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Teaser Tuesday Thoughts

Hello my precious ones! You know I love getting feedback from you – so here’s what I’m thinking. *Do you ever have requests on books that you want to see an exclusive excerpt of? I’d love to hear what you think – if there’s anything you’re looking forward to, something that I can help provide?

And in the meantime >.> while you’re waiting for me to get everything else posted… you can distract yourself with this. *angelface*

http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

2048

 

*ETA: And/or perhaps specific publishers that you’d like to see featured here? I’m just open to exploring any and all options here 🙂

Happy Halloween from Sarah Morgan!

My lovelies, let me wish you a Happy Halloween! I love candy, so this is a good day. 😉 [Actually I’ve never been big on Halloween and haven’t dressed up since well before elementary school was over… but I enjoy the festivities.] More to the point, I’m thrilled to welcome Sarah Morgan to ALBTALBS today! <3 She’s a fantastic author, and I’m crushed I didn’t get to meet her this past summer. She had a new book release just this past Tuesday (Sleigh Bells in the Snow), so I’m tickled we get her so close to the big deay. 😀

She and other authors are also very tricksies, getting around my interview rule by interviewing themselves. 😉 And here are hers.

An Invitation to SinBiggest fashion mistake?
I once went to a fancy dress party dressed as a tiger. The theme was ‘wild’ and I wore a tight stripy leotard, theatrical cat mask, face paint and whiskers. I travelled on the London underground. Ever been on the London underground? It’s like the New York subway. A tiger stands out. And a commuter sat on my tail.

Something you said and wish you hadn’t?
Yes of course I can write the book by next week.

Favorite Halloween film?
Harry Potter.

Which book of on your shelf is in the worst condition?
Northern Lights by Nora Roberts. I love that book. I love stories set in cold, snowy places and her characters are always real and interesting. My copy is almost falling apart.

The Forbidden FerraraSecret addiction?
Henry Cavill and peanut butter. But not together. Well, maybe together…

Secret Talent (I’d like to hear that … youtube video, perhaps? *angelface*)
I sing Soft Kitty beautifully.

If you weren’t you, who would you like to be?
Iron man (or girl). That would be so cool. No airport queues.

What are you really bad at?
Keeping quiet.

What will you be doing on Halloween?
Trying to finish my next Cosmo Red Hot Read. There’s not a GHOST of a chance that will happen. And I’d eat the Halloween chocolate if I hadn’t already eaten it.

Lost to the DeHee! That’s her “Halloween Themed” one. Sarah was such a great sport, she re-wrote her post when I mentioned she’d be guesting on this spooky day. She also had one more book themed, considering the title is Sleigh Bells in the Snow, the following are some of her her original questions that I definitely think should be shared as well.

A film you’d have to be paid to watch again?
Disney’s Up. I think it should have been called Down. Visually it’s pretty but I found it miserable viewing. And now I’m going to get a million comments telling me why I’m wrong.

Best Christmas gift ever?
A diamond ring. I had a very romantic proposal!

Worst Christmas gift?
Flu. Thanks a lot.

Now back to today: Sarah is offering one lucky commenter a copy of her newest book Sleigh Bells in the Snow! Whee!

Sleigh Bells in the SnowOnce upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

Sounds good yes? To throw your hat in the ring, just answer this question: Sarah wants to know “What is your favorite Halloween food?” (Sarah’s is tomato soup!). So tell us your favorite Halloween food – and candy – and offer a warm welcome to Sarah please! (And congratulations on your newest release!)

Oh and?! All the other books by Sarah I’ve included in this post are only $1.99 for kindle right now! So snatch those babies up!

Social Media for Social Good (SMSG) on Make a Difference Day

My friends, today is Make a Difference Day. It’s the last Saturday of October each year. You might remember my SMSG charity drives. I planned on starting it today. (I still hope to have the post go live at some point today.) But we all know how the best of intentions go. Beyond that, this year is a little different … in that I was certain I knew what charity I wanted to support. I had everything planned out … and some of the information I had was lost, but more, the people I interacted with were terrible.

The focus of SMSG13 is Human Trafficking. This is a terrible global problem. I myself have seen girls we believe are victims of human trafficking at work. The FBI has been involved, and it’s complicated. Tragic. Worse? Oftentimes the individuals who are victims of human trafficking themselves pick up criminal charges and records … and worse they stick. (That’s yet another issue.)

In a way this is some crowd sourcing. At this point I’m leaning heavily towards Love 146. Other organizations I had looked into were UN-GIFT (The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. But I tried to contact them numerous times, called both the DC and NY office, and had a horrible experience. The NY girl was nicer, but useless – initially rude but better, but the DC girl (who I called first) almost gave me an aneurysm. So, you know. I had also considered the International Justice Mission. (I also researched at least 6 other charities, but you know, let’s stay focused.)

The difficult part is finding a charity that does international work, is as non-offensive as possible, has excellent ratings, and transparency. And of course, is an actual registered non-profit.

Which takes us to our next question. I was thinking of partnering with Crowdrise – I heard of them through a fundraiser DJ Tiesto did for (RED). Otherwise… through paypal? The latter requires you to trust me – that I’ll donate all fund for SMSG. (Which of course, I would do. And post the final lump sum donation.) I’m trying to get rates – although I think the trust is a bigger issue.

