Saturday, December 20, 2014

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop!!

Welcome to my stop on the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season :)

Some of my favorite holiday things: holiday cookies, snowmen, the smell of a real Christmas tree, chocolate peppermint martinis, and of course, the look on my everyone's faces when they open their presents.

For my giveaway, I'm featuring several prizes:
A $10 Amazon gift card- open intl (if you can use the card, then you can enter to win the card) - 1 winner
An ebook copy of either Shadow Fire, Stolen Moon, or Tortured Souls- available in Mobi, ePub, or pdf - 1 winner, also intl
Set of three signed bookmarks - US/Can only - 5 winners

This is a huge giveaway hop! Be sure to visit the other blogs on the Linky for more great prizes.

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A City Full of Santas by Pooja Sardana - Giveaway

A City Full of Santas

A City Full of Santas

Ranked as #1 BestSeller on Amazon India

This Christmas is special; really special for Santa. Read this lovely Christmas tale that would re-define the meaning of Christmas. A must read for everyone. Just like Pooja's other books, this book brings love, warmth, and a special message. A story that parents would love to read to their children.

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PoojaAuthor Pooja Sardana

Pooja Sardana, is a mother, a teacher, an illustrator, an author, a visionary and the co-founder of PictureBookTree. Her books and her initiative - PictureBookTree have been widely covered in Indian media and abroad. Titled as one of the Unsung Hero in 'Saga of the Unsung Heroes of India" , she continues to touch lives of many through her books and her work. Her picture books for children can be availed free of cost by NGOs or individuals working with Under-privileged children. If you work with under-privileged children, you can drop an email at Picturebooktree (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM to receive your free copy.

Praise for the Book

"Such a lovely story that brings back the meaning of Christmas, one that many will want to read." 

"Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this story to their children. The children will be full of questions and want to discuss Santa's surprise."

"Artwork "pops" off the pages pleasantly and storyline has a great message. A fine addition to any Christmas collection and it is a children's book that I would recommend!"

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest - Character Interview - FREE eBook

As both a writer and a reader, one of my favorite author features is a character interview. I love learning more about the characters in the books I read. Today I'm featuring a character interview by two characters from my novel, Tortured Souls. Kacie Ramsey is the main character. She is interviewing Logan Finley, her romantic interest and all around great guy. This interview first appeared in August as a "Characters Welcome" feature.

On a side note, Tortured Souls is still FREE on Amazon through the end of today (12/19/14). Be sure to get your copy before it's too late!

Kacie Ramsey's Interview of Logan Finley

Hi! My name is Kacie Ramsey. Kimber Leigh told my story in Tortured Souls. Since I was kind of the star in that book, I'd like to introduce you to my boyfriend, Logan Finley. He's my rock in Tortured Souls and in life (lately anyway). As I become more involved with the Orion Circle, he keeps me from becoming completely lost. He's also responsible for my training.

See, the Orion Circle is more than just ghost hunts. I'm learning Tae Kwon Do on a rather intense schedule—one year to black belt. Crazy, huh! Weapons training is also a must. Wooden stakes are so 1700's. I chose silver daggers. They work on vampires and werewolves. Yep the myths are true, werewolves are weak against silver. With vampires, destroy the heart or separate the head from the body and they're toast. A sharp dagger works better than a wooden stake—though I've only practiced on a dummy.

K: Thanks for agreeing to the interview, Logan.
L: Anything for you, Kacie.

K: You're a physical medium like me. Tell our audience what that is, exactly.
L: On the most basic level, I can see, hear, and communicate with ghosts.

K: What do the ghosts look like?
L: Well that depends on how powerful the spirit is, and how they wish to be perceived. The newly dead tend to appear in their death state, as a translucent image. I think it takes a while for a ghost to realize that they're capable of changing their appearance. Residual spirit energy normally appears as wispy, silver images. Every once in a while I come across a spirit powerful enough to manifest so thoroughly that they appear human.

K: How old were you when you saw your first ghost?
L: I don't remember, but my mom said I was babbling at the spirits when I was still a baby.

K: Your mom and dad are both clairvoyant as well. What are their abilities?
L: My mom is a sensitive, which means she can feel energy and emotions around her. Even if she can't see a spirit, she can feel its presence through the energy. She's also a Wiccan high-priestess descended from a long line of witches. Mom has a natural affinity with plants. They speak to her, and she instinctively knows how to mix the most amazing potions. My dad is a physical medium and prolific author.

K: You have another psychic ability you tend to keep a secret. Will you share?
L: As you know, I'm nowhere near as strong a physical medium as you are, Kacie. I believe it's because I possess a second ability that pulls on my energy. I have little control over this ability, which I find infinitely annoying.

K: It's nothing to be ashamed of. I think it's really cool!
L: Fine… I'm a diviner. I have visions of the future, sometimes just by brushing up against someone. I never know when it's going to happen. Not to mention, the visions aren't always clear. Remember when I had that one about you when we were at The King's Ransom Inn. I knew you were in trouble but had no clue why or how to help. I hate feeling helpless.

K: You have an awesome car— a Mustang Shelby GT500 that sports an equally impressive price sticker. Tell us how you managed to snag that car.
L: I tell fortunes…

K: What was that? I couldn't hear you.
L: I read Tarot cards for the rich and famous. My client list is secret, so don't bother asking.

K: Are your predictions accurate?
L: Yes… almost always. I seem to be skilled at channeling my divining ability through Tarot cards.

K: Will you do a reading for me?
L: What, now??

K: Yep.
L: Fine. But with your ability to attract trouble, I don't know if this is a good idea. Do you have a deck… of course you do. Okay, normally I use a Celtic Cross layout, but I want to make this quick, so we'll use the 3-2-1 spread. I'm going to shuffle these nine times, then you'll pick six.

K: Okay, now what?
L: The three cards at the top set the scene, where you are now. So this is all normal… you're content with the present, but feeling anxious about the future. There is also a hint of indecision.

K: So that's good?
L: Does it sound like you right now?

K: It sounds like everyone at our high school, Logan.
L: Hmm. These next two cards represent the near future—where you're heading. This isn't as good. I see strife and hard work. Looks like we'll snag a case soon.

K: Par for the course. Next?
L: This last card is the projected outcome of the middle two cards. And this is… fine. The Tower card is perfectly fine.

K: You don't look like you think it's perfectly fine. What's wrong Logan?
L: You're going to start practicing your daggers an extra two days per week.

K: But that'll make it five days a week! When will I find the time?
L: You're also going to start training with Blake using regular steel daggers.

K: Logan, what did you see? You're scaring me! Why Blake?
L: He's a werewolf, and you need to learn to fight one. You need to get used to the speed… they move pretty fast in human form too.

K: Calm down! This Tarot card thing was a bad idea.
L: No it was a very good idea. I should've known with the fourth anniversary coming up.

K: Fourth anniversary of what? Logan, where are you going?
L: To talk to Blake and set up your training.

K: Logan it's just a Tower on the card. How bad could that be? Logan? It isn't even upside down. I thought upside down was bad…

Well, uh, thanks for joining me for the interview of Logan Finley. I guess it's over now since he just ran from the room. It looks like there's going to be excitement for the Orion Circle on the horizon. But werewolves… why did it have to be werewolves?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Wanderer's Children by L.G. O'Connor - Character Interview

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my stop on The Wanderer's Children blog tour, hosted by TLC Book Tours. The Wanderer's Children is the second book in The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles by L.G. O'Connor.

I'm excited to share an interview with character Michael Swift. Enjoy!!

The Wanderer's Children
The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles #2

L.G. O'Connor

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
December 16, 2014
Collins-Young Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Wanderer’s mission three decades ago: secretly sire children to hide his bloodline, and protect them until their destinies can unite in the final battle between good and evil. That time has come...

Cara Collins, the First of the Holy Twelve, longs for one last peaceful weekend with her bridesmaids as she plans her wedding to Simon Young, her former Trinity Guardian, before duty calls with the Angelorum to gather the Twelve and prepare them for battle. Life, as she knew it, has changed; weird is Cara’s new normal. Her newly acquired Nephilim DNA is wreaking havoc on her and those closest to her as her body transforms into Amazonian proportions and an overabundance of pheromones threatens to land her in hot water with Simon—not to mention a sudden suspicious outbreak of “insta-love” among her friends.

Michael Swift, Cara’s Trinity Messenger, has spent months running from his attraction to Cara’s brazen best friend Sienna, the only woman who has ever skirted his considerable defenses. But if he wants a future with her, he must confront his tormented past head on, or risk losing her and destroying the future of the Angelorum.

As dark forces and outside threats gather, Cara has more to worry about than fitting into her wedding dress and playing Cupid to her friends. A second encounter with rocker Brett King shows Cara once again that there are no coincidences. One of the Wanderer’s children, Brett and his secret siblings are the key to gathering the rest of the Twelve.

When the newly forming team finally comes together, an unexpected revelation shakes them to their core. They must all look deeper into their souls as new secrets come to light to discover what's really at stake in the final battle between good and evil…if betrayal and Lucifer don’t rip them apart first.

Interview with Character Michael Swift

I’m so thrilled to have adult contemporary fantasy / paranormal romance author, L.G. O’Connor, here today my blog. The Wanderer’s Children, the second book in her four-book series, The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, launched this Tuesday, December 16th. Or is it a five-book series? I guess it is if you count the prequel novella that comes out this spring. Congratulations on your launch, L.G., and welcome!

[LG] Thanks for having us, Kimber! I’m here today with one of the leading men from the A12 series, Michael Swift. (Michael coughs into his fist to hide his blush) Rather than me doing the talking today, I’ll hand it over to Michael.

[Michael] Thanks, L.G. Kimber, glad to be here. (shy smile, shifts on his stool)

[Kimber] It’s good to have you guys. To start, Michael, why don’t you tell us a bit about where you’re from…

[Michael] I was born in Chicago, but moved to Brooklyn, New York in high school. New York is home for me now. I’ve stayed in Park Slope.

[Kimber] Why don’t you tell us a little about The Wanderer’s Children?

[Michael] Well, the A12 Chronicles are really one story told in four parts. The story starts with Trinity Stones, when my friend and the Soul Seeker in my Trinity, Cara Collins, turns twenty-seven and inherits $50 million. But the inheritance is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, as Cara learns the truth. She’s been chosen to lead the final battle between the Lucifer and his minions and the Angelorum in defense of mankind. She won’t find out why she’s inherited the money until the end of the series. Kudos to L.G., you can jump right into the second book without reading the first if you don’t mind a few spoilers. (chuckles) If you read the first book after the second, you can see all the hints L.G. left out like Handsel & Gretel breadcrumbs.

In the second book, the Wanderer’s Children, we find out that someone chosen by the Angelorum had secretly sired children to hide the bloodline, and those children are part of the Twelve. One of them is rock star, Brett King. Great guy. He’s a bit blown away when he finds out. Then again, we all were. We all had normal lives before this… Cara had a chance encounter with him in the last book. (Michael glances at L.G.) Which I guess wasn’t so ‘chance’ after all.

[L.G.] (shrugs and smiles cryptically) There are no coincidences, remember?

[Michael] We finally meet Lucifer in this installment. He and two his Lieutenants, Achanelech and Escher Grant, take the next step in their big plan to thwart us. And then there’s all the hooking up. (shakes his head and sniffs) Cara’s like a walking Cupid.

[Kimber] Yeah, I hear that things heat up between you and Cara’s best friend Sienna in this part. What did you think the first time you met her?

[Michael] (laughs) I wanted to throttle her within about 3o seconds. Let’s just say that we had a hate-hate relationship from the moment we laid eyes on each other.

[Kimber] What was your second thought?

[Michael] The same but worse.

[Kimber] So it wasn’t love at first sight then. When did it all change for you?

[Michael] (gives her a royal-blue eyed stare and winks) You’ll have to read Trinity Stones to find out.

[Kimber] What do you like most about her?

[Michael] She can come off a little strong and intimidating when you first meet her, but that’s just how she protects herself. But now, I see that vulnerable side of her, and I understand why she’s Cara’s best friend. She’s got a generous heart. She’s smart, sexy, and she puts up with me (gives her a crooked smile). She can be pretty impulsive too sometimes, but that works for me probably as much as it works against me.

[Kimber] How would she describe you?

[Michael] (rests his elbows on his thighs) Ha! Yeah. Depends. When we first met, she thought I had a major stick up my…ahembutt. She wouldn’t say that any more though. I think she’d say that I was a good partner, and that she appreciates my opinions, especially in business. She’s a fashion designer for Nico Alda and I used to model. I have a pretty decent eye for design, so she’s been consulting with me on her current collection.

[Kimber] What made you choose to own a dojo and to be a martial arts instructor? And to be a male model before that?

[Michael] (shrugs) I started modeling when I was sixteen. It was the best way to make good cash in high school and on breaks from college. But I’ve studied martial arts since I was really young. (wrings his hands nervously and averts his eyes) I knew it’s what I had to do with my life. Teach people how to defend themselves…

[Kimber] What’s your biggest fear?

[Michael] Not going there, Kimber.

[Kimber] Okay, got it. How do you relax?

[Michael] Sparring with Simon, Cara’s fiancĂ© and my former Trinity Guardian. It’s a great way for me to let off steam. That and… well, the other one involves Sienna (winks).

[Kimber] What’s the best piece of advice you ever received and from whom?

[Michael] (nods, clenches jaw, and says quietly) Find forgiveness somewhere in your heart to let go of the past. It’s the only way you’ll ever be able to move on. My father told me that… after he died. (L.G. squeezes Michael’s hand, and give’s Kimber the high sign)

Well, that’s a wrap. L.G., Michael, thanks for stopping by today! Check out L.G.’s links below, connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, or her blog “Creating the WRITE Reality”. To buy her books, check out the links below!

L.G. is running a $1.49 launch sale on Smashwords (all eBook formats available) now through 1/1/15 for The Wanderer’s Children. Use Coupon code: RN38C at checkout.

Until next time…

About the Author

L.G. O’Connor is a member of the Romance Writers of America. A corporate strategy and marketing executive for a Fortune 250 company, she writes adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She is currently working on the third book in the Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, Book of Four Rings, for publication in 2015. In addition, she is writing an adult contemporary romance series set in Morristown, New Jersey. L.G. lives a life of adventure, navigating her way through dog toys and soccer balls and loaning herself out for the occasional decorating project. When she’s feeling particularly brave, she enters the kitchen . . .

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