Saturday, August 23, 2014

Release Day Blitz for Soulless by Amber Garr!!

Title: Soulless
Author: Amber Garr
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Expected Release Date: August 23, 2014 Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press

When it comes to death and love…only one is guaranteed.
Four decades ago Nora died. A tragic event for someone so young; however, four decades ago Nora was also given a second chance to walk among the living. A Death Warden with a mysterious past, her job is to escort the newly expired towards the light, battling with the Soul Hunters who want the freshly dead to help with their own evil purposes buried in the dark.

When Nora’s charges suddenly become targets, she realizes that the hunters are after far more than just souls. A shift in power between good and evil threatens to change everything, risking the lives of the only family Nora has ever known.

Devastated and angry, she’s forced to face the man she once loved - a man who chose darkness over her - in order to find the answers she needs to stop the horror from escalating. Yet, while a lost relationship still haunts her broken heart, a new Warden with secrets of his own will enter the mix and quickly alter everything Nora believed to be true.

Death is unavoidable…but sometimes, so is love.

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Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling The Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, The Water Crisis Chronicles, and the upcoming Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie. Find out more at

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Blitz for Silken Ties by E.L. Loraine!!

Title: Corporate Ties
Author: Elizabeth Loraine 
Genre: Mystery, Urban, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 16th, 2014
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Corporate Ties the latest title by Best Selling Author E. L. Loraine
Synopsis: Olivia Grayson, smart, beautiful and rising star of the corporate world of Dolby, Inc.
Olivia is determined to be successful. She’s smart, beautiful and driven. While working her way up the corporate ranks in her first job out of Grad School at Dolby Incorporated, Olivia finally has a chance to prove just how talented she is. The client she’s been given is Matasuki International, but when she starts reading through the files on the company she finds something disturbing. There are convenient deaths associated with their acquisitions division. The man behind this company is Isamu Matasuki, a powerful and ruthless chairman. Yet there seems to be only generic press release type information on him. When she asks her longtime friend and co-worker in the legal department to get her more information from his former job at the FBI, he disappears and Olivia knows it’s because of Matasuki and his shadowy companion.
Determined to find out what happened to her friend Paul, and keep her boss, Tyson Grant and Dolby protected, she enlists the help of new neighbor and lover, corporate security specialist, and private investigator, Brian. Olivia knows she can use Matasuki’s interest in Dolby and her to get close enough to stop him, but is the risk worth it? Even if she saves Dolby, he’ll just move on to the next, and that company is Dolby’s chief rival, Stein Brothers. Can she just sit back and let that happen or is Olivia willing to lose everyone and everything she loves in order to take Matasuki down?
E.L. Loraine’s Corporate Ties, is a sizzling hot, mystery romance set among the concrete and steel jungle of New York City and the corporate ties that bind it. Another multi-level plot keeps you turning pages as Olivia finds she’s caught right in the very middle of this world of love, lust, and greed as the players fight for power on the corporate battle field.
Title: Thorns of Revenge
Author: Elizabeth Loraine 
Genre: Mystery, Urban, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 4th, 2014

Thorns of Revenge blurb.
After selling off the assets of Matasuki International, Olivia has embarked on a new endeavor with best friends Rachel, Lucy and Sam.

They’ve joined Brian to expand the private investigation business which comes so natural, but it’s not the only challenge they encounter. Her friends disappear and Olivia thinks she’s to blame. Determined, she’ll stop at nothing to get them back, including calling on her first love with his high ranking connections. Will she succeed, or will it cost her more than she could have ever imagined?

Thorns of Revenge is another sexy, suspense filled, adventure from bestselling author E.L. Loraine. This second edition of the Silken Ties series will have you on the edge of your seat following along its fast pace, thrilling ride.
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I grew up in a small northern Minnesotan town married my high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children and as soon as we could we moved to a warmer climate. I have worked with my husband building and decorating custom homes for years. After loving every kind of vampire book, movie and series I decided that I wanted to know more. I can write a book I thought, how hard can that be? Well.... But I stuck to it and finished my first book Royal Blood Chronicles Book One in August 2009. I now have six books in the series and am about to release book two of my new series Phantom Lives. My parents always told me that I could do anything that I wanted, work hard, study and do it right. I believe that and live that way every day.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Release Day Blitz for Keeper Vs. Reaper by Jennifer Malone Wright!!

Title: Keeper VS. Reaper
Author: Jennifer Malone Wright   
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours

When her father died, Lucy Mae Estmond inherited the family business. She has known all of her life that she would be in line to watch over the souls of the recently passed, keeping them safe from the Reapers.

The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth, stealing souls and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell. The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.

Then Lucy discovers an ancient legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers. The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person. For Lucy, being the Chosen One doesn’t change much. Fighting Reapers is just another day in the life of a Keeper. 

