Friday, December 21, 2012


The holiday season is upon us and I am so thrilled to get some time off to relax and cherish this time I have with my family. And to think today is the day that the world was supposed to end. Unless D-Day is slated to happen at midnight, I think we are in the clear. Whew!

I hope you all have had a wonderful year. It's almost over! Crazy how time flies. Anywho, there was a reason I called your attention today, and that is to say thank you.

Thank you-for taking the time to become a member of this blog.
Thank you- for enjoying my ramblings.
Thank you- for bearing with me during down times.
Thank you- for supporting me.
Thank you- for being you. You're awesome!

In light of the holidays, and my own insatiable appetite for all things books, I have decided to give you, the readers, something nice.

I am giving away my books on Amazon!

If you have wanted to read Addicted to Magic, Faerie Tales: The Misfortune of a Teenage Socialite, Darkness & Lies: A Brotherhood Novel, Buried Secrets, or my newest Stranded, now is the time to grab them up. Beginning Saturday, Dec. 22- Dec. 25th, they are all free on Amazon. Unfortunately, Spring Cleaning and A Warrior's Betrayal are not part of Amazon's Prime program, so they cannot be a part of this offer, but they will be marked down to a mere .99 during this time.

I hope you will all take the time to pick up these books and because you are the incredibly awesome people you are, I hope you will show some indie author love and leave a review, too :)

Happy Holidays!!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Why Indies Rock' Blog Tour

Welcome everyone to my stop on the Why Indies Rock Blog Tour! 

I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I signed up to be a part of this whole deal, but as I read the posts of others on this tour with me, I have had a chance to see and experience exactly what it is all about. 

To be honest, I never set out to be an author. As a kid, I always wrote things, but I never put much stock into it. What I dreamed of being was a veterinarian. I cared for hordes of animals of all species and I still have that tendency to this day. I eventually traded that dream in for indie car racing, which turned briefly into a desire to be an Air Force fighter pilot, then settled into wife and mother. Today, I dream of becoming an editor. Notice that writer still isn't on that list of dreams. 

I kind of fell into this job. One day a close friend of mine decided to get back to writing, so I thought it might be fun to see what I had in me too. I created a trilogy that has since been locked in a vault where not a soul except my own will ever find it. 

The thing is, writing is so unbelievably hard sometimes. Ideas come and go so fast that I can't even write them all down, but executing them is sometimes a torturous affair. I agonize over every single word, revise until my brain aches, and take frequent breaks to recharge my batteries. Yes, I am a perfectionist. 

During my journey, I have met some amazing people, but I have also met a few scrooges who try to diminish my work because I don't have the backing of a House. I have had countless people ask me if I would ever want to be published.  A novel idea to be sure. I mean, who wouldn't want to have the recognition a House brings? Who wouldn't want to be told your work is so good, someone wants to represent you? In fact, when I first started out, I took that path. I contacted all the houses and agents I could, sent out countless letters and even got some hopeful feedback, but it wasn't enough. It would never be enough. It took some soul searching, and one day I came to the conclusion that the answer to that question is a big fat no. I don't want to be anything other than an indie author. Why? Because I love setting my own pace. I am a rule breaker. I don't like walls around me, I don't like guidelines, and I don't like time frames. I work at my own pace, I develop my own ideas and I write what I want to write. I don't ever want to be the person who has to watch the market trend and try to capitalize on it. I want to march to my own drummer. Doing it my way ensures that I never get bored. I create my best work when I listen to to what I want. I can be closer to my audience, hands on, if you will. It is hard work. Such hard work! But for all the times when it isn't, it is rewarding.

Today I write and I know I will never stop. I can't. I love creating and I love what I have created. It is a challenge, and I have always enjoyed a good challenge. Each time I create another person, another world, I see myself getting better and I love that. I also know how important it is to have praise and feedback and a constant stream of support. That is why I give back. Not only do I share my work with others, I work to share other indie's work with the world. Because who are indies but another Anne Rice or Donna Grant or some other popular author looking for recognition? It's not the path but the journey that matters. 



