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Nurture GALA Book Tour – GG Vandagriff + Giveaway October 31, 2011

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I’d like to welcome author G.G. Vandagriff to Juniper Grove today! G.G. has graciously allowed me to interview her as part of her 4-Book Nurture Virtual Gala Book Tour. Check out her interview below:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I won a short story contest in 4th grade for “The Ballerina that couldn’t dance.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Do crafts or fight with light sabers with my grandchildren, travel, make scrapbooks for my three children and my oldest grandchild, read, walk up the canyon to the waterfalls, go to lunch with friends, watch my favorite shows on TV, research for future books, sleep.

What does your family think of your writing?

My oldest son thinks “it’s intense”, my daughter is hard to read—she doesn’t give out compliments, so I don’t know if she likes it, tolerates it, or hates it.  My youngest son  has never read it, and my husband loves my mysteries, loves my Crazy Ladies (The Only Way to Paradise), and especially loves The Last Waltz which he did a fabulous website for (http://last-waltz.com). He says that is his favorite book.

How many books have you written so far?

Twelve

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

It was so long ago (1993), the only thing I remember was that I used it as an excuse to buy a fuschia colored blazer to wear for TV interviews (which I did).

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

The thing that really helped me break through was doing writing exercises.  I pick a trigger and write for 20 minutes without stopping.  A friend and I did this together.  We learned a lot from each other.  One of my writing exercises turned into the first page of my first novel.  Writing exercises are like doing scales for violinists.  They develop your right brain: your imagination, your contact with your subconscious, your deepest thoughts about the universe.  If you do them long enough and frequently enough (everyday) you will experience a breakthrough in your confidence and develop your own distinctive voice, and your writing will cease to be superficial.  You will be able to go deeply into each characters arc—but creating arcs is the next step..

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

Women’s fiction is by far the most challenging, because instead of relying on a plot to tell you where to  go, you have to “let your characters loose” and go as deeply into their natures and explore every nuance of their relationships.  Then a theme will emerge. I have only written two women’s fiction: Pieces of Paris and The Only Way to Paradise.  I really enjoy the challenge, but they both took a very long time to write as I stretche myself.

What is the last book you read?

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin.  I admire her tremendously.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

I have some fun things planned after the workout that The Only Way to Paradise  has given me.  I’m 80 pages into a historical romance, I have the next mystery in my series plotted and researched, I am trying to decide about a really off-the-wall sequel to Paradise, and have been requested by so many readers  to write sequels to The Last Waltz, that I am just waiting for the money I need to research in France and Poland.  We’re hoping to go next year.

What does the word success mean to you?

For me success is changing hearts.  Every one of my books, except Arthurian Omen, is aimed at this.  I think the only way that we will have peace in this world is if we change our hearts so that we have what Plato called agape.  There are many definitions of the word, but it basically means offering the people in you life a nurturing, selfless love.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

Two things:

1. Do writing exercises

2.) When you are far enough along in your book that you have arrived at your theme and you know your characters well enough that you have a beginning place and an end place for each one, use index cards to construct their arc, scene by scene taking them from the beginning to the end.  Use different color cards for each character.  Then construct your chapters placing each scene chronologically using all the cards for each character.  It is tremendous fun!

Thank you G.G. for that amazing interview!

Cankered Roots by G.G. Vandagriff

Synopsis:

Alexandra Campbell, a spunky young widow, partnered with Brighamina Poulson, an even spunkier, rifle-toting grandmother thinks that as they have begun a genealogy business (RootSearch, Inc.), it is high time she finds out her family secret. Something went wrong in her family during her adolescence, changing her mother from a Chicago North Shore matron into an alcoholic and a doting father into a workaholic. The moment she graduated from High School, she was sent to the Sorbonne in Paris with a generous bank account and instructions not to return.

It is now fifteen years since she has seen her parents, and she intends to lay the ghost that has separated her family for good. However, as usual in Alex’s unpredictable life, things do not go as planned. After an acrimonious fight with her once beloved father, she leaves with only a wallet-sized photograph of a woman she knows nothing about.

