Book Inspired Jewelry Giveaway ~ Thoughtless, The Perfect Game & Beautiful Disaster

We’ve partnered with Bzbisdakbiz to bring you this fantastic giveaway.  Who doesn’t love book-inspired jewelry?  I know I do, and I can tell you that I own my very own Kellan Kyle key chain and bracelet and wear them proudly!

There will be a total of three winners.  This giveaway is open internationally!  So enter today.

Thoughtless-inspired Pandora bracelet and key chain
The Perfect Game-inspired charm bracelet and key chain
Beautiful Disaster inspired charm bracelet and necklace

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Win the THOUGHTLESS Series (ebooks) by S.C. Stephens ~Thoughtless, Effortless & Reckless

This Giveaway is for all those readers out there who have never read the Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens.  Two people will win the entire ebook collection of the Thoughtless Series (Thoughtless, Effortless & Reckless).  So spread the word, tell your friends, and let’s find some new Kellan Kyle/SC Stephens’ fans out there.

Note:  The ebooks will be gifted from Amazon.  If you do not have a Kindle, you can download one of the Kindle apps from Amazon.com.Thoughtless Trilogoy GiveawayENTER GIVEAWAY

 ~ Open Internationally ~

We also have a special LIVE FAN CHAT with S.C. Stephens on Thursday, March 28, 2013.  Click HERE for details.

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S.C. Stephens Links ~ Reckless

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ICYM: Here is our wrap up of Reckless and the Thoughtless Series by best-selling author S.C. Stephens!

Review: Reckless 5-Star Spoiler-Free
Interview: S.C. Stephens
Series Book Covers: Changing Book Covers
Thoughtless Series: Everything You Need to Know About the Thoughtless Series Including Deleted & Bonus Scenes
Giveaway: Win Signed Paperbacks of the Thoughtless Trilogy
Giveaway: Win Thoughtless-Inspired Keychain

Interview with S.C. Stephens ~ Author of the THOUGHTLESS Series

Author S.C. Stephens at a Seattle book signing in December 2012.

In October 30, 2012, we celebrated S.C. Stephens’ Day and without a doubt had to celebrate it again today, the official release day of Reckless, the third and final book in the Thoughtless trilogy.  Since I personally am not a fan of character interviews, I was thrilled when S.C. graciously gave us another personal interview, especially when I know how busy she has been.  Yes, I love talking to the mastermind and boss of Kellan Kyle.  (You can read our previous interview here.)

How did you come up with the three titles Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless?

Thoughtless came up because Kiera kept doing things without thinking.  It fit her character. Effortless was in my mind after hearing it in a song (I’m losing you and it’s effortless). I decided to use it as the title after Kiera mentioned that loving him was effortless.  Reckless was the hardest of the three to name. I had a list of dozens of “less” titles.  It was the one that was the most unique, but still fit the story.

If you could describe the Thoughtless series in three words, what would they be?

Accepting true love

What have you been were you working on from the time Reckless was returned to the publisher with final edits completed until now?

I’ve been working on the second book in the Conversion: The Next Generation series. I’m almost finished with the rough draft. Then I’ll be rereading the two books and making sure they are consistent. After that I’ll be starting a new book while working on the final edits for the original Conversion series which I’ll be publishing in the fall.

Who or what inspired Kellan’s character?

Kellan was inspired by music. He was my generic fantasy guy who I pictured as the singer of whatever band I was listening to.  His character grew and evolved as the story progressed, and now he’s so much more than just a fantasy guy to me.

Were there any earlier written versions of Kellan that fans don’t know about?

No, Thoughtless was Kellan’s very first appearance.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Answer emails, PMs, Tweets, Facebook comments, Authorgraph requests, and plan upcoming signings…that’s almost a full-time job, lol.  When I’m completely out of the writing zone, I hang out with my children, spend time with my friends, and try to find a little time to read books by other people.

One of our favorite reads this year has been Beautiful Bastard.  How did  your quote make it on the front of the cover?  Did you write fan fiction with the authors?  Any thoughts of ever co-authoring book with anyone?

I was a HUGE fan of The Office when it was on Fanfiction.net. Huge! I was obsessed with that story, and I was so bummed when they pulled it. When I found out that my publisher was going to be publishing it, I immediately contacted my editor and let her know how happy I was and how much I loved the story.  She emailed me back and asked if I would be interested in providing a quote for the book. I was thrilled to do it!  Giddy, even.

I’ve tossed around the idea of co-authoring a book with someone before, but I honestly have no idea how people do it.

Note:  We had a fan chat with Lauren and Christina a few weeks ago, and I asked them if they knew SC’s quote was going to be on the front of the book.
Lauren:  “We did know that Michelle! It was one of the first things we knew about our cover.  SC Stephens is so so sweet.
Christina:  Michelle!  We LOVE her!!! We died when our editor told us about the quote.  :)


Knowing Reckless is the most anticipated sequel of 2013, emotionally, how did it feel when you completely finished writing this book? 
As a writer, do you go through a grieving period?

Haha, I don’t think it’s the most anticipated sequel of the year, but there are a fair amount of people waiting for it. Honestly, I’ve been an excited/nervous wreck since finishing the book. This is the first one I’ve published without sharing it with hundreds of people first, so it’s a new experience for me. There is also a lot of expectation around the book, so I’m hoping fans are pleased.

Oddly enough, I didn’t experience any sort of grieving period once it was over. Probably because I had a deadline to make. I think I’ll feel that later, once it’s been published and the fans have read it.

Now that Reckless has been released, what is next on the horizon for S.C. Stephens?

I’m going to be publishing the Conversion series later in the year, then early next year I’ll be releasing the rest of my older stories. At the same time, I’ll be writing new stories to release, so hopefully you’ll have a lot to read from me for a long time to come.

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Craziest thing in your fridge right now?
Vegemite. A fan sent me a tube of it. Seriously, what is that stuff? And how are you supposed to eat it? Lol.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Zzzzzzzzz. My life really isn’t that interesting, lol.

Shopping weakness?
Hmm…I’m not a big shopper. I’m too impatient. It irritates me. I do have a long list of songs and albums I want to buy though.

What was your mom’s pet name for you?
No pet name that I can remember.

Who would play you in a film of your life?
Oh boy. No, no movie, please, lol. I’d rather see Kellan’s life on film than my own. :)

Can you roll your tongue or tie a cherry stem into a knot with your tongue?
Haha! Yes, I can roll my tongue. No, I can’t tie a cherry stem. A friend has actually been trying to teach me how to do it. He’s an expert, but so far I’ve failed miserably.

SC Stephens at the TFEiC author meet & greet at Palmer House in Chicago September 29, 2012

Everything You Need to Know If You’re New to the Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens

On September 9, 2012, S.C. Stephens announced that she had signed a deal for Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless with Gallery Books, a imprint of Simon & Schuster.  That meant that the ebooks had to be switched over, the paperbacks re-released, and a delay in the publishing of Reckless until March 5, 2013 (previously scheduled for December 2012).

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For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together—Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university—everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes . . . and none of them will ever be the same.

  • Original Ending to Thoughtless.  Tissues are required.  (P.S.  I have NEVER read this although I know what happens.)
  • Bonus Scene posted on S.C.’s FB page on October 23, 2012: Anna’s reaction to seeing a photo of Kellan for the first time.
  • Deleted Scene posted on Totally Booked Blog on November 11, 2012.  Scene takes place at the end of Thoughtless, when Kellan and Kiera are dating but not yet having sex**
  • Bonus Scene written through Kellan’s eyes to thank all of the fans for their support. This takes place at the club, right after Kellan pushes Kiera away from him.  (1/4/13)
  • Thoughtless Playlist & Purchase Links

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In this stunning follow-up to Thoughtless, Kellan and his band embark on a tour that will propel them to national fame, but can Kiera trust her charismatic, sexy man to be faithful from so far away?

After being caught in the middle of a love triangle which led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she’d made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy…trust is hard.  New paperback edition available .

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Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

 

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Spoiler-Free Review: Reckless (#3 Thoughtless) by S.C. Stephens

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Author:  S.C. Stephens
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars

I know S.C. Stephens was apprehensive about the release of Reckless as it was published without many people reading it first, unlike the previous two books.  Well, needless to say, she did not disappoint me or the rest of her fans.  The same day the e-book released, it hit the #1 spot on Itunes and Barnes & Noble (Amazon had not released it yet). Congratulations SC!

I had an ARC of Reckless in my possession on February 1 and did not finish it until February 26.  During this time, I read three other books just so I could make this book last. It was bittersweet knowing I had waited nine months for Reckless, and now it was over.  When people would ask me my opinion after finishing the book, I told them I had one word to describe RecklessPERFECT!!!!

All the D-bags and their girlfriends, Denny & Abigail, Kiera’s parents and sister Anna, Kellan’s dad and siblings return in Reckless as they all are an integral part of Kellan and Kiera’s life.  I enjoyed reading the interactions between all of them.  They are all like one big happy family.  Yes, there will be turmoil, angst, happy and sad moments, but it’s all part of the journey that made me love this book (and series) even more.

Now, let’s talk Kiera.  After all the bashing she took after people read Thoughtless and Effortless, I was overjoyed to see that she had matured and grown and put Kellan and his career first.  She was confident and not wishy-washy as we experienced in the first two books.  This was a huge accomplishment for her, and I’m so proud of her.

And finally the piece de resistance known as Kellan Kyle.   There will NEVER be another Kellan Kyle (AKA Sex on a Stick), and I didn’t think I could fall in love with him anymore.  And I was so wrong.  There is something about a man who can be so sensitive, sweet, complimentary, and appreciative of his girlfriend/wife.  He never fails to reiterate his love and devotion to Kiera.  And for that, he will remain by number 1 book boyfriend.

Tangling my hands through his hair, I gazed at him until I thought my heart might burst.  He unwaveringly met my eyes, “I love you too, Kiera.  Just you.  You’re my always.”

“I love you. I would do it all over again if I needed to. I’d go back to the beginning for you.”

Thank you Kellan Kyle and S.C. Stephens for the journey and the memories.  Until we meet again for the next re-read.

Synopsis
Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

Enter to Win the THOUGHTLESS Series by S.C. Stephens. Thoughtless, Effortless & Reckless ~ All 3 Books Signed!!!

We’re so excited to share this incredible GIVEAWAY with other fans of the Thoughtless series.  Last October we celebrated S.C. Stephens Day, and we’re  celebrating it once again today since it’s the Official Release Day of the highly anticipated novel, RECKLESS.  We’ve provided the links at the bottom of the page if you want to catch up on our previous posts!

We also have a special LIVE FAN CHAT with S.C. Stephens on Thursday, March 28, 2013.  Click HERE for details.

Click on the image above or HERE to enter our giveaway!  US residents ONLY!  Good luck!

Thoughtless Series Roundup

S.C. Stephens Interview

Enchiladas Recipe from S.C. Stephens

Real Life Inspiration Behind Denny’s Character

Letter Dedicated to S.C. Stephens

Valentine’s Day Date with Kellan Kyle by Michelle Eck

My Valentine’s Day Date with Kellan Kyle from the Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens

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Devin Paisley is my Kellan Kyle

Is it any coincidence that the two oldest and longest married members of LLL are posting on the same day?  Talk about a lot of pressure!  Ugh, I am not a writer, and I will never become a writer.  :)

Sweet Lover Amanda came up with this great concept, which I think is fantastic, but I prefer to keep some things more private and in my head.  Plus, when I told my husband what I had to write, he looked at me as if I had three heads!  He has no idea what a book boyfriend even is, and he really doesn’t have a reason to know either.  He is just happy that he is the beneficiary of my “smut” reading.

Anyhow, I remember the date as if it were yesterday:  June 19, 2012.  That was the day Kellan Kyle entered my life and became my “book boyfriend.”  Kellan has such a way with words that my heart melts, and I just want to hold him tight and never let him go.

“I know that I have to be with you. Everything else is just…details.”

“I want to be someone’s everything. I want fire and passion, and love that’s returned, equally. I want to be someone’s heart.”

“I’ve never wanted anyone, like I want you. Every girl is you to me. You’re all I see…you’re all I want.”

So my ideal date with Kellan would actually be pretty simple because I’m a simple kind of girl.  I don’t like diamonds (I know, gasp!) because “everyone has one.”  I don’t like expensive gifts, and I don’t like flowers because they die so quickly.  I’m more practical.  So in my mind here’s how my date with Kellan on Valentine’s Day played out:

Kellan picked me up at 4:00 PM sharp in his Chevelle.  I slid over to sit right next to him on our drive so I could enjoy his sweet aroma.   I had no idea where we are going, but with Kellan planning our day, I have no doubt that it will be perfect.  Anything with Kellan is perfect.  He told me to dress casually and take along a hoodie in case I got chilled.  Of course, I always have him to snuggle up against to keep me warm.   The radio is playing one of my favorite classic tunes, Faithfully, by Journey!  Of course, Kellan is singing along.  I love to hear him sing.

After a short drive, we pulled into a beautiful park where the flowers had just started blooming.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day, complete with a blue sky, no clouds, and a blazing sun.

Kellan parked the car, and he and I both slid out of the driver’s side door.  He immediately opened the trunk and pulled out a plaid blanket and a picnic basket as well as his guitar.  Again, this is why I love this man.   Simple and sweet.

We walked hand in hand to a spot near a beautiful tree.  Kellan laid out the blanket, and we immediately sat down.  Of course, curiosity got the best of me, and I couldn’t wait to see what he had packed in the picnic basket.  Inside I found mini sandwiches, fruit, brownies, and some champagne.  But I wasn’t hungry right now.  I just wanted to spend time with Kellan.

Kellen slipped off my shoes, grabbed some lotion that was in the side pouch of the picnic basket, and immediately began massaging my feet.  He knows me so well and the fact that my feet are one of my erogenous zones.  The movement of his thumbs on my arch is so sensual that he could make me purr like a kitten.  During my foot massage, we talked about all kinds of things, the weather, books that I had read, the upcoming tour, and songs that he was writing.  I wondered if Kellan was going to pull out his guitar, and I wanted to beat him to the punch with my Valentine’s Day surprise.

So I immediately stood up and told Kellan to remain seated.  I told him that I wanted him to know how I felt about him and began singing this song all the while locking eyes with him:

If there were no words, no way to speak, I would still hear you
If there were no tears, no way to feel inside, I’d still feel you

And even if the sun refused to shine,
Even if romance ran out of rhyme,
You would still have my heart until the end of time
You’re all I need, my love, my valentine

All of my life I have been waiting for all you give to me
You’ve opened my eyes and shown me how to love unselfishly

I’ve dreamed of this a thousand times before
In my dreams I couldn’t love you more
I will give you my heart until the end of time
You’re all I need, my love, my valentine

And even if the sun refused to shine,
Even if romance ran out of rhyme,
You would still have my heart until the end of time
‘Cause all I need is you, my valentine
You’re all I need, my love, my valentine

Kellan immediately began packing up the contents of the picnic basket and threw my shoes in there as well.  Then he picked me up like some caveman, threw me over his shoulder, grabbed the basket, blanket, and guitar and jogged over to the Chevelle.  He gently placed me back on my feet and ran to the back of the car to put the items in the trunk.

I opened the driver’s side door, slid in, and then Kellan joined me.  He placed one hand on each side of my face and made me look into his piercing eyes.  He said, “Michelle, that was the most beautiful song I have ever heard, and you have no idea how turned on I am right this minute from watching and listening to you sing the words from your heart.  Now let me take you back to my place and show you how much I love you.”

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Real Life Inspiration for Denny ~ Thoughtless Series

Are any of the characters drawn from real life family or friends – yourself maybe? Why did you decide to make Denny Australian and did you speak to any Australians for help with his sayings or mannerisms?

S.C. Stephens:  “Haha, no, no real life family & friends inspirations, although, Kiera and I do share a lot of the same quirks. Denny is Australian because he’s based on an Australian actor that I had a crush on at the time (Craig Horner, such a cutie). I popped him into my fantasy with Kellan, and Thoughtless was the result. I didn’t know any Australians at the time, although, I do now! I just went more with his character than his nationality. I knew some sayings, then googled others. I hope I did him justice!”  (Courtesy of http://www.ourbookclub.net.au)

Here’s a fun fact for you to nibble on….in the very first draft of Thoughtless, Denny and Kellan’s names were reversed.  “I switched them because Denny was better for an Australian’s name, and Kellan was…well, let’s face it, a hotter sounding name.”  S.C. Stephens (Courtesy of http://www.maryse.net)