Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spotlight: New Release, Is This All There Is?


Now available in print and ebook the long-awaited women's fiction novel, Is This All I Want?, sequel to the acclaimed novel Is This All There Is? by Patricia Mann. Patricia's new book picks up four months after the events of the first book. The series touches upon themes of family, infidelity, temptation, and regret.



About Is This What I Want?




Four difficult months have passed since Beth’s husband Rick discovered her affair with a former student. The couple has worked hard in therapy to salvage their marriage and understand their roles in everything that happened. Things are looking up until Dave reappears, awakening Beth’s fantasies of what could have been had she taken their affair to the next level. Now that she is faced with another opportunity, Beth battles an even more impossible dilemma than the first time she was caught in Dave’s web.

Amidst the trouble in her marriage and pressure to shield her children from the discord, Beth is also called upon to help her two best friends, both with serious problems of their own. The stress sparks temptation to seek comfort in her favorite vices. But she knows she can’t hide if she wants to save what matters most. The question is, what does she want?





Borrow free with Kindle Unlimited 

Be sure to check out the spotlight for Is This All There Is?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Contemporary Romance: The New Ever After

Booktrope has released Julie Farley's second novel, The New Ever After, the second book in The New Ever After Series. Julie's series is all about getting a second chance at happiness. Have you ever thought you missed your opportunity for love? Ever thought your dreams were over? Then check out this new book.


The New Ever After Blurb


Heather Meadows has been given a second chance at happiness. When her first husband passed away, she never thought she’d love again but a fortuitous meeting with a charming author changed the course of her life — in more ways than one. Thanks to the love and support of her sexy new partner, the mother of three became a mother of five and embarked on a promising career as a writer. But despite her newfound joy, her fast-paced life begins to take its toll.

The New Ever After is a tale of friendship, sacrifice, do overs, and making it work.




And be sure to check out the Tripped Up Love spotlight.

Monday, October 13, 2014

And They All Lived Happily Ever After Spotlight and Giveaway

Today we're spotlighting the dark fantasy story  And They All Lived Happily Ever After by Crystal Connor. Be sure to check out the excerpt and giveaway below!

And They All Lived Happily Ever After


Once upon a time, in a dark & scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home…

Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.

In the ‘Queen’s Pawn’ you’ll visit a magical kingdom full of wonder and splendor only to come to the sickening realization that when the Queen had a message…she sends her pawns.

The perils of eating forbidden fruit have been cautioned against since the Book of Genesis, but will our urban princess in ‘The Apple’ heed those warnings?
Embark on a mystical and treacherous quest to reach ‘The Ruins’, located in place so sacred that is should never be visited by mortal man.

These are just a few of the adventures you’ll have as you explore the dark imagination of Crystal Connor. Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.

Monsters, Women, and Villains (oh my)!

Crystal ConnorGet to Know Crystal


Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Along with inducing insomnia within her readership Crystal also reviews indie horror and sci-fi movies for HorrorAddicts.net







Enjoy an Excerpt




There's a whole host of benefits allotted to those, who like myself, possess these very specialized set of skills. One of the benefits is, that afterward, you sleep really good at night and I mean really good.
What?

Well, it's true, it's hard to believe I know, but trust me it's true. Sam, my uncle, sent me to this exotic land that used to smell of frankincense and myrrh. He sent us there, my brothers-in-arms and me, so that we could become proficient in the art of death. We were good at what we did too, because now it only smells of gunpowder, burnt oil, and death. That's a hellofa predicament you've found
yourself in, isn't it?

Well, at least now you know I'm good with a gun and thanks to my Uncle Sam I am also very comfortable with a blade. This ten inch beauty here is a staple, it’s sharp enough to be use as machete. But this one, with the gut hook, is my all
time favorite and I'll show you why here in a minute. Now, I can understand why you broke into my home, these are tough times, and a guys gotta eat I get that. I do.

Maybe I would have let you live if you had simply demanded my money and jewels, but, then again, I was never known for being charitable.






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Friday, October 10, 2014

Sex Toys in Literature

I recently wrote a guest post for Chloe Thurlow's fun adult blog. Although my guest post contained no erotic content, the post was well-received and I do think I made some good points, so I wanted to share them here.


Sex Toys in Literature

I don’t often read negative reviews of my books because despite having the initials S & M, I’m not into masochism. But when a 1-star review of my contemporary romance novel, Spin Off, popped up I took a peek. I’m glad I did because I learned an interesting lesson: one woman’s trashy is another woman’s treasure.

The reviewer, let’s call her Prue, complained that Spin Off contained “trashy” sex scenes. Although I pride myself on being a wordsmith, this made no sense to me, so I checked to see if the definition of “trashy” had changed. The closest synonym that could possibly apply is ‘indecent,’ since there was nothing trash-like in the scenes. No doing it in an alleyway against a dumpster or using a trash bag in lieu of a condom. Since there were only a few short sex scenes and they were between loving, married couples (one gay, one straight) I couldn’t understand how ‘trashy’ applied. Unless a married couple invites a prostitute, a goat, or a clergyman into their bedroom (or dungeon), I don’t understand how anyone could be offended. Read more

Thursday, October 2, 2014

All of my books are on best sellers lists!

I am in shock. All my books, 1-5, are on best seller lists. My Between Boyfriends Collection, which contains books 1-3, is on 2 humor best seller lists and ranked in the 2,000s in the overall kindle store! I have been watching the collection climb all day and doing a little happy dance each time it moves up the ranking.

But then I noticed something
interesting. Spin Off, book 1 in the Spin Off Series, is on 3 best seller lists! Spin Off is a spin-off series from Between Boyfriends. The characters are a little older, the POV switches from 1 to 4 women, and since the target audience is older I gave the people what they wanted: sex. I received some pressure to sex up the Between Boyfriends Series, but I didn't feel comfortable doing that when some people were mistakenly calling the series YA. The Spin Off Series is definitely adult.

High already off my two discoveries, I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw that the second Spin Off Series book, Spin Control, was #1 on two romance best seller lists. The book is free for a few days starting today and already ranked in the top 100 free books, coming in at #68. And it went to #1 in two categories. WOWSERS.




If you want to get the Between Boyfriends Collection on sale for 99 cents ($9 off) you'd better head over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble now because the sale is ending soon. 

Spin Off is sold exclusively on Amazon. Spin Control is free on Amazon until Oct. 5. 

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.



Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes (coming soon)



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.