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Cover Reveal: Just An Illusion Side B

 

Just An Illusion – The B Side (Illusion Series – Book 2)

Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Mae I Design and Photography

Release Date: March 30, 2017

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Three life-altering months …   That’s how long it’s been since Amelia Greyson joined the Just an Illusion Tour with Bastards and Dangerous. She’s made new friends, embraced her past, and even found love.   Back on the road …   Following a tragic situation, Amelia is determined to hit the road, put her life in order, and finish the book she was hired to write. Mel’s not the only one affected by what happened; the men of BAD are all trying to move forward, not wanting the past to ruin the remainder of their farewell tour.   Brother vs Brother …   Tensions are high on the Weston brothers’ bus. As each brother settles into their role in Amelia’s life, secrets threaten to rip their relationship to shreds. Can Noah and Sawyer find a way to save the brotherly bond they share? Or will the woman of their dreams end up tearing them apart for good?

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One night changed her life…

Bestselling author Amelia Greyson has grown up in the music industry and isn’t the slightest bit fazed by fame or celebrities. However, when she attends a Bastards and Dangerous concert with her best friend Belle, her world shifts on its axis.

Double trouble…

Sawyer and Noah Weston are the front men of BAD. They’re fraternal twins and sexy as sin. When they hear the author of The O Factor is in their green room, they’re intrigued. She’s just the person they need to write their farewell story. The brothers offer Amelia the opportunity of a lifetime, which she reluctantly accepts.

Three hearts…

Noah is sweet and considerate, working hard to make Amelia feel at home on the road. Unfortunately, the closer they get, the more obnoxious Sawyer becomes. Sawyer is arrogant and distant and he wants Amelia, even though she’s not his for the taking. Only during stolen moments does Sawyer show her who he really is.

Can Amelia maintain a safe distance from Sawyer and keep her heart intact? Or will she shatter Noah’s heart by giving hers to his brother instead?

*Mature Content- This book contains situations not intended for persons under the age of 18. Including, but not limited to – open door sex, cursing, alcohol and/or drug use, and possible triggers.*

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bioDee Kelly was born and raised in Southern California. She is the author of The Acceptance Series and the upcoming Illusion Series. Dee has loved writing since she was a child and used to enjoy spinning stories to her childhood friends and seeing their reactions. Dee is a mom, a wife, a dog lover and a margarita enthusiast. She also loves chocolate, caramel, Starbucks, and sarcasm.

Dee would love it if you could hit that yellow favorite button under her picture on this page. When you mark an Amazon favorite they will email you when the author has a new book release.

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Cover Reveal: Plan Cee by Hilary Grossman

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…
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As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the
happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

Pre-Order Plan Cee now: getBook.at/PlanCee

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone. Speaking of Plan Bea, if you haven’t read it yet, you must add it to your TBR list or even better, read it today!

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We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?

On the outside, Annabel O’Conner has it all – the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother’s love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life.

Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?

Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly fifteen-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club.

As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan “Long Island’s wedding of the year” they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous emotionally honest women’s contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.

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About Hilary:
By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island.

 

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Cover Reveal: Monday’s Promise

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Book: Monday’s Promise
Series: Haywater Novel #2
Author: R.G. Corr
Release Date: 27th November
Cover Design: Francessca’s PR & Designs
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Promises lead to devastation.
They always have.

From the day he was born, Reid Banner had to fight for his place in life.
At the age of eight, he was already on his ninth foster placement; lonely, hurting, and with a heart full of broken promises. When he meets the Maddisons, life slowly but finally, moves forward, and Reid sees a way he may be able to make it in this world.

Then a promise is made…
Tragedy follows, forcing him to ride into the night and make a decision that changes the rest of his life.
Together, the Maddisons join Reid in battling their way through grief.

But when another promise is made…
The past that Reid hoped would never again darken his doors comes back to break him – jeopardising all that he cares for.

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R. G. Corr is a mum of 3 who loves to read almost as much as she does to write. When she’s not working or writing, you’ll find her nose deep in her kindle swooning over her latest book boyfriend.

Having had an overactive imagination for many years, a discussion with a friend at a soft play area, amidst the noise and mayhem of toddlers, finally convinced her to put pen to paper and write her first novel.

You can keep in touch with her via:

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Author Interview: Rhew 2 Rhew part 2

Thank you for having me on your site today, Lisa, and thanks to her readers for joining us!

I’m here as part of the Rhew 2 Rhew tour! My husband, Deek Rhew, wrote an amazing thriller called 122 Rules, published by Pandamoon on April 5! In addition, my publisher chose the month of April to feature my trilogy, so Deek and I decided to make a thing of it. And the Rhew 2 Rhew Tour was born! 😉 Stay tuned because there’s an opportunity for you to enter a Rafflecopter drawing for a chance at a $50 Amazon gift card!

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Lisa thought it would be fun if Deek and I interviewed each other. Instead of those standard writing questions, you’ll get a bit of a sneak peek into our personalities and lives on a deeper level. So, without further ado, my husband interviews me.

D: Hi, Erin! It’s totally awesome to get to interview my beautiful bride! Of all the people in the world, there’s no one I’d rather talk to than you. Okay, let’s see if I can ask some questions no one else thinks to ask. 🙂

Let’s start with writing and the Fulfillment Series questions.

1) Your friend Danielle did a fantastic job of designing the symbols to represent each nation. Each of them has multiple layers of meaning, that represent the abilities and beliefs of the people of that nation. What I don’t think people know about is the origin of the name of each nation. Can you tell us about that?

Dream Team member Danielle did a LOT of research on these symbols, and though she’s told me a lot about them, I can’t remember the details like she can. Thankfully, she wrote a blog post leading up to the release of The Fulfillment that explains them all. The posts can be found

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here (Outlander)

But the long story short is they all represent the five different elements: wind, water, earth, air, and spirit. And three of them are deeply rooted in Greek mythology. Each symbol says something about the people groups who wield them as well. Take a look at each picture and see if you can see warriors in the Vanguard, powerful yet calm in the Ethereal, smart and scientific in the Voltons, religious and studious in the Ecclesiastics, and dangerous and mysterious in the Outlanders. I think so, and I think that’s the genius to Danielle’s designs.

2) The love triangle in your stories is unique and unconventional. But Layla isn’t the only one lucky in love in these stories. When you started writing did you know who Grant, Vespa, Sampson, Mia, and everyone else was going to end up with at the end? Or did they surprise you with their choices?

I think I knew about Grant from the start, but everyone else developed along the way. You can’t trust the feelings of Layla, Wil, and Nash because they’re being manipulated by a supernatural force. But the other members fall in love over time as people do. I don’t consider myself the creator of their story as much as the transcriber. So, I waited with bated breath to see what would happen just like a reader would! LOL!

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3) You have some fiercely loyal fans that have done some amazing things to show you their support. Tell us about a couple of your favorites.

I have completely amazing fans. They go above and beyond to support me. Some fans started a Prophecy fandom website. People tweet me as they read my story and share with me how they’re feeling. I’ve had bloggers drive across the country and fly around the world to interview me. And one fan/blogger connected with Deek and I so much that she came to our wedding!

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4) When the writing flows–the characters are speaking quickly and clearly and you just can’t type fast enough–it’s a completely amazing, almost euphoric literary experience. Can you tell us about a time when that was happening? Where were you and what scene(s) were you writing?

I think most of my creative process is like that. It’s the editing that slow everything down. But I remember writing a scene in The Outlanders, that’s now common referred to as “THE scene.” I was sitting in my bed writing and listening to “My Immortal” by Evanescence. The words and emotions were just pouring from my heart. I even started to cry. And for the rest of the day, I was in a funk. And I remember wondering if it would effect other people the way it did me when I wrote it, and from the feedback I’ve received, it did.

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5) Trinna is the feline literary equivalent of Rick Riordan. What writing advice do you think she would give you if she could talk?

LOL! She’s something, that’s for sure. I think she’d tell me to listen to the characters. It’s never worked for me to try and control the fate of my characters because they want to tell their story the way they want to tell it.

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Okay, let’s talk about YOU!

6) You and I are planning to be professional vagabonds in a few years. For you, what place are you most excited to go experience?

New York City. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE New York, and I’ve always wanted to live there. The city has a pulse and an aliveness I’ve never experienced anywhere else. When we were there in June, we discovered the part of NYC we want to live in, and I can’t wait to do it. I may have already looked at apartments, even though we won’t be vagabonds for quite some time. LOL!

I’m also REALLY looking forward to Europe. I’ve never been outside the United States, so I’m stoked to see England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy. After spending so much time studying the English monarchy, I’ll be particularly jazzed to see and go inside the Tower of London! And of course, I must see all things related to the Master Bard as well as Michaelangelo’s work in Italy.

7) In the movie About Time, the MC discovers he can go back and relive–and in his case change–events the past. Let’s say you are granted the ability to go back and relive–though not change–a day in your youth, what would you pick?

Wow, I don’t know if I could pick just one, but I think they’d all revolved around my family. I’d like to go back to the time I went to Busch Gardens with my uncle, aunt, and cousins or the anticipation of opening presents on Christmas Eve at my great-grandma’s house. But I think I’d pick this simple time:

I adore my grandfather (PaPa). He’s always been such a hero in my eyes. Well, one day, my Mema (grandma) had to go somewhere, and she left PaPa in charge of “babysitting” me. She gave him specific instructions to feed me this special dinner she’d left in the fridge. Well, as soon as she left, he said, “Do you want French fries for dinner?” Of course I said yes. And he went to the back, grabbed a big box of potatoes is brother had dropped off, and made homemade fries. They were the BEST fries I’d ever eaten. And best of all, I got to spend the time talking and laughing with my PaPa.

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Let’s geek!

8) The next season of Game of Thrones is coming! Tell us your theory of Jon Snow and who you believe will ride the dragons?

Oh boy! What a loaded question! Hahaha! Ok, I believe that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. In the first book, Ned kept remembering his sister whispering, “Promise me, Ned.” And I think she was asking him to promise to take care of her child and to make sure Robert Baratheon (to whom she was supposed to be marrying) never found out the child was hers and Rhaegar’s. Which means…Jon Snow is the actual legitimate heir to the throne of Westros.

Targaryen tradition always has three riders on the three main dragons. So, I’m hoping the riders will be Jon Snow (who’s brought back to life by the Red Woman–and having “died” is now free from his bond to the Night’s Watch), Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister.

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9) Favorite characters for each of the following:

Game of Thrones: Gah– it’s a toss up between Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister

A Knight’s Tale: I think I like Chaucer the best. Little known fact, I’m an English major who does not enjoy Chaucer. So, I enjoyed this portrayal of him, and I like recognizing moments in the movie that related back to from the tales I’d been forced to read in high school and college. 😉

Star Trek: What are we talking here? Old, new, Next Generation? I love old Captain Kirk, new Spock, and Picard from The Next Generation.

Star Wars: I would have said Hans Solo, but after seeing the new one, Rey is now at the top of my list! #GirlPower

Justified: Wow, I surely can’t pick a favorite between Rayland Givens and Boyd Crowder because they’re two sides of the same coin.

Vikings: Lagertha for sure! With Athelstan as a close second.

 

Favorite Star Trek scene. Go! It gets me every. single. time. when Spock tells off the Vulcan High Council in the opening of the new Star Trek. I replay that over and over again in my brain. There are tons of good scenes in those movies though.

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Favorite Percy Jackson scene. Go! Let me clarify we’re talking about the books here because I refuse to even acknowledge the movies use the same characters. With that out of the way, pretty much any scene with Percy in it. He’s the snarkiest dude, and he makes me laugh and laugh. I really love scenes that involve both him and Leo (from the second series Heroes of Olympus) because Leo is a mini-Percy.

10) You love dystopians. If you could live in a dystopian world, which would you choose?

Let me first say I’m fairly certain I’d die in any dystopian world. While I’ve got ninja fighting skills, I’m not super “outdoorsy.” But if you came with me, Deek, I think we’d have a good chance at survival. You are like MacGuyver after all.

Hmmmmm…let’s see. I think I’d like to live in the time after the time that’s portrayed in Justin Cronin’s The Passage. The books starts out with these historical notes, and I’d like to be the people studying this massive event that happened rather than experiencing the actual event myself. How’s that for chicken? LOL!

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Thanks for interviewing me, honey! And thanks, Lisa, for letting us have a little fun. Readers, here’s the giveaway information…

For those that don’t know, Erin is a young adult fantasy author who is married to adult thriller author, Deek Rhew. Together, they are “the Rhews,” and their street team is the Rhewination!

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Last week, Deek went on blog tour to celebrate the release of his latest book, 122 Rules. And this week, Erin is on tour to promote her fantasy trilogy, The Fulfillment Series! PS. There’s a giveaway–a $50 Amazon gift card!!

So, here’s a little bit more about Erin, Deek, and The Fulfillment Series:

The Prophecy(Fulfillment Series Book 1)

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Title: The Prophecy

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

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Synopsis:

Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He’s grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear…not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war?

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidentally meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction–for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms.

When Nash’s secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.

 

The Outlanders (Fulfillment Series Book 2)

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Title: The Outlanders

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

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The Fulfillment (Fulfillment Series Book 3)

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Title: The Fulfillment

Author: Erin Rhew

Publisher: BookFish Books

Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point

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About Erin Rhew

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Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”
A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by- side.

 

Connect with Erin Online!

For the latest and greatest, visit her web page:

www.ErinRhewBooks.com

 

About Deek Rhew

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Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.

He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town–with antique shops and bakeries–they call home.

Connect with Deek!

For the latest and greatest, visit his web page:
www.DeekRhewBooks.com

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Author Interview: Rhew 2 Rhew

Today we welcome, Deek Rhew, author of the newly released 122 Rules.

Instead of me providing the usual list of question that bloggers normally ask I thought it would be fun for Deek to be interviewed by this wife, Erin, who also will be featured on Lisa Writes and Reads in a few weeks! Please sit back, enjoy a drink and let’s get to know Deek better.

E: What a pleasure to get the opportunity to interview my husband! Since we talk ALL the time, I know most of what there is to know about Deek, but I’ll use my “insider knowledge” to show you some different aspects of his personality.

D: Woop! Let’s do this thang!

E: First, I’ll start with his books: 122 Rules and Birth of An American Gigolo as well as his work-in-progress, 122 Rules Redemption.

We talked about the fact that Birth of an American Gigolo might be controversial. Talk a little bit about how you felt about that aspect as you prepared to publish and market it.

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For those that don’t know, Birth is about a domestic diva that catches her husband cheating on her. Because of finances she can’t leave him, so she starts a business to support herself…a gigolo business.

To answer your question, the controversy–especially the part at the very end–was a huge concern of mine when I was writing it. I remember thinking that Lindsey’s antics might get me shunned right out of the writing world before my career even began. Then I got to the end of the story and I was like, oh wow, even if they didn’t hate me before, people are REALLY going to stone me now! But my characters had a story to tell, and I wasn’t going try and stifle it. That would be an injustice to Lindsey, Dios, and Angel.

I wrote a blog post during the tour giving out my own top 10 writing tips. In it, I said to write what scares you, and the potential controversy of Birth scared me a little. But I let that go and let the characters’ story carry me.

You have some of THE most hilarious and creative descriptions in your books. When your mind is thinking of how to say something, what’s the process that goes on in there? How do you manage to strike the balance between clever and witty?

As always, you give me WAY too much credit! I don’t really think about it when I’m writing. The funny stuff is just Angel and Chet being Angel and Chet. The stuff they come up with just slays me. Chet’s humor comprises almost entirely of mocking Sam. Chet has access to information that no one else does, and it makes for fertile ground for derision to grow.

Monica is super-smart, but the ultimate straight man. This gives Angel the chance to play up on Monica’s obliviousness. There’s this scene when they are driving down through the central US and they have this conversation about the Girl Scouts and a French rock band named Pimps and Whores. This is Angel at her best, and it cracks me up every time.

I see parallels everywhere, so maybe that’s how I come up with the descriptions. I’m not sure. This is like this, and that is like that.

When you’re over there editing 122 Rules, I often hear you laughing. What, in particular, amuses you most about your characters?

Some of the stuff that my characters come up with just amuse the stuffings out of me. Chet and Angel say the darnest things. Chet is merciless in his mocking of Sam who thinks he’s the sniz. Sam really does think he’s got all his ducks in a row and that he’s above reproach. Nothing quite like smacking someone like that down.

Angel just says the most unusual things. In one of the “inspirational” speeches she gives to Monica when Monica is thinking about giving up, Angel actually calls her a pimple on the donkey ass of society. What? Yep. And the best part: It works. She raised Monica’s spirits and together they rally.

Forget Trump, Hillary, and the Bern, let’s vote Angel for president!

Tell everyone what happened when you started writing 122 Redemption and how your books grew from two to three…

Oh, man. So when I first wrote 122, I missed the memo about debut novel length. My first draft was over double the legal limit. Okay, I’m an adapter, so I broke it up into two books. Well, during the edits of the new version of 122, a funny thing happened. A bad guy, a really really bad guy, decided to NOT die. He survives and turns up in Monica and Angel’s home town of Alabaster Cove.

Well, stink. This messes things up a little bit. Suddenly what was supposed to be book two becomes book three because, ya know, because there’s a mad man running around The Cove. Now Sam, Angel, Monica, and a slew of new characters have to deal with him. This means that all the trouble Sam has in the future–including a certain lady love interest–is bumped out. Sorry, Sam. Gonna have to go stag just a bit longer!

In 122 Redemption, we see some of our favs return from 122 Rules, but there’s also a whole host of new characters. Who’s your favorite and why?

Oh, wow. It’s so tough to choose just one. Of course I love the trouble twins: Angel and Monica. Love ya, ladies. Sam and Chet are the dynamic duo. <fist bump to my bros> One of my new favorites from Redemption is Max. He’s laid back and smart and a self-starter. He’s got dreds, builds surfboards for a living, and practically lives on the water. I also stole his name.

Wut?

Yep. Originally his name was Deek, a nod to one of literary heroes, Stephen King. But I was looking for a pen name a ton less common than my birth name, so I stole it and gave Max a new one. Now, I can’t think of him by any other name but Max.

To the baddie in Redemption. Man, you know I love ya. You give the world color and the papers something interesting to print. Also, please don’t kill me.

E: Now, let’s talk about YOU! I *love* to talk about you because you’re so interesting and fascinating!

D: I’m just a simple man, my love. You are the interesting one!

You’ve always said your dad is your biggest hero. Tell us what it is that you admire about him so much.

There are just so many reasons. My dad spent his life serving his country. A career in the military made me want to follow in his footsteps. It almost happened too. Like most soldiers, he worked long hours and never complained. When he wasn’t working, he was at home with the family. He taught me how to drive, how to wire an outlet and plumb a sink. My father showed me how to raise children and to treat a lady. He’s self-sacrificing and humble. He’s only a smidge over five feet tall, but he’s the biggest man I’ve ever met in my life.

We’re in the process of turning all the physical pictures we have stored in boxes into digital pictures. How do you feel when you look back at yourself as a child and see where you are today? Did you turn out at all like you thought you would?

It’s SO crazy to see pictures of myself from my childhood. My parents are YOUNG too. Oh, wow. I remember so much: playing in the rock band, hanging out with my friends, playing Nintendo, getting pizza after work at 11 at night, riding my bike to school, and playing ball. Mostly, I think the pictures bring back memories of the adventures I went on and the fun we had. I had a great childhood, and I’m beyond grateful to have grown up with such a great group of friends and with such a loving family.

When I was a kid I didn’t really know what I was going to be when I grew up. In high school, I thought that being a pilot was my destiny. Then it was being a musician. Whatever I did when I grew up had to be fun, because I swore that I’d never retire to a La-Z-Boy and a whole day of TV. Now I’m living that fun life I imagined. Erin and I go on crazy adventures, and there’s always something new and interesting to do. I think that my adult life is just an extension of my childhood in the best possible way.

You’ve always said you’d love to have the ability to fly. Why does this ability appeal to you, and why do you think it’s superior to other super powers?

There’s nothing freer to me that being able to soar through the clouds! Especially if I could just will it to happen. I’m all about simplicity, so driving to the airport, getting a plane ready, getting clearance, and taking off sound like a huge pain in the butt. But stepping out on my porch and just flying is exactly my speed.

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There’s the element of being able to go anywhere you want. Look around. There’s nothing to stop you from going anywhere! Heck, in the original Superman moving, ol’ Clark went into outer space (while his cape flapped majestically behind him as he soared). Everything we do on the ground is so two dimensional and subject to limitations of just about everyone around you. In the clouds there’s no traffic, if the weather is bad just go up a little higher, if something is interesting drop down and see it.

Time to get our geek on:

We’ve been watching Vikings from The History Channel. Tell us what you find most fascinating about the Viking culture that you may or may not have known before.

The Vikings were fearless warriors who believed it to be honorable to die in battle. In fact, if you didn’t die fighting, than there was almost no other way to get into Valhalla (their version of Heaven). There was an episode where an old guy wanted to be taken on the raids so he had his chance to die with honor. What? Yep.

I think one of the things I love so much about this show is watching the amazing fighting tactics. No one in England or France had ever seen such a way of fighting. The shield walls, merciless killing, fearlessness in the way they fought is admirable. The Christians were afraid to die, but the Vikings welcomed death. It’s no wonder they conquered Rome!

We watched Justified recently, and you loved how Raylan Givens (“the good guy”) and Boyd Crowder (“the bad guy”) walked a fine line between good and bad: Raylan’s not all good and Boyd’s not all bad. Explain why you like this dynamic and how it shapes your writing.

The thing is that no matter what people say, things are NOT black and white. People cannot be all good nor can they be all bad. Everyone and most situations are a various shades of grey and absolutely depend on your perspective. The moralist difference between the man that kills for the law and one that kills because it gives him power is only slight. Both men have killed, but just for different reasons and even then it’s arguable that their reasoning isn’t all that different.

These two guys are walking the line between good and bad. Raylan frequently crosses that line, doing bad things sometimes for the right reason, and sometimes for selfish reasons. Boyd, too, will come to the rescue when no one else will.

I think that both of these men love one another like brothers. They grew up together, mined coal together, now they just happen to have slightly different occupations. These guys are like amoebas looping around one another in a continuous orbit. This is totally fun to watch.

The writing on this show is beyond brilliant. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen better dialogue–the only thing that comes close is an old TV show called Sports Night–and the dynamics between good and evil fascinate me and push me to be a better writer.

Thank you for having me on today, Lisa and thank you, Erin for the totally fun interview! Readers, are you ready to learn a bit about our books and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card? Woop! Let’s go!

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Rhew 2 Rhew Blog Tour – 122 Rules Book Blitz Extravaganza!
How’s that for a catchy title? What a crazy adventure this has been FIVE years in the making, and it has finally arrive: 122 Rules has been born unto the world. The stories I could tell just so I could tell you this story…well, let’s just say it’s been an interesting, educational, and life-altering adventure.

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This has been a grand journey, filled with hardships, fun, learning, and growth. But of all the things that have happened on the writing road, meeting the love of my life is the most unlikely and easily the luckiest, most blessed things to have ever happened to me.

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Ahhhh, it’s cold out here!
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Do ya feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?

Erin Rhew and I started out as critique partners, became friends, and now she’s my bride. She’s my best friend and partner in all things. Even if I don’t sell a single copy of my writings, I’ll always be a smashing success because I met Erin.

Book Blitz

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On this half of the Rhewination tour, I am visiting blogs all over the globe, from Australia to the farthest corners in Canada. Next week, on the second half of the tour, Erin will be gracing the pages of 50+ bloggers!

In addition, we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! Prepare yourselves to win!
https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/841fd9ce7/

122 Rules

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Today, we are announcing my adult thriller novel, 122 Rules.

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Synopsis
In his black and white world, Sam Bradford–former Marine turned government assassin–finally sees a speck of grey. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either severe or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity.

Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone The Agency sends him to find and eliminates them. Just as he has his rifle scope focused on his latest victim, Monica Sable, a SoCal girl entangled with the mob, his long-dormant conscience reappears for a final performance…one last ditch effort to save the sinking ship of Sam’s soul. He’s killed innocents before, but tarries on pulling the trigger this time.

When Monica escapes his crosshairs and fumbles her way across the country in a pathetic attempt to elude capture, Sam gives chase. But he’s not the only one after her. Ruthless henchmen, hired by the mob, froth like bloodhounds and nip at Monica’s heels. Now Sam is faced with a choice: turn his back on the rules and jeopardize his way of life by helping her or join the pack and rip her to shreds.


What are readers saying?

122 Rules is a fast-paced thrill-ride, filled with rich characters living in an expertly woven world of mystery and suspense. Deek Rhew’s debut novel will take readers by storm, and keep them coming back for sequels.

​~Michelle K. Pickett, Bestselling and award-winning author of PODs and Unspeakable.

The perfect, fast-paced novel for fans of kick-butt heroines, creepy killers, and getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. An absolute must-read!

~Meradeth Houston, author of Travelers, An Absence of Light, and the Sary Society Series

Visit the 122 Rules Web Page

Visit Amazon and Goodreads!

While you’re on Deek’s site check out Birth of an American Gigolo.

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Synopsis

An old party girl shoehorned into domestic divaship, infuriated by her husband’s cheating and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend, inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.

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Take a selfie with your ebook or paper copy of Birth and post it on social media with the tag #BirthSelfie. We’ll post you on the Rhewination web site!

Deek Rhew

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Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.

He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town–with antique shops and bakeries–they call home.

Connect with Deek!


For the latest and greatest, visit his web page:
www.DeekRhewBooks.com

Next week be on the lookout for Erin’s:
The Fulfillment Series Blitz Extravaganza!

Erin Rhew’s book that started it all, The Prophecy!

 

Erin Rhew’s, The Outlanders!
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Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written

word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”

A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.

 

Artwork

Authors, do you think the artwork for The Prophecy, The Outlanders, The Fulfillment, Birth of an American Gigolo, and 122 Rules is as stunning as we do? Visit Race-Point.com to find out how you can get the amazing Anita to work on your book as well!

 

 

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10 Most Delicious Desserts Inspired by Novels by Andrea Lochen

As an avid reader with a major sweet tooth, Andrea loves when authors include the recipes for the yummy desserts they’ve made her drool over throughout their book.  It’s a marriage of two of her favorite activities—reading and baking!  And if you’re a book club member, what better treat to bring to your meeting than a dessert straight out of the novel?  Here are ten of my favorite book-inspired desserts!

1) Southern Caramel Cake from The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Who hasn’t wanted to try a bite of the scrumptious-sounding caramel cake that Minny makes in The Help?  (Maybe not so much her chocolate pie, however!)  Though Stockett didn’t include the recipe in the back of her book, this food blog has the The Junior League of Memphis Cookbook recipe that supposedly inspired her.

http://scrumpdillyicious.blogspot.com/2011/03/minnies-caramel-cake-from-help.html

2) Coconut Cake from Amy E. Reichert’s The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

The titular coconut cake in Reichert’s The Coincidence of Coconut Cake earned its place on the cover of this heartwarming book. To the main character, Lou, baking her grandmother’s cake is the ultimate expression of love. In the book, those who get to eat it earned their slice, which certainly made me crave a piece all the more!

http://www.tipsonlifeandlove.com/recipes-2/grandma-luellas-coconut-cake-recipe

3) Crème Caramel Flan from Anita Hughes’ Island in the Sea: A Majorca Love Story

In Hughes’ newest novel set in Spain, she describes how Majorca’s restaurants serve a mouthwatering variety of delicious fresh fish and locally grown vegetables and how many diners like to end the meal with a dessert that satisfies any sweet tooth while not being heavy or cloying.  This creme caramel flan recipe certainly does the trick!

http://www.a2zmallorca.com/food_drink/915.htm

4) Lemon Cream Cake from Juliette Fay’s Shelter Me

Fay introduces the concept of “pology cake” in her first novel, Shelter Me, as something you bake for someone you’ve wronged in the hopes of that person forgiving you.  Though according to Fay, it doesn’t need to be a particular kind of cake, her recipe for lemon cream cake in the back of the book and on her author website sounds fabulous!

http://juliettefay.com/pology-cake-bake-as-you-see-fit/

5) Peanut butter bars from Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Though there are several delicious dishes described in Stradal’s debut novel about Midwestern foodie culture, it was the blue-prize winning peanut butter bars recipe from Lutheran church lady, Pat, that caught my eye.  I made this for my book club and these chocolate-frosted bars are just as decadent as they sound!

http://www.readthespirit.com/feed-the-spirit/peanut-butter-bars/

6) Thumbprint Cookies with Jam from Kelly Simmons’ One More Day

Baking figures prominently in Kelly Simmons’ book because in One More Day, the main character, Carrie Morgan, bakes with her grandmother, as she did when she was a little girl. However, it’s not clear whether her grandmother is dead or alive!  These thumbprint jam cookies look like just the thing to bake when you’re in a nostalgic mood (or simply in the mood for something buttery and sweet)!

http://kellyasimmons.blogspot.com/2016/02/baking-reading-remembering.html

7) Mantecadas from Tina Ann Forkner’s Ruby Among Us

In Ruby Among Us by Tina Ann Forkner, Kitty and her granddaughter Lucy spend a lot of time together talking over cookies and tea. Lucy even has a special tea cup that she drinks out of with her grandmother Kitty who is keeping a lot of secrets about Lucy’s past.  Below is a link to Kitty’s secret recipe for Lucy’s favorite cookie, Mantecadas.  Yum!

https://tinaannforkner.wordpress.com/novel-recipes/

8) Nanaimo Bars from Miracle Beach by Erin Celello

 Nanaimo Bars are served in the cafeterias of the ferry boats between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada.  In Miracle Beach, when main characters Magda and Jack come to the Island, they fall in love with the sinfully sweet bars.  Author Erin Celello testifies that they’re amazing!

http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/visitors/NanaimoBars.html

9) Damascus’ Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake from The River Witch by Kimberly Brock

In The River Witch, a family feast brings an estranged southern family together. When ten-year-old Damascus Trezevant’s summer ends with a bounty of pumpkins, she sets out to heal deep wounds with a sweet, old recipe for Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake and faith in the magic of a mother’s love.  You won’t be sorry you tried this recipe!

http://kimberlybrockbooks.com/damascus-pumpkin-spice-pound-cake/

10) The Best Chocolate Cake Ever from The Repeat Year by Andrea Lochen

 What dessert list is complete without a delectable chocolate cake?  In The Repeat Year, main character Olive is named after her maternal grandmother who passed away the week before she was born.  In addition to her grandma’s name, Olive also inherited her recipe for the “best chocolate cake ever” which her mom bakes as a peace offering for their family in a time of major transition.

http://addapinch.com/cooking/the-best-chocolate-cake-recipe-ever/

What are your favorite recipes inspired by novels?  Comment below! 

Andrea Lochen is the author of two novels, Imaginary Things and The Repeat Year.  She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and her BA in English at the University of Wisconsin.  Since 2008, she has taught undergraduate writing at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.  When she isn’t teaching, reading, or baking, she is hard at work on her third novel.  To learn more about her, visit her website: www.andrealochen.com.

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Shadows Past by Carmen Stefanescu #EggcerptExchange

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Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

Buy links

Wild Child Publishing

http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=84&products_id=410
Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-of-the-Past-ebook/dp/B00AK2D9I8/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354874514&sr=1-15&keywords=shadows+of+the+past

All Romance

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shadowsofthepast-1013184-140.html
Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-of-the-past-carmen-stefanescu/1113910162?ean=2940015715026

Eggcerpt

The peal of the church bells from the abbey tower startled Genevieve. The sound added to her mounting anxiety.

The massive abbey loomed over the stone paved path.  All the nuns were at evening mass.  With a bit of luck her disappearance would go unnoticed for a few more hours. The Abbess would assume she was cleaning the toilets as ordered.

Fear skittered through Genevieve when she turned away from the abbey towards the path leading to town. Nothing stirred.  She hesitated.  Evil emanated from the forest surrounding the abbey. With a shiver, she leaned against the solid oak gates that flanked the abbey’s main path. They had hidden her from detection for the past couple of hours, but how much longer would she be safe?

The mountain shadows grew thicker and closer.

She moved her weight from one leg to the other. They ached from so much standing, but she lacked the strength to return to the gardener’s cottage and wait for Andrew’s arrival as planned. Genevieve closed her tired eyes. The image of old Ryan, slumped dead in his chair in his cubicle, caught life in her mind and made her whole body ripple with fear.

She’d rather wait for Andrew here, outside.

Had he forgotten his promise? What if something terrible befell him during the last three days, or he had changed his mind? Why should he risk all for an ordinary nun?

Had his folks talked him into giving her up, made him see reason? Helping her out of her predicament meant a huge risk for him — losing his family, his friends and his position among his peers. His words echoed in her mind. “I will risk everything for you, even life, if necessary.”

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“Anne, Anne, wake up. Wake up, please,” the insistent voice whispered next to her ear.  The touch of a hand, on her shoulder, startled Anne.

She opened her eyes, still half between sleep and reality. Her gaze stopped on a stranger, a woman, by her side.

The moon’s pale face, the only light, filtered through a small gap in the tent’s entrance; yet the stranger’s whole body emanated a kind of soft ray, a yellowish halo making her figure and face easy to discern.

A long, dark robe, similar to those worn by nuns in monasteries centuries ago, covered her body. No traditional headdress covered the woman’s red hair, which fell loosely over her shoulders in long, heavy tendrils and continued down her chest and back.

Anne stood up and studied the intruder with open curiosity. The stranger’s wax pale face looked corpse like. Anne opened her mouth to ask her who she was. She looked Anne straight in the eyes, placed her forefinger on her lips and whispered, “Hush, come. Follow me.”

Anne’s eyes widened.

The woman, moving away from the sleeping bag, appeared to glide above the ground. Her bare feet didn’t make a sound.

As if hypnotized, Anne followed the illuminated silhouette heading into the forest, without questioning her own actions.

An onrush of sensations unfamiliar to her followed. Dizziness and a malevolent feeling of unreality suffocated her. The presence of evil, creeping up and enveloping her, became almost palpable. Her throat turned dry, and she gasped for air.

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Character interview -Genevieve

  1. Please, have a seat. Make yourself comfortable Miss…

“Genevieve. My name is Genevieve, but Sister Clementa, the Abbess,  and some of her followers call me The witch.”

  1. Tell me, Genevieve, where are you living?

 Genevieve ( a small sigh escapes her lips. Then she shrugs) “Well, for the moment I reside at St. Mary’s Abbey. On top of a mountain in Britain, in the…cursed forest.”

  1. Do you have any schooling?

Genevieve  (nods and pats and invisible crease of her dress) “Kind  Old Bertha, who took care of me after my family perished, taught me to read and write. Not only English but also Latin. And, most important, she taught me how to prepare healing potions from plants and herbs. Perhaps that’s why the Abbess hates me so much. A peasant girl of the 13th century is dangerous if she knows more than her superiors, I think.”

  1. What are your worst fears or nightmare?

Genevieve (throws a shy look around her. She shivers and her voice is small) “I fear the cursed forest. This forest is responsible for what happened to my family. My father’s odd behavior, the death of my siblings. All the evil that lurks in it.

My nightmare – the Abbess, sister Clementa, who threatens me all the time with sending me to the stake. I can’t understand why she wants me out of the way.”

  1. Is it anything that you secretly desire?

Genevieve (blushes and wrings her hands. Then she looks me directly in the eyes. Her voice is strong now. ) “To become Andrew’s wife and grow a family. If his family agrees….If the Abbess lets me go… If God  forgives me for giving up being a nun…..If I escape alive from the forest…. If….”

 

Author bio:

Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Shadows of the Past, paranormal/light romance/light mystery/light horror was released at the end of 2012 by Wild Child publishing, USA.

 

Carmen Stefanescu’s Links:

http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/

https://twitter.com/Carmen_Books

http://www.pinterest.com/carmens007/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Stefanescu-Books/499245716760283

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6624397.Carmen_Stefanescu

https://plus.google.com/117216040843648957646/posts

http://www.amazon.com/Carmen-Stefanescu/e/B00APVDGAA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1