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September’s Sexy Selections!!

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Author Showcase – G.E. Stills (The Ancient Book, Contest Included)

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Poor Jeff, not only did Gail buy a new house without him seeing it, the structure, in his opinion, looks like a rundown castle. His ill made comments cause an argument between them. Now, the ghost of her girlfriend is creating serious complications for him. Ones that threaten his relationship with Gail. As if these situations are not trying enough, Tanya, the Shifter, calls from Mexico and needs their help.
 
 
 
 
They pulled to a stop in front of a dilapidated structure and she proudly held out her hands.

“Ta da. This is it,” she said.

He looked at the––well he could only describe the structure as ruins. The stone walls were crumbling and in a sad state of repair. They were covered in vines and other overgrowth. It was big––huge really. He had to admit that. It looked to him like a medieval castle; one that had not had any maintenance since medieval times. He wanted to say something very derogatory but bit his tongue instead.

“Gail,” he started, “tell me you didn’t actually buy this… place.” He choked off the expletives that came to mind.

Gail looked at him and was able to read his thoughts like an open book without the use of her witch senses. She giggled.

“It will be nice. With a little fix up it will be comfy and cozy.”

“A little fix up?” he asked in disbelief, as he looked at what he considered a piece-of-shit.

“Well, maybe a lot of fix up. It will be nice when we’re done though,” she admitted. She was still in an almost giddy mood.

“I think we might be better off tearing the whole thing down and starting over.” Again, he choked off the words he wanted to use.

“That’s what the other bidder wanted to do. That’s why my offer was accepted and not theirs.”

“I think they had the right idea. Seems pretty reasonable to me.”

Gail placed her hands on her hips and got that stubborn look in her eyes. “Jeffery, it will be nice, you’ll see.” Her lips formed a pout as her temper began to flare. He knew he was in big trouble with her when she started calling himJeffery. She only called him that when she was either teasing him or when she was mad at him. He didn’t think she was teasing right now.

His cell phone rang. Well at least that works here.

“Yes, I’m interested. I have your number and I’ll call as soon as I get back to the office to get the details.” He hung up.

“What was that about?” Gail asked.

“I’ve been offered an assignment. I’m going to accept it because it pays a lot of money. On the down side, it will require me to be away for four months.”

“Four months!” she cried. “You’ll be gone for four months straight?”

“I’m afraid so. I’ll be working as a bodyguard for a music group while they’re on tour. A lot of the time we’ll be in Europe.”

“Jeff, I don’t know if I can stand to have you gone for all that time,” she whined.

“Aw, hon, you’ll be so busy here with your… renovations… you probably won’t even notice I’m gone.” He chuckled.

“That’s not funny. I’ll be terribly lonely. I was counting on you to help here.”

“Sorry. Duty calls. Besides, I think we’re going to need a lot of money to fix this… place.”

“You just took this assignment without even consulting me first!”

“Ah, like you failed to consult me before you bought this?” He waved his hands, indicating the structure.

She didn’t say a word. Instead, she turned on her heels and stormed back to the car, not even taking him through the broken and hanging front doors to show him the inside of the house. She climbed in the passenger seat, crossed her arms under her breasts, and sat in a huff.

Shrugging his shoulders, he joined her. They drove back home in total silence. When they got home, she went into the house and slammed the bedroom door.

I guess that means the couch for me tonight. As if to answer his thoughts, the bedroom door opened and she tossed his pillow out onto the living room floor, then slammed the door closed again.

 
 
 
 
Purchase links for books 1,2, and 3 in the series: 
 
 
 
 

Normally zany and often naughty talking, G. E. has a serious and compassionate side if you can find it. He cares deeply for his friends and hasn’t met an animal yet he didn’t like. He is terrified of heights so hasn’t braved the tramway ride in his home town. He lives in the southwest while longing to live by the sea. He often says, “We have the sandy beaches but where is the water?”

G.E. Stills heeds the call of the many characters that pop into his mind and demand to have their stories written. Their tales are both serious and humorous. A multi-published author, his stories cover many genres including contemporary romance, paranormal romance and science fiction. His stories are both erotic and non-erotic in nature.

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IT’S CONTEST TIME!!

Now that you’ve had a sneak peek at G.E. Stills hot new book, The Ancient Book, WHO IS READY TO WIN?

Ladies and Gents, G.E. is offering ONE LUCKY WINNER a chance to receive a KEYCHAIN.




To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment, question, or simple say hi. EASY PEASY, RIGHT! 

You’ll have until TUESDAY (midnight, central time) to enter. WEDNESDAY morning, I will post the winner’s name and message you. Be prepared to send your mailing info because without it G.E. won’t be able to send the wonderful gift.

Good luck!!!

