Friday, December 21, 2012

The Apocalypse Has Been Duly Rocked

Thank you to all who participated in my contest Rock A Juicy For The Apocalypse!

Having survived December 21st means we have WINNERS from the 2,300ish entries!

Grand prize of a Juicy Couture pink velour tracksuit goes to:

 Gina B.

The $30 Amazon gift card goes to:

Giveaway Mama

The Juicy Couture necklace goes to:

Kaylin T.

The Apocalypse Babes T-shirt goes to:


And the 10 e-copies of Apocalypse Babes: The Complete Series go to:

Kellie W.
Linda B.
Cori W.
Amy P.
Kristin G.
S. Bauer
Cheryl B.
Courtney S.
J. Richardson

If your name is on the list, check your inbox!

For everyone else who participated but didn't win, check back because I have a lot of contests and giveaways! And the first book of Apocalypse Babes; The Z Word,  is still free until the end of the year. So grab it quick!

Congrats to the winners and to all of us who survived Apocalypse 2012!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gift of Love Hop Winners!

After over 8,000 comments our Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop has some grand prize winners!!

Grand Prize Winners:
Kindle Fire Winner:
Aimee F.
$200 Amazon Gift Card:
Laura T.
Swag Pack:
Debbie G.
The winner of my prize ($10 Amazon card and 3 putz houses) goes to Cynthia W. W is for WOOT! :)

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to everyone who participated! Be sure to check back for future contests and giveaways. And be sure to peek at my current giveaway if you haven't already--because everyone needs a pink velour Juicy Couture tracksuit! 

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Gifts of Love (and Putz Houses!) Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Gifts of Love blog hop sponsored by Carrie Ann Ryan Blog Hops

It's a Happy Holiday from your favorite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you'll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

One of my new Christmas traditions is making putz houses from vintage Christmas cards.

I buy old Christmas cards off of ebay, cut them out using patterns from Little Glitter Houses (the free print-outs are perfect scale for these tiny houses, but can be enlarged for bigger sizes), then decorate with glitter (Martha Stewart glitter is my fav). A hole is cut into the back of the house and you can nestle it into the boughs of the Christmas tree, fitting a light into the back hole. Looks like someone is home!

The prize I'm giving away is a $10 Amazon or Nook gift card, and if you like, I'll make 3 little house ornaments for your tree (I'll need your snail mail addy). 

What's one of your favorite holiday traditions? Enter by the 17th.

Remember to leave a comment with your email to be entered in the grand prize! PS I'm having another contest ending on 12/21/12 called Rock A Juicy For The Apocalypse. The grand prize is a Juicy Couture pink velour tracksuit. Check it out here.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rock A Juicy For the Apocalypse!

Since the 12/21/12 apocalypse is nigh, you might as well go out in style, right? And who knows, just maybe the Juicy Couture pink velour tracksuit will send you to an alternate universe, thereby giving you a way of escape from impending doom.

A time-traveling Juicy suit?? What the heck?

This might make a little sense if you've read Apocalypse Babes: The Complete Series. If you haven't, fie for shame! Six full length books available in a set for less than $5? Maybe such a deal is what's really bringing on the apocalypse. If you want to just take a peek at the story, the first book is free for a limited time. Speaking of limited, this is the last year the Juicy suit will be part of the Apocalypse Babes promotion. And you know how bad you want one of these!

Check out last year's winner

And while you're reading the series, imagine yourself in Seffy's, her tracksuit. And trust me, you're going to need the soft, pink comfort of high end velour to tackle the stress of time-travel, zombies, nightmares, bad romance, juju blood, and conspiracy theories!

So enter to win your very own JC pink tracksuit at the Rafflecopter below. There's lots of options for entries and you earn more when you spread the word about the contest. Contest runs from December 1, 2012 to December 21, 2012, ending at 11:59 pm. Winners will be chosen and notified the next day--unless we're all dead.

One grand prize winner will be randomly selected to win, and will chose the tracksuit size desired (view fine print below for extra deets).

Second prize is a juicy Couture padlock and key necklace. You just never know when you'll need a special key to get you in and out of secret doors of Gothic ex-Soviet compounds.

Third prize is a $30 Amazon or Nook gift certificate. Cold hard cash always comes in handy during an apocalypse.

The fourth prize winner will get this rockin', limited edition T-shirt:

And ten more entrants will win the six book set for Kindle or Nook.

That's fourteen chances to win something. And if seven is a lucky number, fourteen is double lucky, so get reading and spreading the word about the apocalypse--whether it's the end of the world for Seffy or the rest of us.

