Saturday, February 21, 2015

Get Claudia Must Die for Free!

Have you read T.B. Markinson's Claudia Must Die yet? If not...today's the day! This book...




...is free until February 23rd!!! I know you all like free stuff. You also probably know people on Twitter who like free stuff. So be sure to spread the word. You can download it in the U.S. or the U.K., depending on your location.


Still not sure? Here's all the information you need to decide!



The blurb:

Claudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead.

Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life.

In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage.

The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. Can she survive? Should she?


Reviews:

“The novel is action-packed and suspenseful, with some humorous scenes.” — Medeia Sharif Blog

“What follows is a hair raising, seemingly never ending chase which is like a revolving crime circle where everyone is after each other but where some of the players end up becoming unlikely partners in order to survive.” — Cindy Taylor

“T.B. Markinson delivers again with her fourth novel, Claudia Must Die, in a fast-paced comedic story of kill or be killed.” — Rachel Author Barnard Blog

“For me, this book is a real winner. The characters, plot twists, and deliciously dark humor make it a most enjoyable… and quick… read.” — I Think, Therefore I Yam Blog

“This unique thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat.” — Christine Rains, author of Fearless.

Free Download:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cover Reveal: Love, Lattes, and Mutants by Sandra Cox

Today I'm participating in the reveal of a cover you're going to love. It's from our very own Sandra Cox.



And now, the cover. Are you ready?


Here it is!




It's SO retro. I LOVE retro! Here's a little about her book, along with links for you to order it. Also, Sandra is hosting a giveaway and the prize is a Piper-approved necklace and a $10 Starbuck card. Enter on her blog.



Blurb: Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.

Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...


Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story...


Bio:
Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal and Historical Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Guest Post: Elizabeth Seckman on Romance

Today I'm excited to host my great blogging friend Elizabeth Seckman, who is celebrating the launch of her latest book:



Elizabeth is a true romantic. I love her view on things. She writes strong, spunky characters and truly romantic heroes. I love her writing and can't wait to read Defying Reason! Here's her take on the romance genre:


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Hi Stephanie! Thanks for having me over.


People often ask me if I think my books (though written for the NA/Adult reader) are suitable for their teen daughter. And I, coming from my vast stores of wisdom, answer...it depends.


If you're the kind of parent who is offended by mild profanity and sexual situations, then no.These books are not meant for your child.


But, if your teen has ever watched MTV, then yes. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend them to counter the MTV culture where our girls are being conditioned to equate romance with booty calls and one night stands. Our media took the intimacy out of the intimate relationship, and I contend it started with the attack on happily-ever-after.


They decided love stories and fairy tales were sexist. That love was nothing better than a four-letter word, and the happy ending a hoax. Then they made Prince Charming the villain, thus elevating the Big Bad Wolf. The Wolf, I'm sure, was happy to be the new hot item. He didn't have to respect the ladies he snacked on. All he had to do was be a Wolf.


We flipped the fairy tale on its ear, and I contend we set it right. We need to bring back the romance. We need to teach our girls to demand respect, love, and loyalty from relationships...and let them know it's all right to seek out the princes.


Or when the call of the wild wolf is too much to ignore, we make it clear- the only way to collar that hungry carnivore is to make him heel. No gal ever raised a guy's standards by lowering here. The best way to get respect is to demand it.


So, I say- let's put the love back in the tail tale!




The Blurb:

Jo Leigh Harper comes from a long line of trouble-making, white trash stock.
Tanner Coulter comes from a longer line of wealth-creating, blue blood stock.
Jo graduated college top of her class, moving toward a future full of possibilities.
Tanner dropped out of college, trading a law degree for drinking games and one night stands.

A family crisis throws the rich party boy and the poor genius girl together. The attraction is immediate, though neither one is a heart-in-the-sand-drawing believer in true love. But as the summer sun heats up along the shores of the Outer Banks, so does the connection between them. Maybe, just maybe, they can win at love by defying reason.

 
Author Bio:


Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach. 

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Why I Think Tom Cruise is Not Human

He never ages.



He divorces his wives once they reach the age of 33.




He chooses his wives by interviewing candidates.



He told his first wife he had to remain celibate to "maintain the purity of his instrument." He also had no (non-adopted) children with his first two wives and left Nicole Kidman while she was pregnant. She miscarried soon after.




Some blame Scientology. (What is UP with that religion anyway? Did they ever find the leader's missing wife that prompted Leah Remini to file a missing persons report? If not...HELLO? A woman's missing!!!)



Some say Tom Cruise is hiding a John Travolta-ish secret...



(By the way, it's 2014. If you're a celebrity and you're gay, nobody cares. Quit auditioning wives and just be yourself.)

I think there's a more otherworldly explanation. Something even Scientology might embrace. I think Tom Cruise isn't human. Is he a robot?



Maybe an alien?



Think about it. It would explain his Oprah meltdown, right?




And why the one "biological child" he has looks a lot like Katie. Notsomuch like him.



It makes sense, right?