Guest Post – A Fair Exchange Blog Tour

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Today I am happy to host my author friend, Monique McDonell, on the blog tour for her book A Fair Exchange. The guest post that she wrote for my blog is below.

 

A few years ago I heard a news story about people reconnecting with old flames via e-mail and Facebook. Perfectly happy marriages were ripped asunder as people imagined that the guy who broke their heart at twenty would realise what a fool he had been and beg to be with them now at 40.

It got me thinking. I’ve always been a great believer that time of life/stage of life has as much to do with the success of a relationship as the failure – basically timing is everything.
It just so happens that I like Amelia Armstrong in A Fair Exchange was an exchange student back in the day and it got me wondering, what if I wasn’t happily married and what if some guy you knew at sixteen on the other side of the world strolled back in to your life. How would that play out?
It struck me as a great premise for a novel.

A Fair Exchange draws heavily on that period of my life when I was an exchange student. I still remember how wonderful it was to be a teen alone in the world but protected. It was a golden opportunity to reinvent oneself and be seen through fresh eyes. I know lots of people who were exchange students in their teens. Almost without exception they experienced a wonderful romance, that they remember wistfully, so that is a big part of the novel.

Writing the grown up Amelia was harder for me. I had this image of a woman who was lost. She was someone with great potential who when I saw her was at a crossroads, trying to find her way back to the best version of herself. Most of the characters I write are pretty forthright and have a keen sense of self so writing a character who was aching to get that back was harder. At times she’s a little bit cranky or brittle as she tries to assert herself. I wanted to show that side of her but still have readers on her side. She wants to make sure this time no one crosses the line in the sand.

I’m really lucky because I know this need to rekindle old flames on the internet has ruined lots of lives. My experience has been the reverse. Facebook in particular has allowed me to reconnect with lots of my friends from when I was an exchange student people from where I lived in Massachusetts but also fellow exchange students from as far afield as Finland, Japan and New Zealand.
(For the record Matt in A Fair Exhange doesn’t resemble anyone I ever dated, such a shame for me because he’s totally my type!)

 

A Fair Exchange  can be purchased at the links below.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon AU

 

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Studying The Craft: The Devil Wears Prada

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I just finished The Devil Wears Prada yesterday and I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the movie, which happens to be one of my favorites. While reading this book I studied the craft of writing. I believe that writers should always study the craft and that there is always something to learn. By reading, writers are continually gaining useful information and learning new techniques.

I decided to divide what I was looking for into two categories. Using post-it tabs I went about pointing out specific things. The  green tabs are good examples of  details/descriptions and the purple tabs are  good examples of dialogue. Lauren Weisberger did a great job of demonstrating both of these techniques. She has a clever way of introducing dialogue so that the material will be fresh and interesting to readers.

I’m sure that over time Weisberger developed her writing voice and writing style,  but it didn’t come right away. It came with hard work and by her studying the craft of writing.

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This is a great example of how Weisberger makes dialogue interesting. Elaboration is added between the responses, bringing the conversation between Andy and Christian to life. Andy’s reaction to meeting Christian is  also described. She is awed by being in his presence and knows his writing history.

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This whole page is a great example of details and description. Here Weisberger describes how Andy dresses in comparison to the employees at Runway. She also describes her decision to start dressing better at Runway.

I can’t wait to read the sequel Revenge Wears Prada and see how Weisberger has grown as a writer.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Cover Reveal – Pieces of it All

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Today is the cover reveal for fellow author, Tracy Krimmer. She is getting ready to release her second novel, Pieces of it All. The cover was designed by Stephanie Pajonas.

Publication Date: May 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction

Blurb:

An alcoholic. A scarred man. A thief.

Harvey, a twenty-two-year-old high school drop-out arrives home, a brief stint in rehab behind him and ready to start his life again. Then he meets Beth and her innocence and her desire to have it all capture him completely.

A girl on the cusp of womanhood. Determined. A bright future.

Beth, a recent high school graduate among the top in her class, can’t wait to get to college and fulfill her dreams. Then she meets Harvey and with his mysterious past, he stirs feelings in her she can’t ignore.

The chemistry between them is unmistakable but Harvey doesn’t trust easily and refuses to divulge his past to Beth though she wants to be a part of his future.

The pieces of their lives lie broken all around them, but can Harvey put his life back together and win Beth over before she begins her new life without him? And can Beth find the strength to become the woman she wants to be without sacrificing her integrity?

Author Information

Books have always been a part of Tracy Krimmer’s life. When she was a child, her Book It! pin was filled with stars and she won many personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Her writing passion began young, around fourth grade, when her class made a notebook of short stories. She still has that notebook to this day. She published her first book, The Jealousy Game, in 2012. Her second book, Pieces of it All will be published in May 2014. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, napping, or eating popcorn.

