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Guest Post & Giveaway: Journey to Faith by Tina Klinesmith

 

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faithcoverTitle: Journey to Faith (Journey #3)

Author: Tina Klinesmith

Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance

Publication Date: April 15, 2014

Cover Designer: Allison Brennan

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

~ Synopsis ~

Michele and David have it all: successful careers, a loving marriage and the perfect daughter. Until the past raises its head, intent this time on wrecking damage to their daughter. When tragedy strikes, they find their faith in God and His plans tested. Can their family remain strong in the face of adversity or will they crumble in ruins? Will love fail them when they need it most or will it restore their faith in what the future holds?

 

Six Words To Describe the Book

Fear: Actions, right and wrong, are most often driven by fear whether as simple as peer pressure or as complicated as losing life as you know it. Michele, David, Faith and Declan each face their fears throughout.

Hope: While fear motivates the action, hope gives confidence to continue moving forward in the face of fear, even when all appears lost. Hope, in spite of tragedy, is what lifts spirits and brings beauty from the midst of catastrophe.

Faith: Besides the obvious character in the story, faith is a central theme. Believing, with certainty, what you hope for will be accomplished because you know, in your heart, Who you believe in is far more important than any outward evidence.

Endurance: When faced with trials, it’s easy to grow weary. Michele and Faith handle their struggles in completely different ways but neither gives up. They continue to press forward in the face of exhaustion.

Understanding: This is where Declan and Micah excel. Both have been in similar positions to where Michele, David and Faith now find themselves and have survived. Neither shies away from offering a supportive shoulder, using their pasts to walk alongside, sharing the burden.

Love: Throughout the story, love emerges. Even as it evolves and changes, morphing into something greater, it moves beyond the boundaries of the family unit leaving a legacy.

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Purchase Link:  Amazon

~ About the Author ~

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Tina Klinesmith (1973-present) found she had a love for stories at the ripe age of 2 when her mother found her trying to read a romance novel. Even in childhood, she spent time crafting stories, plays and songs for family and friends.

Raised in the lush Central Valley of California, Tina continues to reside there with her wonderful husband, three children and a menagerie of beasts who believe they are also children.

Tina loves the outdoors and spending time camping, fishing and just hanging out with family and friends. She is an accomplished horsewoman and trainer as well as a fitness instructor and online coach. She loves to hear from her readers!

Connect with the Author:Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Website | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram

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Cover Reveal: Beautiful Ties (The Beautiful Series #4) by Alicia Rae (Contemporary Romance 18+)

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Title:  Beautiful Ties (The Beautiful Series #4)

Author:  Alicia Rae

Genre:  Contemporary Romance 18+

Publication Date:  March 25, 2014

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Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services, Inc.

~ Synopsis~ 

While watching her brothers find their happily ever afters, Abbey dreams of falling in love. Smart, fun, and sexy, Abbey is also independent and works hard alongside her brother, Kyle. When Kyle joins his business ventures with his wife’s cousins, Jason and Damon, Abbey struggles with keeping things professional.

Jason is instantly enamored with Abbey, and he becomes determined to win her over. Although she does not want to mix business with pleasure, he uses his good looks and sweet charm to work his way into her heart.   All the while, Abbey begins building a friendship with a neighborhood child, Pearl. Abbey’s heart warms to Pearl, and their friendship quickly blossoms into a loving relationship.

Can Abbey find a way balance her growing feelings for Jason and her need to take care of Pearl? Or will Abbey need to sacrifice one relationship for the sake of the other?

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~ About the Author ~

 Author picAlicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Dear Tabitha (Forever Family #2) by Trudy Stiles

Along with Trudy Stiles, we are very excited to share with you the Cover to Dear Tabitha, the 2nd book in The Forever Family Series. If you have not read Dear Emily (Book #1) yet, now is the time to grab it while it is on sale for ONLY $.99 in celebration of the Cover Reveal.

Make sure to check out the beautiful cover, add to your Goodreads, join the Facebook Release and Tour Event and enter the GIVEAWAY below!

Release date: Expected March 30, 2014

Author: Trudy Stiles

Book Title: Dear Tabitha ~ Series: Forever Family #2

Genre: New Adult/Romance

Cover Designer: Steph’s Cover Design

Photographer: Toski Covey Photography-Custom Design

You know me. You know who I am. What I am.
Damaged. Confused. Alone.
You feel sorry for me. You pity me.
You know what I’ve done. What I’ve given up. Who I’ve given up.
You try to understand what I’ve been through and how I can possibly go on with my life. But you can’t possibly understand.
I’ve lost too much. Sacrificed too much. Given up everything so that I can find myself.
Well I’m done.
I’m done walking away from everything that matters.
It’s time for me to heal.
It’s MY TURN to earn…
Redemption.
Love.
Family.
“Dear Tabitha” is the second book in the “Forever Family” series.
 
 

Two women. Carly & Tabitha. Both have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged.
Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until the night her security and innocence was torn from her. The vast repercussions from that horrific night threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?
Tabitha Fletcher, on the other hand, has suffered from a very young age. She has been hiding from her past, which was full of abuse, loss and turmoil. She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope of redemption. The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery.
What circumstance brings these two women together unexpectedly and can they help each other heal? And will they each find what they need?
Redemption.
Love.
Family.
This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+). It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations, non-consensual sex and some violence.
 
Dear Emily is on sale for $.99 cents!

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~ About the Author ~

Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She is the author of the Forever Family series including “Dear Emily” and “Dear Tabitha”. There will be many more stories from this series and you never know who may have a standalone or novella written for them. Stay tuned!
 
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
 
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She’s always been an avid reader and frequently escapes into the fictional worlds of the many characters that she has come to love. Well, now there are some fictional characters in her head dying to get out!
This first story is called “Dear Emily” and was released in December 2013. “Dear Tabitha” will be released in March 2014. The Forever Family series will continue with several companion/stand alone novels.
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Revealing Gabby by Amy Gregory: Cover Reveal

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Title:  Revealing Gabby (Finding Perfect #2)

Author:  Amy Gregory

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:  March 25, 2014

Cover Design:  The Killion Group, Inc.

Event Organized By:  Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend.  The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her.

Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form.  In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild.

Gabby tried every trick in the book to keep Shane at arm’s length, but he had made good on his promise to come to Kansas. He wanted to pull her out of anonymity, he wanted her in the public eye. Now here he stood, on the sidewalk in front her bookstore, and one look told her he was everything she was afraid he’d be. Too bad she was anything but who he thought she was.

Gabby quickly discovers Shane has more on his mind than just books and with a little help from an ornery matchmaker, he shows her a whole new life through her looking glass.

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When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs.  The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”.  She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions.  Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.

She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years.  And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well.  At least she’s grateful most of the time!  Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

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Cover Reveal: The Good Enough Husband by Sylvie Fox

goodenoughhusbandTitle:  The Good Enough Husband

Author:  Sylvie Fox

Genre:  Women’s Fiction / Romance 18+

Publication Date:  March 9, 2014

Publisher:  Penner Media

Cover Designer:  Regina Wamba of Mae I Design

Event Organized ByLiterati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

What would you do if you met your soul mate, but you were already married?

In The Good Enough Husband, Sylvie Fox delivers a riveting story about a woman who refuses to let her past define her future.

For years, Hannah Morrison Keesling’s marriage to Michael was good enough. Then she wakes up one morning and it isn’t. Taking her puppy Cody along, Hannah drives north to put distance between herself and her past. Planning to go as far as her SUV will take her, she hast to stop on the Lost Coast when her dog gets sick. There she meets small town veterinarian Ben Cooper.

Ben is the man Hannah wishes she had met first. He’s perfect for her, but gun shy because he’s been lied to before and vows not to be betrayed again. Hannah leaves Michael and moves to Ben’s rural town to pursue a future with the man she knows is her soul mate. But Michael won’t let go so easily. Forced to make a decision between the man she chose and the man she loves, Hannah soon realizes that her choices will define everyone else’s consequences.

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About the Author

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I write the kinds of books I love to read. The quirky characters in my romance novels experience passion, angst, and conflict, but always get their “happily ever after.” I live in Los Angeles with my husband, son, and a handful of rescued pets. When I’m not hanging out in Hollywood, I’m eating my way through Budapest.

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Upcoming Event: Fan Chat with Author Genna Rulon

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Join Literati Literature Lovers and Literati Book Reviews for a live fan chat with Author Genna Rulon tonight, Monday, January 27, 2014, at 9:00 PM EST.   Don’t miss the chat, use this time conversion site to get you there on time.

