March 23, 2012

The Winner of the Lucky Leprechaun Hop Giveaway!

Congratulations to Tracy Juliano - Tracy is the winner of the $15 Amazon Gift Card prize in my Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway!

March 22, 2012

Squee! It's officially here. The cover for...Witch Way To Turn!

Woot - It's officially here...The cover for Witch Way to Turn!!! What do y'all think? Did Lyrical do a good job or what!

Publication Date:  August 6, 2012
Sample:  Coming soon...

March 19, 2012

Witch Way To Turn...

Book Blurb:

Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?

The last thing eighteen-year-old Breena Cross needs in her life is more complications. It’s all she can do to balance studying, working, trying to keep her foster-sister safe and drooling over the new guy at work. But things go from complicated to crazy when a fit of rage ignites the dark magic inside her and she finds herself fending off the supernatural underworld.

Myles, Breena’s drool-worthy coworker and vampire convict, is carrying a load of secrets--one of which is that he’s fang-over-lip in love with Breena and in danger of violating the terms of his sentence.

Orin is a soul-hungry assassin sent to kill Breena. However, he takes one look into her eyes and sees his own lost humanity. For once thinking of someone other than himself, he chooses not to end her life, even though it means risking his own.

Despite a convict and an assassin fighting over her, all Breena wants is custody of her sister. But to do this, she will need help from both Myles and Orin. And if Breena doesn’t learn to control the darkness within, she could lose her sister…forever.

WARNING: Contains strong language and some graphic content.

March 16, 2012

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

From March 17th through March 22nd, I'm participating in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Author Cindy Thomas. I'll be giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card.

  One $15 Amazon Gift Card to the winner of the Giveaway - Open to US only.
Drawing for the Giveaway will be held on March 22, 2012, 

and the winner will be announced on March 23, 2012.
To be eligible to enter the Giveaway, you must "Follow" this site then enter with this FORM. One entry per person please. Follow me on Twitter and/or Like me on Facebook for an extra chances to win. Leave a comment and your URL and I'll follow you back! 

Thanks for stopping by - I look forward to meeting you! 

March 9, 2012

Avery Olive - Interview!

 A Stiff Kiss
By Avery Olive
Release Date: February 3, 2012
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Pages: 248
Amazon - Paperback
Amazon - Kindle
Barnes & Noble - Paperback
Avery Olive - Website

Karen: Welcome, Avery! It’s a pleasure to have you here! *virtual handshake*
Avery: Thanks so much for having me! Wow, you’ve got a nice grip. lol

