Monday, December 6 – Adrianne Byrd with the topic of Superstar Fantasy
Tuesday, December 7 – Gwyneth Bolton with the topic of When Did You Know it Was Love with Your Spouse
Wednesday, December 8 – Victoria Wells with the topic of Most Romantic Date
Thursday, December 9 – Niambi Brown Davis with the topic of Perfect Romantic Date from start to finish
Friday, December 10 – open to all featured authors to come by and chat about what ever they want. This is also the day I will hold the contest to give away the Kindle.
You can check the tour out each day next week on A Hopeful Romantic. Here’s the link:
The Facebook book club Building Relationships Around Books has picked my book as their read for the month. We’ll be chatting about Rivals in Paradise this Sunday. So if you are on Facebook, please stop buy. If you have read the book already, please come share your thoughts. If you haven’t read it yet, you still have a couple of days to do so before the discussion… LOL. Here’s a link for the group:
The book club describes itself as the place “for the true romance lover. This book club is based on open discussion and opinions on fiction and mostly romance books written by African American… Everyone is welcomed to join.”
So join us on Sunday…
Date: November 14, 2010
Time 2:00 pm est (11:00 am pst)
Place: Building Relationships Around Books, Facebook
Hope to see you there!
“Bolton, once again, has given her readers a romance story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Under the bright full moon on the shores of the Caribbean, Cicely and Chase begin to build a passionate and sexy relationship that will leave readers breathless.” ~ Priscilla C. Johnson, APOOO BookClub
You can get your copy of Rivals in Paradise today here:
much love and peace,
ABOUT SUGAR RUSH:
Running and screaming will have to wait. A blood-sucking dead guy may be a vampire to you, but he’s an alien/human hybrid to Ophelia and she really must examine his olfactory nerve under a microscope first.
Ophelia longs to be free, free of Diabetes, free of her ex-boyfriend, free to live. She loves Adrian, but she loved Martin once too. Something transformed Martin and made her his drug. If he has his way, she’ll never achieve the freedom to learn his true nature and origin.
Adrian’s the new guy in school. He faked his identity to get close to Ophelia, because he knew the monsters who took his Diabetic sister would try to take her too. Then, he’d have them. But, he knew better than to get too close.
Oh, yeah, he did. Seriously.
All Sweets are really beautiful, but when Adrian masks himself for a costume party Ophelia kisses him like he’s the hottest boy on the planet. Then, her beloved, Diabetic father is murdered and he realizes she’s next. He closes the distance fast, but it’s complicated protecting a girlfriend who’s into lightsabers and photon torpedoes. For instance, she totally does not get the whole vampire seduction thing. When one visits her bedroom at night, she addicts him to Nintendo DS.
KIMBER AN’S THOUGHTS ON SUGAR RUSH AND WRITING:
What defines your stories?
I wrote four novels during the four years I pursued publication. Looking back, I believe my stories are defined by a teenage heroine being faced with extraordinary circumstances which compel her to dig down deep, figure out what her strengths are, and become confident in using them. She inevitably falls for a really cute blond guy who is or wants to be a pilot. (My husband is a really cute blond pilot!) Common themes have been Achieving the Freedom to Live, the Root of True Courage is Love, and Self-Sacrifice is the Highest Expression of Love.
Why all the buzz?
I think Harry Potter and Twilight really have thrust YA Paranormal into the spotlight. I concluded while writing my third novel, a Time Travel, that I would not achieve publication until I wrote a book with a blood-sucking dead guy in it. But, before those mega-hits there was Star Wars (loved that) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My story has been compared to Buffy, but the truth is I’ve never watched the show or read the books. I do hang out with a lot of people who love it though. I think that love rubbed off on my subconscious. And, of course, there was always Star Trek. I come from a multi-generational Trekkie family.
How long have you been writing and how long did it take for you to get published?
I wrote my first book when I was four years old and then moved on to writing The Bionic Woman fan fiction in elementary school. By junior high, I was creating my own universes. I didn’t start trying to become published until my late thirties though. Once I started trying, it took me four years of steady, hard work, blogging, writing novel after novel, and pestering the pros for everything they could teach me.
How do you define your genre/subgenre?
In YA Paranormal you have teenage protagonists and something extraordinary happening to them. Often, there’s a romantic element because this is the age of First Love. Up until recently, YA Paranormal was usually based in the Fantasy genre. I’ve always leaned more on the Science Fiction, so I was happy when more YA Paranormal came out leaning that way too. Now, we have Scott Westerfeld and Allegra Goodman. It’s awesome.
What’s your advice to aspiring authors?
Write! Also, being a blogging book reviewer has taught me an enormous amount of stuff I’ve found extremely helpful. First of all, an aspiring author needs to read constantly in his or her genre/subgenre in order to learn the form and what’s hot. Book reviewers get sent most of their books for free! Reviewing has brought me into contact with agents, editors, publicity people, and authors. A lot of those authors have been extremely generous with their advice. For example, I stumbled onto Susan Grant’s blog early on, because of my love of her book The Star King. She gave me great advice, but she also led me to Linnea Sinclair whose novel, The Down Home Zombie Blues, is one of my favorites too. Linnea provided tons of wonderful tips, but she also led me to Jacqueline Lichtenberg who helped save the original Star Trek and who has a huge backlist of published novels, including ones with scientific vampires in them. And Jacqueline provided me with the most enormous advice of all! On top of that, when it was time to upgrade my web presence in preparation for my first novel releasing, I easily snagged lots of guest bloggers from among the authors I’ve reviewed for over the years. So, my advice is to go with your strengths. If you enjoy blogging, go for it! If don’t enjoy it though, it won’t work for you. Try something else. I have a Writers’ Resources page on my main site where I list everything that’s helped me the most.
MORE ABOUT KIMBER AN:
Kimber An never had enough books when she was a kid and the ones she had didn’t turn out the way she wanted. And so she started writing her own. She also loved babies a lot, but didn’t know how to talk to boys. Instead, she became a nanny and took care of other people’s babies. Finally, she moved to Alaska where she met a boy who understood getting whacked in the head with a wadded up piece of paper meant true love. She married him and now she reads books to her own babies, and is living happily ever after.
Check out the book trailer for my new release, Rivals in Paradise.
You can purchase it now on eHarlequin.com. Here’s the link:
Much love and peace,
The review is in from Romance Junkies! Here’s a snippet of what the review says:
“With characters who practically pop off the pages, attitude that infuses the reader with a need to roll your head and eyes, and a romance that’ll have you sighing in longing this is one story that’s sure to earn its place on your keeper shelf. ”
You can check the full review out here:
RT Rating 4.5
MAKE IT LAST FOREVER by Gwyneth Bolton: Soul mates who find one another lifetime after lifetime is a great concept! An outstanding plotline, well-written characters and a perfectly paced story make for a book that must be read several times in order to catch all of the nuances. Community activist Karen Williams runs a center to help local youths. She has no time for a serious relationship, especially with someone who does not share her beliefs. When rapper/movie star Darius “D-Roc” Rollins shows up to volunteer his time and resources, she’s not convinced he’s there for the right reasons. Then they start having dreams of couples from different time periods who seem eerily familiar.
Reviewed By: Debbie R. Sims
Thanks to my husband Cedric for taking the time to learn a new program and make my first book trailer. You’re the best! I love you!
Please join me in welcoming my friend and sista-author, Shelia Goss to Gwyneth’s Blog. If you haven’t read her new novel, Hollywood Deception, then you don’t know what you’re missing! I LOVED it! I’m so glad she decided to make my blog a part of her blog tour. So without further ado, here’s Shelia…
Real Signs of Falling in Love
By Guest Blogger Shelia M Goss
As a reader and writer of romance, I love the scenes when the characters realize they are actually in love with the other character. They try to reject the idea of love, but underneath all the denials, love is there. Like in fiction, there are signs when a person falls in love, even if they want to ignore them. Here are a few:
1. You can’t stop thinking about him or her.
He/She crosses your mind throughout the day no matter what you’re doing. They are a part of your thoughts whether you’re sleeping or awake. No matter how hard you try, you can’t stop thinking about them.
2. You get butterflies every time you hear his/her name.
You haven’t felt this way since your first love. The strange feeling leaves you feeling a little fluttery. It’s a feeling that comes over you every time you hear their name.
3. You see yourself dating him/her exclusively.
You’re at a point you want to commit You’re willing to take a chance in an exclusive relationship.
4. You walk around with a silly grin on your face.
Your friends and family comment that you have this goofy smile on your face–for no apparent reason. You try to curb your enthusiasm about your new love interest, but it’s unavoidable.
5. You hear a love song on the radio and it reminds you of your man/woman.
Every slow jam that comes on the radio reminds you of how you feel about your man/woman. You download old school slow jams to your mp3 player.
Love is a beautiful thing; especially when it’s reciprocated.
Shelia M Goss is the national best-selling author of six women’s fiction novels: Hollywood Deception (2010), His Invisible Wife, My Invisible Husband, Roses are Thorns, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum and three young adult books: The Lip Gloss Chronicles series: The Ultimate Test, Splitsville, and Paper Thin.
Hollywood Deception is Shelia Goss’ ninth book. It’s available in hardcover and paperback.
What readers are saying about Hollywood Deception:
“With Hollywood Deception Shelia Goss has done it again. Love, lies and delicious drama! Pick this book up and you won’t be able to put it down. Be ready though – this fun novel is not a passive read. You’ll be yelling at Hailey, relating to her, wanting to slap her and cry with her all at the same time. Hollywood Deception is an all around good read full of scandal, just the way we like it. Well done, Ms. Goss!” ~Abiola Abrams is an Author & Media Personality. Viewers also know Abiola as the host of BET’s short film show and Miss Picky of VH1’s Tough Love. www.abiolatv.com
“Glitz, Glamour & LOADS of Drama…Ms. Goss once AGAIN keeps me turning the pages with another ENTERTAINING, yet fictional glimpse into the fast-paced lifestyle of a celebrity.” ~ Sweet N Sassy, Book Reviewer