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13 02, 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway: Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran

By | February 13th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |15 Comments

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rose hours at mazandaran book coverPlease join Marion Grace Woolley, author of Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran, as she writes about researching costumes for her story! Woolley is touring the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Enter to win a copy below – open internationally

by Marion Grace Woolley

When I set about writing Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran, I really had to confront my prejudices. Well, not exactly prejudices, more those inbuilt stereotypes you unwittingly collect from the media and your parents’ bedtime stories.

I knew Iran to be a strongly Muslim country. Living in the West, the images you get bombarded with in the media tend to be of women heavily veiled in black, not an inch of skin showing except that between their eyes.

Somehow, I knew this wasn’t the correct image for my Mazandaran, the world which I wanted to write

7 01, 2015

Guest Post: Kim Wright, author of The Unexpected Waltz

By | January 7th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |2 Comments

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unexpected waltz book coverPlease welcome Kim Wright, author of The Unexpected Waltz!

by Kim Wright

I tell people I stumbled into a ballroom by accident. It makes a good story… In fact, it makes such a good story that it’s the opening scene of my novel, The Unexpected Waltz. My heroine, Kelly Wilder, is rich, bored, beautiful and widowed and she finds her way into the world of dance almost by magic.

In real life, my own waltz wasn’t quite so unexpected. (Nor am I rich, beautiful or widowed, although I do get bored on occasion!) I signed up for an introductory ballroom lesson when I spotted the studio out of the corner of my eye one day as I was leaving a Trader Joe’s. The sign-up may have been impulsive, but I had always wanted to dance. As a child I’d been obsessed with the

5 12, 2014

Six Books That Changed My Life by Syrie James

By | December 5th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |43 Comments

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syrie james headshotPlease welcome Syrie James, author of Jane Austen’s First Love! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

by Syrie James

I’ve heard it said that we are all a product of our environment. I’ve also heard that we’re a product of our experiences, our thoughts, our decisions, our past. I would argue that all of the above are true, and that in turn we’re the product of yet another element that affects everything cited above: the books we read.

I love nothing better than to curl up with a good novel! I believe that we’re all influenced in one way or another by the books we read. Here are five books that have had a great and lasting impact on my life:

The Secret Garden

When I was seven years old, I moved with my family

25 11, 2014

Guest Post: Paul DeBlassie, author of The Unholy

By | November 25th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |3 Comments

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the unholy book coverToday, we’re shining the book spotlight on the psychological/paranormal novel, The Unholy thanks to Rebecca’s Writing Services. Paul DeBlassie is an International book awards winner and he shares his motivation to write about his experiences working with trauma survivors in a fiction novel rather than a self-help book.

by Paul DeBlassie

Writing The Unholy was motivated by my work treating survivors of the dark side of religion for over thirty years. The dark side of religion generates a shame-based spirituality, and when people experience the dark side of religion their unconscious minds are profoundly violated. Rather than writing a self-help book for people who have encountered the dark side of religion, I decided to write a novel because images and symbols in fiction affect the unconscious mind in ways that information in nonfiction does not; they move straight into

15 05, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway: Lori Soard, author of Dear Viking

By | May 15th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |6 Comments

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med_DearVikingPlease welcome Lori Soard, author of Dear Viking!

Enter to win a signed copy of the book and a $10 Starbucks gift card below

Favorite Books and the Recipes that Made Them, by Lori Soard

Writers love to incorporate all the senses into their stories and that often includes a delicious meal or two. If you’ve ever read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis or if you pick up my book Dear Viking, you may hear of foods you’ve not tried as the first is set in England and the second in the Middle Ages.

If you want to share your love of books with others, you can serve themed meals or even a single dish based on these books. It will be a good topic of conversation as well.

Example of Tea Time

This

9 05, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway: Hannah Fielding, author of The Echoes of Love

By | May 9th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |21 Comments

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Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes.Please welcome Hannah Fielding, author of the new novel, The Echoes of Love!

Hannah is holding a huge giveaway for readers!  She will be giving away 15 x signed hardback copies of The Echoes of Love; 3 romantic Venetian masks; and lots of fabulously colourful Murano glass goodies: 16 pendants, 2 bracelets, 2 paperweights and a vase

Anyone who comments on this post will be entered in the giveaway

For the Love of Legends, by Hannah Fielding

For me, researching a book is just as enjoyable as writing it. I set each of my novels in a passionate, romantic country, and so that I can really transport my readers there, I immerse myself in the setting: its history, its scenery, its cuisine, its culture. Top of my research list are

2 05, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway: Elene Sallinger, author of Reflection

By | May 2nd, 2014|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |4 Comments

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image001Please welcome Elene Sallinger, award winning erotic romance author of Reflection!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada residents only.

Why I Write, by Elene Sallinger

Why do I write? This is not an easy question to answer though it might seem like one on the surface. In fact, the answer to that question has changed over time. Had you asked that question in 2004 when I took my very first writing class, I would have told you that I write to entertain. My writer’s journey began with children’s stories that I told to my daughter and then wrote down and illustrated prompting me to take my first class to get some structure on how to do it well. I just wanted to tell a good story.

In 2008, the answer would have

3 03, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway: My Cup of Tea by Kat Lieu

By | March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |7 Comments

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redo3(2) copyPlease welcome Kat Lieu, author of the novel My Cup of Tea!

And don’t forge to enter the giveaway below – Kat is giving away 5 e-book copies of her last novel, Maid for Me, 5 e-book copies of My Cup of Tea and 1 paperback copy of My Cup of Tea.

by Kat Lieu

In 2006, I won third place in Seventeen Magazine’s Annual Fiction Contest. My winning short story, “The Bike Ride”, was about a silly girl named Sara and her first love Ian. I expanded upon the short story and wrote a first version of My Cup of Tea, published it on fictionpress.com and gathered a fan following. I also created a popular game based on this story, which can be found on my website, nummyz.com.

During my three-month maternity leave, while my sumo son, Philly (he’s super chubs – photo

2 03, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Bedlam by B.A. Morton

By | March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |9 Comments

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500About Bedlam

Joe loves Kit. Everyone thinks she’s dead. Joe knows she’s not.

If you lost the love of your life, how far would you go to get them back?

Detective Joe McNeil would do absolutely anything.

When Joe breathes life into a crime scene victim, he discovers what anything really means.

Nell will use whatever is necessary to ensure she survives, including Joe. Is she really a victim or merely the weapon being wielded by a much more cunning foe?

Against the background of a multiple murder investigation, Joe struggles between his love for missing Kit and his growing obsession with the enigmatic Nell. Plunged headlong into a spiraling nightmare of kidnap, murder and betrayal, his relentless search for the truth jeopardizes his career, his sanity and his life.

But for

27 02, 2014

Guest Post: Researching Authors’ Lives by Ian Skillicorn

By | February 27th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |4 Comments

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The Property of a Gentleman cover artworkby Ian Skillicorn

In the best publisher/author relationships both work together as a team, towards the shared goal of making the book as good as it can be, and introducing it to as wide a readership as possible. This collaborative process is certainly something I appreciate as a publisher. But in the case of reissuing the novels of authors who are no longer with us, I have to find a different approach to connect readers with the work. Obviously (and sadly), I can’t liaise with my authors over the content of blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, or set up interviews and guest posts. Instead, I do my own research into the writers’ lives and careers, and find ways to share my knowledge, and enthusiasm, with the reading public. This has been my recent experience while publishing