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Review of “Cocky Bastard” – Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

 

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

 
 
REVIEW
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Amazon for suggesting this book to me. I love romantic comedies and this book was right up my alley. Chance had me in stitches on multiple occasions. Ex: the vibrator scene, the fainting goat, and every sexual innuendo that slipped from his mouth. 
 
Oh and the cover…….Just mmmm!!! They couldn’t pick a hotter model. Nick Ayler is simply yummy. (website link)
 
 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

 
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Author Showcase/Interview and Review of “No Grits No Glory” – Elaine Calloway

 Welcome, Elaine Calloway!!
 
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Elaine) Thanks, happy to be here! I’ve written since I was young. I’m one of those bizarre people who has every day of junior high and high school written down in journals. As I grew older, I began to write short stories and eventually novel-length fiction. While several of my paranormal/urban fantasy books are available, the main series I’m working on is my Southern Ghosts Series, which readers are enjoying.
 
2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Elaine) I’m still learning how, LOL. One thing to note is that writer’s block is different from not being motivated. Or procrastinating because the author is afraid of failure/success/the reappearance of bellbottoms/etc.
I write my books on the computer. To combat a real block, I will hand scribble down notes of what I intend to write, what needs to happen in a specific scene. Somehow the freeness of handwriting breaks through the block. And that’s what it’s all about—tricking your mind into working for you, not against you.
 
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Elaine) I enjoy reading (don’t we all?) but I admit I have the bad habit of Netflix binging. There are few truly amazing shows out there, so when the ones I love come on Netflix (LOST, Bloodline, Dexter, The Walking Dead), I get hooked and watch them. LOST was probably my biggest vice. There were a few days where that’s all I did. Laundry and watch 9 episodes of LOST. *looks around, waiting to be judged* That extreme is only for really, really good shows though, which I believe help me as a storyteller so it’s not all wasted time.
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Elaine) My friends and family know that I write and they have been wonderfully supportive. That being said, I don’t tell anyone at my day job that I write. I have a fortunate situation where I have freedom/flexibility at my day job. As long as deadlines are met, I can balance day job responsibilities and writing.
 
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Elaine) In no particular order, with the exception of Dennis Lehane being first, here you go: Dennis Lehane, Cornelia Funke, Pat Conroy, Terry Kay, JR Ward, Deena Ward, Tiffany Reisz, Jennifer Weiner, Liliana Hart, and Diana Gabaldon.
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Elaine) You should visit my Pinterest boards! I have photos all set up with who would play which character. (https://www.pinterest.com/elainecalloway/)
I would probably pick the first book in my Southern Ghosts Series, “No Grits, No Glory.” I set the book in Savannah, one of my favorite places on Earth, and I could see it doing well on the big screen.
Cast? Main heroine – Linda Fiorentino. Main hero – Tom Cruise. Heroine’s older brother Declan – James McAvoy.
I’m not one of those huge Tom Cruise fans, but the way he looked in “Rock of Ages” playing a musician is very close to how I pictured the character.
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Elaine) I’m continuing to write books in the Southern Ghosts Series. Book #3 (Krewe of Souls) comes out Nov 18 and I’m putting the finishing touches on it before sending it to my editor. I have 8 books planned for the series, though I haven’t decided which state to do next. Maybe Tennessee. Or Kentucky. The characters for both those states are vying for my attention and I can only pick one.
My other series, The Elemental Clans, still has 1 more book I want to write. Likely in 2016.
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Elaine) My books are available on most major retailers like Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. For buy links and to see the order, visit http://www.elainecalloway.com/books/
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Elaine) Yes! I love hearing from readers and fans.
My website has a contact form here: http://www.elainecalloway.com/contact/
 
Readers can also find me on Facebook herehttps://www.facebook.com/authorelainecalloway
 
 
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Elaine) Feel free to reach out to me with any further questions! I also speak to groups about indie publishing and the business aspects of marketing, so use the contact form on my website if you’re interested.
Thanks again for having me here!
 
 
 
Thank you, Elaine, for sitting down with me. It was truly a pleasure!! 
 
Ladies and gents, I want to also thank you for stopping by today. Your visits always warm my heart. Now before you run off to the real world, stick around a bit longer and check out The Southern Ghosts series. 
 
As always, feedback – comments- questions- or a simple howdy is all welcomed and appreciated. *big smile*
 
 
 
 
 
Brianna fled to Savannah to escape the voices of the dead. Just when she thought she’d left all paranormal things behind, she discovers her house is haunted. Not just haunted, but haunted by Southern ghosts. These persistent beings not only hide her white shoes after Labor Day, but they leave grits-caked dishes in the sink, and swear to wreak havoc on her life – – unless she helps them.

Steven put Savannah in his rearview mirror years ago to follow his passion for music. When his band splits up and he can’t reach his little sister for weeks, he races home—only to learn his whole family died in a mysterious house fire. The house Brianna now lives in.