November 1st- Tamara Beard

November 2nd- Amber Garza

November 3rd- Alli & Laura

November 4th- Lori Parker

November 5th- Jennifer Bogart

November 6th- Coral Russel

November 7th- Supagurl

November 8th- Jo Michaels

November 9th- Tammy-Louise Wilkins

November 10th- Matt Gannon

November 11th- Brianna Lee

November 12th- Katie Shelby

November 13th- L. Leander

November 14th- Cynthia Hill

November 15th- Mandy Anderson

November 16th- Jamie Loeak

November 17th- Amy Miles

November 18th-Karly Blakemore-Mowle

November 19th- Steph Brentson

November 20th- Annie Walls

November 21st- Becky Elizabeth Searson

November 23rd- Jamie Cross

November 24th- Teresa Gabelman

November 25th- Jennifer

November 26th- Ren Reidy

November 27th- Delphina Miyares

November 28th- Nikki

November 29th- L.a. Freed

November 30th- Patricia Lynne

December 1st- Mary Smith

December 2nd- Danielle Banister

December 3rd- Janiera Eldridge

December 4th- Caddy Rowland

December 5th- Shanora Williams

December 6th- LM Preston

December 7th- Candy Ann Little

December 8th- Jill Cooper

December 10th- Shelly Pratt

December 11th- Kelley Grealis

December 12th- Michelle Hughes

December 13th- Allison Medina

December 14th- Angela

December 15th- Jennifer Martinez

December 17th- Kristina Snyder

December 18th- Jolene Perry

December 19th- Stephanie Constante

December 20th- Jessica Gibson

In honor of the 20 little angels that were sent to Heaven today

Regardless of what timezone you live in, please place 20 stars on your facebook wall , blogs, and webpages, in honor of the 20 little angels that were sent to Heaven today.... Let's tuck them in with our prayers. (Please re-post and keep this going)...


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BLOG BARRAGE: "A Warrior's Betrayal (A Brotherhood Novel #2)" by Brandi Salazar

A Warrior's Betrayal
(A Brotherhood Novel #2)
by Brandi Salazar
Erotic Dark Urban Fantasy Romance
Contains Elements of Action & Mythology
Heat Level: Sizzling
Length: 237 pages

Available at:
Amazon (Kindle) | B&N | Smashwords | Kobo

Forbidden desires...

Being a Brother and a caretaker isn't an easy job, especially when you find yourself coveting the one person you were meant to protect but never have- your brother's woman. That is exactly where Behr finds himself- in love and out of luck. Nothing a little killing can't remedy. While looking for a little trouble to take his mind off what's brewing at home, Behr finds the perfect distraction: hunting down the mythical Rage demon prowling his city's streets.

Lost and alone...

Cheyenne doesn't know what to do with herself. Weeks have passed with no sign of Erias, and as far as she knows, he's dead. Just when she resigns herself to the difficult task of moving on with her life, he reappears, but the Erias she knew no longer exists. He's a demon, the very thing he and his brother's hunt each night. Can Erias overcome this transformation and find the strength to make it back to Cheyenne and the Brotherhood, and if he does, will they accept him? In a world plagued with uncertainty, only one thing is definite: no matter how it ends, someone's heart is bound to get ripped to shreds.

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December 12, 2012
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Danita Minnis
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Indie Author Feature!

This week I would like to introduce Mark Mackey, author of The Elizabeth Chronicles. 


Genre: Science Fiction
Publication: July 4, 2012
Purchase your copy on Amazon (paperback) Amazon (Kindle)
Add Genesis to your Goodreads:    
Genesis: the Elizabeth Chronicles


At age ten, Elizabeth Axelmore had the most charming life one could ask for on her home world; parents and three older siblings who love her to death, nanny there for her almost every second of the day. And then, during an act of violence, she had it all taken away. This forces Elizabeth to leave everything she knows she knows and loves behind to save her own life and travel to a strange new world a million miles away, Earth. 

At first, all seems things will go perfect for Elizabeth, as she is adopted by a pleasant, loving family, the Duncan's, who accept her as one of her own. Elizabeth's growing up does not come without tragedy, as her childhood best friend, Jordan Taylor is abducted during innocent play right in front of the Duncan's house. Elizabeth grows up with her life constantly plagued with the thought of what happened to her best friend. But life must go on. And then, at age seventeen, Elizabeth gets the call from someone who knows where Jordan is. 

Will Elizabeth place herself in danger to once again see her best friend?

What people are saying

Science fiction, ghosts, magical powers, alien technology, robots twisted bad guys, other worlds, a female child heroine. This was a really interesting story. I found it super difficult to get into however, the author puts in so many details, that I found my mind overwhelmed. His style it a bit tricky, too. With all that said, I did find myself enjoying this book. Our heroine child comes to Nevada and gets adopted by a normal Earth family which is always amusing in a story line. There is a lot going on in this book. A fantastic story, with many different main characters the reader gets involved with.  

Mark is the author of several titles, all of which can be found listed on Goodreads. Make sure to stop by and check them out!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review of The Ex Who Wouldn't Die by Sally Berneathy

Author: Sally Berneathy
Date Published: April 17, 2012  

When Amanda's lying, cheating, scam-artist husband, Charley, saves her life in a near-fatal motorcycle accident, she can almost forgive him for dragging his feet on their divorce. Then she discovers he'd been dead for several hours at the time she thought he rescued her. And not just dead…murdered.

On the good side, at least they are no longer married.

But she's the primary suspect in Charley's murder and, as if that isn't bad enough, Charley's ghost shows up in her apartment. He was rejected, kicked back, not allowed to go into the light. The situation was bad enough when he was alive and trying to charm his way back into her life, but now he claims to be unable to go more than a few yards away from her. She can't even be certain he isn't peeking when she undresses for bed.

Even death did not them part.

As Amanda puts her life in danger in an effort to bring Charley's murderer to justice and send him into the light or the dark or anywhere away from her, she learns her knowledge of Charley's misdeeds is only the tip of a toxic iceberg. Charley blackmailed his murderer, blackmailed Amanda's father, lied about his family being dead when he is actually related to half the town of Silver Creek, Texas, and, with his treachery, has stirred up secrets that will change Amanda's life.

Where to begin....

The title is the first thing about this book that grabbed my attention. Who wouldn't love that?! And of course, the premise seemed promising. Still, I sat on it awhile. Boy am I ever slapping myself for that momentary lapse in judgement!

Amanda was charming. She knew what she wanted and she wasn't about to settle for anything less. And she wanted Charlie, her lying, cheating, no good scam artist of a husband dead. But then he died and while she was over the moon about that, she wasn't too crazy about the fact that she was being blamed for his murder or that the murderer had set his sights on her. Not to mention one pesky little detail: even in death, she couldn't rid herself of Charlie. 

"If he weren't already dead, she'd kill him. Rip his lying tongue out of his filthy mouth, cut off his arms and legs with a chainsaw, then shove his body into a wood chipper set on slow."

I found this to be a lighthearted, quirky little story that appeals to my more unconventional sense of humor. Shouldn't Amanda be upset that her husband has just died? Shouldn't she be mourning his loss, his memory, something? Heck no! That jerk put her through the mill and she's just wondering why the heck til death do us part is being clearly ignored by the big man upstairs! 

"Somehow, he's managed to cheat death. Not surprising. He'd cheated everybody else." 

I really enjoyed the "mystery" woven in, too. it wasn't overly complicated, just mysterious enough for me to form my own conclusions, but never providing enough evidence for me to be sure until closer to the end. Turns out I had it figured out about 50% through, but that didn't detract from the story--it was fun getting there. I will say that this story could benefit from a little more editing (partial sentences that should have been deleted, misplaced commas, etc.) but the story was solid enough for them not to bother me too much and they weren't enough for me to factor them into my rating. It's hard enough writing a story, and the work this author put in shows. I wouldn't dream of giving it anything less than a solid 5 stars. I will be keeping my eye out for #2 in the series! 

Feed your Kindle Purchase The Ex Who Wouldn't Die here

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

For the Love of YA

Do you love YA as much as I do? It all started with the Twilight Saga, where most things (in some cases, life itself) seems to have begun. From there I clung to Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy (dibs on Dimitri!) and on into Claudia Grey's Evernight followed by the Vampire Diaries and so many more. My bookshelf these days is a little more varied, but I still hold a special place for those tasty little morsels chock full of romantic suspense, drama, and action. Most recently, I latched onto Poison Princess to which I shout out to that wonderful author, Kresley Cole "Yo, lady! Hurry the heck up! People waiting over here!" That's right, I am an impatient reader and likely to kidnap a author one day and chain them in my basement forcing them to write day in and day out for eternity, but hey, that's dedication. You can't honestly tell me you haven't entertained this idea before? Oh, you have? Well, then. Awkward

Show of hands, who loves YA (almost) as much as I do? Excellent, because I want to share with you this totally awesome giveaway going on over at Beth Revis's blog. She's giving away 50 (that's right, I said 50!) signed books! That's like, two weeks of reading! (What can I say, I read fast.) Sounds like a sweet deal to me! So head on over and toss your name into the pot. Link's on the sidebar or follow the addy below.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Teaser Tuesday! Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Alright ladies and gents! This marks the last Teaser Tuesday of October! This week I am bringing to you a book from one of my fav. authors, Kresely Cole. I hope you all know and love her as much as I do. Poison Princess is part of a brand new series for her, and is creeping up my TBR as we speak (Not fast enough if you ask me!)


Before we get started, here's a little synop. action to get you familiar:  


She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….



He stood, unfolding his tall frame. He had to be more than six feet in height, even taller than Brand. He had on scuffed boots, worn jeans, and a black T-shirt that stretched tight over his chest. 

Beside him was a couple on a bike--a kid in camo pants and a girl in a pleather miniskirt. The big boy helped her off the bike, easily swinging her up--

"Wheh-hell," Catherine said, "good to know her panties are hot pink. Shocked she's wearing them, actually. Classy with a capital K."

Mel nodded thoughtfully. "I finally understand who buys vajazzling kits."



I gazed behind me, saw the same five kids from earlier. 

Now I was ready to meld into the upholstery. 

Each of them was dressed in dark clothes; among our student body's ever-present khaki and bright couture, they stood out like bruises. 

The biggest boy--the one who'd leered at me--ramped over the curb to the quad, pulling right up on the side of the park. The others followed. I noticed their bikes all had mismatched parts. Likely stolen. 

"Who are they?" I asked. "Have they come to start trouble?" 

Grace answered, "Haven't you heard? They're a bunch of juvies from Basin High School." 

Yep, I'm sold! Needless to say, Poison Princess had a few contenders ahead of it, but no more! It's next on the chopping block because it's just too tempting to resist. 

Add it to your Goodreads or buy it on Amazon!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Giveaway of Stitch by Samantha Durante

I don't know about you, but for me it's been a long week full of excitement and anticipation leading up to this point. I am honored to be a part of Samantha's blog tour and to have the chance to introduce to you a new author who has written really great story that proved to me that sometimes it pays to break out of the norm and try something new.Trust me, that doesn't happen often!


So, by now you should all be familiar with Stitch. If not, then I strongly encourage you to check out my review and my interview with the author herself


Before we jump into the giveaway, here is a quick recap of the book to freshen your memories:  



Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa's body screams at her to run... but yet she's powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence.  In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees - and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell - Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless.  But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn't figured out yet is that she's not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university's idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface...

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

Sounds great, right? It is! Alright, now that I know you're good and thoroughly hooked, you are free to enter this awesome giveaway =) 



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Author Interview with Samantha Durante

Today I would like to welcome the author of Stitch, Samantha Durante. She has written an amazing story steeped in...well, everything. You get a little romance, a little mystery, a haunting, some conspiracy, and a big slap-you-in-the-face twist. Who can possibly say no to that? 


Name: Samantha Durante

Book: Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, Book 1)

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Dystopian Sci-Fi

1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from and what do you do (besides writing)?
Thanks so much for having me today, Brandi!  My name is Samantha Durante and I’m a brand new author – Stitch is my very first book!  I live in New York City with my husband and my cat, but we’re moving soon to a home we purchased in Westchester County right outside the city.  We were just married in September (right in the middle of the Stitch Blog Tour!) and are in the middle of fixing up our new home before we move in, so that’s what’s been keeping me busy most recently!

2. Tell us about your book.  What is it about?
Stitch is a young adult science fiction novel where nothing is as it seems.  The main character, Alessa, is a college freshman who’s having trouble adjusting to some recent big changes in her life, and the fact that she keeps seeing a ghost around her sorority house is not making anything easier on her.  She can’t seem to get the ghost out of her head, and on top of that, she’s having recurring nightmares about being in some kind of prison, so with all of that going on, she’s really struggling just to get her work done and have a social life.  And then as she delves more into the ghost’s history, she uncovers a secret that turns her life upside down and she realizes that nothing about her life is what she once thought…  I can’t say too much more without giving all the good stuff away :-) but I’ll tell you that Stitch starts out presenting itself as a paranormal romance, but there’s a big sci-fi twist that morphs the book into more of a dystopian, so it’s very different than a lot of stuff that’s come before!

3. Where did the inspiration come from? (e.g. fact/fiction, reading, personal interest/passion, a story someone told you, personal experience).
Stitch was inspired by a combination of books, movies, TV shows and personal interests, so there’s a little bit of a lot of things in there!  I love long, immersive sci-fi/fantasy series, so I knew off the bat that I wanted it to be a trilogy, and I decided to just take elements that I loved from other stories and see if I could combine them all into one and see if I could find a way to make it all make sense.  So there’s the paranormal romance element – with a ghost (instead of a vampire/werewolf) since I’ve always been fascinated by ghosts – plus a dystopian society (I just can’t get enough dystopian!), a little spacetime physics, a lot of suspense, a crazy twist, an intricate conspiracy, strong female leads, you name it!  Stitch is a mash-up of a lot of great stuff which I think came together nicely to create something a little different.  :-)

4. Is there a little of yourself in any of your characters? If so, who?
Absolutely.  For most of my characters, and particularly Alessa, I just tried to put myself in their shoes and think about how I would react to their situation.  (Since Stitch was my first book, I figured that’d be easier than trying to figure out how someone else would react!)  I wanted my characters to be realistic and normal and relatable, not the crazy extremes you see so often in a lot of fictional characters.

5. What do you do to relax?
Read!  What else?  Haha.

6. What do you think is the greatest challenge about being an independent author?
The greatest challenge is just going it alone.  I’m a brand new author, and I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea what I’m doing.  Luckily, I have a supportive network of family and friends (and new blogger friends!) who have been INCREDIBLY helpful every step of the way, from helping me edit and proofread to critiquing cover designs to getting the word out about Stitch.  I’ve made abundant use of resources on the internet for independent authors (and even started compiling some of my own on my website, since I’m so grateful to the people who took the time to do this before me!) and just have tried not to be shy about asking people for their help with promoting the book.  So far it’s been quite an adventure!

7. What advice would you give to aspiring indie authors?
Don’t give up!  It’s easy to lose confidence after a couple rejections or less-than-stellar reviews when you don’t have a team of trusted professionals (agent, editor, publisher, etc.) behind you reminding you that you’ve done something great.  But just remember that if you’ve written something you love, other people are sure to love it too, so just be persistent in getting it in front of as many readers as possible.  And don’t be afraid to ask for help!  There are TONS of amazing people out there who want to see you succeed, so you just need to seek them out and ask for their assistance.  This blog tour has really reaffirmed the overall goodness of people for me – everyone has been so incredibly supportive and helpful, and I feel very lucky to have made the contacts I have.  And I just found all these great blogs from searching online and reaching out to them!  So you can do it, too.

8. What do you enjoy most/least about writing?
What I love most about writing is having the freedom to create any world I want and share that world with readers.  It’s so exciting to see other people getting into this place and these characters that I made up – it’s just so much fun!

As for what I like least, I’d have to say it’s the flipside of what I love most.  Sharing your work with the world is opening yourself up to criticism and (especially on the internet) ridicule, and it’s impossible for everyone who reads your book to like it (just look at the reviews on any of the classics!).  So those negative comments are going to come whether you like it or not, and you just have to be prepared to learn what you can from them and not let them overshadow all the positive.

9. Do other authors inspire your writing? If so, how?
Oh, yes!  I absolutely love to read, and getting so much enjoyment from the work of so many other authors is what inspired me to write in the first place.  Other authors continually impress me with their creativity and their way with words and their dedication to helping other authors succeed, so I am constantly getting inspired every time I read!

10. What is your favorite book? Why?
I don’t think I can pick one favorite!  But I’ve read Pride and Prejudice more times than any other book, and I love it more every time I pick it up, so I have to go with that one.  Jane Austen just really knows how to charm me!

11. Anything specific you want the readers to know about you and/or your book?
I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has read Stitch and recommended it to their friends and left a review online – you can’t even know how much those things mean to me, and how incredibly important they are to helping Stitch succeed!  So thank you for all your support!  And I’m absolutely reading all your feedback and incorporating it into my plans for Book 2, so keep the ideas coming!

Just for fun:
a. Plotter or pantser? Plotter.  I’m definitely not a “by the seat of my pants” kind of gal – I have a plan for everything!
b. Summer or winter? Summer!  I love to be outside in the sun and swim and hike.
c. Beach or mountains? Can’t I have both?
d. Morning person or night owl? Morning.  I feel so productive when I get things done early!
e. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla ice cream with chocolate magic shell, yummm.
f. Favorite food? Cheese.  I never met a cheese I didn’t like!
g. Favorite TV show? The Vampire Diaries.  I can’t get enough.

Please include whatever links you want:

Website & Blog:

Get Your Copy of Stitch:                                                                                                                                                                Amazon (print $9.99 & Kindle $2.99)
Barnes & Noble (Nook $2.99)
Smashwords (multiple e-book formats $2.99)
Also available in the iTunes store ($2.99 e-book)

What a great interview! Thank you, Samantha for joining us today :) If you missed my review of Stitch on Monday, I encourage you to take a look here. I hope everyone is adding Stitch to their library right now, if not, you should. You're totally missing out right now. Also, don't forget to stop back Friday and enter the giveaway for a copy of Stitch!

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