Feed Your Imagination with Fantasy Tour Week 2

Join Champagne authors Rita Bay, Graeme Brown, L.T, Getty, and R.J. Hore in our Feed Your Imagination with Fantasy Book Tour from March 31st through April 25th. Through our tour host, Juniper Grove Book Solutions, we’ll blog, interview, and visit with book lovers across the internet. The schedule for the week is listed below. Our tour central page contains the full schedule and blurbs, excerpts, and buy links for the tour books HERE.

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Our tour sponsor, Champagne Book Group (Champagne Books and Burst Imprints), is offering up five ebooks at the end of the tour. Enter to win at the bottom of the tour central page HERE . I’m offering two ebooks (Into the Lyons Den and Finding Eve) each week in a drawing to readers who comment on my blog (two winners each week). Extra entries (one for each) for following me on Facebook or following my blog .

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Check out where we’ll be this week

Monday, April 14 L.T. Getty’s Guest Post at Sheila Deeth

R.J. Hore’s Guest Post at The Flipside of Julianne

S.M.’s Book Review of Graeme Brown’s The Pact at S.M. Bysh Author

Tuesday, April 15  

CCAM’s Interview of Rita Bay at Mythical Books

L.T. Getty’s Guest Post at The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass

Wed, April 16  

Denise’s Review of Rita Bay’s Finding Eve at Rantings of a Closet Vamp Princess

Jaidis’s Interview of R.J. Hore at Juniper Grove

Thur, April 17  

J. Hooligan’s Review of Graeme Brown’s The Pact at Platypire Reviews

Rita Bay’s Bucket List at Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews

 

Friday, April 18

 

Graeme Brown’s Guest Post & of Rebecca’s Review of The Pact at Spellbindings

 

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Book Review: The Travelers

In 1947, the luxury liner Queen Mary transmits a routine message which is intercepted by an extraterrestrial intelligence. A dying alien world uses the beacon to transport a mother and her two young children to the ship amid flashing electrical lights and a raging storm. James and Jess Bennett, a GI and his British war bride returning to New York are astounded by the apparition of a woman with her two children who gradually assumes corporeal shapes. Jess is drawn to the pathetic woman and accepts her silent entreaty to take her children. As the woman retreats into fog and disappears, the Bennett’s return to their cabin with their children. Despite the biological math being off a bit, the Bennett’s claim the children as their own and raise them on the family farm.

BookFlash forward to the present. Guy Turner, a melancholy black film maker, is tasked with filming a history of the Queen Mary. While the film will be a boost to his career, his personal life has recently fallen into shambles. His girlfriend of many years gave him “the ultimatum.” While he was fine with marriage, the idea of bringing children into the world was intimidating – so much that he allowed the love of his life to leave.

When Guy interviews James and Jess who are now divorced for his film, he never imagined he would be drawn into their lives and another extraterrestrial visit. When the flashing lights and storms appear and decades-old messages are received signaling another visit, his friend, a government employee he’d shared the couple’s strange story with, demands that he become involved in the new visitation.

The Travelers goes beyond fantasy to portray the life journeys of the characters to the limits of anxiety, despair, grief, and joy. A great read that not only entertains but challenges the reader to put him or herself in the shoes of the characters and perhaps examine his/her own priorities in life.

The Travelers is author Keith Wayne McCoy’s debut novel with Champagne Book Group: Burst. The Travelers was a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Click the cover for buy link.

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A Visit to Naughty Author Chicks & Giveaway

Check out my visit to my great friend and fellow author, Casey Crow, whose tagline “Sassy and Southern” is well-earned. I’m giving away one of my steamy Regency historicals at Siren BookStrand, His Obsession. Find the Naughty Author Chicks HERE.
 

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Feed Your Imagination with Fantasy

Join Champagne authors Rita Bay, Graeme Brown, L.T, Getty, and R.J. Hore in our Feed Your Imagination with Fantasy Book Tour from March 31st through April 25th. Through our tour host, Juniper Grove Book Solutions, we’ll blog, interview, and visit with book lovers across the internet. The schedule for the week is listed below. Our tour central page contains the full schedule and blurbs, excerpts, and buy links for the tour books HERE.

