Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Queen Margot by Marketa B. Linden W - Author interview

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I was scribbling and sketching as soon as I could write, I was just 5 years old. My first book was about the girl called Andeli who was some sort of girl based on family stories about plane crash, my reading of books about ancient Egypt and my paternal English heritage. I have never finished the story but I remember I forced all kids in the kindergarden and primary school to read it:]] There were funny moments when I got a typewriter and I wrote a screenplays for my puppet theatre and we did a school magazine. It was noisy on old typewritting machine, I typed really quickly:]] Better opportunity was at the college.I landed a job as a sport journalist in age of 18 for one local newspaper and it came from there but it is still a hobby. I am not an author by profession.  I write scripts to documentaries and one feature movie now, there is always something to rewrite and it is time demanding with deadlines. I still do blogging and I am proud of my book of poems and lyrics to the songs. Some articles out but one of the best advices came to people I didn't know at the beginning of the career. USA people who were strict about whole package and forced me to stay my grounds but pay attention to glossy package and formatting for standing out from the crowd, couple of teachers, one from the university who was very good and asked us to think. 

The trolls who try to mock or put you down or people who provide you with all sort of free advice how write and publish a book.. I also printed my poetry book on demands as self published writer and I sold out 500 pieces. The career of sport journalist in the print press and on radio was the best preparation regarding writing or preparing text. Good advice came also from my wish to contribute my historical articles based on biographies of famous women to fashion magazine. I tried and of course I didn't succeed as I wasn't a friend of the editorial team or known name but the editor in chief who later dated an actress replied back it was OK try for the article but I need to follow their rules for the series. It started with dramatical opening scene and the facts about the interesting woman followed. 

I warmed to this idea when I typed my Queen Margot instead. It starts with the tournament scene where Margot's father Henry II dies. I have never met that editor but his advice was one of the best I got and funny enough I still stick with my idea to write series about interesting women from history, based on their real biographical facts.

What is your preferred genre?
Fiction and memories or historical novels.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?
Just this one, except my book of poems Intersections of life and couple of short stories, some scripts now for documentaries and a lot of articles.

Tell us a little about your book.
Margaret of Valois is forced into arranged marriage with Henry of Navarre, by her mother Catherine de Medici and cruel brothers who want to ceasefire between Catholics and Protestants during religious wars in France, but the wedding ends by St Bartholomew massacre and Margareth's life is from this time hanging up in the air, her destiny depends on decision of her brothers and a husband who doesn't love her. She survives by strong will, fierce intelligence where her lovers and friends are murdered, she is treated badly by her mother and brothers, later sent to exile by husband but she comes out as the winner, surviving all and dark age of intrigues, murders, passion, love in murky 16th century in France.

Do you have plans for a new book?
Yes, I do. It is again about very independent, strong female character from history but she was very modest in this case. One is about Countess Norbertine Kinsky who was a relative of Countess Kinsky linked with Nobel and other book is about Margaret of Tudor. Perhaps one of the most underestimated woman in British history and I think her beloved grandson Henry ordered to murder her.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Many of them, dead or living legends, I would need to book a banquet hall.

Was there an Author that inspired your writing?
No. I like to be myself.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
From the scratch or by the seat of my pants, with long preparation ahead, linked to collecting relevant historical facts.

Did you have an editor edit your books?
No. I use Scrivener which often annoys me and I need put certain notes on the paper, but this program is helpful for formatting. I have a couple of friends who read certain parts of the book and tell me if they like it, but none of them has all manuscript to themselves. I am my the biggest critic and I read many times my manuscript, it has a lot of makeovers, erase and delete, trust me. I rewrite if I am not happy. It is like Saville Row tailoring:]]

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Hardcovers.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
I love bookshops, love them. I will spend ages browsing shelves with books. Everywhere, small indie shops, vintage shops or huge book shops.  I also like ebooks. Easy for travelling but a hardcover is a hardcover.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?
Yes, I am a self published author with some outsourced help regarding distribution.

