Friday, April 11, 2014

Mud Vein - Flash Giveaway!

Good News Everyone! Mud Vein Flash Giveaway!

Tarryn has generously made a couple of e-copies of Mud Vein available for me to give away!  But it's one night only (and tonight's the night!) so time is short!

To participate, please leave a comment in the comments for this post, letting me know YOUR answer to your choice of the interview questions in my previous post (please don't feel you need to be long winded, just a quickie!)  If there are more than a couple answers I'll pick two winners at random!

Thanks For Playing!

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher - Blog Tour, Giveaway and Exclusive Interview with Tarryn!

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

The long awaited release of Tarryn Fisher's Mud Vein has finally occurred, the long weeks of trembling anticipation are now ended.  Those who were eviscerated by the landscapes of the heart so deeply and deftly created in the Love Me With Lies Series won't be disappointed by this sonorous and soulful journey down the murky rivers of remembrance, regret and (maybe?) redemption.

Who's That Girl?

Here's what Tarryn says about herself: "I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…"  What Tarryn leaves out is that she's a passionate and loyal friend, full of dark humor and wit, spontaneous, soulful and so intense it's almost frightening being close to her. Almost.
You can find and follow her here:
Tarryn's Author Website

An Intimate and Amazing Interview with Tarryn!
I can't tell you how delighted I am to have Tarryn here in the interview chair here at dear old Still Seeking Allies blog.  I've been a fan, a devotee, a stalker, even, since first reading The Opportunist, way back in the summer of 2012 (my Goodreads review is here, btw, if you're interested, it's an amazing read).  Without further ado, let's fire up the Iron Maiden and get this inquisition (oops, I mean interview!) started , SSA style!

Thanks for joining us, Tarryn!  One thing I love about you is your sophisticated and sexy sense of style (I'm still recovering from those leather pants you wore in New Orleans, just so you know!) In addition to your awesome outfits,  what would you say is your favorite accessory? 
I love wearing leather cuffs.  
Ed. note - whoa, not messing around, kicking it off with a bang!  I agree, they look awesome on you, and remind me of your rockstar status, and your prowess with a bow and arrow.  Katniss could so learn some things from you, girlfriend!

Who is your favorite villain?
Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series
Ed. note - Hmm, interesting, mud bloods, mud vein, I'm seeing a theme of purity and defilement, maybe? And of Slytherin style ambition which maybe needn't always be evil. but yeah, sometimes it just is.

How about some intellectual insight into your 5 favorite books of all time?
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (all)
Ed. note - Okay, I'm not going to call you on your last choice being of the "I wish for three more wishes" category.  I love that each of your choices has such a strong "voice," as well as amazing characters and narrative.  It's one of the things I love about your work, the way the poetry pulses through the propulsive narrative and character creation.  And, gentle reader, did you know that the title "Gone With The Wind," is from a poignant poem by the 19th century Decadent Movement poet Ernest Dowson?  I love the poem, it has kind of a Tarryn-esque vibe, honestly, full of yearning, lost love and deep but painful memories.  Dowson had a knack for memorable lines - "The Days of Wine and Roses" is from another of his poems. 

So, after all the anticipation for Mud Vein, have you got anything for us to look forward to? What are you working on now? 
My tan and my quads...and maybe a YA series
Ed. note - Count me as extremely interested in all of the above! (Not in a creepy way, no, of course not!)  The YA series will be awesome, and consistent with some of your favorite 5, above.  I know I'm excited now to hear more about that!

I know you've been to quite a few book signings over the past couple of years, do you have any horror stories to share? 

Not with the readers. Hanging out with the authors after hours is another story. Rebecca Donovan has the energy of a six year old girl. She once tried to get me to jump off the roof of a building.
Ed. note - I've had the very great pleasure of meeting you at a couple of signings, and can attest to your gracious acceptance of over the top reader enthusiasm.  For fans, seeing you hanging with people like Rebecca is all part of the amazing experience of those events.

