Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day...


Reading can be green!  It's pretty simple these days.  There are all different kinds of e-readers, apps for you phone or tablets, and even programs for your computer.  So check out both of my titles which are available in ebook format.






Layla Swanson grew up in the lazy, small town of Hollow Oaks and can’t wait to get out.  She has big dreams and big plans in the big city.  Layla has worked hard and her senior year is nearly at its end.  She can’t wait to go away to college.  And she’s one step closer to getting what she wants. Layla isn’t letting anyone get in her way. 
Taylor Scott may not be your typical country boy, but he doesn’t mind Hollow Oaks.  His dreams may not be marked on paper and set in stone, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have them. 
A chance meeting between the two childhood friends may have Layla second guessing her longtime plan. Their rekindled friendship is leading them down a path neither one could have foreseen.  But with Layla leaving for college, many challenges face them, especially when she so stubbornly sticks to her solo plan.
Is Taylor’s love enough to convince Layla to let him in?  Or when everything falls apart, will Layla run away?  

Tears in the Rubble is available on Amazon, BN, and ARe.  

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Anniversary Teaser #2...

I'm back today with another teaser from Tears in the Rubble...



Taylor reached across the cab of his brother’s truck and hit the horn again. Jackson glared at him and sighed.
"What's taking her so long? We’re going to be late," Taylor whined impatiently.
"Girls always take a long time," Jackson said as he rolled his eyes and leaned his head back against the headrest.
"Layla’s not a girl," he shot back. Next to him Jackson snorted. "What? She’s just--Layla."
Through narrowed eyes, Taylor glared at his brother until movement on the porch caught his attention. He looked just in time to see Layla bounding down the wooden steps. Taylor swallowed thickly and from the corner of his eye he saw Jackson’s head jerk to the left. Both boys watched as her green cotton sundress moved around her legs, her pale blond hair streaming behind her, her pink lips split into a grin.
"Oh… shit," Taylor said under his breath. Layla Swanson is hot was Taylor’s first thought. His second thought was when had that happened?
They'd been best friends for most of their lives. Taylor wasn’t sure how he had missed the transformation from bossy tomboy to whatever it was Layla had become. He'd seen her yesterday and yet he could swear she looked different. Beside him his brother was nodding in agreement. Taylor shot him another glare which only earned him another snort from Jackson.
"Layla Swanson’s all grown up," Jackson whispered, drawing out the words just as she pulled the passenger side door open, ducking the swat at the back of his head.
"Morning boys," she called cheerfully, ignoring their fighting. When Taylor didn’t respond because he was too busy staring, she pushed on his shoulder playfully. "What, do I look bad?"
She glanced down at her dress and ran a hand over her hair before biting down on her full, glossy bottom lip and looking back up at him. He continued to stare helplessly as her lip slowly popped out from between her white teeth. Shaking himself, Taylor cleared his throat trying to think of a response, something to smooth over the awkward moment. Maybe she hadn’t noticed he was staring. He hoped so anyway.
"No," he trailed off. Really smooth, Taylor cursed himself silently.
He climbed out of the truck and let her slide into the middle seat before he got back in. Over her shoulder, Jackson caught Taylor’s eye and raised an eyebrow questioningly.

2 more days to get Tears in the Rubble and From the Rubble for .99 on Amazon...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy Anniversary To Me...

It's been one year since my first novel, Tears in the Rubble, was released.  I'm still so excited it's a bit ridiculous.  I couldn't have done any of this without my publisher, Rebel Ink Press,  and my editor.  So I want to say thank you to then once again.

So to celebrate I'm going to give you all a little teaser from Tears in the Rubble for the next three days.  Both of my titles, Tears in the Rubble and it's follow up From the Rubble will be on sale for .99 on Amazon...

Teaser #1

Layla pulled her sunglasses off and ran a hand through her blonde waves, letting them fall over her shoulder, a few pieces tickling her chest as she breathed deep. She smiled at Taylor and ran her hand up his damp arm, leaning into him slowly. Watching him watch her. Layla’s heart thumped as she brushed her lips against his. Barely, a whisper of a touch. Taylor sucked in a shuddering breath through his teeth and tried to press his lips to hers. Fighting the urge to give in, she parted her lips slightly and brushed against him again. His lips were warm and soft and Layla couldn’t stand it anymore. Her eyes drooped half-closed and she let him lean in, closing the distance between them. Her head spun as Taylor’s hand found its way further under her bathing suit, the tips of his strong fingers digging in as he parted her lips with his own.

Both Tears in the Rubble and From the Rubble are available on Amazon for .99 for the next 3 days!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Guest Author: Lisa J Hobman

Today I'd like to welcome Lisa J Hobman...she's stopping by to celebrate her recent debut release and talk about her journey to getting published.  I'm very excited to have her here and I have her novel, Bridge Over the Atlantic, on my TBR list.


First of all I would like to thank Britni for inviting me to be a guest on her blog.  It means such a lot to get support from other wonderful authors.  It’s been very overwhelming and I am so grateful.

My journey into writing started when I was pretty young.  I used to be a singer and was always trying my hand at song lyrics.  My dad writes beautiful poetry and is quite artistic and so I think I must get my creative side from him.  I used to love writing stories at school and when I was a teenager there was a vague attempt at writing a book but goodness knows what happened to that!  It was in the days before laptops so it was all done in lined notebooks!  Gosh I have just made myself sound ancient!

My family and I are from Yorkshire in England.  It’s a beautiful county with some amazing countryside but we had a very hectic life there.  We started holidaying in Scotland quite a number of years ago now and totally fell in love with the place.  The scenery is so varied!  You can literally be driving along a winding, country road through flat, rocky outcrops and suddenly greeted with a majestic, snow-capped mountain!  It truly captured our hearts.  We spent so many holidays there from that point and decided that, one day…in the far distant future…we would relocate; perhaps when we were retired.

The more we thought about things the more we realised that waiting was just not an option.  And anyway, what was the point in waiting?  We figured things out and decided that we should just take the plunge!  It took a few years but in May 2012 we finally relocated!

The idea was that I would start a little craft business and a blog to keep family and friends abreast of what was going on in our new life.  But I got the writing bug!  An idea for a story had been bubbling somewhere in the back of my mind for a while and somehow making the move north opened some kind of floodgate in my brain!  I started to write and couldn’t stop! (In fact I still can’t!)

I wrote for around six months solid.  I turned writing into my full time job!  Once the story was finished and my husband and I had made a final research trip to make sure all the descriptions of places and scenery really held up, it was time to bite the bullet and try to get it published!  This was the scariest part.  It was all new to me and I had no clue what to expect.  Receiving rejections through for something I had put my heart and soul into was a bitter pill to swallow.  But it’s all par for the course.  And as a writer you have to hang on to the fact that rejections are going to happen.  Like it or not!  You have to keep in mind that it’s not personal.

In November I had news that knocked me off my feet!  A company in the USA called 5 Prince Publishing offered me a contract after requesting my full manuscript!  I was totally bowled over.  It was the most exciting feeling ever.  My hard work had paid off and here was a company that wanted to give me a chance.  I have learned so much through working with my wonderful editor, Bernadette.  I am still learning and will continue to do so in order to make my books the best that they can be.  It’s been an amazing process.

Bridge Over the Atlantic is a passion-filled, contemporary romance that tells the story of Mallory, a twenty something, curvy, voluptuous girl with self-esteem issues.  These issues have stopped her from meeting Mr Right and she has just about given up.  That is until one day she take a coffee break out in the bustling streets of Leeds city.  Stiletto’s and pavement cracks do not go well together and Mallory soon discovers this when she lurches right into the arms of a passing stranger…but not just any passing stranger…a gorgeous, masculine passing stranger!

I am often asked if the characters in the book are based on real people.  The answer is no.  I can honestly say that Mallory has elements of me in her.  But to be totally honest, she has elements of almost every woman out there.  I hope this makes her endearing and realistic. 

My second novel has been contracted and I am due to begin edits with my wonderful editor at 5 Prince Publishing very soon!

Bridge Over the Atlantic is available at:
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
iTunes

You can contact Lisa J Hobman at:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fangirl For a Day...

I was recently able to go to a signing in Cincinnati for an amazing author and I had a blast.  If you've read The Black Dagger Brotherhood you know who I'm talking about.  JR Ward.  I started reading the series around the time the third book came out (which is my favorite) and I was hooked instantly.  She has another series and also writes under a pen name but I've only read the BDB series. So, of course when I heard she was headed my way I was excited.  Plus, I love a road trip, even if it's only a few hours away.

I was in awe of the amount of people waiting outside.  Capacity for the building was 1200 and I'd have to say it was pretty close to full.  As an author I can't even imagine that.  Any of it.  What an amazing feeling that must be.  Everything was pre-signed due to the amount of people she expected which I was a little sad about but I quickly got over it.  Plus, trying to sign 1200 books day of would be impossible so kudos to her for still signing our books.  After we were in the door and set up with our signed books and bookmarks we waited for the Q & A session to start.

If you've read the books you know the characters are constantly listening to hardcore rap and what do you know that's what was playing overhead as we waiting.  I had to smile at that and immediately want a copy of that playlist.

I don't know what I was expecting but I have to say that what happened when the Q & A started was not it.  It was a good surprise though.  JR Ward was friendly and hilarious.  She didn't stand on a stage or sit behind a table.  She was wandering around the audience and hugging people.  Telling jokes.  And let me just say if I worry about my writer's brain causing ADD I now know that I have nothing to worry about.  That definitely makes me feel better.  It was also reassuring to know that I'm not the only person that thinks the characters in my book are living breathing people.  They live in my head.  And apparently the Brotherhood lives in hers.

It was an amazing day and I can only aspire to ever have half the following that she does.  I was in awe of her.  I can admit that. So I was fangirl...don't judge me. :)

Once again thanks to everyone that has read my books, will read my books, and to everyone that has supported me along the way!!