Alexander is going to tell us all about the inspiration behind her story! Enjoy! 

   Baseball has always been a sport I’ve loved. As a little girl my nighttime prayers consisted of two things. I prayed for a better life, and I prayed that when I woke up in the morning I’d be a boy and not a girl. Sure, it was a crazy prayer or wish, but I hated when the boys in my neighborhood told me I couldn’t play baseball or any sport for that matter. “Go play with your dolls,” they had said. I didn’t want to play with dolls or dress up pretty. Nope, I wanted holey jeans, a T-shirt, a bat, a glove and a baseball. I wanted to get dirty, run around bases, hit a ball, and play the game.

   Needless to say, I didn’t get what I wanted, and by golly I fought hard to show the boys I could play. I was good. But growing up in the late sixties and early seventies, society didn’t accept girls to play on little league teams with boys no matter how good they were. Instead, if I wanted to play the game I had to play softball. Now, there’s nothing wrong with softball. My problem—I couldn’t understand why girls weren’t allowed to do what boys did. 

   So, I did end up playing softball. In fact, when I was twelve-years-old I was asked by a coach of the city league to play on their women’s team. Since then I played softball throughout most of my adult life. I even played for the navy team when I was in the military. On top of that I followed the game of baseball by going to stadiums, collecting baseball cards, coaching, and even using the game and how it relates to math when I taught high school. 

   For me though, that wasn’t enough. If I couldn’t play I was going to write a story about who girl who did. Yep, I was going to show those boys in my neighborhood. 

   My first attempt at the story had been twenty years ago. I was sitting in a small town in the mountains of Greece where I opened a blank notebook and began writing. The plot—a high school girl who breaks through the barriers of an all-male game. But I didn’t get far. I came back to the states, started a new job and shoved the story in a safe place. It wasn’t until last October when I decided to dust off that notebook, and finally finish my story. Hence, Dare to Kiss was born. The plot changed, but it still revolves around a girl who plays baseball.

   The protagonist, Lacey Robinson is a girl, who is a lot like myself. She loves the energy of the ball field. She loves hearing the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd. She loves striking a batter out, but most of all she loves the game, and no matter the consequences, and she’s faced with a lot, she pushes through her demons to play the game. 

   In today’s society it isn’t far off that we could see females in the major leagues one day. More girls are stepping up and showing their talent and skills. Case in point would be the seventeen-year-old Chelsea Baker who was the youngest female to ever throw at batting practice for the Tampa Bay Rays back in June of this year, and the first female of Hillsborough County in Florida to make the varsity team. Then there is the incredible Mo’Ne Davis, who at thirteen-years-old has a seventy miler per hour fastball and pitched in the Little League World Series in August. 

About the book: 

Besides her family, Lacey Robinson’s only other love is baseball. She’s on top of the world when Arizona State University approaches her to discuss a scholarship. To be the first girl ever to grace a college boys’ team is beyond what she has ever dreamed.

Her fastball is impeccable, her curveball equally as good, and her slider annihilates anyone who dares to step in the batter’s box. But fate has its own way of throwing curveballs. When she looses her mother and sister to a home invasion, baseball and her dreams die with them. Tragedy has a way of seeping deep into her psyche, causing nightmares, panic attacks and blackouts. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, her psychiatrist recommends a change of scenery and picking up the things that she loved to do, and for Lacey that is baseball.

After a move clear across the country, only two things matter to Lacey—overcome her PTSD and make Kensington High’s baseball team. But trying out for the team comes with obstacles—the captain, Aaron Seever, doesn’t want a girl on the team.

Her life is further complicated when she meets Kade Maxwell, a tall, sexy and drool-worthy bad boy who has a magical touch that awakens her feminine side and a kiss that slowly erases her nightmares. But getting involved with him may be dangerous when Kade’s archenemy returns to town to settle a vendetta.

To complicate matters, her PTSD has taken a turn for the worse. She has to find a way to heal otherwise she may not have a chance at anything in life, especially love.

Book trailer:

About author:

S. B. Alexander’s passion for writing began when she read her first Stephen King novel, The Shining. Over the years she kept telling family and friends she was going to write a book. Fifteen years later, on the advice of a friend, she sat down and wrote her first novel. One year later, she published two novels with three more slotted for release. Her books are targeted toward the young adult and new adult markets.

