Love and Rockets Giveaway!! @LndReviews

I was recently blessed to meet firecracker extraordinaire, Midian Sosa, when she attended the #Omnilicious Twitter party a few months ago. She devours books daily and shares her thoughts in reviews---and I've found them to be some of the most energetic, flat-out-honest, and fun reviews around. And noooow, she's started a Twitter account dedicated to her reviews, so I've invited her over to give you TEN good reasons to follow her there. Take it away, Midian:   

From Midian:

Since I decided to be awesome and open a Twitter account to share reviews, I am going to give 10 packages of eBooks that will make y’all very happy! It’s very simple, just follow @LndReviews on Twitter and add and follow Midian Sosa on Goodreads!

Feel free to mention/leave a post letting me know you did it and you get more chances of winning! 

Winners will be announced after the page gets to the 500 followers mark but the more, the merrier! If by any chance you win a package of books you've already read, don’t worry, I'll work something out for you! Now, the prizes!

Package #1:
1. Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
2. Three Daves by Nicki Elson
3. Divine Temptation by Nicki Elson
4. Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia
5. Bittersweet Seraphim by Debra Anastasia

Package #2:
1. Tangled by Emma Chase
2. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
3. Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sevic
4. How To Kill A Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo
5. Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely

Package #3
1. Broken Hart by Ella Fox
2. Shattered Hart by Ella Fox
3. Loving Hart by Ella Fox
4. Unbroken Hart by Ella Fox
5. Missing Hart by Ella Fox

Package #4
1. Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
2. Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard
3. Release Me by J. Kenner
4. Claim Me by J. Kenner
5. Ask For It by Sylvia Day

Package #5
1. Opal by Jennifer Armentrout
2. Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
3. Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout
4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
5. The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

Package #6
1. Thoughtless by S.C Stephens
2. Effortless by S.C Stephens
3. Reckless by S.C Stephens
4. The Edge Of Never by J.A. Redmerski
5. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Package #7
1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
2. Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
3. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
4. Point Of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
5. This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Package #8
1. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
2. Never Too Far by Abbi Glines
3. Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines
4. Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines
5. The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Package #9
1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
2. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
3. Easy by Tammara Webber
4. The Proposition by Katie Ashley
5. The Proposal by Katie Ashley

Package #10
1. Naked by Raine Miller
2. All In by Raine Miller
3. Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller
4. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
5. Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren


There is going to be DOUBLE excitement in the blogosphere this coming Monday, July 29, when the cover for Siv Maria Ottem's upcoming novel, Secrets of the Ash Tree, is revealed. Not only is it always exciting to see a brand new cover, this particular one has been designed by artist Michael Di Gesu. Yes, our Michael Di Gesu!  I'm just dying to see what artist & author have cooked up together, and I'm sure you are too, so tie a string around your finger or whatever you've got to do to remind yourself to stop by Micheal's In Time... blog and Siv's Been there, done that. blog on Monday. See you there!

If you're looking for something to do in the meantime, you have until tomorrow to enter the super awesome LOADED Kindle Fire HD giveaway in the #SizzlingSummerEvent. To enter and/or read the silly guest post I did for the event, just click on the nifty Kindle below.

And don't forget that WRiTE Club is going strong over at D.L. Hammons' Cruising Altitude 2.0 blog. Voting stays open on each bout for a full week, so there are a couple posted right now that you can have your say on. Just don't forget to be signed up on the Linky so that your vote will count. 

Right then, carry on and have a fantastic weekend!


Sizzling Summer (LOADED KINDLE FIRE HD!) Giveaway

The ladies of YA Bound have definitely picked the right name for this giveaway---the temps are sizzling in the Chicago area these days. How about by you? (Eh, cancel what I said about sizzling temps in Chicago---it's friggin freezing!)

The other thing sizzling about this giveaway is that you have the chance to win one of two loaded Kindle Fire HDs. One comes loaded with hot YA reads and the other comes loaded with steamy NA & Adult reads. (contest open through July 27 to U.S. residents)

To get to the entry form, click on either of the images below to visit a hosting blog; hop around to all the participating book review blogs to meet the featured authors. I'll be at I Heart YA Books, Book Nerd Paradise, and The Book Lover's Report asking for a little help in defining my author platform---and sharing a couple excerpts. ;) Have fun & good luck!

Titles on the NA/Adult Kindle Fire HD:

Titles on the YA Kindle Fire HD:


Let's go on an eRoad Trip, New Adult-style

Quest #1; Stop #8

This week, my blog is a featured stop in the NAmazing Adventure, a blog event featuring over 60 New Adult authors + prize packs that include ARCs, signed books, gift cards, swag, and more! There are six legs in this journey---during each, you'll travel through a series of blogs, picking up info on great NA reads, and then take a simple quiz at the end. You can get a quest map for the overall NAmazing Adventure at NA Alley, home of our amazing tour guides. Now, let's hit the trail!

THREE DAVES by Nicki Elson: Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that’s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy, and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing it... and having fun doing it, too. She didn’t want to become the campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience. Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. And with that realization, Jen decided to find “the one” and lose her virginity, although not necessarily in that order... 

Got that written down in your travel journal? Good. Keep it handy because you'll need that info. for the quiz at the end of this leg. And remember, you must complete ALL 6 quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack. The contest will remain open until 11am EST on Monday, July 22.

Thanks for stopping by. Ready for the next stop on the adventure?
Click HERE to visit Norse goddess, ST Bende. 

Book Bloggers: See the Angel Event gif to the left? Sign-up for this event through AToMR Tours just opened!

And if that's not enough adventure for ya, Three Daves is on tour this week w/ AToMR Tours. The 3D tour is packed with excerpts, guest posts, reviews and more ways to win the book. You can find the full schedule here. 

Orrrr, you can enter the Blog Tour giveaway right here:

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I'm at the New Adult Book Club Today for a Little Q & A

Happy Friday, everyone!  Just want to let you know that I'm over at the New Adult Book Club at Goodreads with a Q&A that will be open all weekend. Below is my intro. If it sparks any questions or comments at all, please click it & head over to the forum to drop me a line. 

I'd love it if you'd Tweet about it. Here'a a handy-dandy Tweetable:
Visit @NickiElson3D at the NA Book Club & get a prize just for asking a question. http://ow.ly/mUz5I 

Anyone who stops by w/ a question or comment will get a pdf of the unpublished Three Daves Appendix (3 days told from the guy's POV). And on Monday I'll randomly choose one question-asker to win an eCollection of my two novels & short single. 


Pop the Bubbly for Pop Travel by Tara Tyler!

Today's the day!
Tara Tyler's techno-thriller, Pop Travel, is now available at Amazon!!! 
(more links coming soon)

Congratulations, Tara. I'm absolutely thrilled for you and cannot wait to join P.I. Cooper on his adventure. Lucky me gets to host the lovely debut author on release day, and because I know she has tons going on, I only asked her one simple question...

Me: If you had to pick one song that best captures the essence of Pop Travel, what would it be and why?

Tara T: A while back, I did a blogfest that asked, What if your book became a movie… We were supposed to pick movie stars and a theme song. For my song, I chose "New Low" by Middle Class Rut. It's perfect for Cooper. It has a futuristic sound and is about a guy who's had a rough time and is cynical about it.

But I am also excited to share that my eldest son read Pop Travel and did a report on it for school – he chose 10 songs for a soundtrack! 

Here's his playlist for Pop Travel:

Georgia by Ray Charles – Setting

New Low by Middle Class Rut – Cooper, protagonist

I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift – Geri

Try by Pink – Theme, Never give up

Price Tag by Jesse J – Theme, Money can't buy your way out of things

Airplanes by B.o.B. & Haley Williams – Cooper is a pilot and is afraid of popping

Somebody's Watchin' Me by Rockwell – Setting, Constant surveillance, cameras everywhere

Cruella de Vil by Bill Lee – Vivienne, antagonist

Wish You Were Here by Incubus – Theme, Cooper misses dead wife

Second Chance by Shinedown – Theme, Cooper gets a second chance at life

Click image to watch New Low official video at You Tube
Thanks, Nicki, for letting me share this incredible event! So exciting!

Me: The pleasure was all mine, Tara. A visit to your blog is always a treat, so I can only how much fun Pop Travel is going to be. And that is so cool that your son made a playlist for you! 

In 2080, technology has gone too far for J. L. Cooper. He is happily hidden in his simple, secluded life as a private detective in a small town, far from any pop travel laser teleportation stations. Until he takes on a client who insists pop travel made his fiancé disappear.

When Cooper investigates, he finds evidence of pop travel's deadly flaw, sparking a series of murders, attempts on his life, and threats to his brother. He’d like to pass off the evidence but knows he’s being watched and can’t trust anyone. And who would believe him?

The only way he can save his brother is to fool his observers while looking for a way to expose the problem. He decides to go to the source and confront the Creator of pop travel. On his way, Cooper meets Southern siren, Geri Harper (an undercover FBI agent) who tags along despite his protests. When they reach the Creator, he has plans of his own and leads them on a wild detour.

Tara Tyler started out as a math teacher. After having a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering and living up and down the Eastern US, she finally found some roots, writing and teaching in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. In addition to her novels, she has published short stories and poetry in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, and Humor. So many stories to tell!

Buy Pop Travel at Amazon


IWSG: The Worst Review Ever

Hola, fellow members of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by the marvelous Alex J. Cavanaugh. A frequent topic in the group is dealing with negative feedback on our writing, whether it be via reviews, crit groups, or online forums. It seems we all agree that constructive criticism is rather like a visit to the dentist. It might hurt, but in the end we recognize that we're better off for it and will even come back for more.

And then there is the feedback that's just plain mean. This is like...like walking innocently down the sidewalk and having a random jogger punch you in the face. By the time you recover enough to ask why, the jogger has crossed the street and disappeared from your vision (this actually happened to my brother once, btw). It hurts, you're bruised, and you're left with no explanation as to what the jerk's problem was. Nothing good comes from this because there is no meaning in the meanness. All we can do is get up, shake it off, and try to not let it make us afraid to walk down the sidewalk again. 

Thus far I've been fairly fortunate and haven't been dealt any blows I can't easily deflect, but if I strive to widen my audience...well, success will mean dealing with meanness. But not to worry, because I have an automatic go-to to make me feel better in that situation, and you may borrow it if you like. It's a comment from Mark Twain about Jane Austen's writing, copied below. What it serves to remind me of is that everyone approaches a book from a different standpoint. Some people will love it, some people won't, and some people will feel the need to spit venom over it. That's just the way it is. 

 Mark Twain in a letter to Joseph Twichell, 13 September 1898:
"I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone."

Janie had the good fortune of being dead when this letter was written, but even still, I can't imagine it didn't sting just a little. Yet that doesn't keep thousands and thousands of people (who are not Mark Twain) from adoring her work, me included.