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Author Spotlight

Good Morning Everyone,

Today’s spotlight is on author Denise Swanson! She is best known for her Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery series. Today, she is here to talk about her latest book, a romantic story called Good Girl Overboard. I hope you like the interview and my review. Make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a Signed Paperback Copy of Good Girl Overboard. Details are listed after the review.

Have a marvelous Monday!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Denise Swanson Interview

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A Quote to Begin your Day!

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
            ~Garrison Keillor

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Book Trailer Thursday!!!

Hi Everyone,

Today’s book trailer link is for Christmas Wish the latest novella from Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. I hope you all like the video! I love their books because of the realistic characters and the interconnecting plots. The series doesn’t have to be read in order, but if you do, you gain a bit more “experience” living through various moments of these characters’ lives. To read my review of Christmas Wish, click here.

Christmas Wish Trailer

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Personal Shelves Review

Hi Everyone,,

Tonight I wanted to share my review of Christmas Wish by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. This incredible writing duo has released a new novella in their Countermeasure Series. I absolutely love this spectacular series that has suspense, sub-plots, romance and characters that feel as real as your best friends.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Christmas Wish

Countermeasure Bytes of Life #7

Stephan and Jessica are about to celebrate their first Christmas together as husband and wife. However, their happiness is put to the test as they face their inner fears, in preparation for their bundle of joy. Will they be able to open up to each other, or will their first holiday season also be their last?

Readers are first introduced to the romantic possibilities between Stephan and Jessica in To Russia with Love. In Christmas Wish, readers will fall in love with this couple, as they connect with the newlyweds on a deeper level. Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey have managed to turn 70-ish pages into an emotional, realistic journey that will satisfy the reader’s need to know more about this secondary couple. Christmas Wish is like a present wrapped with a bow for fans of the Countermeasure Series.

 

Notes:
I received an ARC of this book. To learn more about the authors and their work, visit their website.

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Love Reality Blog Tour

About the Book

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Series:    The Donavans, #2

Author:    Nana Malone

Release Date:     March 2, 2015!!!!

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Summary:

A romantic who believes in love…

Walking love disaster, Mia Donovan, is a reality television production assistant by day, secret dating blogger, Lonely Girl, by night.  All she has to do to get the job of a lifetime is face her fears and step in front of the camera. Unfortunately that also means dating her nemesis, Single Guy, for the entire world to see.

A cynic giving love advice…

Reluctant, dating columnists, Ryan Matthews, otherwise known as Single Guy, thinks reality-dating shows are soul-sucking endeavors that have more to do with selling unrealistic expectations than love. But for a shot at writing serious stories, he’s willing to go undercover on Love Reality to do an exposé on the dating competition. What he doesn’t count on, is falling in love.

Excerpt:

The fluttering low in her belly told her she was in trouble. But it was her brain perking up that told her she was a goner. She slid into the booth next to him. “You’re right. I made an assumption. And we all know when you make an assumption, you make an ass out of you—”

He didn’t even let her finish, as they excitedly chanted in unison “—and umption.”

He laughed. “What? You thought you were going to get me with a Samuel L. quote? Long Kiss Goodnight is a classic movie. Okay, now that I pass muster on movies and music. Time to get personal. Text or talk.”

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A Quote to Begin Your Day…

“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.”
   ~Emma Thompson

I am very grateful for certain titles that have changed my life. I have to agree with her, I can remember specific times that I found a book, or was given a book and the joy that I gained from reading it. What’s the last book that you read during a time of need?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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And the Winner is…

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who checked out the Author Spotlight last week and thanks to those who participated in the drawing. A special thanks goes to Author, Luciana Cavallaro, for participating in the Interview and offering a giveaway. Three people participated in the drawing, I went to Random.org and entered the parameters of 1 and 3.

Drum roll, please…

 

Congratulations goes to … Commenter #1. Congratulations Dawn H.!!! You are the lucky winner of an ecopy of Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro. I will be emailing to find out which format you prefer. Congrats again!

 

Thanks again to all who participated. Make sure to be on the lookout for future Spotlights and Giveaways. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with great books.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
~Oscar Wilde

 

Continuing with the theme from yesterday, I have re-read To Kill a Mockingbird numerous times. I love re-reading books. I have an entire shelf dedicated to books that I have re-read so much that I can pick up a book and immediately go to my favorite passages, for a quick pick-me-up. However, I have met several people that wish to only read a book once and then move on.

What about all of you…do you enjoy re-reading books? If so, which stories top your list?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

~Harper Lee

 

Did you hear the news??? Author Harper Lee will be publishing a new book this summer. It seems this book was her original idea for a story, but due to suggestions she changed the POV and age of the main characters to create one of my absolute favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird! This story will about an adult woman named Scout who travels to her hometown to visit her father. I am so excited!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see this “new” book. I feel like even though I have read To Kill a Mockingbird a dozen times, I should re-read it again this summer.

How many of you are as excited as I am about this news? Who was your favorite character from To Kill a Mockingbird?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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Author Spotlight and Interview

Good Morning Everyone,

Today’s Author Spotlight is on Luciana Cavallaro! Luciana has kindly participated in an interview AND she is giving away one ecopy of her Accursed Women book to one lucky commenter! I absolutely love Luciana’s unique take on Greek Mythology. You can read my reviews of Luciana’s previous work by clicking on the following titles: The Curse of TroyAphrodite’s Curse, A Goddess’s Curse, Boxed in a Curse.
I hope you enjoy this special treat. The directions for the giveaway are listed below the interview. Good luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Hi Luciana! Thank you for being here today. Can you please tell everyone here a little bit about yourself and your books?

Thank you Nicole. I am honoured to be here with you and your readers.

Sure. I am first generation Australian Italian and was the first in the family to graduate from university. I am a secondary teacher of Information Services and Social Science which includes teaching Ancient History. I also evaluate pre-service teachers for Edith Cowan University.

My books are steeped in Ancient History and mythology, though are contemporary in style.

 

What made you decide to become a writer?

I dabbled in writing while in high school but didn’t pursue it but loved to read. It was after university the interest in writing was rekindled following the aftermath of a car accident. I was off work for 3 months and it was a difficult time recovery wise, physically and emotionally. I needed to channel my thoughts and writing was my outlet. Mind, that manuscript will NEVER see the light of day! I think I may even have shredded it. ;D

 

How did you fall in love with Greek Mythology?

I was 15 when I read Charles Berlitz book on Atlantis: The lost continent and from there my love affair with Greek Mythology was born. I kept telling my parents I was going to Greece one day and I did! It was the most exciting experience in my life travelling through the mainland and the islands. I have a feeling there is Greek heritage somewhere in our family DNA.

 

What inspires you to write about the strong mythological women?

That I must say was accidental, sort of :D I was part of a writing critique group and it was suggested I should write short stories. I didn’t read a lot of short stories, I felt they didn’t fulfill my thirst for the story or characters the same way as a novel did. At the time I was reading Euripides, and was inspired by his play Hippolytus. That’s when I wrote Aphrodite’s Curse. It wasn’t until a few weeks later the idea of writing about famous and strong mythical women was conceived. Women from the Ancient Greek world weren’t treated very well even Hera who was a powerful goddess. I wanted to change the perception of these women and offer readers a different point of view. The women I chose to feature in the Accursed Women collection were deliberate because of their fate and the vitriolic historicity that emerged in later stories.

 

If you could trade places with a Goddess, which one would it be and why?

This is a tough one. Each goddess has aspects which I admire and parts that I dislike. They really had nasty streaks. Certainly wouldn’t want to get on their wrong side! Though if I had to choose it would be Artemis. She was youthful, intelligent and protector of the environment and animals.

 

What do you like to read when you aren’t writing?

I read a wide range of genres with the exception of erotica, and horror that is overly gratuitous. I read historical novels/fantasy of course and lots of non-fiction sources. At the moment I am reading a book by Vince Flynn Act of Treason and indie author Ana Calin’s Blacksmith. I had just finished Fatherland by Robert Harris, brilliant book and one of my favourite authors and The lady of the Pier: the ebb by Effrosyni Moschoudi, an indie author. I try to read both traditional and indie authors.

 

Do you have a favorite scene or character from your books?

In Cursed by Treachery I like the scene where Medousa and her sisters are playing a game of aerial chase. It shows the sort of child she was and the family life she had. In A Goddess’ Curse, there is no particular scene but I did enjoy the repartee between Hera and Drake Drabbler. I had fun writing that story.

 

If you could ask readers one thing, what would it be?

To please leave reviews, they help authors more than they realize, especially those who are just starting out, which includes me. Even if it is no more than two sentences. I’m going to be cheeky here and add an extra point, please try new genres and authors. You just never know you may find a book and author you like.

 

Do you have any future books planned?

I do! At present I have a novel about to be published, the first in the Servant of the Gods series. It’s titled Search for the Golden Serpent and is about a reluctant hero from the 21st century who is transported back to 6th century BCE to prevent the downfall of the Olympian Gods. I am also working on a novella series, contemporary story based on a short story I wrote for my editor, who’s compiled an anthology based on keepsakes due out very soon. My novella series is about a family heirloom with unusual properties.

 

Where can readers find you?

Readers can get in touch with me via my:

Website http://www.luccav.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luciana-Cavallaro-Writer/304218202959903?ref=hl

Twitter https://twitter.com/ClucianaLuciana

Google+ https://plus.google.com/102236012274331554847/posts?hl=en

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/chindamo/boards/

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=242021145&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

 

Giveaway Time:

To enter for your chance to win a free ecopy of Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro, leave a comment below telling me one thing that you like (or remember) about Greek Mythology. Winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on Monday, Feb. 9th at 1pm EST. Good luck!

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