Release Blitz: ‘Beauty and the Beefcake’ by Pippa Grant

Title: Beauty and the Beefcake
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Sexy Romantic Comedy
 Release Date: May 17, 2018
Blurb

There are two kinds of women in the world – those I can bang, and those I can’t.

My teammate’s sister?

She’s a can’t.

I moved in with her to protect her from a nasty ex, not to be the next guy in line.

She’s the brains.

I’m the brawn.

She’s the fruit.

I’m the sausage.

She talks too much.

I don’t talk at all, if I don’t have to.

Should be easy to resist her.

But every minute I spend with Felicity is another minute she gets under my skin. She makes me feel like something more than a dumb puckhead with a big Zamboni pony. And it’s getting harder to remember why I need to keep my hands to myself.

 

Beauty and the Beefcake is a vegan-friendly standalone romantic comedy featuring a hockey player whose vocabulary is the only thing smaller than a hockey puck, a book smart but aimless ventriloquist with too many voices in her head, a dilapidated old house that may or may not be haunted, and no cheating or cliffhangers.

 

 

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Pippa Grant is a stay-at-home mom and housewife who loves to escape into sexy, funny stories way more than she likes perpetually cleaning toothpaste out of sinks and off toilet handles. When she’s not reading, writing, sleeping, or trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, she’s fantasizing about chocolate chip cookies.

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Author Interview: ‘Redferne Lane’ by Sarah Scholefield

About the Book:

Ezra had it all when he died. A good job. A nice house. His loving wife, Grace.

Grace doesn’t even realise she’s struggling to keep herself together. Until Torin turns up in Redferne Lane. It’s been nearly two years since Grace has seen Torin. Since Ezra’s funeral. Now Torin is back in her life, emotions from the past are resurfacing and Grace begins to realise elements of her life are going wrong. She’s not sure she can take control.

But Grace isn’t the only one with problems in Redferne Lane. Josie has a husband and young family to contend with. Ada is facing the difficulties of old age. Jerome thinks he’s found the perfect girl. Eliza just wants to grow up. And Torin isn’t sure he should have what he wants. They all begin to turn to Grace for answers. Can Grace look beyond her own difficulties and help those around her, even while she’s trying to save herself?

 

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1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I live in Somerset, with my husband and children, and our lovely cats. I juggle my time between looking after my children, writing and working at the local library. And when I’m not doing those things, you’ll find me reading. And it’s reading that got me into writing. I didn’t start seriously reading novels until I started studying at Uni, discovering that I liked stories more than my text books. I realised I’d been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember and I figured I should just start writing them down.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I’m very lucky to have a desk in a shed my husband converted into an outdoor room. It’s a little cave-like, with only a small window but it’s quiet and I don’t usually get disturbed. I like writing in the morning but often I don’t have the luxury of getting to choose when I write, so often it’s when I can steal a moment.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

All over the place! I’ll usually see or hear something someone says and it will trigger an idea. My stories usually begin with a character that takes a vague shape in my head. Then I take it from there, playing with setting, POV, tense and other characters once I start writing.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

It varies on each project, but I usually know the bare bones of what will happen in the story. Even if I start out with only a small idea of where the story is going, I usually find that I start plotting ahead to give each scene focus and meaning.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I write romantic fiction. Quite simply, because I love a love story. I want people to fall in love. I mean we all want to love and be loved. Relationships are an intrinsic part of life. And I like to explore all the many and varied ways we experience love and relationships.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I would love Grace to be played by Saoirse Ronan, I think she would be just perfect. James McAvoy would be Ezra. And Aiden Turner would be a fabulous Torin. Yes please!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read every day. I love to get lost in a book. At the moment my favourite authors are Matt Haig, Maggie O’Farrell, David Nicholls, Jandy Nelson, to name but a few.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m reading ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. It’s fabulous! Funny, sharp and perceptive.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

It would definitely have to be ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. I know it’s not the most original choice but oh, how I love it. Every time I read it, I find a little something else I hadn’t noticed before and as you may have guessed I adore a love story.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write, every day if you can manage it, even if you don’t have a main project, just write about what you see, even if it’s the washing-up or the cat washing its butt. Read, as much as you can. Read every day, trying picking up a new author, try something in a different genre. And read your own work, out loud if you can face it. Find some other local writers. Join, or start your own writing group. It is so valuable to have feedback on what you’re writing. It’s good to realize early on, that everyone will have an opinion of your writing and some times it isn’t kind. It’s good to grow a thick skin.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

You can find me here:

Website: www.sarahscholefield.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/scholefield.sarah

Twitter: @SJLScholefield

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17692758.Sarah_Scholefield

Thank you for the fabulous questions, it was a pleasure to take the time to answer.

