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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog Tour Guest Post + Review + Giveaway + Excerpt: Stop Dragon My Heart Around by Susannah Scott



Guest Post from Susannah:
Any SJP fans out there? 

We Gen-XYers don't even pause-hell yeah! The bad dating of my twenties seemed benign compared to the antics of Sarah Jessica Parker of her posse on Sex and The City. When I saw Sarah she had done a "zippy-fun" 5 minute video interview with Vogue answering 73 questions, I was intrigued. 73 questions, in 5 minutes! (No, don't go google it now! I'll give you the link at the bottom)

The first time though the video, I was charmed and entertained. The second time, I felt the challenge of rapid-fire repartee calling my name... I wonder how I would answer all those questions? 

Drum roll please.... 

For your snappy reading pleasure, I transcribed the questions and broke them into serial blog posts for my release tour. Many thanks to Melody for hosting my 3rd segment! 

Let's do this thing!

Q17: What do you love on your pizza?
A: Not a lot of crust!

Q18: Favorite drink?
A: Single Malt Scotch - not too peaty 

Q19: Favorite dessert?
A: Tiramisu
I'm a Type 2 diabetic so I have to be really careful about sweets, but I have a hard time resisting tiramisu or crème brulee.

Q20: Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
A: Milk Chocolate
Symphony Bars are my favorite 

Q21: Weirdest/ickiest thing you've ever eaten?
A: Haggis 
My family is Scottish and my hub and I went to Scotland on our honeymoon. Of course, I had to try the local dish! Ick. Ick. Ick. Even friend in bacon grease-ICK. 

Q22: Hardest part about being a mom to 3 boys?
A: Knowing that if I do my job right, they will grow up and replace me with a very special life partner, and likely not call on my birthday. *le sigh* Boys. 

Q23: Favorite Band?
NeedtoBreathe

Q24: Favorite Solo Artist?
Bruce Springsteen

Q25: Favorite Lyrics?
Hard to Get, Rich Mullins. 
You who live in radiance 
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin
We have a love that's not as patient as Yours was
Still we do love now and then

Did You ever know loneliness
Did You ever know need
Do You remember just how long a night can get?
When You were barely holding on
And Your friends fall asleep
And don't see the blood that's running in Your sweat

Will those who mourn be left uncomforted
While You're up there just playing hard to get?

When my friend Lindsey died, I wrote out the lyrics to this song for weeks, over and over. I wrote them on napkins, boxes, in the dirt. It was both a prayer and meditation. A way for me to cope and work through my grief. Lindsey was the first person my age whom I loved and lost. 

Q26: If your life were a song what would it be?
A: Roar

Q27: If you could duet with anyone, who would it be?
A: Pink!
I'm actually a really gifted 1st soprano, but I hate performing. I get stage fright. But, if Pink was beside me, we would rock the house! Love her lyrics and she is such an amazing vocal talent. 

Q28: If you could master an instrument, what would it be?
A: Cello

How about you? I challenge you to pick 1 question from above and answer it in the comments. As a bonus, I'll give a free kindle copy (one per person) of my new release STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND to 1 randomly picked answerer. 

You know you what to try! 

If you want to follow the rest of the interview, you can see a complete listing of my serial blog tour here. (link -- http://susannahscottbooks.com/ )


All my best,
Susannah Scott
PS> Here is the SJP Vogue Interview I promised (link-- http://video.vogue.com/watch/vogue-diaries-73-questions-with-sarah-jessica-parker )


Stop Dragon My Heart Around by Susannah Scott
Publisher: Entangled Covet (April 28, 2014)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Las Vegas Dragons, 2

Blurb:
Lucky Leprechaun underwear ironed? Check.


Gold plated hearing aids? Check.


Pink doggy booties, times four? Check.

Tee is Vegas’s favorite casino hostess, ready to grant her high rollers their every quirky wish. But when her own wish to financially help her Paiute Tribe finally comes true, she decides to double-down with lady luck and go for a hot hook-up with her sexy boss, Leo. Unfortunately, Tee’s about to find out why their romance is such a long shot—Leo is a shape-shifting dragon.

Leo needs a proper dragon mate to save his waning dragon form, and despite their magnetic sexual attraction, he knows Tee is anything but proper—or a dragon. But when threats arise from Tee's tribe, Leo’s protective instincts kick in. Can he give up his dragon form for the woman he loves—even if it means shortening his life? Or has Tee finally had enough of having her heart dragged around?

My Thoughts:

Almost a year ago Susannah brought us her first dragon-shifter in Luck of the Dragon and I was impress with the story. We finally get Stop Dragon My Heart Around which is book two in her series. I thought I like dragon-shifters before, but I think I'm in love with them. Actually, I think I'm  in love with Leo. There were a few things that made me love Leo, but when he tells Tee
"My dragon is a part of me. If I lost my dragon form, it would be like a part of me died." Leo scooted to the exit of the tent and then looked back at her. "I had already decided I give up my form for you, before I knew you were my mate. If that's the only way we can be together, I'll do it."
I seriously melted for Leo. I wanted to cry, because that's the sweetest thing a guy to say to a girl.

Anyway, Stop Dragon My Heart Around actually had more going on than the book blurb mention. Yes, most of the story has Leo trying to figure out if he wants to find his mate or going after Tee and giving up the dragon. We also have Tee needing to come to terms to some secrets that are reveal about her family and how she will handle them. Plus, there's conflict within the tribe that could effect her status in the tribe.

Honestly, Leo won me over, by his willingness to do anything for Tee. Seriously, love that guy. I mean he has to shoulder a lot of responsibility with keeping the peace all around him. Tee, I have to say handled her situation well and I was glad she was willing accept the things that can't be change. Yes, I did love Stop Dragon My Heart Around and I believe it's better than the first book. I can't wait to see what happens with the next set of dragons. I did like the fact that Susannah gave hint on who the next couple will be at the end. So, if you are looking for a dragon-shifter, you might consider Stop Dragon My Heart Around. By the way, the story can be read as a stand alone, because the story focuses more on Leo, Tee and the Paiute Tribe.

Rating:



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Susannah Scott’s Bio:
Susannah Scott writes dragon-filled Paranormal Romance and lives with her family in Southern Missouri. She loves connecting with readers through Social Media—and almost always replies!


Short Excerpt:

“Good day, ladies.” Leo poured on his Australian accent and the two woman shrieked like schoolgirls. “I’m actually Leonidas Ryan, head of Casino Operations, but people often say I look like that actor.” He looked at her in question.

“Chris Hemsworth,” Tee said with an eye roll. “You’re nothing like him.”

“Yes, he is,” Trixie said, staring at Leo like a carb-dieter drooling over a loaded pizza. “Those eyes, those shoulders. That accent. I bet you have a six pack too.” She smiled at him and twirled her blonde hair around her finger.

“I guess that makes me the God of Thunder.” Leo patted his flat stomach and winked. “With a vee-rry large hammer.”


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

InkSlinger PR Release-Day Blitz + Giveaway: Out of Mind by Jen McLaughlin






BOOK SUMMARY:

Reaching for sunlight...
Finn survived the ambush and came home to me, but in his head, the battle is still raging. He’s falling apart and I’m trying my best to pick up the pieces of him, to find the us we used to be. I love him as much as I ever did, but love isn’t enough to fix this. I thought telling my father about our relationship would be the hardest thing we’d ever have to face. I was wrong.
Lost in shadows...
All I wanted was to be worthy of Carrie. One mission, just one, and I’d be able to give her the future she deserved. Then everything went wrong, leaving me tainted and broken. Carrie wants me to be who I was, but all that’s left is what they made of me. I’m no good for her. No good for anyone like this. I have to figure out how to move forward. Alone.
Sometimes love isn’t enough…   



Purchase Links:
OUT OF MIND





Purchase Links for Previous books:

 Out of Line (Book 1) 
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Out of Time (Book 2)
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Author Info:



Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
Author Links:
Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads


BLOG TOUR GIVEAWAY:
Jen is giving away a FINN necklace and a signed set of the OUT OF LINE series. US Only. 



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InkSlinger PR New Release Blitz + Giveaway: Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst

SEARCHING FOR PERFECT by Jennifer Probst

April 29, 2014

Series: Searching For, #2

SearchingforPerfect

Book Summary:

The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . .

Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?



Purchase Links:
Searching for Perfect
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Searching for Someday
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
AUTHOR BIO: 
Jennifer Probst
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. 

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com

  AUTHOR LINKS: 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2965489.Jennifer_Probst

GIVEAWAY: 
Grand Prize winner will receive a "Searching for..." necklace and a signed copy of Searching for Someday. Runner up receives a signed copy of Searching for Someday. US Only.   


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