Together, Brianna and Steven learn who murdered Steven’s family and become caught in a web of intrigue.

 

—–> REVIEW <—–
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
When I first started reading this story, I kept hearing in my head “I See Dead People”. Man, I really want to watch The Sixth Sense again. That movie, like this book, was awesome! 
 
Virginia was, by far, my favorite ghost. Gotta love a woman (ghost) who sings off key just to irritate someone. That’s gonna be me one day (if ghosts are real and I become one). 
 
However, the best parts of the book came towards the end. 
 
Two tear jerking reunions. I mean, I didn’t actual cry, but for softies out there —- grab a tissue. Very sweet!! 
 
I must mention why I gave this story 4instead of 5.Unless I missed it, I don’t think Elaine explained how Begley knew Brianna broke into his office. Did he have cameras setup? If she explained it and I missed it, please let me know. 
 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Author Showcase/Interview and Review of “King Stud” – Liv Rancourt

Danielle’s got three months to make her grandmother’s rundown Craftsman house livable. Her game plan is to get in, get grubby, and get back home to L.A. She needs a carpenter, and her best friend’s younger brother is a good one. It’s hard to ignore the buffed body under Ryan’s paint-splattered sweatshirts, but her friend declares he’s off-limits so Danielle reluctantly agrees.

Ryan doesn’t have the cleanest record, anyway. His recently ex-ed girlfriend wants him back, and he has a reputation for brawling. He’s also had a crush on Danielle since he was a kid. Despite their nine-year age difference, he knows she’s worth pursuing.

Soon the paint under Danielle’s fingernails starts feeling more natural than the L.A. sunshine. She’ll have to navigate plumbing disasters, money problems, and one seriously cranky best friend to find something she hasn’t had before: a real home, and a man who loves her.

Excerpt
“Right.” He flipped the ice
pack from one hand to the other. “Why’d your grandmother leave you the house?”
 “Because I’m cute.” She scraped back a stray
hank of hair, her smile as blank as she could make it. Danielle suspected her
grandmother had left her the house because it had always been her safe place,
but Ryan didn’t need a rehash of her poor-little-rich-girl saga.
His eyes still held a
question, but after a moment he nodded and stepped farther back. “Let’s get
those boards.”
“Cool.”
They carried in the
two-by-sixes, silence buffering their actions. Over the weekend, Ryan had
widened the doorways on either end of the dining room, though the rough edges
needed to be enclosed in trim. Once they carried in all the supplies, Ryan
stroked the molding she’d sanded. “Nice work with these.” A half grin showed
off his dimples. “This place is going to be sweet when we get it done.”
“I’ll take your word for it.”
She went over to the kitchen sink, looking out over the old wooden porch to the
Sound. A single light moved across the blackness. “Was it hard to open up the
doorways?”
“Just had to work around the
king studs.”
I bet I could work around your king stud just fine. “The what?” Danielle broke
out a super-plastic smile, hoping Ryan couldn’t guess what was on her mind.
“The extra support beams
framing the doors and windows.” He glanced at her, doing a quick double-take.
“What?”
She dredged up willpower from
some deep internal source, in need of every shred to keep pretending he was
just a remodeling buddy. “Nothing.”
“The homeowner’s always
right.” He chuckled and headed back into the living room. “If you’re happy with
my work, next summer you can hire me to rebuild that nasty old porch out back.”
Danielle’s feet stuck as she
got a sudden visual of Ryan, shirtless and sweaty, working in her backyard
under the sun. By the time she could move again, he had his jacket on and was
headed for the front door.
“Well, thanks for dropping
stuff off,” she said.
“Need more ice on my
shoulder.” He paused with his hand on the doorframe, assessing her with that
perfectly controlled heat, an expression way too grown up for only twenty-four.
“I’ll swing by tomorrow and work on the trim.”
Her fluttery response demonstrated
all the maturity of a teenager.
“Oh, and while I’m thinking
about it, Mom said to make sure you know you’re welcome to join us for
Thanksgiving dinner,” he said.
Since she couldn’t hug Ryan,
Danielle hugged herself. “Really? That’d be awesome.”
“Maeve didn’t mention it, did
she?”
“No, but it’s not the night
before.” She laughed, because Maeve had always sucked at planning things in
advance. Her laugh made Ryan laugh, and then things were better. 
Almost.

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 (review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

 
I understand the “no dating my brother” rule when you’re in high school, but when you reach your 30’s, shouldn’t you have put that childish behavior behind you. It’s time to act like adults. Right?
 
Unfortunately, I found Danielle, Ryan, Maeve, and Cherry acting more like teenagers than the mature adults. 
 
Maybe if I ever coveted any of my friends’ siblings or had one covet mine I would understand their behavior better. For me, it all seemed ridiculous. 
 
