Saturday, August 13, 2016

EskieMama Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Pure Fantasy by M. Eror



Welcome to EskieMama Reads Saturday Spotlight!!
Today we are spotlighting M. Eror's debut novel
Pure Fantasy!

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M. Eror's Debut Novel


Lana is convinced that she lives in perfect harmony with her own carefully devised plan. And everything in her life seems to go as she intends it. A new city. A new job. New acquaintances. And most importantly: life without a man!

One autumn afternoon a dark-haired man enters her small shop. His arrogant demeanor and provoking character are more than irritating. She is perfectly aware that her reactions to Mr. Arrogant undermine her most important rule. Never mind! She’ll never see him again.

Will he disrupt her plan?



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Q & A with M. Eror about Pure Fantasy

Tell us about Pure Fantasy.
Pure Fantasy is a standalone story in series. It's my debut novel, and it is dedicated to the victims of domestic violence; but I will quote one of my reviewers: "It addresses an issue faced by many women throughout the world, and does so in a positive way."

What initially inspired you to write Pure Fantasy?
I was inspired by „Stop Violence Against Woman“ campaign.

Tell us little about the characters in this book.
How I created David and Lana?
- There was a big „Stop Violence Against Woman“ campaign and I heard a lot of sad stories and bad experiences. That’s how I created Lana: scared, distant, distrustful.
- The campaign was supported by some aikido masters and their self-defense course for domestic violence victims. And that’s how I created David: the protector.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I think my favorite chapter is chapter 14 – because Lana finally opens up to David, she is giving him her trust, and that's important part of the story because throughout the storyline I was emphasizing how hard it is for an emotionally wounded person to open up.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Since this is my first novel, the whole process of writing it was a little bit hard.

What are your future project(s)?
Currently I'm writing my second novel.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book? 
** I celebrate friendship and crazy families, caring men, love and romance with a little bit of erotic scenes just to spice it all up.
There's no sex scene in every chapter.
***So, if you like sweet romance novels I could be a writer for you :)


I would like to share few reviews:
IrishdaisylovesRomance - This novel had it all and I loved it, you will laugh out loud at parts of it and you will definitely feel the emotions of the main characters. M. Eror wrote a steamy romantic captivating funny first novel.
Julie Minton - This is a perfect story about love,trust and having a relationship. The ups and downs of starting a new relationship and trying to keep it on the right path. It also shows that you must be able to talk to each other. Perfect love story with an exceptional story line.
Roxie's Romance Reviews - The story line is hot and sweet. The characters are awesome!
Book Lovers Hangout - The characters were strong and funny and the chemistry was off the charts. The book was steamy, fun and even mysterious.


Now for an exciting excerpt from Pure Fantasy!

