BLOG STOP: Conviction by Amanda Lance (Interview & Giveaway)

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* The sequel to Amanda’s debut novel “Wanted” *

SYNOPSIS:

Falling in love with each other was unlikely.

Surviving their adventure was doubtful.
Living without each other: impossible.

For Addie Battes and Charlie Hays, a couple who defied all odds, life on land should be a breeze—except, for the fact that their newest challenge may include life, without each other…  

To everyone else it looks like she’s leaving for college, but for Addie Battes, it’s much more. She and her kidnapper Charlie Hays have found a way to be together and elude authorities. Yet fairytale romances aside; life isn’t easy with schoolwork, roommates, and meddling FBI agents. And balancing acts threaten to fall when violent competitors rise up to put Charlie and the guys out of business.

Addie soon realizes that keeping her relationship with Charlie a secret is the least of her problems, especially with Charlie’s unfounded suspicions and jealousies. When misunderstandings surface, Addie’s worst fears come to fruition.

Desperate and alone, she is faced with a choice: try to find her own happy ending, or fight to make Charlie a part of hers.

BUY ON AMAZON:  http://www.amazon.com/Conviction-Wanted-Book-Amanda-Lance-ebook/dp/B00FNC3KL6

INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA

Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely!

Who or what is your inspiration?

Mostly music and whatever I happen to be reading at the time.

Do you have any pets?

A bluetick coonhound named Chance (he is a BIG, spoiled baby)

Early bird or night owl?

A little bit of both depending on the time of year.

Any tips for new writers?

Obsession is the only way to get anything done.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

A pink fuzzy slipper.

If you could live in any movie, which would it be?

Reservoir Dogs I love the soundtrack and anything Tarantino!

Guilty Pleasure?

Mac n’ Cheese…yummy

Are there scenes or people in your book that you took from your real life?

Conviction is inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, but there is nothing in there that is non-fiction.

Which character in your book would you most like to hang out with?

Probably Reid. I think he’s wonderfully interesting. (I’d love to hand out with Charlie…but then nothing would get done.) hehe

Are you working on anything new? How is it going?

I’m in the middle of another new adult romance series. *swoon*

Pick your favorite:

Apple or Droid

DROID!

Chocolate or Vanilla

BOTH!

Comedy or Drama

Don’t make me choose!

Call or Text

TEXT!

Online or in person shopping?

ONLINE!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.

When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.”

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amanda.lance.378

Facebook “Like” Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Lance/324124717715784

Twitter: www.twitter.com/alance07

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6966605.Amanda_Lance

Website: www.amandalance.com

GIVEAWAY: Win an ebook copy of ‘Conviction’ by Amanda Lance

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The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker – Blog Stop

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Title: The Ghost Files

Series: The Ghost Files Series

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Publication Date: August 13, 2013

Author: Apryl Baker

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Synopsis:

Cherry blossom lipstick: check

Smokey eyes: check

Skinny jeans: check

Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ghost-Files-Book-ebook/dp/B00EJ62OMS/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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So who am I? Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there’s always someone to tell your mama you were seen kissing a particular boy on a particular day just a little too long. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled “Lord Margrave’s Deception.” I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my niece and nephew and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryapryl

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/AprylBaker

Website: http://mycrazzycorner.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5173683.Apryl_Baker

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Apryl-Baker/e/B005L9YKY2/

Interview with Apryl

Q:  So tell us a little bit about Apryl Baker.

A:  Well, in a nutshell, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up.  Seriously, sometimes I can be mid-sentence and I’ll get an idea and stop talking so I can write it down.  Terribly rude, I know, but my friends and family are used to it!

Q:  Mattie is a very, well, let’s call her unique.  What inspired you when you created that little bundle of attitude?

A:  LOL!  She is that, isn’t she?  Well, honestly, I had some foster kids living down the block from me and I had the opportunity to get to know them.  It took me the better part of a year to get them to trust me enough to open up.  I have to say they were the bravest, most courageous kids I’ve ever met. They are tough as nails, loyal only to each other, and they will break your heart.  Some of the stories they told me made me want to just cry.  Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of great foster homes out there, the one they were in at the time I got to know them was one of those, but there are just as many bad ones as well.  I got to hear up close and personal just how bad some of them were.

Those experiences shaped those kids into the people they were.  They all had serious trust issues and sometimes the haunted look in their eyes made me hurt.  When I got the idea for this story, Mattie in my mind was a foster kid.  I wanted to show people that those kids are more than just the tough facade they show to the world, that they are vulnerable and sweet underneath their layers of shields.  I rolled all their attitude into Mattie and there’s a little bit of each of them in her.

Mattie Louise Hathaway is that tough as nails foster kid who looks after her own and will deck you as soon as look at you, but underneath all that attitude, there’s still a sixteen year old girl who’s scared, alone, vulnerable, and well 16!  She still notices the cute guy while being that sassy, snotty brat!

Q:  I know that most writers have to have music when they are writing.  Let’s face it, music has inspired so many different stories over the years.  What was on your playlist when you wrote The Ghost Files?

A:  Wow, well, I did listen to a ton of different music, but these were my favs:

Fall Out Boy: My Song Knows What You Did In the Dark (this song alone is responsible for the last five chapters of the book!)

Evanescence:  Bring Me Back To Life

Bruno Mars:  Just the Way You Are

Demi Lavato:  Heart Attack

Taylor Swift:  I Knew You Were Trouble

Taking Back Sunday:  Make Damn Sure

My Chemical Romance:  I Don’t Love You

My Chemical Romance:  The Ghost of You

Korn:  Freak On A Leash

Dashboard Confessional:  Slow Decay

Valora: I Waited For You

Q:  What advice would you give struggling authors in today’s market?

A:  My best advice is to never give up.  I still have stack upon stack of rejection letters sitting on my desk.  It sucks!  That will never change.  You write this amazing story, polish it up a hundred times, then send out the query letter you slaved over for weeks, only to get rejection upon rejection upon rejection.  Huge blow to anyone’s confidence.  Here’s the thing though, you have all these rejection letters, but it only takes that one yes to make it all better.  I almost gave up on writing, but I’m so glad I didn’t.  I have an amazing writing group, an agent that believes in me, and a publisher that is downright awesome.  Just believe in yourself.  You can’t see your dreams come true if you don’t keep trying.  Give yourself a minute to wallow in pity, then get up, dust yourself off and try, try again!

Q:  So why should we all rush out to buy The Ghost Files?

A:  That’s simple!  It’s awesome!  No, really, it’s a fun, but scary read.  I have been advised by all the Wattpad crew who read it before it was published that you cannot read it in the dark. Scared them senseless.  There’s a hint of romance, but the book itself is centered around the mystery of who killed Mattie’s foster sister and the fact that Mattie now has to face her own weirdness.  She can see ghosts?  Um, not something she advertises.  Then there’s Officer Dan…yum, all I’m saying.

New Adult Authors Fall Promo: Jaden Wilkes

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Jaden is the pen name of a girl living on the prettiest farm in British Columbia. She shares her space with her husband, her children, and an Irish Wolfhound named Tiberius. She can now be found lurking in the dark corners of the internet looking for artful porn gifs, dirty poems, and places to promo her work.

 

 

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SYNOPSIS

Sarah Miller is known as a dreamer in her stifling Mennonite community, but she’s hiding something from them all. A simple wish to avoid the strictly enforced life path expected of her… early marriage, babies, and work on the farm.

She wants more, so much more. Education, travel, love… sex…

A chance at university hundreds of miles away is too much to pass up, so she follows her best friend Naomi and decides to take her future into her own hands.

She had no idea this decision would change her in ways she never imagined, will the one person she falls in love with hold her back from everything she ever wanted?

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NA Authors: Lisa Sanchez

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Lisa Sanchez is a California cheer mom taxiing her way through life, one car ride at a time. Along with chauffer, she sports several job titles, including, but not limited to: author, chef, seamstress, videographer, nurse, enforcer, and general slave to her three daughters.

The first two books in her Hanaford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold) are published with Omnific Publishing. She self-published the third installment, Faythe Reclaimed.

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Synopsis

Running through a strange forest with a bloodthirsty demon hot on her heels wasn’t Taylor’s idea of a rockin’ evening. Then again, neither was soaring backward through time and space. Time travel chafed and left a rank, nasty aftertaste. So, when she finds herself floundering amidst a sea of Commandment-loving holy rollers who fling accusations of witchcraft and bedevilment like hotcakes in a diner, finding her way home jumps to the top of her to do list. Too bad she can’t remember who she is or where she came from. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Taylor has to fall for the mysterious Latin warlock living on the edge of Salem Village and who comes to her rescue, Gabriel Castillo. Battling an identity crisis and lost in a time that’s not her own, Taylor is determined to find her way back to twenty-first century Hanaford Park. But first, she and Gabriel must work together to uncover the dark scourge lurking in Salem’s shadows, and in doing so, save their own lives, and the lives of countless innocents from a lethal date with the hangman’s noose.

Twitter: @LisaSanchez3

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

Lisa’s Website: www.lisasanchezromanceauthor.com

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A Day in the Life of Dawn Pendleton

 

 

 

The final Day in the Life is the wonderful Dawn Pendleton who has organised this series of promotions – thank you, Dawn!

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Dawn Pendleton is a New Adult & Young Adult author living in Maine with her husband and pup. She’s always thinking up ways to destroy her characters and then build them back up again. Aside from writing, she’s the founder of Generation New Adult, a magazine that focuses on the new adult genre!

Currently, she’s working on the third and final book of the Broken series, as well as a new novella series, which releases September 17th!

Links:

www.dawnpendleton.com

www.facebook.com/authordawnpendleton

Twitter: @DawnWritesNA

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7009829.Dawn_Pendleton

A Day in the Life of D.L. Kane

This week’s featured new adult author is D.L. Kane

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Born and raised in the military, D.L. has traveled the world. She was raised in Europe but settled in her family’s native home in Texas at the age of 13.

D.L. completed her first novel in 2007 but didn’t have the first clue what to do with it. “I was scared. I was terrified that nobody would like it. So I just sat on it and did some research. This was at a time when Indie publishing was still a relatively new concept so I was either going to need an agent or a whole lot of money if I wanted to get published.” While the manuscript sat untouched, D.L. began work on the second installment. Major life changes forced both books to the back burner until 2011 when D.L. finally sent the first manuscript out for Beta reading. “It was the longest week of my life waiting to hear from my Beta reader. A rave review and firm push to complete the next book was all it took for me to get serious about finishing this series.”

“Broken” is a three book N.A. series that follows the lives of four friends as they navigate a world of lies and deceit to find love, honesty and forgiveness. All three books have undergone a major overhaul, including new titles. The first, “Shattered Dream” is expected to be released in September 2013.

Stalker Links:

Web: http://www.dlkane.com/

Blog: http://intoxicatingreads.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DL-Kane/362154830556817

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dlkane

A Day in the Life of Juliana Haygert

This week’s featured New Adult author is Juliana Haygert

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

Links:

http://www.julianahaygert.com/

https://twitter.com/Juliana_Haygert

https://www.facebook.com/juhaygert

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6609948.Juliana_Haygert

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A Day in the Life of Anna Cruise

This week’s featured New Adult author is Anna Cruise. Drop by and say hello!

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Anna Cruise has been writing and drooling over boys since middle school. Lots of years have passed but some things never change…

Her books include the best-seller IT WAS YOU (New Adult) and IF I FALL (Mature YA). Additional titles releasing in 2013 include MAVERICK (May 2013) as well as a follow-up to Abby and West’s story from IT WAS YOU.

Anna loves to hear from readers and authors. Email her at authorannacruise@gmail.com. You can also like her Facebook page, find her on Twitter @AnnaCruiseBooks or friend her on Goodreads.

Links:

Blog: http://annacruisebooks.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965792.Anna_Cruise

http://www.amazon.com/It-Was-You-ebook/dp/B00BNFLCGW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368018696&sr=1-1&keywords=it+was+you+anna+cruise

A Day in the Life of Michelle Lynn

This week’s featured author is Michelle Lynn… Please stop by her page and say hello :)

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Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.  She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around two preschools all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.

Links:

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A Day in the Life of Natasha Boyd

This week’s featured New Adult author is Natasha Boyd, author of contemporary romance Eversea.

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Natasha Boyd is a writer with a background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry, complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny birds.  She has a husband, two sons and a cat named Tuna.  Eversea is her first full-length novel.

Website: http://www.natashaboyd.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7046321.Natasha_Boyd

Twitter: @lovefrmlowcntry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNatashaBoyd?fref=ts