When she meets Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction. Too bad that he’s been sent to prevent the prophecy from coming true. His only mission: to kill the Chosen One.

Jennifer Malone Wright is best known for her short story series, The Vampire Hunter's Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter's Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles and her vampire novel called The Birth of Jaiden. Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse.
She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!
But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.
Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.

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Inch by painstaking inch, the casket sank lower into the freshly churned earth.
The scent of lilacs floated on the breeze, along with the heavy stench of perfume and cologne, reminding Lucy of the fragrance aisle in a department store.
Lucy stood beside the grave, dressed in a modest royal blue sundress. She had chosen it specifically because her father always said the color looked the best against her hair, which was a mix of reddish brown that shone burgundy in the sunlight.
Tilting her head up, Lucy looked through the canopy of the aging oak trees that were scattered throughout the cemetery. The breeze shifted the branches, causing a few of the leaves to pull free and flutter off into the wind. There were almost no clouds in sky, allowing the sun to shine down over the funeral.
Her brothers and sisters surrounded the open grave opposite of her. All six of them also wore something fitting for a funeral, but nothing depressing enough to send their father into a rage in his afterlife.
Smiling, Lucy remembered the argument she and her father had during his last moments. “Lucy!” he had shouted at her. “Don’t you dare let them bury me in a suit. I am not going to spend eternity in a stuffy ass business suit. Make sure I’m wearing my khaki shorts and a Hawaiian shirt because I’m going on the vacation of a lifetime.”
That was toward the end, when the cancer was so bad that her dad spent most of his time in bed, moaning about how he should be up and about doing something. They both knew that the end was near, but Lucy had cried only in private. Her father wanted her to be happy he was moving on to the next life, but she couldn’t understand in what way, shape or form, his dying was a good thing.
So she shed her tears alone in her room until there were no more left to cry.
The fog of the memory lifted from Lucy’s mind and she looked across the grave at her brothers and sisters. The entire brood of Estmond siblings were born with the same color hair as Lucy had been blessed with. Each of them, as well as Lucy and Ethan, held a white rose in one hand. Later, before the grave was sealed, they would each take a turn throwing one down onto the casket, as a symbol of their wish for their father’s peaceful journey into the afterlife.
Just behind her brothers and sisters stood the mourners who came to pay their last respects. Most of them were town’s people whom they had grown up with, except for one group who stood close together, most of them around her father’s age. These were the Keepers whom her family had been closest to over the years. She could see Gloria and Edward White, the Keepers from one of the Napa Valley graveyards standing solemnly beside Ellen and Stanly Evans, who worked in the hospital in Santa Rosa. There were several other Keepers surrounding them who she recognized and made a note to speak to them later.
Beyond them, further out into the trees, the spirits began to show themselves. They appeared in the form of their human bodies, a bit transparent, but solid for the most part. It was harder to see in the daylight, but their misty blue auras swirled around them, helping form the solidity of their bodies.
The spirits were fascinated by funerals. When Lucy was little she used to think that they wanted to say goodbye to someone, but really it was because there wasn’t much else to do in a graveyard except talk to each other and attend burials.
Pastor Brown spoke solemnly, saying kind words and telling her father’s life story. Inwardly, Lucy cursed her father for choosing Pastor Brown, a man who had not known her father and she was sure didn’t give a flying fuck about him either. Her father hadn’t set foot in church since he was a child. Not because he didn’t believe in God, he just didn’t believe in organized religion.
Sensing her tension, Ethan squeezed her hand reassuringly. Turning to her left she looked up and met her best friend’s eyes through the tint of his sunglasses. Even through the dark lenses she could see the sorrow in his eyes. He had loved her father too, just as much as any one of the Estmond clan. In response, she squeezed his hand back and then turned back to stare at the grave again.
“And now, Lucy Mae, Gregory’s youngest child, will say a few words about her father.”  The preacher cleared his throat, signaling to Lucy that it was time.
Lucy had no tears staining her face. She had cried all those tears long before the day of the funeral. Again, Ethan gave her hand a gentle squeeze and then released her so that she could reach down and withdraw the folded piece of yellow legal paper out of her miniscule handbag.
As Lucy unfolded the paper she felt like it was taking an eternity.
This day is never going to end.
Finally, the paper was open in front of her and she began.
“I know that this speech is going to sound like the speeches given for so many others who have passed on. But, when someone we love dies, we all feel pretty much the same way … so here it goes. My father, Gregory Estmond, was the best person I’ve ever known. Today, we stand here, not to mourn him, but to celebrate him. He didn’t want any one of us to be sad that he was gone. Because … he isn’t gone. He will always be with us. For those of us who spent each day with him, his teachings and his love will always be with us. He taught us love, he taught us respect, he taught us of our family heritage, and he taught us how to live.
“For those who are acquaintances of my father, you may have met him only once and you are here because he impacted you in some way.”
A few nods came from the crowd.
Lucy continued. “He had that effect on people because he had a genuine love and respect for human life. Which is not something all of us can say we have. He treated everyone the same, with kindness. 
“Because my father had cancer, he knew that this day was coming and he had time to prepare for it. We had many discussions and the one thing he consistently told me was to embrace life. He didn’t say this because he was dying, it was his mantra. This man lived every day of his life like it may be his last. He didn’t wait until he was dying to find the beauty in this world or the people in it. He was always this way.
“Remember my father, not with sadness, but with the memories he left behind. Remember him with love, with laughter and knowing that he is exactly where he wants to be.”
Lucy stepped back, reaching out for Ethan to grasp her hand once again. She eyed her siblings, none of them were crying either. Daniel, the second oldest son, reached into his gray trench coat and pulled out a silver flask. Lucy sighed and watched as her brother didn’t even try to hide it and took a long pull of the whiskey she knew was inside.
Sadly, as inappropriate as her brother was being, she couldn’t help but wish she could take a giant swig off that flask too.
It’s almost over.
“Would anyone else like to say a few words?” Pastor Brown offered.
Sherriff Davis stepped forward, he had his Stetson clutched in one hand and hitched up his gun belt with the other. As always he was wearing his uniform. The Sheriff and her father had been pretty close … well, as close as a Keeper can get to someone without that someone thinking that they are out of their mind.
