It’s time, it’s time, it’s time!!! It’s time to Name That Hero. Here at the top 3 entries.
Did I say 3 names…nah, surely that wasn’t what I said. I meant 5. And here they are…the 5 final names in my Name That Hero Giveaway: Ross, Cam, Ian, Tristan, and Dylan.
Can’t decide? Here’s the picture again to help inspire your decision. :)
Here’s a big thank you to everyone who submitted names for the contest. There were some awesome entries. (And some I will be setting aside for future projects).
And thanks for your vote. If you didn’t have a chance to enter a name and get registered for the drawing, you can still be part of the giveaway. Simply vote, then leave me a comment so I can get your name in the hat. :) I’m giving away a $25 gift card as well as some chocolate and fabulous swag. You don’t want to miss this!
Just wanted to keep everyone up to date concerning the new hero’s name contest Some of these came from Facebook and as great as the names themselves are, they don’t exactly go with McFarland. I may end up having to run a contest for new last name next. LOL
Here’s the list so far:
Dillion/Dylan–not a bad name, but concerned about it with McFarland
Brett–I already have a hero Brett
Liam–fabulous name but too Irish for my Scottish surname
Colt–IMHO a little too cowboy for my multi-millionaire
Jackson–I already have a Jackson
Zane–have a Zane already
Dimitri–not feeling it, but it’s a great name
Grayson–with Mcfarland? (makes face)
Paxton–See previous comment and facial expression
Alexander–not bad, but very vanilla these days.
Chad–uhum…no. Sorry, Mom!
Trent –ex from college. that’s out
Tucker–I’ve used this in another book
Cam–LOVE it! (*not* short for Cameron)
There have to be a couple of more great hero names out there…still searching…
It’s time! Time to name the hero in All You Need Is Love. And to help you along with your entry, here’s a picture for your viewing pleasure.
Now the contest goes like this: Submit your entry between now and July 1 by leaving a comment on this post. After the 1st, I’ll pick my favorite three and put those back out for everyone to vote on. Voting will end August 1 and the name with the most votes will be the winner.
Now everyone who participates will be put into a drawing for a reader’s survival pack including a $25 pre-paid Visa card, fabulous swag, and (of course) some chocolate!
So get your best hero name together and leave me a comment. Ross? Brandon? Gunner? Help me Name That Hero!
What’s your favorite birthday treat? (Mine’s brownies and ice cream.)
Now, pop over to my Facebook page and hit ‘Like”.
Did you do that? You’re entered!
Thanks for entering my birthday contest. And don’t forget to vote for “The Best Man” (details on the home page of my website).
Fine print: Contest ends October 1, 2012. Print book winners have to reside in the US or Canada, But if you want to enter and live outside the US, you can instead receive an ebook copy of Brodie’s Bride. Thanks for your interest in my contest and good luck! :)
♥♥♥♥♥ You Gotta Read This Book! ♥♥♥♥♥
Stunned and seeking a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her perfect older sister, Leigh. But instead of comfort, Abby receives a surprise: Leigh needs her in the Caribbean to help with some mysterious personal business.
While assisting in the sale and repair of a bed-and-breakfast, Abby uncovers a few huge family secrets as she juggles an unexpected roommate, quirky locals, and nasty centipedes.
Abby’s world is further complicated when two potential suitors enter her life. Can Abby get beyond her own psycho drama long enough to open her heart to someone new? Or will she neurotically make her romantic life worse?
Packing nothing but her suitcases and a sense of humor, Abby George travels down an unfamiliar road, but it’s all she can do to hang on for the ride…
~*~*~*~ The Review ~*~*~*~
There are a few things about a book that (to me) make it worthwhile. I have to be able to smile, even laugh out loud from time to time. There has to be likable characters, even secondary characters, that I can identify with or recognize as being part of my life (if only for a time), and the ability to understand the story. And by that I mean, the story means something, it has a purpose, there is something happening that makes me want to find out what happens next. Rum Punch Regrets has all this and more. And more? You say. Yep–a beach, one of my favorite things in the world.
Abby George is real, she’s likable and easy to sympathize with, but (envy) she gets to hang out in the Caribbean. I have walked the beaches there, met up with characters like Abby encounters, and dealt with a few of the same issues. For those who have never spent time in the Caribbean, Anne’s description of St Kitts is spot on for most of the islands. It takes some getting used to, but it happens. However Abby has a little more on her plate than how to survive on island time. She’s got a host of family and personal issues that are enough to drive a lesser woman out of her mind. But Abby manages to pull it all together for the best of everyone involved.
Can’t take a vacation this year? Pick up Rum Punch Regrets. It’s the next best thing to a Caribbean vacation!
~*~*~*~ Author Bio ~*~*~*~
Anne Kemp is the author behind the Abby George Series, which includes her debut novella, All Fruits Ripe, and first novel, Rum Punch Regrets, which is available in print and as an eBook. She is also the columnist behind “Anne In Progress,” which appears monthly in the Frederick News-Post, a newspaper in the DC-Metro area. As a blogger, she was nominated for a 2012 Bloggers Choice Award for Best Humor Blog, and is known for penning “The Ultimate Late Bloomer.”
A portion of Anne’s proceeds are donated to Lupus LA.
~*~*~*~ Anne On Tour ~*~*~*~
**Everyone who leaves a comment at http://www.clpblogtours.com/2012/07/rum-punch-regrets-by-anne-kemp.html
will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Rum Punch Regrets before September 3 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**
♥♥♥♥♥ You Gotta Read This! ♥♥♥♥♥
LIVE FROM MIAMI! The sensationalism shown on television can only be topped by the drama that happens behind the camera! After being fired from her job in Los Angeles, Charlene “Charley” Thomas moves to sizzling Miami and begins working as news director at a local television station. While getting used to her new gig, Charley wakes up to the fact that her station manager, Jonathan Lefton, is the boss from hell who will do anything for a story no matter who gets hurt in the process. When nude pictures of noon anchor, Miranda Andrews, are discovered in the men’s room of a Key West bar, all hell breaks loose. They end up on Lefton’s desk and he promotes her over the main anchor, sparking off a firestorm. Miranda’s quickly thrown into the mix and assigned special reports. Charley finds herself overseeing an investigation that could shine light on the guilt of a dirty cop. Real life begins to mimic the drama of broadcast news when station personalities face life and death all for rating and Emmys! VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED is a modern day “Sex and the City” meets “Broadcast News.”
~*~*~*~ The Review ~*~*~*~
I never know what’s in store for me when I crack open some of novels I’m asked to review. It’s good for me to read outside my chosen genre of romance, and it feels fine to stretch my legs and test other waters. Next in line is chicklit (You know, books that are written by and targeted toward women). When I think of chicklit, I think of books like Bridget Jones Diary and other light-hearted and fun reads. But we all know that chicklit is more than that. It accounts for novels that cover more serious issues and problems with today’s world. Well, Viewer Discretion Advised fits right in the middle. It’s fun and upbeat, but it’s more than that. Cindy Roesel takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of what it’s like behind the scenes in a newsroom. Fast-paced, smart and savvy, yet it deals with issues in the lives of the people who work at WCAR–drinking problems, low self-esteem, cheating husbands, fragile egos, and the problems that result with long distance relationships.
How Cindy managed to pack all that in under 300 pages is a mystery to me, but it’s all there. The reader can’t help but root for Charley. There’s something inherently likable about her. Everyone around her can sense it as well. This also means that we love the people she loves by way of association. The reader wants her to end up with Oz, needs Rori to get help, and Charley to succeed in the cut-throat world she has landed in. But Charley knows her stuff (As does Cindy) and with odds like that she has to succeed. And the same goes for Cindy Roesel and Viewer Discretion Advised as well.
And one thing is certain: I’ll never look at the news the same way again.
~*~*~*~ Author Bio~*~*~*~
~*~*~*~ The Interview ~*~*~*~
Amie: Where did the story idea come from/how did it come about?
Cindy: It’s often said, “write what you know.” Well. I’ve wanted to write a novel since I was a little girl and the majority of my first career has been as a TV news anchor and reporter and that includes writing, so it makes sense that my first book should be about a broadcast journalist. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED is a suspenseful, romantic thriller set in Miami, Florida, which features news director, Charlize “Charley” Thomas. It’s a mix of the new HBO hit show “The Newsroom” meets “Sex and the City.”
Amie: One thing you want the reader to walk away with after reading this book.
Cindy: It’s important that readers walk away knowing that if you work hard you can accomplish anything. That may sound hokey, but I believe in the dream. I was the first one in my family to graduate from college, go into a profession and I won an Emmy Award for my hard work in Broadcasting. Charley comes up against quite a few obstacles, but she doesn’t give up and she never looks for the easy way to get something done. It’s really important young women on their career path find a mentor they believe in that they can trust. It’s important to me that readers of VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED see Charley as a positive professional woman.
Amie: Why did you choose your genre?
Cindy: I always knew my first attempt at writing would be fiction. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED evolved into a suspenseful, romantic, thriller as I wrote it. I really didn’t plan it that way. Actually, I thought it was going to be a chick-lit romance, but then the story and the characters took over. There comes a point when the writer, in this case, me, stops resisting and follows their lead so the project is organic.
Amie: Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Cindy: There are many challenges for a writer, especially one who wants to write well. Writers have to not only write, but they must read, and that includes reading everything, not only what they enjoy. It’s important to surround yourself with other writers in real life and on the Internet. I write book reviews for a blog called Chick Lit Central and I’ve made a lot of friends over the web, some of whom I’ve met in person. We read one another’s work, and help proof each other. I’m constantly taking classes and going to author readings at my local bookstores. The bottom line is you must always be working at your craft.
Another challenge is getting my butt in the chair to actually write, but once I’m there, you practically have to peel me out. There are so many other things vying for my attention, and I’m easily distracted. Let’s face it, once we’re on the computer there’s Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, ChickLitPlus, your Blog, mine, Chick Lit Central…. all screaming our name…. so I guess what the big challenge comes down to for me is to FOCUS!
Amie: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Cindy: The first thing I’d tell writers who are just starting out is, “Congratulations! You’ve entered a very special club. What you’re going to do is honorable work and the people you’re going to surround yourself with are unique, life as you know it has changed. Number one rule: There are no rules, except this one. Don’t fall in love with your first drafts. The final project never looks like what you first put down on paper. Remember, writing is rewriting. Have fun!”
Amie: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
Cindy: No, I don’t believe in writer’s block. When I have to write something or I have a deadline, I do it. It may not be my best work, but I fulfill my obligations.
Amie: What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Cindy: A comfy writing environment, a dictionary, thesaurus, EB White’s, “The Elements of Style,” a full pot of coffee and lots of writer and non-writer friends! I also happen to love having plenty of plain M&Ms on hand…. yummy!
Thank you so much Amie for inviting me and VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED to visit you and your wonderful blog and Facebook site.
Thanks for coming, Cindy. Readers, you’re all invited to contact Cindy anytime if you have questions or comments about anything here or in her novel.
And…**Everyone who leaves a comment at http://www.clpblogtours.com/2012/05/viewer-discretion-advised-by-cindy.html will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Viewer Discretion Advised before August 20 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.** Whoop!
~*~*~*~ Connect with Cindy ~*~*~*~
~*~*~*~ Cindy On Tour ~*~*~*~
As you may or may not know, I’m working on a novella for the Wild Rose Press’s Honky Tonk Hearts series. I won’t bore you with all the ins and outs writing a series, but the main criteria is that the story has to have at least one scene that takes place in the Lonesome Steer, a roadhouse just outside of Amarillo and located on old Route 66.
Those of you who know me well know that I L-O-V-E Amarillo. Ten Reasons Not to Date a Cop is set in Amarillo. But I digress.
So I’m working on this short and getting ready to submit it to the editors in charge of the line/series, and I realize that the title doesn’t fit the story anymore.
If you read author’s posts at all, I’m sure you’ve heard all about the quandaries of titles. They are next to impossible to come up with, yet the story has to have one. So as authors we agonize over the title, only to have the editors change it. Well, a lot of the time. But in any case, a writer can’t submit a story without a title.
And this is where you come in. I need your help coming up with a title for my novella. Here’s the unofficial blurb–
Shelby Patterson has worked hard her entire life to achieve the dignity and decorum others enjoy. With an unconventional mother and an unknown father, Shelby is proud to be engaged to a man with political aspirations. Her fiancé will lend her the respectability she so desperately desires. Well, he will just as soon as she gets a divorce from her first husband.
Ritt McCoy married Shelby in high-school right after they found out they were having a baby. It was the honorable thing to do. But honor flew out the door when she lost the baby and his parents paid her mother to take her away from Texas.
Now, seven years later, Shelby’s back in Randall demanding her freedom. But Ritt’s not ready to let her go. He’s certainly not ready to see her walk down the aisle with another man. He loved her like crazy then and still does. Now that she’s back, he’ll do everything in his power to show her that they are meant to be together. But can he convince her that she’ still in love with him before she flies to coop again?
The original title was Two Weeks in Texas. But as I started writing, I realized Shelby wouldn’t be able to stay in Texas for two whole weeks. She’s only there for five days. Five Days in Texas doesn’t have the same ring to it. Or does it? Well, let’s add it to the list for good measure.
Here are some titles I came up with. Please vote for your favorite. Or, heck, come up with a new one. Just help me decide what to call this book so I can submit it to the editors!
It’ll be a while before it comes out (taking for granted I’ll contract it. Pleasepleaseplease let me contract it!) but I’ll hold a drawing for everyone who votes and make sure you get a copy of the story.
Here’s what I have so far–
Five Days in Texas
Back in Love
Her Texas Husband
All My Exes
Just like a Texan
Blame it on Texas
Just Can’t Get Enough
As I write this, My favorite is Blame it on Texas. But tell me what you think. Please and thanks!
♥♥♥♥♥An Astounding Read ♥♥♥♥♥
Anna is a fiery tomboy living in ancient Palestine whose androgynous appearance provokes ridicule from the people around her and doubt within her own heart. When tragedy strikes her family, and Anna’s father—disguising her as a boy—sells her to a band of shepherds, she is captured by a mystical and secret society of women hiding in the desert. At first Anna is tempted to escape, but she soon finds that the sisterhood’s teachings and healing abilities, wrapped in an ancient philosophy they call “The Way,” have unleashed an unexpected power within her.
When danger befalls the caves in which the sisters have made their home, Anna embarks on a hazardous mission to preserve the wisdom of her mentors by proclaiming it among ordinary people. Her daring quest and newfound destiny reveal, at last, the full truth of her identity—a shocking revelation that will spark as much controversy as it does celebration.
Anna’s story is one of transformation, betrayal, love, loss, deception, and above all, redemption. Readers will cheer for this unforgettable protagonist—and for debut novelist Kristen Wolf, whose beautifully written book both provokes and inspires. A compelling mix of history, myth, and fantasy, The Way is a fascinating exploration of the foundations and possibilities of human spirituality.
~*~*~*~ The Review ~*~*~*~
I pride myself on being able to find some fine and good quality about each book I read, but it’s not often that I’m blow away. This was one of those rare times. Kristen Wolf takes a story that most of us knows by heart and puts a new spin on it–the story of Jesus. In the same vein as The Last Temptation of Christ and The DaVinci Code, Kristen weaves an amazing tale of what might have been. I say The Last Temptation because her book gives us a different look into the familiar stories and shows us a possibility that borders on speculative fiction. I mention The Da Vinci Code because there is much historical and Biblical fact woven throughout.
This book is effortless and easy to read despite the heavy content. The descriptions are near poetry and play out like a movie unfolding in the mind’s eye. The Way will suck you in and not let you go until the last page. Ever read a book, then hate when you get to the end, knowing it’s over? This is that book.
However, I’m sure this book will spur controversy to those who are steeped in the tales as told in the Good Book. I like to think that I’m opened minded for a Christian. Did the story of Jesus happen like in Kristen’s tale? I don’t know. Do I believe it happened this way? Uhum…not sure about that either. But what The Way will do is make you stop and think. And I believe that just what Kristen wants for us.
So I applaud her for the fabulous book and the success of making us stop and examine the truth as we know it. Hats off to you, Kristen Wolf.
~*~*~*~ Meet Kristen ~*~*~*~
~*~*~*~ Connect with Kristen ~*~*~*~
♥♥♥♥♥ YOU HAVE SO GOT TO READ THIS BOOK! ♥♥♥♥♥
In the Deep South, one of the first questions asked when meeting someone new in a small town is, “Who’s your daddy?” The answer defines you as a person. Not knowing is disheartening.
Sara McLaughlin never knew she was adopted and is stunned to realize that if she wants to find out the questions burning in her brain as to the ‘why’ she was given up at birth, and who her father might be, she has to live in her birth mother’s apartment for the next six weeks.
Grant St. Romain, attorney, is supposed to be helping, but the hunky dimpled devil is making her mind think of other things.
Can she find the truth? Or will she break her heart trying to find out the answers in Boggy Bayou, where many secrets are hidden?
~*~*~*~ The Review ~*~*~*~
Imagine getting a letter from an attorney telling you that he’s settling your mother’s estate, but the name of the deceased is not your mother. That’s exactly what happens to Sara McLaughlin. Like any rational human being, she goes to investigate, but as with most small towns, rationality is checked at the city limits sign. It’s a good thing for Sara that the attorney is so darn good looking. And it’s a good thing for Grant (the attorney) that he has great dimples.
As the terms of Maudie’s will are revealed, Sara must stay in Boggy Bayou and run her antique shop in order to inherit the estate. Or she can walk away and everything will be sold and the moneys donated to charity. Sara decides to stay and what follows is a hilarious, sexy tale about two people who were meant to be together, but never knew it until now.
This zany story is laugh-out loud funny, squirm in your seat sexy, and so much fun to read. No, I’m not going to tell you who Sara’s daddy is. That would spoil all the fun. I will tell you that I would love to taste one of Sara’s lemon cookies and visit Maudie’s antique shop. Boggy Bayou, despite its secrets and quirks, is my sort of town!
~*~*~*~ & More (aka, A Guest Post) ~*~*~*~
Self-Publishing…Why I Love It and Why I Hate It
Love it because:
I can write the story I want to tell without trying to fit it in a certain sized box.
I can write in different genres.
I can see how many copies I sell in a day.
I’m not limited to a certain amount of books in a year.
I can set my own deadlines.
I can choose my own editors.
I can select a cover that depicts my book the way I want it to, and can also change that cover if it isn’t working.
I can control the inside design either by myself or hire someone to do it.
I can make it ‘free’ if I want.
I can make a soft cover book if I choose.
I have all the rights, just in case Hollywood comes knocking or a TV series.
I can make corrections easily.
The book will always be available for sale.
I can promote it out the wahzoo for as long as I want.
NYT’s is now listing self-published authors on the Best-Seller’s List.
Agents and Publishers are now contacting authors for representation.
Hate it because:
All the promotion depends on me. Oh wait, most publishers want the author to do their own promotion as well.
Needless to say, I LOVE self-publishing!
~*~*~*~ Author Bio ~*~*~*~
Pepper Phillips wrote her first play in the seventh grade. But before that she read every book in her age group at the small local library. An only child, she entertained herself in the worlds she created in her mind. She’s still pretty mindless in some respects, but her writing world is where she is the happiest. She ventured into self-publishing in 2011.
~*~*~*~ Connect with Pepper ~*~*~*~
**Everyone who leaves a comment on Pepper’s Tour Page will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! If you purchase your copy of The Devil Has Dimples before June 11 and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, you will get five bonus entries!**
~*~*~*~ Pepper On Tour ~*~*~*~
Thanks for stopping by (again), Pepper! And thanks to the readers as well!
Lots of <3–Amie!