Karen: *laughs* Thank you...Now, let the fun begin! Can you tell my readers what’s the weirdest thing you like to eat?
Avery: Ha ha. Okay. Thanks to Mr. Olive who taught me this and for many years I thought it was just gross—until I tried it, of course… Is the fact that I put Soy Sauce on my Spaghetti. And, I’m not just talking noodles and soy; I’m talking the whole shebang—tomato meat sauce, noodles, Parmesan cheese, and a nice healthy dose of Soy Sauce. It’s an Olive thing, a good portion of his entire family does it. It’s so common when you have spaghetti the soy sauce is on the table just like you’d have salt or pepper sitting there.
Karen: Tell us about your novel, A STIFF KISS, what’s it about? I love this title by the way!
Avery: Well, contrary to what the title might suggest ;) The stiff, is a dead person and well not… *shakes head* Anyways, it’s a reverse sleeping beauty tale about understanding and forgiveness.
Karen: How did you come up with the title?
Avery: I knew I wanted the word Kiss, since that plays a major role in the story, and well I also wanted to imply death. I’d thrown around several things, like Kissing Corpse or A Corpse Kiss… I actually tried really hard not to use the word Stiff, but it just—fit. It was the first name I wrote down, and the one I loved, and I was lucky enough that Crescent Moon Press felt the same way.
Karen: What was your favorite part/scene to write in A STIFF KISS?
Avery: I’d be lying if I didn’t say I enjoyed writing the first kissing scene, but well, that’s probably a given since the whole story is set around that. So, there’s a really emotional scene between Xylia, the main character and her Dad. It’s one of the scenes where you realize there is more to Xylia and her slight obsession with death then just being quirky and different. She has a reason for it.
Karen: Tell us about that awesome cover! Did you have a say in the process for choosing it?
Avery: I have to say a huge thanks to Taria Reed, she did an awesome job. With Crescent Moon Press, my publisher, you do get to give a bit of your input. I was able to write down a few ideas that I thought would work. But seeing it in cover form, well that turned my little idea’s into pure awesomeness.
Karen: How long did it take for A STIFF KISS to be published (from offer to release date)? Tell us a little about the process.
Avery: Okay, so I got the offer mid-July 2011. But it wasn’t the first offer I had. Usually when you get offers, you let everyone know reading your work about the offer, giving the others a chance to respond. So in the end I had a few offers to choose from. It came down to who I felt most comfortable with, who I thought would do the best job and well I connected with my editor right away. So I chose Crescent Moon Press. And A STIFF KISS was released on February 3, 2012. So a little less than seven months. Karen: What was the first thing you thought/did when you received the offer?
Avery: Sadly, not much. I was excited, for sure, but I almost didn’t quite believe it was real. I was almost in shock, so I sort of just… went with it lol
Karen: Will there be a sequel to A STIFF KISS?
Avery: You know what, there might just be. But I can’t say for sure, just yet.
Karen: (Random question alert!!) Be honest, what’s the longest you’ve gone without washing your hair?
Avery: Love random questions! Okay, like well over a week. Mr. Olive used to be a long-haul truck driver (I know sexy right) and I went with him, touring around. The thing is, they don’t stop for nothing. You get in the truck and you try not to stop until you get to your destination. So showers were a hot commodity.
Karen: Back to the hard-hitting questions…What new projects are you working on?
Avery: I’ve got a few things in the works. I like to keep pretty tight-lipped about things, adds more excitement, you know. And well, in case something goes awry, no one but me will be disappointed. So, that being said, perhaps a little bit of a ghost story, and perhaps something that might resemble a *cough* sequel to A STIFF KISS.
Karen: Is there an author that you’d like to stalk, uh, meet?
Avery: All the authors I have on that list are dead, sadly. However, I’m quite taken with Twilight—I know, I’m a bit of a Twi-hard and I really enjoy Carrie Jones’ work. So, they could be on my stalk—I mean, meet list.
Karen: What books have influenced/inspired you the most?
Avery: You know, this is always a super hard question. I’m not sure anyone has influenced my work, since a goal of a writer is to be vastly different from the next guy. So let’s go with fairy tales. They are always in style.
Karen: What were some of the biggest challenges to getting published?
Avery: Not giving up. That’s the one thing that will quickly put someone’s hopes of being an Author to an end. And I’m a quitter by nature—how bad is that. So, I made a deal with myself to keep trying. I figured what do you have to lose? I liked writing, and I was doing that anyways, so why not send out queries, and more queries… and then why not just write a new novel, and send out queries for that. Eventually something has to come of it :)
Karen: What was the first thought that crossed your mind when you started editing rounds with your editor?
Avery: I love my editor! And I hate my editor! Okay so I had a somewhat unique experience, or well sort of—since I think everyone’s experience is their own and unique. But, I had been given a breakdown of editing steps. Each step would be focused on different things. Say, like step 1 would be major edits (if there are any), step 2 is cleaning up plot holes, step 3 is focusing on sentence structure… and so forth, but my Editor didn’t think I needed these broken down steps. There wasn’t enough wrong to warrant an individual pass for each step outlined. Instead I got all of the steps rolled into one big edit. It made for a messier manuscript that centered around nothing in particular, but all things. It took longer to work through but in the end made the whole process shorter. I loved my editor for believing in me, the writing and the novel but hated that she had such faith that I could handle it all at once. Karen: Now let’s delve a little deeper. Shall we? *winks* When did the desire to write consume you?
Avery: This is sort of silly. It wasn’t like I had dreamt about being an Author since birth, or an early age. I broke my leg a few years back, was on bed rest, forced to sit and twiddle my thumbs until the leg healed enough to walk on. I took up reading, a lot, and well, I thought I should give writing a whirl. I really enjoyed it. It became an overnight passion/obsession.
Karen: Do you have a day job? Or do you write full-time?
Avery: I do have a day job. I’m a stay at home mom to a very busy 5 year old son. So my days are usually carting him around to school and his various activities. Typically I write after he goes to bed and into the wee hours of the morning. But, I’m really hoping that I can make writing my day job. I truly wish I could give writing more of my attention.
Karen: Who controls your characters? You or them?
Avery: My characters control things. I probably shouldn’t let them, but I find if I force them to do something they don’t want the writing lacks.
Karen: If them, when are they the most persistent?
Avery: During the day when I can’t write! I usually carry a notebook with me because as luck would have it, I’ll be nowhere near a computer when the need to write something down strikes.
Karen: Where do you write? (office, coffee shop, graveyard, etc.)
Avery: I do most of my writing in my office, it’s where I’m at right now but two of my novels were written in Mr. Olive’s lazy-boy recliner J
Karen: How long does it take you to write a book?
Avery: My average was 3 months. However, I’ve hit a few snags these last few months with the release of A STIFF KISS taking over much of my time and attention, so the writing has slowed down a little.
Karen: How do you get into the writing zone? And does chocolate help with this?
Avery: Nope, chocolate doesn’t help, it’s not my go-to thing. I shower. I find some of my best idea’s come in the shower. It relaxes me, gives me a few moments of silence to work through problems, or to just think.
Karen: What do you do in your down-time…if there is such a thing?
Avery: Down-time is one of those things I often dream about but hardly does it ever materialize. When I have free time I’m writing, or reading, or decorating cakes—which I love to do, as a side passion.
Karen: If you could have telepathy (that could be turned on/off) or invisibility, which would you choose? And why?
Avery: Do I have to choose just one? I think they’d both would be great. I’d love to talk to people without actually having to speak aloud. I also think one could get into a lot of trouble ;) if they could be invisible. Think of all the secrets you’d learn.
Karen: Before we go, you must face the rapid fire round. Dun, dun, dun…
Coffee or tea? Coffee and tea! There’s a time of day for both.
Chocolate: dark or milk? Dark.
Flats or heels? Flats.
Yes or no? Yes.
Star Wars or Star Trek? Neither, they are both icky.
Ice: crushed or cubed? Cubed.
Italian or French (food, not men)? Italian.
Pantser or plotter? Pantser.
Paper or plastic? Plastic.
Vampires or werewolves? Vampires.
Pencil or pen? Pen.
Firemen or cops? Mmm. Both!
Thank you so much for stopping by, Avery! Feel free to visit any time!
Avery: It was such a pleasure! And I hope to be back :)

March 8, 2012

A Stiff Kiss by Avery Olive!

 A Stiff Kiss
By Avery Olive
Release Date: February 3, 2012
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Pages: 248
Amazon - Paperback
Amazon - Kindle
Barnes & Noble - Paperback
Avery Olive - Website


No way should I be in the morgue. If I'm caught, I'll lose my job. My dad will probably get fired, too. He's been warned to keep me out of here.

The walls are lined with thick, square doors, clearly marked with numbers. I stop in front of the one I want. In the middle of that wall, at waist height, is number twelve. Beyond the door, lying on a sliding metal table, is the body of Landon Phoenix.

I've always had a crush on Landon, ever since freshman year when his family moved to Silver Springs. I've watched him grow into his looks, no longer a gangly boy with braces. And I've longed to hear my name roll off his tongue in that deep voice of his. To press my lips against his as he holds me in a tight embrace. To share the same air as him.

Though now, all those things are impossible. Except one. I can pull open the door, slide the table out, and at least for a moment I can share the same air, even though his lungs can no longer pull in that air.

I hesitate, my hand on the handle. Besides my mother, this will be the only other person who's died that I've really known. The others have just been people, random ones at that. The guy from the grocery store who jumped off Whibley Bridge into the icy waters below, the occasional patient of mine who'd succumbed to old age, and many, many others. But this is personal. This is someone I'd known. Or at least, someone I'd held secretly in my heart. 

But I need to say goodbye.

March 6, 2012

Hello Y’all!!!

Wow, this has been such an awesome Hop! I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and bouncing around on all the cool blogs. (Yes, the pun was intentional…did ya catch it? *winks*)

I appreciate everyone coming out to enter the Giveaway and check out my posts! It really has been a pleasure to read your comments and get to know you better.

THANK YOU for your participation!

*announcer voice* And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the WINNER of the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop is…wait for it…keep waiting…

drum roll please…

Colleen Kosinski

*throws confetti in the air*

This is your moment, Colleen, get your coffee on! Woot!

Check back later this week for a totally rockin’ interview with author Avery Olive…

And on the 17th of this month for the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway…

Remember, wherever you go…there you are.