That night, Alex’s father is killed. Bewildered and grieved that her family can never be whole again, she soon finds out that she is the chief suspect in the murder. With the unflappable Briggie at her side, she uses all her new genealogical skills, and (with the help of Briggie’s deer rifle) discovers a secret so bizarre that she finally understands why her parents wanted her far away and safe.

Join Alex and Briggie in the first of their hair-raising adventures!

Be sure to check back here on November 24th to read my review of Cankered Roots!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win a print copy of Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff!! Giveaway will end at 11:59PM EST on November 30th, 2011 and is available to the US, UK and Canada Only. Winner will be selected via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. To enter, fill out the form below:

Find & Follow GG Vandagriff:

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Author Blog
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Goodreads
Facebook Page

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

New Release – Cameo and the Vampire by Dawn McCullough-White October 31, 2011

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Today I am excited to announce the release of Cameo and the Vampire, Book 3 in the Trilogy of Shadows by Dawn McCullough White! I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first two books in this trilogy and am excited that the third is now available!

Author Bio:

Dawn McCullough-White writes mainly dark fantasy and horror. Her novels tend to favor the use of anti-authority anti-heroes as the main characters, most commonly with a strong, female protagonist.

Dawn was born in 1969, in Rochester, NY, and began writing prose at age 14. Ms. McCullough-White is married and has a young son. She is fascinated by history and social psychology. She is a vegetarian and animal lover. Her favorite drink is Gewürztraminer. She’s a fan of Alice in Chains, U2, and Stabbing Westward. Her favorite books include The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, and The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson.

Cameo and the Vampire by Dawn McCullough White

Synopsis:

A vampire’s bite tormenting Cameo, she pushes forth on a journey that will find her descending into darkness and at Kyrian’s request she is forced into the confrontation she has been avoiding for over fifty years with the undead that made her…

Be sure to check out my reviews of Cameo the Assassin and Cameo and the Highwayman!

Places you can get Cameo and the Vampire:

Amazon Kindle

B&N Nook Book

If you are interested in winning not one, not two but all three books in The Trilogy of Shadows, be sure to stop by the 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers where 10 lucky winners will receive all three books in this series! The giveaway for these books will run from December 16th – 21st.

Be sure to follow Dawn on her writing adventures by liking her Facebook Fan Page!

You can also learn more about this amazing author by visiting her Website!

Happy Halloween,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Relic Defender: Key of Solomon October 27, 2011

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Author Bio:

In a job that pays the mortgage and allows her to indulge in her real passion, writing, Kim Wollenburg, writing as Cassiel Knight, works for Clackamas County in the beautiful state of Oregon. Crazily passionate about the writing industry, Kim published a paranormal romance with Samhain Publishing and has a post-apocalypse novella coming in early 2012 from Lyrical Press. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythology – just a few of her favorite things. Kim is the proud current president of Rose City Romance Writers, a feisty bunch of talented writers who are just as passionate about writing as they are about helping each other succeed.

When she’s not writing or doing writing-related things, Kim enjoys spending time with her patient and loving husband of 20 years and thrives with the adorable companionship of her three Shih Tzus, Ginger, Abby and Chloe.

Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away. Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a hawk—complete with wings. Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demon attempts the mother of all prison breaks. No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion forbidden by Heaven.

Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, Book 1
Author: Cassiel Knight
Genre: Fiction – Paranormal Romance
Published by: Samhain Publishing (March 1, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ for sexual situations & some violence
Format: eBook (Pre-order the paperback – February 7, 2012)
ISBN 13: 978-1609284138
Number of pages: 272

You can check out my full review of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon HERE but here is a snippet:

Lexi has everything all planned out. Working hard to obtain her college degree by day and belly dancing by night, Lexi is determined to stay on the path she wants. With her heart locked up tight, nothing will make her feel again. Through a series of unfortunate events during her childhood, including the loss of her parents, Lexi has lost all faith in herself and humanity as a whole.

