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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Monday, September 30, 2013

Are You Ready for Some Smackdown?


It's time for the Men of Omnific Ultimate Book Boyfriend Smackdown, hosted by Love Between the Sheets!

And I'm in a smashmouth state of mind after watching football all weekend. The Buckeyes won (yay!) but the Bengals lost (boo). I hope my guys are more nut than tiger this smackdown.

My book heroes are up against some stiff *giggles* competition. Lucky for me, I have two awesome blogs on my side!

First up, in the east corner, at 6'1", 170 lbs, 18-year-old LEO SCOTT from Streamline


SCHMEXY GIRL BOOK BLOG sponsors this hunky swimmer in the "Brooding and Broken" division.

Leo specializes in sprint freestyle, a strong desire to please, and underwater kisses.

He needs YOUR vote!




Next up, in the west corner, at 6'2", 190 lbs., 30-year-old GRANT MADSEN from The Conduct Series. 


The dirty girls from A DIRTY BOOK AFFAIR sponsor this convict in the "Swoony and Sensitive" division.

Grant's a former Navy lieutenant on parole for a robbery his Mafia family forced him to commit.

He's a beta hero with crystal blue eyes who just tries to do the right thing. I sure don't make that easy for him!



See the post below to enter to win Grant's latest adventures in The Conduct Series.




So what do YOU get for voting? Well, for starters, SWAG! Check it out. You can also enter to win an awesome GIFT CARD! And ebooks.

Please scurry HERE to vote for Leo and Grant. Thank you, ma'am.

Friday, September 27, 2013

AToMR Book Blast for On Best Behavior


With the release of On Best Behavior, the Conduct Series is complete!

Thank you to Julie at AToMR and Traci from Omnific Publishing for blasting together a book blast for On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3). Their conduct is exemplary.

Win two signed print copies of On Best Behavior and TEN ebooks from the entire series!

Here's the tour schedule. Please visit these GOOD bloggers to read excerpts and enter the giveaway. They're the best.


September 23
Swept Away by Romance BLOG (Review)


September 24 (Release Day)
A Diary of a Book Addict BLOG
Wild Wordy Women BLOG
The Hedonistic Minimalist BLOG
Martini Times Romance BLOG
Deea's Book BLOG
Anny's Book BLOG
Book Drunk BLOG
Rose & Beps Book BLOG

September 25
A Trail of Books Left Behind BLOG

September 26
Sweet Spot Book BLOG

September 27
RoloPolo Book BLOG
In Between the Pages BLOG
Bookshelf Confessions BLOG

September 28
Funinmental BLOG

September 29
Frein Writes BLOG

September 30
Book Nerds Anonymous BLOG
Rumpled Sheets BLOG
Cocktails and Books BLOG
Everything Marie BLOG

October 1
The Reading Cafe BLOG
Pink Fluffy Heart BLOG
I Heart YA Books BLOG

October 5
Novel Lasses BLOG

Monday, September 23, 2013

On Best Behavior LAUNCH


The release of On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3) is HERE!



Julie from AToMR Tours hosts the book blast, and today's stop is at Swept Away by Romance. Karla writes an awesome review, and there's a giveaway of the entire series.




Here's the video trailer of On Best Behavior:



Planning a wedding is never easy—especially when the Russian Mafia wants you dead.

On Best Behavior—the third and final book in The Conduct Series—finds our favorite couple moving forward, despite the odds. Following a pardon by the Governor of Illinois, ex-cons Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen are finally free to pursue their love and the life that lies ahead for them. Grant now fights the forces that have hurt his loved ones by working undercover for the FBI, and he has infiltrated the Russian Mafia in Chicago. Sophie dives into swimming with Grant’s nephew, Ben, and into her career as a psychology professor. Thankfully, now it’s Ben’s turn to heal through therapy sessions with Dr. Hunter Hayes.

With so many things going right for Grant and Sophie, it's too bad the Russians aren’t their only threat. When Grant’s father, Enzo Barberi, discovers his own son thwarted his plan to break out of prison, his overdeveloped sense of vengeance flares to life. As Sophie scrambles to save her fiancé, it's impossible to say who will kill Grant first—the Russians or his Italian family. Can love triumph over evil? Are hard work and a pledge to be on best behavior ever enough?

Once again, author Jennifer Lane brings a harrowing tale of romantic suspense with a psychological twist, and it's sure to leave readers breathless.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Deleted Scene: On Best Behavior

Only four more days until release day of On Best Behavior! It's exciting to finish my first series.



Earlier I posted the first part of a scene that we cut in the editing process. Here's part two of Sophie and Grant in the church, planning their wedding:


“You know what I was thinking about during our little moment of silence?” Grant asked.

Sophie shook her head.

“Well, I imagined you in your wedding dress, at the end of the aisle.” He gestured toward the altar. “I’m standing right there waiting for you, fidgeting with the flower on my lapel, and when I see you, you look so stunning. Radiant and exquisite.”

She glanced at the entrance of the sanctuary and then back at him. “Mmm, I can see it too. You’re standing by Pastor Tom, looking so McSailoricious in a tux. I want to tear down the aisle, run into your arms.”

He continued the little fantasy. “You try to run, but…your father, he slows you down. He walks you to me—” he flinched as if watching a horror flick “—but then he won’t let you go. You tug on his arm, try to get away, but he’s got a vice grip on you, and he’s glaring at me—”

“Nooo!” she cried, playfully pushing against his chest. “You’re cursing us. That could really happen, you know.”

Grant clasped her wrists and leaned in. “I won’t let that happen, Bonnie, even if I have to wrestle you away from your father.”

“Good, don’t freak me out like that.”

He drew her hand up to his lips and planted a kiss on her knuckles.

Sophie gazed off in the distance, remembering what she’d read in one of her textbooks about the symbolism of the father giving the daughter away at a wedding. When the bride moved from her father to her husband, she transferred her allegiance from her family to her husband. In successful marriages, the wife had to put her husband first, ahead of her family, and the husband had to put the wife first too. If a conflict erupted between the spouse and the family, the spouse’s needs won in a healthy marriage.

When Sophie explained the symbolism to Grant, he said, “Interesting. I thought it was more like the father saying ‘Take her off my hands, please.’”

Her mouth popped open with umbrage.

He smiled. “Seriously, I do like that explanation from your psychology book.”

“Of course you do,” she replied with a grin, “’cause that means I’ll be yours.”

He leaned in, brushing his lips on her neck, sweeping soft kisses up her chin and jaw until his lips landed on hers. Their kiss was sweet and gentle, and she gazed into his glittering eyes.

“I’ll tell you a secret, Grant. We don’t need a wedding ceremony for me to transfer my allegiance—I already belong to you.”

“And I to you, Sophie.”


Enter to WIN a print copy of On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3) HERE.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Author Dawn Pendleton!



It's wonderful to have Dawn Pendleton on the blog today. She has organized the New Adult Authors Fall Promo and I truly appreciate all her hard work.

Dawn Pendleton is a new adult author currently residing in New England with her husband and their pup, though she has immediate plans to move to Georgia and promptly become a Southern Belle. When she isn't staring at a blank page, willing the words to jump from her head to the screen, she's usually playing on her iPhone, reading a book, or taking pictures with her fancy camera (which she has no idea how to use).

Her newest release, the first novella in the Best Friends Forever Series, was an idea that occurred to her back in February, when she first started writing. She wasn't at a place where she could write them, though, so she started her Broken Series, instead. Through this past Summer, the BFF series emerged in her head, taking more space until she finally had to let them out. Liar, Liar, the first episode in the series, released this past Tuesday and is free on all retailers except Amazon.

Liar, Liar

Isn't this cover adorable? :-)


Hazel is a freshman at Coastal Carolina and looking forward to making new friends. When she meets Roman, she’s head over heels for him. There’s one problem, though: he’s still hung up on Hazel’s roommate, Cheyanne. But Cheyanne has a secret, one that has the potential to ruin her life in college. When Hazel learns the secret, she’s determined to use it against Cheyanne to win over Roman. She never imagines her plan could backfire, leaving her as a pariah among her new circle of friends.

    The BFF series follows the lives of new adults, Hazel, Miranda, Cheyanne, Destiny, Audric, Nolan, Andre, and Roman. Follow their stories as the first season of novellas are released once a week from September to March.



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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CassaStorm by Alex Cavanaugh--New Release!

Congratulations to Alex J Cavanaugh on the release of the series finale: CassaStorm!

CassaStorm
By Alex J Cavanaugh




From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorm is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse 

“…mesmerizing story of survival, personal sacrifice, tolerance, and compassion. It’s a rare jewel that successfully utilizes both character and plot to tell a story of such immense scope and intimate passion…” - Nancy S. Thompson, author of The Mistaken

"An exciting, nail-biting read which sweeps the reader off on adventures in another galaxy." 
- Nicua Shamira, Terraverum
$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

And here's the special question I asked Alex: How does the feeling of accomplishment from finishing a series compare to other achievements in your life?

His answer: Most of my accomplishments were goals I set out to achieve. Completing a series of three books has me in total awe, because I never thought I’d go past one book. Never thought I’d play guitar in a band either, so what do I know?


Comment on Alex’s blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug, mousepad, magnet, and swag!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

On Best Behavior Deleted Scene

On Best Behavior releases in one week: September 24, 2013!


Make sure you enter the Goodreads giveaway *points to the right*

My awesome editor Jessica Royer Ocken always helps me tighten the story, which included deleting this scene from the first chapter. Sophie and Grant have stopped by the church to plan their nuptials. I'll be back with part two of the scene on Friday. Enjoy!


Tom smiled. “You two already act like a married couple, so I’m sure you’ll be just fine. Stop by and talk to Betty on the way out. You can check the calendar for this summer, and schedule our next meeting.”

“Thank you, Pastor Tom.” Sophie stood.

Grant followed suit. “Thank you, sir.”

Ten minutes later they headed out of the church. When they passed by the sanctuary, Sophie halted. “Let’s take a peek.”

Grant followed her into the spacious rectangular hall with vaulted ceilings. Morning light streamed in through the long windows lining the walls, illuminating the beige paint and pine wood accents, lending a surprising brightness on a cloudy winter day. The décor was nowhere near as ornate as that of Grant’s church, but the tasteful restraint still showed off the wealth of the Gold Coast, where her father lived.

Though they were alone, they treaded lightly to one of the pews and slid in, facing the altar.

“So this is where we’ll be on June eighteenth,” Grant whispered, looking all around him.

Sophie nodded, whispering back “Have you ever been in a Methodist church before?”

Grant paused. “I don’t think so, but I’ve been in a non-denominational chapel.”

“Where?”

He looked down. “Gurnee.”

“Oh.” Her right hand slid under his left hand, palm up, intertwining their fingers. She couldn’t imagine living in prison for over two years. One year for her had been awful enough.

He glanced around him. “It’s pretty here. Peaceful.”

“Yes. It’s a very spiritual place here, I think. My favorite part of the service is the moment of silence.”

On cue, Grant fell silent. Sophie also drew quiet, noticing her breathing and the soft tick of a clock behind her in the narthex. She felt warmth in her chest—a wellspring of emotion.

When Grant turned to her and found tears gliding down her cheek, his smile vanished. “This is too hard for you. Let’s get married at the courthouse.”

She gave a quick shake of her head as she sniffed. “No, I want to get married here.” She smiled through her tears. “I’m not crying because of grief. I cry all the time here, even before my mother died. It’s like…it’s like I can feel God’s love pouring into my heart when I’m here.” She aimed a sheepish look in his direction. “I…it’s silly.”

“It’s not silly. You feel things deeply—that’s one thing I love about you.”

“Really?” Somehow he always made her feel better about herself. “I remember the first week of my psychology internship at the VA. I had this older supervisor who was really intimidating. She was the director of the program, and she was quite stern. She was asking me questions about my client, and I didn’t know the answers, and I felt really stupid, and I, I started crying. I was so mortified, but she told me it was a good thing I was so emotional because it would help me do my job better. It would help me be a better therapist.” Sophie smiled. “She was my favorite supervisor after that.”

“She’s a smart woman,” Grant said.

Sophie turned to him, and her eyes welled up with tears again. Her voice trembled. “The reason I cried during the silence…I was thanking God for bringing you to me. I’ve been waiting a long time for you to come into my life, McSailor.”

He immediately extended his long arms, scooping her into a warm embrace, cradling her against his chest and rubbing soothing circles on her back. “You’re not the only one grateful to God. I’m so thankful we’re together.”

“And that’s why I’m so scared about this FBI thing,” Sophie added. “I’ve found you, and I don’t want to lose you.”

“I feel the same way.” Grant straightened and looked into her eyes. “Listen, I hear your concerns. I do. I just have to pursue this for now. When you come down that aisle on June eighteenth, I want an honorable man waiting for you—not some Mafiosi.”

“But I already have an honorable man.”

He frowned. “I’m sorry, I just don’t feel that way. I don’t know if working with the FBI will change things, but I’m hoping it will.”

She took a deep breath, sensing this was one of those unsolvable problems between them that Hunter had mentioned. It didn’t seem right to argue while sitting in the pew. “Okay, I disagree with you on that…but I’ll try to get on board.”

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Adult Fall Promo: Dawna Raver!

 
 
 
Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Color Wielders, book one of the Heirs of the Magykal Realm series, is her debut novel. When she's not spending tim ein her fantasy world, Dawn loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.
    Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.
 
   
    Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her bithday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life. 

    Arik Morgaine - Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm - tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers.

    Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?
 
 
    To enter the rafflecopter giveaway, go to each blog and enter the special code from each blog into the correct blog space on the Rafflecopter.
 
This is Blog #19 and the code is DAWNAJENNIFER
 
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Oh Sexy Boyyyyfriend! #OmniBookBoyfriend


Who's ready for some smack down?



We are! We naughty ladies of Omnific Publishing toss our men into the ring to duke it out, mano a mano, muscle to muscle . . . and may the best book hero win.

Each author submits a photo representing her book hero, and readers vote for their favorites. There will be giveaways of ebooks, swag, and an Amazon gift card!

Love Between the Sheets will host the brackets for ultimate book boyfriend starting September 30.


So who are my contenders? 

My shy book heroes have hung back, scoping the competition, but now they're ready to reveal themselves.

No, my book boyfriend is not Long Duck Dong.


(Though he IS quite charming)


Allow me to introduce LEO SCOTT from Streamline:


Leo sends my mind straight to the gutter (the swimming pool gutter). He'll conquer all book boyfriends in a pushup contest, and his sincere striving will break your heart.

And now the hero of The Conduct Series, GRANT MADSEN:


In With Good Behavior (#1 now only $.99) Grant shows he's a good man taken down by his bad family. Now that he's on parole, will they force him back into prison?

In Bad Behavior (#2) Grant battles demons from his past, with the help of his girlfriend Sophie and his psychologist Hunter.

In On Best Behavior (#3 launches 9-24-13) Grant finds that planning a wedding is never easy, especially when mobsters want you dead.

Enter to win a print copy of On Best Behavior HERE.

See the video trailer of On Best Behavior HERE.

Bring it, book boyfriends! My men will crush you little boys. 

We hope you join us for the trash talk, voting, giveaways, and mayhem on September 30th!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Adult Author Jade Eby




Once upon a time, there was a little girl who fell in love with books. Then she grew up to write her own.

Jade has participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) six times and enjoys copious amounts of coffee. When she's not writing, she enjoys trashy reality T.V. and reading everything she can get her hands on.

Mommy to two dogs and two naughty kitties, she feels like she might be on her way to having a zoo. You can find her on almost every social networking site that aids in her procrastination.










Nothing stays hidden forever.

Kara Pierce has held onto the same dream since she was a little girl: to be the next Katie Couric.

Vince Gage, a budding filmmaker whose I-don't-give-a-shit attitude cancels out his char,. almost ruined it for her once, and now he's back, threatening to do it again.

When the two of them are paired together for a college competition with a $20,000 prize, the only thing they agree on is winning.

They return to Iowa where Kara grew up to research her grandfather's service in World War II, instead they find themselves in the middle of a family scandal kept quiet for far too long.

As Kara and Vince investigate the scandal deeper, they realize the price of uncovering the truth is so much more than they bargained for.

To enter the giveaway, please enter the following code in the correct space (Blog #19) on the Rafflecopter: JADEJENN


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#IWSG: Critique Partners

Congratulations, Alex Cavanaugh! Your brainchild Insecure Writers Support Group celebrates its two year anniversary today, and I'm happy to be part of the group.


Today I want to discuss critique partners, and I have many questions for you. Do you have a critique partner? Several? How does it work for you? (What's the structure? Has it helped you? What do you wish you'd known when you started?)

A good friend and I agreed to be critique partners, and I want to learn from the collective wisdom of this group about how to make this relationship work best.

When I started writing, I posted stories online, and the feedback made me eager to get the next chapter out there. Now that I'm writing novels, my motivation has waned. I'm hoping that having an encouraging friend waiting for the next chapter will help inspire me to write more frequently.

~*~

In other news, my next novel On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3) launches 9-24-13. In celebration, my publisher slashed the price of the first novel in the romantic suspense series to only $.99. 

If you have a moment, would you be willing to help spread the word by tweeting one of these?

Win a print copy of ON BEST BEHAVIOR by @JenLaneBooks -- romantic suspense with a psychological twist. http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/63573-on-best-behavior

They found love in a hopeless place. WITH GOOD BEHAVIOR by @JenLaneBooks only $.99! #romance http://www.amazon.com/With-Good-Behavior-ebook/dp/B003VU00QU/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Thanks for your support and here's to a wonderful September.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September is for SEQUELS Giveaway Hop

Thanks to Lisa Loves Literature and Kathy I Am A Reader for hosting this hop celebrating SEQUELS.



Are you a huge series fan like me? I love when subsequent books are even better than the first book in the series. Here are some of my favorite sequels:

Unlawful Contact (the I-Team #3) by Pamela Clare. An escaped convict who kidnaps his high school girlfriend to save his sister's life? Awesome plot and swoon-worthy hero.

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward. I'm not a vampire fangurl but I do love a wounded hero like Zsadist.

And the sequel I can't WAIT to read is Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover. Hopeless was brilliant and I want to read Holder's POV.


I have a sequel of my own launching 9-24-13: On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3). I want YOU to win the Advanced Reader Copy!

With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) starts the mayhem of a convict love story, and I'm also giving away its sequel Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2).

To enter, complete this Rafflecopter form:

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Now hop on over to these kickbutt blogs and check out their sequels:

 


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