Website: http://www.tracykrimmer.com (more content coming soon!)

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tkrimms

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor

Author profile on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7153703.Tracy_Krimmer

 Book links

Coming soon to Amazon – MAY 2014
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20882169-pieces-of-it-all

 Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author: Jennie Sherwin

I want to thank the Members of the Board of the Rave Reviews Book Club for this incredible opportunity to be featured as the club’s first “Spotlight” Author. You’ve all done a great deal of work to make this club a reality. To Nonnie Jules, Founder and President, thank you for founding the club and giving authors a place to hang their hats among friends. I am also grateful to my longtime friend Kathy Treat, Membership Director, for inviting me to join. Marketing and promotion are challenges for the first-time author. Being selected as the “Spotlight” Author, who receives marketing and promotion to the social media outlets as well as to print media, is truly a gift from heaven. Last, but not least at all, I send a special thank you to all the bloggers who agreed to host me on their site. I am truly grateful.

I have always loved to read, so it was natural for me to pursue a career where I could share my love of reading with others, which I did as a teacher of English. I liked writing, too, but it took years to hone my craft. I was fortunate to have wonderful mentors. One, in particular, at Random House, the trade publishing company in New York City, literally taught me how to think about writing, always holding the reader in mind and using that focus to sharpen the clarity of my text. My experience at Random House opened the door to a career in public health consulting. Working in a busy editorial office on publications for many clients, each with specific needs, gave me the perfect opportunity to gain experience writing or editing books, papers, and articles targeting different audiences at varying reading levels. As a service to all of the writers and editors who might be reading this blog, I’d like to pass along the names of the manuals that I’ve used throughout my career with links to their Amazon pages. They include the Chicago Manual of StyleWords into TypeNew Hart’s RulesFowler’s Modern English Usage, and Scientific Style and Format.

 

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Now to my book: In Intentional Healing…I tell the story of my transformation from a Western-educated woman who worked as a writer and editor in the field of public health, to a woman who awakened  to a more Eastern-oriented way of thinking that included a de-emphasis on the individual and ego and an emphasis on collective consciousness and the soul. After bizarre symptoms upended my life, I sought help from Western medicine. No one I consulted could explain what was happening to me. No one, that is, until I met diagnostic detective, Dr. Leo Galland, who tied my symptoms to environmental illness and referred me to a pioneer in environmental medicine, Dr. William J. Rea, in Dallas, Texas, founder of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas. While at the EHC-D, I was introduced to the view held by doctors of environmental medicine that many chronic illnesses are triggered by environmental toxins. During treatment, I unmasked (or became aware of a sensitivity I had not recognized before) for sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Dr. Rea referred me to Deborah Singleton, founder and director of “A Healing Place”, and her energy healing team. Energy balancing helped me respond to the treatment program at Dr. Rea’s clinic. With Deborah’s guidance I began the process of expanding my consciousness and understanding the real roots of illness. My journey, which included initiation into Reiki channeling and healing from Navajo hataali, took me from dark nights of the soul to a new way of thinking about illness.

Jennie Sherwin, author and editor

http://jsherwinblog.wordpress.com/

Cover Reveal: The Right Design

I was more than willing to help Isabella out when she asked me to do the cover reveal for The Right Design . She is always supporting other authors, so this was my chance to show her my thanks.  Without holding you any further, here is the cover reveal for The Right Design by Isabella Louise  Anderson.

COVER REVEAL

The Right Design by Isabella Louise Anderson

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Blurb of The Right Design:

Interior designer Carrie Newman’s day starts out perfectly. For their sixth anniversary, her boyfriend, Roger, gives her diamond earrings, but the sparkle is lost later that same day when she catches him in the act with another woman. Heartbroken and in disarray, Carrie chooses to leave the past behind, possibly forever. She lands in ritzy Palm Beach, Florida where a new job and a new client leave her wondering if THE RIGHT DESIGN for her life has finally been found.

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About Isabella Louise Anderson:

Isabella Louise Anderson grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing.

She lives in Dallas with her husband and cat. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.

Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design will be first novel.

**Release date: Coming soon!

Contact Isabella Louise Anderson:

Website: http://chicklitgoddess.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ila121209

Facebook – Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Louise-Anderson-Author/253277964716883

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7382151.Isabella_Louise_Anderson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ILA121209?lang=en

Love Me Not Book Highlight and Excerpt

The Love Me Not Virtual Book Tour

Summary

Tortured artist, Jamie Charles’ life is a careful balance between flashes of brilliance and self-loathing. Her art is as dark and dramatic as her painful past. Her resentment of the biological parents—who were too preoccupied with their addictions to bother with her—fuels her ambition to succeed as an artist, but also takes a heavy, personal toll.

