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Blitz & #giveaway – A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly @leeykelly @xpressoreads @xpressotours

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A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult

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THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new crossover fantasy novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

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What do you think is your lead character’s best trait?

I’d say Alex’s best trait is his ability to read people – he ends up being very good at undercover work because of his sensitivity to human interactions, emotions and experiences.  And Joan’s best trait is her relentless commitment and determination – to her family at the outset, and eventually, to her work within the Shaw Gang.  Ironically I guess both Joan’s and Alex’s “best traits” can also be “worst traits” given the context.

 

Are there any characters in your book based on a real person?

Not directly, I guess – though Harrison Gunn is actually named after my friend and old co-worker, who insisted that I name a character after him in this novel (so take the bad guy Harrison J)!  Most of the characters in the book are my own creations or some kind of combination of multiple people: like Alex is sort of a combination of me and my husband, while Joan is a combination of me and my sister.

 

What’s something your readers would be surprised to know about you?

I’m strangely superstitious, or at least I used to be.  I’ve stopped most of these superstitious “rituals,” but I used to have to turn the lights off three times before leaving my apartment or I’d think I’d have a bad day, or I’d have to wear a certain pair of earrings to an interview.

 

Where is your favorite place to write?

The place I always write is the office off my bedroom, so I guess that’s my default answer.  But I really enjoy writing on the second floor of my town library, Millburn Library, because of the views of the woods – and I love those moments when I’m away from my everyday life and actually get in some writing time… like my parents’ kitchen table during the holidays before anyone gets up, or on vacation while my husband and kids sleep in.  It feels like I’m sneaking out on a date with my characters.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer – though the answer briefly changed to archeologist after I watched the Indiana Jones trilogy.

 

What is your favorite book of all time?

I’d have to say The Phantom Tollbooth.  I think the books you read as a child have a way of staying with you.

 

Describe your writing style in three words.

Character-driven, otherworldly thrillers.

 

What is your writing process?

It’s evolved, for sure.  Before City of Savages, I had a really hard time finishing anything: I was a perfectionist, and needed each chapter to read complete and final before I moved on to the next.  But sadly, after the first twenty pages of a manuscript, I’d clam up and start worrying that I’d make a mistake.

Eventually, I realized that the only way to overcome the fear of imperfection was just to submit to it: my first drafts were going to be messy.  So now I write “with a spit and a polish.”  I’ll initially draft a passage or a chapter really quick and messy – sometimes with just sketches of ideas – and then the next day, I usually polish the previous day’s installment so it’s a little more readable.  But after that quick one-two, I move forward with the story without any more second-guessing.

After I’ve completed a first draft, I step away from it completely for a couple weeks.  When I begin the second draft, I let that “perfectionist” sit down at the computer.  Draft two is more like rewriting than revising, but that’s okay, as writing is less scary when I have 85,000 or so words under my belt (even if they’re the wrong words).  My third draft involves input from beta readers and critique partners, followed by another fairly full-scale revision.

 

About the author

LeeLee Kelly has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper. An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced law in Los Angeles and New York.  She lives with her husband and children in Millburn, New Jersey, though after a decade in Manhattan, she can’t help but still call herself a New Yorker.  She is the author of A Criminal Magic and City of Savages.  Visit her at www.NewWriteCity.com.

 

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New Release – Wicked Beautiful by J T Geissinger @JTGeissinger @xpressoreads @xpressotours

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Wicked Beautiful by J.T. Geissinger
Publication date: December 1st 2015
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

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Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.

Drop-dead sexy restauranteur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.

Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?

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Tell us about Wicked Beautiful.

My editor called it a “revenge rom-com” and I think that’s a perfect description. It’s a story of a woman, Victoria Price, who decides to get revenge on an old flame who royally screwed her over years ago. What ensues is a very hot, twist-filled, and funny cat-and-mouse game between two smart, stubborn and sexy people. It’s set in Manhattan, one of my favorite cities in the world.

You’re known for your intense, dark romances. What made you decide to write a romantic comedy?
I’d just completed Make Me Sin, the second book in my rockstar romance Bad Habit series; it’s the most emotionally devastating book I’d ever written, and I was wrung out. I wanted to write a lighter, stand-alone romance. Wicked Beautiful is my tenth novel, and was the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book. I can’t wait for readers to meet Victoria and Parker, and watch the sparks fly.

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Victoria is a powerhouse, fierce and unapologetic, yet with a tender underbelly she ruthlessly protects. She’s a survivor, an underprivileged ugly duckling who by sheer force of will transformed herself into a very successful swan. She’s funny, smart, and self-confident, so watching her grapple with the opposing desires of revenge and lust for Parker Maxwell, our hero, is fantastic. Their interactions are explosive.

Speaking of Parker, what can we expect from him?
He’s Victoria’s match in every way: driven, successful, and used to being in control and getting whatever he wants. He loves a good battle of wits as much as Victoria does, but soon realizes their intense game might cost him more than just his heart. He’s a gambler, though, and definitely up for the challenge. It was such a pleasure to write about this sexy heartbreaker, and the femme fatale who brings him to his knees.

Are there any fun tidbits you would like to share that you think your fans would enjoy?

The best way to find out fun stuff about me is to follow me on Instagram. (I’m obsessed with Instagram.) To find out fun stuff about my books, my Facebook page is the best. I love to interact with readers, so feel free to drop me a line, or ask me a question. And don’t forget to sign up for my VIP list to get news about giveaways and releases!

About the author

J.T. Geissinger is an award winning and #1 internationally best-selling author of smart, sexy romance.

She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and was a finalist for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

Cat lover, wine enthusiast, and nap connoisseur, she lives in California with her husband, on whom all her heroes are based.

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Blitz, interview & #giveaway – The Finale by KaSonndra Leigh @kasonndraleigh @xpressoreads @xpressotours

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The Finale by KaSonndra Leigh
(A Musical Interlude #4)
Publication date: November 16th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

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After surviving a brutal spider attack, Erin Angelo finds herself questioning the life she’s about to embark on with her fiance, Alek Dostov, a child prodigy and former Russian gang member. Yet, there’s no denying she’s completely and totally in love with Alek and will do whatever she can to help him finally escape his past misgivings.

From the moment fate brought Erin Angelo into his life on one painful day in her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, Alek has been haunted by and maybe even obsessed with the girl with the sad brown eyes, the woman who has finally managed to turn him away from a life of violence and organized crime.

Yet the man known as the Widow and his sidekick the Phoenix, the men responsible for recruiting Alek, have kidnapped his mother. And there’s only one way to get her back. Alek must return to the Siberian crime scene and call on some of the darkest people from his past, dragging Erin deeper into the shadowy world he left behind and testing the love they share as never before.

Will Alek be able to resist the pull of his past and move on with Erin? Or will returning to the Siberian crime scene destroy everything the couple has fought to overcome?

The Finale is the explosive conclusion to the Internationally Bestselling Musical Interlude Series.

 

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  1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? 

I always understood that I have a very large imagination. I figured I was going to have to choose to do something in life that went along with that. So my answer is yes!

  1. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?

It really depends on the genre. Basically, I write 3 different ones: Fantasy, Gothic Romance, and Paranormal Romance. It took me almost 6 years to get the Lost Immortals right. The Gothic novel, Hacienda Moon, started out as a screenplay. It took me 4 years to get that one. The paranormal romance series, Dark Seraphine, only took a year. And the Prelude began as another novel altogether six years ago.

  1. How do you come up with themes for your stories?

I’m odd. It all starts with the title and a photograph. LoL

  1. Do you have a schedule of when you write? 

Yes! Between 3am-8am. That’s the most alert time of the entire day for me. It’s all caffeine induced afterward. 😀

  1. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?

I have a very large support group. Plus, my sons are teenagers that have their own lives so they’re very understanding of mom’s obsession.

  1. What elements do you think make a great story line? 

Memorable characters, a strong plot, and most of all tight writing: all of those things come together to create your style which is what you should use to pull your reader into the story.

  1. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?

Everything is hard. No kidding. There is just so much that goes into creating a living, breathing story. To give that touch that makes it feel real takes a lot of patience, skill, and time.

  1. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?

I’ve written close to 13 books and counting. No, not all of them are published yet. LOL. I love all of my stories, but my two favorites by far are Dark Seraphine and the Prelude. Dark Seraphine is written in a male’s voice. My sons are the ones who helped me the most with it. My betas have said it’s my best voice yet. I told them that’s because I grew up with boys and live with a house full of them. So naturally, the male’s voice is what I know best. I’ve always worked around people of different nationalities, so Alek Dostov’s voice also came naturally to me. And yes, there’s a person in real life who helped me get the mentality right. 😀

  1. Do you have a favorite character?

Sure do. Seth Alton from the Lost Immortals. He’s bad-boy sexy, but he also has a good heart. Caleb Wood, my 17-year-old lead in Dark Seraphine, comes in at a close second place though.

  1. Where do you write?

I sit at my desk that’s beside my deck. That way I feel close to nature.

  1. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? 

Do you mean that crazy indie person route? LoL. I joined a group called YA LitChat and met many talented authors just starting out like me. I’m talking some that are truly big names now. I became close friends with one of the moderators, LM Preston, and she convinced me to try out indie publishing. So I did. I haven’t looked back since.

  1. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?

Oh yes. They’re in awe, and are really proud of what I’ve done so far.

  1. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?

Oh boy. I’m a DIY girl. I love HGTV, love David Bromstad. Hehe. I also garden, play Tomb Raider, and spend too much money on movies with Chris Hemsworth in them. 😀

  1. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? 

Read. Read. Read. Write. Read. Read. Read. Write some more. Don’t skimp on that formula. If you do, then your readers will pick up on it.

  1. What is your favorite book? Favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write? 

I love too many books to clump them into one favorite. It’s the same with authors. I can name a few of my inspirations though: Octavia Butler, Anne Rice, Kami Garcia, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz (on his good-book days), Stephen King (same as DK) Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Kostova, and many others.

  1. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? 

I have a team of beta readers, a proofreader, a super sharp editor, three award winning cover designers, and someone who writes my press releases. In fact, I’m planning to officially launch KaSonndra Leigh Books, LLC as an official publishing entity in 2016. Keep an eye out for details on that. 😀

  1. Are you working on anything now?

Always. I’m polishing up the Lost Immortals Book 3 and writing my first MMA title called Sebastian’s Closet. This is a surprise, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for the news on this one. **winks**

 

About the author

KaSonndraAuthor of the Bestelling Lost Immortals Saga, Musical Interlude Series, and the PathSeekers Novels, KaSonndra is also a mother, blogazine owner, reader, gardener, home renovator, and a slayer of undead Egyptian mummies in Tomb Raider. She believes in karma, coffee, and seriously wish that the producers of Xena would bring her favorite show ever back.

Strange things about KaSonndra: Everything. She’s weird, odd, unusual, and generally tends to make people think she swooped down from another planet. Maybe she did. Who knows? She’s also a member of the #zombiesurvivalcrew on twitter. So if you need protection from the upcoming apocalypse, don’t hesitate to call on KayLeigh and crew!

KaSonndra was born in the race-car city of Charlotte, NC, and now live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, NC, when she’s not hanging out in Bardonia (Lost Immortals Saga setting). Most of her characters are based on people that she has met throughout her travels and adventures. People tend to stop and start conversations with KaSonndra as if she has known them her entire life. Does this freak her out? Not really. Her mom says that one day she’ll get kidnapped by one of these folks. KaSonndra’s response? She told her mom that if it weren’t for these lovely people, then she wouldn’t be able to create such fabulously romantic stories.

A few other tidbits about KaSonndra… She has watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun almost 200 times. This is her explanation regarding her obsession. She figures that if she keeps watching the film enough times, then suddenly the house that Diane Lane lives in will magically appear in her backyard. Yes! KaSonndra has a huge imagination!

 

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