Some of your ideas are pretty out there (like Caleb's amnesia in The Opportunist, just for one example) How do you come up with those ideas in general?  Do you jot them down when they come to you?  Are you in a crowded coffee shop or in a quiet environment when you formulate your thoughts?
I really don’t know. I think that maybe I was born full of ideas. They just all sit there waiting, until it’s their turn.

Thanks so much for joining us, Tarryn!  Wishing you the very best of success with Mud Vein and that exciting YA project we're looking forward to hearing more about!  Whatever you do, wherever you go, you can always count on Still Seeking Allies for support, we love you that much! And now, let's take a deeper look at Mud Vein, and some of the release events going down this week!
Mud Vein - Synopsis

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

An Excerpt

There is a string that connects us that is not visible to the eye," he said.  "Maybe every person has more than one soul they are connected to, and all over the world there are these invisible strings." As if to make his point, his finger traced a black ribbon that ran through my horse's mane. "Maybe the chances that you’ll find each and every one of your soulmates is slim. But sometimes you’re lucky enough to stumble across one. And you feel a tug. And it’s not so much a choice to love them through their flaws and through your differences, but rather you love them without even trying. You love their flaws.

For me, If you would come back home, by William Fitzsimmons calls those emotional connections to mind, those strings made visible, if only for a moment.  They palpably connect us not only to each other, but to our shared past, through memories, shared objects and experiences, leaving us to wonder are they bleeding from us, or infusing us with new life ... 

Tarryn Extras - Playlist and Giveaways

Tarryn, of course, has her own ideas about music to accompany Mud Vein, and who am I to quibble,  these are some amazing artists and songs! 

And of course, there's an awesome Rafflecopter giveaway!

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Grand Prize: Win a Dream Date with Tarryn Here!

Tarryn is also giving away a grandprize experience – win a date with Tarryn!  This giveaway will run throughout April and winner to be announced at Tarryn’s FAN CHAT on April 27th!
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Purchase Links!  

This would be a pretty crappy promotional post if I didn't tell you where you could buy Mud Vein, right?  Here are some links:  
Barnes & Noble

Thanks so much to Tarryn and to the wonderful Christine at Shh Mom's Reading, for hosting this awesome tour!  I seriously couldn't have done it without her!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

J.L. Mac's Vital Sign - Worldwide Exclusive Prologue Reveal and Giveaway!

World Wide Exclusive!

USA Today Bestselling Author J.L. Mac shares the FULL PROLOGUE of her highly anticipated novel Vital Sign! (Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!)

  Who's that girl?

J.L. Mac, the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Wrecked series [Ed. note - Official Winners of the Still Seeking Allies Sexiest Cover Contest 3 years in a row], is twenty-something years old and currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she enjoys living near her parents and siblings. She was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. J.L. admittedly has had a long and sordid love affair with the written word and has loved every minute of it. She drinks too many glasses of wine on occasion, and says way too many swear words to be considered "lady-like." J.L. spends her free time reading, writing, and playing with her two young children.

Find and follow J.L. all over the place!

Vital Sign - Synopsis

Sadie Parker’s life has been nothing short of simple and perfect. She has Jacob, her loving husband. She has her art. She has stability and she has big plans and endless hope for the future. Until now. Until the night that turned her perfect life into a horrific nightmare. She’s a woman with the need for understanding and closure. She’s something she agonizes over. She’s a widow.

Sadie sets out on a journey to healing without knowing that things will get far worse before they get better. Despite her general indifference to organ donation she feels compelled to seek out the recipients of Jacob’s organs with hopes that meeting those people will soothe her own grief.