What books would you like to read again?
I am lucky I still own my old library and I can get back to the books and read. It is true about my books from childhood, they are real gems and one of them was recently on my table by the bed. It is a story of little girl fighting cruel Winter and loving gardens and flowers. I wrote the script and it gets animation cover for short movie. I am excited about that. And I love cookbooks:]]

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
I'd say a lot of books are difficult to convert into the films because they are about atmosphere but also a lot of quite boring books for children were used as adaptations for successful movies. I cannot say which movie I like over the book but I know I was scared more reading Nightmare on Elm Street book than watching the horror on TV screen because my imagination was wild, turning pages of the book late in night was creepy time for me. Also annoying movie was 50 shades of grey. It was a rom com to me, with added vitamin S and some techniques as dreamwork of middle aged writer. We know private life middle aged people and Middle Age which is time where my book is anchored in is real from that point. It is grey reality. I could choose basic plotline and many bed scenes as Margot was a lover than fighter, there is also an incest, but I am not that type of an author who will create new Game of Thrones series full of vitamin S and bloodbath even it was like that in history and intimate relationship between Margot and her bisex brother Henry III. It will be amazing for Hollywood production than simple plotline with 50 tunes of back vocals but I want to stick to history and Margot's brothers were weird enough and it is based on interesting history. I always think it is difficult to convert certain books into movies, even sci fi like Lord of Rings and it is film work I really like.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
All of them, a lot of them but I prefer hardbooks.

Who designed the cover of your book?
I thought about the painting from 16th century and I picked up the portrait, pointing finger I want certainly this on my book cover but everything else is up to you. I am usually clear about my vision and requirements about website design, main colours and layout, but I let free reins in this case and the result by very talented web designer guy was smashing. My jaw dropped down how I was excited. I really love the golden element, it was his idea as well as frame and I really, really love it. I have also a cover for next book about Margaret of Beaufort called Chess Queen and I choose everything and also asked for many reviews of book cover design. I am happy with that now but it wasn't easy ride like with the cover of Queen Margot.  Maybe I should stick with the same graphic designer but I wanted different perspective and fresh look.  I daresay the designer of this book's cover is the best.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it?
The package and design sells, nice cover book catches your eyes but content is a king. Empty box is still empty box wrapped in glossy paper with golden ribbon on and rag mag is still a rag mag with the sexiest woman on the cover page.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
It will be a long list similar to roll of toilet paper what was is or is Jack Kerouac’s novel or typing by Jose Mourinho. I need to say Thank you to all pearls of wisdom as well as to my trolls and Arthur Landon calling me zero, which made me to push things to higher level of motivation. I am grateful for all sort of advice.

Do you write under a pen name?
No and I have never thought about that. I am very proud of my name and origin.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Often. In chemises. I also sing on the loo and in the bathroom. When I was living in Chelsea, the sound of my singing reached apartments downstairs and they thought it was Catherine Jenkins. Actually no, I am not so plastic looking and they are perhaps happy the writing is quiet activity and the heydays of noisy typewrites are behind us:]]

What are your pet peeves?
I’d go for Keanu Reeves, he is rock and roll with deep knowledge of Shakespeare and he was really funny at the premiere of Anvil in London where he was sitting by the aisle but running back and forth at the stage and very chatty. Sarah Brown, the wife of British PM attended unexpected like princess Margaret of Valois was checked during the wedding night and it was Prince William who proposed his princess of his heart Kate Middleton exactly two years after Anvil premiere , in Africa, giving big tip to Margaret in Kenya and his marriage seems to be happy one compared to arranged marriage between Margaret of Valois and Henry of Navarre. I’d say regarding spitting on Keanu Reeves or anyone I dislike trolls with huge scale of own issues who need to bully, abuse, insult, put people down. Other pet pee for me is noise, I cannot name next one because I am quite laid back and tolerant person who loves to left in peace.

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
With myself and Alibaba or his helper to get me out. Certainly no with those exots from reality show I am apparently celebrity, get me out.

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes?
I'm very similar to the lady across the sea from Australia regarding her big closet of footwear. I am an expert on wine but I don't smoke and I don't drink.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs. Big barking dogs, no yappie ones. I sneeze from cats, my two cousins do as well. It is in the family. My aunt Marie Christine who also writes historical novels has trophy cats and she puts sign on the door Don't disturb at 7 or 8pm. It isn't mean she goes to the bed, it means it is her creative time. People are different, we are like cats and dogs.

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day -
Small things make my day. Partner makes my day…unexpected nice things...

What is your favorite food and beverage?
I have no favourite food but I prefer sweet and sour to sweet, but I love baking. I don't drink alcohol but every my friend will tell you I cannot live without a coffee.  Every morning routine - strong espresso, roast five, usually After dinner. A lot of cups during writing.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
It depends on the type of writing. It varies with the book but scripts for documentaries are demanding and you really need to put effort and padlock to the laptop to type certain amount on daily basis. The research of the facts is very time consuming but if you have that I just sit and write and write.

What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
My brain and good mood. It is just two things.

Sleep in or get up early?
Early bird except Sundays - long lay ins.

Laptop or desktop for writing?
A laptop or a tablet. Both, with handwritten notes on the side.

Your favorite gadget?
A phone and a laptop. Usually switched off over the nights and weekends. It's family and relax time.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Anywhere and any time when I can and I have free time and place to do it.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad?
If it is critical review based on the book and logical reasons I get it, it is a part of book publishing and marketing process. I dislike those personal attacks because certain people have self issues that's why need to abuse you or attack you for something irrelevant to the book like I am a stupid blonde or crazy woman, I was mocked with nasty trio who has never published anything worthy except their Twitter abuse of my person I can't speak and write. I take book reviews in daily press or magazine with ease. They aren't ripping you off, the beauty and love for you book is in the eyes of the beholder. I stand by my book but I don't know if it will be loved by critics or it will be a flop or hit with the readers. I did my best.

Do you have a bucket list?
Yes I do but I don't follow the list like dog is chasing a bone.

One of your favorite quotes –
many of them, they are a pearls of wisdom. I will mention just one Live with no excuses and love with no regrets.

List 3 of your favorite movies?
I like to go to Cinema Renoir in London and couple of art theatres in NYC, I like indie movies and film noir than blockbusters. I cannot list just three favourite movies but if I can pick up a trio of film treasures for technique I'd highlight Rebecca which I like to watch over Halloween, Marketa Lazarova which is black and white movie known for lyrical expression and The Brief Encounter but there are many great movies. The list goes on...

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
I don't watch TV at all and my last visit to cinema was I think the restored film Red Shoes by British Film Institution. I should start planning a visit soon I just see many animation movies now because I am writing a script to feature movie for children.

Where can your readers stalk you?
I'd rather to be left alone after my bad experiences with cyber stalking and stalking by one man which turned into really bad smear campaign and bullying where also people who have anything to do were involved. I like chatting with people but nice people who are interested in my work, in this case it is a book, and they know one or two things about me or the book than trying to belittle me because they have certain issues. I think if you are lucky or share similar interests with me, you can bump into me at events which are close to my heart and linked with my hobbies, at sports, in the library, in the theatre...I am quite active person.

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
In ebook format, available in many book outlets over the world, also in Australian indie book stores.

Do you give free ebooks away in exchange for honest reviews?

Yes.


About the book:

Gritty reality of the 16th century in France with love, passion, opulance sits side by side with dirty streets and intrigues is featured in the first historical novel Queen Margot by MBLW. The reader is instantly hooked by drama around Margaret of Valois, the daughter of famous Catherine de Medici, who survived all her three brothers kings and religious wars between Catholics and Hugenots. The book has good historical accuracy and smooth ride taking the reader into the world of intrigues similar to Game of Thrones. MBLW has good grip on the facts, writing skills and lightness to tell the story to everyone without knowing too much from history in similar way like David Attenborough. Perhaps Simon Sebag Montefiore has his successor waiting under the wings but young writer reminds more documentarist Attenborough who is able to make boring topic easy to digest and become popular. MBLW is big talent of historical fiction, filling knowledge about the period of the religious wars in France with vivid scenes than dry facts. The story pops up before our eyes and the characters are so raw, so strong that you cannot to help but feel as they do. MBLW weaves great storyline written by history and private life of Margot, she portraits her well, forcing the reader to be a bystander which was also a position of Margot in the turmoil of cruel years and the way which saved her life.  Read more HERE...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I appreciate everything you've ever done for me. Amelia Marie Whalen

