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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What happens when a brilliant anthropologist is lured to the jungle to be used as a human sacrifice?

MAYAN MOON 1TUESDAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the romantic suspense SECRETS OF A MAYAN MOON by PATY JAGER.

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PUBLISHER: Windtree Press  

SYNOPSIS

Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions.

DEA agent Tino Kosta, is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.

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REVIEWS:
“Love the main characters in this book, and how the author developed them and revealed their secrets as the story progressed.”  amazon review

“This book has mystery, romance and fast paced action.”  amazon review

“Paty Jager blends the sultry feel of the jungle with the excitement of ancient discovery then throws in a little mystery along with a thrilling romance and the results are nothing short of amazing.”~ romancejunkies.com

AUTHOR BIO:
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Paty writes historical and contemporary westerns along with historical paranormal romance and action/adventure/romantic suspense.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Q and A Monday: Get to know our Lachesis Authors (Christine Mazurk)

SISTERS-OF-SPIRIT-COVERpassions-race-500x724Today, Christine Mazurk is our guest for our Monday Q&A. Christine is an author and a Ironman (Ironwoman) triathlete, whose stories reflect the inner strength in all women. Christine has two titles with Lachesis Publishing, including the women's fiction  Passion's Race about a young woman who embarks on journey to become an Ironman pro athlete and overcomes her struggles. And a short story called Identity in the Sister's of Spirit Anthology about the transformation that a woman goes through when she loses more than 100 pounds and trains for a marathon. Both stories have strong romantic elements as well. 


When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and why?
 
I was ten years old when I started my first novel, because one of my teachers said I had talent. (Nancy Brooks if you’re out there, thank you!!!) Alexandra Chase and Tyler Daniels stayed with me as I finished college and climbed the corporate ladder. My career continued to grow, taking me all over the world, putting my dream of writing a novel on hold. In 2001, I was a senior executive for the Mid-Pacific Region of a large retail company. We lived on Guam at the time. After 9/11, my husband suggested I quit my job to write that book I always talked about writing. Alexandra and Tyler finally made it into the spotlight. The Chase is Over, was my first manuscript. I have since gone on to writing and publishing several other books. The first one needs revising, but I hope one day it will be available for you to read.

Describe your favourite place to write?

I have three favorite places to write. My home in Florida is across the street from the ocean. I sit at the dining room table and enjoy the view of the waves lapping the sand, my fingers dancing over the keyboard. The second place is in St. George, Utah, with the red rock mountains as my view. It’s beautiful, peaceful and my imagination runs wild. The third is a friend’s home on an island off the coast of Connecticut. I went there for the first time in 2003, after meeting Lynn at the RWA National Conference in NY, and it has become our annual writing retreat get away. Ocean and mountains, what more could a writer ask for?!

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

Pictures of my family, my Sisters Of Spirit mug filled with colorful pens and markers, and Dot Com, a gnome - she types on her seashell laptop - that I bought for Lynn’s mother when I visited the island that first year. A notebook filled with plot points for my current story and the profiles for each of my characters.

What is your tea/coffee beverage of choice when you’re writing?
 
Morning is coffee, brewed with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and afternoon is herbal tea. I also keep a bottle of water on my desk to sip on throughout the day.

What do you love to read?

Everything!!! Romance, suspense, paranormal, adventure. I loved historicals as a girl, and though I read less of them now, I still enjoy them. I can name my favorite musician, but if you asked me to pick a favorite author, I’d be at a loss. I couldn’t do it.

What is some good advice you can give to an emerging writer?
 
Write. Write. Write. Then, persistence. Persistence. Persistence. If you don’t write it and knock on doors (submit your work), you’ll never realize your dream. Keep learning about the craft as you go, so you can continue to grow as an author.

What do you do after you finish a book?

Do you celebrate or take a nap? Celebrate for sure. Pop open a bottle of champagne, dance around the house, and then start my next book.

You write meaningful women’s fiction with strong romantic elements. Your first book for Lachesis, is Passion’s Race. It follows the journey of a young woman who embarks on a career as an Ironman triathlete and follows her struggles and triumphs. What inspired her story?
 
I’m an Ironman triathlete. Some of my best creating is done while I’m out there training for hours on end. I was also a business woman, so Ironman was only a hobby for me, but I thought ‘what if’ my character made a decision to leave her career to race fulltime? What highs and lows would she face on her journey? CJ Fallon also struggled with low self-esteem thanks to her toxic, emotionally-distant mother, so I wondered if becoming a pro would help her gain strength and belief in herself or would it be too much? You’ll have to read the book to find out how her coach, Nick Madison, and her twelve male teammates helped or hurt her throughout her trek in the world of professional athletes.

You also wrote a short story for Lachesis in the anthology Sisters of Spirit about a young woman who undergoes a physical transformation in weight loss and becomes an athlete. Writers have different reasons for telling stories, what are your reasons for writing the kinds of stories you write? What do you want women to get from reading your books?

I’ve always believed a person can achieve anything she sets her mind on. We overcome adversity by stepping out of our comfort zones. Having courage and taking risks makes us grow. I want women (and men) reading my books to understand that a positive attitude, courage and taking risks can take anyone to the next level, mentally and physically. And of course, I also weave a good love story into my books!

What are you working on next?

The working title is Passion’s Spirit. Mike Dawson, Nick Madison’s best friend in Passion’s Race, owns the resort on Guam that the team visits when they train on the island for half of the year. He’s described as a laid-back surfer dude and a player, because he chases tourists. He doesn’t do relationships, so he just enjoys himself with the ladies while they’re visiting the island.  In this book, the team arrives for their annual visit, but this year, they bring their new team doctor along. Natalie Walsh is a buttoned-up lone-wolf, who’s a fanatic runner. She’s so serious, almost too serious for the team of men who train hard, but love to have fun and goof around. Did I mention, she’s drop-dead-gorgeous too? Imagine the fun I’m having throwing her into the mix with all these men and their host for six months. (I’m hoping to have it finished and in my agent’s hands by the end of the month!)

Connect with Christine Mazurk online on her web site and on facebook and on twitter.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eloisa James is running a fabulous new CONTEST for her new historical romance THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X!

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Eloisa James’s New Release THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X is out NOW! and it's a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

ELOISA is currently running an amazing contest! You can win 1 of 4 treasure chests filled with jewelry!!! (scroll down for details).

BOOK 7 in the Desperate Duchesses series. (You do not need to have read any of Eloisa’s previous books to read Three Weeks with Lady X – but you will want to!)

BUY IT HERE:
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062223895/?tag=eloisajamescom

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/three-weeks-with-lady-x-eloisa-james/1116328667?ean=9780062223890&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-r4ofq9fX4gI-_-10%3A1&r=1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/three-weeks-with-lady-x/id660508099?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062223890

SYNOPSIS:
Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.
Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his.

The one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose–his fierce and lawless heart.

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.eloisajames.com/bookshelf/ladyx.php

CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X:
“James’ wonderful cast and effortless plotting make this a delicious romance to be savored again and again.”
~ Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

CONNECT WITH ELOISA JAMES ONLINE:

Web site: http://www.eloisajames.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eloisajames
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EloisaJames (@EloisaJames)


CONTEST: Reminder -- WEEK 3 of X Marks the Spot Scavenger Hunt! I've dropped clues all over the internet (FB, Twitter, Tumblr & Pinterest) if you find them all, come back here to enter. You could win 1 of 4 treasure chests filled with jewelry! All the details are on the "X Marks the Spot" app here on my fb page. Look for the large pink X for all of the contest details.
**mobile users - you must enter from a browser window or from a computer. The FB app won't allow you access to the contest app**
#threeweekswithladyx

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ih0yJx
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ELOISA JAMES bio: A reviewer from USA Today wrote that she "found herself devouring [Eloisa's] book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Eloisa wrote her first novel after graduating from Harvard, but alas, it was rejected by every possible publisher. After she got a couple more degrees and a job as a Shakespeare professor, she tried again, with much greater success. Over twenty best-sellers later, she teaches Shakespeare in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City. She's also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

For info about books, visit www.eloisajames.com Or ask a question on Facebook (where Eloisa spends entirely too much time): https://www.facebook.com/eloisajames And then drop in on her very romantic, very Eloisa Tumblr blog, a labor of love: http://eloisajames.tumblr.com/

Friday, April 18, 2014

She's a sassy hair stylist with a knack for solving murders (Hanging By A Hair by Nancy J. Cohen - cozy mystery)

HangingbyaHairFRIDAY'S FANTASTIC FIND is the cozy mystery new release Hanging By A Hair by Nancy J. Cohen (A Bad Hair Day Mystery).

