Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book Signing at Warwick's Books in La Jolla

My head is still spinning after a long, wonderful day at Warwick's Books in La Jolla, CA. Samantha and the incredibly sweet team at Warwick's were very kind in welcoming me into the store for a book signing and going out of their way to make me happy. They even offered me a job! Sort of :) There was some difficultly locating a book for a customer but from my lovely signing table I spotted it and jumped in to get it for the lady. I may become the official Book Finder for Warwick's, that is if I can make the time. 

I met so many nice people and sold quite a few books. My smile muscles hurt and my butt is a little sore from sitting, but it was all worth it. Especially since Samantha was kind enough to present me with a little present, WINE. I mean really when was the last time a bookstore gave you wine just for coming in? I am so touched and after a long day I really need it. If you look closely you'll also notice it's a Warwick's Signatures Series. Pretty swanky!


I hope to return to the store soon because I had such a great time. They kept some autographed copies of my books, so if you're in the area please drop in and check them out. I have several more events coming up and more being added to my events page all the time. Please drop by my website, Facebook, or Twitter to learn the latest. 


 

If you'd like your very own autographed copy, you can buy them on my website. Proceeds go toward my dog Katie's cancer treatment. You can also purchase regular paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com







Friday, September 26, 2014

Tripped Up Love Spotlight


The one and only Booktrope has published Tripped Up Love, book 1 in The New Ever After Series by Julie Farley! This adorable romantic comedy is about starting over, taking chances and being open to a new happily ever after. The second book, The New Ever After, will be out this Fall.

About Tripped Up Love


When Heather Meadows loses the only man she’s ever loved, her perfect, ordinary life is turned upside down. The happily ever after her late husband promised disappears in the blink of an eye. As she picks up the pieces of her shattered world and puts on a brave face for her three children, her life becomes the subject of scrutiny and pity from her well-intentioned friends and neighbors who do more harm than good. Life in suburbia is not for the faint of heart.

Little does she know that her world is about to be turned upside down again when one wrong step puts her in the path of a new destiny. Heather finds a reason to smile again, but she wonders how she’ll handle the prying eyes and unspoken judgments of those closest to her.

Tripped Up Love is a story of family, hope, new beginnings, and moving forward one step at a time.

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Get to Know Julie


Julie Farley is a contemporary romance author, teacher, mother, and self-proclaimed chai addict. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a graduate degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University. When she’s not busy writing, you can find Julie chauffeuring her four children around Richmond, Va or teaching preschool to a group of smiling four-year-olds.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My First Barnes & Noble Book Signing

My first book signing at Barnes & Noble was earlier tonight, the first of many I hope. It was a complete success. I judge this using three criteria:
  1. People showed up
  2. I sold books
  3. My hair looked amazing
There were a few books left over that I signed and Jonny (pictured right) will be featuring them on a local author's table near the information desk in the center of the store. If you've been wondering where you can purchase my bike in person, there ya go :)

I'm very grateful to all the people who came and to the staff at the Grossmont Center location for setting up the signing. We had a lot of laughs and swapped some great stories. Like the story of how I had to figure out how to get clean when the water went out at home.

Yesterday afternoon a pipe burst and the water had to be shut off. I shower in the evening. That's my ritual. Last night, I couldn't shower and I really needed to. I had an event the next day and I needed amazing hair.  My hair was stringy, at best. I was looking forward to waking up and taking a nice, long, hot shower. I turned the shower on and even though the water hadn't warmed up yet I stood under it because I really wanted to get clean. 


After 10 seconds, the water went out. I discovered something interesting. Every few minutes, another 10 seconds of water trickled out.  So, I started filling a bucket. When the bucket was half full, which took forever, I used that cold water to get clean. Yes, cold water. Out of a bucket. I think I did a pretty good really. Considering. 

If you want to hear more interesting anecdotes like this one, please follow my blog. Or come to one of my events. I'll be at Warwicks in La Jolla this Sunday from noon to 2PM. I'll also be on Audience Hacker next week. 

I've been invited to take part in a local author event at the Santee Barnes & Noble in either late October or early November. I might also be returning to the Grossmont Center Barnes & Noble for an event in mid-November.

Monday, September 22, 2014

If Introverts Ruled the World...

Dates would primarily be arranged online or through friends, and first dates would take place via Skype.

People could still rent rooms, but common areas would have designated quiet hours during which small talk would be forbidden but polite smiles and nods encouraged.

Catcalling, loud outbursts by people over the age of 13, and losing one's sh** in public would be met with a minimum $1,000 fine and community service or meditation classes.

Sales people would stay in their assigned areas and wear shirts or tags that indicated exactly what they could assist with, so customers wouldn't have to talk to three people to get to one who could help them. Asking customers if they needed assistance would be forbidden but so would ignoring them or disappearing into the back.

Cashiers would only speak to ask necessary questions about products, to relay totals, and to ask if you needed anything else (thus giving shy people a chance to speak up). Smiling and shaking one's head would be a socially acceptable way to say "no, thank you."

Roll call would be abolished. Students could check in with a thumbprint or something.

Therapy would be provided for people who could not afford it but needed someone to whine to regularly. Speech therapy would be provided for people who consistently speak above 65dB.

People who regularly repeated information either they already said or that was just said by others would be flicked on the forehead and told, "bad, human."

Politicians and officials who talked a lot and did little or the opposite of what was promised would be fired and would have to pay for a special election to replace them.

Illiteracy would be eliminated. 

Apartments, dorm rooms, and houses would have mandatory insulation and sound proofing. Windows would require tinting and fencing would have privacy screening. Hallways would be for walking in, not socializing.

Group projects and classroom presentations in front of more than five peers would be optional in school. Presentations could be given to small groups in different sections of a room, which would also be faster as several could go own at once.

Alternatives to group sporting activities, such as individual and small group exercise, would be mandatory for all PE classes.
 
Cute pins, necklaces, symbols, and other noticeable items that people could wear to indicate a desire to be left alone would exist and be universally recognized. Repeated offences of talking to these people unnecessarily would be met with fines, community service, and mouth management courses. 

Book clubs would be solely about books.

Reading aloud in school would be prohibited but silent reading and study time would be a large part of school curriculum. Home schooling for small groups would be very popular, increasing educational resources for public schools.

At least one night a week at clubs, bars, and other social places would be designated as "hands off night." People who wanted to go out to dance or hang out with friends wouldn't have to worry about being hit on, grabbed, ground against, or otherwise annoyed by strangers. 

Vows of silence would be all the rage and required for at least one week every five years as a period of reflection and to improve listening skills.

Parties would be allowed but would mainly take place during the day and be kept small. Loud, rowdy events would be contained to rural areas and sections of town nowhere near where the general public may need to go.

Add your own in the comments below...

Sexy New Novel Launched: Arielle Immortal Fury


Arielle Immortal Fury, the long-awaited sixth book in the Immortal Rapture Series by Lilian Roberts, is finally out! The steamy paranormal romance series follows college co-ed Arielle Lloyd and her immortal fiance Sebastian Gaulle. In the sixth volume, Sebastian answers threats against his beloved, proving that hell hath no fury like an Immortal wronged.

Arielle Immortal Fury Blurb



A memory of love…

On her return to the present from a time-travel journey to eighteenth-century Calais, France, college co-ed Arielle Lloyd anticipates a joyful welcome from her immortal fiancĂ©, Sebastian Gaulle. She is stunned to discover that he doesn’t remember their time together there and wonders, has she lost him forever?


Danger from afar…

As Sebastian tries to shake loose his disturbing memories and solve the enigma of Arielle’s haunting eyes, the Russian Mafia ups the stakes in their deadly game to steal crucial documents from his company. Then an envelope arrives with photos of Arielle. The message is clear: if Sebastian fails to meet their demands, his love will pay the price with her life.

A love across all time…

Sebastian and his associates join forces with Interpol in a race to thwart the Russians’ plans. In the global battle, the Russians have made a serious mistake. They have threatened the beloved of an indestructible immortal, a woman Sebastian only now realizes he has loved across the centuries.




About the Author



Lilian Roberts is a corporate engineer. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their golden retriever. She is an avid reader and loves novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Debut on British Radio

I was pleased as punch (or should I say tea?) to appear on Books Rock, the Siren FM radio program for readers, authors and BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS.

Nicky Wells was delightfully nice, as was her fab producer. It was a great show.

The program aired at 11AM UK time earlier today, but you can listen to the recording below. My interview starts at 31 minutes and 30 seconds, but I encourage everyone listen to the whole show. 
 
See more of my events on my website and all of my books on Amazon. Get a little taste of Spin Off free. Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cover Reveal: Arielle Immortal Fury

Hell hath no fury like an immortal scorned...

I'm very pleased to unveil the cover of the sixth volume in the acclaimed Immortal Rapture series by Lilian Roberts.


About Arielle Immortal Fury 



A memory of love…

On her return to the present from a time-travel journey to eighteenth-century Calais, France, college co-ed Arielle Lloyd anticipates a joyful welcome from her immortal fiancĂ©, Sebastian Gaulle. She is stunned to discover that he doesn’t remember their time together there and wonders, has she lost him forever?

Danger from afar…

As Sebastian tries to shake loose his disturbing memories and solve the enigma of Arielle’s haunting eyes, the Russian Mafia ups the stakes in their deadly game to steal crucial documents from his company. Then an envelope arrives with photos of Arielle. The message is clear: if Sebastian fails to meet their demands, his love will pay the price with her life.

A love across all time…

Sebastian and his associates join forces with Interpol in a race to thwart the Russians’ plans. In the global battle, the Russians have made a serious mistake. They have threatened the beloved of an indestructible immortal, a woman Sebastian only now realizes he has loved across the centuries.

And don't forget the rest of this thrilling series:


Friday, September 5, 2014

Book Launch: Flirting With Magick!


Only a few months ago I picked up Leigh Bennett's hilarious contemporary romance novel Flirting With Magick. I loved it so much I pitched it to my publisher, Booktrope. They loved it too, and now Leigh's novel has been re-released, a fresh and funny new version of this relatable romance is out now!

About Flirting With Magic


There’s nothing like a love spell to get Abby Williams out of her rut and over her ex, but when a gorgeous rocker, a cute colleague, and an apologetic ex–boyfriend come knocking Abby wonders if maybe the spell worked a little too well. If she even believes in that stuff.

As emotions run high, secrets are exposed, and feelings change, Abby wonders if flirting with magick is more trouble than it’s worth. But the real question is, do any of these men deserve her heart?

Flirting With Magick is a contemporary romance that proves you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.

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