Come join me and 35 authors of contemporary, new adult, paranormal fiction and more at the Hilton Executive Center in Stamford, Connecticut, on August 10, 2013, from 12pm-4pm. Enjoy an afternoon of books, swag, and more as you get the latest releases from your favorite authors and discover new voices.
You’ll also be eligible to enter a raffle and clinch the Grand Prize: a brand new Kindle Paperwhite, loaded with all our books! Attendees will also qualify to win VIP passes to mix and mingle with authors and book bloggers at the after-event, from 4pm to 6pm. IT'S FREE BUT YOU NEED TO REGISTER!
In addition to that sweetness, I am doing a special giveaway for those planning on attending! A bag full of goodies! But you need to tell me that you are going in order to be entered! So comment to let me know!
Ok people get ready to like a page! this means A LOT to me, so please like and share! This is my good friend Randy, he is the designer of my book cover, bookmarks and my soon to come collector cards. He has also created ads for me! He does amazing work and I would like to see him get some recognition for his talent! So please share, like and INQUIRE! Thank you! XOXOXO RP Designs Facebook
Check out this awesome giveaway from a fellow author friend Jennifer La Rocca! So many KILLER authors giving away ebooks and I am giving away: 1 E-copy of Private Message 1 Signed bookmark 1 Signed collector card! So click on the Giveaway link here to enter!>>> GIVEAWAY!
I really want to thank the AMAZING girls over at Two Crazy Girls for this awesome and fun interview! I love Bobbi and Kimberly! Check it out below! Two Crazy Girls With a Passion for Books Facebook page B & I sit nervously in Chatz getting ready for our first character interview with Ben (swoon) and Tess (our new BFF) and are trying to keep calm and not totally lose our cool…yeah right…who are we kidding?!?!
B is messing around with her phone and I peek over her shoulder to see what she is up to...yep…she just logged into the chat room at Chatz and is scoping out the “menu”. User name: SouthernBelleRinger (sigh…) Rolling my eyes I look up and come eye to eye with Ben and a little smirk…heart palpitations in full force now! Here goes…
Ben: “Hello ladies…I’m Ben and this is Tess. We are so happy to finally meet you both.”
K&B both melt at the sound of his smooth, rich British accent…yep…we are goners now!!!!
Tess: “Yes, very happy to meet you. Interesting meeting location…but I understand from your messages that you were curious to check it out. I see B is getting the full experience (wink).”
B: Clears her throat, “Ummm yes. Definitely enjoying Chatz.”
K: Giggling and quickly tucking my phone into lap, “I can’t take her anywhere. So happy you could both join us and for allowing us to be the first to chat with you. It is an honor and you will have to excuse us if we go all fangirl and giggle…” They both smile and laugh nodding their heads. (Phew…)
B: “Well, let’s begin. Tess...What were you feeling when you realized the model was Ben? Did you want to walk away?”
Tess: “Embarrassed all to hell! I mean come on, his body alone will make you blush, but to know that I knew about him and saw him the night before, I wanted to die. He had seen me and winked and all so he clearly knew who I was… Did I want to walk away? Would you if you had a hot guy lying out in front of you and you are given instructions to observe every inch of his body? And for a GRADE?!”
K: “Yeah, I’d get a big old “F” in that class for sure. Ben...what was going through your head when you stayed after class so Tess could finish drawing your face?”
Ben: “First thought? Oh this is going to be fun! I could tell she was nervous and little uncomfortable, but I didn’t want to scare the girl either, but common! And when she was staring at me while I was modeling all I could think about was what she must be thinking.”
B: “If it was me, I’d be thinking of jumping on top of you…oops…was that TMI?!?!”
K: (shaking her head) “Tess...what was it about Ben that allowed you to let him in and made you feel comfortable?”
Tess: “You always hear about people just clicking right? It was kind of like that, but I was denying it. A part of me wanted him as soon as I saw him, but my heart was terrified to proceed. I knew of his reputation and that wasn’t my lifestyle, so it was hard at first, but Ben was great at expressing his feelings and his concerns. He didn’t pressure me emotionally or physically.”
B: “Ben...What made Tess so different from the others that you PM'd her? We know her looks were different, but there had to be more.”
Ben: “She wasn’t concerned with how she looked or fit in. I know what it’s like to not fit in, try moving from one country to another and sounding so different from your new peers. She held her own and didn’t run. She didn’t put up a front.”
K: “Ben...Do you still have women from Chatz vying for your attention?”
Ben: “The ones that don’t know about me and Tess yeah, but after the pow wow I had that one night and I made my relationship with her very clear, woman have backed off slightly but I also think it won’t last long, because they probably assume that I can’t hold onto a relationship.”
B: “Guess you are going to prove them wrong.” Looking around to see who’s watching, she gives the stink eye to a woman she is pretty sure is Jackie (aka Slippery_When_Wet69). Man she is a trainwreck…
K: “Tess...We're you totally fangirling around Adam Levine? Seriously...swoon!!! He is my FAVORITE ever. Saw him in concert in March and haven’t been the same since. So jealous!!!”
Tess: (smiling from ear to ear) “Who wouldn’t!? Adam Effing Levine! And he put his arm around me and everything! Then to have Ben get all defensive made it all the better honestly haha. I am shocked I didn’t just pass out! Hell, I am still stunned I could speak. In a way if you look at Adam and Ben side by side they look like they could be related.
B: “TOTALLY. Have you seen the side by side picture of the two of them with “my hands” covering their…ummm…”privates”?!?! Yeah, that’s me. I moonlight has a hand model.”
K: “What was the one physical attribute that drew you to each other? Did it change after you got to know each other better?”
Tess: “Um…Well I got to see everything right up close front row center…so EVERYTHING haha, but honestly his eyes, when they looked into mine.”
Ben: “Awww…Thank you babe, but I am a man so I would say your tight little ass…sorry!”
B: “How have you moved on from the secrets of your past and how you were intertwined without even knowing? How do you work through those emotions?”
Tess: “Communication. I got to vent, and then he got to absorb and when we finally got together it all made sense.”
Ben: “It takes work, but we are both learning to trust again. Not just trusting one another, but anyone in our personal lives.”
K: (all lovey dovey goo-goo eyed) “I love those answers. You are setting a good example of trust and friendship being the anchor of your love.” (heavy sigh)
B: “What makes you "click" as a couple?”
Tess and Ben answer simultaneously: “Music!”
K & B giggle at the same time… “We love you guys.”
Tess: “They say when words fail, music tells the story, well its true in our case. We can play a song and the other one just gets it.”
K: “What is your idea of the perfect date night?”
Tess: “Coffee and a concert. You can’t go wrong with caffeine and a rock show!”
Ben: “I agree with the concert idea, you can enjoy each other without needing to talk…Ok yes talking is good for a date, but when you can connect in a moment at a show it’s incredible.”
B: “Are you excited about the prospect of working together at Tones?”
Ben: “I love the idea! To be able to cover a show with my hot little girlfriend that would be amazing!”
Tess: “What he said, just my hot tall, dark, handsome and British boyfriend.”
K: “What did you do for the 4th of July?”
Ben: “There was a concert in the park featuring some great local bands, and there was a bbq and we sat on my GTO’s hood and watched the fireworks. And made out a little too.” Tess: (smacks Ben’s arm) “Shut up!” Haha
#1 song on your iPod? Tess: “Ticket from Maroon 5…mmm…Adam” Ben: (rolling his eyes at Tess with a sexy smirk) “Yeah… Anything from Shinedown.”
Favorite food? Ben: “I am a sucker for canolis…” Tess: “Enchiladas…and chocolate…does coffee count? Sorry I can’t decide!”
Favorite place to be? Tess: “Anywhere with Ben and a coffee in my hand.” Ben: “Ditto.”
Favorite body part to kiss? Ben: “Her hip bone, makes her giggle every time.” Tess: (Blushing) “His pecks”
Favorite word? Tess: “BOOSH!” Ben: “Tess”
Private nickname for each other? Tess: “Bond” Ben: “Punky”
Any new tattoos in the future? Care to share??? Ben: “I am not sure yet, but it will have to be meaningful, but it will be soon, because I am itching for the ink.” Tess: “I agree it has to be personal and meaningful; I will have to come up with something soon. I am dying to get my first one!”
Final question: B: “Give us three words that describe each other.” Tess: “Misunderstood, Compassionate and Determined” Ben: “Growing, Incredible and Stunning”
K: “Thank you so much for taking time out of your evening to meet with us. It has truly been amazing to meet you both and see you together.”
B: “Totally, private messaging you both just doesn’t do you justice. You are both so kind and I didn’t think I could love you anymore…but I do.”
Ben: “Thank you ladies, it has been our pleasure. We are going to leave you to enjoy the rest of the evening at Chatz. I need to get my girl home and prove that Adam has nothing on me.” (with a wink)
Tess: (smiling) “I can’t refuse that. See you ladies…so nice to meet you.”
With that they are both off and Jackie is still eyeing up Ben. Well…we can’t have that. K: slips her phone out of her lap… Username: MidwestGirlTrouble
Ok so I am absolutly in love with my Girls over at KinkyGirlsBookObsessions on Facebook and InstaGram! They make the most AMAZING book obsessed gifts it is INSANE! And They just blew me out of the water with their latest creation: CHATZ SHOT GLASSES!
You are not going to want to miss this amazing signing, with so many amazing authors!
I will also be holding a SPECIAL giveaway for this event! You can only enter if you are going to be attending this event! If you are going and want to have a chance at this SPECIAL giveaway, comment below!
So today I received my formats back from my amazing formatter from Fictional Formats! My book looks amazing and I cried...I always cry.
I sent it off to a hand full of bloggers as ARC and my stomach has been in knots all day! I am anxious and excited to hear what other have to say about my book! This book is my baby, well a dirty little baby, but my baby indeed! So many have told me that they are starting it today and one has already finished it! Now that right there is one hell of a blogger! Check it out! this will be the FIRST blog review on Private Message!
I am currently working on adding a list (with links) to some of my favorite book blogs! If you know of any great bloggers or have a great blog, let me know and I can add it to my sidebar for all to see!
I am feeling pumped! I feel so good with my new tattoo, it means so much to me. If you can't tell exactly what it is or think its just another feather tattoo...Its a quill pen. It signifies me achieving something so amazing for myself. I wrote a book. A whole freaking book! I am working to self-publish it and I am SO CLOSE! There are so many people who have helped me through my journey and I am so incredibly thankful.
Celebrating my 300th "like" on my author Facebook page I decided to share a little snippet/teaser! ENJOY!
It takes all
the strength I have not to wrap myself around him. He’s so close I can feel
him, smell him, and almost taste him. He finally unpins me from the wall,
dropping his hands to his sides, and I practically run out the door.
Surprisingly, my legs don’t give out. Once I am down the hall a little way I
round the corner and lean against the cool brick. Breathless.
What was that? One minute he’s kind and intriguing, then he’s cocky and
snapping at me, and then he was all over me. If I had stayed there one minute
longer, would he have kissed me? I guess I’ll never know now. I let out the
largest sigh of my life once I reach my car. I climb in and pull out my phone
to text Erin: You busy?
Even though I do not have a set release date for Private Message, I guarantee it will be in the VERY VERY near future!
I am although VERY excited to share with you that you can now add Private Message to you "To-Read" list on Goodreads! I will soon be doing a cover reveal, so don't be concerned when you don't see it!It's coming and SOON!
My first book signing!
On August 10th in Stamford CT from noon to four!
A long list of amazing indie authors are all set to sign also!
There will be a giveaway of a kindle paper write loaded with all of our books and a chance to win a VIP pass to the after party to hang with the authors and bloggers!
I will post more information as time goes on, in the mean time like the Facebook page and website!
I hope to see you there and to make my first signing that much more exhilarating!
Registration for the event is now open and its free to attend! So why not!?
A few little updates for those following the progress of Private Message. Nothing major just wanting to keep you all posted.
My amazing editor will have my copy edits for in five to six days! So I will be able to finalize the writing aspect! YAY!
I am hoping to have photos from Joe soon to work on the cover. Also when I get them I will be creating some teasers and I want to have some postcards or bookmarks printed up to send out to all you amazing lovelies!
I am hoping to have a release date set to announce in the near future.
So, bare with me. We are getting closer and closer, I appreciate everyone of you.
I have started planing the sequel to Private Message, before I was even done with it. I have been taking notes on scenes (one is a Halloween scene! SQUEE!) I could see on my head. I am very anxious and excited to get started.
I just really cant wait for you all to read the first book!
p.s. Should have some photos for teasers and for my cover shortly!
Sitting here creating my playlist for Private Message and I am in tears.
Just listening to some good ol' music from my teenage years (not THAT long ago!) and thinking about what I have accomplished since this album came out, when I was in high school.
I was told by many people that I wouldn't achieve anything. For years trying to make my mark in this giant world.
Torn down from top to bottom.
Your not smart enough.
Your art isn't good enough.
Art isn't a life.
Your not pretty enough.
Your too weird.
Now at 26, I an just now starting to come out of my shell.
Still insecure. But I am trying, but I have always felt I was in the way or being annoying. Like I am not worth your time. You probably have better things to do. I ramble when I get nervous and I don't think before I type, until after then the worry and dread fills me.
Crap, I shouldn't have said that.
I should have just left it alone.
I am sorry to waste your time.
I just don't know what to say, so I go in circles avoiding what I really want to say. Which then makes me feel stupid for even trying.
My heart drags a beat.
I am working on being assertive. I don't want to be that shy awkward girl. But when you were never accepted by others growing up, makes it tough.
So when someone is nice to you, you feel like its going to fall apart.
They will say never mind.
I get excited easily, so I want to talk about it all the time. But I am sure your annoyed by now.
I want to shut up, but I am struggling.
Just curious. Whats on your mind.
I need assurance.
Soon I won't.
My confidence if growing. I know I have talent now.
But it almost feels like someone will catch on and say "your really not that good."
So my skin has thickened slightly, but I am still fragile and insecure.
I am more than grateful for the kindness brought upon me.
I just don't want to disappoint.
But one thing I never doubted: My weirdness.
Just bare with me. Please.
Here is a video of one of my favorite bands back in school and their awesome video. Yellowcard: Only One
If someone were to ask me, if I would write a book a year ago or even six months ago, I probably would have laughed. I kind of always wanted to write a book, but I was always worried I couldn't up with enough of an intriguing story line. Or have enough to make a whole book.
But about two months ago I had a dream. No not in the sense of having a dream to write a book or an ambition. No, I literally had a dream while sleeping. I could see 'Chatz' the bar perfectly in my head. I could see Ben. The whole second chapter was my dream and I was able to create a story from it.
That next morning I woke up and started taking fast, sloppy notes. Anything I could remember before I would forget. And I kept taking more notes. In that week I started typing out my first chapter. I was obsessed with my characters (still am) and I was curious on how things would turn out. I let my characters take control, I know that sounds weird, but they did.
After four weeks I was done. I had typed over 58,000 words. I kept my book a secret up until the very end. I then shared the information with my girl on InstaGram. I got the most amazing out pour of love and encouragement anyone could as for. I then asked if anyone wanted to be a beta reader and I was shocked to see how many wanted to help me!
I am even lucky enough to have a good friend start to help me edit my work, before it went to my official editor. So Randy, thank you so much! You have helped strengthen my writing skills.
And what blew me away was the random act of kindness, from a certain male model, Joseph Marvullo. I just made a comment on a photo of him, saying that I thought he would make the perfect lead guy in my book and the cover. Never did I imagine him replying or offering to do my cover! Its not too often where a complete stranger would help someone out like Joe did, its an amazing thing and I am more than grateful.
Now that I have sent my book to my editor, only a few minutes ago, I am stunned and proud of myself. To have started and finished a whole book. A book that I am proud of. Thank you to everyone who has supported me from day one. Especially my husband and mother. My bestfriends: Katie, Heather and Christy, Elise, Abby, Jessy for putting up with my rambling. I love you all.
Meet Tess, an aspiring rock concert
photojournalist slash painter. Not your typical girl next door or bombshell,
Tess is one small tough cookie. Never being in a good solid relationship, Tess
has a deep painful secret about what happened at a concert three years ago. Something,
which has made her lose faith in men.
Meet Ben, a womanizing magazine
columnist at a leading music magazine Tones,
who like Tess is obsessed with music along with getting into any woman’s pants.
He has his reasons for commitment issues.
After a rough day Tess decides to
change up her routine of work, class, paint and indulging in her book boyfriend
of the week, to hit up a bar after class. Chatz is a new brand of bar “Log in.
Let your inhibitions run wild.” Where everyone has a screen name and flirting
and hook ups happen via chat room.
Before the night is over Tess has made a new girlfriend and gets the
low-down in a certain bachelor in the bar, who “doesn’t do private chats,” because
he’s there just to find another hook up.