Book Tour Third Degree

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Today I’m hosting a tour for the new julie Cross novel THIRD DEGREE

I have read it, reviewed it (read my review here), and love it!

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A New Adult Contemporary Romance

By Julie Cross

Published by Flirt (Imprint of Random House)

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Fans of Monica Murphy and Tammara Webber will savor this New Adult novel—a story about coming of age in the heat of the moment—from Julie Cross, the internationally bestselling author of the Tempest trilogy.

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I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen.

But so far, my roommate hates me and I’m not into the party scene. The only good thing about school has been getting to know my insanely hot RA. Marshall Collins makes me wonder about everything I missed while I was growing up too fast. Pretty soon we’re hanging out constantly, but for the first time, I find myself wanting more than a no-strings-attached physical relationship. And the lesson I really need is one Marsh definitely can’t teach me: love. Because I’m going to be alone forever if I don’t learn fast.

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About the Author

Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and New Adult genres. She’s also a committed (but not talented) long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Tour and Giveaway – His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock

Today we’re on tour with Prism Book Tours to find out more about

His Hometown Girl 

by Karen Rock

Published March 1st 2014 by Harlequin

He’d always managed to best her.

Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he’s not playing fair.

Facing off against Daniel is the last thing Jodi wants. The attraction that’s always fueled their competitiveness is as strong as ever and just as distracting. But with both their futures on the line, and years of distrust between them, how can they ever be on the same side?

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Karen was so kind as to interview Jodi for All That’s Written. I’d like to thank her for that and invite you to read it, find out more about the main character before you rush off to get the book.


So, Jodi, after reading His Hometown Girl, the reader understands more about you and how you became a junior executive at an industrial agribusiness. What can you tell the folks who haven’t read the book yet about your situation?I grew up on a dairy farm in Cedar Bay, Vermont and know a lot about farm life. I never minded the hard work as long as I was outside, in the country, working with animals. Farming communities are very close, and I loved picking berries at neighbors’ fields, going on hay rides, potluck suppers and holiday village get-togethers. But it wasn’t until I was in my senior year in high school that I learned that there was a darker, dangerous side to farming when my father lost his arm in an accident. Since I should have been helping him instead of spending time with a friend, I wasn’t there when his arm was pinned. He lost his arm because no one was there to call 911 for three hours after he was trapped, and I blame myself for it. Now, I work for a business that buys farms from families at a fair price so that they can pursue other dreams, safely, without being tied to their past. It gives them more opportunities and a different future than they’d grown up imagining. However, now that I’ve returned to Cedar Bay, my thinking has changed about that as you’ll see in the book.Your son Tyler is adorable! Yet he has his challenges too. What is it like raising a child with autism? What advice would you give mothers of children with special needs?

Thank you! I love Tyler and would do anything for him. Tyler’s father doesn’t agree that he has autism and, after our divorce, spends no time with Tyler. I feel extra protective of him, especially since Tyler stopped talking after his father walked out. I work with him on therapy activities every day which sometimes works well and, at other times, ends with both of us in tears. Sometimes I wonder- why Tyler? I spend way too much time on the internet looking up different ways to help him and trying this diet or that. Yet, no matter what, Tyler is always such a unique kid and his own person. He just melts my heart. He has an elephant named ‘Ollie’ that he dresses in wacky outfits every day and he has a deep belly laugh that’s cute coming from a four-year-old. It’s infectious. I just wish I could hear him speak again. It’s hard, sometimes, to feel like I’m doing a good job as a mother and I feel like if I could pay for the day care that would help him regain his speech, than I would have done what’s best for him. Yet my time at Cedar Bay challenges that notion.

As for advice, I think what I’ve learned is not to be so hard on myself as a parent and not hold my child to impossible expectations. Every child will make gains and learn at his or her own pace and all we can do is work with them, encourage them, love them, and most of all, accept and celebrate them for the joy they bring us. I spent too much time stressing that he wasn’t ‘normal’ when I should have realized that there is no definition of ‘normal’ and that Tyler is perfect just the way he is. Any gains he makes are worth celebrating, not stressing over.

You used to have such a strong connection with Cedar Bay and an old childhood rival and later secret boyfriend, Daniel Gleason. Do you think you could ever care for either of them again?

