Did Annabelle Blume ever have a broken heart? #nalit #giveaway

We have a very special edition of Meet the Author this morning with Roane Publishing’s Annabelle Blume as part of her book tour for her new novella, Old Flame. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. Check it out.

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Have you ever had your heart broken?  How did you cope?

Of course I’ve had a broken heart. I was great at moving on from relationships. I accepted that they were over, cried a bit, and then went back out into the world. It helps if you don’t get so lost in your relationship that you alienate your friends. When my young romances were over, I always had a great group of friends around me to help me get through.

So you took the mature route. Awesome. Have you ever done what the author t-shirts threaten and written somebody you dislike into a story?  No need to name names, or anything.  :)  If so, what did you put them through?

No, I haven’t, yet. But honestly, I have plans to!

You HAVE to try it. It’s so much fun. Where did your hero come from?  Someone you know?  Dreams of the *ahem* daytime persuasion?  What makes him tick?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

Marc and James have been inspired by guys I’ve known in real life. I’ll go to my grave with their identities.

Hmm, I wonder if they’d recognize themselves if they read the book? :) Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?  Can you tell us about them?

Definitely. There are more books coming for Hannah, Marc, and James. Their story is far from over. And, eventually, I will be working on an Urban Fantasy, but that’s on the back burner while Hannah is doing her thing in the Hearts Aflame Files.

UF is my fav thing to write! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that one. There are a lot of stereotypes cast in a romance novelist’s direction, like they must sleep in slinky lingerie when most I’ve met are dressed from head to toe in flannel jammies when they hit the sack.  Are you a warm and comfy girl?  Or an in-the-buff or silk and satin kind of girl?

Why just one? Right now, being the middle of winter and all, I’m rocking my sock monkey PJs and fuzzy socks on a regular basis. In the summer, I’m known to sleep in a tank top and some boy shorts. Naked doesn’t really work–three kids and all.

Ah, it gives kids character when their folks strut around naked. Or is that trauma? *snort* Do you have any quirks?  Odd little tidbits about you that few people know?

I wave my freak flag pretty proudly, so everyone who knows me probably knows my quirks. Let’s see…I can pick things up with my toes. How’s that for a quirk?

Ha! I do that too. I can even write with them in a pinch. :) Biggest pet peeve, can be in writing or about people or circumstances.

Assholes disguised as nice people.

Oh yeah, that’s a big one of mine, too. If you could take back a single moment of your life, what would it be and why?

No regrets. I wouldn’t be who I am today without every single decision I’ve made along the way.

Wow. Oh yeah, me too, totally. Not!

Now that we’ve gotten to know Annabelle a little better, let’s have a look at the pretty, shall we?

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Blurb

Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared.

But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong.

Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission and the man of her dreams.

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Find out what kind of superhero J.A. Belfield would be #meettheauthor

It is my great pleasure to embarrass … er, I mean interview, J. A. Belfield, author of the Holloway Pack series of books, on the blogzilla today.

Welcome to Canada, darlin’!  Let’s get started, shall we?

What’s your favorite paragraph from Eternal and why?  No spoilers now, just a nice, slow tease if you please.

Only one? Oh lordy! And no spoilers? Hmmm, okay, the following is my favourite because it’s such an awesome description of Sean; here you go:

Tearing my gaze from the seeping liquid, I studied the power in his body, evident in each and every movement he made, no matter how minute. From his dark mop of hair, across his muscular back, all the way down his defined legs to the tips of his toes, strength and might dominated Sean’s body like a tailored uniform. I would never feel anything but safe whilst beside him.

Excuse me while I strain to see him in my mind’s eye ::squints:: oh yeah, nice, indeed.  Where did Sean come from?  Someone you know?  Dreams of the *ahem* daytime persuasion?  What makes him tick?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

Sean Holloway is one of those character’s, who bounce into your mind like a deranged Space Hopper, leaving you no choice but to pay attention. He’s 100% unlike anyone I know in real life. He’s tall, he’s dark, he’s (very) handsome, he’s totally buff, he’s better at giving orders than taking them although, in all honesty, his compliance depends on what’s at stake, and he is utterly in love with his mate, Jem.

Space Hopper?  *snort*  Love it.  Those are the best kind of characters, the new and amazing ones.  What scared you most as a child?

Werewolves, oddly enough. I used to dream about a werewolf named Sid—a recurring nightmare that woke me up so consistently, I can still recall the exact sequence of the dream over thirty years later.

Really?  I’m not sure I knew anything about werewolves as a kid.  Sheltered life, I guess.  I only knew of the mundane kind.  :)  Has your fear changed as an adult?

Heh, yeah, you could say that. I mean, I do still dream of werewolves, but they’re no longer nightmares. ;)

Oh, do tell!  Well, I guess you already do in your books, so get reading, people!  :)  Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future? 

Yep, for sure. I have big plans for the Holloway Pack.

Can you tell us about them?

Ah, now that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Well, it’s safe to say that Blue Moon: Holloway Pack 2 is coming out in December 2012. Just as it’s safe to say Caged: Holloway Pack 3 is totally and utterly Ethan Holloway Heaven. However, as far as Caged’s release date is concerned, I’m keeping that info close to my chest for now. I’ll also be keeping mum for a while about the narrator’s for the 4th, 5th & 6th Holloway Pack novels.

Oh, you tease!  Well, I guess the others will tide me over until I can get my hands on Ethan … um … I mean Caged. 

There are a lot of stereotypes cast in a romance novelist’s direction, like they must sleep in slinky lingerie when most I’ve met are dressed from head to toe in flannel jammies when they hit the sack. 

Have you been spying on me? ;)

I’ll never tell, now spill it; Are you a warm and comfy girl?  Or an in-the-buff or silk and satin kind of girl?

Honestly, it depends on the time of year. If it’s hot enough, I’m all about the buff; if it’s freezing, I’m all about the fleece. Luckily, Mr B’s smitten whatever my attire.

Oh, a buff girl, huh?  Right on.  Does Mr. B. know how lucky he is?  ;) 

What kind of high school personality were you?  Band dork?  Jock?  Loner?  Brainiac?

I was actually the kind that sort of didn’t fit anywhere and so stuck with the middle-of-the-road’s so as to be less conspicuous. You see, you have those at the top of the totem pole, the ones who followed the fashions, who the hot boys ogled, who nobody cared if they were as dense as a roiling smog because their golden hair and ample chest made up for that …; then there were the ones way at the bottom of the pole: the ones who were either too geeky for the geeks or had peculiar quirks or speech impediments or their glasses were too thick or their trousers too short or … you get the picture?; then somewhere in between those two lots were the not-so-noticeables.  That’s about where I was. Not cool enough and not freaky enough to be noticed. However, I did borderline on the freakiness because I was always acting the fool, and sometimes even my ‘regular’ friends would look at me like I’d grown two heads.

Strange, you just described me, as well.  I wonder how many of us authors fit into that category?  That’d be an interesting study.  Anyhow, onward!  If you could be a superhero, what would your power be and why?

Ha! First answer that sprang to mind was: X-ray vision, baby! Because there are plenty of ‘things’ I’d be eyeing for sure, with that power.

But then, I realized there were also plenty of ‘things’ I reeeaaally wouldn’t want to have the ability to eye and so the excitement over that headed south at a rapid speed.

So … I’d have to say, my superhero ability would be flying. Because I’ve flown in my sleep and, trust me, it totally rocks!

Oh, yeah.  ::shivers::  Yes, I definitely would not want to see what some people have under their clothes.  Yikes.  Flying would definitely be cool, though, except I’m afraid of heights.

If you could have an hour alone with any literary character, who would it be?  What would you say to him or her?  Or do with, if you’re more adventurous ;)

Is it wrong of me to say one of my own characters and go for Ethan Holloway? <<Absolutely not!

I’d make him invite me to dinner and have him cook the meal, just so I could listen to him tell me he’s the best cook he knows whilst grumbling over the fact he’s ended up cooking again. And then, pure bliss would follow. Because he’d be too busy stuffing his own face to grouch and pop out his amusing-to-him-only banter, and I’d get to fully appreciate the beauty of the man in peace. ;)

He’d make my list, too, as he’s just so yum-terrific.  And so … so … Ethan.  For those of you who have read any of the Holloway Pack series, you’ll know what I mean.  If you haven’t, there’s no time like the present.

Eternal, A Holloway Pack Prequel, will be released July 2, 2012

Check out this amazing cover:

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Werewolf

Back of the Book:

An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds heresay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.

It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.

Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.

His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.

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See you next week!

Bunny Blog Hop

Welcome to another stop along the Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!  Thanks so much to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Yara from Once Upon A Twilight for hosting.  Please click the Hop logo below to visit the other sites and enter to win other terrific prizes.

GIVEAWAY – International

(These books are intended for adult audiences)

Here’s what I’m offering one lucky commenter:

A signed paperback copy of

The Glass Man

The Glass Man (Lila Gray #1)

an e-book copy of

Touch of Frost

Touch of Frost

AND a signed bookmark for The Glass Man (front & back shown)

  

What do you have to do to win?

Simply leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite Easter tradition is (if you celebrate it) and if not, just say hi.  Please include a way to reach you, email, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (it will only be used for the purpose of sending your prize if you should win)

I’d also be grateful for a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter, but it’s not mandatory.

On April 13th I’ll choose a commenter using random.org, announce it on my blog and contact the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear from them, another winner will be chosen.

Cheers, and good luck!

The Lucky Leprechaun winner is …

Wow, I had a large number of entrants for my prize pack this time.  As always, there can only be one winner, but I extend my sincere thanks to all who stopped by to say hello and tell me about their good luck charms.

Without further ado, I give you the winner of a signed paperback of The Glass Man, a signed bookmark and an ebook copy of Touch of Frost:

Amber Garcia

Congrats!  I’ll be in touch shortly to arrange your prize

Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another stop on the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway hop.  Thanks so much to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A WriterBooks Complete Me & Author Cindy Thomas for co-hosting.  To see the rest of the participants in this hop, please click the logo below and enter to win more great prizes.

GIVEAWAY – International

(These books are intended for adult audiences)

Here’s what I’m offering one lucky commenter:

A signed paperback copy of

The Glass Man

The Glass Man (Lila Gray #1)

an e-book copy of

Touch of Frost

Touch of Frost

AND a signed bookmark for The Glass Man (front & back shown)

  

What do you have to do to win?

It’s simple.  Just tell me in the comments below if you believe in good luck charms.  Rabbits feet, four leaf clovers, etc.  Do you have one?  Inquiring minds would like to know.  :)  Please include a way to reach you, email, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (it will only be used for the purpose of sending your prize if you should win)

I’d also be grateful for a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter, but it’s not mandatory.

On March 234d I’ll choose a commenter using random.org, announce it on my blog and contact the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear from them, another winner will be chosen.

Cheers, and good luck!

Random Acts of Kindness Winner

Geez, this was supposed to post days ago, but … technology is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

Anyhow, without further ado, I give you the winner of the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway:

Cassandra Martino

Congrats!  I’ll be in touch to arrange your prize.

Random Acts of Kindness Bloghop Giveaway

Hello and welcome to another stop on the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway hop.  Thanks so much to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Lora from Read for Your Future for co-hosting.  To see the rest of the participants in this hop, please click the logo below and enter to win more great prizes.

GIVEAWAY – International

(These books are intended for adult audiences)

Here’s what I’m offering one lucky commenter:

A signed paperback copy of

The Glass Man

The Glass Man (Lila Gray #1)

e-book copies of

Into the Unknown

Into The Unknown

AND

Touch of Frost

Touch of Frost

AND a signed bookmark for The Glass Man (front & back shown)

  

What do you have to do to win?

It’s simple.  Just tell me where your favorite place is to read a book in the comments below.  Please include a way to reach you, email, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (it will only be used for the purpose of sending your prize if you should win)

I’d also be grateful for a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter, but it’s not mandatory.

On February 22ndm I’ll choose a commenter using random.org, announce it on my blog and contact the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear from them, another winner will be chosen.

Cheers, and good luck!