Fine print:
By participating, all entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules.
All on-line entrants must provide a valid e-mail address and first and last name. Winners must provide mailing address for mailed prizes.
The contest is open to residents of the United States, excluding Puerto Rico and Guam.
This contest is void wherever prohibited by federal, state, provincial, municipal or local law.
Firefly Press shall not be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner; or (2) entries, and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind. Winners will be given seven (7) business days from the first day of notification to respond to claim prize(s). A non-response by the winner or non-receipt of notification response after the specified seven (7) business days will be considered winner's forfeiture of prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries.

In the event of non-compliance by the Winner, with the official rules of this Contest, an alternative winner may be awarded the respective prize. The prize is non-transferable. Prizes may not be substituted for cash, except that the Publisher reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if the prize is unavailable. Return of any prize or prize notification as undeliverable will result in a disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. All prizes will be awarded. The winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. Juicy Couture and Amazon are not sponsors, are not affiliated, and do not endorse this Contest in any way.

Juicy Couture tracksuit (hoodie and pants) style number will be determined after the contest by Firefly Press. Winner chooses from available sizes listed at Winners agree to email photos of themselves with the prizes for future promotional use.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bella's Next Big Thing

Joan Reeves of Slingwords Blog linked me for a fun Internet meme called The Next Big Thing. Basically authors talk about what they're working on in the future. So here's what I'm up to at the moment...

What is the working title of your next book?

Kiss Me, I'm Yours.  It's the second book after Kiss Me, I'm Irish in the Tennessee Waltz trilogy (former series title was Time For Love). The third book will be Kiss Me, I'm Home.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I want to showcase my state a little bit so thought it would be fun to throw in a little time travel and faeries because why not? :) Book one brings a heroine from the past to the future. Book two takes the heroine to the post-Civil War era. Book three will involve lateral time-travel :)
What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal time-travel romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Emily is definitely a Zooey Deschanel lookalike. 


Liam is toss up between Henry Cavill or Jake Gyllenhaal. I'll let the reader decide :) 


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Sophie Bowen wants revenge on her cheating boyfriend but instead finds herself in another time and place...where women where skirts and men are a whole different breed.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Indie published...the only way to fly! 
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Still working on it!
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

All of these!
Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The genteel beauty of Tennessee, those that settled here--primarily the Irish-- and the sweet lament of the music.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
All three books will be linked by the Tennessee Waltz song and how it influences the characters. Listen to that tune. It's so beautiful and just sounds like Tennessee!

Look for Kiss Me, I'm Yours in the Spring of 2013!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Know Thy Neighbor Cover Reveal!

Author Shawn Kristen Maravel is releasing a new book and we get a sneak peek at the new cover! This one brings a new air of mystery and I can't wait to read it!!

Evangeline has already lost everything once. She’s no stranger to reassembling the shambles of her life and trying to make peace with the outcome of the greatest tragedy that she’s ever had to face. But when a life of selling antiques in the Lower East Side proves to be less than enough to maintain her meager lifestyle, she turns to the pages of her thriller novels for distraction.

When a mysterious new tenant moves into the apartment above hers, she indulges her desire for danger and adventure by trying to figure out exactly who the stranger in 6C is. In time, the intrigue about a neighbor she has yet to actually see, isn’t enough to keep her distracted from the threat of having to close down her shop and start from scratch for the second time. Just as she tries to refocus her attention to breathing life back into her business, she meets the handsome stranger for the first time and she loses sight of everything else.

Soon her life takes on the exciting appeal of her novels and she can’t seem to get enough. But as she draws closer to the mystery tenant, she discovers that the danger is real and her life is left in the hands of a dangerous killer

Shawn is looking for reviewers so if you have a review blog, contact her for a free copy--and discover the heartfelt writing Shawn is known for.

Connect with Shawn:


Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Kindle Fire HD G!veaway!

Before you buy a Kindle Fire this holiday season, considering trying for a freebie Fire---because $499 will buy A LOT of ebooks. And this Fire comes pre-loaded with books by the Independent Authors Network.

The deets:

The Independent Author Network is giving a Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless to one lucky reader on December 24th. The Kindle comes pre-loaded with 200 indie published books. All books were donated by members of The Independent Author Network.

The ebooks cover all genres of fiction and non-fiction.

The contest begins November 1st and closes on Christmas Eve. 

Entrants must send their email with 'Kindle Fire Contest Entry' in the heading to the email below. 

>>Send your entry to<<   


8.9" HD Display, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Dual-Antenna Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 32GB $499.00

Follow this blog for more information!

IAN Christmas Kindle Fire contest is sponsored by The Wardstone Trilogy

GIVEAWAY RULES: Begins November 1st 9:00AM PST

1) Open To Anyone

Only 1 Entry Per Person or Household (Multiple Entries Will Be Disqualified)
3) Must Enter Valid Email Address

4) No Purchase Necessary

5) Giveaway Will End Saturday, December 24, 2012 – 11:59AM PST

6) Winner Will Be Randomly Selected and Notified By Email

7) Personal Information Will Only Be Used In Mailing Out the Prize to the Winner

These books are included in the prize Kindle Fire

Please support these indie authors

Dead of Knight by William R Potter
Full Frontal Stupidity by Barry Parham
Glimmer by Vivi Anna
NoahZarc: Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease
The Boy whoLit up the Sky by J. Naomi Ay 
Space Orville by Jeff Whelan
MourningSun by Shari Richardson
Awake by Scott C. Smith
Photo Finish by Terry Ambrose
Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples
DarkMind by Jennifer Chase
Task Force: Gaea by David Berger
The Billionaire Playboy by Christina Tetreault
L'Amore Perfetto by Cynthia Kimball
The SHIVA Compression by Tim Queeney
Pump It Up by Tim Baker
Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo
The Spirit Clearing by Mark Tufo
Closed Doors, a Trilogy by Rich Weatherly
Blaming Japhy Rider: Memoir of a Dharma Bum Who Survived by Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.

The Sugar Divorce by Suzanna Stinnett
Dragon Fire by Pedro L. Alvarez
Last of the Seals by Greg Messel
The Groovy Granny by Heather Grace Stewart
The King's Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello
   The Bridge Club A Novel by Patricia Sands
Godspeed by February Grace
Kiss Me, I'm Irish by Bella Street
The Exiled Son by Mattius C. S. White
Athine Verses: The Beginning by Shannon McRoberts
The four letters of love by Nadina Boun
Weighing My Options by Shawneda Marks
Twisted Vengeance by Jeff Bennington
Margaret of the North by EJourney   
Double Crossing by Meg Mims
Special Offers by M.L. Ryan
Lost and Found by Lori L. Otto
Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One by Marsha A. Moore
A Murderous Game by Patricia Paris
Finding Time by Steve Poling
Metal Magic: Talisman by Derek Donais
The Ninth District by Douglas Dorow
Finding Jennifer by Dave Folsom
Bet you can't...find me by Linda S. Prather
Moonlight by Katie Salidas
Forgotten Treasures by Lisa Kessler
Mom's on the Roof by Cynthia Meyers-Hanson
Doing Max Vinyl by Frederick Lee Brooke
Hide and Seek by Jenny Hilborne
The Shadow of Black Wings by James Calbraith
BREAKUP: Enduring divorce by Leo Averbach
Zero Point by Tim Fairchild
Have You Seen Her? By Chicki Brown
The Briton and the Dane by Mary Ann Bernal
Demon Inhibitions by Gary Starta
Welcome to Sarnia by Jan Musil
Game 7: Dead Ball by Allen Schatz
The Charm by Alana Siegel
The Last Jump by John E. Nevola 
Sorcerer's Duel by W.H. Cann
Dream Traveler by Robert Ryland
A Man Overboard by Shawn Hopkins
The Spruce Gum Box by Elizabeth Egerton Wilder
The Furlites of Aroriel
by Marie J. S. Phillips
The Plotters of Cantaera Book 1: Enemies by Paul Philip Carter
Overload by Thomas Rowe Drinkard
Ice On The Grapevine by R.E. Donald
Love Comes Later by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands
The Medicine Game by Darryl Bollinger
Be Encouraged: A Daily Devotional, Volume 1 by Gregory A. Johnson
Shield of the Palidine by Barbara T. Cerny
Verliege by Micheal Rivers
A Game of Proof by Tim Vicary
Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria by Rahma Krambo
So Wonderful As Want by Joyce DeBacco
State of grace by John R. Phythyon, Jr.
MoonDust by Jennie Nicassio
Sold on You (Tropical Heat Series, Book Two) by  Sophia Knightly
The Hideaway by Mary Reason Theriot
Willowtree by Mike Bove
Reaper's Return by Ren Cummins
Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel by Joe Crubaugh
Blood-Rose Guardian Book 1: Elizabeth by Daisy-Jane Maxwell
When the Eagle Flies with the Condor by Sue McGhee
The Butterfly & The Bull by Stuart Haddon
The Beautiful American by Marilyn Holdsworth
Blood on the Orchid by R. Harris Harrison
The General Store by Wright Forbucks
Forging Truth by Raymond F. Masters
Doppelganger by Milda Harris
AReel Cool Summer by Martha Rodriguez
Return Of The Beast by Gary Val Tenuta
Dark Dealings by Karen Victoria Smith
Summoned by Susan Leigh Noble
Heaven or Hell by Roni Teson
Bone Dressing by Michelle I. Brooks
Summer Storms
by Rebekah Lyn
Ancasta: Guide me Swiftly Home by Diana Jackson
Tides of Grace: Book 1 of The Grace Sextet
by Weldon B. Durham
Brilliant Prey
by Brenda Wallace
Jaguar Sun (Jaguar Sun Series Book 1) by Martha Bourke
The Covert Element by John L Betcher
Black Loon Lake by S.L. Coelho
A Passing Stor
m by Phyllis Burton
An Image of Death by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Deadly Consequences by Lori Gordon
Times of Trouble by Cliff Ball
Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable
High Striker by G.T. Rigdon
Consequence by Madeline Sloane
Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby
Smilodon by James Paddock
A Whisperfrom Eden by Phoenix
Dremiks by Cassandra Davis
An Uncommon Family by Christa Polkinhorn
Mentality Listens
by Venus Angelica Perez

Friday, November 16, 2012

Indie Love G!veaway WINNERS!

First I would like to thank all of the fabulous authors who donated to the giveaway. 

I would also like to thank everyone that entered the giveaway, showing your support for us Indie/Self-published authors. Without you guys, we would simply be entertaining the voices in our heads. :) With your help, we've been able to share our work with the literary world.


The winner of prize pack number one is....Tich!
Congratulations, Tich, I hope that you enjoy your new bundle of books!

The winner of prize pack number two is...Hana!
Congratulations, Hana, I hope that you are as moved by these stories as I was!

The winner of prize pack number three is...Cordelia!
Congratulations, Cordelia, you will definitely enjoy this bundle of books!

The winner of prize pack number four is...Kassandra!
Congratulations, Kassandra, you've got quiet the variety there!

And the winner of Emily White's pre-ordered ecopy of To Love or Die in a Steamy-reamy World is...Heather!
Congratulations, Heather, this sounds like such a cool read!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Autumn Harvest Hop W!nners!!

After over 8,000 comments our Autumn's Harvest Hop has some grand prize winners!! Thanks to Carrie Ann Ryan for sponsoring the hop.

Grand Prize Winners:

Kindle Fire Winner:
Tina B.
$50 Amazon Gift Card:
Sarah L.
Swag Pack:

Lynn Cahoon
As for my cuddle monkeys offer, All Books Considered blogger e. won Kiss Me, I'm Irish (Liam)
And  Julie K. wins the Apocalypse Babes set (Trent)
Thanks to all who participated and congrats to the winners! Keep checking back for more hops and giveaways!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Autumn's Harvest Means Cuddle Monkeys Blog Hop!

What do you love most about Autumn? The turning leaves? Brisk chill in the air? The shift toward the holiday season?

One of my favorite things about fall is that it's no longer hot and humid. Living in the South means a whole lotta sweating! Finally when the temps cool and the wind picks up, I can stop hiding out in my air-conditioned house. LOL

Seriously, people, it's hot in Tennessee. But even hotter, are the heroic cuties who populate the pages of romance novels!

What is your favorite thing about Autumn? What are your favorite Autumn stories? Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Autumn stories and why we love snuggling in the cold.  *wink* 

Starting today and ending on Nov 12th, over 200 Authors and Bloggers sponsored by Carrie Ann Ryan blog hops are sharing their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (INT)
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (INT)
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US only)

In addition, my prize will be your choice of my books 

Kiss Me, I'm Irish 

Time-travel, fiddle tunes, and fairy dust!

Apocalypse Babes: The Complete Series

No mad skillz, no sacred destiny, just a pink tracksuit that will take Seffy places she never wanted to go...


Kiss Me, I'm Irish hero Liam looks a little like this guy:

And Trent from Apocalypse Babes looks a little like this: 

Which hero would you like to cuddle with when it's cold outside? (Just in your imagine, yo. The author cannot guarantee you will cuddle with actual celebs)

So leave a comment picking your preferred cuddle monkey, and include your email address so we can contact you. The books are available in Kindle and Nook versions. Also check back on the 14th for the full list of winners.

Now get hopping for more chances to win!