July 14, 2015
Hidey ho my darling little love monkeys, I hope you are staying cool this summer!! Check out this cover reveal!!
The JackholeS series part 1
by Joy Eileen
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April 28, 2015
Hidey ho my sparkly little love monkeys!! Today I have the delightful M.V. Freeman here to talk about her top 11 favorite Romance Movies and the release of her latest, Illumination, the 2nd book in the Hidden Races Series!! So, without further ado, I give you M.V. Freeman!!!
11 Romance Movies I love
I have a confession, I’m not a romantic movie person. Not really. For example, I am not a fan of Gone with the Wind—but that’s me. I know many who adore this movie. You want to know why I don’t like it? There’s no happy ever after. Yes, I know, I know, the whole point of it was for Scarlett to stand on her own two feet.
But it didn’t resonate with me.
Now of course, I’m an Action/Adventure movie person; movies like 300, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers, Thor, Captain America, X-men are my type of thing. (Yeah, I used to collect Marvel Comics—so there is that). I can argue that there is some romance in there…but I digress.
But I do have a few; well more than a few and here they are no particular order;
Pride and Prejudice. BBC version—Colin Firth, need I say more?! (technically it was a “television series” but I insist it was a movie.)
Pretty Woman. Yes, I adore remakes of old tales, and this one was a wonderfully done. A Cinderalla story of a hooker and a high powered businessman—impossible odds, but Julie Roberts was a delightful hooker, and Richard Gere really does charming well.
27 Dresses. –Technically, this is a “romantic comedy” another thing I don’t usually watch. But, I loved, loved the heroine; always a bridesmaid and never a bride and her closet of horrid bridesmaid dresses. The hero was simply a nice guy …heck, I just loved it.
Ever After—Another take on the Cinderella story, with a bit more realism, but included a dastardly Step-mother played by Angelica Houston. Drew Barrymore as the “Cinderella” was wonderful, and I always watch it when I’m in need of a happy ending.
10 things I hate about you—with Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles; probably one of the best Beauty and the Beast stories I’ve ever seen. Sure, it’s a teen movie, but sometimes they are even better than adult ones. The dialogue was exquisite.
GiGi—with Audrey Hepburn, if you haven’t seen it—you must. About a young woman who falls for her Guardian as she is being trained as a Courtesan. Just yes. One of my favorites.
Sound of Music—yes. I LOVE this movie; the songs, the people. Julie Andrews to me is just a class act—and even though Christopher Plummer may not have cared for his part I really, really thought he was a fantastically sexy Captain Von Trapp.
Sense and Sensibility—The story of a second family; displaced after the death of their father—the home taken over by their half-brother forcing them to live in a cottage. It stars Emma Thompson, (wonderful actress) and Hugh Grant. Although, I admit; who I *really* watched it for was Alan Rickman. He was delightful; charming strong and his voice….sigh. This is a gentle romance—with everyone getting a happy ending.
The Holiday—Whocan resist Jude Law? This is a story of two women with messed up love lives who swap their houses over Christmas; and find new loves. It’s wonderful, sweet, and happy. I watch it at least yearly.
The Proposal: Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are two of my favorite actors. Sandra plays a high up Executive in a publishing house, and Ryan is her competent frustrated writer lackey-this changes when she is faced with deportation back to Canada she talks him in to being her fiancé; they just didn’t anticipate finding love. Great dialogue and interaction….you have to see it.
This Means War: Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are CIA operatives fighting for the hand of Reese Witherspoon. This is a fun movie. Period. Well yeah, and Chris and Tom; worth the viewing.
What is YOUR favorite romantic movie? Is it different?
Illumination; (Book 2 in the Hidden Races Series):
Capricious and free-spirited, Mina Tepes is forever trying to intervene. Some would say she interferes. Her attempt to save a friend worsens a war already waging between her people, the Darks, and their reviled overlords, the Mages. Desperate, she turns to the man who saved her life as child–an enemy Mage named Xander.
As part of the ruling class, Xander Fjordson should never have taken notice of Mina, but even as boy, one look into her large dark eyes and he was lost. As an adult, involvement with her has ripped his world to shreds. Though the war she unintentionally instigated has made them enemies, when she comes to him bleeding and injured, he is unable to say no. He puts at risk what is left of his status and his family as he follows her, knowing in the end he’d have to betray her.
Together Xander and Mina begin to unravel terrible secrets as the war escalates. Soon Xander must choose: save his family or the woman who’s come to mean more to him than his own life
Author Bio: M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own. She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.
M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series. Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.
Simon & Schuster (pre-order links) http://bit.ly/1OscWoP
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March 17, 2015
Command The Tides,
a romantic fantasy novel by Wren Handman
“David, help Ryan cover the trail. I’ll help Sarah take Darren. Taya, take my sword and cover us.”
“The girl? She’s like to cut off her own feet as an enemy!” Liam hissed.
Taya felt her face grow hot. As always when she felt embarrassment closing in, she covered it with anger. She grabbed Jeremy’s sword by the hilt, drawing it out with one smooth motion and swinging it down so the point touched the
ground just an inch in front of Liam’s foot. She felt Jeremy take a staggering
step backward, startled.
“I will not only cut our enemy, I will cut the feet off of our enemy and
leave them to bleed in the dirt. I haven’t let us down yet, and I certainly don’t
intend to start now. And if you ever call me ‘the girl’ again, I will show you
exactly what I am expert at cutting off,” she snarled, and then she hoisted the
sword and spun on her heel, storming away before he could react.
She stood at the edge of their sad, sodden company, the hilt of the sword
resting snugly in the palm of her hand, her back straight and her head held high,
and the only thing going through her mind was the fact she had absolutely,
completely, no idea how to use a sword.
Book Title: Command The Tides (The Chronicles of Midvalen, Book One)
Author: Wren Handman
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Available in Paperback and Ebook March 17, 2015
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24597001-command-the-tides
Simon and Schuster Link: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Command-the-Tides/Wren-Handman/9781623421816
Wren Handman is a novelist, fiction writer, and playwright. Her first novel, Last Cut, was published by James Lorimer Publishing Ltd (Sept 2012) and is aimed at teenagers with reading difficulties. She has published short stories both in print and online, including in the anthology Voice From the Planet (Harvard Square Editions) and the online magazine Crow Toes Quarterly, an award-winning Canadian children’s publication. For regular updates check out her short fiction project, Lucid Dreaming (www.wrenhandman.com/lucid-dreaming), which responds to original art pieces with flash fiction stories.Authors Helping Authors, Cover Reveal!, Excerpts, Giveaways, Introductions, Release Day. Bookmark the permalink. ← RELEASE DAY- Love Starts With Z by Tera Shanely!!! To Fangirl or To NOT Fangirl… →
January 30, 2015
Greetings my darling little love monkeys!! I have another cover reveal for you, it looks really cool and I’m really looking forward to reading this one with my girls because I think they’d totally dig it! Check it!!!
Available April 10, 2015
Looks cool right? Be good my little love monkeys and be sure to check it out, Miss T. A. Brock is pretty awesome!!
Until Next Time,
January 27, 2015
Greetings my fantabulous little love monkeys!! I’m happy to be a part of the cover reveal for my zombie sister from another mister, Tera Shanely! Check out the awesomeness that it is!!!
Love Starts With A
Book Three in the Dead Rapture Series
“She was Dead and human, and no matter which side she chose, she was a traitor.”
Twenty-four years into the Dead outbreak that ended the world, Soren Mitchell sticks out like a sore thumb in the remains of the human race. She’s an anomaly: a hybrid of human and Dead, created by her mother’s genetic immunity. Like her parents, she’s fierce and strong. But despite their hopes for her happiness and safety, and even though she is no real threat to the colony, she has let the humans muzzle her and confine her within the walls of Dead Run River in search of a cure.
When Kaegan Langford stumbles into the colony with an injured friend draped across his shoulders, her world is turned upside down. Intrigued and affected by her, he asks her to come to Empalme, Mexico with him to fight in the war between Deads and humans. It’ll be a long, treacherous journey to the coast, but she’s had all she can take in the colony.
Battles with Deads, betrayal, injury, kidnappings, and a criminal-run train ride stand between them and the war. But in the end, it’s not just the war with the Deads that could be the death of them.
Tera Shanley’s final book in the Dead Rapture series will thrill your heart…and your braaaains.
Author Website: http://terashanley.blogspot.com/
Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love.
A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, zombie slaying, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit www.terashanley.com.
There you go my loverlies, go forth and love up on Tera! Add her books to her TBR lists, follow her on the Facebooks and the Twitters and don’t forget to enter her giveaway!! Be good my little zombie love monkeys!!
Until Next Time,
December 9, 2014
Hidey ho love monkeys! Please help me celebrate M.V. Freeman’s book birthday for Incandescent! Check it out and look at this cool guest post from M. V. Freeman herself!!!
Laurie Hudson gave up “normal” a long time ago. Isolated from friends and family, she becomes a bartender for an upscale restaurant while she fights to suppress her strange affinity for fire. Around new owner Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Now she finds all of her hard won choices being taken away as she is catapulted into a world of Mages, Darks, and mysterious Elementals, all working just below the surface of humanity. As she learns to survive, Laurie realizes her freedom could mean the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for.
A formidable figure in this strange world, Tri-Elemental Mikhail Petrov commands earth, air, and water. He doesn’t give a damn what the untrained Fire Elemental Laurie wants. Her rare power is the key to his freedom, and he doesn’t hesitate to seize her for his use—an act that propels him into a war he isn’t ready to fight. The cost could mean his life and the destruction of his people. With the Mages closing in, Mikhail faces a choice: destroy the fledgling relationship with Laurie to gain his coveted freedom, or sacrifice himself for hers.
Author: M.V. Freeman
Title: Incandescent (Hidden Races series, book one)
Genre: Supernatural Romance
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Available in eBook and Paperback
Author Website: http://www.mvfreeman.com/
M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own. She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.
M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series. Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee. You can find out more about her here at: www.mvfreeman.com
And now a little guesty post from M. V. herself!!!
WHO INSPIRED MY CHARACTERS.
One of the favorite parts of creating my stories is the evolution of the characters I write. I base them from the people I see or find. I used to create my characters from my head, but I have found if I have a real person to relate my characters to; I can far better picture the reality of their movements, expression, and better visualize the color of their hair and eyes. At the same time, I don’t try to describe them too deeply but enough so readers can form their own their own idea of what my characters look like.
That said—I am going to show you what inspired my story, and who inspired my Hero and Heroine, and a bit about them.
My book, INCANDESCENT was inspired by the movie Eastern Promises; a dark movie about human trafficking and Russian Mafia set in England. It was one of the main characters; Nikolai Luzhin, played by Viggo Mortenson who captivated me. I loved his pragmatic attitude, charm, and at times chilling and brutal efficiency.
From this my hero was formed: Mikhail Sergeivich Petrov. (Click here to go see a picture of him. http://bit.ly/1tmYAM4 ) Viggo Mortenson was the perfect inspiration.
Likes: Vodka, cigars, fine clothes, beautiful women (especially redheads)
Dislikes: Betrayal, ineptness, child abuse, pizza, wearing jeans.
Oddities: Always has a pair of dice with him, collects action figures.
Mikhail has suffered mightily in his life, seeing his family slowly taken from him. Instead of crumbling and breaking him, it created in him an iron will and a focus to find freedom from those who oppressed him and his people. He’ll use anyone or anything to gain it.
Then he discovers Laurie who gives him hope he hasn’t experienced in a very long time.
Which brings me to the heroine: Laurie Hudson. The inspiration for her came after I found Mikhail. Who would he be attracted to or need? A fiery, determined woman. I found her image in the actress Rachelle Lefevre; (See below)
Likes: Sun, shoes, Bartending, her friends, shopping, business, and sharp dressed men.
Dislikes: losing control, eating breakfast, jail.
Oddities: loves reading self-help books.
Laurie wants to fit in, but knows it’s impossible. Estranged from her family, who fears her, she finds a new one with her equally odd friends Nicki and Rachel. She’s found a sense of normalcy working as a bartender, but she yearns for more, knowing it’s too dangerous. She tells herself she’s happy –but she’s not.
Until the night she encounters a very dangerous Russian, who shows her what she is truly capable of.
Do you like having a clear cut vision of the characters you read? Or something less specific?
There you have it folks, be sure to check out Incandescent!
Until next time,
August 24, 2012
Happy Friday my perky little love monkeys! Did you wrap this week up into a neat little package with a big red bow to prove how much dominance you had over it? You’re flingin’ flangin’ right you did!
Okay so, keeping in the vein of introducing character’s from my upcoming novel, Divinity, let’s take a peek at someone that is pretty important to the story. He’s the head of the house, the direct line to the big wigs at Lebriga, the boss man himself, Mr. Alexander Gaius…
Brought to you by the amazingly beautiful, Mr. Jude Law! *dreamy sigh* Now, as I mentioned, Alexander is the boss. He’s always proper, always in a suit and is that guy that just gets better looking with age.
I think Jude is a perfect fit for Alexander because of that reason. As pretty as he was when he first sauntered onto the movie screen, he’s even better looking now, don’t you think?
He just exudes everything about Alexander, the fact that he is just so pretty to look at is just a bonus 😉
Okie dokie, that’s all I have for you today, stay tuned for Alexander’s theme music for on Monday and as soon as I can share the cover with the world, I promise that you will all get a peeky-poo!
Until next time,
August 17, 2012
Happy Friday my fuzzy little love monkeys! Did you leap on this week and take it down like a lioness going after a gazelle? You’re rip roarin’ right you did!
So, a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Evie and I mentioned her handler and that I’d be telling you more about her later. Well guess what? It’s later!! Today, I have for you, our first handler, Miss Tessa Jean Mayweather.
Brought to you by the lovely, Emily Browning! Now Tess is quite the character. She’s goofy, she’s fun and quirky.
Tess’ job, as Evie’s handler, is to work behind the scenes. She’s the one that gets all the deets on an assignment, she makes sure Evie has what she needs to get the job done. These two have been working together from day one, which works out to be about 112 years. That’s a long ass time!
The hunter and handler bond is one that is tighter than any other bond imaginable, it’s something almost otherworldly and cosmic. As a matter of fact, one basically cannot exist without the other, the connection is that tight.
Alrighty, there you have our first handler! Whatcha think?
Don’t forget, you still have TWO DAYS to enter in the Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop Giveaway for your chance to win an ARC of Divinity AND an ecopy of Cat O’ Nine Tails! Just click this little guy **HERE** and you get not one, not two, but THREE chances to win! You know how I like my threes 🙂
Okay, that’s all I have for you today! Stay tuned for Miss Tessa’s theme music on Monday as well as our giveaway winner! Have a safe and fun weekend my lovelies!
Until next time,
August 10, 2012
Happy Friday my excellent little love monkeys! Did you shove this week out the door like a parent shooing their kids off to the first day of school after a gruelingly long summer? You’re dancing in the street because the kids are back in school right you did!
So yeah, my kids are heading back to school next week and as much as I love those monkeys, you might just hear my cheer of joy from every corner of the world. I still can’t believe the oldest is a senior, the middle kid is starting high school and it’s the twins last year in grade school! What the heck man? Wasn’t I just taking them all to kindergarten? I always used to hear older parents talk about how fast kids grow up and they weren’t kidding! Cherish your babies because the next thing you know they’re taller than you or you’re teaching them how to shave their legs and buying bras.
Okay, let’s move on before I burst into tears because my babies aren’t “babies” anymore, let’s check out the next character in Divinity‘s roster, shall we?
Today we are going to look at our male lead, the hot piece of tasty hunk flesh that no proper romance novel should be without, the guy that could melt you into a puddle of giggling goo with just a wink and a smirk…the delectable Mr. Daniel Summers!
Now Daniel is the new guy in the house. He’s Lebriga’s latest recruit and the powers that be have decided to have seasoned vet, Evie, train him in the ways of hunting demons. Granted, he’s has some training, and comes onto the scene with a cocky swagger and loves getting under Evie’s skin. But ol’ Danny Boy is still pretty green and Evie is all too happy to put him in his place, which she seems to think is on his back, under her boot. However, there is more to these two than trainer and trainee, a bond that goes deeper than either one of them can ever imagine.
Okay, so let me play casting director and cast my dream Daniel! If I had my way, I’d cast the oh-so-tasty, Chris Evans as Daniel.
*dreamy sigh* Do I need to break down the reason why?
I mean, really, on top of being one of the most beautiful examples of male breeding stock, he’s funny! Hot and funny? That’s like the killer combo man! Plus, he looks like this…
Without a shirt on! I, for one, don’t think he should wear a shirt EVER! Do you hear that Mr. Evans?! Shirts are overrated!
*ahem* Anywho, my naughty little love monkeys, that’s all I have for you today, stay tuned to hear Daniel’s theme song on Monday and a very special giveaway opportunity! Ohhhhh yeah! I know you loves you some giveaways!!
Until next time,
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August 6, 2012
Hidy ho my wondrous little love monkeys! Did you have a great weekend? Mine wasn’t too shabby, can’t complain 🙂
So, starting today I’m going to be brightening up your Mondays with some inspirational music from Divinity! What does that mean exactly? Well, it means that this is music that has either inspired a character or a part of the book, a piece of tunage that I would listen to over and over again in a continuous loop whilst writing.
This first piece is what I would listen to when I was trying to get into the head of one of my main characters, one Miss Evelyn Elizabeth Brighton, or Evie as everyone calls her. Since I introduced you to her on Friday’s blog *HERE* I thought you might want to hear what rolls through my head when I’m in her head. Now, this music might be a little on the harsher side for some people, heck it’s a little harsh for me to tell you the honest truth, but it was what I felt screamed Evie, especially when she is at her best and kicking some serious demon tail! She’s not overtly girlie and she’d just assume take a beast’s head off as say hello to it. She is 100%, demon hunting bad-ass and that is what this song says to me. Here is Pretty Handsome Awkward by The Used…
I think what I like best about this is that it grabs you by the short hairs right out of the box and doesn’t let go until the last note, kinda like Evie.
Did you like it? Does it make you want to jump into Evie’s skin and ride the ride with her? I sure hope so! Stay tuned for more blog fun and have a great Monday my darlings!
Until next time,
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