I appreciate everything you've ever done for me.
After our trip to Boston, I was torn between wanting to make every remaining day of Dave’s life an adventure and wanting to give up. Caring for him seemed overwhelming and unmanageable. He was like a man sized two-year-old. Despite the difficulty, I felt a responsibility to myself and to Dave to keep living and experiencing the world around us.
I remembered it was summer. I remembered summer could be fun, and there were adventures to be had, so I accepted Sugar Shack Mike’s invitation to meet for rock climbing and camping on the south end of Lake George in the Adirondacks. I loaded Dave, a cooler, climbing gear, and camping gear into the car and headed north. We met Mike and Matt at the camp site.
The spot was beautiful and the weather was perfect. I dragged towels and cushions and snacks over the short trail through the woods. Even with my arms loaded with cumbersome stuff, Dave had a hard time keeping up with me. He deliberately stepped over rocks and roots. He would stop to brush leaves or twigs from the trail.
Despite his snail’s pace, Dave seemed eager to be in the wilderness. He looked up at the sky and around at the trees. Whenever I looked back to check his progress, he smiled at me.
The trail ended at the lake, where Matt and Mike were reclined on a large flat platform rock. I set a cushion for Dave on the rock and he heaved a big sigh as he settled onto it. The short walk had worn him out.
I chatted with my friends about the rock routes we had planned to climb that day. The sun was still rising and casting vibrant light through the clear blue sky and onto the lake. The lake was undisturbed. Small, even ripples reflected the sun in sparkly glints. Dave was mesmerized, watching the lake through squinted eyes. I was mesmerized watching him.
Dave sat still for the first time I’d seen in months. His body and face were slack; the Adirondacks had melted his tension.
I felt a great relief sitting with David. It was one of the first relaxing moments we’d shared since the whirlwind of his illness brought us to the psych ward. At home, David paced and fidgeted; he would wander off in the blink of an eye. At the lake, he was content to sit by the water.
After sitting for an hour or so at the meeting place, it went without saying we weren’t going to climb. The walk to the cliff was uphill, rougher and longer than the short approach to the lake that had worn Dave out.
Although David still referred to me as his wife and seemed most content at my side, it was unclear how much memory he retained or how much understanding he had about what was happening to him and around him. He would wander off if left unattended, didn’t speak unless spoken to, and didn’t seem able to form complete sentences.
I asked Dave if he wanted to take a walk. He answered with a nod and I led us along the lake’s edge. The path was flat and easy, and openings in the trees gave us gorgeous views. David moved slowly and took in the scenery. This was one of the few times during that early summer that I felt as though things were OK. We were in a safe place, and both content. I was in one of my favorite places with one of my favorite people. Walking in the woods was difficult for Dave, but he pressed on. It seemed that he, too, was happy to be out adventuring.
We walked along the lake side by side for a few minutes. I was matching Dave’s pace, expecting him to need to stop for a rest at any time. When he did stop, he reached out and turned me to face him. On that perfect June day, on the shore of a calm Lake George, we looked into each other’s eyes and stood close.
Dave looked peaceful, yet determined, and cleared his throat.
“I appreciate everything you’ve ever done for me,” he said.
This was the first unprovoked statement David had made in months. It floored me to hear his voice form a complete sentence and it melted my heart to know he was aware.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Screenwriter Turned Author Mylo Carbia Releases Title of Debut Horror Novel

Screenwriter Turned Author Mylo Carbia Releases Title of Debut Horror Novel

Sources close to ‘The Queen of Horror’ Mylo Carbia have released the first draft cover and title of her upcoming book, “The Raping of Ava DeSantis.” Although the storyline is still under wraps, sources close to us say that the book tackles the aftermath of a college-based gang rape, spinning a classic horror story from the victim of that crime seeking justice.

Given the early controversy and buzz from horror fans across the globe (including Mylo’s 65,000 followers on Twitter) the book is rumored to have been picked up by a traditional publishing house and the release date may be moved up from early 2016 to right before Halloween.

Carbia has penned several independent horror films under her own name but is best known as Hollywood’s number one horror film ghostwriter. Her work most likely influenced by the fact that she spent the first 13 years of her life living in a haunted house in Jackson, New Jersey.

One early reviewer of the manuscript called it “A breathtaking story, fast-paced, insanely vivid – just brilliant!” so we definitely looking forward to receiving an Advance Reader Copy of the book this September and letting you all know what we think.

Stay tuned for more details coming out this summer!

You can follow Mylo Carbia on Twitter @MyloCarbia

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"The Best of Balling: March Madness" by Stacie Supple (18+)

Excerpt:
I stood in the hallway listening for Brad, my boyfriend to go to the kitchen. The loudness of the boys coupled with the sounds from the television made it difficult, but the darkness of the hallway also allowed me a partial visual of the family room without anyone detecting me.

As soon as Brad was gone, I sashayed into the room and stood in front of the big curved screen Samsung TV without a stitch of clothing.

“Which three of you want to go first?” I asked.

One by one they turned their attention to me until six sets of eyes stared back at me. The only sound in the room now was that of the announcer on the TV.

“Come on. Answer me. Which three of you want me first?” I said. “I've got three holes, and I am going to stand here and block your view of this god damned championship basketball game until I get some satisfaction.” I waved a bottle of anal lube in front of me.

As if they were kids still in high school, two of the guys sheepishly raised their hands.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Author Interview – Beth Prentice "Give Murder A Hand" – A Westport Mystery, Lizzie Book 2

Book Description from Amazon:
Just when Lizzie thought the only problems she had in life were her crazy family and far too many nightmares, the house reveals yet another secret. This time it’s a skeleton in the back yard.  But the unusual thing about this skeleton is that it has an extra hand. Why?  Well that’s what Lizzie wants to find out. But nothing is that easy is it?
Plus her drop dead gorgeous boyfriend Riley’s had enough of her nightmares and wants her to get professional help. Only when that professional help comes in the form of a long legged blonde who just happens to be Riley’s ex-girlfriend, Lizzie feels reluctant to reveal her deepest, darkest fears.  Especially when her deepest, darkest fear is losing Riley to a long legged blonde ex-girlfriend. But this blonde seems to have a particular interest in Lizzie’s life.  Is it just Riley she’s after? Or is there another reason she always seems to be around whenever Lizzie’s life is in danger?

Near misses with death, a super hot policeman with a crush, Grandma’s new boyfriend, a garden full of senior citizens, and Bradley the owner of Westport Tours, all make Lizzie’s life interesting to say the least.

But can she find the truth before the For Sale sign gets hammered into the ground? Or will Lizzie take the secrets to an early grave?


What is your preferred genre?
Anything fun really but romance/mystery is my favourite.

How many books have you written? 
This is the second full novel in this series and is a sequel to It Started With A House, but I also have a Christmas novella that follows Lizzie.  Westport is a busy town though, and my other full length novel, Killer Unleashed, follows another resident named Chloe.


Do you have plans for a new book?
Yes!  I love Lizzie and Riley and have already started work on their next adventure

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Many, but my absolute favourites would be Gemma Halliday, Janet Evanovich and Sophie Kinsella

Was there an Author that inspired your writing?
Yes.  All of the above

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I have an outline of where I’d like the story to go, but generally I fill in the blanks by the seat of my pants

Did you have an editor edit your books?
Yes.  The wonderful Juanita Kees, Kees2Create.com

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
All of them!!


Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?
Yes but I also have a publisher for some of the series


Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
No.  I love movies but books always tell more of the story.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m currently reading Gemma Halliday’s latest Deadly in High Heels and this one is an ebook, but I’m waiting impatiently for the new book from Janet Evanovich in the Wicked series

Who designed the cover of your book?
The wonderful Patti Roberts J

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it?
Definitely.  If I don’t like the cover I probably won’t look any closer at it


Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Ha ha.  Of course.  Doesn’t everyone??


You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
Do you want my real life answers or my fantasy answers? J
Real life – my husband of course, but in my fantasy I’d love to be stranded with Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series.  Even though he’d probably get us off the island a little bit too quickly!

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes
No question – Chocolate!!

Cats or dogs?
Both but dogs first

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
I try to do at least six, but sometimes I’m really motivated and do more. Then again sometimes I procrastinate and don’t do much other than google my favorite authors, check out the local real estate market and maybe peruse eBay!

What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
Lipgloss is about it

Laptop or desktop for writing?
Mostly desktop but I do have my laptop for those days where I feel like going to the beach


Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad –
I love book reviews.  It’s really encouraging to hear what people really think of your books.  Even the bad ones have a purpose.  Sometimes they highlight something you may have not noticed.  So long as they’re not mean of course.

Do you have a bucket list?
Not really.  I have a few holidays that I want to take but that’s about it.


List 3 of your favorite movies?
While you were sleeping (I love Sandra Bullock – this movie just makes me happy), The Avengers (for the eye candy of course) and Blindside

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
I’m a bit of a man really.  One of my favourite shows is American Restoration! I love the way they bring old things back to life.

Where can your readers stalk you? My website – bethprentice.com or facebook

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
Ebook at the moment but it will soon be available in print also


Book links:




More About the Author

Biography
Hello, I'm Beth. I was born in Manchester England but now live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia where everyday is a good one. I am a lucky mother of two teenage children, and along with my ever patient husband are the proud owners of three dogs, a cat and a fish. I have always had a love of reading and even though my background is in accounting I have now discovered my love of writing. My favourite authors are Janet Evanovich, Sophie Kinsella and Gemma Halliday.
P.S. Please feel free to add me as a friend on Facebook, look up my site at www.bethprentice.com or contact me at beth@bethprentice.com

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview, Beth,  and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better. 




Saturday, March 7, 2015

Served Hot by Annabeth Albert

In Portland, Oregon, the only thing hotter than the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are the hard-working men who serve it up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…

Robby is a self-employed barista with a busy coffee cart, a warm smile, and a major crush on one of his customers. David is a handsome finance director who works nearby, eats lunch by himself, and expects nothing but “the usual”—small vanilla latte—from the cute guy in the cart. But when David shows up for his first Portland Pride festival, Robby works up the nerve to take their slow-brewing relationship to the next level. David, however, is newly out and single, still grieving the loss of his longtime lover, and unsure if he’s ready to date again. Yet with every fresh latte, sweet exchange—and near hook-up—David and Robby go from simmering to steaming to piping hot. The question is: Will someone get burned?

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Short Excerpt (200 words):
A little idea niggled at my brain—like an evil elf had tapped me on the shoulder. “You know, if you give me your card, I could call you if you leave your wallet behind again.”
There. His cheeks went dusky pink. I finally got a blush out of him, but hell if I could decipher what it meant. I could predict people’s taste in coffee, down to preferred syrup flavor, but I still sucked at decoding anything as complex as human emotions.
“Ah. Um.” He did the nervous cough thing again.
“Never mind.” I wiped my hands on my apron. “I’d better get back.”
“Wait.” He opened the wallet, plucked out a white card with a blue logo, and offered it to me. His broad fingers brushed mine again as he handed it over. Another barely there touch, but I felt the charge all the way down my spine, like I’d chugged a triple shot.
My breath tripped with wishing he’d add a “call me anytime.” Brian would have. But David just stood there silently. Straighter than the Fremont Bridge and denser than a concrete pylon.