About the Author:

Sarah Scholefield initially trained as molecular biologist gaining a BSc (Hons) in Biology from The University of the West of England. After realising she wasn’t cut out for life in a laboratory she worked in numerous schools across the West Country.

She has always enjoyed making up stories in her head and finally began to write them down. In 2014 she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Redferne Lane is her first novel.

She lives in Somerset with her husband and children.

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Release Blitz: ‘Unbreakable Bond’ by Jess Bryant

 

Title: Unbreakable Bond
Series: Fated Mates Duet #1
Author: Jess Bryant
Genre: Paranormal/Shifter Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2018
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Sometimes fate gets it all wrong.

Zoey Kent has lived with that fact ever since she turned eighteen and learned that the man she loved could never be hers. He’s a born shifter, a wolf, and she’s a mere human. Fate doesn’t care if on paper they’re a perfect pair. She isn’t his fated mate and she’s resigned herself to the knowledge that someday, she’ll have to watch Michael mate with another. It’s never crossed her mind that there might be someone else out there for her, that she would be the one to mate another, to choose another over everything she’s ever known or wanted.

Sometimes fate gets it all right.

Rafe Hudson left his pack behind years ago. Physically and mentally scarred from an attack that left his parents and twin dead, he walked away from his responsibilities as Alpha. He never intended to return but lone wolf or not, he can’t leave Michael open to an attack he’s learned is coming for his only brother. What he didn’t know was that going home would mean scenting his mate, the one person in the world that could make him whole again, that could give him everything he thought he’d lost. His pack, his home and his family.

But fate always has a plan.

There’s no way Michael’s brother is her future, is there? Just like there’s no way that the girl his brother has loved since they were kids, was always meant to be his, right?

Only fate knows why they were brought together but there is one thing for sure, the sparks between Zoey and Rafe are undeniable. The bond between them is unbreakable. And together… they’ll change the face of the pack forever.

 

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Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl’s life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt’s Harlequin collection and she’s been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.

Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn’t afraid to tell you that your school isn’t as cool as hers… or that
your sports romance got it all wrong.

For more information on Jess and upcoming releases, contact her at JessBryantBooks@gmail.com or follow her on her many social media accounts for news and shenanigans.

 

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Book Blitz: ‘F*cking Shattered’ by K.B. Andrews

 

Title: F*cking Shattered
Author: K.B. Andrews
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Blurb

 

I’ve always been the shy, quiet one.
My best friend, the fun loving, outgoing one.
When she’s gone, taken away entirely way too soon, I have to learn how to live.

And not just for me, but for her too.

I have to live for the both of us.

That means doing things I’d never do, stepping out of the shadows to join the rest of the world- taking chances, falling in love, and getting into a little trouble along the way.

Losing my best friend broke me.

And when a person breaks, They f*cking shatter.

 

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He practically pushes me up to the bar and onto a barstool before motioning for the bartender.

I make myself comfortable, hanging my purse on the hook under the bar, as he orders us a drink.

He takes the seat next to me and I look over at him, trying to figure him out and what he wants with me.

“What are you staring at?” he asks, seeing me out of the corner of his bright blue eyes.

“I’m trying to figure out what your deal is.”

He turns his body to face me. “Why do I have to have a ‘deal’?”

I shrug as the bartender places our drinks in front of us. I pick up the glass and take a sip as he slides over some cash. “I don’t know. We met under these really weird circumstances, and then we had a random hook up. I never expected to see you again.”

He sets his drink down and trains his eyes on me. “Let me ask you this, why did you kiss me yesterday?”

I turn to look at myself in the mirror hanging behind the bar. I don’t want him to see me, see that I’m lying. “As a thank you for the drink.” The lie leaves my lips smoothly. I almost buy it myself.

“Bullshit. What’s the real reason?”

I turn to him suddenly with my mouth hanging open from him calling me out. “It’s none of your business.”

