Now THAT'S what I call revealing: Blocked by @JenLaneBooks

It's cover reveal time! This time it's for Jennifer Lane's upcoming New Adult novel, Blocked. Because Jennifer and I are close writing buds, I got to be a pre-reader of this story, and let me tell you, it's so much more than regular college romance. These two co-eds not only have the pressure of being varsity volleyball players, they're the offspring of presidential hopefuls---in opposing parties. The story isn't afraid to address hot button issues, and it does so in a way that truly respects both sides, not something we see that often in politics anymore (or ever, really).

But the main focus is the unlikely romance. The politics are woven into the narrative in a way that never detracts from, only adds to, the relationship's development. I fell in love with both of the leading lady and man. Lucia is so sweet and endearing, completely relatable and huggable, and Dane at first seems like a typical college jock...but then we find out he has a heart as soft as his body is hard. Well, enough babbling out of me, eh? On to the...



By Jennifer Lane

New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance

Releasing October 21, 2014

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

If you would like to participate in the Release Event and/or Request to Review BLOCKED, you can find out more information HERE.


Jennifer Lane is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an Advanced Reader Copy of BLOCKED on her Facebook page! You can enter HERE.

About the Author

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit. (optional link to include: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/swim-recruit-jennifer-lane/1113038601?ean=2940044896642)

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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Jennifer also has some other exciting news---her CONduct series is now available as a boxed set! All three books of this sexy, fun, romantic suspense series set in Chicago for only $4.99.


Sassy Trollops & Revealing Music + #Giveaways with @RumerHaven

Pop the bubbly for sassy trollop Rumer Haven as she celebrates the release of her debut novel, Seven for a Secret! The story goes back and forth between the Roaring Twenties when the “New Woman” was born and the modern Noughties when she really came of age. Lucky me got ahold of an advance copy and spent an entire weekend thoroughly engrossed in this suspensful and romantic tale.
Read my full 5 star review at Goodreads

Now for my revealing one-question interview with Rumer:
If you had to choose one song that best captures the essence of Seven for a Secret, what would it be and why? 

What a fun question. :)

If I had to choose one song, I instinctively think of "Tonight You Belong to Me" by The Bird and the Bee. As a modern-day cover of a 1920s song, it's the perfect bridge between the past and present story threads and what I could hear playing as the final scene fades to credits if Seven for a Secret were a movie. The 1926 original features in the story because it's such a sweet love song yet also presents a romantic conflict between old and new flames, which relates to my characters' own struggles. And to me, the 2008 synthpop version has a sort of celestial, standing-in-line-for-Space-Mountain-at-Disney-World effect, which suits Kate's planetarium job and all the stargazing throughout Seven for a Secret.

Working in the reverse, though—a 1920s-style cover of a modern song—my publicist tweeted a while back that Postmodern Jukebox's rendition of Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" featuring Snoop Dogg would be a great companion song for the story. I'd never heard that one before and absolutely love it as another great blend of past and present!

Seven for a Secret at Amazon * Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rumer on Twitter * Facebook * Blog * Website * Goodreads

 Seven for a Secret Release Day Facebook Party 
Join Rumer and many other authors (including moi) at this fun event that will be roaring all day long with giveaways & triva.

Seven for a Sweepstakes!

Omnific Publishing is giving away seven ebook copies of Seven for a Secret and 4 adorable key charms (keys are the key to Olive's mystery!) There's a *secret* entry for a very special prize: Send proof of purchase or review on Amazon to Traci.Olsen@OmnificPublishing.com to enter to win a custom made 1920's style cloche hat from www.annachocola.com. You, too can dress like Eva Hughes!

Congrats, Rumer & thanks for answering my question!

Who else has those adorable songs playing in their heads now?


Historical Fiction Meets Contemporary RomCom #iwsg

I'm tacking onto to yesterday's post for this month's contribution to Insecure Writer's Support Group (brainchild of Alex J. Cavannaugh. Visit Alex and the IWSG website to learn more about the group, join it & find the full list of participants). This month I'm wondering about sub-genre mixing. What I'm wondering is---can readers handle it?

It seems like guidelines for genres and sub-genres have become more like rules, and when they're broken, readers act like something is wrong rather than simply different. Since my first novel was published over four years ago, I've become aware that many readers believe certan things shouldn't coexist in a book. Sex and religion, for example. This sincerely confuses me because sex and religion coexist in many, many, many people's lives, so why shouldn't those real-life aspects be merged in a book? But if readers don't like them together, should I refrain from mashing them in future stories I intend to publish?

Have you ever found that there are elements in your own writing that readers balk at combining? How do you respond to that?

By now you might be wondering why I'm tacking onto yesterday's post. It's because yesterday I revealed the cover of a book that does an excellent job of combining two sub-genres that you don't often see together: Historical Fiction and Contemporary RomCom. Seven for a Secret by Rumer Haven breaks molds in a way that I think readers are going to love, and I hope it gets lots of people rethinking the "rules".


 Today I'm taking part in a cover reveal for a story that I'm particularly excited about. Before I tell you anything more than what's in this post title, zee cover...

Coming August 12, 2014

Simple and elegant, yes? What does this cover say to you without knowing anything else about the story?

To see how close you are to the actual plot, read the blurb at Goodreads. You can also add it to your to-read list while you're there AND enter to win one of 5 paperback copies.

Now get to know a little something about the author:
Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching something on Netflix. A former teacher hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband and probably a ghost or two. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and paranormal, which inspires her writing to explore dimensions of time, love, and the soul. Seven for a Secret is her debut novel.

Say hi to Rumer at her blog, on Twitter, or at her Facebook Page


Broken Branch Falls Review @TaraTylerTalks #MiddleGrade #Fantasy

To describe Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler in one word: delightful.

To describe it in a lot of words...
Gabe the Goblin's life isn't really all that different from that of the average teen---grappling with the cliques at school, feeling like he doesn't quite belong where everyone expects him to be, and crushing on the unattainable girl. I adored the little touches added to the Broken Branch world, like Looky Links and MeStar, that make it like our world but with a silly twist.Tara balances Gabe's teen angst with wry humor that made me like him immediately, and I kept that connection with him the whole way through the story, even when his circumstances became very different from anything human teens have to deal with. 

What starts out as fun, teen hijinks takes a surprising turn when Gabe finds out that his peaceful little town is a lie...sort of. And if he doesn't do something, it's going to disappear. Here's where the story takes off on a great adventure. A sort of "fellowship of the Falls" assembles along the way with each new member being an imaginitive creature with a distinct and entertaining personality.

I thought the pacing of the story was perfect. It was packed with action but it never becomes overdone. We're given a chance to catch our breath before the next thing happens, I was grinning like a fool pretty much the whole way through at the clever and often hilarious scenarios. And then, when the secret they'd been searching for is revealed, it was totally gasp-worthy. It's a revelation that will get you thinking---far deeper than I ever expected from a Middle Grade novel.  

Broken Branch Falls is all around a wonderfully crafted story that I recommend to adults as well as middle-graders.

Broken Branch Falls is available at
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