“I’d like to, if that’s all right.” The Sheriff looked down into the grave before his eyes swept across the crowd of mourners. Finally his eyes met Lucy’s and she flashed him a smile meant to encourage him to proceed.
“Greg was my friend … and an old grump like me doesn’t have many friends. Greg knew a lot of people in this town, but I feel damn sorry for anyone who lives here and never had the chance to meet him. No one, aside from my own wife, Darcy, could make me laugh like Greg could. He was loyal and respectful, even if he was a bull shitter. Good grief that man liked to tell stories. Also, any man who can raise a brood of children by himself and manage to keep them all out of jail is a good man in my book.”
Lucy could have sworn that she heard Principal Robertson blow air between his lips like he was blowing a raspberry. A few people looked his way and then back at Sheriff Davis.
“That is all I got.” Sheriff Davis stepped back into the crowd.
Evelynn Andrews, the librarian at the Summer Hollow library, raised her hand slightly. She was about seventy years old, but didn’t look a day over fifty five. Lucy hoped she would age that well as the years progressed.
Evelynn pushed her glasses up her nose and closed her eyes for a moment before she began to speak. “I don’t think I can say much more about how wonderful Gregory was, but I wanted to make sure to pay my respects by voicing them. I’ve known the Estmond family all the way back to when Kathleen was still alive, as far back as when she and Greg were high school sweethearts. No one, could have been a better father to these children. Sure, they have caused a fair amount of ruckus over the years, but he did it all on his own and they are educated, mostly well behaved.”
She paused to glance at Daniel who had decided that moment would be appropriate for another pull from his flask. “And above all, Greg gave these children a sense of loyalty. Anyone who knows these kids knows that if you mess with one, you get the whole bunch of them.”
A few people giggled, even Lucy, knowing how true that statement really was.
“This may not seem like a good thing in retrospect, but a family who stays together so closely is a rare thing these days. It is to be cherished. Greg gave them this sense of family and that is something to be proud of.” As she finished, she closed her eyes again looked Pastor Brown.
“Would anyone else like to speak?” Pastor Brown addressed the crowd of mourners.
Unexpectedly, Ethan released Lucy’s hand and raised it up a little bit. “I need to say something.”
Pastor Brown nodded and held his hand out beside him. Ethan moved over to the other side of Lucy beside the pastor. “There are very few people here who don’t know who I am.” Ethan began. “Gregory Estmond took me under his wing a long time ago, when Lucy and I were both very little. My parents, who have moved away now…”
He paused and took a breath, pondering if he should let out the deep dark family secrets. Well, secrets that the whole town knew anyway. That was how small towns worked.
“They were, drug addicts and alcoholics who barely took care of me. Greg came by the house one day to see my parents for some reason and what he found was a little boy locked in his room with no food or water and his parents passed out in their bedroom surrounded by drugs and trash. The story is a long one, a long sad story. But it ended with Greg and the rest of the Estmonds making sure I always had a place to go, that I always had food. Greg even went so far as to pay me for making good grades, just to give me incentive to do well in school.”
Lucy grimaced as he told the story, hating Ethan’s parents for what they did to him. Ethan had conveniently left out the part about how her father had beat the ever living snot out of Ethan’s dad that day he found him locked up in his room half starved. It was hard to believe Ethan’s parents came from a Keeper line, but sadly, not all Keepers were immune to addiction. Keepers were human, just like everyone else.
Ethan scanned the crowd through his glasses. “No one, except for maybe the Estmond kids, owes more, or loves that man, more than I do. He saved me and I will never forget that. I hope that none of you ever forget that either.”
Ethan lowered his head and hurried back to Lucy. She immediately took his hand again, knowing how hard it must have been for him to say all that in front of everyone. He never spoke about his parents. They moved away when he was fourteen and left him alone in the house. After that he came to live with the Estmonds for good. She and Ethan were friends long before the incident at Ethan’s house, but after he came to live with them, they were inseparable.
Pastor Brown closed up the ceremony with a prayer and then the bagpipes started on Amazing Grace. Lucy stepped forward with Ethan’s hand firmly in her grasp and looked down into the dark, deep hole where her father’s body would spend eternity. Luckily, she knew better than most that his soul would not remain in that body.
She held the white rose firmly over the grave. “I wish you peaceful passage.” She released the rose and it drifted down into the depths of the hole. “I love you, Daddy.”
Ethan mimicked her actions, familiar with the meaning of the ceremony from the many deaths of Keepers past. Her siblings had moved into a line directly behind her and Ethan, tossing their roses in as well.
The other mourners milled about, giving Lucy and the family some time before they headed over to her house for the wake. She caught sight of Gloria and Ellen chatting beside the giant wreath of flowers with her father’s picture inside. She wandered over to say hello. “Gloria, Ellen, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you.”
Gloria smiled, as did Ellen. “Yes dear,” Gloria greeted her. “It has been some time. I’m sorry we couldn’t make it sooner.”
“Or under better circumstances.” Ellen added.
Lucy nodded. “Well, I’m just glad that you could make it here now. I’m sure my father would be happy that you are here now.”
Gloria and Ellen nodded, they made a bit more small talk and then Ethan appeared beside her. “I think we had better get over to the house now.” He whispered just loudly enough for the older ladies to hear.
“Oh,” Lucy checked her watch deliberately. “You are absolutely right. I’m sorry ladies, I need to get some things ready over at the house.”
Gloria smiled again, a loving gentle smile of someone she had known her entire life. “You go on dear, we will see you over there.”
With a quick ‘see you later,’ Lucy backed away and then turned to join hands with Ethan again. “Thanks for saving me. I didn’t really want to talk to them, but I had to make sure to say hello to them.”
“You doing all right?” Ethan asked, rubbing the back of her hand with his thumb.
Lucy nodded. “I’m fine.” She turned her head to try and see his eyes through the dark tint of his glasses. “How bout you. Are you all right?”
He twisted his lip up a little and she knew he was giving slight eye roll. “I’ll survive. I just miss him and all this,” he gestured to the crowd, “actually makes it harder.”
She nodded again. “I know what you mean. I feel the same way.” Her gaze strayed from the grave and focused on her house. Their home sat on the edge of the cemetery, separated from the dead by a white picket fence and about thirty yards of grass. The yellow farmhouse had been in their family for several generations, and now it was hers, as was the family business.
“Let’s head over.”
She nodded. Of course they had to get to the house. But, it wouldn’t be for relaxing. There was food to get out and serve. People would come up to her and tell her how sorry they were for her loss, or how much her father meant to them, or some awesome memory they had of him. It was going to be a very long afternoon.
Almost over, she told herself again. Almost over.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

30 Days of Summer, featuring Pandora by Storm Chase!!


Title: Pandora
Series: Self standing, complete intrigue romance
Author: Storm Chase
Word/Page count: 57,000
Storm Chase - Book Cover
Pandora Fitchett’s life has taken a bad turn. Very bad.

Treachery lies behind the closed doors of British government’s most secret services, and when Pandora finds herself an innocent victim of a treason plot, she has nowhere left to turn.
At least that’s what she assumes.

Stalked by a ruthlessly logical cyber terrorist who follows her every intimate move, and who then has her kidnapped, she is thrown into a tornado of action-packed and violent world events.

Pandora’s only chance of safety will depend on a man who has no empathy, no sense of justice or obligation. A man who can destroy lives from his laptop.

Who is “Dragon” and why is he feared by so many?

Captor, or saviour? In a passionate story of intrigue and espionage, Pandora is about to discover nothing can be assumed about anyone. Even herself.
Pandora Chase - Teaser
There was a loud bang followed by a rattle of sounds. Horrified, Pandora realised it was gunfire. She wriggled round, looking about her in a panic. The barrage of bullets was coming from outside, splintering wood and punching holes in metal. Something exploded, filling the compartment with smoke.


The policeman’s heavy hand was keeping her flat on the bench but she could see white-shirt sitting opposite them had pulled out a gun. He was firing through the window. The sound was deafening.
Delicious novels with fully depicted love scenes that straddle the categories of Romance and Erotica with the occasional Crime committed on the side.

