Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer

Looking for a great romantic suspense read? Cat Shaffer's recently released Kentucky Blues is awesome! It is chock full of small town characters, sizzling sexual tension, all woven with a thread of suspense that keeps you guessing until the end. Will Elise survive the scheme to rescue her old boyfriend, Sam McCade',s mother from a mad man? Is Elise's mother really sleeping with Elise's old boyfriend. And...will Sam and Elise ever admit that they are really and truly still in love with each other?

Here's the blurb:

Elise Drummond has never forgotten her first love – and never expected to learn via the grapevine that he was back in Brookville and living with her mother. Sam McCade had broken her heart, and she wasn’t about to let him destroy her mother’s as well. A quick trip back to Kentucky to lay down the law and she could back to the safe life she’d built for herself in Kansas City.

When Sam McCade went on the run in the middle of the night to save his sister from her abusive husband, there was only one person he could trust to help them, Hannah Drummond. He expected the local gossips to have a field day with his return to Brookville, but he never dreamed Elise would roll into town to check out the situation for herself.
And he certainly never imagined that in order to save his sister, Elise would be willing to sacrifice herself as the pawn in a dangerous game of catch the monster when his brother-in-law decides to take back what he wants – no matter who stands in his way.

Kentucky Blues is available in print and eBook formats at Turquoise Morning Press and wherever books are sold.

Read an excerpt!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The new gig. Y'all know about that, right?

So, you guys know that I have this new gig going, right? The publishing gig?

Well, it's true. I'm now a publisher. It came on like a whirlwind after a looooong time of consideration and research and hey, guess what, it's a pretty cool gig.

Like, you know, I get up with out the alarm clock now. I sleep until, strange concept, I actually wake up naturally. And, well, the sun coming in the window is really cool and the cats are sitting there looking at me like, c'mon, get up already, we have things to do.

Like, go sleep in your office while you work.

Yes, that's what they do. Calliope has her chair by the door and Clio has hers by the window. I'll see if I can dig up some pictures.

So, while I work, they sleep. And while I sleep, I think they work. At least they tell me they do. The cats have to earn their keep, you know. I think their work consists of practice mouse chasing because I hear them running through the house, like they were after a mouse, and then, next morning, when I stumble out of bed (with the daylight streaming through my window, you know) I find all their play mice laying all over her floor.

So yeah, they've been working. Hard. I can tell. Because the damn cats have to sleep all day after that. In their chairs. In my office. Keeping me company.

I tell you, they really don't mind that I talk to myself while I work, and that is a really good thing.

But I didn't come on here today to tell you anything about the cats and the work and the play mice, and all. I came on here to say, hey, I have this new gig. And I think you know about it but I'm not sure. Just in case then, here it is:

I own Turquoise Morning Press. Yes, I'm the Kim of TMP. That's my real name. Maddie is the pen name. And of course, there is another pen name, too. And who knows, there could some day be another but for today, it's just the three of us and yes... We all like sleeping late and working from home.

We might sleep until we wake, but we work mighty hard. Lemme tell ya.

So come by and check Turquoise Morning Press out one of these days, okay? I swear, we have some fabulous books coming up!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Marissa's Sizzling Hot Book Reviews!

Most readers love getting book recommendations from other readers. Romance readers, in particularly, pay a lot of attention to review sites. There are numbers of romance reviewers out there, from big to small, online and not, from customer to expert-reader based.
One review site that I’ve become acquainted with lately is Marissa’s Sizzling Hot Book Reviews. I’ve followed her reviews and promotional efforts for authors and have been quite impressed!

I’ve followed her reviews and promotional efforts for authors and have been quite impressed!
Marissa not only offers reviews, but she will interview authors and host contests. This is a win-win for both reader and author, as readers learn about new books and authors, and authors increase their readership.

I wanted to share more about Marissa and her work because she spends a enormous amount of time in support of authors—and of that I, and so many other authors, are most appreciative. Her reviews are honest, detailed, and provide a snapshot of the book so readers know exactly what the book is about. Marissa posts reviews not only on her own blog site, but on Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing, and elsewhere.

