Spotlight Thursday: Race the Darkness

I’m super excited to host my friend and Golden Heart® and Dreamweaver sister, Abbie Roads, to Live Vi-Carrie-ous today, to share about her new book coming out in October. Please be sure and watch the trailer below!

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Cover2Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads

Series: Fatal Dreams #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: October 4, 2016


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Cursed with a terrible gift…
Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn’t have to question you—he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.
A gift that threatens to engulf them…
Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.

 

 

 


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Seven Things about Abbie Roads:
1. She loves Snicker Parfaits. Gotta start with what’s most important, right?
2. She writes dark emotional books featuring damaged characters, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending… after torturing them for three hundred pages.
3. By day she’s a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. At night she burns up the keyboard. Well… Burn might be too strong a word. She at least sits with her hands poised over the keyboard, waiting for inspiration to strike. And when it does—the keyboard might get a little warm.
4. She can’t stand it when people drive slowly in the passing lane. Just saying. That’s major annoying. Right?
5. She loves taking pictures of things she thinks are pretty.
6. She’s represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary.
7. Her first book RACE THE DARKNESS is available for pre-order.

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Spotlight Thursday: Julie Carobini

***Due to the holiday weekend and connectivity issues for me, the free book drawing will be Tuesday May 31. Please keep commenting! You’ll be in the drawing. *****

Congratulations to Shirley Lang on winning the free paperback of Julie’s newest book, Walking on Sea Glass!

I’m thrilled to welcome my friend Julie to the Live Vi-Carrie-ously blog today.

Julie’s written several of my favorite novels and she just released a new one!

Tell us about Walking on Sea Glass, Julie.

 

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Hi, Carrie ~

I’m excited about this story, which, though fiction, is loosely inspired by some true events. This is the first in a series of contemporary romances called Sea Glass Inn Novels.

Sounds great! I love beach stories. Can you give us a quick blurb about the story?

Falling in love could tear them apart …

Suddenly single, Liddy Buckle flees the desert to work at an up-and-coming seaside resort with her best friend, Meg. The breezy backdrop of an inn by the sea offers Liddy the dream of starting fresh, but soon she is shocked to discover another setback brewing in her life. Despite the battle that lies ahead, she finds herself drawn to Beau Quinn, a captivating widower with a wounded heart of his own.

As Beau and Liddy’s burgeoning relationship attempts to survive, will Liddy have the courage to trust a man again–especially one as emotionally fragile as Beau? Can Beau commit to a woman facing a challenging recovery? And what is going on behind the scenes at Sea Glass Inn, where late night deliveries and secret meetings are spoken about in whispers?

Set in a fictional California seaside town, Walking on Sea Glass weaves a romantic story of courage, faith, and the power of true love.

What are others saying about Walking on Sea Glass?

Our amazing mutual friend, Katie Cushman, said it’s:

“A poignant story of loss, overcoming, and finding joy along the way.” ~ Kathryn Cushman, author of Finding Me and Fading Starlight

I love Katie’s books, so I know Walking on Sea Glass is a special book, too. 

Now, Julie, tell us a little about yourself!

Here’s the official bio:

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JULIE CAROBINI is the bestselling author of The Christmas Thief, the Chocolate Series, and the Otter Bay Novels: Sweet Waters, A Shore Thing, and Fade to Blue. She has won numerous awards, and RT Book Reviews says, “Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive.” Julie lives in California with her family and loves all things coastal (except sharks). Visit her at www.juliecarobini.com

 

Thanks for stopping by, Julie! When is Walking on Sea Glass available and where? 

It’s available now here!

Julie has a gift for readers who leave a comment. Leave a comment telling us your favorite beach for walking or beachcombing and you’ll be entered to win a free paperback copy of Walking on Sea Glass

Thanks, Julie!

Thanks for having me, Carrie!

Spotlight Thursday: New from James Scott Bell

One of my favorite writers, teachers, mentors, friends, and all-around great guy is James Scott Bell.

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Jim is such a teaser. He’s released Chapter One of an upcoming thriller. I clicked through and read it and was hooked.

He’s doling out the info like a hoarder letting go of his packets of soy sauce and ketchup.

So far, there’s just the chapter. No title. No cover. Just the chapter.

Good thing it’s dynamite (almost literally).

Here’s the link to check it out for yourself.

Jim was a pioneer, hacking a way through the forest of indie publishing. He’s still a prolific writer who’s figured out how to succeed in today’s changing climate.

Jim also wrote the very first zombie fiction that I ever read, Pay Me In Flesh. Yep, believe it or not, I’ve read zombie fiction. A couple of them. Of course, I only trust Jim to write zombies that I enjoy.

That’s why I’m so sure this new series is going to be fantabulous!

Spotlight Thursday: Asa Maria Bradley and Viking Warrior Rising

I’m thrilled to host my Golden Heart® Dreamweaver sis, Asa Maria Bradley’s cover reveal for her new release!

Welcome Asa!

Here’s the cover and some info:

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by Asa Maria Bradley

Release Date: 11/03/15

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Immortal Vikings are among us.

Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found…and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.

“Asa Maria Bradley creates a swoon-worthy hero who sizzles across the pages in this tale full of passion, blood, and destiny! Sexy, stubborn, and smart lovers clash in a tension-filled race to outwit science and control fate. Bradley is a new force to be reckoned with in the paranormal genre! Move over Highlanders…the Vikings are coming!”

– Rebecca Zanetti, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Dark Protector series

“Strong world-building, and a hero that will make you want a Viking of your very own!”

– Paige Tyler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the X-Ops and SWAT series

“An intensely thrilling and unique romance that whisks the reader into the intricate, smart, and sexy world of these wickedly hot Viking warriors.”

– Sara Humphreys, award-winning author of Vampires Never Cry Wolf

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About the Author
Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings and Valkyries in her paranormal romances. She also writes romantic suspense and currently resides on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Asa graduated from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers MFA program at Eastern Washington University with an MFA in creative writing and also holds a Master of Science in Medical Physics from University of Colorado. She’s a 2014 Golden Heart finalist and represented by Sarah E Younger at the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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This is sure to be a stay-up-all-night-page-turner!

Spotlight Thursday: Jessica Ruddick and Letting Go

I’m so pleased to shine Thursday’s spotlight on my friend and fellow Golden Heart ® sister Jessica Ruddick.

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Jessica’s book LETTING GO will release in May, and we get to see the cover today!!

 

 

 

Here’s the scoop:

Letting Go

by Jessica Ruddick

Release Date: 5/26/15

Blurb:

How long do you hold on?

Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life…even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend’s death wasn’t an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.

And right into the arms of Luke Evans.

But Cori’s life isn’t perfect anymore. In fact, it’s all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process…

Add to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23302058-letting-go?from_search=true

About the Author:

Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.

Author Links:

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And now for the cover …

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Isn’t it beautiful?

Congratulations, Jessica! I can’t wait to read it.

Spotlight Thursday: World Sisterhood of Bloggers

My friend and fellow writer Victoria Pitts-Caine nominated me to the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers. Thank you to her for including me in this fun exercise.

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The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions they’ve sent you.
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.

Here are the questions Vicki asked me:

1. What’s your happiest holiday memory?

I remember several childhood Christmases with great fondness. Christmas was always a time of overabundance. Lots of presents, lots of food, lots of family to share it all with. I know many advocate scaling back to defeat commercialism and a sense of entitlement, but I just can’t do it. Everyone gets a gift from me. To my husband’s despair.

  1. Who was your favorite grade school teacher?

I was the weird kid who always liked school. I had several teachers I really enjoyed. Miss Cam Corlett in the fifth grade was definitely a favorite. And Mrs. Sumter from Boston in sixth grade also makes the cut. Mrs. Kuchenmeister deserves a mention just for her memorable name.

  1. If life had taken you down a different path, what would you be doing now?

Oddly enough, I was thinking about that just this morning. I was thinking about a few friends from high school: the straight-laced guy who became an alcoholic. The free-spirit (and free-thinker) who became a Christian and lives the straight and narrow life now. The poet who died last year of cancer. Life never takes us down the expected path. I think I’d probably be either an attorney or an actress. Both careers appealed to me. I think I’m too self-conscious to drop my innate reserve to be a really good actress though. The law … maybe.

  1. What place in the world would you like to visit?

Europe. I’ve never been and I want to see it all. The castles in England. The villas in Italy. The French countryside.

  1. What’s your favorite dessert?

If it’s not chocolate, it’s not really dessert.

  1. If you were told you only had one day to live, how would you spend it?

With my family, eating, drinking, and laughing.

  1. Which do you like to do best: a movie rental and a bowl of popcorn, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, or a day at the beach ending with watching the sunset?

I don’t think I can choose between those. I love them all!

  1. What’s your favorite electronic gadget?

It’s a toss up between my phone and the DVR.

  1. How will you (or how did you) spend New Year’s Eve?

We used to live in Pasadena where they host a little parade every New Year’s Day–you may have heard of it. 😉 So New Year’s is a big deal to us. We usually travel back to Pasadena and stay with friends. We went to the home of some other good friends New Year’s Eve where we ate yummy food and visited and caught up with each other. We often go to the parade, but for 2015 we decided it was too cold and we watched the floats and bands from the warmth of our friends’s couch. Then we went to another couple’s home to watch the Rose Bowl. And to eat some more, in case we were still hungry after the morning cinnamon rolls.

  1. Pets – cats, dogs, fish? What do you have?

We’re boarding our grand-dog Harry. What was supposed to be temporary has turned into permanent. He still loves our daughter best, but he really loves living with us. We’re in the country so he’s got room to run and rabbits to chase and lots of smells to sniff. We also have two cats. One is a recent arrival who adopted us when someone dumped him off nearby. We’re glad he found us and decided we suit his needs. He’s a fun addition to the household.

Okay, now it’s my turn to nominate some fellow writers:

Brenda Hendricks, Shay Fuller, Lisa Lickel, Beth Shriver, Becky Duncan, Toni Weymouth, Kelly Stanhope, L.T. Kodzo, Garrison Frewer, Susan Glass, and Marilyn Greene.

My questions for the next group of victims er … nominees:

1. What is your favorite inspirational quote?

2. Coffee or tea?

3. What’s your ideal Saturday look like?

4. Do you prefer beach or mountains for a getaway?

5. Favorite book in high school?

6. The classic book everyone raves about, but you just don’t ‘get.’

7. Favorite global cuisine?

8. Country or Pop music?

9. Must see holiday movie?

10. Do you watch any Bowl games? Rose? Super? Cotton?

Thank you friends! I look forward to reading your responses.

Bonus Friday: Amy Patrick and Channel 20Something

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This is a busy week of releases and I’m pleased to offer a bonus spotlight on Amy Patrick. Amy is a fellow 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. Her debut novel, CHANNEL 20SOMETHING, is now available.

Be sure and read to the end for a chance to win an electronic copy of CHANNEL 20SOMETHING.

Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.

Author links:

http://www.amypatrickbooks.com/

https://twitter.com/amypatrickbooks

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3247178.Amy_Patrick

Amy, tell us a bit about yourself.

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For many years I was a news anchor, working at 6 different stations in 4 different states over the course of 12 years. Now I’m a station host at a Boston TV station, I do voiceovers for radio and TV ads and narrate audio books, and do freelance video work. It’s all very interesting in its own way and inspires so many story ideas I’ll have to work into my nineties to actually write them all.

I live in New England now, and I’ve also lived in California (while working as a news anchor), but I grew up in Mississippi (with 5 years in Texas thrown in for flavor). I do love the South (even the heat), and I love books that accurately portray the loveliness of its places and people. I try to do that in my books, which tend to have Southern settings, because when the voices start speaking to me, they usually have a bit of a drawl. 😉

How long have you been writing? I started trying to write a novel during my first year out of college, but stalled out a few chapters into it. I had no idea how to write a novel! Unfortunately, I took only Journalism courses and NO creative writing in school. I know—what was I thinking, right? I guess I just never thought a fiction writer was something I could be. But the writing bug wouldn’t leave me alone. I started several more novels over the years. Finally, after leaving my full-time TV news career, I started learning the craft of novel-writing. I finished my first novel in 2010 and started pursuing publication then. I started writing on a more-or-less full-time basis about a year ago.

Tell us about CHANNEL 20SOMETHING.

Synopsis:

22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life.” She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.
He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric. He’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend newscast. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the scenes is the real news.

Sounds sooo fun! Is CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING your first book, or have you written CTS FINAL COVERanything else? CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING was actually my 3rd book, though it’s the first to be published. The first one I wrote was a Young Adult fantasy (with lots of romance). It was a finalist for the RWA Golden Heart award in 2013. My Young Adult murder mystery (with lots of romance) FOUR BULLETS, is now out on submission to publishers. It was a Golden Heart finalist this year! Since finishing CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING, I’ve also written two more books in the 20 SOMETHING series. Book 2, STILL YOURS, is Mara’s story and takes place in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island. Book 3, Kenley’s story, STILL ME, takes place in Atlanta where Kenley lands a job at the network.

When do you like to write, and where do you write? I wish I was one of those super-focused people who can write anywhere anytime, but I’m the world’s worst multi-tasker. I can edit at home, but for first drafts, I banish myself to the library. There’s a particular chair in a particular corner—in the far back, facing a boring wall. No internet access. No temptation. I sit down and the words flow. They know they’re supposed to turn on when I get to my hidey-hole.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to write a book and become published? I’ve seen the statistic that 90% of people want to write a book and only 10% actually do. I think lack of know-how stops most people. So my advice would be to join a great writer’s group like RWA (Romance Writers of America) and a local chapter. It’s such a great resource for information on good writing as well as for support. Having writer friends to trade work with made an incredible difference for me. I also enjoyed writing more and had more success when I got a firm grasp on story structure. I loved the book Save the Cat by Blake Snyder for that. It’s very accessible and clear, besides being funny and enjoyable. When I read it, a light bulb went off for me.

What’s one crazy fact about you that most people who meet you probably wouldn’t guess was true? I used to be a professional singer. I’ve sung in several bands and did background vocals on a smooth jazz album. I also sang the theme song for SAS Airlines years ago. “Welcome aboard… to the skies… of S-A-S… where you’ll find… happiness.”

Thank you so much for having me here today. I’ve had a great time, and it’s an honor to be featured on your blog!

For a chance to win a free electronic copy of CHANNEL 20SOMETHING, just leave a comment and tell me about your first job in the “real world.” A commenter will be chosen at random.