Storm Chase was born September 2012. Her alter ego is Ellen Whyte, a syndicated author who has published over 2000 newspaper columns, 1000 magazine articles and 10 print books. Her clients and publishing partners include the Singapore Straits Times, Malaysia’s The Star, Womens Weekly, Cleo, Pearson and Marshall Cavendish. The alter ego is the steady type; Storm is the tearaway who's dedicated to making it work with e-publishing. Since November 2013 Storm also acquired alter ego, AJ Adams who writes cartel and mob stories. AJ’s book, The Degas Girl, is now a #100 paid Kindle bestseller so Storm is hoping Pandora will reach the same heights.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review and Interview with Tara Lee Reed, Author of Coulda Woulda Shoulda!!

“The End” is Only the Beginning.

Elle Masters is over dating. It used to be fun: the drama, the angst, the exhilarating beginnings, the bittersweet middles, the blowout endings. Then the tears, hangovers, rebounds, and another addition to the shoebox of memories in her closet. Now Elle can’t remember the last time a guy made his way into her box.

When her friends Rachel and Valerie insist she snap out of her post-breakup funk with a girls’ night out/rebound hunt at a San Francisco bar, Elle isn’t expecting tall, dark, and hummuna-hummuna, Nick Wright. This is no rebound guy. He’s definitely, maybe, The One.

In Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, the interactive romantic comedy where you direct the plot, you play Elle as she and her pals put the “antics” in “romantics.” Get ready to question everything you thought you knew about love, over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through hundreds of modern dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments. Will you accept a last minute date? Freak out if Nick wants space? Be the first to use the ‘L’ word? Live in sin? Or hold out for a ring? Wait, do you even want a ring?

With 60 good, bad and inexplicable endings, you’ll always have another second chance at love with Mr. Wright.


I could read this book for hours trying to figure the different scenerios for Elle and Nick!! 
Ella is done with dating.  After her most recent break up, she's bound and determined to stay single.  Her two best friends have other plans, and decide to take her out for a night on the town.  That night, she notices a cute guy checking her out. 
Nick Wright is good-looking, charming and very interested in Elle.  Throughout this book, you can pretty much see where the relationship goes and where it doesn't.  You make up the story as you go along, and I loved that!!  As I said, I could read it for hours seeing the different paths their relationship take!!
I loved her two best friends, who were there for Elle through everything.  Even getting mad at Nick for not calling for a week. 
Really great story!!!!

How long have you been writing?

For fiction, I started writing six years ago with my first novel, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda. I had a great idea for a book but was nearly a decade into my career in public relations, so I never expected I’d actually do anything beyond daydream about it now and then. But when I had to give up my career (and the outdoors) because of disabling health issues, my cabin fever led me to digging it out of my “Things I’ll Probably Never Do” notebook.

Beyond that, I’m a very wordy person. Some people think in pictures (and I do, too, sometimes), but I more frequently can see words as I think them. I kept journals from elementary school through college, all of which have long since been (regrettably) destroyed. There was a half-hearted (and wildly naive) attempt at a novel in elementary school, and a screenplay (which had a killer soundtrack) in high school.

My career in public relations always involved a lot of writing, which has been very helpful, particularly in character development, as I was already accustomed to adopting vastly different individuals’ “voices” when writing speeches, talking points, or other media materials.

And jokes. I write jokes. (Thank you, Twitter, for giving me an outlet for this.)

What or who inspires you to write?

Enthusiasm inspires me! My own and others’. It’s as contagious as a yawn to me. If I’m feeling unproductive, I watch or read something about a favourite performer, like Jim Henson’s biography, or Dave Chappelle’s first appearance on Inside The Actors Studio. I admire them both greatly for what they’ve accomplished in regards to their own craft, and that’s usually enough to get me fired up.

It’s generally hard to hold my attention, but when something grabs my focus, you’ll be unlikely to get it back. I have little bursts of inspiration that multiply exponentially, and my memory is terrible, so there are post-it notes, scrap papers, emails and voice memos pretty much everywhere on and around my person, all with scattered bits of dialogue and plot points. Compiling it is an adventure in itself. (Especially guessing how much wine fueled a particular idea).

My blog is about as organized as my bread crumb notes, and I try not to write anything just for the sake of it. But...if you can provoke a strong enough emotional response from me, I’ll feel compelled to write an impassioned response or open letter. (I’m a bit of a rabble rouser.)

What genre do you like to read?

My taste is pretty eclectic, and obsessive. Last year the bulk of my reading was historical fiction and nonfiction. Memoirs and biographies are always in the mix, actually. It’s rare that real life isn’t more interesting than fiction. That old expression “You can’t make this stuff up!” comes to mind.

I just finished Patience Bloom’s memoir Romance is My Day Job: A Tale of Finding Love at Last, and it’s up there with Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (which should be read repeatedly) in my Top 10. Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Ever Tell My Friends sits at Number One. It’s The Bee’s.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I’ve only officially written commercial fiction, with a largely humorous vibe, and I imagine that’s where I’ll spend most of my time for now. First up, there are the next two titles in the Once Upon a Theme series, each leaning to the romantic comedy end of the spectrum, and will alternate points of view, giving Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda’s supporting characters Rachel and Valerie each their own title with a unique focus.

I’m also working on a story dealing with chronic illness. It’s been six years since I had to stop working due to disabling fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. That’s a long time, and not a thing has changed in terms of understanding, research effort or awareness. The rate of diagnose is increasing exponentially, already affecting up to six percent of the North American population, mostly women, and no one seems to be looking into it. I’d like to contribute something toward changing that.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I tend to have favourites for each genre, and for women’s fiction, that’s Emily Giffin. Something Borrowed remains my go-to reread, in print and on audio. I remember finishing it in about sixteen consecutive hours without sleep. I love all of Giffin’s work, but have always been impressed that she made me root for the “bad girl,” while turning a common trope on its ear in Something Borrowed. And in the follow up, Something Blue, she even managed to make me like Darcy (the actual bad girl), which I’d decided was against the laws of physics. I’d love to see more of her books made into movies. Where We Belong would be an excellent screen adaptation.

What do you love about writing and why?

Writing is both always the same and always different - at least, it’s as different as you want it to be. As a restless soul, that’s comforting. I can decide on a whim to switch to a new story, or a new genre - or even jump to screen or teleplays, which is something I’d very much like to do. (Basically, I want to be Vajayjay Abrams and conquer TV and films in addition to books.)

What is the book about?

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda is a choosable path novel, much like the books you may remember from grade school, only this one’s way grown up and for chicks! It has hundreds of unique choices inspired by popular dating advice and culture, and 60 endings.

As the reader, you assume the role of Elle, a single gal ready to swear off dating following another break up that didn’t break your heart. That is, until you meet Nick Wright and find yourself over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through courtship conundrums and passionate predicaments, and then living with the outcome – even when it means starting over. Fifty-nine times.

What or who was the inspiration for the book?

I met a guy in a bar and we hit it off. My friend and I agreed to join him at another spot where he was meeting friends from college. On the way, we stopped at his place so he could change, and I noticed a copy of Neil Strauss’ The Game - a fascinating memoir about an underground society of pickup artists. I’d recently heard of it, but didn’t want to assume it was his and not a roommate’s. But for the rest of the night, he’d sort of flit back and forth between me and a number of girls from his school days, something I suspected was meant to make me insecure.

So that wasn’t going anywhere, but I was curious and bought the book, along with an Amazon-suggested copy of dating advice classic, The Rules. Not two chapters into The Game, I found nearly a dozen “techniques” that guy had tried on me. It was actually pretty funny. Then I read The Rules, which is a very rigid list of Do’s and Don’ts. I contrasted those titles with the only other advice book I’d ever read, He’s Just Not That Into You, and found they had little in common. And that was a mere sample of what was out there.

When I thought of how impossible it would to keep up with all of it, it brought to mind the adventure and role-playing video games published by the company I worked for. A heroine always working toward the next level, forging her own path, jumping through hoops and getting advice along the way. She’d get so far before, out of nowhere, boom! Game Over. Try Again? Fast forward and there I am, knee-deep in research by experts, creating an inclusive and (hopefully) relatable representation of modern dating culture.  

Who are the characters in the book?

Elle Masters is our protagonist. She’s a mid-level public relations consultant in San Francisco. And while she’s most definitely looking for love, she’s unclear on marriage and kids, currently more distraught with the fact she can’t remember the last time she met a guy who made her think about either of those things. She’s a reasonable and independent gal but, like all of us, is occasionally prone to a little neurosis when it comes to relationships. Just a little.
Elle’s best friend since high school is the half-Canadian, one hundred percent sarcastic, Rachel Winters. A music supervisor for film and television, she’s got pretty much the coolest job on Earth. She’s not a Rules Girl. In fact, she’s more of a No Rules Girl, much preferring to keep things casual than stay perpetually partnered. In her Once Upon a Theme title, Good on Paper, Rachel finds her unromantic self barraged with classic romance archetypes.

Rachel lives a few floors down from Elle in an apartment she shares with Valerie, who the two met in college. A stark contrast to the bold and brash Rachel, Valerie is a girly girl and true romantic. A lifelong student of romance novels, movies and soaps, she loves a little drama, but not in her own life, which she’d prefer to keep neat and uncomplicated. In her Once Upon a Theme title, As the Plot Thickens, Valerie’s life becomes a veritable soap opera, with scandal, secrets and studs.

Elle’s leading man is Nick Wright. He’s a tall, dark and Henry Cavill type who works in one of those finance jobs no ever truly understands. He’s a guy’s guy, in every sense of the word, and not without his own reservations about traditional approaches to relationships. He’s a straight shooter (and according to Elle, one heck of a kisser).

If you could have five authors, over for dinner, alive or dead, who would they be and why?