Now, I could see where the age gap might be a factor. It is for some, but the real issue stemmed from the rule. 
 
As for Danielle and Ryan’s exes, I didn’t feel anything was truly resolved there. Maybe in a follow-up story, we shall see the resolution or maybe more drama will unfold. 
 
Only time will tell. 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤
 

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Let’s Meet The Author, Liv Rancourt!! 

 
 
1.     Welcome,
Liv Rancourt. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a
dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your
start in the writing business?
 
(Liv) I
always told myself I’d be a writer someday, but it wasn’t until I turned 47 or
48 that I realized, ‘hey, if I’m going to do this, I better, like, do it.” So I
started drafting short stories and taking classes on-line, and one thing led to
another…
 
2.    
All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please
tell us how you handle it.
 
(Liv) My
approach toward writers’ block is pretty much informed by nine years spent as
cantor for my church’s Saturday evening Mass. Every week I showed up with the
hymns planned and the Psalm rehearsed and a solo piece for Communion. I rarely
took a Saturday off, and if I didn’t feel like singing, I just…sang. Because it
was my job. And with rare exceptions, I found my way to a reasonable place by
just doing it.
 
Now
writing is what I do, and while there are times I’m scrambling for ideas, I’ve
never truly been blocked. I take a one-word-at-a-time approach, and it all
seems to work out.
 
3.    
Contrary to what some people envision about a
romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority
of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you
spend your time?
 
      (Liv) My
day job as a nurse practitioner and my husband and kids take up most of my free
time. We also recently started a kitchen remodel, and like all good projects
its drawing my attention to the Next One On The List.
 
4.    
I know many writers, such as myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
 
(Liv) My
family and close friends do know I write, and they’re proud of what I do. Some
people at the day job know, but not all. I write under a pen name because when
people do a google search for the nurse practitioner, I don’t want them getting
hits about vampires. (lol!)
 
(Kam) OMGoodness, that made me snort!! 
 
5.    
Will you share with us your all time favorite
authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
      
      (Liv) This
is a tough question – even when you make it a top ten list – because there are
so many amazing authors out there, but if I read something I love, I don’t
necessarily go out and get everything else the author has written. I’m weird
that way. I could probably come up with thirty five authors (50? 150?) whose
work I really like but wouldn’t necessarily count them as ‘favorite’.
 
      So
with that as a preamble, I can think of two authors whose work I love, and who
have taught me a whole lot, both about writing and about how to be a good human
being. They are Alexis Hall and KJ Charles. Alexis is a magician with words,
and KJ has a fantastic sense of romance (and I am in awe of her mad plotting
skills). They both are thoughtful, intelligent people who stand up for what
they believe in and use their literary profiles to support the things they care
about. Look them up. They’re worth it.
 
6.    
If you could choose one book to go to the big
screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love
see casted in the parts?
 
      (Liv) Oh…I
kinda suck at the ‘who would you cast’ thing, but I’ll give it a go. I would
love to see KJ Charles’
Think of England made into a movie, with a young Russell Crowe (maybe?) as Archie and a
young Adrian Brody as Daniel. The story’s a murder mystery of a sort, set in an
English country house right after WWI, and it counts
King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard as a strong source
of influence. I love this book so hard, and there’s so many nuances a good
director could play with, that I think it would make an amazing movie.
 
7.    
Would you care to tell us what you’re working on
now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my
ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Liv) No
secrets.
J I’m finishing up edits on a story for a
charity anthology that will be available just in time for the holidays. The
proceeds will benefit the
Ali Forney Center, an agency that works to support homeless
LGBTQ youth. You can keep an eye on
my
blog
for info on when it will be
available.
 
I’m
also working on my very first co-writing project with my friend
Irene
Preston
. Our working title is
“Vampire Porn”, and I’m going to let you draw your own conclusions from that.
So far – and this may be because I’m an alto so all about the harmony – working
with someone else on a writing project is the most fun I’ve had in a long, long
time.
 
 
8.    
Where can we find your stories and is there a
particular reading order?
 
(Liv) So
far all of my books have been stand-alone stories, although my newest,
King
Stud
, is the first in a series. You
can find them all on my
Amazon Page.
 
9.    
Would you please share how your present and
future fans can contact you?
 
(Liv) I can be found on-line at all hours
of the day and night at my website & blog (
www.liv-rancourt.blogspot.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/liv.rancourt), or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LivRancourt). Come find me. We’ll have fun!
 
  
10. Before
we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like
to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Liv) I
just want to say thank you, Kameron, for having me as a guest on your blog and
introducing me to your readers. Those were some great interview questions!
 
 
 And thank you partaking in this questionnaire and for introducing me (us) to your work. I know others will be chomping at the bit to read King Stud. So come on folks, buy this book but before you do, drop us a line below. We just <3 our fans being vocal!!  
 
 

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