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Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn (Comporary Romance)

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Title:  Coming Home

Author:  Priscilla Glenn

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:  January 20, 2014

Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars

Event Organized By:  AToMR

~Synopsis ~

Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won’t be taken advantage of again.
When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah’s carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.
But Danny has a secret…
One that could shake Leah’s already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she’s faced with an incredibly difficult decision–is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she’s always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?

 ~Michelle’s 5-Star Review ~

“Traditions are good.  They help keep memories alive.”

Priscilla Glenn falls into a certain category of authors–I will read ANYTHING she writes because I know it will be a fantastic read and perfectly edited!  She’s an English teacher for heaven’s sake, and she can write those scenes that make me feel like I’m in the story, and I can feel exactly each and every emotion that I’m reading.  (Do you remember the piano playing scene from Emancipating Andie?  Holy hotness and sweet emotion! )  Well, Priscilla is now three out of three for me!  She knocked this one out of the park with a grand slam.  :)

I typically do not read teasers for upcoming novels (as I do like to be surprised) and hadn’t even read the synopsis for Coming Home.  So it wasn’t until I was twenty-five percent into the book (and curious) when I finally went back and read the synopsis.  (Again, that proves to you that I will read anything she writes.)

At this point in the story Leah was on the phone with Danny and they were asking each other questions.  I remember having a wicked grin on my face the entire time.  I felt like a teenager again enjoying the “getting to know” you period.  I was so vested in Danny and Leah’s story already, and there was no going back.  Of course, I was very curious about Danny’s secret and his intentions at this stage of the book.  (Did I mention that I literally laid in bed ALL day reading and put everything and everyone on hold?)

Coming Home is written in third-person point of view, which is great because I felt every emotion that Danny and Leah experienced.  I laughed, I cried, I smiled, and I mourned throughout Coming Home.  Priscilla included quite a bit of humor in this book, which was a welcome change.  Leah had a great relationship with her family, and they were constantly teasing one another.  Once again, I felt like I was part of the family and my heart was full with that familiar feeling of being loved and having family to count on no matter what.

Leah is so refreshing to read because she is a confident woman, and she doesn’t have too much of a problem telling Danny what she is thinking or what she wants.  Oh, can I tell you how much I enjoyed her character?  I seriously want to just hang out with her, especially at the Cheesecake Factory or a bar.  :)

“I don’t mind a little disappointment now and then.  It just means you’ve got high standards.  I’d rather shoot high and be disappointed sometimes than just live in the middle with the illusion of being satisfied.”

And when she laid her head back down on his chest, he rested his cheek against her hair and closed his eyes, wondering if there would ever be a man on this planet who was worthy of her.”

“So if something seems too hard, princess, before you throw in the towel, you should always ask yourself, ‘Will the reward be worth the suffering.’”

Danny DeLuca (gosh, I love saying his name) is no doubt going to make the list of top book boyfriends.  He is sexy, complex, wishy washy, but he is honorable and has his reasons for the way he acts.  Yes, he has a secret.  He has a past, and he is his own worst enemy.

The hurt will be temporary, she reminded herself as his lips moved against hers.  This is the forever.

In addition to Leah and Danny and their families, Priscilla has included their best friends as well.  And once again, their scenes are some of the best,  both funny and heartbreaking.

If you are a fan of Colleen Hoover’s writing, I encourage you to pick up Coming Home, especially if you have never read a book written by Priscilla Glenn.  There were two scenes in particular that I honestly thought were written by Colleen.  Yes, that is one hell of a compliment, which tells you how great this book is.  Coming Home will no doubt sit on my shelf of Top 10 Reads for 2014!

“I just…I want you to know that no matter what happens, I know you, Danny,” she said.  “I know who you really are.”

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author.  I was not paid to read or review this book.  All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.

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 ~Author’s Take on Danny DeLuca ~

By Priscilla Glenn

Danny DeLuca is “the perfect combination of cute, but sexy. Pretty, but rugged. Exuding a gentleness, but at the same time, radiating a raw sex appeal.” He’s described as tall with black hair, and eyes that are “shockingly blue” against the dark tone of his hair. And the cherry on top? A pair of dimples that make Leah feel like her veins are full of helium whenever they appear. When he’s not working underneath a car and cursing like a sailor, he’s taking care of Gram and apologizing for his friend’s crude behavior. He is a walking, talking, delicious dichotomy.