Her young adult series, Vampire SEALS, includes two books, On the Edge of Humanity, and On the Edge of Eternity, which have garnered high praise from readers. 
Dare to Kiss is the first book in her new adult series.


Have a great day everyone! 

Happy reading, 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: Inspire by Cora Carmack!

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack's INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

The cover was designed by VLC Productions.

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About INSPIRE: Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire. As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real. Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal. Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.  

Headshot  About Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.      

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get to know Laura Darrell, the Narrator for Falling by Design Audiobook! (Plus a GIVEAWAY)

   Hey lovelies,

   So today I'm super excited to have Laura Darrell on the blog talking about her work! I LOVED having her read Falling by Design!!! Once I heard her audition, I couldn't wait for the rest of the book. I asked her if she'd be willing to answer a few questions for us and she said YES! Stick around till the end of the post! There's a giveaway :) Now, onto the questions.

   1. Hi. Tell us a little about yourself.

            So I'm a professional actress, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator, living in NYC, although I also have a base in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in a small town outside of Portland, Maine. I split my undergrad between Tisch, NYU and USC in LA. I love traveling, food (all cuisines), reading, and I'm also transitioning into being a vegetarian!

   2. What got you into voice acting?

           I got into audiobook narrating through a voice and speech teacher of mine at Tisch, NYU who thought it would be a good fit for me; I think because I have very clear diction and I love reading.  Haha:) She recommended me to Audible and the rest is history!

   3. What is your favorite part about your job?

          Well, I suppose I can't reiterate it enough but I think my favorite part of it is that I love reading and I love talking! Hah! I'm happiest when I'm lost in a good story. I used to read children's books aloud to younger kids in lower grades in grade school as part of a reading program setup there and I really enjoyed it. There's something really freeing about setting up camp in a dark booth and only being able to use your voice to tell a story. It's a lot of fun. 

   4. What is the hardest part about your job?

          One of the hardest parts is that you have to somehow vocally distinguish many, many characters and you only have one voice! So you really have to explore your entire range, accents, pace/speed, and various speech patterns that you can use to distinguish 15-30 characters. 

   5. Are there any actors who inspire you?

          I really love Cate Blanchett, Kathy Bates, Glen Close, Cherry Jones...For guys I like Michael C Hall, Sean Astin, Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Tom Hanks...

   6. Any funny anecdotes about your job you can share?

          Funny anecdote...Well the microphone in most recording studios is very sensitive so let's just say any little noise, intentional or not, gets magnified pretty intensely in there; makes for some good times with the engineer! Hah!

   7. What was the best part about recording Falling by Design?

          I love your voice as a writer and the dry, sarcastic humor that I found throughout. It was a fun, easy read that flew by. The characters made me laugh a lot. 

   8. How did you prepare for the job?

          Preparation usually involves reading the book as many times as I can and then highlighting the different characters so I can really differentiate them in my mind and start assigning vocal choices to them. I make sure I'm hydrated, I'm wearing comfortable clothing, and then I do the work!

   9. Any other interesting tidbit about you or you job you'd like to share?

          Well, I really enjoyed working on your book and I hope people love it as much as I did! If people want to follow me I can be found on facebook.com/thelauradarrell or twitter.com/lauradarrell or my website is www.lauradarrell.com! Till the next time! 
   Thanks Laura!

   Here are the links for my book!

   Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Falling-by-Design-Audiobook/B00N1Y6RLI/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1409166709&sr=1-1

   Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Falling-by-Design/dp/B00N30HRPU/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409167417&sr=1-1&keywords=falling+by+design

   Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/falling-by-design-unabridged/id914019825

   And now for the GIVEAWAY! Just enter below!

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   Much love,



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Giveaways and more giveaways!

   Hey lovelies,

   I know I've been a little MIA lately, but I'm writing like the wind so you have to forgive me. But there are quite a few giveaways going on around the web for my books so here we go.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Falling by Design by Valia Lind

Falling by Design

by Valia Lind

Giveaway ends September 25, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Edge of Falling by Valia Lind

Edge of Falling

by Valia Lind

Giveaway ends September 25, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

   And there's still 5 days left to enter the tour giveaway over at Good Choice Reading:

   Go forth and enter!
   And make sure to keep checking back here because I've got more awesome coming your way!

   Much love,