Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This Love by Nazarea Andrews

 Today I'm super excited to have my wonderful writer-friend and fellow Indie Ignites contributor joining us. Congratulations to Nazarea Andrews on the release of her brand-spankin'-new release, This Love! The cover absolutely screams New Adult to me, and I cannot wait to read it. Here's a little teaser:

This Love:
She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.
He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess life his had become.
They didn't know they needed each other.

Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket--her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.

Atticus Grimes needs help--the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he's got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.

When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she's thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can't happen--he's a professor and she's a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?

Doesn't that sound fantastic? You can buy This Love NOW at:

Welcome Nazarea -- tell us about your story.

It’s the awesome forbidden romance! Hot professor, sexy student—both smart and lonely and a little bit broken. They spend the summer together and…shtuff happens! ;)

Where did you get the inspiration for This Love?  
Oh. Well, Atticus sorta just popped into my head. And I was itching to read a good forbidden romance. So I had this craving for forbidden romance and a sexy professor and…well. This Love happened.

Titles can be so tricky -- how do you come up with yours?
Taylor Swift’s song Ours was sorta the theme song for this—I loved the whole song. It really spoke to the entire story—how hard love is and how forbidden this particular one is. And the chorus—it was perfect. It says “Life makes love look hard. The stakes are high/the water’s rough/but this love is ours.” It was that easy. (Also—thanks, T. Swift!!)

I so heart T. Swift. I own it. ;)  And speaking of music, does This Love have a playlist? What's on it?
It does!! It’s on the blog tour, you’ll have to stop by to see what all I’ve got for y’all. But—this is sorta embarrassing—it features boy bands. My niece made fun of me.

Nobody is making fun of you here. I also heart boybands. Jeez, this is getting embarrassing. So back to you. Since this story deals with a forbidden romance, are there any other forbidden romance stories that you just adore? 
Oh, gracious. So many-Easy by Tamara Webber, definitely. For me, The Kushiel Series—especially the last three books and the couple in them—is the definitive forbidden love. It’s amazing and gorgeous. Also, I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone (and the sequel, Days of Blood and Sunlight) for a beautifully told forbidden romance.

If you met your MC at a bar, what would happen?
Hahaha, if I met Atti in a bar…well, he’d probably be with his best friend Dane and I’d take off in the other direction. But on the off chance he was by himself—body shots. And a game of darts—he likes teaching girls to play darts. ;)

What are your MC's theme songs?
Avery’s—How to Fix a Heart by Demi Lovato

Girl, we need to go dancing. I am all over your musical selections. Now tell us something silly about yourself.
Oh—silly. I asked my husband. He says my laugh—you can tell how funny something is because when it’s super funny, I laugh really loud. Does that count?? :)

Yup. Totally.
Thank you so much for having me!!! :)

Any time! Bring your awesome dance mix, too!

About Nazarea:

Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog
You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

#TeamUll and the #NACrushTourney

If you've been following the blog and reading my endless thankyou!!! tweets, you know our Norse God of Winter, Ull, landed a spot in NA Alley's #NACrushTourney. You also know I literally fell out of my chair when I found out he scored a spot, because every other hero is from a bestselling novel. Every. Other. Hero.

On July 2, our Ull will go up against Monica Murphy's Drew from One Week Girlfriend.  You know, New York Times Bestselling Author Monica Murphy? That Monica Murphy. Which means... 

Our little old Ull is up against an actual bestselling author's hero! How insanely cool is that???

Ull's amazing tourney advocates, Stacey Nash and the lovely ladies of Aussie Owned and Read, are putting together a Street Team to help spread the #TeamUll love. Won't you pretty please with sugar on top ...

You'll get tourney updates, graphics, special prize info, virtual waffles, and of course, the undying gratitude of the Norse God of Winter and his very very appreciative writer friend.

And feel free to grab the button created by the insanely talented KA Last to show your #TeamUll love. 

AND... if Ull makes it through Round 1 of this thing, I'll let you in on a little secret. Did you ever wonder what went through his head when he met Kristia? Well I know, and it was absolutely adorable. If #TeamUll beats Drew, I'll rewrite the scene where Kristia meets Ull from Ull's POV. Get ready to love him even more...  

So tell me what you think of this #TeamUll creation -- isn't it gorgeous? Now let's celebrate his making the tourney with a few free copies of Elsker!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Holy Cow

It's been kind of a pinch-me type of week. First there was that amazing Alexander-Skarsgard-signing-my-book deal. 

For more pictures and the whole story, read the post HERE

Then I got the phenomenal news that Ull landed a spot in NA Alley's NA Crush Tourney

I was so excited I literally fell off my chair. Don't worry, I'm okay. But holy cow!  Ull's name is on a list of swoon-worthy New Adult heroes that includes JA Redmerski's Andrew, Tammara Webber's Lucas, Cora Carmack's Garrick... our Ull is on that list y'all!!!  OUR ULL!!!  A ginormous thank you to every single person who voted him on there. I am so beyond touched that you love him as much as I do, and I can never thank you enough for helping him get into the finals. Seeing his name next to those hunky book boyfriends from actual bestselling books was just... well, you can see why I fell off my chair.

To top the awesome week off, tonight I got to participate in #NALitChat ! I had an absolute blast talking with David, EJ and the @NALitChat crew. You can listen to the stream at... 


... or check out https://twitter.com/NALitChat for all kinds of fabulous New Adult info. #NALitChat runs Thursday nights on Twitter at 9pm EST, and it's a fantastic resource for all things New Adult.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Georgia Corbins by Kara Leigh Miller

Today I get to host a lady who is not only my dear writer-friend, but also an amazingly talented multi-genre writer. Congratulations to Kara Leigh Miller, who celebrates not one, but TWO book birthdays this week!  Death Of A Waterfall is her NA contemporary. And The Georgia Corbins is her YA contemporary romance.  In addition to her writing, Kara's the "Kaptain" of our #DarksideResearch Team, providing highly entertaining commentary and visuals on Twitter.  And she always makes time to encourage her fellow writers.  What a busy gal!

The Georgia Corbins: 
Ali Philips never thought anything could be more devastating than the day Levi and Tucker Corbin, her two best friends - her only friends - moved away. Three years passed without a single phone call, text message, or email from them and she's resolved to the fact that she will probably never see them again. Until one morning when she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin in physics class. Little does she know, the Corbins have returned to Haldeen with only one thing on their minds: winning Ali's heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she doesn't want any part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she's lost and to adjust to the unfamiliar feelings she's having, she struggles with making the one decision that will forever change their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin?

She's always had a special bond with Tucker and feels most comfortable when she's with him. But Levi brings her to life in a way she didn't think was possible and makes her feel things she didn't think she would ever feel. Torn between the two, Ali is certain of only one thing - by the time it's over, she'll lose one of her best friends.

Doesn't that sound fantastic? It's on my TBR list, for sure. Kara was sweet enough to let me borrow the MC of The Georgia Corbins. Ali and Elsker's Kristia got together to talk small town livin'.  Let's find out what our heroines had to say!

Kristia: Hi Ali. It's great to meet you. Tell me about yourself.

Ali: Hi, Kristia! Nice to meet you, too. Thanks for letting me hang out with you today. I was so bored! Anyway, I'm 17 years old, a junior in high school, and I'm from Georgia. I've always been more of a tomboy, climbing trees, digging for worms, and fishing at the swimming hole. What about you? Are you more of a tomboy or a girly-girl?

Kristia: More girly than tomboy, I think. My grandmother drilled some pretty hard-core manners into me from day one -- we’d have tea in china cups and discuss Emily Post. Which she made me read cover to cover. Gosh, I miss her. But back to you. You're from a pretty small town, right? I’m from Nehalem -- it has one stoplight, 300 residents, about 30 guys close to my age, 3 of whom are named Mike.  

Ali: Yes, I'm from a very small town called Haldeen. It's in the southernmost part of Georgia, near the Chattahoochee River—that's what we all call the swimming hole. We have two stoplights and I have no idea how many residents, but I'm guessing it's not that many because I know all of them. I bet I could name every single one of them in less than half an hour, too! But that would be pretty boring so I'm not gonna do it.

Kristia: What about the dating prospects in your hometown? It's pretty slim pickin's in Nehalem.

Ali: O.M.G. Don't even get me started about the boys in Haldeen. There ain't many of them. There are way more girls than boys, which totally sucks. But, let me see…there's Brody Nash, who likes to drink too much, and then he becomes so obnoxious you just don't want to be around him. There's Jimmie Allen Vincent. He thinks he's God's gift to women, and let me tell you, he ain't even close. Then, of course, there are the Corbin boys: Levi and Tucker.
*long, dreamy sigh*
Lookin' at them is like drinkin' honeysuckle straight from the vine. Mmm…here, I gotta picture. Wanna see? They've been my best friends my whole life.

Kristia: Wow. We didn’t have guys like that in Nehalem. Lucky girl. *winks* What about job prospects after high school? We've got a lumber mill and a bunch of tourist traps, including my family's antique shop. But I'd rather work in an art museum. What about you?

Ali: *laughing* Yeah, the only job prospects in Haldeen are Dalton's—the diner in town that's a popular hangout for the high school kids on a Friday night; the Vincent's grocery store, which is own and run by Jimmie Allen's father. That's how we get beer for our field parties every week. Jimmie Allen steals it from his dad's store. And his dad never notices because he's either drunk or busy chasing the widows of Haldeen. Most kids usually leave after high school, though; and those that don't usually work on the family farm.

My mom is in the process of opening a book store café. I know she'd let me work there. That wouldn't be too bad. I'm really close to my mom. Are you close to yours?

Kristia: Not particularly. My grandmother raised me, and my parents came around when it worked. *shrugs* Different strokes, right?  That would be fun to work in a book store café.  I hope you and your mom do that together.

Ali: Seriously though, I want to go to college. I don't know where. Probably somewhere close. Atlanta maybe. Are you going to college? *shrugs* What can I say? I'm a small town girl. I want to raise my own kids in Haldeen someday.

