Friday, February 28, 2014

Cover Reveal: Ring Around the Rosie by Julie Coulter Bellon

Isn't that just an A.MAZE.ING cover?

Do I really need to say anything more? Or can we just sit here and stare adoringly?

Okay, fine.

Ring Around the Rosie by Julie Coulter Bellon is the fourth and final book in the Hostage Negotiation Team. Here are all four pretty book covers all together. Aren't they lovely?

[That Julie must really have an amazing cover designer, huh?]
Ring Around the Rosie will be released in May and, of course, I'll post an interview of some sort with Julie. But until then, you can read a sneak peek of Chapter 1 at

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rules of Engagement by Amber Gilchrist

Amber Gilchrist has recently released a new Contemporary Romance, Rules of Engagement.

If you've read many of my past reviews, then you know I rarely do romance. It just doesn't float my boat. But my friend Cindy is acting as a publicist for Amber, so I agreed to help spread the news.

Here is the backliner for the book:

For Annemarie Whitted, her youngest sister’s engagement starts as a happy event, and ends as a slap in the face when she comes to the harsh realization that she’s a failure at relationships, a person in stasis.  Annemarie is motivated and organized, a woman on a mission, and she’s getting married now.

Her Rules of Engagement ensure she’ll make the right choice, and her committee will find her potential eternal companions.  She assigns the job to her closest sister, Lisa, and Lisa’s husband, Tanner.  Of course, Tanner comes with baggage— his brother, Ben, Annemarie’s lifelong nemesis.

The war between the two of them gives a brand new meaning to Annemarie’s Rules of Engagement, and his presence isn’t helping her at all. Especially when he disapproves of her methods and questions every step she makes. Especially when their forced proximity makes each of them really see each other for the first time.  Especially when she discovers that her heart has secret corners she never knew, and that the Rules might have been her biggest mistake of all.

Sounds pretty good if you're into all that kissing/hand holding/heart pounding stuff. I'm not, but I AM into authors. I'm always curious to find out what makes them tick. So here's a short interview with Amber.

Q: Hi, Amber. Welcome to Inksplasher. Tell me a little about yourself.
A: I’m a wife, a mother and a writer of Young Adult fiction. I traveled a lot as a child, but went to high school in Denver. Now I live in New Mexico with my husband and our three kids.

Q: I visited New Mexico once. It was lovely. I want to get to know you better to, you know, see if we can be BFFs. Let's try a personality test. 
A: Uh-oh.

Q: It will be painless. I promise. Okay, here are some rapid fire questions. Answer fast. No thinking about it first. Pizza or Pasta? 
A: Pizza.

Q: Off to a good start! Skittles or M&Ms? 
A: Skittles.

Q: Uhnnn. I'm sorry. We might not be able to be best friends, after all. Facebook or Twitter? 
A: Facebook.  I don't 'get' Twitter.

Q: Me, too! I think I'm too much of a twit to tweet. Here's another: Chocolate or Vanilla? 
A. Chocolate.  No question.

Q: Okay! You just redeemed yourself after that Skittle debacle. One last question and this is the make or break one… Ready?
A: I—uh—I hope so.

Q: Harry Potter or Twilight? 
A: Harry Potter.

Q: You did it! So now that we're virtual BFFs, can I ask a few questions about your writing?
A: Sure.

Q: What types of books do you write?
A: Fiction. I like to write about strong heroes and heroines. I love powerful, intelligent heroines, girls with a story to tell.

Q: Where do you write?
A: My house has a loft and my computer is in there. I will give up my desktop when it gets pried from my cold, dead, hands. So I can't move around when I write. Also my son is homeschooled and he doesn't work if I'm not right next to him. So I sit there and do it.

Q: How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?
A: It really depends on the book. Sometimes I have just an inkling of an idea before I get to work, and some I have a general idea of plot and characters. I'm not much of a planner so I definitely don't have it all worked out no matter what. 

Q: Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
A: Definitely write as I go. Sometimes I know a little more than others, but really, I don't plan. One time I wrote a book where the hero was about to go in a door, and as I was writing the scene I still had literally no idea what was on the other side of the door. 

Q: About how long does it take to write a book?
A: On average, it takes me about four months. Sometimes it take longer, like "Rules of Engagement." My non LDS urban fantasy novel took me TEN DAYS to write. That's all. It was like a nightmare though. I couldn't stop writing. I wouldn't recommend that to anyone.

Q: What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
A: Just relax. If it doesn't work out right away, don't freak. Just keep doing what your doing. You'll get there eventually. Also, no amount of writing books by S. King or classes at conferences will give you the amount of benefits you'll get just from reading and writing all the time. Just read and write. 

Q: What other books have you written?
A: There's Glitch, an ABQ.LDS.YSA novel, a romantic comedy. Into Darkness Peering is the first book in the Soulguard series. It's a YA fantasy. And then there's The Tell-Tale Con, book 1 in the Rules of the Scam Mysteries, that I wrote under the pen name, Aimee Gilchrist. It's a contemporary YA mystery.

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I have another mystery book due in March. I am also working on a partnership with an Avon Publishing author for a contemporary romance series and I'm planning a story for an LDS anthology. After that I will start writing the next book in the ABQ.LDS.YSA series. I'll give a free book to anyone who can make a correct guess about who the next book will star!

Thanks for the interview, Amber. It was a pleasure to have you here.

If you want to learn more about Amber and her upcoming books, you can visit her website, OR find her on Facebook and Goodreads.

Oh, and did I mention a Giveaway? No? Oops!

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit

<– – – – – – – This is a cover reveal for Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit (and there's a GIVEAWAY).

I have never done a cover reveal before, at least not that I can remember. And this is not a review—not yet—because I haven't read it yet. (It's next on my To Read list.)

But when my good friend Kimberley Montpetit asked if I'd be interested, I said YES! Because, um…

1) I've read all of her Middle Grade books that she writes under another name, and loved them; and

2) we are BFFs on Facebook.

I expect no less from her alter-ego in this YA novel.

Here is the teaser for Paris Cravings:
Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. She has a mother who is a neurotic romance novelist and a boyfriend who’s been pressuring her to go all the way. After The Worst Night of Her Life Chloe escapes on a trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris where she becomes stranded after an accident with high heels and a pastry box.

Saved by a French boy with chocolate-brown eyes, Chloe begins to wonder if being lost in Paris is the chance of a lifetime. But as attracted as she is to the gorgeous and oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy—even he has a girlfriend.

The police are tracking her down, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown when she goes missing, and Chloe just wants to have her dream of a happily-ever-after.

What’s a girl to do in the most romantic city in the world? 

Intrigued? You can get Paris Cravings at 
Amazon    |    Barnes & Noble    |    Kobo    |    Smashwords

Here's more info about Kimberley.

Kimberley Montpetit once spent all her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops when she was in Paris—on the arm of her adorable husband. The author grew up in San Francisco, another swoon-worthy city, loves all things Parisian and chocolate and lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her family.

Kimberley has won many awards for her work, including the Southwest Book Award, the Whitney Award, the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award, is a Crystal Kite Finalist (SCBWI) and included in the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year.

And, she's endorsed by moi!

(Notice how I snuck that French word in there?)

What was that? You want to know the Middle Grade books I mentioned earlier? Sure, I'll tell you. They are

The Healing Spell Circle of Secrets When the Butterflies Came
The Last Snake Runner Enchanted Runner Breakaway
You can visit Kimberley at her website, or on Facebook or on Twitter.

And in case you don't believe that Kimberley and I are close personal friends…

Oh and did I mention, there's a GIVEAWAY!