Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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OK so this is what happened...
Wordpress suspended my BLOG http://katsindiebookblog.wordpress.com/
late on the 19th April/early 20th depending on your place in the world... SO I spent my Easter Weekend trying to figure out what the heck was wrong... started a new Blog http://katsindiebookblog.blogspot.com.au/
as you can imagine I ate lots of chocolate and drank lots of wine...mmmm wine...wheres the wine!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Operation Mallory - Book Blitz - Stephen C Spencer

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What is #OperationMallory

Being a full time author is a wonderful job, but one downside is that you don't get any employee benefits. One bestselling author, Stephen Spencer found this out to his cost. He was a regular fixture on the bestseller lists back in 2011 when his Paul Mallory thrillers took off, but disaster struck shortly after his third book when he found out that he had a brain tumour.
No longer able to go on the book promotion circuit, his novels soon fell out of the public view and the double whammy of unexpected bills and a drop in royalties kicked in.
When Julia Hughes, a British author, heard about Stephen's plight she started #OperationMallory. She enlisted a dozen other authors, and set about getting the Paul Mallory novels back on track.
Julia had this to say: "Stephen is a fantastic thriller writer, and for most of 2011 he owned the bestseller lists on both sides of the pond. When I saw that he'd stopped promoting, I knew something had to be done so I put together a group of authors to re-launch the series."
That work came to fruition last week with seven brand new eBook covers, five new print editions and a brand new website at StephenCSpencer.com
But a full rebrand wasn't enough to satisfy Julia. Instead, she set about organising the biggest book tour in history inviting readers and writers everywhere to share Stephen's story and show off the new artwork (which was designed by renowned Singaporean artist Clarissa Yeo).
For his part, Stephen has maintained he doesn't want charity. He just wants the chance to reconnect with his readership. To do it, he's giving away his first book, It's Always Darkest, absolutely free. You can download it in any of the major eBook formats here (no registration required).
If you enjoy It's Always Darkest, the series carries on with The Devil You Say, Third Time Lucky and The 
Middle of Nowhere with a fifth book, Ghost of a Chance, slated for release later this year.

Stephen C Spencer was raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, the oldest of three brothers.
Before becoming an author, Stephen travelled the world with the United States Navy. He spent his youth enjoying casinos from Torremolinos to Monaco, but it wasn't until he met his wife Melissa in 2003 that he settled down, and began a family. He's the father of two children, Kaitlyn and Evan.
Domestic bliss provided an outlet for his vivid imagination, and this, combined with his extensive personal knowledge of the world's most exotic ports, gave birth to the internationally acclaimed Paul Mallory thriller series published by Crimeways.
He now splits his time between the family homestead in Indiana, and the tropical island of San Estaban.

Website: www.StephenCSpencer.com 

Amazon (these links redirect according to region automatically): Book 1 - It's Always Darkest http://viewbook.at/ItsAlwaysDarkest (free use smashwords) Book 2 - The Devil You Say http://viewbook.at/TheDevilYouSay Book 3 - Third Time Lucky http://viewbook.at/ThirdTimeLucky Book 4 - Middle of Nowhere http://viewbook.at/MiddleOfNowhere Book 5 - Ghost of a Chance is not out yet, keep an eye on Steve's website for updates. Short #1 Window of Opportunity - http://viewbook.at/Window Short #2 Role Reversal - http://viewbook.at/RoleReversal Steve's Amazon profile - http://author.to/StephenCSpencer

What readers are saying...
"Witty and well paced with an ending " - Kate Farrell, Kindle Book Review
"Fast, exciting and full of intrigue" - Charlie Plunkett
"Spencer really has a knack for the written word." - Joyce Mitchell
"A wickedly dry sense of humour." - Jenny Worstall
"The main character leaps off the page." - Doreen Cox
"Tension-filled" - Joseph Bouchard
"A James Bond with heart, tough and chivalrous" - J Ryder
"Broody and oppressive atmosphere" - Amazon UK Top 500 Reviewer
"Gripped from beginning to end" - Pam Anderson
"It's Always Darkest will pick you up, throw you into the air and keep you gulping for breath until the very end." - Emma Elizabeth Fry
"One of the best thrillers I've read in years." - Julia Hughes
Awards/ Nominations
eFestival of Words 2013 Finalist in Best Novella for The Devil You Say
Winner, Wordspi.com Short Story Competition 2013

Q: Why did you become a writer? 
Ask anyone why they did or said a particular thing, and they'll come up with a thousand and one different reasons. It boils down to one answer. Most people do what they do because they want to. And because they think they can get away with it.
Q: What makes Paul Mallory different? 
Paul's actually an average guy. Except when trouble starts, he's always right there, where the action's thickest.
Q: How do you come up with larger than life character like Bentley Cramer? 
This is one I learned from Mr. Bickham. (Jack M Bickham, prolific author of fiction and guides on writing.)
The "trick" to believable characters is, counter-intuitively, to make them un-believable. Exaggerate their qualities until they become almost cartoon figures. Sherlock Holmes is the quintessential example...and he's held up fairly well over the years, hasn't he? All the reader has to go by is words on a page. Help him out—make those words as vivid and memorable as possible.
Q: Where do you find your inspiration?
I spray my pillow with lavender and muse every night. As soon as I wake up, I reach for my notebook and jot down my dreams. (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!)
Q: Is Paul really you? 
Every author writes a little of themselves into all their characters. I'll admit to liking baseball and chess, speaking other languages, ... and we both have an extensive knowledge of trivial facts!
Q: How long does it take you to write a book? 
To actually sit down and go from the catalyst (and it's always best to start there!) to typing "The End" can take as little as six – eight weeks. But ideas that become storylines could have been germinating for years, even decades!
Q: What does your wife think of all the time you've spent writing?
Marrying Melissa is the one time I over achieved! Without her encouragement and support, I wouldn't be able to write.
Q: What advice would you give an aspiring writer? 
I wouldn't presume to do offer advice. I mean, who the hell am I to advise anyone? The only thing I might possibly offer up—and it's scarcely original—is that if you want to write, then sit down and write; as often and as regularly as you can. It's the "regularly" bit that's most important.
Q: Which writers do you admire and why? 
I admire above all others those who are willing to "pay it forward" by sharing what they know about the craft. In no particular order, names like Lawrence Block, Holly Lisle, Stephen King, Jack M. Bickham (and his mentor, the legendary Dwight V. Swain) all come to mind. I'd like to one day be in a position to emulate them, but I don't know whether that day will ever come: I still have far too much to learn
Q: Why did you choose to set up Crimeways? 
The benevolent task master made me do it.
Q: Are there any characters in your books from the Hoosier State? 
For the benefit of our friends overseas, I should explain that my home state of Indiana is referred to as the "Hoosier State!" The answer is no, none that I'm willing to admit to anyway!
Q: You're a US Navy veteran. Did your travels with the navy inspire the stunning international locales Mallory goes to? 
Yes. Although, the beautiful Caribbean island of San Esteban exists only in my imagination. Having sailed the world with the US Navy certainly adds realism to the locations in the "Paul Mallory Novels", though it's a truism that people remain the same. There's the good the bad and the ugly in every country, and of course, the beautiful!

Consumed by Melissa Toppen Book Blitz

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Book Title: Consumed 
Author: Melissa Toppen 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: 3/15/2014 

Breathless Series Part 1 Consumed Addison Grant thought she had life all figured out. Attend college, land the job of her dreams, and marry her high school sweetheart. Everything seemed to be falling into place, or at least that’s what she thought. Having moved from Vermont to Las Vegas with her boyfriend Grayson, the last thing Addison expected was to come home one day to find all of her belongings packed up in boxes and her eight year relationship over. Heartbroken and lost, Addison finds herself, for the first time, unsure of what the future holds. But a chance meeting with a gorgeous bartender sets her on a path she never expected. Liam Mason isn’t just your average bartender. There is something about him that doesn’t quite fit but Addison can't put her finger on it, nor can she deny the sparks that fly between them. As much as she tries to fight her quickly forming feelings for Liam, his constant pursuit of her makes it impossible to resist his charms. When Addison lands a major project at work, she unknowingly sets herself up to discover that Liam is not who he says he is. When Addison learns the truth will she be able to forgive the lies or will she be forced to walk away from the one man who has consumed her entire existence? The Breathless Series Consumed Taken Released 

Melissa is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction but hopes to one day branch off and do something completely original. She loves music and is obsessed with the band Blue October! She has a rock star of a husband who gives it to her straight and two beautiful young children that show her what really matters in this life.

 I wake the next morning with a start. Memories of the night before come flooding back like a tidal wave. My day with Liam, The Eiffel Tower, the way he kissed me before we parted as if he was fearful he would never see me again. It's all so much to take in and yet I want it and so very much more. I take my time getting ready for the day. With no real plans, I shower and dress in a pair of Kristina's yoga paints and a pale pink t-shirt. I make my way to the kitchen to grab a bite to eat and am surprised to find Kristina already awake. Her tall, lean frame pressed against the kitchen counter, a cup of coffee in her hands. “Well good morning.” She chimes, when she sees me enter. “Don't good morning me.” I snap out playfully. “Thanks to you I had to spend my entire Saturday with the man of my dreams.” I smile widely at the last part. She catches it immediately, a squeal coming for her lips as she sits her coffee mug on the counter and skips happily to where I am standing just three feet away. “I knew it, I knew it!” She sings, pulling me in for hug. “So you had fun then?” She asks, dropping her hold of me. “Fun doesn't even begin to describe it.” I say, the smile on my face growing wider. “Oh no, you didn't?” She fakes mockery. “You slept with him? You did, didn't you?” “If you mean had the most intense, passionate sex of my life on top of The Eiffel Tower, then yes, yes I did.” I joke, watching her eyes widen with my confession. “The Eiffel Tower? How in the hell did you manage that?” She gasps in complete jealousy. “Not really sure. Someone Liam knows. They let us up after it was closed. Oh Kristina, it was like a fairy tale.” I say dreamily, for a moment losing myself to the memory. “Let's go grab some breakfast. We have no food and I want to hear every dirty detail.” She laughs, dumping her coffee into the sink and grabbing her purse. I follow, slipping on my tennis shoes before we exit. I spend the rest of the morning tucked away in a little family diner called Mimi's Cafe filling Kristina in on everything that took place yesterday. She was so excited for me she could barely contain herself and I have to admit it felt really good to have a girlfriend to share these kinds of things with. By the time we exit, it's late morning. The sun is scorching and I immediately wish I had gone with shorts instead of pants. Kristina and I say our goodbyes as she has plans to go shopping with her mom and I make my way back to our apartment, determined to spend the day lounging in front of the television. As I make my way back, my phone signals an incoming call. I scramble to remove it from my purse. An unknown number displays across the screen and I immediately answer it in hopes that maybe it's Liam. “Addison, it's Grayson. Don't hang up.” Is what I hear instead. I breathe out a sigh of aggravation but for some unknown reason, I don't end the call. “What do you want?” I snap, not trying to make friendly talk at all. “Look, I know that you are really angry with me. I feel awful about everything. Can we meet up somewhere for coffee or something? I really need to see you.” His voice is soft and pleading, something far from the normal Grayson that I am used to. “I'm sorry Grayson, I really don't think that's such a great idea.” I answer immediately. “Please Addie, just one cup of coffee.” He pleads. “I can't today, maybe another time.” I do my best to pacify him. “Monday? Come on Addie. Please.” “Fine, Monday.” I agree, really just wanting to end this conversation. I don't care what he wants, I just want him to leave me the hell alone. “Great, I will meet you in the lobby at noon.” His voice takes on a more chipper approach. “I can't wait to see you.” He adds in a more serious tone. “See you then.” I say indifferently before ending the call. Leave it to Grayson to put a damper on my perfectly peaceful morning. Not really feeling up to going home all of a sudden, I continue walking with no real destination just simply losing myself in my mind. It is hard to keep up with how quickly everything has changed but I don't regret a single moment of it. When Grayson ended things, I thought my world had ended. Now, I see it really is only just beginning. I have Liam to thank for that. Not to mention, some pretty awesome friends. My phone starts ringing again just as I reach the bike trails where I used to spend almost everyday running. I make my way to a bench off to the side and retrieve my phone from my purse just as the ringing stops. The missed call message shows it was my mom. Realizing it has been over a week since we last spoke, I click the number to call her back. She answers on the first ring. “I was beginning to think you had disowned us.” She lashes at me, not harshly but enough to get her point across. “I know mom, I'm sorry. Things have been so busy. How are you? How's dad?” I ask. “Everything is good. Dad is spending a lot of time in the garage again. He bought himself a new toy to fix up. It's the biggest piece of junk yet.” She whines, clearly not understanding my dad's constant need to buy old cars and rebuild them, something he has done since I was young. I used to love sitting out in the garage with him, handing him tools and listening to old Johnny Cash songs. Those are some of my fondest childhood memories and the thought of him back at it again makes me wish that I could be there with him. “Cut him some slack mom. You know how much he loves it.” I remind her. “How is everything else, anything new?” “Well that's actually why I am calling. Aunt Kelly is coming in next week and was really hoping to get the chance to see you. You really do need to visit. We miss you like crazy dear and with Grayson out of the picture, there should be no reason not to.” “I wish I could mom but I have work. I am extremely busy with a big charity event that's in a couple of weeks. It's really not possible for me to take time off right now.” I say, apologetic. “Kelly is going to be so disappointed.” She lays the guilt trip on me. “I know mom. Will it make you feel better if I promise to come visit you the weekend after the event? I can fly out on Saturday morning and stay a couple of days.” “That would be amazing honey. Your dad will be thrilled.” She says, the excitement clear in her voice. I really do need to get out to visit them and it probably isn't a bad idea to get away for a few days. I promise to let her know as soon as my flight arrangements are made and by the end of our conversation she is perfectly happy. I make an excuse about needing to get some housework done and quickly wrap up the phone call. After hanging up, I stare down at my phone for a few seconds, lost in my own mind. I don't know if I should be worried or relieved that Liam has not tried to contact me yet today. Regardless, I can't help but feel more than a little disappointed. I mean it was after all, the best night of my life. “Penny for your thoughts?” Liam's voice breaks me from my haze. I look up, sure that him standing there, a wide smile across his face, is a figment of my imagination. “Care to join me? It's a beautiful day for a walk.” He says, holding his hand out to me. I take it without hesitation and let him pull me to my feet. I twine my fingers with his, loving the feeling of his skin against mine. I want to question him on how he found me, how he always seem to know where I am. But in this moment, I don't care. I just want to enjoy being here with him. As great as this all seems, I still have the nagging feeling that I better enjoy this while I can because it's only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down. Nothing this good ever turns out to be true.


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Sunday, 20 April 2014


IT'S LIVE! LOVE, IN ENGLISH IS NOW EVERYWHERE. From amazing five-star reviews to the scandalous subject matter to the achingly real characters of Vera and Mateo, Love, in English is guaranteed to knock you off your feet and deposit you in you sun-soaked Spain.

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Cover Reveal - Reclining Nude in Chicago by Fifi Flowers

Reclining Nude in Chicago by Fifi Flowers
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The Biggest Poser by Sam Cheever Book Blitz


Book Title: The Biggest Poster
 Author: Sam Cheever Genre:
Romantic Suspense  
Release Date: April 18, 2014  
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

May the biggest liar win. Or die trying! Personal trainer for the ever popular, Lose it! reality show, Jillie Maxwell is up for the most important award of her career. And she’s competing against the biggest b-eye-itch she’s ever met. Fortunately for her, she has the sexiest man alive in her corner. Problem is, each and every one of them has a dirty little secret that could tank a career. For the contestants, the race is on to lose the most weight and win everything. For the staff of the popular weight loss show, the clock is ticking to the culmination of their lies and the possibility of losing it all. Will the Biggest Poser win? Or will the lies just grow and grow until they sink the whole show? Only one thing is certain. Whatever happens, it’s gonna be an entertaining ride! 

Sam's published work includes 50+ books of romantic suspense and fantasy/paranormal. Her books have won the Dream Realm Award for fantasy and The Swirl (interracial romance) Award. They've been nominated for and/or won several CAPAs, have been nominated multiple years for “Best of” with LRC and The Romance Reviews, and have won eCataromance’s Reviewer’s Choice award. Sam is published with Musa Publishing, Changeling Press; and Ellora’s Cave. She also publishes as Declan Sands, writing m/m fiction, and under her own imprint, Electric Prose Publications. In real life, Sam lives in a cabin in the woods with 13 dogs and one husband. A self-proclaimed dog-aholic, Sam insists she's holding at 13...maybe... 

May the biggest liar win. Or die trying! Personal trainer for the ever popular, Lose it! reality show, Jillie Maxwell is up for the most important award of her career. And she’s competing against the biggest b-eye-itch she’s ever met. Fortunately for her, she has the sexiest man alive in her corner. Problem is, each and every one of them has a dirty little secret that could tank a career. For the contestants, the race is on to lose the most weight and win everything. For the staff of the popular weight loss show, the clock is ticking to the culmination of their lies and the possibility of losing it all. Will the Biggest Poser win? Or will the lies just grow and grow until they sink the whole show? Only one thing is certain. Whatever happens, it’s gonna be an entertaining ride! ~~*~~ He was so close she could smell the clean musk scent of his aftershave and feel the moist heat of his breath. His muscular thigh flexed against her leg as he leaned in to cut a bite of asparagus. As he lifted it to her lips, his gaze fixed on her mouth. His tongue swept over his bottom lip as if anticipating her taste. Jillie’s body tightened with need and her mouth quivered in anticipation of kissing him. She took the spear of green off the end of the fork, sliding her tongue over her lips to get every ounce of its flavor. The asparagus was perfect. Slightly crisp and tart with balsamic vinegar. Brandt watched her chew and licked his lips. “I love balsamic. Let me try.” She expected him to cut himself another bite, but instead he leaned close and slid his tongue over her slightly parted lips. “Mmm. Delicious. I need to try the steak too.” He cut another sliver of meat and doused it liberally with the rich sauce. As he placed it on her tongue, she drew it in, curling her tongue slowly around it, before chewing. Brandt lowered his head and took her bottom lip into his mouth, sucking gently. He moaned. “Incredible. The sauce is exquisite. What’s your secret ingredient?” She closed the distance between them and nibbled on his full lower lip. “There’s a reason they call it a secret ingredient.” He slid his hand up her bare arm, over her shoulder, and wrapped it lightly around her throat, tipping her chin so he could trail kisses along the place where her blood pulsed with growing excitement. “I bet I can get it out of you.” His voice had deepened and grown husky with lust. The sound of it abraded her overcharged nerves, making her shiver. “Just as long as you know I’m holding out as long as I can.” He sucked an earlobe into his mouth and gently bit down. “As you know, I love a challenge.” She gasped. When her nipples peaked hard against the soft cotton of her thigh-length T-shirt, Jillie figured he had to be able to feel them against his arm. She pressed closer, driving the painfully hard peaks into his muscular flesh. “Are you hungry?” His lips feathered along her jaw line and lifted, stopping a mere breath away from her lips. “Starving.” Then he lowered them and claimed her mouth in an aggressive, hungry kiss. Jillie wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him in, draping her legs across his lap and allowing him to pull her onto the tiny chair with him. His arms enveloped her, holding her close enough to feel every hard, sexy line of his long body. She pulled away after a moment and reached for her wine, needing to give herself a moment to cool down or she was going to lay him out in the thick grass and have her way with him right there. She took a sip as he skimmed his hands along her bare legs, fighting the urge to spread her knees and let him in. They could so easily be discovered in that very public spot. She sipped her wine and placed it against his lips, tipping it for him to drink. When she pulled away, a drop of wine trickled down his stubbled chin. She leaned in and swept it away with her tongue. Brandt groaned. “I think I’ve turned permanently blue in some of my favorite parts.” She chuckled, sipping her wine again. “Smurf crotch?” He lifted an eyebrow, not amused. An idea began to form that she wasn’t about to resist. Jumping up, she grabbed his hand. “Come on. I have just the place.”

  • I believe chocolate was the first antibiotic. It still remains one of life’s greatest healing substances. It’s completely true.
  • I’m just a tiny bit OCD. I’m just a tiny bit OCD. I’m just a tiny bit OCD. #:0) #:0) #:0)
  • My husband and I rescue dogs and we have 13, all living in the house with us. #:0)
  • You’ve seen those cartoons where the dogs have the bed and the people are on the floor…yeah, most great comedy is based in truth. Some nights there’s literally no room on the bed for me so I go to the couch. LOL
  • Last summer we moved to a cabin in the woods of Southern Indiana and we’ve been rehabbing it. We’re slowly turning it into our own little hideaway and I’m loving it.
  • This year I’m going to start my first vegetable garden. I’m very excited. I hope I don’t suck at it.
  • I’m not overweight…I’m undertall. If I were eight feet tall I’d be perfect!
  • I like to write to the sound of movie scores. Maybe that’s why I’M SUCH A DRAMA QUEEN!
  • I’ve always believed I’m an introvert, but I recently discovered I’m an ambivert. This means I’m emotionally drained in crowds, but I rise beautifully to the occasion if I’m forced to interact with…gasp…people!
  • When I was in high school I wasn’t part of a single clique. I was part of all of them!
  • I’m almost rich. All I need now is money. #:0)
  • I secretly always wonder why people would ever buy one of my books. I mean, there are trillions of other authors out there! Surely readers can do better than my stuff. LOL
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