He laughs. “It’s none of my business why you felt the need to sexually assault me?” He leans back, amusement written all over his perfectly sculpted face. His eyes shine bright, even under the dim lights of the bar.

Now it’s my turn to laugh. “Sexual assault? I don’t think that’s what it was.” I pick up my drink and take another swig, enjoying the burn it brings and the numbness that accompanies it.

“Did I give you the impression that I wanted you to kiss me?”

I squint my eyes at him. What is he getting at? “No.”

“Then why did you do it?” His eyes hold a gleam of wicked amusement. He likes challenging me.

I let out a deep breath. “A friend of mine made me this summer bucket list,” I admit a little breathless.

He nods like he understands. “And this list said ‘kiss River’?” His voice is dead serious, but the expression on his face is nothing short of sarcastic.

“No. It said ‘kiss a stranger’,” I say, annoyance consuming me as I push my dark hair behind my ear.

He holds his arms up at his sides. “So why me? What made you decided that I was the stranger you should kiss?”

God he annoys me so much! “I don’t know. You were there, the list popped into my head. I figured, why not? I had never seen you before in my life and I figured I never would again.”

“Ahh, so you took this bucket list challenge, but you decided to play it the safe way.”

“What do you mean the safe way?” I want to get up and leave because he pushes these buttons inside of me that make me want to pull my hair out. It’s like he’s a child that just lives to annoy me. But something inside of me won’t let me walk away that easy. It’s like I’m a glutton for punishment, and just have to see what he will say next.

He pulls his barstool a bit closer, causing his legs to be on either side of mine. Our legs are almost touching and it causes a tingle to take over. “Okay, this list, I’m assuming, was meant to get you out of your element, to make you do things you’d never do, and to learn to live with what comes out of it instead of always playing it safe, right?” His jaw flexes as he waits for the answer.

I nod. “Yeah, I guess.”

“Well, you’re not playing right.”

A puff of air leaves me in a rush. “There are no rules!”

He holds up his finger. “That’s where you’re wrong. Why bother with the list if you’re not going to do it right? You thought you could cross things off without having to deal with the consequences. Meaning, you kissed me because you thought you wouldn’t have to mess with the awkwardness of having to run into me.”

I bite the inside of my cheek while I think it over. But I can’t come up with an argument because he’s right. I’m not doing this right. I need to put myself out there and learn what it’s like to be truly vulnerable.

I pick up my glass and finish it off.

River, apparently happy with the inner turmoil he’s caused in me, leans back, smiling like a Cheshire cat. I want to reach over and smack that smug look right off his face.

After a good, long minute of silence, I turn to him. “So what should I do then? Just go up to a random stranger in here and kiss them?”

He looks around, surveying the small pub. “Yeah, go kiss that one.” He nods towards the back corner.

 

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K.B. Andrews was born and raised in a small town in Southern Illinois where she now resides with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a grouchy cat. She spends her days with her nose in a book or eyes on a computer, working on her newest story. To stay up to date on new releases and sales, follow on her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or sign up for text alerts: https://opturl.com/WP4831Z2

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Author Interview: ‘Crooked Principles’ by Kevin Cady

Book Two of The Warren Files

About the Book:

Elijah Warren was a workaholic for the FBI, but during his hunt for the vicious “Poetic Murderer,” he fell in love with Aurelia Blanc–a beautiful and erudite forensic pathologist–and they barely escaped with their lives. They’ve since left the FBI for slower days and a mountain cabin, but a desperate call from remote Alaska leaves them not a choice.

Grizzly is a town of less than a hundred people, and for twelve straight years one of them has been killed. No one talks about the murders, like long-ignored secrets. In fact, it seems no one talks at all. But there’s a sick change in the pattern of death, and a mournful mother wants answers after her five-year-old son is stabbed and bludgeoned to death.

Something is very wrong in the diffident town of Grizzly, and stranded by the winter, Elijah and Aurelia face the killer daily, with paranoia as real as the icy air of Alaska. This is nothing like they’ve faced before. Whose dark past will reveal Grizzly’s secrets?

 

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“Cady’s writing is superb … Dark, engaging, and fast-paced.”
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“Cady’s nuanced prose scintillates and intrigues from beginning to end … As every piece is unearthed, momentum builds and fear intensifies.”
-Foreword Clarion Reviews

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I live in Colorado Springs and am from Oxford, Ohio, where I grew up and graduated from college. I moved to Colorado for a master’s degree, and began writing The Warren Files after that was completed. Rock climbing, rock concerts, and teaching high school English occupy the remainder of my time.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have a few different spots that really appeal to me. Home is certainly one of them. I have a small office at the house where much of my writing is done, where I can see the mountains as a distraction, but there are several spots around town where I consistently write. I at times need a change in scenery, and this accomplishes such a task. Really, anywhere with a view, I enjoy writing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’ll see something in life that sends my mind racing, and then it will be there, ever developing. I think my ideas percolate and tumble until they boil over, and I’ve got to get some words down. For example, I’ve been thinking about one particular story for several years, and it consistently is on my mind, and at a certain point, I’ll write something for it. It might just be the first chapter. It might be quite a lot more. And it might not be for another few years, but it’ll happen. Just not yet. I think this process defines how and where my ideas develop.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

The previous question addresses this a bit, but it’s definitely a combination! I always have an idea of what the story will be and how it will begin and end, but the middle allows me to discover how it all connects. A prolific author uses the metaphor of uncovering a diamond from earth. You see hints of promise and you follow those, not sure what you’ll find, uncovering what’s hidden in the earth of your own story. If you are aware enough, you’ll be able to uncover amazing components you didn’t prior realize existed. So it’s a cool combination of pre-planning and discovery.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books will always have an element of mystery to them!

I’ve always loved mysteries because of how they can deceive. A great mystery writer is a magician. The secrets are unseen until the end, but, once revealed, they can seem even obvious in reflection. I love the, “It was right in front of my eyes! moment!

Murder/mystery was natural for The Warren Files, and I’ll certainly return to the exact genre (as I have all the characters’ histories I can write about!), but I have some other projects that, I think, completely fit into my writing universe; they’re just different. Two novels are a bit more in the horror genre. One is my ode to haunted house novels—and its likely next for completion, though, with the other being a twist on the western, no promises. I’m excited about both!

I’m really just excited to continue writing quality material, consistently, and hopefully in my own unique style for my growing readership.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Haha!

Danie, my girlfriend, and I joke about this a lot. We’ve battled some of the answers. I think this is the final cast…

Elijah- 90’s Patrick Dempsey

Aurelia-Rosario Dawson

Adams-J.K. Simmons

Riff-90’s James Brolin

We’ve got a great person to play the killer in the first book, but for the sake of description and gender anonymity…I must not include that one. : )

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read a lot and like a lot of different authors and styles. People like Mark Danielewski or Steven Hall stand out as people doing something really unique with the medium. But those authors don’t have a vast catalogue of writing to choose from.

Authors I return to consistently are ones like Peter Straub, Clive Barker, and Chuck Palahniuk. These are authors which have their own unique style and universe, but each book is different from the one prior. These authors consistently put out work in their own style. They’re unapologetically writing their own way, and I strive for this same thing.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Speaking of Clive Barker! I’m amidst his monster narrative Imajica. It’s this amazing story about a parallel universe and its dominions, and how they’re interconnected with our own! It’s sexy and dark and adventurous, and it’s a brick of a book, but it’s awesome!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’m going to return to Mark Danielewski, who wrote House of Leaves. This book challenged me in ways I’d never been challenged, but it was exceedingly worth it. It’s best not to share much about it. Reading the House is an experience different from any other, and the more time you spend in there, the more you understand it.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Get good, get tough, and get patient. I still need to remind myself of these things, as I’m far from achieving my writing goals!

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

It’s easy to find me on Facebook with a search of Kevin Cady Author, or Twitter the same. My website is kevincadyauthor.com, and that will be the most informative location! You can also find me (and review me!) on Goodreads, and Amazon.

Website: www.kevincadyauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Cady-Author

Twitter: @kevincadyauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15263209.Kevin_Cady

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Kevin-Cady/e/B01FWP3I4M

About the Author:

Kevin lives in Colorado Springs with his girlfriend, Danie, and their pets. He is a teacher at a local high school and earned degrees from Miami University, a bachelor’s in rhetoric, and Colorado College, a master’s in education. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him rock climbing or at the local metal shows. The books of The Warren Files are his first completed novels, with diverse side-projects not far behind.

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