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Our tour sponsor, Champagne Book Group (Champagne Books and Burst Imprints), is offering up five ebooks at the end of the tour. Enter to win at the bottom of the tour central page HERE . I’m offering two ebooks (Into the Lyons Den and Finding Eve) each week in a drawing to readers who comment on my blog (two winners each week). Extra entries (one for each) for following me on Facebook Twitter or following my blog .

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Check out where we’ll be this week.

Mon, April 7

Laura’s Review of Rita Bay’s Finding Eve at Trip Down Imagination Road
 

Tuesday, April 8

R.J. Hore’s Guest Post at The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass

Graeme Brown’s Ten’s List at Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews

Wed, April 9 Jaidis’s Interview of Rita Bay at Juniper Grove
 

Thur, April 10

CCAM’s Interview of L.T. Getty at Mythical Books

S.M.’s Review of L.T. Getty’s Tower of Obsidian at S.M. Bysh Author

Friday, April 11

Laura’s Review of Graeme Brown’s The Pact at Trip Down Imagination Road

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Writing Process Blog &Tag

Thank you to Celia Breslin (http://celiabreslin.com/blog/) for the tag. If you haven’t checked out her vampire series – The Tranquilli Bloodline – which begins with Haven, and you’re into vampires, I can promise one of the best reads of the year. it’s available HERE M y answers are a tad complicated, but please read on.

1. What am I working on? I’m a few days from completing the final story in my shapeshifter trilogy, Lyons’ Tales. Tentatively titled The Alpha’s Prey, this hot novella completed the story of the Lyons’ Family. All questions are answered and all conflicts resolved. In the planning stages are the first of a series of erotic mythology novellas, tentatively titled Cupid’s Back in Town.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? As you can see from my books on the left, I’m writing in several genres. So far, I have paranormal (shapeshifter and vampire), historical, contemporary, fantasy, and mythology books published , including M/F and M/M from sweet to erotic romance. I plan to write a space opera later this year, a couple more historicals, and a Christmas Regency story called the Twelfth Night Queen. I like to do a LOT of research and incorporate it into my books. All of my books have a humorous element also. You can click any of the gold icons on the left to read the blurb and excerpt with a buy link.
3 Why do I write what I do? Because I have to? I would be SO bored writing in one genre. I haven’t quite found which genre I like the best. Maybe some day. The only essential elements in my writing is the need for a happily ever after with a bit of humor mixed in.

On short notice, I only have two authors to tag – both paranormal/fantasy authors. Both are well worth the visit this weekend:
Graeme Brown http://www.graemebrownart.com
L.T. Getty http://ltgetty.wordpress.com/
Thank you for visiting. BTW, Graeme, L.T., and I begin a huge multi-author book tour next week with loads of gifts from us and out publisher, Champagne/Burst Books. Join us at any of our webpages.

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DUCHESS IN WAITING (M/F, Erotic Regency Romance) Released Today

It’s not nice to keep a lady waiting. Duchess in Waiting is an erotic Regency romance, a Siren Classic. The scorcher features voyeurism, light consensual BDSM, and support characters (a dominatrix and her lover employed at the local brothel) who try to steal the story, but settle for educating the Duchess. Check out the cover (by Harris Channing), blurb, and buy info below.

CLICK TO READ EXCERPT/BUYLady Ellen Hammond languished for years at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies while her fiancé and guardian, the Duke of Ralston, enjoyed a rake’s life in London. When she must return to England to escape the violence of the Revolution, she decides that the life of a long-suffering duchess-in-waiting is not for her.

Posing as a valet, Devon Townsley, the Duke of Ralston, accompanies Robert Montclair to Paris to rescue Ellen and her English friends. Unprepared to settle down, he wants to discover if his fiancée will make a suitable duchess. He has his doubts when he must rescue her from captivity in a brothel.

Determined to settle her business in London and travel the world, Ellen finds romance and passion with Rob’s aggravating valet, Tobias Stanford. When sparks ignite between the two and burst into a passionate affair, Devon reconsiders his commitment to living a rake’s life. He discovers, however, that his deceit has a high price.

Duchess in Waiting is scheduled for releases today (Tuesday, March 25th). Buy or read an XXcerpt at Siren BookStrand HERE or my Siren BookStrand AUTHOR PAGE that includes all of my stories. Duchess in Waiting is on sale for $4.05 through April 1st.