Where you can find and follow Cassiel Knight:

Author Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook Profile
Goodreads Profile

Buy the BOOK at:

Amazon.com – Kindle
Amazon.ca – Paperback Pre-order
Amazon.co.uk – Kindle
Barnes & Noble – NOOKBook
Samhain Publishing
Lulu – eBook

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Relic Defender: Key of Solomon October 27, 2011

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Get your copy of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon on Kindle!

Synopsis:

Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away.

Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a falcon—complete with wings.

Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demons attempt the mother of all prison breaks.

No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion with the unholy power to bring down Heaven…

My Review:

Lexi has everything all planned out. Working hard to obtain her college degree by day and belly dancing by night, Lexi is determined to stay on the path she wants. With her heart locked up tight, nothing will make her feel again. Through a series of unfortunate events during her childhood, including the loss of her parents, Lexi has lost all faith in herself and humanity as a whole.

Mikos is an angel with a past. After falling from grace, he has worked non-stop to get back in the good graces of the powers that be. Just one task remains for him to complete and then his desire to return to heaven will be granted. What should be an easy task, makes a turn for the worst when he must convince Lexi that she is the Defender; a heritage that has been bestowed upon her by her deceased parents. Not only is Lexi head strong, stubborn and unwilling to bend, but she has an irresistible pull that Mikos can not ignore. Allowing himself to be with Lexi is not only forbidden but will ruin everything he has worked so hard to obtain.

In the majority of books that I have read that focus on the battle between good and evil…there are only angels against demons. God versus Satan. Ms. Knight takes the path least traveled and adds various aspects from Pagan spiritual paths and Mythology into the pages of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon. It was so refreshing to read about various aspects of other spiritual paths rather than focusing solely on main-stream religions.

If you like books that contain steamy angels and sexual tension that radiates off of the pages…I highly recommend Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight!

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Giveaway Winner – Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight October 27, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the Relic Defender Nurture Book Tour and entered to win a copy of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight!

I used random.org to select the winner. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

The winner of the eBook copy is…

* Vonnie Alto

Winner has been contacted via email.

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a big THANK YOU to Ms. Knight for donating a copy to giveaway on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy October 20, 2011

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Author Bio:

Denise Tompkins lives in the heart of the South where the neighbors still know your name, all food forms are considered fry-able and bugs die only to be reincarnated in aggressive, blood-craving triplicate. Thrilled to finally live somewhere that can boast 3 ½ seasons (winter’s only noticeable because the trees are naked), her favorite season is definitely fall. It’s the time of year when the gardens are just about to pass into winter’s brief silence, and the leaves are out to prove that nature is the most brilliant artist of all.

A life-long voracious reader, Denise has three favorite authors. Why three? Because favorite authors are like chips: a person can’t have just one. Her little house was so overrun with books last year that her darling husband bought her an e-reader out of self-preservation. He was (legitimately) afraid she might begin throwing out pots and pans to make room for more books, and he didn’t want to starve.

Along with reading, Denise loves travel, is obsessed with the British Isles, practices photography, enjoys cooking and looks forward to Christmas as an excuse to bake.

Synopsis:

When Fate makes you her bitch, accept it and adapt. Or die.

Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality.

If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahlin, who causes a never-to-be-mentioned-again fainting spell, isn’t enough to make her question her sanity, his insistence she’s the Niteclif ought to do the job. Prophesied super-sleuth of the supernatural world—a world that desperately needs her help—isn’t a job she’s remotely qualified for no matter what her family tree says.

Catapulted into a very different London ruled by dark mythology, mystery and murder, Maddy makes a few startling discoveries. Paranormal creatures exist. Getting shot really sucks. And her body responds remarkably well to dragon magic—in more ways than simple wound healing.

But in this kill-or-be-killed world, reality bites. And Maddy must choose to go back to what she knows…or stay and fight for the man she knows she can’t live without.

