Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Max is baaaack! LIFE AFTER DEATH by Sharon Saracino



She's baaackkk! Max Logan returns...Happy New Year!
 
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Publisher: WhiskeyCreek Press
Release Date: January 1, 2014

Click to check out LIFE AFTER DEATH!
 
 
 
Maxine Logan made her initial debut in Death Benefits. She has a dry, edgy sense of humor that I grew to love and I can't wait to read more about her in Sharon Saracino's newest release, LIFE AFTER DEATH.
 
To help Sharon celebrate Max's return I've asked her to share the blurb and excerpt!
 
Life After Death:
 
After artfully arbitrating her return from the dead, Max Logan considers her experience with the afterlife a thing of the past. But Max's success as a temporary Superintendent of Spiritual Impediment was no accident as she discovers when the permanent SSI shows up in the middle of the night to reveal that Max has a genetic predisposition to a supernatural calling. When Max's ex-husband and current boyfriend, Roger-the-Proctologist is lost in a plane crash due to an inept Reaper gone rogue, Max has no choice but to venture back into the sweet hereafter in an attempt to rescue him. Throw in a freak blizzard, a hot Grim Reaper, and the last person on Earth Max would choose to save, and Max will be lucky to escape before her time runs out and she becomes a permanent resident of the Between.

Excerpt:

     The annoying luminosity I'd mistaken for the early afternoon sunlight was, in fact coming from Alicia who, when the mood struck her, could glow like a radioactive Christmas tree. On steroids. I hadn't seen or heard from her since that happy day months ago when I'd been relieved of my duties as SSI. It was a temporary position I'd been obligated to assume to regain my status among the living after my untimely Death in Error (D.I.E) caused by an overeager Grim Reaper in Training (G.R.I.T.). Turns out the bureaucrats in the afterlife are quite enamored with acronyms. Who knew? Anyway, I hadn't seen Alicia in all this time, and frankly, I hadn't exactly been complaining. Not that I had anything against Alicia personally, it was only that I preferred to relegate that period of my life -- or death, depending on how I chose to look at it on any given day -- to the been-there-done-that file. I mean, c'mon, wouldn't you? I'd never shared my life after death after life experience with anyone; not even Roger. First of all, even I wasn't completely convinced the entire episode was real after the fact. In the first place, my black Italian marble shower with the Chastings Corque Corian Square Ceiling Mount Showerhead and I came together quite dramatically in a completely involuntary manner that cracked my skull hard enough to scramble my brain into a convincing three-dimensional hallucination that could be misinterpreted as a near death experience. Secondly, who in their right mind would believe me? Sure, I'd emerged from the experience a kinder and gentler Max Logan, filled with insight and forgiveness, ready to own up to my own part in the misery that had become my everyday existence, but those who knew me best were far more likely to attribute it to a temporary psychotic break than any supernatural intervention.
     "Alicia, I'm going back to sleep for at least the next five hours. I'm returning to the place where I'm always thin, never run out of money, and am sitting on a private beach with hot cabana boys who bring me exotic cocktails with little paper umbrellas. Do not attempt to wake me again or my Teddy Bear will attack," I threatened in a sleep-thickened voice.
     "You don't have a Teddy Bear," my uninvited visitor pointed out reasonably.
     "Totally irrelevant, Glow Girl. Come back later."


Sharon Saracino
 
All roads lead to happily ever after, some just have a few unexpected turns!
 
 
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lucy Adams is here today!

 
Lucy Adams
 
 
Lucy Adams is an author, speaker, newspaper columnist, award-winning freelance writer and blogger. Mother of four, wife of one, self-critical to the point of paralysis, bossy since birth, Lucy trudges through life wanting a pool in her backyard so badly she can already see chlorine rainbows around the streetlights. Her home is well organized. Everything has a place on the floor where she can easily find it or die tripping over it. She lives in Thomson, Georgia with her husband and children. Lucy says that the bane of her existence, her burden to bear, is that she's always happy but never content.
 
Lucy began writing professionally in 2003, when she talked her way into a weekly newspaper column in a local paper. Her first book, If Mama Don't Laugh, It Ain't Funny, was released by Palm Tree Press in December 2007. In 2011, Palm Tree Press published her second book, Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run. Both books are creative non-fiction with a southern accent. The Beast of Blue Mountain, Lucy's inaugural children's book, debuted in September 2013.
 
 
From Lucy:
 
Jan, thank you so much for inviting me to guest post today on your blog. It's a thrill to be here and meet your readers and fans. Hopefully everyone is settling into December. This is a cozy time of year when I like to sit in the living room, enjoy the tree and share a good book with my children. My favorites are the ones that keep us all engaged in the story.
 
Inspired by a tale I constructed to entertain my own children around the campfire, The Beast of Blue Mountain teaches kids that noises in the night aren't always what they seem. Crunch, crunch. Swish, swish. What is that? A measure of suspense, a dose of surprise and a good giggle combine with colorful illustrations in a well-paced storyline that appeals to preschoolers through the elementary grades.
 
 
 
Take a listen to this teaser from The Beast of Blue Mountain.











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A chat with Katheryn Lane!

Katheryn, welcome! So happy to have you here! You've written some amazing stories set in exotic locations with exotic men, and the Katheryn Lane dynasty continues with a cowboy in...

THE TEXAS COWBOY
 
 


 
 

Katheryn, can you whet our appetites by introducing your hero and heroine?
 
The hero's name is Jack Cassidy. An awful previous relationship has left him resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose only female company is his horses. However, he meets Vicky and he begins to wonder if he should reconsider.
 
Vicky's from England where she has a low-paid clerical job. However, through a social networking site, she manages to contact a distant cousin who lives in Dallas and Vicky flies out to see her. Once in Dallas, Vicky is immediately thrown into a world of money, shopping and sexy cowboys!
 
What was your favorite thing about writing this story?
 
Although I live in the Middle East, I have visited Dallas several times and I really loved doing the research for this book. Amongst other things, I was lucky enough to visit a ranch and ride one of the horses. However, my husband said that getting together with a sexy cowboy was off limits!
 
The other thing I loved about writing The Texas Cowboy was seeing the hero and heroine overcoming their problems and falling in love with each other while I was writing (though this is true of all my books). There's nothing quite so wonderful in the world as watching two people finding the happiness that comes from being truly, deeply in love.
 
Do your characters have any particular quirks?
 
The quirkiest character is Cassie, Jack's ex. She's gorgeous - Jack and Cassie once looked like the perfect couple - but she's absolutely wild! I can't give too much away, but she has caused and continues to cause Jack endless harm.
 
The blurb for your book hints at a lot of conflict that your hero and heroine have to deal with. When you were writing this story, was there ever a point where you thought that these two characters were never going to resolve the obstacles?
 
There was! At one point I stopped writing and almost gave up as I couldn't see how Jack and Vicky were going to overcome their difficulties. As well as having to deal with Jack's ex, they also have to deal with Vicky's cousin, Laura, who does everything she can to stop Vicky seeing Jack. This is because Laura thinks that Jack is just a poor ranch hand and Vicky should be dating Laura's extremely rich friend instead.
 
Sometimes our characters take the story in a complete different direction than we planned. Did that happen to you with this story? If so, did you have to show them who was boss, or was it the other way around?
 
Before I start a book, I draft an outline of the plot. However, once I begin writing, the characters can take over. For example, as I'm writing, I realize that a character would never do what I originally planned, so I let them do something else which is more in keeping with their personality. For example, at one point in The Texas Cowboy, Jack is really upset. In the original plot he was meant to go out to the stables on his ranch to spend time with his favorite horse, but once I started writing the scene, I realized that he was too angry to do that; what he really wanted to do was have a drink. Therefore, instead of going to the stables, he searches around in his kitchen and finds a bottle of whiskey, an action which he regrets in the morning. Sometimes my characters take over, but not always to their benefit!
 
What project(s) are you currently working on?
 
I'm thinking of writing a sequel to The Texas Cowboy. Although it was originally written as a stand-alone novel, with Jack and Vicky finally together, their marriage is only implied. Since the book was published, several readers have started to ask about their wedding and if Vicky's cousin, Laura, will take over their wedding plans. I'm still trying to work out the details, but Laura will probably try to turn their wedding into a huge Dallas social event and Jack's ex, Cassie, will definitely make a dramatic appearance. At the moment, the book has the provisional title of The Texas Bride.
 
Thank you very much, Jan, for hosting me on your wonderful site!
 
About Katheryn Lane:
 
I'm a wife, teacher, author and mother of two boisterous boys, so most of my days are taken up with finding lost school shoes, getting stuck in traffic and wondering why I always join the queue that doesn't move in the supermarket. However, I try to forget these daily problems (and the fact that I burnt the toast again this morning) by losing myself in a good book and writing novels that give readers a break from everyday life.
 
Open one of my books and escape on an adventure to an exotic location, because it's easier to buy a book than it is to book an air ticket.
 
Have a break, read a book!
 
To find out more about me, you can:
 
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KatherynLane
See my inspiration on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/KatherynLane
Visit my Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/KatherynLane
 
About The Texas Cowboy
 
From the #1 Amazon bestselling author, Katheryn Lane, comes an unforgettable romance set in the heart of Texas.
 
Everything's bigger in Texas, including the problems.
 
When Vicky flies into Texas, she immediately falls for the charms of local cowboy, Jack Cassidy. However, her wealthy Dallas cousin, Laura, has other ideas and will do everything she can to steer Vicky away from Jack and into the arms of a rich oilman.
 
Jack is resigned to living the life of a lonely cowboy whose only female company is his horses -- that is, until he meets Vicky. However, Vicky isn't the only person with a claim on his heart. Jack wasn't always alone and his ex is about to make a dramatic comeback.
 
Every cowboy has a past and this cowboy's past is about to destroy his future.
 
The Texas Cowboy is available from all Amazon stores including:
 
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MARRIED TO MAGGIE! (Texas Men Falling Fast series - Book One: Tysen)

MARRIED TO MAGGIE is coming soon. This is the first book in my Texas Men Falling Fast series. I'm so excited to do a series (my first) and I'm over the moon happy to share Tysen and Maggie's story!

 

This amazing cover was created by: 
 
 


Monday, December 9, 2013

Shaping A Better World by Danica Cornell

How One Writer Hopes to Shape a Better World for All of Us...One Word at a Time

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Author Danica Cornell Discusses the Layers of Social Responsibility Inherent Within the Science Fiction Genre and Why She Believes Her DARK STAR Series is an Idea Whose Time Has Come

 
Written by Danica Cornell


 
December 6, 2013

 
My sincere thanks to the gifted Jan Romes for inviting me here today. I am truly honored to share this platform with Jan and her readers. I'm also delighted to announce that I will be featuring Jan on my blog on January 13, 2014! So mark your calendars everyone...no doubt this will be an enjoyable and informative event!

 
Before we embark on what I hope will be a fruitful and spirited discussion, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Danica Cornell, and for those of you who don't know me, I'm the author of the forthcoming DARK STAR Science Fiction/Fantasy Series soon to be published by Cool Geek Books.

 
Coming Soon, DARK STAR I: The Assassins

But the reason I'm here today isn't only to talk about my novels. I'm also going to discuss some topics with all of you that are near and dear to my heart:  The social responsibility inherent within the sci-fi genre, as well as my support of UNICEF through the sales of my books.

 
Let's begin by taking a closer look at how science fiction contributes to the greater good by acting as a moral compass for all of us.

 
Science Fiction and Social Responsibility

 
I'd like to start off this section by clarifying that the series I'm creating has elements of fantasy interwoven throughout each of its science fiction story lines. But here's the thing. It's because of DARK STAR's overarching science fiction themes that I feel a certain level of responsibility when it comes to the messages each of my books will convey. To be clear, as an author I understand the cautionary tales I'm penning are first and foremost meant to entertain my readers. But I would be remiss in overlooking their added value when it comes to opening a dialogue about the directions technology and society are taking -- and whether or not humanity's heading down the right path.


 
Tapping into Sci-fi Themes to Create Messages

 
When I lasered in on DARK STAR's science fiction themes and messages, I did so with the intention of using these constructs as a scaffold for the series, as well as for the development of its characters. The themes I'm incorporating are what most people would probably consider to be The Really Big Questions, and include:

 
     What is reality?
     What does it mean to be human?
     Are we becoming more or less integrated?
     Can humans be trusted with new
     technologies?
     What does the future hold for us?
     Are we alone?
     Will technology save us or annihilate us?
     Is it possible to travel in time?
     Why are we here?
     How did we get here?
     How do we fit into the great beyond?
     Can we live forever and if so, should we?


Timing is Everything

 
While I'm the first to acknowledge these themes are not new to the genre of science fiction, my sense is that the time is ripe for the creation of the DARK STAR Series. Why? Because of three specific factors that are coming together as we speak: the technological renaissance; globalization; and the mainstreaming of science fiction itself. In other words, from my vantage point, DARK STAR is a series whose time has come! Additionally, it's my intention to utilize this unique opportunity for the greater good of humanity by serving as a messenger in my writings as well as by financially supporting charitable organizations.

 
 
Writing For the Greater Good of Humanity...For Both Today and Tomorrow

 
Perhaps the most obvious (and immediate) way I'm using my writing for the greater good of humanity is by donating a portion of the proceeds from my ground-breaking novel to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). My hope is that through these contributions, some of the children who benefit from UNICEF's work may go on to help others in the future.

 
To be sure, this philanthropic gesture brings added meaning to my writing, but I recognize it's only the beginning of my social responsibility as an author. I suspect many may be surprised to learn that my long-term plan is to use my books as a stepping stone for even more ambitious philanthropic projects later on -- indeed this has been the driving force behind my creation of the DARK STAR series all along! From its inception, I've been combining my passions for the written word with my desire to help others as a way to open the door to achieving this -- my ultimate goal in life.


 

Exit Stage Left

 
So in case you're wondering if I'm entering the literary field with the intention of eventually leaving it, my answer is an unequivocal yes. Strange as it may sound, with any luck one day I'll be financially able to extricate myself from the work I love, so I can devote the remainder of my life to helping others. Having said this, DARK STAR is an ambitious series -- one that will likely keep me firmly planted within the sci-fi/fantasy community for at least another decade. So for now I'm hoping readers will begin to recognize me as an author who's dedicated to creating a quality book series while simultaneously making the world a better place for all of us...one word at a time. 

 

Until we meet again...

 
Happy reading,
Danica
 

Danica Cornell holds a B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University. She is also a visionary entrepreneur, Fantasy/Science Fiction Network contributing author, and UNICEF-supporter. To learn more about this emerging author please visit: