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Excerpt: Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole

Excerpt: Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole (with giveaway)

Title: Hearts at Seaside
Author: Addison Cole

Excerpt: Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole (with giveaway)
About the Book:

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Dreaming at Seaside
Hearts at Seaside
Sunsets at Seaside
Secrets at Seaside
Nights at Seaside
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside

Whispers at Seaside

Excerpt: Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole (with giveaway)


“This doesn’t feel like a first date, Jenna. It feels like you’ve been with me all my life.”

“If I’d been with you all your life, your closet would be organized.”
He glanced into his closet, which was neat and orderly, but not color coordinated, and the thought that her mind had gone there so soon made him laugh.

“You have a point.” He lowered his forehead to hers. “I’m serious, though. All these years we’ve known each other, and this. You being here with me. It feels so right.” He kissed her cheek and loved the way she closed her eyes the second his lips touched her skin, like she was savoring his touch.

“In my heart I was with you all these years; you just never noticed.”

Excerpt: Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole (with giveaway)
About the Author:

SIGN UP for ADDISON'S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/Newsletter

DOWNLOAD the first book in Addison's Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series free: READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE on Amazon.

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.


Please note
All Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers books can be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the series.

Excerpt: Hearts at Seaside by Addison Cole (with giveaway)


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How to Have a More Productive Writing Day

How to Have a More Productive Writing Day

The internet has made it possible for millions of writers to work from the comfort of their homes. As long as there is a reliable internet connection and the necessary tools are readily available, people can work from any location in the world. College students or graduates that are swamped with different taskssometime find it difficult to create adequate time for writing and remain productive at the same time. In situations where professional essay assistance is needed, cheapessay.net is the best place to go. Check out the following suggestions to have a highly productive day as a writer.

·        Design a conducive writing space

It goes without saying that the quality of your writing space will play a huge role in your writing. The writing space should be comfortable and free from distractions or noise. More so, the room must be available anytime that you want to write. The writing space can be enhanced with artwork like a painting with a soothing effect. It will assist in keeping you focused throughout the day and can also serve as a source of inspiration.

·        Take breaks often

Creating a schedule shouldn’t stop you from enjoying breaks. In fact, writers are often advised to include time for breaks in their daily schedule to avoid a burnout.It keeps you refreshed, energized and guarantees the flowing of fresh ideas. Writing for long hours isn’t ideal for any writer. During these breaks, you may decide to engage in activities like exercising or rewarding yourself once you’ve reached certaingoals.

·        Get an accountability partner

An accountability partner(s) can also be a writer or someone from another field entirely. The relationship should be a mutually beneficial one for the interest of both parties. Communicate your short and long terms goals with the steps that you intend to follow in order achieve your goals with them. The truth is that they will motivate and remind you whenit appearsthat you’re slowing down. Apart from connecting and monitoring your progress online, endeavor to schedule biweekly or monthly one on one meeting.

·        Set realistic deadlines

It is common for some writers to wait until the last minute before commencing on writing projects. This approach will only put unnecessary pressure on you and can adversely affect productivity. Even though the professor or publisher gives you a particular deadline, try to set your own deadline which can be few hours, days or weeks before the official one. Making this move ensures thatthere is ample time to work on the writing projects thoroughly. Avoid procrastination at all costs.

·        Conduct a thorough research before writing

When working on projects that require researching, conducting a thorough research before writing will save you a considerable amount of time and simplify the writing process. After this step, create an outline that will serve as a road map for your writing. In addition, make sure that you’ve got important information like accurate citations ready so that you won’t be distracted by social media notifications once you turn on the internet connection. 

Interview with Simon Rose

Interview with Simon Rose

What genre do you write and why?

My novels are all in the science fiction and fantasy genre. The Sorcerer’s Letterbox and The Heretic’s Tomb are historical fiction adventures set in medieval England, The Alchemist’s Portrait is a time travel story, The Emerald Curse is all about superheroes and comic books, The Doomsday Mask is all about the legend of Atlantis, and The Sphere of Septimus involves the characters traveling into another world and is in the same vein as the Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia, or Lord of the Rings. Future Imperfect is a technology-driven story featuring mysterious messages from the future and Flashback and Twisted Fate are in the paranormal genre.

As writers, we tend to gravitate toward what interests us. That’s what ‘writing what you know’ really means. I’ve always been interested in these genres and tend to write the types of stories that I’d like to read. The novels are also the types of stories that I would like to have read as a young adult. As writers, we all have our own sources of inspiration but it’s a lot more fun to write about a topic that interests you. I also write a lot of nonfiction on a wide range of topics for younger readers, as well as books featuring tips and advice for aspiring adult writers.

