Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy Release Day to @TL_REEVE with CRAVING CAMEO and a Guest Post !! @Decadentpub

How it all began….

Cameo and Quade are very near and dear to my heart. I have to admit, I never intended for Cameo to be a college kid. I always saw her as a prideful young woman who didn’t want her father’s money and didn’t want his life. Nor the life he would eventually choose for her. She had her best friend Felicia, and they lived together out in the middle of nowhere to keep off the radar. But, there was a bounty out for her. One several men had decided was too good to pass up. 

In the beginning, the book was raunchy to the nth degree. Quade is a very crude man. He saw what he wanted and he took it. But, he never gave Cameo the time of day. In some ways, he put her up on a pedestal to look at from a far, but never touch. Not that he didn’t crave her, he did. For Cameo, Quade represented the life she wanted to leave behind. The life she wanted nothing to do with.
I honestly can say, from the very beginning, Cameo and Quade were oil and water, they didn’t mix well. For the life of me, I couldn’t pin her down—never mind him. Where she pushed back against conformity, he didn’t have the faith to take that leap and tell her what he desired. So, I put the story down…did I mention they were humans? 

*Grins* they were.

I worked on several projects in between the time I started Cameo and Quade’s story, and when I picked it back up. Then, one night, I saw a promo for True Blood and I believe a season two box set. It showed a bar and the wolves and I thought…Ah-Ha! Success. But, I still had issues with the story that I had to work out. 

When the first of the ROAR books began to be released, and I read Mischief Mongrels and Mayhem and Phoenix Rising, and I knew I wanted to be a part of the series. 

So, I reinvented Cameo and Quade.

Cameo became an early 20-something college student. Her and her father have a good relationship, even if she didn’t want to take over for him or want the same life as him. Felicia is still her best friend and they attend Washington State University. And on the day the story begins, Fe is looking for an adventure, one her and Cameo will never forget. 

Quade still works for Cameo’s father, Drake Cruz, Alpha and President of the Sentinels. He’s an enforcer and would do everything for Cameo, but he keeps himself apart from her. He knows she is his mate, but he won’t give into the pull. He’s loyal to a fault when it comes to Drake, and he is also twelve years older than Cameo, which is a big obstacle his has to overcome. But, one call from 555-ROAR and he’s trying to keep himself apart from the old feelings which creep up between them.

How will our unlikely duo fair? 
Well, you’ll just have to read Craving Cameo to find out.

The daughter of the Sentinels pack and MC Alpha, Cameo Cruz moved across country to escape her pack—and the wolf she can never have. Making a new life, she embraced her freedom and went to school. One partying night with her best friend shatters her bubble of safety, and she’s forced to do the one thing she swore she never would…ask for help. 

Quade Rainwater lives for his pack and the life the Sentinels Alpha gave him when he took him in. He’d do anything for them, even cut himself off from the she-wolf he’s loved for as long as he’s known her. When all hell breaks loose and someone puts a bounty on his girl, Quade will cross the country to protect her. Unfortunately for him, he’s the last person she wants to see. All he has to do is keep her safe from the bounty hunters, the locals, and himself….

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Author Bio:
TL Reeve, a mulit-published author with Decadent Publishing, Cobblestone Press and Evernight Publishing, was born out of a love of family and a bond that became unbreakable. Living in the south, TL misses Los Angeles and will one day return to the beaches of Southern California to ride the waves at Huntington Beach. When not writing something hot and sexy, TL can be found curled up with a good book, or working on homework with a cute little pixie.

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's All About the Author ~ @EllieAshe and Dropping the Dime !!

It’s All About the Author…

Please tell us 5 interesting facts about yourself that readers might not know about you …
I cannot be trusted alone in a pet shelter (three cats… for now).
I have worked as a photographer, reporter, lawyer, and now as a writer.
I have a short attention span.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read and write (of course), but I also like to try new recipes in the kitchen and work in my little vegetable garden. I live in an area that allows me to go up to the mountains or to the coast fairly easily, and I’m usually up for a road trip!

Is there one book that you love to read over and over again?  If so, what is it and what is it that keeps you coming back to it?
There are only a few books that I return to over and over because there are so many books out there and we only have so much time in this earthly library. But I do tend to come back to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I’ve probably read Mockingbird at least a dozen times over the years. And I’m always ordering a new copy of Good Omens because I give mine out so readily.

How did you get started writing and have you always wanted to be an author?
I’ve been writing as along as I can remember, and according to my mother, been telling stories since before that. I think I have always wanted to be an author, and that’s why I tended to gravitate toward careers where storytelling was a strong element.

If you for some reason couldn’t be an author, what would your other choice be?
I am in the minority of lawyers who actually like their jobs. I’m happy with my day job, though it would be nice to work less so I could write more.

Did you like school?  Were you a good student?
I loved school, if I liked the subject. I excelled at English and social studies and history, but struggled with math and science. I was fortunate to go to a high school with a great selection of literature classes. I didn’t become a good student until I was nearing the end of college, but I did well once I matured enough to pay attention in class (see above answer regarding attention span, lack thereof). By the time I went to law school, I was a very good student.

When you write, is there a specific way you have to write, ie:  certain room, noise or quiet, computer or paper etc…
Actually, I’ve found that I work really well in bars. Not at night, when they’re busy and loud, but mid-afternoon when it’s dark and quiet, I can get quite a lot done. I don’t do that too often, though, so when I work at home, I like white noise in the background. There’s a great website called coffitivity.com that plays the sound of a coffee shop and that is just enough noise for me. Sometimes, I’ll use music but nothing with lyrics. Soundtracks are good.

If you could write a collaboration with another author, do you have one in mind and what would you write?
I’m talking with a fellow author who writes in a slightly different genre about collaborating on a project, and if we do, it will be a departure for both of us. Can’t say too much yet, but I’m very, very excited about it!
How do you come up with your story ideas? 
I read newspapers. There’s always something that sparks an idea, something I can grab and run with.

Do titles stump you or do they come easy?  When do you pick a title, before the story is written or when it’s done?

For the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, once I came up with Chasing the Dollar, the title for book one, it was easy to come up with other ideas for the rest of the series. But it wasn’t easy coming up with that first title. Eventually, I decided that because Miranda’s a financial expert it made sense to focus on the money angle and my publisher, Gemma Halliday, agreed.

Do you keep a notebook near you for when new ideas pop into your head?
Yes! I love small notepads and notebooks and carry them with me all the time. I also write myself notes in my phone or on my computer. Evernote is a great program for this. It’s like the bottomless purse filled with scraps of paper, but more organized.

If you write a series, do you re-read your previous books before you begin the new one?
Miranda’s series isn’t so long that I’ve had to refresh my memory yet. I can see that I may do that in the future, though.

How does your family feel about your writing?
They’re thrilled and very proud! My family is awesome!

Thanks for sharing “you as an author” with us !  We hope you’ll come back and visit again soon!

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Dropping the Dime

Ellie Ashe
Gemma Halliday Publishing
70,000-word romantic mystery 
Miranda Vaughn was once falsely accused of stealing millions, and now she’s helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t Miranda’s dream job, she’s eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one—protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.
Beneath the neatly plotted rows of new homes lurk dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears, even Miranda’s timid client, who is hiding secrets of her own. Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI’s investigation and protect herself from the real thief—all while protecting her heart from the sexy FBI agent she can’t seem to resist.

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 Author Bio:
Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the "happily ever after" that so often is lacking in her day job. 
When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.

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