Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 2 – Ius & Hiatt

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About the Author: DAWN IUS is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is the Assistant Managing Editor of the International Thriller Writers Association’s monthly magazine, THE BIG THRILL, co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the author of ten educational graphic novels published by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she’s geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and their giant English Mastiff, Roarke.

1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Ack! So many! Totally aging myself here but, Bon Jov
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Absolutely. I married mine—though some 20 years after we met & went our separate ways.
Book: ANNE & HENRYAnne & Henry cover final (1)

 

A love worth losing your head over

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Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

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Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

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Apart they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

HENRY TUDOR’S LIFE HAS BEEN mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s.

But ever since the death of Henry’s brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who’s not Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash, and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, ANNE & HENRY reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry

Connect with Dawn:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordawnius
Twitter: @dawnmius
Blog: www.dawn-ius.blogspot.com
Email: dawnmius@gmail.com

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About the Author: Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels (so far), including traditional Regency romance, time travel romance, historical romance, and humorous mystery. She is as excited about her STARSTRUCK series as she’s ever been about any of her books. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she is currently pursuing her 3rd degree black belt), hiking, traveling, and pursuing new experiences and skills.BrendaHiattHeadshotMedium

 

  1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Unbreak My Heart
  2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? I really, really want to—so I write about them and live that fantasy through my characters!

Book: STARFALLstarfall_promo

 

The electrifying conclusion to the Starstruck series!

M, no longer a nerdy nobody, has finally been acclaimed Sovereign Emileia, ruler of the Martian colony Nuath. But at what cost? Without her soulmate Rigel, life seems pointless but she’s expected to shake off her heartbreak and assume her responsibilities. Reluctantly, M does what she must until an unexpected discovery restores a glimmer of hope for the future. Now she is determined to do whatever she can to salvage her longed-for happy ending—if it’s not already too late.

 

 

Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 1 – Hantz & Poston

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About the Author: Sara Hantz comes from the UK and now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia (via 10 years in New Zealand). She lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family business. She has two grown-up children and when not writing or working she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV – in fact if TV watching was an Olympic sport she’d win gold.SaraH

  1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand
  2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? No

Book: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up

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Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.

Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi’s completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one. But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?

Connect with Sara:
http://www.entangledpublishing.com/category/sara-hantz/
http://www.sarahantz.comn
http://www.facebook/sarahantz
http://www.twitter.com/sarahantz

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About the Author: Ashley Poston is a fangirl at heart. Inspired by everything from Sailor Moon to Firefly to Harry Potter, she began writing at a very young age and never stopped. Her play, MOTHLIGHT, won best direction, best actor/actress, and best stage play at SCTA’s 2008 conference. Since then, she’s written for Quirk and ThoughtCatolog, apprenticed under a Hollywood screenwriter, spoke at Anime Expo’s Academic Conference, interned at Random House, and somehow found herself a book contract.

She currently lives in South Carolina with her cat and a plethora of books. When not writing, she hangs around on Twitter fangirling about all the feels. THE SOUND OF US, from Bloomsbury Spark, is her first novel. Tweet her at @ashposton and read her inner-most rambles at casuallybeingweird.com.AshleyP

 

  1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? L.G.FUAD by Motion City Soundtrack. It got me through my first heartbreak.
  2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Not really? I believe in finding someone who thinks you’re enough. And finding someone who is enough.

Book: The Sound of Us

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America’s favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She’s willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That’s a no-brainer…but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour | On Fear [Guest Post]

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Please join me in welcoming Paula Weston author of The Rephaim series (which we LOVE) to the blog. We’re so excited to have her stopping by today on her blog tour for her second book in the series, “Haze”! She’s kindly agreed to contribute this guest post:

Fear…it’s a funny thing. We all deal with it in different ways and at different levels.

Veronica Roth says she wrote Divergent as a way to deal with her own fear and anxiety, which – at certain times in her life – she’s found overwhelming and debilitating (www.people.com/people/article/0,,20798669,00.html).

I’ve certainly had moments of overwhelming anxiety, but I tend to have the opposite reaction: I act impulsively. For me, action – even ill-considered – is less stressful than inaction. (Now you know where Gaby gets it from.)

But a few years ago, I discovered that anxiety had dug its hooks into me in ways I wasn’t even aware of.

I’d made a significant decision to make a lifestyle change, moving from a full-time job to become self employed as a writer and as a partner in a consultancy with one of my closest friends. Over the next six months, I picked up my first publishing contract for the Rephaim series and the business built steadily. But something weird was happening to me. I was getting chest pains, shortness of breath, palpitations, numbness and felt ‘spacey’ at odd and inappropriate moments. I got checked out at the doctor, and the ultimate diagnosis was that I was stressed. Which made no sense because I was working from home, pursuing my dreams and, I thought, living a more relaxed lifestyle.

When I finally started to pick apart what was happening for me, I realised I was anxious about loss of control and financial security – it was a major shift to go from a regular wage to an inconsistent, unpredictable (and lower) income. And because I wasn’t dealing with that on a conscious level, my body decided to send me a few not-so-subtle signals.

Interestingly, once I recognised what was going on and started being honest with myself, the
symptoms went away. For me, my state of mind definitely influenced my physical wellbeing. The underlying fear didn’t go away – or the financial pressure – but I chose to deal with it head-on, which works better for me.

