Today on the blog we will be featuring the awesome Elizabeth Seckman. I will be pimping out Elizabeth and her book (which you all should get!), and also throwing in a couple of my own poems. I hope ya'll enjoy the post!
Here's a little bit about an amazing author:
Elizabeth is a wife, a mom, and a writer. She has four wonderful boys, one dusty house, and three published books to her credit. Feel free to check them out and buy them HERE! Erm, the books, not the kids or the house...though all things in life are negotiable ;)
Today I am proud to bring you a very special post featuring the new book by author Kate Givans.
Author: Kate Givans
Series: Tortured #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Drama
A contemporary romantic drama about loss, healing, and love's ability to reach beyond scars and secrets, no matter how deep or hidden.
WARNING: This book is intended for 18+ readers ONLY. Potentially triggering content and concepts in books to follow.
More than a year after the death of his best friend, Josh is still tormented by the past. Everything changes when free-spirited Willow barges into his life. She challenges him, helps him feel something other than the overwhelming pain, sadness, and anger.
There’s just one problem.
Underneath that carefree spirit, Willow is elusive and secretive. Josh believes she may be fighting a few demons of her own, but he harder he tries to uncover the truth, the more she pushes him away.
Can Josh get her to open up before it’s too late? Or will he discover that some secrets are better left untold?
I first met Willow out on Old Mill Road. Standing on the ledge of the arched concrete bridge, her arms spread wide, she looked like a bird about to take flight. I probably would have taken more time to admire the absolute freedom she embodied in that moment, the auburn curls whipping around her upturned face, the way the moonlight made her porcelain skin shimmer…but it looked like she was about to jump.
I remember my hesitation, how desperately I wanted to turn back the way I’d come and pretend I’d never seen her. I know it makes me sound like an insensitive prick, but I wasn’t exactly thrilled at having the life or death of some crazy chick thrown in my lap. Not that I didn’t understand, at least on some level, what might be going through her head. Hell, I knew, better than most, what it meant to feel like life would never get better.
It’d only been six weeks since my release from Shady Oak’s mental facility. I wasn’t the person to talk her down; I didn’t know the first thing about helping someone find the light at the end of the tunnel. Hell, I still had days that I’d much rather jump right along with her than try and brave another day.
Thankfully, that particular day hadn’t been one of them.
I stood there a few moments longer, considering my options. I could turn around and go back the way I came, but I wasn’t exactly up for that. I could go past her and risk spooking her, but the last thing I needed was the aftermath of watching her plummet to her death – calling the police, filing a report, explaining what had happened. It wouldn’t hurt to at least try and talk her off the ledge, right?
Having made my decision, I edged cautiously along the gravel path, taking slow and calculated steps towards bird-girl. Stopping just feet away from her, I weighed the risk of grabbing ahold of the oversized sweater jacket she was wearing. My luck, the damn thing would come clean off and she’d end up in the water anyway, so I decided against it.
I was still trying to decide how to go about helping her when she spoke, voice confident as she kept her face upturned towards the night sky. “I’m not going to jump.”
I cleared my throat and hoped to God the irritation didn’t seep through. “No offense, miss, but that’s not what it looks like from here.”
Her head tilted slightly, as if she were trying to shrug, but the movement came up short. I waited for some other response, but the uncomfortable silence stretched on, giving me the impression that my presence was both unwanted and unnecessary.
“Well, you…uh, have a nice night,” I finally said, taking a couple backward steps towards town.
“You could join me.” Her words, prying and inquisitive, stopped me dead in my tracks.
“Yeeaaah….Thanks, but I prefer to keep my feet on the ground.”
She chuckled. The light, carefree sound intrigued and, for some unknown reason, annoyed me all at once. Maybe because I’d never laughed like that. Hell, I didn’t know anyone that had. It left me questioning what the hell she was doing up there in the first place.
Crazy. Definitely crazy.
Determined to get as far away from her as possible, I started backing away. I didn’t make it but a few steps when she glanced over her shoulder at me. The wide-eyed conviction in her sparkling, crystal blue eyes ensnared me, rooted me to the ground beneath my feet.
“How will you ever learn to fly if you don’t take time to spread your wings?” she asked.
And just like that, the pull I’d felt just seconds before shook free, floating away with the cold, bitter wind. I’d taken enough rides on the crazy train to last a lifetime. “Well, anyway. It was, uh, nice meeting you.”
Quirky, clumsy, and always a little off-key, Kate Givans has always loved books and the words contained within. Now that she’s writing the stories, she’s filling them with broken characters, angst, and even a few of those happily-ever-afters that seem to evade us in real life.
When not writing, this gypsy-hearted wife and mother of five can be found guzzling coffee, day-dreaming, dancing for no reason at all, playing with the voices in her head, watching her favorite shows (Originals, Grey’s, OUAT, The Following), listening to music, and reminding herself to “breathe.”
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Hey everyone! Today I am proud to be a part of the Cryostorm Blog Blitz. It is an honor to bring you the thrilling conclusion in The Touch Of Frost series by Lynn Rush.
They made his body, she’ll awaken his soul…
Three months ago, my twin sister, Georgia, and I had to die so our loved ones would be safe from the scientists hunting us. After months of searching, we’re close to finding the one person who can help us find closure, Georgia’s adoptive mother, Lois.
Snowstorms and an unexpected run-in with GenCorp, the latest entity charged with capturing us, delay our mission and break our spirits. The only light in my supernaturally chaotic life is Nate. He’s given up everything to protect and take care of me, and each minute I’m with him confirms how much I love him. Finally ready to share my heart again, I take the next step, admitting my true feelings.
The mad scientists who want to tear me apart and use my body for a freak show, once again taint my happiness with a disturbing technology that rips Nate from my arms. As I battle GenCorp’s warped technology to save my soulmate, I’m faced with the vivid reality: the Nate I knew and fell in love with may be lost forever.
And if I get him back, will I still be able to say those three precious words?
Ladies and gentlemen the day has finally arrived. Release day for Cryostorm. The final installment in the Touch of Frost Trilogy by Lynn Rush. Get yours today and I promise you won't be disappointed!!!
Lynn Rush is a talented author. her stories will keep you wanting to turn the pages long into the night. You do't want to miss out on these awesome titles!!!
Today I am honored to share with you the cover reveal of Dante's Fire by Jennifer Probst.
It’s Time To Meet A New Kind Of Hero...
Dante Stark has a dark secret--a legacy left to him by his father which is both a blessing and a curse. A traumatic experience as a small boy gave him special powers of healing, but it comes with a price. Destined to wander the world alone to heal others, he's accepted his fate. Until Selina Rogers forces him to confront his deepest fears, erotic desires, and question his capacity to love.
Selina Rogers has made a name for herself at Inferno Enterprises. She's tough, confident and prepared to succeed. She's also built a world she believes is safe, until she's attacked and then saved by a masked stranger. As he helps her heal physically and emotionally, she becomes fascinated by his overwhelming power and gentle touch. Determined to show Dante the love he's been denying himself, Selina surrenders her heart, and dreams of a future with the mysterious man who completes her.
But will his dark legacy destroy them...or save them both...
Today we our honored to bring you an interview with author Melanie James
Cassandra Jones: What made you decide to be an author?
Melanie James: A Very good friend of mine who has been writing since the year I was born. I wrote a story for her and she begged me to start putting my stories out.
CJ: Are there any authors who inspire you?
MJ: Everyone that has written or published a book inspires me. It's much harder than anyone thinks. You literally spend hundreds of hours agonizing over the words you are typing, only to delete and re-write.
CJ: What was the hardest part of writing your latest book?
MJ: The hardest part was the emotional aspect of what Jenny had to go through as a young girl when her parents died.
CJ: Do you have a specific writing style?
MJ: Not really. I don't think anyone could pin me to one certain theme. I write contemporary romance, paranormal, suspense and of course erotic. My motto is all romance, all the time!
CJ: Is there anyone in your life who inspires you?
MJ: My husband.
CJ: Do you listen to music while writing?
MJ: Never, I would type what I hear.
CJ: What is your favorite genre to read?
MJ: Romance - any flavor.
CJ: How did you come up with the titles of your books?
MJ: The title always pulls on a theme in the book.
CJ: What book are you reading now?
MJ: Early One Morning by Aubree Lane.
CJ: Do you have any advice for someone just starting out in the writing world?
MJ: Write.. don't stop!
I hope everyone enjoyed our time with Melanie James. Thank you for your time Melanie and good luck to you always!!!
Today I am spotlighting one of the best books I've read this year. I was given an advanced reading copy of Kelly Hashway's newest book The Monster Within., and I was not disappointed.
Seventeen-year-old Sam dies of cancer, only to be brought back from the grave a few days later by her boyfriend Ethan. She's happy with her new life until she learns she came back wrong. Sam now has a monster inside her that can drain the life out of anyone she touches. Sam pleads with Ethan to tell her what he did to bring her back, but he refuses to tell her. Then Sam is confronted by a local coven of witches. Will she be able to stop the monster within?
You don't want to miss out on this awesome book!!! Kelly Hashway is an amazing storyteller and will grab your attention from page one. Get your copy today!!!!!
I hope everyone can enjoy this book as much as I did.