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Prepublication Announcement for Duchess in Waiting

Click to Read Excerpt/PreorderIt is my pleasure to announce the upcoming publication of Duchess in Waiting, an erotic Regency historical romance from Siren Publishing. Duchess in Waiting is the first novel in the Embracing the Dream trilogy, part of the Montclair Chronicles – my series that chronicles the adventures and misadventures of the noble Montclair family and their friends.  Check out the cover (by Harris Channing), blurb and order info below.

Lady Ellen Hammond languished for years at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies while her fiancé and guardian, the Duke of Ralston, enjoyed a rake’s life in London. When she must return to England to escape the violence of the Revolution, she decides that the life of a long-suffering duchess-in-waiting is not for her.

Posing as a valet, Devon Townsley, the Duke of Ralston, accompanies Robert Montclair to Paris to rescue Ellen and her English friends. Unprepared to settle down, he wants to see if his fiancée will make a suitable duchess. He has his doubts when he must rescue her from captivity in a brothel.

Determined to settle her business in London and travel the world, Ellen finds romance and passion with Rob’s aggravating valet, Tobias Stanford. When sparks ignite between the two and burst into a passionate affair, Devon reconsiders his commitment to living a rake’s life. He discovers, however, that his deceit has a high price.

Duchess in Waiting is a Siren Classic scorcher that features voyeurism, light consensual BDSM, and a lesbian relationship between secondary characters (a dominatrix and a prostitute) from a local brothel. Duchess in Waiting is scheduled for release on Tuesday,  March 25th. It is available for preorder at Siren BookStrand HERE or my Siren BookStrand AUTHOR PAGE that includes all of my stories. Duchess in Waiting is on sale for $4.05 through April 1st. Excerpts to follow.

 

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Love-Struck Blog Hop Winners

Thank you to J.A. Garland for organizing Love-Struck Valentine’s Day Blog Hop  and to J.A. Garland Books and Champagne Book Group for sponsoring the event.

CONGRATS TO THE LOVE STRUCK BLOG HOP WINNERS

postcards2-CoupleGRAND PRIZE WINNER
Lori Daamen Jolly  (Kindle Paperwhite packed with Books)

DAILY WINNERS
Debra Neiman (Valentine’s Headband)
Cathy Lee (box of chocolates)
Daniel M. (15 Amazon GC)

Congrats also to BookLover, the winner of my website prize (Into the Lyon’s Den ebook).

Thanks to everyone for participating. Here’s one more vintage postage card.

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Love-Struck Valentine Day Blog with Vintage Postcards

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Toward the end of the 19th century, many valentines and vintage postcards were humorous.The vintage cards pictured are from my ancestor’s ‘courting cards,’ vintage postcards from circa 1910 that my g-grandmother received from her friends and suitors which were saved by my packrat family.

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Her Teddy Bare, my erotic short from Champagne Book Group’s Carnal Passions imprint, is a humorous BDSM-with-a-chuckle story that has evolved into a series, Cupid’s Back in Business, with the first story, Conquering Cupid, my current work in progress. Check out the blurb for Her Teddy Bare in Champagne’s Carnal Passion’s Aphrodite’s Island Series. Click HERE or cover to buy.

HerTeddyBar88x132“Diana will be his to serve if only he can convince her to play the game.”  After dumping her cheating fiancé, Diana Harper accepts an invitation to attend a private event at Miss A’s island retreat to experience her “most secret dreams and fondest fantasies.” Miss A gives Teddy to Diana as an “attendant.” Despite his best efforts, Teddy isn’t a submissive and the skimpy gold thong is ridiculous on a man his size. Although she’s not a domme, Diana plays his game to see where it leads. When Teddy offers her profound passion, the best sex ever, and the prospect of love, will she take a chance on another broken heart?
Theodore Bareston will do whatever it takes to win Diana’s love, even though “whatever” includes wearing a thong and posing nude in chains when Diana’s interest in her art revives. As the sexual tension builds and passions explode, can Teddy convince Diana that he is the only man for her?

Commenters will be entered to win a copy of Into the Lyons’ Den. Click the Blog Graphic on the left or HERE to return to Blog Hop Central.

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Keith Wayne McCoy Visits An Author’s Desk

I’m pleased to host author Keith Wayne McCoy at An Author’s Desk. Keith’s book, The Travelers, is a new release from BURST, Champagne Book Group’s fantasy/scifi imprint. Check out the blurb and buy links below.

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Thank you Rita for inviting me to post on your popular blog.  My debut novel “The Travelers”, an urban fantasy, was released Monday, February 3, 2014 with Burst.  And on Friday, February 7, 2014, my novella “Castles Burning” was contracted, also with Burst.  A very productive, exhilarating week to say the least.

I’d like to discuss my own approach to writing here and take no offense at those authors who are countered to it.  I went to college in the early 90s and was taught that the proper steps for writing were creating and revising, re-editing, query letters via the post office with SASE, and, of course, rejection letters.  The internet was not prominent at all back then and the idea of submitting query letters electronically was unheard of.  I am amused by the contemplation of my mentors today in the world of Kindle, Nook, and iPad.  Every single publishing house I queried required electronic interaction.  I even signed my contract electronically.  But I personally feel that the electronic approach is superior to the chapters or even the full manuscript.  One editor who requested a manuscript replied via email that “slush piles” are a thing of the past.  The writer still has the harrowing wait but it comes much faster.  I am pleased to be part of the ebook phenomenon.

As for “The Travelers”,  it was completely hand-written on yellow legal pads and revised and revised again before finally being typed in Word.  As Rita Bay can attest, I am emphatically not computer literate.  But I am learning.  I must.  We all must.  The “Big Six” in New York are no longer the only means of becoming published and many, if not most of my friends and family, prefer the electronic editions as they can take them on vacation, to lunch time at work, and the air flight.

I scratch notes of lyrical sentences, dialogue, and plot possibilities on any piece of paper available whether it be a grocery bag, a calculator tape, or even the back of junk mail envelopes.  When the idea hits, write it down immediately as I promise you will not remember it for a later, more convenient time.  I have even woke up in the night with a conversation or scene description in mind and scrambled to the tiny notebook I keep on the nightstand.  So, my author’s desk is everywhere a literary thought comes.  That’s not to say that sitting at a blank computer screen and contemplating what to type first is not a perfectly valid method for writing.  But I want the physical presence of the written word first and foremost.

Sideboard 001I have been a collector of furniture and memorabilia from the 1930s luxury liner Queen Mary since the third grade.  My love (actually compulsion) of writing took hold at the same time as I ferociously wrote tales involving the great liner.  “The Travelers” is a product of that lifetime obsession in the fact that the retired liner permanently docked in Long Beach, California plays a very pivotal role in the plot.  Urban Fantasy intertwines with the liner’s history to form an enigmatic portrayal of the ship’s personality.  (And, believe me, she still has a soul that no other liner possessed, not even the Titanic.  I know because I have vacationed and spent the night aboard her!  She has a quality of alertness that refuses to be ignored.)

Although the novel has fantasy elements, it is essentially a character-study of a World War II GI and his British war bride who have an extraterrestrial encounter with an otherworldly, desperate mother and her two small children.  My college professor read the manuscript before I began querying and told me that if it were a movie, it would be a David Lynch version of the film Ordinary People.  I took this as a compliment.  Thanks again for inviting me, Rita!

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BookIn 1947, the Queen Mary transmits a message which is intercepted by extraterrestrial intelligence. This errant radio signal serves as a beacon for a North Atlantic encounter between James and Jess Bennett, a GI and his war bride, and an otherworldly, desperate mother and her two small children.

In the present day, Guy Turner, a melancholy, black filmmaker, finds himself at the center of a supernatural mystery after a haunting prelude with the now elderly mother in a corridor aboard the retired liner in Long Beach, California. Standing at the edge of eternity, the old woman and the Bennetts have the complex task of setting certain aspects of the past in order as the doors to their lives are closing.

Guy is thrust into an unexpected and unwanted voyage of self-discovery as he is solely enjoined to bring the three together one last time.

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Buy The Travellers HERE or click the cover.

Keith Wayne McCoy

http://www.keithwaynemccoy.com

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