Long Excerpt (600 words):
My nooner was late. Well, technically, David was my 11:50. Without fail, ten minutes before twelve every work day, David P. Gregory bought a vanilla latte from my coffee cart in the Old Emerson building in Portland. I only knew his name because he used his debit card to pay, and I knew the time because of the old-fashioned, massive brass clock directly across the atrium from my cart.
I knew David banked at a local credit union, knew that he worked somewhere that required a tie, knew that he had a smile that made his mouth crinkle up at the edges when I handed him his coffee, and knew that he was an excellent tipper.
What I didn’t know was whether or not he was straight. We’d had this weird dance for months now—he’d arrive for his coffee, stilted and uncomfortable, relax into a bit of small talk while I made his drink, and then he’d take his coffee to one of the metal tables out in the atrium to have with the lunch he packed in a blue bag. I liked watching him eat because he gave it his entire focus—no smart phone or gadget, no newspaper or book, no folder of work. A few times I’d caught him looking back in my direction. But his gaze never lingered and either my flirting while I served him was more subtle than I’d thought or he was simply immune.
Today David was late. Unexpected disappointment uncurled in my stomach, souring my caffeine buzz. It was a good day—a steady stream of customers at my cart and bustling business for the pizza place and the vegan sandwich bar on the other side of the atrium. The hundred-year-old office building had been renovated to include a few small eateries in the newly added skylit atrium. Plenty for me to look at, but my eyes kept returning to the double brass doors that opened onto Ninth.
David pushed through the heavy doors at 12:45 just as I was finishing up a caramel soy latte for one of the Goth girls who worked at the jewelry place across the street. I hid my smile behind my espresso machine. Eager for it to be his turn, I tapped my toes against the linoleum.
“The usual?” I figured it would freak him out if I mentioned I’d noticed his lateness.
“Hmmm.” He studied my specials sign. I’d glued a chalkboard panel inside a silver frame from a secondhand place on Hawthorne and put the whole thing on a silver-painted easel. Classy on the cheap.
Today I had a half-price tuxedo mocha—white chocolate with dark chocolate swirls. David had never paid any attention to the sign before, but today he gave it a long stare, consideration tugging his mouth back and forth. God, I loved his mouth—full pink lips, a hint of stubble on his upper lip like he’d missed a spot shaving.
After a few seconds, he shrugged, broad shoulders rippling the fine cotton of his dress shirt. “Yeah. The usual.”
“Sure thing.” I grabbed the cup for his small vanilla latte.
“Wait.” He held up a hand as I started to ring him up. “Iced. It’s sweltering out.” He’d rolled up the sleeves of his crisp white shirt, revealing muscular forearms and a heavy silver, antique-looking watch.
“Meaning it’s eighty-five degrees in Portland and everyone is freaking out. You know . . . it’s good to try something different once in a while.”

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Can David change his regular order to include a side of sexy? You’ll find out in Served Hot!



Meet the Author

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

Annabeth can be found online at annabethalbert.com, @annabethalbert on Twitter, and Facebook.com/annabethalbert.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lee Savino, author of Raven and Wolf

ABOUT THE BOOK: When a mysterious evil slaughter's a village in old Norway, a warrior vows to protect the innocent woman who witnessed the murders. But can he help her stop the killers while hiding his own dark secret? 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Savino has been telling tales since she was young. While she was studying creative writing at Hollins University, her first manuscript won the Hollins Fiction Prize. She loves writing books about strong women and the sexy men who love them.


Book review:
By Tammy H
Format:Kindle Edition
Everything about this book makes it not the type I typically read so I was hesitant and ready to be completely uninterested. I read it anyways and it definitely proves "you can't judge a book by its cover (or subject)!" I was drawn in from the very first chapter, all the way through to the end! It is so well written I felt as though I was another character in the book, standing by silently, watching the story unfold. I'm excited to read Lee Savino's new series.
I highly recommend this book, even if it's "not your type!"

Link to book:
http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Savino/e/B00SZB8UG2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1425061381&sr=1-1

My twitter is @LeeSavino

website is https://www.tumblr.com/blog/leesavino
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