When I left Cedar Bay, I tried putting it, and Daniel, out of my mind forever. In their own way, both had crushed me. However, when my boss offered me a promotion if I returned there to purchase farm land, I had no choice but to accept. I needed that extra money to pay for the special needs day care that would help Tyler speak again. Yet my loyalties were divided when I arrived and remembered how much I used to love living in Cedar Bay. I felt torn that it would become a massive industrial farm if I succeeded in purchasing all of the land for my employer. Of course Daniel Gleason wasn’t going to make that easy. In fact, he planned to stop me every way he could, even using his old charm. Only, I wasn’t falling for that again. Or at least I tried not to…

Were you surprised about how much opposition Daniel gave you in trying to buy out his neighbor’s farms? He seems to love farming, but his actions seem even more personal than that.

I wasn’t surprised. In fact, as soon as my boss mentioned Cedar Bay, I knew Daniel would give me a fight. I remembered how, before we became a teenage couple, Daniel was always my biggest competitor. My earliest memories include him trying to beat me at spelling bees or growing the largest pumpkin for 4H club. We were always rivals until the summer of my father’s accident. Then everything changed, which is why it might be more personal than just a battle over Cedar Bay. Everything I tried, everywhere I went to convince farmers to try another life and sell their land ended with some scheme of Daniel’s trumping mine. He made it very hard for me win.

What happened to your relationship with Daniel when you were teenagers? Why did it end?

We started dating after my father lost his arm. Since our farm wasn’t operating, I was helping meet the medical bills by working on Daniel’s family’s farm. At first, I wished I could work anywhere else since Daniel’s parents had loaned my dad the machine that destroyed his arm. Even worse, Daniel and I never got along…. Until that summer. The more time we spent together, however, the less we competed. Soon, we grew close and shared an unforgettable kiss in a berry patch. He suggested we keep our relationship quiet given that my family was in upheaval as was his. His parents were arguing over money. The cost of replacing the machine that harmed my father would strain them to the breaking point and his mother was threatening to walk out. We didn’t think it was a good idea for either family to know about us. I thought he didn’t share in our family’s feud until I overheard him admit that he did resent my family. When I confronted him, he didn’t deny it, and it made me question if he really cared for me or was dating me out of pity. Crushed, I left for college in the fall and never looked back without a goodbye or another word to Daniel… until I returned, ten years later to buy our hometown’s land.

What, besides disbelief, did you feel when you realized you loved Eli and your hometown?

Wow! So many emotions. I’d spent so many years resenting my past, trying to make things right for Tyler, and never feeling like I had the time for love, that it took me by surprise. I tried fighting my feelings so that I could focus and get my job done. I had to put Tyler first, but, little by little, I learned that there wasn’t only one path for me and Tyler to follow. There was another option and that road led back to, of all places, Cedar Bay and Daniel. I had to stop holding on to past hurts and expectations for perfection and learn to accept and love Tyler, Daniel and myself- flaws and all.

When you told Daniel you loved him, you said it twice. Where you worried he hadn’t heard you the first time?

I couldn’t believe I’d said it! I had to say it again to convince myself. I did love Daniel. Despite everything that’d come between us in the past and during my current time in Cedar Bay, he was the only one I’d ever be able to say that to… besides Tyler! And I plan to tell him that, every day, for the rest of our lives.

*Thanks so much for inviting me to do this fun interview! It was terrific  – Karen

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Rock has adored romance since receiving Harlequin Presents books from her grandmother each summer. She formed her Young Adult writing partnership, J.K. Rock- pseudonym for the CAMP BOYFRIEND series, with her sister-in-law and Blaze author, Joanne Rock in 2011. When Karen heard of a call for submissions to Heartwarming, Harlequinís latest line, she was inspired by the possibilities of writing unforgettable, deeply romantic, tender love stories that mothers would feel comfortable sharing with their daughters. When she’s not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, hiking the high peaks, and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of fetch though they know a lot about love.

For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website, Facebook page, or follow her on twitter. Sheíd love to hear from you!

