Archives

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour

Please help us welcome Author Rachael Anderson today with her newest book, The Reluctant Bachelorette.  We will start with a quick interview and then on to my thoughts about this book.  I loved it so much that I posted it on my personal Facebook and my MIL bought it and read it the very next day along with Rachael’s other books. That has to say something!  Don’t miss the giveaway!

* Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that we can’t learn on the internet (can be anything)?

Honestly, I think I’m the most uninteresting person alive in the world today, which is probably why I enjoy writing so much. I get to live a much more interesting life vicariously through my characters. Seriously, when I go out to eat at a restaurant I love, I always order something I’ve had before that I know I will like. My husband, on the other hand, is more of a risk-taker and will readily try something new every time. I love that. Why? Because then I can sample his, and if I like it any better, I have a new staple for future visits. Really, everyone like me should marry someone like him.

 

* What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I’m not sure I could ever classify any of my days as “writing days.” (If only I could!) My days are filled with kids, PTA, church callings, housework (not that my house could ever be classified as clean), and lots and lots of interruptions. I do try to sneak in some writing time here and there, but mostly it has to happen at night after my kids go to bed–when I’m exhausted and tend to write incoherent sentences. If only you knew how many drafts it takes me to produce a decent book, you’d want to give me a hug. And I’d take it. 

 

* Do you have any traditions when you start or finish a book?

When I start? Hmmmm . . . . I wouldn’t call it a tradition since I’ve only recently discovered that outlining is the smarter route to take. But I’m now making it a tradition. Does that count? As for when I’m done, other than shout hallelujah and make my husband take me out to dinner, I just smile a lot. BUT, if I didn’t worry about wasting good paper and ink, I’d print out the manuscript, throw it in the fire pit in my backyard, and torch the thing. Yes, I love my books that much when I’m all done.

 

* What inspired you to be a writer or who?

Books. I used to be a voracious reader when I had more time. Romances, of course were my favorite. But it became harder and harder to find the kind of romances I liked (clean, uplifting, super fun), that I got sick of looking and started writing. I’ve been doing it off and on ever since.

 

* What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

As long as it’s a good book, pretty much everything. Romances, of course, but I also love historicals, fantasies, mysteries, paranormals, etc. If it sucks me in, I’ll read.

 

* Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Do it because you love it and not because you expect to make lots of money. Otherwise you’ll probably be disappointed.


My Thoughts about The Reluctant Bachelorette

The Reluctant Bachelorette grabbed my attention from page one and never let it go.  It was good clean fun with a ton of romance and conflicts though out.  I was able to connect with Taycee right away, her wit and personality had me laughing out loud through different sections of the book.  I appreciated her personality and dedication to her town.  Basically, Taycee’s hometown is struggling and her best friend comes up with the idea of hosting their own bachelorette show, where the male contestants are responsible for their own costs and the public will vote online for who moves on and who does. Little does Traycee know that she is the woman of honor, something that she really does not want to do but feels that she has to in order to help save the town.  What makes it even worse is when her old crush is back in town and a contestant.  Traycee does not want him on the show and gets rid of him before realizing that she may still have strong feelings for him.  This puts the whole show in jeopardy.  

I really enjoyed that the story did not unfold the way that I thought it was going to, there were surprises along the way.  I also enjoyed the interaction between Traycee and her brother as well as Traycee and her best friend.  Not to mention the crazy men who end up on the show and how she feels about them.  There was a lot of great chemistry throughout the book and not just romantic chemistry.  I am ready for more from these characters. It was one of my favorite romance reads in a long time.   

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four, can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





Links:

FB fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Anderson/174521852685105
Website:
http://rachaelreneeanderson.blogspot.com/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rachaelreneeand
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3229576.Rachael_Renee_Anderson
Amazon author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Renee-Anderson/e/B003357K70/

Tour Giveaway – October 1st to 31st:

Grand Prize
    Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette (Ebook for International winner)
    $15 Amazon Gift Card
    Copy of the DVD Sneakers (US only)

Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette

3 Kindle Ebook Copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette


a Rafflecopter giveaway

 


Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent’s permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  If the grand prize winner is not in the US they will receive only the  Amazon Gift card & a Kindle copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette.  The Sneakers DVD would then be awarded to the winner of the print copy  who must live in the US.

 

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour – October 1st to 28th

October 1st
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Tour Kick Off

October 2nd
Multiple Blogs – Book Blast – $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
Rats & More, Gobs & Gobs of Books, The Secret Writer, Strange Daze Indeed, Doodle Bug Reviews, Live to Read, Simple Wyrding, The Young Folks, Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest, Lovely Reads, Confessions of a Frugal Mind, Stacy Juba, Julia Crane, Libby’s Library, Literary Winner, Mallery’s Deals, Celticlady’s Review, My Little Review Corner, Country Mouse City Mouse, Romanceaholic, The Jolly Blogger, My Photopage, A Dream within a Dream, The Solitary Bookworm, Minding Spot and lots more….

October 3rd
Murphy’s Library – Review
Wordpaintings Unlimited – Review
Peace from Pieces – Interview
Reviewing Shelf – Review

October 4th
Getting Your Read – Review
A Book a Day – Review
Aobibliosphere – Excerpt

October 5th
WTF Are You Reading – Review
Author M.R. Buttars – Excerpt
YA Between the Lines – Interview
Froze8’s Blog – Guest Post

October 6th
Older Mommy Still Yummy – Excerpt
PARAFANTASY – Review & Interview
Cuzinlogic – Guest Post
Author A.D. Duling – Excerpt

October 7th
Day by Day in Our World – Review & Guest Post
Books & Needlepoint – Review
SweepingMe – Guest Post

October 8th
The Lucky Ladybug – Review & Guest Post
That Artsy Girl – Review & Guest Post
Jenni Reviews – Guest Post
Books Are Magical – Guest Post

October 9th
Acting Balanced – Review & Interview
Lena Sledge – Guest Post
Karey White – Review & Interview
Four Sisters & a Book – Review

October 10th
Me & Reading – Guest Post & Review
Home Maid Simple – Review
Read This Instead – Review
These Words Tell a Story – Guest Post
The READioactive Book Blog – Review & Guest Post
Up All Night Reviews – Review

October 11th
Cupcake’s Book Cupboard – Review
Ever & Ever Sight – Review
Bibliophile Please – Guest Post

October 12th
Book Readers – Excerpt
Walking on Bookshelves – Review & Excerpt
A Casual Reader’s Corner – Review
Where Fantasy & Love Take Flight – Guest Post

October 13th
Imaginary Reads – Review & Guest Post
Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
Mommy Adventures with Ravina – Review
Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

October 14th
The Book Belles – Review
Lisa’s World of Books – Review & Interview
My Devotional Thoughts – Review

October 15th
Rowell Reviews – Review
The Reading Nook – Review
Caroline Clemmons – Excerpt & Interview
Clean Romance Reviews – Interview

October 16th
Literary Time Out – Review
Book Munchies – Review
Books Down My Pillow – Review

October 17th
My Guilty Obsession – Review & Guest Post
Parsimonious Pash – Review
At Random – Review & Guest Post
Lyrics without the Chord Changes – Guest Post
Rachelle’s Writing Spot – Review & Interview

October 18th
Bookworm Lisa – Review
MK McClintock – Interview
Clean Teen Fiction – Review
Every Free Chance – Review
What to Read – Review

October 19th
Bookhounds – Review
Books Beside My Bedside – Review
LivLovLifeReviews – Review

October 20th
Why Not? Because I Said So – Review & Guest Post
From the TBR Pile – Review
Promiscuous Diva – Excerpt

October 21st
Young Readers at Home – Review & Excerpt
Sweeping the USA – Excerpt

October 22nd
Krazy Book Lady – Guest Post
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys – Guest Post
Tifferz Book Review – Review

October 23rd
Martha’s Bookshelf – Review & Guest Post
Books R Us – Guest Post
The Book Bug – Review & Interview

October 24th
Romance Bookie – Review
Wall to Wall Books – Review
A Purrfect Read – Promo Post

October 25th
whoopeeyoo! – Review
Going Crazy Wanna Go? – Guest Post
Laurie Here – Review

October 26th
Love. Without You – Guest Post
The Housework Can Wait – Review & Guest Post

October 27th
The Busy Bibliophile – Interview & Review
What’s Beyond Forks – Interview & Review

October 28th
The Bookish Mama – Review
Monique Morgan – Guest Post & Excerpt
Jean Book Nerd – Guest Post

 

Book Spotlight: Helens of Troy by Janine McCaw

Book Spotlight Helens of Troy

Helens-of-Troy 

by Janine McCaw 

 Genre: FANTASY/SUPERNATURAL 
 
 “The Gilmore Girls meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 
 
Fifteen year old Goth-chic Ellie has a lot of explaining to do. She’s just moved to the small town of Troy, fought with her uptight mother Helen, met the boy of her dreams and found a dead body on her sexy “new-age” grandmother Helena’s porch. 
 
All on the first night! 
 
But Ellie’s not alone. Helen is hiding something. Helen knows all about the kind of eerie dreams her daughter is having — the dreams that show the whereabouts of the missing children of Troy — because she’s had them herself. But she’ll never admit it. Not while Ellie’s sex-crazed friend Ryan is safely behind bars for the murders. 
 
Helen knows what it’s like to be attracted to dangerous men. Then there’s the little matter between Helena and Gaspar BonVillaine, the teenaged vampire who is learning to feed on young prey. Now that he’s caught Ellie, he doesn’t know whether he wants to kill her or turn her to the dark side and keep her forever. Helena should have finished him off when she had the chance. 
 
To survive the vampire feeding frenzy surrounding them, mom Helen needs to come to terms with her own insecurities and deal with the gifts she has. Helena must learn to ground herself for the good of mankind and more importantly her own family. 
 
And Ellie has the toughest choice of all. Ellie must decide whether its time to let her own childhood go and become the woman she is destined to be, one of the ageless and timeless “Helens of Troy”. 
 

Author Janine McCaw (Olivia’s Mine, Feb. 2006,) has written this 100,000 word novel, the first in a fantasy series about “the Helens”. The three generations of gatekeepers will take the reader on a trip to a realm mere mortals fear to visit alone, and they’ll make her want to stay a while.
 

 

About the Author: 
 
HELENS-OF-TROY is the second novel completed by Janine McCaw. For the Vancouver-based novelist it is the continuation of a dream, and the fruit of years of working in a different creative realm. McCaw’s deep understanding of compelling plots, widely appealing characters, natural dialogue and strong story arcs comes directly out of her early career in the film and television industry. 
 
McCaw’s skills as an observer started early when her family uprooted from the City to small town Ontario – and she became the classic fish out of water. Writing down her thoughts became an outlet as she scribbled her way through childhood, while she also developed her observational skills and visual eye with photography. 
 
A die-hard hockey fan, McCaw studied Cinematography at Humber College, and was headed for a career as a cameraperson covering professional sports when she landed an internship in a broadcasting services company. McCaw excelled in the television distribution arena. She joined Thomas Howe & Associates and moved with that company to Vancouver, where she distinguished herself with her talent for identifying the right product for the right market, and her people-skills in negotiating contracts. 
 
After furthering her professional development with several high-profile Canadian entertainment companies, she parlayed her reputation as a leading Cable Programming specialist into her own boutique firm. Formed with a partner, Dark Horse Ent. specialized in finding, and selling, niche Canadian television series – entertainment, information and variety – around the Globe. 
 
McCaw also acted as an independent executive producer on award-winning television Classic Car series, CHROME DREAMS, and as a distributor for series including ENTRÉE TO ASIA, and AT HOME WITH HERBS. In high demand as an insightful, humorous and engaging guest speaker, juror and analyst for festivals and trade forums around the country, McCaw also spent large amounts of time traveling abroad to television markets. 
 
Writing relieved the stress of constantly being on the road. Increasingly, she turned her main hobby into outlines for novels, and finished fleshing out the characters, plot and dialogue for OLIVIA’S MINE, a fictional account of a young bride’s struggle to make a life for herself against the backdrop of the disasters that hit Britannia Beach, British Columbia in the early 1900s. The book was released in 2006 and continues to be sold at the British Columbia Museum of Mining. 
 
HELENS-OF-TROY was released early in 2012. McCaw is also currently developing eight other stories for novel form. All set on the Pacific North West and in Canada’s North, they include the murder mystery A LITTLE FIRST DEGREE, a feel-good trilogy THE INN AT HAZY WATERS (Northern Exposure meets Fantasy Island), and PUMPER an action romance that has already garnered interest as the basis for a feature film. 
 
Website: www.helens-of-troy.com 
 
 
Fan video review: http://bit.ly/z9FqZ8 
 
That Fantasy Blog review: http://bit.ly/zGGHJ9 
 
 

Guest Post: Author Mary Abshire

Hello Everyone!
I’m on a blog/book tour promoting my second Soul Catcher novel, Catching an Evil Tail. In this book, I’ve added a few new supernatural creatures to Jessie’s world. The main one you can guess from the title, a werewolf. I also added a warlock and some witches.
As I was writing Catching an Evil Tail, I realized I needed to add some more supernatural creatures for future reference. When deciding what kind of creatures to add, I knew I had to add witches. Jessie doesn’t trust them of all creatures since they used her mother. But I couldn’t stop with witches. I needed another character. This time, I needed someone who could actually be of assistance to Jessie. What better person than a warlock, especially since a warlock took care of Jessie after her mother’s death.
While writing Catching an Evil Tail I didn’t know how much I would use the new characters, but I added them anyway. They don’t have big roles in the book, but they are important. I’m writing book 4 and one of the characters comes into play. Well, several characters reappear, but I’m not spilling any more beans about it. *wink*
In short, the Soul Catcher series involves more than your average vampire and demon. I’m introducing new characters, even if they don’t have big roles. They will all have a use in future Soul Catcher books. How long do I plan to keep the series going? For now, indefinitely. The world is full of evil souls . . .
Thanks for stopping by and reading my post.
Book Description:
Half-demon Jessie Garrett wants to live a normal life among her friends and keep her soul catching ability a secret, but supernatural creatures keep popping up in her world. Adding to her struggles, her vampire lover remains out of the country, and when he offers no valuable explanation as to why he hasn’t returned, she wonders if she should move on without him.

As if Jessie doesn’t have enough worries on her mind, the demon yearning to seduce her shows up at her home. She longs to liberate herself from the debt she owes him, and when he asks for her help, she jumps at the chance to make a new deal with him—one that will guarantee her freedom. The only catch? She has to send the soul of a werewolf to hell.

Love, trust, and loyalty are on the line. Torn between her feelings for her vampire boyfriend, a hot Alpha wolf, and a demon vowing to protect her, Jessie must figure out her heart’s true desires.

Buy it at
Noble Romance: https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=244
Thank you Mary for taking time today to stop by and well us about your new book.