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Monday, December 26, 2011

Best of 2011 Giveaway Hop

Inspired Kathy is hosting another fun giveaway, this one to celebrate our favorite books of 2011. Thanks, Kathy!


The winner gets a $10 Amazon gift card. I've got plenty of recommendations below for how to spend that card--books I consider to be the best of 2011.

To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form. This is my first time trying it, so I hope it works. If you have time, please leave a comment with the title of one of YOUR favorite reads of 2011.


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Jennifer Lane's Favorite Reads of 2011

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. One incredible biography. My REVIEW

Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare. Of the amazing I-Team series, this is my favorite. My REVIEW

Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. Smart and steamy academic romance. My REVIEW

Room by Emma Donoghue. Haunting story told from a 5-year-old boy's perspective. My REVIEW

Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. Excellent romantic suspense. My REVIEW

****SALE**** Did you get a new e-reader for Christmas? Check out Omnific Publishing's sale through 12/31: Buy one ebook and get one FREE! Use the code ebooks2011 HERE.

Make sure to check out all the participating blogs:

2012 Romantic Suspense Challenge

Jamie from The Eclectic Bookshelf is hosting the 2012 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge!

  

Romantic Suspense is my favorite genre as a reader and author. Do you like Romantic Suspense? Join us for the challenge HERE.

I'm going for Level 2: 10 romantic suspense novels in 2012. Happy reading!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Author Hannah Downing: Review and Interview

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing my small-pub-sister Hannah Downing, Australian author of Pieces of Us. I loved her novel as you can tell from my review:

Sharp Yet Well-Rounded Love Triangle

Charlotte Barnes has the perfect marriage. Her husband dotes on her, and she delights in the domestic bliss they've created. There's only one problem. She discovers her beloved husband Cameron has been cheating on her.

Lost and bereft, Charlotte hightails it out of town without giving him the chance to explain. She slowly rebuilds her life, meeting a police officer named Owen. When Charlotte and Owen begin to fall in love, Owen realizes that pieces of Charlotte's heart still belong to Cameron, and suggests they move back to her home town so that she can put her past behind her.

My favorite part of this story is the realism of the characters. Charlotte moves between fury and desperation when coping with the fallout of Cameron's infidelity:

"Get your hand off me or I will stab you in the thigh with this fork," I whispered.


Cameron was like a magnet, and even though my heart was shattered into a million pieces, those broken shards were still drawn to him.

Owen is a TOTAL sweetheart. He has a heart of gold, and their romance is warm and cute:

“What is it?" I asked.
"This is the GIRLS' locker room," Owen said.
"Uh-huh," I replied, not really understanding.
He shook his head slightly and gave me a boyish grin. "Sorry. It's just a teenage fantasy of mine to be in here."
"Ah, and I'm sure in the fantasy there were lots of naked girls."
"Just one," he said huskily.


Yet there are seeds of doubt that creep in:


"I love you," I whispered.
"Love you more," he replied.
Owen often replied to my declarations of love that way, and it made me wonder if it was true. Did he love me more than I loved him?


Will Charlotte marry Owen? Will Cameron worm his way back into her heart, once she gains a better understanding of why he acted the way he did? Stay tuned. I was pleasantly surprised by the twists at the end, leaving me with a satisfied feeling. Hannah Downing has written a story that flows well and is an excellent read. Highly recommended!

And now onto the interview!

Jennifer Lane (JL): Welcome to the blog, Hannah, and happy summer! Please tell us about your home in Australia.

Hannah Downing (HD): Thanks for having me, Jen. I live in the city of Cairns which is in the north-east of Australia in the state of Queensland. We are home to the Great Barrier Reef and several tropical islands as well as some of the most beautiful rainforests in the world. Cairns’ slogan is – “Where the rainforest meets the reef.” It is currently our summer and what a summer it is. This past week we have had our hottest on record for decades. This time of the year, we average days in the mid 30s (80s in Fahrenheit) with about 80-95% humidity. I have lived here for almost 10 years and love it, despite the heat.

JL: I really enjoyed Pieces of Us, your debut novel. You explored a range of emotions and portrayed realistic characters. What helps you with characterization?

HD: What matters to me most about my characters is that they are real. I would hope that people could imagine themselves acting or doing things in a way that my characters do. With my dialogue especially, I try to write what a normal conversation would sound like. Sometimes I have to make slight deviations from real conversation as we don’t always speak in grammatically correct ways, but on the whole I just try to picture them as real people. I imagine what I would do in a situation or ask a friend how they would react if someone said that to them. Another thing that has helped me to create real characters is that they are real to me. I know their personalities and how they react in situations. I know what Charlotte will say when Owen says something, or how Cameron would react to something Charlotte does. I know them. I wouldn’t say they are real people to me, because they live inside my head, but when I write them, they feel real.

JL: I was wondering if your job as a social worker might have contributed to your keen characterization. Would you educate us on the training and occupation of an Australian social worker? (I suspect it's different than in the US).

HD: I think every part of my personality has helped me to create my characters. I put a lot of myself into Pieces of Us and my social worker training is a big part of me, so I would have to agree that it has had some reflection on how I perceive people, relate to people and in turn, write about people. I wanted to be a counsellor from a young age. People have always felt comfortable talking to me and confiding in me and it just felt natural for me to pursue it as a career. I completed a 4 year, Bachelor of Social Work at university which qualified me as a social worker. I believe that in the USA, you have to hold a Masters degree to work as a qualified social worker, but that is not the case in Australia. My current job is that of “Mental Health Worker”. I provide one-on-one counselling to adults who live with mental illness and also facilitate support groups. I also have a very active role in mental health promotion and stigma reduction in the community. I don’t write about mental illness in my debut novel, or the current manuscript I’m working on, but my work has given me a fantastic grounding in the workings of human nature which I think helps me to create realistic characters.

JL: You are correct that you need a master’s degree to be a licensed social worker in the U.S. You're at a crossroads, deciding whether to pursue social work or writing more intensely. How's your decision coming along?

HD: *sigh* It moves and then it stalls again. I’m so torn! My dream is to be a novelist and I am willing to work as hard as I need to, to get that goal but even with all the hard work in the world, not everyone makes it to be a success. It’s a risk to put all my hopes on becoming a successful author. At the same time, I have discovered an opportunity to advance my social work career into a fascinating and rewarding, new direction and I would love to pursue it. I have been offered a place in the Masters of International Community Development which would train me to work in developing nations (something I would love to do). But, anyone who has done post-graduate study will agree with me that it is A LOT of work and to get the high marks that I would hope for, I would have to dedicate a lot of my time and energy to study, leaving little to no time for writing. So, I could give up on the writing and take the safe route – study a Masters, get an amazing job and live overseas while I work (a wonderful option, but not my dream), or I could take the risk and write. My horoscope is Libra (the scales) and I have always weighed all my options very carefully which I think is why I have been so conflicted in this decision. My scales are heavily tipped towards writing at the moment and that is what I am working for right now. I have just completed the 50,000 word writing challenge for NaNoWriMo with almost 70,000 words and have almost finished the first draft of my next novel. I think I’m going to follow my dream, throw caution to the wind and take a chance. I want to be an author!

JL: One of my favorite characters in Pieces of Us is Owen. He's sweet and caring, but he also has a backbone. Any particular inspiration for his character, or for Charlotte or Cameron?

HD: I’m so glad you loved Owen. I love him too. I am a sucker for love triangles and have read a lot of stories based on this idea. I found myself getting frustrated with the love-triangles I was reading though, because there was always one clear winner and one not-quite-as-good guy. I wanted to read a love triangle where both guys deserved to win, and where there was no clear “better choice”. I was also curious about the idea of redemption and whether you could absolutely destroy a loving relationship and then build it back again – was that even possible? Could I get the readers to forgive someone who had wronged the heroine and broken her trust? I wanted to play around with all of these ideas and so Pieces of Us was born. I never set out to write a novel. I had been dabbling with short story writing for a while and loved the feeling of creating a story but never really considered it as a career. Charlotte, Cameron and Owen appeared in my brain one day and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I suppose it started from a stray thought I had about my ex-boyfriend. My first love and I had broken up a few years before I started writing Pieces of Us and I wondered what I would do or say if I happened to bump into him. I had moved on with my life and didn’t want to reconcile, but if he came to me and asked me to get back together, what would I do? I believe that once you truly love someone, a part of that love stays with you forever and I wondered if the love I still held for my ex would be rekindled if he came back into my life, or, if I wouldn’t feel anything after several years apart. So, my mind started creating all the scenarios that could happen and Cameron and Charlotte were created. But, I didn’t want to make things too easy for Cameron and I wanted to play with my idea of an equal love triangle so I brought Owen into the mix. It was really fun writing Owen because I could make him the most amazing, loving and perfect man. Every wonderful attribute I gave to Owen made Cameron’s job just that little bit harder and that was the point. I think I created two men who both loved Charlotte very much and who were both deserving of her. None of the characters in my book are based on any one person but I did take traits that I had seen in people and worked them to either work for my characters or against them as I needed.

JL: What's next for you with your writing?

HD: I’m so excited about what I’m writing at the moment. About a month after Pieces of Us was released for sale, I was sitting on my bed, laptop buzzing, chatting with a friend on Twitter. She asked if I was going to write another book and I said I would if I had a new idea and then, just like some weird dream, the whole plot, characters, titles, fantasy lore, chapter names and every aspect needed to start writing a book series was just in my head. I can’t put into words what a strange sensation it was. One second I had no writing plans and then the next second I had four fully developed novels in my brain just waiting to be written as if someone had turned on a light switch that couldn’t be turned off. I put my laptop aside and grabbed a notebook. I scribbled down as much as I could think of, adding diagrams, timelines, maps and anything else that I didn’t want to forget. I had never written YA before and had never dabbled in fantasy but these characters were so fully formed that it was as if they already existed and just needed me to tell their story. I immediately told the plot of the whole series to my friend and she begged me to write it because she wanted to read it so badly. So, I am now almost finished the first draft of book one in the series. I have fallen madly in love with these characters and the world they live in. Book One is tentatively titled The Time Walker, and will be the first in a four book series about witches who have different powers. Some witches can travel through time; others can read minds, sense auras or cast spells. It’s so fun to play in a world of fantasy and not have to abide by the laws of the real world. There is a love triangle, but not as strongly developed as in Pieces of Us. The love triangle isn’t the main focus of this story but it plays a role in the lives of the characters. Again, I love both of my male leads and I have to keep reminding myself which guy the main character, Holly, is going to end up with because I keep wanting to give the other guy a chance. Once I have finished the draft and have cleaned it up a bit (it’s still very raw), I will post some teasers on my website.

JL: Thank you for the wonderful interview, Hannah. It’s great getting to know you better by reading your novel and your interview answers.

It’s Thursday, time for Omnific Publishing’s Author Blog Bounce! Read instructions here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Embrace Change!

Today I’m a Release Party Guest Host for Cherie Colyer, who’s celebrating the release of her debut Young Adult novel . . . Embrace !

Embrace_launch

Facing change

By Cherie Colyer

When I was getting to know Madison Riley, the main character in my young adult novel Embrace, I discovered she’s a girl who hates change. For her, change has never been good and as familiar as she is with it, she hates everything about it. To Madison, a statement like “your life’s about to change, and there’s nothing you can do about it” is just about the worst news she can receive.

Understanding just how much Madison dreads change made it easy for me to know what obstacles she would have to face and possibly overcome. Being able to relate with her aversion to the whole subject helped me to get inside her head and to share her emotions. In fact, it was this characteristic in particular that became the theme of this party.

If you have a story about embracing change, I’d love to hear it.

I hope you’re enjoying the party. Remember to leave a comment on each stop for a chance to win the grand prize.

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Embrace Launch Party Guest Posts!

Jennifer DeLucy Blog: Writing Embrace - From Idea to Release

Kym's Quips: The Research Behind to Story

Once Upon A *Spark*: Mythology Behind Madison's World

Nicki Elson's Not-So-Deep Thoughts: Bring on the Romance

Jennifer Lane Books Blog: Facing Change

Embrace Launch Party Posts!

Susan Kaye Quinn, Conjuring Tales for Young Minds

Kim Winters, Kat's Eye Journal

Carole, the life of fiction

Mina Burrows, books for paranormal & mystic minds

Joseph Rinaldo, Read Rinaldo

Angela Brown, in a Pursuit of Publishness

Debra Anastasia, Tell me a Story

Colleen Wagner, London Relocation

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Embrace

a novel by Cherie Colyer

clip_image001Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.

AUTHOR INFO

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

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Prizes: To celebrate the release of her debut novel, Cherie is giving away an eCopy of EMBRACE and 5-Embrace Hemp Bracelets today. There are three ways to win:

1) Leave a comment here or at any of the Party Posts.

2) Tweet about the Virtual Party or any of the Party Posts with tag #EMBRACEnovels

Example:

Nothing could have prepared her for what she’s about to discover. #EMBRACEnovels @CherieColyer #YA avail NOW www.cheriecolyer.blogspot.com

Example:

Celebrate the launch of EMBRACE by @CherieColyer #EMBRACEnovels #paranormal #YA avail NOW www.cheriecolyer.blogspot.com

3) Facebook (tag Cherie Colyer, author) about the Virtual Party.

Example:

Celebrate the launch of teen paranormal thriller/romance novel EMBRACE by Cherie Colyer, author and enter for a chance to win Embrace prizes! http://www.cheriecolyer.blogspot.com

Do all three and you will have three times the chances to win! Leave a comment at each stop of the tour for a chance to win the Grand Prize.

If you haven’t already, remember to stop back by Cherie’s blog or click here to fill out the form to ensure your entry is counted.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Top 10 Self-Help Books

Today Lindsey Webster, rehabilitation counselor and owner of the site Masters in Counseling writes about her favorite Self-Help books. I’ve only read a few of these so it’s great to get some recommendations from her. Take it away, Lindsey!

My Top Ten List of Self-Help Books

There are so many self-help books on the market today, rummaging for a good one can be a bit overwhelming. Whether you are currently seeing a counselor on a regular basis or you just need a little inspiration in your life, self-help books are great life improvement tools. If you are currently seeing a counselor, ask them to recommend a book relevant to the issue you are seeking therapy for. In the meantime, here is my personal top ten self-help booklist. The following titles are in no particular order or ranking.

1. “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle: As the title suggests, this theme of this book is mindfulness/consciousness. There is also a full discussion on the ego and how dangerous and destructive it is to true awareness. “A New Earth” is a follow-up to Tolle’s first bestseller, “The Power of Now.”

2. “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch: This is one of the most touching, motivational books ever. The book is actually the text form of a lecture that the author gave in 2007 at Carnegie Mellon University. The topic of the lecture (“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”) was a plea to the audience to live your life to the fullest, as we never know when it will end.

3. “The Four Agreements” by Miguel Angel Ruiz: This book discusses four agreements that we should make with ourselves and others; be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions and always do your best. According to the book, when we keep those agreements, we will create happiness and peace in our lives.


4. “Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life” by Spencer Johnson: In this book, Johnson discusses complacency and the four reactions to change in our lives through a “parable” about two mice and two “little people” searching for cheese.

5. “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler: This book discusses perception and where to look for true happiness. According to the Dalai Lama, once one’s basic survival needs are met, all one needs to do is train their own heart and mind to achieve happiness. It will not come from the outside.

6. “Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment” by Deepak Chopra: This novel delves into the life of Jesus. Walking us through the years of his life, this book aims to explain his path to enlightenment and why this path was (and still is) so profound.

7. “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse: This novel tells the story of an Indian man, Siddhartha, and his journey to spirituality during the time of the Buddha. The novel explains how all your experiences in life (whether good or evil) help lead you to enlightenment.


8. “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by Harold Kushner: This book discusses the misconceptions people have about theodicy and why God allows bad, evil things to happen, especially to “good” people.

9. “The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook” by Edmund J. Bourne: This book is a great supplement to those seeking therapy for all types of anxiety disorders. Included in this book are skills for assessing and treating anxiety, current research and medications and new therapeutic techniques.

10. “The Secret” by Rhona Byrne: This book is based on the law of attraction and explains how you can increase health, happiness and wealth through positive thinking. This “law of attraction” works by attracting people, events and situations of a certain frequency to a person with a similar frequency. Therefore, if you think positively, you will receive positive feedback.

Lindsey Webster has been a rehabilitation counselor for 15 years and also owns the site <ahref=http://www.mastersincounseling.org>Masters in Counseling</a>. She likes to write about different topics related to counseling and careers.

Thank you, Lindsey! I loved When Bad Things Happen to Good People and often recommend it to my clients. And now it’s time for the Author Blog Bounce, hosted by Omnific Publishing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Author Jessica Subject: Beneath the Starry Sky

Today I’m pleased to host author Jessica Subject. I loved her alien romance novella Celestial Seduction, and soon the prequel will join the ranks of published works. Jessica’s here to tell us about Beneath the Starry Sky and a yummy recipe for peanut butter squares. I’m making them tonight for my book club holiday party! Take it away, Jessica.

Away from home at Christmas

Jessica E. Subject

First of all, thank you to Jennifer Lane for allowing me to blog here today! Smile

In two days, my contemporary erotic romance, Beneath the Starry Sky will release, which is a prequel to my debut novella, Celestial Seduction. Tamara, the heroine from BTSS is down in Las Vegas to train at the head office of the pharmaceutical company she works for. One night, she is feeling particularly lonely. Here is her story:

Tamara drummed her fingers on the desk. She’d filled out the form for the 1NightStand service her friend, Leah, had recommended, and needed to decide whether to click send. Having been celibate since her ex-fiancĂ© left her, she could use a good lay. But she wanted more than that. She wanted to find love again.

Impossible.

She groaned, unable to deny the little voice in her head. No one wanted to date a bald woman. But she wanted one night, a night to hide under her newly-ordered wig, to be reminded of the woman she used to be. December reminded her even more of what she no longer had.

With Christmas coming, not only did she miss her friends and family back home in Ottawa, Canada, but also the snow. How could one celebrate the holidays without being bundled up in winter jackets, mitts and toques, travelling from one house to another, drinking hot chocolate mixed with Bailey’s to warm back up? She’d be there, but not soon enough.

At least Carrie, her bff back in Ottawa, had come through for her. She’d actually revealed her secret recipe for her delicious peanut butter squares. If Tamara couldn’t go home before her allotted week off, she could at least enjoy the decadent treats that had become a tradition for years after many holiday shopping excursions with Carrie.

But even with the scrumptious delight, she had no one to share them with. Her hand wavered over the mouse before she finally clicked send. Done. Before she had a chance to think about what she’d just sent out, Tamara left the computer and headed for the kitchen. Peanut butter and chocolate would keep her occupied for now.

Beneath the Starry Sky by Jessica E. Subject

Beneath the Starry Sky Blurb

Left at the altar with bald patches on her head and her self-confidence stripped away, Tamara Johnson must pick up the pieces of her life and face her Alopecia, the autoimmune disease causing her hair to fall out. She is convinced no man will date a bald woman and arranges a one-night stand through Madame Evangeline’s popular service, 1Night Stand. With her new wig held firmly in place, Tamara arrives at the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas for a night of passion and pleasure. Anything more than one night would mean exposing her bald head, and she will never do that to any man again.

Running into the Castillo Hotel, away from the paparazzi constantly at his heels, Josh Summers wants to spend his next few days locked away from the flashing lights and screaming fans. When he finds an incredibly sexy woman lying on his hotel room bed in nothing but lingerie, he thinks management has made a mistake. Leaving her behind, he heads for the lobby to get the situation rectified. But an unexpected text from Madame Evangeline sends him back to his room. Though unsure whether the woman on the bed is really his perfect match or just another fan believing him to be like his character on television, he knows he must find out, even if it means he must risk telling her his own secrets. If Tamara can handle his imperfections, she just might be his ideal woman.

Coming to Decadent Publishing and other ebook retailers December 16, 2011

Buy Links here: http://www.markofthestars.com/wp/?page_id=7250

To learn more about Alopecia Areata and to help find a cure, visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation http://www.naaf.org and the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation http://canaaf.org/

PEANUT BUTTER SQUARE RECIPE

This is a huge tradition in my own household, but I change the amounts a bit and make these into peanut butter cups. Winking smile Enjoy!

Top Layer:

- 2 cups milk chocolate chips

- 1 ½ cups peanut butter

Bottom Layer:

- 1 cup peanut butter

- 1 ½ cups graham wafer crumbs

- 1 ¼ cups icing sugar

- ¾ cups melted margarine

Melt ingredients together for top layer until smooth and creamy. (I use a double boiler.)

Mix bottom layer ingredients together then spread over bottom of square pan.

Spread melted top layer over the bottom.

Refrigerate about an hour.

Enjoy!

Bio:

Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.

Website/Blog: http://www.markofthestars.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jsubject

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-E-Subject-author/205759796126370

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4959083.Jessica_E_Subject

Google +: https://plus.google.com/100079570422204018357/posts

Giveaway

I would like to offer a $5 Amazon.com gift certificate. Winner will be chosen at random from those who leave a comment. Contest will run until December 18th.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thank You for an Awesome Blog Tour!


It's the last day of The Conduct Series Blog Tour. *sniffs* Three stops today include:

Leah from Chick Lit Reviews & News reviews With Good Behavior HERE, interviews me HERE, and hosts a giveaway HERE.

Christy from Love of Books has an excerpt from Bad Behavior HERE.

Wow, what a great blog tour! The kind and wonderful Julie from A Tale of Many Reviews has been such a gracious tour host. Thank you,

J U L I E !

Be sure to visit Julie's wrap up post, featuring my dream cast for The Conduct Series, HERE.

The grand prize winner will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (sorry for the confusion when some blogs have said $20 but it will be $25).

Happy reading!



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Next Stops on the Blog Tour!

Choo Choo! The Conduct Series train is rolling into four stops today. Please stop by and enter the giveaways!

Jamie from The Eclectic Bookshelf gives With Good Behavior a 5 star review HERE.

Brianna from The Book Vixen has an excerpt of Sophie and Grant meeting outside their PO's office HERE.

BookWhore from Bookwhore Blog (LOL) reviews With Good Behavior HERE.

Finally, Syrah from Chick Lit & Wine reviews Bad Behavior HERE. I loved her review of the first book in the series and can't wait to see what wine she's pairing with the second book!


And now it's time for the Author Blog Bounce. Authors, join in. Readers, bounce over to author blogs to learn more about new books. Read more on the Omnific Publishing Blog.

Blog Tour Disco

Getting some awesome reviews of With Good Behavior! *dances*

Check 'em out and enter giveaways at each site:

Laurielu at Bona Fide Reflections says "Emotion grips you for the entire length of the story" in her 4 1/2 star review HERE.

Nimue at Endlessly Bookish says "With Good Behavior is a fast-paced, action-rich and heart-wrenching romance with adorable main characters" in her review HERE.

Katie at Novel Society says "I would definitely recommend reading this. It was interesting and the flashbacks explain why the characters are the way they are" in her review HERE.

Finally, Megan from A Trail of Books Left Behind gave WGB a 5 star review last year, and interviews me HERE.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Blog Tour Boogie

I'm basking in blogger love this book tour. Today my books get to visit three shiny blogs!

1) Shannon from Cocktails and Books has been one busy reader, offering up a review of not only With Good Behavior, but Bad Behavior too! Click HERE. I love her comment, "This is one hell of a series." Now that she's all caught up, I have to get cracking on writing the third novel in the series, On Best Behavior.

2) Megan from Reading Away the Days interviews me HERE.

3) Jess from The Romanceaholic delivers a very thoughtful 4 star review of With Good Behavior HERE. Thanks, Jess!

Make sure you enter the GIVEAWAY at each stop. If you comment at all the stops, you're eligible to win a $25 gift card.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Blog Tour's Rolling!

My books--my babies--continue traveling around the world, stopping for a visit at welcoming and friendly blogs.

Today's Conduct Series tour has FOUR stops! My little babies will be tired but happy after today's adventures. Every stop has a giveaway! Please join With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior as they travel to these destinations:

1) A Buckeye Girl Reads reviews With Good Behavior HERE. (Hooray for a fellow Buckeye! We're both in Ohio.)

2) Jen from LR At Random reviews With Good Behavior as well HERE.

3) Darcia Helle, Author, features a guest post from me about empathy and characterization on her blog Quiet Fury Books HERE. Earlier Darcia gave With Good Behavior a 5 star review!

4) Smash Attack Reads gives a fantastic review of Bad Behavior HERE. And scroll down for a chat Smash and I had about how our training in mental health has influenced our reading and writing.

I feel really blessed to have these lovely bloggers take time to read and review my books. Thank you!

Visiting Smash Attacks!

A great benefit of becoming an author is meeting voracious readers committed to spreading the word about their favorite books---a.k.a. BOOK BLOGGERS!

One blogger I've had the pleasure of knowing is Smash from Smash Attacks Reads. Since I'm a psychologist and author, I call myself a psycho author. Well, Smash is a social worker and book blogger, making her a social bookie? (You'll have to help me with this one, Smash). She is certainly extroverted and friendly, and it's been so fun to discuss psychological aspects of books with her.

Tomorrow Smash will review Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2), featuring many therapy scenes. But today Smash and I chat on her blog about emotions, characterization, crying men, and maybe even the horrid baby name Renesmee.

Check it out HERE.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Top 10 with Twimom

Today's blog tour stop is at Mandy's blog Twimom 101. She asks me my top 10 favorite things, and I learned from her that Titanic (my favorite movie) will be re-released in April of 2012, yahoooooo!

Stop by to enter the giveaway.
 


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