Kristia: Yeah, small towns have their perks. What's your favorite thing about yours? Mine has this quiet spot just off the river. I love it because you'd never know it was there if you weren't looking for it. My best friend and I go there to talk, or just read.

Ali: Yes, I love my town even though I complain about it a lot. *laughs* My favorite spot…hmm, I have two of them; the swimming hole, which is actually just a section of the Chattahoochee River; and the abandoned hayloft that sits between my house and the Corbin farm. I spent a lot of time at both of those places as a kid. Me and the Corbins would go swimming then we'd climb the tree into the hayloft and just lay there for hours talking about stuff. *sigh* I wish things were that simple again.

Kristia: And location is everything, right? Nehalem has ocean on one side, forest on another, and a river on a third. It's absolutely gorgeous. What's Haldeen look like?

Ali: Haldeen has the river along one side and farm land everywhere else. There's one main road that runs through town with two stoplights, both at opposite ends. One is near the high school and the other is near the only gas station. You could probably walk from one end of town to the other in less than twenty minutes.

Kristia: Anything else you want to share?

Ali: We've talked a lot about what we love about our towns, but is there anything you hate about Nehalem? The one thing I hate about Haldeen is how people always know everything about everyone all the time. The gossip is horrible!

Kristia: Ah, there is that, isn’t there? You’d love Nehalem though, most of my townsfolk are too busy whispering about how crazy they think I am to care much about anyone else. You’d fade right into the woodwork.

Ali: Well, for the record, I don't think you're crazy. And what do y'all do for fun in your neck of the woods? We have field parties every Saturday night. Sometimes, if we get really bored, we'll drive into Bardin County and try to find something to do there. At least Bardin has a movie theatre and a roller skating rink.

Kristia: We do lots of bonfires on the beach, tons of hiking, and there’s always the chance of someone driving us to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. They have the best ice cream.   It’s so great to meet you, Ali. I’m really glad we got to talk.

Ali: Me too! Thanks, Kristia!

You can buy The Georgia Corbins NOW at Entranced Publishing! Be sure to check out the book trailer, and add The Georgia Corbins to your Goodreads TBR list!

Find Kara on her blog, Twitter, or Facebook.

About The Author: Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written world. In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Cafe and the CNY Romance Writers. Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York, with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she's not reading or writing, she's thinking about reading and writing. And when she's not doing that, she's spending time with her family and friends.

To celebrate the release of The Georgia Corbins, Kara Leigh Miller is giving away exciting prizes. The Grand Prize, which is open to US residents only, includes a signed copy of The Georgia Corbins, The Georgia Corbins hardcover journal and postcards, The Georgia Corbins tote bag, Kara Leigh Miller pens and notebooks, and Legasea bookmarks.

Second and third prizes are an ebook copy of The Georgia Corbins, and one lucky person will win a first chapter critique. International entries are welcome. Good luck! Winners will be announced July 1st.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Day I Met Alexander Skarsgard

Oh. My. Odin.

This actually happened.


It’s no secret that I picture Alexander Skarsgard when I write Elsker’s Norse God of Winter, Ull.  He’s tall. He’s gorgeous. He’s Swedish. He’s a great dresser.  I mean, what’s not to love?

So when my uber-awesome and crazy-well-connected friend told me Skarsy would be a guest on Conan, I grabbed a copy of Elsker and a pen, obsessed over what shoes to wear (I went with four inch nude heels), took a slightly insane journey, and crossed my fingers.

And then this happened.


He pointed to the title and said, “That’s Scandinavian.”  And I nodded like a bobblehead. Because when your imaginary character comes to life in the form of Alexander Skarsgard holding your very own book that you kind of wrote about him, you have no words. 

And then he said, “Ah, love.” (Elsker means love in Norwegian, which is like kissing cousins to Swedish.)  And I nodded again and maybe babbled something incoherent about it being about mythology or something that betrayed my very clear blondeness and ginormous crush. 

Some more words were exchanged (spoken words on his part, howler monkey like squeaks from me), and then HE SIGNED MY BOOK!  He wrote “Love,” then drew an arrow to “ELSKER” and signed his name. 

(See that little arrow he drew from "Love" to "Elsker"? He's so cute!!!)

And bless my heart, I didn’t fall over. Victory! My goal for the encounter was to not fall over. Being charming or witty or even just coherent was obviously going to be out of my reach.

It was hands down, without a doubt, one of the very best days ever.  I honestly don’t know how things could possibly get better than this.

And having just met Vampire Eric, and being on the lot and all, Elsker and I made one more stop.  We swung by Merlottes, where I tried not to weep openly at being in the very spot where Sookie Stackhouse and the extremely good looking Vampire Eric play. 

A HUGE thank you to the VERY awesome guy who made this happen.  I. Love. You. And I will bake you waffles every single day for the rest of your life.    

ps - Alexander Skarsgard is not affiliated with Elsker in any way. He does not endorse it, and is not involved in its marketing. He is quite simply the Swedish dreamboat who inspired my Norse god. ;)