The shop door opens and I snap out of my thoughts. A dark-haired man comes in. His knee-length winter coat emphasizes his muscular figure, and his attitude and appearance suddenly dominate the entire space. Our eyes meet. He’s looking at me intensely, penetratingly, and for far too long.
I manage to regain my senses and greet him with a cut-and-dried salesperson’s greeting: “Hello. How may I help you?” He nods an acknowledgement, and only then looks away, proceeding in huge steps towards the shelves of men’s shoes, where he reaches out his hand. He takes a brown, high-top shoe which balances perfectly between the elegant, and casual style. It’s one of the latest models, which arrived in the shop several days ago, and my personal favourite.
Hmmm... A nice choice.
I shake my head, feeling awkward as I realise that I’m following his every move. Moreover, I approve of his selection. I keep my hands busy by pointlessly replacing trinkets on my counter, and then smoothing out an already perfectly stacked heap of business cards.
“Where can I find this same model, only in black?” He asks me in a deep voice, without a trace of kindness. His indescribably masculine voice causes an unpleasantly-pleasant shudder in the lower part of my back. I raise my head and my eyes meet his. His dark irises rivet mine. We’re staring at each other, again for too long. I feel my dormant insides waking, reacting to him. My breathing is shallow, my heart beating fast.
The curiosity in his eyes is replaced by a raw male arrogance which says unequivocally: Another notch on the list of conquests! I detest male arrogance. It takes me a few moments to regain my composure, then I blink in confusion.
“So? Cat got your tongue?” He breaks the silence as he goes on watching me, arrogant and smug.
“Excuse me?”
“The shoe?”
He waves the shoe right in front of my nose, reminding me of the question he asked a little while ago. I take a deep breath, and purse my lips angrily at his impertinent act, before concentrating and answering coldly.
“Over there, the same model is on display in black.”
“I wouldn’t have asked you if that were the case.” He goes on in his impertinent, arrogant style.
I don’t understand his behaviour, but I have no wish to argue. I stop in front of the shelf and look over the models. I frown because I do not succeed in finding what I’m looking for. I work alone, and I don’t understand what could have happened to the shoe. I’m certain that I didn’t move it, and I know for sure that it was there. I turn around the shop confusedly. And lo and behold! The shoe that Mr. Arrogant’s looking for sits among the women’s discounted sandals. I am not a frowner by nature, so I smile and bring him what he’s asked for, forgetting his ungallant behaviour.
I give him the shoe and raise my eyes. My smile freezes, I stop breathing, and my heart dances again to a quick rhythm when I meet his dark eyes. There’s no arrogance, he just examines me calmly. Blood is rushing through my veins, I feel like I’m burning, and all my nerve endings become terribly aware of his presence. He looks perfectly calm and controlled as he stares at me insistently, and without blinking. Then he looks down, lazily.
“That’s it. I mean, a suitable model. And colour. But not a suitable size.” He says, and the haughty smile returns to the corners of his lips. Fed up with his manners, I snort. He laughs loudly, obviously amused by my reaction. Embarrassment overwhelms me, and I feel my cheeks burning.
“So, what size do you need?” I ask curtly.
“Well, I need a 44.” He returns, imitating me. He smiles broadly. It seems that he is amusing himself at my expense. Nervously, I march to the back of the shop and find the required size.
“Here you are.” I say officially and hand him the right shoe.
He covers my fingers with his while taking the shoe from my hand. My skin burns. Strange, powerful vibrations shake my entire body. This accidental touch makes my heart beat madly, and my lungs wail for air. I take a deep breath, raise my eyes but remain breathless. He’s looking at me seductively. My reaction to him has not escaped his notice. It makes him so happy. That touch was no accident. The jerk! He did it on purpose!
I want to run away, as soon as possible, so I turn on my heel.
“I want to see the label with the product details.” He says.
I look at him over my shoulder, confused, then move to hand him the box, which he could easily have taken himself. I stand beside him patiently and wait as he reads very carefully.
“Is there a problem?" I ask.
“I’m just checking."
“Checking what?"
“Whether they were made in China.” He says coldly, and then raises his eyes to mine.
Made in China? What an asshole!
“We sell only Italian stuff." I say sharply.
He smiles, his eyes fixed.
“Oh, look at those claws. I hope you’re well paid." He speaks in a voice which shows clearly that he doesn’t believe what I say. He’s provoking me, goading me with his smile, his look, and with the way he addresses me. I count to ten, then frown, turning the box upside-down to show him the embossed label: Fatte in Italia.
“Made in Italy’s written on the box and inside the shoe as well.” I speak briskly.
He bends his head lightly, furrows his eyebrows and studies the inscription carefully, examining the letters devotedly and seriously. I lose patience because this seems to be going on for an age.
For God’s sake, it’s as if he were decoding hieroglyphics!
He shrugs, looks at me naively, and says more innocently: “I had to check, since I don’t speak Italian.
He doesn’t... he doesn’t speak Italian? What a jerk!


She is a booklover, dreamer and a hopeless romantic. And she enjoys loooong walks.