Recently I was able to sit down with Marissa and ask a few questions. Let’s hear what she has to say.

What inspired you to start a review site?  

I am a avid read, and wanted to share what I thought of different books with others. Many of my friends, and especially my sister is always asking for book recommendations, I figured starting my own review site would help them and others out.

How long have you been up and running?
Sizzling Hot Books, (my review site) has been up and running for about 8 month, but when I revamped the site at the end of May we lost our posts. But since May I have been posting reviews, and other book things almost every day.

You obviously love to interact with readers and authors, and you do a great job with it. How do you keep up?
Thank you. I love interacting with both authors and readers. Since I am a housewife I have all day, well besides the few hours everyday that I devote to my college studies. I am very organized, I hate to admit this but I have a color coded organizer where I write down all my appointments, the books I receive for review, and when they are due, plus when they go live on the site. Everything has a different color, and to tell the truth I am running out of colored pens :) Every week, I have an 'In the News' post with different announcements from authors, and information about upcoming books, so I try to check out as many author sites as I can. I  also collect the information that is announced throughout the week from facebook or twitter, for the post.

About how many books do you read a week?
On a slow week or summer when my husband is home (he's a teacher) and we do some traveling I only read about 4 to 5 full length books a week. But once my husband is back to work (August 20th), I will most likely be reading 6 to 7 books a week.

What is the best thing you think authors can do to promote themselves?
The best thing I think authors can do to promote themselves is to be seen by readers. Which means doing interviews on review sites, guest blogging, having a facebook and/or twitter page and telling readers what is going on and how the book is coming. I love to hear updates on the progress of the WIP (Work in Progress) that the author is currently working on. I feel the worst thing for an author to do is to fall out of the spotlight with their readers, so post often, and keep your readers updated.

Excellent advice, Marissa! Again, thanks for all that you do to support authors, and for the valuable service you provide to readers. I’ll be visiting often!
Readers: Be sure to check out Marissa's Sizzling Hot Book Reviews for new releases, author interviews, reviews, contests and more!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Turquoise Morning Press is giving away stuff!

Here is the scoop straight from the publishing house blog!

We're giving away stuff!

As you may know, our first book launches August 16 with the release of Renee Vincent's, Raeliksen, book one of The Emerald Isle Trilogy. Closely following will be Cat Shaffer's debut release of Kentucky Blues, a romantic suspense.

In all of our excitement, we've decided to hold a contest and it's extremely easy to enter! But first let's talk about some of the prizes. Anytime between August 16 and September 1, you have a change to win:
  • A spa basket of goodies donated by Turquoise Morning Press
  • A small Kentucky gift basket donated by author Cat Shaffer
  • An unframed cardinal crosstitch piece donated by author Suzie Goode
  • A handmade pair of earrings donated by author and jewelry artist Suzanne Barrett
  • Another piece of jewelry donated by author Terri Grimes (details coming soon!)
  • A one year subscription to all eBooks published by TMP/SNB from August 2010 - August 2011 (approximately 2-4 books a month, an approximate $150 value!)
  • eBook copies of the following TMP and SNB eBooks, donated by the publisher:
    • Black and Blue by Renee Demarcus
    • Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer
    • Raeliksen by Renee Vincent
    • Falling for Grace by Maddie James
    • The Heartbreaker by Maddie James
    • and more...
  • Autographed print copies of the following books, donated by the publisher:
    • Raeliksen by Renee Vincent
    • Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer
    • Falling for Grace by Maddie James
    • The Heartbreaker by Maddie James 
Prizes may be added daily, as we have more things to give away! Check back for more items and additional news.

How to enter? It's simple! Just become a part of our growing Social Network. You have the following choices, join one or join them all! But the more signups, more chances to win!

Already signed up? You're already in.

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

I'm on the cover of a romance novel!

And...and look who with? Yes! That IS Jimmy Thomas. Look!

And, darnit, Mia is the author!

How could this get any better?

Wow.

There is more. So read on.

And to get the full effect, and the entire story, you have to go here. So, click this link for more.

Ah, life is good.....