In short – would any of you be interested in or willing to pledge? I hope to get the “main page” up later today. Anyone who makes a pledge before that happens gets his/her named listed on that post.

Summary:

  • Will you (or anyone you know) be willing to make a donation pledge?
  • Do you have a particular international charity that targets Human Trafficking in mind that you feel very strongly about/more than Loe 146?
  • How should we do the donations? Crowdrise or paypal?

ETA: At the moments, I have 3 pledges.
Shiloh Walker will donate $50, and if we hit 100 comments on the charity drive post, another $50, for a total of $100.
SpazP will donate $50
has pledged

And … of course I’m donating. I’m thinking a dollar per comment definitely on the first day, maybe the first week depending. I want to donate $600. And I realize things are tough. I made less than $7K last year, so I know it’s not easy to donate. Seriously, any amount is awesome. $5 instead of a cup of coffee or a meal out? Totally appreciated. <3

*ETA: I decided to close comments to end confusion on which post should be used to count comments. Also, I decided to go with a Crowdrise because I plan on asking anyone to donate, and friends of friends etc wouldn’t be as likely to donate to some random paypal account I’m thinking. I’ll figure out something for paypal if Crowdrise doesn’t accept it.

Guest Author & A Giveaway: Cynthia Eden

Hello my lovelies! Another fabulous author visiting with us on a Tuesday for special birthday month posts! As in … just superloading it. Because dude – the world has lost its shit. Or at least, my world. However, the wonderful Cynthia Eden is here! And she was fabulous and wrote an original post for us! Whee!

Romance Novels

I can confess—quite easily—that I am addicted to romance novels. I’ve been addicted to them for most of my life.  Maybe it’s the happy endings. The fairytale promise of love everlasting.  That promise sure gets me each time!

But the romances that I read (and write) aren’t sweet, light tales. The heroes and heroines have to fight for their happy endings. Hey, if something is worth having, you have to fight for it, right?  I enjoy watching characters overcome their obstacles in the pages of books. The heroes and heroines become stronger through their struggles, and I just find myself rooting more and more for them.

I will gladly read romance novels about vampires. About werewolves. About Greek gods or fallen angels. I can read about the boy next door or the rich CEO who is about to crumble for love.  Paranormal, contemporary, historical—I’ll take them all, please.  I’m a firm believer in variety being the spice of life, and when it comes to my romance novels, I’m all about reading different sub-genres.  BUT…there is one thing that my books must have (and this just circles back to my addiction)—the promised happy ending.

Let’s be honest. All too often, real life sucks. There is sadness, there is death, there is heart break. When I open the pages of a romance novel, I want to know that things will end differently for the characters there. I want to know that happiness wins, love wins—and my romance novels never let me down on that promise.

In my latest release, Avenging Angel, I certainly put plenty of obstacles in the paths of my hero and heroine. My heroine, Marna,  is a fallen angel who has recently lost her wings. She’s now in the mortal realm, helpless and desperate.  But she isn’t alone.  Because the hero of the story, a fierce shifter named Tanner, is by her side. Through the darkness and the danger, he is there, every step of the way.  He is willing to fight for her. Heck, the guy is even willing to die for her,  in order to prove to Marna that he can be the man she needs.

Ah, true love. It can be a wild and desperate (but beautiful!) thing.

But what about you?  Are you addicted to romance novels?  Is there a particular sub-genre that you prefer to read? Or, like me, do you enjoy a variety?  One random commenter will be picked to win a $15 Amazon.com gift card.

Thanks so much for checking out the post. Have a wonderful week!

Best,

Cynthia Eden

So – answer Cynthia’s question(s) – and feel free to ask her one yourself! There’s a gift card up for grabs!

Limecello’s Ridiculously Onerous and Excessively Laborious Giveaway (+ Winners)

Hi everyone! So, as you’ve gathered from the previous posts… I’m behind. So I’m kinda a liar I guess, but it’s winners to follow. But here’s a giveaway for y’all. I’ve noticed some seriously … I don’t even know ones on the internet lately. And being a brat, I’m going to poke fun at them. So here we go.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I also have this thing about timing so… I wanted to make sure this post went up while it is still April. I’ll be posting the February winners – and emailing them. But March winners will only be posted. Here. (I expect) – so keep an eye out for this space. I’ll also be updating site information too.

Thanks all! ;D

Tell me – what is the most ridiculous (or even offensive) contest you’ve seen out there? Are you willing to jump through hoops? Did you know a number of author contests are illegal? Does that bother you?

New Feature: Indie Author Spotlights + Your Part in This

You all may have noticed that I’ve started a new feature and that Bella Andre is visiting with us today. This is something I plan on doing quarterly at ALBTALBS .

Where do you come in?

I want to know what questions I should be asking these authors in the future? (And if you wouldn’t mind please spreading the word…) Upcoming we have R.E. Butler, Elle Lothlorien, Jax Cassidy, Beverley Kendall, Dee Tenorio, Laurie B. London, Ruthanne Reid, and Katy Madison. (Which actually takes us into the beginning of 2015! Eek!)

And are there any authors you’d like to see in the spotlight?

Thanks so much and I hope you’ll join me in these new and exciting ventures! <3