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Q & A with Jett Munroe author of In the Line of Fire



Q & A with Jett Munroe author of In the Line of Fire





How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I wanted to do a book about a band of brothers versus damsel-in-distress. And while the damsel in IN THE LINE OF FIRE does end up in some distress, it’s not directed at her as much as it’s a way for the villain to get at the hero. But what I wanted to get across was the brotherhood of men who have put their lives on the line with, and for, each other.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere. News stories, TV shows, books (fiction and non-fiction), song lyrics. It’s hard to say when an idea might strike.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Lately it’s been a challenge just getting my behind in a chair and stringing words together. There are other things I’m finding time to do, and my writing suffers for it.

What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on book 2 in the Hot Desert Heroes series, as well as plotting out novella ideas for Desiree Holt’s Omega Team Kindle World and Carly Phillips’ Dare to Love Kindle World.

Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?
My very first full-length book was a paranormal written under the pen name Sherrill Quinn. DARING THE MOON was the first in a three-book series with werewolf heroes, published by Kensington. The hero, Ryder Merrick, is tall, dark, handsome and dangerous. He’s also protective of those he loves. So not a lot different from Beck Townsend in IN THE LINE OF FIRE. Except for the fact that Ryder is a werewolf. That’s the obvious major difference. Plus DARING THE MOON starts out in Tucson, Arizona but takes place primarily in the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, while IN THE LINE OF FIRE is set wholly in Tucson. (I also have paranormal romances published by Grand Central under the name Cynthia Garner, which are my more recent paranormals.)

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.

Does music play any type of role in your writing?
I usually have the TV on when I’m writing, unless it’s a particularly difficult scene. Then I go to my Pandora Station, usually my Disturbed station. But if I really need to focus, then it’s Light Classical on Music Choice.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?
Nope. All figments of my imagination.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I recently discovered Saranna DeWylde through a paranormal story she’s posting on Wattpad. She has a lot of stuff out there—paranormal and sci fi—both traditionally and self-published.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?


In the Line of Fire: Hot Desert Heroes, Book 1 by Jett Munroe

Date of Publication: June 7, 2016

Blurb


Their passion burns white hot. But danger is heartless and cold.
Hot Desert Heroes, Book 1
Delaney Murphy has had a stomach-fluttering, mouth-watering crush on Beck since the first time she saw him over the rim of her regular morning latte. But she's never been long on self-confidence, especially around exceptionally handsome men.
After a year of avoiding him, she's shocked when he slides into the next chair and wears down her resistance to a first date.
When Laney is laid off from her job, Marines special ops veteran Beck "Gravedigger" Townsend wastes no time hiring the quiet, auburn-haired beauty into Red Eagle Group, his security firm. Keeping her within touching distance—and under his protection.
Laney's smile and sharp intelligence light up Beck's life and heat up his bed, yet he hesitates to give her what she really wants: full access to the darkest corners of his wounded spirit. But when danger is delivered right to Red Eagle's door, the only way to save her—and their love—will be to bleed. Body and soul…
Warning: Adult language and graphic sex scenes between a man locked behind his secrets, and a woman ready to break free of her past. If you think the desert is hot, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

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About Jett Munroe



Jett Munroe lives in the desert Southwest because she got tired of the cold and snow of Northeast Ohio. By day, she's a mostly mild-mannered human resources manager for a nonprofit organization, and by night (and weekends), she writes hot and spicy contemporary romance.
She focused on her writing career starting in 2005, and over the next ten years had several paranormal romances published under the pen names Cynthia Garner and Sherrill Quinn. She loves action movies and chick flicks, reading romance (just about every subgenre!), watching HGTV and the DIY Network, and hates shopping.
In the Line of Fire, the first book in her contemporary series Hot Desert Heroes with Samhain Publishing was released in June 2016.

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Q & A with Flo Fitzpatrick author of Scarecrow's Dream



Q & A with Flo Fitpatrick author of Scarecrow's Dream




What books have influenced your life most?

In terms of wanting to write, pretty much everything Mary Stewart and Elizabeth Peters ever did. In terms of how I see life, probably “To Kill a Mockingbird” (although it might have helped that my own dad had a lot of similarities to Atticus Finch… so not sure which was parental influence and which was Harper Lee!) And I became intrigued with the paranormal through Anya Seton’s “Green Darkness”.

Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest?

Not that ‘new’ but I was lucky enough to meet Robert Dugoni at a mystery conference a few years ago and have followed his books since.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’ll choose one… since I’ve got three going. Abby Fouchet “Charm the Air” set in the present in a theatre camp (for “problem kids”) outside of San Augustine Texas. Abby (who has second sight and occasionally hears ghosts) tries to solve a murder without revealing she’s in contact with a big Scottish ghost (Yeah…in Texas!) and seeing visions of other murders…and of course, escape the killer intact.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you love a book, please tell the author. (Not just me ) There are days when getting an email with a simple, “thanks for writing” this can get light up an author’s world and keep her OUT of the chocolate aisle. And to my readers, a big thank YOU for choosing to read my books!

How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Easiest way is through my website, www.flofitzpatrick.com…and there’s an email link that allows readers to contact me. I always enjoy hearing from people and do my best to answer in a timely fashion if there are questions!

Do you have a special time to write? How is your day structured writing-wise?

I have a “day” job so writing is pretty sporadic. I try to write weekends and I generally get a lot done on holidays as well.


Scarecrow's Dream by Flo Fitzpatrick

Date of Publication: June 21, 2016

Blurb


Through death and time, two souls search for love lost and found.

When Holly Malone staggers into her Manhattan apartment at one-thirty in the morning, she's shocked to discover more than forty years have passed since her last, vague memory of being involved in a motorcycle crash.

No one can see her, and only a few can hear her—her now-aged aunt, and the man she'd been clinging to when the motorcycle sailed off that icy bridge. Shane Halloran, who everyone assumed died with her on that snow-blind night.

Now, Shane hides behind an assumed identity. The wreck that took Holly's life was part of a string of not-so-coincidental accidents connected to a play so controversial, someone went to deadly lengths to make sure it never saw the lights of opening night.

As they piece together Holly's sketchy flashbacks, Shane comes to the heartbreaking realization that the woman he has loved for over forty years could at any moment disappear back into the past. Unless Holly's memories of then—and now—turn out to be a two-way street.

Warning: Contains one uber-charming black Irish rogue, one feisty heroine who'll take on the world for him, one eccentric hippie aunt—and two generations of eagles named Joey.

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About Flo Fitzpatrick



Flo Fitzpatrick's first attempt to enter the field of literature was a work of science fiction called "The Bug on the Wall." It consisted of two sentences. "There was a bug. It was on the wall." She was five at the time, so perhaps the brevity of this piece was understandable.
She grew more adventurous and at age eight wrote two chapters of what was intended to be a full-length novel entitled, "The Skinner Family goes to Ireland." The plot consisted of the Skinner family heading over to Ireland to visit their Aunt Donna who lived on a potato farm and owned a swimming pool. Flo's older brothers, twins, were somewhat skeptical that the Skinners would make it to Ireland traveling across the Atlantic from New York to London by train. (Flo has since pointed out that the English Channel now boasts an underwater transportation system leading from England to France and that she was just ahead of her time.)
She earned a B.F. A. in Dance and an M.A. in theatre, then spent her years after college shuttling back and forth from New York to her native Texas working as a dancer/singer/actress, teaching dance and acting, and choreographing for various theatres and community colleges. During her career in theatre, Flo has played nice ladies (Nellie-South Pacific), not-so-nice ladies (Lily St. Regis-Annie), funny ladies (Jane-Fallen Angels) singing ladies (Cherie -Bus Stop), dancing ladies (Vibrata - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and even dead ladies (three murdered hookers in Jack the Ripper!) The last, she claims, was tough. She had to spend the first ten minutes of the show lying on the floor not breathing. Flo still loves wacky characters both on and off stage.

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Blog Tour: Paper Castles by Terri Lee


Paper Castles
By Terri Lee
Genre: Romance/Women's Fiction



IN SAVANNAH GEORGIA, THE GARDENS AREN'T THE ONLY THINGS KEEPING SECRETS.

"I want to know what goes on in your head," Adam said. "What do you think about? What are your dreams?"
"My dreams," Savannah said, picking up her spoon and stirring her coffee again. She stared into the swirling depths as if she could conjure up the specter of the girl who once had dreams to spare. "Funny thing is—I got everything I wanted." 

Where do you go when you find out everything you wanted isn't what you need?

Savannah Palmerton picks up a brush and heads to an art class, desperate to find a piece of the girl she used to be, before the country club dances and the boring dinner party conversations. In 1963 the country is still playing in her innocence, but there are rumblings beneath the surface. The fabric of America is just beginning to fray around the edges. So it is in Savannah Palmerton's life. 

Love, betrayal and family secrets create a lethal cocktail that has Savannah's world unraveling at her feet. Set against a southern backdrop of garden parties and civil rights marches, Paper Castles is a sultry mix of sweet-tea and murder. Sex and secrets.

Paper Castles is the best kind of love story. Where a woman must first learn to love herself.


Q & A with Terri Lee



What books/authors have influenced your writing?

Pat Conroy. I remember the first time I read The Prince of Tides and felt myself falling in love with his words. I was literally rolling the words around on my tongue to savor them. A new author that does that for me is, Suanne Laqueur. She changed me as a reader and as a writer.
Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
Bathing the dog. Enough said.

What's your pet peeve?
Rudeness.

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist
Both. Sometimes no music. Sometimes music. I like to listen the music of the era I'm writing in. I've had everything from the Edwardian era ( so I plug in some beautiful classical tunes) to the 1920's. PAPER CASTLES was a blast in that regard, because there's a treasure trove of fantastic songs from the 1960's. When I'm writing a love scene, I usually listen to something very sexy to get me loosened up.

Who was your favorite hero/heroine?
The first REAL book I ever read was about Amelia Earhart. I loved everything about her and I'm still fascinated by her story.

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?
No. My characters tell ME who they are. I just follow the story. And I don't start writing until the entire story is fleshed out in my mind.

What’s you next project?
A story of an aging Hollywood icon. 'Lost In Carmel.'

What's the one thing, you can't live without?
My family.

What is your favorite movie (song)?
Pride and Prejudice ( both versions for different reasons). It's the one movie I can watch over and over ( and have!)

What's your favorite TV show of all time and why?
Of all time? Wow. The first one that came to mind was MASH. I loved it to pieces. Laughing one minute, tears the next. Great writing.

Clean shaven, Scruff, beard, or mustache. Ink yay or nay?
Clean shaven. No ink. ( I'm old school) Although a LITTLE scruff is very sexy.
If you could write in another genre what would it be & why?
Probably a crime thriller. I love intrigue and a game of wits.



Author Bio
ROMANCE MAY BE PRETTY BUT LOVE STORIES ARE REAL.

Down every road is a story. The telling of my story has a distinct before and after quality to it. My life before, was a love story. A Hallmark movie. With a couple of I Love Lucy episodes thrown in for good measure. Boy meets girl in High School. Sweeps her off her feet and marries her. But after 41 years of love and laughter the bottom fell out with the uttering of one little word. Cancer. A love I thought I'd grow old in, slipped away in the middle of the night. Leaving me to ask, what now?

Thankfully the writing that sustained me through my entire life was there to catch me when I fell. At first I poured it all out onto the pages of my journal. A mix of words, ink, and tears tucked safely between the leather covers. 

Here I am in the after part of my story. But the after is also the NOW. Eventually the purging of emotion led me back to another story that had been pushed to the back burner during trying times. Characters who had been waiting patiently began to nudge and push. It was time to sit down at the computer and let the story be told. Let the healing begin. 
When I ask the question, who am I now?...I realize though the road may have changed, I'm still a storyteller.

If it's one thing I know about, it's love. But I'm not interested in simply writing about; boy meets girl. My tag line is: Romance may be pretty but love stories are real. And that's where I want to be when I'm writing...down deep where the real story lives. Because love is messy. And glorious. I want to roll around in a story and fall in love. Want to come with me?