Love Me Not by Reese RyanMiles Copeland climbed to the top of his advertising agency because he isn’t afraid of taking risks and because he has something to prove to the father who betrayed his family. But when he falls for a moody, Gothic beauty with zero interest in anything but a purely physical relationship, he finds himself in dangerous territory.

Jamie prefers living hard and fast without the complications of love, but finds it impossible to resist the stunningly handsome, yet incredibly sweet man who is determined to have every piece of her–including her heart. Miles shows Jamie the beauty of being loved madly and deeply, but is it enough to make her finally learn to love herself, and open her heart to him?

Love Me Not Excerpt

“You’re not the only person who can read people, mister.” She crossed her arms and stared at him.

“Okay, so maybe I can afford pricey shoes and—”

“A black BMW.”

His mouth gaped open. “How’d you—?”

“It’s a gift,” she said proudly, leaning in a little closer. “I could tell you were a BMW guy two minutes after we met. Took me another fifteen minutes to figure out you’d probably go for classic black, probably a high-end five series…maybe the six series. Definitely not the seven, ’cause that’d just be flaunting it.”

He let out a low whistle and ran his fingers through his hair. “No way. The valet must be acting as your secret informant.”

“Nope. I told you, it’s a gift.” She rested her elbows on the bar and leaned even closer to him. Her voice was a husky whisper. “Don’t look now, but the older guy coming in the door with the chick in the tiny sequin skirt who’s young enough to be his granddaughter…bet he drives a wee little Corvette in some wildly inappropriate color like lemon yellow.” She backed away from him and headed to the other end of the bar to refresh another customer’s drink. When she was done she returned to Miles and whispered, “So whadya think? You think I’m right?”

He had that ridiculously sexy grin plastered on his face again, the wattage decidedly turned up a notch. “That guy is staying at my hotel. You’re only half right, though. He drives a nineteen sixty-five Corvette Stingray, but it isn’t yellow, it’s Incredible Hulk green.”

Jamie shuddered. “Even worse. And the guy should be taken behind a woodshed and beaten for mutilating an American classic like that. Not to mention the fact that he’s corrupting a minor.”

“Agreed.”

They giggled like naughty schoolchildren making fun of the substitute teacher’s ten-buck toupee, and something about it felt good. Familiar. Like having an inside joke with an old friend.

“You’re a bad influence on me.” She swiped underneath her eye with the heel of her hand, careful not to ruin her makeup. “I shouldn’t be making fun of the customers.”

“You’re telling me you wouldn’t have slammed that guy’s superhero-inspired midlife crisis on wheels if I wasn’t here?” He smiled at her. “Then I’m really glad I came. Face it, you might not want to talk about it, but you needed a good laugh tonight.”

Bad Boys Gone Good Series

Love Me Not explores the story of Jamie Charles and Miles Copeland. When these characters were introduced in Book #1–Making the First Move–they were already a couple, and Jamie had undergone a transformation. In that book we were given glimpses of what led to that change. Love Me Not steps backward, to tell the story of how Jamie met Miles.

If you haven’t already read Making the First Move…don’t. Read Love Me Not first.

Comment on this post, follow this blog, or choose one of the other available options to enter the Love Me Not blog tour contest below for your chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card, a $10 Starbucks e-Card and both books in the Bad Boys Gone Good series to date–Love Me Not & Making the First Move.

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Bio:

MAKING THE FIRST MOVE author, Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a happily ever after.

Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides in Central North Carolina where she has happily declared herself a Bohemian Southern Belle. Visit Reese online at ReeseRyan.com. Follow her on Twitter @ReeseRyanWrites. Connect with her on Facebook or Goodreads.

 

Love Me Not Blog Tour Grand Prize

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  • $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card
  • $10 Starbucks e-Card
  • Digital copy of Love Me Not by Reese Ryan
  • Digital copy of Making the First Move by Reese Ryan

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NaNoWriMo 2013: The End

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Another November has come and gone and NaNoWriMo 2013 has come to an end. Writers participating gave their all during the month of November. Some met their writing goals and some didn’t, but no matter what, written words were still accomplished.

As for me I didn’t have a 50,000 word count goal. i had a goal to write enough words to complete my novel and I almost accomplished it. As of November 30 I wrote 16,807 words. That brings the  current total word count for my novel to a little over 47,000 words.

I am almost to typing those two magical words at the end of my manuscript. I still have a few thousand words to go until I am satisfied with the final word count. After that I will be doing my final edits during the month of December. In January I will be hiring a proofreader to have another look over my manuscript to find any mistakes that I have missed. Overall I feel very accomplished with how many words that I wrote during NaNoWriMo. I’m glad that I participated in the event for the first time this year.

How did you all do with your goals during NaNoWriMo?

Stay tuned for the cover reveal of my debut novel, Love Illusion, tomorrow. I am excited for you all to see it!

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka