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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Massive Valentine Author Giveaway #KindleFire #Ebook #Romance


Valentine's GIVEAWAY!!!

A number of authors have created an amazing giveaway opportunity for you. 

There are many great prizes and Marissa Dobson donated the grand prize, a Kindle Fire. Be sure to visit and like some of the amazing authors who have joined. 

Below you will find at least one way to enter from each author. Good luck. Some of the amazing prizes are:
  1. Kindle Fire from Marissa Dobson
  2. Ebook Over the Ivy Wall by Rosa Sophia
  3. Ebook Meet Me in the Garden by Rosa Sophia
  4. Ebook When It's Least Expected by Heather Van Fleet
  5. 2 Ebooks of A Valentine's Surprise by Melanie James
  6. 2 audio books of A Valentine's Surprise by Melanie James
  7. Ebook Hers to Bear by Tamara Hoffa
  8. Ebook Crazy In Love by Casey Bond
  9. Ebook of Sin, The Complete Collection by Casey Bond
  10. Ebook winners choice from Beverly Ovalle
  11. Ebook Blocked by Jennifer Lane
  12. A signed rack card and winner's choice of any of my ebooks by E.L.R. Jones
  13. Ebook A Mother's Burden by Ellie Keys
  14. Ebook Redefining Me by Ellie Keys
  15. Ebook copy of Revenge by Dana Delamar
  16. $14 Amazon giftcard from Donna Michaels
  17. Ebook Prince of Punk Rock by Jenna Galicki
  18. 3 Ebook copies of Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack
  19. Ebook of Revival by M.K. Gilher
  20. Paperback of CryWolf by Karen Fuller
  21. Paperback of Cover to Cover by Alexandrea Weis
  22. Paperback of Dylan by Kathi S Barton
  23. Paperback copy of To Save a Mate by Krystal Shannon
  24. Lakeshore Evil Series Set by KC Harper
  25. 2 Ebook copies of It's love by KC Harper
  26. 2 Ebook copies of Sweet something by KC Harper
  27. Ebook Wesson Rebels Book set by Shyla Colt
  28. Signed swag from Chloe Barlow
  29. Ebook Corrupted by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  30. Ebook Warped by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  31. Ebook Avowed by Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townsend
  32. $25 Amazon or American Express GC from K.E. Saxon
  33. Ebook A Stranger's Kiss by K.E. Saxon
  34. Ebook Highland Vengeance by K.E Saxon
  35. $5 Amazon gift card from Louisa Bacio
  36. Ebook winners choice from Nicole Garcia
  37. 3 Ebooks from Lacey Wolfe
  38. 2 ebook copies of Deadly Obsessive by Kristine Cayne
  39. $5 Amazon gift card from Cynthia St. Aubin
  40. Backlist ebook from Lucy Felthouse
  41. Love is Never Past Tense Trilogy by Janna Yeshanova
  42. Love is Never Past Tense by Janna Yeshanova
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Montana Marijuana, Microaggressions, and Manuscripts #IWSG


Happy Insecure Writers Support Group, started by Alex J Cavanaugh!



I'm in Montana for a psychology conference. learning some cool things. Too bad I dislike skiing because we have major snow in Big Sky.


But I've had a blast chatting with friends and learning stuff! The best presentation so far has been about MARIJUANA. As a psychologist who has witnessed the sadness of addiction, I was against legalization before the presentation. Now I'm totally against it.


While you might think this brownie, candy, and beverage are for the munchies after you toke it up, these "edibles" are actually how THC is administered these days. One gummy bear has 4 servings of high potency THC. They're marketing to kids by infusing candy and drinks with THC.

And, this isn't your grandparent's pot, your parents' pot, or even your pot. In 1960 THC was .2% concentration. Now it's 12%. Since it's been commercialized in Colorado, the lobbyists and marketing machine has created products with 36% THC which have zero resemblance to the natural hemp plant. (The CBD percentage has stayed the same, rendering today's marijuana as less medicinal.) One 19 year old Wyoming student went to Colorado, had never had pot before, ate a cookie with high potency THC, had a psychotic break, and jumped out a window to his death.

Whatever your beliefs, decriminalization is not the same as legalization. The change in law is all about making money and not about decriminalization or health at all. Using marijuana before the age of 18 really increases risk of addiction and cognitive deficits: one study in New Zealand found an EIGHT point drop in IQ from using marijuana 5 times a week.

What are your thoughts about marijuana?

Another great presentation was on MICROAGGRESSIONS, or unintended discrimination. We all make comments, often without our awareness, that may be hurtful. For example, a heterosexual person may tell a homosexual person "I don't care what you do, just don't flaunt your sexuality." That comment may be hurtful by implying a gay person is hyper-sexual or some other such stereotype. Should we tell a heterosexual couple to stop kissing and "flaunting their heterosexuality"?

This video highlights some micro aggressions:



Finally, how's your writing coming along? I was about 20K words into a romantic suspense when I realized I was itching to write book two in my college volleyball romance series, so I just started that MANUSCRIPT. I'm titling it Aced for now.

I think I'll put my romantic suspense Twin Sacrifice aside though I kind of miss it. Anyone write two books at once? I've never tried before.

My critique partner Nicki Elson's awesome rom-com VIBRIZZIO is available for pre-order! You will love this story and it's only $.99.

Write on, my fellow crusaders!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Release: Four Somethings & A Sixpence by @RumerHaven


FOUR SOMETHINGS & A SIXPENCE
by Rumer Haven
Adult Contemporary Romance
Available February 3, 2015 
from Battered Suitcase Press
(an imprint of Vagabondage Press)

SUMMARY: One wedding. Six participants. Be they sitting in the pews or standing at the altar, bearing witness in person or only in spirit, each of them knows something about the unsmiling bride. Go ahead—offer them a sixpence for their thoughts, and they'll make you these vows:
  • One would love to declare this woman his “awfully wedded wife.”
  • One fears what she already has and will have to hold—if not from this day forward, then soon.
  • One takes her to be richer, not poorer.
  • One is better for what she told him this morning, worse for betraying a friend to get to this point.
  • One worries whether today finds her in sickness or in health.
  • And only one already knows that not even in death will they part.
Whether they speak now or forever hold their peace, they all give the bride a little something she didn’t register for. One wedding. Six participants. With romance, resentment, faith, fear, mystery, and the mystical, Four Somethings & A Sixpence is a loaded yet light read just in time for Valentine's Day! 

Add it to Goodreads
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and batteredsuitcasepress.com

RAFFLECOPTER: In celebration, Rumer is giving away 4 free ebooks of this 9,000-word novelette, and a lucky 5th winner will receive the ebook PLUS an authentic silver sixpence coin struck by the Royal Mint in London! RSVP at the Rafflecopter for your chance to win (runs from 2/3 - 2/14). 

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AUTHOR BIO: 
Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching something on Netflix. A former teacher hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband. She made her authorial debut in 2014 with the novel Seven for a Secret, where historical fiction meets contemporary rom-com. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and paranormal, which inspires her writing to explore dimensions of time, love, and the soul.

Author Links: 
Website: http://www.rumerhaven.com 
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8379833.Rumer_Haven  
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rumer-Haven/e/B00MU2NXXW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RumerHaven (@RumerHaven) 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rumerhaven
 


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