Emily Giffin - She’s incredibly genuine. I never read her books and sarcastically think, “Oh yeah, that happens in real life.” It would also be a great time to ask her to sign my books.  

Chelsea Handler - I’m kind of obsessed with her. Obviously, yes, she’s hilarious, but uniquely so. Her mind is remarkable - razor sharp wit, and keen, unforgiving observation. She has a confidence that’s rare among women in entertainment today. Her books are art, and I think it’s great she started her own publishing company. I’m also looking forward to her upcoming talk show on Netflix, which is a great example of what a shrewd business woman she is.

Gilda Radner - Oh, I love her. I named my cat after her. Saturday Night Live has been a launching ground for some pretty incredible women, but Gilda is my favorite. Such memorable characters - larger than life characters - and they all came out of this tiny woman with this adorable voice. When I was around 12 years old, I read her memoir It’s Always Something about her journey as a comedy giant on SNL, falling in love, and battling cancer. When you can make something so harrowing funny, you’re my hero. I’ve loved memoirs ever since.

Mildred Wirt Benson - The most frequent author behind the pseudonym, “Carolyn Keene” - the name associated with Nancy Drew, my favorite books as a kid. My mom tracked down the entire original series one at a time at used book stories, and I maintain they’re to thank for my early developed writing aptitude. It felt like fate when my first job out of college included PR for the video games based on the series. I mean, Nancy Drew. The original Veronica Mars.

Steve Martin - He’s probably one of few truly genuine examples of a modern renaissance man, and would definitely have been a fixture on Henry VIII’s court. He writes...everything, he paints, he plays music, he dances, he does the whole gamut in comedy. And I bet he brings really good wine (that he makes himself) to dinner parties.


Author Bio:
Tara Lee Reed is the accidental writer from Toronto, Canada, not that chick from Sharknado. When her career in public relations was forced into hiatus by a jerky plot twist, she wrote the first in a series of interactive novels. When she received offers of single and multi-book deals from top houses, she turned them down to publish independently. Because she’s crazy.

She was voted Most Sarcastic Female at her high school prom, which she went to alone. (Not that she thinks about it.) She can fit her whole fist in her mouth (which makes the prom thing surprising), and she can sing with her mouth closed, but she can’t do both at the same time.

Her tweets on The Bachelor have been aired in a live broadcast and picked up by national media. She once appeared on the cover of a romance novel with her longtime partner, who has done 79 more – with other women. She thinks that’s qualification enough to write this book.




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Review for Desire Awaits and Interview with Author Jaidis Shaw!

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Title:  Destiny Awaits
Series:  Juniper Grove Chronicles
Author:  Jaidis Shaw
Published: July 19th, 2014
Publisher:  Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing
Word Count:  approx. 50,000
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age:  14+
She wants a normal life. They want her dead. Destiny has other plans.
Twenty-year-old Alayna Scott receives visions around water, but even her foresight couldn’t prepare her for the tragic accident that claimed the lives of her parents. With everything she loves gone, Alayna packs up and moves to the small town of Juniper Grove in hopes of starting over.
Jayden McKnight can’t explain the attraction that he feels whenever Alayna is near, but he does know that he will do whatever it takes to win her heart. When a vampire selects Alayna as his next victim, Jayden will stop at nothing to ensure her safety – even if that means bringing Alayna into a world that she never knew existed.
Love blossoms, challenges are made, and Alayna will find herself fighting not only to survive, but to understand what she has become.

Prologue from Destiny Awaits:
 Sunlight caught the crystal that hung from the rear view mirror, and rainbow bursts of color radiated throughout the car. My parents and I had gotten up early so that we could make the three hour drive to my uncle’s house, but from the line of backed up traffic in front of us, it seemed that it would take us longer. I leaned back in my seat and let the music blaring in my earbuds help pass the time. My mother turned in her seat in the front, and I glanced at her. Seeing her mouth my name, I pulled one side of the earbuds out of my ear.
“What did you say?” I asked.
“I asked if you were hungry,” she replied. “Your father thinks that we should get off the interstate at the next exit and grab something to eat while the traffic clears up.”
“Sure, that’s fine with me. It’s a good idea, anyway, since Uncle John turned vegetarian. There’s no telling what he’s going to try to get us to eat.”
My father’s hearty laugh rumbled through the car. “Do you remember that rolled up spinach thing he tried to feed us last time?”
“How could I forget?” I said.
Mom sprung to her brother’s defense. “It wasn’t so bad.”
“Then how come you didn’t eat it? I saw you slip it to the dog when you thought nobody was watching.” My father glanced at my mother while she tried to come up with a retort.
“If you saw that, then it’s obvious that I wasn’t sneaky enough.” She crossed her arms over her chest and stared out the window.
My dad laughed as he flipped on the turn signal and merged into the right lane, coming to a stop behind a logging truck. I looked at the long logs protruding from the flatbed. “It always makes me nervous when they hang off like that,” I said. A shiver raced over my body.
“It’s okay. They make sure to load them on so that they won’t come off,” my dad reassured me.
I opened my mouth to reply, but stopped when I heard a screech of tires behind us. Turning my head, I locked eyes with the man in the driver’s seat of the truck that was hurtling toward us. The truck slammed into the back of our car, and my mother’s scream echoed in the tight space around me. A shower of white stars filled my vision as pain ripped through my shoulder and cut off my own scream. As the darkness closed in around me, I heard the faint shrill of sirens in the distance.

I felt honored reading this book, because I have done so many tours for Jaidis that I was overjoyed to read her book!!

When I first started reading this book, I felt horrible for Alayna.  She's lost her parents in a fatal car accident, and all she wants to do is escape.  She decides to do just that by moving to Juniper Grove.  It's the farthest place from her home, and little does she know how much moving there will change her life.

She meets Jayden McKnight on her first official day in her new house.  He's the one who's been keeping up the place, and the one responsible for cleaning up the house for her.  Also, he's good looking.  Alayna feels an attraction for him that she isn't expecting, and decides to give him a chance.  
When she's suddenly attacked by Gavin, a vampire, her world is completely turned upside down.  She finds out from Jayden that the things she believed were only fiction are actually true, and that Jayden himself is a shifter.  Things go from bad to worse when she finds out that because of the attack, her blood is now mixed with Gavin's and Jayden's, and they don't know what she is exactly.

I loved this book!  Definitely one I will read again.  I loved Jayden, as his love for Alayna is complete.  He will stop at nothing to protect her and see her safe.  One thing Alayna didn't expect was to find a family again.  Jayden's family surrounds her and are willing to protect her no matter what.  

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school, but never really considered taking it up as a profession. I had my first short story, The Tower, published in 2011 by a small publishing house so I’m relatively new to being an author. That was followed by my first book, Destiny Awaits, being self-published in April of 2012, followed by another short story, Blind Justice, in June of that same year by the same publisher who had my other short story. Destiny Awaits was recently picked back up and is re-released with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and I couldn’t be more excited.
What or who inspires you to write?
I started on my first book when I was in college. It was off to a great start, but then I was diagnosed with epilepsy and had to put my writing on hold. I experienced a seizure that turned into status epilepticus, or to put it simply, I was experiencing a grand mal seizure every few seconds for over six hours. It really took its toll on my body and especially my mind. I couldn’t remember who my father was. I had to learn how to form sentences again. I was forced to put my writing on hold to focus on controlling my new condition. After that, I had lost the drive to write. Then a couple of years later, I got married and shortly after we found out that I was pregnant.
I’ve always had the desire to write, but having my first daughter really helped put things into perspective. I felt that I needed to be a good role model for her and to show her that if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. She is my inspiration to continue writing and that’s why my first book is dedicated to her.
What genre do you like to read?
I love reading in all genres! Each one offers their own unique quality.
What is your favorite genre to write?
So far I’ve dabbled in YA paranormal romance, suspense, western, and am currently working on a paranormal thriller. I’ve loved each one so far and so I don’t think I could pick just one genre to call my favorite.
What do you love about writing and why?
I love writing because it allows me to escape from reality and create something that others can enjoy. It is also a great stress reliever, not to mention much cheaper than therapy.
What is the book about?
Destiny Awaits is about a young woman who has lost her closest family in a tragic accident. Though those still around her try and offer support, she knows that what she once called home will never be the same. She sets out on her own to find a new path to follow and create her new future. She ends up in Juniper Grove where she finds that not everything is as it appears. A vampire has taken a fancy to her, she’s learning about the paranormal world around her, and will have to fight for survival if she hopes to find some part of the new life she so desperately wants.
Who are the characters in the book?
The two main characters are Alayna and Jayden. Alayna is the female lead and is the focus of the book. Jayden is her new neighbor and soon gives in to his feelings for Alayna when she is attacked by a vampire named Gavin.
There are several secondary characters which I enjoyed creating. Julian and Sofia are Jayden’s parents and they were a fun pair to create. When they arrive in town, they bring a couple clan members with them, Darren and Kyle. Those two were especially fun to create as they have a quirky, brother-like relationship so they are always picking on each other.

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Jaidis Shaw currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and beautiful daughter (with another daughter on the way). With a passion for reading, Jaidis can always be found surrounded by books and dreaming of new stories. She enjoys challenging herself by writing in different genres and currently has several projects in the works.
Jaidis also owns and operates Juniper Grove Book Solutions, voted Top Three for Best Promotional Firm, Site, or Resource in the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll. In her spare time, Jaidis maintains her two blogs, Juniper Grove and Blooming with Jaidis. One of her main goals in life is to encourage her daughters to let their imaginations run wild.
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