Warning:  This book contains a shape-shifting dragon with a Scottish accent, modern and archaic weapons, global inter-species politics that make democracy seem mild, some very steamy sex underground, a severed head, murder, and…oh yeah…a woman caught in the middle of it all.

Time becomes irrelevant to the immortal.

But to one human woman, every second counts.

You can check out my full review of The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy HERE but here is a snippet:

Maddy must learn that not everything that glitters is gold. With a power struggle surging, Maddy must master her new skills before her time, and life, are extinguished. Will she be able to walk away from the one thing her heart yearns for or follow the path that has been placed in front of her?

If you would like to follow along with this tour, you can find the complete tour schedule HERE but here are the next few stops:

Don’t forget to check out my interview with Denise HERE and enter to win your own eBook copy of The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy!

Find and follow Denise Tompkins:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the eBOOK at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca – coming soon
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
All Romance – coming soon

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy October 20, 2011

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Get your copy of Legacy: The Niteclif Evolutions, Book 1 on Kindle!

Synopsis:

Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality.

If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahlin, who causes a never-to-be-mentioned-again fainting spell, isn’t enough to make her question her sanity, his insistence she’s the Niteclif ought to do the job. Prophesied super-sleuth of the supernatural world—a world that desperately needs her help—isn’t a job she’s remotely qualified for no matter what her family tree says.

Catapulted into a very different London ruled by dark mythology, mystery and murder, Maddy makes a few startling discoveries. Paranormal creatures exist. Getting shot really sucks. And her body responds remarkably well to dragon magic—in more ways than simple wound healing.

But in this kill-or-be-killed world, reality bites. And Maddy must choose to go back to what she knows…or stay and fight for the man she knows she can’t live without.

Warning: This book contains a shape-shifting dragon with a Scottish accent, modern and archaic weapons, global inter-species politics that make democracy seem mild, some very steamy sex underground, a severed head, murder, and…oh yeah…a woman caught in the middle of it all.

My Review:

The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy by Denise Tompkins is an action-packed book that kept me turning the pages. After the loss of her parents, Maddy needs to make a new start. She decides to head off to London with no real plan in place other than to see the stone circles that she keeps visiting in her dreams. After her arrival and an innocent wish, Maddy is thrust into a strange new world that leaves her little choice as to her future. Not only is she unsure about how she will follow in her family’s footsteps as the Niteclif, but she is the first female Niteclif and that in itself raises some questions as there has never been a female Niteclif before.

Bahlin is a dragon shape shifter who has waited for a very long time to meet the Niteclif. Left with a prophecy and a promise to watch over the Niteclif, Bahlin must decide if it is worth risking everything just to receive the one thing that he has ever longed for.

Maddy must learn that not everything that glitters is gold. With a power struggle surging, Maddy must master her new skills before her time, and life, are extinguished. Will she be able to walk away from the one thing her heart yearns for or follow the path that has been placed in front of her?

I am excited to see the path that Maddy, Bahlin and the other characters take in book two of this promising series.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy by Denise Tompkins + Giveaway October 17, 2011

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Author Bio:

Denise Tompkins lives in the heart of the South where the neighbors still know your name, all food forms are considered fry-able and bugs die only to be reincarnated in aggressive, blood-craving triplicate. Thrilled to finally live somewhere that can boast 3 ½ seasons (winter’s only noticeable because the trees are naked), her favorite season is definitely fall. It’s the time of year when the gardens are just about to pass into winter’s brief silence, and the leaves are out to prove that nature is the most brilliant artist of all.

A life-long voracious reader, Denise has three favorite authors. Why three? Because favorite authors are like chips: a person can’t have just one. Her little house was so overrun with books last year that her darling husband bought her an e-reader out of self-preservation. He was (legitimately) afraid she might begin throwing out pots and pans to make room for more books, and he didn’t want to starve.

Along with reading, Denise loves travel, is obsessed with the British Isles, practices photography, enjoys cooking and looks forward to Christmas as an excuse to bake.

I’d like to welcome author Denise Tompkins to Juniper Grove today! Denise has graciously allowed me to interview her as part of her Nurture Virtual Book Tour. Check out her interview below:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy is about?

Legacy is the first book in The Niteclif Evolutions series. The series is focused on a single heroine, Maddy Niteclif, who makes a wish that her life be anything other than what it is. She gets her wish and a great deal more, finding that her family tree is much more diverse and complex than she thought and she’s in no way prepared to handle it.

How long did it take you to write this book?

Legacy was a very fast book. It took about six weeks to write. I was an author possessed!

What was your inspiration to write this book?

I’d reached a very low personal point in my life and my husband came home one day, handed me a laptop and said, “Write. It used to make you happy.” I avoided the computer for several days until the idea for Legacy was born. I couldn’t sleep—knew I had to get up and write this story down lest I forget it. It was my first inclination that this would change my life.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Legacy is a fast-paced, action-oriented mystery with heavy romance elements from a debut author who’s here to stay.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I can have iTunes on in the background, but I cannot have the television or any other conversation happening around me. It becomes impossible for me to stay focused on the task at hand. Even turning the music up doesn’t help!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I absolutely love photography, gardening and cooking. I look forward to the winter holidays as an excuse to bake. I really enjoy finding time to read, too, which has become more and more the luxury for me as of late.

What does your family think of your writing?

My husband and my parents are so proud of me. I’ve been blessed with the most intensely supportive network of friends and family. I don’t think I could have done better had I custom ordered them from a writers’ supply store!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

There are two pieces of advice I’d like to share. First, don’t listen to the nay-sayers. They have zero control and zero influence over whether or not you’re able to achieve your dream. You are the only one who can influence that.

Second, if you look at a piece of work and think, “It’s good enough,” you’re wrong. Live by this mantra: good enough never is. Your personal best is the only thing you should ever settle for.

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

I don’t write horror. I have a hard time with violence, and when it’s directed at innocent people or animals, it makes my stomach pitch. Some of my writing has violence in it, but it’s not the same. I’m not sure why, but it’s very different to me.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

I’m a Pantser, writing without any clear outline or synopsis. When I sit down to write, I’m dependent on my own sense of adventure and creativity to pick up where I left off and begin where we left off. It pushes me to think in broader elements, outside the box of “normal” more often than not.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how to you overcome it?

I definitely experience writers’ block, but I don’t accept it as terminal. Instead, I find my favorite writing music, Two Steps from Hell, and turn up the volume. I focus on where the character needs to be in the current paragraph, and what steps s/he needs to take to get to the next paragraph. I push through by focusing on small bites of progress.

What is the last book you read?

I’m currently reading Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh. She’s so incredibly talented. I’d love to meet her someday!

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

I do. I just finished up the first book in a new series, The Key Guardians. Book one, Raising Cain, is a very cool story about a woman who’s The Key, the one soul capable of opening the gates to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She’s not willing, but both Heaven and Hell are ready. The gloves come off in a fight for her soul, and no one’s fighting fair.

What does the word success mean to you?

Oh, wow. That’s a great question. Success is a multiply defined word for me. It means, first and foremost, that I can walk into a bookstore and pick my book up off the shelf. I have no care whether it’s hardback, paperback or trade paperback. Success means that I am multi-published in both digital and traditional media. It means I’ve got another contract signed and waiting for me. It means I’ve found the balance in my personal and professional lives that allows me to live richly and happily in both. That’s success to me.

If you had to trade lives with someone for an entire week, who would you trade with? Keep in mind that they would be living your life as well.

Assuming I’d be able to have her skill or that she’d carry her skill into my own life and my projects, I’d choose Larissa Ione. She’s the most amazing woman, and so genuinely kind-hearted. She’s incredibly talented and I feel like I could learn so much about the type of writer I want to be—as both a creative soul and a role-model for others—then she’d be my pick, hands down.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

Great question! By far and away the best advice I’ve ever been given is this: Dare to suck. It means don’t be afraid to go out there, do your best, and fail. It’s alright to not be the best at everything. It’s alright to suck, because it means you’re trying.

One food you would never eat?

Pickled pigs feet. Have you seen where pigs are walking? (shudders)

Biggest Pet Peeve?

Rude people. (laughs) They drive me absolutely bonkers. I mean, really. How hard is it to take ten seconds and show a little common courtesy? Can you imagine if the entire world took one day and did nothing but practice random acts of kindness? Wow.

Thank you Denise for that amazing interview! I myself would never eat pickled pigs feet *turns green* and am often annoyed by rude people…hehe


The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy by Denise Tompkins

Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality.

If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahlin, who causes a never-to-be-mentioned-again fainting spell, isn’t enough to make her question her sanity, his insistence she’s the Niteclif ought to do the job. Prophesied super-sleuth of the supernatural world—a world that desperately needs her help—isn’t a job she’s remotely qualified for no matter what her family tree says.

Catapulted into a very different London ruled by dark mythology, mystery and murder, Maddy makes a few startling discoveries. Paranormal creatures exist. Getting shot really sucks. And her body responds remarkably well to dragon magic—in more ways than simple wound healing.

But in this kill-or-be-killed world, reality bites. And Maddy must choose to go back to what she knows…or stay and fight for the man she knows she can’t live without.

Warning: This book contains a shape-shifting dragon with a Scottish accent, modern and archaic weapons, global inter-species politics that make democracy seem mild, some very steamy sex underground, a severed head, murder, and…oh yeah…a woman caught in the middle of it all.

Be sure to check back on October 20th when I share my review of The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HEREbut here are the next few in line:

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of The Niteclif Evolutions: Legacy by Denise Tompkins! Giveaway is international and ends at 11:59PM EST on November 7th, 2011.

*GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED*

Find and follow Denise Tompkins:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the eBOOK at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Giveaway Winners! – Renovation Bootcamp: Kitchen by Robin Siegerman! October 15, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the Renovation Bootcamp: Kitchen Nurture Book Tour and entered to win a copy of Renovation Bootcamp: Kitchen – Design and Remodel Your Kitchen Without Losing Your Wallet, Your Mind or Your Spouse by Robin Siegerman!

I used random.org to select the winners. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

The winner of the eBook copy is…

* Kim

The winner of the Print copy is…

* Robyn

Winners have been contacted via email.

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a big THANK YOU to Ms. Siegerman for donating copies to giveaway on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Relic Defender: Key of Solomon + Excerpt October 13, 2011

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Author Bio:

In a job that pays the mortgage and allows her to indulge in her real passion, writing, Kim Wollenburg, writing as Cassiel Knight, works for Clackamas County in the beautiful state of Oregon. Crazily passionate about the writing industry, Kim published a paranormal romance with Samhain Publishing and has a post-apocalypse novella coming in early 2012 from Lyrical Press. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythology – just a few of her favorite things. Kim is the proud current president of Rose City Romance Writers, a feisty bunch of talented writers who are just as passionate about writing as they are about helping each other succeed.

When she’s not writing or doing writing-related things, Kim enjoys spending time with her patient and loving husband of 20 years and thrives with the adorable companionship of her three Shih Tzus, Ginger, Abby and Chloe.

Synopsis:

Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away.

Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a falcon—complete with wings.

Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demons attempt the mother of all prison breaks.

No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion with the unholy power to bring down Heaven…

Excerpt:

Clad only in her bra and panties, her hair bouncing wetly against her neck, Lexi padded back into her bedroom. She picked up her discarded clothes then automatically put her hands into the right pocket of her jeans. At the stinging pain, she hissed and jerked her hand from her pocket bringing out a small white card, which fluttered to the floor.
A freaking paper cut. With her aching finger tucked into her mouth, she bent and picked up the card. She frowned.
Oh yeah, the business card Gary gave her. And the one from her professor’s office. She touched a finger to the surface. Thin black lines formed on the surface, shaping into a familiar, if unknown, sigil. She pulled her hand back. The lines held for a few seconds then faded. Damn it, both cards were the same.
“Hiya, doll!”
Caught off guard, Lexi jumped, the card fluttering from her fingers. Again. Her lips thinned.
The grating voice was unfortunately familiar and totally unwelcome. With both hands on her hips, she turned around. Rocky stood on her coffee table, humor glinting in his silver eyes. Good grief. Was he wearing a zoot suit?
“Fantastic. Just what I need. I thought you were a twisted figment of my imagination.”
“Nope. Sorry to disappoint you.”
Yeah, right. The trace of laughter in his sandpaper voice said otherwise.
“Although, I’ll give you twisted.” His lips twitched. “But a figment of your imagination? Nah.”
Rocky tilted his head and slanted her an admiring look. “Did I catch you at a bad time?” He gestured at her. “Not that I’m not enjoying the show, but don’t you think you should put some clothes on?”
She jerked her head down. The semi-transparent silken bra and bikini-cut panties provided protection in only the most dubious sense. Shooting him a withering glare, she stomped to the dresser and yanked out a pair of black jeans and white thermal hoodie.
How did one go about incinerating rock, anyway?
After slipping into the clothes, she slammed the drawer shut. At the sound of porcelain rattling on wood, she paused and stared at the top of the dresser.
Once bright red roses sagged in their vase, silky heads bowing toward the wood. She needed to pick some more up next time she was at the store.
Her gaze moved to the item the flowers shaded. Trailing her finger along the picture frame’s edge, she stared at the two people who meant the world to her. Two people she barely remembered.
Her parents.
A somber dark-haired man, his arm around the slender form of a laughing, blonde-haired woman. Even through the graininess of the picture, she could see the equal amounts of tenderness and pain in her father’s pale brown eyes.
Sadness twisted in her chest, the sharp ache always present, but muted with each passing year. A tiny, one-dimensional picture. All she had of her parents.
Forcing the pain deep, she finished closing the drawer, this time much more gently. She still felt grief’s razor edge, a reminder of the hurt that came with having feelings. With caring.
Casting a glance back at Rocky, she said, “What the hell do you want?”
Ignoring her question, he winked and walked over to the edge of her table and peered at the cover of a National Geographic.
“Hey, can I borrow this? I haven’t seen this issue.” He looked up at Lexi, his silver eyes brimming with anticipation.
“What. The hell. Do you. Want?” she repeated, a silken thread of warning in her voice.
Rocky placed a small hand over his forehead and staggered back. “Is that any way to welcome your guide?”
Pretending to swoon, he lurched against her two-foot high black granite statue of Sekhmet, an ancient Egyptian goddess with the head of a lioness and the body of a woman.
Lexi gasped and darted for the statue as it wobbled, then tilted. She righted the figurine and glared at Rocky.
“Sorry, toots.” Suddenly his hand shot out and grabbed the amulet, which had swung free when she bent over. “Hmm, what’s this?”
She’d forgotten about the necklace. At the same moment she lifted her hand to take it from his grasp, Rocky jerked, let go of the amulet and skittered back. One foot went off the edge of the coffee table, but he managed to stay upright.
“Damnosa.” Eyes wide, he stared up at Lexi, silver eyes huge in a washed out gray face. “Mikos didn’t tell me you have the Nativitas.” He spoke in a hushed tone charged with awe and respect.