Danny is passionate about everything he does; he works hard, fights harder, and loves with his entire being. He can be moody and unpredictable at times, but he is extremely loyal to those he cares about and will do anything to protect them or make them happy, even if he suffers as a result. There are events in his life he’s still struggling to move on from, but despite his traumatic experiences, he has managed to maintain a level of sensitivity and kindness. (Although, you’d be remiss to mistake his kindness for weakness.)

Unknown fact about Danny: When I first wrote Coming Home, it was done in first-person point of view with Leah as the narrator. It wasn’t until I went back and gave it an overhaul that Danny’s point of view made an appearance, and holy hell, there was so much he wanted me to know about him. I totally fell for him while writing his perspective, which in turn gave me a deeper understanding of Leah.

 ~About the Author ~

Priscilla GlennPriscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English at the middle and high school levels for the past twelve years while moonlighting as a writer, mom, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.  Glenn is also the author of the contemporary romance novels Back to You, and Emancipating Andie.

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Author Spotlight ~ The Inspiration for the Spiral of Bliss Series & Symbolism by Nina Lane

The Inspiration for the Spiral of Bliss Series

At the risk of sounding rather nutty, I can say with complete honesty that the inspiration for Liv and Dean’s story came from Liv herself.

One afternoon in July 2011, I sat down at my computer to write a short, erotic story that I was planning to self-publish. I didn’t have much of an idea in mind, except I thought that if I wrote about a woman who was trying to get pregnant, that would certainly leave plenty of room for sex scenes. 

But when I started writing, Olivia West walked right into my head and started talking to me. To this day, I have no ideNinaLane-BWa where she came from. I don’t know anyone like her, she’s not based on anyone I know or even any other fictional characters I’m aware of. Instead she just emerged, fully formed like Athena from the head of Zeus, with all her hopes, dreams, insecurities, wishes, doubts, and fears.

I initially wrote the book in a diary format, as if Liv was keeping a journal of her thoughts, and the first draft started with her introducing herself as “My name is Olivia West. I’m medium-height, with long dark hair… etc.” (later, I realized she was introducing herself to ME). So Liv is really the one who drove the story from the very beginning. In some ways, I feel like I was just going along for the ride.

As the story progressed, I became both consciously and unconsciously inspired by some of my favorite stories and themes—the idea of journeys and returning home in Alice in Wonderland, The Little House on the Prairie series, the Wizard of Oz, and themes of true love and betrayal in Gone with the Wind.

I also found a great deal of inspiration in classic fairy tales with motifs of defeating evil and finding your way through dark forests, as well as medieval legends about chivalry and the codes of honor that Dean represents.

And of course, the theme that inspired me the most was that of a couple so devoted to each other and so deeply in love that they will fight any battle to stay together.

The Symbolism of the Spiral of Bliss Covers
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The beautiful Spiral of Bliss covers were painstakingly designed by Victoria Colotta of VMC Art & Design. When Victoria and I discussed imagery for the new covers, we decided to create something more unique and “outside the box” than the previous covers of sexy couples.

She and I also both wanted the covers to have a progression, with the first cover representing Liv, the second Dean, and the third cover symbolizing them together. One of the reasons I love the covers so much is that they are so tied to the story and characters.

The cover for AROUSE, a flower in a nest, represents Liv on so many levels—her love of gardening, her desire for a home/nest and family of her own, her fragility, and her hope of blossoming into the woman she wants to be.ALLUREcover-NinaLane-new

The cover of ALLURE, books and a butterfly, is equally tied to Dean. The books represent his intelligence and love of scholarship, while the butterfly symbolizes his struggle to let Liv take flight while wanting to protect her. The butterfly is also an allusion to Liv and Dean’s conversation in ALLURE about the monarch butterflies of Pacific Grove who always return home.

The AWAKEN cover of two antique keys and hydrangea flowers represents both Liv and Dean. The keys allude to the conversation in AROUSE about everyone having a “key” to unlocking their secrets. Liv soon realizes that Dean is her key, but together they have to fight through the consequences of unlocked, destructive secrets.

I also discovered that hydrangeas symbolize “heartfelt emotion” and are the “4th anniversary flower.” In AWAKEN, Liv and Dean celebrate their fourth NinaLane-Awaken-cover copyanniversary as a married couple, and they certainly do have a great deal of heartfelt emotion!

Finally, the color progression on the three covers represents Liv and Dean’s unity and reconciliation:

red + blue = purple

Arouse + Allure = Awaken

Liv + Dean = togetherness.

I’m so grateful to Victoria for designing such beautiful and emblematic covers—I could not be more thrilled that Liv and Dean’s story is so perfectly packaged.

The Spiral of Bliss Symbolism

il_570xN.438401470_onuwWhen I started writing the Spiral of Bliss series, I didn’t set out to incorporate themes of home, courage, friendship, and finding your way. Those ideas grew organically as Liv and Dean’s story evolved, though early on I had the sense that Liv was a lot like Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

Once I realized I was writing about a woman who was trying to find her way home after traveling on strange, twisting roads and battling scary creatures, I made the symbolism a more intrinsic part of the story.

In all three books, there are many allusions to characters in Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz. Here are just a few:

  • Mirror Lake = reference to “Through the Looking Glass”
  • Emerald, Ruby, and Poppy Streets = Emerald City, the ruby slippers, the poppy field
  • Avalon Street = mystical island in Arthurian legend and the place where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was forged
  • Maggie Hamilton = Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz movie
  • Helen Morgan = Morgan le Fay, the sorceress in the Arthurian legend
  • Kelsey March = March Hare in Alice in Wonderland
  • Allie Lyons = Cowardly Lion in Wizard
  • Professor Marvel = the magician/peddler in the B&W part of the Wizard of Oz movie, who is later the Wizard himself
  • Crystal Winter = the witch’s crystal ball
  • North = The Good Witch of the North

The symbolic themes of the books relate to Liv’s difficult past and her struggles in a strange, frightening world of uncertainty. Although she has found a safe haven with her husband, she still has to try and find her own path and a way “home.”

Along the way, Liv establishes her own friends and support system, and eventually has to figure out exactly what “home” means to her. In the midst of her journey, Dean is like the wizard, fighting to give Liv everything she wants and needs while hiding his own flaws. They both have to discover in different ways that they each have power and strength within themselves.

The Awaken Symbolism

From the beginning, Olivia West is a woman who is trying to find her way, just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. Liv wants to believe she’s strong and capable, but her life’s experiences have thwarted her efforts. As she says, “The ground has always shifted beneath my feet. I’ve had a hard time planting myself firmly on it, figuring out in which direction I should or even could grow.”

After making her way through the twisted, confusing path of her childhood, Liv found a safe haven in her husband. For years, Dean has been Liv’s rock, her port in the storm, but she soon realizes that her need to be nurtured and cared for has made her lose sight of who she is and what she wants.

il_170x135.260944616So Awaken is in part about Liv’s journey, like her compatriots Dorothy and Alice, not only to find her way home again, but also to discover her own strength and power. And we learn about her “Good Witch of the North,” a man named North who helps her along the way, and Liv’s need to defeat her own personal version of the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wizard of Oz and Wonderland themes come to fruition in AWAKEN, as Liv both finds solidarity with her friends and learns to stand on her own. Also, Dean has to figure out his own way through the chivalric code of honor that he has always tried so hard to follow—but navigating the tenets of duty, faith, and sacrifice prove more difficult than he imagined.

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ArouseAmazon US | Barnes & NobleKOBO | iTunes

AllureAmazon US| Barnes & NobleKOBO | iTunes

AwakenAmazon US | Barnes & NobleKOBO | iTunes

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she loves traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Nina also spent many years in graduate school studying art history and library sciences.

Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she’s that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina’s novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon’s Erotica Bestseller list, and Allure is a USA Today Bestseller.

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Interview with Author Samantha Young

Samantha Young lo res c Mark ArchibaldOur contact at Penguin/NAL asked us if we had any interest in interviewing NY Times Best Selling author Samantha Young, especially during the release of her latest novel  Before Jamaica Lane.  Well, duh, that is a no brainer as we have all been fans of Samantha’s writing since reading On Dublin Street.  (Oh, that scene in Braden’s house with the wall cabinet!!!!)  We even hosted an on-line fan chat with Samantha.  So the ten of us got together and came up with these questions!  Hope you enjoy.

If you could give advice to yourself as you started writing Before Jamaica Lane, what would recommend you do differently?