Interview with Simon Rose
Tell us about your latest book.

Twisted Fate is the second part of the paranormal Flashback trilogy. The first instalment, entitled Flashback, was published in 2015. The novel features ghosts, psychics, and Project Mindstorm, a secret operation involving deadly mind control experiments, as Max investigates events concealed for over twenty years. Twisted Fate begins around the time of Max’s fifteenth birthday when he receives a box of personal items that once belonged to his mother and soon begins to have strange dreams and experience disturbing visions. Max steadily learns the shocking truth about his mother and her possible connection to Project Mindstorm. Max also meets Julia, a girl with dark hidden secrets, as he attempts to alter his mother’s fate and his own, for better or worse. He and Julia embark on a seemingly impossible mission involving deadly psychics, paranormal phenomena, and multiple shifting timelines. On the run and pursued at every turn by the powerful and ruthless Kane, Max and Julia engage in a desperate race against time in an attempt to save countless lives and transform their own destiny.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 

Full details of all my books are on my website at www.simon-rose.com and I’m promoting the latest novel on social media as often as possible. I’m currently running a blog tour, in which my fellow authors publish an interview about the book and in return I run an interview on my own blog. It’s a great way to increase visibility for Twisted Fate online and also introduce both the latest novel and all my other titles to an entirely new audience. I’ve also been working in partnership with some of my fellow authors to run promotions in their newsletters that are sent to their mailing list, once again running promotions for their books in return in my own monthly newsletter.

In the local marketplace, I take part in events such as the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and conduct book signings at local bookstores on a regular basis, which has allowed me to promote Twisted Fate as soon as it became available. The bookstore events also provide me with an opportunity to meet not only my readers, but also parents, teachers, and other influential people, all of which helps to promote the book. I also attend writers’ conferences and conventions throughout the year.

My publisher runs promotions and marketing campaigns for the book. Twisted Fate has also been sent to reviewers and reviews should be online in the coming weeks and months.

What formats is the book available in?

Twisted Fate is available as a paperback and as an ebook. It may also be available as an audiobook later in the year.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Many new authors decide not to listen to advice regarding their story and suggestions regarding how it might be improved or how to fix problems in the plot, believing that they know best. You don’t have to make those changes if you don’t agree with them, but as an author you at least need to consider them. Some new authors, especially those that self-publish their books, also often don’t do enough editing and checking of their work before they make their book available to readers and this should be one of the most important aspects of the process, no matter how a book is published.

Interview with Simon Rose
What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I enjoy many aspects of being a writer but I think the best thing might be seeing your ideas develop and a project coming to fruition. Writers usually have lots of ideas for stories but not all of them become fully developed or may not have that much potential. Once I’ve had the initial idea and started to think about the characters and the plot, there’s usually a stumbling block of some kind that threatens to derail the project. It’s a wonderful feeling when I suddenly resolve the problem and the ideas flow even faster than I can get them down on paper or onto the computer. That’s usually the moment when the project becomes very exciting and I know that writing the novel is going to be a great experience.

Where can a reader purchase your book?

Twisted Fate is available worldwide on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Indigo/Chapters in Canada, and at many other locations online. Your local bookstore should also be able to order a copy. You can learn more about the book on my website at www.simon-rose.com.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I usually create an outline before I start work on writing a novel. I like to make sure that the plot works well before I start work. The outline might certainly change during the writing process but it helps to keep me on track and to write the novel more quickly.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

I’m always working on something but currently I’m putting the finishing touches to a dystopian parallel universe novel that I hope will be published later this year. I’m also working on a historical fiction novel set in the turbulent era of the English Civil War in the 1640s. Both these novels are for young adults.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

When my children were small, I starting reading children’s books again for the first time in many years. Some of the books were wonderful and I wished that I could write something similar. However, some of the books were very poor and I was surprised that they’d ever been published. This made me wonder if I could write stories of my own. I started thinking that I should write fairy tales and picture books for younger children but after reading the first three Harry Potter novels, I realized that I wanted to write for the age group that those books are aimed at. I wasn’t interested in writing about the same things, such as magic, wizards, and imaginary creatures, and instead focused on themes that I was interested in, such as science fiction, fantasy, time travel, history, comic books, ancient mysteries and civilizations, superheroes, other dimensions, and the paranormal.

You can learn more about Simon and his work on his website at www.simon-rose.com or online at the following social media sites:

·        Facebook
·        Twitter
·        LinkedIn
·        YouTube
·        Google +
·        Pinterest

Author School Visits

Author School Visits, guest post by Sheri S Levy

My desire to teach special needs children stimulated the idea of writing a novel using service dogs. When I retired from teaching, I researched service dog organizations, and found a local non-profit, highly-certified organization called PAALS. They train puppies to work with autism, mobility issues, and stress disorders. I volunteered with PAALS.org and began taking notes.

Author School Visits , guest post by Sheri S Levy
As soon as my young adult, coming-of-age novel, Seven Days to Goodbye was published in August, 2014, I looked forward to doing author visits at middle schools. I loved teaching, and couldn’t wait to share my reason for writing this particular story. I wanted to encourage students to be readers and to increase their curiosity about telling stories and writing.

I had used my experiences and memories from our favorite, Edisto Beach, to create Seven Days to Goodbye. The puppy raiser in the story, Trina, has seven days before her first trained dog will be matched to his forever companion. While on the beach, her dog makes a magical connection with a boy with autism. The story embraces the beach eco system, and a first-time romance.

On my first official school visit, I had two hundred and fifty girls in a   gym listening to me speak about autism, the beach, and the magic of a service dog. I explained I had used a real child’s experience and spoke about the boy learning to speak during their beach week. Since the school had ordered thirty-five books, the girls had taken turns reading the books ahead of time. The students asked many interesting questions, and I was surprised on how many students had never seen, smelled, or walked on a beach.

My book trailer caught their attention. We had discussions about descriptive words, and then I showed another trailer about the training of service puppies, how they developed and learned to interact with people. This was a great way to talk about active verbs. During this session, it was fun to incorporate writing ideas and examples of revisions that were made on my earlier pages. And soon a dialog began on the fun of writing.

Author School Visits , guest post by Sheri S Levy

Proceeds from my book and author visits, are donated to PAALS, to help them with the cost of training more dogs. If I have a volunteer living close to the school I am visiting, PAALS will send a dog-in-training. The trainer shares the dog’s skills and why these skills help a special need. When the person shares his or her companion dog, and explains how their life has been changed for the better because of their dog, I get goose bumps and teary eyed.

Before you set up your author visit, explain to the media specialist why it is important to order books ahead of time. I usually sign books after I finish speaking, and try to have some one-on-one time. If some students can’t purchase a book, have it down-loaded on a few computers in the library for the students to share. I had one librarian actually ask the students questions about the book before they were allowed to join the visit. It is fun to brainstorm ahead of time about fun ways to convey the story message.

 I usually spend forty-five minutes on each author session. If the classes can be doubled, it makes it easier to cover all that you need to say before your voice wears out. Do set a limit on how many sessions you will do in one day. It is exhausting to talk long and repeat the same information. If you have local schools share the cost on your travel and lodging, you can spread the workshops over two days. I have the media specialist plan a writing workshop with smaller groups. And we mix up doing author visits and smaller writing workshops in one day.

Creating a check off list for media specialists has shown to be helpful. If they have never had an author visit, this gives them knowledge on how to plan, what equipment is needed, and to ask for help from other teachers.
For students who decide later to order the book, I ask for the students’ names and send signed stickers for them to add to their book.

This coming school year, my new novel, Starting Over, will involve a new service pup, horseback riding, an unhappy girl who needs a friend, and the hard-life choices Trina realizes she must make. I am looking forward to new types of discussions, and I hope students will learn to be sensitive about reaching out to others who are in need.

Author School Visits , guest post by Sheri S Levy
Sheri S. Levy is the author of an award-winning debut novel in her series, Trina Ryan’s Dogs in Training. Seven Days to Goodbye, won in 2015, and her magazine article, Scent with Love, won in 2011, with the Dog Writers Association in the Special Interest category. She is an active member of SCBWI and SIBA.

After a twenty-five-year teaching career in special needs, Sheri remains active with tutoring teens in reading and writing. PAALS, (Palmetto Animal Assisted Living Services), has helped with her research on writing about service dogs and how they change lives. Sheri, in turn, shares her book proceeds to support PAALS.org.
Sheri enjoys doing author visits and teaching writing workshops. When she is not writing, she reads, plays with her two dogs, listens to music, and hangs out with her husband and family. 
You can find more information on her website. www.sherislevy.com; and Facebook, Sherislevyauthor; Twitter, @SheriSLevy

Author School Visits , guest post by Sheri S Levy


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Book Showcase: The Watson Girl by Leslie Wolfe

Book Showcase: The Watson Girl by Leslie Wolfe

Title: The Watson Girl (Tess Winnett Series Book 2)
Author: Leslie Wolfe
Genre: Crime Thriller, Police Procedural
Book Showcase: The Watson Girl by Leslie Wolfe

About the book


An entire family is murdered and, by a quirk, a young girl is left unharmed. For fifteen years, she believed the killer had been caught, and he’s now on death row, awaiting execution. While trying to be content with her adoptive family, she’s living in relentless uncertainty and the fear of remembering what really happened that night when she was five years old. She’s The Watson Girl.

A therapist has asked her to participate in regression session treatments to attempt to bring back those lost memories. The closer she gets to the truth, however, the less time she has to remain alive. Now, the real killer is going to silence her, before she can remember the details of that horrifying night, when she was an innocent witness.

Laura Watson is young, she’s beautiful, and she’s a serial killer's loose end.

Join the smart, relentless, and short-fused FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett and her team in a heart-stopping search for the serial killer who has managed to stay hidden for many years. Explore the inner workings of the murderer’s mind, and find out what motivates such predatory, blood-lusting behavior, while following every twist and turn of an existence spent taking lives.

Laura Watson’s family was murdered fifteen years ago.
That was only the beginning. His beginning.
If you’re the apple of his eye, you’re already dead.

Special Agent Tess Winnett will hold nothing back to stop the killer before he takes another innocent life. She never fails, no matter what’s at stake. Even her own life. 

The best-selling author of Dawn Girl is back with another suspenseful, gripping thriller. If you’re a fan of David Baldacci and James Patterson, you will enjoy Leslie Wolfe. 

Book Showcase: The Watson Girl by Leslie Wolfe

About the Author

Bestselling author Leslie Wolfe is passionate about writing fiction, despite spending a significant number of years climbing the corporate ladder. Leaving the coveted world of boardrooms for the blissful peace of the Florida-based "Wolves’ den," Leslie answers one true calling: writing. 

Leslie’s novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. Fascinated by technology and psychology, Leslie brings extensive background and research in these fields, that empower and add texture to a signature, multi-dimensional, engaging writing style. 

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.

Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you. 

Become an insider: gain early access to previews of Leslie’s new novels. 
• Follow Leslie on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/WolfeNovels• Like Leslie's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wolfenovels• Connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wolfenovels• Visit Leslie’s website for the latest news: www.WolfeNovels.com


Excerpt: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

Excerpt: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

Title: Paintbrush 
Author: Hannah Bucchin 

Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Excerpt: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin
About the book:
Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.
But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.


            They look like a family, huddled in a group, the fading sunlight from the window casting them in a dusty glow. And here I am, close enough but still a few steps back. Enjoying the moment, but not quite part of the group. It’s always this way with me at Paintbrush. I hang around the fringes of every moment. Not because I’m not included or not welcome, but because, sometimes, I’m afraid I’ll get in too deep here. And then I’ll never be able to leave.

            “Hi.” I tighten my grip on her waist, and she moves her hand from my shoulder, sliding her fingertips slowly, until they rest on the back of my neck. I close my eyes.
            When I open them again, she’s staring at me, her face so close I can see the flecks of brown in her green eyes. It would be so easy to kiss her. Just a few inches. It would be the easiest thing in the world. 

            “We’re a mess, aren’t we?” He grins at me.
            I can’t help it—I lean into him, pressing my shoulder into his, wanting to feel his warmth and his soft sweatshirt, wanting to be a part of that smile.
            I shrug. “All the best people are messy.”

            Just when I’ve decided to sneak back to my cabin, I see him. Mitchell. He steps right in front of me, a few feet away. I meet his gaze and hold it. And then he jerks his head slightly toward the side and strides off into the night, slipping out into the dark, off into the field behind the Sanctuary.
            I wait one minute and then follow him.


Excerpt: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin
About the Author:
Hannah has spent her life falling in love with beautiful places, both real and fictional. She grew up in charming Bethlehem, PA, went to college in sunny Chapel Hill, NC, spent a summer studying wildlife in Tanzania, volunteered on organic farms across New Zealand, and hiked all over Acadia National Park in Maine. When not writing, reading, or adventuring, she likes to daydream about the dog she'll adopt someday, listen to music from the sixties, and exchange ridiculous texts with her parents and siblings. Paintbrush is her first novel.

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Excerpt: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin


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