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A hand-stitched, authentic Amish quilt (uses their overlapping heart-stitching- pattern), with matching dust ruffle for a king-sized bed, signed copies of Wish Me Tomorrow & Camp Boyfriend, and some surprise swag (US Only)
1 – Paperback/ebook copies of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (format is winner’s choice, paperback for US Only) and $20 Amazon gift card
2 – ebooks of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (INT)
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Book Tour and #Giveaway – Wish For You by Marquita Valentine

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By Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine

A Boys of the South Novel, #4

Releasing January 20, 2014

New Adult Contemporary

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There’s only one place in the world where I feel normal—the roller derby track. When I put on my skates and fasten my helmet, I’m powerful and in charge. I know exactly what to do and what to say. The rules are clear and everyone does exactly what they’re supposed to, penalties are enforced for those who don’t.

But in the real world, I’m far from powerful and in charge. I never know exactly what to do and say. For years, I counted on one person to be exactly who he said he was—my best friend -Wyatt Tanaka.

Only he’s changed. Being a Marine and serving in a war has made him different. Now I want to help him, but I also want to kiss him. And that’s not something best friends do.

Neither of us, it seems, is content being just friends anymore. If we cross that line, change the rules of our relationship, it could be wonderful and everything I’ve ever wanted.

But it might also mean I’ll lose the one person I’ve come to rely on and I don’t think my heart can take it.

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About the Author Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

Marquita can be found online at:

Her site, Twitter, or Facebook

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Book Tour and #Giveaway Crosswind by Lynne Cantwell

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Today I’m hosting the book that blasted across the web not too long ago. Once again I’m happy to showcase

CROSSWIND

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LYNNE CANTWELL

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Life on Earth is much improved since the pagan gods’ return. As conflict eases around the world, attention — and money — has turned to more humanitarian goals: improving the lives of the First Nations peoples and others who were repressed for thousands of years.

But the former ruling class – the military, religious, and corporate leaders who profited under the old system — are about to stage a last-ditch effort to bring their good times back.

The gods refuse to start a new war against those men, because that would make them no better than Their opponents. Instead, They have drafted three humans to help Them. Together, Tess, Sue and Darrell must find a way past their own flaws to ensure the gods’ peace will not be destroyed.

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Genre – Urban Fantasy
Pages – approx 275 (68K words)
Published November 20th – Amazon 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lynne Cantwell has been writing fiction since the second grade, when the kid who sat in front of her showed her a book he had written, and she thought, “I could do that.” The result was Susie and the Talking Doll, a picture book, illustrated by the author, about a girl who owned a doll that not only could talk, but could carry on conversations. The book had dialogue but no paragraph breaks. Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master’s degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. In addition, she is a contributing author at Indies Unlimited.

I had the chance to ask Lynne a few things to spice up this tour and give some inside information on the woman behind the author. So here’s the result of this little ‘get together’.

Hi Lynne,  welcome and thanks for taking the time to do this in this busy time. The one question I want to ask you Lynne is … *drumroll*

If you could only speak the truth for the rest of your life which persons would you avoid?

My employers. I wouldn’t want to blurt out the wrong thing on a day when I hadn’t had enough sleep. And I would pretty much have to stay off Facebook.

And I presented her with a little This or That

Fountain pen or ballpoint: Ballpoint. I dislike the sound of the nib scratching along the paper. And fountain pens always leave those tell-tale smudges on your fingers.

Blue or black: Hmm. I suppose very dark blue is not an option…? Blue is my favorite color, so I’ll have to go with that.

Paper or vellum/parchment: How old a woman do you take me for? 😀 Paper, please. Although vellum has its place in certain applications – fancy invitations, for instance. Which I never receive. Not that I’m bitter. Um, let’s move on…

Letter or email: Email, sadly. Letters are more fun to write and receive, but I’m hooked on immediacy.

Abbreviations or the words: Abbreviations, apparently. My editor commented on all the acronyms I put in the Crosswind. But this is D.C.! That’s how we talk here!

Show or tell: Show. Much more effective. Even when writing backstory, showing (i.e., including the character’s feelings at the time, or having him/her relive them) is much better than just a straight narrative.

Adverb or show: Again, show. Although I’m less against the use of adverbs in fiction than I was when I was writing radio news copy, where both adjectives and adverbs were pretty much verboten.

Dialogue or narrative: Dialogue, as long as it sounds like an actual conversation. If you find yourself writing, “As you know, Stan…” then you’re not writing an actual conversation. Because as you know, Stan, nobody actually talks that way.

Series or stand-alone: Hmm. Either/or. I do like series, or I wouldn’t write them. But sometimes a single book is just perfect. (And it’s a mistake to split a single book into two or even three bloated movies, not that I have any particular movie trilogies in mind here.)

Novel or short stories: Novel, for sure. When I’m reading, I like to immerse myself in the world for a long period of time.

If you want to know more about Lynne, she’s been a featured author on here. Read the full interview here and discover what she told me about …, or you can find out more about her on:

TWITTER @LynneCntwell | FACEBOOK | BLOG | GOODREADS | AMAZON 

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Book Tour and Giveaway – Dead Jed by Scott Craven

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Today I host a stop on the Dead Jed Tour, this Adventure of A Middle School Zombie sounds intriguing to me. Read below and tell me if you will put it on your GoodReads To Read list too.

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Scott CravenLet me, very briefly introduce the author to you and then see what he has to say about the book.

Scot is a proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.

He can be found online at:

His website, and Twitter

So Scott, what are the reasons behind this book?

As a firm believer in writing what you know, none of my former middle school friends would not be surprised that I wrote about a zombie just trying to fit in.

There is much of Jed in me, save for that whole “being undead” part. I had no idea at the time, but Jed was born the first time I was shoved into a middle-school locker. And why did someone much larger than myself shove me into a locker? To see if I fit. And at 4-9 and 75 pounds, I did with room to close the door and lock it.

Middle school was a trial. Most of it was spent with my group of friends trying to stay low as we posted straight As (save for PE, of course, where the teacher judged us on our physical abilities, of which we had few).

Through much of the writing of “Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie,” I channeled that timid seventh-grader, putting him into many of my seventh-grade situations. While Jed would find creative ways to deal with his bullies, I never did. But as we grew and matured, the bullying went away. The bullies found healthier ways to deal with their insecurities rather than building themselves up by taking others down. Football, for example. Or hooking up with girls that wanted to make them be better boys.

I know more about bullying than being undead, but I’d like to think I’ve seen 90 percent of zombie films ever made. I grew up with the stumbling, bumbling zombies of George Romero films, and it always struck me – if they are already dead, and thus could presumably go on forever, why are they always so hungry? That’s why one of my favorite zombie movies is “Shaun of the Dead,” which first got me thinking about turning the whole genre on its undead head.

One morning in the shower, a few questions occurred to me – “What if there was a kid zombie who seemed normal except for being technically dead? And how would he do in that most torturous time in all our lives, middle school? And why didn’t I pick up more shampoo the last time I went shopping?”

I wrote the first chapter of “Dead Jed” that weekend, and it was awful. I did not think that at the time, of course. I thought it was genius in a “Woody Allen meets Ernest Hemingway” way. But it was more Woody Woodpecker meets Ernie from Sesame Street. Too many observations and gags, no plot or decent characters. Fortunately, square one wasn’t too far away. And thanks to friends, my agent and talented editors, many improvements were made along the way.

Jed isn’t one to preach, but I do hope readers come away rooting against bullies, and perhaps speaking up the next time they see something. Or at least don’t go through life as a zombie. Jed is the only one I know who can pull that off (because he can also pull off his own arm, and please don’t try that at home).

Very well explained, thank you Scott. 🙂 Now, let’s give the readers a bit more info on the book itself.

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DEAD JED: ADVENTURES OF A JUNIOR HIGH ZOMBIE

Publication date: December 1, 2013

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9883409-0-9

ISBN eBook: 978-0-939765-56-7

Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed’s not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being ‘different’ for as long as they could (Jed was 8 and at a friend’s sister’s birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.
From being stuffed in a filled trash can as “dead meat” and into a trophy case as the bully’s “prize,” to literally having his hand pulled off in the boys’ room (Jed’s always losing body parts. Luckily, a good stapler and some duct tape and he’s back in the action) and a cigarette put in it and try to frame him for the recent reports of smoking in the school, Jed’s had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. Besides, it’s awesome what you can do when you’re already dead!

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