Let the sassy, sexy Smackdown begin! #OmniBookBF

A couple weeks ago I told you that the authors of Omnific Publishing had their panties all twisty over an impending competition between our men. Well, the competition begins TODAY. The guys from our books will step off the pages to go head-to-head (-to-head in some cases) and YOU get to vote on which one makes you most giggly inside. 

Love Between the Sheets is managing the whole shebang, but you can go directly to see (and vote for *ahem*) my boys as follows:

Want to see what this dreamy college co-ed looks like (sans shirt) and hear about his ideal woman and what's on his playlist...er, mix tape? You can find him at the fabulous Obsession is a Book blog. [Or you can vote direct here.] 

Got a thing for good boys? No one's better than this unwittingly delicious angel. You can meet him and learn what he likes least about himself and what his favorite curse words are at the marvelous Reading Past My Bedtime blog. [Or you can vote direct here.]

If you only have time for one character interview question, I highly recommend you read each of the guys' answers to the final question: Where is the most interesting place you've ever made love? I'm particularly proud of what the fellas came up with for this one. And if you'd be a peach (I like that word, Kittie), please come back and let me know whether you liked David's or Evan's answer best. Thanks!

Also this week---Divine Temptation is on tour!
You can find a schedule of reviews, excerpts and guest posts at the Divine Temptation page at AToMR Tours.  


Guardians, Cephalopods & Zombies, oh my

I have three awesome tidbits for you today, plus a chance of prizes.

Happy Birthday to The Guardian's Wildchild by Feather Stone

To celebrate, Pure Jonel Book Reviews is reviewing the book and hosting a giveaway in which you can win signed print copies, ebooks, bookmarks, a crystal, and a special surprise gift. You can meet Feather Stone at her blog, where she always has something interesting and entertaining to say. Also, digital versions of the book are only $2.99 until September 30.

This book will carry us over to the
where I'm breaking the rules, just a little bit.

I got sidetracked this month with preparing a novella for my very first venture into self-publishing (more on that in a bit), thus my reading time was crunched, so I hope you'll forgive that I'm going to go back to a different September 27th, exactly two years ago when I reviewed The Guardian's Wildchild.  Here's my Goodreads review of this story that still resonates with me. Click here to either join the coffeehouse or read about more great books.

I know this is going to sound totally cheesy, but truly, reading this book was a journey. Stone has a remarkable ability to draw readers into this world she's created. It's our world projected into a future that's lost the most beautiful part of being human. Really, what the protagonists are fighting for throughout the story is to bring this beauty back. 

It's hard for me to say whether this story was more character driven or plot driven - both are so strong. And the setting - most of it on a Navy ship out to sea - is fantastic. But I can say that my favorite part of the story was Sidney. She's a supernatural wild child, making her own set of rules but in the end wanting to do what's right. She's the classic heroine and yet unlike any main character I've ever read before. 

Okay, I have two favorite parts. My other favorite part was something I'm not sure I can quite describe, but I'll give it a shot. It was the author's ability to pull me right into the middle of a scene and feel the emotions. There are very few stories that have ever brought me to literal tears, and this is one of them. It wasn't even a climactic moment of the story, but I'd been so pulled into the scene, feeling what each of the characters were feeling and...yeah, I lost it. Twice. 

But that's not all!

If you have an extra few minutes, please pop over to Michael Di Gesu's blog for the reveal of the cover---designed by the fabulous Carol Oates at Custom Book Cover Designs---for my exciting and very mysterious new novella, which will be released on October 8 as a tricksy treat for Kindles everywhere.  And guess what? More chances of prizes because between now and the release day, I'm giving away 5 copies of my Zombie Fairy Tale, Hans & Greta. You can enter to win right here:


Meet Me at Michael's on Friday

I'm rarely the first person to jump on any new trend. I like to let others test it, work out the kinks, and then if it not only sticks around but thrives, I figure there must be something to it and that's when I generally step on board.

Well, self-publishing has just surpassed the Nicki threshold and I am in!  Er, I will be officially in on October 8th when I release a brand new novella through the Kindle Select program. I only made this decision a few weeks ago, but the theme of my story is peeerfect for Halloween reading, so I just dove right in without giving myself time to chicken out. Thus far, Amazon has provided great guidance for getting the publication formatted, so once I was comfortable that I could handle that part of the deal...

I enlisted the services of Carol Oates of Custom Book Cover Designs---she's the one who designed the divine Divine Temptation gif on my sidebar, which many of you had such nice things to say about during last month's IWSG. I am positively gaga over the cover she put together for this new story.

Next I went to Michael Di Gesu, who as many of you know does truly unique and imaginative cover reveals, and he graciously agreed to put  a little somethin' together for this story---the big reveal is TOMORROW!

The story is called Hans & Greta, which tells you it's a retelling of a fairy tale...with a little zombie on the side. Those of you who tuned in last season to D.L. Hammons' Write Club have already read the first 500 words, which I submitted under the penname Sissy Grimm...and if you're really, really curious you can read the full blurb when you add it to your To-Read list at Goodreads *wink* *wink*

See ya Friday at Michaels. ;)
The giveaway below will open when the cover is revealed:


On Best Behavior in Chicago with @JenLanebooks

Congratulations to Jennifer Lane on the publication of the third book in her Conduct trilogy! On Best Behavior is now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook.  If you haven't started on this Romantic Suspense series yet, I have fantastic news for you---the first book in the series, With Good Behavior is now on sale for only 99 cents!

These books are a great mix of romance, suspense, humor and emotion, and it's all written by someone who understands the human mind very well---Jennifer is also a practicing psychologist. The series takes place in Chicago, a city near and dear to my heart, so to celebrate the completion of the series, I asked Jennifer about her Chicago favorites.

Jennifer Lane's Chicago Favorites 

Museum: Shedd Aquarium

Pizza: Giordano's deep dish pizza, of course! 

Place for lunch: Big Bowl (I love Asian food) 

Piece of architecture: the Bean (Cloud Gate

Coffee shop: Starbucks is my favorite in ANY city

Outdoor spot to sit and chillax:
Ohio Street Beach in the summer, Michigan Ave. around Christmastime

Howl at the Moon (dueling piano bar) was a blast for my sister's bachelorette party

Place to get an aerial view of the city:
This is extravagant, but my brother-in-law is a pilot who owns an old-fashioned red bi-plane. One time he flew me in his plane over Lake Michigan with an open-air cockpit view of the stunning skyline. Unforgettable!

Place to swim:
(Jennifer swam competitively in college, btw)
Lake Michigan in August, when the water's warm enough to swim 1-2 miles without a wetsuit.

Sports team:
I loved the Bulls when Michael Jordan played, but now I say the Blackhawks since we met some of them at a bar after their Stanley Cup win.

I definitely need to hang with Jennifer in Chicago more often---private planes, brushing elbows with Blackhawks?! Fuggedabouddit.


Happy Release Day @AlexJCavanaugh!

Today is the release of CassaStorm, the third and final installment of Alex J. Cavanaugh's best selling Sci-Fi series.  Congratulations, Alex! This week Alex is taking the world by storm and answering a unique question at each of the participting blogs. Here's mine:

Me: What one song best captures the essence of the final book in the Cassa trilogy and why?

Alex: Daft Punk’s Recognizer from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. I normally don’t listen to instrumental soundtracks, but my wife likes this one, and occasionally it would be playing in the background when I wrote. Recognizer is very ominous in tone and it builds tension with its pacing. It fits the darker tones of CassaStorm.

Me: To show how much I like and respect Alex, I will give you a link to the song even though I've held a slight grudge against Tron: Legacy ever since it kicked Harry Potter out of IMAX before I could see it there. *hmph* But, um, I have to admit---it's a pretty cool tune. Darker tones...interesting.

Comment on Alex’s blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug, mousepad, magnet, and swag!

By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorm is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse

“Cavanaugh has created wonderfully moving moments of great poignancy… CassaStorm could have been a dark story full of hardship and angst, but instead it's a cleverly balanced story about hope and triumph.” 
- Lynda R. Young, author of Make Believe

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm: Barnes and NobleAmazonAmazon KindleGoodreads 

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.


Testosterone...it makes women Kah-raaaazy! #OmniBookBF

As many of you know, I'm with a small publisher, and one of the very best benefits of that, at least at Omnific Publishing, is the camaraderie among the authors and our willingness to jump in and support one another. Since Omnific is a romance publisher, most of the authors are women, and up until a few days ago, I thought they were just about the nicest group of women I could ever meet. And then something happened...

Men happened.

They'd been there all along, of course, but we'd always confined them to between the pages of our novels. Sure, lots of the guys made their way onto book covers and into the trailers, a few even set up their own Twitter accounts, but they were contained within their own universes and never interfered with the relationships between the women who'd invented them. Until...

Lisa Sanchez and Jennifer DeLucy dreamed up a group event in which we'd let our boys out to playay in a friendly little competition in which each guy is matched up against another guy to go head-to-head in a character-off. Readers will decide the winner. Dina at Love Between the Sheets blook blog stepped in to help sort it, and the matches are set to begin on September 30. Thus far the boys have been very well behaved and seem to be getting along quite swimmingly, as you can see in this drool-worthy promo video:

But the women...well, let's just say the smack talk has started flying, and these nurturing, gentle souls have turned into something quite other as they defend the relative manliness of their men. And it's not just them...

This testosterone-induced frenzy seems to have infected my brain as well, and I find myself doing that thing with my neck, like a cock (of the doodle-do sort) sizing up another male threatening to invade its hen house. And I'm rhyming words that just don't---like Bring it on and Alison. Beckett and Suck it. Those don't rhyme!!  Yet I'm convinced that they do! And so I guess there is only one thing to be done for it...

Meet me in the ring on September 30 and help David and Evan smash my lovely sister-authoresses' men to the mat. I'll be back with links when they're available.

The gloves are ON!


Happy 2 Year Anniversary, IWSG!

Wow. I can't believe the Insecure Writer's Support Group has already been going for two years! Not that I didn't expect it to last, I just can't believe that much time has passed since Alex J. Cavannaugh was asking if we thought it was a good idea. I hope you've seen by now, Ninja Master, that yes, it was a very good idea. Thanks for organizing it and keeping it lively. Can't wait to see what you've got in store for us for the future.

On this monumental occasion, I have a most unmonumental insecurity, regarding which I would appreciate your unbridled honestly. If you look to your left, beneath the IWSG icon you'll see a moving gif that I happen to love. It was created for me by a friend because I asked her to make it. But here's what I want to know---honesty, remember---is it obnoxious? Do you find it annoying to have it blinking in your peripheral while you're reading this or any other post?

Because if I'm being honest, if it wasn't blinking about my book, I kind of think I'd be annoyed by it. But that's me. What say you? Do you recommend I replace it with a stationary book cover?

Thank you!  And please click on the IWSG icon for links to other members of the group.