Surprised by his reaction, Lexi eyed him in confusion. “What?” She held the amulet in her hand. “This?”
He hadn’t noticed it before? When he was drooling over her body?
“Yeah, that.”
“What’s the big deal?”
“The big deal? You don’t know what this is?” He cocked his head. “I guess you don’t,” he murmured. “It’s a rebirth stone.”
“Oh. That’s what it’s called.” Lexi looked down at the amulet. Her brow wrinkled. “A rebirth stone?”
Well, that made sense. Little else did. Could she really be having a conversation with a tiny man in her living room?
After she’d received a visit from a demon?
She tapped her fingers on the table. “So, guide, answer this. Why me?”
“Sorry, can’t help you there. That’s for Mikos to explain.”
“You can’t help me?” She frowned. “What kind of guide are you?”
He shifted his stance then pulled at his ear, keeping his eyes averted. “Sorry, not my story to tell. Ask Mikos.”
“Since I don’t plan to see Mikos ever again, I won’t be able to ask him anything, so why don’t you just tell me?”
Lexi stomped into the kitchen and grabbed a beer from the fridge. She twisted off the cap and took a deep drink. The cold, slightly bitter taste filled her mouth. She rarely drank—this six-pack had been in her fridge for six months. But this last day deserved beer. Maybe three beers.
When Lexi turned to face Rocky again, she wasn’t surprised to see he had done one of his blinking things and now stood on her kitchen counter.
“Can’t tell you.” He tilted his head. “What do you mean you won’t be seeing Mikos again?” The tire-on-stone tone of his voice revealed disapproval.
“Just what I said.”
“You have to. He’s the one who can help you. Train you.”
“Not interested.” God, she was getting tired of explaining herself. How many times did she have to say no?
Rocky stared at her, speechless. She hoped. Probably few things kept the shapeshifter quiet. She’d only seen him twice but could tell he liked the sound of his own voice. Odd, but she found the little man appealing. Like an exotic pet—strange and unusual, but highly entertaining.
Finally, he shook his head. “Bad idea, Alexandria.”
She winced. Did he just call her by her full name? “Like I told Mikos, my name isn’t Alexandria. It’s Lexi.”
“Lexi,” he tried it out, and then nodded. “I like it.”
“I’m so glad you approve.”
She barely kept the twitch of her lips from becoming a smile. Taking her beer, she headed back to the living room. She started to step over a small square of white on the carpet but then stopped. Oh, yeah. The business card.
“Whatcha’ got there?” Back on the coffee table, Rocky stretched his neck to try and see what she had picked up.
Nosy bugger. “It’s a business card.” She flopped onto the couch and held out the card. “I found it in my professor’s office today.”
Rocky took the card. His lips pursed then he nodded. “Sure, that’s Mikos’s card. I’ve seen tons of them.” He met her gaze. Curiosity glowing in the gray depths. “Are you talking about Professor Xaviera?”
If Lexi hadn’t been sitting by that time, she’d have fallen to the floor. She hadn’t missed the import of what Rocky unknowingly admitted. “You knew Professor Xaviera?”
“Yeah, Mikos does too. The Prof is a really decent guy.”
“Don’t you mean was a decent guy?”
Rocky cocked his head, his expression confused. “Was?”
“He’s dead. Murdered. Two days ago.” Lexi snatched the card out of Rocky’s unresisting hands. “And I found this in his office.”
“Dead?”
“Yes, dead. As in not breathing. Dead. Someone came close to cutting his head off with a freaking sword.”
Rocky’s dark-gray skin paled, turning ashen. “A sword?”
Lexi rolled her eyes and stood. “I thought you were a rock, not a parrot. Stop repeating everything I say. Yes, a sword.”
Leaving him speechless, she stalked over to the closet and grabbed a lightweight jacket. In her bedroom, she slipped on a pair of ankle boots with a low heel. Slamming her sanjiegun, a three-section staff into its holder at her hip, she headed for the front door. So much for food.
She looked back at Rocky. The shapeshifter hadn’t moved. While his skin was no longer ashen gray, his silver gaze was shadowed with an expression of worry.
“You coming?” she asked. “I need directions.”
“Where are you going?”
“Mikos.”
This time, the shapeshifter’s eyes widened in alarm.

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis