Guest Post Dawn Chartier with a Giveaway!

Yesterday I was cleaning out my closet and rearranging my books. I realized I haven’t read half of them, yet I keep on buying. My TBR pile is getting out of hand. My hubby started calling me a book hoarder. Hmm. I wouldn’t call a large closet and study room full of books a hoarder, but apparently he thinks so. (he should see my friends closets.)

Anyway, organizing my closet got me thinking. Should I put my books in some kind of TBR order? I would love some feedback on this. I haven’t a clue on organizing books. I guess I could do the B&N thing and put them in alphabetical order by author and genre’, but even they mess up on the genre from time to time. Maybe I could put the books I’ve read to the back, and the TBR ones to the front or maybe I could put the books I want to read on another shelf or maybe I should color code them or put them in alphabetical order by title. Argh. So many choices.

I can’t decide on how to organize them, how do you do it or do you leave it as is like I do? Oh, and I haven’t even touched the books in my kindle. So then the question of which book do I chose to read next? How do you decide which one? Or maybe you read more than one at a time like I do. I keep one on my Kindle, one on my iPad, one on my cell phone, one in the bathroom (lol), one in the bedroom, etc.

Being a book-a-holic is hard, but being an author with lots of author friends is even harder. I have to buy all of their books to show my love and support. And trying to read them all is really really really hard. Just too little time.

So answer these two questions for a chance to win an e-book of Not An Angel, and a surprise gift from New Orleans. First, do you organize your books, if so, how? Second, how do you decide which TBR book to chose next?

Blurb for Not An Angel:

Kira McCoy wants to die. Losing her husband and daughter tragically left her without hope. Now her disturbed brother-in-law will stop at nothing to have her for himself. All she wants is to find peace, but instead finds herself on top of a bridge ready to end her suffering.

Protector of the Poryria, Trace Stuart is called to defend his race or embrace death. Defending humans is not part of the plan, but he cannot stop himself from saving Kira.
Realizing that he shares a special bond with Kira, Trace defies his Queen and rushes into the heart of darkness in order to rescue the woman he loves. Will Kira be able to reach past her own pain to pull them both into the light?

Thanks for having me today! Comment for a chance to win!

Dawn Chartier


Guest Blog: Jason McIntyre

Bleeding on the page: An introduction to the new book ‘Bled’

I started writing the untitled short story which became Bled for an upcoming anthology called Nights Gone By. When I passed 10,000 words on it, I realized I had something way bigger and more involved than a short. I also realized that some of the characters from a previous novella called Shed had crept into the cafe where the main character works in this book. Uh oh, I thought. This means we’ve started a series!

And, sure enough, as the word count grew, I saw how things needed to evolve on the island where these

two stories take place. And, I saw more stories beginning to form. Bled will not be the last book, novella or short tale to take place in the same universe as Shed.

There are more to come.

As for Teeny McLeod, her mom and the patrons of the Highliner Cafe, I’ll be honest when I say it all occurred to me when I was sitting at a cafe inside a big box store near where I grew up. Since memories of where I grew up mingle freely with the world of Dovetail Cove and Shed, the two worlds became mentally entwined.

I recognized the sixty-something waitress from when I was a kid and used to visit the same cafe with my grandparents. They would get their sixty-cent coffees and I would get a slice of pie and ice cream. Here was this waitress, all these years later, still pouring the coffee, still bringing out the dessert. I wondered what her life would have been like if, say, one thing had gone differently a long time ago.

I began on Bled, still without a title at that point, only an image of this waitress as a young woman. What might the world have looked like for her, I wondered. And away I went.

Bled: About the Novella

She only wanted to leave. But he took that option from her. Now she wants it back.

Set on the same island as the reader favorite Shed, the latest literary suspense novella from bestselling author Jason McIntyre picks up the Dovetail Cove saga with this story of one lonely woman…trapped.

Tina McLeod is on the cusp of a new life. Extraordinary change is rare in her world but this newsflash means she can finally leave her small island town for good. No more pouring coffee for townsfolk in Main Street’s greasy spoon, no more living under the weight of her born-again mother. That is, until Frank Moort comes in for his usual lunch and dessert on an ordinary Friday in May.

Bled sees things turn backwards and upside down for each of them. Their encounter is prolonged and grotesque, the sort of thing splashing the covers of big city newspapers. Both are changed. And neither will come out clean on the other side.

A story about taking what’s not yours, Bled explores pushing back when you’ve been pushed too far. It paints in red the horrors from our most commonplace of surroundings: right out in the open where nothing can hide behind closed doors and shut mouths.

About the Author

Jason McIntyre has lived and worked in varied places across the globe. His writing also meanders from the pastoral to the garish, from the fantastical to the morbid. Vibrant characters and vivid surroundings stay with him and coalesce into novels and stories. Before his time as an editor, writer and communications professional, he spent several years as a graphic designer and commercial artist.

McIntyre’s writing has been called darkly noir and sophisticated, styled after the likes of Chuck Palahniuk but with the pacing and mass appeal of Stephen King. The books tackle the family life subject matter of Jonathan Franzen but also eerie discoveries one might find in a Ray Bradbury story or those of Rod Serling.

Jason McIntyre’s books include the #1 Kindle Suspense, The Night Walk Men, Bestsellers On The Gathering Storm and Shed, plus the multi-layered coming-of-age literary suspense Thalo Blue.

Bled: Teaser Trailer

Interview and Giveaway: Raven’s Kiss by Toni Lotempio

Hello!  I’m Toni LoTempio, author of Paranormal Romance/Romantic Suspense/YA Fantasy!  I’ve been writing ever since I was old enough to read, when I didn’t like the endings of the stories my mother read me I simply rewrote them J  Even though I write mainly in the paranormal genre, I have also written straight horror, as well as contemporary romance/suspense.
In 1995, I joined the staff of SUSABELLA PASSENGERS AND FRIENDS, a pulp magazine for collectors of antique children’s literature (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, etc.)  Currently I’ve written over 300 articles for that magazine, and I was the first recipient of their Margaret Sutton Award for Distinguished Writing in 1998.  I joined the staff of NIGHT OWL REVIEWS IN January 2011 as the suspense reviewer/columnist.  My column, DARK STREETS, which features articles on suspense authors and their novels, is featured on a monthly basis. I love to spotlight new talent, so if you’re a suspense author, please contact me!
In 2007, Whiskey Creek Press published BOUND BY BLOOD, a tale of possession, and EBONY, which deals with zombies and the dark side of man. EBONY was #2 on the Fictionwise bestseller list for e-books for the month of July 2007, beating out Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story. (and no one was more shocked than I, LOL) In 2010, after countless attempts to land another agent, I took the advice of a fellow author HP Mallory, and self published NO REST FOR THE WICCA, which has been on Amazon’s list of top one hundred in Occult since March 2011.  My short story, THE SACRIFICE, appears in the e-published anthology KISS ME KILL ME, and I also have a YA fantasy, MY SUPERHERO SISTER on B&N and Amazon.  A complete listing of my books appears at the end of this bio.
Currently single, I work full time and live in Clifton, NJ, with  my muses:  Rocco, Maxx, Gata and Trixie.  (Rocco is also known as Rocco the SciFi Blogging Cat and has appeared on the SciFi Saturday Night website and radio show, and also on the Kids Need To Read website where he holds the distinction of being the first (and possibly only!) blogging cat to support this charity!)
I love hearing from fans, so please feel free to friend me on FACEBOOK, and visit my website,  Rocco and I post daily M-F on his blog,
Toni LoTempio Books:
Bound by Blood – Whiskey Creek Press, trade paperback & e-book, Feb. 2007 (paranormal suspense)
Ebony – Whiskey Creek Press, trade paperback & e-book, July 2007 (paranormal suspense)
Witch’s Pawn – Echelon Press, trade paperback & e-book, December 2008 (horror)
Nom de Plume – Whiskey Creek Press, trade paperback & e-book, November 2008 (contemporary romance)
It’s in the Cards – Whiskey Creek Press, e-book, February 2010 – (paranormal romance)
Out of the Ashes – Whiskey Creek Press, e-book, May 2010 – Fantasy
No Rest for the Wicca – Amazon & B&N Pub-It, e-book, September 2010 – paranormal suspense
My Superhero Sister – Amazon & B&N Pub-It, e-book, Trade Paperback – January 2011 – YA Fantasy
Kiss Me, Kill Me – Amazon & B&N Pub-It, e-book anthology –February 2011 – Short Story, “The Sacrifice”
Raven’s Kiss – Amazon & B&N Pub-It, e-book, & Trade Paperback April, 2011 – Paranormal Romance
What inspired you to write this book? 
 I wanted to write a book without my staple of vampires, and I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of parallel time ever since I first saw it on Dark Shadows, so I just did some research and decided on Shapeshifters. I mean, think about it. You can turn yourself into anything you want? That’s kinda cool.
What is your favorite screen? 
 By screen I assume you mean movie? Gone with the Wind hands down. It’s got it all, romance, drama, and a kick-ass heroine.
Who was the hardest character to write? 
Finn, simply because at times it’s hard for me to get inside a man’s head
Which character was the easies for you to connect with? – Raven, without a doubt. I took a lot of my qualities (especially the snarkiness) and infused her with them.
Was there anything taken out of the book that you were upset about? 
since it’s self-published, no. but I have worked with editors who have removed stuff that I scratched my head over
Who is the biggest inspiration in your life? 
My friend Vi who lives in Arizona- she is, as I’ve always said, My Muse
Is there anything that inspires you that you have never told anyone about? 
sometimes when it’s quiet and I think about my parents, and how much I miss them – their belief in me and my writing has always inspired me.
Quick Questions:
Black or White – Charcoal Gray
Coke or Pepsi – neither – Iced Tea
Cat or Dog – Hah, Cat definitely (or the four I have at home will kill me)
Cake or Ice Cream – I’m an ice cream gal – especially pistachio
Summer or Winter – Fall
Print books or ebooks – Print! I’m old fashioned that way J
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