I’d have made an appointment with the very nice manager at the University of Edinburgh library sooner than I did! I had to make stuff up in the story before I met with him and got my facts correct on a working university library. I then had to go back and make the changes which were sometimes bigger than I’d anticipated them being. Some of the things I learned ended up being part of the story, so yes… being more organized when it came to the research.

Which of the male characters is your favorite? Which of the female characters is most like you?

Oh it’s too difficult to choose! I love them for different reasons. I have a special fondness for Joss and Braden because it all started with them, but I do love Nate and Olivia. Olivia is such a relatable heroine and I really understand her and think many women will feel the same way. And Nate… well, I love his sense of humor and in my opinion he equals Braden on the hotness scale.

Are these characters loosely based on anyone you know?

My characters always have something in them, whether personality or experience, that comes from a real place.

Are you ever overwhelmed by the success of this series?

Extremely! It’s still surreal. It’s absolutely wonderful that readers have connected with this cast of characters from the streets of Edinburgh.

Do you have a ritual that you perform after you finish a book?

I take a day off and do something absolutely relaxing, whether it’s doing nothing at all but reading, or spending money I shouldn’t be spending, or just hanging out with friends and family. A simple ritual but much needed after weeks spent in the writing cave.

When you start writing a book and then for whatever reason need to stop, do you find yourself missing the characters you are writing about or feel like you’ve put down a good book that you’ve been reading and need to get back to it right away?

Absolutely. No one has ever asked me that question but that is so on the mark. As a writer I immerse myself in the characters. I put myself in their shoes, which is why I always cry like a baby during emotional scenes. After spending so much time in someone else’s head, in someone else’s relationship, it’s hard not to spend the next couple of days wandering around in a fog.

Authors have said that their story can change direction based on the characters speaking to them as they write. Has this ever happened to you? If so, which character(s)?beforejamaicalane cover

I plan pretty thoroughly, so I usually don’t have major plot changes. However, when I was writing On Dublin Street certain scenes changed, and the ending changed because I got to know the characters better and decided that that’s not how they would react at all in that situation.

Should we expect more from Braden and Joss?

I love that readers care so much about them that they want more, but unfortunately I don’t have any plans to return to Braden and Joss’s story. Readers can always catch up with them in the continuing series as secondary characters, but the essence of their story has been told now in On Dublin Street and Castle Hill, and returning to them would be a case of piling unnecessary angst on them, and I don’t think I can put them through any more. I think they deserve they’re happily ever after 

How long did it take you to write Before Jamaica Lane?

Before Jamaica Lane took me eight weeks to write to a final draft.

Did you stop in between books to start on others?

No. I wish I was the kind of author who could write books simultaneously, but my head needs to be in one manuscript at a time for me to feel like I’m giving myself fully to that novel.

Is writing your paranormal series a different process that writing contemporary romance? Which is the more difficult genre to write?

It’s different in that there is much more planning involved for world-building in paranormal. I actually think contemporary romance is the more difficult genre to write. With paranormal there are very few limitations upon your imagination and thus your scope for a story arc. However, with contemporary romance, it’s difficult to be truly original, and so the story relies heavily upon character development. I spend a lot of time getting to know my characters before I start writing romance.

I know many beginning authors attend workshops to improve the intimate scenes. What was it like writing your first intimate scene? Was it initially a difficult process, embarrassing, or did it naturally flow once you started writing. And what advice would you give to authors that have difficulty in this area?

I have to admit I was a little embarrassed when I began writing my first intimate scene. I kept looking over my shoulder like I was afraid of being caught doing something naughty, ha. But it was just because I was venturing into something new and once the first scene was written I got more and more comfortable with it. It should flow naturally from your characters and hopefully the build up to those moments. My advice to authors having difficulty in this area is to treat the intimate scenes as part of development of the relationship of the characters. Gratuitous sex scenes in contemporary romance can often derail the story. The scenes should punctuate important moments and changes in the characters’ relationship—their first time together, the moment when the intimacy between them isn’t just about sex, after they tell each other they love each other etc. Once the scenes have purpose the characters usually help take control of them and that should help a writer get past any difficulties they’re having.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2014?

To continue on my healthy living path I began at the end of 2013, to reach lots of new readers, to travel to new places, and to spend more time with friends and family.

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~ About Samantha ~

New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young is a 27 year old book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in Scotland.

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