Saturday, May 31, 2014

Jumping Genres Giveaway Hop

Welcome hoppers! Looking for a different romance genre to try? Let me intro you to two recently published books that I greatly enjoyed, and are out of my paranormal genre. 



What's this Contemporary Romance about?
Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long… Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract. When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint. Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed. 
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My thoughtsLaura Kaye sure does know how to heat things up. And in such a short novel. I liked how she didn't try to pack too much action and locale changes into such a short book. As always, she's a master at characters, weaving in back story and general hotness! Highly recommend this quick read.





What's this New Adult Romance about?

Three knocks can change everything…
She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.
Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.
Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.
Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

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My ThoughtsWhat a wonderful book! The characters are beautifully written. The author has a true gift for bringing the scene alive with the small details. Warning, it's a tear jerker, but don't miss this book.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day



In honor of those who served and gave their lives for our country. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bear & Black Dog Editing Client Showcase

Read my featured interview over at Bear & Black Dog Editing. Find out about my menagerie of animals and how I'd fight zombies.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

RELEASE DAY EVENT & GIVEAWAY: Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye




Dare to Resist Laura Kaye's DARE TO RESIST is now available!! DARE TO RESIST is published by Entangled Publishing, and only $.99 right now!! DARE TO RESIST is the prequel novella to the sexy wedding event of the year! The Wedding Dare Series brings together five New York Times bestselling authors, one sizzling story of how the bride and groom fell in love, and four super sexy tales of bridesmaids who hope to get lucky in lust—or maybe even love—at their friend’s wedding. Here’s the story that starts it all! DARE TO RESIST Synopsis: Dare to Resist By New York Times Bestselling Author Laura Kaye May 12, 2014 Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long… KadyDresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they're bidding on the same military security services contract. When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint. Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.  


About the Wedding Dare Series: When four bridesmaids dare one another to find lust—or maybe even love—at the destination wedding event of the year, the groomsmen don’t stand a chance. But little do the women know, the men are onto their game, and sparks will fly alongside the bouquet. Four bridesmaids. Four groomsmen. Four New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Long-carried torches, sizzling new attractions, and forbidden conquests will ensure a wedding never to be forgotten.
Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor
Diane Alberts, Falling for the Groomsmen
Katee Robert, Seducing the Bridesmaid
Samanthe Beck, Best Man with Benefits
Coming June 9!


Author Photo   Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.      


 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

Welcome Hoppers!



Are you a reader who loves hot alpha heroes? If so, we have a lot in common, and I’ve got a treat for you today! Get prepared to get personal with the hero of my paranormal romance, Forgotten In Darkness. This second installment in my Scimitar Magi series features kick-ass warriors that work for the Egyptian gods to protect us from daemons.



Meet Dakar (Hero of FORGOTTEN IN DARKNESS)


1. Four words that describe Dakar:
Protective, powerful, tortured, cursed

2. Three things he loves about our heroine, Shay? 
She’s smart, gutsy, and loyal.

3. Dream casting for Dakar in a movie?
           Joe Manganiello


Read what reviewers said about FORGOTTEN IN DARKNESS:

BTSeMag 5 stars:
“With a  fresh new take on paranormal romance Zoe Forward is great…Zoe keeps the story amped up through the entire book in thrilling anticipation and strong character leads…fabulous job…can’t wait to read more in the future!” 

Ind'Tale Magazine 4.5 stars"Is there anything more delicious than a tattooed band of badass warriors? Zoe Forward might have created the best brotherhood since BDB and Dark-Hunters...this novel is the perfect blend of friendship, love, magic and battle that begs the questions: “More, Ms. Forward?” and “How soon?!?”  

Waves of Fiction "Oh how I love this series!  The first book Dawn of a Dark Knight completely grabbed my attention and I am so excited to say that this installment was even better...Forgotten in Darkness starts off with a bang and the action never stops…It is different and unique with all the magik flying and the guys are just awesome." 



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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Author's Blog Hop- My Writing Process | Zoe Forward

Thanks for stopping by on the Blog Hop about My Writing Process!

1) What am I working on?
Edits, edits, edits on both Scimitar Magi#3 (Darkness Unbound) published by Wild Rose Press, and the first in my Pleiades Witch series (Reality Shift) through Entangled Publishing. And I'm completing the sequel to Reality Shift.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I love paranormal romance...if you're reading this you probably do too (or you're one of my friends or family that I couldn't do this without...thank you...hugs and kisses...and you're reading it because you're the best). All my books are contemporaries with characters that have that little bit extra (something magical), and are destined to fall in love. Throw in a lot of action and you have an adventure that can't be missed. Long ago I decided to make my stories unique by creating new paranormal heroes/heroines and not rely upon the same old, same olds, although I'll admit I love those beings as much as anyone else (our vamps, were, fae, demons, etc). Some readers love that mine are new. Some readers still prefer to read about creatures they are familiar with and know the rules. It all depends on what you need when you read. I'll admit I tried writing a vamp/werewolf book to try to fit in. It's a fantastic almost completed manuscript, but I'm holding onto it for now. 

3) Why do I write what I do?
Paranormal romances are the stories bursting to get free in my brain right now. I've dabbled in other genres and each time the story gets going it morphs into a PNR. Romance is my genre. I love HEAs, and find myself disappointed when I read books that don't provide that.

4) How does my writing process work?

Finding the time to sit down and type is my biggest challenge at the moment. Somehow I fit that in between my full-time job as a veterinarian, being a wife and mom, and all those endless life tasks (like the fact right now my entire kitchen is a disaster zone from one end to the other). I love when the story comes together. I constantly work on my writing process because I feel there has to be a more efficient way of doing things. This is probably the scientist in me talking. I have improved my process to the point it doesn't take me quite as long to write a book, but still takes a few months. In the books whose characters are familiar (Scimitar Magi), these guys come easier. In the newer books with brand new characters it takes longer to flesh out their attributes and understand their actions/reactions. For the story, I use a combo of overall story arc plotting and some off-the-cuff (panster) writing. But I do have to be careful not to walk onto a tangent in the middle of a story. I'm really not a fast writer. I do try to be a disciplined writer.


Check out my Scimitar Magi Series:
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I must thank Cathy Perkins for inviting me to participate in this blog hop:
Cathy Perkins’ suspense writing lurks behind a financial geek day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflage, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains. Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her work-a-holic husband and a 75 pound Lab who thinks she’s still a lap-puppy.
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Friday, May 2, 2014

MAY I SUGGEST GIVEAWAY HOP


Welcome to the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck In Books.


Are you a romance novel addict like me? I'm going to suggest a book that might be a bit out of your normal reading realm. I picked this up on a rec and spent several hours crying in laughter...it's just that funny, especially for those of us that are vampire aficionados:


BILL THE VAMPIRE (The Tome of Bill, Part 1) By Rick Gualtieri

There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them.

Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb, then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Sadly, fangs or not, he was still at the bottom of the food chain.
Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.
Bill isn't exactly average, though. A vampire like him hasn't been seen in centuries. He's got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies, and an attitude problem that makes him too damn obnoxious to quit.
Join him in this hilarious tale of monsters, mayhem, and the unlikely hero who's not afraid to tell them all off...even if it gets his teeth kicked in.


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COVER REVEAL: HARD TO COME BY

Hard To Come By CoverI am extremely excited to bring you the cover reveal for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO COME BY! Published by Avon Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins, HARD TO COME BY is a thrilling Romantic Suspense novel in Laura’s Hard Ink Series. It is the third full-length novel in the series and is due to be released on November 25th!! ABOUT HARD TO COME BY: Caught between desire and loyalty… Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there. When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust. As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…  


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And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

  Praise for the Hard Ink Series: For Hard As You Can:
 "TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!" ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine
 "Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!" ~San Francisco Book Review For Hard As It Gets:
 "Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!" ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward
Author Photo "Sizzling romance... The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna." ~Publishers Weekly Review
 "Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight's series." ~Booklist       

ABOUT LAURA KAYE: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.       Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter SignUp Hard to Hold On To on Goodreads Hard to Come By on Goodreads