In the Rephaim series, I write a lot about fear – much of it about immediate, physical threats. But, particularly in Haze, I’m also trying to explore that deeper type of fear that influences how we think and feel, even when we’re not acknowledging it exists.

For those not familiar with the series, it’s told through the eyes of 19-year-old Gaby who (in the first book, Shadows) discovers she’s not who she thinks she is, and that she may have done something potentially disastrous a year ago. She’s caught in the middle of a conflict she doesn’t remember, with threats coming from all sides.

On a very simple level, Gaby fears for her safety and the safety of those she cares about. There are half-angels, demons and hell-beasts out to hurt her and more than once she has to deal with the fight-or-flight issue. Then there are deeper, more pervasive fears about identity and belonging: who she was and what she might have done in the past – and what that means now.

Gaby also discovers the twin brother she’s been mourning for a year may not be dead, and that her memories of him are as fake as everything else she remembers about the past. In Shadows, she’s afraid to hope that Jude is alive, afraid to go through the pain of losing him all over again. In Haze she deals with the fear of what might happen if he is alive. Will he be the brother she loves and remembers or will he reject her because she’s not who she’s supposed to be? Throughout he series, Gaby’s biggest challenge is learning to push through her fear and find the strength to protect the people around her, and to trust herself.

The great paradox with fear is that we’re often afraid talk about it, in case it somehow makes us (more) vulnerable. But anyone who’s ever shared their fears with someone they trust knows the power that exists in dragging that stuff into the light.

For Gaby, especially, she functions best when she’s honest enough to face what she’s really feeling. And I’d have to say I’m pretty much the same.

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Credit: Celia Southcombe, Flow Photography

Author Bio:
Paula Weston is a writer-journalist-professional communicator with pH creative. Weston is also a huge fan of Australian literature, fantasy/paranormal writing across books, TV and film; comedy in addition to being a closeted comic reader and TV addict. Shadows, the first book in the four book Rephaim series published by Tundra Books in Canada is now out in stores with the second book, Haze coming out in Fall 2014. Weston currently resides in Brisbane with her husband, Murray and their pets, a retired greyhound and a moody cockatiel. (Taken from the author’s website)

[16 Things I Thought Were True Blog Tour Guest Post] Essential Roadtrip Playlist

Please join me in welcoming Janet Gurtler author of 16 Things I Thought Were True to the blog. We’re so excited to have her stopping by today on her blog tour! She’s kindly agreed to contribute this guest post:

Besides food and good company, a playlist is an essential part of any road trip. Yes?? Here’s one of mine! p.s. All songs on a road trip should be played at full volume with vocal accompaniment.

Say Something by Great Big World and Christian Aguilera because is this not a song that you would sing at the top of your lungs with your best friend??

Hey Ya!- Outkast

Party Rock Anthem- LMFAO

Call me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen

Can’t Stop the Party- Pitbull

Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke

Beat It- Michael Jackson

Life is a Highway- Tom Cochrane

Don’t Stop Believing- Journey

Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond

Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

Highway to Hell- ACDC

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Author Bio:
Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot. You can visit her website at http://janetgurtler.blogspot.com/.

The Power of Words – guest post by writer Vanessa Grillone

Please join me in welcoming Vanessa Grillone author of My Pen, My Voice to the blog. We’re so excited to have her stopping by today on her blog tour! She’s kindly agreed to contribute this guest post:

“Powerful, Mysterious, Words… ”

Words have always been a mystery to me, or the power of them to be more precise. Some people say that actions are louder than words but for me that isn’t the case. I have always used the written word to get my point across. I’ve always found comfort in getting my thoughts and feelings down on paper.

Words are powerful and I didn’t realize just how powerful they were until I offended a few people with my first book and with a blog post or two. The thing with writing about people you know is that even if you don’t use their names, they still KNOW it’s about them. I believe in honest writing, that is the only way to be relatable, but I also understand how much words can hurt. So the question is what stories do you tell and what stories do you keep in your diary? That is a question I battle with often but I think that it’s become easier to write the truth without being offensive. Instead of making the post about someone else and pointing out what THEY did wrong, I turn it around on me. There are two sides to every story so I try to tell mine, I try to write about what I’ve learnt from the situation.

I’ve also tried the whole “talking” thing when it comes to something really important. First, I’ll write it out in my diary and if it’s still bothering me, I’ll talk to the person. I don’t put it online. I don’t publish it. When it comes to writing fiction and working on novels I find it a lot easier to write without care. With fiction you can take little pieces of everyday life and weave them into a story that no one has ever heard but that people can relate to. You can tell universal truths without having to hurt anyone, or at least that is what I plan on doing with my next novel. There’s no real point in writing if you can’t write the truth, is there?

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Author Bio:
Vanessa (@VanessaGrillone) is a writer from Bolton, Ontario, who recently completed a publicity internship with Random House Canada. Her blog –My Pen, My Voice – is a mix of personal and lifestyle posts, with some beautiful book reviews thrown in to the mix. Vanessa is also a regular contributor to Chic Darling and Work Story. Her first book, titled My Pen, My Voice, is available now for purchase.