Just a reminder…

Just a reminder. Saturday from 9:30am to 5:00pm I will be attending the Austin Teen Book Fest at Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas. I am their official photographer for the event.

There will be many great authors. Kresley Cole being one of them. 

Here is the link: http://austinteenbookfestival.com/ 

It is a free events however you do have to pay $7.00 for parking. For every book that you purchase you may bring in 3 of your own to get signed. 

I will be posting pictures up as soon as I can. I need time to edit any and get them mailed off to BookPeople.

I hope that you all have a great weekend.

Fun stuff

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Got a ton of great things in the mail today for being on Yasmine Galenorn’s street team/fan club.

There was a poster, bookmarks, postcards, bracelets, stickers, button, bag, keychain, little jar and sooo much more!!!

I was excited because she is one on my favorite authors. If you haven’t read anything from her I suggest heading to the book store NOW!

RAD Meeting

Tonight we discussed “Forgive my Fins” by Tera Lynn Childs.

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I must say we LOVED this book. Several of us read it in one or two days. We couldn’t put it down. It was very “Ten things I hate about you”. One of the main characters reminded a couple of us of Heath Ledger.  This is one that the club would recommend to all.

 THE STORY

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid—she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type—the instant they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

This book was honored on the 2011 Lone Star Reading List.

To read an excerpt from this book please go to this website:

http://browseinside.harperteen.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061914676&cm_mmc=wgt-_-bi-_-vrl-_-bi9780061914676

Tera’s Bio

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Tera Lynn Childs is a newly discovered species of authorfish that always dreamed of being a mermaid, but never got closer than a career as a competitive swimmer. Loves to spend as much time as possible in and around water, right up until her fingertips turn all pruney, in the vain hope that one day her legs will magically turn into fins. When stuck on land, you can findAuthora neo writing in coffee shops across the country, prowling for cool mermaid gear on Etsy, and spending way too much time online.

Tera is the author of the RITA Award–winning book Oh. My. Gods., and its sequel, Goddess Boot Camp, about a cross-country-running California girl struggling to find her place at a school for the descendants of Greek gods. Her new series about a half-mermaid princess who goes to high school on the mainland begins with Forgive My Fins.

After moving around a lot (a LOT) growing up, Tera is currently nomadic and looking for a place to settle down with her adorable Dalmatian mix, Daisy.

Tera has also won these awards for another book:

Oh. My. Gods.—Romance Writers of America RITA Award, 2009

Oh. My. Gods.—Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List, 2010

Oh. My. Gods.—Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, 2009
Websites for Tera Lynn Childs

Tera’s Website:http://teralynnchilds.com/

For a complete list of Tera’s books head over to this site http://teralynnchilds.com/books/

Tera’s Blog: http://teralynnchilds.blogspot.com/

Tera’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authortlc

Book signing photos

Dragons, Mermaid and Vamps OH MY!!

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Here are the ladies. in order from left to right: Sophie Jordan, Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs and Mari Mancusi. In the background is Danny Woodfill. He is the owner of The Book Spot where the signing was held.

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Me and Mari Mancusi.

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Me and Sophie Jordan.

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Me and Tera Lynn Childs.

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Me and Tracy Deebs.

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The book club(missing a few) with the authors.

The next book signing at The Book Spot will be on the 30th of September. Kresley Cole and several others will be attending. I will of course be posting photos from that event as well.  🙂

 I would like …

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I would like to welcome S.A. Jones to my blog.  She has a new book with three other fantastic authors called Harvest Treats. You will not only read stories from S.A. Jones but Lisa Bilbrey, Elizabeth Lawrence and Michele Richard as well.

 

Image      S.A. Jones is a military wife and mother of two boys. As far back as

she can remember she has always written stories of some sort, and the

times she can’t remember, her mother has interjected that she was also
a writer.

As well as being a writer, Mrs. Jones is also an avid reader. She
primarily enjoys thrillers, but is always a stickler for a good
romance novel, especially those falling within the historical fiction
category.

Beyond writing, she also enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and crafting.

TWITTER
http://www.twitter.com/AuthorSAJones

FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSAJones

GOODREADS
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6475968.S_A_Jones

WRITING BLOG
http://www.ravishingren.blogspot.com/

 

Guest post from the fabulous S.A. Jones:

I begin my day at about six am by brewing myself a lovely cup of hot tea. Taking a calming, deep breath, I do a bit of yoga in order to focus myself, followed by settling in to my luxurious computer chair, opening a blank document, and tapping out a masterpiece… Is what people probably think when I say I’m an author.  The reality of it, is so much more. Above and beyond being an author, I’m an editor, my own worst critic, a mother, and wife. This is how my day typically starts here lately…

Wake up at about six am, to the thundering sounds of my oldest son, “Bug”, jumping up and down in his bedroom while singing “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” at the top of his lungs. While remaining barefoot, I try to slip my way into the kitchen as quietly as possible so I can brew a cup of hot tea. Which is supposedly weight loss tea, and if it doesn’t turn out to work, I would have paid way too much for it. Despite my efforts of silent, I hear,
“GOOD MORNING, MOMMY!” Screamed from the top of the steps, and which point Bug comes running down the steps, and declares he is hungry and wants breakfast. I manage to convince him to hold off maybe another thirty minutes since lunch is at eleven, and I don’t want him to be a terror at school because he’s hungry. By now I have Bug settled at the table with a bowl of cereal, and I’m now cleaning up where I somehow poured milk completely over the side of his bowl. I’ve also managed to brew my tea, but I’ve forgotten to remove the leaves, and have inhaled a leaf. It’s not even seven yet, yay.

While Bug is eating his breakfast, I settle on to the couch and boost the laptop, peaking into Skype to see if there is anything needed from me in that instant for the wonderful women at Renaissance Romance Publishing, or at Jitterbug PR (run by the amazing Ali of Ali’s Bookshelf). Generally at seven, we’re all rushing about to get our kids about, so nothing is needed of me… Yet.

At five-years-old, Bug is old enough to clear his own bowl, so he does. He then proceeds up the stairs to get dressed for the day, and then spends the next thirty to forty-five minutes following me around the house, arguing about where his shoes are and aren’t, and by this time his younger brother, “Gnat”, has woken up. Gnat, being only six-months-old is substantially less self-sufficient, so I go about getting him ready for the day. Still arguing with Bug about his shoes.

Eight rolls around, and it’s time to get out the door. We’re going on an hour arguing about the location of shoes, in which I take three steps upstairs, and can see the landing at the top, and his shoes are sitting right there. At this point I’m doing my best not to continue arguing with him, and I’ve realized I’ve yet to dress myself this morning. Which leads to the Mom attire. Shorts, a t-shirt someone has probably managed to throw up, spit on, snot on, or one of the other many things kids do, before I can walk out the front door, and the shaping sneakers that look like they’re platform.

Fast forward to dropping Bug off at school as we recite the following, “We don’t hit. We don’t kick. We don’t spit. We don’t throw rocks. We don’t push. We listen to our teacher. We do our class work. We will be good today.” I send him on his merry way with his little Cars book bag with matching lunchbox (oh, did I not mention, I’ve managed to pack him lunch somewhere during the argument about shoes), and say a silent prayer that the teacher doesn’t have to call me.

Shaking your head at all of that, as you find it relatable, or are thinking that I am a mad woman, I’m sure that you’ve noticed there seems to be NOTHING about being an author in there. That’s because there really wasn’t. I am an author, but there’s so many other things that come with that as well. Let’s fast forward again.

I’m back home now. Thank goodness. Gnat is fed, and down for a nap, so I sit down in front of the laptop once more. I realize in the hour since I last checked in, there’s a hundred or so pings back and forth in RenRom’s Skype communications, and I now have acquired a list of things to do, and soon! I go into a document that I’ve been staring at for days on end even though I’ve had writer’s block and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Once in said document, I’m thrilled to realize the writer’s block is gone! Hurray! Right? Wrong. The last two chapters I wrote seemed all wrong, and now I’m down a couple grand words, because I’ve deleted the chapters. I spend the next couple hours going back and editing everything that I’ve already done, and lose a couple hundred more words, and now half of it doesn’t make sense anymore.

I manage to get to a point where I can finally start writing again, but now Gnat is up, and it’s time to get ready to pick Bug up from school. By the time that’s done, and we’re back home, there are still other obligations to be done. Writing Dad an e-mail since he’s deployed, soccer practice at five-thirty, dinner when we get home, baths, bed, etc. We’re inching in on eight pm now, and I’ve still yet to accomplish anything.

Three hour long writer’s group sessions later, I’m back up a few grand on the word count! Yay! It’s also eleven pm at this point, I still have editing to do, a second piece that I’m writing, and Bug who will wake up in seven hours, once again singing “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt”. Which I end up walking around the kitchen singing myself some mornings.

No, I don’t get to sit in a luxurious computer chair, I’m generally sprawled on the couch with my laptop, looking like the biggest bum ever, or in a hard-backed dining room chair at the desktop computer. I do get my tea, which is delicious, and one of the few splurges I have. Yoga would be wonderful to do, but unless I plan it between four and five am, I don’t see it happening. Masterpieces do not come flowing through my brain on a regular basis, though I wish they did, and I am my own worst critic.

If you asked me ten years ago what my dream job was, I would tell it I was an aspiring author. The editing I just happened to fall in love with along the way as well, which works to my advantage at times, and works totally against me at others.  At the end of the day though, I love my husband, I love my kids, I love my family, I love my friends, I love my job, and I love the people I work with. If you asked me ten years ago what my dream job was, I would tell it I was an aspiring author.

The Book cover and Summary:

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The Journey Home

 The Sharks’ star quarterback, Travis McCoy has it all, until an injury ends his season early. When he receives an invitation to attend the big homecoming game from his alma mater, Travis decides it’s time to face his past. The journey home sends Travis down a path that he never expects. Will he be able to come to grips when everything around him is spiraling out of control?

Love Something Fierce

 Claire Beausejour is a single mother working two jobs, and putting up with the daily antics of her three roommates, as she tries to better the life she leads for herself and her daughter, Hope. That is until she meets Dawson Williams, best friend to Hope’s father. Despite the circumstances, a friendship begins to develop between Claire and Dawson, leading to events neither could have ever expected.

 10 Days to Love

Richie Graham and Danielle ‘Dani’ MacDonald have been best friends for four years. Now that the time has come to leave Old Orchard Beach for college, the countdown begins to say goodbye. The race to close down her family’s motel for the season and for their hearts begins. With ten days left, will they see what’s always been right in front of them? Or is there too much left unsaid?

My Apple Tree

David Cleary and Katie O’Connell had the perfect love. When they are separated by tragedy, David is devastated and refuses to move on — until he meets Emily “Mel” Wallace. Gun-shy Mel understands how a heart can break in the aftermath of violence. Although neither of them want to love again, the attraction between them is difficult to resist. David wants to keep Mel safe, but first he will need to risk his heart.

 

 

GIVEAWAY:  http://jitterbugpr.blogspot.com/2012/08/upcoming-tour-harvest-treats.html

 

 

Tour Dates:

17thReader’s After Dark (Guest Post by S.A. Jones)

            Fandom Fanatic (Character interview, Lisa Bilbrey)

18thBreath of Life (Guest Post by Elizabeth Lawrence)

19thAli’s Bookshelf (Interview with Elizabeth Lawrence)

20thMich’s Book Review (Review, Interview and Character Interview with                Elizabeth Lawrence)

21stLindsey Gray (Review)

22nd – Storytime Book Review (Guest Post with Michele Richard)

23rd – 

24thBookish Babbles with Michelle (Review)

25thK is for Kechell (Review)

The above dates for the 22nd and the 23rd are still open, should be filled by later today.  So those two dates will have blog stops as well.  A final copy of schedule will be posted on jitterbugpr.blogspot.com early tomorrow morning. 

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Book Signing Today

Today I will be attending a book signing at The Book Spot in Round Rock, Texas. The featured authors will be Tera Lynn Childs, Sophie Jordan, Mari Mancusi, & Tracy Deebs, I can’t wait to meet Tera, Sopie and Mari. I have already met Tracy thanks to a dear friend. I will make sure and post a few pictures for you later. If you are in this area the signing starts at 3pm.

Tera Lynn Childs books are Forgive me Fins (which we are covering tomorrow in our book club meeting) Fins are forever and Just for Fins, Sweet Venom and Sweet Shadows, Oh my Gods and Goddess Bootcamp, Eye Candy and Straight Talk.

Sophie Jordan books are Hidden, Vanish, and Firelight.

Mari Mancusi books are The Blood Coven series,Tomorrowland, Skaterboy, Alternity, Gamer Girl, Love at 11, Karma Kitty goes to Comic con, and Zombiewood Confidential.

Tracy Deebs books are Tempest Rising, Tempest Unleashed and Tempest Revealed, Doomed, Soulbound and he International Kissing Club

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Angel’s Heart Blog Tour & Giveaway

 Angel’s Heart Blog Tour

 

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Title: Angel’s Heart: The Keeper

Author: Lisa Bilbrey

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

An age old prophecy, secret societies, and an enemy she never even knew she had, Sophie Crenshaw always thought of herself as just being average. Along with her two best friends, Deva and Tabitha, Sophie sets off on what she thinks is a normal vacation. What she doesn’t know is that everything she thought she knew about who she is, and what she can do, is about to change. With the help of people who she’s never met, but know everything about her, will she be able to get control of the feelings steering up inside of her? Or will it be too much for her to handle?

Henry Chang grew up hearing the stories about the legendary Keeper of the Angel’s Heart.  In a divine moment, he’s tied to her heart forever. Will their growing love give Sophie the strength and courage to face the greatest challenge of her young life?

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Author Bio

Lisa Bilbrey is a mom of three and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996.
Finding a love in the written word, she started writing as a way to express herself. From the first word she wrote, she’d found her heart and soul. Always willing to learn, she’s spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller. She’s been blessed to find Michele Richard and Laura Braley, both of whom she spends hours every day writing with.

 

Links:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5623998.Lisa_Bilbrey

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lisa-Bilbrey-Author/246940905370393

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/LisaBilbrey

Blog: http://lisabilbrey.blogspot.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0073U40XI

Twilah: http://ow.ly/aCs8G

Excerpt:

Once they arrived in Honolulu, Henry insisted on carrying Sophie’s bag for her. She blushed, stammered out a thank you, and followed him through the tunnel into Honolulu International Airport. Deva and Tabitha let out matching squeals before hooking their arms with hers and pulling her after the boys. Sophie didn’t need to be a mind reader to know her friends were crushing on the men walking in front of them. Henry looked back at Sophie, a wide smile spreading over his lips. She knew just how her friends felt.

“So we’ve been wondering if maybe you girls would like to ride over to Sayar Island with us.” Tanner smiled. “We’re going there anyway, so it kind of makes sense, doesn’t it?”

“Perfect sense,” Deva murmured, before she turned to Tabitha and Sophie. “Right, girls?”

“Definitely.” Having agreed right away with Deva, Tabitha looked over at Sophie, giving her a look that demanded she do this or else.

Sophie sighed, knowing she didn’t have much choice in the matter. “Fine.”

They pulled their luggage off the conveyor belt and followed the boys outside the airport. Sophie’s breath caught in her chest when a woman wearing a blue and pink floral bikini top and a grass skirt stepped up in front of her, slipping a lavender lei around her neck. She leaned forward, kissed both her cheeks, and greeted her by saying, “Welcome to the islands.”

Sophie whispered her thanks and followed Henry over to the row of taxis. Before she could climb into one, however, someone grabbed her arm, spinning her around with an alarming amount of force. She found herself face to face with an old woman, who gaped at her. Her eyes were wild, a crazed smile tugged on her lips, her dark hair was matted with dirt and grime, and her skin was covered in soot and bruises. The woman’s ratty appearance made it clear that she had lived a rough life on the streets.

Before Sophie could do as much as take a breath, the woman started speaking, her voice grainy and rough. “When the tides fall with the rising moon, protect the Heart.” The old woman shifted her eyes over to Henry. Her free hand came up, grabbing onto the front of his white shirt. “Keep close to your heart’s desire, or lose yourself completely.”

Before Sophie or Henry could respond, the woman released her hold on them and hurried away, muttering under her breath about prophecies coming to life. Sophie could only stare after her, wondering what that old woman had been talking about and why she felt the need to actually heed her warning.

 

If you would like to win a paperback copy of this great book and have it signed by the author please check out this link: http://jitterbugpr.blogspot.com/2012/08/upcoming-blog-tour-angels-heart-by-lisa.html

 

 Tour Schedule

Sept. 3rd  – Breath of Life (Interview)

Sept. 4th –  Renaissance Romance Publishing Blog

Sept. 5th – Alexx Mom Cat’s Gateway Book Blog (Guest post)

A Girl and Her Kindle (Excerpt)

Sept. 6th – Jess Resides Here (Interview)

Sept. 7th –  Have you Seen My Indies (Excerpt)

Sept. 8th – Italian Brat’s Obsession (Guest Post)

Sept. 9th – Mich’s Book Reviews (Interview)

Sept. 10th – Fandom Frantic (Guest Post)

Sept. 11th –  WTF are you reading (Guest Post)

Sept 12th – Seeing Night Reviews  (Guest Post)

The Bunny Review  (Excerpt)

Sept. 13th – Ali’s Bookshelf (Guest Post)

Sept. 14th – My Fiction Nook (Excerpt)

Sept. 15th –  Bookish Babbles with Michelle

Sept. 16th – Cabin Goddess (Review)

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