GET IT HERE:
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Hanging-Hair-Nancy-J-Cohen/dp/1432828142
Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hanging-by-a-hair-nancy-j-cohen/1116603785

WATCH THE TRAILER: http://youtu.be/gv5ldn9uw7I

READ AN EXCERPT: http://nancyjcohen.com/books/mysteries/hh-excerpt/

SYNOPSIS:
Marla’s joyous move to a new house with her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, is marred by their next-door neighbor who erects an illegal fence between their properties. When Dalton reminds the man of the local permitting laws, tempers flare—and worse, the neighbor is found dead the following day. Dismayed when Dalton is removed from the case due to a conflict of interest, Marla decides it’s up to her to find the killer. Can the intrepid hairstylist untangle the clues and pin down the culprit before he strikes again?

With a cast of eccentric characters, a sassy hairdresser sleuth married to a sexy detective, South Florida scenery, and a suspenseful story mixed with humor, Hanging By A Hair is a fun, fast-paced mystery that will make you observe your neighbors more closely.

“Marla is short for marvelous. If you like your mysteries ‘cozy,’ you’re going to enjoy every minute you spend with her!”—Award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan

AUTHOR BIO:
Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the IMBA bestseller list. Coming in April 2014 is Hanging By A Hair, #11 in the series. Nancy is also the author of Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide for writers. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. Coming next is Warrior Lord, #3 in the Drift Lords Series from The Wild Rose Press. Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. Currently, she is serving as President of Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising and outlet shopping.

CONNECT WITH NANCY ONLINE:
Website: http://nancyjcohen.com/
Blog: http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-J-Cohen/112101588804907
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nancyjcohen
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/91508.Nancy_J_Cohen
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/njcohen/
Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyjcohen
Google Plus: https://google.com/+NancyJCohen

CONTEST INFO AND UPCOMING BLOG TOUR:
Contest: http://nancyjcohen.com/fun-stuff/contest/
Blog Tour: http://nancyjcohen.com/appearances/

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A to Z Blog Challenge -- O is for Oscar Night Party




Welcome to Day 15 of this year's A to Z Blog Challenge.

Every second Thursday, you'll find me blogging over here at The Popculturedivas. My regular blog is called A Piece of My Mind, which you can find HERE

My family has always loved watching the Oscars. The first broadcast I can clearly remember is the one for 1976, when One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest won for Best Picture and John Williams won for Best Original Score. I remember Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, George Burns and Louise Fletcher going up to the podium to accept their Oscars.

I haven't missed watching an Oscar broadcast since then.

For Day 16 --   


O is for Oscar Night Party

For many people, the presentation of the Academy Awards is a time to dress up, gather with other film lovers and have a glittery evening out on the town or at someone's home, in the hours leading up to the red carpet and then the awards show itself.

It's a way to share in the glamour of Hollywood -- and who doesn't like to be Cinderella-at-the-ball for a day?

For the most part, my family enjoys watching the awards show in the other most-preferred method -- comfy, at home in our pajamas.

However, one night the Academy Awards coincided with a night we were all available for a family dinner. So we turned it into an Oscar Night Party.

My mom and I created our own red carpet, along with Oscar-themed wall decorations utilizing olf film reels and strips of 16mm film from my film student days.



That's my cousin's husband Stephen MacLean at left, who went on to premiere his own first feature as co-writer and producer at last year's Atlantic Film Festival. You can read an interview with Stephen HERE about his experiences making Wisp. That's Stephen below with his co-writer and director Benjamin Stevens.




At right in the Oscar Party photo above is my husband Brad, who is a graduate of Toronto's New School of Drama program. He's acted in most of my film school projects and in my more recent book trailers, which I directed.



In between Stephen and Brad are my late grandmother, who always played piano, and Stephen's daughter Laura, who now dances competitively.




That's me in my Forsyte Saga/Gatsby look, rockin' that boa. I don't fuss too much with clothes as a day-to-day thing, but I do love costumes and dressing in formal wear for special events.



This is my cousin, romance author Julianne MacLean at left, with her bestie -- my sister, children's fantasy author Daisy Piper.




This is my Aunt Noel and Uncle Charlie, now retired from a career as regional advertisers here on Canada's east coast (original radio and TV spots, including the sentimental Halifax favorite for Casino Taxi)




These days my uncle is focusing on photography for Book Cover Art and interior decorating. Because he's retired...   

Some families gather round for Superbowl parties or Stanley Cup playoff parties, but my family is an Oscar Night Party crowd.

How about your family?





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