Resentment runs rampant as she meets the thriving, organ recipients. She has difficulty not being angry and jealous. The heart recipient is the last person she seeks to meet and he is a complete game changer. She hates him for his health but can’t help but feel at home in his presence. He soothes her grief in a way that is intoxicating; addictive even.
The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander Hayden’s chest. It’s a circumstance that forces her to wage an internal war fueled by grief, anger, guilt, love, lust, and loyalty.
Sadie must discover the things that are vital to going on with her life if she has any hope of finding her way through the all consuming grief that dominates every waking moment.

Fred's Notes

I'm excited about Vital Sign, and excited to be the first to share its Prologue, below.  So why am I excited, you ask?  First, because I love J.L.'s style, her way of expressing herself.  It's so poetic and evocative.  Example, you ask?  "The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander Hayden’s chest."  This isn't a totally unheard of concept, meeting a loved one's heart recipient.  But J.L. frames it so poignantly, in just the way that a sensitive person might perceive and feel, and conveys its emotional heft in a sparse but unsparing and elegant way.  Its just lovely.  Without any further ado, though, let me share that Prologue with y'all, and you'll see what I mean.  And I know you'll share my trembling anticipation for the release of Vital Sign (don't forget to add it to your Goodreads!)

Vital Sign - Prologue

March 2011
My eyes flutter open and for a moment I dismiss the noise I just heard as Jacob coming to bed but he has been beside me for hours. The clock on my nightstand glows displaying the time.
He worked a double today and I know he is exhausted so I refuse to wake him over something that is more than likely nothing. I lay in silence for a long moment before closing my eyes again. The second my lids shut I hear something rustle from down the hall. I hope it’s Starla. She left through the dog door this afternoon and she had yet to return when we went to bed.
She’s a stubborn cat and I know she likes to sneak away in hopes of a good hunt so I’m not too worried. She has disappeared before and dragged in a day or so later smelly and tired from her gallivanting.
Jake would insist that he check out the noise while I wait in the bedroom but there is no sense in waking my weary husband over Starla, the mostly domesticated feline.
He’s a police officer so he has an awareness that I don’t and it can border on paranoia at times. I look over to him in the darkness and lift his leaden arm from my hip. I carefully slip from under his arm and slide from our bed. He doesn’t make a sound in response to my movement.
Normally he’d wake up right away but he’s exhausted. I can tell by his snoring. Jake only snores when he is completely spent. I don’t have the heart to disturb him.
My feet hit our carpeted floor and I tip toe to the door of our bedroom. Once in the hallway I glance towards the kitchen where Starla’s food and water bowls sit. I expect to see her there but she isn’t. I look the other way, towards the hall bathroom but I don’t see her in the dim nightlight.
“Starla?” I whisper, clicking my tongue a few times. Nothing. Where the hell is that crazy cat?
I sneak quietly towards the kitchen and living room in search of her. I know I heard something. I swear if I find another raccoon in our kitchen trash I’ll force Jake to seal up that dog door. Starla shouldn’t be getting out anyway. I brace myself for the creature I’m sure I’ll find. My shoulders tense a little. I clench my jaw, preparing to bite back my screams when I catch the rodent. The last time I caught a raccoon in the house I screamed like a wild banshee and ran for Jake like my life depended on it. I scared the shit out of him. Poor husband. He came hook sliding into the kitchen in his socks with his gun drawn. I squealed and jumped up and down pointing to the ass end of the raccoon sticking out of the trash can. He had made a mess and was stuck in the garbage can. The more scared he got, the more he fought to escape. Jake just looked from the raccoon to me wide eyed and slumped forward in relief. He leaned over resting his hands on his knees and began laughing so hard he couldn’t catch his breath. I, of course, got mad. He put the safety on the gun and put it on the counter. Carefully skirting the animal, Jake opened the back door wide and in one swift movement, tilted the trashcan upright. The raccoon fell to the bottom of the can, head first and Jake hurried outside with the whole thing. I’ll die if I’m about to relive that disaster. 
“Don’t move,” A raspy low voice demands. I freeze in my tracks and gasp, unable to scream. I instinctively put my hands up as if being arrested. I don’t know why. I guess it’s the universal sign of submission. In the low light coming from the hallway I can see the form of a thin man standing in front of our television with his arm extended holding what I presume to be a gun. “I’ll fuckin’ blow your brains out if you make a noise. Anyone else home?”
Lie. Lie. Lie. “No. My husband is away on business.” I manage to whisper in a calm voice.
“Good. Where are your keys and wallet?” He takes a step closer forcing me to flinch.
I stand staring at him for a moment because my head is spinning and I honestly can’t remember where I left them last. My heart is pounding and adrenaline is coursing through my veins leaving a path of fine sweat and tremors in its wake. Think, Sadie. Don’t panic now. Be smart. Be strong. I play Jake's words through my head and it helps me to focus enough to remember where my purse is.
“Bitch,” the man warns.
“The dining table,” I blurt far too loudly.
“Go get it and set it on the coffee table. Slowly,” he instructs. I take a deep breath and begin the short walk to our small dining room. I must make only three steps and I hear the floor creak beneath the man’s feet. The noise startles me and I freeze again. He must be following me into the dining room. I don’t look back to verify it. I know what I heard.
“Drop your weapon.” Jakes voice is clear and firm. I spin around and see him standing in his boxers in the low light. His department issued pistol in his hand, pointed at the figure that is still by our TV. My eyes immediately go to where the intruder is standing. “Sadie, walk towards me,” Jake instructs without looking at me. I look from the man to Jake, then back to the man. I don’t want to move. I don’t want to make a mistake.
“You’re not goin’ anywhere, bitch,” the intruder growls. Jake’s gun is pointed at the man whose gun is alternating from pointing at me to pointing at Jake.
“Sadie.” Jakes tone tells me what I need to know and I know I have to do as he says. I inch towards Jake.
“Stay there!” the intruder barks. I stop where I am, only three or four inches closer to Jake than I was. I can’t do this. My feet feel glued in place. A bead of sweat rolls from my hairline down my forehead and into my eye. The sweat stings, causing me to blink rapidly. I look to Jake but he is focused on the man in front of him.
Jake takes a tentative step towards me. He’s testing the man. “Don’t move! I’ll shoot her!” The man is becoming more and more nervous. The tension in the room is palpable yet Jake seems calm; confident.
“Jake, don’t,” I plead just above a whisper. My eyes dart back and forth between the men. Tears build in my eyes, goose bumps spread across my skin. This is not going to end well. The hand that the intruder’s gun is in begins to tremble and he raises his other hand to stabilize himself. He’s edgy. “Jake,” I whisper while closing my eyes so tightly, instinctively preparing for what’s to come. I can feel it all around me. I can feel something bad closing in on us. I’m scared. I’m so scared.
Without warning, shots ring out. I’m not sure how many. I fall to the floor in a heap then roll to my stomach. I immediately begin scrambling face down for safety. It’s a feeble effort on my part. The side of my head landed on the tile hard sending a sharp pain ricocheting through my skull. I’m immobile and utterly helpless. I can’t open my eyes no matter how hard I try. My lungs burn. I need to take a breath. My brain is screaming at me to breathe, but I can’t.
Warmth covers my chest. It spreads down my ribs to my side. Immediately following the warmth is a cold that I’ve never felt. It’s a frigid type of cold that seems to emanate from the inside out. Confusion sets in and my train of thought is centered on Jake. I can’t hear him. I can’t see him.
Without regard for anything else I will my body to move and my eyes to open. A searing hot pain causes me to cry out as I force myself onto my side. With my temple pressed to the cool tile, my eyes widen offering me the first glimpse of Jake. He’s only feet from me. The low light provides just enough for me to see. He’s lying on the floor facing me. Mirror image. Blood has covered his neck and chest. The rose red pool around him keeps growing spilling out life with it. An unearthly shrill fills the space around us. A long moment passes before I realize that the unnatural noise is coming from me. It’s worse than a wounded animal. It’s what I imagine a dying person sounds like.
My love. My sweet love. Don’t leave me. Please don’t leave me.    

Seven Years of Bad Luck

You can also get your hands on J.L.'s latest, Seven Years of Bad Luck at your friendly online retailer of reading perfection: 


Here's that awesome Rafflecopter, you guys!  Win a signed paperback of Seven Years Of Bad Luck, or awesome prizes from Rebecca Shea and Vi Keeland, our other two guests today!

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Worth The Chance by Vi Keeland. A Sneak Peek, A Chapter and a Giveaway


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Vi Keeland shares Chapter 1 of Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter #2) with us! (And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!)


Who's that girl?

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting New York Times and USA Today Best Selling smut author by night!



Find and Follow Vi All Over the Place!

At her own beautiful website, Vi Keeland 
And on Goodreads

Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter #2) - Synopsis 

Meet Liv Michaels
It may have been seven years, but I’d know him anywhere. Sure, he’s grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I’d much rather forget.
Liv Michaels is almost there. She’s smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she’s dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love.

Meet Vince Stone
Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I’m damn good. But there’s one woman that isn’t interested. Not again, anyway. 
Vince ‘The Invincible’ Stone is every woman’s fantasy…strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he’s learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own…for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training.
When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead?
So, yeah, you're gonna want to read it NOW, right?  Well here's the promised link to the first chapter of Worth The Chance, so check yourself before you wreck yourself!
And okay, after that, you're definitely going to want to purchase your copy pronto, so let me hit you up with some linkage, per the following:


Fred's Notes

I don't know a lot about MMA fighting, but I know a lot about reading.  And when a book has the kind of reviews that Vi's books do, I know that like a good fight, it will be raw, emotional, deep and satisfying (hmm, that sounds more like something else, now that I think about it, lol).  Vi's books (especially and including this one) have amazing reviews from so many trusted reader friends - Desiree, Clista, Sheyla, Derna, Aubrey, Alicia - it's like a flippin' who's who of my trusted book-visers.  I'm looking forward to a deeper acquaintance with Liv and Vince - and don't you just know that when a character's nickname is "Invincible," we are probably gonna get some serious moments of wall-crumbling vulnerability, most likely caused by the lips of a  lover, not the fists of a foe.

She's gonna leave you wanting more!

 Worth the Fight, the first (standalone) book in the MMA Fighter series) is also available at fine booksellers at a computer near you.  A book where an MMA fighter and an attorney get together?  Oh yeah, now you've piqued my interest, Vi!  Just step into my office, Ms. Rousey  Oh wait, sorry, got distracted for a moment there.    
 And Vi's earlier Cole series has a serious fan base out there too, be sure to check out Belong To You and Made For You!





And last but no frickin' way least, here's the awesome Rafflecopter Giveaway from Vi, Rebecca Shea, and J.L. Mac, the other two ménage members of Fred's Trifecta of Win!



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Undone, by Rebecca Shea. A Sneak Peek, A Prologue, and a Giveaway!

USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Shea is showing us some "Undone" Love!

The full prologue to "Undone" is right here, along with an awesome giveaway of a copy signed by Rebecca herself!

Who's that girl?

Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.

Find and follow Rebecca all over the place!

At her own beautiful website, Rebecca Shea Author 
And on Goodreads

Undone - Synopsis

I’ve found it’s easier to share my body but not my soul. I need no one, yet I crave her. 
Self-assured and independent, she doesn’t need me—but she wants me, and undeniably I want her too. At war with myself as I battle the secrets of my past, I don’t know if I can allow her to see the darkest parts of me, the parts I’ve left untouched—undone.

As she chips away at the walls I’ve built for years, I fear those secrets will hold me hostage from love—forever.

Fred's Notes

A rather mysterious, rather cryptic, rather enticing synopsis that conceals as much as it reveals?  Alrighty then, author goddess, after Unbreakable we trust you, so bring it!  We've met Landon, our damaged but undeniable protagonist back in Unbreakable, and now we'll learn his story, see his scars, and experience what it means to come ... undone.  But without further ado, let's have a look at that promised prologue!
Undone, A novel by Rebecca Shea -- Prologue
Sifting through the clothes that are strewn about my darkened bedroom, I find my boxer briefs and slide them on. Collecting her bra, panties, shorts, and shirt, I reflect that this is never the fun part of my evening, yet I feel no guilt in asking her to leave. She fell asleep shortly after I fucked her senseless and, for the last hour, I’ve been contemplating how long I should let her sleep before I kick her out.
Sidling up to the edge of the bed, I nudge her shoulder gently. “Hey, Maria.” I keep nudging her until she shifts slightly. “Time to go.” I drop the pile of her clothes on top of her. Giving her some privacy to get dressed, I walk to the bathroom connected to my master suite and close the door behind me.
I turn on the cold water, lean down, and splash my face with it. Grabbing the hand towel from the hanging towel rack, I dry my face and look at the man staring back at me in the mirror. I hear her moving around my room, so I toss my towel onto my bathroom counter and open the bathroom door. The light from the bathroom illuminates the dark bedroom. She is sitting on the end of my bed, leaning down to fasten the straps on her sandals.
Leaning against the doorframe while she finishes up and collects her purse, I can’t help but feel nothing for her. This is not unusual for me; I don’t connect emotionally with most women. I let a woman “in” once—to a place in my heart I really didn’t know existed, but I let her go, knowing she needed something I could never be. I don’t do romance, I don’t do relationships, and I definitely don’t do love.
“Ah, thanks for coming by,” I offer as I walk towards my bedroom door to usher her out of my house and out of my life. I never sleep with the same woman twice; it complicates things. Walking her down the hallway and through the dark, yet modern living room, I open the front door for her, holding it open so she can leave.
Planting herself in front of me, she leans up to kiss me, but I turn my head and successfully dodge her lips—I  rarely kiss women either, just not something I like to do unless I care about them, and there’s only been one I’ve cared enough about to kiss.
“Bye, Maria.” I nudge her towards the open door.
“Maria?” She laughs a bitter laugh. “It’s Mariana, asshole.” Just as she says that, a hand connects with my face. I deserved it; I usually do.
“Mariana...Maria, same thing,” I say, closing the door behind her. For a brief moment, a flash of guilt washes through me before it all but vanishes and I feel nothing—again.

Find Undone now on all publishing platforms!

And don't miss Unbreakable, the first book in the Unbreakable series, along with Rebecca's highly anticipated releases Unforgiven (Unbreakable #3) and Evil Lives Here (links to Goodreads, add them now!)


And last but no frickin' way least, here's the awesome Rafflecopter Giveaway from  Rebecca, Vi Keeland, and J.L. Mac, the other two ménage members of Fred's Trifecta of Win!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Terrific Talented Trio Takes Over Today! #FredsMacViSheaPromoDay!

It's a trifecta of win here at Still seeking allies, as we're joined by three amazing authors. Today the blog will be visited by three spirited, unchained women bearing teasers and an awesome Rafflecopter! 

Rebecca Shea

Expect our first visitor, USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Shea, to float in at around 10am.  We'll learn a little about Rebecca, including a sneak peek at the COMPLETE PROLOGUE of her newest release in her "Unbreakable" series, "Undone," and have the chance to win a copy signed by Rebecca herself!  We're definitely "keyed  up" to have Rebecca here!

Vi Keeland

Expect our second visitor at around 2pm.  Vi Keelanda self-described boring attorney by day, and an exciting New York Times and USA Today Best Selling smut author by night, will join us with a "fighting chance" to win some sweet swag, and a link to the first chapter of her hot new release in her "MMA Fighter" series, Worth The Chance. We're so ready to get vibrant with Vi, it's like a Christmas present or something!

J.L. Mac

The third of our visitors will arrive when the last stroke of six pm has ceased to vibrate. USA Today Bestselling Author J.L. Mac will share the FULL PROLOGUE of her highly anticipated novel Vital Sign! This is an exclusive first look at this highly awaited read, and we are thrilled that lil ole Still seeking allies is able to bring it to you!  J.L. will also be offering a chance to win a signed copy of her just released Seven Years of Bad Luck in the mega-Rafflecopter
extravaganza.  No need to run headlong from the spectral embrace of "nothing awesome to read" with this available!  It's a #MacAttack and we can't hardly wait!

Thanks so much to our spirited trio, we're delighted to have them here, and to share their gifts!  Don't forget to return to experience the mystery, the delight and the joy they'll bring as today's events fulfill the promise of charismatic characters, stupendous storytelling and a richly generous Rafflecopter!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Kool Konversation with Kimberly Knight

Tattooed Dots by Kimberly Knight.  An interview, conversation and getting to know you chat with a really cool author.

Bio and background.

I met Kimberly at the NOLA 2014 Author Event.  As was the case with almost everyone there, I didn't really get to spend enough time with her (yes, it was crazy, but in an awesome way!)  So I took some time, which Kimberly (she prefers Kimberly to Kim, y'all!) graciously shared, to talk with her about her life and her oeuvre.  I learned that she lives in the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, watching the San Francisco Giants and San Jose Sharks kick butt, crushing candy on Candy Crush, playing computer games like World of Warcraft with Audrey Harte and online poker. Now that she lives near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like...watching hot guys water ski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading Romance and Erotic fiction.

Why She became an author:

One of the things that fascinate me about our indie author friends is what moved them to write, what led them to start (and more crucially, finish!) that first book.  Here's Kimberly's thoughtful response:  

I didn’t know I would like writing until I actually started doing it. My friend and I would joke about writing a book and one day, I just started writing. I never thought I would actually publish it--or four books so far! I really wanted to write a book where the lead female wasn’t a virgin and she wouldn’t bolt out the door when shit hit the fan. I have read so many books like that (many of them good), but I was getting tired of seeing the same type of storyline used over and over again and wanted to see if I could write something different.

Tattooed Dots - Video and Purchase Links

Tattooed Dots, Kimberly's most recent, is the start of a new series, what's it like?  Well, here's a cool video (the link is in the photo caption, you guys!) that conveys not only what it's about, but its vibe and essence.
Tattooed Dots Video
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What Kimberly listens to while she writes:

Another thing that kind of fascinates me (I'm a fascinatable type, what can I say), is the extra cool connection so many of our indie favorites have with music.  The same passion and verve that inform so many musical artists seems to drive our beloved authors, too. Here's what Kimberly had to say about that! 

What I listened to while I wrote my first series (The B&S Series), was a little bit of everything. I love Country music, but sometimes I need a little Nickleback or Train. While I wrote Tattooed Dots, I actually barely listened to music. I don't know why, but I just couldn't have it playing. Weird huh? Here's my play lists on Spotify for Tattooed Dots (it's my favorite):

Follow her on Spotify, Kimberly has amazing eclectic playlists for each of her books, I love how much ground they cover, and the emotions they evoke!

Konnecting with Kimberly

Okay, you've probably had it with the "k" thing by now, so I'll knock it off (lol, see what I did there!)  But now that you've seen how cool Kimberly is you're going to want to follow her everywhere.  So here's the handy guide to doing so, with an added bonus of a charming picture of Kimberly raising a farewell glass as a bonus.

Kimberly Knight Kontacts (Sorry!)

Thanks so much for joining us here at Still seeking allies blog, Kimberly! It's been wonderful getting to know you, spending time with you, and entering the emotional magic of the worlds you create! Wishing you all the best of success with Tattooed Dots and all the amazing places you've yet to take us!