Blog Tour: Write Naked by Jennifer Probst

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Learn how to transform your passion for writing into a career. New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst reveals her pathway to success, from struggling as a new writer to signing a seven-figure deal. Write Naked intermingles personal essays on craft with down-to-earth advice on writing romance in the digital age. Probst will teach you how to:
  • Commit to your current work-in-progress, get focused, and complete it on schedule
  • Reveal raw emotions and thoughts on the page to hook your readers
  • Assemble a street team to promote and celebrate your books
  • Overcome writer’s block with ease
  • Develop themes that tie together your books and series
  • Write the most difficult elements of romance–including sex scenes–with skill and style
Regardless of the genre, every novelist faces a difficult task. Creating authentic characters and an engaging plot are challenging enough. But attempting to break into the hotter-than-ever romance genre, which is constantly flooded with new titles and fresh faces? It can feel impossible. This is where Probst’s Write Naked comes in. To survive–and thrive–you need the help and wisdom of an expert.

Written in Probst’s unmistakable and honest voice, Write Naked is filled with the lessons and craft advice every writer needs in order to carve out a rewarding career.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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ARC Review and Author Interview: Cashmere by Temple West

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This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell,the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of- operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.

Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.

And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?

REVIEW

I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you read and loved Velvet but you were maybe a little upset that it was too short, don’t you worry. Cashmere is so much longer, more intense, and even more romantic. Like, a lot more romantic. It was an amazing sequel, which can be hard to pull off, but Temple killed it. It’s a tough call, but I’m pretty sure I loved this book more than the first one.

Not only did we get a satisfying continuation of Caitlin and Adrian’s story, we were also introduced to so many amazing new characters. Kalare was by far my favourite new addition.

In Cashmere, readers get to see more of the vampire world; it’s rules and politics, and definitely the complications it poses on Caitlin’s life both including and separate from her relationship with Adrian. Of course there is still danger of the two of them being together, but more boundaries are pushed in this book. The stakes are raised exponentially as the characters continue their search for Lucian who went missing at the end of Velvet.

Caitlin’s life is essentially taken over by vampires when the Praetorian Guard comes to town and starts keeping an eye on her every move. They are controlling and everywhere, and basically make it impossible for Cait and Adrian to have any alone time to be cute and in love and that annoyed the crap out of me almost as much as it annoyed Cait herself.

I was super happy that the entire focus of the story wasn’t on the vampires. We got a great look into Caitlin’s future as a fashion designer when she gets a prestigious internship in New York, which puts some literal distance between her and the vamps (for the most part), even though Julian and Kalare (and Sabine…ew) have to accompany her there. I loved learning about the fashion world and Cait’s interest in it. She is extremely talented and passionate about her future career and that is beyond inspiring. I loved that she doesn’t let her human life take a backseat when things get difficult with the vampires. It’s important to her and she’s not willing to sacrifice it. You go, girl!

I have to take a minute to swoon over Julian. Ahh, Julian. I loved him in Velvet and I continued to love him in Cashmere. He has an interesting relationship with Cait in that she doesn’t totally trust him, but she’s kind of forced to in this circumstance and it might work out for the best. Also, it’s impossible not to ship him with Kalare. You’ll see.

There was so much more to learn in this book, about the vampires and their abilities, and especially about our main girl Caitlin. She’s not only growing up and discovering new things in the human world, she is also trying to find her place in the supernatural world as well, which was the perfect opportunity for an epic reveal that will leave readers wanting to know more immediately.

Cashmere had so much going on, but that’s what kept me on my toes and forced me to read the majority of it in one sitting. You get to a point in the story where it’s impossible to stop reading until there are no more pages and you are left sitting there with your mouth wide open.

I am eagerly and impatiently awaiting the third and final book in the trilogy, and I know it won’t disappoint.

Lastly, I have to mention chapter 22. I’m not going to say anything, but if you’ve read it, you know.

I gave Cashmere 5/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

  1. What was the biggest difference between writing Velvet and writing Cashmere?

When I wrote Velvet, I wrote from the gut. I had no outline, no plan, and no rules. When I wrote Cashmere, I had to follow the characters, setting, and mythology I’d established in the first book. More importantly, I had to logically expand on those elements to create a larger and more complex world. That was far more difficult that I’d anticipated. Writing Cashmere has definitely made me slowly turn into a person who appreciates outlines.

  1. Do you have a favorite type of scene to write?

My favorite scene to write is any where Adrian and Caitlin are alone, talking. There’s just something about the two of them that I love. There’s one scene in particular that I think is the strongest in the entire book, and it’s just the two of them going back and forth about this decision they have to make. That scene is in the final third of the story, but I wrote it before I wrote 90% of the rest of the book.

  1. What is your favorite book and/or who is your favourite author?

It’s a tie between Laini Taylor for her Daughter of Smoke & Bone series and Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. I adore them both as authors.

  1. If you could give only one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Write every day for the same amount of time. i.e. make it a part of your routine, a habit, and stick with it.

  1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Various combinations of chocolate, peanut butter, cookie dough, and caramel, depending on my mood.

  1. Why did you choose to self-publish Cashmere?

That’s a very long story, but the short answer is: flexibility. It’s a lot more work, but I also get to have a lot of creative control over everything from the fonts to cover design to the book trailers and quote graphics.

  1. Is there a particular scene or chapter you are most excited for readers to experience?

Absolutely, the one I mentioned before about Adrian and Caitlin. It’s…it’s very nerdy, and slightly saucy, and super awkward and fantastic and I can’t wait to see what people think.

  1. Do you have a writing playlist? If so, can you tell us one song from it?

I actually don’t. I either need really even white noise, or no noise at all. If music is playing, I have to pay attention to it, that’s just how my brain works. Sometimes I can listen to light piano or classical, but even that becomes distracting after a while. That being said, thematically, I love the song I used for the announcement teaser, Million Others by Ian David.

  1. What was the most challenging part of writing Cashmere?

It’s a toss-up between the massive case of writer’s block I had for a year and a half, and the editing process. Both were uniquely painful. I’m still terrified that there’s something I forgot to go back and change.

  1. What are you working on next?

Book 3 of the Velvet Trilogy. And a children’s fantasy novel that I am extremely excited about. Also, a TV pilot.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

temple-west-author-photoTemple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year- old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

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February 7 — The Book Hookup — Character Interview

February 8 — Literary Dust — Review

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February 11 —   The Book Academy — Video Interview

February 12 — And Then There Were Books — Review

February 13 — Zara’s Scribblings — Excerpt

February 14 — A Page With a View — Interview

February 15 — Crossroads Reviews — Review

February 16 —   Adventures of a  Book Junkie — Interview

February 17 — Bumblebee Books — Spotlight

February 18 — Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile — Book Excerpt / Quotes

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February 20 — A Leisure Moment — Quirky Q&A

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Blog Tour & ARC Review: Body of the Crime by R. Scarlett

Title: Body Of The Crime (Blackest Gold, #2)

Author: R. Scarlett

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: January 30 , 2017

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SYNOPSIS

Never trust a demon.
Never trust your heart.
And never trust the woman who holds it.
In Body of the Crime, a beast craved a beauty and oh, how she ravaged him.

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REVIEW

I was sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I completely devoured this book. I wasn’t sure anything could top the feeling I felt after Vein of Love… until I finished Body of the Crime.

Paranormal romance is probably my absolute favourite genre. Add some wicked secondary characters, non-stop sexual tension, and of course, Tensley Knight, and it’s pretty much as close to perfection as it can get.

Ah, Tensley. He’s the character I love to hate and hate to love. He really struggles in this book (not that he didn’t in the previous, but this was much more severe), which made him incredibly irritable and sometimes even downright mean. This is the Tensley I don’t like, but hey, we all have our issues. It just so happens he has a beast inside of him who wants him to claim the woman he’s starting to love even though he is terrified to. Damn.

As much as he wants her, he wants a normal life for her even more. It wasn’t her fault or even his that they were initially forced together, so he is constantly in this mindset that he isn’t enough for her, which of course isn’t true and something she doesn’t believe for a second.

Molly really stepped up in this book. She fought back and spoke her mind, and I really admired that about her…once she did it. Especially when it came to Tensley, she was very accepting about the way he was treating her so poorly (in my eyes) in the beginning. It wasn’t until she had finally had enough of his bullshit and called him out that I found the story started moving forward.

A lot happened in this book. An overwhelming amount for a reader who sat down and took it all in…in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down if I wanted to, I had to know what happened. Especially as we approached the end of the book and every bad thing possible that could happen did.

With everything that exploded at the end of this book, I am eager and impatient to get my hands on the next book to see what happens. I can only imagine how Tensley will react to certain…things. My heart hurt at the end of Body of the Crime. I need the next book ASAP, even though I have a feeling my heart will hurt a hell of a lot more before it mends.

I gave Body of the Crime 5/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.

EXCERPT

Tensley’s dark eyes turned to her. Eyes a dark, vivid night and he marched towards her, grasping her face into his large, powerful hands.

“Are you hurt?” Tensley asked when they were by themselves, his thumb skimming along her jaw down to her neckline.

“I’m fine, Tensley,” she whispered, squinting in the muted light. She caught his wrist and stroked it while he held her face still. She watched his vivid eyes, terrified, but fascinated by their darkness. “Are you okay? Your eyes are pitch-black. What’s wrong?” she asked, anxious.

He caught her eyes, that lethal stare making her stomach flip. “When we feel threatened, angry or…aroused…our eyes tend to turn black.

Her cheeks grew hot and she knew he could feel the warmth on his palms. Those dark, vivid eyes continued to watch her closely.

“All I can smell is my scent on you, and seeing how he just had his hands on you, how you weren’t protected—” Tensley hissed, a snarl escaping him. “I want you so bad I can’t think straight. I want to bite your ivory neck—deep, deep enough to mark. Deep enough to protect you and make you unconditionally mine. Do you want me to do that, Molly?” he asked, his voice breathless with need. His eyes turned feral, he was a predator. A beast. And he could no longer resist his prey. “Would you bare my mark, Molly? Are you ready to be mine?” he finished, his voice low and raw.

“Yes,” she answered, her breathing uneven. She was ready for the beast. She was ready for it all.

His mouth found hers and it was vicious, impatient. Molly dug her fingers into his shoulder blades, before sliding them up to tug on his thick mane of hair. That only stirred the beast within him, and he grasped her hips, pulling her flush against his muscular, powerful frame.

His hands palmed her rear and with a sudden growl, he lifted her up. She gasped, breathless in his strong hold, but he caught her mouth again and swallowed her breaths, leading them to a desk.

He paused, his chest warring against hers and she stared down at him, stroking his heated cheeks, those demon eyes penetrating hers.

“Not here, not like this,” he breathed out. “We’re leaving.” He placed her down, her legs heavy and weak, and he grasped her hand, taking them out of the room.

Molly stayed close, feeling the heat roll off Tensley’s skin from the beast inside him. When she kissed his forearm before they left the empty hallway, he threw her a lethal, dangerous look, one that warmed her belly with desire and the knowledge of what was about to happen.

He’s going to mark me.

Tensley weaved through the crowd, shouldering some to make sure Molly moved through untouched. One man looked at her and Tensley snarled at him; his beast had taken over, the demon side controlling him to defend her, to warn others off.

As they approached the front doors, Molly’s heart raced. So close to freedom, to being outside of his culture and being ininto his arms.

“Tensley,” a voice called when they were nearly out.

Tensley stalled, and Molly followed his gaze to see his father approaching. Mr. Knight turned his focus on Molly and raised his chin, sniffing once.

He followed that with a curt nod of approval, and Tensley kept his route out of the party, rushing them down the front steps.

His arm snaked around Molly’s waist as he waved down a car.

“You want the beast?” he whispered into her ear.

“Yes.”

“Good. Because he needs you.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

R. ScarlettR. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance.

From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel. When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.

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Blog Tour: The Sanctuary by Sara Elizabeth Santana

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Zoey Valentine is finally safe, tucked way miles underground in the fortified community of the Sanctuary. She can finally breathe easily.

But Sanctuary is far from what she imagined and she can’t help but feel trapped. Razi Cylon may be dead but Sekhmet, her evil corporation that created the Awakened, is still out there and it’s not long before citizens of Sanctuary are disappearing and reappearing, dead and mutilated, each one tagged with a note, a warning, signed by Razi herself.

Problem is, Razi should be dead and when she starts to threaten everything Zoey has fought so hard for, she’s ready to fight. Sekhmet has existed for far too long and Zoey has had enough.

Its time to end it all.

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EXCERPT

I was folding shirts in the corner of the room when Ash walked over to me, grabbed a shirt from the pile and started folding with me. He stayed like that, in silence, as he folded three or four shirts before he finally whispered, “Follow me.”

I dropped the shirt in my hands and followed him through the room. We snuck out the door and down the hallway. Ash’s fingers circled my wrist as he opened a nondescript door and pulled me through.

We were in a supply closet. It looked like mostly medical supplies. It was dark until Ash flipped the switch and a low glow filled the small space.

“Well, this is cozy,” I remarked, looking around.

“Hey, it’s the best I could do under short notice,” Ash shot back. “I scoped this place out all week.” We stared at each other for a long moment before we both burst out laughing and I practically launched myself at him. It felt damn good to be in his arms and I couldn’t help how happy I felt.

It wasn’t the first time we had snuck off and had these moments with each other but it was getting harder and harder to make it happen. There weren’t a lot of places in Sanctuary for privacy and it was hard to get away from the endless duties we were committed to by living here. We took every single moment that we could to spend with each other. I never knew when I would get another one.

“God, I miss you,” Ash said, his cheek pressed tightly against the top of my head.

“How is it possible that I see you every single day but you feel miles away?” I asked, folding myself tighter into him. “Sneaking off every once in awhile just isn’t enough.”

“I know we’re safe and all that, but god I hate that I can never see you or spend time with you or even just hug you.”

“Agreed.”

“How are you doing? Really?” Ash asked, pulling away from me a little bit so he could look me in the eye.

“I’m fine,” I assured him quickly. Ash was there when the doctors talked to me about PTSD so I wasn’t surprised that he looked doubtful, his eyebrows jumping high on his forehead. I laughed. “Really, I am.”

“No more nightmares?”

I squirmed uncomfortably. “Not…often.”

“Zoey…”

“Don’t ‘Zoey’ me. You’re the only person here that doesn’t look at me like I’m suddenly going to go on a bender or something. I’m fine. I’m not going to break.”

“I know you’re not,” he inserted. “Sometimes I just…I forget that. But that doesn’t mean I’m not worried about you, Zoey. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to care that you’re still alone in that bed, scared.”

My lips pressed tightly together and my fingers clenched tightly at his waist. “I’ll be okay. I promise.”

“I know you will. If there’s anything I’m sure of, it’s you.” He winked at me and I smirked. The fact that the Ash Matthews charm was still in full force, even after the awful year that we had just had, meant that there was some normalcy in the world.

“Now come here.”

His lips came down on mine and I answered with enthusiasm, my hands wrapping tightly around the back of his neck. A low rumble went through his chest, as his hands reached for the hem of my shirt. His hands were cool on my warm skin and I pressed myself tighter to him as my tongue traced a quick sweep of his lower lip.

He groaned loudly, and lifted me up easily, placing me on a cart tucked against the wall. Supplies went everywhere, but neither of us really noticed.

My heart was beating fast in my chest as he placed a few light bites across my collarbone. A low moan escaped my lips and a smile stretched across his face as his hand pressed tight against my ribcage. My skin burned at the contact, even with the clothes between us. I grabbed the hem of his shirt and started yanking it over his head, tossing it somewhere behind him. My hands skimmed over his hard chest, loving the way the goosebumps raised under my fingertips. Ash deepened the kiss, his fingers tight on the back of my neck.

“Ash?” I managed to say in between the ridiculously amazing kisses he was laying on me.

“What is it, beautiful?” he whispered, his lips tracing an impossibly sweet trail along my jawline.

“I love you,” I said, my fingernails digging into his skin as my hands gripped his arms.

The smile he gave me was like a thousand fireworks in the dimly lit closet. His hands ran down my spine, causing little gasps to escape my lips, before they landed on my waist. He tugged me closer to him. “I love you. Always.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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Sara Elizabeth Santana is a young adult and new adult fiction writer. She has worked as a smoothie artist, Disneyland cast member, restaurant supervisor, nanny, photographer, pizza delivery driver and barista but writing is what she loves most. Her first story was written at age nine. She runs her own nerd girl/book review blog, What A Nerd Girl Says. Her favorite books are a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling and Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. She lives in Southern California with her dad, five siblings and two dogs. Her debut novel is The Awakened.

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